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Frequently asked questions

Here is an overview of the most frequently asked questions. If your question is not listed, don’t hesitate to send an email to the D&I team via diversity rug.nl.

What do we mean by inclusive behaviour?

The UG wishes to create a healthy and safe work and study climate, which means that respectful interactions and mutual acceptance and trust are important values. Good conduct means staff members and students are expected to take each other into account, to listen to each other and to respect differences in ethnicity or nationality, religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation and disability.

We take a zero tolerance approach to all forms of behaviour by staff and students that intend to violate the dignity of others. Zero tolerance means that we will never tolerate, condone or ignore bullying, harassment or hate crimes of any kind. All staff and students at the UG have a collective responsibility to encourage a culture of dignity and respect; to treat others fairly, with courtesy and consideration; and to challenge inappropriate behaviour when it is safe to do so.

More information about how to report incidents or ask for support can be found on My University and the Student Portal.

Staff members or students who experience undesirable behaviour can contact the Confidential Advisor.

We take a zero tolerance approach to all forms of behaviour by staff and students that intend to violate the dignity of others. Zero tolerance means that we will never tolerate, condone or ignore bullying, harassment or hate crimes of any kind.

Who should I contact for help if I experience undesirable behaviour?

Talk about it with someone in your environment, for example a colleague or fellow student, your manager, your HR advisor or study advisor, or the Confidential Advisor.

Which steps can you take?

What can I do if I witness undesirable behaviour in others?

You can identify and discuss undesirable behaviour as an ‘active bystander’. How you do this will depend both on the situation and on what suits your personality.

  • You can ask someone to stop, or indicate why you are not happy with their behaviour.
  • You can de-escalate the situation by changing the topic of the discussion.
  • You can consult your manager, HR advisor, study advisor or programme director, or someone outside the University who is in a position to address the problem.
  • You can check how the person/people involved is/are feeling after the situation and take action later.
The above strategies are discussed in the ‘Active Bystander’ and ‘Dealing with aggressive and unacceptable behaviour’ training courses. Staff members can sign up for these courses in consultation with their manager.

What is the UG’s policy regarding people who display undesirable behaviour?

The UG is committed to creating an environment for work and study where staff and students are treated with dignity and respect. No form of bullying or harassment whatsoever is tolerated. We want to ensure that our community, across all of our locations, is free from prejudice, discrimination, harassment and bullying.

We take a zero tolerance approach to all forms of behaviour by staff and students that intend to violate the dignity of others. Zero tolerance means that we will never tolerate, condone or ignore bullying, harassment or hate crimes of any kind. Anyone found to have behaved unacceptably may be the subject of disciplinary action. We have guidelines, policies and procedures to support all students and staff who are affected by harassment, bullying or hate crime. Please consult our Zero Tolerance Statement for more information.

Can I take Dutch language lessons?

International students and professionals who are interested in the Netherlands can register for a free Introduction to Dutch MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), which can be followed all over the world via Futurelearn.

International students (full-time), PhD students and postdocs at the UG can take Dutch courses at the Language Centre, which are paid for by the Board of the University.

The Language Centre also offers other Dutch language courses.

In addition, staff members can also follow a wide range of language and writing skills courses (Dutch, English, various foreign languages, communication training) in consultation with their manager.

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