Confidential adviser for undesirable behaviour
If you have been exposed to undesirable behaviour, such as bullying, gossip, aggression, sexually transgressive behaviour or power abuse, you can contact a confidential advisor for undesirable behaviour.
Confidential adviser for scientific integrity
Violations of scientific integrity include the manipulation or misinterpretation of research results, the falsification of data, bias or dependence in contract research, plagiarism or violation of copyright, or other forms of scientific misconduct.
Confidential adviser for whistle-blowers
The confidential adviser for whistle-blowers and the Whistle-blower Regulations are there for anyone who wishes to report an activity that may harm the university. This may involve a criminal offence, an infringement of the regulations or misleading an accountant. Or it may concern a threat to public health, public safety or the environment. The university could also be exposed to a serious risk due to the exchange of information, or the omission or withholding of information.
Labour disputes and other circumstances
If you are feeling frustrated or discouraged at work, this could be due to a previous or imminent labour dispute. Such a dispute could pertain to the nature of your work, working relationships, working conditions or terms of employment. A labour dispute may either arise between individual colleagues or between a staff member and supervisor. If you have any doubts, please contact us at vertrouwenspersonen [at] ru.nl.
Difference between the ombudsofficer and confidential advisers
The most important difference: a confidential adviser focuses on the individual reporter, whereas the ombud role by contrast takes a broader view and makes recommendations on underlying improvements that go beyond the individual report. The ombudsofficer is impartial and can therefore play a mediating role between a reporter and the organisation. By contrast, a confidential advisor takes the part of the person making the report and in tackling the problems.
It does not matter where you make your first report: the confidential advisor and the ombudsofficer will in consultation refer to or call in each other where necessary. These roles are complementary.