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Equal treatment

The Swedish Defence University has zero tolerance on all forms of discrimination, harassment and abusive treatment.

If you or someone else is a victim

Talk to the Swedish Defence University's contact person if you wish to ask questions or make a report. Contact details can be found at the bottom of this page. The Swedish Defence University has a duty to act if it becomes known that a student has been subjected to harassment or sexual harassment.

What happens to the report?

Reports of harassment, sexual harassment and abusive treatment are handled according to the Swedish Defence University's procedures for suspicion of harassment, sexual harassment and abusive treatmentPDF and the guidelines for disciplinary cases and expulsion from studiesPDF.

A student who is guilty of harassment can be suspended from his or her studies for a certain period of time.

What do the terms mean?

Are you uncertain what discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment or abusive treatment mean? Below you will find explanations of these terms.

Discrimination is a violation of human rights and means that a person is treated differently from anyone else in a comparable situation because of:
  • Gender
  • Gender identity
  • Ethnicity
  • Sexual orientation
  • Religion or other belief
  • Age
  • Disability

Harassment is a form of discrimination. It is conduct that violates a person's dignity and is associated with any of the grounds for discrimination (gender, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion or other belief, age or disability). Harassment may be:

  • Spreading rumours
  • Disparaging, generalising comments, speech or jokes
  • Spreading degrading or ridiculing images or text

Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination. It is behaviour with sexual innuendos that offend someone's dignity. Sexual harassment may include:

  • Sexually charged comments, suggestions, jokes or nicknames
  • Spreading pornographic images, texts or objects
  • Offensive gestures or staring at someone
  • Touching that is perceived as unpleasant or offensive

Abusive treatment is directed at one or more people who are offensively excluded from the community of the workplace, or a study group. Abusive treatment may be:

  • Bullying
  • Psychological violence
  • Social exclusion
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