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Dean’s Representative for Equality

Dear Faculty of Biology community,

Faculty of Biology appointed a function of the Dean’s Representatives for Equality.

Dean’s Representative for Equality are the first contact for students and employees in need of support/ advice or help in explaining the situation in case of counteracting discrimination, mobbing, sexual harassment, as well as promoting equality initiatives of University of Warsaw at the Faculty of Biology.

We would like to present the equality and diversity solutions and guidebooks at the University of Warsaw.

Marcin Chrzanowski, PhD
e-mail: mm.chrzanowski@uw.edu.pl
Phone: (+48) 22 55 42 518

Aleksandra Skawina, PhD
e-mail: a.skawina@uw.edu.pl
Phone: (+48) 22 55 41 021


http://en.rownowazni.uw.edu.pl  UW equality website, where you can find various information and advice on prevention and counteracting of discrimination and offered forms of support

  • Information about types of discrimination
  • Q&A – answers to frequently asked questions
  • Information for persons who experienced discrimination or witnessed it
  • List of contacts
  • Information about equality actions at the UW, including Gender Equality Plan
  • Antidiscrimination Guidebook

Gender Equality Plan for the University of Warsaw: equality strategy for 2020-2023. It is based on five goals, formulated on the basis of research on the needs of the UW community, expert consultations and a review of solutions used in European universities.

Educational activities:

Antidiscrimination Handbook for Working and Studying at the University of Warsaw

A social campaign:
“We are all Equal” – posters you already know, as well as educational videos on counteracting various forms of discrimination at the University of Warsaw:

A Course for Equality
– an online course offering knowledge about equal treatment and skills related to anti-discrimination. Currently it is available in Polish. The course in English will be available in winter 2021.

Equality training for research, didactic and administrative employees organised by the Office of Employee Affairs

Video of the conference “Counteracting sexual harassment in academia – towards standards and procedures” organised by the University of Warsaw and the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights.

Recommendations for non-discriminatory language at the University of Warsaw – a guide prepared by the team of experts at the Faculty of Polish Studies, University of Warsaw, available in Polish.

Three guidebooks for and about trans* persons at the University of Warsaw
At this link, there are three guides for trans* persons at universities: for administration, for universities, for students. The guidebooks were prepared by QueerUW.

At the University of Warsaw, there are transgender persons who, due to the lack of technical capabilities in USOS (which we are working on), cannot correct their data to match the gender they identify with. We encourage you to respect their situation and address them in a form consistent with the way they present themselves.


Academic Ombudsman
www.ombudsman.uw.edu.pl is a place where you can report a conflict (between employees, between a student and an employee, etc.) or discrimination and sexual harassment.

The contact is confidential – your name and surname are not known to anyone except the person reporting and the person from the Ombudsman’s office.

Ombudsman offers:

  • Direct support for a person experiencing discrimination.
  • Information on available psychological help, redirection to the Psychological Assistance Center if necessary.
  • Contact with the faculty / relevant academic unit and assistance in obtaining organisational support, e.g. in terms of changing groups, changing exam dates, obtaining sick leave or occasional leave, etc.
  • Educational activities towards the perpetrator, e.g. direct explanatory and educational conversation, conversation with the perpetrator’s superiors, recommendation to participate in anti-discrimination training / workshops.
  • Disciplining actions against the perpetrator – written signal to the supervisor, recommendation to initiate a formal complaint procedure.

Equal opportunities chief specialist at the University of Warsaw
dr hab. Julia Kubisa
Phone: (+48) 22 552 71 85

Anti-Discrimination Procedure

formal complaints in cases of discrimination and sexual harassment. It defines the rules of counteracting discrimination, including sexual harassment at the University of Warsaw. It also defines how to proceed in situations where discrimination occurs. The purpose of the procedure is to support activities against discrimination, protect members of the UW community and support people who have experienced discrimination.

The complaint under the Anti-Discrimination Procedure is open and is submitted to the Anti-Discrimination Coordinator. Information on the initiation of the case is sent to the accused and their superiors. The Anti-Discrimination Commission conducts explanatory proceedings aimed at issuing an opinion on whether the acts or omissions are discriminatory.

In its opinion, the Anti-Discrimination Commission may recommend corrective actions (e.g. transfer of an employee, change of group in the case of a student, psychological support, obligatory participation in anti-discrimination workshops, etc.) or the application of disciplinary sanctions. The explanatory panel may also recommend the initiation of anti-mobbing proceedings.

Commission for Counteracting Mobbing at the University of Warsaw
here it is worth reporting in case of mobbing/ workplace bullying

Psychological Assistance Center of the University of Warsaw
An initiative of the University of Warsaw for people working and studying who experience various types of mental problems, low mood, etc. They cooperate with the Disabled Persons Office.

Dean’s Representatives for Equality at faculties

This solution functions already at Physics, Biology and Sociology Faculties. We hope that subsequent departments will follow in their footsteps – identifying a person who is the “first contact” in cases of discrimination and sexual harassment and promoting equality initiatives at the faculty. We encourage other faculties to appoint equality offices and encourage them to contact us.