UCD is committed to ensuring an inclusive community for all our staff and students. This includes the provision of an environment of respect for diversity and equality where you have the right to be treated with dignity and respect and can study and work in a rewarding and respectful environment and achieve your full potential. UCD does not accept bullying, harassment or sexual misconduct and this behaviour will not be tolerated. Each member of the University community is therefore expected to behave with respect and courtesy at all times and contribute to ensuring that the University is welcoming and safe.
The University aims to create a climate of trust where you feel encouraged to come forward if you are experiencing any issues of bullying, harassment or sexual misconduct so that you can be assisted with resolving these issues. You can be assured that the University will act sensitively and that disclosures will be carefully and thoughtfully addressed through a process that involves commitments to clear communication and confidentiality. There are a range of trained employees (internal and external) to support you should you experience any issues of bullying, harassment or sexual misconduct including a new dedicated Dignity and Respect Support Advisory Service that will provide non-judgmental support to enable individuals experiencing this type of trauma to consider the right option for them. Support is available also to those against whom allegations of inappropriate behaviour are made.
This Dignity and Respect hub has been created to bring together information and guidance on UCD’s commitment to supporting an inclusive and respectful, the Bullying and Harassment policy and Sexual Misconduct Policy, formal complaints procedure, the processes for raising and addressing concerns, and the support and training available.
Professor Aoife Ahern