Paris-Dauphine launches its own discrimination, sexual assault, and hazing watchdog and assistance body

28.03.2018

In the presence of Frédérique Vidal, (French) Minister of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation, and Marlène Schiappa, (French) Secretary of State for Gender Equality.

Marking the launch of the (French) national gender-based violence and sexual assault prevention campaign, Université Paris-Dauphine announced the creation of its own discrimination, sexual assault, and hazing watchdog group in the presence of Frédérique Vidal, (French) Minister of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation, and Marlène Schiappa, (French) Secretary of State for Gender Equality. Our goal: fight against all types of discrimination, sexual harassment and assault, gender-based violence, and hazing that affects our students in their academic lives and our faculty and staff in their professional lives.

The Paris-Dauphine Watchdog and Assistance group is a collaborative initiative driven by the entire Dauphine community. The group itself is made up of 15 members, appointed by university President Isabelle Huault on proposal from Béatrice Delzangles, the university’s Gender Equality Officer. The Watchdog and Assistance group accompanies victims of discrimination, violence and hazing by informing them of their rights, about types of legal and other recourse available, and providing information about whom to contact to engage action. The Watchdog group can intervene at a victim’s request and, when circumstances so permit, attempt to put an end to the incriminating situation. The Group’s efficacy is based on the fact that it is an impartial body that respects a strict code of confidentiality regarding all affairs that are brought to its attention, whether by students, faculty, or staff. The Watchdog and Assistance group is now and up and running, you can contact them by email at: celluledeveilleping @ dauphinepong.fr

For Béatrice Delzangles, the university’s Gender Equality Officer, “Paris-Dauphine students, like students everywhere, encounter discrimination, sexual harassment and assault, gender-based violence, and hazing. This Watchdog group is our response to an unfortunate social reality, and our way fighting against unacceptable behavior within the Dauphine community.

For Isabelle Huault, President of Université Paris-Dauphine, “The fight against discrimination, sexual harassment and assaults, and hazing is part of the University’s Social Responsibility – and one of our major strategic priorities. The Watchdog group will make it possible to better assess incidents but will also serve as an effective deterrent. I would like to thank all Paris-Dauphine stakeholders for their considerable involvement in and commitment to this project. And last but not least, it is an honor to be able to inaugurate our Watchdog group in the presence of Fédérique Vidal, (French) Minister of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation, and Marlène Schiappa, (French) Secretary of State for Gender Equality who have also chosen Paris-Dauphine to announce the launch of the French government’s national gender-based violence and sexual assault prevention campaign.