The Working Group for Equal Opportunities provides detailed information, advice, mediation and assistance to all members of the university who are affected by discrimination, gender-based violence and/or sexual harassment and bullying.
You can contact us anonymously, or by e-mail, phone or in person. In the event that you want to submit your request directly, you can either contact the Office of the Working Group or any individual member.
In any case, your personal request will be treated as strictly confidential. The members of the Working Group for Equal Opportunities are subject to official secrecy!
The processing of personal data is performed in accordance to the General Data Protection Regulation and the Austrian data protection law.
Members of the university (these include students) approach the Working Group for Equal Opportunities if they are affected by and/or witness discrimination, gender-based violence and/or sexual harassment, or bullying.
In the course of the first meeting we establish the facts and circumstances as well as the competence of the Working Group for Equal Opportunities with regard to the specific case. We provide information about the legal situation and, if necessary, contact details for further advisory institutions. If your request falls within the competence of the Working Group for Equal Opportunities, further steps based on the legal assessment of the Working Group and tailored to your individual needs will be elaborated.
The case is documented in compliance with the obligation of secrecy and the regulations concerning the protection of data privacy. We assist the affected persons and/or witnesses in elaborating carefully prepared and sound action and empowerment strategies. Furthermore, we offer the possibility to evaluate the situation six months after the first meeting.
If the affected persons needs further assistance, a strategy consultation with the participation of a second member of the Working Group and/or representatives of other consultation bodies such as the works council, Health Management or psychological student counselling, will take place.
If the person affected requests an intervention by the Working Group, the following measures are possible: contact the other conflict party/-ies; contact superiors or colleagues; hold a mediation meeting between the parties involved in the dispute. Further possible steps include the application for an expert opinion from the Equal Treatment Commission, complaint before the Arbitration Committee and/or a disciplinary complaint.