The Swedish Discrimination Act and the Equality Ombudsman

Last changed: 07 January 2019
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Students at university and higher education institutions are covered by the Discrimination Act. If you have reported harassment to SLU and you think that the university has not done enough, you can get help from the Equality Ombudsman (DO) to take the matter further.

SLU takes the Swedish Discrimination Act as its basis, which stipulates that no-one must suffer discrimination on the basis of:

  • Sex
  • Ethnicity
  • Religion or other belief
  • Sexual orientation (homosexuality, bisexuality or heterosexuality)
  • Functional impairment
  • Transgender identity or expression
  • Age

What does the Swedish Discrimination Act say?

Students at university and higher education institutions are covered by the Discrimination Act (only information in Swedish).

The most important points in the Act from a university and student perspective are as follows:

  • The purpose of the Act is to combat discrimination and in other ways promote equal rights and opportunities regardless of sex, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief, functional impairment, sexual orientation or age.
  • The university shall document its work concerning equal treatment of students. At SLU this work is carried out within the Equal opportunities organization. Read more about Equal Treatment at SLU.
  • The university also has a duty to investigate when discrimination or harassment is suspected. SLU has produced guidelines on suspected harassment of students (only information in Swedish).

The Equality Ombudsman

In Sweden, there is a government agency called the Equality Ombudsman (DO). The DO works to combat discrimination and to promote equal rights and opportunities for everyone. The agency primarily does this by ensuring compliance with the Discrimination Act. The DO’s work covers all forms of discrimination. If you have reported harassment to SLU and you think that the university has not done enough to stop this harassment, you can get help from the DO to take the matter further. You will find information and advice about discrimination on the DO’s website.

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