[Translate to English:] Regenbogenflagge vor dem Universitätshauptgebäude.

Anti-discrimination and Diversity

Anti-discrimination for our university means that all members, regardless of their personal requirements, can participate in everyday university life in an equal way. The aim is to create an inclusive educational, research and working climate in which cultural and social origins, gender and sexual orientation as well as physical abilities do not form any barriers to entry. Diversity management supports the University of Rostock in dealing sensitively and constructively with diversity, identifying risks of exclusion and countering existing discrimination and reducing existing disadvantages.

Various projects and measures have been implemented at the University of Rostock in order to promote a diversity-oriented development of the university and to implement the guidelines for diversity management. The aim is to establish a non-discriminatory university culture and to make the study and working conditions fair for all current and future members of the University of Rostock.

Below you will find an overview of measures and offers at the University of Rostock

Measures at the University of Rostock


Diversity Toolbox

The Diversity Toolbox summarizes information, methods and practical tips for gender and diversity-conscious teaching and administrative processes. You will also find literature and guidelines to read on. (currently only in german language)


Course catalog on the topics of gender and diversity

Gender and diversity as structural and analysis categories are becoming increasingly important in the academic context of higher education. In order to make this visible in practice, the University of Rostock's diversity management publishes the course catalog on the topics of gender and diversity. Interested students and academics can find an overview of events at the faculties that focus on the categories “Gender” and “Diversity” and apply them to their respective subject areas.


Checklist for diversity-sensitive teaching

The checklist for diversity-sensitive teaching is intended to support the lecturers at the University of Rostock in evaluating and planning their courses, so that students receive the same educational opportunities as possible and the diversity of our society is reflected in the courses. (currently only in german language)


Social counseling

The social counseling service provided by StuWe Rostock-Wismar works according to the systemic solution-oriented concept, which focuses on the solutions of those seeking advice. The topics of the conversation can be any topic important to you - for example: How do I best organize myself in the event of double or multiple burdens due to studying with a child, studying with a health impairment or as a foreign student? What does it actually mean to provide proof of performance for the BAföG office?

The General Student Committee AStA also offers social counseling.

Initial and referral counseling from the AStA

The AStA speaker for anti-discrimination and equality is the first point of contact for all students who are affected by discrimination. The speaker offers initial and referral counseling for those affected and gives them assistance in dealing with discrimination.


Disabilities and chronic illnesses

Compensation of disadvantages for students with chronic illnesses or disabilities

According to Section 2, Paragraph 4 of the University Framework Act, the tasks of the universities include taking into account the disadvantages of disabled and / or chronically ill students. From this it follows that study and examination regulations must be designed in such a way that students with disabilities and / or chronic illnesses also receive equal study and examination conditions. Based on this, the possibility of so-called "disadvantage compensation" is also anchored in the State University Law M-V.

As compensation of disadvantages could be granted:

  •     Written additions to oral exams for students with hearing or speech disabilities
  •     Time extensions for homework, exams and oral exams, use of technical aids
  •     Consideration of illnesses as well as limited ability to work when assessing examination periods and course achievements (e.g. extending examinations for academic theses, homework etc.)
  •     Modification of internship terms and conditions
  •     Replacement of written exams with oral or vice versa (depending on the disability / illness)

You can find detailed information on applying for disadvantage compensation in the guidelines for studying with a disability and / or chronic illness at the University of Rostock. For appropriate advice, you can contact the university representative for chronically ill and disabled students, Prof. Dr. Christoph Perleth.

Barrier-free design of courses and materials

In order to achieve the goal of the non-discriminatory campus with an inclusive study, research and working atmosphere, we have compiled information for the barrier-free design of courses and materials for teachers. These do not claim to be complete and are supplemented by the guideline "Making teaching accessible".


Accessible rooms at the University of Rostock

In the online portal for teaching, studying and research (LSF) you can check whether the building and room in which your event takes place are accessible. For each room, the portal contains a detailed description of the rooms (number of seats, type of seating, wheelchair-accessible access, technical equipment - e.g. projector and microphone system -, other equipment such as a console, paneling, blackout, air conditioning) ,
Should there still be problems when reaching the lecture halls or seminar rooms, please contact the contact person responsible for your faculty for disabled and chronically ill students.

Psychological counseling (Studierendenwerk)

All students who need support in coping with stress in everyday life or studying can use the psychological counseling offered by the Rostock-Wismar student union. In order to alleviate the psychological complaints, the solution and resource-oriented approach is used.


Feedback area Inclusion: reporting problems, obstacles and barriers

Do you have any suggestions, wishes, would you like to report specific obstacles / cases or express positive experiences? Here you can do just that using the contact form. Completely anonymous or, if you wish, you can also contact us about your request. Our employee in the "Inclusive University" project will get in touch with you. The aim is to make the university as barrier-free as possible and to enable all students, lecturers and all other actors at the university to work together smoothly and comfortably. Regardless of whether learning materials, individual events, missing aids / technology or structural conditions, etc. - each note helps us to make the university more inclusive.


Health-promoting offers for employees

The aim of the measures offered is to maintain and promote the health of all employees. You can find an overview of all measures on the employee health management website.


Health-promoting offers for students

The aim of the measures offered is to maintain and promote the health of all students. You can find an overview of all measures on the website of the student health management.


Gender and sexual orientation


KarriereWegeMentoring is a mentoring project of the University and University Medicine in Rostock and the University of Greifswald. It promotes the best female researchers and accompanies them on their career path within and outside of science. Graduates with an interest in doctoral studies, doctoral students as well as postdocs and junior professors can apply.

Working Group Gender and Queer Studies

The Working Group Gender and Queer Studies is initiated by students, research assistants from various specialist disciplines and administrative employees. Since 2013, the AG has been dedicated to interdisciplinary gender and queer studies not only in research, but also in various (teaching) event formats, artistic practice and exhibitions, as well as in university and regional policy contexts. The work of the AG is based on the question of how gender and sexual diversity are negotiated in connection with other social factors.


Dealing with sexual harassment at the University of Rostock

Sexual harassment at work is a significant impairment and violation of human dignity that is not tolerated. It violates the personal rights of those affected and their right to sexual self-determination and constitutes a violation of labor and service law obligations. Respectful cooperation and the protection of our employees, professors, students and all partners of the university is an important issue to us. All managers, employees and students have to ensure that there is no sexual harassment and that appropriate behavior is countered quickly and consistently. Through their behavior, they have to contribute to the respect of everyone's personal integrity and self-respect. Superiors have a special role model function here.

If you have been sexually harassed, do not hesitate to report the behavior to the Department Human Resource Service - the complaints office for violations of the General Equal Opportunities Act (AGG)! Use your right to lodge a complaint in accordance with section 13 (1) AGG, there are no forms or deadlines.
In addition, the equal opportunities office, the staff council or the confidant of the representative body for the severely disabled are available as contact persons. Students have the opportunity to contact the Anti-Discrimination and Equality Unit of the AStA.

Further information can be found in the Flyer „Für ein respektvolles Miteinander – Gegen Sexuelle Belästigung am Arbeitsplatz“ (available only in german language).

Change of first name and gender in Stud.IP and ILIAS

 In order to counter discrimination and forced outings, it is possible to display your first name and gender according to your supplementary ID in the university's internal systems Stud.IP and ILIAS. For further information and if necessary, please contact the Vice-Rector for International Affairs, Gender Equality and Diversity Management.

Family friendliness

Compatibility counseling

The family office of the University of Rostock is the central contact point for all questions related to the compatibility of work, study and family. Here you will find important information and contacts, and students, scientists and employees can also get individual advice here.
The General Student Committee also offers advice for students with children.

KESS ("children, parents, play and study") rooms

KESS rooms (children's, parent's, play and study rooms) were set up on the university campus to make working and studying with children easier through local employment, play and care options. From the cot to the small seating area, the KESS is suitable for children of all ages. Toys, books and plush toys are also available for intense activity and loving.

  •     KESS I: University library basement, Südring I Albert-Einstein-Str. 6
  •     KESS II: Ulmenstraße 69 I house 3 room 117 ground floor
  •     KESS III: Library container of the specialist library for linguistic and cultural studies, 1st floor, Schwaansche Str. 3a
  •     KESS University Medicine: Schillingallee campus, faculty building at Schillingallee 70, room 414, 3rd floor (elevator and storage facilities for strollers are available)

To be able to use the KESS rooms, please report to the family office. You need your employee or student chip card to activate them. The KESS in the UMR is activated centrally by the UMR. Please register in the dean's office or in the family office.The KESS I and II and the KESS in UniMedicine are accessible. You can reach the Kess III via a staircase, but you can park the stroller in the building. Every KESS has changing facilities on site.

    changing facilities

    You can find changing facilities at the following locations:

    •      University main building, Universitätsplatz 1
    •      University library (container) Schwaansche Str.3b
    •      Faculty of Philosophy (high-rise), August-Bebel-Str. 28, Tel. +49 (0) 381 498-2561
    •      Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Wismarsche Str. 43-45,
    •      Ulmenstr. 69, house 3
    •      Student Service Center, Parkstrasse 6
    •      Institute of Electrical Power Engineering (Experiment Building I), Albert-Einstein-Str 2
    •      Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, ladies' toilet in the foyer, Justus-von-Liebig-Weg 6
    •      Studierendenwerk (visitor toilet in the entrance area), St.-Georg-Straße 104-107, Tel. +49 (0) 381 459-2600
    Family-friendly canteen

    In addition to the child-friendly equipment of the cafeterias with children's chairs, play corners and baby changing facilities, there is also the offer of the cafeteria children's ID card and the children's plate. The ID is only valid in connection with a current student certificate and is issued for children up to the age of ten. It is issued by the Rostock-Wismar student union.


    Scholarships for young researchers with family responsibilities

    The University of Rostock has set itself the goal of ensuring that academic qualifications are compatible with family responsibilities and to break down structural barriers for doctoral students and postdocs with family responsibilities. The bridging and final scholarships serve to compensate for multiple burdens due to extensive family obligations and the resulting interruptions and extensions of qualification projects. It supports young scientists who are members of the University of Rostock and who are aiming for a scientific qualification. PhD candidates, post-docs and postdoctoral researchers who have taken on extensive family responsibilities (pregnancy, longer parental leave, childcare, care for family members, etc.) have exceeded the funding period of their previous scholarship or the contract period of their qualification office and who have no other extension or bridging financing option. Applicants can only be funded until they have submitted their doctoral / postdoctoral thesis. The grants are awarded for one to six months. An application can be made at any time. The period between application and decision or notification is approximately six to eight weeks. More information can be found here.

    Internationalization and origin

    Buddy program for refugee students

    The buddy program is intended to make it easier for refugees interested in studying to start everyday life at the University of Rostock. Rostock students can support a refugee student as a welcome buddy to find their way around the university.


    Buddy program for international doctoral students

    The aim of the PhD Buddy Program is to make it easier for doctoral students to start their research stay in Rostock in the initial phase, to support them and at the same time to strengthen the local research network.


    Tandem Program

    The tandem program of the Rostock International House is designed to make it easier for international students to settle in to their new home in Rostock and to offer existing students an opportunity to apply their foreign language skills and gain intercultural experience.


    Intercultural trainings of the language center

    The language center, in cooperation with the diversity department and the RIH of the University of Rostock, offers a workshop series for intercultural training. These are aimed at German and international students, doctoral students and research assistants and are offered in both German and English.