At the joint request of the management of the Ecole nationale supérieure d'architecture de Montpellier (ENSAM) and its tutelage, the Directorate-General for Heritage, an external firm conducted a psycho-risk assessment with school staff at the end of 2019.social.

This diagnosis has led to the emergence of alleged comments and behaviours with the connotation of moral harassment and possible gender and sexual violence. Such events being serious and likely to lead to disciplinary sanctions and criminal proceedings, the Minister of Culture, Roselyne Bachelot-Narquin, has, as soon as she arrived, carried out an administrative investigation to shed light on their reality. The findings of this investigation have been made.

The Ministry of Culture is currently implementing all the disciplinary procedures that are required as a result of the findings of this report. In addition, the Ministry of Culture decided to proceed with an alert on the basis of Article 40 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which was transmitted to the Prosecutor of the Republic of Montpellier.

The Ministry of Culture will also support the school to strengthen its warning, psychological support and prevention mechanisms, and ensure the proper functioning of bodies and governance.

A person with in-depth knowledge of the cultural sector and confirmed experience in positions of responsibility will be entrusted in January with the provisional management of the school for a foreseeable period of 6 months. Its priority will be to restore a climate of study and serene work.

The Ministry of Culture is following with the utmost vigilance the situation of this school, its students and its staff.