Zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment and discrimination

SES 2019 is committed to providing a safe environment for all Delegates free from discrimination on any ground and from harassment, including sexual harassment. SES 2019 will operate a zero tolerance policy for any form of sexual harassment, treat all incidents seriously, and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual harassment. Any person found to have sexually harassed another will face disciplinary action, up to and including immediate banishment from the Summit. All complaints of sexual harassment will be taken seriously and treated with respect and in confidence. No one will be victimised for making such a complaint.

Definition of sexual harassment:

Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature which makes a person feel offended, humiliated and/or intimidated. It includes situations which create an environment which is hostile, intimidating or humiliating for the recipient. Sexual harassment can involve one or more incidents, and actions constituting harassment may be physical, verbal and non-verbal. 

Examples of conduct or behaviour which constitute sexual harassment include, but are not limited to: 

Physical conduct  

  • Unwelcome physical contact including patting, pinching, stroking, kissing, hugging, fondling, or inappropriate touching  

  • Physical violence, including sexual assault  

  • Physical contact, e.g. touching, pinching  

Verbal conduct  

  • Comments on another participant’s appearance, age, private life, etc.  

  • Sexual comments, stories and jokes  

  • Sexual advances  

  • Repeated and unwanted social invitations for dates or physical intimacy  

  • Insults based on the sex of the worker  

  • Condescending or paternalistic remarks 

  • Sending sexually explicit messages (by phone or by email)

Non-verbal conduct  

  • Display of sexually explicit or suggestive material  

  • Sexually-suggestive gestures  

  • Whistling

If you see or hear of any behaviour that you deem to fit this description, please be an active bystander and take action. Please see the poster below for more on this.

We are also abiding to Imperial College London’s Harrassment, Bullying and Victimisation policy as well as their Safeguarding Policy

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