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Equality at work


Lund University does not accept any type of unfair treatment, harassment or victimisation within the organisation and there is zero tolerance of discrimination at the university. As an employee, if you are subjected to unwelcome behaviour, or if you witness what you perceive to be unwelcome behaviour, this page can help you with some advice and materials.

What is harassment and sexual harassment?

Harassment and sexual harassment are two forms of discrimination.

Harassment violates a person’s dignity and is associated with one of the seven grounds on which discrimination occurs: gender, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation and age.  

Sexual harassment is of sexual nature that offends someone’s dignity. It can take the form of comments and words, groping or indiscreet stares. Unwelcome compliments, invitations and innuendos can also constitute sexual harassment.

It is the person exposed to the behaviour who determines what is unwanted, unwelcome or offensive.

What is victimisation?

Victimisation includes, but is not limited to:

  • denying someone a greeting
  • calling someone inappropriate names
  • freezing someone out
  • excluding someone from meetings
  • unjustly accusing someone
  • personally shaming someone
  • calling someone offensive names in front of others

The management of victimisation at Lund University is described in a process. In the document Managing victimisation you can read more about preventive work as well as the consequences and measures that may become applicable if a case of victimisation has been revealed.

Gender equality

Lund University’s target is to be one of the very best universities in Europe. To reach that target, the knowledge and ambitions of employees and students must be utilised, and their different perspectives must be allowed to help establish a creative study, learning and research environment. Gender equality, equal
treatment and diversity lead to improved quality in the organisation.

Learn more on Lund University's page on Gender equality and equal opportunities. 

What support is available?

Always search for help nearby. Start by contacting your manager within your department/faculty. Your Human resources manager has an overall function and you can always turn to her/him. 

On a higher level you can contact the Occupational Health Service at Lund University for consultation. 

At Lund University Staff Pages you can find information about definition, where to turn, what happens if you report harassment and so on.