Deal­ing with the coronavirus

In­form­a­tion for de­­gree-seek­ing stu­dents, Phd stu­dents, and teach­ing staff

Up­date 24.06.2020

The standard period of study will be extended by one semester for all students enrolled in the summer semester 2020.

Which lecture periods apply to summer and winter semesters?
The lecture period of the summer semester 2020 will be extended by one week until July 24, 2020. This means that the summer semester consists of 14 weeks as usual, as the start of the lecture period was also postponed by one week. From July 25 to August 16, 2020, there will be a phase free of teaching units, during which examinations will be dispensed with as far as possible.
According to the current status (15 May), the courses of the coming winter semester will begin on November 2.



In which time can exams be written?
Written exams are generally possible again from June 8 onwards. By July 24, the exams from the final phase of the 2019/20 winter semester that were cancelled in March and April are to be made up for. The strict regulations regarding hygiene and distance as well as other requirements must be observed. Written exams of the summer semester 2020 are to be held mainly from August 17, 2020 onwards. A first exam date should be offered by 30 September if possible, catch-up and substitute dates by 23 October if necessary. Oral examinations have been possible again since May 11 under certain conditions.


Will the semester remain digital?
According to the current status (May 15), courses in the summer semester 2020 will continue to take place in presence only in the absolute exceptional case. Online teaching is prioritised.

Teach­ing

Presence events can only take place if they require special laboratory, workshop or work spaces, which will apply from May 11, 2020, and will be subject to strict criteria until further notice. The general and additional hygiene measures, measures to avoid contacts, to control access and to avoid group formation and queues must be observed at all times. The minimum distance in all directions during access, sitting and walking must be at least 1.5 m. Sick persons must not enter the rooms.

As far as online teaching is possible, it is prioritised.

 

The start of the semester is April 20 - and initially only in digital form.

The end of the lecture period will be postponed flexibly. However, it has not yet been decided which periods of the semester (01.04. - 30.09.2020) will be used for classroom teaching.

Please refer to the websites of the departments for further information. Usually you will also be informed by the teachers via e-mail or announcements within your Moodle course.

In order to enrol in certain courses, completion of other, upstream modules is often required. If this was or is not possible for you in the special situation of the corona pandemic at the end of the winter semester 2019/20 and in the current summer semester 2020, the responsible examination board may decide that a different sequence is possible.

 

As a rule, only those who are enroled as students at the University of Kassel can take an examination. Exceptions to this rule are permitted against the background of the corona pandemic, if it is the last examination to be taken for the completion of the degree course, which would have been taken in the winter semester 2019/20 if the examination office had not been closed down and must now be taken on a date not yet fixed on the basis of the examination regulations in force.

Please clarify this question with the internship provider. If necessary, the examination boards can determine alternative forms for corresponding study components.

 

As long as classroom teaching is suspended, there are also no excursions.

 

The start of lectures in the winter semester will probably be postponed to November 1 due to the postponed A-level examinations.

 

Until further notice, the university buildings will remain closed for general admission by students in principle and with few exceptions only. This is the only way to guarantee hygiene and protection measures. Admission to any attendance events and exit from the building must be controlled (collection and exit at the entrance door).

 

According to the current status (May 15), courses in the summer semester 2020 will continue to take place in presence only in the absolute exceptional case. Online teaching is prioritised.

 

 

For planning the resumption of attendance events in special laboratory, workshop or work spaces, concepts adapted to the spatial conditions are now (at the beginning of May) being drawn up, which take into account the aforementioned hygiene and protection measures and include concrete specifications for maintaining the safety distance, access control and avoiding group formation. The departments, teaching units, training workshops etc are responsible for these plans. 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 (extension 2434).

Ex­ams, term pa­pers, theses, cer­ti­fic­ates

Written exams are generally possible again from June 8 onwards. By July 24, the exams from the final phase of the 2019/20 winter semester that were cancelled in March and April are to be made up for. The strict regulations regarding hygiene and distance as well as other requirements must be observed. 

Written exams of the summer semester 2020 are to be held mainly from August 17, 2020 onwards. A first exam date should be offered by 30 September if possible, catch-up and substitute dates by 23 October if necessary.

Oral examinations have been possible again since May 11 under certain conditions.

Yes, as of 11 May, oral examinations are permitted again as long as no more than 10 people (including examiners and assessors) are present and all relevant distance and hygiene rules are observed. Please refer to the handbook for hygiene concepts and inform your students that they will be picked up at the building entrance, as access to the building must remain restricted.

What is the procedure if an oral examination is not possible?

If you or your students belong to a risk group or are unable to attend due to supervision tasks or for other important reasons, it is possible, if approved by the responsible examination board, to hold 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 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.


The examination boards of the departments can approve alternative evidence of academic achievement in the summer semester 2020 and in the winter semester 2020/21.

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

From 8 to 24 June, the WS 19/20 e-examinations that failed in March and April 2020 will be written 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.

Contact the relevant examination office by telephone or e-mail to clarify the form of the submission. In principle, face-to-face contact with the examination offices is currently not possible.

 

If a certificate is required, please contact the examination office responsible for you.

 

Doc­tor­ates

The chairperson of the PhD Commission may allow a thesis defence to take place via video conference if all other participants agree. A secure technical infrastructure is required. In addition, the candidate must identify him/herself by video and give an assurance that he/she is alone in the room and that he/she is not using any unauthorized aids. If the thesis defence has to be interrupted for technical reasons, it will be deemed not to have been undertaken.

As a rule, officially certified copies of the university entrance qualification and university degrees must be enclosed with the application for acceptance as a doctoral candidate. If it is not possible to submit officially certified copies at the moment, simple copies of the certificates can be submitted first. However, acceptance as a doctoral student is only granted once the officially certified copies have been submitted.

 

 

The application for the opening of the main proceedings, including the dissertation copies, cannot currently be submitted in person at the doctoral office. Doctoral candidates are requested to send the application with the necessary documents and copies of the dissertation by post to the doctoral administration office.

 

Or­gan­isa­tional is­sues (study or­gan­isa­tion, fin­ances, hous­ing, IT, etc.)

A postponement is not possible. However, you can withdraw from enrolment for the summer semester 2020 and apply or enrol again in the winter semester 2020/2021 (https://www.uni-kassel.de/uni/studium/fahrplan-ins-studium/bewerbung/spezielle-bewerbungssituationen/formulare-fuer-sonderfaelle/). There is no eligibility to enrol in the winter semester due to admission in the summer semester.

At the present time, no statement in this direction is possible.

As before, you need to apply for the removal from the university register, using the form. The removal will take place at the time of application or at the end of the current semester. An online removal from the university register is not planned.

Information about Bafög and student financing is available on the website of the student union (Studierendenwerk): https://www.studierendenwerk-kassel.de/en/info-covid19/

 

The CampusCard validated for the winter semester 2019/20 is temporarily valid as a semester ticket in connection with the printing of a certificate of enrolment for the summer semester 2020. This is valid for the time being until July 5, 2020, and is valid on the routes of the Hessian public transport associations NVV, VPH and RMV. You can download the certificate of enrolment from the eCampus.

There is no deadline for the validation of the CampusCard. You can make up the validation at any time. Validation of the cards is currently possible at three locations:

    Campus Center (7:30 am - 5:00 pm)
    AVZ (7:30 am - 5:00 pm)
    Library in Witzenhausen (Campus Nordbahnhof, 7:30 am - 5:00 pm)

 

Help and ad­vice

The counselling services and consultation hours of the university administration, the departments and the central institutions are currently not offered personally. This applies until further notice.

This concerns, among others, 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 of the Information office for studies is also closing.

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

Help and ad­vice

The Student advisory service offers the following telephone consultation hours:

In the week from 4 May to 7 May 2020:

Monday: 13.30 - 15.30

Tuesday: 9.00 - 12.00 and 13.00 - 15.00

Wednesday: 9.00 - 12.00 and 15.00 - 17.00

Thursday: 9.00 - 12.00 and 13 - 15

Friday: 9.00 - 12.00 hours

Phone +49 561 804-7206

The "LEO - learning service" now offers telephone counselling. For all questions about learning and writing during your studies, the team can be reached via 0561 804-3814, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For all those who are now acutely worried, anxious, worried, the team at the Psychological Counselling Centre (PBS) of the Kassel Student Union offers telephone and video consultation:

#open ear telephone consultation hours: T. 0561 804 2800, Monday to Friday, 9-13 o'clock - Tuesday, Thursday and Friday also in English.
From 15 June: Monday to Friday from 11-12 o'clock

Video consultation hour: Appointments by e-mail to beratung((at))studierendenwerk.uni-kassel.de or by phone 0561 804-2800.
Both offers are aimed both at those who would like to talk to us for the first time and at those who were already in a counselling process before Corona. Please note: We do not offer medical advice on Corona / Covid 19. In case of emergency: Further contacts and contact points for you

 

Go-Link: www.uni-kassel.de/go/healthprotection-student-promotion