UPDATE (March 18th): The start of the semester at the Harz University of Applied Sciences has been postponed to April 20th, as is the case at all universities in Saxony-Anhalt, due to the coronavirus.

Anyone who returns or arrives to campus from a risk area, is requested to contact us at: arbeitssicherheit(at)hs-harz.de. Should symptoms of illness occur, please immediately contact the public health department at 0049 3941 59 70 55 55.

According to the WHO, an infection with the new coronavirus leads to symptoms such as fever, dry cough and fatigue. In China, some patients have also reported breathing problems, sore throats, headaches, aching limbs and chills. Some of those affected suffered from nausea, a stuffy nose and diarrhoea.


Restriction on movement because of COVID-19 pandemic. 

Announcement of the Saxony-Anhalt Ministery of Labour, Social Affairs and Integration of March 22, 2020


The President´s Office, in consultation with the Faculty Deans, would like to keep you informed regarding the current situation and issued the following statements on the 17th of March:

1. No one can currently say with certainty, whether we can start the semester on 20 April 2020 as planned. It is quite possible that the start of the semester will have to be postponed once again. It is very likely that many lecturers and students will fall ill and/or be quarantined in the coming weeks and months and will therefore be absent for a longer period of time. It is to be assumed that not all of the postponed courses can be completed.

2. We have therefore asked all lecturers to develop concepts for teaching in the summer semester 2020 that take these conditions and the special features of the individual modules or units into account. We have suggested that the teaching and learning material should be limited to the essentials and that the possibilities of digitalised teaching should be used more intensively than before.

3. We will not begin with any new teaching formats before April 20, 2020. The end of the summer semester will depend on further developments. It is possible that the project week and part of the examination period of the summer semester will have to be used to make up for courses. Please take this into account in your planning.

4. We have asked everyone to limit face to face meetings to the absolutely necessary minimum in the coming weeks. In particular, please address your inquiries to the Admission and Registrar's Office or the International Office exclusively by telephone or e-mail. Office hours, examination review appointments etc. should all be conducted via e-mail, telephone calls or video conferences. Ongoing projects, especially semester overlapping projects begun during the winter semester, will be continued, but without in-class attendance sessions.

5. Oral examinations should be postponed if possible. At your request, oral examinations that cannot be postponed, especially Bachelor's and Master's colloquia, can now be held via video or telephone conference. Please arrange this directly with the respective examiners.

6. From now it is possible to register your thesis by e-mail and also to submit them via e-mail (bound copies can be submitted later). Please send the thesis by e-mail to both examiners and to appropriate staff member of the Registrar’s Office responsible for you. The deadlines remain unchanged until further notice; however, you can of course apply for a deadline extension in case of illness / quarantine / library closures or similar in accordance with the examination regulations. Please contact the Chairperson of the Board of Examiners in this case.

7. If you are currently studying or doing an internship abroad and need help, please contact either your degree Programme Coordinator, the International Office or Work Placement Advisor.

8. Unfortunately, at this time we cannot answer questions regarding the recognition/acceptance of credits for Corona-related absences from work placements or study abroad programmes as this  has not yet been clarified. We are working intensively on solutions with all involved and will inform you as soon as we have answers.

One thing is clear: The summer semester will be a very special challenge for all of us. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Stay healthy!

According to the decree on measures to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus of 17.03.2020, all public libraries are closed. Urgently needed books, e.g. for the preparation of theses or similar, will be issued after prior contact with the library/Mrs. Peters by e-mail or phone 0049 3943 659 170.

In addition, the following facilities are closed with immediate effect: Mensa, cafeteria, outdoor fitness park and barbecue area.

 

International Students

We are very conscious of the devastating effects that the coronavirus (COVID-19) is having on the global community, in terms of health, travel, freedom of movement and economic impacts. Obviously, the current situation is also affecting international education.

The start of the semester at the Harz University of Applied Sciences has currently been postponed to April 20th, as is the case at all universities in Saxony-Anhalt, due to the coronavirus. This means there will be no classes or other university events until at least April 20th.

The situation is dynamic and university has taken precautions to prevent infection and is in constant contact with the responsible authorities, the public health department and the relevant ministries.

We realise that many of you have concerns regarding your study abroad programme and will take all possible measures to keep the disruption to your programme to a minimum under the circumstances. If possible, please postpone your arrival until it is clear that the semester will be able to start as planned. We are working to provide e-learning solutions for the upcoming semester should the situation not have improved by April. You may even wish to consider postponing your semester abroad with us for a semester. Should this be the case, please contact our international office (international(at)hs-harz.de) we would look forward to welcoming you in the Fall!

We are asking all persons returning or arriving from a declared area of risk to please contact us at arbeitssicherhei(at)hs-harz.de as you should observe a 14 day quarantine in order to minimize risks of contagion. Should you be here on Campus and symptoms of illness occur, please immediately contact the public health department at 0049 3941 59 70 55 55. Should you be infected and be put under quarantine, please contact us so we can best possibly assist you.

According to the WHO, an infection with the new coronavirus leads to symptoms such as fever, dry cough and fatigue. In China, some patients have also reported breathing problems, sore throats, headaches, aching limbs and chills. Some of those affected suffered from nausea, a stuffy nose and diarrhoea.

Protect yourself and others: www.infektionsschutz.de/fileadmin/infektionsschutz.de/Downloads/200309_BZgA_Atemwegsinfektion-Hygiene_schuetzt_3x_03_EN.pdf

As the situation is dynamic, we are closely monitoring the situation and urge you to refer back to this page regularly. If your question isn't answered here, or you are here in Germany and require assistance please contact us at international(at)hs-harz.de.

If this situation is affecting you personally, we would like to extend our sympathy and assure you that we are doing all we can to support you to commence or resume your studies with minimal stress or delays.  


Further Info:

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control

World Health Organization

German Federal Foreign Office

 

 

Last update: 18.03.2020