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Duties

The duties of the Academic Senate have been defined in § 25 Abs. 1 UG 2002 and are as follows:

(1) The Academic Senate shall have the following duties:

1. enacting and amending the statutes on recommendation of the University Rector;

2. approving the draft development plan prepared by the rectorate with two months; if the senate fails to give approval within the appointed period, the development plan shall nevertheless be forwarded to the university council;

3. approving the draft organization plan prepared by the rectorate within two months; if the senate fails to give approval within the appointed period, the organization plan shall nevertheless be forwarded to the university council;

4. changing the size of the university council and electing its members (§ 21 para. 6 subpara. 1 and subpara. 7);

5. Agreement on the advertising of the position of Rector within two weeks after submission by the University Council; if the Academic Senate rejects the agreement within two weeks, the University Council must promptly submit a new text for invitation to tender; if the Senate does not agree within the given time limit, the Federal Minister must then assume responsibility for writing the invitation to tender. If the Senate does not render a decision within a two week period, the text becomes effective;

5a. Development of a three-way proposal to the University Council to elect a rector under consideration of the proposal by the finding committee within at least four weeks from the submission of the proposal. If the Senate deflects the finding commission’s proposal, the Senate must submit a written explanatory statement of its decision to the University Council in regards to the three-way proposal. The text of the three-way proposal must adhere to the non-discrimination rule in compliance with the federal Equal Treatment Act;

6. expressing an opinion on the rector's recommendations with regard to the vice-rectors (number, extent of employment and shortlist);

7. participating in procedures for the dismissal of members of the university council, the rector or vice-rectors;

8. participating in procedures for the awarding of habilitation (post-doctoral) degrees;

9. participating in procedures for the appointment of professors;

10. enacting the curricula for degree programs and certificate unviersity programs for further education (§§ 56 and 57);

11. prescription of the academic degrees and titles for graduates of certificate university programs for further education;

12. hearing appeals in matters relating to studies;

13. establishing criteria for the allocation of income from tuition fees;

14. appointing collegial bodies with or without decision-making pwoers (paras. 7 and 8);

15. enacting directives on the activities of collegial bodies;

16. approving the implementation of decisions by collegial bodies with decision-making power;

17. opinions to the rectorate prior to the assigment by it of persons to given organizational units;

18. establishing a working group on equal opportunities;

19. nominating one female and one male member of the arbitration board;