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Stay safe at unibz

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Campus safety is paramount to us. On this page you will find guidance on what you can do in the event of:

Sexual Harassment

What it is: Sexual harassment is any unwelcome behaviour with sexual connotations, or any other type of behaviour based on sex that offends the dignity of someone in their work or study environment. Sexual harassment includes both unwelcome physical behaviours and verbal harassment as well as non-verbal innuendo, perpetrated by any means, including virtual. It is therefore an unwelcome, improper, and offensive behaviour for those who suffer it. It is up to those who suffer it - and not those who perpetrate it - to determine which behaviour can be tolerated and which is to be considered offensive.  

Number to call in case of sexual harassment:

  •  +39 334 6630507 (also SMS and WhatsApp messages) to request the intervention of the security guard, if you are on the Bozen-Bolzano campus, during opening hours.
  •  +39 334 6630506 (also SMS and WhatsApp messages) to request the intervention of the security guard, if you are on the Brixen-Bressanone campus, during opening hours  
  • 112 to request immediate police intervention  

How to act afterwards: Once the harassing behaviour has stopped, talk about it with someone close to you, such as a family member, a friend, or a colleague: telling what happened will first of all help you to free yourself and overcome the pain and bewilderment of what you have suffered!   
 
Who to ask for help at unibz: you can report the incident to the unibz Confidential counsellor by writing to confidentialcounsellor@unibz.it. Contact the Confidential Counsellor even if you have doubts and are not sure whether the behaviour was harassing: a confidential interview will help you to clarify your ideas!  
 
Who to ask for help outside: you can always turn to the police to file a formal complaint, or to a lawyer for advice on what to do. Students can also turn to the South Tyrolean Students Association sh.asus, which offers a free psychological help desk.

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Moral harassment and bullying

What it is: Moral harassment or mobbing is defined as those acts, attitudes, or behaviours of moral or psychological violence at work or study, repeated over time in a systematic or habitual manner, which lead to a degradation of working or study conditions likely to compromise the health, or professionalism, or dignity of an individual.   
 
How to defend yourself: talking about it is the best initial defence. With a family member, friend, or colleague: telling what has happened will first of all help you to free yourself and overcome the discomfort and bewilderment at of what you are suffering!  
 
Who to ask for help at unibz: you can ask the Confidential Counsellor for help by writing to confidentialcounsellor@unibz.it and asking for an appointment. Contact the Confidential Counsellor even if you have doubts and are not sure whether you are being harassed: a confidential interview will help you clarify your ideas!   
 
Who to ask for help outside: you can always turn to a union or a lawyer to receive advice on what to do. Students can also turn to the South Tyrolean Students Association sh.asus, which offers a free psychological help desk. 

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Discrimination

What it is: Discriminatory behaviours occur when one person is, has been, or would be treated less favourably than another , or when an apparently neutral provision, criterion, practice, act, covenant or conduct may put some persons at a particular disadvantage compared to others.  
Discrimination may be based on religion, language, belief, ethnic origin, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or age.  

How to defend yourself: talking about it is the best initial defence. With a family member, friend, or colleague: telling what happened will first of all help you to free yourself and overcome the discomfort and bewilderment of what you are suffering! 

Who to ask for help at unibz: you can ask the Confidential Counsellor for help by writing to confidentialcounsellor@unibz.it and asking for an appointment. Contact the Confidential Counsellor even if you have doubts and are not sure whether you are being discriminated against: a confidential interview will help you clarify your ideas!   

Who to ask for help outside: you can always turn to the police to file a formal complaint, or to a lawyer for advice on what to do. You can also report the incident to the Centre for Protection against Discrimination of the Autonomous Province of Bozen-Bolzano at +39 0471 946020 or by sending an email to info@antidiskriminierungsstelle.bz.it.

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Gender-based violence

What it is: The term gender-based violence refers to all forms of violence - from psychological and physical violence to sexual violence, from persecutory acts of so-called stalking to rape and feminicide - that affect a large number of people who are discriminated against on the basis of their gender.  It may be 'domestic violence' when all acts of physical, sexual, psychological, or economic violence occur within the family or household or between current or former spouses or partners, regardless of whether the perpetrator shares or has shared the same residence.  
 
How to defend yourself: Go to the accident and emergency department of the nearest hospital and get a report from the doctor on duty. Or get a certificate from your regular doctor or any other doctor who will ascertain and document what happened.  
Share your story with people you trust and collect and keep any traces or documents that may prove violence or persecution. 
 
Who to call for help: Call the anti-violence women's number 1522, active 24 hours a day every day of the year and accessible from the entire national territory free of charge, both from landline and mobile phones, in Italian, English, French, Spanish, and Arabic. 

  • 1522 - Anti-Violence and Stalking Number  

Who to ask for help at unibz: you can report the incident to the Confidential Counsellor by writing to confidentialcounsellor@unibz.it. Contact the Confidential Counsellor even if you have doubts and are not sure whether the behaviour was harassing: a confidential interview will help you to clarify your ideas!