Your personal data (including sensitive personal data) that you enter into this report is handled in accordance with the University's Privacy Hub [link] and Notices for Students and Staff and this privacy notice.  Together they provide information about how we protect your privacy. 

Please also see our procedures specifically set out in our zero tolerance approach to harassment and bullying

We may use the information you provide for the purpose of: 

  • Helping us to identify the best person for you to speak to in relation to your report. This will be either a Harassment Support Worker or a member of staff in our Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity Service.

  • Monitoring patterns or trends in data that will be used to inform our proactive and preventative work. When reporting anonymously, we will not ask you for any personal identifiable details. We will not be able to offer direct advice or take any action on the report. We will keep an anonymised record of your report to identify whether there have been/are other similar reports and whether there is a pattern of behaviour or trends that should be addressed. 
Making a report does not initiate a formal process, and we will not take any action until we have spoken with you to discuss your report. We will not disclose any personal or identifiable information to any other party unless we believe there is a genuine threat to a person's health and safety.
At any time, you may ask that we stop processing your personal data and that we safely and securely delete the information you gave us.
Your identity and your other personal data will be disclosed within the University of Essex on a need to know basis only, and will not be disclosed to any third parties without your consent unless there are legitimate reasons requiring us to do so, for example, where the information you have provided highlights a potential risk to a person's health and safety.
Please address any questions, comments and requests regarding our data processing practices to


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