Corona virus: Current information

  • The winter semester starts on September 28, 2020 as a mix of classroom and online teaching. You may find further information on the websites of the study programmes.
  • The AHA rule (distance - hygiene - everyday masks) applies
  • 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.
  • 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.
  •  Courses, events with guests, and meetings with up to 30 people can take place in compliance with the hygiene standards. For events with 30 or more people, permission must be applied for from the university management. The maximum number of persons for events is 75.
  • The standard period of study in RLP is to be extended by one semester retroactively to 01.01.2020 for all Bachelor's, Master's and Diplom programmes. Further information will follow.
  •  The canteen dining halls at the main campus and the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld are open again.

Further information can be found in the following FAQ

Current information from the Presidency

Information of 18 September

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

 

Information of 28 August

Dear students, dear colleagues,

we hope that you are doing well and that you enjoyed the summer even in this extraordinary time of the Corona pandemic. With regard to the coming winter semester, we would like to inform you about the most important regulations.

Courses 

Lectures for the winter semester 2020/21 will start on Monday, September 28, 2020.

The university is planning a mix of classroom and online teaching. Due to limited room capacities, the majority of the courses will be held digitally. In particular, however, we would like to give first and second semester students as well as students in the final phase of their studies the opportunity to study in attendance. Practical work in work rooms and laboratories can also take place in attendance, if hygiene regulations are respected.  

Please note the current corona information for your study program on the websites of the departments.

In order to make it easier for our first semester students to begin their studies in times of Corona, the departments offer introductory courses adapted to the current situation.

On 28.09.2020 at 10.00 a digital welcome by the university management and the mayor of Trier, Wolfram Leibe, is planned.

Hygiene rules

The general hygiene instructions continue to apply, especially with regard to minimum distance, hand hygiene and regular ventilation of rooms.

You can find special hygiene instructions for classroom teaching and examinations on our Corona-Info-website.

In the public areas of the university buildings, in the corridors, in the entrance areas, you must wear a mask. It is not necessary to wear masks in the auditorium or classroom after taking your seat. The minimum distance and general hygiene rules must still be observed. Employees of the university are not required to wear masks if other suitable protective arrangements are made and as long as there is no direct contact with students or visitors.

We would like to point out that in case of symptoms of disease (especially coughing, respiratory complaints, fever) you should leave the university immediately or stay at home and contact a doctor (see the general occupational safety and hygiene standards of the HS Trier).

In addition, we would like to point out the quarantine and testing obligation after returning from a risk area: Anyone entering the country from a risk area must go into quarantine immediately and is obliged to be tested either within 48 hours before entry or within 72 hours after entry. Those who are negative can then return to their daily lives. Otherwise a 14-day domestic quarantine applies. In addition, they must report immediately to your local health authority.

Based on the existing travel warnings, the university assumes in principle that no trips are currently being made to risk areas without good reason.

Buildings

The university buildings will be generally open again from 01.09.2020.

Digital contact registration

The university is obliged to collect contact details and contact times of students and visitors to the University of Applied Sciences Trier. The web application Intake is used to make registration for courses simple and efficient. As a student or visitor, you go to checkin.hochschule-trier.de with the web browser of your smartphone or scan the QR code on the posters that are posted in many places at the university. Then enter your personal contact details (name, address and telephone number) once and generate a personal QR code. When attending a course, this QR code is scanned by the lecturer (either from the Smartphone, Smartwatch or printed out). For more information and frequently asked questions about App Intake, please visit: https://www.hochschule-trier.de/en/informatik/corona/digital-contact-data-recording

Canteen

From 31.08.2020 the canteen on the main campus will reopen the dining room with seating. The meals will be sold as before for take-away. The canteen at the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld will reopen the dining hall from 01.09.2020, but with a reduced number of seats. The take-away offer will still be available.  You will receive a separate information on the opening of the cafeteria at Campus for Design next week.  In the canteen, the general hygiene regulations regarding distance, hand washing and the wearing of masks up to the table apply. There is currently no obligation to register contacts in the canteen

Contact

If you have any general questions about Corona and the university, you can contact us at any time at the e-mail address infogesundheit(at)hochschule-trier.de. For questions that you would prefer to address directly to students, write an e-mail to studentischeanliegen(at)hochschule-trier.de.

We wish you all the best for the remaining lecture-free time and stay healthy!

With best regards from the university management

Dorit Schumann
Marc Regier
Stefan Diemer
Claudia Hornig

Information of 15 June

Dear students,

We are pleased to inform you that, in addition to the student loan, there will soon be further help from the federal government for students: the "bridging aid" for students should be available this week.
 
In order for you to prepare for an application, here is the link to the BMBF website, which explains the bridging aid.
https://www.bmbf.de/de/wissenswertes-zur-ueberbrueckungshilfe-fuer-studierende-11509.html
 
In the link you will find detailed information on how
- Who is entitled to apply (students "demonstrably in a corona-related emergency")
- What is the possible grant (up to 500 euros per month in June, July and August, to be applied for each month)
- Where the application is made (online via www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de, activated from 16.06.20, 12.00)
- Which documents must be attached (matriculation certificate, proof of identity such as identity card or passport with registration certificate, bank details, documents to document your emergency)
- When the application is made (by the end of a month)
- And more information in a nutshell.
 
Applications can be submitted from 16 June 2020 ((starting at 12:00) via the online portal www.überbrückungshilfe-studierende.de. The applications are automatically forwarded via the portal to the responsible Studiwerk.


If you have any further questions, it is best to take a look at the BMBF's website and contact the Studiwerk Trier.
https://www.studiwerk.de/cms/darlehen_zuschuesse-1001.html
 
We very much hope that this support will help some of you and that the financial burden of this semester can be alleviated somewhat. We would have liked even more support, but we are glad that there are at least these signals from the federal government for students.
 
We wish you every success and all the best for the rest of the semester.
 
Best regards from the university management
Dorit Schumann
Marc Regier
Stefan Diemer
Claudia Hornig

Information of 22 Mai

Dear students,

In the past week we had sent you, among other information, hygiene instructions for examinations (these are also included again below). We received various inquiries regarding the procedure for students from risk groups, which we would like to address with this email:

If students have a medical need, students submit their application for an individual examination solution together with the the respective medical certificate to the study service (Main Campus and Campus for Design and Art in Trier) or the examination office (Environmental Campus Birkenfeld) and the responsible department / lecturer as soon as possible.

Prof. Rieder, the representative for students with disabilities and chronic illnesses, can also be contacted for advice. Please note, however, that this does not replace the official application procedure regarding the risk group to the study service or examination office and the department / lecturers as described above.

Best regards,

Your university management
Prof. Dr. Dorit Schumann (President)
Prof. Dr. Marc Regier (VP Studies and Teaching)
Prof. Dr. Stefan Diemer (VP Research)
Claudia Hornig (Chancellor)

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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
  • For students from risk groups (medical certificate required), individual solutions (e.g. separate room) should be sought upon request of the student if there is a medically justified need
  • 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 to handing in exams and leaving the room.
  • 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.
Information of 18 May

Dear colleagues, dear students,

we hope that you are well, both personally and health-wise. 

With this mail we would like to express our thanks once again that this semester can take place as a semester of extensive distance learning despite the special framework conditions. We owe it to you, as lecturers, as students, and as service units of the university hat this changeover was largely successful. We want to encourage you to remain committed to these teaching and learning formats for the remaining weeks of the summer semester.

In the course of the last week we saw that life together in Corona times in Rhineland-Palatinate is increasingly possible again; this trend will continue according to the state government’s plans. The falling Covid case numbers in Germany and Rhineland-Palatinate are an encouraging sign, and we as universities have contributed to this trend. As employees and students of Trier University of Applied Sciences, everyone has a share in this and we want to express our thanks to you. Now the federal states in Germany are increasingly opening up, as are the European borders. Since many of our students come from Luxembourg, this border opening is particularly important for us.

As university management of Trier University of Applied Sciences we want to continue to fulfill our responsibility in step with the other universities in Rhineland-Palatinate. For the rest of the summer semester, we will maintain the concept of digital teaching and distance learning as discussed so far. This was also announced it in the Senate and discussed with the deans of the respective departments.

Since students and lecturers from different federal states come together at universities, travel an above average amount, have extensive social contacts, and often live together in shared apartments, the possibility of spreading the Corona Virus is relatively high compared to other organizations. For this reason, we would like to wait before relaxing the restrictions further.

This means that face-to-face events approved by the university management can take place in laboratories, workshops and internships, as long as distance and safety rules are observed. Lectures, workshops, and seminars will still not take place on-site university. The buildings are still closed and can only be entered through designated entrances. You will still need to have an appointment to come to the university and take part in events, or to visit our service units. 

Public events are prohibited until 31 August. Guests are only allowed to come to the university if there are hearings on appointment procedures, employment interviews, smaller meetings with previous appointment or other required visits that cannot be done via an online format.

We use the premises to repeat exams from the winter semester, conduct exam consultations, and plan exams for the summer semester. Due to distance regulations, this ties up considerable spatial and personnel capacities. A hygiene and safety concept has been drawn up for the implementation of the exams and exam consultations, which also includes the special regulations for exams. A more comprehensive hygiene and safety concept is already in the draft and is currently being coordinated within the university. We have added the current status of the hygiene information on the procedure of exams and exam consultations to the end of this message.

The weekly meeting with student councils is important for us to discuss cross-university questions from study and teaching. For this reason, we would like to repeat the email address which all students can use for general inquiries: studentischeanliegen(at)hochschule-trier.de.

At the same time you as employees and students can continue to send us all questions relating to organization, health issues, study and teaching, research, international affairs, etc. under the current special conditions: infogesundheit(at)hochschule-trier.de

The special representatives and staff councils are also available to answer questions. Further links, contacts and answers to questions can be found on the established website: https://www.hochschule-trier.de/hochschule/aktuelles/informationen-zum-corona-virus
 
Employees can continue to make increased use of home office work. In order to ensure a sufficient presence on site, shift or team models are still available. This arrangement initially applies until 07.06.2020.
 
We can certainly use some of our positive experiences in the future, be it digital teaching, distance learning, committee meetings using video conference systems. A question-and-answer session with students from the first semester, for example, led to an intensive exchange in the past week, despite the distance via video conference.
 
We are and will remain a face-to-face university with personal contacts. For this reason, it is important to us to return to the presence of learning, teaching and research as soon as the conditions allow. With this perspective, we are looking at the winter semester, which will certainly take place under special regulations on distance and security, but nevertheless - we hope - at least partially on site at the university. This presupposes that there is no further spread of the corona virus, which might require even broader restrictions in public life.
 
We also attach the link to a video that we recorded some time ago to also send a personal greeting to you. It was initially intended for students (in the first university semester), but is aimed at all university members: https://www.hochschule-trier.de/studium/willkommen 
 
We wish you a good semester. All best, and stay healthy,
 
Your university management

Prof. Dr. Dorit Schumann (President)
Prof. Dr. Marc Regier (VP Studies and Teaching)
Prof. Dr. Stefan Diemer (VP Research)
Claudia Hornig (Chancellor)
 
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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
  • For students from risk groups (medical certificate required), individual solutions (e.g. separate room) should be sought upon request of the student if there is a medically justified need
  • 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 to handing in exams and leaving the room.
  • 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.
Information of 7 May

Dear colleagues,
dear students,

On May 7, 2020, the university management passed the following decision regarding examinations during the summer semester 2020:
 

  • Students are free to take part in the exams that are scheduled for the summer semester 2020, 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.

The university management cannot rule out individual regulations in individual departments, but urgently recommends that all departments apply these uniform regulations. Student representatives of AStA, Senate and student councils have also communicated their clear preference for uniform regulations, and different regulations will also generate considerable additional administrative work in the examination offices.

With best regards

The university management

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

Hochschule Trier
Trier University of Applied Sciences
Schneidershof | 54293 Trier
www.hochschule-trier.de
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Information of 30 April (No 2)

Dear students,
 
In addition to the news from our chancellor Claudia Hornig today, we would like to inform you about a few additional topics that are important to you as students.
 
We hope you are in good health and you have found your way into the semester. We are aware of the exceptional conditions and want to provide the most suitable framework conditions for your learning and your studies.
 
In order to have a better view of the interests of the students in our deliberations concerning the organisation of your studies, there has been a close exchange with a group of students since last week. Prof. Dr. Rita Spatz, as Equal Opportunities Representative, Prof. Marc Regier, as Vice President for Studies and Teaching, and I now regularly exchange ideas with the following students via Big Blue Button:
 
Vanessa Schuster (student representative, Senate)
Laura Schwinn (representative of AStA)
Danja Steinberg (representative of the UPUT student council)
Stefan Jungs (student)
Jan Schwitalla (student representative, StuPa and Senate)
If necessary, further representatives of the students.
 
If you have any questions, including anything related to your studies, you can still send them to infogesundheit(at)hochschule-trier.de.
 

If you have any questions that you would prefer to address to the above-mentioned students, please contact the students at studentischeanliegen(at)hochschule-trier.de
You can also contact your faculties, lecturers, deans and course directors, as usual, if there are any questions that directly affect your course.
 
We will keep you informed of all new developments in two ways:
1. Email: Regular information and summary of the most important developments
2. FAQs on our website www.hochschule-trier.de/go/coronavirus 
 
In the FAQs we include all changes that we have sent to you by email. The most important updated dates can be found on the specified website at the top in an info box.
 
In case you are wondering why there are frequent changes: This is due to the fact that new general conditions set by the federal government, the state and the universities need to be implemented continuously. We strive to organize a semester that is as consistent as as possible and to keep you informed in view of these changing general conditions.
 
We are currently exchanging information with the above-mentioned group of students on the following topics:

· Start and end of semester
· Exams and alternative exam formats
· Mentoring for students in the first university semester
· Questions about compensation for specific disadvantages
· Communication with you as students
· Hygiene concepts for teaching and exams
 
In this message we do not want to schedule any further dates, but rather to suggest the importance of the addresses and the website we mentioned above in order to receive information and contact you.

The corona pandemic has had an influence on the financial situation of many students. We therefore welcome that the Government has announced today that it will support students in a financial emergency. You can find further information at: www.kfw.de/inlandsfoerderung/Privatpersonen/Studieren-Qualifizieren/KfW-Studienkredit/KfW-Corona-Hilfe-f%C3%BCr-Studierende/


We wish you all the best for this semester and your studies, and also for your health.
 
On behalf of the university management,
Dorit Schumann
together with Marc Regier, Stefan Diemer and Claudia Hornig

Information of 30 April (No 1)

Dear colleagues,
dear students,
 
As the federal and state governments are relaxing their regulations concerning Covid-19, the university will open its service facilities to the public again on May 4, 2020, but under certain conditions.
 
The university maintains the requirement that all interactions should be conducted, as far as possible, via e-mail, telephone, post or other means of communication in order to limit personal contact as much as possible. If this is not possible, you can personally visit the service facilities after prior appointment.
 
The maximum number of visitors to the libraries is limited to 5 persons. Here, too, we ask that you register by phone beforehand if possible so that queues are avoided.
 
The buildings will only be open at certain entrances:

  • on the Main Campus, the entrance door of building B and the entrance door of building G.
  • On the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld, the entrance in the central new building, north entrance (at the "rusty nail“ statue) is open.
  • The Camus for Design and Art (including location Idar-Oberstein) regulates access through the lecturers. 

Starting next week, the general opening times are: Mon-Thu 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fri from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The three entrance doors are staffed. Visitors will have to register in a list and specify the purpose of the visit. We would ask you to leave the building again via the same entrance, as this must also be documented.
 
We would like to point out that the library requires visitors to bring and wear a protective mask in accordance with the state regulation.

 
Furthermore, it was decided that there will be no on-site lectures and seminars this summer semester. Most of the courses will be held in digital form over the entire semester or postponed to the winter semester. Exceptions apply to practical courses, laboratory exercises, workshops, and exams. These exceptions can only be made in compliance with the relevant hygiene rules and must be approved by the university management in each individual case.
 
Since the state has not drawn up a hygiene plan for universities, separate regulations are currently being drawn up. As soon as these are coordinated with the staff council, we will publish them in the FAQs at www.hochschule-trier.de/go/coronavirus.
 
For students who have no opportunity to follow the lectures online, we will find individual solutions. In this case, please contact your dean or the university management, also via our email address infogesundheit(at)hochschule-trier.de.
 
The end of the semester is not postponed and there is also no "non-semester" according to our Ministry of Science. The lecture period of the summer semester ends on Friday, July 3rd, 2020.
 
In the past week, our employees had numerous questions on the subject of special leave to care for children or relatives in need of care in accordance with the Infection Protection Act. After consultation with our Ministries of the Interior and Science, we would like to inform you that this special leave can only be granted if we are unable to offer telework or home office to the employees. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Hopefully we can tell you more next week about how to proceed in the case of home office and risk groups.
 
We continue to do our utmost to keep the restrictions as low as possible and to continue university operations as much as possible. thank you to all of you again for your contribution to this goal!
 
If you have any further questions about the topic, please feel free to use the email address infogesundheit(at)hochschule-trier.de. We try to answer you immediately.
 
Current information about the effects of Corona on university operations is always updated in our FAQs: www.hochschule-trier.de/go/coronavirus
 
We wish you a good long weekend – we continue to be there for you.
 
 
The university management
Claudia Hornig
Prof. Dr. Dorit Schumann
Prof. Dr. Marc Regier
Prof. Dr. Stefan Diemer

Information of 16 April

Dear Colleagues,

dear students,

our regulations on classroom teaching and other regulations for employees are currently limited until April 19 or 20. For this reason it is important for us to inform you, on behalf of the university management, about the organisation of the next week.

In the coming week (until 26.04.2020) there will still be no on-site lectures at Trier University of Applied Sciences.  

Also, examinations and practical events in small groups in presence, which according to the state government could be resumed under special hygiene and protection measures (see background info below), will not yet take place. Instead, the e-learning courses should be continued and expanded as necessary.

We will send you further information in the coming week.

Background info:

The government has now provided the following information on the reopening of the universities:

"The opening of kindergartens, schools and universities requires a lead time so that the necessary preparatory measures can be taken locally and, for example, school transport can be organised.

[…]

"In university teaching, in addition to the acceptance of examinations, practical courses which require special laboratory or work rooms at universities can be resumed under special hygiene and protective measures.

[…]

Health protection is the top priority."

We expect that on-site lectures at Trier University of Applied Sciences will be very limited throughout the summer semester. We will soon clarify the size of the groups per course and location. We will use this time to organize further preparatory measures.

The previous contact restrictions have been extended until at least 3 May. This means that gatherings of more than two people in public space are still prohibited. This also applies to all outdoor areas of the university. The distance and hygiene rules also continue to apply.

The ministry has not yet provided any procedures for the organisation of business for the period after 20 April 2020.  We are still in contact with the other universities in Rhineland-Palatinate and the Ministry. As soon as we have more detailed information, we will pass this on to you immediately.  Until then, the existing regulations on teleworking and extended working hours will continue to apply at our university. This applies in particular to those colleagues who, for reasons of prevention or risk assessment, are currently unable to work at the university. In addition, this applies to employees with family duties, especially children who are not yet able to attend kindergarten or school.  

In this way, we remind the team leaders to continue to implement these regulations for the employees. In cases where teleworking is not possible, we will continue to look for individual solutions.

Answers to the most important questions about the effects of Corona on the university can be found in our FAQs, which are updated regularly: https://www.hochschule-trier.de/en/university/news-publications/corona-virus-current-information

If you have any further questions, please send us your request at infogesundheit(at)hochschule-trier.de.

On behalf of the entire university management, I wish you continued strength and health and thank you for your commitment and cooperation.

With best regards

Dorit Schumann

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.

Please direct any questions or comments in connection with Trier University of Applied Sciences to infogesundheit(at)hochschule-trier.de.

If you have questions that you would rather address to students, please contact the students at studentischeanliegen(at)hochschule-trier.de

You can reach the State information portal on the coronavirus at www.rlp.de/de/buergerportale/informationen-zum-coronavirus/

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?

For the winter semester 2020/21 a mix of classroom and online teaching is planned. Depending on further developments, a gradual return to university should be made possible. In order to comply with hygiene and safety regulations, many courses will continue to be taught digitally. Priority in face-to-face teaching will be given to first and second semesters in particular, as well as practical work in workshops and laboratories and students in the final phase.

We will keep you informed about the current plans on this website. Please also always take note of the current notes of the departments, e.g. on the websites, in stud.ip or OLAT.

Do exams take place at the university?

Exams that had to be cancelled at the beginning of the semester will be postponed.  If any deadlines expire as a result, they will be postponed so that the students do not suffer any disadvantages as far as possible.

At present, both oral individual examinations in attendance (subject to the rules of distance and hygiene) and oral examinations via video conferencing systems are possible.

Further examinations, such as written exams, are conceivable from mid-May at the earliest. Here, too, the known rules of distance and hygiene (including a minimum distance of 1.5 m, room size of at least 10m²/person, wearing of a mouth-and-nose cover) must of course be observed.

The same applies to the examinations at the end of the semester. In this case, the lecturers are also particularly requested to offer alternative forms of examination such as term papers, seminar papers or oral examinations.

 

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 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.

During the lessons or exams it is not necessary to cover your mouth and nose.  The minimum distance must still be maintained.

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.

 

What regulations apply to the examination attempts in the summer semester 2020?

On May 7, 2020, the university management passed the following decision regarding examinations during the summer semester 2020:
 

  • Students are free to take part in the exams that are scheduled for the summer semester 2020, 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.

The university management cannot rule out individual regulations in individual departments, but urgently recommends that all departments apply these uniform regulations. Student representatives of AStA, Senate and student councils have also communicated their clear preference for uniform regulations, and different regulations will also generate considerable additional administrative work in the examination offices.

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.

Are submission deadlines postponed?

In view of the the reduction of our on-site student services, we will postpone all submission dates for seminar theses and final theses by 6 weeks.

Where do I get support in a financial distress?

The BMBF provides financial aid for students in emergency situations. This comprises two elements: the KfW student loan and grants which are distributed by the student unions. Further information can be found here (in German).

Student credit from the KfW

The German government supports students who get into financial difficulties due to the Corona pandemic with an interest-free loan of up to 650 euros per month - regardless of income. The current KfW student loans will also be interest-free from 01.05.2020. For the first time KfW loans will also be available to foreign students from July 2020. New applications can be submitted from 8 May. Further information at ww.kfw.de/studienkredit-coronahilfe (in German).

Financial support for students

From 16.06.2020 students can apply for a grant in the form of a non-repayable subsidy. The grant is for students who can prove that they are in an acute pandemic situation and need immediate help. It supports these students in the months of June, July and August 2020 with up to 500 € each, as long as the pandemic emergency situation continues.  Applications can be submitted on 16 June 2020 (12.00 noon) via the online portal www.überbrückungshilfe-studierende.de. The portal automatically forwards the applications to the responsible Studierendenwerk

Emergency aid fund of the Studierendenwerk Trier

Students who get into financial difficulties through no fault of their own due to the Corona crisis can take advantage of financial aid offered by the Studierendenwerk Trier. Further information is available at: www.studiwerk.de/cms/darlehen_zuschuesse-1002.html (in German)

 

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.

What are the deadlines for international students to submit documents for the winter semester 20/21?

Due to the difficult conditions of the corona pandemic, the deadline for submitting documents for applicants for the winter semester 2020/21 with non-German educational certificates was prolonged until August 31, 2021. This applies to all documents that international students submit when applying, including language certificates, etc.  This is to avoid disadvantages for international students, as there is currently no possibility in many regions to take certified language tests or to produce certifications.

What do I have to know as an international student planning to study at Trier University of Applied Sciences in the winter semester 2020/21?

We are happy to again welcome international students to Trier University of Applied Sciences in the winter semester 2020/21. The winter semester is expected to take place as a hybrid semester consisting of on-site and virtual teaching, so please plan to come to Germany to take up your studies. Lectures are scheduled to start on Monday, September 28, 2020. International students can currently return to Germany from many countries to attend on-site events at Trier University of Applied Sciences. Entry for study purposes is generally considered a sufficient reason for entry. In particular, entry from the countries of the EU, the Schengen-associated countries and Great Britain is again generally possible. Since the situation can change, please note the relevant current recommendations and travel warnings from the Federal Foreign Office regarding the entry requirements: www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/10.2.8Reisewarnungen (in German).

Our International Office will also be happy to help you if you need more information.

 

What do I have to consider as a student at the university if I plan to go abroad in the winter semester 20/21?

Even though a travel warning against unnecessary trips abroad is still in force (exception: countries of the EU, Schengen-associated countries and Great Britain), it is possible to travel to many countries for study purposes. Since the pandemic will still affect teaching at many universities worldwide in the 20/21 winter semester, it is imperative that you inform yourself individually about the conditions that will prevail in the target country and at the target university in good time before planning and starting a stay abroad for study purposes. As the situation can change, please make sure to note the relevant current recommendations and travel warnings from the Federal Foreign Office before starting your trip: www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/10.2.8Reisewarnungen (in German). 

Our International Office will also be happy to help you if you need more information.

FAQ - Travel, events and meetings

Can international students come for the winter semester?


We are happy to welcome international students at the University of Applied Sciences Trier again for the winter semester 2020/21.

The winter semester will probably be a hybrid semester of classroom and virtual teaching - so please plan to be present in Germany during your study visit. Lectures are scheduled to start on Monday, September 28, 2020.

International students can currently already return to Germany from many countries to attend lectures at Trier University of Applied Sciences. Entry for study purposes is generally regarded as an important reason for entry. Since the situation may change, please be sure to read the current recommendations and travel warnings issued by the Federal Foreign Office regarding entry requirements. Our International Office will be happy to provide you with further information and assistance.

If you are entering Rhineland-Palatinate from a risk area, you are obliged to have yourself tested either within 48 hours before entry or within 72 hours after entry. Upon return, all travellers who have not tested negative must go directly to their destination. Until a negative test result is obtained, they must isolate themselves at home for up to 14 days (domestic quarantine). Travellers from risk areas are obliged to report to the relevant health authority immediately after their return, including information on possible symptoms and a test.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

 

Can events take place?

Public events cannot take place until at least 31.08.2020.

How can internal meetings be organised?

When holding internal meetings in attendance, the distance and hygiene rules must be observed. The number of participants should be limited and the use of appropriately large rooms should be ensured.

Alternative formats for conducting meetings such as telephone or video conferencing, etc. should be used. An overview of the meeting platforms of Trier University of Applied Sciences as well as instructions on how to use them can be found at www.hochschule-trier.de/campus/organisation/verwaltung-service/rechenzentrum-umwelt-campus/bigbluebutton-2

Participant lists (surname, first name, institution, e-mail contact) must be kept for all sessions. This ensures that potential contact persons can be identified quickly afterwards.

FAQ - Service facilities

Are the university buildings still open?

The university buildings will be generally open again from 01.09.2020.

In the public areas of the university buildings, in the corridors, in the entrance areas, you must wear a mask.

Service institutions

The service facilities of the university are again open to a limited extent for visitors and students.

Please make a personal appointment by e-mail, telephone or other channels after prior registration.

Please remember that the RKI recommends that you keep a minimum distance from other people and wear a mouth-nose cover if you have to visit the university. In this way you will help to minimize the risk of infection as far as possible.

Canteen

The dining hall with seats in the canteen on the main campus will be open again from 31.08.2020, at the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld from 01.09.2020. Takeaway food will still be offered.

It is valid: rules of distance and hygiene as well as the obligation to wear a mouth-nose cover.

 

 

Library

The libraries offer the following services:

  • Information and general advice: Please use the online services and contact the library by e-mail or telephone.
  • The library catalogue is still available for literature research.
  • Access to the library's print stock: Articles from print journals from our stock and excerpts from specialist books are copied within the framework of copyright law and sent by e-mail as an internal delivery service.  For borrowing media, there is the possibility that we will send you books from our holdings free of charge by post. You will have to bear the costs for a return shipment of the media.
  • From 4 May 2020 the libraries will also be open again with restrictions at the following times:

Monday to Thursday: 10 to 15 o'clock       from 2020/05/11: 9 to 15 o'clock
Friday: 10 to 12 o'clock                                from 2020/05/11: 9 to 12 o'clock

Please visit the libraries only in  important cases and use our contactless services (shipping, e-mail, telephone) instead. When visiting the library, you must wear a mask. In addition, the maximum number of simultaneous visitors is limited to 5 persons (please allow for waiting times). We kindly ask you to observe the required rules of distance and hygiene. Further information can be found on the information pages of the library.

  • Interlibrary loan is possible again (with restrictions). You can find further information on the information pages of the library
  • Search for online full texts: You also have the possibility to use online sources. You can find them on the library's website via the following link: www.hochschule-trier.de/hauptcampus/bibliothek/die-bib/aktuelles#c83915 . The offers are constantly updated.

 

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.

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

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