Threats, insults and physical violence are all clear violations of the rules governing community life.
An insult as defined by § 185 of the Criminal Code (Strafgesetzbuch (StGB) is a statement of disdain, disrespect or contempt that offends the honour of the person targeted
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What is discrimination?
Discrimination comprises forms of discrimination, degradation, stigmatisation or exclusion based on characteristics that are protected from discrimination.
The result, not the motive, is decisive in determining discrimination. It is immaterial whether discrimination occurs purposely, out of thoughtlessness, through application of general administrative practice, or some other reason.
In the General Equality Act Allgemeinen Gleichbehandlungsgesetz (AGG), discrimination on the grounds of the following characteristics are illegal:
In addition, the following factors are relevant within the university:
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What is mobbing?
Mobbing means that a person is systematically antagonised, harassed or excluded in a hostile way over a long period. As opposed to conflicts, the victim of mobbing is in a position of absolute disadvantage in that they cannot change the situation in their favour through their own behaviour without support.
There are a wide range of backgrounds: mobbing can develop from an escalating conflict, but can also be the result of stress in the course of group dynamic processes.
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Mobbing victims should seek professional advice. Employee Psychological Counselling is available to employees in such cases.
Employees who notice that someone is being bullied or discriminated should not look the other way for their own sakes, but take a stand or at least organise support: what is happening to your colleague today could also soon happen to you (see above).
Managers are well-advised to stop mobbing attempts immediately. Mobbing consumes the attention and energy of the entire work group and has a negative effect on the working environment. Employee Psychological Counselling provides support in cases of mobbing.
Cyber bullying is any form of insulting, harassing, threatening or ridiculing of another person over a longer period of time using modern communication means. Not knowing who the other person is can make the victim feel insecure and afraid.
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Sexual discrimination and violence refers to any sexual form of boundary crossing, from non-criminal actions such as sexist language and unwanted touching to criminal violations. More information can be obtained in the Workplace Agreement on Conflict Resolution and Workplace Interaction on a Partnership Basis (Dienstvereinbarung zur Konfliktlösung und einem partnerschaftlichen Umgang am Arbeitsplatz) and the brochure “Grenzen wahren. Sexualisierte Diskriminierung und Gewalt an der Hochschule“
What you can do if you are being sexually harassed:
Who you can approach first for help:
Confidential counselling is offered by:
Acts of violence, continued and repeated harassment or threats, and disruptions in the classroom or of regular administrative and service operations may represent a breach of house rules.
In conflict situations, the following behaviour is recommended:
If students express anxiety, panic or suicidal thoughts to Goethe University staff or teachers, do not ignore this but take it seriously.
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