HTW Berlin is committed to being a safe, non-discriminatory and non-violent place to learn, teach and work. Objectives and measures are described in detail in the Anti-Discrimination Directive of HTW Berlin [PDF] (in German).
HTW Berlin is currently developing an Anti-Discrimination Action Plan in order to
- enable easily accessible information and advisory services as well as empowerment and support formats;
- include the topic of discrimination in the centralised and decentralised inaugural events for first-year students occurring on and off campus;
- offer professional, sometimes mandatory, further training and supervision;
- create conditions for barrier-free study
- and create the spatial and technical conditions conducive to preventing fear and the occurrence of dangerous situations on the university campus.
Reporting cases of discrimination
- Reporting an alleged violation of the prohibition of discrimination (in German, currently working on an English translation)
You can report suspected cases of discrimination at HTW Berlin that affect you or other people. Before you decide to take this step, you can seek advice.
- Complaint about an alleged violation of the prohibition of discrimination (in German, currently working on an English translation)
If you feel discriminated against on the basis of characteristics cited in HTW Berlin’s Anti-Discrimination Directive, you have the right to complain. The basis for this is the German General Equal Treatment Act (Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz, AGG), which also applies to HTW Berlin. Before you decide to take this step, you should seek advice – anonymously if you wish.
The penalties depend on the severity of the offence. The following penalties may be applied to employees and lecturers of HTW Berlin: corrective interview, instruction, admonishment or warning, disciplinary proceedings, compulsory participation in further training on anti-discrimination, exclusion from the use of (certain) internal university services and facilities, transfer or relocation to another workplace or location within the university, withdrawal of a teaching position, ordinary/extraordinary termination (without notice), criminal charges. For students and all those who are not in an employment relationship with HTW Berlin, the following may be considered: corrective interview, instruction or admonishment, measures against violations of regulations, exclusion from the use of university facilities, exclusion from participation in individual courses for up to one semester, exmatriculation, criminal charges.
The Anti-Discrimination Office organises campaigns, acts as an advisory centre, is the contact point for reporting cases of discrimination and receives complaints. The provisional management addresses:
The Anti-Discrimination Council – consisting of members of the University Board, the Staff Council and the student body, the full-time Equal Opportunities Officer for Women, the Disability Representative and other individuals – draws up the Action Plan, which is valid for two years at a time. The Council shall advise committees and commissions as well as management staff.
- Dr. Sünne Andresen, Equal Opportunities Officer for Women
- Nicole Biehl, staff member in Faculty 3
- Prof. Dr. Carsten Busch, President
- Myriam Draesel, student and Anti-Discrimination Officer of the Students’ Union (AStA)
- Prof. Dr. Susan Kamel, Professor in Faculty 5
- Prof. Dr. Martina Merker, Professor in Faculty 3 and Chair of the Regulatory Committee
- Anne Priemer, Disability Representative and staff member in Faculty 2
- Jana Scholtze, Employee in the Human Resources Department
- Gernot Welschhoff, International Office staff member and member of the Staff Council
Student advisory services
- General Student Advisory Service
- Equal Opportunities Officer for Women
- Disability Representative
Representative for disabled and chronically ill students
- Psychological Counselling
- Students’ Union Anti-Discrimination Office, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Faculty Student Councils (can be found on the contact pages of the Faculties)
- Student members of the Faculty Councils
The Faculty Councils (listed online on the faculty websites under “Contact”) also always include student members who represent the interests of the students in the faculty.