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Date: May 15, 2020
In his video message on July 17, 2020, Prof. Alexander von Birgelen, Hochschule Geisenheim University's Vice President of Student & Academic Affairs, already pointed out the uncertain situation that is expected for the winter semester 2020/21.
Many students are now questioning the financial necessity of their physical presence in Geisenheim, and we would therefore like to give you some information regarding the current planning status. As with everything at the moment, of course, we may need to completely revise these plans according to the further development of the pandemic situation. Nevertheless, we hope that the winter semester 2020/21 can be as follows.
The general rule for lectures in all B.Sc. and M.Sc. programs, as in the summer semester 2020 will be: online wherever possible!
Unfortunately, the hygiene and distance requirements for lectures, some of which have more than 150 participants, do not allow any other approach. Even in our largest lecture hall (200 seats) only 32 seats may be allocated. However, experience from the summer semester has shown that eLearning formats can be used very effectively.
We are currently developing detailed plans, in full compliance with hygiene regulations, for the practical exercises and projects, which are an integral part of our practice-oriented degree programs. These plans are based on small groups where students can continue to develop skills in the professional areas in the best possible 'hands-on' way.
It is very important to us that all our new and returning students, are here in Geisenheim to take part in whatever face-to-face classes are organized. Internships, practical exercises and similar teaching formats usually require attendance rates of 75 to 80 % in order to complete them successfully. The curricula and the module manuals of the individual degree programs will give you more details about which courses this involves.
As soon as the planning of the individual timetables of the degree programs is finished - around mid-October - these will be available online.
Above all, we want to make it possible for our new, first-semester students to start their university lives with as much attendance time as possible. We know that the social components of studying, the exchange with fellow students, getting to know the lecturers and the campus are very important, and we look forward to welcoming you here in Geisenheim on the University Introduction Days, October 28 to 30, 2020.
The registration process in QIS, including automatic registration, is unchanged. Registration periods and examination dates can be found on the examination schedule or on the website.
If you have any further questions, please contact the Examinations Office. Contact details can be found on the Website .
Questions should be addressed to your Lecturers / Thesis Supervisors or the Examinations Office.
Completion of theses presents us all with new challenges. Please contact your supervisors if the planned topic is affected by the current situation and you would like to work on an alternative topic. The Examination Boards will deal with your request and find a solution adapted to the situation. Further formalities will then be dealt with by the Examinations Office.
Please address questions to your Internship Advisor, who can provide general support and also help if the internship needs to be postponed or split. We are aware that companies are having difficulties providing internship places in the current situation. Please stay in contact with us so that we can look for individual solutions.
We are planning on publishing an updated timetable at the beginning of June 2020, showing face-to-face classes as well as online classes with fixed times.
Hochschule Geisenheim University's library is currently required to reduce the number of visitors. We want to support you as much as we can, though, and offer the following services:
Please contact the library team if you need any help.
Please pay attention to the Hygiene Guidelines for Face-to-Face Meetings at Hochschule Geisenheim University before visiting the Student Service Center.
Important documents are made available, with highlighted parts. Information regarding emergency funding for students (highlighted in yellow), most important passages about applying (highlighted in red)!
The University's Crisis Management Team would like to provide you with the following information:
Interim financial aid provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is intended to help those students who can prove that they are faced with financial hardship caused by the pandemic, who need immediate help and are unable to overcome their pandemic-related hardship by making use of other support. Interim financial aid can be applied for by German and foreign students who are enrolled at a public or state-recognised higher education institution in Germany.
The interim financial aid complements the other initiatives that have already been launched to support students in the unprecedented situation caused by COVID-19. Students benefiting from loans, scholarships or similar in the relevant month are not excluded from applying for interim financial aid. Depending on the proven need, between 100 euros and 500 euros can be paid out as a non-repayable grant. Applications can only be filed separately for the months June, July and August 2020. A new application in – and for – a new month will only be admissible if the student is still eligible to apply.
The University's Crisis Management Team published some new information with respect to rules and regulations concerning coronavirus.
The University's Crisis Management Team published some new information with respect to rules and regulations concerning coronavirus.
After the first week of exams, there are things which worked-out, but there are also things which need improvement. I would like to remind everyone to obey the rules described in the Hygiene plan (please consult our website)
We have new information regarding the rules and regulations around Covid-19 and the impact on University teaching:
The following information has been put together to ensure a safe and hygienic environment in all areas of HGU (administration, teaching, research): Information and Regulations for Conduct
Author: Dr. Karsten Rose, Occupational Safety and Healthcare Management
Effective from May 8, 2020
Prof. Hans Reiner Schultz
Summer semester 2020 is in full swing and I am generally very pleased with the virtual teaching. I am increasingly being asked when to expect attendance times, how to deal with BPS, internships and theses and especially what is happening regarding this semester’s exams.
The Examinations Office will be contacting you this week about the exam organization in a separate e-mail.
Information relating to our students can still be found on our website, and we are now working on getting the info arranged according to topic, in order to make it easier for you to find out what you need (BPS, theses, examinations, attendance times...). As soon as the information is reorganized and available, I will contact you again.
Please e-mail your lecturers, the BPS supervisors, the heads of study programs, or the Examination Office direct if you have any questions.
Best regards and stay healthy
Prof. Dr. Alexander von Birgelen
We are currently implementing a section „Corona news“ marked in red (German version is available as of today, the English version will follow soon), which contains all official documents with information regarding university affairs, students, study programs, teaching and research. The problem at the moment is that these documents, being government rules and regulations, are only available in German! We are, however, color marking the parts of these documents which are important to universities in general, to make the search easier.
I will also try to give you all the necessary information in my mails.
1. Current rules and regulations have been extended to May 10, 2020 by the Federal Government
2. In general, repeat exams from winter semester 2019/2020 will be scheduled beginning May 25, 2020. International students who are not in Germany at the moment should contact the Examinations Office to discuss possible alternative arrangements. Information about dates, rooms, etc. will be available soon.
3. A detailed set of rules and regulations regarding the exams has been put together by the Examinations Office. An English version will be made available to all teaching staff and students.
4. We will do everything possible to successfully manage the summer semester, and courses, final exams, lab courses, internships, thesis deadlines, etc. will be handled as flexibly as possible. In principle we can extend the summer semester until October 31, 2020 (Hessen State Regulation). All this will be a big planning and organizational challenge, especially considering time for internships, etc., but you can be assured that we will try whatever seems necessary.
5. On April 30, the Federal Government published a press release regarding a financial support program for students, which, in its current state will also be open to international students. The important part of the press release is marked in a document on our Corona News section (as of today on the German part of the website). The information is only available in German, but I expect it to be published in English next week.
6. The Government has instructed the Foreign Registration Offices to ease the rules and regulations for international students with respect to admission procedures and residence permits.
As soon as there are new developments which may be important to you, I will communicate them.
Hans R. Schultz
This is the previously announced communication in English for our foreign students on the newest developments regarding the situation with respect to Covid-19.
Oon April 20 we had the official start of the semester, but only with digital formats. There are, of course, questions and problems from both teaching staff and students in relation to this start, specifically regarding the continuation of the semester, certain course formats, exams, etc., and in this communication I will try to address the current framework and some recent developments.
Please keep in mind, that E-mail is the information pathway of choice and that our website is the information platform for developments around Covid-19, so please check both regularly.
The most important thing is the protection of the health and well-being of employees, students and guests, as well as maintaining the university's services and functionality. We have been lucky so far that no case of infection has been reported in the vicinity of the university.
During the past months we have tried to extend IT-infrastructure, develop new e-learning formats and many more things but unfortunately in some cases the systems are reaching their limits. Networks and digital platforms are overbooked and not everything is perfect, but we are working on it.
Below you can find a summary of the latest developments concerning teaching, student affairs and the university in general.
Hans R. Schultz
Please note: You can apply for the emergency relief via your Students' Union (Stundentenwerk) once the requirements have been published - this is expected to be on Tuesday, April 21, or by Wednesday, April 22, at the latest.
Together with Hesse's five student unions, the Federal State of Hesse has announced immediate financial relief for students in need. The amount of 250,000 euros has been made available for the Student Union's emergency relief fund for a short period of time to assist students who have been supporting themselves financially either fully or partially through a part-time job. The funds stem from the federal state's subsidy to the student unions, which was increased with the 2020 budget. It is intended to provide students who would not otherwise make ends meet with a once-off grant of up to 200 euros. The money does not have to be paid back.
"In the current crisis, many typical student jobs, such as working in cafés and bars, have fallen by the wayside," explains Angela Dorn, the Minister of State for Higher Education, Research and the Arts. "I am aware that 200 euros is not a big amount. Nevertheless, given that, unfortunately, we still do not have a nationwide solution for these kinds of emergencies, our main concern was to provide rapid relief that would give students time to look for other sources of funding."
Hesse's Students' Unions, which are responsible for distributing the emergency funds, have welcomed the emergency relief provided for students need of financial support as a result of the coronavirus. Dr. Uwe Grebe, managing director of the Marburg Students' Union and spokesperson of Hesse's Students' Unions working group, expressed his thanks to the state government and the Minister of State in particular: "This is what emergency relief should look like - unbureaucratic and fast. Hesse is not letting students down."
The money will be made available quickly to the Students' Unions in proportion to the number of students they support. Applications can be submitted from the middle of this week. The requirements for the grant can be viewed on the website of the Students' Union responsible for your university.
At Hochschule Geisenheim University, we decided very early on to offer as many teaching units as possible in a virtual form online. Compulsory and optional modules were set up in Stud.IP and lecturers on all degree programs have since been offering a variety of digital teaching and study formats. Our aim is to complete the 2020 summer semester in such a way that, in spite of all its differences to previous semesters, you can still acquire the necessary material and skills so that you do not suffer any disadvantages compared to a regular semester. This, of course, also means that you actively participate in the virtual teaching and study formats and acquire knowledge in this way. Our objective is to ensure that all students who are planning to complete their studies this semester can do so. In this regard, your lecturers, heads of the degree programs, the Examination Committee and the staff of the degree program administration and the Examinations Office are on hand to answer any questions you may have.
Due to the current circumstances, we are not yet in a position to offer face-to-face lectures. Please take the lectures offered via online formats seriously - they are currently replacing face-to-face teaching. I cannot tell you at this point when we will be able to commence face-to-face teaching during the 2020 summer semester and how long the current situation will last because this depends on a variety of external factors. Internally, we are currently addressing queries within the degree programs regarding the obligatory attendance time at individual lectures. We will analyze the results before deciding whether and to what extent the lecture period for the 2020 summer semester will be extended, when we can offer blocked attendance times as well as how we can, inter alia, arrange this to fit in with students' attendance periods in the Geisenheim region.
Completing the internship semesters (BPS) presents new challenges for everyone. Please contact your lecturers if you need support, or if your BPS needs to be postponed. We are aware that the companies we work with are currently only offering internships or practical semesters under very restricted conditions. Please stay in touch so that we can find individual solutions. This also applies to the completion of your final degree thesis. Contact your supervisor if you are currently unable to work on your intended topic owing to the current circumstances and if you would like to work on an alternative topic. The Examination Committees will deal with your request and find a suitable solution.
The summer semester is underway even if it is different to previous years. Our focus is on providing you with high-quality teaching content via digital formats. Please make sure you use them and stay safe.
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 every 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.
The University Hospital Gießen/Marburg's Web-App "COVID-Online" provides a quick, personal COVID check and improves patient care in the cooperation between physicians and emergency services. By entering personal data and symptoms, the app provides an assessment of the risk and probability of infection with COVID-19.