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Ethical guidelines - harassment

The University of Bergen has passed ethical guidelines in order to regulate the relationship between students and supervisors.

Unpleasant or threatening sexual attention are words or acts of a sexual kind, that make the person exposed to them feel violated, afraid or in other ways offended. This type of conduct is unacceptable and creates an unfavourable work environment for both students and staff.

Threatening or unpleasant sexual attention is always unwelcome. Whether sexual attention is felt as acceptable or violating, is a matter for the exposed party to decide. Incidences where one's personal boundaries are transgressed may be met by

  • telling the person whose conduct is inappropriate, in writing or in speech, that their behaviour is unacceptable
  • if this does not help, one should make contact, in writing or in speech, with the department's or unit's administration.

Taking such measures may be difficult because some may feel embarrassed or afraid of the consequences; one may feel guilt or shame, or fear of not being believed. In such cases it is advisable to seek guidance.