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What is on this page?

Harassment

Victimisation

Who is this page for?

  • Public sector

Which countries is it relevant to?

    • England

      England

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    • Scotland

      Scotland

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    • Wales

      Wales

Harassment

The Equality Act 2010 also prohibits further and higher education institutions from harassing:

  • prospective students
  • students at the institution
  • in some limited circumstances former students
  • disabled people (non-students) who hold or who have applied for a qualification conferred by the institution.

Victimisation

The Equality Act 2010 also prohibits further and higher education institutions from victimising:

  • prospective students
  • students at the institution
  • in some limited circumstances former students
  • disabled people (non-students) who hold or who have applied for a qualification conferred by the institution.

Victimisation is defined in the Act as:

Treating someone badly because they have done a ‘protected act’ (or because the institution believes that a person has or is going to do a protected act).

A ‘protected act’ is:

  • Making a claim or complaint of discrimination (under the Equality Act).
  • Helping someone else to make a claim by giving evidence or information.
  • Making an allegation that the further or higher education institution or someone else has breached the Act.
  • Doing anything else in connection with the Act.

Harassment and victimisation are explained in more detail in Key concepts.

Last updated: 07 Apr 2016

Further Information

If you think you might have been treated unfairly and want further advice, you can contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service

Freephone 0808 800 0082

Textphone 0808 800 0084

Or write to them at

FREEPOST
EASS HELPLINE
FPN6521

Alternatively, you can visit our advice and guidance page.