Undesirable behavior

What to do in case of undesirable behavior, such as bullying, (sexual) harassment and threats.

By undesirable behavior we mean sexual harassment, aggression, violence, discrimination and bullying. This can happen very directly but also very subtly and can happen to any of us. If you are confronted with it, it is important that you do not wait for it to pass (which is usually not the case), but try to take action against it.

Within the university there are several possibilities to report inappropriate behavior.

  • First, you can talk to your supervisor.
  • If this is not desirable given the situation, or if the supervisor is part of the problem, you can also contact the HR advisor within your faculty or department.
  • In addition, there is a confidential advisor within the university who is independent from any governing body within the university.

If you would like support from the trade union, that is also possible:

  • You can contact the FNV “vertrouwenstelefoon” for confidential advice by telephone or e-mail.
  • In addition, you can always contact one of the trade union advisers within the university. They are colleagues of yours, but independent of the organization, and can assist you in solving the problem.

Heavy Threat and/or Physical Violence.
In case of direct serious threats and physical violence, always report it to the police. Also report this through the university’s direct internal emergency line 363 8050. Also try to find witnesses and supporters, together you stand stronger!

More information:
RUG: Zero Tolerance statement on undesirable behaviour
RUG: Regeling vertrouwenspersoon
FNV: Pesten, intimidatie en discriminatie op het werk