Harassed or discriminated?

It is always you who decide whether or not the behaviour is degrading.

Some examples of harassment and discrimination:

  • You are homosexual and studying to become a nurse, but you are refused tuition because the tutor feels it is unsuitable for homosexuals to work in the care sector.
  • You are originally from Iraq and have your Iraqi school certificates translated into Swedish by the National Agency for Higher Education. The university only accepts certificates from Swedish schools and you are unable to apply.
  • You have a hearing disability and are to take an oral examination, but the room lacks technical hearing aids.
  • You are a male student in teacher training, and are denied a placement because the personnel at the work placement say they will only receive female students.
  • All exams at the university are scheduled to take place on Fridays and Saturdays. This can cause problems for those of the Islamic or Jewish faith.
  • Part of the course is presented through group work and the teacher divides the class into groups. The other members of your group meet several times to work without telling you and do not tell you that the presentation date has been changed.

What do the terms mean?

  • Direct discrimination is when a person is treated worse than another in a comparable situation.
  • Indirect discrimination is when apparently neutral conditions are set, which in practice are unfair to people of a gender, ethnic origin, religion or other belief, sexual orientation or functional disability.

Harassment means behaviour that interferes with the personal dignity of a university student. Harassment can be physical, verbal or non-verbal.