Deal­ing with the corona virus

The state of Hesse has amended the Corona Ordinance as of 23.11.22 and lifted the isolation requirement for persons tested positive for the Corona virus. The focus of the regulations is now, more than ever, the independent action of each individual person. In addition, the service instruction of the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art has been adapted to the new regulation situation. The current regulations at a glance:

1. ba­sic pro­tec­tion meas­ures (as of 28.11.2022)

  • The basic protective measures should still be taken into account: Keeping distance, observing hygiene, wearing a mask in everyday life and ventilating the rooms.
  • The wearing of a medical mask (surgical mask, FFP2 mask) in indoor rooms of the university and in crowded situations should be considered responsibly and adapted to the situation.
  • For employees with an increased individual risk of serious illness, individual arrangements can be made on the basis of the service agreement on mobile work in consultation between the employees and their supervisors. Proof of the risk is provided in the form of an appropriate medical certificate.
  • The University of Kassel continues to provide antigen self-tests for employees free of charge. We appeal to you to test yourself regularly twice a week.

Vaccination appointments can be obtained through general practitioners and, in some cases, the municipalities. Information on vaccination services offered by the city and district of Kassel can be found here:

DRK inpatient vaccination center - new address (open from 28.02.2022): Im kleinen Felde 18-20 37213 Witzenhausen

Appointments for all four vaccination centers in the Werra-Meißner district can be made via www.impftermine-wmk.de.

Or contact a family doctor's office and make an appointment by phone.

2 Study and teach­ing (as of 28.11.2022)

  • For adults tested positive, masks must be worn outside the home for at least five days after the first positive test. Outdoors, the mask can be removed if the distance rules (1.5 meters) are observed.
  • In the event of infection, persons with a positive Corona test - regardless of whether symptoms are present - are strongly advised not to participate in attendance. If persons with a positive Corona test nevertheless participate, they must wear a medical mask; this then also applies to music or sports practical exercises. Lecturers are asked to accept non-participation in the presence mode within the scope of the respective possibilities and to support an independent elaboration of the course contents.
  • Conducting electronic online supervisory examinations: The possibilities for conducting electronic online supervisory examinations, which still exist until the end of 2022, are explained in the "Handreichung zur Durchführung von elektronischen Fernprüfungen (Online-Klausuren) vom 4. Februar 2021". As a document, you can find the sample data protection information here: PDF file / Word file.
  • A statute for the conduct of oral and practical examinations via video conferencing system is in preparation and is expected to be adopted and enter into force soon. The option of conducting online-supervised supervisory examinations will expire at the end of 2022.

The free attempt regulations introduced by the University of Kassel and the State of Hesse applied or apply to examinations taken from the summer semester 2020 up to and including the winter semester 2021/22 (up to April 30, 2022) . The starting point of the regulation is the date of the examination. They no longer apply to examinations taken after this date.

Examinations failed in the semesters concerned - including final theses - are deemed not to have been taken, regardless of the number of attempts. Examinations not taken ("non-attendance") are treated in the same way as failed examinations; they are subject to the free attempt regulation. Examinations failed due to deception or misdemeanors, on the other hand, are not subject to these regulations. They are considered as failed and can be sanctioned as before, if necessary.

Deadlines apply to the university's option of repeating examinations passed in the relevant semesters (with the exception of theses) in the Bachelor's and Master's degree programs as well as in the teacher training programs to improve grades. The exam registration for grade improvement of an exam passed in the summer semester 2020 had to be done by 30.09.2021 at the latest. For the winter semester 2020/21, the corresponding deadline ended on March 31, 2022; for the summer semester 2021, it ended on September 30, 2022; for the winter semester 2021/22, it ended on March 31, 2023. In case of repetition, the better result counts.

For examinations repeated in the future according to these regulations, there is generally no right to retain the chosen examination format.

Questions can be directed to the examination offices and examination committees.

The extended standard period of study for an additional semester, which is relevant for the BAFöG, applies to the SS 2020, WS 2020/21, SS 2021 and WS 2021/22.

In detail, this means that the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art has issued a regulation on the individual standard period of study. This means that in the semesters mentioned (SS 2020, WS 2020/21, SS 2021, WS 2021/22) the individual standard period of study will be increased by one semester for each of the students enrolled at the time. This regulation is significant in the context of BAFöG, where the maximum funding period is increased accordingly.

In view of the fact that the summer semester 2020, the winter semester 2020/21, the summer semester 2021 and the winter semester 2021/22 are not counted towards the maximum funding period pursuant to BAFöG, the state of Hesse has stipulated that the maximum funding period is to be increased by one semester at a time. BAFöG stipulates that "in deviation from the standard periods of study stipulated in examination regulations or other regulations of the institutions of higher education [...]students enrolled in a higher education course of study or in a course of study that is concluded with a state or ecclesiastical examination [shall be set] an individual standard period of study increased by one semester in each case." (Ordinance to Address the Impact of the SARSCoV2 Pandemic in Higher Education of February 12, 2021, published in the Gazette of Laws and Ordinances of February 26, 2021, p. 130 i. V. mit Verordnung zur Änderung der Verordnung zur Bewältigung der Auswirkungen der SARS-CoV-2-Pandemie im Hochschulbereich vom 17. Juni 2021, published in the Gesetz- und Verordnungsblatt vom 29. Juni 2021, p. 318 i. V. mit Zweiter Verordnung zur Änderung der Verordnung zur Bewältigung der Auswirkungen der SARS-CoV-2-Pandemie im Hochschulbereich vom 9. Dezember 2021, published in the Gesetz- und Verordnungsblatt vom 15. Dezember 2021, p. 835).

This regulation also applies at the University of Kassel for students on leave in SS 2020, for students on leave in WS 2020/21, for students on leave in SS 2021 and for students on leave in WS 2021/22. It is part of the study progress certificate, which students can retrieve via the self-service function in eCampus. This regulation is not effective for issues of university statistics and university financing. With regard to BAföG, the Studierendenwerk is responsible (see: https://www.studierendenwerk-kassel.de/info-covid19/).

Reg­u­la­tions for em­ploy­ees (as of 23.11.2022)

  • For adults tested positive, masks must be worn outside the home for at least five days after the first positive test. Outdoors, the mask may be removed if the distance rules (1.5 meters) are observed.
  • Employees must inform their:n supervisor:s and the Personnel and Organization Department via the address personalfragen[at]uni-kassel[dot]de without being asked if there is evidence of infection with the coronavirus or if there is an obligation to segregate on the basis of the Coronavirus Entry Ordinance.
  • For those proven to be infected with coronavirus, the duty to be present at work will be waived for 5 days after taking the underlying initial positive test. During this period, employees will perform their duty/work, if possible, in Mobile Work using their mobile on-duty PC.
  • If symptoms of illness for COVID-19 have occurred, self-isolation shall not be terminated until 48 hours symptom-free, no later than 10 days after the first positive test. During this time, the obligation to be present is also suspended.

This text is the result of a machine translation and serves only as a working aid. No responsibility is assumed for any inaccuracies or translation errors.