On sunday, the federal and state governments decided on a renewed lockdown from Wednesday, December 16, 2020 until at least Sunday, January 10, 2021. Further measures must now be taken to restrict contact in order to significantly reduce the number of new infections and not overburden the health care system.
In my e-mail of October 9, 2020 in which I explained the general conditions of this hybrid semester, with its mix of online and face-to-face teaching, I also reminded you that a further lockdown was also a probability. Due to the current pandemic developments in Germany, as of Wednesday, December 16, 2020 (and wherever possible already from Tuesday, December 15, 2020) until further notice - at least until the end of the lockdown - Hochschule Geisenheim University will:
- have no face-to-face teaching at all, with all teaching taking place digitally
- forego face-to-face examinations and work with the examination boards to find appropriate arrangements.
As things stand, we plan to schedule the few remaining exams for the second half of January, and the new dates will be communicated as soon as possible.
The teaching periods for WS2020/21 will continue to apply. If necessary, we will extend the winter semester exam period to three weeks at the end of February. The Examinations Office and the Examination Committees will inform you about the further procedure in due course.
We are currently in a serious situation and I thank you for your support in the above-mentioned measures.
Wishing you festive greetings and a peaceful New Year, and above all, stay healthy.
Best regards and stay safe
Prof. Dr. Alexander von Birgelen
Vice-President Academic & Student Affairs