Equality Office

University Statement


Dignity and Respect at DCU

Dublin City University is a multi-cultural community that values and promotes equality and diversity. The role of the Equality office is to ensure that the policies and structures of DCU reflect this commitment. The Equality office will monitor processes and procedures within the University to ensure equality of opportunity.
The aim of embedding equality and diversity practices in DCU is to ensure a positive environment for all activities, where all members of the DCU community treat one another with mutual respect and dignity.

The Policy to Promote Respect and to Protect Dignity sets out our commitment to the promotion of a workplace and place of study that recognises and respects individual difference and that rejects harassment as destructive to the recipient, the harasser and the University.

Every employee and student of the University should be aware that all forms of harassment and bullying are unacceptable and that everyone has a duty to behave in an acceptable and appropriate manner.

Colleagues are required to set professional standards of behaviour and to take appropriate action in relation to other employees or students who exhibit unacceptable behaviour.

The University will treat reports of harassment with understanding and support.

A level of confidentiality consistent with effective investigation and any subsequent action will be maintained by all those involved in any informal or formal procedure.

What is Harassment?

Harassment is 'to subject someone to unwanted conduct that violates that persons dignity or creates an intimidating,, hostile, degrading, humiliating, or offensive environment for them'

Harassment can involve:

  • Sexual harassment
  • Racial harassment
  • Harassment on the grounds of Family status
  • Harassment on the grounds of Marital status
  • Harassment on the grounds of disability
  • Sexual orientation harassment
  • Harassment on the grounds of religious belief
  • Harassment on the grounds of age
  • Harassment on the grounds of membership of the traveler community

Harassment can be any unwanted attention or behaviour that a person finds objectionable or offensive and which makes them feel threatened or uncomfortable, leading to a loss of dignity or self-respect. It is not the intent of the harasser but the impact on the recipient that defines harassment.

What is Bullying?

One definition of bullying is
'Bullying constitutes unwanted, offensive, humiliating, undermining behaviour towards an individual or group of employees. Such persistently malicious attacks on personal or professional performance are typically unpredictable, irrational and often unfair. This abuse of power or position can cause such chronic stress and anxiety that people gradually lose belief in themselves, suffering physical ill health and mental distress as a result'

What do you do if you feel that you have been treated unfairly?

Make it clear that the behaviour is unacceptable and that you want it to stop. Or seek advice or support from your line manager, program chair, students union or HR/Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team