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Discrimination and sexual harassment

At Linnaeus University there is zero tolerance of discrimination, harassment,
and other types of negative special treatment. All students, regardless of social background or group identity should be given equal opportunities and possibilities. This information is aimed at you who are a student and want to learn more about your rights or feel that you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment or other types of negative special treatment.



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-transcendent identity or expression
ethnic identity
religion or other belief
sexual orientation

There are six different forms of discrimination according to the law;

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

How do I report?

As a student, you can turn to the head of department at your department to report any events. The head of department is then responsible for investigating what has happened and for documenting the work. If it is the head of department you feel disadvantaged by, you can contact the dean at your faculty instead.

As a student you can also send a report to the registrar ( at the university. You can also leave an oral report to the coordinator for equal opportunity who then documents the event in writing and sends it to the registrar. The report should contain:

• an account of what has happened
• when it took place
• the name of the victim and his or her department
• the name of the alleged perpetrator and his or her department
• any witnesses to the event

Once a report has been received, the manager at the executive o ce appoints an investigator who is commissioned to speedily, objectively and in a legally sound way look into what has happened.

Both the person who has been subject to discrimination and any person who has observed the inappropriate behaviour can make a report. However, a report cannot be made anonymously since it must be possible to hear both parties and any witnesses.