Harassment contact persons
Campus specific harassment contact persons
Hannu Halonen, Niina Latvastenmäki
Natural resources: Teppo Ala-Kasari, Marianne Kuoppala
Engineering: Aleksi Pernu, Jenna Aikio, Jussi Jurmu, Vilma Paakinen
Culture: Joona Klemi, Martta Häyrynen
Business: Joni Rytkönen, Riikka Partanen
What do the contact persons do?
Harassment contact persons are people who have been trained for their task. They are bound to secrecy, and they never act against the student’s approval. Contact person supports the student as long as needed. They never judge, but discuss with the harassed person and help solve the situation.
Contacting harassment contact persons is not an official way to report harassment, but they offer support in all stages of stopping the harassment. They know where to find help even in emergency situations and direct the student to find help. You can contact them even if you only want to discuss the harassment. All discussions with the harassment contact persons are confidential.
What is harassment?
Harassment is always a subjective experience. Harassment is behaviour that the subject considers unwelcome; touching, comments, jokes, or otherwise inappropriate behavior.
Harassment is never the fault of the person experiencing harassment. Long-term harassment can cause depression, social isolation, and complicate studies. Harassment is a form of discrimination, and against the law of equality. If harassment takes place in a school, the school has to take action.
It is hard to judge your own behavior, so the harasser might not understand that their behavior is harassing. Often pointing out inappropriate behavior is enough, but sometimes the situation calls for other measures.