Whistleblowing - Kunnskapsbasen
Here you will find information on how to proceed if you have experienced bullying, harassment or other serious and reprehensive conditions at NTNU. All employees, students and external parties have the right to notify or “blow the whistle”. You can notify on behalf of yourself or others.
- When can you blow the whistle?
- When should you not blow the whistle?
- What happens when you give notification?
- Someone to talk to someone before you notify / blow the whistle
- This is how you notify censurable conditions
- Notify orally or in writing
- Can I notify anonymously?
Do you want someone to talk to someone before notifying censurable conditions? Here is a list of good persons for a conversation, who also have the duty of secrecy.
When can you blow the whistle?
If you experience or are exposed to serious matters worthy of criticism at NTNU, you should notify
- Sexual harassment
- Corruption or other financial crimes.
When should you not blow the whistle?
Examples for students
- If you are dissatisfied with the teaching or want to complain about the quality of the study programs, supervision or other problems in the learning environment, read more about students' role in quality assurance of education here.
- You should not report disagreements or minor conflicts between students. You usually solve this yourself, but if the conflict or situation develops negatively and affects health, learning or the learning environment, you should request a conversation with one of those mentioned below for advice and guidance.
Examples for employees
Disagreement about decisions made on, for example, budget distribution, employment, professional priorities or decisions based on law and regulations are not considered notification cases. Views on these areas can be discussed with the immediate manager.
What happens when you give notification?
The reception will make an assessment of the case and then distribute it to a follow-up manager. You will be informed about what happens next in the case by the person who is appointed as the responsible case officer. This can take some time, depending on the type of case and its complexity
- Student-student: Cases notified by one student on another student are processed by the Faculties' notification reception for student cases (in Norwegian), in accordance with NTNU's Guidelines for faculty notification reception (pdf).
- Employee: In cases notified by employees, the notification will be handled in the line management.
If you are a party to the case
If you report something you have experienced yourself, you are a party to the case and have the right to be heard as part of the case processing. You are called in for an interview to present your version as part of the case processing.
If you wish, you have the right to bring with you a person you trust in such conversations.
You are kept informed of the treatment and the outcome of the case as far as possible. Here, the case officer must also take into account the duty of confidentiality towards third parties.
If you are not a party of the case
If you have given notice on behalf of someone else, you are not a party to the case. You will be notified when the case has been received and when it has been processed. If the case officer wants more information from you, you can be contacted during the case processing. You will not receive information about the outcome of the case or what measures have been taken.
Alerts are confidential information
Confidential information is exempt from public access. Your name will not be known to more than necessary for the case processing.
Once you have submitted a notice, you are protected against retaliation and retaliation through the Working Environment Act. Read more about retaliation at the Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority
Someone to talk to someone before you notify / blow the whistle
You may want to talk to someone before you give notice. If you want to discuss your case before you decide to notify, there are several you can contact. There are several good interlocutors with a duty of confidentiality, if you want to discuss the matter before you decide to notify. You decide for yourself how much you want to inform about in such a conversation.
Avoid going to the line associations or student union representatives about such matters, as they do not have special expertise in giving advice and guidance in such matters.
This is how you notify censurable conditions
It is an absolute advantage if you make a good effort to be presice in your description of the case:
- What are you making notice of?
- Where and when did it happen?
- Who is involved? Any witnesses?
- Do you have recognition of previous similar cases?
Notify orally or in writing
In order to safeguard privacy and follow-up in the safest possible way, we want you to notify via the notification button above. You can also notify someone with a duty of confidentiality by letter, e-mail, telephone or orally.
- Students: Fakultetenes varslingmottak for studenter (in Norwegian)
Can I notify anonymously?
The notification form can be submitted anonymously. Please note that this may limit the possibility of following up the case.
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