• Safe Environment

IQS has joined the Safe Environment project promoted by the Society of Jesus, which has implemented it across all its universities and colleges through the UNIJES Universities network.

What is the objective of the "Safe Environment" Project?

The Safe Environment project was created due to a specific plea from Pope Francis to support a culture of treating others properly and showing respect for all people, ensure the creation of a safe environment and wellbeing for everyone, and guarantee protection for all, especially individuals who may find themselves in vulnerable situations, throughout institutions associated with the Society of Jesus in Spain.

The Project is based on the following pillars:

  • To create welcoming, respectful, and safe environments.
  • To promote treating people around us the way we wish to be treated.
  • To support the culture of protection and assistance and protect any minor or adult in a vulnerable situation (MAV).
  • To report any inappropriate practices or abusive behaviour.

We build secure environments

Where the activities that are developed are aimed at:

  • Promote the well-being of the person
  • Promote the culture of Good Treatment: cordiality, respect, good manners, good work...
  • Guarantee respect and rights for every person Help/collaborate in personal growth
  • Help/collaborate in personal growth

We want Safe Spaces in which all the spaces where we develop our activity anyone feels safe. We seek to generate a culture of good treatment and care.

How can you contact us?

If you perceive, suspect or think that "something I think is not normal" is happening to me at IQS, contact us and explain it to us.

Through your course coordinators

Through the secure environment email: entornoseguro@iqs.url.edu

Through the secure environment team

Who are part of the Safe Environment team?

  • Merce Pedrola – Safe Environment Officer
  • Carlos Bel – HR Director
  • Eva Barreda – HR staff
  • Luisa Borondo – HR staff
  • Oriol Quintana – Head of Identity and Mission
  • Eduard Serra – Head of Occupational Risks at IQS/Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Professor and Researcher
  • Xavier Casanovas - Chair of Ethics and Christian Thought
  • Ana Belén Cuenca – Department of Organic and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (SE) Professor and Researcher
  • Jose Luis Sánchez – Department of Business Management (SM) Professor and Researcher
  • Maria Serrat – Chromatography Laboratory (CROMA)
  • Elena Peribañez – Student Life


Secure Environment Protocols

  • Protocol for preventing, reviewing, and taking action for cases of workplace harassment/mobbing
  • Protocol for preventing, reviewing, and taking action for possible cases of harassment/bullying among students 
  • Protocol for preventing, reviewing, and taking action on cases of sexual harassment (pending approval by the Board of Directors)
  • Information protocol on managing student study abroad, volunteer activities, and sports [proper and improper conduct]  (pending approval by the Board of Directors) 

The Society of Jesus has produced various materials including a Safe Environment Guide and a Manual that provide expanded information on behaviours that could lead to abuse, how to prevent them, and how to detect them. For more information, please visit the Society of Jesus Safe Environment website: Society of Jesus Safe Environment.