Jokes and physical contact are common in social interaction with friends or classmates. However, your friends may occasionally be offended, humiliated or intimidated by some of your inappropriate behaviour. The following behaviour may be regarded as sexual harassment:
- Unwelcome sexual advances
- Unwelcome requests for sexual favours (misuse of authority)
- Unwelcome verbal, non-verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature
- Conduct of a sexual nature that creates a hostile or intimidating environment
Under the Sex Discrimination Ordinance (SDO), sexual harassment is illegal in all education institutions and in the workplace environment. As well as being an offence against the law, sexual harassment may create serious emotional consequences for the harassed individual, which is a serious issue for the campus and society.
The University is committed to equal opportunity and, in compliance with the Equal Opportunities Ordinances in force in Hong Kong, to eliminate any form of discrimination against staff members, students and other persons who have dealings with the University. In cases of possible sexual harassment, you should tell someone you trust or report the case to the HSUHK Workgroup of Against Sexual Harassment (WASH) immediately.