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Theme 1: Etiquette and Social Safety

Within Tilburg University, we are open, we get together, and we help each other. Academic freedom is a matter of course in our organization, but this special right is not a license for undesirable behavior or for treating others with disrespect. Everyone deserves respect. Valuing each other and giving each other space ensures a safe working and study environment. Dealing with each other respectfully is the basis of good collaboration.

On this site you will find the Code of Conduct in brief. The full text in the PDF is leading at all times.

Our 6 ground rules regarding Etiquette

  • Cijfer 1


    You treat others with respect

    You treat others with respect, both inside and outside the organization, in words, gestures, and in writing. You engage in dialogue with others and you listen to each other.

  • Cijfer 2

    Openness and vulnerability

    You work together with others

    You work together with others. This means that you can ask others for help, help others, are open, and show our vulnerability. You support and value others. It is important to engage in dialogue with others, for which trust, openness, and transparency are important conditions.

  • 3


    You do not discriminate

    You do not discriminate. Discrimination is understood to mean treating a person differently from another person in a comparable situation on the grounds of religion, philosophy of life, political affiliation, race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability or health, or on any other grounds as referred to in Article 1 of the Constitution.

  • 4

    Sexual harassment

    You are not guilty of sexual harassment

    You are not guilty of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is defined as any form of verbal, non-verbal, or physical behavior of a sexual nature with the purpose or effect of violating the dignity of a person, in particular when an intimidating, hostile, offensive, humiliating, or offensive situation is created.

  • 5

    Aggression and violence

    You do not use aggression or violence

    You do not use aggression or violence against others. By aggression and violence, we mean all incidents in which a person is mentally or physically harassed, threatened, or attacked.

  • 6


    You do not bully

    You do not bully. By bullying, we mean any form of intimidating behavior by one or more employees, students, or guests directed against a single employee, student, or guest, or a group of employees, students, or guests.

Further details and guidelines

What if things go wrong?

You are not treated with respect by one or more others (in words, gestures. or writing). You are subjected to discrimination, aggression, violence, threats, bullying, gossip, (sexual) harassment, or stalking in relation to your work or study at Tilburg University. Or you yourself have to deal with domestic violence or child abuse.

In the roadmap you see where you can go. You don’t have to follow all the stops. If you prefer to skip a stop, you can, it’s especially important that you enter into discussion!

Where can you go?

  1. The person concerned
  2. Tutor, program coordinator, chair of the department or the Vice Dean or Dean
  3. Dean of Students or Program Coordinator 
  4. Confidential Advisor 
  5. Complaints committee for undesirable behavior
  1. The person concerned
  2. Manager
  3. HR advisor
  4. Confidential Advisor 
  5. Complaints committee for undesirable behavior

As employee you receive signals that indicate domestic violence (or child abuse) from one of your employees or students. You should report these with your manager or the Focus Officer (director/HR advisor).

PhD candidates
  1. The person concerned
  2. Commissioning party
  3. Confidential Advisor 
  4. Complaints committee for undesirable behavior
Download the road map

Where you can go when, you will also find in the roadmap