Discrimination or harassment

Uppsala University's study and work environment must be characterised by openness and respect. At Uppsala University, there is zero tolerance for victimisation, harassment and sexual harassment.

No one must suffer discrimination on the basis of sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation or age. This is regulated in the Discrimination Act.


If you feel that you have been the victim of harassment or victimisation, the University is obliged to investigate and take measures to end the harassment or victimisation. It is you who decide whether a behaviour or an action is offensive.

Who can I turn to?

  • The head of department: The head of department is responsible for investigating harassment or other victimisation at the department. The head of department is responsible for ending the harassment or victimisation.
  • The study counsellor: The department's study counsellor is bound to professional secrecy. If you want to make a report, the study counsellor can provide support in this.
  • You can also talk to someone else on the University's staff who you trust, for example, a teacher or director of studies.

The Discrimination Act contains a prohibition of reprisals that protects those who have reported or complained about harassment or discrimination from being punished.

If you need support in contact with the University

If you need to talk to someone about how you feel

More information

More information is available on Uppsala University's website about how the University works to promote a study environment free from discrimination, harassment, and victimisation.

Equal Opportunties Group

The Equal Opportunities Group has a mission to:

  • ­Relay, monitor and guide the implementation of the official ordinances on equal opportunities within the Department.
  • Further this work and relay back to the Prefekt/Head of the Department and the faculty group if changes in official documentation or procedures is called for or needed.
  • ­Help the Department keep ajour with the current developments in the field of equal opportunities.
This group follows the programme and action plan that Uppsala University has established in the Action Plan for Equal Opportunities and the Equal Opportunities Programme which are part of the Goals and Strategies of the University.
The Equal Opportunities Group has also taken our own Equal Opportunities Plan for the Department.

Group Members and Contact information

  • Madeleine Andrée-Särland, Administrative Coordinator & Equal Opportunity Ombud
  • Josephine Baird, Lecturer and Chairperson
  • Sarah Lynne Bowman, Senior Lecturer
  • Finn Engström, Technician & Coordinating Safety Ombud
  • Johan Eriksson, Lecturer
  • Tommi Lipponen, Lecturer
  • Nikita Leanne Hays Molin Thøgersen, student representative 
  • Tereza Palmnová, student representative
Next Event

Contact Madeleine Andree Särland for more details or about the next meeting.

Last modified: 2022-11-10