Safe at Chalmers was launched in June 2019, and the website has now been in place for over two years. In that time, about 120 reports have been submitted, and these have resulted in 95 incidents that the investigation team has dealt with. In some cases, reports have come in from several people.
It took some months for students and employees to start reporting their experiences, but in the autumn of 2019 the number of reports gradually increased as knowledge about Safe at Chalmers spread. However, with the start of home working and distance learning in the spring of 2020, the number fell because of the Covid pandemic.
Having over two years to look back on, the investigation team at Safe at Chalmers has the following statistics to present:
- More students than employees have reported having been subjected to abuse, 68 per cent as against 24 per cent.
- As regards those responsible for the behaviour that had been experienced, the numbers are similar: 40 per cent employees and 48 per cent students.
- The biggest group of reports concerns behaviour that occurs between students (47%), 51% are situations in student life, and 42% in learning situations.
- Situations that occurred between employees amount to 22%, and 42% are experiences that are categorised as victimisation.
- There is a link to one or more grounds of discrimination in 37% of the reports, the most common being that the behaviour is experienced as being connected to the ethnicity or gender of the person reporting.
- Of the reports, 31% consist of sexual harassment.
- Of the cases listed, 41% were treated as preventive, these being reports that were submitted without contact details, where the person reporting did not come back, where information is lacking, or the person reporting requested that their report be treated as preventive. Discussions with the person reporting, followed by discussions with the person responsible for the behaviour, have resolved 19% of the cases. An investigation with an assessment of the behaviour based on legislation followed 12% of the cases and resulted in suggestions for action.
The investigation team referred 22% of the reports to another party for action, primarily the Student Union, which tends to deal with its own issues.
Chalmers against Sexism
Safe at Chalmers started within Chalmers against Sexism, a two-year project that was concluded in 2020. The aim of the project was to create a gender-equal Chalmers, free of sexual harassment. This was done by focusing on three areas:
- making it easy to report that you have been subjected to harassment or abuse
- making it clear how reports of harassment are dealt with
- improving knowledge about what constitutes sexual harassment in our daily lives and how everyone can help create a gender-equal Chalmers.
Examples of what the project has achieved:
- new ways of dealing with harassment