Equal Treatment of Students

Published: 22 May 2006

All students should be treated equally. At Luleå University of Technology no student shall be discriminated against or otherwise mistreated because of:

  • sex
  • gender identity or expression
  • religion or other belief
  • ethnicity
  • disabilities
  • sexual orientation
  • age
  • lack of availability

What does the law say?

By law, the university is obligated to work purposefully to promote students' equal rights. In addition, each year, the university shall establish a plan with measures that prevents someone being subjected to violations. The university is obligated to investigate the circumstances of harassment and to take measures to prevent them. The law also states that the university must not expose the person who reports harassment to retaliation of any kind.

The university is obligated to start an investigation even if no formal notification has been submitted, but  it has become known in other ways that a student considers himself to have been subjected to harassment.

The duty to investigate and the obligation to take action is liable to damages.

Policy Documents

The university has developed a policy and action plan for providing equal conditions for students and employees. Organization and responsibility for issues concerning equal treatment are stated there.

If you have questions about equal treatment, you can contact Student Health Services, the student unions or the university's reference group for equality.

Direct responsibility for students not being subjected to special treatment, harassment or violations lies with the Heads of Department and other managers. The Vice-Chancellor has the overall responsibility.

You can also contact:

The Equality Ombudsman (DO in Swedish) works against discrimination on grounds of gender, gender-based identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation and age.