Social safety

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Last edit: 5 Sep 2022
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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.

About the "Respect each other's space" campaign

You might have spotted them during the Kick In, the narrowcasting slides and t-shirts with "Respect each other's space. Talk about it" or "Act on it!". These messages are part of a campaign about social safety that we are introducing gradually. Be sure to keep an eye out for the latest updates.

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.

  • Inappropriate behaviour

    There are many forms of inappropriate behaviour. It is you who decides what you consider to be inappropriate behaviour. Behaviour can be inappropriate if a person's direct or indirect acts or remarks affect your personal integrity in whatever way either verbally, non-verbally, physically, online or via text or video.

    Have you been confronted with inappropriate behaviour? You can always turn to our confidential advisors. A confidential advisor lends a listening ear in situations of inappropriate behaviour or unequal treatment, is independent and has a duty of confidentiality towards others, such as lecturers and university institutions. The confidential advisor will always be on your side and offers moral and emotional support.

    Confidential advisors

    M.H.A. Klomp MSc (Minke)
    M.H.A. Klomp MSc (Minke)
    Student Counsellor, PhD/EngD Counsellor & Confidential Advisor for Students
    drs. L.M.L.T. Dankbaar (Lucelle)
    drs. L.M.L.T. Dankbaar (Lucelle)
    Student Counsellor and PhD Counsellor
  • Sexual harassment

    There are many forms of sexual harassment. Think of dealing with sexually suggestive comments (spoken or written) or non-verbal gestures. Or maybe someone is trying to force themselves on you, without your consent. In the Netherlands, sharing photos or videos without your permission (image-based sexual abuse) is a criminal act of harassment.

    Have you been confronted with sexual harassment? You can always turn to our confidential advisors. A confidential advisor lends a listening ear in situations of unacceptable (sexual) behaviour, is independent and has a duty of confidentiality towards others, such as lecturers and university institutions. The confidential advisor will always be on your side and offers moral and emotional support.

    CONFIDENTIAL advisors

    M.H.A. Klomp MSc (Minke)
    M.H.A. Klomp MSc (Minke)
    Student Counsellor, PhD/EngD Counsellor & Confidential Advisor for Students
    drs. L.M.L.T. Dankbaar (Lucelle)
    drs. L.M.L.T. Dankbaar (Lucelle)
    Student Counsellor and PhD Counsellor

    Please keep in mind that setting and protecting your personal boundaries is crucial. Remember that, if something does happen, you are not to blame. Try to find someone you trust and try to talk about it. Make sure that if there is any evidence, you keep it. Always seek support.

  • Sexual violence

    Sexual violence is when someone touches you in a sexual manner without your explicit consent. This includes pinching, stroking, licking, kissing or rubbing. Having sex against your will, with or without forced penetration, without your explicit consent, is considered to be a severe criminal offence in the Netherlands.

    If you have experienced sexual violence, please try to talk about is and always seek help. Confide in somebody you trust and let them help you. This may be a family member, a fellow student, a friend, a study advisor, a confidential advisor, student counsellor, a lecturer or the safety coordinator. Remember that, if something does happen, you are not to blame. Do you need immediate help? Please call the Sexual Assault Centre in Enschede via 0800-0188 (open 24/7).

    Always remember that you are not to blame. Try to find someone you trust and try to talk about it. Make sure that if there is any evidence, you keep it. Always seek support.

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.

  • Inappropriate behaviour

    There are many forms of inappropriate behaviour. It is you who decide what you consider to be inappropriate behaviour. Behaviour can be inappropriate if a person's direct or indirect acts or remarks affect your personal integrity in whatever way either verbally, non-verbally, physically, online or via text or video.

    Have you been confronted with inappropriate behaviour? Talk about it with your manager, supervisor or with an HR advisor. Is this not feasible or do you prefer not to do so? You can always consult one of the confidential advisors. A confidential advisor acts as a trusted sounding board, mediator and counsellor, and is not in a position to make judgements.

    Confidential advisors

    Confidential adviser for employees
    J.G. Gerrits (Tanja)
    J.G. Gerrits (Tanja)
    Supporting staff
    Confidential advisor for employees
    V.W.A. Miller - Ligtenberg (Veronique)
    V.W.A. Miller - Ligtenberg (Veronique)
    Supporting Staff
    Confidential advisor for employees
    prof.dr.ir. M.B. de Rooij (Matthijn)
    prof.dr.ir. M.B. de Rooij (Matthijn)
    Confidential advisor for employees
    dr.ir. L.L. olde Scholtenhuis (Léon)
    dr.ir. L.L. olde Scholtenhuis (Léon)
    Assistant Professor
  • Sexual harassment

    There are many forms of sexual harassment. Think of dealing with sexually suggestive comments (spoken or written) or non-verbal gestures. Or maybe someone is trying to force themselves on you, without your consent. In the Netherlands, sharing photos or videos without your permission (image-based sexual abuse) is a criminal act of harassment.

    Have you been confronted with sexual harassment? Try to talk about it with your manager, supervisor or with an HR advisor. Is this not feasible or do you prefer not to do so? You can always consult one of the confidential advisors. A confidential advisor acts as a trusted sounding board, mediator and counsellor, and is not in a position to make judgements.

    CONFIDENTIAL ADVISoRS

    Confidential advisor for employees
    J.G. Gerrits (Tanja)
    J.G. Gerrits (Tanja)
    Supporting staff
    Confidential advisor for employees
    V.W.A. Miller - Ligtenberg (Veronique)
    V.W.A. Miller - Ligtenberg (Veronique)
    Supporting Staff
    Confidential advisor for employees
    prof.dr.ir. M.B. de Rooij (Matthijn)
    prof.dr.ir. M.B. de Rooij (Matthijn)
    Confidential advisor for employees
    dr.ir. L.L. olde Scholtenhuis (Léon)
    dr.ir. L.L. olde Scholtenhuis (Léon)
    Assistant Professor

    Please keep in mind that setting and protecting your personal boundaries is crucial. Remember that, if something does happen, you are not to blame. Try to find someone you trust and try to talk about it. Make sure that if there is any evidence, you keep it. Always seek support.

  • Sexual violence

    Sexual violence is when someone touches you in a sexual manner without your explicit consent. This includes pinching, stroking, licking, kissing or rubbing. Having sex against your will, with or without forced penetration, without your explicit consent, is considered to be a severe criminal offence in the Netherlands.

    If you have experienced sexual violence, please try to talk about it and always seek help. Confide in somebody you trust and let them help you. This may be a family member, a colleague, a friend, a confidential advisor, a lecturer or the safety coordinator. Remember that, if something does happen, you are not to blame. Do you need immidiate help? Please call the Sexual Assault Centre in Enschede via 0800-0188 (open 24/7).

    Always remember that you are not to blame. Try to find someone you trust and try to talk about it. Make sure that if there is any evidence, you keep it. Always seek support.

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.

mr.dr. H.G. Warmelink (Han)
mr.dr. H.G. Warmelink (Han)
Ombuds Officer

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. 

G.W. Medendorp (Erwin)
G.W. Medendorp (Erwin)
Integral Safety manager

Guidelines and codes 

Our House of Integrity covers all codes of conduct, policies and guides explaining our understanding of scientific, business and social integrity. It will help you understand what UT stands for, what to expect and what is expected from all of us. Read more about this on our topic page on integrity.

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