Equal opportunity

"Our creative knowledge environment is permeated by global
values – internationalisation, equal opportunity, and sustainable
development – in research, education, and administration. Linnaeus
University promotes an international environment where people from
different backgrounds with different experiences can meet, and where
all students and members of staff subscribe to the notion of equal
opportunity and sustainable development.
All our activities are to be carried out in a way that promotes
equality of opportunity, economic and social well-being, justice, and a
good working environment. Working methods at the university, both
internal and external, are to be characterised by respect and democracy"
(Vision and strategy: A creative knowledge environment in the spirit of Linnaeus 2015-2020)

In order to reach the goals set out in Linnaeus University's strategy document, the university needs to establish a collaborative and including culture between all persons who are active at the university. According to the steering document plan for equal opportunity at Linnaeus University, guidelines and structures should be developed in a way that ensures equal opportunity for all employees and students at Linnaeus University – something that is crucial in order to achieve a well-functioning working environment and study environment. Our work with equal opportunity has the ambition to be preventive and to develop continuously.

Equal opportunity means that all people should have equally good opportunities to perform their best, regardless of sex, gender identity and/or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation, or age.

The university board and the rector have the overall responsibility to make sure that goal-oriented work is carried out to build a university with diversity, where all people are met with respect and given equal opportunity. Each head of department/departmental manager is responsible for the daily preventive and supporting work concerning equal opportunity.

Student projects in sustainable development

Are you interested in sustainability? Would you like to contribute to a better world and receive compensation for it? Do you have an idea for a project you want to implement which does not t in the course or programme you are studying?

You decide yourself what kind of project you want to carry out. It can be anything from a book club or an information campaign about equality to a clothes swap day, a cultivation project, an exhibition in connection to Pride, an open lecture – or anything really that in some way deals with sustainable development.

Make an application!

What is discrimination?

A simplified description of the legal definition of discrimination is that someone is disadvantaged or discriminated against. The disadvantage or discrimination should also be linked to one of the seven grounds of discrimination.

• gender
• gender-transcendent identity or expression
• ethnic identity
• religion or other belief
• disability
• sexual orientation
• age

There are six different forms of discrimination according to the law

• direct discrimination
• indirect discrimination
• lack of accessibility
• harassment
• sexual harassment
• instructions to discriminate

Zero tolerance at Linnaeus University
At Linnaeus University there is zero tolerance of discrimination and negative special treatment in both words and deeds. This approach applies not only for students and employees within the university's activities, but also for students and employees when they meet people from outside the organisation who are in contact with the university. All students and employees have a responsibility to contribute to a good study and working environment.

How do I report discrimination?
Like all providers of education, Linnaeus University has investigative responsibility, that is to say a responsibility to speedily investigate any suspicions of negative special treatment or discrimination. In the first place, the matter is to be handled internally at the faculty, department or unit in question based on the concerned manager's responsibility for the work environment.

What should I do if I am subjected to negative special treatment or discrimination?
Contact someone you have confidence in, either orally or in writing. You can, for instance, contact your teacher, programme coordinator, head of department, coordinator for equality of opportunity or some other employee for whom you have confidence. A report to Linnaeus University is to contain an account of what has happened, when, where, who was/were involved and in what way, as well as information on any witnesses.
The report is to be handed in or sent to registrar at Linnaeus University as an email, or via mail to Registrator.

You can turn to Linnéstudenterna's (the student union) student and doctoral student ombudsman who will give you support. You can also turn directly to the Equality Ombudsman or Antidiskrimineringsbyrån Sydost for support.

What should I do if I notice that someone else is subjected to negative special treatment or discrimination?
Ask the person to turn to any of the above. Like all providers of education, Linnaeus University has investigative responsibility, that is to say a responsibility to speedily investigate any suspicions of negative special treatment or discrimination.