The university’s Code of Conduct (see: Regulations) is designed to prevent misconduct. Misconduct may include:
- Sexual intimidation: unwanted sexual advances (e.g. requests for sexual favours or other verbal, non-verbal or physical behaviour). An example is the unsolicited sending of pornographic images or texts or the deliberate viewing of such images in a manner that is visible to others;
- Aggression and violence: bullying (both psychological and physical), other threats and attacks;
- Discrimination: making pronouncements, taking action against or decisions about individuals that are offensive or disadvantage individuals because of their race, religion, gender, ideology and/or sexuality or discriminate in any way on the basis of these factors.
Actions you can take
To stop the unwanted behavior, it is important that it is labeled as such and communicated to others. In the first place communication can be aimed at the person that has shown the undesirable behavior. Together you can try to come to an acceptable solution of the problem at hand. It is, however, possible that this does not help or that there are obstacles to talk about this with the one showing the undesirable behavior.
One of the key roles of the Confidential Counsellor is support and supervision. The Confidential Counsellor can also mediate between the parties involved in the complaint. If this fails to reach a solution, a decision can be made jointly to submit a complaint to the complaints committee. The committee will instigate an enquiry and make recommendations to the Executive Board on appropriate measures to be taken.