Greetings from your safety representative!

Like most bodies of working people in Sweden, be they students, employees or volunteers, Kemisektionen has its own safety representative (Skyddsombud in Swedish). Our Skyddsombud is titled TryggO and is elected by the chapter members every spring. TryggO is responsible for informing the students about their rights and looking out for their health and safety with regards to working environment. As such, if you have any concerns or questions regarding for example lab safety, working hours, discriminating or offensive attitudes, rules or statements, bullying, stress, verbal (or physical) abuse, or any other elements of hazardous work environment, please contact TryggO Adrian Södergren at tryggo@k.kth.se or talk to him directly! This applies to issues encountered both at school and in Kemisektionen itself. It is important that any such problems are reported, so that the chapter can work with them through the official channels and enforce our students’ right to a safe working environment. TryggO is sworn to handle matters with professional secrecy.

Below is some information about the student health group, which is a special healthcare provider for us students, and about how KTH and THS (of which Kemisektionen is part) manages discrimination and harassment. If you are looking for help with your studies, refer to “Tips from SN”. If you find something in the chapter offensive or excluding, but feel like the matter is not suited for filing a report, you can ask the equality committee to discuss and work with the issue. Contact them at eq@k.kth.se, or ask TryggO if you are unsure or want to remain anonymous.

The student health group

The student health group  provides help and support with study related difficulties. There are both nurses and counselors available for counselling and guidance. The staff can also help with contacting other authorities in the society.  A visit to the student health group is free of charge but requires an appointment made beforehand. An appointment can be made at the reception or via telephone and email.

Nurse: studenthalsan-skoterska@avonova.se
Counsellor:  studenthalsan-kurator@avonova.se

Reception: 08-120 125 00

Address:
The Sergel reception in the 5th Hötorgs scraper
Sergels Torg 12, plan 2
111 57 Stockholm

 

Equality, diversity and equal treatment

To refer to matters related to discrimination, equality, inclusion, harassment, equal treatment, diversity, and more, KTH and THS uses the umbrella term “JML”, which is short for “Jämlikhet, Mångfald och Likabehandling” (Swedish for “Equality, Diversity and Equal treatment”). THS has a JML-policy which can be found in both Swedish and English here. This policy applies to Kemisektionen as well.

KTH and THS have a zero-tolerance policy against all kinds of discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and insulting special treatment.

Discrimination means that an educational provider or fellow student on unfair grounds treats a student worse than others and the disadvantageous treatment relates to the grounds of discrimination.

KTH and THS considers seven grounds for discrimination, which are:

  1. Sex

  2. Gender identity or expression

  3. Ethnicity

  4. Disability

  5. Religion

  6. Sexual orientation

  7. Age

To get help and support if you have experienced discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment or been subjected to insulting special treatment you can turn to the student safety representative at the chemistry chapter called “TryggO”. TryggO can give you advice and help with how to proceed and who to contact.

Email TryggO: tryggo@k.kth.se

You can also turn directly to the student counselor My Lönn for help and support.

Email My Lönn:  mylonn@kth.se

 

What will happen when you report an incident?

The first step is a conversation with the person you turn to for support, to discreetly find out what happened. Together, you discuss how to proceed. A complaint can be filed either in written form or spoken form.

When a complaint is filed which reports behavior that breaks KTH’s rules, the KTH president will be notified. This gives rise to a so called disciplinary matter, which is handled by the disciplinary board, consisting of  the president, a legally qualified member, teacher representatives and student representatives.

The penalties that may come as a result of harassment or discrimination are:

●      Disciplinary actions (suspension or a warning).

●      Police investigation.

Some advice for Anyone who has been exposed to discrimination or harassment:

●      You are the only one who decides if a behavior is unwelcome.

●      React immediately if you feel this type of behavior has occurred by seeking help and support.

●      Clarify for those who have subjected you to the actions that they are unwelcome on your part (if you want to).