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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. (...)"

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"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." (Go to download page)

The Guidelines specify the legal protection against discrimination as regulated in the General Equal Treatment Act (AGG) for employment relationships, and extend it to all university members.

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Purpose and Contents of the Guidelines
  

Their purpose is

  • to raise awareness of non-discrimination among all members of the university,
  • establish measures to prevent discrimination and harassment; and
  • to regulate the procedures for dealing with cases of discrimination and harassment.

They prohibit
discrimination (disadvantage) and harassment (behaviours violating a person's dignity) based on

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

They introduce

  • positive measures to raise awareness, to prevent discrimination and harassment, and to promote equal opportunities for all university members,
  • counselling structures for persons affected by discrimination or harassment, and
  • a neutral complaints office and a formal complaints procedure.

Information, Counselling, Support with Discrimination and Harassment

The Diversity Service Centre provides information on

  • advice and support services in cases of discrimination and harassment,
  • the option of filing a formal complaint in cases of discrimination and harassment,
  • the option of filing a complaint about a personal misconduct of a civil servant or public sector employee,
  • options for conflict resolution.

Contact Information: Diversity Service Centre 

Several counselling services at the University of Bayreuth offer

  • individual and confidential counselling on options for action and protection,
  • support in complaint procedures and in conciliation and mediation talks:
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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.

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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

In cases of discrimination and harassment, students, employees and professors can file a complaint. This starts a formal complaint procedure conducted by the neutral the complaints office.

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The complaint procedure includes

  • an investigation of the case ("What happened?"),
  • a legal examination ("Are the elements of discrimination or harassment fulfilled?")
  • a written notification of the outcome, and
  • measures to eliminate existing discrimination and to prevent future discrimination.

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 
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Closed Complaint Proceedings

  

Anti-Discrimination Working Group

The anti-discrimination working group was founded in January 2019 by the Vice President for Internationalisation, Gender Equality 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. 

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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.

Members of the Working Group

  • AK Queer (Queer Students' Working Group)
  • becks (Head of Office)
  • Conflict Counselors
  • Diversity Service Centre (Head)
  • Employee's Council
  • Equal Opportunities Department (Head)
  • Equal Opportunities Officer for non-academic staff
  • Family-Friendly University (Consultant, Representative)
  • Gender and Diversity Office, Cluster of Excellence Africa Multiple (Director)
  • HeForShe Bayreuth
  • Ombudspersons for early-career scholarsRepresentative for Family-Friendly University
  • Ombudsperson for severely disabled persons and those with an equivalent status
  • Psychological Counselling (Studentenwerk Oberfranken)Representative for students with disabilities
  • Research Associates' Council
  • Representative for integration management
  • Representatives of the Complaints Office
  • Women's Representative of the University
  • Social Counselling (Studentenwerk Oberfranken)
  • GeQuInDi network (Speakers)
  • Student Council.

Contact Information

Dr. Stefan Kurth, Diversity Service Centre.

Anti-Racism Committee

The Anti-Racism Committee was founded in 2020 by the Presidential Advisory Committee for Equal Opportunities & Diversity. It serves to promote a critical debate on racism and to develop anti-racist measures at the University of Bayreuth.

Since April 2021, the Anti-Racism Committee has organised a regular Anti-Racism Round Table.

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Members of the Committee

Please get in touch with the member you trust!

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.

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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
  • protection against discrimination and harassment.

Responsibilities in the Field of Anti-Discrimination

The responsibilities for the protection against discrimination and harassment detailled in § 5 of the Anti-Discrimination Guidelines of the University of Bayreuth. They include:

  • 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.

Webmaster: Dr. Stefan Kurth

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