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Our University is strongly opposed to all forms of sexual and gender-based violence but is unfortunately not immune to it. A listening and support service has been set up to address any incidents and provide support to students and staff.
The University listening and support service is here to help
Behaviour that amounts to sexist and sexual violence is not tolerated within the University community and anywhere
Gender-based or sexual violence covers a broad range of inappropriate behaviours. Engaging, or attempting to engage, in a sexual act with an individual without their consent is a crime. Sexual misconduct and harassment are also severely punished.
Sexual harassment is defined as “repeatedly imposing on a person comments or behaviours of a sexual or sexist nature, which are intended to or have the effect of:
- violating your dignity
- making you feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated
- creating a hostile or offensive environment.”
Sexual harassment also encompasses “any form of unwanted conduct, even if not repeated, exercised with the real or apparent aim of obtaining an act of a sexual nature, whether this is sought for the benefit of the perpetrator or a third party.”
Examples of sexual harassment (non-exhaustive list):
- unwanted physical contact (other than sexual attacks)
- verbal aggression: invitations, physical remarks, discussions concerning sexual matters, unwanted sexual advances, unwanted sexual comments or jokes, requests for explicit sexual acts etc.
- but also non-verbal conduct: staring, miming sexual acts, sending text messages, letters, and emails with a sexual content, sharing photomontages and intimate photos etc.