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.
But what if you do not feel safe at school? What if you are confronted with transgressive behaviour? What steps can you take to report this? Who can you contact? What can you do? For this purpose, the school wrote a framework, endorsed by the school council and the Executive Council.
What if you are confronted with transgressive behaviour?
All students and staff contribute to the culture of care at this school. If you experience transgressive behaviour, we encourage you to speak up in a context that feels good. Better one conversation too many than one conversation too few. If you witness a distressing situation or think you have overstepped someone else's boundaries, we encourage you to speak up, no matter how uncomfortable it may feel.
Who can you turn to?
At the school itself you can contact the ombudspersons.
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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
0473 97 79 39
Véronique Govaert / email@example.com
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 chat or call them.
Within HOGENT there is:
STUVO: Overwale 42 / 09 243 37 38 / firstname.lastname@example.org
The confidential advisor for transgressive behaviour between staff members:
Mirjam Vermeulen: email@example.com / 0474 46 09 40
Outside the University College, there are various initiatives that you can address;
- Two psychologists from the Flemish Ombuds Service.
- Victims of sexual violence, such as rape or sexual assault, can visit the Care Centre after Sexual Violence (ZSG) of Ghent University Hospital day and night.
There are also several other low-threshold initiatives that can be found below.
A conversation with care for the reporter
If you contact the ombudsperson for an interview, then you decide what happens to the report.
you decide what happens to the report
The ombudsperson has an obligation of discretion.
If you wish, you may bring along someone (for example a fellow student, a witness or a colleague).
the ombudsperson is a neutral and independent party.
You can also file a report as a witness or confidential adviser within/outside the organisation. The possible next steps are discussed with the witness or confidential advisor.
What is transgressive behaviour?
Behaviour is considered transgressive when it crosses a personal boundary and affects personal integrity. Your subjective perception is the underlying criterion: only you can judge whether certain behaviour is undesirable or transgressive.
Transgressive behaviour includes harassment, sexual harassment, violence, sexism, racism, discrimination and stalking.
Other supporting initiatives
- TEJO offers low-threshold, therapeutic support to young people between 10 and 20 years of age in Flanders (however, you are also welcome after 20 years of age).
- Start to talk is a project that focuses on the mental well-being of students.
- WAT WAT is there for all young people who just don't know it anymore. At both exciting and difficult moments.