Any kind of sexual misconduct or seriously inappropriate behaviour is not tolerated at Utrecht University, including here at University College Utrecht.

The College requires its students to observe the Social Honor Code, included in the Campus Rules and Regulations, with specific references to interpersonal conduct.

Furthermore, Utrecht University’s Code of Conduct safeguards all students and employees against inappropriate behaviours. 

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 in cases of inappropriate (sexual) conduct

In order to stop the inappropriate behaviour, it is important to name and point out this behaviour. You can contact the person who is displaying the inappropriate behaviour and try to come to an acceptable solution together. It might be possible that this does not work or that there are considerable thresholds to doing this. If this is the case, asking for external help may be a solution. The tabs below include a list of some of your options:

Professional counsellors at UCU’s Student Life Office are available for all non-academic parts of young adult and residential life. As well as offering a safe and non-judgemental space to share your concerns and experiences, they can also guide you towards the most appropriate sources of further help if needed. Both male and female counsellors are available upon request, and all conversations are confidential unless otherwise agreed. Learn more about the Student Life Office and its trained counsellors here, or get in touch directly: m.p.baldwin@uu.nl / ucu.slo@uu.nl.

The Student Life Office also has a designated Sexual Misconduct Advisor, with whom students can talk confidentially about sexual misconduct they may have experienced themselves, witnessed or heard, as victim, protagonist or bystander. The Sexual Misconduct Advisor is Annemieke Meijer. She can be contacted via e-mail.

Annemieke is already one of the university’s Confidential Advisors, so is professionally very well orientated towards sensitive, personal matters, and is also very familiar with the associated confidentiality protocols and special support infrastructure. Issues raised with the Sexual Misconduct Advisor will receive thorough attention and – only with your agreement - onward referral to further support providers, as appropriate.

Matters at any level of seriousness can be raised with the Student Life Office and   its Sexual Misconduct Advisor, ranging from minor concerns to deeper, urgent ones. Sometimes just sharing and being heard can be enough, and sometimes there’s a need to take extra steps. No issue will be considered too small or too large – the most important thing is to talk when you feel the need, and to take up the guidance on offer.

Other UCU Campus Resources

Your Personal Tutor is there for your pastoral guidance as well as academic matters. S/he may be a starting point to listen to any concerns you have about interpersonal misconduct, whether it be in the classroom or elsewhere. S/he will also know how to refer you onwards for deeper level guidance if required.

You may also voice your concerns about misconduct in campus life to the Housemaster, Maarten Diederix, who can offer first channels of support and/or refer you onwards as appropriate.

Naturally, Utrecht University thinks it is important to have a safe social climate for all students and employees, and therefore has a special central committee dealing with reports of inappropriate behaviour.

You might prefer to speak with advisors outside our campus, and may also contact one of the university’s Confidential Advisors for Inappropriate Behaviour for shelter, supervision and mediation. The information provided is always confidential. As at UCU, sometimes just sharing and being heard can be enough and sometimes, if required, extra steps can be taken. These could include formalizing a complaint, or liaising with further support providers. The contact information of the Confidential Advisors for Inappropriate Behaviour can be found on the page Confidential Advisors. Male and female advisors are available.

The Sexual Assault Centre is a national resource, available 24-hours per day to anybody (in both Dutch and English) who has experiences sexual violence. The centre can also guide you towards medical help, counselling support and police involvement if necessary.

Those wishing to report an incident the police can find further information here.

Students who report incidents to the police are also asked to make University College Utrecht authorities aware of this, so that appropriate forms of support and co-operation can be arranged.

Students who have been involved in cases of sexual misconduct may wish to speak with a psychologist or a doctor about their experiences.

Utrecht University has its own team of psychologists devoted to supporting  students from all faculties, including University College Utrecht students. This team is part of Utrecht University’s Student Services, and is located 5 minutes away from campus in the Administration Building in Utrecht Science Park.Referrals are not necessary – you can make an appointment directly yourself. Find out more here. In some cases, students with very urgent needs can be offered priority appointments with a university psychologist (contact the Student Life Office for more information).

All significant health enquiries should be discussed with your own doctor (GP). S/he is your first point of contact for all matters of health (both physical and mental). If you are not already registered with a doctor locally, please do so at your earliest opportunity. Do not wait until you become unwell before you take action with this! Many medical practices are within a 5-10 bike ride from the University College Utrecht campus, and others are spread throughout the city. Some of the closest are listed here.

As with all medical practices, doctors may refer patients to specialists if necessary, to treat physical, psychological or other issues. Many practices also have their own in-house specialists, including mental health professionals.

In any kind of emergency, you should call Utrecht University security on 030 253 4444, or call 4444 from a campus phone. It’s advisable to add this number to your mobile phone.

As well as providing essential security services, they can make first responses to medical and other emergencies, and activate the public emergency services wherever necessary.

Other Emergency Services
To call the public emergency services - ambulance, police or fire brigade - directly dial 112 (this is the general European emergency number).

(For police matters that are not an emergency you can call 0900-8844).

UCU Peer Support is a ‘peer-to-peer’ initiative which enables students to seek advice, support and referrals from individuals similar to them in terms of age, social and educational contexts. Students with concerns about sexual misconduct can also speak about these with the Peer Support team as a first step, although onward referral is highly likely.

Contact - wellbeing.ps.ucu@gmail.com

             

If you are unsure whether or not you have been coerced, verbally or physically, into unwanted situations, or if you feel you might have coerced others into those situations, and would like to discuss this, you can use the same resources as a starting point.