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 both admitted students and applicants to the university. The Swedish Discrimination Act’s definition of discrimination is when a person is treated disfavourably or when a person’s dignity is violated in relation to one of the seven grounds of discrimination:

  • sex
  • transgender identity or expression
  • ethnicity
  • religion or other belief
  • disability
  • sexual orientation
  • age

What is the difference between discrimination and harassment?
Discrimination is when someone is treated disfavourably in relation to one of the seven grounds of discrimination.

Harassment is behaviour that violates the integrity or dignity of a person in relation to one of the seven grounds for discrimination.

It is the person subjected to harassment or discrimination who decides what she or he considers insulting or abusive. Sometimes the person responsible do not know that their behavior constitutes a violation. Therefore, it is important that the person subjected to harassment or discrimination make clear to the person concerned that their behavior is unwelcome and must end. You can do so yourself, with the help of someone you trust or by contacting the university

How do I file a complaint?
If 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 officer in charge (Katarina Evasdotter Birath). 

If you have been discriminated or experienced harassment in relation to one of the seven grounds and Konstfack didn’t help you, you can report this to the Ombudsman (DO).

You can also receive help from The Bureau Against Discrimination that have several offices around Sweden

More information
www.do.se/other-languages/english

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, Katarina Evasdotter Birath. Protected address

Updated: 15 February 2013
Author: Katarina Evasdotter Birath

Konstfack
LM Ericssons väg 14
126 26 Stockholm
Tel: 08-450 41 00
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