Reporting system

Sexism is defined as any behaviour related to a person’s sex, “with the purpose or effect of undermining their dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment.” (Le Pors Law)

In practice, gender-based and sexual violence can appear in various forms:

Firstly, it can be expressed verbally or in writing:

  • Repeated, intrusive requests or remarks of a sexual nature (repeated questions about your private life or sexual practices)
  • Misogynist jokes, comments or teasing
  • Comments on physical appearance, clothes, sexual orientation or identity, etc.
  • For example, insults tagged in the toilets or phone number shared online on social media.

It also can be non-verbal:

  • Persistent, even threatening looks
  • Sighs or other noises

It can also take the form of images or photos:

  • Edited photos
  • Photos taken on-the-go without the subject’s consent
  • Sharing pornographic images during class

Lastly, this violence can be physical, including:

  • Flashing (a person showing their genitalia)
  • Inappropriate gestures or touching (hands on buttocks, breasts, hips, thighs, etc.)
  • Rape (any form of oral, anal or vaginal penetration)


This behaviour is punishable by law. 


Gender-based and sexual violence may occur:

  • In all spaces of university life, during class, oral assessments or exams, while preparing a group presentation, or any other learning or teaching activity at the establishment.
  • During university trips, internships or study tours organised by the establishment
  • At university parties, orientation nights, or end-of-year celebrations
  • During sporting or association activities
  • In all spaces of university life: classrooms, hallways, toilets, library, social spaces, gym, canteen, offices of professors or staff, student residences
  • But also online, via email or on social media.

 1.           Listen, without judging

The first thing to do is to hear the victim’s testimony in a space where the person feels safe, showing them kindness. It is important for them to be able to talk about their experience and be heard. The most important is to let the person talk, to let them find their voice.

Do not: 

  • Minimise, cast doubt or deny what happened or how the victim feels: “that’s surprising”, “are you sure?”, “you probably misunderstood”
  • Give any kind of judgement: “you didn’t react very well” or “you should have...”
  • Remember that at this point, it’s not the time to give instructions but to listen.
  • Delay or do nothing: the risk is that the person will lose trust in your unit, laboratory or institution as a whole. Therefore, after hearing the testimony, it is important to act.


2.           Guide the person:

Advise them to contact the establishment’s Gender Equality Mission: 

Addresses: for the establishment’s staff. Messages sent to this address are received by Maëva Ballon and Caroline Trotot, members of the University’s Gender Equality Mission, as well as Claire Corman, Human Resources Director for the former UPEM sites, and Emilie Merlen, Human Resources Director for the former IFSTTAR sites. pfor the establishment’s students. Messages sent to this address are received by Maëva Ballon and Caroline Trotot, members of the University’s Gender Equality Mission, as well as Cécile Dorions, Administrative Officer of the Vice-Presidency for Training and Pedagogical Innovation and Karine Marot, Vice-President for Student Life.


Contact the Gender Equality Mission yourself:

As a reminder, anyone holding a position in the establishment who hears accusations of sexual violence is required to seek help and report the situation, for protective purposes.

“Every constituted authority, every public officer or civil servant who, in the performance of their duties, has gained knowledge of the existence of a felony or of a misdemeanour is obliged to notify forthwith the prosecutor.” (Article 40 of the French Code of Criminal Procedure)

Anybody can contact the Gender Equality Mission directly.

Email addresses guaranteeing confidentiality and traceability:   

(Claire Corman, Emilie Merlen, Caroline Trotot, Maëva Ballon) 

(Cécile Dorions, Karine Marot, Caroline Trotot, Maëva Ballon)

Exchanges with the Gender Equality Mission are confidential, unless the victim decides otherwise.


Another external resource: 

1. Receive, hear and support witnesses and victims. (provide information, point them towards the establishment’s resources, psychologist, etc.)

2. Draw up a statement and have it approved by the person who made the report

3. Issue recommendations

4. Bring together the presidency, the legal department and the medico-psycho-social departments if necessary (both the HRD and the Student Life and Training vice-presidencies receive reports and are therefore present as well), to arbitrate on the next steps that the establishment may choose to take (protective measures, reporting to the prosecutor, inquiry, contacting potentially relevant disciplinary bodies).