Incy - Incident Reporting System at your service– Harassment
Have you noticed anything unusual in your study environment or do you want to give a development tip? Xamk has introduced a new incident reporting tool, Incy. Incy aims to make reporting anomalous events and different ideas easier to Xamk.
The reporting tool is available to both students and staff. When, for example, various development ideas, harassment, or data protection breaches are reported through Incy, the observation data is transferred by location and category to the right persons in each area of responsibility.
You can access Incy here. In the presentation of the themes below, you will also find a direct link to report the observation of each topic. A link to Incy can also be found on the front page of Student. Incy has an English version, too.
Report A New observation: Harassment
According to Xamk’s values, it is important that everyone in the organization has a good time in their studies and work. Equal and equal treatment plays an important role in maintaining the well-being of everyone in Xamk.
Even the slightest harassment undermines well-being, and it is important to report any experiences of harassment in order to address them. Harassment is always a personal experience. What is important in harassment is the individual’s experience of being harassed or bullied. An outsider cannot invalidate another’s experience.
In Incy, the findings of harassment are divided into three parts: sexual harassment, bullying, and other inappropriate behavior.
Sexual harassment and harassment based on gender discrimination are intended by the Equality Act. Harassment can occur regardless of the environment, for example on social media. Hate speech can also be harassment, or even a crime.
Sexual harassment has been a crime in Finland since 2014. Under the Penal Code, sexual harassment is a physical act that violates sexual sovereignty.
Examples of sexual harassment include ambiguous jokes and nagging speeches, inappropriate remarks about the body or sexuality, physical rapprochement, and suggesting sex in other inappropriate contexts.
Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of situations, such as leisure, hobbies, school, internships, the workplace, at home, in public places, or in transportation. Sexual harassment can be perpetrated by a person, familiar or unknown, regardless of gender.
You can make an observation about sexual harassment in Incy- Incident Reporting System here.
Bullying is a form of violence in which a bully targets another person with verbal, gestural, mental or physical harm. It can be momentary or long-lasting, but most often always a planned and deliberate act by which the bully seeks to cause resentment, or extreme mental or physical harm to another person.
Bullying can be naming, mocking, public embarrassment, spreading untrue gossip, leaving the gang out or forcing. All cases of bullying should be reported in advance.
You can leave a report of bullying in Incy here.
Other inappropriate behavior
Inappropriate behavior includes, for example, the constant unjustified criticism of a person’s study or work performance and the blackmailing, improper appointment or isolation of a person from the work community. Unjustified failure to assess study assignments can also be inappropriate treatment.
You can leave an observation about other inappropriate behavior in Incy here.
Harassment contact persons in Kaakko
The student union Kaakko has designated harassment contact persons for students. The harassment contact person listens to the student and offers a variety of ways to find out what happened with full confidence.
Sometimes a conversation with the harassment contact person is enough to find out, sometimes issues are clarified through the harassment contact person between the person who experienced the harassing behavior and the person who committed the harassment. No matter is passed on from the harassment contact person without the student’s consent.
You can contact a harassment contact person if you have experienced harassment, bullying or other inappropriate behavior in your daily life or otherwise in connection with your studies. More information and contact information about Kaakko’s Harassment contact persons can be found here.
During the latter part of 2020, we will publish a series of stories about the various aspects of Incy Incident Reporting System, a tool that serves everyone at Xamk. You can read the previous story in the series here.