FAQ - information for all students

What are the rules of hygiene on campus?

All those present on campus must strictly observe hand hygiene and keep their distance.

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 faculties 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 reaction 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/course has to register by scanning before entering the room. Please follow the 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: 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.

How and where do I apply for bridging assistance?

Bridging aid for students in financial emergency situations by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is helping students who are demonstrably in a financial or economic emergency situation owing to the corona pandemic with allowances totalling 100 million euros. They are paid out via the student service organisations – the Studierenden- or Studentenwerk (STW).

Online application here: www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de

The most important questions about bridging aid: FAQs für Studierende englisch

Both domestic and foreign students can apply for the bridging allowance. The Studentenwerk Magdeburg is responsible for processing the applications of students who are enrolled at Harz University.

It is also a prerequisite for application that the emergency situation has demonstrably been caused by the Corona Pandemic (e.g. loss of student job or worseing financial situation of financial supporters). The application can only be submitted individually for the months of June, July and August 2020. If the pandemic emergency situation continues beyond June, a further application can be submitted for July and/or August.

BMBF Bridging Aid Hotline: Tel.: 0800 26 23 003, Email: ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende@bmbf.bund.de

Positioning and information of the Student Union of Harz University

We welcome the fact that financial support is now also available outside of credit and loans.
Nevertheless we would like to share some important thoughts and hints with you:

With regard to the procedure, we would like to point out the importance of the timing of the application. To calculate the amount of the assistance payment, the account balance of the day before the application is decisive (for detailed information: see the link of the Studentenwerk). Here is an example: if you submit the application on 29.06., the account balance of 28.06. If you have 500€ on that day, because you want to pay your rent of 350€ on 30.06., then you get 0€ and are left with 150€ at the beginning of the month. But if you had already paid your rent on 27.06., you would get 400€, because on 28.06. there are only 150€ left on the account. So you would have 550€ at the beginning of the month. Therefore: Think carefully when you apply for the bridging allowance and inform yourself on the pages of the Studentenwerk! We would have wished that this help would have been available much earlier. Considering the fact that applications are only processed from 25.06. onwards, nobody will probably have this money on their account before the beginning of July. Many students would have benefited from these up to 500€ in March, April, May and June. Now, after the extensive relaxation of the corona measures, a large part of the classic student jobs are available again and this bridging aid is therefore obsolete for most students. Furthermore, it is not certain whether the money will be available at all. For example, you first have to be able to credibly prove that you have gotten into an emergency situation due to the pandemic. On the other hand, however, one must declare that no further applications for grants for other pandemic-related support options (e.g. emergency funds, foundations, support associations) from which further income is expected in the current month have been submitted for the month for which the bridging aid is being applied for, or that no application is intended for the month in question. If you are then denied bridging assistance, you are left empty-handed.

We don't want to advise anyone against applying for this support, but we consider it our duty to inform you about these central points of criticism and would like to urge you once again to read the information provided by the Studentenwerk thoroughly before applying.

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Where can I find information on digital teaching?

The digital summer semester begins on April 20: Teaching or examinations will be held exclusively online up to and including May 2.

The Harz University of Applied Sciences uses three basic platforms for digital teaching:

    Stud.IP: Administration of courses, digital communication, provision of learning materials
    Zoom: conducting online courses, collaborative work
    ILIAS: learning management system of the university, provision of teaching and self-study materials, tests and exercises, digital exams

All further information can be found here.

Where do I find all IT services of the Harz University?

The IT services of the Harz University can be found here at a glance.

Are there alternatives to literature research in the library?

Literature research and access to numerous e-books/e-journals also work online. Lending is still possible in the libraries.

Urgently needed books, e.g. for the preparation of theses or the like, are issued after prior contact with the library/Mrs. Peters by e-mail or phone 0049 3943-659 170 or with the library in Halberstadt/Mrs. Liebscher (kliebscher@hs-harz.de or 0049 3943-659-176).

What about accident insurance coverage during the internship (also working from home) and during the online teaching?

As a rule, students are legally insured against accidents during their initial and continuing education and training at the university in accordance with Section 2, Paragraph 1, No. 8 c of the Social Security Code VII (Seventh Book of the Social Security Code); this also applies if they take part in e-learning at home in the course of online teaching. In the case of internships during the course of study, there is generally no direct influence by the university on the way in which the internships are carried out or on the course of the internships. During the internship, the students integrate themselves into the company's operations and are insured against accidents as employees pursuant to § 2 (1) no. 1 SGB VII (Social Security Code VII); this also applies if the students work in their home office for the internship company.