Student handbook

Equal opportunities

Equal opportunities

Loughborough University is committed to achieving equality for all those who learn and work here and wishes to develop a demonstrably fair and supportive environment which provides equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination on the grounds of:

  • race
  • colour
  • nationality
  • ethnic origin
  • caste
  • gender
  • gender identity (transsexual)
  • marital or civil partnership status
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • disability including mental health difficulties
  • religious political or any other beliefs
  • age
  • sexual orientation
  • social class 
  • offending background

As a student you are afforded protection from discrimination on the grounds above, but you also have an obligation to ensure your behaviour and actions treat other students and staff accordingly as well.

The University has a comprehensive Equality and Diversity Policy which contains detailed information.

Unlawful discrimination will not be tolerated: the University takes seriously any breaches of its' Equality and Diversity policy' and the equality legislation and disregard of this policy may result in disciplinary action, including dismissal from the University. For students, disciplinary action will be in accordance with Ordinance XV11.

Harassment and bullying

Harassment or bullying can take many forms, often involving the abuse of power or position and may be a single event, sporadic events or a continuous process. Both harassment and bullying refer to behaviours which, deliberately or otherwise, are hostile and/or offensive to the recipient or others and which unreasonably interfere with an individual's work, academic performance or social life.

Harassment or bullying may involve apparently insignificant acts which cumulatively create an intimidating environment, which undermines the integrity or dignity of the individual. Unacceptable behaviour ranges from violence and threats to ignoring people.

All reported incidents will be taken seriously and could provide grounds for disciplinary action that may lead to dismissal or expulsion from the University.

Confide: On-campus Harassment Support Network

The University has a support service called Confide, to receive and coordinate claims of harassment made by any member of the University and to give advice and support.

The University has a Harassment Adviser and other harassment contacts that have been trained to deal with incidents of harassment and bullying affecting staff or students.

All matters will be dealt with in confidence and individuals will receive appropriate support and guidance. Check out the Human Resources pages for further details of the University's harassment policy and Confide (including contact details).