Written account

A person who feels that they have been discriminated against based on gender because of the actions of an educational institution has the right to receive a written account of the matter from the educational institution. The account must be provided without delay.

An account can be requested if someone suspects discrimination e.g. in

  • student selections
  • the evaluation of study performance
  • the organisation of teaching
  • other regular activity of the educational institution.

The educational institution also has a duty to provide a written account if a student feels that they have been subjected to sexual or gender-based harassment. In this case the account must demonstrate which measures the educational institution has taken to eliminate the harassment.

The aim of the account is to help the student to assess whether or not the actions of the educational institution can be considered discrimination under the Equality Act. Receiving an account also helps to reduce the amount of unnecessary processing by authorities and legal proceedings.

If the educational institution refuses to provide an appropriate written account, you can contact the Ombudsman for Equality.