About the Gender Equity and Protection (GEP) Office
The mandate of the Gender Equity and Protection (GEP) Office at USIU-Africa is to create and foster a campus environment free from sexual harassment, sexual gender based violence and all forms of discrimination.
USIU-Africa prohibits all forms of sexual gender based violence and discrimination on or off campus. Prohibited conduct include sexual harassment, gender based violence, sexual misconduct, harmful practices, sexual assault, interpersonal violence and all forms of gender discrimination.
The office is also tasked with providing technical oversight on gender mainstreaming and equitable transformation considerations for all USIU-Africa processes, functions and services.
In adherence to the established COVID-19 protocols, the Gender Equity and Protection office will receive complaints remotely through channels like email, WhatsApp and phone calls.
• If you have an emergency, please call, text or send a WhatsApp message on +254 782 53 9361
• To lodge a sexual harassment, sexual gender based violence and other related forms of discrimination, please submit a report online.
• All Gender Equity or related title IX trainings are being offered via Zoom; to request or request a training, please complete a training request form.
• For any questions related to reports, accommodations or resources, please email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
• More information on our Covid-19 protocols and updates can be found here.
Policies and procedures
As part of USIU-Africa’s commitment to fostering a safe learning and working environment free from sexual harassment, gender based violence and all forms of discrimination, the university has put in place a USIU-Africa Sexual and Gender Based Violence Policy.
The same legal and policy standards that define sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, coercion or intimidation apply to the online and electronic environment.
Reporting an incident
Any person may report sexual harassment, sexual assault, gender based violence and all forms of discrimination by reporting incidents anonymously via an online reporting form. Once you report an incident, the University will support you by:
USIU-Africa believes in fair ethics and adjudication for both parties, and as such, the university will enforce disciplinary action on all parties found to be culpable.
Gender Equity and Protection Office Brochure
Sexual and Gender Based Violence Policy
The Gender Equity and Protection Office offers a variety of informational sessions and trainings to inform students, staff and faculty about their rights and responsibilities as members of the USIU-Africa community.
All trainings are customized for the specific departments and student audiences. Please click here to confirm or re-schedule proposed training dates. The link also allows you to submit your specific topic request for training as a departments or as students.
|1.||The Gender Equity and Protection Office General Information This engaging informational session provides an in-depth understanding of one’s individual’s rights, responsibilities and options under the Sexual and Gender Based Violence Policy in USIU-Africa. This discussion disseminates information employee reporting obligations, code of ethics and behavior, sexual misconduct and how to talk to students about your reporting obligations.||Students||45 minutes|
|2.||Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Reporting Presentation This session provides staff and students with information and their personal responsibility under USIU-Africa’s Guidelines and Policy on Sexual Misconduct. This includes information about prohibited behavior, reporting options and resources available through the Gender Equity and Protection Office||Faculty, Students and Staff||60-90 minutes|
|3.||Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response Systems in Campus Settings Series This session provides staff with information on forms and types of Sexual harassment. It creates a broader understanding on the legal framework on sexual harassment and the University’s policy on all forms of discrimination. This session is customized with sessions delivered separately for the target audiences.||Faculty, Students and Staff||60-90 minutes|
|4.||Gender Mainstreaming: Promoting Gender Equitable Spaces This interactive workshop will provide participants with Gender mainstreaming good practices, considerations, frameworks and concepts for building a gender equitable environment. This training series is designed for departments seeking to engage a long-term dialogue to shift towards equity considerations in the wok environment and programming requirements for equitable transformations.||Faculty, Management and Staff||60-90 minutes|
|5.||Creating an Inclusive Classrooms This session will provide faculty with practical skills for diversity, equality and inclusion considerations for vulnerable students and students who are enabled differently. Some key topics include gender sensitive language, disability etiquette and diversity management.||Faculty||60-90 minutes|