You have a right to study without suffering from discrimination, and being given equal opportunities.
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Austrian Federal Disability Equality Act, and the Austrian University Act regulate this among others.
- Bundes-Behindertengleichstellungsgesetz (BGStG)
The Bundes-Behindertengleichstellungsgesetz, BGStG, (Austrian Federal Disability Equality Act) protects against disability discrimination. It is the university’s duty to eliminate or prevent discrimination because of disabilities.
- Universitätsgesetz 2002 (UG 2002)
In § 2, section 11 the "special consideration for the needs of disabled persons" is mentioned as a guiding principle of Austrian universities. This includes not only the area of teaching and research or development and access to the arts, but also the service sector (barrier-free building; jobs for disabled persons, etc.)
Compensation for disadvantages
Compensating due to reasons of impairment is an important instrument to achieve equal opportunities and avoid discrimination. This is not a "privilege", but rather a compensation for individual and situational disadvantages caused by impairment. The compensation must be proven necessary and appropriate.
You can receive compensation during your studies for i.a.:
- Deviating audit methods
- Work implements or technical aids
- Study and communication assistance
- Literature and learning materials
- Appropriate arrangements in courses
Compensations are always assessed individually in relation to the situation, and not given generally.
- We URGENTLY recommend applying for compensation as early as possible.
- If the head of studies has officially approved the compensation, there is a legal entitlement to it.
- Compensation will not be noted on academic certificates, grade sheets, transcripts, etc.
Deviating audit methods
According to the Universitätsgesetz §59 (1) Z 12 , students suffering from long-term disabilities have the right of deviating examination methods if the examination cannot be taken using the prescribed method due to the disability, and the content and requirements of the examinations are not affected by a deviating method.
Therefore, exams requiring the same content and performance are possible, yet taken in a different mode. A number of tried and tested compensations are listed below. In individual cases, however, other measures may be necessary.
- Extended examination and preparation times
- Extension of the processing time by actual break times
- Tests carried out in separate rooms supervised by our staff
- Extended deadlines for submission of term papers and final papers
- Differing examination form (e.g. oral instead of written, term paper instead of examination)
- Using technical aids and providing personal assistance (PAA)
- Availability of adapted test documents (e.g. large print)
Please contact your course director or the disabilities officer as early as possible to discuss the required modification of your exam.
The disabilities officer is here to support you during this process and will also be happy to take over some of the organizational tasks, as well as offer strictly confidential advice.