This “Advisory Guide for Sexual/Academic Harassment” was formulated by Kyoto University of Foreign Studies and Kyoto Junior College of Foreign Languages in order to help ensure a comfortable education and research environment for all members of the university community. We aim to ensure an environment free from sexual and academic harassment, where the human rights of all individuals are respected.
The staff at this university are prepared to deal with any questions or problems you may have involving sexual or academic harassment. The protection of your privacy will be our foremost priority as we work with you to reach a resolution.
Increased awareness of what constitutes harassment by each and every member of the community is crucial in the prevention of harassment. Each of us can help by:
Remember that through carelessness anyone can become a perpetrator or a victim of harassment. What you intended as a playful, friendly remark or gesture can easily cause discomfort in another.
Sexual harassment is any intentional and/or unintentional verbal or physical conduct, sexual in nature, directed at another person. It may cause embarrassment, humiliation, and/or a loss of personal dignity in the victim.
Sexual harassment can also result when a person having authority or power in a work or academic environment takes advantage of his/her position to make or imply unwanted sexual suggestions or demands upon another.
Victims of sexual harassment may experience problems studying or may lose their motivation to continue work or research.
Academic harassment is any offensive, malicious, or unfair comment or behavior by a person in a position of power that causes another person to suffer a loss or to perceive they have suffered a loss of their independence and/or personal dignity. Academic harassment violates the rights of an individual to study, perform research, or work within the university community.
The mental suffering caused by academic harassment can have potentially devastating effects on the future of victims.
The university’s advisors have been trained and are qualified to give advice regarding matters of harassment. You may contact the advisor of your choice. Please find the list of advisors and their contact information. Advisors may be contacted directly in person or by letter, phone, or email.
|Location||Building 9, 7th floor|
|Hours||Mon. / Tue. / Wed. / Thu. / Fri. 9:00-18:30
Counselor, Women’s Counseling Kyoto
|Location||Research Office for Human Rights Education (Bldg. 9, 7th floor)|
The protection of your privacy will be the advisor’s foremost priority. If you seek their advice, you will not suffer any repercussions.
Advisors will sincerely listen to you and thoroughly discuss different possible options with you for reaching a resolution.
A mediation committee will meet with all parties involved in an attempt to reach an agreeable resolution. The committee will not ask you to face the other party(ies) without your approval and desire to do so.
An investigative committee will examine the case and decide upon appropriate measures to deal with the problem, including possible legal or punitive action against the offender(s).
Keep records about what happened, where it happened, when, and how it made you feel, etc. as well as any response(s) you made at the time. Finally, if you have any letters, emails, or any other things that may be used as evidence, save them as well.
If a friend or co-worker consults you, listen sincerely to what they have to say, and, in as much as possible, be supportive.
If a friend or co-worker is troubled by an instance of apparent harassment, encourage them to consult an advisor. If your friend or co-worker requests you to, go with them to see an advisor.