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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.

The tasks of the Task Force for Equal Treatment Issues are regulated in the MUK Articles of association.

Members and accessibility


Term of office: 18. February 2020 – 28. February 2023

Chairperson/Ombudswoman in case of sexual harassement:
Elisabeth Konlechner (Phone: +43 1 512 77 47-255; Email: e.konlechner@muk.ac.at)

Deputy chairperson/Ombudsman in case of sexual harassement:
Manfred Equiluz (Phone: +43 699 1 715 64 86; Email: m.equiluz@muk.ac.at)

Women’s Representative:
Audrey van Herck (a.vanherck@muk.ac.at)

Group of students/Commissioner for the disabled:
Johanna Trimmel (j.trimmel@students.muk.ac.at)

Group of students/Ombudswoman in case of sexual harassement:
Fiorentina Harasko (f.harasko@students.muk.ac.at)

The administration academy of the City of Vienna furthermore offers diverse training possibilities concerning Gender Mainstreaming, Diversity Management, Legal Basics for Equality of Males and Females, Sexual Harrassment, Discrimination and Mobbing!


The MUK considers itself a progressive university of music and art that creates cultural values in the fields of music, dance, acting and singing. The MUK is the only university owned by the City of Vienna and brings together the best international young talent and outstanding lecturers.



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