The best study and working conditions are a central concern of Paderborn University. Respectful treatment is a fundamental foundation for this. Accordingly, no forms of discrimination, mobbing, stalking, sexual harassment and violence as well as abuse of power are tolerated.
To ensure these principles, the Senate of Paderborn University has adopted a guideline for respectful interaction and protection against disadvantage, discrimination, sexualised violence and bullying. "The guideline gives affected persons clarity about support options as well as options for action and at the same time also gives the various internal university counselling and complaints offices certainty of action," says Irmgard Pilgrim, Central Equal Opportunities Officer.
In addition to the guideline, the Central Equal Opportunities Officer of Paderborn University has created a website on which the central contents of the guideline, helpful documents, FAQs and contact options can be found. "Only if existing services such as counselling and complaints offices are known to all status groups and students and employees are informed about their rights, can they be used accordingly," Pilgrim continues. Those affected should find contact persons and counselling as low-threshold as possible whom they can turn to in case they experience discrimination. But managers and contact persons must also be clearly shown the essential steps to take and provided with a discussion guide. According to Pilgrim, in addition to the existing counselling services, it is especially important to present the complaints procedure as transparently as possible in terms of anonymity, procedure and (legal) consequences.
More information: https://www.uni-paderborn.de/en/equality/complaints-body ( Counselling - and complaints)
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