Support when dealing with discrimination, mobbing, stalking or sexual harassment

The mission statement of the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences strives for respectful, fair, difference-sensitive and appreciative interaction with each other, which enables the equal participation of all university members. All members of the university are obliged to counteract discrimination.

This claim is constantly challenged by phenomena in society as a whole, and thus discrimination, sexualized violence/ harassment, mobbing or stalking also occur at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences Berlin. Disadvantage or degradation can occur due to different dimensions of discrimination, which can also be intertwined:

  • ethnic origin, antisemitic and/or racist attributions
  • appearance
  • gender identity and gender ascriptions
  • sexual orientation
  • disability and/or chronic illness(es)
  • social origin or status
  • age
  • language
  • marital status or pregnancy
  • religious or ideological orientation or political beliefs

If you have experienced discrimination, sexualized discrimination/ sexual harassment, bullying or stalking at ASH Berlin, a selection of qualified and accessible anti-discrimination counselors can support you. They offer a confidential and, if desired, anonymous initial consultation and listen to you. The initial counselors take you and your experiences seriously and can discuss further steps with you, including complaints or referral to external counseling centers. The counseling follows the following  standards:

 

  •  the counseling is always free of charge and confidential
  •  the perspectives of the person concerned are at the forefront of the counseling and are not questioned
  •  the counseling can be taken up anonymously, together with a companion and using a pseudonym
  • the counseling can accompany you in further desired steps

 

You are not sure whether you have experienced discrimination? Often, such experiences are associated with  feelings of shame, overload and hurt, and people find it difficult to talk about it. The initial counselors can support you in classifying what you have experienced and, if you wish, in identifying further contacts.

 

 

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Advice and support services

You can contact the following support services if you feel you are being discriminated, experienced stalking or mobbing or have been sexually harassed:

Anti-discrimination Support and Counseling

There are a number of counseling centers in Berlin that offer both legal counseling and psychosocial support. They each have different focuses and target groups. Many offer counseling in several languages. (Note - not all are completely barrier-free!). Here are just a few that can be good first points of contact:

•                    Antidiskriminierungsstelle des Bundes

•                    Ombudsstelle des Landesantidiskriminierungsgesetz Berlin

•                    Antidiskriminierungsnetzwerk Berlin des TBB

•                    Antidiskriminierungsberatung Alter oder Behinderung

•                    Anlaufstellen bei sexualisierter Gewalt

•                    Beratungsstelle-Datenbank der Antidiskriminierungsstelle des Bundes 
                     (bundesweit)

•                    StudierendenWERK Berlin (Beratung zum barrierefrei Studieren, 
                     psychologische Beratung u.a.)

•                    Berliner Krisendienste (bei psychosozialen Krisen bis hin zu akuten 
                     seelischen und psychiatrischen Notsituationen)

In addition to the initial antidiscrimination counselors, there are other offices at ASH that can be contacted in their work against discrimination and violence:

 

  •     The Accessibility Commission is the contact point for the elimination of structural, constructional and social disadvantages for students with impairments.
  •     The Women's Council represents the interests of female university members and supports the Women's* Representative in her work.

 

Veru Arias

Erstberater*in bei Rassismuserfahrungen

 

Sprechstunden nach Vereinbarung

Veru Arias

Marianne Schäfer

Zentrum für Weiterbildung, Erstberaterin bei Diskriminierung

Room No. 350 B

T +49 30 99 245 328

Nuran Ayten

Lehrbeauftragte, Erstberaterin bei Diskriminierung

Steven Bork

Mitarbeiter Praxisamt, Erstberater bei Diskriminierung

Room No. Raum 350 B

T +49 30 99 245 326

Steven Bork

Zara Büsse

Lehrbeauftragte, Erstberaterin bei Diskriminierung

Hannah Fiedler

studentischer Personalrat & Erstberaterin bei Diskriminierung

nach Vereinbarung

Cindy Lautenbach

Familienbüro, Beauftragte für Belange von Studierenden mit Behinderungen, chron. Krankheiten und psych. Beeinträchtigungen, Erstberaterin bei Diskriminierung

Room No. 312

Sprechzeiten und Beratung nach Vereinbarung per E-Mail

Ute Koop

IT-Support Studierende Moodle, Bewerbungsportal, IT-Service

Computerzentrum, Erstberaterin bei Diskriminierung

Room No. 212

Sprechzeiten:

Montag, Dienstag, Donnerstag von 9 bis 15 Uhr

Mittwoch von 9 bis 13 Uhr

T +49 30 99245-130

Ute Koop

Laura Lipinski

Studentische Mitarbeiterin Behindertenbeauftragte, Erstberaterin bei Diskriminierung

Room No. 508

nach Vereinbarung (per E-Mail)

T +49 30 99 245 443

Laura Lipinski

Jenifa Simon

Erstberaterin bei Rassismuserfahrungen

Sprechstunde nach Vereinbarung

Jenifa Simon

Complaints

You have the right to complain if you experience discrimination or sexualized discrimination and violence, bullying or stalking at Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin. The complaint procedure and the staffing of the Complaints Office is defined in the Anti-Discrimination Statutes of ASH Berlin. The Complaints Office also functions as a complaints office according to §13 of the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG). It is possible to submit anonymous complaints. The complaints office will inform you about the further procedure in this case.

The Complaints Office consists of four persons: Prof. Dr. Nivedita Prasad, Friderike Kuhlmann, Kathrin Blaha and Helin Yakut. You can reach the Complaints Office at beschwerdestelle-antidiskriminierung@ash-berlin.eu

You can send your complaint in german or english.

The Complaints Office receives complaints related to discrimination or sexualized discrimination and violence, mobbing or stalking and takes over the investigation of the facts. It then informs the university management of the results of its investigation and recommends appropriate measures and sanctions to the university management.

 

Legal Basis

Protection against discrimination is incorporated in German law, e.g.:

 

  •  Since 2006, the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG) has regulated the claims and legal consequences of discrimination in working life as well as in civil law in services/"mass transactions". It aims to prevent or eliminate discrimination on grounds of ethnic origin, gender, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual identity.  The protection of the AGG only applies to employees of the university (working life), generally not to students - but the Berlin Higher Education Act applies the protection against discrimination to all university members, including students (§44).
  • The new Berlin Higher Education Act (BerlHG) in its 2021 amendment regulates, among other things, the tasks of Berlin's higher education institutions. The non-discriminatory development of all university members and the creation of corresponding structures are regulated under § 5a. The universities are also obliged to appoint a women's* and equal opportunities representative as well as a representative for students with disabilities. Furthermore, the appointment of a diversity and anti-discrimination officer is new in 2021.
  •  The Landesgleichstellungsgesetz Berlin (LGG) 2002 obliges all institutions of the state of Berlin, such as the state universities (including ASH Berlin) to ensure gender equality and the active promotion of women*. §12 defines sexual harassment in the workplace as discrimination and a breach of official duty and obliges employees with supervisory and management functions to investigate cases that have come to their attention.
  • The Berlin State Anti-Discrimination Act (LADG) was only introduced in 2020. It aims to protect people from official discrimination on the basis of racial attribution, ethnic origin, gender, religion and belief, disability, chronic illness, age, language, sexual and gender identity and social status. There is an ombudsman's office of the LADG that can be contacted if advice is needed.

 Other areas of law may also be relevant in connection with discrimination, in particular labour law (e.g. concerning sanctions against employees) and criminal law (e.g. concerning sexualised violence).

 

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Anti-discrimination statute at ASH Berlin

In February 2020, ASH Berlin issued a  anti-discrimination statute for protection against discrimination, sexualised discrimination and violence, bullying and stalking at ASH Berlin, which were revised after the trial phase and republished on 25 May 2021.

It provides the university with a comprehensive structure for the prevention of discrimination as well as counselling and complaint management in cases of discrimination. However, these structures still need to be built up gradually. The relevant information will be continuously updated on this website. Until then, we ask for your patience and for you to use the support services listed above.

The aim of the anti-discrimination statute is to prevent discrimination, in particular on the grounds of ethnic origin, racial ascription, appearance, gender identity and gender ascription, sexual orientation, disability, chronic illness, social origin or status, age, language, family status, pregnancy, and/or religious and/or ideological orientation or political opinion within university life (provided the religious and/or ideological orientation or political opinion is not based on discrimination against others).

The statutes apply and extend current legal prohibitions of discrimination and protection at ASH Berlin. It provides ASH Berlin with a comprehensive structure for the prevention of discrimination as well as counselling and complaint management in cases of discrimination.

Every person has many identities and is thus positioned at the intersection of different possible forms of discrimination. For example, sexist slogans can also have racist connotations. Therefore, we must try to take into account the interplay of multidimensional forms of discrimination (intersectional approach).

 

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Peps Gutsche

Referent_in Antidiskriminierung

Room No. 320

Arbeitszeiten Montag bis Donnerstag

T +49 30 99245 321