You are a witness

Are you unsure about what’s happening to you? The persons of trust are available to help you put your situation into words.

Individual and collective responsibility

All members of the UNIL community are invited to:

  • Adopt appropriate behaviours towards all other members of the university community and all external stakeholders;
  • Respect each other's personal differences and limitations in work or study relationships;
  • Contribute to establishing a serene work and study climate;
  • Support those who may be the target of harassment (sexual or psychological), discrimination on the basis of gender identity, sexual or emotional orientation, or violence.
Become an active witness

If you witness sexism or harassment, here is what you can do to become an active witness by following the 5Ds of intervention.

  • Directly intervene: if you feel it is possible, intervene directly, for example by indicating your discomfort with the remarks. Be calm, but firm and clear.
  • Distract: take an indirect approach to de-escalate the situation. Divert the attention of the perpetrator of the act in order to end the situation or allow the victim to walk away. If you can, reach out to the victim to ask them how they are feeling and offer support.
  • Delegate: you can ask for help from others around you, and suggest that they intervene. You can also refer the victim to the appropriate resources by making yourself available as a witness in case a complaint is filed.
  • Document: without intervening directly, you can note what you see and then share this testimony with the person concerned. You can also report the incident as a witness using the reporting form.
  • Delay: if you couldn’t act at the moment of the incident, it is still time and important for you to do so after the facts. Once the incident is over, go and see the person concerned, ask them how they are feeling. This is very important because it allows the person to feel taken into account in their integrity.