Students' rights are defined in Art. 62 of the Law of Ukraine on Higher Education.
Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute has many regulations aimed at protecting the rights of students. They also cover algorithms of actions in case of conflicts of various kinds between students, students, and teachers, students, and administration. The regulation framework lays out how relevant commissions within the University, its departments, and units work within the University:
Regulations governing the activity:
- The Commission for conflict resolution at Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, working based on the relevant regulation
- Conflict Resolution Commissions of the Institute/Faculty
Besides, the University has the Commission on Ethics and Academic Integrity of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute (the Commission Chairman is Oksana Brui, Director of G.I. Denisenko Scientific and Technical Library, the Regulation on the commission). You can also address the Anti-corruption officer responsible for preventing and counteracting corruption (Yana Tsymbalenko - Dean of the Faculty of Sociology and Law, the Regulations on the Authorized Person).
The Educational and Research Laboratory for Conflict Resolution and Mediation of the Faculty of Sociology and Law deals with the issues of studying conflict situations, analyzing their causes, and finding ways to prevent their occurrence.
Where to start when you have a problem?
It is a good idea to start by stating the problem and get in touch with the administration of the Faculty / Institute or University.
All appeals must be filed following the requirements of the Law of Ukraine on Citizens' Appeals.
Appeals are submitted in the electronic or handwritten form to the General Department of the University (office 163-1, kanc[at]kpi.ua and mail[at]kpi.ua), where they must be registered and submitted for consideration to persons competent to advise on appeal issues.
The term for consideration of appeals is also regulated by the requirements of the Law of Ukraine on Citizens' Appeals (maximum 30 days). The responses to the application are provided in writing to the applicant’s address specified in the application.
Do commissions consider anonymous reports about conflicts, problems in education covered on social networks? Of course, commissions work on such appeals - they find out the circumstances and grounds for such complaints. If the situation covered is credible, they take necessary measures valid in this situation. Don’t forget, such an appeal is not official so, accordingly, there are no official responses.
To identify different conflicts, students’ harassment by teachers or administrations, the University regularly conducts anonymous surveys. Their results are reported to the University administration and departments. Do students use the opportunity to express their problems in anonymous surveys? Unfortunately, students are not very active. In the preceding survey, on December 2, 2021, only 2,643 students took part, which is about 10%. The survey went through the Electronic Campus, so all students could participate.
The Department for Student Affairs regularly communicates with students at various events and aims at explaining the nuances of training and social interaction within the University.
One can raise any questions and concerns by contacting the bot DNVR @DNVR_team_bot or sending an email to dnvr[at]kpi.ua.
If you have questions, problems, or feel pressure - address, speak and do not keep silent. Do not give problems and injustices any chance!