Protection Against Violence

Protection against Violence and Sexualized Harassment

Universities as a place of work and study are also an environment 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 on the subject, these power relations make it even more difficult for victims to defend themselves against attacks.

The Department of Geography strives to enable all its members to work together on an equal footing, without discrimination, and in a manner that is based on respect and trust. The GIUB therefore resolutely opposes any behavior involving violence and sexualized harassment.

What Is Sexualized Violence?

Sexualized discrimination and violence within the meaning of this guideline includes acts that result in sexual harassment, disparagement or discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation or gender identity. This includes criminal acts as well as low-threshold acts that those affected perceive as demeaning. Sexual harassment within the meaning of the General Equal Treatment Act occurs when sexually specific 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 intimidating, hostile, humiliating or degrading environment marked by insults is created.

Examples of forms of sexualized discrimination are:
  •       suggestive, ambiguous or derogatory remarks
  •       intrusive looks, obscene signs or gestures, whistle
  •       sexist remarks or jokes
  •       harassment via phone, email or WhatsApp
  •       unnecessary approach, unwanted physical contact
  •       unsolicited invitations with clear intent
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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 an 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


Mo - Fr: 8:30 bis 14:00 Uhr

Mi ganztags

+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.

Sandra Hanke
Telephone: +49 228 - 737490

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