Zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment at the University of Tampere

Submitted on Wed, 02/28/2018 - 14:26

The University of Tampere has zero tolerance for sexual harassment. The University's Equality Committee has issued the following statement:

Sexual harassment means verbal, non-verbal or physical unwanted conduct of a sexual nature by which a person's psychological or physical integrity is violated intentionally or factually, in particular by creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive atmosphere. This differentiates harassment from normal, friendly interaction at the workplace.

The University of Tampere takes both the current public debate on sexual harassment and the fact that experiences of harassment have also affected the world of academia very seriously.

In order to ensure the equality, parity and non-discrimination of students and employees, the University of Tampere has an equal opportunities plan. The intranet of the University of Tampere contains guidelines for both employees and students on what to do in sexual harassment situations.

The Equality Committee states that as a significant social influencer and actor in both education and research, the University of Tampere is actively promoting the eradication of sexual harassment in society.

Even though surveys conducted with employees indicate that sexual harassment is rare at the University of Tampere, even one case is too many. The University adheres to absolute zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

For further information, please contact:
Chair of the University of Tampere's Equality Committee,
Professor Johanna Kujala, tel. 050 420 1509
Secretary of the University of Tampere's Equality Committee,
Head of Administration Niina Puronurmi, tel. 050 349 7036