Sexual harassment and other forms of offensive behaviour
If you have been subjected to harassment or other offensive behaviour, there are several options and rules that you should be aware of. If you have any doubts about where to go or where the general limit for acceptable behaviour lies, see more below.
UCPH does not tolerate harassment or offensive behaviour. Studying and working here must be a good and safe experience for everyone. On your study information page, you can read about the rules that apply to this area. Look in the left-hand menu under Student life > Sexual harassment and other offensive behaviour.
You can always contact your student counselling service and the Student Ambassador in full confidentiality.
Read more in the menus below if you would like to file a complaint about what you have been subjected to.
As the only university in Denmark, UCPH has a Student Ambassador who (among other things) can advise you if you have been subjected to harassment. The ambassador is bound by professional secrecy and is independent of the University. All information about your situation will therefore remain confidential unless you decide to proceed with the case yourself.
At the Student Ambassador you can, among other things, get assistance to understand your options and how to complain if you decide to do so.
If you would like to complain about a student's behaviour, please send your complaint to the head of department. If there are no heads of department at your faculty, please send your complaint to the dean.
If the head of department and dean assess that the student has shown gross or repeated unacceptable behaviour, the dean will send a report to the Rector's Office. The Rector’s Office will ensure that the student is consulted, assesses the report and makes a decision.
If you would like to complain about an employee’s behaviour, please send your complaint to their manager. Start by asking for a confidential meeting with the student counselling service for your programme. Here, you can ask for help to find out who is the employee's manager.
A teacher’s manager is typically the head of department or dean. If you would like to complain about a part-time teacher, please send your complaint to the head of studies for your programme. If you would like to complain about a technical or administrative staff member, please send your complaint to the hiring manager in the administration.
If you complain about an employee, your complaint will be treated according to the Guidelines for handling written complaints about employees. The complaint can, in extreme cases, result in the dismissal of the employee.
Links to study information page and rules
- Student at UCPH (Menu item: Illness, parental leave and special support)
- The University of Copenhagen’s rules and regulations
- Letter from Minister of Gender Equality on the prevention of sexual harassment (In Danish only)
- Employee Guide - Sexual harassment and other forms of offensive behaviour
- Emplyee Guide - Guidelines for dealing with written complaints about employees