Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Sciences Po promotes a culture of respect, courtesy and equality between people. SGBV has highly detrimental consequences on the lives of survivors and, as such, will not be tolerated at this institution.

Supporting survivors

Following the recommendations of the working group on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), which met in the spring of 2021, Sciences Po has updated and enhanced its mechanism for reporting incidents and providing support and guidance to survivors. This campus-wide mechanism is free of charge and open to all members of Sciences Po’s communities: students, faculty, researchers and staff.

If you are a member of faculty who has experienced or witnessed an incident of SGBV, you may now contact:

  • The SGBV Specialist Nurses: present on every campus, the SGBV Specialist Nurses provide a primary, confidential point of contact for survivors and witnesses. They inform and advise.
  • A listening and support service run by France Victimes: this confidential service is managed by professional staff external to Sciences Po, who classify the incident and provide legal, psychological and social assistance.

With your consent, these contact points may report incidents to Sciences Po’s senior management team. If you decide to confide information in another member of faculty or staff, please be aware that this person will be under an obligation to refer what you tell them to senior management.

Need more information? Read the full page about getting support.

If you are a member of faculty who has been contacted by a survivor of SGBV:

  • Your role is to direct the survivor to the external listening and support service.
  • You must automatically make a report to the SGBV Officer (referent.vss@sciencespo.fr), detailing all information in your possession.

You will find all the information in the procedure to follow in the event of a report of sexual or gender-based violence (PDF, 82 Ko).

Sanctioning perpetrators

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, in strict adherence to the principles of the presumption of innocence and Audi alteram partem.

When the investigation is complete, the CEIP produces a report and submits its recommendations to Sciences Po’s senior management team. On the basis of these recommendations, the President of the IEP decides whether or not to refer the case to the relevant disciplinary body:

  • Disciplinary body for “faculty", responsible for faculty members on casual contracts and teaching staff assigned to the IEP de Paris (MESRI)
  • Competent disciplinary body at the institution of origin, for staff assigned to the IEP de Paris (CNRS)
  • Labour law procedure overseen by the Human Resources Directorate, for permanent faculty members

The scale of disciplinary sanctions for faculty members ranges from warning to dismissal.

Find out more about the disciplinary procedure and sanctions

Building a culture of equality and respect

When they join Sciences Po, all members of faculty make a commitment to adhering to the principles of mutual respect, dignity, equality and citizenship, including in the digital sphere. As of the Spring Semester 2022, all faculty members at Sciences Po will be required to complete a compulsory online training on SGBV.

Specifically, we remind faculty that:

  • Relations between teaching and research staff and the student community at Sciences Po must remain strictly professional, including during extra-curricular events (conference dinners, study trips etc.).
  • Interactions between teaching and research staff and the student community must take place within working hours in suitable locations.

Read the 11 Recommendations for Ensuring Equality in the Classroom (PDF, 103Kb)

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