According to the Austrian Universities Act, the Equal Opportunities Team has the task of counteracting discrimination by university bodies on the grounds of gender, ethnic affiliation, religion or other belief, age or sexual orientation, and of supporting and counselling both university members and bodies in such matters. Additionally, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna has implemented an Anti-discriminatory Works-Council Agreement.
In case of discrimination, which includes verbal discouragement and sexual harassment, this team offers students, administrative employees and teaching staff information, confidential counseling and help. If there is reasonable suspicion of discrimination, the Equal Opportunities Team is obliged to intervene e.g. in recruiting matters. Moreover, it organizes presentations and workshops, and develops strategies for implementing anti-discriminatory practices and for raising awareness among colleagues.
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