Any form of discrimination is not okay. 

Discrimination is when a person or group of people are treated less favourably than others based on a relevant or perceived protected characteristic.  The Open University has broadened the characteristics to include age, caring for dependants, disability, experience of being in care, gender reassignment (including gender, gender expression, gender identity), marital or civil partnership status, membership of the Traveller community, political opinion, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, trades union membership status, and type of employment contract, such as part-time or fixed term (for Open University employees only). 

  • What is discrimination? It might be useful to think about what constitutes unlawful discrimination.
  • To a friend. Talking things through with someone you trust can sometimes help. 
  • Report and Support. Students and staff can report an incident using the University‚Äôs Report and Support system. You can choose to do this anonymously, or you can report with contact details. 
  • University Procedure. If you choose to make a formal complaint to the University against a student or a member of staff, there are procedures that set out the steps you will need to follow.   The University staff and student Dignity and Respect Policy and staff Bullying and Harassment Policy can provide more information.
Get Support 
  • Find out what support is available if you think you have been discriminated against.

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