Culture of Care

KASK & Conservatorium wants to create a caring learning and working environment for students and staff. Safety and mutual respect are basic conditions in an environment where students are challenged to develop their artistic vision and personality. Many crucial aspects of art education are only guaranteed if there is a general culture of trust, safety and care.

Engage in dialogue

Does something feel unsafe in your school context? Did someone go beyond your limits or do you feel that you have gone too far yourself? Is there a conflict? By entering into dialogue, we give each other the opportunity to reflect, to explore each other's point of view and to think about different forms of behaviour. When a direct conversation is not an option (anymore) because you don't feel safe and/or the facts are too serious and/or something else prevents it, a conversation with a staff member or fellow student you trust can do you good and help you see things clearly. However, there are also services that you can contact at any time.


In situations between students or between student and teacher you can contact the ombudspersons of KASK & Conservatorium for a conversation in confidence. They listen without judging. Together you look at what the possible next steps are. Each situation is different and requires a tailor-made approach. The ombudsperson only takes further steps with the consent of the reporter.

You can make an appointment with the ombudspersons by mail or phone:

  • Bert Lesaffer /
    0473 97 79 39 
  • Véronique Govaert /
    0474 66 35 01

Every Tuesday there are 'open office hours', where you can drop in without an appointment. Between 10:00 and 14:00 Bert and/or Véronique are present in the ombudsperson's office, located in the Pauli building (first floor, side corridor of researchers, above the resto). On 7, 14 and 21 December 2021 there are no physical open office hours, but the ombudspersons are available via Teams for a conversation. You don't need to make an appointment, you can just approach them.

Student facilities

STUVO, the student services department of HOGENT, is also available for a confidential no-obligation consultation for students. They do not offer therapy themselves, but do help find a tailor-made solution. If necessary, they refer students to a psychologist for a therapeutic programme at a student-friendly rate. STUVO employees are bound by professional secrecy.

Contact: Overwale 42, Gent - 09 243 37 38 -