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Study Support

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
WU
Wirtschaft­suni­versität Wien
Vi­enna Uni­versity of Eco­nom­ics and Busi­ness
Welthan­delsplatz 1, build­ing LC, level 2
A-1020 Vi­enna, Aus­tria

Tel:     + 43 1 313 36 / 5041
Email:  her­bert.loi­cht@wu.ac.at

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.

 

Her­bert Loi­cht