What should you do if you witness sexism or sexual harassment?

Students, like all members of the UNIL community, are encouraged to:

  • Adopt appropriate behaviours towards all members of the university community and all external contact;
  • Respect everyone’s differences and personal boundaries in working or study relationships;
  • Contribute to creating a peaceful working and study environment;
  • Support people who may be targets of sexism or harassment.
React

Here is what you can do if you witness sexism or harassment:

 

  • Refuse to be complicit in inappropriate behaviours: for example, do not take part in inappropriate or sexist comments or jokes, or if the situation permits, speak to the person engaging in these kinds of behaviour;
  • Offer your support to the target person: talk to them, encourage them to act, point them towards the relevant bodies and make yourself available as a witness if a complaint is made;
  • In the case of cyber-bullying, report problematic messages exchanged on a social network between members of the university community to your Dean’s office or head of department.

 

But don’t do anything without the target person’s explicit consent!

 

Do you have doubts about your own behaviour?