KEDGE says no

The Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation is supporting a number of initiatives and measures

Situations involving sexual harassment, sexual aggression, discriminatory, sexist or homophobic behaviour also exist in higher education and research establishments. Although often associated with companies, the existence of the phenomenon is still relatively little-known in the higher education sector and chiefly reveals itself under media scrutiny…

The Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation is supporting a number of initiatives and measures already implemented by around twenty French universities aimed at preventing sexual harassment and/or sexist and sexual violence, and supporting the victims of such actions.

During an international colloquium on sexist and sexual violence at Paris Diderot University on 4 December 2017, the minister with responsibility for this ministry, Frédérique Vidal, called for higher education establishments to mobilise in order to introduce appropriate alert, counselling and processing systems.

A number of specific characteristics of the world of higher education and graduate schools may constitute risk factors:

  • Community life, which may create a form of social pressure, induction weekends, student evenings, accommodation sharing, housing in halls of residence or private collective accommodation, etc.
  • Marked hierarchical relationships which may evolve into power-based or “dependency” relationships: doctoral thesis supervisors and doctoral students, relationships between teachers and students, association boards and applicants, etc.

In order to prevent problems and to protect the health and safety of the members of its community, KEDGE BS was therefore keen to introduce a comprehensive prevention plan and an alert, victim support and incident processing system for such situations.

The School must prevent discrimination and violence by referring sufficiently proven incidents to the disciplinary bodies and involving the relevant authorities for crimes whose effects can still be avoided or limited.

The KEDGE BS community must work on a daily basis to prevent sexist and sexual violence and to fight discrimination wherever it may occur.

All members of the community must display ethical and responsible behaviour, including with regard to diversity, and must intervene if they witness or are aware of a deviant situation or one which violates our commitments.

Indeed, especially without support, the consequences for the victims can be difficult and long-lasting, particularly from:

  • A psychological viewpoint - stress, anxiety, school phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, addiction, etc.
  • An educational and professional viewpoint- educational failure, de-registration, dropping out, abandoned courses, etc.
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