Our Commitment to Fighting Discrimination

The university is committed to defending the rights of people who are discriminated against, through several adapted mechanisms and targeted objectives

Fighting Discrimination

The university is an open world: it welcomes, as in the whole of society, a constantly renewed population of great diversity.

As a public employer, and through its mission of training and support for professional integration (especially for young people), the university has a duty to set an example with regard to the guarantees of equal rights and opportunities that it can provide to all members of its community.

Racism, anti-Semitism and anti-LGBT hatred are expressed in the street, on walls, on social networks and in discussion forums. For too many people, it takes the form of name-calling, bullying, physical attacks and discrimination. The realm of higher education is not spared, so we must all pull together.
Freedom of opinion and expression and fundamental rights are guaranteed in research and teaching activities as well as in student life. However, freedom of expression is subject to limitations: it is not absolute and cannot be used to justify hateful or discriminatory speech or actions.

For further information you can consult the blog of the DILCRAH (Interministerial Delegation for the Fight against Racism, Anti-Semitism and Anti-LGBT Hatred)

The Commitments of the University of Rennes

The university has the following objectives:

  • Including the fight against discrimination in the university's policy
  • Fighting against hazing and promoting preventive actions prior to the organisation of events that could lead to discrimination or an attack on dignity
  • Promoting and supporting student initiatives that help raise awareness and fight discrimination
  • Banning stereotypes and discriminatory or sexist statements from all communication media and from any document distributed by or within the university
  • Ensuring, through appropriate training or awareness-raising activities, that all staff and students take into account the principles and challenges of equality and the fight against discrimination, whether direct or indirect.
  • Reviewing the content of the training courses offered, in order to eliminate any stereotypes
  • Guaranteeing the transparency and objectivity of human resources management procedures at each key stage in the careers of the university's permanent and contractual staff - recruitment, evaluation, mobility, promotion and advancement, lifelong learning - in order to promote professional equality and the fight against discrimination.

Examples of actions carried out:

Taking Action against Bullying at Local Level

Secure email addresses exist for students and staff who need to ask a question, seek advice, share a story, or ask for help. Managed by the doctors of the health services, the answers are provided in complete confidentiality

  • For students: vss-sseatuniv-rennes [dot] fr
  • For staff: harcelementsexuel-smutatuniv-rennes [dot] fr

Focus on Use of the Chosen First Name

Since 2019, the university facilitates the use of the chosen first name for any person who requests it.


The information collected on this form is processed by the Department of Training and University Life (DFVU), the authorised agents of the Department of Information Systems (DSI) and the registrar's office concerned, in order to set up the first name requested.

The data is kept throughout the period of enrolment at the university, and then, in compliance with the rules applicable to public archives.


It is also possible to request a change of first name and/or title in the files managed by Crous (grants, housing, social affairs, CVEC, culture, Izly, etc.).