Sexual Respect is a Commitement
Zimbabwe School of Mines expects that all members of the ZSM community — students, lecturers, staff, and guests — should be able to pursue their work and education in a safe environment, free from sexual harassment, violence, or intimidation. The school is committed to fostering a safe campus environment that promotes sexual respect and where sexual misconduct and violence are unacceptable. All members of the ZSM community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the opportunities and rights of others.
If you have experienced sexual assault or any other type of sexual misconduct, please know that there is a community of students (Wellness Community), lecturers and staff who can direct you to resources to help you make informed choices and support your recovery.
Support for Students
If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, there are many options and resources available on campus and in the local community.
Resources for Lecturers & Staff
Lecturers and staff must notify the School if a member of the ZSM community discloses that they experienced or witnessed sexual harassment or violence. We provide guidance for how you can support a victim and what you need to know to file a report.
The Health and Wellness Club is a peer education group supervised and coordinated by the school.
Terms and Definitions
Affirmative consent is a knowing, voluntary and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity. The definition of consent does not vary based on a participant’s sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
If you experience unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual contact, and other unwelcome verbal, physical, or visual conduct of sexual nature, this may be sexual harassment.
A person who is incapacitated cannot make a rational, reasonable decision, lacks the ability to understand his or her decision, and may be unconscious, asleep, involuntarily restrained, or have a disability that impedes consent. Under Zimbabwe State law, a person under the age of 16 lacks the capacity to give consent.
Confidential resources do not share identifying information with anyone. Non-confidential resources disclose information only when necessary to get students additional services or to protect community safety.
Being a prosocial bystander means being aware of what’s happening around you and learning how to step in safely or seek help from others.