Guideline for Protection against Discrimination according to the General Equal Treatment Act or AGG of RWTH Aachen University.

The Guideline for Protection against Discrimination according to the General Equal Treatment Act or AGG of RWTH Aachen University was approved by the Senate in December 2013 and published in the official announcements, N. 2014/131. This guideline included the further development of the Guideline for Fair Behavior at RWTH Aachen published in 2001, creating a transparent complaint process.

According to 13 AGG, employees have the right to submit a complaint to the respective person in their office, when they are being discriminated against at work due to one of the reasons named in 1 AGG, that is race, ethnic heritage, gender, religion, ideology, disability, age, and sexual identity. The complaint office established at RWTH Aachen is responsible for both employees and students. RWTH Aachen has followed the recommendation of the National Anti-discrimination Office, as a complaint office for students is not legally required. Complaint offices until now, such as the Staff Council will remain.

The guideline calls for a two-step complaint process:

  • Within the framework of an informal process, confidential advising takes place at one the university advising offices - Staff Councils, AStA, Student Advice Centre, Concerns for Employees with Disabilities, Equal Opportunities Office with the Family Services Center, Social Advising -, who may then facilitate another advising office, for example psychological counseling. The advising offices support those affected during a formal complaint process, if desired.
  • Within the framework of a formal complaint process, the complaint is submitted in written form or a record is submitted to the complaint office. The complaint office has the taks of facilitating the issue, forwarding it to the rector in the event of misconduct, and if necessary, to use one of the measures mentioned in 12 of the guideline.