Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures

The Council, at its meeting on 6 December 2011, approved the University’s Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures (Policy), based on the recommendation from the Task Force on Review of Complaint Procedures against Sexual Harassment. The Policy, which applies to both staff and students, will replace the existing University’s Policy Statement on Sexual Harassment and take effect from 1 January 2012. The Policy will be reviewed after two years of implementation.

Under the Sex Discrimination Ordinance, sexual harassment is unlawful. The University has a legal and moral obligation to provide a working and learning environment that is free from sexual harassment. The University is committed to preventing and eliminating sexual harassment and will not condone any act of sexual harassment committed by its staff members and students. Sexual harassment is a breach to staff and student discipline and shall be subject to disciplinary action according to the Regulations Governing Staff Discipline, and the Code of Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedure respectively.

Details of the Policy are set out in Attachment I. Some salient features are highlighted below:

1.

Under the Policy, a sexual harassment complaint can be classified as either formal or informal, depending on whether an investigation is conducted into the case.  The classification refers to the wish of the complainant rather than reflecting the nature and gravity of the complaint.  The two approaches are both valid, and the exact approach to be adopted depends on the wish of the complainant.

2.

Depending on the identity (staff or student) of the alleged harasser, complaints of sexual harassment should be lodged with one of the following members who will also become the Subject Officer of the case:   

§  the Director of Human Resources (or nominee) when the alleged harasser is a staff member; 
§  the Dean of Students (or nominee) when the alleged harasser is a student at or below undergraduate level; or
§  the Dean of Graduate Studies (or nominee) when the alleged harasser is a student at postgraduate level.

3.

A Committee Against Sexual Harassment (CASH) has been established to provide guidance to staff members and students; support the promotion of awareness of related issues; and members of CASH may help to investigate sexual harassment complaints.

4.

All designated persons handling sexual harassment complaints shall follow the general principles for handling these complaints and the guidelines for investigation of formal complaints as detailed in the Policy.  All sexual harassment complaints should be thoroughly and fairly handled without delay. 

For general enquiries on sexual harassment issues, please call the CASH enquiry line at 3442 9000 (during 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday) or e-mail at cash@cityu.edu.hk.