Counselling for resolving conflicts in the workplace

Die Vetsuisse-Fakultät duldet keinerlei Diskriminierung!

The Vetsuisse Faculty supports the campaign launched by the University of Bern in the Spring Semester of 2016 "Those who come too close - are going too far. Sexual harassment must not be accepted." The background and aim of the campaign can be found in the official flyer text:

A University thrives on interactions between people. Sometimes however, encounters are perceived differently: what is pleasant and welcomed in one situation can be perceived as harassment under different circumstances. Sexual harassment can be looks, words, gestures or deeds and affect everyone.

You are entitled to protect your physical and mental integrity and insist that your limits are respected. The University of Bern is committed to promoting a non-discriminatory environment and does not tolerate any sexualised attacks.

At you can find out what sexual harassment is, what consequences it can have and the legal framework. Inform yourself what you can do against sexual harassment as a supervisor, a directly affected person or as an observing person.

The following University External contact points offer confidential, free advice and support:
The Advisory Office of the University of Bern advises all people who study or teach at the University of Bern, the University of Bern Applied Sciences or the PHBern on questions concerning structure and organisation (changing courses, learning techniques, examination preparation, etc.), career questions, conflicts, personal difficulties:

Advisory Office of the University of Bern, Erlachstrasse 17, 3012 Bern, 031 635 24 35,

Or contact the External Administration authorities of the Cantonal Administration, 044 787 73 71,

Internal University Contact persons are:
Head of Personnel Department
Head of Department for Gender Equality
General Secretary -

Advice from the Ombudsperson in conflict situations in the workplace
The Ombudsperson is the contact person for all employees of the University of Bern. They should be able to turn to an independent body in the case of conflicts arising from their employment situation. The Ombudsperson works in absolute independence from the institutions of the university.

The Ombudsperson can make recommendations, advise, organise and accompany individuals to meetings, mediate disputes, and assist in the search for constructive solutions. The Ombudsperson however, is not a judicial body. The recommendations of the Ombudsperson can not be appealed in any way by law or otherwise. The possibility of later pursuance of a case with the Ombudsperson remains valid within the legal framework. The Ombudsperson and the Office of the Ombudsperson are bound to secrecy and are forbidden to discuss cases with anyone else. With respect to files, access can only be granted with the express consent of the persons concerned and the authors.

Prof. em. Silvio Decurtins: