Harassment and discrimination policy

Whether you are accessing our spaces as a student or as a member of the public attending our venue, it is essential that you feel safe and secure in doing so. At The Art School we do not tolerate violence or harassing behaviour to our customers, students or staff members.

We understand the term harassment to be behaviour that you or others feel is unwanted and which causes offence, intimidation, humiliation or discomfort. It may be accompanied by other forms of discrimination and can encompass a range of behaviours and actions from verbal actions to physical ones.

Forms of discrimination  can include, but are not limited to:

  • Sexual harassment
  • Racism
  • Misogyny
  • Transphobia
  • Homophobia
  • Biphobia
  • Religious bigotry
  • Discrimination based on any other characteristics (eg. weight, appearance) which someone has, or is perceived to have

If you feel like you have been harassed or discriminated against whilst accessing the Students’ Association or our venue, The Art School, we really encourage you to talk to a member of our team about it and report instances to us. All reports will be treated confidentially, and we will assign an appropriate member of staff to communicate with you about your experience and to help facilitate any investigation you wish us to undertake.

 

What to do if you are in the venue and you experience harassment or witness it taking place?

You can talk to our bar staff, office or venue staff at any time if you witness or experience harassment in our venue. Our staff will support you to take actions which feel comfortable to you, and will remove anybody who is perceived to be harassing others.

 

Contacting us online

You can let us know about things that happen to you in our venue (anonymously if you wish) by contacting us through our complaints and reporting form.