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Violations of codes of conduct at the workplace as well as human rights violations →
These include violations of working conditions as well as human rights violations. For example: 
  • Discrimination
  • Bullying
  • Unequal treatment
  • Harassment
  • Disrespect
  • Working time violations
"Corruption" (including bribery/bribing/accepting benefits/granting benefits) →
"Corruption" (including bribery/bribing/accepting benefits/granting benefits) includes, on the one hand, the abuse of a public office or function for the benefit of another, committed at the latter's instigation or on one's own initiative in order to obtain a material or immaterial benefit for oneself or a third party with the occurrence or expectation of a disadvantage for the general public or the institution. On the other hand, the term corruption includes actions that constitute violations of service or labor law, such as the acceptance of rewards, gifts or other advantages to which there is no legal claim, which are not covered by the approval of the principal/employer and which objectively better the employee, but also so-called "third parties" (e.g. family, relatives, friends, one's own department or the University!) materially or immaterially.

Circumventing the rules for awarding contracts, e.g. in order to favor a competitor in exchange for a corresponding benefit.

The acceptance of rewards or gifts is generally prohibited. Exception: The value limit of €10 (approval-free) or only with the consent of the HR department (up to a value of €50 per individual case) is not exceeded and the employee has not requested the benefit and is not accepting it for a performed or future official act. Benefits that are within the bounds of what is socially appropriate are permissible (normal bouquet of flowers, confectionery). 

Acceptance of invitations from business partners of the University to events without official connection or official necessity or, in the case of official connection, outside the socially appropriate (luxury hotel, gourmet restaurant, extended social program, etc.). 

Cash, even small sums, may not be accepted.
Violations of legal or university-internal safety regulations →
Violations of legal or university-internal safety regulations occur when provisions of occupational safety or environmental protection, such as the Occupational Safety Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, or accident prevention regulations are violated, for example, by missing required safety precautions or by failing to comply with corresponding regulations or instructions.

Use of pregnant employees in areas exposed to radiation, work in hazardous areas or with appropriate equipment without protective clothing, travel or excursions to countries for which the German Foreign Office has issued a travel warning.

Drug abuse/addictive behavior is present if addictive substances are consumed at the workplace or there is a risk of violation of employee duties due to addiction.

Example: Driving a company vehicle under the influence of alcohol
Fraud, breach of trust, embezzlement or theft →
Fraud occurs when employees deceive in legal dealings (misrepresentation or distortion or suppression of true facts) in order to obtain an unlawful pecuniary advantage for themselves or a third party.

Claiming travel expenses already reimbursed by a third party, manipulation in the recording of working hours. Caution: Fraud may also be present if the pecuniary advantage goes to a third party, e.g. the University!

Breach of trust occurs when employees abuse their authority to dispose of University assets or violate their duty to look after the University's property interests.

Employees entrusted with payroll improperly divert funds or fail to assert an existing, outstanding claim against a University vendor.

occurs when employees take property entrusted to them without authorization.

occurs when employees appropriate another's property with the intent to unlawfully enrich themselves.

Employees steal chemicals, cleaning materials or office supplies for their own use.
Discrimination, sexual harassment or bullying →
Discrimination occurs when an employee discriminates against or demeans a person on the basis of sex, religion or belief, ethnic origin, disability, age, or sexual identity.

Failure to hire because of severe disability, name-calling with xenophobic terms.

Sexual harassment is any sexually tinged verbal or nonverbal behavior by employees that those affected declare undesirable or that is generally considered undesirable.

Visible posting of pornographic images in the workplace, unwanted physical contact, verbal innuendo.

occurs when employees constantly or repeatedly and regularly harass, torment, or emotionally hurt other people.

Constant inappropriate criticism of work performance, putting down for "little things", false, discriminatory statements of fact about a person, social exclusion.
Generally damaging behavior →
Generally damaging behavior can be any behavior (or omission) of employees or students that leads to serious material or immaterial damage at the university. Harmful conduct that does not fall under the above items may be reported under this item.

Serious damage to property, damage to the environment, sabotage, violence against persons, smear campaign against the university.