Following on from the report issued on 4 May by the commission chaired by Danièle Hervieu-Léger, Sciences Po is introducing a new system for combating Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) from the start of the 2021 academic year. The new measures include an overhaul of the listening and support system, a reform of disciplinary procedures and increased awareness among all members of the community.
A campus-wide mechanism to support survivors
Sciences Po has implemented a campus-wide mechanism for reporting incidents and providing help and guidance.
Free of charge and open to all members of Sciences Po’s communities (students, faculty, researchers and staff), this mechanism consists of:
- SGBV Specialist Nurses present on every campus
- A new external listening and support service run by France Victimes
- A SGBV Officer appointed within the institution
In addition, Sciences Po ensures that all students who have experienced SGBV receive support that is adapted to their situation specifically, including curriculum adjustments, social or financial assistance and psychological support.
Systematic triggering of an independent investigation
Every report of SGBV systematically triggers an internal investigation led by a specialised structure, the Preliminary Internal Investigation Unit (CEIP), chaired by an external appointee (a magistrate of the judicial or administrative order). The role of this independent unit is to establish the facts of the incident in question. When the investigation is complete, the President of Sciences Po decides whether or not to refer the case to the relevant disciplinary body based on the CEIP’s recommendations.
Building a culture of equality and respect
From September 2021, members of all Sciences Po’s communities (students, faculty and staff) will receive training courses run by the organization VSS Formation, as part of a comprehensive awareness strategy.
Prevention and control measures target high-risk situations, particularly in relation to student life:
- Organisers of events hosted outside of Sciences Po must take every necessary precaution to protect the physical and moral integrity of participants (cf. updated Regulations on Student Life, PDF 51 Ko).
- A prior declaration is now compulsory for all social events gathering more than 20 students.
- All student association representatives on every campus must attend core training on SGBV, reducing risks in social settings and combatting discrimination.
An awareness-raising campaign aimed primarily at students completes this system, by firmly affirming the zero tolerance policy and the culture of respect required by Sciences Po.