Experienced offensive behaviour?

Aalborg University does not accept offensive behaviour

Aalborg University takes a zero-tolerance approach to offensive and abusive behaviour. 

Positive study and working environments require a culture defined by respectful behaviour and communication. In accordance with Danish legislation and Aalborg University policies, all students and staff are expected not to engage in any form of bullying, harassment, differential treatment, discrimination, conducts of threatening behaviour or acts of violence. 

AAU’s students and staff have a shared responsibility for acknowledging and promoting a culture based on respectful and inclusive behaviour. All AAU staff and students are expected to take action if they learn about or witness offensive or abusive behaviour.

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    Who can help you?

    If you become a victim of, or witness to, offensive or abusive behaviour between students and/or staff, please contact AAU Student Guidance. AAU Student Guidance is equipped to handle enquiries and cases involving offensive and abusive behaviour, and is able to help you deal with your experience.

    The Student Guidance takes enquiries relating to offensive and abusive behaviour very seriously, and the service provided is confidential.

    Contact AAU Student GuidanceIf you feel safe talking to a staff member at your department, you are welcome to do so instead. This might be your supervisor, your lecturer or one of the other staff members affiliated with your degree programme or department.

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    Advice if you have experienced offensive behaviour

    It is extremely important that you share your experience with someone you feel comfortable with.

    • Talk to someone you trust. Describe to him/her what you feel and think about what has happened. It is important that you trust your feelings and thoughts, and listen to what your loved ones have to say about your situation
    • Your reactions are normal. It is healthy to express any anxious or strange feelings you may have. Sometimes it is easier to show your feelings than talk about them e.g. by drawing, painting, writing or running
    • Respond quickly when you experience abusive behavior - don't just live with it
    • You must maintain your habits as far as possible. Keep doing the things you usually do - especially things that make you happy
    • Keep your mood and courage up and be extra caring to yourself
    • Stay healthy, get your sleep, eat healthily, get exercise, keep studying and stay socially active
    • If you feel excluded or your boundaries keep getting crossed, then practice saying "no" and distance yourself from the negative situation. It requires strength, courage and lots of exercise to say no
    • Seek support from family, friends, fellow students, and student counselors
    • Be aware of your health and habits - consult your doctor if you are in doubt
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    Other options for contact

    If you need to discuss and process your experience, you are welcome to contact the University chaplains, the Student Counselling Service, Headspace or Den Sociale Skadestue [the Social Emergency Centre].

    The University Chaplains
    Student Counselling Service
    Den sociale skadestue

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    Statement of the Rector's Office