We want to provide all participants with a safe and welcoming Conferment Ceremony. We follow the principles of Non-discrimination Act at all Conferment Ceremony events. No one may be discriminated against on the basis of age, origin, nationality, language, religion, belief, opinion, political activity, trade union activity, family relationships, state of health, disability, sexual orientation or other personal characteristics. Discrimination is prohibited, regardless of whether it is based on a fact or assumption concerning the person themself or another.1
The Conferment Ceremony’s Principles of safer space are guidelines that aim to create a safe atmosphere in which everyone is appreciated. All participants and guests are expected to follow and uphold the Principles at all events. Anyone who neglects or violates the Principles may be removed from the event.
- Meet and treat others with an open mind. Try to identify the assumptions you make about others and take the diversity of people into account. Listen, give space and let everyone define their own identities and experiences.
- In discussions, ensure that everyone gets heard and is able to participate. Try to use the kind of language that is understandable to everyone.
- Create a feeling of safety and acceptance to others. When you are feeling comfortable and safe, use that to create a safe atmosphere for everyone.
- The Conferment events have zero tolerance for all forms of harassment, racism, discrimination and all other kinds of inappropriate behaviour.
- Respect other people’s physical space and mental integrity. Do not harass anyone verbally, by touching them or by staring at them. No means no, and change your behaviour or stop if someone asks you to.
- If you see or experience inappropriate behaviour, take action against it or report the incident to the marshalls. If you wish, you may also contact the University’s harassment contact persons after the event.
- If you violate the principles of safer space or if someone points out that you have done so, apologise. Everyone makes mistakes. Correct your behaviour when needed. Be understanding towards mistakes made by others, and try to resolve the matter between the involved parties, if possible.
- Each of us is responsible for making the environment feel safe and comfortable for everyone. Contribute to an open, positive and safe atmosphere with your own actions.
1) §8, Non-discrimination Act (1325/2014)