Discrimination, harassment and victimisation

Södertörn University should be free from discrimination, harassment and victimisation. If you are a student or are applying to Södertörn University, you are protected by the Swedish Discrimination Act, which prohibits discrimination.

Equal treatment for students at the university

Södertörn University has an equality plan. It begins in the following way:

Södertörn University must be inclusive and utilise the abilities, commitment and competence of its employees and students. The guiding principle is the equal rights and human dignity of all. The university rejects all forms of discrimination due to sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation or age.

Routines and actions for students at Södertörn University in cases of discrimination, harassment and sexual harassment Pdf, 223.5 kB.

You are also protected by the Swedish Discrimination Act, which you can read in its entirety on the Equality Ombudsman’s website. External link, opens in new window.

What do I do if I have been discriminated against, harassed or bullied?

Every member of staff at the university is obliged to take action if they become aware that a student feels they have been discriminated against, harassed or victimised. The university must investigate what has happened.

You can turn to any employee to get help, but you should primarily approach the teaching staff and the equal opportunities officer. Student Support Services have special responsibility for equal opportunities issues, so you can also turn to them for help.

The Equality Ombudsman is a government agency that you can contact. If you are the victim of a crime and want to report it to the police, you must make a separate police report.

If you feel that you need to talk to someone, you can talk to a chaplain at the University Chaplaincy, or go the Student Wellbeing Centre where you can get advice and talk to a counsellor, psychologist or nurse.