As part of the gender equality plan, and in order to fight against all forms of discrimination and violence, the UM has set up an internal system based on referral persons and a counselling unit made up of a network of support persons. This system is aimed at the entire university community, whether they are victims or witnesses of violence, discrimination, moral or sexual harassment or sexist behaviour.
To support you: the referents and members of the listening unit
Whether you are a student or a UM staff member, the UM's listening unit is there to help you, to receive your report and to support you in complete confidentiality. The listening unit is made up of the gender equality referent, the vice-president in charge of social responsibility, the head of the quality of life at work service, a representative of the preventive medicine service, the head of the student life service (for students), the human resources department and the UM's social service assistants (for staff).
These people can welcome you, advise you, inform you and guide you, without judgment and in complete confidentiality. Any civil servant who receives a report is bound by professional secrecy.
What is the purpose of an information sheet?
Whether you are a victim or a witness, an internal UM reporting form is available below and on the intranet (for staff).
This form allows you to describe what you have experienced or witnessed. It is useful for establishing the facts precisely, and also allows you to keep a record if you need time to reflect before acting.
To complete the form, you can get help from the counsellors of the listening unit, from any UM support professional or any trusted person.
You can attach any evidence you consider useful (testimonies, recordings, photos, sms, emails, etc.).
Download the report form :
The main stages of the system set up at the UM
- Reporting to the referents or other members of the listening unit, preferably with a report form. In the event of exceptionally serious incidents (e.g. physical violence), the President and the Director General of Services must be contacted directly by any person without delay.
- The victim is offered an interview with the referents or other members of the listening unit.
- The person(s) referred is offered an interview with the referral agents or other members of the listening unit.
- Following this, the victim is contacted. In the case of certain less serious incidents (e.g. one-off sexist remarks), and with the victim's agreement, the referral persons may seek a simple resolution to the conflict.
- If a simple resolution cannot be envisaged, the procedure is continued with the victim's agreement. The file is then anonymised (report form + evidence). Depending on the situation, either the file is sent directly to the General and Institutional Affairs Directorate - Legal Affairs Department (DAGI-SAJ), or it is analysed beforehand by the listening unit before being sent to the DAGI-SAJ (a report of this meeting is then drawn up). The victim is informed of the outcome of the case by the referral persons.
- If the case is deemed unfounded by the DAGI-SAJ, the procedures for appeal are specified by this service and the victim is informed.
- If the case is sufficiently well-founded, it is referred to the President. The victim is informed of the referral.
- The President decides what action to take on the alert (request for further information and/or information to the public prosecutor and/or initiation of a disciplinary procedure,...).
- If a disciplinary procedure is initiated, the anonymity of the victim is lifted with the members of the disciplinary section.
Victim or witness of sexist or sexual violence? Understanding and being accompanied, who to contact?
Because the higher education environment is unfortunately not free of sexist acts, the UM has designed a specific guide to help victims of sexist and sexual violence.
This guide is intended firstly for them, so that they feel listened to, respected and guided. It is also intended for colleagues, friends and witnesses, who can also seek information to better understand and stand by the victims. Finally, this guide is intended for the entire university community so that no one is unaware that the university is a place where equality is an inalienable principle and that it will not tolerate such behaviour.
In particular, this guide provides information on :
- what the law says
- the consequences for the victims
- the UM listening unit
- the procedures in place within and outside the UM
Download the report form :