What rights and regulations apply to your working conditions as a student? What are equal opportunities, and how do they benefit you? And who can you turn to if you have questions or need help?
For us it is important that all students feel that they are included in the study environment. At Uppsala University, there is zero tolerance for discrimination, harassment and victimisation and we are working actively with equal opportunities.
An important task is to ensure that our procedures, norms and routines reflect an attitude that is characterised by respect for students’ and employees’ different conditions.
Who can I turn to?
If you have questions about working environment or equal opportunities
At firsthand, contact the study counsellor at your department or programme. Central features of the University that you can turn to are:
- Study and career counsellors: The counsellors offer counselling and support about your thoughts on studies and careers.
- Coordinators for targeted study support: If you have a long-term disability, you can receive support during your studies.
- Coordinators for equal opportunities: Contact the coordinators if you have issues concerning equal rights and discrimination.
- Ombudsmen for grading issues: If you think that the examination or grading has been unfairly done, you can turn to the ombudsmen for grading issues.
- Legal officers: Contact the university's legal officers if you have legal issues or questions concerning disciplinary matters.
If you have been subjected to harassment or victimisation
- The head of department is responsible for investigating harassment and abusive discrimination at the department. The head of department is responsible for ending the harassment.
- The study counsellor is bound to professional secrecy. If you want to make a report, the study counsellor can be a support in this.
- You can also talk to, for example, a teacher or director of studies or someone else in the university's staff who you trust.
If you need to talk to someone about how you feel
The Student Health Centre has counsellors and psychologists who will assist you in times of need.
If you have a complaint
If you would like to make a complaint about your courses, programme or study environment, you should first contact your department. Read more about how you can make a complaint.
Support from student unions
All the student unions have student liaison officers who work with advice and support to students in work-environment and study-related issues.
Beside the student liaison officers there are also student and PhD student ombudsmen and safety representatives:
A student and PhD ombudsman can inform you on the rules and rights that apply at the university and provide advice and assistance to resolve problems related to your studies.
The safety representatives work as work environment representatives for students, and you can contact them if there is something that does not work in the physical study environment.