It is important that University procedures are followed if a staff-student relationship breaks down or if a close personal relationship develops between a member of staff and a student.
Breakdown of the staff-student relationship
There are occasions where the relationship between a student and their personal tutor, supervisor or another key member of staff breaks down. We strive to create an environment of mutual respect but anyone who feels they have been a victim of bullying, harassment or victimisation can refer to the Policy on dignity and mutual respect for guidance on what to do next. If a member of staff or a student feels they have not been treated fairly in terms of equality or inclusion, this policy has further information.
If the relationship breaks down to the point where a student makes a complaint, the student complaints procedure should be followed.
Close personal relationships
The University's Policy on close personal relationships with students states that a member of staff who becomes involved in such a relationship must declare it to a senior colleague or to a third party designated by the Director of Human Resources.