Respect on Campus

For a respectful and non-discriminatory culture at the TU Darmstadt campus

Sexual harassment, discrimination and assault violate laws and personal rights. The TU Darmstadt continuously works to develop and promote a space for working, teaching and research that is characterized by a respectful and equal treatment. Breaking taboos and raising awareness are important tools to prevent the topic from being trivialized and underestimated. In order to handle this appropriately, an open discussion and awareness are needed. Our supporting program invites you to explore the topic and shows possible courses of action.

Empowerment and Support Workshop for Students

Identifying abuse of power and inappropriate sexual advances at the university. This workshop opens a space of empowerment to get an idea of problematic situations of boundary crossings and abuse of power at the university.

  • Thursday, 7 December 2023, 2 – 6 pm

Trainers: Sandra Arellano Cruz and Marga Zenth

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Support for when it comes to sexual harrasemnt at the university - Workshop for students - is postponed !!!

The goal is to provide students with the necessary knowledge and information about:

  • basics of raising awareness
  • recognizing classic techniques used by prepetrators
  • options for action

Please note that the english speaking workshop is postponed due to low registratoin numbers!

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What is sexualized discrimination?

Sexual discrimination begins where known boundaries are overstepped! It includes any form of sexualized behavior inherent in situations or actions that are considered disrespectful and humiliating by the person concerned and are not welcome. Sexualized discrimination often takes place in relationships of hierarchy and dependency. It can be expressed in many different forms: verbal, non-verbal, physical, virtual:

  • Obscene jokes, sexist forms of address and advances, wolf-whistling
  • Sexist remarks about appearance, behavior or private life
  • Invasive emails, texts, chats, comments
  • Posting and disseminating sexist media (e.g., calendars, advertising, posters, flyers…)
  • Unwanted physical touching, requests for sexual acts
  • Threats of violence, persecution or coercion, rape

Have you experienced or observed sexualized discrimination and assault?

Support those who are affected or demand respect and help for yourself. Sexualized discrimination is perceived differently by those affected. Your own situational feeling that something is wrong is a reliable guide. Out of fear for being considered sensitive or unable to take a joke, victims often deny or downplay incidents they have experienced as hurtful and invasive. You are not to blame for other people's misconduct.

If you are affected by sexualized discrimination or assaults, you can and should seek help in acute situations from those present, colleagues and superiors. In acute threat situations, dial the police emergency number: 110