Utrecht University (UU) aims to provide a pleasant and safe study and working environment for all students and staff. We treat each other with respect. Social safety is a theme that requires constant attention, from all of us. If we work together to create a socially safe UU, we can prevent the continuation and normalisation of inappropriate behaviour. 

Talking to someone about inappropriate behaviour

Students or staff may be approached in a manner that they consider undesirable, e.g. harassment or sexual harassment, discrimination, aggression, violence or bullying. In this case, you can always contact someone to discuss the matter in confidence, examine together which options are available and possibly to file a complaint. If you think that inappropriate behaviour is occurring, do not keep it to yourself but bring it up for discussion, even as a witness. Visit this page to find out where to turn.

I would like to contribute to social safety

Creating a socially safe university is something we do together. It is therefore important to enter into conversation about this and to take action in the event of inappropriate behaviour. Would you like to learn more about what you can do in undesirable situations or how you can ensure a socially safe study and working environment? Or would you like to work with your team on the topic as a supervisor? Various possibilities exist. Learn more below.


Utrecht University has documented which ranges for behaviour and reflection are observed for students and employees in its Code of Conduct. The university has a Code of Conduct on Inappropriate Behaviour to prevent and combat inappropriate behaviour. There are also specific regulations for reporting intimidation, aggression, violence and discrimination. These regulations will soon be updated following approval from the participation bodies.

At Utrecht University we are committed to the social safety of our students and staff. Last year, for example, a theatre performance called 'Mindlab' was organised to raise awareness of the subject among employees. Active Bystander training sessions are regularly organised for staff and students to enable them to take action as witnesses. Regulations have also been adapted recently and, for example, the new Committee for Interpersonal Integrity has been set up. In addition to the ombudspersons for staff, an ombudsperson for students is also planned. More will be announced after the summer.