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#AUCSpeakUp

The American University in Cairo has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual harassment. The University is committed to maintaining a learning and working environment free from all forms of harassment and discrimination. #AUCSpeakUp is a University-wide initiative to reinforce AUC’s legacy of equity, inclusiveness and a safe campus.

Visit this website to learn about the University’s anti-harassment and non-discrimination policy, steps on how to report, helpful resources, online training, important contacts and more.

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We stand together as a community against any form of harassment and discrimination.
We prevent harassment and protect the confidentiality of those who come forward.
We empower all members of our community through a culture of equity and inclusion.
We are accountable for our actions and report any misconduct.
We know AUC's policy and share responsibility for raising awareness.

 

Measures and Procedures

1. Reporting

  • Advocate (to report an incident where the respondent is a student)
  • AUC Ethics HelpLine (to report an incident where the respondent is not a student - Ethics Helpline also allows anonymous reporting). For more information about AUC Ethics Helpline, click here.

2. Contact Title IX Coordinator

Contact Title IX Coordinator: Reem El-Mograby @equity@aucegypt.edu, or call +2.02.2615.2218.

3. Need to Speak with Someone?

AUC’s Center for Student Wellbeing is prepared to support any individuals who may wish to speak to someone about their experience. This webpage lists the contacts to the center.

Anti-Harassment and Non-Discrimination Policy

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Mandatory Online Anti-Harassment Training Sessions

AUC is the first in Egypt to introduce mandatory online anti-harassment training to all faculty, staff and students. The entire University leadership — including all deans, vice presidents and department chairs — will be the first groups to participate in the training. 

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Statements

Outcome of Misconduct Investigation

October 6, 2020

On September 5, the Office of Institutional Equity opened an investigation in response to reports that a group of current and former AUC students shared explicit photos of women on a WhatsApp group. The investigation found evidence of three WhatsApp chat groups active at various times — all of them since disbanded — engaged in sharing explicit photos and videos of women without their consent.

Update on Misconduct Investigation

September 26, 2020

The University is aware of the recent social media posts shared over the weekend. AUC takes these allegations seriously. AUC is currently investigating implicated individuals.

Misconduct Investigation

September 7, 2020

The University is aware of several social media posts that contain allegations of serious misconduct among a WhatsApp group of alumni and possibly current students. AUC takes these allegations seriously and has launched an investigation. The University will take appropriate action against any individuals found to have engaged in misconduct.

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Safe Campus Culture Working Group

The Safe Campus Culture Working Group is responsible for providing recommendations on how AUC can ensure an enduring and sustained commitment to a campus culture that provides a safe space for learning, teaching and working for all members of the community. The emphasis should be on permanent ways to shape and ingrain these shared values into our institutional culture.

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Volunteer or Nominate Someone to Join of the Working Group

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Msh Zanbek Theatre Performance

Msh Zanbek, is a play that explored the issue of sexual harassment from various perspectives: family, couple, bystander, victim, perpetrator, male, female, power and incapacity.

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Debate Society

Debate Society wanted to have a conversation about sexual harassment in Egypt through inviting the AUC community to discuss the influence of state and society on sexual harassment.

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SpeakUp in Motion

#AUCSpeakUp Initiative

May 17, #AUCSpeakUp is a University-wide initiative to reinforce AUC’s legacy of equity, inclusiveness and a safe campus. The initiative includes a diverse array of SpeakUp dialog series events, anti-harassment reporting policies and procedures, as well as the mandatory online anti-harassment training which AUC was the first in Egypt to introduce.

#AUCSpeakUp Dialog Series: MySafeUni Day

April 19, MySafeUni Day is a series of discussions and activities focused on ensuring university campuses are safe spaces, free of sexual harassment — featuring a panel with experts from local and international universities, Alumni SpeakUp Talks, an interactive audience-led conversation, live performances by AUC's arts department, and outdoor activities and booths.

#AUCSpeakUp Dialog Series: How to Stay Safe in Cyberspace? Is "Private" Really "Private"

March 8, The internet has become an important lifeline in today’s world. But, can anyone really guarantee their privacy or safety on the web? Our guests explore the increasing online harassment trend facing internet users.

SpeakUp In the Media

Al Qahera We El Nas

April 6, 2021

Ahram Online

April 6, 2021

Al Masry Al Youm

March 30, 2021

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We did a multi-country survey in the region — 40-60 % of women have faced some sort of harassment, and 30-64% of men interviewed admitted to have perpetuated harassment.

Christine Arab
UN Women Egypt country representative

A lot of times, when the victim talks about what she’s exposed to, the family sees it as a way of shaming them. This is why we need awareness and empowerment.

Hani Henry
Associate professor of psychology; associate dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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The problem is the context in which violence against women is presented. There isn't a single movie or TV series that presents the legal ramifications for harassment despite the... the existing laws.

Amel Fahmy (MA '10)
Managing director, Tadwein gender research center
President Francis J. Ricciardone delivered remarks at the CIMUN opening cermony

President's Corner: Strengthening AUC’s Culture of Care and Respect

May 10, 2018

Any AUCian who has witnessed or experienced instances of any forms of sexual abuse or any form of bullying or discrimination, or who has ideas for how to strengthen our culture of respect and dignity, has the full personal attention and support of the AUC leadership team, for timely, appropriate, and effective action.

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Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education

The Action Collaborative brings together leaders from over 60 academic and research institutions and key stakeholders to work together on addressing and preventing sexual harassment across all disciplines and among all people in higher education. AUC is the only member outside the United States that is a member of this group.

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