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Task Force for Equal Treatment Issues

The role of the Task Force for Equal Treatment Issues is to counteract discrimination based on gender, disability and ethnic affiliation, religion or ideology, age or sexual orientation, and to provide advice and support in these matters to members and organs of the private university. Furthermore, the Task Force has developed a support plan for women, working towards a balanced ratio of the men and women employed by the private university. The Task Force also develops proposals for measures to support university members and students with disabilities.

The Task Force for Equal Treatment Issues consists of two lecturers, a colleague from the administrative department and two student representatives. The term of office is generally 3 years. Members are elected from the entirety of colleagues according to the electoral regulations anchored in the articles of association. The students are appointed annually by the Students' Representative Council. The members of the Task Force are not bound by any instructions or directions when exercising their function. They must not be hindered in exercising their powers and must not be disadvantaged in their professional advancement due to this activity. Instead, they should be supported by all organs of the university within the means at their disposal. The members of the Task Force are bound by a duty of confidentiality and oversee the problems brought to them with full reserve of discretion and confidentiality (consultation, information and support). The Task Force also has the right to appoint a member to participate without voting rights in all appointment and evaluation proceedings.

If the Task Force has justified reason to assume discrimination, it must pursue the matter and inform the vice-chancellor’s office and the Senate where applicable. This sets the Task Force apart from the Works Council, which represents employees of the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna vis-à-vis the management and provides advice and information in matters of employment and social legislation.


Members and accessibility

Term of office: 27. Jänner 2017 – 28. Jänner 2020

Chairperson & Disabilities Representative:
Bernhard Mayer-Rohonczy (Phone: +43 1 512 77 47-220; Mobile: +43 664 606 47 220;
Email: b.mayer-rohonczy@muk.ac.at)

Deputy chairperson, group of male teaching staff, Ombudsman in cases of sexual harassment of (particularly male) members of the MUK:
Manfred Equiluz (Phone: +43 699 1 715 64 86; Email: m.equiluz@muk.ac.at)

Group of female teaching staff, Women’s Representative:
Jolantha Seyfried (j.seyfried@muk.ac.at)

Group of female students, Ombudsman in cases of sexual harassment of (particularly female) members of the MUK:
Lara Sienczak (l.sienczak@students.muk.ac.at)

Group of male students:
Stefan Kuk (s.kuk@students.muk.ac.at)

§ 20 Equality and the promotion of women - Task Force for Equal Treatment Issues (as per articles of association, section 4)

(1) The role of the Task Force for Equal Treatment Issues is to counteract discrimination based on gender, disability and ethnic affiliation, religion or ideology, age or sexual orientation and to provide advice and support in these matters to members and organs of the private university. Furthermore, a support plan for women must be developed by the Task Force and a balanced ratio of men and women employed by the private university must be strived for. In addition, proposals for measures to support university members and students with disabilities must be developed.

(2) The Task Force for Equal Treatment Issues consists of:
a) Two male and two female lecturers elected from the pool of lecturers,
b) a member elected from the administrative employees and
c) two members appointed by the Students' Representative Council from the regular students (at least one of whom must be a woman).

(3) The term of office of the Task Force for Equal Treatment Issues is three years (except the members appointed by the Students' Representative Council). Re-election is possible.

(4) The Task Force must be constituted within two weeks after verification of the validity of the election result. During the inaugural meeting, the group elects a chairperson from its members. This chairperson must then summon the Task Force for Equal Treatment Issues as required and needed.

(5) Directly after the constitution of the Task Force, this proposes
- the female candidate for the office of Women’s Representative,
- the candidate for the office of Disabilities Representative and
- an ombudsperson to answer complaints and evidence relating to sexual harassment
to the Senate for appointment.

(6) The Women’s Representative, the Disabilities Representative and the Ombudsperson are appointed by the Senate for the term of office of the Task Force. Re-appointment is permitted. If the appointed persons do not belong to the Task Force, they become co-opted members of the Task Force without a voting right. In justified cases, the Senate can revoke the appointment of the three persons named above.

(7) The Task Force for Equal Treatment Issues develops the women’s support plan for the private university as well as measures to ensure gender equality. After the position statement of the Women’s Representative, the Senate rules on the proposals.

(8) The members of the Task Force are not bound by any instructions or directions when exercising their function. They must not be hindered in exercising their powers and must not be disadvantaged in their professional advancement due to this activity.

(9) The Task Force must be supported by all organs of the university within the means at their disposal when exercising its function. The Task Force has the right to appoint a member to participate without voting rights in all appointment and evaluation proceedings.

(10) If the Task Force has justified reason to assume discrimination, it must pursue the matter and inform the vice-chancellor’s office and the Senate where applicable.

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