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University of Silesia in Katowice

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where to look for support?

IMPORTANT:

In emergencies, which seriously jeopardise life and health, the only appropriate action is to immediately inform security officers and even rescue services and the Police via emergency telephone number 112.

Support for a student or PhD student

Lecturers, year tutors, degree programme directors, deans

In most cases that concern, affect, or upset you, please contact people in your immediate surroundings, i.e. people who conduct classes, tutor of your year of studies, head of your degree programme or faculty. It might be the easiest for them to intervene in the reported situation as they are the witnesses of the situation, responsible for the organisation of studies, or know the people involved in the situation. Please remember that each faculty of the University of Silesia has a dean for education and students.

The Student and PhD Student Ombudsperson

The Ombudsperson helps students, PhD students, postgraduate students, and participants of other forms of teaching in settling individual or group problems.

Since 1 September 2020, Agnieszka Bielska-Brodziak, PhD, DSc, Associate Professor has been the Student and PhD Student Ombudsperson. Contact details

Rector and Vice-Rectors

The Rector, who is the head of the entire community of the University of Silesia, can accept a complaint or a help request of any of its members. Among the University authorities, the Vice-Rector for Education and Students is a function dedicated strictly to student issues. The Vice-Rector for Education and Studentsis Katarzyna Trynda, PhD, Associate Professor (e-mail: prorektorrk@us.edu.pl).

The Rector shall be informed of a suspected case when a student or PhD student commits a disciplinary violation.

Information on the disciplinary proceedings and law violation:

Student Government

The Government accepts student requests of any case. Contact details: samorzad.us.edu.pl (pl)

Doctoral Student Government

The Council of the Government serves the PhD students with the necessary help. Contact details: Doctoral Student Government – Management Board – contact 

Psychological support

The Student Service Centre employs psychologists with whom students can make an appointment for free psychological support.

Detailed information

Accessibility Coordinators

Each faculty has appointed Accessibility Coordinators who support students and PhD students directly at the faculties and are intermediaries in the contact between students and employees of a given faculty and employees of the Student Service Centre responsible for the organisation of the support for people with disabilities.

Detailed information

Support for an employee

Superiors

A superior should be the first person to be addressed in a situation when something concerns, affects, or upsets you. A superior should be informed of the need to explain situations violating the Community values stipulated in the Statute of the University of Silesia (Section 4), especially regarding conflict situations, unequal treatment, or actions violating one’s dignity. In the case a satisfactory solution is not reached, you can turn to a major superior with a request for intervention.

Rector and Vice-Rectors

The Rector, who is the head of the entire community of the University of Silesia, can accept a complaint or a help request of any of its members. Among the University authorities, the Vice-Rector for Staff Development is a function dedicated strictly to employee issues; the Vice-Rector for Staff Development is Prof. Ewa Jarosz (e-mail: prorektorrr@us.edu.pl).

In the case when an academic is suspected of committing a disciplinary violation, the Rector shall be immediately informed.

Ombudsperson for Academic Rights and Values

Ombudsperson for Academic Rights and Values is a one-man body of the university established to protect the rights and values of the university employees, as well as to monitor and observe the ethical standards. The Ombudsperson is independent in executing tasks delegated to them and acts according to the rules of confidentiality, impartiality, and neutrality. Since 1 September 2020, Agnieszka Bielska-Brodziak, PhD, DSc, Associate Professor has been the Ombudsperson for Academic Rights and Values..

Detailed information

Anti-mobbing Committee

The course of actions regarding submitting of complaint and the work of the Committee is stipulated in the Anti-mobbing Policy at the University of Silesia in Katowice – document pdf PL. An employee submits a written request to the Rector – via the Rector’s Office or directly to the Anti-mobbing Committee – via the Department of Personal and Social Affairs. Based on the Committee’s findings, the Rector decides on taking action regarding this situation based on the fact that mobbing has/has not been found.

Anti-mobbing Association

In 2011, the Polish Teachers’ Union at the University of Silesia appointed the Anti-mobbing Association where all employees (not only the Union members) can seek legal advice and general information on mobbing, how to defend oneself, and where to report a problem. For more details check the website: www.kam.znp.us.edu.pl (pl).

Committee for Intervention – NZSS Solidarność

At the Company Branch of the Solidarity Trade Union “Solidarność”, there is a Committee for Intervention that receives reports of any manifestation of mobbing and offers help in other professional problems. The reports are received via e-mail to solidarn@us.edu.pl or phone: 604 493 490.

Social Labour Inspector

The Social Labour Inspectorate is a social service provided by employees, aimed at ensuring safe and hygienic working conditions as well as employment rights protection by workplaces. The Social Labour Inspectorate represents interest of all employees. Since 2007, Tomasz Żarski has been the Social Labour Inspector at the University of Silesia (e-mail: tomasz.zarski@us.edu.pl).

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