• Abaarso Tech University sexual harassment policy is designed to protect all members of the University community:
  • all students
  • all employees: academic, staff, temporary (hourly)
  • others including volunteers and visitors while on Abaarso Tech University property or involved in an Abaarso Tech University program off-campus.
  • The policy applies regardless of sex, gender and citizenship status. It applies to relationships among peers as well as to superior-subordinate relationships.
  • Other ATU policies and codes related to misconduct will remain in effect for complaints of misconduct other than sexual misconduct. However, any report or complaint of misconduct that includes elements defined below will be addressed in accordance with this sexual misconduct policy and included procedures.

Policy Statement

  • Abaarso Tech Univesity prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex or gender in its educational programs and activities. Discrimination on the basis of sex or gender is also prohibited by Somaliland law. This policy governs the University’s response to discrimination based on sex or gender, and all forms of sexual harassment (which includes sexual assault, other forms of sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual exploitation and stalking). Such behaviors are against the law and are unacceptable behaviors under Abaarso Tech University policy. These unacceptable behaviors are hereafter referred to as “Sexual Harassment.” The University does not tolerate sexual harassment and it will take action to prevent and address such misconduct.
  • Individuals who have experienced sexual misconduct are strongly urged to promptly report such incidents. Abaarso Tech University will respond promptly to all reports of sexual misconduct. The University will provide a fair and impartial investigation and resolution for complaints and, where appropriate, issue sanctions and remedial measures. The severity of the corrective action, up to and including termination or expulsion of the offender, will depend on the circumstances of the particular case. Any person who is a responsible employee at the University, such as administrators, supervisors, managers or faculty members, and who has received information or has knowledge of sexual misconduct, must make a report to designated University officials or be subject to disciplinary action. Retaliation against anyone who makes a report of sexual misconduct is prohibited by University policy as well as Somaliland law.
  • Individuals who have experienced sexual misconduct are strongly urged to promptly report such incidents. Abaarso Tech University will respond promptly to all reports of sexual misconduct. The University will provide a fair and impartial investigation and resolution for complaints and, where appropriate, issue sanctions and remedial measures. The severity of the corrective action, up to and including termination or expulsion of the offender, will depend on the circumstances of the particular case. Any person who is a responsible employee at the University, such as administrators, supervisors, managers or faculty members, and who has received information or has knowledge of sexual misconduct, must make a report to designated University officials or be subject to disciplinary action. Retaliation against anyone who makes a report of sexual misconduct is prohibited by University policy as well as Somaliland law.

Reason for Policy

  • Abaarso Tech University is committed to the safety and well-being of all members of the University community including students and employees. Abaarso Tech University recognizes that sexual misconduct may result in grave and often long-lasting effects on those involved and is committed to timely investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct, use of interim measures when appropriate, and appropriate actions and consequences following investigations. Abaarso Tech University is committed to compliance with Somaliland law regarding sexual misconduct. The University is also committed to using its resources in research and education to improve preventative programs

Awareness, Education, Prevention and Training Programs

  • Every ATU campus in Somaliland shall attempt to provide ongoing educational programming for students, employees and other members of the University community to promote awareness of the problems caused by sexual misconduct and to help prevent and attempt to reduce the risk of the occurrence of sexual misconduct. Efforts will be made to ensure that educational programs are culturally relevant and inclusive of the communities found at each ATU campus.

Definition of Sexual Harassment

  • Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct or behavior of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment includes sexual violence. Both violent and non-violent sexual harassment is prohibited. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal, nonverbal, written, electronic (e.g. by e-mail, text, social media, etc.), or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment occurs when:
  • submission to or rejection of such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a condition of an individual’s employment or academic standing or is used as the basis for employment decisions or for academic evaluation, grades, or advancement (quid pro quo), or when
  • such conduct is sufficiently severe, pervasive or persistent to limit or deny a person’s ability to participate in or benefit from the University’s educational programs or affects employment, creating a hostile environment.

Definition of Sexual Assault

  • Sexual assault includes:
  • Non-consensual Sexual Penetration is committed when an individual subjects another person to sexual penetration without the consent of the person, and/or by force.
  • Non-consensual Sexual Contact intentional sexual touching by an individual of the intimate area of another person (i.e., genitals, breasts, buttocks) or intentional sexual touching of another person with any of these body parts, without the consent of the person, and/or by force.