Information on the Coronavirus for Students and Teaching Staff

Instructions for Students and Teaching Staff in Connection with the Acute Outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

Important Information for Students

Here you can find information, which will be continually updated, regarding Examinations | Theses | Internship Semester (BPS) | Timetable | Face-to-face Teaching. Please check the website regularly. Longer versions of the information will also continue to be added to this page below.

Date: May 15, 2020

Information about Exams

The repeat exams („Wiederholungsklausuren“) T1 - SS 2020 will begin on May 25, 2020. Please see the schedule flyers or check the website.

 

 

Registration

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.

 

 

Safety During the Examination

  • All students have been assigned examination rooms, which cannot be changed.
  • Seating plans in the examination rooms (1.5 to 2m distance is guaranteed) must be adhered to.
  • Designated seats only are to be used; remaining seats must be kept free.
  • Distancing rules should be followed upon entering and leaving the examination room.
  • RKI hygiene rules are to be followed (‘elbow-sneezing’, hand washing, etc.).
  • Please uphold distancing requirements and compulsory use of face masks before the exam, upon handing in your exam and after the exam!  (Please bring your everyday masks!).
  • Masks do not have to be worn during the exam.
  • Toilet visits should be kept to a minimum, and safety regulations must be observed (please see notices posted in the toilets).

Further information from the Examinations Office

  • Students belonging to a ‚risk group‘ can 'de-register' with a Dr’s certificate.
  • Students who live with someone from a ‚risk-group‘, and therefore do not wish to sit the exam should please contact the Examinations Office.
  • Deadlines must be observed.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Examinations Office. Contact details can be found on the Website .

Information regarding Theses

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.

Information regarding the Internship Semester (BPS)

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.

 

 

Information regarding the Timetable

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.

 

 

Information regarding Face-to-Face Teaching

Face-to-face classes are being planned, although in a very reduced form and following HGU's Hygiene Plan. These are planned to begin on June 2, 2020.

We decided very early on at Hochschule Geisenheim University to offer as many courses as possible online. In all degree programs, compulsory and optional modules were set up in Stud.IP and the lecturers offered various digital teaching and learning formats. We aim to conduct this very different summer semester 2020 in such a way that students can still learn the required content and do not suffer any disadvantages compared to a conventional semester. Of course, this also means that students must actively participate in the virtual teaching and learning formats and acquire the knowledge in this way. We would like to make graduation possible for all students who are planning to do so this semester. To this end, the lecturers, Heads of Degree Programs, Examination Boards and the Examinations Office are available to answer your questions.

Face-to-face classes can only be offered in a very reduced form this semester; online classes are their replacement and therefore must be taken seriously.

 

Information regarding the Library

 

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:

 

  • The library opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and can be found on our homepage (https://www.hs-geisenheim.de/bibliothek/). Please note that numbers of visitors are limited, and you must wear a face mask and observe distancing rules.
  • During opening hours, staff are also still available for information (including borrowing extensions) via the usual formats: E-Mail to Auskunft-Bibliothek(at)hs-gm.de, telephone at 06722 502 261 and WhatsApp at 0171 10 27 571.
  • Books stocked by the library can be pre-ordered by E-Mail to Auskunft-Bibliothek(at)hs-gm.de and collected during opening hours.
  • Books can be returned using the returns box next to the library entrance.
  • There are 3 work-stations set up in the foyer of the Campus Building, where you can use your own mobile device to access our online services via campus-WiFi. These work-stations are set up to observe 'social-distancing' rules, and disinfectants are available. The library work-stations cannot be used.
  • The library staff can support you in your research.
  • The students' printer can be used for copies and printing via USB stick.
  • Citavi tutorials can be offered, either in the library (limited to 1 person) or as webinars.
  • Further online tutorials are available through the university's elearning platform, ILIAS.
  • Due to current restricted inter-library services, alternative support is offered where possible.
  • Library staff can help you with online media access.
  • Orders of new media will be placed and offered as far as possible.
  • Copies organized for university staff from periodicals will continue.

Please contact the library team if you need any help.

Contact

The Vice-President of Student & Academic Affairs is in close contact with the University's Crisis Management Team.

Admissions Office
Hotline: +49 6722 502 700
E-mail: studierendenbuero@hs-gm.de 

Please pay attention to the Hygiene Guidelines for Face-to-Face Meetings at Hochschule Geisenheim University before visiting the Student Service Center.


Current Regulations and Press Releases (with highlighted parts)

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)!


Information Updates for Students and Teaching Staff at Hochschule Geisenheim University

Update July 4, 2020 – Information from the Crisis Management Team

The University's Crisis Management Team would like to provide you with the following information:

  1. We have put in effect a pandemic plan. This plan contains information about legal and organizational aspects of implementing measures in a crisis like Covid-19. It is more relevant to employees than students.
  2. Field trips with buses are allowed. However, only companies with a hygiene plan and clear rules and regulations can be considered.
  3. Sports in groups of up to 10 persons is also allowed, yet the general rules on distance and hygiene apply.  
Update June 26, 2020 – Interim financial aid for Students

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.

update June 20, 2020 – Messages from the Crisis Management Team

The University's Crisis Management Team published some new information with respect to rules and regulations concerning coronavirus.

  1. The so-called Corona-App has been officially released by the Government. We recommend to download the App and use it, as only a large number of users will bring the expected advantages in tracking down problems. However, depending on your smartphone there could be capacity problems.
  2. Cleaning tissue is currently only placed near lecture rooms. An increase in this service to more rooms is difficult, because of a shortage in availability.
  3. There is a new financial support program for students (student loans and immediate help). Here is the link, yet I am not sure, if international students can participate in all programs: https://www.bmbf.de/de/wissenswertes-zur-ueberbrueckungshilfe-fuer-studierende-11509.html
  4. Two re-usable masks have been dispatched via the postal service to each student.
Update June 6, 2020 – Messages from the Crisis Management Team

The University's Crisis Management Team published some new information with respect to rules and regulations concerning coronavirus.

  • The hygiene plan has been adapted in some parts. The changes are marked in yellow. I have signed the plan and the rules are binding as of today (see attachment). Within the hygiene plan we have added some news concerning excursions. We have also implemented a documentation system for the cleaning of the sanitary facilities.
  • Re-usable masks will be available for each student (2 per person). Since we cannot distribute the masks to about 1.800 students on campus, they will be send by mail.
  • In buildings/locations/events/situations where the minimum distance is not safely observed (e.g. practical courses, narrow corridors in buildings), a mask-wearing obligation can be ordered by the supervisor/responsible person, which must be obeyed. The accesses to these places are then specially marked.

 

Update May 29, 2020 - the rules described in the Hygiene plan

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)

  1. Teachers: Please be a role model
  2. Students: Please obey the rules. Wear your masks coming into the lecture room, take your seat, put down the mask, write your exam, put your mask up when you leave the room. Disinfection of the place you occupied desired (tissues at the entrance door)
  3. For all: Please obey the rules with respect to keeping the necessary distance.
Update May 15, 2020 – President's update letter

We have new information regarding the rules and regulations around Covid-19 and the impact on University teaching:

  • Important: The Vice-President of Academic and Student Affairs affairs has published a summary about the starting of exams and the rules and regulations around them. Please consult the website https://www.hs-geisenheim.de/corona-virus/informationen-fuer-studierende-und-lehrende/ regularly.
  • We are far away from a normal „University live“ and it will take quite some time to get back to it. Please respect the rules outlined in our Hygiene Plan. (see website) https://www.hs-geisenheim.de/fileadmin/assets/Nachrichten/2020/Coronakrise/20200511_Hygiene_plan_May82020_EN.pdf
  • We receive a lot of questions with respect to the use of video conference tools and software systems and the privacy and data protection
    • ZOOM in it’s free of charge version is not permitted to be used (clear statement by the Ministry of Science and Arts)
    • ZOOM in it’s licensed version is tolerated, but only if Universities can host the systems on their servers – which we can not (yet)!. The Ministry of Science and Arts currently evaluates a proposal for a frame-contract with ZOOM which should include all aspects of privacy and data protection.
    • Big Blue Button is the system of choice for teaching (internally through Studip). External participants need to be individually logged into the system (administrator Martin Bahmann, martin.bahmann(at)hs-gm.de). The eLearning unit is currently testing another system called „green light“ for external participants.
    • Microsoft Office packages (for example Teams or 365 a.s.o.) are currently evaluated
  • Disinfectant: According to the RKI (Robert Koch Institute) and the adopted Hygiene Plan washing hands with soap and water is sufficient protection. The application of hand disinfectant is not always recommended and is restricted to areas, where hand washing is not possible (for example University cars). Nevertheless, we have set up dispensers in some locations where we expect more public traffic during the phase when we enter into on-premise teaching. We have disinfectant on stock for this period.
  • We have ordered re-usable protection masks for employees and students (2 per person) (probably arriving beginning of June). The mode of distribution will be announced.
  • We will identify and announce lecture rooms (marked seats), students can use for self-studying (the list will be attached in the next announcement)
Update May 8, 2020 - HGU Hygiene Plan

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
President

 

 

 

Update May 7, 2020 – Update Letter by the Vice-President of Academic & Student Affairs

Dear students,

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

Update May 01, 2020 - President's Update Letter / Section „Corona news“

Dear students

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.

Important news:

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.

Stay healthy.

Sincerely

Hans R. Schultz

Update April 27, 2020 - President's Update Letter

Dear students,

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.

  1. Courses which require your physical presence will not yet be offered. The Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts will announce a new set of regulations this week (April 30 or May 1), which will contain the guidelines for the next weeks, starting on the May 4. At present it is planned that universities can start on-site courses with physical presence of students and staff if the  Robert-Koch Institute's (RKI) health, safety, sanitation and room requirements are met. The “opening” will depend on the development of the number of infections during this week in Germany. For us, it will also depend, of course, on the individual teaching format and room situation.
  2. Our Occupational Safety team is currently developing an extended hygiene plan and, together with the team from Facility Management, is inspecting each individual room to fix the maximum number of people allowed to attend and, where necessary, develop specific instructions or apply markings for access or restricted areas.  On-site courses will only be allowed if everything possible for your safety has been implemented.
  3. For areas and departments where we expect frequent contact with students, employees and guests, we will apply specific safety regulations.
  4. Exams can be conducted if RKI measures are met, and the staff of the Examinations Office are currently working with the different study programs on a detailed plan.
  5. Semester duration (the current and the following ones) will be regulated so that all constraints are taken into account, including student support (financial programs), registration, change of universities, etc. Teaching formats will have to be offered throughout summer in order to comply with legal requirements and address time constraints (legal requirements may apply for rules on financial support for example). The Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts will announce a new set of regulations on these issues this week.
  6. How to manage internships is one of the biggest challenges since they also rely on the degree of „re-opening“ for travel or safety regulations.
  7. The decision from the Federal Council of Education regarding how this semester is to be counted towards the length of individual study duration (important for some financial support programs), is still to be announced.  
  8. A small fund for emergency aid for students was launched by the State Government last week (my E-mail of April 18, 2020), via the “Studentenwerk” web site Frankfurt, but the fund is no longer available. Currently, additional possibilities for support funds for students with financial problems are being negotiated, but no result yet.
  9. There are no strict binding regulations on the use of Corona face masks for universities. The choice is up to each individual.
  10. In the Beverage Technology production unit, 720 liters of disinfectant have been produced. Half of this amount will be donated to nursing services, nursing homes, social institutions and schools free of charge. The other half has been reserved for the on-site teaching period.

Sincerely
Hans R. Schultz

Update April 18, 2020 - State and Students' Unions set up Emergency Funds for Students

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.

Update April 16, 2020 – General Information Regarding Summer Semester 2020

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.

Update - April 6, 2020 - Framework Plan for the Organization of Semester Schedules

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.

Update - April 6, 2020 - Overview of Basic Library Services

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:

  • The University Library can be reached from 9 a. m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Friday for information and enquiries (including extending borrowed media) via the usual means; by e-mail: Auskunft-Bibliothek(at)hs-gm.de, telephone: ­­­+ 49 6722 502 261, and WhatsApp: +49 171 10 27 571.
  • Books from the University Library collections can be pre-ordered by sending an e-mail to Auskunft-Bibliothek(at)hs-gm.de. The books will be available for collection once they have been registered in the respective user account.
  • An appointment for picking up pre-ordered media will be arranged with each user. Pick-up times are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The books will be placed on a table in front of the Library entrance where they can be collected without the need for direct personal contact.
  • For returns, please use the box in front of the entrance.
  • Three workstations have been installed in the Foyer of the Campus building, where you can access the Campus WiFi on your own devices, use the online services on site or view other literature. The workstations are spaced far apart and disinfectant is available.
  • Library staff will continue to support you in your book searches and handle your research requests.
  • Copying services are also available.
  • Online tutorials (via web interface) on researching and managing literature using Citavi are available.
  • Hochschule Geisenheim University's e-learning platform (Ilias) also features online courses on how to use the Library and literature research.
  • In view of the inter-library lending suspended by the HeBIS network, employees and students are being assisted in finding and implementing alternatives to inter-library borrowing.
  • Library staff can also provide assistance in accessing online media.
  • New literature will be ordered where possible and subsequently made available.
  • The copying and sending of ordered journal tables of contents and journal articles to employees will continue.

Should you have any queries or require further assistance, please contact the Library team using the channels mentioned above.

Update - April 2, 2020 - Timetable for Summer Semester 2020 / eLectures available online

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/.

Special Regulations for Federal Training Assistance (BAföG) in the Context of the Coronavirus Pandemic

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).

 

Ongoing Language Courses

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.

 

Update - March 26, 2020 - Availing of Digital Learning

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.)

Psychological Counseling During the Coronavirus Crisis

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:

  • Maintain a regular daily routine with periods for work, breaks and relaxation
  • Exercise in the fresh air, stretch regularly and air your home thoroughly and frequently
  • Maintain healthy eating habits and make sure you drink enough; you could even use the time to try out new recipes
  • Limit your news intake about the pandemic to once or twice a day - this way you can stay informed without being physically and mentally in a constant state of alert
  • Make the most of new opportunities: Keep a diary, rediscover hobbies, rekindle old contacts via digital media
  • Stay in touch with friends and family and discuss any emotions that may come to the surface

People who already have mental health issues may feel particularly vulnerable right now. Below you will find a list of contacts:

Update - March 18, 2020: Restricted Library Service / Cafeteria Closed

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 Library will remain closed to the public up to and including April 19, 2020.  All of the Library's digital services will continue to be available.
  • The Cafeteria will remain closed up to and including April 19, 2020.
Update - March 17, 2020 - Postponement of Exams and Online Teaching Materials

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.

Update - March 13, 2020 - Provisions by the Federal State of Hesse

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.

  • The start of the semester/lectures at all institutions of higher education in the state will be uniformly postponed until April 20, 2020. Larger public events as well as further education and training sessions will not take place until lectures start.
  • Wherever possible, digital teaching and learning resources are to be made available until then.
  • Research, administrative and library services shall be maintained in accordance with the current risk assessment.
  • Examinations shall take place as a matter of principle. The institutions of higher education shall assess all examination dates for feasibility in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), with due consideration of the current risk situation. This applies accordingly to state examinations.
  • Ongoing and scheduled internships as part of degree programs are to be determined in accordance with the risk assessments for the place of assignment.
  • All students, researchers and staff employed in the administration of institutions of higher education returning from risk areas categorized by the RKI are required to observe a 14-day period of self-isolation.
  • Study and research trips to risk areas categorized by the RKI are not permitted.
  • Unless they cannot be postponed, all face-to-face conferences and seminars at institutions of higher education have been cancelled for the duration of the summer semester.

Depending on the type of lecture, all teaching staff should employ digital formats wherever possible. More information on this to follow.

Update - March 12, 2020

Dear Students,

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.

Sincerely,

Professor Alexander von Birgelen
Vice-President of Academic and Student Affairs

Conduct in the Event of Symptoms of Illness or Following a Stay in a Coronavirus Risk Area

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.

Preventative Measures
  • Hygiene instructions are currently being put up in the lecture rooms and on lecture room doors, and students have also been provided with hygiene instructions by the Student Council, AStA.
  • The Infrastructure department will check the ventilation systems in the lecture rooms, where these exist, before the semester begins to ensure that the rooms are properly ventilated.
  • The cleaning staff of Hochschule Geisenheim University have been instructed to clean door handles and stair rails in the buildings more frequently.

 

Current Job Offers for Students

Crisis Management Support Staff Member (m/f/o) "Containment Scout"

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.

General Information from Hesse's Ministry for Social Affairs and Integration on the Coronavirus in Eight Languages

Public Phone Line

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.

Web-App "COVID-Online": Check your risk of infection

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.