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Still time to comment on draft Dignity and Respect Policy

All staff are invited to take part in a consultation on the University’s draft Dignity and Respect Policy before it finishes at the end of June.  

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.”
We will 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.

  • 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
  • FEED BACK via your line manager, EDI Champion or Union rep.
  • CONTACT our consultant, Heather Paver, directly via if you 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?

Feedback that has already taken place includes a series of confidential listening groups and a session for past participants in the CHUCL project.


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Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Thursday, 20 June 2019