De­a­­ling with the co­ro­­na­vi­­rus

1. Opening hours and ac­ces­si­bi­li­ty

  • The buildings are currently still largely closed to the public.
  • Employees have access with the CampusCard. Further information on this can be found on the Corona information page for employees (Organizational matters - building access with the CampusCard). 
  • Students: Admission to any face-to-face events that may take place and exit from the building will be controlled until further notice (collection and exit at the entrance door).
  • A further opening of the access control system is planned for mid/end of October (probably from 19 October 2020). 

 

The counselling services and consultation hours of the university administration, the faculties and the central institutions are currently mostly not offered personally. This concerns, among other things, the Student Secretariat, the Student Counselling Service, the International Office and the Examination Offices in the departments as well as the Career Service and the Doctoral Office. The Information Desk at the Information Office is also closed at the moment.

If necessary, please contact these institutions by telephone, e-mail or post.

List of the service facilities

 

Opening hours

Building:
Campus library: Monday to Friday from 10-18 hrs
Murhard Library: Monday to Friday 10-15
Location Witzenhausen: Monday to Friday 10-15 h

Service counter:
Campus library: Monday to Friday 10-16 o'clock
Murhard Library: Monday to Friday 10-15
Witzenhausen: Monday to Friday 10-15 o'clock

General contact:
You can also reach us Monday to Friday from 10-16 o'clock by e-mail or by phone: info@bibliothek.uni-kassel.de | +49 561 804-7711

The locations Kunsthochschule, Wilhelmshöher Alle and Oberzwehren will remain closed for the time being. Required media can be ordered through the internal loan system. The semester apparatus of the University of the Arts Library is currently housed in the campus library at the HoPla (building part B, level 2). 


Lending and return
At the open locations you can take out and borrow freely accessible media yourself. Media from currently closed locations can be ordered via the internal loan system. You can also order media that are not at your own location. During the above-mentioned opening hours you can return media in the Campus Library, in the Murhard Library and at the Witzenhausen location.


Stay in the library
The open book areas are freely accessible. Are still locked: The two lounges, the newspaper reading area and the roof terrace.
The rules of the university, which are corona-related, must be observed. During your stay in the library you must wear a mouth and nose protection.
At the open locations Campus Library, Murhard's Library and Witzenhausen, some of the existing study places are available again. The places can be reserved online via a booking system. Masks are not required at the places of learning.

- Only places for individual work can be booked.
- The reservation is possible in 2-hour units.
- The printout of the reservation must be at the place.
- The printout replaces the admission ticket.
- Only reserved and marked places can be used.
- Please cancel any unused seats.

Information about opening hours and regulations can be found on the website of the Studierendenwerk Kassel.

 

2. First se­mes­ter - stu­dy start in win­ter se­mes­ter 2020/21

  • The introductory events for the winter semester 2020/21 will take place in mid to late October.
  • The exact dates will be published on the respective course pages (Introduction and Start of Studies - Important Dates) probably from the beginning of September 2020.
  • All introductory events are offered digitally.
  • Individual events for small groups can take place in presence.

3. First se­mes­ter stu­dents from ab­road / ex­ch­an­ge stu­dents

Can I start my stay abroad in Kassel?

Entry may be restricted for persons from third countries (non-EU). Please refer to the website of the Ministry of the Interior. In some courses of study, a certificate of compulsory attendance can be issued to support the application for a visa, as long as the embassies require proof of this from the university.

If your embassy asks for such a certificate when applying for a visa, please contact studieren[at]uni-kassel[dot]de. Exchange students who need such a certificate from the embassy to enter Germany should contact exchange[at]uni-kassel[dot]de.

In any case make sure to follow the current recommendations of the German Foreign Office regarding entry to Germany.

Do I have to go into quarantine after entry?

Anyone entering the country from a region where the number of newly infected cases per 100,000 inhabitants exceeds 50 cases within the last seven days must go into quarantine for 14 days, see the RKI list of designated risk areas. https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html

 

The orientation week for international students will take place primarily in digital form from 23 to 25 October 2020.

 

  • The coming winter semester 2020/2021 will (again) contain a high proportion of digital teaching. Due to the still valid distance and hygiene rules, only about 20% of the seats at the university can be used. These capacities are to be used increasingly for attendance offerings.
  • The basic rule is that there is a digitally usable offer in all modules so that students can study from home.
  • As an option, there will be attendance offerings where students can (again) talk to lecturers in person.
  • The basic rule is also that students are not obliged to use all presence offerings and teachers are not obliged to offer presence in addition to their digital offerings.
  • The planning and implementation takes place in the departments and subjects. During planning, care is taken to ensure that face-to-face events and digital offerings are coordinated.

Can I postpone my stay abroad to Kassel (to the next semester) and what happens to my scholarship?

We will do our best to take in all exchange students who have to postpone their stay now in the next academic year. If you would like to postpone your exchange semester, please just ask your international office to contact us. Please contact your home institution or scholarship provider for questions on scholarships.

4. Cour­ses and se­mi­nars

Courses for the coming winter semester begin on November 2, 2020. 
The event-free period begins on 19 December 2020 and ends on 3 January 2021.
The courses end on 19 February 2021. 

 

  • The coming winter semester 2020/2021 will (again) contain a high proportion of digital teaching. Due to the still valid distance and hygiene rules, only about 20% of the seats at the university can be used. These capacities are to be used increasingly for attendance offerings.
  • The basic rule is that there is a digitally usable offer in all modules so that students can study from home.
  • As an option, there will be attendance offerings where students can (again) talk to lecturers in person.
  • The basic rule is also that students are not obliged to use all presence offerings and teachers are not obliged to offer presence in addition to their digital offerings.
  • The planning and implementation takes place in the departments and subjects. During planning, care is taken to ensure that face-to-face events and digital offerings are coordinated.

Courses such as laboratory practicals, excursions, etc., where attendance is an absolute prerequisite for achieving the learning objectives, e.g. due to the use of equipment on site, are offered in the winter semester. 

If necessary, the examination boards can determine alternative forms for corresponding study components.

 

5. Ex­ami­na­ti­ons

  • Exams of the summer semester 2020 shall be held mainly from August 17, 2020 onwards.
  • A first date should be offered, if possible, by 30 September, catch-up and replacement dates by 23 October if necessary.

Oral examinations are - under consideration of the hygiene concepts - basically possible. 

In the winter semester 2020/21, the examination boards of the departments may permit special forms of examination, such as video conferences. In the case of video conferences, it must be ensured, among other things, that all those involved agree with this form of examination, that the identity of the candidate can be established by means of an identification card, that he/she is alone in the room and that no inadmissible aids are used.

Ordnung zur Änderung der Allgemeinen Bestimmungen für Fachprüfungsordnungen mit den Abschlüssen Bachelor und Master an der Universität Kassel (AB Bachelor/Master)

If examiners or students belong to a risk group or cannot be present due to supervision tasks or for other important reasons, there is the possibility (if approved by the responsible examination board) to conduct the oral examination as a video conference. It must be ensured that all parties involved agree to this form of examination, that the video conference is managed by the examiner(s) and conducted using a secure service, that the identity of the examinee can be established by video image and showing the official identification document, that he/she is alone in the room and no unauthorised aids are used, and that an examination protocol is drawn up in the usual manner. The explanation of the examination evaluation to the examinee takes place orally during the video conference. If the candidate fails the examination, he/she confirms orally that the evaluation has been explained to him/her. In the event that the examination has to be abandoned for technical reasons, the examination is deemed not to have been taken. This is determined by the examiner or the chairman of the examination board. If this procedure is not desired, the examination may have to be postponed to a later date.

 

 

 

In the e-assessment centre:

Measures will be taken to control access, maintain safety distances and hygiene regulations.
Please adhere to the following guidelines in the e-assessment centre and also before during the waiting period:

Admission, stay, and exit

  • Please observe the hygiene regulations: Wash your hands frequently, sneeze or cough in the crook of your arm, etc. We disinfect table surfaces, devices and screens after each test.
  • Please wear a face mask. Put on your face mask before entering the e-assessment centre. You may use a community mask, just as you do for shopping.
  • Lockers are not available. For this reason, no luggage is allowed. Only a small bag is allowed, which may be placed beside the walls or behind the last row. Switch off your mobile phone or Smartwatch and stow it into your bag, this will save time. You are allowed to bring a drink with you. Make sure to use a sealable container (e.g. bottle with screw cap). You may place the drink on the floor next to you.
  • There will be a single entrance in the e-assessment centre. Please enter the e-assessment centre individually and when asked to do so. Here too, please observe the rules regarding distance from your fellow students and employees. If there are queues in the entrance area and in front of the building, also keep a distance of 1.5 - 2 metres and observe the markings on the floor.
  • In the e-assessment centre, please take a paper label with your surname, first name and password from the counter. You will need the password later to log in to the exam system. If your label is not available although you have registered for the exam, please contact the exam supervisor
  • Then go to the exam room. Only every second place in the exam room is available. You will be assigned a free place. Please stay in your assigned seat. Please wait until you are asked to log in to the computer.
  • Put your certificate of enrolment or your student ID and your photo ID on your desk. These documents are required for the identity check during the exam.
  • A representative will give an introduction to the contents of your exam. Afterwards, you will receive a short introduction to the use of the e-examination system by the staff of the Teaching Service Center. Afterwards you can register and start your exam.
  • Please remain seated after the electronic submission of your exam. This also applies if you have completed your exam before the time limit expires.
  • There will be an individual exit from the e-assessment centre. Do not leave the e-assessment centre until you are individually asked to do so. You will leave the e-assessment centre via a different door.
  • The test only begins when everyone is safely seated in their seat. You will not be put at a disadvantage by any queues that may form.

 

Logging in and writing exams
Only after you are asked to do so may you log into the exam system. To do so, you need your matriculation number and the password which you will find on your label. Now you can start with the exam. Please note the following information:

  • It is possible that your lecturer has set a time limit in the exam, after which your exam will be sent automatically. If an exam has a time limit, you will be informed about it at the beginning of the exam. You can check the time still available on your exam computer at any time as it is displayed on the screen.
  • During the whole exam you can change, complete or correct your answers at any time. Please note: There are e-examinations that consist of several blocks. In these exams you can only change answers within one block. As soon as the block of questions is completed, you cannot change the given answers. If an exam consists of several completed blocks, this will be pointed out at the beginning. The screen also shows which block you are currently in.
  • As with a paper exam, once you have handed in the exam, you cannot reclaim it. If you click on "Submit exam" in the exam system before having answered all questions, a security question will appear which you must confirm first. If you confirm it with "yes", the exam will be sent and cannot be recalled.

Once you have handed in your exam, please log out of the system.


Exam results and exam viewing
Your lecturer will tell you whether you have passed and with what grade. Depending on the structure of the examination and the type of task types used, this may take from a few days to a few weeks. Your lecturer will also inform you about when and where you can view your exam.

 

Getting to know the e-exam environment
You have the opportunity to get to know the e-examination environment better and to write a sample test. Please go to the following page: uni-kassel.de/go/self-assessment

Name: Gast
Password: Gast

Here you have the opportunity to watch a video about the e-assessment centre.

The Senate issued a ruling on 8 July 2020 about making non-binding attempts at examinations for courses that lead to a bachelor’s or master’s degree or a teaching degree. Any examinations, which have not been passed during the summer semester in 2020 up to and including 31 October 2020, with the exception of final dissertations, will be regarded as having not been taken. Any examinations passed during the summer semester of 2020 may be repeated on one occasion so that candidates can improve their grades. If the exam is repeated, the better result will count. Any examinations, which were not passed on account of fraud or infringements, will not be covered by this rule. Any rules envisaged in the subject examination regulations, which go beyond these measures, will not be affected by this. The opportunity of making use of a supplementary examination according to Section 18a will not be affected by this either. Registration for an exam to improve grades in an examination that was passed during the summer semester in 2020 must be completed by 30 September 2021 at the very latest; this option will lapse after this time. In the case of any examinations that are repeated according to these provisions in future, you will not have any right to insist that your chosen examination format is retained.  

The following explanations and information seem to be important in this regard: the starting point for this rule is the time when the examination is taken. It therefore also applies to any examinations that have been postponed to this period from the winter semester in 2019/20. The supplementary oral examination according to Section 18a of the general rules for university courses leading to a bachelor’s or master’s degree is not governed by this rule; it cannot be repeated. ‘Final dissertations’ in the sense of these rules involve the dissertations written for a bachelor’s or master’s degree or academic dissertations on courses leading to state examinations.

If you have any questions, please contact the examination administration departments for the degree courses in the faculties.  

6. Or­ga­­ni­­sa­­ti­o­­nal is­­su­es

In the light of the fact that the summer semester in 2020 has not been taken into consideration in terms of the maximum period for BAFöG support (student loans), the State of Hesse has issued a ruling that “differs from the normal period of study laid down in the examination regulations according to Section 19 of the Hesse Higher Education Act […] and sets an individual normal study period that has been increased by one semester for students who have been enrolled for university courses during the summer semester of 2020 or are pursuing a course that is concluded by a state or church examination.” (Order to Handle the Effects of the SARSCoV2 Pandemic in the Higher Education Sector, dated 1 July 2020 and published in the Law and Ordinance Gazette on 14 July 2020, p. 499).

The university is currently clarifying the form of confirmation that will be made available for this via the eCampus system and whether the ruling concerned should also apply to students who have been given time off from the university during the summer semester in 2020. This ruling will not affect issues related to university statistics and university funding. The relevant information will be amended, once further clarification has been made available for these issues. The student services organisation is responsible for matters related to BAFöG -  https://www.studierendenwerk-kassel.de/info-covid19/

Comprehensive information about Bafög and student financing can be found on the website of the Studierendenwerk: https://www.studierendenwerk-kassel.de/info-covid19/

 

7. Go­ing ab­road

If you decide to attend you stay abroad, please keep up-to-date with the entry and residency requirements of your host country as well as the requirements and general conditions of your host university. The situation is very dynamic concerning the pandemic and can lead to very short-term changes.

Employees should also inform themselves about the requirements of the University concerning business trips. We recommend that you check regularly on the pages of the Federal Foreign Office and on the website of your host institution. A postponement of the stay is possible in most cases. If you have any questions, please contact the International Office.

Do I have to return my scholarship if I leave my stay abroad prematurely or in case I cannot begin at all?  This has to be examined on a case-by-case basis or depending on the specifications of the respective grant-giving institution. The International Office will be happy to support and advise you in this regard.

 

Can I attend virtual courses offered by the host institution?

If you have successfully applied for an spot in the  exchange program, you can use the online offers of the host university. In many cases, a link between presence and online teaching is also possible and can be financially supported. The International Office would like to encourage you explicitly to consider this. The team of the International Office is available for questions and individual advice.

If necessary, the examination boards can determine alternative forms for corresponding study components.

 

8. Information for teaching staff

For the planning of presence events in special laboratory, workshop or work rooms, concepts are developed which are adapted to the spatial conditions, which take the above-mentioned hygiene and protection measures into account and which contain concrete specifications for maintaining the safety distance, access control and the avoidance of group formation. Responsible for these plans are the departments, teaching units, training workshops etc. The measures such as separation by protective screens and, if necessary, barriers, markings or access controls must be adapted to the activities and room conditions.

Who supports the preparation of rooms?

There are central support services for planning and preparation: Safety advice can be requested from the Occupational Safety and Environmental Protection Group. Support in the provision of material for markings and pathways through barrier stands, flutter tape and/or floor coverings can be requested from the local caretaker's office. If partitions with protective screens are required, these can be made and installed in coordination with the responsible property management. Contact Mr. Dietmar Günter (- 2434).

 

Information on this can be found on the website of  Servicecenter Lehre

 

9. Information for vi­­sit­ing aca­­de­­mic

Can I start my stay abroad in Kassel?

Entry may be restricted for persons from third countries (non-EU). Please refer to the website of the Ministry of the Interior. 

Do I have to go into quarantine after entry?

Anyone entering the country from a region where the number of newly infected cases per 100,000 inhabitants exceeds 50 cases within the last seven days must go into quarantine for 14 days, see the RKI list of designated risk areas. https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/coronavirus

Can I post­po­ne my re­se­arch or lec­tu­re stay at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Kassel and what hap­pens to my scho­lar­ship?

This has to be checked on an individual basis. Unfortunately, a general answer cannot be given here. However, the International office tries to support you in the best possible way to find a satisfactory solution together with the hosting departments and your supervisor. Please also involve your home university and your scholarship provider.

What will hap­pen to my vi­sa when I ha­ve to can­cel or post­po­ne my ex­ch­an­ge stay?

The validity of the visa is stated in the document. It does not affect the validity if you do not enter Germany at the beginning of the validity period. If you want to postpone your stay at the University of Kassel you have to apply again for a visa before entering Germany.

I need the si­gna­tu­re of my su­per­vi­sor in or­der to re­cei­ve an ac­count with the un­ver­si­ty’s IT ser­vice. Will a scan be suf­fi­ci­ent for my ap­p­li­ca­ti­on?

Yes. 

I ha­ve ma­de a re­ser­va­ti­on for a room or flat in Kassel but I will not tra­vel to Kassel. Is the rent due?

Please discuss with the landlord/landlady in direct contact if he/she renounces the general situation given.

I ha­ve an ap­point­ment with the for­eig­ner aut­ho­ri­ties in the Cam­pus Cen­ter of­fice.

The office on campus has closed. Check your e-mails for information or ask on the phone no. 115 (Kassel city offices) or find the electronic contact form here.

My re­si­dence per­mit or entran­ce vi­sa is run­ning out and I need an ap­point­ment with the for­eig­ners aut­ho­ri­ties.

Please use the contact form or the general phone number for all Kassel offices: 115 . You can make your appointment via this phone number.

Who can I con­tact if I ha­ve any fur­ther ques­ti­ons?

Please write an e-mail to international-office[at]uni-kassel[dot]de

EU­RA­XESS net­work

See also the information of the EURAXESS network.

10. Mee­tings, con­fe­ren­ces and non-cur­ri­cu­lar events

Events and educational offers can be resumed from 17.08.2020, provided that the special distance and hygiene rules (see instructions for protection against Covid 19) are observed and suitably large rooms are available.

 

Framework conditions for resuming meetings, conferences and non-curricular events:

  • Conferences and events with up to 50 persons can generally be re-admitted. Events with more than 50 persons should still be registered in advance for release (arbeitssicherheit@uni-kassel.de). Due to lack of space, larger events will probably not be able to take place within the university buildings.
  • For the preparation of a hygiene concept, a checklist of corona events (plant) as well as personal advice is offered.
    For questions regarding the preparation of a hygiene concept you can contact Mr. Arnoldi (marc.arnoldi@uni-kassel.de).
  • The responsibility for the preparation of and compliance with the hygiene concepts and risk assessment lies with the organizer*in.
  • The execution of written examinations of the summer semester until mid-October, the introductory courses of first semesters in the last two weeks of October and the execution of attendance courses of the winter semester from 02.11.20 have priority in the use of rooms
  • Due to the limited space available - only about 20% of the original seats are available - it may not always be possible to hold the event at the university. Alternatively, the organizer* may use external premises/rentals.
  • The further occurrence of infection is not foreseeable, if necessary local or regional lockdown measures are to be expected. In order to avoid possible costs associated with a short-term cancellation, an alternative planning with digital formats is advisable and this should be taken into account in any commitments for room rentals or hospitality.

11. Hy­gie­­­nic and pro­­­­­tec­­­ti­­ve me­a­­­su­­­res

The Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) recommends that, as in the case of influenza and other respiratory diseases, you should protect yourself from transmission of the corona virus by keeping a distance of at least 1.5 metres from the sick person, washing your hands regularly and thoroughly, and coughing and sneezing in a specific way in order to prevent transmission of the virus. Detailed hygiene recommendations can be found at https://www.infektionsschutz.de/coronavirus-sars-cov-2.html.

Rooms must be ventilated regularly. Regular airing is also good for hygiene, reducing the number of fine droplets containing pathogens that may be present in the air.

A minimum distance of at least 1.5 metres must be maintained at all times from other persons (hereinafter "safety distance") in all directions, including access, sitting and walking. Where this is not possible by organisational measures, alternative protective measures must be taken (see points 3-5). The safety distance must be maintained in all buildings owned and rented by the university, in parts of buildings and on the entire campus of the University of Kassel.

Measures such as barriers, markings or access regulations are meant to ensure that the distance is maintained. All members of the university, users and guests are obliged to observe the measures for maintaining the safety distance.

The safety distance must also be maintained when entering and leaving buildings and rooms as well as in queues. Group formations in buildings and on the premises are to be avoided.

Mouth and nose covers are to be worn wherever the safety distance cannot be safely maintained. This applies to all areas and all activities at the university in buildings and on the entire campus.

"Community masks" serve to interrupt the path of infection and are mainly used for the protection of others. They are useful as a supplementary measure to the general hygiene and distance recommendations.

The wearing of mouth and nose covers is especially obligatory when crowds of people cannot be avoided, for example when entering and leaving buildings or rooms (participation in meetings, discussions, examinations or lectures). Appropriate instructions are to be observed in the invitation or by posting notices. The mouth and nose cover must be worn until the minimum distance can be safely maintained again (e.g. at the seat or workplace).

When staying in the buildings and also on the premises, it is important to ensure that people have as little direct contact with each other as possible or that their contact is reduced to a minimum. The contact with each other in rooms of the university, during breaks or other activities is to be reduced to a minimum. Physical contact, e.g. during greetings and goodbyes (such as shaking hands) is to be avoided.

At consultation and information desks with personal contact, where the safety distance of at least 1.5 metres cannot be maintained, separation by protective screens and, if necessary, barriers, markings or access regulations must be provided. Where such screens are not provided and the minimum distance cannot be maintained, mouth and nose covers must be worn.

If you have any symptoms or other questions about your own health, please phone your family doctor or contact the emergency medical service on 116 117.

For the "Gesundheitsamt" please dial +49 561 787-1968 or +49 561 1003-1920.

Regarding hygiene and personal protection: the Federal Centre for Health Education provides fact sheets on important hygiene measures in German and English, which you can then download and print in A4 or A3 format: www.bzga.de

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is continually examining the situation, assessing the risk for the population in Germany and provides answers to frequently asked questions: https://www.rki.de/SharedDocs/FAQ/NCOV2019/FAQ_Liste.html

The RKI also offers a risk assessment for events: https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/artikel/handlungsempfehlungen-corona-rki.html

The latest information for the state of Hessen can be found on the Hesse Ministry for Social Affairs and Integration (HMSI) website: https://soziales.hessen.de/gesundheit/infektionsschutz/informationen-und-faq-zum-neuen-coronavirus-sars-cov-2

The HMSI is also making available a telephone hotline on 0800 5554666 (Mondays to Fridays, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.) for questions related to this sickness within the federal state.

For travellers: you can find the latest information for travellers on the German Foreign Ministry’s website: www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit

As for the situation at the University of Kassel, you will find the latest information here or possibly on social media.

Since 16 June 2020 the Corona-Warn-App is available for download. With the app you can be informed anonymously and quickly if you are in the vicinity of an infected person. The more people use the Corona-Warn-App, the faster chains of infection can be broken in the future. The most important information about the app can be found on the following website of the Federal Ministry of Health: www.zusammengegencorona.de/informieren/praevention/