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.
The timetable including all eLectures is online.
By now, most of the summer semester 2020 courses have been set up in StudIP, and so far, the feedback regarding the University's digital alternatives to classroom teaching has been positive. To make these digital teaching and learning formats visible, the Sundenplan (time-tabling) team is working on adding notes to each course which will link directly to StudIP; this task should be completed by the end of this week.
Every scheduled course in summer semester 2020 will be given an additional ‘room’ in the schedule, labeled, "please note eLearning courses offered until face-to-face teaching starts again at HGU". The name of the new ‘room’ in the timetable is also a link which takes you directly to Stud.IP: http://studip.hs-gm.de. The schedule can be found, as always at https://www.hs-geisenheim.de/en/studies/students/timetable/.
In its Circular 6/2020, Hesse's State Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts provides information on special regulations for federal training assistance (BAföG) in connection with the coronavirus pandemic; Article 5 of the COVID-19 Hospital Relief Act (BGBI. l., No. 14, p. 580 of March 27, 2020); amendment of section 53 German Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG); with retroactive effect from March 1, 2020. The document below contains the Circular and the Decree issued by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
The Language Center teaching team is making ever effort to ensure students can continue their language learning in a variety of ways despite these challenging times. All information is available through the Stud.IP courses.
The commencement of on-campus lectures in the 2020 summer semester has been postponed to April 20, 2020; lectures will re-commence on April 23, 2020. However, this does not mean that there has not been any teaching since the regular start of the semester on March 23, 2020. During this period, lecturers are required to develop digital teaching formats and make them accessible. In some cases, it may not even be possible to implement this quickly or at all.
As a student, however, this does not release you from the obligation to stay well informed and to make use of the digital formats provided. For instance, the continued payment of federal student grants (BAföG) is also tied to the fact that recipients taking avail of digital offers, if not, they may be exposed to the risk of losing their entitlement. (See specific provisions for the administration of BAföG for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic.)
The current outbreak of the coronavirus and its social, economic and psychological impact represents a major challenge for everyone. Many people may be fearful of contracting the disease, worried about their relatives, resentful towards others, or suffering from loneliness and cabin fever as a result of the social distancing rules imposed by the government. For many families and couples, living together in a restricted space is a unique stress test of its own.
To protect your mental health during this difficult period, it is all the more important to pay special attention to what may seem like trivial concerns:
People who already have mental health issues may feel particularly vulnerable right now. Below you will find a list of contacts:
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 upcoming (repeat) exams will be postponed and will take place from the beginning of May.
Your lecturers are currently examining the possibility of using online teaching materials to help you utilize the interim time sensibly. From Tuesday, March 24, 2020 you can register for relevant courses in StudIP. We are working on digitized self-study materials for parts of the summer semester courses. For practical courses or formats that can only be carried out face to face, a solution will be found after the lectures restart.
If you have any questions, please contact your lecturers or degree program coordinators.
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 to follow.
Following the information from the President of Hochschule Geisenheim University on the preventative measures to contain the coronavirus (find out more here), we would like to ask you to do the following:
Minimize attendance times on the Geisenheim campus before the start of your studies:
Please try to arrange all organizational matters concerning your studies by e-mail or telephone with the respective staff members of Geisenheim University, and NOT in person.
Notifying Hochschule Geisenheim University in the event of quarantine:
If you have entered quarantine in line with the University’s preventative measures (find out more here), we ask you to inform the respective staff member for your study program at the Examinations Office by e-mail. The information will then be forwarded to the relevant module coordinators.
Professor Alexander von Birgelen
Vice-President of Academic and Student Affairs
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) recommends that anyone who has been to a coronavirus risk area, even if they do not have any signs of illness, should avoid unnecessary contact with other people and remain at home where possible. (List of risk areas.)
The following applies to students as well as teaching staff: If you have been to a risk area within the past two weeks, please do not return to Hochschule Geisenheim University as normal. Students should inform their relevant module coordinator. Employees will find further information on what to do here.
If you feel any signs of illness or are unsure after having been to a coronavirus risk area, please call your general practitioner or the responsible health authority (Gesundheitsamt). The health authority for Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis, if you live there is Infektionsepidemiologie, Heimbacher Strasse 7, 65307 Bad Schwalbach; e-mail: gesundheitsamt.badschwalbach(at)rheingau-taunus.de; telephone: +49 6124 510621.
You may return to Hochschule Geisenheim University after two weeks provided no symptoms of illness have emerged.
Tackling the coronavirus together - your commitment is needed now! In order to contain Covid-19 infections in Germany, on behalf of the Robert Koch Institute, the Federal Office of Administration is currently looking for crisis management support staff (m/f/o) as "Containment Scouts". The assignment will be at a regional office of your choice and at the relevant local health authorities. The positions are full-time and initially for six months. Remuneration is in line with G3 TvöD, level 1 (2,325 euros before tax and deductions). Please apply quickly - the closing date for applications is March 31, 2020.
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.