Prevention and threat management

The Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt wants to ensure the best possible working and study environment for its students and employees. A guiding principle in this context is the respectful coexistence and cooperation that is characterized by mutual respect for each other’s individual personalities. The dignity and integrity of its students and all employees is of utmost importance to the KU and it supports these values with a prevention concept and the establishment of a threat management.

The working group ‘Prevention’ that meets in regular intervals consists of officers and representatives from central KU committees who are contact persons for different groups of people and situations. Together, they form the threat management team that is the first point of contact for the following issues:

  • All forms of physical violence
  • Threat of violence (both oral or in writing)
  • Carrying or showing weapons
  • Expression of fantasies of violence
  • Sexual harassment and assaults
  • Expression of intention to commit suicide
  • Stalking
  • Bullying

Das Bedrohungsmanagement-Team berät und begleitet betroffene Personen, um die Integrität und psychische Gesundheit der Betroffenen sicherzustellen. Es prüft die Situation und die Gefährdungslage und entscheidet dann über die weitere Vorgehensweise. Alle Fälle werden diskret, fair und unter Schutz der Privatsphäre aller Beteiligten behandelt.

The threat management team advises and supports those affected in order to protect their integrity and mental health. It assesses the situation and danger carefully and decides on further action in a second step. All matters and cases are dealt with subject to strict confidentiality in a fair way and by taking into account privacy protection of all parties involved.

The team is led by the KU prevention officer Constance Dittrich and her deputy Dr. Ruth Katzenberger-Schmelcher. E-mail: praevention(at)ku.de

In case of an emergency, please dial 110 immediately to call the police!
(when using your office phone, you have to dial a “0” before the actual number)

 

Whom can I turn to if I am affected?

Threat and violence

Contact persons:
Constance Dittrich (Prevention officer; praevention(at)ku.de)
Dr. Ruth Katzenberger-Schmelcher (Deputy prevention officer: praevention(at)ku.de)

Contact person for KU employees:
Please turn to the members of the Staff Representative Committee at the KU
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Contact person for KU students:
Please turn to the Student Representatives Council
Website: www.ku-konvent.de

And the Catholic Campus Ministry
Website: www.khg-eichstaett.de/fuer-dich/beratung

If you are attacked, the following advice can help you to escape critical situations unharmed:

  • Defend yourself massively! Scream and shout to make others aware of your situation, defend yourself physically (kicks, punches, scratches etc.). In most cases, this will cause the offender to interrupt and stop.
  • Distance yourself with words. Address the offender formally (with the German “Sie”), using their last name. When addressing the offender informally by using their first name, you reduce the distance.
  • Search for a possibility to escape.
  • If applicable, specifically address people nearby to make them aware.
  • If applicable, use your bike as a barrier between you and the offender or use it as a means to escape.
  • In case of incidents on university premises, call the police immediately (110) and file a charge in any case. 95% of all criminal offenses are solved through witness statements.

If you injure the offender when defending yourself, this will fall under the self-defense act (Notwehrgesetz, Section 32 German Criminal Code). This also applies if you help a person who is being attacked (emergency assistance). However, the defensive action must be appropriate and reasonable in view of the situation.

Sexual harassment

Contact person for students and employees:
Prof. Dr. Kathrin Schlemmer (KU women and equal opportunity officer)

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Bullying

Contact persons:
Constance Dittrich (Prevention officer; praevention(at)ku.de)
Dr. Ruth Katzenberger-Schmelcher (Deputy prevention officer, praevention(at)ku.de)

Contact person for KU employees:
Please turn to the members of the Staff Representative Committee at the KU
>> Website

Contact person for KU students:
Please turn to the Student Representatives Council
Website: www.ku-konvent.de

And the Catholic Campus Ministry
Website: www.khg-eichstaett.de/fuer-dich/beratung

 

Discrimination

Contact person for students and employees:
Prof. Dr. Kathrin Schlemmer (KU women and equal opportunity officer)

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Psychological counseling

>> Website

 

Health and safety at the workplace

Contact persons for employees:

  • Johannes Baumann (Division III/5)
  • Roland Winter (Fachkraft für Arbeitssicherheit) / Veit Rothgang (Arbeitspsychologe)

 

Preventive offers for employees

The division ‘HR Development and Professional Training’ at the KU offers regular professional development measures for KU employees that approach the topic of prevention and de-escalation of conflicts.

Contact:
Dr. Jennifer Dobschenzki
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