Zero-Tolerance Harassment Policy

Zero Tolerance Campaign Pembroke College JPC operates a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual harassment. The JPC in collaboration with Pembroke College is committed to providing a safe environment in which all members of the College can participate freely and contribute fully without fear for their personal security.

This policy states:

• That sexual harassment will not be tolerated, and those who commit acts of sexual harassment will be stopped and disciplined for their actions.

• That this policy is applicable to all students, regardless of gender, sexuality, or any other characteristic.

• That no student at this institution should be forced to just 'put up' with sexual harassment, and that action must be taken to ensure all students are able to enjoy their time at university without experiencing sexual harassment.

Inappropriate behaviour is defined as inappropriate if: it is unwanted by the recipient; it is perceived by the recipient as violating their dignity and/or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment; and the behaviour could reasonably be considered as having that effect, including in the recipient's perception. This definition applies whether or not there was an intention to cause that effect.

Examples of behaviour that may amount to harassment under this Policy include (but are not limited to) the following: • Unwanted physical contact, ranging from an invasion of space to an assault, including: inappropriate body language, sexually explicit remarks, innuendoes or invitations, unwanted sexual advances, gestures, noises (for instance catcalling or wolf whistling) and/or touching • Offensive comments such as insults, jokes, gestures, rumours, open hostility, criticism which may be abusive, embarrassing, patronising, humiliating, intimidating, demeaning, isolating. • Public posting offensive, racist, homophobic, misogynistic, sexually suggestive comments on electronic media, including using mobile communication devices • Threatening to disclose, or disclosing, personal information to do with a person’s sexuality or disability to others without their permission, or deliberately using the wrong name or pronoun in relation to a transgender person, or persistently referring to their gender identity history • Stalking which may include following a person, contacting, or attempting to contact, a person by any means after having been told not to do so.

This policy aims to enable a clear understanding of the types of behaviours that are inappropriate and unacceptable so that all members of the community treat each other with respect. However, this list is non-exhaustive. If an individual feels that they have been sexually harassed then the JPC will treat the incident accordingly. Pembroke College’s 'Rape and Sexual Assault Document' ( and the 'Dignity at Work and Study Policy' ( re-enforces this zero tolerance culture.

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