Violations of personal rights include any breach of an individual right, such as physical and mental health, moral integrity and respect for individual freedoms or privacy. They therefore refer to all the physical, emotional and social attributes related to a person as a whole.
Examples of violations of personal rights:
- Mockery, humiliation, insults
- The person is ignored or isolated
- The person is ridiculed and false rumours are spread about them
- Physical threats or violence, assault or sexual harassment
These are all unacceptable behaviours but may be deliberate, unintentional or the result of a failure to act. Nonetheless, regardless of intention, they can all constitute violations of personal rights.
Any action that can be classed as sexual or psychological harassment is, by definition, a violation of personal rights. Violations of personal rights can take more serious forms, such as sexual harassment and psychological harassment.
The University of Lausanne does not tolerate any violation of personal rights A range of measures has been introduced in response to the various forms a violation of personal rights can take.