We believe harassment is never ok. 

Harassment is contrary to the Equality Act 2010 and LSHTM’s Anti-Bullying and Harassment Policy.
Harassment is unwanted conduct related to a protected characteristic (such as age, disability, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, race and ethnicity, marriage and civil partnership, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation) which violates a person’s dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment. 

Harassment interferes with an individual’s learning, working or social environment. 

Harassment may include, for example: 
  • unwanted physical conduct or ‘horseplay’, including touching, pinching, pushing, grabbing, brushing past someone, invading their personal space and more serious forms of physical or sexual assault 
  • offensive or intimidating comments or gestures, or insensitive jokes or pranks 
  • mocking, mimicking or belittling a person’s disability 
  • racist, sexist, homophobic or ageist jokes, or derogatory or stereotypical remarks about a particular ethnic or religious group or gender 
  • outing or threatening to out someone as gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans 
  • ignoring or shunning someone, for example, by deliberately excluding them from a conversation or a social activity. 
A person may be harassed even if they were not the intended "target". For example, a person may be harassed by racist jokes about a different ethnic group if they create an offensive environment. 

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