Who should I turn to if I feel exposed to offensive treatment?
The #MeToo campaign, which testifies to many of the well-known and unknown women's vulnerability to abuse and sexual harassment, is growing in Sweden and in the world. With this support page, we would like to explain what assistance you as a student and employee can get if you find yourself facing offensive treatment within the university.
It goes without saying that we work to ensure the equal value of all, with equal rights and opportunities. Our vision strongly supports this. Everyone, with all individual differences, is welcome; everyone is needed. LiU is to be characterised by an inclusive work and study environment in which all co-workers are treated with respect and where the conditions are excellent for working and developing.
At LiU we carry out extensive and targeted work to promote equal rights, equal opportunities and equal obligations. We work also to counteract all forms of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, victimisation and exclusion. This is our work towards equal opportunities, known by the term Equal Opportunities.
Students and employees can always contact LiU´s Equal Opportunities body if you feel exposed to offensive treatment within the university.
If you or someone else is exposed
Employees can turn to:
- Their immediate superior or head of department
- HR partner
- Local union representatives
- Health and safety representatives
- Equal opportunities representatives
- Equal opportunities coordinator
- Occupational healthcare
At LiU the principle is to manage abuse that has been experienced as close to the affected person as possible. For co-workers, the immediate superior with personnel responsibility is responsible. Employee organisations can offer support to an individual co-worker. LiU’s Equal Opportunities body can be contacted for consultation concerning legislation and details of the procedures followed during handling and investigation.
Students can turn to:
- Director of studies or programme coordinator
- Study counsellor
- Student union (links to which are given here in the right margin)
- Student work environment representative
- Student Health
- Equal opportunities coordinator
At LiU the principle is to manage abuse that has been experienced as close to the affected person as possible. For students, the director of studies or corresponding person is responsible for handling and, where relevant, investigating the occurrence of abusive treatment. The student unions represent individual students. LiU’s Equal Opportunities body can be contacted for consultation concerning legislation and details of the procedures followed during handling and investigation.
What does an investigation entail?
Each situation is unique and therefore the handling must also be adjusted according to the circumstances of the individual case. However, all matters should be handled with respect for all involved and from current legislation.
The purpose of investigating an incident where someone has experienced offensive treatment is to gather enough information and knowledge of the situation for those responsible for the operation to be able to assess which measures need to be taken in order to put an end to the offensive treatment. Each investigation is conducted with respect for the parties involved and with impartiality, rationality and objectivity. The following pages give a description of how such an investigation can be conducted.
Regardless of how an undesired behavior is defined and how the case is handled, the manager/director of studies must always act to enable a good work and/or study environment to be restored to all involved.
Some advice if you have been subjected to offensive treatment
- Speak up. Confront the person if you can. If you find it hard to tell them in person, write a letter or otherwise show them that you dislike their behaviour.
- You have the right to receive advice, support and information without giving your name. However, you may not be anonymous in the event of an investigation.
- Tell someone else.
- Write down the time and place, what happened, what was said and how you reacted. This documentation may be important if there is an investigation.
- Participate in the investigation measure process that is initiated by your superior/Director of Studies and accept the support you are offered.
Last updated: 2019-04-15