Introduction to Counselling Service and Report Mechanism
All humans have equal dignity and the responsibility for mutual respect for the rights of other individuals.
Seeking Initial Advice
If you feel that you have experienced sexual harassment/violence, other human rights violations, or unlawful or unreasonable measures by the university, you can seek advice and resources for resolving the issue from one of our advisors at the Center. You do not have to report an incident at this stage. You can decide later whether to report an incident or not after consulting with the advisor.
You can get information about legal, psychological, and medical supports. You can also seek a resolution with the other party through mediation arranged by the Center. If you only need counselling service, we can provide you with the counselling service to help recovery as well as further information about external agencies for psychological support in case you need it.
Reporting an Incident
If you wish to resolve an incident of sexual violence or other human rights violations in accordance with the university regulations and procedures, you may request for an investigation by submitting an incident report to the Center. To report an incident, you should fill out the Incident Report Form and the Personal Statement Form and then submit them to the Center via email or in person.
Composition of the Inquiry Committee
When a report is filed to the Human Rights Center, an inquiry committee is organized in order to deal with the problem in an impartial manner. The Inquiry Committee may have three to nine members including the committee’s chair. The Committee also includes lawyers as well as experts outside of the university. The Inquiry Committee investigates and deliberates on all the facts based on statements provided by the person who has filed the report, the complainant, the respondent, and so on. The complainant can request follow up measures that are necessary for protection of their human rights during the resolution process. Furthermore, we try to ensure that no one is put at a disadvantage on the grounds that they reported a case, provided statements, became a witness, and/or submitted relevant materials to the Human Rights Center.
Mediation Procedure | Recommendation of Arbitration
The Human Rights Center may use its mediation procedure and recommend an arbitration in order to resolve a conflict between concerned parties and to settle proper remedies.
Remedies based on the results of an investigation and deliberation
We take measures for remedy following the committee’s investigation and deliberation to seek a fair resolution of cases.
- Recommendation of Settlement: The Director of the Center can suggest necessary remedial measures to the parties involved and recommend a settlement between them.
- Recommendation for Remedial Actions: If the Inquiry Committee finds a human rights violation, the Director of the Center can recommend either the respondent or the head of the concerned department to take appropriate remedial actions or address the issues related to the policy or practice in question.
- Disciplinary Actions: If the Inquiry Committee finds a human rights violation, the Director of the Center can recommend either the respondent or the head of the concerned department to take appropriate remedial actions or address the issues related to the policy or practice in question.