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Support & Wellbeing

Supporting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

By AnnabelK 24 Aug 2020

We're proud to be an inclusive, tolerant and diverse community. The University of Sheffield is committed to equality of opportunity and to fostering good relations, for students and prospective students. It is the University's policy to treat all students with dignity and respect (please see the University’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy for Students for the University’s commitment in full).

Law and policy

As you might know, it's against the law to discriminate against someone because of:
 age
 disability
 gender reassignment
 marriage and civil partnership
 pregnancy and maternity
 race
 religion or belief
 sex

 sexual orientation

These are called protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.

It's the University's policy to treat all students with dignity and respect, irrespective
of protected characteristics, so this list is not exhaustive. For example, other characteristics may

include nationality, socio-economic class, carers, care leavers, and estranged students.

The University expects that all students will behave in a way which reflects and appreciates

the diversity of the University community.

What does discrimination or harassment look like?

As stated by the University in answer to ‘What is bullying or harassment?’ on the Report and
Support page here:
‘Bullying is unwanted physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct which may intentionally or unintentionally violate a person’s dignity or create an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment which interferes with an individual’s learning, working or social environment.

Harassment is “unwanted conduct related to a relevant protected characteristic, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for that individual” (Equality Act 2010). The behaviour or treatment may relate to a person’s gender, disability, gender reassignment or gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation, age or any other protected characteristic. Harassment may consist of persistent behaviour, although one single act may be considered sufficiently serious to warrant formal or informal reporting.’

As indicated above, discrimination can take many different forms, including but not limited to: bias, micro-aggressions, verbal, physical or sexual assault, and structural. The treatment may also relate to aspects outside the protected characteristics (e.g. nationality).

Here's more information on the different types of unlawful discrimination.

Support info
The Student Services Information Desk (SSiD) website has a great page that
provides links to information about support for some of our different communities of
students. These pages have many of the different internal support that we would

suggest, so this is a really helpful place to start looking!

SSiD also have a page dedicated to information about support for disabled students.

The Students’ Union (SU) have a page where students can check the SU’s policies.

There are over 370 societies and committees at Sheffield’s SU that students can be

part of.

The list above is, of course, not exhaustive – the services listed above are a good place to

start but they aren’t the only ones available.

If you have any questions or you'd like more information, don't hesitate to speak to your Residence Life Mentor!

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