The correct way to deal with being harassed
The Academy opposes any form of harassment. Evidence of such activity will be treated as a potential disciplinary matter which may, in turn, result in sanctions up to and including staff dismissal or student expulsion in line with staff grievance and disciplinary procedures and student complaints and disciplinary procedures.
The legal definition of harassment is unwanted conduct that violates a person's dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment. However, in reality harassment is difficult to define and may take many forms. It can range from violence and bullying to less obvious actions such as ignoring someone at work - a single act or comment can constitute harassment in certain circumstances.
Although harassment is a rare occurrence, you may encounter it in some form during your time at the Academy. As this may have a detrimental effect on your training, you should feel free to discuss your concerns with someone at the earliest opportunity.
It is usually possible to resolve the situation informally (for example approaching the person causing offence and explaining why the behaviour is unacceptable) but there may be occasions where you need to speak to someone on a formal basis. This person may be your Teacher or Head Teacher who can assist you and if necessary, arrange informal mediation.
Should the situation not be resolved by informal means, then you would be given advice on the most appropriate formal procedure for instance, through the Student Complaints Procedure (if the harassment involves a member of staff) or Regulations of Conduct (if the harassment involves a fellow student but note that not all harassment as defined in the Academy's Policy involved a breach of the Regulations for Conduct). In some cases you may also be advised to report the matter to the Police.
If you would like to report harassment you can do so in confidence by emailing: