Who can you contact at MU in case of sexual harassment?

Masaryk University has created a network of contact persons who provide counselling to victims, witnesses and those accused of sexual harassment. These contact persons are professionally trained in this field and are actively interested in the topic. As far as communication with the person involved in such a case is concerned, all contact persons completed tailor-made workshops provided by the Konsent organization and they are also thoroughly acquainted with the process of dealing with such a case within MU.

If you contact one of the contact persons, you can expect that they will first of all listen to you, will inform you about the help tools available at and outside the university, and will introduce you to the resolution process within MU. All of this could help you make an informed decision about how to handle your situation. If you want to submit your case for resolution within MU, the contact person is ready to help you with this.

You can contact the contact person who is part of the MU Students’ Advisory Services, Students' Chamber of Academic Senate and contact persons from individual faculties and other units. It is possible to freely choose the contact person you will contact, whether you are a student or an employee. In addition to choosing whether to contact a woman or a man, you can also choose to use a contact from your faculty or a contact person outside the faculty.

Contact persons for dealing with sexual harassment incidents are people who hold also other positions within the university, so please keep in mind that even if they try to be available for you as soon as possible, sometimes it may not be immediately. If you decide to meet the contact person in person, we recommend arranging a specific date for the meeting, which will help ensure enough space and time for the interview (of course there is no need to write any details in advance, just write to the contact person that you want to meet).

Students' Advisory Services

Zita works as a manager of the Students' Advisory Services at the Rector´s Office of Masaryk University. She studied special education and teaching mathematics and English. She attended workshops on crisis intervention and cooperative learning. She has experience as a teacher at various levels of education and consultancy, in the private, state and non-profit sectors. She taught special education of the persons with visual impairments at Masaryk University and worked as an early interventionist with families with severely disabled children. She is interested in respectful learning environment in schools in relation to the learning success and intrinsic motivation.

Contact: e-mail: znovakova@rect.muni.cz, phone: 549 496 225, personally - office n. 584, RMU (Žerotínovo náměstí 9).

Faculties

Faculty of Law

My name is Lenka Dobešová and since 1996 I have been working as assistant professor and lecturer at the Department of Civil Law of the Faculty of Law MU. I have been asked by the dean of the faculty to take up the role of the “contact person for sexual harassment incidents” at the Faculty of Law. The purpose of this role to provide to students as well as all employees of the faculty an opportunity to come and confide or seek advice in cases when they feel threatened or harassed by anybody at the faculty.

Faculty of Science

Barbora Wahlová has been working at the Faculty of Science MU since 2018 and is responsible for development of the HR Excellence in Research strategy - HR Award. She has many years of experience in HR management in international companies (IT, business process outsourcing, etc.), where she has worked on anti-discrimination, diversity, cultural differences and care for foreign employees, among other things. At the same time, in the status of an EU Expert, she evaluates other European research and educational institutions in terms of HR Strategy for Researchers implementation, supports the development of one European Research Area and the sharing of best practices. She perceives antidiscrimination, gender and sexual harassment prevention as an integral and essential part of quality care for students and employees and aims to build and promote an ethical working and learning environment.

Contact: email wahlova@sci.muni.cz, tel. 549 49 7186, personally - office 4014/pavilion 08, Kotlářská premises.

Faculty of Arts

Irena has been working at the Department of Classical Studies of the Faculty of Arts MU since 1999. At her workplace, she specializes in ancient mythology. The world of Greek myths provides, on the one hand, a colourful range of exciting stories, but also many examples of behaviour that are unacceptable from today’s point of view. The reactions to this behaviour in those ancient myths perfectly correspond to contemporary reactions. Irena Radová has also attended a workshop for contact persons, provided by the Konsent organization and will do her best to help potential victims report a case or find another solution in accordance with their wishes. She can be contacted by anyone from the Faculty of Arts (or outside), whether the reporting person is a student, academic or non-academic staff. She will find time for everyone.

Contact: email: radova@phil.muni.cz, phone: 549 49 15 01, in person in her office at the Department of Classical Studies, FA MU or at the Dean’s office of FA MU or upon arrangement in consultancy room at Komenského nám. 2 (room No. 236). The room can be chosen by the person making the contact.

Faculty of Informatics

I have been professionally involved in the protection of personal privacy and human rights for decades. And in the long run, I try to support the disadvantaged, solve at least some of the problems in my environment, openly express my opinion and propose technologies that facilitate this. Among other things, I am a regular blood donor and deputy dean of FI for selected personnel issues. I have attended a workshop for contact persons provided by the Konsent organization and I am readily available to potential victims for consultation or assistance in reporting a case.

Contact: email: matyas@fi.muni.cz, in person in office No. A407 at FI MU or by phone 549 495 165 (only when I am present in the office). If a personal meeting in my office is not suitable, I will reserve one of the seminar rooms at FI or we can use premises outside of FI.

Faculty of Education

In her research and teaching, Helena focuses on inclusive education of children with and without disabilities and social inclusion of disabled and disadvantaged adults. She has been in the long-term involved in development projects, such as making higher education accessible to marginalized groups in Nepal. She is a certified behavioural analyst and works with children with autism spectrum disorders. As Vice-Dean, she takes care of areas related to gender issues and education in the area of in/appropriate work behaviour, including harassment.

Contact: vadurova@ped.muni.cz, personal meeting upon prior phone or email arrangement at the Faculty of Education in room No. 4010 (CVIDOS, Poříčí 31A, 4th floor), or in the consultancy room of the Students’ Advisory Services at Komenského nám. 2 (room No. 236) or at another place as agreed.

Zdeněk has been teaching at the Department of English Language and Literature of the Faculty of Education since 2002 and during his working with students at the faculty and at universities abroad he realized that the most important thing both in and outside class is to listen to the students and be emphatic. He talks about empathy and respect also with students in subjects developing intercultural competencies. Zdeněk has attended a workshop for contact persons provided by the Konsent organization, and is available to potential victims for consultation or assistance in reporting a case.

Contact: email: janik@ped.muni.cz, phone: 549 49 4767, in person in room No. 5007 (Poříčí 9, Brno — building A).

Faculty of Economics and Administration

Petra has been working at the Faculty of Economics and Administration since 2019. As part of the HR Award project, her main focus is improving working conditions and implementing transparent and functional HR processes across the faculty. She has attended a workshop for contact persons provided by the Konsent organization, and is available to potential victims for consultation or assistance in reporting a case. Her agenda also includes the area of equal opportunities. She completed basic training in the field of gender issues provided by NKC – Gender a Science and participated in the internal gender audit of the Faculty of Economics and Administration MU, including the preparation of the final report and proposals for measures and recommendations for changes at the faculty and university level.

Contact: e-mail: petra.jezova@econ.muni.cz, phone: 549 49 6987, mobile: 601 365 022 or in person in room No. 214 at the Faculty of Economics and Administration MU. If a personal meeting in my office is not suitable, I will reserve another room at the faculty or we can use other premises outside the faculty, e.g. consultancy room of the Students’ Academic Services at Komenského nám. 2 (room No. 236).

Petra has been working at the Faculty of Economics and Administration since 2019. As part of the HR Award project, her main focus is improving working conditions and implementing transparent and functional HR processes across the faculty. She has attended a workshop for contact persons provided by the Konsent organization, and is available to potential victims for consultation or assistance in reporting a case. Her agenda also includes the area of equal opportunities. She completed basic training in the field of gender issues provided by NKC – Gender a Science and participated in the internal gender audit of the Faculty of Economics and Administration MU, including the preparation of the final report and proposals for measures and recommendations for changes at the faculty and university level.

Contact: e-mail: petra.jezova@econ.muni.cz, phone: 549 49 6987, mobile: 601 365 022 or in person in room No. 214 at the Faculty of Economics and Administration MU. If a personal meeting in my office is not suitable, I will reserve another room at the faculty or we can use other premises outside the faculty, e.g. consultancy room of the Students’ Academic Services at Komenského nám. 2 (room No. 236).

Students' Chamber of Academic Senate

I am a PhD student at the Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University and have been representing students at both university and faculty levels for many years.

The issue of sexual harassment as well as topics related to gender equality have been of interest to me for a long time, which is why I attended a workshop for representatives organised by Konsent. I am fully available to victims and bystanders of any gender or age, students and staff at our university. I will be available to discuss options for resolution with you and help you report a case.

Contact: email: natalia.antalova@med.muni.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Natalia.Antalova.MU/

Other Units

Institute of Computer Science

My name is Monika Oswaldová and I have been working at the Institute of Computer Science since March 2022. Employee communication and care at the Centre are part of my agenda and that is why I completed a training for contact persons by the Konsent organisation. I am available to anyone who may feel threatened or harassed in any way. I am also available for foreign students and employees. I speak Slovak, too.

Contact: in person at the office G 142 (Centrum Šumavská 416/15), email: oswaldova@ics.muni.cz phone: +420 549 496 543

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