Culture of Care
Engage in dialogue
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.
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.
Confidential student advisors
In situations between students or between student and teacher you can contact the confidential student advisors 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 confidential student advisors 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
During the academic year 2022-23, there are also ‘open office hours’, where you can drop in without an appointment: every Tuesday between 2PM and 4PM.
Confidential student advisors HOGENT
Students of all faculties can contact Stephanie Vandersyppe and Poei Proost, they are the confidential student advisors of HOGENT.
Stephanie@hogent.be – 0475 70 11 83
Poei@hogent.be – 0475 70 11 82
Berrt Lesaffer and Veronique Govaert
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 – zorg@HOGENT.be
Framework for transgressive behaviour
Last year, the school wrote a framework on transgressive behaviour: what it is, what you can do with it and who can you turn to.
You can consult the full text here.
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.
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.
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
Apart from HOGENT, 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.
- 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.
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 what to do. At both exciting and difficult moments.
CHANGING YOUR REGISTRATION DETAILS
If you wish to change your name and/or e-mail address after registration, please contact the study pathway counsellor of your direction. You can find more information in the Enrolment section.
PRONOUNS IN E-MAILS
You might wonder why some people put pronouns in their e-mail signature? By doing this, we clearly indicate how we wish to be addressed in digital communications and subsequent encounters.
There are several reasons why we do this. Pronouns create clarity about our gender identity, but we can also use them to raise awareness about gender identity. By making them explicit, we normalise their use and make it more comfortable for everyone, including trans or non-binary people, to do so.
There are also other reasons to do this, for example in case we have a gender-neutral name and want to avoid misunderstandings.
After all, gender is a spectrum and addresses are not always obvious.
Transgender Infopunt TIP
Information brochure on everything you always wanted to know about transgender