Disability Commissioner for Students
Contact and office hours: Office hours upon request by email or telephone
Dr. Herbert Loicht
Commissioner for students with disabilities or chronic illnesses
Vienna University of Economics and Business
Welthandelsplatz 1, building LC, level 2
A-1020 Vienna, Austria
Tel: + 43 1 313 36 / 5041
In my capacity as Disability Commissioner for WU students, I provide support to students with disabilities, chronic illnesses, mental disorders, and learning difficulties/disabilities, with a particular focus on exam participation.
I can provide the following types of support and assistance:
· Adapting examination procedures to special needs and requirements (more time, use of a separate room for taking the exam, assistance from a tutor, changing a written into an oral exam, larger exam sheets, etc.). These types of support and assistance are provided pursuant to § 59 (1), item 11 of the Universities Act 2002.
· Writing assistance for students with handwriting problems: assistance in writing exams (see above) and doing other written work.
· Assistance with exam and course registration
Signing up for LVP-type courses (courses with course examination): Please follow the usual procedure and sign up for LVP-type courses yourself via the LPIS course registration system during the registration period.
Signing up for LVP-type course exams: If the examination procedures need to be adapted, please make sure to inform me of your exam registration, so that I can make all the necessary administrative arrangements. Please note that you also need to sign up for the exam via LPIS.
I can sign up a limited number of students with disabilities or chronic illnesses (one student per course) for PI-type continuous assessment courses before the start of the registration period. If my registration quota is used up, students need to follow the usual procedure and sign up for continuous assessment (PI) courses via LPIS during the registration period. If you have tried but did not get a place in a course, I can try to arrange an individual solution for you. In such cases, please contact me by email.
Administrative assistance with partial examinations held as part of a PI-type continuous assessment course: If examination procedures need to be adapted (e.g. for written exams held during the semester or end-of-course exams), please contact me as early as possible and inform me about the date and the type of the exam in question so that I can make all the necessary administrative arrangements.
· Other kinds of administrative support
Assistance with admission and re-registration procedures, if required.
Assistance with credit transfer, if required.
· If needed, I can arrange mentoring and advisory services provided by tutors who are in later stages of the degree program, if the advisory services provided by the Study Service Center (SSC, building LC, level 2) and the Austrian Student’s Union (ÖH) are not sufficient.
· Assistance with orientation and mobility on campus at the beginning of your studies at WU.
· Assistance with the use of the WU Library.
Our goal is to provide as much barrier-free accessibility as possible during your studies at WU and in your activities on Campus WU. We are here to help you master the challenges you encounter during your degree program at WU.
To be able to assist you, I need the following information and documents:
· If applicable: identity card for disabled persons (Behindertenpass) pursuant to § 40 of the Persons with Disabilities Act (Behindertengesetz)
· Type of disability
· Medical certificates indicating the degree of the disability and the expected duration of the disability or chronic illness
Background information and future challenges:
The UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities clearly and explicitly bans discrimination against any person on the basis of disability. In a similar vein, the Austrian Universities Act 2002 (Universitätsgesetz) defines “special attention to the needs of the handicapped” as one of the guiding principles to be observed by Austrian universities [§ 2 (11) of the Universities Act]. These legal stipulations contribute to the overall goal of strengthening the inclusion of people with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses into society and the job market.
Campus WU is setting new standards in terms of barrier-free accessibility. However, to WU accessibility means not only eliminating physical barriers and obstacles, but also working to make it easier for students with disabilities or chronic illnesses to successfully complete their degree programs. There are many students with disabilities who have to abandon their studies prematurely because the studying conditions are not up to the standards they require. We are working to implement further improvements to eliminate such problems step by step.
We aim to provide help and support to a broad range of students, from students with hearing loss who drop out of their degree program because there are no equal opportunities for them to participate in the classes to students with anxiety disorders who fail right before completing their studies. There are many obstacles and barriers that need to be eliminated. We are firmly committed to our goal of achieving full inclusion into society and the job market for everyone.
In my capacity as Disability Commissioner for WU students, I adhere to the following principle: It is the person that counts, not the diagnosis.
I’m looking forward to putting all my experience and skills to work for WU’s students.