Equal treatment

Last changed: 01 June 2016

"SLU must be characterised by an open attitude and respect for peoples differences and their equal value. All students at SLU must share the same rights, obligations and opportunities irrespective of their gender, transgender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion or other belief system, impairment, sexual orientation or age."

From SLU's action plan for equal opportunities.


Discrimination Act
Applicants for education and students admitted on Bachelor's courses and study programmes or doctoral courses at SLU are covered by the Swedish Discrimination Act (SFS 2008:567).


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
  • Disability
  • Sexual orientation
  • Age

Equal treatment at SLU
Every year SLU draws up a plan of measures to promote the equal treatment of students. Since 2011, the equal treatment plan has formed part of SLU's equal opportunities plan which applies to both students and employees. Among other things, the action plan aims to increase awareness of the Discrimination Act among staff and students and it contains a number of measures designed to prevent discrimination at SLU.

More information about equal opportunities work at SLU can be found here.

If a student or applicant is subjected to discrimination or harassment as defined by the Discrimination Act, SLU will investigate and take the necessary action to prevent continued harassment. SLU has guidelines for the suspected harassment of students.

A student who thinks that SLU has not done enough to stop this harassment can get help from the Equality Ombudsman (DO) to take the matter further.

Students looking for advice and support on equal treatment issues can contact a study and career adviser at the Division of Educational Affairs by calling
+46 (0)18 67 28 00 or by emailing studievagledning@slu.se.