SöderS offers support and counseling for students at Södertörn University who experience study-related problems. It could be, for example, problems relating to examinations, availability and the working environment or if you have been reported to the disciplinary committee, have been treated badly or ended up in a difficult situation.
Unlike the university, the student union is not an authority; we are an independent and impartial organization. This means that you, as a student or PhD student, can choose to be anonymous in contact with the student union. The Student and PhD Student Delegates also has no obligation to report and never provides further information unless the student wants it.
During your study time, it is important that you feel safe, have a good study environment and can focus on your learning. If you encounter problems during your studies, you can make a complaint to the college. The university works on the basis of something called the complaint ladder, which means that you should first turn to your course teacher if you want to report something. You can read more about how the university works here. If you need help with who to contact, you can always turn to the Student and Phd Student Delegates.
The university has an obligation to investigate all types of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and other abusive treatment. If you have been exposed, you can turn to an employee at the university for help. There are no specific requirements on how a formal report should be designed. You can contact an employee you trust to make a report via both email and phone.
For information on the university's procedures and measures in the event of discrimination and other offensive differential treatment, see Procedures and measures in the event of discrimination, harassment and sexual harassment for students at Södertörn University.
You can also report discrimination to the Discrimination Ombudsman (DO). DO is an impartial authority tasked with countering discrimination. You can turn here if you experience discrimination based on one of the grounds for discrimination:
You can also turn to DO if the university fails to work preventively against discrimination and if you experience reprisals. Click here to report a case of discrimination to DO.
If the complaint is about a teacher or other staff at the university having broken a rule, you can contact the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ). UKÄ is a supervisory authority whose task is to audit higher education institutions in Sweden and ensure that they carry out their mission as education provider and authority. On UKÄ's website, you can read more about how to submit a so-called supervisory report against the university.
For information about Student Health and contact details for the initiatives and functions that the university offers, see the university's website: https://www.sh.se/ → Search: Student Health
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