As a member of our university, you can campaign actively for more equal opportunities at our university. Whether it's compensation for disadvantages when studying or taking examinations, diversity-friendly timetabling or support for students with mental health issues – this is where you will find materials and information to ensure more equal opportunities.

Implementing compensation for disadvantages when studying and taking examinations

Students suffering from disabilities and chronic illness as well as expectant and breast-feeding students may be entitled to compensation for disadvantages or protective measures. As a rule, the students themselves are responsible for organising the necessary assistive devices.

Compensating for disadvantages. For an equitable degree programme.

Information portal for prospective students, students and employees on the recognition of hardship cases and the granting of disadvantage compensation at the University of Leipzig due to disability, chronic illness, pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding or family responsibilities.

Information portal

Compensating for disadvantages. For an equitable degree programme.

The handout contains an overview of the principles, prerequisites and the procedure for granting and applying the programme.


Access to the links or downloads will only work when you are on the Leipzig University intranet. Please save the attachments locally before re-opening and completing them.

  • handouts

HANDREICHUNG (German, Intranet)




  • form: Disability and chronic illness

Anhang 1: Antragsformular Nachteilsausgleich (Muster) (German, Intranet)

Anhang 2: Bestätigungsformular für Ärzt_innen (Muster) (German, Intranet)



  • Maternity Protection Act

Anhang 1: Mitteilung Schwangerschaft (German, Intranet)

Insofar as this is relevant for the implementation of a compensation for disadvantage, accessible workstations and technology are available. Further information on how the workstations are equipped, the assistive devices and how to reserve them can be found at Accessible workstations and resources.

Support for students with mental health issues

Students find themselves in a vulnerable phase due to the many and various challenges of their new situation in life and often suffer from mental illness for the first time or a worsening of their already known stress-related symptoms.

Support for students with mental health issues – what can be done? Guidelines

Our guidelines are intended to encourage you to take your observations about students' difficulties and irregularities seriously and to provide the right help.

The guidelines contain a supplement, which you can hand out to students if required. They contain information on counselling topics and services at our university and external contacts in addition to important contacts for acute emergencies in crisis situations. The guidelines are available in German both online and as a printed version.

Diversity-friendly timetabling

Elevators without voice output, seminars without any breaks, staff consultations in the evenings – these and many other things are the reason why some people are not able to participate in society. Our guidelines provide an overview and tips on how to plan events at our university to ensure that they are a diversity friendly, accessible and family friendly. We can lend you materials to help you do so.


You can obtain this via the Equal Opportunities Office, please contact us.

  • Published by: Leipzig University
  • Languages: German, English
  • Publication date: May 2020
  • Processing: Brochure
  • Scope: 144 pages
  • Price: free of charge for members and associates of Leipzig University
  • Delivery status: available

Pictograms should deliver the most important information and facilitate orientation rapidly. Members and associates of Leipzig University can use the pictograms provided here within the scope of their activities, e.g. to signpost locations or to announce events. The large selection of pictograms is intended to facilitate specific communication with target groups and to convey information that is as accurate as possible.

Our diversity-friendly pictograms do not reduce e.g. the concept whereby disability applies only to wheelchairs and gender applies only to women and men, but takes into account the essential aspects of equal opportunities, diversity and the family. By using them, you can play a role in ensuring social diversity is better valued and appreciated at our university.

Instruction & Pictograms

Access to the links or downloads will only work when you are on the Leipzig University intranet.

You can borrow materials for accessible events from us. An overview of the available materials can be found in the materials list (German).

Accessibility: two-senses principle

You can use the input fields on the homepage below. Alternatively, you can download the reservation form and complete it either digitally or by hand. Please send the completed form by email or by post to the office  


Materialausleihe für barrierefreie Veranstaltungen

Institut / Einrichtung
Zeitraum der Ausleihe




The consultation room of the Equal Opportunities Office located in Strohsackpassage, Nikolaistraße 6 – 10, 3rd floor, can seat maximum 40 people at ten tables. The room is equipped with modern conference technology and a lectern. We recommend testing the equipment beforehand. The consultation room includes a kitchenette, which can be used in connection with the event.

The consultation room is accessible for those with reduced mobility. There are four disabled parking spaces located in Ritterstraße. A wheelchair accessible toilet is available. A PA system may be used for hearing assistance purposes. Information on this, as well as other materials for accessible events, can be found on the Equal Opportunities Office website. Should you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact .

  • The rooms are provided exclusively to members of the university and for work-related purposes. Please also note the Terms of Use below.
  • Please note: please consult the staff of the Equal Opportunities Office before putting up any signs.
    Only the illuminated, flexible frames (A4) on the ground floor may be used for signage. Please remove any other signs. In general, stands may not be placed here, as these are escape and emergency routes.
  • Data protection (required) I hereby consent to the collection of my data for the purpose of processing my reservation request at Leipzig University. I have read and accept the information on data protection provided by Leipzig University.

Accessibility: two-senses principle

You can use the input fields on the homepage below. Alternatively, you can download the reservation form and complete it either digitally or by hand. Please send the completed form by email or by post to the office

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Terms and conditions of use

  • All inventory items, technical equipment, tableware and other furnishings, as well as the premises itself, must be left complete and in an undamaged condition. Any defects or damage detected when taking over or when using the room must be reported immediately. The institution or individual organising the event is liable for any further damage or defects.
  • Use of the room may not be transferred to third parties during the allocated occupancy period.
  • All rubbish must be disposed of in the waste disposal bins provided.
  • All participants are required to be aware of escape and emergency plans before the event begins.
  • The kitchen equipment used must be placed in the dishwasher or, if necessary, washed and put away by hand.

If the Equal Opportunities Office is no longer staffed at the end of the event, the individual organising the event is responsible for the key and ensuring that the room and property are locked. Under no circumstances may the key be passed on to third parties. In addition, users are obliged to leave the room with the windows closed and the doors locked. The key is handed out and returned by arrangement.

Diversitätssensible Sprache und Bilder verwenden

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