The President’s Council of Hochschule Geisenheim University urges everyone to remain calm in the face of the current crisis and to treat the situation and each other with due consideration. The information provided by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the federal government's central institution for monitoring and preventing the spread of infectious diseases, serves as the basis for assessing the situation and making recommendations.
In a crisis meeting regarding the coronavirus situation on Friday, 13 March 2020, the cabinet of the Federal State of Hesse adopted a number of provisions concerning institutions of higher education and their teaching and research facilities.
Depending on the type of lecture, all teaching staff should employ digital formats wherever possible. More information on this will follow.
Hesse's State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts (HMWK) and all universities in the state have agreed on a joint framework plan for the organization of semester schedules. You will find the corresponding communication below. The starting date of April 20, 2020 as the beginning of digital teaching in the text refers to the universities, which would have only re-commenced teaching on April 14, 2020. At Hochschule Geisenheim University, the established rule of providing and attending digital classes now, where possible, continues to apply. Face-to-face teaching is not possible at the moment, but we hope that this will change over the course of the semester.
Hochschule Geisenheim University is working on a plan, based on the guidelines agreed with the HMWK, which takes the individual concerns of teaching staff, employees and students into account to the greatest extent possible.
The Library of Hochschule Geisenheim University is also obliged to limit the number of visitors to its facilities as far as possible and for this reason has introduced a skeleton service. In spite of this, the Library team aims to continue to support you as much as possible. For example, we are currently providing the following services:
Should you have any queries or require further assistance, please contact the Library team using the channels mentioned above.
Pursuant to the Fourth Ordinance on the Control of the Coronavirus of March 17, 2020 by the Federal State of Hesse, the following applies with immediate effect to the facilities of Hochschule Geisenheim University:
The Federal State of Hesse has issued mandatory instructions for all departments (see reporting requirements, etc.). In addition, there are official instructions for employees who, for instance, have vulnerable family members. The Federal State of Hesse's pandemic plan is applicable. Employees of Hochschule Geisenheim University are obliged to implement or comply with these instructions with immediate effect.
To help prevent the spread of infection, Hochschule Geisenheim University requires that the following hygiene instructions be followed:
Currently, a number of regions in the world where there is a high incidence of infections with the coronavirus have been identified as risk regions by the RKI. A continuously updated list of these risk regions can be found here.
You can obtain the latest daily updates here:
We will inform you immediately should there be any changes to the assessments above.
Should you have further questions regarding occupational safety and health management, please contact arbeitssicherheit(at)hs-gm.de.
The COVID-1 Dashboard contains all data on confirmed COVID-19 cases that have been compiled nationwide and transmitted to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).
The Federal State of Hesse has set up a public phone line, which you can call should you have any questions regarding the coronavirus. The telephone number is 0800/5554666 and is accessible weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.