Social safety is fundamental for everyone working at, studying at, or visiting UT. Respect, integrity, honesty, and consideration for others are expected on our campus and within our organisation. Together we must ensure our university continues to be a safe place. Being confronted with an unsafe situation or inappropriate behaviour can have a huge impact. If you feel unsafe, mistreated or if you have witnessed an unsafe situation, please inform people around you and try to talk about it. Various support professionals are here to help you whenever you need it, no matter what. Our skilled and committed professionals are always there for you to listen, talk things through and to act. Decisively, respectfully and with an open mind.
I am a student. How and from whom can I get help?
Have you been affected by something or someone? And do you want information about who (or what) to turn to for help, support or counselling? Please take a look at the overview below to learn how to proceed in various (potentially) unsafe or harmful situations.
I am an employee. How and from whom can I get help?
Have you been affected by something or someone? And do you want information about who (or what) to turn to for help, support or counselling? Please take a look at the chart below to learn how to proceed in various (potentially) unsafe or harmful situations.
Ombuds officer for students and employees
Ombuds Officer Han Warmelink is here to lend a sympathetic ear, and to provide advice, guidance and mediation services. He can refer people to the appropriate authority, or he may decide to investigate the matter personally. The position of Ombuds Officer complements the confidential advisors, complaints committee, student psychologists, study advisors and the student counsellors. The Ombuds Officer is an impartial and independent professional who is available to all community members.
Integral safety management
Social safety is one component of integral safety. Integral Safety Manager Erwin Medendorp co-ordinates all safety related matters and aims to resolve these matters in collaboration with all relevant professionals. If you have a general question about social safety or do you feel you have been given unsatisfactory support, do not hesitate to reach out to Erwin.
GUIDELINES, CODES of conduct and scientific integrity
All our codes of conducts, guidelines, and procedures that form the foundation of how we interact with each other, what we can and should expect from each other, and which procedures we can follow in case an unsafe situation arises, can be found in this overview for staff and in this overview of regulations for students. More detailed information about scientific integrity can be read on our topic page on integrity and ethics.
CAMPAIGN ON SOCIAL SAFETY AND DE&I
You might have spotted some slides showing "Respect each other's space. Talk about it" or "Act on it!". These pivotal messages lie at the very core of our dedicated efforts, centred around social safety and normalising diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I). In our communication campaign, we seek to highlight the profound significance of respectfully considering one another's experiences, values, and perspectives during interactions, each stemming from our own "bubbles".
As we forge ahead, we will gradually introduce an array of additional initiatives and tools, starting at the onset of the upcoming academic year. The visual in this page's header (desktop version) shows you how the campaign looks and what you can expect. If you are viewing this page on your mobile phone, you can download an image to see how we raise awareness about social safety in interactions and encourage you to seek help if needed. So you can talk about it, and we can act on it together.
Do you want to know more about this campaign? Just get in touch with Linda Pasqual-van der Landen, and she'd be happy to discuss your questions and ideas.