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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.

Phone: 0808 800 0082
Textphone: 0808 800 0084

You can email using the contact form on the EASS website.

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