What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is unwanted behavi​our of a sexual nature and is the inappropriate use of sexual comments or activities in all environments of university life. Sexual harassment can violate your dignity, make you feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated and can create an unpleasant environment for everyone. It is totally unacceptable and anyone who reports an incident will always be believed and supported.

Here are some (but not all) forms of sexual harassment:
  • ​Emphasising the sex of a person or group in a negative way
  • Suggestive and/or unwelcome sexual comments or gestures 
  • Unnecessary and/or unwelcome physical contact
  • Pulling at or lifting someone's clothing and/or exposing their body in public or private without consent
  • Unwelcome, sexually explicit comments or language online
  • Displaying or sending pornographic, degrading or indecent images electronically

You decide what is OK or not

It is the person who is subject to harassments that decide whether it is harassments or not. Sometimes it can be hard to know if something is OK. But if it makes you uncomfortable or is unwelcomed, trust your gut feeling.

It's never your fault

It is common for those who are exposed to avoid reporting or telling. Often this is due to concerns that the event feels too trivial, having to confront the practitioner and how it affects the work or study environment. Many also feel that a report will not lead anywhere. 
It is never your fault that something happened to you. No one has the right to harass anyone due to choice of clothing, lifestyle or the relationship you have with the one who harassed you. If you choose to tell us we can handle and act. We can change the culture on campus and prevent others from being harassed in the future. 

Work environment for employees

Your manager is responsible for your work environment . According to the law this person is responsible for making sure a report is acted upon. If a colleague is being harassed you can alert your manager or HR partner.

As an employee and bystander you should:

  • ​Not accept degrading jargon
  • Actively take a stance against harassments
  • Listen to and support your colleague without judgement
If your manager is the problem or if you lack confidence for him/her you can:
  • Contact an HR partner
  • Contact your manager's superior
  • Report - if you have the victim's approval

Study environment for students

The Head of Programme is responsible for the study environment. This responsibility entails both proactive and reactive work to increase both physical and mental health. Harassment is considered a work environment issue and therefore must be dealt with by the one responsible. However it is everybody’s responsibility to work together to create a healthy environment free from harassments.

As a student and bystander you should:
  • ​Not accept degrading jargon
  • Actively take a stance against harassments
  • Listen to and support a student who has been harassed without judgement
If he Head of Programme is the problem or if you lack confidence for him/her you can:
  • ​Contact the Student Welfare Officer or your local Student Safety and Welfare Representative (referred to as SAMO in Swedish, a student at each student division)
  • Contact the Dean of Education
  • Report - if you have the victim's approval

Outside of study environment​

Feeling safe is not limited to the study environment. Also recreational time is included in your safety and wellbeing. All kind of incidents can be reported on this website. If you prefer to contact the Student Union, you can turn to SAMO or the Student Welfare Officer (both are volunteering students). If you are a witness or bystander or have been harassed yourself but don’t know by whom, you can always talk to us. Measures can always be taken to make organisers of events more aware and create better routines. 

Page manager Published: Wed 07 Aug 2019.