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Guidelines against harassment

Together against harassment!

The working and student environment at the University of Oslo shall be safe and inclusive. Everyone has a responsibility to ensure a good climate for expression and contribute to an academic culture where everyone finds it safe to express themselves, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, disability, position or power.

The legislation prohibits harassment at workplaces and educational institutions. Harassment is acts, omissions or utterances that have the purpose or effect of being offensive, frightening, hostile, degrading or humiliating. Sexual harassment is any form of unwanted sexual attention that has the purpose or effect of being offensive, intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or troublesome.

The guidelines express expectations for all employees, students and PhD candidates at UiO in all academic and social situations both within and outside the University of Oslo, also in student associations.

  1. We shall meet each other with respect and stop all forms of bullying, abuse of power, racism, harassment, discrimination and sexual harassment.
  2. Be open to feedback regarding your own use of language and behaviour.
  3. As a leader, supervisor, teacher, employee, student leader, student pub/association leader, and buddy it is expected that you have a special awareness of your own behaviour so that power imbalance is not exploited, for example to achieve sexual relations.
  4. Physical contact, behaviour and intimate language that may be perceived as sexually offensive must not occur.
  5. It is not allowed to send or pass on sexually charged texts or images without explicit consent.
  6. Sexual assaults must be reported to and investigated by the police.
  7. Avoid situations that may be perceived as unsafe or unwanted for others.
  8. Pay attention during travel, field work, practice, deployment, and at events so that no one experiences the situation as unsafe.
  9. Alcohol may increase the risk of harassment and sexual harassment. This implies a heightened responsibility for both organisers and participants.

Interfere and speak up if you experience or see violations of these guidelines. No one shall be subjected to retaliation by speaking up about harassment.

Managers and leaders at UiO must ensure that the guidelines are known and adhered to and that violations are reported and followed up. This responsibility also applies to student leaders, safety representatives, buddy leaders and other internal or external actors who are responsible for events or activities in which employees, students or PhD candidates participate. In the event of a violation of the guidelines, the rules of the Civil Service Act and the Act relating to Universities and University Colleges may apply.

See also Ethical guidelines at UiO.


Published Mar. 12, 2019 2:05 PM - Last modified July 22, 2020 10:03 AM