People who experience discriminatory treatment of themselves or others should not silently put up with it. Take action, get help and notify the relevant authorities. For supervisors and teachers, it is part of their responsibility to take appropriate action.
It is not always easy to name and recognise discriminatory behaviour. For more information, visit the page What is discrimination? If you are unsure or have questions, you can always contact the Anti-Discrimination Office at Ruhr University or other internal counselling services.
You should file a complaint with the police especially in cases of sexual violence or stalking that make you feel threatened. Offences against sexual autonomy, such as coercion or rape, are offences where the police are obliged to investigate the report.
You should also consider filing a complaint with the police in cases of racially or otherwise motivated insults, threats or even violence.
If you can’t commit to filing a complaint straight away, please contact an in-house counselling centre at Ruhr University or third-party counselling services as soon as possible.
If necessary, refer to the relevant counselling centres at Ruhr University.
In order to effectively protect members of Ruhr University against any form of discrimination and to take action against the harassing individuals, it is important that the relevant offices learn of such incidents; this will also enable them to set up appropriate measures.