What We Can Expect from Each Other
WU Vienna is a place of learning, teaching, doing research, and working. These activities are almost always interactive; depending on the stage of their studies, students are involved in the various processes in different ways and to varying degrees. Although the roles of the people involved may be different, all members of the WU community – WU faculty and staff as well as students - contribute to the success of teaching, learning, doing research and working at WU.
It’s important to know what expectations we have of each other: What do students expect from WU and its faculty and staff? And what does WU expect of its students? The demands made by all members of the WU community have to be reasonable and fair.
The expectations set down on the following pages are the result of numerous discussions with students and WU faculty and staff. They are a clear statement of what we all have a right to expect from each other. The fulfillment of these expectations depends on a certain way of behavior and certain attitudes in the way we treat each other. In this sense, the following pages should be read as a code of conduct for all of us at WU.
If we@wu all work to fulfill this social contract, studying, learning, teaching, doing research, and working at WU will be successful and a positive experience for everyone regardless of the setting, be it on campus or online. Along these lines, we are looking forward to accompanying you during your studies at WU and wish you good luck!
WU Vice-Rector for Academic Programs and Student Affairs
How We Treat Each Other
Approximately 30.000 people work and study at WU. They are very different, not only with regard to their roles, functions and duties, but also in terms of age, gender, origin, religion, etc. This diversity enriches the cooperation, but may at times also make it more difficult. Working and living with each other demands showing interest, respect and tolerance toward everything that is or may seem different or strange.
How We Treat Each Other in Digital Space
A significant part of the communication and exchange between members of WU takes place digitally: in WU's official communication channels or in private on social media and in messenger services. The possibility to post anonymously may lead to "forgetting" good manners.
How to Deal with Resources
We all spend a great deal of time and an important part of our lives at WU. Campus WU offers a variety of teaching and learning facilities for you and upcoming student generations. The diligent use of the available resources is of utmost importance for all of us.
In the Classroom
Nearly 2,000 courses are held at WU Vienna each semester. The available places in courses a particularly valuable resource, which must be managed efficiently. The number of places available in a particular course depends on the type of course, but also on the size of the available auditoriums.
Six centrally-organized exam weeks are held at WU each academic year, as well as numerous other examinations, for example in individual courses or as compehensive subject examniations. For all examinations to run smoothly, it takes a well-organized exam system and the cooperation of all concerned with regard to following rules and meeting deadlines.
Online Courses & Exams
WU also offers courses and exams online. There are a few things to keep in mind - not just technical ones.
The grading of exams often leads to conflicts between students and teachers. It is the responsibility of the course instructors and/or the examiners to evaluate and grade exams, and this evaluation must be fair and transparent.
In the course of their studies, students are required to complete numerous written assignments: project reports, seminar papers, and Bachelor's or Master's theses. This written work must conform to certain minimum standards with regard to content, quality and form. Plagiarism and incorrect citation will not be tolerated in academic writing.
Consequences of Academic Fraud
For students, following the rules of the Code of Conduct is not only important for fair and successful cooperation. Disregarding this code may have severe consequences - depending on the degree of academic fraud.