Confidential advisors

Confidential advisors are there to help students who feel unsafe while they are studying, or feel unsafe during their internship, or who have been exposed to undesirable behaviour or who are involved in a conflict. During a confidential discussion, the confidential advisor will listen to what you have to say and will discuss with you the ways in which your situation can be resolved.

When should you consult the confidential advisor?

Contact a confidential advisor if you have been exposed to undesirable behaviour or if you suspect that you are being subjected to undesirable behaviour. Examples of undesirable forms of behaviour are:

  • Harassment
  • Sexual intimidation
  • Bullying
  • Discrimination

The definition of ‘undesirable’ is subjective. What is undesirable for one person may not be so for another. The situation will only become a problem when you cannot work it out together.

See also: Social safety at Radboud University.

What does the counselling entail?

The confidential advisor offers a sympathetic ear and is independent. The confidential advisor will take a constructive approach and will help you to find a solution that will put an end to the undesirable behaviour. One of the ways in which a confidential advisor can help is to initiate a discussion with the perpetrator. However, at your request, the confidential advisor can also engage a mediator for you or help you to lodge a complaint with the independent Complaints Committee.

Making an appointment

If you have a query or you would like to lodge a complaint, please contact us at vertrouwenspersonen [at] ru.nl, even if you are in doubt about your predicament. The team will be happy to talk to you and will put you in touch with the right confidential advisor as soon as possible. Your query or complaint will be handled with the utmost confidentiality. Please see the infographic under the image for more information. 

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Infographic confidential advisors

Contact

If you have a query or complaint, please send an email to our help desk via vertrouwenspersonen [at] ru.nl. Our team of confidential advisors will be happy to talk to you and put you in touch with the right confidential advisor, which will be any one of the confidential advisors listed below. Your query or complaint will be handled with the utmost confidentiality.