Within its area of responsibility, the university assumes responsibility for ensuring that people's personal rights and their individual personal boundaries are respected and upheld. Sexual harassment and violence constitute a violation of personal rights.
With the adoption of the “Directive on protection against discrimination, harassment and violence” (PDF) by the senate in 2022, the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer has taken an important step towards anti-discrimination and respectful interaction. The directive is based on the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG).
In addition to the possibilities for seeking advice and making complaints at the university, there are further legal possibilities open to those affected, depending on the individual case. In this way, interested parties can check whether they wish to take further employment, criminal and/or civil legal steps.
You can find more helpful information on sexual harassment and violence, as well as the possibility of an anonymous chat session on our support platform Evermood. This digital assistant was set up by the Equality Office together with the advisors in case of sexual discrimination and violence in order to create a study environment that is as non-discriminatory as possible.
What can I do in the case of sexual harassment and violence? Here, you will find possibilities for action both for those affected and for those offering support. In addition, we have put together points of contact and emergency numbers for you in case of violence.
Please contact our advisors for a first orientation counselling session. Here, you can talk confidentially about what happened to you, how you feel. Here, you will receive support and information about other counselling options and forms of support available to you. You have time to decide how you want to proceed, for example, by making an official complaint.
The university is committed to combatting sexual harassment and violence and supports you with your complaint. A complaints office has been set up for this purpose. Regardless of the complaint procedure of the university, you may also have various legal options.