Prevention of Sexual Harassment

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The University is committed to eliminating and preventing sexual harassment and will not condone any act of sexual harassment committed by its staff members or students. The policy and procedure sets out the mechanism for dealing with allegations or complaints of sexual harassment and for providing proper redress if and when harassment occurs. By clearly stating the University’s stance on sexual harassment and putting an appropriate procedure in place, the University aims to cultivate a sense of justice, fairness and openness in the University community in relation to gender equality and the furtherance of mutual respect.

For details of the University’s Policy Against Sexual Harassment, please click the button below to visit the website of the Committee Against Sexual Harassment:

 University’s Policy Against Sexual Harassment

 

What exactly constitutes sexual harassment?

In very simple terms, any sex-related language, action or physical contact that is unwelcome may constitute sexual harassment. An intimidating, hostile or offensive environment will also constitute sexual harassment. Sexual harassment can be through spoken words, emails, letters, phone calls or the like. Sexual harassment does not have to be intentional or aimed at any particular subject and may be explicit or implicit. Sexual harassment may occur between persons of the same sex or opposite sex. A single incident may be sufficient to constitute sexual harassment.

It can also happen in a group, when students in orientation camp shout sex-related slogans or play sexually suggestive games that make other students feel offended or intimidated. This behaviour could result in the creation of a hostile or intimidating environment.

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Examples of Sexual Harassment

The following are some examples of sexual harassment acts:

  • Uninvited physical contact or gestures
  • Unwelcome requests for sex
  • Sexual comments or jokes
  • Intrusive questions or insinuations of a sexual nature about a person’s private life
  • Unwanted invitations
  • Unwelcome physical contact such as massaging a person without invitation or deliberately brushing up against him/her
Comments with sexual innuendoes  Obscene gestures or inappropriate touching
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  • A few students tell sex-related jokes and make disparaging remarks about the female body, in the presence of other classmates. The classmates find it highly offensive.
  • A teacher leans his body against his female student and lays his arm on her shoulder. The female student is too frightened to object to such behaviour.
Leering or lewd gestures Unwanted invitations
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  • At the swimming pool, a male student runs his eyes lasciviously over the body of a female student in a swimsuit, causing her to feel embarrassed and annoyed.
  • A female student is very fond of Professor Wong. She attempts to make a date with him, despite being told "No" each time. Professor Wong feels annoyed and offended.

What can you do if you are sexually harassed?

  1. Say “No". Speak up at the time. Tell the harasser that his / her behaviour is unwanted and has to stop immediately.
  2. Keep a written record of the incidents, including dates, time, places, witnesses, nature of the harassment (what the harasser said and did) and your responses.
  3. Tell someone you trust or a counsellor, and ask for emotional support and advice.
  4. Seek help from the University’s Panel Against Sexual Harassment. All information will be kept in strict confidence.

 

Enquiries & Complaint

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