10 The Discrimination Act and Work on an Including University
On 1 January 2009, the Discrimation Act came into effect. The purpose of the law is to combat discrimination and to further equal rights and opportunities in other ways irrespective of
- transgender identity or expression
- religion or other belief
- sexual orientation or age.
Universities and institutes of higher education should, within the framework of their operations, conduct goal-orientated work, based on the abovementioned grounds for discrimination, in order to further actively the equal rights of students; guard against and prevent any student being subjected to harassment; draw up a yearly plan, which will contain a survey of the measures needed to further equal rights and opportunities; investigate the circumstances surrounding alleged harassment and, when necessary, take the required measures in order to prevent further harassment.
Laws and Ordinances
Centrally: The Discrimination Act
Locally at Umeå Univesity: Plan of Action for Equal Opportunities, Accessibility and Diversity regarding Students and Employees 2007-2010 (reg. no. 102-2707-07; in Swedish), Action Plan Against Offensive Discrimination, Harassment and Discrimination (reg. no. 102-1184-06)
Visit also the homepage of the Discrimination Ombudsmen