Any prospective, current or former member of the CEU community or a visitor, who has experienced, has witnessed or has knowledge of conduct they believe is a violation of CEU’s equality related policies is encouraged to bring a complaint to the University under the procedures provided under the CEU Equal Opportunity Policy, the CEU Code of Ethics or the CEU Policy on Harassment.
Informal procedure to report a case
Individuals are encouraged, where possible and suitable, to use informal procedures to settle the case.
Students and staff may report the cases of discrimination or harassment to the Head of Department or Unit (where they are not the alleged perpetrator), who will seek to address it informally with the help of relevant units (i.e., Student Leadership and Service, Human Resources Office, Provost and Pro-Rector).
Formal procedures to report a case
The formal procedure shall be conducted pursuant to the procedures described in Part V of the Code of Ethics, although with special time limits and use of measures necessary to protect complainants from retaliation described below. To report a possible case please fill in the complaint form, sign it and send it to any member of the disciplinary committee.
Members of the Disciplinary and Grievance Committee who have a personal or professional conflict of interest in the given case should not participate in making decisions.
The EOC may provide expert consultation for the Disciplinary and Grievance Committee in specific cases.
In case of harassment, the special procedure provided under the CEU Harassment Policy applies.
Burden of proof
In cases of discrimination the burden of proof shifts from the alleged victim to the alleged perpetrator. Complainants must show facts from which it can be presumed that there has been discrimination with negative effects on them ('prima facie case'); it shall then be for the respondent to prove that there has been no breach of the prohibition of discrimination (shared burden of proof). In order to reject such a prima facie discrimination claim, the respondent must either show that the prima facie case was ill founded or provide evidence to justify the discriminatory action.
Prevention of victimization
CEU aims to ensure that individuals are protected from any adverse treatment or adverse consequence as a reaction to a complaint or to proceedings aimed at enforcing compliance with the principle of non-discrimination and equal opportunity. Those engaging in direct or indirect retaliation measures should be sanctioned.