Equal Opportunities Office

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Sexual Harassment/Bullying/Stalking

Coronavirus Pandemic

We are of course still there for you during the Corona pandemic! In case of problems with bullying, stalking, sexual harassment, or consulting requests on these topics, you can still reach us via e-mail during office hours. We can then arrange a personal, telephone or video appointment. Obviously, the consultations will take place in compliance with the necessary distance and hygiene regulations. And data security is guaranteed with the university's video conferencing program. Certainly, we will continue to treat everything concerning these topics as confidential.



Inquiries, Counselling Sessions, Scheduling Appointments and Information


Prof. Dr. Peter Kirsch
Zentralinstitut für seelische Gesundheit, Mannheim


Prof. Dr. Christiane Schwieren
Alfred-Weber-Institut für Wirtschaftswissenschaften

Dr. Agnes Speck


Lawyer of trust for questions related to sexualized discrimination, sexual harassment and violence

From now on, the Ministry of Science Research and Arts provides the lawyer of trust Michaela Spandau. She will help individuals and institutions with legal advices about sexualized discrimination, sexual harassment and violence.

She assists all institutions in the MWK’s business area. Affected individuals and contact persons at the university can address her in order to receive a qualified initial advice on a specific incident. More information here.



Frau Rechtsanwältin Michaela Spandau (Javitz & Spandau Rechtsanwälte)
Immenhofer Straße 5, 70180 Stuttgart
Tel: 0711 673 53 70



In the exceptional situation caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic (restrictions of movement), fears of an increase in domestic violence are growing. The “Violence Against Women Support Hotline“ can be reached at 08000-116-016. Children and adolescents can call “Nummer gegen Kummer” (116 111), a helpline for young people to talk about problems and concerns. Parents can contact the hotline for parents, “Elterntelefon” (0800 111 0550). The press release issued by Dr Franziska Giffey, the Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, can be found here.
Furthermore, we would like to draw your attention to the No-Stalk-App of the victim support organization „Weisser Ring“. By using the app, victims of Stalking can document actions of perpetrators (photos, videos, WhatsApp, voice messages) and secure them as evidence. More information can be found here.



Students of the Faculty of Philosophy conducted a survey on sexual harassment and sexual violence at the three institutes Southeast Asia Institute, Heidelberg Center for Transcultural Studies and Institute for Anthropology at the University of Heidelberg. Only students of these three institutes were interviewed. You can find the report on the survey here.


Information package


Our information package offers orientation concerning established  internal procedural regulations in cases of sexual harassment, bullying and stalking for affected persons and contact persons.

The information package offers:

  1. A form for documentation of conversations with affected persons
  2. Information on conducting conversations with affected persons
  3. Infographics of the internal procedural regulations at Heidelberg University


The brochure "combating sexual harassment, stalking and bullying- support and prevention" provides information on procedures for dealing with degrading behaviour, on the legal basis for dealing with sexual assaults and on dealing with bullying, stalking and discrimination. The brochure also describes how university members can react in critical or disturbing situations.


Information for the Safety Concept "Walk Safe" can be found here.



For a confidential conversation, for advice on how to resolve a burdensome situation or for information on legal aspects or university-internal procedures, you can get in touch with the contacts listed below. On this point, see § 4 (9) of the Landeshochschulgesetz Baden-Württemberg (State University Law Baden-Wuerttemberg), which may be translated as follows: “(The contact persons) are not bound by directives. Without prejudice to the responsibility of university bodies and committees, they see to it that members of the university are protected against sexual harassment. Information on personal and factual circumstances of those affected must not be passed on to third parties or processed otherwise without their prior consent.”


Prof. Dr. Peter Kirsch
Zentralinstitut für seelische Gesundheit, Mannheim
Phone: 0621 1703-6501


Prof. Dr. Christiane Schwieren
Alfred-Weber-Institut für Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Phone: 06221 54-2953


Dr. Agnes Speck
Equal Opportunities Office
Phone: 06221 54-7697


Additional contact points and complaints offices (in German)

Fair Conduct

Behaviour that violates another person's dignity and integrity often entails discrimination of that person at their place of work or study. As stated in the Guideline on Fair Conduct, Heidelberg University does not tolerate such behaviour. Instead, it emphasises the importance of treating each other with respect and appreciation. All members of the University, especially those in leadership, managerial or teaching positions, see it as their responsibility not to tolerate or ignore discrimination and harassment.

Senate Guidelines on Fair Conduct

Against sexual harassment, bullying and stalking

It is the task of science to recognise social problems, to analyse them and to suggest solutions. This goes for all forms of degrading behaviour, too.

As an institution, Heidelberg University therefore leads the way and takes on responsibility: It creates an environment in which all its members can roam safely; an environment in which personal interaction is shaped by mutual respect and consideration.

All members of the University have to ensure that bullying, stalking, discrimination and sexual harassment are neither tolerated nor ignored. Those with leadership responsibilities in research and teaching create an environment in which an open and appreciative exchange of opinion and scientific insights can take place regardless of personal preferences, background, gender or other criteria of difference.

The present brochure documents this commitment and self-understanding of Heidelberg University and informs about courses of action when it comes to dealing with degrading behaviour. 

Brochure: "combating sexual harassment, stalking and bullying- support and prevention"

What's that? - Harassment

Unihd Hauptstr126 03A person is being harassed or sexually harassed if he or she is the object of sexually motivated, unwanted actions that humiliate him or her and violate his or her dignity.

The following acts are cited as examples of sexual harassment in the General Equal Treatment Act (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz, AGG § 3, Abs. 4):


  • unwelcome sexual actions and requests for such actions
  • unwanted physical contact of a sexual nature
  • comments of a sexual nature
  • unwanted exposure to pornographic materials

What's that? - Bullying

Unihd Skulptur Hauptstr126 08Bullying has been defined by the German Federal Labour Court (Bundesarbeitsgericht, BAG decision from 15 January 1997) as systematic hostility, harassment or discrimination either among employees or by superiors. It is aided and abetted by stressful situations at work, which may be the result of excessive or too low demands being made on a particular employee or group of employees, of work organization processes or the behaviour of superiors.


What's that? - Stalking

Unihd Skulptur Unibibliot 03In the German Criminal Code (StGB § 185§ 238) stalking is described as a crime punishable with up to three years of imprisonment or a monetary penalty. The following actions are considered to be stalking:

  • repeated watching, following or lying in wait for a person
  • unwanted communication by phone, email, mail, or notes
  • harassing or threatening a person or persons close to him/her
  • unwelcome gifts or ordering of goods

Internal Procedural Rules of Heidelberg University

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Laws and Provisions

Further Reading


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