For a safer workplace that lives and breathes the basic values

Umeå University needs to improve its work with handling and preventing cases of harassment, sexual harassment and bullying in our organisation. Currently, several measures are underway.

Umeå University has a zero vision regarding harassment and bullying. The work to reach that vision is, and must always be, never-ending. Nevertheless, the members of the University Management experience that the progress is too slow in reaching some of the fundamental objectives of this work, which recent attention by the media, staff and students has made evident.

For this reason, the University Management has prioritised to put extra focus on this topic through a number of measures. Learn in more detail about the ongoing work below.

These activities are being initiated by the University Management

The list will be continuously updated.

Last updated on 26 November

Start an evaluation of the university's handling of misconduct using an external reviewer

What is the objective?

An external reviewer will evaluate Umeå University's systematic work with proactive and reactive measures when it comes to sexual and psychological harassment, as well as other forms of harassment and cases of misconduct. The evaluation is to be forward-looking and form basis for decisions on what measures are necessary to ensure that the university works effectively with work environment issues and has a culture that supports zero-tolerance against discrimination and all forms of harassment.

When will this take place?

The assignment brief will be adopted on the Vice-Chancellor's Executive Meeting on 23 November 2021. The time plan for the review itself will be established when the reviewer has been appointed.

Who is responsible?

An external reviewer has not yet been appointed, but this person must be independent in relation to Umeå University. The Vice-Chancellor appoints the reviewer, and will also receive the report and the results of the evaluation.

If something happens – new and helpful information in one place on the staff web

What is the objective?

To gather information on how to act and receive help in issues related to work environment, harassment, threats, incidents and injuries. Next year, this page will also include a whistle-blower function. This page intends to give quick and clear information and in one place on what help and support is available.

When will this take place?

A first version will be launched in early December 2021. The contents of the page will be developed upon throughout 2022.

Who is responsible?

The University Director Hans Wiklund is overall responsible for the activity. Various offices in the University Administration are responsible for the support and services presented on the page. The Communications Office is working to produce and publish the page.

Revise and elucidate the university's processes when it comes to investigating cases of psychological and sexual harassment, as well as other forms of harassment.

What is the objective?

The process is described in the policy document "Handläggningsordning vid diskriminering, trakasserier och kränkande särbehandling" [not translated] adopted in 2015. Both the document and procedure need to be updated and a newly revised "Procedure when investigating harassment, psychological harassment or sexual harassment" is underway, and will also be translated.

When will this take place?

A proposal of a new procedure was submitted for referral to the faculties, the Umeå School of Education, the University Library, trade unions and student unions on 16 November, and the last day to respond is set to 4 January 2022. A new procedure should be ready for approval at the beginning of next year.

Who is responsible?

The Human Resources Office is in charge of the procedure. The team that has drafted the new procedure consists of Thomas Wahlström and Jeanette Lövqvist from the Human Resources Office and the legal officers Chatarina Larsson and Maria Karlsson. The proposal has also been discussed with a reference group consisting of line managers, trade union representatives and student union representatives.

Measures based on the Equality Ombudsman's inspection of Umeå University

What is the objective?

In late December 2020, the Equality Ombudsman submitted a report after an inspection of several higher education institutions, Umeå University included. The inspection was based on how the higher education institutions worked with active measures in 2018, when the law on such measures was new. Active measures, according to the Discrimination Act, are prevention and promotion measures in an organisation aimed at preventing discrimination and serving in other ways to promote equal rights and opportunities regardless of gender, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation and age.

Umeå University has initiated a project to evaluate and review how the preventive and promoting work is conducted in accordance with the Discrimination Act, both when it comes to employer and education provider perspectives.

When will this take place?

1 October 2021 until June 2022

Who is responsible?

The Vice-Chancellor of equal opportunities leads the project, the project manager is appointed from the Human Resources Office.

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12/1/2021