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Confidential Counsellors

Are you facing problems at work? Are you a victim of unacceptable behaviour? Would you like to report a violation of academic integrity? Or are you a PhD student suffering from psychological symptoms? Do you suspect malpractice? You can contact one of the University’s confidential counsellors for advice on any of these.

Anyone who works for Leiden University can contact the confidential counsellors. They can advise and support you through any procedure you follow, and are sworn to strict confidentiality. They can help you along the way and, if necessary, will refer you to the most appropriate person for your request. Leiden University has a number of confidential counsellors:

Employees sometimes have questions or experience problems in their working relationship with the University. If these problems cannot be resolved in consultation with your supervisor, you can contact the confidential counsellor for personnel affairs.

If you are a victim of unacceptable behaviour, such as sexual intimidation, aggression, violence or discrimination, you can contact the confidential counsellor for unacceptable behaviour.

As a PhD student, you may have questions that you want to discuss with someone other than your thesis director or supervisor. For example if you develop psychological symptoms while working on your PhD or if you run into other problems. In such cases, you can contact a confidential counsellor or the university doctor. The university doctor may also refer you to a psychologist.

The confidential counsellor for academic integrity is your first point of contact if you suspect a violation of the Netherlandse Code of Conduct for Research Integrity.

The confidential counsellor for malpractice advises employees and students who wish to denounce social malpractices. This may involve any of the following:

  • Violations of the law
  • An imminent threat to public health
  • An imminent threat to people’s safety
  • An imminent threat to the environment
  • An imminent or potential threat to the proper functioning of the organisation as a result of improper conduct or neglect

Persons to talk to

The Institute for History regards diversity and inclusiveness as core values, not least, because they lead to a greater range of perspective, inspire creativity and contribute to innovative research and teaching. The Institute finds it very important that all members feel safe, accepted and appreciated. In case the management team or individual staff does not seem to comply with this policy members of the Institute can turn to various confidential counsellors. 

To make sure that all members feel free to talk about matters of diversity, integrity and trust, the Institute has additionally appointed two colleagues who function as ‘persons to talk to’: Ariadne Schmidt and Jan Oster. Persons to talk to are contact persons for all kinds of work related issues. They offer an open ear and advise on work related matters. Conversations with them are strictly confidential. 

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