Step-by-step introduction of on-site teaching

Current information from the Rector for the step-by-step introduction of on-site teaching in relation to the Covid 19 pandemic (Status 23 April 2020)

The gradual introduction of on-site teaching is based on the preliminary consideration that university students are strongly influenced by youth cohorts, with a statistically below-average risk of the disease progression on the one hand, but a high mobility risk for society and their fellow students and teachers on the other. This results in the following aspects, among others, which have been taken into account:

  • Students, on their return to the university location, immediately initiate national mobility from areas with different pandemic status
  • Students at our university commute more than average and for the most part daily between their place of residence and their place of study in the regional environment
  • Students appear as tenants/subtenants in heterogeneous living constellations
  • controllable compliance with special hygiene measures even before and after courses is only possible with small groups
  • it is still important to avoid large groups of students coming to the university to participate in classroom teaching
  • block courses staggered in relation to each other are intended to reduce the number of students attending at the same time; this requires coordination within the faculty

The reintroduction of on-site teaching takes place step by step according to the following prioritisation and as determined by the Rectorate on the proposal of the respective Dean, taking into account the generally applicable rules to contain the Covid-19 pandemic:

from 4 May 2020

  • courses with compulsory attendance at the university: work in laboratories or with equipment, if possible in staggered block courses
  • individual tests with reliance on laboratory, technology and equipment
  • individual tests under special hygiene conditions in urgent cases
  • individual examinations under special hygiene conditions at the end of the course

from 20 May 2020 at the earliest
(if the infection rate remains stable at a low level)

courses where, due to dependencies, there is a delay of more than one semester in the course of study and where it is possible to keep a distance of at least 1.5 m between the participants before, during and after the course and to observe special hygiene measures

from 8 June 2020 at the earliest
(if the infection rate remains stable at a low level)

classroom teaching in small groups under observance of special hygiene measures, provided that classroom teaching is absolutely necessary for the students' examination success and can under no circumstances be replaced by digital formats

at the end of the semester
(if the infection rate remains stable at a low level)

examinations in compliance with protective measures and special hygiene conditions

Outlook for the winter semester
(if the infection rate remains stable at a low level)

other courses

Within this prioritization, courses are approved for classroom teaching in groups of 10, 20, 30, 50, 100, > 100 participants. It can be assumed that in the summer semester of 2020 it will hardly be possible to implement classroom teaching in groups of > 30 participants.

In order to achieve a spreading out over the entire semester if possible and to protect teachers and students of the risk groups equally and to enable them to participate in teaching, courses that are currently being held digitally (contactless) and can be held completely digitally may and should continue to be held digitally (contactless) after the start of on-site teaching. If the prerequisites are met, rooms can also be made available at the universities to enable more students to participate. This requires appropriate disinfection and separation facilities.

Best regards and stay healthy

Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Barbknecht

Further information:

04. May 2020, 09:00 - 30. September 2020, 16:00