Corona

Information and measures concerning coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

The hybrid winter semester began on 1 October: teaching, examinations and all research and transfer activities take place online, as reference courses or in mixed form according to the timetable or agreements; use of the libraries is restricted, but still possible.

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 (daily between 8am - 8pm).

Cabinet decides on quarantine measures for arriving and returning travellers

In order to contain the spread of Covid19 in Saxony-Anhalt, the government has adopted an ordinance on quarantine measures for incoming and outgoing travellers.

The regulation obligates persons who enter Saxony-Anhalt by land, sea or air from a state outside the Federal Republic of Germany  from a risk area to go directly to their own home or other suitable accommodation immediately after entry and to remain quarantined there for a period of 14 days after entry. This also applies to persons who enter Saxony-Anhalt via another German state from abroad. During this period, the visitation of persons who do not live within the immediate household are prohibited. Violations of the regulation can be punished with a fine of up to 25,000 euros.

This means, that should you decide to come to Germany from a risk area, you will have to self-quarantine for 2 weeks upon arrival.

Please check here and here for all risk areas within Europe and worldwide.

We request you to stay home as long as we are not able to have regular classes on campus, as we are only offering online-courses at present. Students who travel to the university from abroad are requested to register via mail to: arbeitssicherheit(at)hs-harz.de

 

Hygiene

Please remember general hygiene requirements for virus infections.

Mouth and nose cover: Students must wear a mouth and nose cover at all times within the university rooms. Exception: Mouth/nose coverings may be taken off at the assigned places during courses.

In addition, the measures for protection against the coronavirus are based on four pillars:

Pre-disinfection: The departments provide surface disinfectants so that every participant in an event (teaching, laboratory, consultations, etc.) disinfects his or her area in advance. The surface disinfectant has a contact time of 3 minutes.

Participant tracking: This semester we are using the system Tisch.Im. On the premises (the door plates on the outside of the doors) of Harz University there are QR Codes for scanning. Every participant of a meeting or course has to register by scanning before entering the room. Please follow the corresponding instructions on the website, which opens after scanning the QR Code. Participants without the possibility to scan the QR Code use the additional information below the QR Code. After leaving the room you do not need to scan yourself out again.

Ventilation: Ventilate the room for 3-5 minutes every 45 minutes, taking care not to open the window or tilt it to ensure sufficient air exchange. In rooms with ventilation systems (supply air/exhaust air), the air exchange takes place automatically.

Keep a distance: In winter semesters, the rule still applies that a distance (1.5 m) must be maintained whenever possible. Only in exceptional cases should the distance be less than this, in which case, however, a mouth-nose cover must be worn.

 

 

Examination regulations for the winter semester 2020/21

In the winter semester 2020/2021, university activities are still affected by the corona pandemic. In order to be able to carry out teaching, study and examination activities as responsibly as possible even in this still extraordinary situation and to enable smooth studies under the conditions of the pandemic, the Senate of the University has passed the following resolution for the winter semester 2020/2021:

The regulations of the Bachelor examination regulations and the Master examination regulations are to be implemented. The following exceptions and deviations apply for the winter semester 2020/2021:

1. Examinations:

  • Students have the possibility of registering their theses by e-mail and submitting them by the deadline ( hard copies should then be submitted within 2 weeks of the submission deadline). Please send the final thesis by e-mail to both examiners and to the member of the Admission and Registrar's Office responsible for you. The processing times stipulated in the study and examination regulations remain unchanged; in the event of sickness/ quarantine/ library closures or the like, an extension of the processing time can be requested in accordance with the rules and standards laid down in the examination regulations. 
  • Where study and examination regulations require declarations of independence, a scan or photograph of the handwritten signed declaration of independence must be enclosed.
  • Oral examinations and BA/MA colloquia can be conducted via video conference, provided that all parties involved (first and second examiners, students) agree. Details of the implementation are regulated by the faculties for their area of responsibility.
  • Presentations can also be given online in courses that are hybrid or only online. 
  • Lecturers should - wherever this is possible and reasonable according to the relevant study regulations - define examination performances other than the examination form "written examination" in the winter semester 2020/2021. Where examination or study regulations only permit the examination form "examination in written form", this can be replaced by the alternative examination forms "oral examination", "term paper", "presentation", "project work" or "draft paper" - if necessary also in digital form.

2. Withdrawal of registered examinations

  • Students withdraw independently from the registered examination online in the Examination Registration Portal (LSF) no later than one day before the start of the examination.
  • If the deadline is not met, the registered examination will be changed to a "5.0" or "n.b." for non-attendance.
  • The presentation of a certificate of incapacity to sit the examination (attestation) and the requirement of a medical certificate for the withdrawal of registered examinations is waived.

3. Otherwise, the following provisions of the Senate resolution of 26 March 2020 shall continue to apply:

  • Deadline warnings (formerly scheduled registrations) from the summer semester 2020 are postponed to the summer semester 2021; all scheduled registrations from the winter semester 2020/21 are postponed to the winter semester 2021/22.
  • In all cases in which the written form is prescribed by regulations of the university or is customary at the university, it is sufficient to send a scan or photograph of the handwritten signed document by e-mail to the responsible person/office at the university. Subsequent submission of the original is neither necessary nor desired.

4. These regulations apply to the winter semester 2020/2021. Regulations of the Harz University of Applied Sciences to the contrary are not applicable during this period.

Organisation of teaching in the winter semester 20/21

On the basis of the Senate resolution of 22 July 2020, the faculties are currently planning the winter semester 2020/21. The majority of courses at all faculties will be held online during the winter semester. The Harz University encourages lecturers to offer face-to-face and hybrid courses (on-site courses with students streamed on the Internet). Students are then asked to attend these courses on site.

In addition, there will also be courses in some areas (e.g. laboratory courses, communication training, continuing education, examinations) in the winter semester for which presence in Wernigerode and Halberstadt will be necessary.

The course plans of the Faculties are available online.

The orientation days will take place from 28 - 30 September at the Halberstadt and Wernigerode locations. The aim is to revive student life with the numerous student associations - especially at covered outdoor locations. Here the risk of transmission of the virus is estimated to be significantly lower than in closed rooms.

We find ourselves in a difficult situation: on the one hand, we would like to see life come back to the campuses in Halberstadt and Wernigerode, both within the framework of courses and through extra-curricular activities. On the other hand, we must not underestimate the danger of a flare-up of infection, especially in the autumn and winter months.

Through our behaviour, we want to contribute to keeping the incidence of infection under control and to making the planned activities on campus possible throughout the winter semester.

Further information on various topics:

Events

All university events are suspended until further notice.

The Art exhibition in the Rectors Villa is open for visitors under the current hygiene measures (wearing a mask, keeping distance).


Participation in external trade fairs/ exhibitions/ conferences/ congresses will be suspended.

Facilities

The following facilities are closed: canteen, library, cafeteria, outdoor fitness park, barbecue area and exhibition in the Rector's Villa.

 

Last update: 16.10.2020