Protection Against Violence

Protection against Violence and Sexualized Harrassment

Universities as places of work and study are also environments in which violence and sexualized assaults take place. In particular, the pronounced hierarchies and dependency relationships at universities can lead to subtle forms of violence and sexualized harassment. In addition to the general taboo surrounding the topic, these power relations make it even more difficult for victims to defend themselves against such attacks.

The Department of Geography strives to enable all its members and affiliates to work together in an equal, non-discriminatory, respectful and trusting manner. The GIUB therefore resolutely opposes any behavior of violence and sexualized harassment.

What Is Sexualized Violence?

Sexualized discrimination and violence within the meaning of this guideline cover acts that result in sexual harassment, degradation or discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation or gender identity. This includes criminal acts as well as low-threshold acts that affected persons perceive as degrading. Sexual harassment within the meaning of the General Equal Treatment Act occurs when sexually explicit verbal or non-verbal behavior has the purpose or effect of violating the dignity of the person concerned, which is particularly the case when an environment characterized by intimidation, hostility, humiliation, degradation or insults is created.

Forms of sexualized discrimination include:
  • Insinuating, ambiguous or derogatory remarks
  • Insistent glances, obscene signs or gestures, whistles
  • Sexist remarks or jokes
  • Harassment over the phone, email or WhatsApp
  • Unnecessary approach, unwanted physical contact
  • Unwanted invitations with clear intentions
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Recommendations for Action and Prevention

Members and associates of the university should be encouraged not to accept violence and sexualized discrimination, but to make their rejection unmistakably clear and to take active action against it.

In Case of Emergency - Campus-Security

The university security service is there for your safety around the clock, including weekends. You can reach the campus security at: +49 228 73-7444
In case of acute danger, you can always contact the police on 110.

Contact Person at the Department of Geography

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Andrea Frei

0.015 (112)

Meckenheimer Allee 166

53115 Bonn

Opening hours:

Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Wed all day

+49 228 73-4605


  • Thursday
    09.30 - 11.00 a.m
    and by appointment.

Counseling is possible in person, by telephone or via Zoom (with a waiting room).

Meeting-ID: 943 0897 4832
Passcode: 946307

Contact Persons, Advice Centers and Reports of Discrimination at the University of Bonn  

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Central Equal Opportunities Officer

The central equal opportunities officer is usually the first point of contact. As part of the consultation, incidents can first be classified, facts clarified and first steps for further action planned. It is very important that nothing is done without the consent of the person concerned.

Gabriele Alonso-Rodriguez
Telephone: +49 228 - 737490

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