Preventing Sexual Harassment

Sapir College
The Sexual Harassment Commission

Preventing Sexual Harassment
Sapir College takes care to maintain an academic, fair, dignified and respecting environment, and takes the steps it can to prevent this unacceptable conduct.

According to the Prevention of Sexual Harassment Law – 1998: sexual harassment is one of the following:

  • Blackmailing a person to carry out an act of a sexual nature.
  • An indecent act.
  • Repeated overtures of a sexual nature that the person to whom these overtures are addressed has shown that he or she does not welcome; however in cases of exploitation of authority in studies in an institution of higher education or exploitation of authority, dependence, or education in the case of a minor, helpless persons or patients, there is no need to show lack of consent.
  • Repeated references to a person's sexuality, even though the person to whom the references are addressed has shown that he or she does not welcome them, however there is no need to show lack of consent.
  • A degrading or humiliating reference to a person's sex or sexual orientation.
  • Publishing a photograph, film or recording of a person (including edited materials provided that the person can be identified) that focuses on that person's sexuality, in circumstances in which the publication may degrade or humiliate that person, and consent has not been given for publication (Amendment No. 10, 2014).

Prohibited abuse is abuse of any kind that originates in sexual harassment or in a complaint or claim that was submitted due to sexual harassment:

In work relations: Behavior / an act of an employer or supervisor who abuses an employee or a person seeking employment when the abuse originates in sexual harassment or is due to a complaint / claim submitted because of abuse or because of assistance by an employee to another employee in relation to a complaint or claim submitted because of abuse.

In studies: Behavior or an act of a person in the university, whether in an academic or an administrative position, which abuses a student, when the abuse originates in sexual harassment or is due to a complaint / claim submitted because of sexual harassment or abuse.

The regulations determine ways of preventing sexual harassment or abuse and define the manner in which they are to be handled. The provisions of the law and the regulations will be available for perusal in the departments, the libraries and in the college's websites.

In any case of harassment or abuse of a sexual nature, the Sexual Harassment Complaints Commissioner can be contacted. Employees, lecturers and students who know of harassment or abuse of a colleague, employee or student can also contact the Commissioner.

The Sexual Harassment Complaints Commissioners are:
Dr. Hagar Lahav | 050-5510503 | hagarl@mail.sapir.ac.il
Ms.Hadae Elbaz | 077-9802360 | Hadare@sapir.ac.il