By Patrick Opio
Senior Public Relations Officer
Lira University Council has passed a Policy against Sexual harassment with the perpetrators facing heavy punishments for committing such offense.
The Policy defines Sexual Harassment as Illegal and Creates a Hostile Work and Study Environment by making it Intolerable.
The Policy is now a working document of the University.
What Counts as Sexual Harassment?
Ultimately it is the person on the receiving end of the behaviour who decides whether it is unwanted or offensive.
-Blocking a person’s movement
-Inappropriate and unwanted touch e.g. of a person/kissing/patting/stroking or rubbing
-Purposefully brushing up against another person
-Remarks of a sexual nature about a person’s clothing/behaviour/body
-Sexually explicit statements/questions/jokes/ anecdotes
-Requesting sexual favours
-Coercion into sexual activity by use of threats of punishment.
-Looking a person’s body up and down
-Making derogatory gestures or facial expressions of a sexual nature
-Frequently following or standing too close to a person on purpose (stalking)
-Whistling or staring in a sexually suggestive/offensive manner
-Displaying of sexually suggestive objects/pictures/cartoons etc.
-Sharing sexually inappropriate (pornographic) images/videos with co-workers or students.
NB: See the attached downloadable Sexual harassment Banners and stickers