University of Rijeka - a Safe Place (guidelines for the prevention and action against sexual harassment)
In response to the global #MeToo movement, the Senate of the University of Rijeka, accepting the
Communication of the Council of Honor, adopted a statement condemning all forms of sexual harassment and striving to
make the University of Rijeka a safe place to study and work.
As a result, in May 2021 a working group was formed at UNIRI, whose task was to develop guidelines for the prevention and action against sexual harassment, in order to make the University of Rijeka a safe place to study and work for all persons. The aim of the document is to help everyone to recognize sexual harassment more easily and to act appropriately regardless of their position.
A safe place is a responsible public space that does not tolerate sexual harassment, prevents it, and promptly initiates appropriate procedures to assist, support, and investigate reports of sexual harassment. Harassment, especially sexual harassment in any form, is contrary to the fundamental values of UNIRI and must not be tolerated or left unaddressed.
ACTORS AND STAKEHOLDERS
- Working group to develop guidelines to prevent and combat sexual harassment
- UNIRI staff and students
- Persons appointed to handle harassment cases
- Management and administration in the faculties
What would you do the same/differently another time?
What have you learnt? Do you see relevance for this in other contexts?
The process of developing the document was creative, challenging and exciting. It was a wonderful opportunity to develop deeper professional relationships between researchers and experts who will spontaneously collaborate on future sexual harassment prevention initiatives. A spontaneous network of experts emerged that now serves as an informal support structure for related issues.