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Anti-Discrimination at the University of Bayreuth

Self-Conception of the University of Bayreuth

"The University of Bayreuth sees itself as a fair and safe, non-discriminatory, and non-violent place to study, teach, and work. As a basis for this, the members of the university maintain a culture of appreciative cooperation as well as honest and respectful interaction with each other and with third parties. The University of Bayreuth does not tolerate discrimination or harassment by university members.

The University of Bayreuth encourages a culture of not looking away. University members are called upon to offer assistance to anyone affected by cases of discrimination or harassment that come to their attention and to support them in resolving conflicts.

The University of Bayreuth encourages handling situations with people affected by discriminatory or harassing behaviour such that they are able to address these instances while taking into account all legitimate interests." (From the Preamble of the Anti-Discrimination Guidlines of the University of Bayreuth)

Anti-Discrimination Guidelines

In 2020, the University of Bayreuth has issued Anti-Discrimination Guidelines. Their full title is: "Guidelines on Protection Against Discrimination and Harassment in Consideration of the General Equal Treatment Act at the University of Bayreuth."

Their purpose is 

  • to raise awareness of harassment and discrimination amongst all members of the University,
  • to take measures for prevention and effective equality, and
  • to provide procedures for intervention (anti-discrimination counselling, complaint procedure).

They define

  • discrimination as direct and indirect forms of (unlawful) disadvantage,
  • harassment as unwanted conduct which has as its purpose or effect to violate the dignity of persons, particularly "if an environment characterized by intimidation, hostility, humiliation, or insults is created".

They prohibit discrimination and harassment based on

  • racist reasons or ethnically-oriented ascriptions
  • gender and gender identity
  • sexual identity
  • religion or beliefs
  • impairments classified as disabilities
  • age.

They introduce

  • positive measures to raise awareness and prevention and to promote effective equality,
  • a counselling procedure for persons affected by discrimination or harassment, and
  • a complaint procedure carried out by a neutral Complaint Office set up for this purpose.

Download: Antidiskriminierungsrichtlinie der Universität Bayreuth and Anti-Discrimination Guidelines of the University of Bayreuth

Information, Counselling, Support

The Diversity Service Centre provides information on

  • all advice services in cases of discrimination and harassment,
  • the possibility of making a formal complaint and on the course of a complaint procedure,
  • options for conflict resolution.

Contact Information: Diversity Service Centre 

Numerous counselling services at the University of Bayreuth offer

all students and employees

  • individual and confidential counselling on possible courses of action and protection,
  • support and guidance in complaint procedures as well as conciliation and mediation talks.
Counselling Offices for StaffHide

Counselling Offices for Staff

within the framework of the Anti-Discrimination Guidelines are:

Points of Trust

Those counselling offices which are also points of trust can support affected persons in conciliation and mediation talks at their request and accompany them in the complaint procedure.

Counselling Offices for Students Hide

Counselling Offices for Students

within the framework of the Anti-Discrimination Guidelines are:

Points of Trust

Those counselling offices which are also points of trust can support affected persons in conciliation and mediation talks at their request and accompany them in the complaint procedure.

Complaints Office and Complaint Procedure

In cases of discrimination and harassment, employees and students can lodge a complaint with the complaints office.

The complaint procedure includes

  • an investigation and legal examination of the facts of the case,
  • a written statement of the results, and
  • measures to eliminate existing discrimination and prevent future discrimination.

The complaint procedure is regulated in detail in the Anti-Discrimination Guidelines of the University of Bayreuth, §§ 8-12.

Complaints Office

These persons have been appointed for the function of the complaints office: 

Dr. Stefan Kurth
Building NW III, room 02.28 
Telephone: 0921 55-7870 
E-Mail: stefan.kurth@uni-bayreuth.de 

Dr. Anja Chales de Beaulieu
Building Zapf 1, room 1.2.14
Telephone: 0921 55-4722 
E-Mail: anja.chales-de-beaulieu@uni-bayreuth.de 

Presidential Advisory Committee for Equal Opportunities & Diversity

At the level of strategic governance, the university management is supported by the Presidential Advisory Committee for Equal Opportunities & Diversity, chaired by the Vice-President for Internationalisation, Equal Opportunities and Diversity.

The tasks of the Presidential Commission

include the following according to the University's constitution:

  • the improvement of equal opportunities,
  • the reconciliation of family, studies and career,
  • diversity management, and
  • the prevention of discrimination.

Responsibilities in the Field of Anti-Discrimination

The responsibilities for the prevention of discrimination are set out in more detail in the Anti-Discrimination Guidelines of the University of Bayreuth, § 5 (2). They include in particular

  • the (further) development of measures to promote equal treatment and anti-discrimination,
  • the annual evaluation of awareness and prevention measures,
  • the evaluation of the anonymised counselling and complaint cases,
  • the annual report to the university management, the Senate and the
    Employees' Council on the effectiveness of the prevention strategy and measures.

Anti-Discrimination Working Group

The anti-discrimination working group was founded in January 2019 by the Vice President for Internationalisation, Equal Opportunities and Diversity, Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheibel. Through the Anti-Discrimination Guidelines of the University of Bayreuth, it was established as a permanent institution of the university. 

Its responsibilities include

  • exchange on the status quo of equal treatment and discrimination at the University of Bayreuth,
  • developing proposals for measures to eliminate and prevent discrimination,
  • regular report to the Presidential Advisory Committee for Equal Opportunities & Diversity.
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Members of the Working Group

  • Representative for students with disabilities
  • becks, Head of Office
  • Representative for Family-Friendly University
  • Consultant Family-Friendly University
  • Equal Opportunities Officer for non-academic staff
  • Women's Representative of the University
  • Ombudspersons for early-career scholars
  • Equal Opportunities Department
  • Student Council
  • Psychological Counselling (Studentenwerk Oberfranken)
  • Social Counselling (Studentenwerk Oberfranken)
  • Employee's Council
  • Research Associates' Council
  • Ombudsperson for severely disabled persons and those with an equivalent status
  • Conflict Counselors
  • Representative for integration management
  • Speakers of the GeQuInDi network
  • Diversity Service Centre
  • Subject-related student representatives (currently AK Queer, HeForShe Bayreuth).

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