Protection against sexual harassment

Leibniz University Hannover fosters equitable and honest cooperation between staff and students. It places value on a pleasant working environment, where the personal rights and individual personal boundaries of all members and associates are recognised and respected. Sexual harassment is a violation of human personal rights and is therefore not tolerated.

Persons affected by sexual harassment should contact one of the designated counselling centres immediately. University members and associates are urged to support those concerned and to assist in preventing sexual harassment. They too can get in touch with the counselling and complaints centres.

  • What is sexual harassment?

    Sexual harassment is defined as any sexually-influenced behaviour that violates personal rights. Such behaviour can be direct or indirect, verbal or non-verbal. It is offensive, intimidating, disrespectful or humiliating and is generally perceived as violence. Sexual harassment means that a boundary has been deliberately overstepped. Everyone draws their own personal boundaries.


    • Sexist and gender-based derogatory remarks
    • Unpleasant looks, staring or whistling
    • Suggestive jokes or remarks
    • Unwanted physical advances
    • Sexually-explicit offers or requests to take part in sexual activities under threat
    • Posting naked photos
    • Posters with offensive or pornographic pictures
  • Measures

    The counselling and complaints centres at Leibniz University Hannover register complaints in confidence and discuss further steps with those affected.

    Sanctions under labour law against those committing sexual harassment can include: official warning, transfer, removal or dismissal. Students can be ex-matriculated, and persons who are only temporarily at Leibniz University receive an exclusion order.

  • Counselling and Complaints Centres at LUH

    To access counselling or to lodge complaints, staff and students at Leibniz University Hannover can contact the following counselling centres:

    Hochschulbüro für ChancenVielfalt
    Equal Opportunities Office
    Consulting service for students and employees

    Psychologisch-Therapeutische Beratung (ptb)
    Psychological counselling for students and employees

    Dezernat 2 – Personal und Recht
    Department 2 - Personnel and Legal Affairs
    Please contact the relevant member of the Personnel Department.

  • External Counselling Centres (selection)

    Frauennotruf Hannover
    0511 332112 or

    Hilfetelefon – Beratung und Hilfe für Frauen
    08000 116016 or

    Männerbüro Hannover
    0511 1235890 oder

    Polizei Hannover
    Notrufnummer 110 or

    Polizeikommissariat Hannover-Nordstadt
    0511 1093115 or

  • Self-Assertion and Self-Defence for Women

    Do you wish to become more self-confident or to learn the right way to defend yourself? You can find courses here:

    Self-Defence Course for Women at the University Sports Centre
    Current courses can be found online at

    Self-Defence and Self-Assertion Courses (Wen-Do) at Frauennotruf Hannover e.V.

  • Party Safely – look after each other

    Partygoers want to have a good time, let their hair down, flirt, meet new people and dance. It is however important to respect the boundaries of the others. Unfortunately, people experience discrimination, offensive behaviour or violence.

    Here are a few tips that must always be observed:

    Look after each other:

    If someone in your group feels harassed or threatened, support this person. Fetch help from the bar or security staff, the awareness team or the police.

    Keep an eye on your drinks:

    In this way you can be sure that no one has put drugs in your glass. Knock-out drops are always around to immobilize or incapacitate people.
    If someone in your group suddenly feels dizzy or sick, or becomes completely uninhibited please call an emergency doctor or ambulance and ask the staff for help. People affected by knock-out drops need urgent medical attention.

    If you want to organise a party yourself, please consult the AStA Hannover awareness guidelines: