Students and employees can discuss confidential matters with a Confidential Advisor. A Confidential Advisor will refer to the correct authority within or outside the university. A Confidential Advisor can also, though only with the client's permission, mediate to either reach a solution or speed up the process. A Confidential Advisor has direct access to all departments and information within Utrecht University. Confidential Advisors are bound to professional confidentiality. Utrecht University has three different kinds of Confidential Advisors.
Employees who have complaints or questions about circumstances or events at work can go to the Staff Confidential Advisor. These complaints or questions can be about a supervisor, colleagues, the work atmosphere or the way in which complaints or questions are handled.
Utrecht University thinks a safe social climate is important. However, it may happen that students or employees are confronted with inappropriate behaviour. If that happens, you can contact a Confidential Counsellor for Inappropriate Behaviour. As of 1 July 2019, a second Confidential Counsellor for Inappropriate Behaviour will be available.
Questions or complaints about scientific integrity can be presented to the Academic Integrity Counsellor.
The aforementioned confidentiality counsellors have also been appointed by the Executive Board to act as confidential advisors for whistleblowers. Employees suspecting a scourge can contact them for information, advice and support.
Information for students regarding complaints, review and appeal can be found on the student website.