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Sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is incompatible with a healthy work and study environment, and with UiT’s core values of credibility, academic freedom, closeness, creativity and commitment. Harassment is a form of abuse of power that simply cannot and will not be tolerated.


What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment means unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, or other conduct based on sex affecting the dignity of women and men at work. This can include unwelcome physical, verbal or non-verbal conduct.

The essential characteristic of sexual harassment is that it is unwanted by the recipient, that it is for each individual to determine what behaviour is acceptable to them and what they regard as offensive. 

It is how sexual harassment is subjectively experienced that decides how it effects the life situation of the person involved. Casual remarks, a darting look and slight physical contact are not sexual harassment unless they are perceived as such. It depends on the person and the circumstances. Sexual harassment occurs when a person uses his or her power to achieve advantages or suppress others.

Sexual harassment may have a negative influence on the academic progress or career opportunities of those subjected to it.


How to report sexual harassment

Members of staff at UiT can get advice and support from:

The HR Section personal@uit.no

The Occupational Health Service tromso@hemis.no , phone: 77 69 10 70

UiT safety representatives


Students at UiT should contact:

The Student Counselling Centre phone 77 64 90 50 counsellor@samskipnaden.no

Ombudsperson for students studentombudet@uit.no , phone: 977 13 040 

The student ministers phone 77 62 33 32 or 77 64 40 97 


See also ”Reporting irregular conditions” in HR-portalen (requires login).


If you are ever sexually harassed:

  • Tell someone you trust about the situation
  • Stand up to the person and say that this is offensive behaviour
  • Talk to your line manager, the person responsible for the course or the lecturer. Or contact someone on the list above.


The manager’s responsibility

All managers are to act as soon as they are aware that sexual harassment has occurred. The manager is to make sure that the harassment is stopped.

Page administrator: Hege Skogvang
Last updated: 18.12.2017 13:11