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.
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).
Situations involving inappropriate behaviour, such as intimidation (sexual or otherwise), bullying, aggression or conflicts (personal or work-related) are covered by the TU Delft Regulations for complaints about undesirable behaviour. An employee, student or third party who claims to have been subjected to inappropriate behaviour should file a complaint. This will be passed to a complaints committee, which then makes a recommendation to the Executive Board. If necessary, the Executive Board can impose disciplinary measures on the perpetrator. For assistance, advice or support in this area, you can contact one of the confidential advisors at TU Delft.
TU Delft has an Ombuds officer for staff who can help individuals or groups of staff to resolve their work-related questions, dilemmas or conflicts. The Ombuds officer acts as an intermediary and is independent and impartial. More information and contact details are available for TU Delft employees on the employee portal.