Study on abuse of power, sexualised violence and discrimination

Our university is having the Institut für Praxisforschung und Projektberatung (IPP, Institute for Practice Research and Project Consulting) conduct a scientific study on the topic of »Abuse of power, sexualised violence and discrimination at University of Music and Theatre Munich« in the summer semester of 2023. As part of this independent study, a comprehensive online survey of all university members will be implemented in German and English from 27 June to 17 July.

The aim is to record the current state of experience of students and employees in teaching and administration with abuse of power, sexualised violence and discrimination at University of Music and Theatre Munich. Thereby we intend to evaluate, among other things, whether the measures we have taken in the last few years are having an effect and identify areas where further improvements are necessary. The comprehensive survey is financially supported by the Bayerischen Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst (Bavarian State Ministry for Science and the Arts).

Because we as a university are aware: we are responsible for ensuring that all people at our institution, but especially our students, can feel safe and are accepted and respected in their individual diversity. Our university must be a safe place for all university members. Abuse of power, sexualised violence and discrimination will not be tolerated.

  • Who is conducting the study?

    The study is planned and implemented by the external Institut für Praxisforschung und Projektberatung München (IPP, Institute for Practice Research and Project Consulting). IPP München is an independent research institute under the auspices of the non-profit Vereins für Psychosoziale Initiativen (VfPI, Association for Psychosocial Initiatives). Since 2011, it has conducted several extensive studies in the context of sexualised violence – for example in the Odenwald School, in the field of psychotherapy or in church institutions and organisations (both in the field of the Catholic Church and the Protestant Church and Diakonie).

  • How is the study structured?

    For the study at University of Music and Theatre, IPP has developed a customised research design. IPP München is now conducting it independently of our university, including the design of a comprehensive survey and an evaluation of the results.

    As a first step, IPP München conducted qualitative interviews with university members from all status groups and developed a questionnaire on this basis. The second step was an anonymous comprehensive online survey of all university members.

    In the winter semester of 2023/24, the results will be published by IPP München, summarised in report form, together with the university. A public presentation and internal presentation and discussion events are planned for this purpose.

  • Who can take part in the survey?

    The survey is aimed at all members of the University of Music and Theatre Munich, i.e. students, lecturers and employees in administration and central facilities.

    For underage students in undergraduate degree courses, we also inform the legal guardians.

    In the case of underage students in Junior Study Programmes (music or ballet), only the guardians are informed about the survey and can fill it out together with their children. The Junior Students themselves will not be contacted.

    From the cooperative degree courseswith the Theaterakademie August Everding, the degree programmes in Music Theatre/Opera Performance (Master) and Stage Directing (Bachelor and Master) are included, as these have a particularly large number of overlaps in their everyday teaching and study with the University of Music and Theatre.

  • When can I participate?

    The online survey is open to all university members from 27 June to 17 July 2023.

  • How do I get my access data?

    The access data is sent individually to the personal university email address. All university members receive access and TANs in this way. The TAN ensures that a questionnaire is only filled out once. It is not possible to assign the TAN to a person or individual data.

    Junior Students receive the access data via the email addresses of their legal guardians.

    You have not received any access data? Then please contact Barbara Klöver, Advisor for Quality Management and Evaluation at our university and responsible for coordinating the project within the university (barbara.kloever@hmtm.de).

  • Will my data be treated confidentially?

    Yes, of course. All information provided in the course of the survey will be treated as strictly confidential, will remain anonymous and is subject to data protection.

    In no case will it be possible to draw conclusions between answers and persons as the survey data is held exclusively by the IPP, which has no access to university’s staff or student data. The university has no access to the data or individual questionnaires, neither now nor in the future. It is also not possible to assign the TAN to a person or individual data. The TAN merely ensures that a questionnaire is not filled out more than once.

  • Where can I find more information on data protection?

    The detailed data protection information on surveys (German/English) can be found here.

  • Will the results be published?

    Yes, IPP München will publish the results of the study, summarised in report form, together with the university during the winter semester 2023/24. A public presentation as well as internal presentation and discussion events are planned for this purpose. Individual dates will be announced in good time.

    Individual data sets and raw data are of course not published.

  • Why is this survey being conducted?

    It is a particular concern of our university to promote respectful interaction with each other and to ensure that all university members can come to class and work with a good feeling. The University of Music and Theatre commissioned this study in order to get an accurate picture of the current situation regarding abuse of power, discrimination and sexualised violence and identify areas where further improvements are necessary.

    The comprehensive survey was recommended to our university by the so-called »Holzheid-Kommission«, which in 2019 reviewed the university’s handling of the incidents of sexualised violence by former president Dr Siegfried Mauser and the allegations against former composition professor Hans-Jürgen von Bose

  • Who was involved in the development of the study?

    The study is being conducted independently of our university by IPP München. In order to understand our institution well, various people are assisting the IPP in the process:

    Barbara Klöver, Advisor for Quality Management and Evaluation, is responsible for the internal coordination of the study. With regard to communication, she is supported by Maren Rose, Head of Communication and Press Officer.

    On the recommendation of IPP München, the research team is also supported by an advisory group. This accompanying group was appointed by the Senate of our university with people in specific functions and from all status groups. The task of the accompanying group was to critically comment on the questions during the development phase, taking into account the specifics of artistic training as well as specific terminology and contexts. Furthermore, the accompanying group suggested the persons for the qualitative interviews.

    The members of the advisory group are: Prof. Saskia Fikentscher (group of lecturers and member of the working group Respekt), Barbara Klöver (as coordinator; administration, Advisor for Quality Management and Evaluation), Dr. Tobias Reichard (group of scientific and artistic staff), Constanze Richter (administration, Staff Council, confidant), Maren Rose (administration, head of communication), Prof. Dr. Andrea Sangiorgio (Dean of Studies), Prof. Martin Steidler (group of professors, Senate member), Prof. Dr. Sonja Stibi (Women’s Representative), Jana Schmid and Julia Pfänder (Student Council).

    The process is also supported by the external psychologist and lawyer Dr Giulietta Tibone, who has accompanied our university in connection with sexualised violence and abuse of power for several years and is also available to IPP München with her specialist expertise.

  • Who can answer a question for me about this study/survey?

    The following persons are available to answer questions about the comprehensive survey:

    IPP München:
    Tinka Schubert (schubert@ipp-muenchen.de)
    Helga Dill (dill@ipp-muenchen.de)

    University of Music and Theatre:
    Barbara Klöver, Advisor for Quality Management and Evaluation (barbara.kloever@hmtm.de)

    Requests from media representatives:
    Maren Rose, Press Officer(maren.rose@hmtm.de)

  • Who can I talk to about a personal matter?

    If you need to talk to us, e.g. because of this email or the survey, our internal and external counselling centres will be happy to help you. You can find the overview here:
    https://hmtm.de/initiative-respekt/unterstuetzung-hilfe-und-beschwerdewege/