What is sexual harassment?
Sexual harassment is a form of violence primarily (but not exclusively) against women usually acted out as a show of power. It can take many forms—for example, sexual innuendos, obscene words or gestures, unsolicited messages with sexual content, or acts of sexual violence (translated from the Federal Office for Family and Civil Affairs).
Sexual Violence at Universities
More than two-thirds of all women have already been sexually harassed at work by colleagues or superiors (cf. the Federal Office for Family and Civil Affairs). Universities also have hierarchies that can encourage sexual harassment, discrimination, and violence. For example, a study by the University of Oldenburg shows that, of the individuals surveyed, 54.7% of students and 58% of employees have experienced various forms of sexual harassment. You can find more information on the topic of sexual violence at colleges and universities in our Quick Guide titled “Violence against Women” (in German).
In addition to providing information about sexual harassment, it is particularly important to us that we are available as a counseling center for those affected by such actions. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you need any assistance or advice. We are always available to you as a contact point on this matter.
Respecting Boundaries – Guidelines for the Prevention of Harassment, Discrimination, Bullying, and Stalking
The guidelines for respecting boundaries to prevent harassment, discrimination, bullying, and stalking set standards so that the working atmosphere at the University of Bamberg remains open, interactive, and communicative. It describes the process for addressing all cases in which boundaries set by any member of the University of Bamberg have been disrespected.
Harassment, discrimination, bullying, and stalking, as well as any other kind of disrespect against someone’s boundaries, are unacceptable and have no place at the university.
If you have any questions, concerns, or problems within the context of disrespecting boundaries, we encourage you to take advantage of our counseling services.
Tips and Resources related to Disrespecting Boundaries
- Support in cases of harassment (Women's Office of the University of Bamberg)
- For more information, see Respecting Boundaries
- Information booklet(246.6 KB) for supporters on how complaints are managed: Here you can find information on how you (as a supporter or advisor) can proceed in cases of (sexual) harassment (in German)
- Recommendations for Gender-Neutral Language Usage
- Netiquette(119.3 KB): an informational guide for polite and respectful online interactions (in German)
Guidance at the University of Bamberg
University-wide Women’s Representatives
Austraße 37/Room 302
Women´s Representatives of the Faculties
Student Representatives in the Women's Affairs Advisory Board
Equal Opportunity Officer of the University
Psychotherapeutic Counseling through the Studentenwerk Würzburg
Austraße 37/Room 106
Tel. 0951/2 82 81
External Centers for Advice
Emergency Line for Sexualized Violence
Heiliggrabstr. 14 | 96052 Bamberg
Tel. 0951/98 68 73 0
Schwarzenbergstr. 8 | 96050 Bamberg
Helpline: Violence against Women
Tel. 08000 116 016 (national).
Der WEISSE RING e.V.
Tel. 116 006 (national)
Contact Point of the Police in Cases of Sexualised Violence