Combating Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment

Are you a victim or witness of sexual and/or sexist harassment?

The University is committed to combating discrimination and harassment. The Equality Task Force will support you and help overcome this type of behaviour.

How should you act?

You can take action as a witness and/or a victim.

Contact the University's Equality Task Force by email: vieetudiante.harcelement@univ-eiffel.fr

The task force is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of all interactions.

It is essential to counter the culture of impunity. Keeping quiet merely condones this kind of behaviour.

Identifying Harassment

Sexism is defined as “where unwanted conduct related to the sex of a person occurs with the purpose or effect of violating the dignity of a person, and of creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment” (Le Pors Law).

Harassment can take several forms:

It can be verbal or non-verbal:

  • Repeated and intrusive sexual advances or comments (repeated questions linked to the individual’s intimacy or sexual practices).
  • Misogynistic jokes, words or mockery.
  • Comments on physical appearance, clothing, sexual orientation or identity.
  • Insulting graffiti in bathrooms, phone numbers shared online or social media, for example. 

It can also be non-verbal:

  • Staring, sometimes in a threatening way.
  • Whistling and other noises. 

It can take the form of images or photographs: 

  • Photographic montages.
  • Photographs taken without prior consent.
  • Sharing of pornographic images during class.
  • Finally, harassment can also be physical, and includes: 
  • Exhibition (displaying genitals).
  • Inappropriate gestures and touching (putting a hand to someone’s rear, touching someone’s breasts, hips, thighs, etc.).
  • Rape (any form of oral, anal or vaginal penetration).

This type of behaviour is punished by the law

Harassment can take place: 

  • During class, oral exams, written exams, the preparation of group presentations, or any other form of learning or teaching activity within the institution. 
  • During field trips, internships or study trips organised by the institution. 
  • During student and induction parties or end-of-year celebrations.  
  • During sporting or society events.
  • In all university and study spaces: classes, corridors, toilets, library, common rooms, gym, refectory, staff offices, student halls.
  • But also, on the Internet, by e-mail, or through social media. 

Resources 

For more information, please visit the dedicated page of the equality mission

For more information or to request a confidential meeting, please contact the mission.

 

For general enquiries or to report an event or action, please visit: mission.egalite@univ-eiffel.fr