Dignity & Respect at UCD

University College Dublin is committed to the promotion of an environment for work and study which upholds the dignity and respect of the individual and which supports every individual’s right to study and/or work in an environment which is free of any form of harassment, intimidation or bullying. ‌

There are a number of supports in place for staff and students experiencing bullying and/or harassment, and there are a range of options (both informal and formal) available in an attempt to resolve the issue.

UCD Dignity & Respect Policy

This Dignity & Respect policy sets out the framework for dealing with complaints of bullying and harassment, including sexual harassment. It includes information for dealing with complaints informally as well as information on the formal procedure.  It also contains information on the supports available for staff and students.

Dignity & Respect 2017 - Policies & Procedures - Welcome and overview

Dignity & Respect 2017 - Policies & Procedures - Employees

Dignity & Respect 2017 - Policies & Procedures - Students

Dignity & Respect 2017 - Policies & Procedures - Dignity & Respect Contact Persons

Dignity & Respect 2017 - Policies & Procedures - Student Advisers

Dignity & Respect Contact Persons

Who are the Dignity and Respect Contact Persons?

The Panel of Dignity and Respect Contact Persons (Contact Persons hereafter) are fully trained faculty and staff members of the University who are appointed on a voluntary basis by the President under the Dignity and Respect Policy. This panel is available to both employees and students. It should be noted that students should approach their Student Adviser in the first instance. The members of the panel are from across the University and to ensure impartiality, those getting in touch with a Contact Person from the panel should pick someone not known to them.

Role of the Contact Persons

The Contact Person acts as a listening ear, and provides non-directive and non-judgemental support and information to employees and students experiencing difficulties of a bullying and harassment nature on a strictly confidential basis. They will provide information on the range of informal options and supports available and also explain the formal procedures.

They will work also provide support and guidance in terms of approaching the person causing offence.

A Contact Person can also provide a facilitative role where they can speak with the person causing offence directly if requested and ask the other party to assist in resolving the matter. Both parties may be invited to a meeting separately with the Contact Person and/or together as appropriate to discuss the issue with the Contact Person and agree next steps.

Dignity and Respect Contact Persons do not advocate on behalf of any employee or student or get involved in any formal complaint.  

Meet the panel

Learn about the panel members and get in contact

Where do I go for more information?

For further information, contact Marcellina Fogarty on Ext 4947 or marcellina.fogarty@ucd.ie

Mediation at UCD

Mediation is a framework for resolving conflict in an informal manner which is impartial and objective, and aims to resolve conflict at the earliest opportunity. Learn more about Mediation (alternative dispute resolution) at UCD.