Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
As the saying goes: “Got laid? Get tested!”
Have you had unprotected sex? Did a condom break or fall off during sex? Many STI’s never show any symptoms, or symptoms don’t appear until much later, though the infection can do serious harm if left unattended.
What can you do? See below for good starting points…
Community Health Clinic, UMC (University Medical Centre)
Here you can make an appointment free of charge if you are a student under 25 years old. You have the right to confidentially, clear information, and an interpreter (though you will have to request one in advance if needed). Treatment, if necessary, is also free. Find more information about testing here.
- Address: Heidelberglaan 100, 3584 CX Utrecht
- Phone number: 088-755 3200.
Your General Practitioner (GP)
Your GP can carry out a test for you, though the costs will not be covered by the municipality. There is a chance that your insurance will cover it – you are advised to confirm this with your insurance company beforehand.
Remember, if in doubt it is important to inform your sexual partner(s) that there is a chance they have an STI.
Inappropriate (Sexual) Behaviour and Misconduct
Utrecht 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.
In this case you can contact the University’s Confidential Counsellor, Jeanette van Rees, specifically assigned for handling these kinds of cases:
Email J.vanRees@uu.nl or phone +31 30 253 9977.
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.
The UCU Student Life Officer, Mark Baldwin, is also available to consult for contact for all non-academic concerns, and can guide you towards the most appropriate sources of further help if needed. M.P.Baldwin@uu.nl.
Sexual Assault and Rape
Any student who suspects they (or another person) may have been a victim of crime is encouraged to contact the police directly and without delay, to report an incident, express concerns, or for a forensic examination if required.
Support is available to students who wish to approach the police but find it difficult. Jeanette van Rees (Head of UU’s student counselling service), Maarten Diederix (UCU’s Housemaster) and Mark Baldwin (UCU’s Student Life Officer) are starting points.
If you are unsure whether or not you have been coerced, verbally or physically, into unwanted sexual behaviour and would like to discuss this, you can, of course, use the same resources as a starting point.
Students who report incidents to the police are also asked to make UCU authorities aware of this, so the most appropriate forms of support can be arranged.
The nearby oganisation ‘Sense’ offers free, confidential consultations for young people in Utrecht, relating to all aspects of sexual life, identity and welfare. The website is in Dutch, though sessions are also offered in English. You can simply write to them directly if you: wish firstname.lastname@example.org.
If necessary, The UCU Student Life Officer can also bring you into contact with counsellors.
Students with concerns about their own sexual wellbeing, or an interest in wider societal issues around sexual health, can access all kinds of information and support from professional organisations such as Rutgers International.