Everyone, irrespective of their gender, pregnancy, breastfeeding, marital / family status, disability, race, age, religion, sexual orientation, political / other opinion, national / social origin, etc. has the right to be respected and be treated fairly. The University has zero tolerance for harassment and discrimination and may refer the case to law enforcement agency (such as the police) where appropriate. Any staff member or student who is found to have contravened the Equal Opportunities Policy is liable to disciplinary action (including dismissal for staff and expulsion for students).
A. Preventing Sexual Harassment
What is Sexual Harassment?
According to the Sex Discrimination Ordinance, there are 2 types of sexual harassment:
Type 1: Sexual harassment targeting an individual
Person A engages in unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature in relation to Person B
in circumstances in which a reasonable third party would have anticipated that Person B would be offended, humiliated or intimidated.
- Spreading rumours about a person’s sex life on the Internet
- Unwelcome physical contact
- Leering at body parts
- Sending messages of a sexual nature
- Unwelcome and persistent date requests
- Suggesting sexual favour in return for work / academic decision
Type 2: Creating a sexually hostile environment
Person C engages in conduct of a sexual nature which does not target at Person D, but creates a hostile or intimidating environment for Person D.
- Sexually suggestive games
- Making sexual comments or sharing obscene images in message group, group meeting, student halls, classrooms or offices, etc.
- Displaying or distributing offensive or pornographic materials such as posters, pinups, cartoons, graffiti or calendars
Conduct of a sexual nature
Verbal or non-verbal
Blatant or subtle
Online message or pictures
Intentional or unintentional
(even of a playful nature)
One-time or repeated incidents
More about sexual harassment
- Both male and female can be the harassers and victims.
- Sexual harassment may occur between members of the same sex or opposite sex.
- Sexual harassment may occur at any time (on and off school / office hours) and at anywhere (on and off campus and online).
- Most sexual harassment acts are committed by someone the victim knows. On campus, it can happen between students, university staff and students, coaches and students, and university staff members.
- The minorities, such as persons of LGBTI (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex), people with disabilities and non-local students, are more prone to be sexually harassed, according to a study of Equal Opportunities Commission. Care and respect should be shown instead.
Tips for Preventing Sexual Harassment
- Respect yourself and others. Behave properly while meeting classmates, teachers and friends, etc.
- Be aware of cultural and individual differences. Behaviour which is acceptable in one culture or a particular person may be regarded as unacceptable or offensive in another.
- If you find or observe unwelcome behaviour, speak up at the time or intervene under safe circumstances. If you wish to stop the behaviour in a more indirect way, start a new topic or express yourself with body language (e.g. avoiding physical contact or leaving the scene).
- Be sensitive to signs of discomfort. Stop and apologise if you notice discomfort.
- Visit our webpage on Preventing Sexual Harassment (for students and staff) to learn more.
Short Animations and Online Training for Tertiary Students[Produced by the Equal Opportunities Commission]
B. Support Services on Equal Opportunities Campus[Provided by the Student Affairs Office (SAO)]
For Non-local and Non-Chinese-speaking Students
To promote cultural diversity and facilitate students’ university life adaptation, SAO’s Non-local and Non-Chinese-speaking Student Support Services is committed to build an inclusive community through experiential learning activities, personal advising and exploration of cultural issues such as race, ethnicity, national origin, and religion.
Telephone: (+852) 2948 6248
For Students with Special Educational Needs (SEN)
With concerted efforts of departments and offices, the University is committed to provide support services for students with SEN to facilitate their learning in the University. Support services may include study aid, accessible campus facilities, counselling, and bursary. When students with SEN have been admitted to the University, they are advised to disclose their SEN to Registry. Staff of SAO will discuss with them on the appropriate support arrangements.
Telephone: (+852) 2948 6245
For All EdUHK Members
The University is committed to promoting diversity and equal opportunities in academic pursuit and employment, and to eliminating discrimination or harassment against staff, students, and other persons who have dealings with the University.
Website: Equal Opportunities Policy
Equal Opportunities Campus (for staff and students)
Equal Opportunities and Disability Access Officer
Telephone: (+852) 2948 6012