LSE policies and information

School policy

The School’s Anti-Bullying and Anti-Harassment Policy [PDF]. As outlined in the policy (p.5): 'The School considers any unwelcome behaviour that violates a person’s dignity or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment to be a breach of its Anti-Harassment Policy. Unwelcome behaviour may relate but is not restricted to a person’s age, disability, gender identity, ethnicity, race, religion or belief, sex and/or sexual orientation.'

In addition, the School has a Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Policy.

If you require any information in alternative formats, please contact the EDI team.

Information for staff

Grievance Policy and Procedure for Academic Support Staff [PDF]

Information for students

Procedure for Considering Allegations of Harassment from Students Against Members of Staff [PDF]

What is bullying?

'Bullying is defined as offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, which may include an abuse or misuse of power, through means that threaten, undermine, humiliate, denigrate, take advantage of, or injure the recipient. Power does not always mean being in a position of authority, but can include both personal strength and the power to coerce through fear or intimidation (LSE Anti-Bullying and Anti-Harassment Policy, p. 2).'

What is harassment?

'Harassment is defined as unwanted conduct that has the purpose or effect of:

  • violating a person’s dignity; or
  • creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.

'A person is also guilty of harassment if they treat a person less favourably because that person has rejected or submitted to unwanted conduct of a sexual nature or that is related to gender identity or sex, and which has had the purpose or effect described in this section. In this scenario, the person who is guilty of treating someone less favourably might not be the person who engaged in the unwanted conduct (LSE Anti-Bullying and Anti-Harassment Policy, p. 2).'

What is discrimination?

The UK government affirms that: 'It is against the law to treat someone less favourably than someone else because of a personal characteristic, e.g. religion, gender or age.

'Discrimination can include:

  • not hiring someone
  • selecting a particular person for redundancy
  • paying someone less than another worker without good reason.

'You can discriminate against someone even if you don’t intend to. For example, you can discriminate indirectly by offering working conditions or rules that disadvantage one group of people more than another.'