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Workplace bullying is against the law in Victoria and Holmesglen takes claims of bullying against and between students very seriously. 

The national definition of bullying for Australian schools is: “…an ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that intends to cause physical, social and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power, or perceived power, over one or more persons who feel unable to stop it from happening.”
There are three main elements to bullying:
  1. A misuse of power in a relationship
  2. Ongoing or repetitive behaviour
  3. Behaviour that can causes harm in some way
Bullying can take on many forms including:
  • Physical – examples include hitting, pushing, shoving
  • Verbal / Written – examples include name calling or making insulting remarks
  • Social – examples include deliberate exclusion of a person, spreading rumours
  • Cyberbullying – any form of bullying that occurs online.
  • Racist bullying – when someone is belittled, mocked or intimidated due to their ethnic background, religious or cultural beliefs.
  • Homophobic and transphobic bullying – bullying based on a person’s sexuality or gender expression.

If you are feeling bullied

Head to the Student Wellbeing office on your campus  and ask to see a student counsellor.
You can call them on  9564 1649  and let the receptionist know if you feel the situation is urgent .

You can also make a complaint through Holmesglen's Complaints and Appeals process.   
 

All information is correct at the time of printing but subject to change.

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