Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I submit a report?

If you submit a report and give your name, a trained member of staff from Student & Academic Services will contact you and discuss the options that are available to you.  These might include informal advice; further informal investigations by Student & Academic Services staff; counselling; pursuing an internal complaint; or reporting to an external authority such as the police.

If after talking to the contact in Student & Academic Service you decide you wish to speak to the police, we can support you to do this.

If I submit a report, would I have to meet with a member of staff in person?

No, not necessarily - we can communicate with you by your preferred means - on the phone, by email or in person.

What happens if I submit a report but later decide not to pursue it?

You can decide not to pursue the matters raised in a report at any time.

Will the report be shared with my academic supervisor?

No - the report will be treated as confidential.  Possible actions will be discussed and agreed with you. The only exception will be if the report discloses information which suggests that the safety of an individual is at imminent risk - in these instances, the University may need to take immediate action.

Could the report I submit be shared with the organisation funding my studies at the University?

No - we would not communicate with your sponsor or funding body.

What will happen if I submit an anonymous report?

If you submit an anonymous report, Student & Academic Services will have no way of knowing who submitted the report, so no one will make contact with you. 

Anonymous reports can sometimes help to provide an impression of issues arising in a particular part of the University (for example, in a specific academic unit or service), or across the University as a whole.  In these instances, we might make informal enquiries into the issues identified in the report.

If I refer to an individual or individuals in the report, will they be informed that I have mentioned their name?

We would not take any further action without discussing it with you first.  However, if a formal investigation is launched under student or staff conduct procedures, the individuals cited would be informed and would be given a chance to respond.

If I submit a report, could I specify that I would like to speak to someone who shares my personal characteristics (eg, someone of the same sex or race)?

Yes - we would do our best to accommodate the personal preferences of anyone who submits a report.

If I submit a report, will my personal data be held securely?

Yes - we will ensure that all personal data is held securely. For further information on how your data will be held please see the Reporting Form Privacy Notice.

Does the University draw on external expertise in dealing with reports?

Yes - we have good links with external bodies such as Rape Crisis Scotland and will seek advice from them as appropriate.

Is this Reporting tool the only way I can raise an issue with the University?

No - you can raise an issue with your academic adviser, with a Respect Adviser, or with the head of school where you are studying. If you prefer, you can raise issues directly with the Executive Director of Student & Academic Services, the Chief Operating Officer or the Principal.  If you are living in a University-run residence, you can raise issues with a Living Support Assistant.  The SRC also provides a confidential advisory service which can be accessed in person or online.

Why should I submit a report?

The main reason for submitting a report is to access advice and support.  From the University’s perspective, we want to know about issues and problems so that we can support individuals and address problems. 

More generally, we want to foster a culture where bullying, harassment and discrimination of any kind are not tolerated and where everyone can go about their business in safety.


If I decide to meet with a member of staff, can I bring someone with me?

Yes, another student or a member of staff you know can accompany you if you wish.

Bullying, discrimination, harassment & sexual misconduct: reporting form

Bullying, discrimination, harassment & sexual misconduct: reporting form

You can submit a report on bullying, discrimination, racism, harassment or sexual harassment if you are a University of Glasgow student, or on behalf of a University of Glasgow student.

Which of the following best describes the situation your report relates to:

Bullying is offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means that undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the individual.

Harassment is unwanted conduct related to a protected characteristic, such as race, which has the purpose or effect of violating an individual’s dignity.

Stalking is related to harassment and is a pattern of repeated unwanted behaviour which causes the victim to feel distressed. It may include, for example, following a person, watching or spying on a person, or forcing contact with a person through any means, including social media.

Relationship abuse is abuse carried out by a current or previous partner within an intimate relationship. It can be physical, sexual, or emotional abuse and includes a range of behaviours.

Sexual harassment is any unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature that an individual finds offensive or which makes them feel distressed, intimidated or humiliated.

Sexual violence is defined as a sexual act committed against someone without that person's freely given consent. This includes completed or attempted acts.

Discrimination means treating a person unfairly because of who they are or because they possess certain characteristics, such as sex or race.

Victimisation means treating someone badly or subjecting then to a detriment because they complain about discrimination or help someone who has been the victim of discrimination.

Are you reporting on behalf of yourself or somebody else?

How are you/ the person who has been affected by the issue connected to the University?

Please indicate if you/ the person who has been affected by the issue believes they have been targeted because of any of the following (optional):

Is there anything else you would like to add?

please provide details

If you submit your contact details, a member of the University staff will contact you. They will explain the support we can provide and the options available to you.

You can also submit a report anonymously but if you do, we will not be able to:

  • Contact you (or the individual you are submitting a report for) in order to provide support
  • Investigate the report
  • Take any form of disciplinary action