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Harassment between students or students and staff - Dignity and Respect Policy

The Dignity and Respect policy replaces the previous Student Code for Dealing with Bullying and Harassment to clarify the responsibility of reporting and taking action in cases of bullying and harassment by students against staff or fellow students and is aligned to the new Staff Bullying and Harassment Policy. The policy applies to all forms of bullying and harassment occurring in OU contexts, including residential schools, tutorials, day schools and research supervision sessions. Part 1 sets out the policy and Part 2 covers the procedures for taking informal and formal action, and sources of support.

Cases of alleged serious criminal offence, such as physical and sexual assault, must be immediately reported to the police. In such cases the University will take no action under this policy (other than suspension, if considered necessary) until the outcome of any criminal investigation is known.

NOTE: If you are a disabled student and you would like to receive this procedure in an alternative format please contact the Strategy and Quality Development Team in Academic Services at You should also contact the Strategy and Quality Development Team in Academic Services if you wish to discuss any reasonable adjustments to these procedures to take into account your disability and any additional support you may need in raising and pursuing your bullying or harassment issue due to your disability


Health and safety: Advice for using your computer

This is Appendix 1 of the OU Student Computing Policy  and should be read in conjunction with the rest of that policy. This Appendix provides suggestions for setting up your computer and working safely.

Honours degree classification - Working out your class of honours

The honours degree classification process is explained, and threshold scores are given for the different categories of honours degree.  Two worked examples show how the process is applied to individual student records.