What is BIKO?
BIKO (pronounced 'beeko', the German acronym for "Beratungsstelle für Studierende bei interkulturellen Konflikten") is the new advisory service for students experiencing inercultural conflicts at THM, both at the Giessen and Friedberg campuses.
The aim of this advisory service is to eliminate loopholes in discrimination protection. Problem situations are identified and eliminated in a target oriented way.
Who does BIKO address?
BIKO provides advice and support to students who have experienced discrimination based on ethnic origin, religion or world view.
THM does not want their academic success and their equal participation in university life to suffer from being placed at a disadvantage and racial discrimination.
The advice we provide is in the student's best interest. When searching for solutions, the interests and needs of the student seeking advice are primary. All advice is provided in a confidential manner, and advisory service staff are sworn to secrecy.
What services does BIKO provide?
Our services are available to all THM students:
- Personal, individual advice in the case of students experiencing discrimination due to (attributed) characteristics of ethnic origin and religion or world view
- Students are empowered and provided support in their capacity to act
- Individual cases are always viewed in the context in which they have occurred
- Mediation and arbitration between partners experiencing a conflict
- Support provided for the optimum development of diverse resources students have
BIKO is not authorized to give legal advice. The advice we provide is not legally binding.
BIKO is more than mere advice.
BIKO offers various measures for the development of a university culture at THM that is appreciative of others. Besides the social responsibility involved, THM's BIKO programme meets the obligations of its general policy guidelines and is committed to eliminating discrimination and to promoting a diverse culture of people who show appreciation for each other.
BIKO offers several preventative measures and modules serving to minimize discrimination and provide protection against discrimination.
Effective anti-discrimination measures target differing dimensions of discrimination. Accordingly, the perspectives can change along with the possible strategies employed to find solutions. There are three significant types of discrimination - operating on differing levels - that serve as a basis for a catalogue of measures:
- Institutional / structural
The following catalogue of measures covers services for all three levels and addresses varying target groups while taking all perspectives into consideration. THM can thus supplement its anti-discrimination strategy above and beyond providing advice to students by incorporating several important pillars.