Unwelcome sexual attention and harassment is a broad term. It can be a range of experiences with a sexual undertone; anything from an isolated remark to the other end of the scale where a person feels systematically sexually harassed. A person that experienceSexs a violation against their integrity, can address the issue directly to the person in question, or consult others about the situation/s. What one experiences as offensive can vary from person to person.
Often the gravity of the situation can develop overtime and can result inappropriate behaviour. In a supervisor- student relationship, it can include anything from an unpleasant incident to systematic harassment over time. Sexual harassment which occurs over time is considered a severe level of offensive/threatening harassment. This harassment can have a profound impact on the student’s study situation.
Pursuant to section 8 of the Gender Equality Act, harassment on the grounds of sexuality and sexual harassment is prohibited. Sexual harassment means acts, omissions or expressions that seem or are intended to be offensive, intimidating, hostile, degrading or humiliating. Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual attention toward the recipient.
Who you should contact
If you have experienced bullying or harassment:
From your peer, contact:
Studentpartner, email@example.com, ph: 464 10 208
or the health service on the student board:
Oslo: Sio ph.: 22 85 33 00
Bergen: Sammen ph: 55 54 45 00
Stavanger: Sis ph: 51 83 33 00
Trondheim: Sit ph: 73 55 16 60
From a BI staff member, contact:
BI’s HR department, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, ph.: 918 64 272
The contact person has a duty to handle the case seriously and confidentially in a manner requested by the student. The student can seek support from people he/she trusts who can refer the student to the appropriate contact people listed above. Students can be accompanied by a student representative, classmate or another support person, if he/she wishes.
If a student sexually harasses a staff member, procedures to deal with harassment, inappropriate behavior and individual conflicts will apply and are available on the BI intranet.