Equal Treatment Plan

Adopted: 2011-12 -06

Last revised: 2019-04-18

Background

Kuratorskollegiet has established an equal treatment policy and is adopted by the student nations in Lund. The equal treatment policy involves the seven foundations of discrimination: gender, disabilities, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and gender-fluid identities or expression, and religion or other beliefs. The Blekingska Nation intends to follow this policy and actively work against discrimination of any kind. The equal treatment plan should be a cornerstone of all work at the nation.

Preventive work

The Qurator together with the Board’s equal treatment committee has the ultimate

responsibility for the nation’s work on this issue. Active members of the nation shall be informed regarding the existing equal treatment policy and the related plan that the nation follows. The active presidium (kuratel) has ultimate responsibility to inform the foremen and is made during committee appraisals as well as at one official foreman meeting per semester. From there the foremen are responsible to make sure the policy is followed during their committees and during the nation’s activities by informing their workers and guests when needed. All active members of the nation are to actively work to prevent language and actions that may be interpreted as discriminatory. Other members and guests can reach the policy on the nation’s website. The Board’s equal treatment committee, together with the nation’s foremen for well-being (trivsel), can during the semester arrange an official meeting for the members of the nation to discuss the nation’s work regarding equal treatment.

The equal treatment policy and the nation’s equal treatment plan shall always be accessible at the nation’s office in the binder for policies and shall be included in the material given to the nation’s trustees. It will always be possible to contact the Qurator to answer any questions regarding the policy or plan.

Course of action

All trustees shall acquire the equal treatment policy for the student nations in Lund and the equal treatment plan of Blekingska Nation. The documents shall each semester be discussed during the committee appraisals.

Taking action

In the event of discrimination and/or harassment the executives shall:

- Gather as much information regarding the event as possible.

- When possible contact the concerned parties to inform about the situation and offer them help.

- Events shall be documented either anonymously to the Qurator via e-mail,

or through dialogue with active members of the presidium (kuratel), or via

online report form the nation’s website.

Moreover the presidium (kuratel) shall:

- Offer the affected party/parties help to make a police report in case a crime is suspected.

- Do a follow up on the event and prevent continued discrimination and/or harassment as well as in the future. The Qurator shall document the event in a manner that ensures confidentiality of the matter.

In the event of a person being subjected to discrimination and/or harassment, or if a person is made aware of such an event, an executive shall immediately be contacted who in their turn takes immediate action and informs the active presidium (kuratel).

An executive is:

- Firstly, the one responsible at the nation activity, committee or other sanctioned event.

- Secondly, active Qurator of Blekingska Nation.

- Thirdly, any other member of the active presidium (kuratel).

- Fourthly, active Inspectors of Blekingska Nation.

In the event of a person being subjected to discrimination and/or harassment and does not want to or is not able to contact the active members of the presidium (kuratel) are to first contact the Board who will take immediate action. If they want to contact an independent party, then there is made available the student proxy at LUS.

Evaluation

Blekingska Nation’s equal treatment plan and its functions shall be evaluated annually, and when needed, be revised. Responsible for the revision is the head of the Board’s committee for equal treatment. In the strategic plan there shall be goals for the nation’s work on equal treatment. The goals shall be constructed by the Board’s committee for equal treatment together with any foreman interested in participating. This committee for equal treatment is responsible to perform the evaluation of the past Qurator year (July to the following June) which shall be made during the spring semester. In connection with the evaluation, events and actions taken during the semester shall be aggregated and reported in to the Board. The goals for the equal treatment plan shall also be simultaneously evaluated and revised.