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Health and Safety in Education. Psychosocial Issues

The beginning of studies is a challenge that brings a multitude of changes. A new city, new friends and teachers, new duties, new knowledge and new fascinating discoveries, but also new difficulties, barriers and risks... The sheer amount of changes may overpower you.

We have prepared some information regarding personal safety, sense of safety, discrimination, mental health support, tips for our underage students, as well as guidelines for conduct in various situations. You will find out, among other things, how harassment differs from sexual harassment, how to increase your chances of receiving help from strangers in emergencies, and how to react to hate speech, stalking or threats.


Personal safety

In this chapter you may find out:

  • what safety and sense of safety is;
  • how to increase chances of receiving help from strangers in an emergency;
  • what the difference between defamation and insult is and how to react in case of experiencing such acts;
  • what persistent harassment (stalking) and criminal threat is and how to react in case of experiencing such acts.
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Discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, hate speach

In this chapter you may find out what following terms mean:

  • disscrimination;
  • harassment;
  • sexual harassment;
  • hate speech.

You may also get to know examples of such undesirable behaviours and find out how to react to such acts.

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Student Center for Support and Adaptation 'SOWA'

In this chapter you may find:

  • what Student Center for Support and Adaptation - SOWA is;
  • who can benefit from the help of SOWA;
  • when should you ask for SOWA's assistance;
  • what kind of support groups and open lectures are being organized by SOWA.
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Underage students

In this chapter you may find out how do following questions work in case of underage students:

  • a visit to an occupational medicine doctor;
  • medical insurance;
  • medical care;
  • renting an apartment;
  • possibility of living in a university dormitory;
  • opening a bank account;
  • obtaining a mobile phone number.
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What to do when...?

In this chapter you may find out what to do if:

  • you suffer from mental crisis;
  • due to disability or health status you need adaptation of the educational process;
  • you need free legal aid;
  • you are a transgender person and need support in the scope of functioning at the university in line with your gender identity;
  • you are a studying parent and need support during your studies – financial and related to taking care of your child;
  • the teacher does not obey the rules concerning the subject;
  • you are experiencing unwanted behaviours from a fellow student;
  • you are experiencing discrimination, including (sexual) harassment, by an academic teacher or another JU employee.
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