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What is harassment and inappropriate treatment?
Inappropriate treatment refers to repeated domineering activity or behaviour, bullying, harass-ment or ignoring against which the target feels defenceless. It can take place between fellow stu-dents or between the personnel and a student, and anyone can experience or be guilty of bullying. Inappropriate treatment can occur in a verbal, non-verbal or physical form, and in addition to being direct personal harassment, it can also take place through letters, e-mail, text messages, the Internet or social media.
If you become the target of harassment or inappropriate treatment
  1. Tell the harasser that their behaviour is inappropriate and ask them to stop.
  2. Make a note of the inappropriate situations (time and place, what happened, who were present) and keep any letters, e-mails, text messages and other publications. You can con-tact the harassment contact person for advice and support.
  3. If the inappropriate treatment continues, tell the harasser that you are taking the matter further. The programme coordinator or the director of the school is responsible for taking measures.
Examination and solution process

Harassment claims must always be examined, and all parties must have the right to be heard. This ensures legal protection for all parties. If the harassment includes intentional violation of physical integrity or a threat of it, the matter will be given to the authorities to be examined.

  1. The programme coordinator or the director of the school starts the examination process by hearing the parties separately. In the hearing, the aim is to examine the events and the claims presented as grounds for them. The discussions are written down.
  2. The programme coordinator or the director of the school invites both parties and the ha-rassment contact person to discuss the matter together.
  3. The purpose of the discussion is to determine the course of the events, hear the parties concerned and agree on how to behave in the future. A memorandum is prepared for the discussion.
  4. The programme coordinator or the director of the school must ensure that the agreed measures are taken and subsequently monitor the situation. If necessary, a follow-up meeting is held.


If the examination of the harassment situation is done by the authorities, there should be a discus-sion with the parties concerned on how studying will be possible during any crime investigation. Depending on the situation, special arrangements are made concerning workspaces, for example. It should also be agreed as to how the parties concerned will interact with each other during work or study. The programme coordinator or the director of the school is responsible for special arran-gements.

Disciplinary measures
If discussions to resolve the situation do not bring the desired outcome, the training provider has sufficient authority and means to investigate the matter and, if necessary, take measures regarding the person guilty of inappropriate treatment or harassment. Depending on the degree and recur-rence of the inappropriate treatment, the harasser may be issued an admonition or warning. Con-tinuing the harassment may also lead to a fixed-term suspension of the student.

Who to contact?

In matters relating to harassment and inappropriate treatment, students can obtain guidance and support from the staff of the welfare officer services of the University of Applied Sciences.


The harassment contact persons of student union rotko

The harassment contact persons of Student Union ROTKO support you when you feel like having been bullied or harassed by a fellow student or the staff. Harassment contact persons advise and support in resolving harassment situations. Conversations are completely confidential, and possible further measures shall be taken together. Harassment can be, for example, discrimination, unequal treatment when it comes to evaluation, singling out, sexual harassment, threatening, or any verbal or physical behaviour which the object of harassment considers abusive.

The student union ROTKO has 2 harassment contact persons (= häirintäyhdyshenkilö) whom students can contact in possible cases of harassment. You can find their names on ROTKOs webpage.