Manchester Will Be The First University To Introduce an Online Tool For Reporting Harassment
The University of Manchester is to become one of the first universities in the UK to implement a web-based platform aimed at tackling bullying and harassment.
It will form a vital part of the We Get It campaign, organised by the University and Students’ Union and launched in February 2014, which outlines their zero tolerance approach to any and all forms of bullying, harassment, sexual harassment and discrimination.
The platform, which is being developed by brand communications agency Trust, will enable students and staff to easily report incidences in which they are treated badly or witness someone else being treated badly.
One of the benefits of the platform is that it will help make sure all users know where to go to get support, be it internal or external to the University. It will also have secure, individual access settings that will allow users to privately track the progression of cases that they report.
At present, the University uses a Report and Support button on their website for students and staff. The button takes you through to a form where you can choose to make a complaint anonymously, or make a complaint and be passed on to a trained advisor.
Cath Prescott, Equality and Diversity Advisor at The University of Manchester said, “We are looking to developing an effective process for responding to incidents, collecting data and regularly reviewing this information to inform our work. The system Trust proposed to us does exactly that.
“By having robust reporting mechanisms and clear signposting to support we can be at the forefront of proactively tackling the issues and making sure people are aware of the support available.”