TU Delft has drawn up a statement on social safety with all the other Dutch universities. In this statement, the Association of Universities (VSNU) speaks out against undesirable behaviour.
Statement: Social safety at our universities: ensuring a safe, open and respectful sector
Dutch universities are committed to providing their students, employees and visitors with a safe environment. Of key importance to Dutch universities are collegiality, integrity, equality, respect, openness and attention to each other. Dutch universities do not tolerate any type of undesirable conduct, including sexual and general harassment, aggression, bullying or discrimination. This message is communicated at all administrative levels, from the executive board to the shop floor of research and education. It is a vital task for universities to act as effectively and appropriately as possible when there are suspicions of undesirable conduct.
Universities are responsible for offering a positive work and study environment that enables all members of the academic community to develop their talents. By their very nature, universities are institutions at which people from different backgrounds can meet and cooperate. Anyone affiliated with our universities as a student, employee or visitor contributes to a mutually respectful treatment, regardless of origin, religious belief, sexual preference, handicap, position or job. In sum, it is up to all persons within the institution to make an active commitment towards social safety.
Social integrity at TU Delft
TU Delft wants to offer employees, students and guests an environment where everyone feels welcome and where everyone treats each other with respect. The TU Delft Integrity Statement elaborates on what TU Delft understands by this. This statement can be found in the Vision on Integrity (page 4).
The TU Delft Regulations for Complaints about Undesirable Behaviour apply to the reporting and investigation of situations involving undesirable behaviour, such as (sexual) intimidation, discrimination, bullying or aggression. An employee, student or third party may submit a complaint. An independent complaints committee advises the Executive Board on the handling of the complaint. The Executive Board can impose a disciplinary measure on the offender. Anyone considering filing a complaint can contact one of the confidential advisors for help or advice, if desired.
Employees and students who struggle with a question, dilemma or conflict related the work and/or study climate at TU Delft can approach the Ombuds Officer. She gives independent and impartial advice, can act as an intermediary or conduct an investigation. There are two Ombuds Officers – one for staff and one for students.