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Transgressive behaviour

As a college/University, we want to focus on an environment in which there is no room for transgressive behaviour and where this - should it occur at all - is taken seriously and dealt with.

Identifying your boundaries is a basic right.

Everyone has the basic right to decide where his/her limits lie. If someone else crosses your personal boundary, this behaviour is undesirable. It is then important to indicate this immediately and clearly in your communication.

What do we mean by transgressive behaviour?

Others are expected to respect the boundary you set out. We speak of transgressive behaviour when the other party does not take this into account.

In addition, behaviour that is inappropriate from a general point of view of decency or from the specific context is also considered to be transgressive.

Appropriate restraint on the part of those who guide your learning process.

As a student, guidance always takes precedence in your learning process or study track. Since you also have to be assessed, it is particularly important that an objective evaluation can be guaranteed in all circumstances. Therefore, from this context you can expect the people who guide you in this learning process to exercise appropriate restraint. You can also expect appropriate restraint from the people who guide you in your internship placement in the same way.

Possible signals of transgressive behaviour by people who guide your learning process.

Unnecessary or inappropriate touching, directing people to encounters outside your studies or internship context, sexually tinged insinuations, making the conversation more common and unpleasant on sexual content, sharp statements about your person that throw you off balance, Repeatedly provoking unnecessary emotions, denigrating remarks, indicating that things should "stay among us", always seek you out when you are alone, openly flirting, very long personal conversations, repeatedly commenting on your physical appearance or attractiveness... e.d. more often there are signals of behaviour that do not fit in with the context of study/stage, or in other words, of transgressive behaviour.

It is much worse when people start to threaten and/or use violence (verbal and/or physical) and in situations involving bullying/cyber bullying, unwanted sexual acts and discrimination.

Of course, fellow students are also expected to refrain from such behaviour.

What to do if you are faced with transgressive behaviour after all?

When your gut feeling or intuition says that a situation is not okay, then it's almost always right. It is then extremely important to do something about this.

Talk to your friends or parents about it so that you can test your gut feeling. If you still want to talk about it (first) in all anonymity, you can always call Tele-onthaal.

Always make sure you communicate clearly across your boundaries.

If you are in doubt or if you feel that boundaries are being crossed - by anybody - you can always report this to one of the student psychologists who acts as a confidential advisor for such situations within the college/university.

If it concerns transgressive conduct at your internship placement, you can also report this to your internship supervisor from the college/university. You can also contact the confidential counsellor of your internship institution directly. However, we recommend that you make your report first and foremost via the college/university. The college /university will always take care of you as a student and possibly consult with the confidential advisor of the internship placement.

In any case, we would strongly advise you to always report it whenever it occurs.

Why is reporting important?

Reporting is important so that you are not alone. It often helps to deal with the situation and to feel better about yourself.

It is also important to protect yourself. By reporting, for example, you can learn to recognise signals more easily and deal with them so that the situation does not escalate or become threatening. At the same time, a report can also contribute to the prevention of possible future situations with regard to other students.

In addition, of course, it is also important to be able to guarantee an objective evaluation in all circumstances.

The counsellors can give you information and advice on how to deal with the situation and set limits. They may also, if necessary, take measures to ensure that transgressive behaviour stops.

The fiduciaries will never intervene without consulting you and without your explicit consent. They always take care of you as a student.

Remember to refrain from transgressive behaviour yourself.

Of course, as a student you are also expected to behave respectfully towards others (students, supervisors, instructors, staff, employees of services, clients or patients or employees in your internship placement...) and to refrain from transgressive behaviour in all areas. Always be very careful when sharing and forwarding photos, e-mails, messages.... and make sure that the dignity of the other person is never compromised. Making public personal, derogatory or offensive information about others is always considered to be transgressive behaviour.

We are committed to:

With regard to reports of transgressive behaviour, we want to focus on low threshold, discretion, confidentiality and expertise in order to achieve the most sustainable recovery possible.