Experiences of bullying and harassment among University of Oulu students were examined in December 2017, as a part of a study conducted by the Faculty of Education. Based on the initial information in February, a majority of the respondents feel that they have not received sufficient information about how to act or whom to turn to if they encounter bullying or harassment: http://www.oulu.fi/university/node/51028. The full results of the study are still being analyzed.
The University of Oulu participates in the nationwide Häirinnästä vapaa Suomi# campaign (Harassment free Finland): It means that the university will raise awareness among both students and personnel about the practices by which bullying and harassment cases are investigated and handled.
The recently updated Prevention of Bullying and Harassment at the University of Oulu guidelines aims at clarifying the practices and responsibilities in the whole university. The idea is also to find new means to prevent such negative and harmful behavior.
As a part of the campaign, the University of Oulu will also send (week 18) students a short questionnaire, in order to bring forward cases that have not been handled according to the guidelines. The questionnaire is anonymous but the respondents have the option of leaving their contact details if they want to be active in handling bullying or harassment cases they have experienced. Only the university's Study Counselling Psychologist and the HR Specialist responsible for development of well-being at work will review the results. They will report the key findings to the university management. With the help of the questionnaire, the necessary means to tackle bullying and harassment in our community, can be identified.
Last updated: 27.4.2018