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Updated on: 24/10/2023
The University of Bordeaux fosters tolerance and respect. It takes a firm stand against all types of violence and discrimination. Our watchdog office dedicated to listening, monitoring and reporting unacceptable behaviour is available to victims and witnesses.
Have you experienced or witnessed deliberate physical harm, violence, discrimination, sexual or moral harassment, gender-based behaviour, threats or intimidation?
Don’t go through it on your own. The professionals at the CEVS watchdog office are there to guide and support you, while respecting your anonymity
Staffed by professional counsellors, the watchdog office is committed to responding quickly and specifically to situations brought to its attention.
It also acts to prevent and dissuade any abusive behaviour.
Contact the watchdog office: celluledeveille.etudiant%40u-bordeaux.fr
You can also get help from the CROUS and Student Health Centre social workers.
If the disciplinary section responsible for users considers that a student has committed acts that undermine the order, operation and/or functioning of the establishment, one of the following sanctions may be imposed:
The disciplinary section's decisions are based on the principle of proportionality, and take into consideration all the circumstances surrounding the commission of the punishable acts.
Any form of misconduct or violence committed without consent through sexual acts or targeting sexuality, including sexual assault and sexual harassment. The concept of gender-based and sexual violence encompasses any misconduct that is demonstrated, in particular through non-consensual gestures, words, behaviour or attitudes of a sexual nature, with or without physical contact, such as:
Sexual violence can occur in person, on the phone, verbally or in writing and via technological means, on Internet and social media.
Harassment can occur within the student community: between students, between people of different status or between colleagues. It can involve behaviour which, considered separately, may seem trivial, but that becomes very damaging if repeated. These may include:
In legal terms, discrimination is unfavourable treatment that consists of distinguishing, excluding or preferring someone based on a criterion prohibited by law.
To date, French law recognises over 25 criteria of discrimination: age, gender, origin, real or assumed affiliation or non-affiliation with an ethnic group, nationality or alleged race, pregnancy status, state of health, disability, genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, gender identity, political opinions, trade union activities, philosophical opinions, beliefs, or real or assumed affiliation or non-affiliation with a specific religion, family situation, physical appearance, name, morals, place of residence, loss of independence, particular vulnerability resulting from economic situation, ability to express oneself in a language other than French, bank address, etc.
There are three forms of discrimination: direct, indirect and systemic.
Discrimination can have negative consequences. It creates inequalities between people and prevents them from exercising their rights, in particular their right to equality. It can have material consequences (for example, not having access to housing or employment) and psychological consequences (feeling of injustice, low self-esteem, etc.)
Discrimination can take the form of microaggressions, which are verbal or non-verbal actions or behaviours that communicate condescending or negative attitudes toward people, regarding their affiliation with one or several marginalised groups. Microaggressions are frustrating and debilitating for the person targeted and have harmful effects on their mental health.
Examples of microaggressions include:
Sexual violence covers situations in which a person imposes one or more acts, one or more comments (oral or written) of a sexual nature on another person. These acts are unwanted by the victim and are an expression of the perpetrator's desire to gain power over the victim.
This violence violates the fundamental rights of the person, in particular his/her physical and psychological integrity. It is prohibited by law and punishable by law.
Sexual violence takes many forms: sexual assault, rape, voyeurism, sexual harassment, etc.
The consequences are substantial, numerous and long-lasting: anxiety, sleep and/or eating disorders, intense fears, guilt, depression, isolation, risky or aggressive behaviour, etc.
The acts can have an impact on your health but also on your social, family or professional life.
The symptoms/signs are specific to each victim and vary over time. They justify seeking help and not becoming isolated.