The Executive Board has appointed four members of staff to act in the capacity of confidential advisor.
These four employees perform their duties as confidential advisor in addition to their regular job.
The confidential advisor advises and supports individual staff members who are confronted with unacceptable behaviour like intimidation, (sexual) harassment, aggression, violence, discrimination, bullying or stalking. UT staff can also approach the confidential advisor in case of a workplace conflict related to or arising from unacceptable behaviour.
PhD candidates, too, may call on the confidential advisor. Bachelor's and master's students may not, however. These students can approach any of the student counsellors should they be confronted with unacceptable behaviour.
The confidential advisor is fully authorized to make enquiries and obtain all information reasonably required to obtain a clear picture of the nature and scope of the problem.
The confidential advisor will maintain the strictest confidentiality with respect to such information as a matter of course. The confidential advisor is not impartial but acts for the benefit of the employee. The confidential advisor acts independently from the employer. The confidential advisor is not after the truth of the matter but is there to help you find a solution for the problem. Should the actions taken together with or on the advice of the confidential advisor fail to achieve the desired result, you could consider submitting a formal complaint to the Executive Board. The confidential advisor may advise you on this procedure. Should you so wish, the confidential advisor may also support you during the procedure.
The Code of conduct for acceptable and unacceptable behaviour, established by the Executive Board on May 22, 2018, aims to provide safeguards for a proper and encouraging working and study environment at the UT. The code of conduct also described the various forms of unacceptable behaviour as well as the procedures to end such behaviour.