React

Tell them to stop

Try to stop the person you feel is targeting you directly by making it clear that their behaviour is unwanted and will not be tolerated.

 

If you are uncomfortable confronting that person or if talking to them has had no effect, send them a letter or email. Write down what is upsetting you and ask the recipient to refrain from inappropriate behaviour in future.

 

Remember to keep a copy of what you send.

Ask for help

There are several bodies available to listen to, guide and inform members of the university community about sexism and harassment and how to stop it.

 

You can:

  • Contact the Advice and Mediation Office, which can help you to find a solution and support you in instigating the process;
  • Get information and advice from an internal body. These bodies are obliged to report to the Rectorate if they are informed of a situation that could be classed as harassment;
  • In cases that are covered by criminal law (such as threats, sexual coercion or rape), you should file a complaint directly with the police;
  • 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 service.
Make a complaint

In cases that are covered by criminal law (defamation, libel, slander, insult, threat, sexual coercion or rape), you should file a complaint directly with the police.

 

In the case of cyber-bullying, report problematic conversations or messages (social media or forum posts, text messages, chats, emails, etc.) to the Dean’s office for your faculty or the head of service.

Record incidents

Whenever an inappropriate situation arises, take notes and write down what happened, when and where the situation occurred, the context in which it took place and who was present.

 

Ask anyone who witnessed the behaviour to support you if a witness statement is needed.

 

In the case of cyber-bullying, take screen shots and keep problematic messages. These notes and records will be useful and allow you to refer to concrete facts and provide the names of witnesses.