Corona virus: Current information

  • Teaching is largely being converted to digital formats
  • Workshops, internships, laboratories and events in small groups with a practical component can continue to take place on-site for up to 30 people, provided that they make a significant contribution to the quality of studies and teaching and are necessary to achieve the qualification goals in an on-site format.
  • Examinations can continue to take place on-site in compliance with the hygiene regulations (and compliance with the permissible room capacity, even in larger groups).
  • The university remains open. The libraries and service facilities are also still available. 
  • From now on there is an extended mask requirement for staying in the university buildings: Everyday masks are now also to be worn during the courses in the classrooms; the same applies to events and (committee) meetings in presence.
  • The canteen will continue to operate. 
  • Notification: In the event of suspicion or infection with Covid-19, please report this to the university immediately via the address infogesundheit(at)hochschule-trier.de and to the responsible health office.
  • Entry into Rhineland-Palatinate from risk areas for study purposes is still possible (see FAQ: Arriving from a risk area?)

  • The web application Intake is used for contact data collection. To start Intake, simply go to the address checkin.hochschule-trier.de in your web browser and generate your personal QR code. You can present this code the next time you visit the university. Your contact details will only be transferred once you present it.

Further information can be found in the following FAQ

Current information from the Presidency

Information of 26. November 2020

Dear students,

Following yesterday's decision by the federal Prime Ministers with the Chancellor to extend the November arrangements to December, the universities in Rhineland-Palatinate have agreed to offer digital classes in December as well. As in November, laboratory internships, teaching on patients and other courses with a practical component can continue to be offered in attendance.

We only have to tighten the regulations on learning groups somewhat: This reduces the maximum number of participants in learning groups among students in the university's premises to a maximum of 5 (instead of the previous 10) persons. Compliance with the general distance and hygiene rules remains of course of supreme importance. The obligation to record contacts also has to be observed. The Intake app is available across the university for this purpose. To start Intake, go to checkin.hochschule-trier.de. You can obtain the session leader password from infogesundheit(at)hochschule-trier.de

 In general, the university asks you to deal with the current situation responsibly and carefully, also concerning your private activities.
 
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your cooperation over the past few months and your understanding. Despite the increase in the number of infections across Germany, no chains of infection have so far occurred at the university, in particular thanks to everyone's responsible and prudent behavior.
 
We would like to draw your attention to two other important news:
 
Postponement of the lecture times in the summer semester 2021
After consulting with the departments, the study services and the central equal opportunities officer, the University Executive Board decided to postpone the lecture dates for the coming summer semester so that we start after Easter, do not include any Whitsun holidays and finish lectures a week before the start of the summer holidays.

The following dates apply:

  • Start of the courses: Monday April 12th, 2021
  • End of the course: Saturday July 10th, 2021

 
Prof. Dr. Dorit Schumann elected Vice President of the HRK
Finally, we would like to share the good news that our President, Prof. Dr. Dorit Schumann, was elected Vice President of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK). In her department, she will be primarily responsible for the subjects of “interfaces in the university system, equality and diversity”. We in the University Executive Board are very proud of this special honor. This is a great boost for the external perception and positioning of our university at the federal level. You can find the press release here: https://www.hochschule-trier.de/hochschule/aktuelles/news-und-pressemitteilungen/news-detail/hochschulpraesidentin-prof-dr-dorit-schumann-zur-vizepraesidentin-der-hrk-gewaehlt
 
We will keep you up to date on all important developments and wish you and your families a nice and contemplative time before Christmas.

Claudia Hornig
Marc Regier
Stefan Diemer
Dorit Schumann

Information of 30. October 2020

Dear colleagues, dear students,
 
In view of the current federal and state-wide resolutions to contain the corona pandemic, we would like to inform you about the most important effects on our ongoing operations from next Monday, 02 November 2020:
 
Conversion to digital teaching

Following today's consultations between the university presidents and the minister for science, we will largely switch teaching to digital formats in the current winter semester. We hope that the measures taken over the next few weeks will take effect and want to live up to our social responsibility. The commitment made by all lecturers and students so far to ensure classroom teaching under pandemic conditions has made a major contribution to ensuring the quality of teaching. In many cases, first-year students in particular were able to get to know the university in person and certainly establish important contacts with fellow students and teachers.
 
Workshops, internships, laboratories and events in small groups with a practical component can continue to take place on-site for up to 30 people, provided that they make a significant contribution to the quality of studies and teaching and are necessary to achieve the qualification goals in an on-site format.

More detailed planning and information are provided by the departments and lecturers. It is important to coordinate the course organisation within the respective courses of study and departments in order to ensure that students can also follow the different formats (presence / online) that are possible. Please make every effort to ensure that students in quarantine are provided with materials for self-study for purely on-site events.
 
Examinations can continue to take place on-site in compliance with the hygiene regulations (and compliance with the permissible room capacity, even in larger groups). Groups of more than 30 people are also allowed for exams.
 
The university remains open. The libraries, student services and facilities are also still available in compliance with general hygiene regulations.
 
Contact tracing
We have an obligation to trace and record contacts across the university for all meetings of 2 people or more and an expected duration of 15 minutes or more. The recording of contacts applies to all meetings, events, exams, committee meetings, consultations, as well as meetings in common and social rooms, etc. The Intake app is available across the university for recording contact data (alternatively, contacts can be recorded on paper).
 
Cafeteria
The cafeteria at our Main Campus is expected to continue to operate as before, which also applies to the Design Campus. Contact tracing is scheduled to start from Monday. After a declaration of consent has been filled out for the first time, contacts will probably be recorded via the payment system. At the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld the cafeteria will continue to operate as before, for now. A further reduction of services at a later time is not excluded.

Mouth-nose covering
Please remember there is a general requirement to wear a mouth-nose covering (also at the seat) during events, classroom teaching, examinations and (committee) meetings.
 
Teleworking
As the university remains open, there will currently be no return to the home office regulations for the summer semester. Provided that offices are occupied by several people and the area of ​​responsibility permits it, teleworking can be expanded to up to 50 percent. This regulation initially applies until December 20, 2020. The application for extended telework is made via the usual official channels in coordination with the respective supervisor to the University Executive Board and with the participation of the staff council. We will inform you if the state provides further information about extending home office work at a later date.

Updated hygiene concept
You can find our updated occupational safety and hygiene concept here: Download (PDF)

We have supplemented this with specific instructions in the event of a suspected or confirmed corona infection.
 
Notification requirement
If you have a suspected or a positive Corona infection, please inform the responsible health authority and the university immediately via infogesundheit(at)hochschule-trier.de  
 
Thank you very much for your understanding, and also for the short-term nature of some of the changes. 

We will keep you up to date on all important developments and wish you continued good health.

Best regards

Prof. Dr. Dorit Schumann
Claudia Hornig
Prof. Dr. Marc Regier
Prof. Dr. Stefan Diemer

Information of 23. October 2020

Dear students, dear colleagues,

In the past few days, the number of new corona infections in Germany has risen sharply, and the momentum continues. For several days, the district of Birkenfeld district has had an above-average infection rate. Today Trier also exceeded the number of 50 infections per 100 thousand inhabitants in 7 days. This means that all our university campuses are now in risk areas.

We are observing what is happening on the part of the university very closely and are in close contact with the Ministry of Science, other universities in the state and currently also with the mayor of Trier.

With our hygiene concept, in particular the consistent implementation of the AHA guidelines in combination with the ventilation of rooms, we have taken comprehensive and extensive measures, as confirmed by feedback from the health authorities, to enable students, teachers and employees to be safely present at the university.

In view of the current increased dynamics, we will take further measures for all university locations from Monday, October 26th, 2020, These have already been in effect for the environmental campus this week:
 
From now on there is an extended mask requirement for staying in the university buildings: Everyday masks are now also to be worn during the courses in the classrooms; the same applies to events and (committee) meetings in presence. This applies until the number of new infections falls below the threshold of 50 per 100,000 inhabitants. We will keep you informed

In view of the current dynamics across the country, we must again urgently appeal to your responsibility:
Please adhere strictly to the hygiene regulations, in particular the AHA rule (distance, hygiene, everyday mask). Please also pay particular attention to the distance rules when entering and leaving the rooms in groups, as well as in central locations such as the entrance areas, in the hallways or in the cafeteria. Also, keep your distance when wearing an everyday mask. Think about regular airing.

We will continue our offer of face-to-face teaching, especially for the first semesters and small groups, within the framework of the general deliberations of the state and regional administrations. We endeavor to enable all students who cannot attend the university to participate in the courses online or to make online content available.

We will continue to keep you informed of all important developments.
Stay healthy and take care of yourself and those around you even on the weekend.

Best regards

Prof. Dr. Dorit Schumann (President)
Claudia Hornig (Chancellor)
Prof. Dr. Marc Regier (Vice President Studies and Teaching)
Prof. Dr. Stefan Diemer (Vice President Research)

Information of 17. October 2020

Dear students, lecturers and employees,
 
we are writing you a message today, as the Birkenfeld district is now a risk area. There are now 71 positively tested corona cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in 7 days. Since most of the positively tested persons come from the US-Army-Barracks in Baumholder, we have decided to continue the classroom teaching.
 
We are monitoring the situation and do not exclude further adjustments in case of a continuing increase and spread. On Monday, the University Chancellors will consult with the Ministry of Science on how to deal with risk areas and on the classroom teaching at the universities. After that there will probably be more information.
 
There is also a first positive corona test by a member of our university. We wish a good recovery and all the best!

To all others we can communicate: There have been no contacts at the university for several days. The public health department will not ask for our data from the contact registration "Intake" because the contacts were very limited and in line with the AHA rules and ventilation.
 
This shows once again how important it is to deal responsibly with distance, hygiene, everyday mask and regular ventilation. Here we would like to thank you very much for your careful and responsible behaviour at the start of the semester. 
Please continue to follow the rules responsibly as the number of students around our university locations increases. Please also pay attention to them at the weekend and avoid unnecessary contacts, trips or celebrations.
Finally, we would like to point out that it is now again possible to submit a notification of illness by telephone.  If you have any signs of a cold, please stay at home.
 
We would like to ask all lecturers to provide the course materials or other information in such a way that students can also work on the documents from home in case of illness or quarantine.
 
We wish you all continued health
 
With best regards
Prof. Dr. Dorit Schumann
Claudia Hornig
Prof. Dr. Marc Regier
Prof. Dr. Stefan Diemer

Information of 09 October 2020

Dear students, dear professors, dear employees,
 
we hope that the winter semester started well for you. We are particularly pleased that we were able to welcome more than 1,000 new students to the university, and that the hybrid semester has brought more life to the university again.
 
Hygiene rules

In order to ensure a successful semester despite the current increase in corona infections, we need to appeal to your sense of responsibility: Please observe the hygiene regulations, in particular the AHA rule (distance, hygiene, everyday mouth nose covering). This applies not only to the campus, but also outside of the university. Please also pay particular attention to the distance regulations when entering and leaving the rooms in groups, as well as in other central locations such as the entrance areas, in the corridors or in the cafeteria.
 
Please remember the obligation to record contacts at the university. The Intake app is used at Trier University of Applied Sciences for this purpose: https://checkin.hochschule-trier.de. Please remember to always have your personal QR code with you at the university.

 

Wherever possible, please ventilate the rooms regularly. In order to ensure air exchange, offices should be ventilated every 60 minutes and meeting and classrooms at least every 20 minutes. A ventilation period of 3 to 10 minutes is recommended.
 
We have already informed you about the university's hygiene regulations with the AHA rule, contact recording, one-way street regulations, ventilation, etc. The hygiene concept has been slightly adjusted - you can find the updated version at: www.hochschule-trier.de/fileadmin/Hochschule/Einrichtungen/Praesidialamt/Corona/Arbeitsschutz-Hygiene-Standards.pdf. (in German), but essentially the regulations remain the same.

 

If you see further need for additional protective walls, sanitizers or distance markings, please submit your needs in consultation with your supervisor to infogesundheit(at)hochschule-trier.de.
 
 
Notification and contacts
In the event of suspicion or infection with Covid-19, please report this to the university immediately via the address infogesundheit(at)hochschule-trier.de. Important hotlines and contact points for Corona can also be found at: https://corona.rlp.de/de/service/hotlines/
If you have general questions about Corona and university operations, you can contact us at any time via the email address infogesundheit(at)hochschule-trier.de. For questions that you would prefer to address directly to student council representatives, write an email to studentischeanektiven(at)hochschule-trier.de.

 
A daily status report on the current number of cases in Germany and the individual federal states with the areas particularly affected can be found on the homepage of the Robert Koch Institute: www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Situationsberichte/Gesamt.html. (in German), Please be careful and take into account the current developments and corona rules when planning your travel for the fall holiday.
 
In other news:
Finally, we also want to send the following information to the university:

  • The State of Rhineland-Palatinate’s new higher education law came into force on October 6, 2020. The new law now also regulates the corona-related extension of the standard period of study in §27: For students who are enrolled in a course at a university in the state in the summer semester 2020 and are not on leave, the individual standard period of study that deviates from the standard period of study is also extended by one semester. Further information on implementation will follow.
  • The agreement for the implementation of the „Contract for Academic Education" (successor to the university pact) between the Trier UAS and the Ministry of Higher Education was signed on October 1st, 2020. The press release can be found at: www.hochschule-trier.de/hochschule/aktuelles/news-und-pressemitteilungen/news-detail/praesidentin-begruesst-planungssicherheit-fuer-gutes-studium-und-gute-lehre-an-der-hochschule-trier (in German).

We will keep you up to date on all important topics and wish you a successful semester. Stay healthy!
 
With best regards from the university executive board
 
Prof. Dr. Dorit Schumann (President)
Claudia Hornig (Chancellor)
Prof. Dr. Marc Regier (Vice President Studies and Teaching)
Prof. Dr. Stefan Diemer (Vice President Research)

Information of 27 September 2020

Dear students, dear professors, dear employees,
 
We are very happy to start our semester on September 28th and to welcome around 1000 new students to our universtiy. We would like to take this as an opportunity to warmly welcome you all: All students, all professors and lecturers, all employees.With this date we will be one of the first universities in Germany to start with a mix of classroom teaching and distance learning.
 
We are pleased that more life and activities will return into our campuses, and that personal social contacts will be possible again. We wish you a successful semester, which will hopefully be combined with joy and, above all, health.
 
We put a lot of thought into planning the hybrid semester and already shared our key rules with you:
- AHA (distance, hygiene, everyday mask),

-  Contact tracing,
- Designated one-way paths for several venues
- Ventilation etc.
 
In this context, we ask and expect you to to act responsibly:
Please adhere to the regulations, especially the AHA rule. Responsible behavior is not only essential on campus, but also outside of the university. You will see posters on our campuses reminding us all again and again.
 
We urgently ask everyone to refrain from celebrations in connection with the semester welcome, or any other kind of large gatherings so that we do not endanger the health of all university members. We want to have safe and stable hybrid semester until we, hopefully, can be back to normal.
 
If you come from a risk area, different regulations apply, which we update on the website, where we also refer to the official information on Federal Foreign Office and Robert-Koch Institute websites.
 
In regard to Luxembourg, similar provisions as in previous months will be in force. This means that commuters and students are allowed to cross the border (usually with presentation of their student ID or other university ID).
 
If you as a member of the university come either from Luxembourg or from an area in Germany for which a value of 50 corona infections per 100 thousand inhabitants over 7 days is exceeded, we ask you to be particularly careful with the AHA rules and personal contacts. This applies to the entire semester and not just to the first weeks.
 
If you have symptoms of illness, it is better to stay at home just to be safe and ask the teachers how you can best work on the lecture content.
 
In the event of a corona infection and quarantine, please inform us via the email address given below. The responsible health authorities will contact us (President and Chancellor) if necessary. We are the only people who have access to the data of the contact tracing with the Intake app and will only communicate the relevant data if we have a request from public health office in connection with positive corona case diagnosis. The data is automatically deleted after four weeks.
 
We will keep you informed on our website and via emails:
https://www.hochschule-trier.de/hochschule/aktuelles/informationen-zum-corona-virus
 
E-mail addresses for contact and questions:
For general questions about Corona and university operations: infogesundheit(at)hochschule-trier.de
For questions that you would prefer to address to students: studentischeanektiven(at)hochschule-trier.de
In addition, the staff councils and other staff representatives
 
We wish you the best for this special semester!
 
To conclude, we also would like to send the following information to the university about the start of the semester:

  • The new higher education law was passed on September 16, and with it the legislation on the standard period of study, which we have reported on several times. We are currently waiting for the final text of the University Act so that we can gradually implement all new regulations at the university.
  • University Elections: In the winter semester, all members of the university elect their representatives for the Senate and the respective departmental councils. The elections will take place on November 17 and 18, 2020. Further details will follow.
  • On Thursday, October 1st, Science Minister Prof. Konrad Wolf will sign the target agreements for the years 2021-2026 with the two Trier universities. These concern the implementation of the Agreement on the Future of University Studies and Teaching, which will replace the preceding University Pact. We have announced this several times and are now looking forward to the implementation. This agreement and its signing after more than a year of negotiations is important, in particular for our academic activities, university finances, and for strategic topics, e.g. the foundation of a Health Campus.

 

With the agreement, we are setting our sights on the future and its important challenges, far beyond the current situation surrounding the pandemic.
 
We would like to thank you all again for your commitment in the past semester:
All professors and lecturers, all our students, our departmental administrations, all employees. I would particularly like to mention the IT departments; those involved in everything around e-learning, our facility management staff the developing team of the Intake app, and all those responsible for making on-site learning, teaching and examinations possible!
 
Best Regards
Prof. Dr. Dorit Schumann (President)
Claudia Hornig (Chancellor)
Prof. Dr. Marc Regier (Vice President Studies and Teaching)
Prof. Dr. Stefan Diemer (Vice President Research)

 

 

Information of 18 September 2020

Dear students, dear colleagues,

With a view to the start of the hybrid winter semester on September 28, 2020, we would like to inform you about the most important regulations in this email.

Extension of the standard duration of studies
We begin this message with news about the standard duration of studies that many of you have been waiting for. The Rhineland-Palatinate state parliament passed a new university law on Wednesday. An amendment request was also accepted, with which the standard period of study is retroactively extended by one semester to 01.01.2020 due to the corona pandemic. This prevents students from losing their BAfög funding entitlement due to exceeding the standard period of study. We expect the concrete regulation for the implementation of the announced extension of the standard duration of studies for the beginning / middle of October.
 
General hygiene concept of Trier University of Applied Sciences

On the basis of the 11th Corona Control Ordinance Rhineland-Palatinate (11th CoBeLVO) of September 11, 2020, we have adapted the general hygiene concept of Trier University of Applied Sciences. We have summarized the essential changes to the hygiene concept for you below. The general hygiene concept with the detailed regulations can be found in the appendix.
 
At Trier University, the AHA rule (distance - hygiene - everyday masks) applies
 
Mouth and nose coverings

  • At Trier University of Applied Sciences, a mouth and nose cover must be worn (compulsory). There is no mask requirement at the individual place of work.
  • Employees are exempt from the mask requirement at their place of work if other suitable protective measures (e.g. partition walls) are taken and as long as there is no direct contact with students or visitors.
  • The lecturers or those responsible can issue further regulations for their event / premises.

 

Contact tracing

  • The contact details of the participants must be recorded for all events, exams, discussions, committee meetings, advisory discussions with an expected duration of at least 15 minutes.
    The Intake app is used across the university to record contact data.
  • As a participant in an event, visit the following address checkin.hochschule-trier.de. Then enter your personal contact details and generate a personal QR code. When attending an event, this QR code is scanned by the event manager.
  • As an alternative, contact recording on a paper form is available as before. In this case, all forms will be submitted to Chancellor Claudia Hornig.
  • People who refuse to provide their contact details are excluded from visiting or using the university or participating in the event.

Courses and exams

  • In the winter semester 2020/21, courses and examinations will take place face-to-face in compliance with general hygiene standards. In particular, the distance requirement, the mask requirement and the obligation to record contacts apply. There is no mask requirement at the seat.
  • Courses of 30 people or more must be approved by the university management.
  • A max. group size of up to 75 people.
  • For exams, the max. Group size of the max. Room capacity in compliance with the spacing rules.
  • Exams must be reported to the university management from a group size of 30 people
  • The specific hygiene information for face-to-face events and exams can be found here: www.hochschule-trier.de/go/coronavirus 

 

Events with guests, meetings, etc.

  • Events with guests, meetings, interviews, etc. with up to 30 people can be carried out in compliance with the general hygiene rules without the separate approval of the university executive board.
  • For more than 30 people, a permit must be requested from the university executive board.
  • The recording of contacts must be ensured.
  • The maximum limit is 75 people.
  • External events at the university will not take place for the moment.
     

For employees

Home office regulation for employees
It is planned that the current, generous home office regulations will end on September 30th, 2020. With a view to the coming winter semester, an increased presence at the university will be necessary again. All employees have the option of applying for home office in the usual way within the framework of the general e agreement.

Presence of lecturers at the university
With the start of face-to-face courses, we expect all professors and other lecturers to be regularly present at the university in the winter semester. This also includes the willingness to hold face-to-face events in the hybrid semester according to the planning of the departments at the university, to offer regular consultation hours and to take part in discussions or committee meetings (on site at the university and additionally digitally). With the AHA rule and other framework conditions, we have created the necessary conditions. Exceptions can be agreed for risk groups if necessary; in this case we ask for a medical certificate to be presented.


Contact
If you have general questions about Corona and university operations, you can contact us at any time via the email address infogesundheit(at)hochschule-trier.de.
For questions that you would prefer to address directly to students, write an email to studentischeanliegen(at)hochschule-trier.de.
 
We wish you a good start into the coming semester and stay healthy!
 
With best regards from the university executive board
Dorit Schumann
Claudia Hornig

Marc Regier
Stefan Diemer
Claudia Hornig

 

FAQ - General questions

Is there a central point of contact for questions about coronavirus?

Yes. Trier University of Applied Sciences has set up its own pandemic working and control group (ASP), which coordinates the measures related to the coronavirus centrally and involves experts from the company medical service and the health authorities. It also coordinates with the state ministries and other public institutions.

What does the university do to protect employees, students and visitors to the university?

The university implements the recommendations of the federal and state governments and the Robert Koch Institute promptly. This includes in particular general protective and hygienic measures as well as the coordination of other measures in the areas of occupational safety, study and teaching, business trips and public traffic. Basically, contact by phone or email is currently preferable to personal contact. Corresponding formats are available in every advisory institution at the university. The general precautions to avoid infection must be observed. Please also note the detailed information in the FAQ and the current information by the university management.

You can also find the latest information by the university on the following website: www.hochschule-trier.de/go/coronavirus

How can I protect myself against the coronavirus?

The current focus is on slowing the spread of the virus. Employees and students should pay particular attention to good hand hygiene, sufficient distance from the sick and the usual cough and sneeze etiquette (see below).

The following measures are recommended:

  1. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly and hold your face as little as possible.
  2. Avoid shaking hands and hugs as a greeting.
  3. The distance to other people should be about 1-2 meters.
  4. As far as possible, do not touch door handles, handles and handrails in buses and trains.
  5. Rooms should be well ventilated regularly.
  6. The so-called cough and sneeze etiquette should be adhered to:
  • When coughing or sneezing, keep at least 1.5 meters away from other people and turn away.
  • Cough or sneeze in the crook of your arm or use a disposable handkerchief - use only once and then dispose of in a trash can. If a cloth handkerchief is used, it should then be washed at 60 ° C.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing.

FAQ - Studies

Are lectures and seminars taking place in the winter semester?

We will largely switch teaching to digital formats in the current winter semester. We hope that the measures taken over the next few weeks will take effect and want to live up to our social responsibility. The commitment made by all lecturers and students so far to ensure classroom teaching under pandemic conditions has made a major contribution to ensuring the quality of teaching. In many cases, first-year students in particular were able to get to know the university in person and certainly establish important contacts with fellow students and teachers.
 
Workshops, internships, laboratories and events in small groups with a practical component can continue to take place on-site for up to 30 people, provided that they make a significant contribution to the quality of studies and teaching and are necessary to achieve the qualification goals in an on-site format.

More detailed planning and information are provided by the departments and lecturers. It is important to coordinate the course organisation within the respective courses of study and departments in order to ensure that students can also follow the different formats (presence / online) that are possible. Please make every effort to ensure that students in quarantine are provided with materials for self-study for purely on-site events.

What hygiene rules must be observed for classroom teaching?

The general safety and hygiene standards of the university apply to courses and examinations in attendance, especially with regard to distance, hand hygiene and ventilation.

  • Longer stays within buildings are only permitted in designated areas with contact registration.
  • Rooms have a maximum permissible number of visitors (distance at least 1.5m), the permissible number of visitors is shown at the room entrance and may not be exceeded.
  • On the way to lectures and exams and in front of the room, distance markings and posters should indicate the safety distance. This minimum distance must be observed. Group formation is to be avoided.
  • In addition, students must wear a mouth and nose cover in foyers for classes and on the way to their seats.A mouth-and-nose cover must also be worn when leaving the classroom and when taking the exam, as well as in all situations where the minimum distance cannot be maintained for a longer period of time.
  • If one-way regulations are in place in buildings/staircases/rooms, these must be observed; otherwise oncoming persons should be avoided to the right.
  • Between courses, sufficient breaks (at least 10 minutes) must be ensured to ensure this. These should be used for ventilation.
  • Please remember there is a general requirement to wear a mouth-nose covering (also at the seat) during classroom teaching und examinations.
  • Food in the classroom is not allowed (exceptions in case of medical necessity).
  • No special cleaning/disinfection of the tables between lectures is required.  Disinfectant for hands and surfaces will be provided.
  • After the course, participants should leave the room as quickly as possible. Even after the lesson, the minimum distance must be maintained.
Do exams take place at the university?

Examinations can continue to take place on-site in compliance with the hygiene regulations (and compliance with the permissible room capacity, even in larger groups).

Groups of more than 30 people are also allowed for exams.

Which hygiene rules apply to examinations?

Hygiene instructions for examinations (and exam consultations)

  • General hygiene and distance rules also apply to on-site exams, in particular regarding distancing and regular hand hygiene and ventilation.
  • In the case of a medical need (medical certificate required), individual examination solutions (e.g. separate room) should be sought at the student's request. An application for an individual solution based on a medical need is to be submitted to the examination board of the respective department via the Study Service in Trier or the examination office at the ECB with the corresponding medical proof.

  • On the way to the exams and in front of the exam room, distance markings and posters should indicate a safe distance. This minimum distance must be observed. Group formation should be avoided. 
  • On the way to the exams, in the anterooms and on the way from the anteroom to the seat, you have to bring and wear your own mouth and nose cover. This also applies when handing in the exams until leaving the building.
  • Exams are distributed before the students are admitted to the examination room or must be picked up near the entrance by students.
  • The exams are to be filed in a drop box by the participants and should be kept for 24 hours before correction.
  • A one-way system for entrance / exit should be provided and marked.
  • No mouth-nose covering is necessary during the test.
  • In the case of questions by students / answers from examiners, a mouth and nose covering must be worn by both sides. The supervisors can decide to only admit questions to the desk with a protective wall.
  • Eating in the exam room is not permitted (exceptions in the case of medical need).
  • Special cleaning / disinfection of the tables is not necessary. Disinfectants for hands and surfaces should be made available to the participants / supervisors. Disinfectant can be requested by the departments from facility management. 
  • After the exam, everyone leaves the room, the building and the campus as quickly as possible. Even after the exam, group formation on campus must be avoided.
  • The hygiene instructions for the course of exams are also valid for consulting exams.
What regulations apply to the examination attempts in the winter semester 2020/21?
  • Students are free to take part in the exams that are scheduled for the winter semester 2020/21, which means that there will be no compulsory attempts, and these  examinations do not count towards the number of 3 possible exam attempts specified by the examination regulations.
  • Exams that are taken will be assessed. This does not affect the regulations on withdrawal from exams as per the examination regulations.
  • Seminar, study papers, or final theses are exempt from these regulations. An extension of the deadline can be granted by the responsible examination committees upon request.
  • For organizational reasons, the registration deadlines for examinations as per the examination regulations remain unchanged.
What regulations apply to students from risk groups for examinations?

For students from risk groups (medical proof required), individual solutions (e.g. separate room) should be provided upon request by the student in case of a medically justified need.

In this case, the student submits an request for an individual examination with the corresponding medical proof. The student's request and the proof of a risk group is submitted to the responsible examination office and can usually be decided there. In cases of doubt, the responsible examination committee should also decide on the basis of a possible need to "compensate for disadvantages".

If the examination is held for students in a separate room, the following should apply in addition to the hygiene rules that always apply

  • a maximum of 4 students are examined in one room and
  • at least one area of 10m² per person is available

The regulation covers students who themselves belong to a risk group, but not students who live together with persons from risk groups.

How do I deal with a stay abroad?

Exchange students should notify their contact person at the International Office and the respective professors.

University students who have planned study-related trips, excursions etc. or are planning for the summer semester must postpone the trip until further notice.

Students who make an Erasmus stay in the affected regions and cancel it receive early Erasmus support, even if the minimum duration is less, for the days spent abroad. Due to the exceptional circumstances, shortened stays abroad are recognized as far as possible.

What effect does the corona crisis have on residence regulations for international students?

Due to the Corona crisis, international students are currently affected by travel and residence restrictions in addition to financial and social burdens. To ease the situation, the Federal Ministry of the Interior has now given new recommendations to the immigration authorities. International students can expect the regulations that are normally applicable to be relaxed when extending residence permits, searching employment opportunities to secure their livelihood, and in cases of short-term mobility.

Meeting of study groups: What must be considered?

Meetings of learning groups of up to 5 people are possible in compliance with the general distance and hygiene rules in the university premises. The obligation to record your contacts also applies. The Intake app is available across the university for this purpose. To start Intake, go to checkin.hochschule-trier.de. You can get the session manager password from infogesundheit(at)hochschule-trier.de

FAQ - Travel and quarantine regulations

Can I come to the university if I live in a risk area within Germany?

Yes. Travel restrictions do not apply to people who travel for educational, professional, or business purposes from a risk area within Germany.

Can I enter Rhineland-Palatinate from a foreign risk area?

People who enter Rhineland-Palatinate from a risk area are obliged to go into a 10-day quarantine immediately after entering the country, report to the responsible health department and provide information there about possible symptoms and a test.
 
However, there are exceptions to the stricter entry conditions (quarantine, test, etc.), which are regulated in Section 20 of the Corona Control Ordinance of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate. 

The quarantine obligation does not apply for:

  • persons who have stayed in a risk area abroad for less than 72 hours or who enter Germany from a risk area for up to 24 hours.
  • "cross-border commuters": international students from a foreign risk area who return to their place of residence regularly (at least once a week):
    • Please provide a certificate by the university stating the necessity to enter Germany for study purposes and compliance with appropriate protection and hygiene concepts by the university.
    • No test necessary 
  •   people who have been working for up to five days or have stayed in a risk area because of their training or studies.
    • Please provide a certificate by the university stating the necessity to enter Germany for study purposes and compliance with appropriate protection and hygiene concepts by the university.
    • Negative test required: either taken no more than 48 hours before entry, or upon entry.
  • persons who are coming to Germany for study or training purposes for a stay of at least three months.
    • Please provide a certificate by the university stating the necessity to enter Germany for study purposes and compliance with appropriate protection and hygiene concepts by the university.
    • Negative test required: either taken no more than 48 hours before entry or upon entry.

FAQ - Data protection and copyright

What rules apply to data protection?

“The duty of care of employers and employers obliges them to ensure the health protection of all of their employees. In the opinion of the independent data protection supervisory authorities, this also includes the appropriate response to the epidemic or pandemic spread of a notifiable illness, which serves in particular for prevention and, in the event of traceability (i.e., in principle, downstream prevention for the contact persons). Of course, these measures must always be proportionate. The data must be treated confidentially and used exclusively for the intended purpose. After the respective processing purpose ceases to exist (usually at the latest when the pandemic ends), the data collected must be deleted immediately. "

Source: The Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information, further information under the link:

https://www.bfdi.bund.de/DE/Datenschutz/Themen/Gesundheit_Soziales/GesundheitSozialesArtikel/Datenschutz-in-Corona-Pandemie.html

What do I have to consider regarding copyright in online lectures?

Please note that the content of the online lecture – particularly the films, graphics and pictures used in it – is protected by copyright. It is prohibited to create, reproduce or publish any kind of screenshots or recordings of the online lecture without the lecturer’s express permission, with the exception of individual use for study.

Reporting obligation

In the event of suspicion or infection with Covid-19, you are obligated to report this immediately to the university via the address infogesundheit(at)hochschule-trier.de and to the responsible health office.

Contact

For questions and information about the coronavirus, please contact: infogesundheit(at)hochschule-trier.de

If you would rather address students for questions: studentischeanliegen(at)hochschule-trier.de

Hygiene rules

  • Keep a distance (at least 1.5m to other people)
  • Wearing a mouth-nose cover
  • Following rules for coughing and sneezing
  • Good hand hygiene: wash hands regularly with soap and water
  • Keep hands away from face
  • Clean the workstation if you share it with other people (e.g. keyboards)
  • Ventilate rooms regularly
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