Completed activities

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 was 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.

Read the Procedures to support managers when handling victimisation, harassment, or sexual harassment.

When did it 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 2022.

Who was 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.

 

Evaluation of the university's handling of misconduct using an external reviewer

What was 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.

Update 23 November

Directives and content have been established for the evaluation assignment of the university's handling of misconduct using an external reviewer. Read the full description in Directives for the evaluation of Umeå University's processing of misconduct (Swedish)

When did it 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.

Update 7 December

The evaluation will be implemented between 1 February and 31 March 2022. A final report is to be submitted to the Vice-Chancellor no later than on 31 March 2022.

Update 12 April

Report available: "Umeå University's handling of misconduct – 32 proposals for future improvements"

On Friday 8 April at 11:00, Karin Röding held a presentation of her report in Rotundan in Universum on Campus Umeå. T

Who was 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.

Update 7 December

On 7 December, former Director-General Karin Röding was appointed to conduct the evaluation.

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

What was 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 did it take place?

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

Who was 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.

Carry out a meeting for heads of departments and other managers on the theme of harassment

What was the objective?

The regular meeting for heads of departments and other managers that was already planned changed themes to "How can we improve the university's work against harassment?" and included information, discussions and group work on the theme. The purpose was to highlight the subject and produce concrete ideas and activities for proactive work towards a healthy work climate and adherence to the basic values.

When did it take place?

Thursday 25 November 2021.

Who was responsible?

The meeting was organised by the Vice-Chancellor and the University Management.

What was the outcome?

On 25 November, a meeting for heads of departments and other managers was carried out on the theme of harassment. Nearly 70 heads of departments and managers from all parts of the organisation participated. The meeting consisted of an introductory lecture and follow-up discussions in groups. Keynote speaker was Britt-Inger Keisu, Director of Umeå Centre for Gender Studies, who presented her study What does zero tolerance mean in practice?.

Discussions were then carried out in groups over the following topics:

  1. What do you see as most important to improve in the work against psychological harassment, sexual harassment, bullying and other forms of harassment?
  2. Given the work environment responsibility managers have, what support do you need to in relation to psychological harassment, sexual harassment, bullying and other forms of harassment?
  3. Do we treat all staff equal based on our common basic values? Or if not, describe why and provide examples.
  4. How can we promote and work preventive at the different levels of the organisation (University Administration level, faculty level and department or office level).

Documentation from the group discussions will be included in the final external evaluation.

Kommunikationsenheten
5/30/2022