Health and Wellbeing

Prejudice, harassment and bullying

Bullying at university

Bullying is often thought of as only happening to younger people in school, but it can affect anyone at any age in any setting. University is no exception.

Experiencing bullying while at University can have a significant impact on your time as a student. Any form of bullying is entirely unacceptable and the University strives to make the Sussex community one which is free from bullying and harassment.

If you are being bullied by a fellow student, initially you may wish to report what is happening to a Student Life Advisor or to an advisor in the Students’ Union’s advice team who can discuss your options with you. If you feel that you are under threat at any point from someone who is bullying or harassing you, particularly if they are threatening violence or appear to be stalking you, it is always advisable to report this to the police so that they can take action to protect you.

There are also many external organisations who work to support people being bullied. See bullying advice from Family Lives.

Reporting bullying

Report behaviours such as bullying and harassment, and find sources of support, using our Report + Support tool.

See the Student Hub to find out more about reporting a student’s behaviour.

Cyber bullying

Not all bullying happens in person and online or ‘cyber’ bullying can be just as upsetting and make you feel unsafe. Cybermentors.org.uk provide advice to people who are experiencing any kind of online bullying. It is advisable to take screen shots of any abuse so that if you decide at any point to report what has happened to the police and/or the University’s Student Discipline Procedure (if the bully is a fellow student), you will have evidence.

Homophobic, racist, sexist or ablest bullying

If the bullying you are experiencing is discriminatory in any way, not only do you have access to the support detailed above, but you may also want to get in touch with the LGBTQ+ Society run by the Students’ Union.

Alternatively, see a full list of Students’ Union societies.