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Wageningen Universiteit is gek geworden!

In onderwijs on 17 januari 2011 at 8:20 PM

Ik ben van mening dat dit een Nederlandstalige webloggemeenschap is, maar voor deze uitzondering heb ik toch een (deels) Engelstalige tekst. Het betreft een brief van de ‘Director Educational Institute’ van Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR).

Wageningen, 7 December 2005
Dear students of MES* and MUE**,
Mr. X*** has a good reputation as a official**** with a keen interest in the problems his students face during their studies. He goes to great lenghts to solve these problems and often manages to find creative solution that is acceptable to all parties involved. In doing so, he does not avoid building a personal relation with his students. Over the years, his method of working has been appreciated by hundreds of students.
In his personal approach, Mr. X does not eschew psysical contact. Such contact may, however, be interpreted by some students as sexual harassment.
Behaviour that is experienced as sexual harassment is of course unacceptable, all the more since the relationship between student and official does involve an element of dependency.
Recently, complaints concerning Mr. X have been filed with one of the confidential advisers at Wageningen University, indicating that with some students he has overstepped the line and that they wish him to preserve more distance in the coaching relationship.
Following probing discussions I have had with Mr. X, I have decided to retain him in office for his current group of students. I consider his long-standing record of service and the appreciation of most of his students of overriding importance. However, I have warned him to abide by the rules of conduct and to avoid any behaviour that could be perceived as undesirable.
This letter will also be sent to the other members of the programme team responsible for Environmental Sciences and Urban Environmental Management. If, under the circumstances, you want to change your official, this is of course possible. Please consult Mr. Y or Mrs. A.
If you have any questions about this letter, feel free to contact me, and I shall be glad to amplify on it. The rol of confidential advisers is explained in English on …………. This page also contains a link to their addresses. If you want to contact them, please feel free to do so.
Obviously, any information you give to me, Mr. Y, Mrs. A or the confidential advisers will be dealt with confidentially.
With kind regards,
Mr. Z
Director Educational Institute.

* MES= Master Environmental Sciences
** MUE= Master Urban Environmental Management
*** Mr. X= verzonnen naam, wegens privacy van de betrokkene
**** official= verzonnen functie, wegens privacy van de betrokkene

Ik heb deze brief overigens gevonden onder een kopieerapparaat in de stad. De brief lag er nog onder en is tussen mijn eigen papieren geraakt. Thuis merkte ik dit en werd kwaad. Waarom? Simpel, deze brief is dodelijk voor de betreffende functionaris. Er zal altijd worden geredeneerd, dat waar rook is, vuur is. En hijzelf zal zich nu continu afvragen of het wel kan wat hij doet; kortom, hij kan zichzelf niet meer zijn in zijn werk.
Verschrikkelijk om zo behandeld te worden door je werkgever en zo openlijk te schande te worden gezet!

Geschreven op: donderdag 15 december 2005

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