no more gender violence
The protocol includes digital violence and discrimination based on gender and sex-generic identities. (Photo: iStock)

Tecnológico de Monterrey has updated its Action Protocol for the Prevention of and Attention to Gender Violence.

Inés Sáenz, the Tec’s Vice President of Inclusion, Social Impact, and Sustainability, highlighted that the voices of students, teachers and collaborators were heard when drawing up the new protocol.

“This protocol is the product of many conversations between the institution’s departments and the people it affects,” she mentioned.

The main changes include it becoming a binding document, reinforcement of the process of attending to victims, and improvements to speed up case resolutions.

“We aspire to have a Tec without violence. Actions to the contrary will be punished,” highlighted Sáenz.

“The message is very clear for students, collaborators, managers, and directors: there are consequences, and nobody is above the procedure and penalties,” she emphasized.

Click here to see the updated protocol in Spanish full. Members of the Tec community can also consult the protocol in this section.

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How and when is the protocol activated?

According to the Center for Recognition of Human Dignity, gender violence consists of acts or omissions considered violent or discriminatory on account of someone’s gender or sex.

If a person or a group of people from the university’s community affects another member of the same community, resulting in physical, sexual, psychological, or moral harm, this are the steps to be followed in order to activate the protocol.

1. Report

Write an email to the official advisory and complaint channel, either via the Ethos Platform or via email to escuchandote@itesm.mx (for Tec de Monterrey cases) or escuchandote@tecmilenio.mx (for Tecmilenio cases).

2. Follow-up

Somebody from the Area for Attention to Human Dignity that provides service for your campus will guide you in a confidential manner.

3. Protocol activation

If you decide to, you can activate the action protocol against gender violence so as to begin the process of making an official complaint. You can rely on both safety and assistance in the process.

4. Assistance

Even if you don’t activate the protocol, you will continue to be provided with safety measures and support.

Sáenz announced that there is an institutional will and zero-tolerance mandate against gender violence and acts that violate human dignity at the Tec.

“If a person is found to have committed a violation in the area of gender violence, there will be clear consequences,” she reiterated.

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Main changes to the protocol

Sáenz said that these changes to the protocol seek to speed up the steps and to make them more humane.

These are some of the main changes:

The protocol becomes binding.

Clarity on the concept of non-revictimization and confidentiality.

It includes digital violence and discrimination based on gender and gender identity.

A change in the regularity of reports and inclusion of restorative measures.

It adds an obligation to collaborate and cases of negligence to address concepts of concealment and omission.

It includes a list of penalties that will be binding for the Gender Office to apply.

It adds the concept of alternative measures for conflict resolution on a voluntary basis.

Improvements to investigation, hearing, and resolution processes.

Encourage reporting and create a culture of prevention.

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In order for the protocol to work, the Vice President of Inclusion, Social Impact, and Sustainability at the Tec said that it is necessary to instill the importance of reporting.

“We must educate on the importance of going through these steps when necessary. It isn’t easy because we know that the reporting process is almost as hard as the experience itself.

“Sometimes, people believe or assume that if they have suffered a case of gender violence, nothing will happen to those involved, but the message is that it will,” she said.

Likewise, she stressed that with the creation of the Center for the Recognition of Human Dignity in 2017, the Tec has worked to become a more humane and safe institution.

“Ideally, we wouldn’t have to use the protocol. In order to have safe campuses, free from abuse, harassment, etc., we need to re-educate, to bring about a change to the entire culture,” explained Sáenz.

The publication of the new protocol on gender violence and its dissemination are part of the commitments that the Tec has made to its community to prevent and address this type of violence.

These also include increasing the number of Attention and Guidance Points (going from 11 to 16 in the first phase), as well as strengthening a gender-based training and awareness program.

The full protocol document can be downloaded here.