Equality and gender equality for you as a student

Equality and gender equality for you as a student

Örebro University is committed to being a university for all. Every student and employee is to be considered as being a part of, and as such contributing to, diversity. Through participation and mutual respect, a safe and enriching study and working environment shall be created.

At Örebro University, gender equality efforts are an integral part of the work for equal rights and opportunities for students and staff. Women and men must be treated equally and be met with the same attitude and we are striving for gender balance in our working and study environments.

As part of your education you are to be offered the knowledge that gender research has to offer within your specific professional field and subject. An awareness of gender and gender equality shall also be reflected in all teaching and learning contexts.

Student questionnaire on equal treatment

Between 10 October and 24 October 2011, students and research students at Örebro University had the opportunity to answer a question on which areas they thought should be given priority in the university’s equal treatment efforts in 2012. Read more about the results in English here:

Student questionnaire on equal treatment - results

Discrimination and harassment

As a student you are protected through the Discrimination Act. For students and applicants to university courses and programmes, its aim is to promote equal rights and to prevent discrimination and harassment associated with gender, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation, or age. Harassment and sexual harassment are covered by the Discrimination Act as forms of discrimination.

If you are discriminated against, by the university, a member of staff or by a fellow student, you may file a report. This should be addressed to Vice-Chancellor Jens Schollin and be sent to the Records Office (This is an email address or Örebro University, Records Office, 701 82 Örebro).

If a member of staff at Örebro University would receive information on harassment or sexual harassment, he or she is obliged to file a report. This applies to all members of staff. In the same way, the university is obliged to investigate any reported harassment – sexual or other. At Örebro University, students as well as staff are however urged to contribute to exposing and resolving all forms of discrimination, as all forms of discrimination will be investigated. You can – and should – therefore report cases of discrimination even if you yourself are not the victim. The alleged victim will always, at the start of any investigation, be asked to confirm or dismiss whether the discrimination has taken place.

Matters of discrimination are investigated by the university’s legal officers in accordance with special procedures:

Guidelines and procedures for managing discrimination and victimisation at Örebro University

Deficiencies in teaching, disputes, conflicts or cooperation difficulties

Should you as a student feel that there are urgent deficiencies in current teaching or on the programme as a whole, or if disputes, conflicts or cooperation difficulties arise within student groups or between students and teachers, you should as a first step turn to your teacher/course coordinator, alternatively the director of division responsible for the course/programme in question, for a dialogue on the problems that have arisen.

If you feel that the situation cannot be solved in consultation with the teacher/course coordinator, or if such consultation does not change matters, you can turn to the head of department, describing the situation in writing, or if you prefer, requesting a meeting. The matter will then be handled in accordance with special procedures:

Procedures Student-related Matters

Support and advice

You can, at any stage, turn to the student representative at Örebro Student Union for support and advice. The student representative can also represent you should you want to take the matter any further:

Albina Hoti, This is an email address, 019 – 676 23 54 / 0709 – 39 99 21

If you have any queries concerning the handling of discrimination or victimisation at Örebro University, contact our legal officers:

Anders Tjernström, This is an email address, 019-303025

Rickard Josefson, This is an email address, 019-303005

If you have any queries or comments concerning the university’s overall efforts for equality and gender equality, or questions regarding the equal treatment plan, gender equality plan or accessibility plan, contact our equality and diversity advisors:

Marinette Fogde, This is an email address, 019-301362

Anna Prestjan, This is an email address, 019-303813

Updated: 2012-04-17

Editor: Anna Prestjan