Using the services of a confidential counsellor

We hope it never happens, but you may encounter undesirable behaviour at some stage. Being touched. Discriminatory remarks. Negative or offensive comments. Or even sexual harassment. By a fellow student, a lecturer, or other staff member. At Avans University of Applied Sciences, at your work placement location, or the company where you are doing your graduation project.

If it happens, tell one of the Avans University of Applied Sciences confidential counsellors. A number of student counsellors have been designated as confidential counsellors for the benefit of students. Ask any questions you have, or talk about what you have experienced. The confidential counsellor will listen to you and offer you information and advice.

Conversations with confidential counsellors are strictly confidential, so your privacy is guaranteed.

Read more about the tasks and powers of confidential counsellors at Avans. 

Undesirable behaviour

Confidential counsellors are there for you if you encounter undesirable behaviour. This covers all forms of:

  • intimidation
  • sexual harassment
  • discrimination
  • aggression, violence, or bullying
  • psychosocial workload
  • abuse of power

Avans policy

Avans University of Applied Sciences does not tolerate undesirable behaviour. For that reason Avans has appointed confidential counsellors and established a complaints procedure. The Avans Executive Board believes correct forms of behaviour to be so important that it has affiliated itself to the Stichting KOMM foundation, the Independent Complaints Committee for the Misuse of Power in Education.

Making an appointment

We take complaints about undesirable behaviour very seriously. Let us know if you encounter undesirable behaviour. Make an appointment straight away

These are the confidential counsellors:


Nicole Oomen
+31 (0)88 - 525 85 21 



Amber Titulaer
+31 (0)88 - 525 71 65



Bart van Uden
+31 (0)88 - 525 91 55


Jacqueline Voorbraak

tel +31(0)88 525 91 41

External assistance for alleged perpetrators

An alleged perpetrator is someone who has been accused by someone else of undesirable behaviour. Have you been accused of undesirable behaviour, for whatever reason? If so, you may use external assistance. You can contact the external assistant for a personal, confidential, and independent interview. First and foremost, it is about having someone to talk to. You and the external assistant will jointly identify the bones of contention and what possible solutions may exist. It is you who decides, and the external assistant who advises. Conversations with the external assistant are strictly confidential, so your privacy is guaranteed.

The external assistant for Avans is Désirée van der Heijden. You can contact her on +31 (0)6 53 78 15 38.

Confidential counsellors for staff

Are you a staff member looking for information about confidential counsellors? Then please go to Mijn HR.

Last updated on 15 March 2021.

Avans is closely monitoring developments

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