According to its mission statement, the University of Regensburg places great importance on respecting and upholding the personal rights of its members. With the following action guidelines, the university aims to explain the necessary principles crucial to the prevention of potential violations. Furthermore, the goal is to provide solutions for breaches and conflicts in cases of discrimination, bullying, cyberbullying, and stalking.
Sexual Harassment and Sexualized Violence
Sexual harassment or the perpetration of sexualized violence begins when communicated boundaries are crossed (see §3 par. 4 AGG). These violations of human dignity protected by the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany (Art. 1 and 3 GG) will not be tolerated by the University of Regensburg.
The understanding of sexual harassment and sexualized violence is guided by the legal perspective of the German Equal Treatment Act (AGG), which categorizes sexual harassment as discrimination in §3 par. 4. Please consult the university’s Anti-Discrimination Point for the extended definition.
The principles for protection against sexual harassment and sexualized violence at the University of Regensburg were adopted on June 26, 2023, in accordance with Article 25 para. 1 of the Bavarian Higher Education Innovation Act (BayHIG).
In accordance with Article 22 of the BayHIG, the University’s Representatives for the Equality of Women in Academia and the Arts are responsible for preventing disadvantages for female scientists, artists, teachers, and students. Disadvantages may arise from discrimination and sexual harassment among other factors.
The university expects respectful interactions between all members on campus without any exceptions and, therefore, strongly opposes sexual discrimination, harassment, and violence. It acts in support of those whose personal boundaries are violated and who are subjected to verbal or physical harassment or attacks.
The Anti-Discrimination Point at the University of Regensburg, as well as the respective contact person for sexual harassment and sexualized violence, is the primary point of contact for affected individuals. Women who are affected are also supported by the Representatives for the Equality of Women in Academia and the Arts at the university and within their respective faculties.
It must be prevented that affected women choose not to speak about their experiences for fear of negative effects on their studies or careers. For each incident, the facts must be clarified and the consequences initiated. Therefore, we operate in the following three areas:
Prevention and critical engagement as part of gender equality work include:
Public Lectures and Events with External Partners:
Two workshops offered for UR’s Faculty Representatives for the Equality of Women in Academia and the Arts on the topic of “Counseling in Cases of Sexual Harassment and Sexualized Violence” in cooperation with Dr. Birgit Bockschweiger (Anti-Discrimination Point) and Simone Seitz (Frauennotruf Regensburg e. V. / Women’s Helpline Regensburg)
Please find more events and offerings from the university’s Anti-Discrimination Point here.
Online lecture by Dr. Lisa Mense: “Between Taboo and Scandalization: Dealing with Sexism and Sexual Harassment at Universities”
Online lecture by Michaela Spandau: “Sexualized Harassment, Discrimination and Violence in Higher Education. What is the Legal Perspective?”
Book reading with Christina Clemm: “File Inspection. Stories of Women”.
Training in Self-assertion and Self-defense:
Next workshop in the winter term 2023/24, date TBD (please also check the newsletter)
Counseling and Support Services for Women:
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