Corona virus: Current information

  • Courses in the summer semester are largely held digitally.
  • Workshops, practicals, laboratories and courses in small groups with a practical component can take place in presence for up to 30 people in exceptional cases.
  • Mask requirement: There is a general requirement to wear medical face masks or FFP2 masks at the university. 
  • Examinations in presence take place. There is an obligation to wear medical or FFP2 masks.
  • Participation in the examinations of the summer semester 2021 is optional for students, i.e. compulsory examinations do not have to be taken.
  • Corona test: Students should have themselves tested for Corona at the test centre before courses or exams.
  • The campus restaurants in Trier and on the Birkenfeld environmental campus are again switching to take-away meals. 
  • Notification: In case of a suspicion or infection with Covid-19, please report this immediately to the university via the address infogesundhleit(at)hochschule-trier.de and to the responsible health department.
  • Obligation to record contacts: For all meetings, events, retreats, committee meetings, consultations and meetings with more than 2 persons and a duration of at least 15 minutes, the contact data of the participants must be recorded. The Intake app is used throughout the university for this purpose.

Current information from the Presidency

Information of 26. March 2021

Dear colleagues, dear students,

We are looking forward to the new semester with optimism and hope and are pleased to celebrate the anniversary "50 years of Trier University of Applied Sciences" with all students, colleagues, partners and friends in the summer, even under the current exceptional conditions.

We hope you are all doing well and would like to take this opportunity to thank you that we also managed the last semester together under pandemic conditions.  

With regard to the summer semester, we would like to inform you about the current regulations and plans:

Courses in the summer semester
On Monday, 12 April, the mostly digital summer semester starts. At 10 a.m., the President and the Vice President for Studies, together with representatives of the City of Trier and the Studierendenwerk, will welcome the new students virtually in a livestream at Trier University of Applied Sciences.
At the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld, there will also be a virtual first-semester welcome by the deans at 10.00 am.
At 11.00 a.m., Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will address the students at Germany's universities. The speech will be livestreamed from 11.00 to approx. 11.30 a.m. and is aimed at students of all semesters. 
You can find more information about the start of the semester and the corresponding links on our websites.

The summer semester will be largely digital, with a few exceptions. Workshops, practicals, laboratories as well as events in small groups with a practical component can take place in presence for up to 30 people in exceptional cases, provided that a conversion to digital formats is not possible and the implementation is necessary for the achievement of the qualification goals.

The planning of the courses, in consideration of the hygiene concepts, is in the responsibility of the departments. The examination regulations from the winter semester are retained. 

Examinations with up to 30 participants can take place in attendance and be planned and carried out by the departments on their own responsibility.

Examinations with more than 30 participants must be reported to the President's Office.
For the first examination phase of the summer semester until 30.04.21, students are exempt from taking part in the examinations, i.e. compulsory attempts do not have to be taken and therefore do not count towards the possible 3 examination attempts.

Masks
There is a general obligation to wear medical masks or FFP2 masks at the university. This also applies at the seat during lectures, examinations and at events and (committee) meetings in presence. The university will provide employees with medical masks if required. Notifications of need should be sent toinfogesundheit(at)hochschule-trier.de.

Home office regulation
Our existing arrangements will be extended until 30 April 2021. Employees will be granted home office (up to 100%) as far as possible in agreement with their superiors, provided that office activities can be carried out from home.
The extension of the previous regulations will be automatic, provided that no changes are requested by the supervisors or employees. For further enquiries, please contact our human resources administrators.

Corona tests 
All citizens in Rhineland-Palatinate have the opportunity to be tested for the corona virus once a week free of charge. For university employees, the test can be credited to working hours, provided that the test is carried out within regular working hours. Test centres in RLP can be found at: https://covid-19-support.lsjv.rlp.de/hilfe/covid-19-test-dashboard/ 

Testing during working hours is considered to be a business trip. Travel costs are not refunded by the university.

Hygiene concept
The university's hygiene concept is still obligatory for everyone. The latest version of the concept can be found at: https://www.hochschule-trier.de/fileadmin/Hochschule/Einrichtungen/Webredaktion/Corona/ArbeitsschutzHygieneStandardsCoronaHSTrier_SoSe21_Version_2021_03_23.pdf .
This is intended to ensure safe university operations during the pandemic. However, this can only be achieved with your help. We would like to urge you all to do your part to help contain the infection and to reduce contacts and congregations on campus as much as possible, including during breaks, between classes and in student halls of residence.

On the website https://www.hochschule-trier.de/en/university/news-publications/corona-virus-current-information you will find constantly updated information about all Corona regulations.

We wish you a happy and hopefully sunny Easter and stay healthy!

With best regards
Prof. Dr. Dorit Schumann
Claudia Hornig
Prof. Dr. Marc Regier
Prof. Dr. Stefan Diemer

Information of 14. January 2021

Dear students, dear colleagues,

First of all, we consider the decision to carry out on-site exams (in coordination with our ministry and the LHPK) as a decision in favor of our students. We want to give our students the opportunity to complete this semester successfully. However, this is, and this is also very important, an offer for examination to our students. According to the decisions of all examination boards, the students are free to take part in the exams of the winter semester 2020/21. This means that compulsory attempts do not have to be taken and therefore do not count towards the number of 3 possible examination attempts as per the examination regulations.

The registration / deregistration deadlines for examinations specified in the examination regulations remain unchanged, but we would like to point out that, of course, the withdrawal regulations contained in the examination regulations allow exceptions due to the current corona situation. In particular, an ordered quarantine or a necessary isolation is a recognized reason for withdrawing from the exam, so that in these cases a short-term withdrawal from the exam is also recognized. (In Rhineland-Palatinate, isolation has to take place independently if the person learns that they are "contact person of category I" to a corona-positive person. Contact person of category I "are those persons with whom there was contact without both sides wearing a mouth and nose cover for a period of more than 15 minutes and at a distance of less than 1.5 meters, or people with whom a poorly or non-ventilated room was shared over a long period of time."

Furthermore, in some districts there may be a restriction of the range of motion to 15 kilometers around the place of residence if there is a seven-day incidence of more than 200 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, but for which there are usually exceptions for valid reasons. (In Saarland, the 15km rule only applies to leisure day trips, so exams can also be taken outside of the 15km radius.) If you as a student need confirmation that your presence at the university is necessary for examination purposes, please contact Your study service / to your examination office. In the event that university examinations are, individually, not recognized as a valid reason for an exception, this would of course also be recognized as a reason for withdrawal.

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

Information of 06. January 2021

Dear colleagues,
dear students,
 
We hope you had a good start into the new year. We wish you all the best for 2021, especially health, confidence, and that more life can return to our university in our anniversary year.
 
After the recent resolutions of the Federal Government and Prime Ministers, we would like to inform you about the most important regulations concerning our university, which apply until January 31, 2021:

  • The winter semester remains digital. All events that are not absolutely necessary should not take place on-site. Workshops, internships, laboratories and events in small groups with a practical component can take place on-site in exceptional cases, if a digital format is not possible, and if they are necessary to achieve qualification goals.
  • On-site examinations will take place again from 11 January 2021, strictly in accordance with the general protective measures. In particular, the distance requirement, the mask requirement, and the obligation to record contacts apply. In this context, we would like to point out again that the participation in the exams of the winter semester 2020/21 is optional. This means that mandatory examination attempts do not have to be undertaken and do not count towards the number of 3 possible examination attempts according to the examination regulations.
  • Meetings of learning groups in the premises of the university are limited to two persons.
  • Visits by external guests and public events remain prohibited.
  • Service and labor law regulations that have been in effect since December 16, 2020 will be extended to January 31, 21. It remains important to reduce the number of employees present at the university. In offices and service areas, only a minimal number of teaching, research, tech and administration staff should be present. As far as possible, and duties permitting, employees should be enabled to work from home or telework. Priority will be given to employees with childcare duties (children up to 14 years of age) and relatives in need of care. The previous regulations are extended automatically, provided that no changes are requested by supervisors or employees.
  • While daycare centers, schools or facilities for people with disabilities remain closed, the previous regulations on granting special leave under §56 IfSG (entitlement to compensation in the amount of 67 percent of the loss of earnings) have been extended to March 31, 21. The prerequisites are checked and documented accordingly by the personnel administration in coordination with the responsible supervisors.
  • The campus restaurants in Trier and on the Birkenfeld environmental campus are again switching to take-away meals. Staying in the cafeteria is therefore no longer possible.

We will keep you up to date on all important developments and wish you all the best for the rest of the semester, despite the current challenges and restrictions.
 
Best regards
 
Prof. Dr. Dorit Schumann
Claudia Hornig
Prof. Dr. Marc Regier
Prof. Dr. Stefan Diemer

Information of 14. December 2020

Dear colleagues,
dear students,
 
the corona virus and the upcoming lockdown are changing public life throughout Germany. Following the current appeals and resolutions of the federal government and prime ministers, we want to live up to our responsibility towards our students, employees and society.
 
This means that university operations will mostly be shut down from December 16, 2020 to January 10, 2021. Specifically, this means:

  • The presence of employees at the university will be reduced. In offices and service areas, only a minimal number of teaching, research, technology and administration staff should be present. Superiors (deans, department heads, project managers) are responsible for implementation and information of the personnel administration. As far as possible, employees should be enabled to work from home / use means of teleworking, provided that the activities permit this, preferably for people with childcare problems (children up to 14 years of age) and with relatives in need of care.
  • All courses that are not absolutely necessary may not be held in attendance until 10.01.2021. Workshops, laboratories and courses in small groups that are currently still held in presence should be converted to digital formats if possible or made up for. 
  • The examinations scheduled up to and including 18.12.2020 can still take place in compliance with the general hygiene regulations. In particular, the distance requirement, the mask requirement and the contact registration requirement must be observed.
  • On-site exams will not take place from January 04 until January 10, 2021. The departments communicate regulations for examinations that were scheduled during the period.
  • Visits by external guests or public events are generally prohibited.
  • You will receive separate information about the libraries.

This initially applies until January 10, 2021. In January we will reassess the situation and inform you.

Despite the current challenges, we wish you a quiet Advent and Christmas season, and stay healthy!
 
Best regards
Prof. Dr. Dorit Schumann
Claudia Hornig
Prof. Dr. Marc Regier
Prof. Dr. Stefan Diemer

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

FAQ - Studies

How do lectures take place in the summer semester?

The summer semester will be largely digital, with a few exceptions. Workshops, practicals, laboratories as well as events in small groups with a practical component can take place in presence for up to 30 people in exceptional cases, provided that a conversion to digital formats is not possible and the implementation is necessary for the achievement of the qualification goals.

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.

Do exams take place at the university?

Examinations in attendance take place in compliance with the hygiene rules.

  • Examinations that have been cancelled or postponed will be made up.  If any deadlines are missed as a result, they will be postponed so that students are not disadvantaged as far as possible.
  • When examinations are held, the general protective measures apply. In particular, the distance requirement, the mask requirement (FFP2 or OP masks) and the contact recording requirement apply.
  • Written examinations must be reported to the university management if the group size exceeds 30 persons.
  •  Contact details must be recorded for written examinations. The Intake app is used throughout the university to record contact data (in justified individual cases, data can be recorded using a data entry form).
  • Oral individual examinations in presence are generally approved by the university management in compliance with the general hygiene rules
  • If you have any questions, you can contact your department, the lecturers, deans and study programme directors.

 

Which hygiene rules must be observed for courses in attendance and examinations?
  • Workshops, practicals, laboratories and courses in small groups with a practical component can take place in attendance for up to 30 people, provided that this significantly improves the quality of studies and teaching and is necessary for achieving the qualification goals in the attendance format. The actual implementation of the courses is to be planned by the departments, taking into account the available room capacities.
  • The university's general occupational health and safety and hygiene standards apply to face-to-face events and examinations, in particular with regard to distance, hand hygiene and ventilation.
  • Rooms have a permissible maximum number of visitors (distance min. 1.5m), the permissible number of visitors is shown at the room entrance and may not be exceeded.
  • Masks are compulsory: At the university it is compulsory to wear medical face masks or FFP2 masks. These must also be worn during lectures and examinations in the classrooms.
  • The teachers must ensure that contact data is recorded. The Intake app is used throughout the university to record contact data (in justified individual cases, data can be recorded using a data entry form).
  • On the way to the courses and examinations and in front of the event room, distance markings and posters should indicate the safety distance. This minimum distance must be observed. Group formation is to be avoided.
  • A "one-way system" for entering/exiting rooms should be provided and marked as far as possible. As far as possible, exiting and entering persons should not meet each other directly. If one-way rules have been set up in buildings/staircases (e.g. right up/left down)/rooms, these should be observed; otherwise, oncoming persons should be given way to the right.
  • Between lectures, sufficient breaks (at least 10 minutes) must be ensured. These breaks should be used for ventilation.
  • Course rooms without ventilation systems and with windows must be ventilated regularly (at least every 20 minutes).
  • Eating in the classrooms is not permitted (except in cases of medical necessity).
  • Special cleaning/disinfection of tables between events is not required. Disinfectant for hands and surfaces should be provided to participants. Requests are made by the departments to the central services or to the technical services.
  • After the courses, participants should leave the room as quickly as possible. The minimum distance must also be observed after the event.

The following also applies to written examinations:

  • Written examinations must be reported to the university administration if the group size exceeds 30 persons.
  • Written examinations are located at the seats before the students are admitted or are to be taken to the seat by the students near the entrance.
  • When asking questions to invigilators at examinations, the minimum distance should also be observed. Invigilators may decide to allow questions only at the table or lectern with a protective screen.  
  • The examinations are to be deposited by the students in a deposit box at the time of handing in and should initially be kept for 24 hours before correction.
  • In case of justified need (medical certificate required), individual examination solutions (e.g. separate room) are to be sought at the request of the students. An application for an individual examination solution due to a justified need is to be submitted to the examination board of the respective subject area with the corresponding medical certificate via the Student Services in Trier or the examination office at the ECB.  
Do I currently have to take exams?
  • Participation in the examinations of the summer semester 2021 is optional for the students, i.e. compulsory attempts do not have to be taken either and therefore do not count towards the number of 3 examination attempts possible according to 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.
Can I withdraw from an exam if I have to go into quarantine?

The regulations on withdrawal from examinations in the examination regulations allow exceptions due to the current Corona situation. In particular, an ordered quarantine or a necessary isolation is a recognized reason for withdrawal, so that in these cases a short-term withdrawal from the examination is also recognized.

Segregation must be carried out independently in Rhineland-Palatinate if the person becomes aware that he or she is a "Category I contact person" to a Corona-positive person. Category I contact person "are those persons with whom there was contact for a period of more than 15 minutes and at a distance of less than 1.5 meters without wearing mouth-to-nose coverings on both sides, or persons with whom a poorly ventilated or unventilated room was shared for an extended period of time."

Are workshops and laboratories still open?

Practical courses, laboratory exercises and workshops can take place in very small groups, provided that these are absolutely necessary to achieve the qualification goal of the module. All rules of distance and hygiene (including at least 1.5 m distance, wearing of a mouth-and-nose cover) must be observed or alternative solutions (e.g. postponement of the module to the following semester) must be sought.
Research activities can continue to be carried out on site in compliance with the rules of hygiene and distance; this also includes projects and final papers by students on site.

Meeting of study groups: What must be considered?

Meetings of learning groups of up to 2 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.

 

FAQ - Travel and quarantine regulations

Can international students currently come to Germany?

International students may enter Germany in order to attend attendance events at Trier University of Applied Sciences. Entry for study purposes is generally considered an important reason for entry.

As the situation can change, please be sure to observe the relevant current recommendations and travel warnings of the Federal Foreign Office regarding entry requirements.

Our International Office will be happy to provide you with further information and assistance.

What are the entry requirements for international students?

Which countries are classified as risk areas is published on the website of the Robert Koch Institute and regularly updated. Information on entry restrictions is published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Please check this information before you travel.

Please also note whether a test for the Corona virus is necessary before travelling to your home country. Information on this can be found on the website of the Robert Koch Institute.

Obligatory quarantine: As a general rule, persons entering or returning from abroad who have stayed in a risk area within the last ten days prior to entry are obliged to undergo a ten-day quarantine immediately after entering the country. The possibility to end the quarantine obligation prematurely by a negative test result exists in principle only after five days.

Please also observe the quarantine regulations of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Exceptions apply to persons entering for study or training purposes for a stay of at least three months; this must be certified by the university.

In order for the competent authority to be able to check compliance with the quarantine as well as the prerequisites of the exceptions to the quarantine obligation under state law, you must complete a digital entry application. Click here for the digital entry form.

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

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

International Office: https://www.hochschule-trier.de/en/university/organisation/services/aaa/contact

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.

Hygiene rules

  • Keep a distance (at least 1.5m to other people)
  • Wearing a medical face mask or FFP2 mask.
  • 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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