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 human rights violations and are not tolerated at Memorial University. The university is committed to ensuring a respectful and harassment-free environment on all its campuses and institutes.

Sexual Harassment is defined as:
Conduct or comments of a sexually-oriented or gender-oriented nature based on gender expression, gender identity, sex or sexual orientation directed at a person or group of persons by another person or persons, who knows or ought reasonably to know that such conduct or comments are unwelcome or unwanted. It includes Sexual Assault and assisting in Sexual Harassment.

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

  • Sexual invitations or requests
  • Sexual assault
  • Photographing or videotaping another person's body without consent
  • Demands for sexual favors
  • Staring or leering at a person's body
  • Sexual orientation discrimination
  • Remarks, or verbal abuse, of a sexual nature
  • Homophobic/transphobic/biphobic comments
  • Unwanted sexting or cyberflashing
  • Touching a person's body without consent
  • 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:

a criminal offence under the Criminal Code R.S.C., 1985, c. C-46 of Canada. It is any type of unwanted sexual act characterized by the use of force, threat(s), or control of a person or carried out in circumstances where the person has not freely consented. {See definition of Consent.)

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. 

Contact

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