None of the forms of sexual harassment or coercion are tolerated at Vilnius University. We aim to create a community that is safe, healthy, engaging and open for diversity, nurturing the culture of mutual help and regard. Any form of sexual abuse is against the values of our community, contradictory to academic ethics, destructive to community’s trust for each other.
As a matter of prevention in this area, we aim to provide possibilities for employees and students to reveal sensitive information while maintaining complete confidentiality. This is possible to achieve only through cooperation. Therefore, foremost, all the members of our community are welcome to take individual and collective responsibility ensuring that workplace/professional relationships are based on mutual respect and sensitivity to the balance of power.
What behavior is considered sexual harassment?
The Law on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men of the Republic of Lithuania defines:
“Sexual harassment means any form of unwanted and insulting verbal, written or physical conduct of a sexual nature with a person, with the purpose or effect of violating the dignity of a person, in particular when creating an intimidating, hostile, humiliating or offensive environment”.
Attributes of sexual harassment:
- Power disproportion between harasser and individual who is being harassed (i.e. lecturer – student; supervisor – subordinate, etc.);
- The behavior that violates dignity, is unwanted and insulting;
- Various unwanted actions in the following forms of sexual harassment: physical (touching, hugging, kissing), verbal (sexually suggestive remarks, jokes, insulting questions related to a private life), non-verbal (showing sexual photographs and videos, lustful staring, gestures), virtual (sending private or public messages with sexual content).
How can I report?
If you have experienced or noticed any cases of sexual harassment around you, please contact:
All of the reports are considered, complete confidentiality is guaranteed! Special committee will undertake the investigation.