Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Harassment

The University's Position

Ariel University views with great severity any behavior of sexual harassment.

The University views sexual harassment as a violation of the rights of workers and students, both women and men. The university attaches great importance to the creation of a place where it is possible to work and study in an egalitarian and pleasant atmosphere.

The University has a clear policy in this regard, the purpose of which is to prevent cases of sexual harassment and the proper treatment of any case of harassment.

What is Sexual Harassment?

Sexual harassment is defined as one of the behaviors that are prohibited under the “Prevention of Sexual Harassment Law”, as detailed below. The law was passed in 1998 and aims to prevent sexual harassment and to uphold the values of human dignity, liberty, privacy and their right for self-determination that is free from sexual stereotypes, and gender equality.

Behaviors that are defined by Law as Sexual Harassment

  1. Extortion by threats, as defined in Section 428 of the Penal Code, when the act that the person is forced to do is of a sexual nature;
  2. Indecent assault, as defined in Sections 348 and 349 of the Penal Code;
  3. Repeated proposals of a sexual nature, addressed to a person who has made clear to the harasser that they are not interested in the said proposals;
  4. Repeated references to a person that focus on their sexuality, when that person has made it clear to the harasser that they are not interested in the said references;
  5. Degrading or humiliating treatment directed at a person in relation to their gender or sexuality, including their sexual orientation;
  6. Suggestions or references as stated in paragraphs 3 or 4, when there is a relationship of authority between the harasser and the harassed person, are considered sexual harassment even if the harassed person has not made it clear to the harasser that they are not interested in them. Relations of authority exist between a manager and their subordinates, between a lecturer and their students, between a researcher and their laboratory personnel, and so on.
  7. In the case of degrading and humiliating treatment, a single event is sufficient for the reference to be considered sexual harassment.

How to Act in Case of Harassment

According to the law, the University has an appointed person in charge of preventing sexual harassment, who is responsible for handling complaints of sexual harassment or persecution.

Contact her and file a complaint.

In addition to the person in charge, there are additional representatives in the organization to whom you can turn. The details of these nominees are laid out later in this document.

It is advisable to record accurately every incident of harassment, when and under what circumstances it took place. Try to record as many details as possible about the event. These notes are necessary to deal with your complaint.

Since sexual harassment is both a criminal and a civil offense, you have the possibility of filing a complaint with the police against the harasser as well as filing a civil suit, in addition to an internal investigation of the complaint within the framework of the University.

Investigation of Complaints of Sexual Harassment at the University

The law imposes on employers the obligation to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. The employer must arrange effective and safe ways for filing a complaint, and when a complaint is filed, the employer must handle it effectively.

The University has published regulations for the prevention and treatment of sexual harassment that are directed to employees and lecturers, and these can be viewed on the University’s website.

The University will act to prevent and treat sexual harassment at the disciplinary level.

Emergency Phone: 054-776-6358

Prof. Mally Shechory- Bitton – In charge of Prevention of Sexual Harassment, 03-907-6527, mallys@ariel.ac.il

Ms. Elinor Einat – Student Services Center 03-937-1462/126, 054-776-6358, elinore@ariel.ac.il

Ayelet Geva- Administration and Human Resources Department, 03-9371478, 054-2454509, ayeletg@ariel.ac.il

Dr. Haya Passick – Representative of the lecturers, 052-306-4915, possick@012.net.il