Equal Opportunities Policy

Our Commitment

Firelake University Finland is committed to the idea of equal opportunities for all. Our policy is to make sure that no student, or person involved or associated with the university receives less favorable treatment on the grounds of:

  • Religious belief or political opinion 
  • Race (including color, nationality, ethnic or national origins) 
  • Disability 
  • Gender, including gender reassignment 
  • Marital or civil partnership status 
  • Having or not having dependants 
  • Sexual orientation 
  • Age.

The university is opposed to all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination. No action shall be taken against any member of society by any person connected with the university which would devalue their contribution to society and to this organization, or lead to a loss of their own self-respect, or respect for them from others.

Responsibility for making sure that the university fulfills its obligations under this Policy rests with the university President.

Who does the Policy apply to?

All individuals within this organization, staff and students alike, are responsible for compliance with this Policy, and for the positive attitude it requires. All external persons connected with the college are encouraged to hold the same responsibility and commitment.

What will we do?

We will make sure that all our staff, sub-contractors and students are aware of our Equal Opportunities Policy, and where applicable will make them aware of their responsibilities.

All applicants, students, employees and others will be treated fairly and will not be discriminated against on any of the grounds named above. Decisions about admissions, recruitment, promotion, training or any other benefit will be made objectively and without unlawful discrimination.

How will we know if the Policy is working?

The working of the Equal Opportunities Policy will be monitored by the university Registrar on an annual basis, or sooner if necessary.

Dealing with complaints

It is recognized that many individuals may be unwilling to make a complaint regarding equal opportunities, for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Fear that others will consider that behavior trivial 
  • Fear of retaliation and/or public humiliation 
  • Fear that the complaint will not be taken seriously Such concerns may make an individual choose to leave the organization, or change their job. The university regards this as unacceptable. It is important that employees should feel able to raise concerns without fear and in the knowledge that their complaint will be taken seriously.

All complaints will receive prompt attention and will be properly investigated. We will seek to resolve them as quickly as possible.

Sometimes it may be possible for a student or employee affected by the behavior of another simply to ask the harasser to stop, or make it clear that the behavior is unwelcome. If this is appropriate then the student or employee should do this.

However, such an approach may not be appropriate and students and employees should feel able to raise matters at any time with their tutor or line manager or with the university President under the university’s existing Appeals and Complaints Procedure.  

The university must ensure that it complies with relevant legislation (including the Finnish Human Rights Act, Equality Act, Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, and the Disability and Discrimination Act) Available on the web site http://www.formin.finland.fi/Public/default.aspx?nodeid=42533&contentlan=1&culture=fi-FI

 

This Policy is subject to annual review
Last reviewed: November 2020
Next review: November 2021