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Dignity at King's

Policies and Procedures

Blank spaceThe university aims to provide a safe environment for all students and staff whilst studying and working at King’s College London.

The university is committed to providing and promoting a positive environment for all its students, staff and members of its community which is free from all forms of prejudice, discrimination, bullying, harassment sexual misconduct and hate crime.

Safeguarding

This policy sets out the university’s duty to safeguard any child or adult at risk who either applies and is admitted as a student to King’s College London, or who comes into contact with King's College London as a result of university activities.  

The policy and its related procedures apply to all university staff, students, freelance practitioners, student ambassadors, alumni, volunteers and any associated personnel representing the university.  

Policies for Staff

Dignity at Work: Statement of Commitment

King's College London is committed to protecting the dignity of its staff in their work and their interactions with others. This includes providing a working and learning environment that is free from discrimination, bulling, harassment and victimisation. It should be noted that discrimination, bullying, harassment and victimisation do not only take place face to face. They may also occur in written communications, by email, or by phone, for example. 

This 'Statement of Commitment' outlines: 

  • The College's commitment to protecting the dignity of all their staff. 
  • Details of the support available to staff who feel they are experiencing bullying, harassment or victimisation, including the Grievance Procedure.  
  • Definitions of these terms 
  • Examples of bullying and harassment. 

Grievance Procedures  

Any reports of bullying, harassment, sexual misconduct or hate crime in relation to the behaviour of a King's staff member will be considered under the following Grievance Procedures:  

King's is committed to protecting the dignity of all its staff and all grievance procedures are adhered to the following principles:  

  • The university and staff should raise and deal with issues promptly and should not unreasonably delay meetings, decisions or confirmation of those decisions.  
  • Managers and staff should act fairly, consistently and in good faith.  
  • Managers should carry out any necessary investigations to establish the facts of the case.  
  • A member of staff will have the right of appeal if they feel that a formal grievance has not been satisfactorily resolved, in accordance with the process for appeals as outlined in each procedure document.  

 Other relevant policies: 

Policies for Students

King’s College London is committed to protecting the dignity of its students in their learning and participation in university life, and in their interactions with others. This includes providing a university environment that is free from discrimination, bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct and hate crime.

It should be noted that discrimination, bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct and hate crime do not only take place face to face. They may also occur in written communications, by email, or by phone, or online.

The university recognises its duty of care to students. Inappropriate behaviour can result in stress and stress-related illness, and this can affect students’ wellbeing or attainment and lead them to withdraw from their course. All students and staff share this duty of care. The university therefore expects all members of its community to treat each other with respect, courtesy and consideration.

All students and staff have the right to expect good conduct and professional behaviour from others, and have a corresponding responsibility to behave professionally and with good conduct towards others.

Misconduct Regulations

As members of the King’s community, students are expected to adhere to the regulations, procedures and policies of the College, to show respect for the persons within and for the property of the King’s community, and to behave in a way that does not interfere with the proper functioning or activities of the College.  

Where there is reason to believe that the behaviour of a student falls below the expected standards set out in the guidance, and/or where regulations, procedures, and/or policies have been broken, the Misconduct Procedure will be instigated.  

Information on the Misconduct Procedure is available here: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/aboutkings/orgstructure/ps/acservices/conduct/misconduct



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