Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault

If you have been sexually assaulted, please consult our 
Sexual Assault Support and Response Guide 

Sexual Harassment and sexual assault are a violation of human rights and are not tolerated at Memorial University. The university is committed to ensuring a respectful and harassment-free environment on all its campuses.

Sexual Harassment is defined as:
Comments or conduct of a sexual nature and/or abusive conduct based on gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex (including pregnancy and breast feeding) or sexual orientation directed at an individual or group of individuals by a person or persons who knows or ought to reasonably know that such comments or conduct is unwelcome and/or unwanted.

Some examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:

  • Sexual invitations or requests
  • Sexual assault
  • Photographing or videotaping another person's body
  • Demands for sexual favors
  • Staring or leering at a person's body
  • Sexual orientation discrimination
  • Remarks, or verbal abuse, of a sexual nature
  • Homophobic comments
  • Unwanted sexting or cyberflashing
  • Touching a person's body
  • Harassment based on gender identity or expression
  • The promise of a benefit, or threat of removal, tied to a sexual request
  • Threats of a sexual nature
  • Displays of visual images deemed to be offensive or degrading
  • Any repeated sexual comments or conduct, looks, suggestions, or physical contact that creates a negative, hostile or offensive environment

Sexual Assault is defined as;

The intentional application or threat of force which violates a person's sexual integrity without that person's consent. Sexual Assault is deined as a criminal offense under the Criminal Code R. S. C., 1985, c. C-46 of Canada.

If you witness sexual harassment or sexual assault

Intervene if safe to do so.
Report the incident to the Sexual Harassment Advisor, remember the triple C's: Confidentialty, Control and Consent. When you consult with the Sexual Harassment Office your information is confidential unless there is a safety risk, you remain in control of the process, and nothing is shared without your consent.

Call CEP as needed (4100 from a campus phone or 864-4100)

If you experience sexual harassment or sexual assault 

Contact the Sexual Harassment Advisor for support, keeping in mind the triple C's: Confidentiality, Control and Consent. When you consult with the Sexual Harassment Office your information is confidential, you remain in control of what is done with your information and nothing is shared without your consent. Please note, if the health, safety and security of a person or persons is a concern, confidentiality may not apply.

Consider other resources both on your campus and in your community such as medical attention, counselling, or police intervention. 


Sexual Harassment Office

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000