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Support and counselling in cases of sexualised ­harassment, discrimination and violence

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Security service / ­escort service

If you feel unsafe or scared, you can be accompanied by the security service on your way to the car park, bus stop or student residence on campus.

Phone ­(internal to the university): 3277
Mobile: (0521) 106-3277
Building/Room: X E0-206

Feeling of insecurity on campus

If your sense of security is affected by certain conditions on campus, please contact the University's Central Control Room. This may involve the following:

  • Defective lamps and bulbs
  • Missing lighting systems
  • Bushes that are too high
  • Paths that are difficult to see

Phone (internal to the university): 7777
Mobile: (0521) 106-7777

Sexualised harassment, discrimination and violence affects every part of society, including institutions of higher learning.It can take many forms, making it impossible to list all possibilities.Examples include: sexually suggestive, often ambiguous, remarks, repeated physical, seemingly random advances or the sending of pornographic images. Sexualised harassment, discrimination and violence can be clear-cut, e.g. if a perpetrator has not accepted a "no" and has crossed a clearly indicated boundary.

However, the situations are often more ambiguous. There is a "queasy" feeling that something is not right. Those affected might ask themselves: "What happened?" or "Am I exaggerating or making a fuss?" They might be unsure whether the incidents should be discussed at all. In such cases, counselling at Bielefeld University's internal or external counselling centres can offer help.

The trained staff at the counselling centres reflect on the incident together with those affected, provide them with psychosocial support and help them decide on possible further steps.


All counselling centres offer:

  • Confidential and, if desired, anonymous counselling (even at very short notice, if a reference to the urgency and the concern is formulated in the subject line of the email)
  • Support for those seeking counselling and, if necessary, assistance in the further process
  • Clarification of further possible options for action
  • If necessary, referral to a relevant specialised counselling centres

The self-determination of the person concerned is the highest guiding principle. A request for a (confidential) counselling session does not trigger a report or complaint.

The following centres offer:

General Student Advisory Service (ZSB)

To whom does the ZSB offer counselling?

  • Undergraduate students
  • Doctoral students
  • Prospective students
  • Student employees
  • People supporting someone affected, , including teaching staff


To whom does the centre offer counselling?

  • Staff and managers in administration and service,
  • Academic staff and professors
  • Researchers and teaching staff
  • Student employees
  • People supporting someone affected


  • Heidrun Kuhnt
  • Room: Main University Building /M5-119
  • Initial contact preferably by e-mail, response will be made quickly, usually within 24 hours
  • Phone: (0521) 106-67636
  • Email:
  • Counselling languages: German, English

To whom does Frauennotruf Bielefeld offer counselling?

  • All persons, who identify as women (regardless of origin, religion, sexual identity, etc.).
  • Relatives and people supporting someone affected of any gender.


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