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Sussex launches draft Dignity and Respect Policy

All staff are invited to take part in a consultation on the University’s draft Dignity and Respect Policy.  

Claire Annesley, chair of the Staff Survey Steering Group, says: “This is really important because the new Dignity and Respect Policy:

  • Concerns everyone in our University community: staff, students and visitors
  • Is aspirational as well as protective
  • Replaces the Bullying and Harassment Policy for staff.

“Your input into the Dignity and Respect policy consultation is crucial.”
The consultation will run until the end of June. We will then share what was said during the consultation and how that changes the draft policy. The new policy will be introduced in September, in time for the new academic year.
Please take the time to read the draft policy and feed back your views during the consultation period so that the final policy reflects the views and opinions of all our community.
We know from the recent staff survey that many colleagues do not feel confident to speak up on issues like this and so there are a number of different ways for you to feed in to the consultation.

  • JOIN a confidential listening group to share your views and ideas about the draft policy.  We have engaged an external consultant – Heather Paver – to host these groups and feedback your views. As an independent coach and facilitator she is looking to ensure we create a safe space for colleagues to speak openly and honestly, without concern that their identity will be shared with the University.

    Book online for a session on:
    Tuesday 28 May
    Wednesday 29 May
    Tuesday 18 June
    Wednesday 19 June

    If you would prefer a 1-to-1 slot with Heather on Tuesday 28 May, Wednesday 29 May, Tuesday 18 June or Wednesday 19 June, contact Helen Kalkbrenner
  • EMAIL your feedback directly to This inbox has been set up especially for this consultation. These responses will only be accessed by Heather and she will pass on the comments but not the identities of those who contribute.
  • JOIN a CHUCL feedback session. The Changing Universities Culture (CHUCL) team will contact you about this if you contributed to their original research.
  • FEED BACK via your line manager, EDI Champion or Union rep.
  • CONTACT Heather Paver directly via if you really don’t feel comfortable providing input through the University channels set out above.  

You may find these five questions useful for structuring your feedback:

  1. Are you clear about the aim and purpose of this policy?
  2. Does the policy help you understand what dignity and respect looks like in practice?
  3. Are you clear about your role in promoting dignity and respect in the University?
  4. Are you clear about what to do if behaviour that breaches this policy is identified?
  5. What are you views about the new Dignity Champion role proposed as part of the implementation of the policy? Who should they be, how should they operate?


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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Friday, 7 June 2019


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