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Prevention of harassment

Harassment is a severe infringement of human rights, threatening individual dignity, honor and the ability to live in peace. The University acts to prevent harassment, and to create a campus environment where students and staff can live healthily and peacefully. Furthermore, measures are taken to prevent and eliminate harassment, and if issues arise that lead to harassment, swift and appropriate action will be taken.

○Definition of harassment

The University describes harassment as sexual harassment, or any other conduct of a similar level that damages the dignity of another person.

*“Other conduct of a similar level that damages the dignity of another person” is defined as, a staff member, faculty member, student, or other related person using the higher status afforded by their position or strength in a relationship in order to make another person uncomfortable through inappropriate remarks or conduct (power harassment, academic harassment), etc.

*In order to ensure that all members of the University are fully aware of the University's basic initiatives to prevent harassment and resolve problems, we have formulated the Kyushu University Anti-Harassment Guidelines. For further details, please see the Guidelines.

*Sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is defined as remarks or conduct of a sexual nature that makes another person feel uncomfortable, regardless of the intent of the actor. It includes taking advantage of a hierarchical relationship or position to coerce a person into romantic or sexual relations; conduct that creates advantage or disadvantage depending on the person's response to remarks or conduct of a sexual nature (quid pro quo sexual harassment); remarks, conduct, or images of a sexual nature that are unwanted by the recipient or others around them; and remarks or conduct that discriminate against others on the basis of sex (hostile environment sexual harassment). Regardless of one’s sexual orientation (which gender you have romantic or sexual attraction to) or gender identification (the personal sense of one’s own gender), some conduct may be considered sexual harassment.

*Power harassment and academic harassment

Power harassment is defined as repeatedly using the advantage afforded by one’s status (power) or influence within the University to engage in remarks or conduct of an abusive or otherwise harassing nature.

Within the context of education and research, this is called academic harassment and includes obstructing a person’s research or employment, neglecting one’s responsibility as a person’s academic supervisor, and intimidating remarks, conduct or reprimands. It is not only harassment by a person of higher status toward a person of lower status that constitutes power harassment or academic harassment: harassment that takes advantage of superiority in numbers and harassment by a person of lower status toward a person of higher status can also be classed as power or academic harassment.

*Harassment on the grounds of pregnancy, childbirth, child care leave, family care leave, etc.

Harassment on the grounds of pregnancy, childbirth, child care leave, family care leave, etc. includes harming the working environment through speech or behavior concerning the use of systems or measures relating to pregnancy or childbirth, harming the working environment through speech or behavior concerning the use of child care leave or family care leave, and harming the working environment through speech or behavior concerning the fact of a person’s having become pregnant, having given birth, or any other speech or behavior concerning pregnancy or childbirth.

*Other forms of harassment

Apart from the types of harassment listed above, other conceivable forms of harassment can occur outside the education and research environment or workplace. These include unfair ostracism or bullying, coercing a person to drink alcohol or engaging in behavior that causes a nuisance while under the influence of alcohol, and persistently asking someone to become involved with a religion or philosophy that one advocates.

○Advice on filing complaints

Kyushu University has located harassment counselors within the University, to respond to consultations regarding harassment, and also to respond to the filing of formal complaints. In addition, the “Office for Harassment Prevention and Counseling” was established as the university-wide consultation office. Full-time harassment counselors at the office are clinical psychologists and they are there for consultation. (Consultation appointments can be made at the Office for Harassment Prevention and Counseling website.) The names and contact details of these counselors are available on the University website.

○Prevention/response system

The University has established a Harassment Committee, comprised of department heads and other staff members, to engage in measures to prevent and respond to harassment issues.

If a harassment complaint is filed, the Committee investigates and deliberates regarding the complaint.
When the Committee receives a complaint, the Coordination Committee or the Investigation Subcommittee responds to it if necessary.