Preventing Sexual Harassment

The Commissionership for Handling and Preventing Sexual Harassment

Sapir College is committed to maintaining a safe, just and mutually respectable academic environment, and will take any available action to address and eliminate sexual harassment.
“Sexual harassment” is defined by law (1988) as one or more of the following modes of conduct:

  • Extortion by threat to perform an act of a sexual nature.
  •  Indecent acts (acts done for sexual arousal, satisfaction or humiliation).
  •  Repeated propositions of a sexual nature addressed to a person who has demonstrated that they are not interested in said propositions. Non-consent does not need to be demonstrated in the case of exploitation of workplace authority relations in a higher education institution.
  • Repeated references directed towards a person’s sexuality, where that person has expressed to the harasser that they are not interested in said references. Non-consent does not need to be demonstrated in the exploitation of workplace authority relations in a higher education institution.
  • An insulting or degrading reference to a person’s gender or sexuality, including their sexual preference.
  • Publishing of a photo, video or recording focusing on the sexuality of a person in circumstances where the published media can lead to humiliation and shaming, and without the consent of the person. This includes edited media, insofar as the person can be identified.

“Persecution” is any harm originating in sexual harassment, or harm to a person complaining about sexual harassment, in the following
circumstances:

In work relations: Conduct of an employer, or any person acting on behalf of the employer, towards an employee or candidate, when the nature of the harm is sexual or in the case of filing a complaint/lawsuit against sexual harassment or assisting a co-worker in filing a complaint/lawsuit for persecution.

In studying: Conduct of an academic or administrative employee intended to harm a student, when the nature of the harm is sexual harassment, or in the case of filing a complaint/lawsuit for persecution.

The regulations determine ways to prevent sexual harassment or persecution and define how they will be handled. The law and regulations are available on the college website. In any case of sexual harassment or persecution on sexual grounds, every student, administrative employee or academic staff member, can contact the commissioner for the handling and prevention of sexual harassment. Those who are aware of any harassment towards a colleague or peer can also contact the commissioner.

Hadar Elbaz: Hadare@sapir.ac.il | 077-9802871
Lior Oron: lioro@sapir.ac.il | 077-980-2871
Dr. Yael Shenker: yaelsh@mail.sapir.ac.il