Equal treatment of students

Konstfack categorically rejects discrimination and harassment and will not tolerate that these occur in our community. All staff members and students have a right to be treated with respect and to work in a climate that promotes the pleasure of work, good health, and opportunities for personal development and success. Every employee and student has a responsibility to ensure that discrimination and harassment do not occur at Konstfack.

The Swedish Discrimination Act protects students participating in or applying for the activities.The Swedish Discrimination Act protects individuals against discrimination on grounds of sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation or age.

Universities must produce equality plans that are followed up every year.

What is the difference between discrimination and harassment?
Discrimination is when someone working at a place of education treats a student less favourably than someone else on grounds of sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation or age.

Harassment is behaviour that violates the integrity or dignity of a student and which is related to one of the grounds for discrimination.

It is the person subjected to harassment who decides what she or he considers insulting or abusive. Sometimes it is clear that the person responsible should know that their behaviour constitutes a violation. But in many cases it is important that you as the victim make clear to the person concerned that their behaviour is unwelcome and must end. You can do so verbally, in writing or with the help of someone you trust.

How do I file a complaint?
If you feel that you have been discriminated or harassed, you should report the matter to the Head of Department or to your supervisor.  You can also report to The Student Office (Maria Backteman) Protected address or to the officer in charge (Marie-Thérèse Tricot). 

If you have been discriminated against on grounds of sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation or age, and if Konstfack didn’t help you, you can report this to the Ombudsman (DO).

More information
http://www.do.se/information-in-other-languages/other-languages/english-engelska/

Your opinion is important!
Do you have any suggestions which could help Konstfack to better promote equal opportunities for all students? Please contact the officer in charge, Marie-Thérèse Tricot. Protected address.

Updated: 15 February 2013
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