Methods of Consultation

Methods of Consultation

If you feel you are the target of a human rights violation, don't struggle alone. Get counsel when you don't know whether the actions you received constitute harassment or not. You can prevent the harassment from becoming serious by consulting at an early stage. Furthermore, if you are unsure whether you are being harassed, it is still important to keep a record of the events of the incidents.

Methods of Consultation

All students, faculty and staff are entitled to consultation. Consultations are fielded face-to-face or by telephone, email or letter correspondence. There are six Human Rights Advisors within the university. Please contact these advisors in the way that is easiest for you to make use of this entitlement. We also take consultations from parties other than those who have been targeted, such as friends, or the person thought to be the perpetrator (the person indicated as perpetrator).

Consultations and Fact-finding Investigations

Human Rights Advisors will work to resolve each case based on the premises of the complaint filed by the complainant. However, based on the complainant's wishes, or if it is deemed necessary to clarify relevant facts by acquiring information from the other party, a Human Rights Advisor may register a complaint to the Human Rights Committee. The Human Rights Committee will then confer with both parties. The Committee may also proceed with further investigation or conciliation of the case. Regarding the investigation/conciliation as well, the wishes of the complainant will be respected throughout the process.

Consultation is also available to third parties, but formal complaints can be made only by the party who has encountered the harassment. Also, the Human Rights Committee may decline to accept the complaint due to its content or other reason. If the Human Rights Committee declines to accept a complaint under the provisions of the preceding paragraph, it will be notified the consultees of the reason for its decision.

Maintaining Confidentiality of Consultations

In order to protect your privacy, consultations will be kept confidential. The Human Rights Advisor will also seek for your permission in advance if it seems appropriate to report the case to other Human Rights Advisors or in a Human Rights Advisors' meeting. Furthermore, the advisors will take utmost care to prevent you from facing disadvantages from having filed the complaint.

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