Anti-Discrimination Counselling for Students

The anti-discrimination counselling service for students can still be reached by e-mail, by telephone and via the online notification form.

The Anti-discrimination Counselling Office provides support for students at the University of Göttingen who feel that they have been discriminated against, especially on the grounds of (perceived) race, appearance, colour of skin, ethnic or social background, name, language or religion.

The Anti-discrimination Counselling for Students Office creates the safe space necessary to report an experience of discrimination and to talk about concerns. In addition, individuals who witness discriminatory behaviour or learn about an incident via a third party are welcome to report it to the Anti-discrimination Counselling for Students Office. The counsellor will inform you about possible avenues to resolve your issue at the University of Göttingen. Importantly, we will work with you to decide the best course of action for you to take in resolving your issue, and we won't do anything you don’t want us to do. Each enquiry is treated in a confidential manner and can be treated anonymously on request.

Student initiatives and people who are interested in topics of discrimination, eg racism and empowerment, are also welcome to request support at the Anti-discrimination Counselling for Students Office.

Counselling services

  • Counselling and support for students to cope with the experience or observation of discrimination at the University of Göttingen
  • Support to decide the suitable course of action to take in resolving issues
  • Assistance for organising and providing adequate support measures
  • Information about issues related to discrimination and coping strategies
  • Raising awareness of the multiple types of discrimination

  • If you are uncertain whether the Anti-discrimination Counselling for Students Office is appropriate for your circumstances, please email us to find out. In the event that we cannot help you, we will try to refer you to someone who can.

    Our building is not yet accessible to those with mobility issues. Please inform Sarah Böger about your needs, so we can provide the necessary support. The consultation can take place in German, English, Spanish or French. If you need further translation services, please contact Sarah Böger in advance.

    What is discrimination?

    Discrimination is the unequal treatment of someone based on a certain characteristic or perceived difference. For instance, discrimination can take place based on (perceived) race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, social or ethnic background or disability. Discrimination can come in many forms and occurs in all spheres of life. People can be discriminated against directly or indirectly. Direct discrimination happens when someone is treated unfavourably because of a personal characteristic protected by the law. Indirect discrimination occurs where an apparently neutral provision, criterion or practice would put persons at a particular disadvantage compared with other persons on any of the grounds referred above.