In a healthy and stimulating work environment, collegiality, respect and consideration of others are self-evident, and any unacceptable behaviour is immediately addressed. This applies not only to your own conduct, but also to any form of unacceptable behaviour that you witness around you.
Unacceptable behaviour should always be addressed by talking directly to the people concerned or by calling in a third party.
What can the confidential counsellor for unacceptable behaviour do?
If you are or have been the victim of or have witnessed unacceptable behaviour, you can contact the confidential counsellor for unacceptable behaviour. You may contact the confidential counsellor for any of the following:
- Advice and support concerning your complaint or problem, both in resolving the problem and in filing a complaint
- Guidance in case you decide to have the case mediated or lodge a complaint with the Complaints Committee
- Referral to experts in preventing and combatting unacceptable behaviour
The confidential counsellor is available to anyone who works or studies at Leiden University. The confidential counsellor does not act as a mediator, and never interferes with the course of justice, nor does he or she act as counsellor in any appeal and objection procedure.
Complaints Committee for Unacceptable Behaviour
If mediation fails, or if the behaviour is such that it requires a complaint to be lodged immediately, the confidential counsellor can help you do this. This formal complaint should be submitted to the Complaints Committee for Unacceptable Behaviour.
The confidential counsellor and the Appeals and Objections Committee, as well as their respective secretaries and secretariat, are bound by a duty of confidentiality. All information is treated in the strictest confidence.