If, as a student, you feel you are being subjected to abuse, we urge that you actively try to do something about the situation. It is hoped that the points below provide support. Never hesitate to contact an employee if you feel you are being subjected to abuse!
Confront the person directly. Leave no room for misunderstanding.
Remember that it is not your fault!
If you find it difficult to speak out verbally, write a letter or an email. In your text, state what has happened, how you feel about it and that you want the person to stop the violation/abuse. Keep a copy of the letter/email.
Write down what has happened. This makes it easier to process and document the events.
Make notes of: the date; the time; any witnesses; what the harassing/discriminating person said and did; and, how you felt and reacted. Act as rapidly as possible.
Tell someone you trust what has happened. Keep an ear open for whether more individuals in your study environment have been subjected to abuse. Pay special attention to whether the abuse/violation can be linked to gender, ethnicity, religious belief, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability.
Contact your programme/course coordinator, study counsellor, equal opportunities coordinator, Student Health Care or the student’s union for advice. Under the Discrimination Act, you are entitled to require measures to be implemented.
Report what happened (if you feel the event should be formally investigated). You can submit a written report to the OLIK at your school.
You can also choose to submit a report directly to the Equality Ombudsman (who will ensure compliance with the Act).
What you can do as a fellow student
Pay attention to your fellow students’ reactions.
Dare to ask if you are wondering about anything that has happened.
Listen when someone wants to tell you how he or she feels. Take the time that is needed.
See things from the abused person’s perspective and be seriously open to what you are told.
For advice or support, contact Student Health Care or another university employee in whom you have confidence.