A mechanism to prevent and fight against gender-based and sexual violence, moral and sexual harassment, and against discrimination in general

There are two components to this mechanism: reporting and prevention.

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Reporting incidents

To report an incident, you should write to: signalement.violences.discriminations [at] (signalement[dot]violences[dot]discriminations[at]ens-lyon[dot]fr)

The 4-step reporting system and care for victims:

  1. Referral: by anyone who is the victim or witness of discrimination, sexist acts, sexual assault or moral and sexual harassment.
  2. Reporting to be made to: Gender equality advisors, Gender equality officer, Work psychologist.Specific email address to report incidents: signalement.violences.discriminations [at] (signalement[dot]violences[dot]discriminations[at]ens-lyon[dot]fr). Victims may send in a form anonymously.
  3. Advisors:
    • Gender equality advisors, Gender equality officer and/or a person from the Action Committee
    • Health advisors: Medical Service, Work psychologist, Nurses
  4. Processing: Action Committee

Action committee

The Action Committee is made up of the Gender equality advisors, the Gender equality officer, a member of the HR Division, a member of the DAJI, representatives from the medical department, the anti-violence representative of the Health & Safety & Working Conditions Committee, and two elected students. Invited members may intervene depending on the victim's situation: head of the Prevention and Safety at Work department, the Disability officer, an expert if needed, a supervisor, and a social worker. The action committee meets every 2 weeks.

Individual counseling session

  • When an incident is reported, by email to the dedicated address, it will be received by the Gender equality advisors, the Gender equality officer and the Work psychologist. They then offer the victim an individual counseling session to be able to talk confidentially. Depending on the victim's need, the victim may ask to nominate a person of her/his choice to assist them. With the consent of the person concerned, he/she will be advised to consult professional counselors (occupational doctor, psychologist, nurses, and even an external health center if required).
  • A confidential report written by the counselors is then, with the consent of the person concerned, transmitted to the Action Committee. NB: all medical information is totally confidential. The School’s Governance is informed of the state of affairs.

Action phase

  • On the basis of the counselors’ report, subject to the consent of the person concerned except in cases of force majeure, the Action Committee analyses the situation; and adapts its scope accordingly.
  • The Action Committee proposes an action plan to the victim and informs top management.
  • ENS de Lyon’s top management monitors the case and supports the victim.


The prevention component aims to set up all types of training, awareness and communication activities to create the conditions for a culture of respect and consent throughout the institution.

Prevention Commission

  • Composition: members of the Action Committee, the Disability Officer, the head of the Prevention department, the Communications director, a member of the teaching staff from the Equality Working Group, a BIATSS staff member from the Equality Working Group. 
  • Monthly meetings
  • Role: to develop and implement, with all departments of ENS de Lyon, training, awareness and prevention activities with all the communities of the School, on all subjects relating to discrimination, sexist acts, harassment and all forms of gender-based and sexual violence.