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More presence in the winter semester

Current status of planning

Dear students

The infection figures are fortunately falling, many areas of public life are switching back to an increased attendance mode and the question remains open for many of you: what does this mean for the universities?

The attached press release from the Ministry of Science and Health, together with the Conference of University Presidents, provides an initial answer to this question.

https://mwg.rlp.de/de/service/pressemitteilungen/detail/news/News/detail/hochschulen-planen-hybrides-wintersemester-wissenschaftsminister-clemens-hoch-mehr-praesenz-ist-w/)

The summer semester will end - also for us - in the hybrid format with strong digital components. However, if the infection situation remains comparable, the winter semester will offer us more space for personal encounters in presence. Politicians and university representatives will now jointly set the course for this.

In the coming weeks, we will therefore also be working through scenarios for increased face-to-face teaching. These scenarios will differ from department to department, from degree programme to degree programme and perhaps even from semester to semester in order to meet the needs of the subject. Therefore, your departments and programme directors will inform you about further planning in the coming weeks.

Let us now hope together that the infection situation will remain stable and that the conditions for more attendance in the winter semester will be in place.

On behalf of the entire university management, I would like to wish you all a successful end to the semester and assure you that we will maintain the high safety standards in the attendance examinations in the coming weeks in order to protect you, the staff on site and your relatives as best as possible.

All the best

Hans-Joachim Schmidt

President

Current announcement of the university management of 26 March 2021

Dear students,

the summer semester 2021 has now started and it is becoming apparent that it will be again a hybrid semester characterized by distance. This will again require a high degree of flexibility and creative solutions from you and the teaching staff as well as the service offices in order to allow the best possible studies under the pandemic conditions.

Digital instructional offerings and face-to-face instructional offerings will need to complement each other in order to meet the health protection measures that need to be taken due to the Corona pandemic. You will spend more or less time at the university or in online spaces depending on the semester.

In order to comply with the guidelines of the current Corona Ordinance of the state of Rheinland-Pfalz and the requirements of the Robert Koch Institute, we had to introduce some rules at our study locations, in addition to increased cleaning cycles. We have compiled these rules as well as some information for you here:

  1. Please check your university email address regularly, we will only use this for communication.
  2. Please observe netiquette when attending online events and respect the copyrights of the lecturers as well as the personal rights of your fellow students and please note that unauthorized recordings and/ or duplications are not permitted.
  3. It is forbidden to visit the university and the buildings with cold symptoms. Instructors have the right to expel you from the premises if necessary. If you do not feel well, it is better to stay at home and use the digital content provided.
  4. Obligation to document your attendance: if you attend classes in presence, your attendance must be recorded. For this purpose, we have placed QR codes in all event rooms, which you can use to record your attendance. You will find instructions in the appendix. If digital registration is not possible, the instructors will have forms available for documentation. This registration is mandatory. Those not registered will be expelled from the room by the lecturers.
  5. The buildings are closed at least until 25.04.2021. If you are attending events in attendance the lecturers will arrange a meeting point with you at the building to let you in. Masks are mandatory in the buildings and parking areas and do not expire at the event room site, as well as general spacing and sanitation rules.
  6. The event rooms are opened and closed the lecturers. Staying in the building during breaks is only possible in designated rooms. The obligation to document attendance also applies here (see point 4).
  7. Our rooms are approved for a limited number of people for use in presence. This may mean that you have to register for events or that the respective event is offered at different time slots or that you have to follow an event online.
  8. Tables and chairs may not be moved in the event rooms. There is also an obligation to ventilate for 3 minutes every 20 minutes (shock ventilation). In this regard, health protection takes precedence over personal well-being. Therefore, we ask you to dress appropriately so that you do not freeze.
  9. When entering the room as well when you leave, there is an obligation to clean your table and chair by means of swipe disinfection.
  10. The PC pools are only open for special events. When possible, remote access will be set up for use of university programs. The lecturers will inform you of this.
  11. The library will inform you by e-mail and on the website about the opening hours: https://www.hs-kl.de/hochschule/servicestellen/bibliothek
  12. The dining halls are currently closed.
  13. Information about our support services during the course of studies can be found here: https://www.hs-kl.de/hochschule/referate-stabsstellen/studienverlaufsberatung-und-tutorien/studienverlaufsberatung. Especially for career changers it is worthwhile to contact us in order to find a smoother start into your studies. Please take advantage of our offers.
  14. We recommend that you take advantage of the opportunities for voluntary testing provided by the state of Rheinland-Pfalz in order to break chains of infection and protect yourself and others. 

Dear students, the past semesters have shown us that we need to stay in touch with each other to help you have a successful semester. This is the only way we can work together to find constructive solutions, be considerate of each other, and at the same time comply with infection control regulations. Your instructors as well as your dean's offices and the service offices will be happy to answer any questions or uncertainties you may have. The easiest way to make an appointment is by e-mail or telephone to avoid waiting times.

In addition, our portal https://mein-anliegen.hs-kl.de is available to you for suggestions, criticism and grievances. Here you can easily reach your deans as well as the university management and the representatives for equal opportunities and persons with disabilities. You can also reach your departmental committee for studies and teaching via the grievance box on the Campusboard portal https://campusboard.hs-kl.de/portalapps/kummerkasten/Extern.do. Please take advantage of these opportunities and stay in touch with us.

We wish you a healthy, successful and good summer semester 2021.

Your university management

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Joachim Schmidt

President

As a student, lecturer and employee of the Kaiserslautern University of Applied Sciences, you can obtain further information on the intranet and by email. Please make sure that your e-mail inbox is not full.

 

Current News as at May 5th 2020

The federal commandment about social distancing and avoidance of contact is ongoing - therewith, all events, teaching courses and meetings in presence and/or on-site our University's three locations are cancelled until further notice.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS: Conducting written examinations and tests in the summer semester 2020

Current announcement of the university management of 16 December 2020

Dear students, Dear Colleagues,

the state's higher education institutions are supporting the policy's efforts to keep the number of contacts to a minimum. The Ministry has issued a press release in coordination with the universities.

For our University, we are implementing this as follows:

  • All facilities are closed as of today.
  • Laboratory practicals and other courses with indispensable practical components will be postponed.
  • Oral exams will have to be held digitally or postponed.
  • As of today, exams can take place as scheduled starting January 10, 2021.
  • Trial lectures will be suspended until January 10, 2021.

These restrictions on our university operations are certainly severe. However, given the current situation, they are appropriate and necessary. We hope that the lock down will indeed reduce infection rates.

Best regards

Rudolf Becker

Current announcement of the university management of 14 December 2020

From 16.12.2020 to 10.01.2021 inclusive, all facilities of our university are closed to the public.

It is possible to work individually in the offices or to temporarily complete research and development projects until 23.12.2020 and from 04.01.2021 in case of urgent official necessity (decision by the technical superior person).

Please note that this closure will also affect the library at the respective study sites. The library will inform you separately about the services that can be offered under these circumstances.

We hope that this will allow us to work together to help contain the incidence of infection.

In spite of everything, a good Holiday season to you and your loved ones.

Hans-Joachim-Schmidt

Current announcement of the university management of 30 November 2020

Following the decisions between the Federal Government and the Länder regarding the containment of the infection, the existing regulations (see below) will be continued until 6 February 2021.

In concrete terms, this means that in the winter semester 2020/21 no more courses will be held in attendance unless the course is absolutely dependent on the higher education infrastructure (laboratories, workshops, etc.) and the necessary hygiene measures can be observed.

Examinations will continue to be conducted in compliance with all hygiene conditions.

Offices will continue to be available for individual use only, and mobile working will be preferred wherever possible. Please consult with your direct superiors in this regard.

Please continue to avoid face-to-face meetings and consultations and use the digital possibilities for exchange in order to limit your contacts as much as possible and to protect yourself and others.

For the ongoing operations of the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern this means for the time being until 06.02.2021:

  • Masks are compulsory in all buildings and premises. If two or more people meet in a room, the obligation to wear masks applies to all persons in the room.
  • The obligation to wear masks is only waived at the place where the room is used alone. We recommend that masks be worn throughout the entire campus, including outdoors.
  • Masks are compulsory during written and oral examinations, other meetings (e.g. conferences, meetings, etc.) and lectures. The wearing of masks in courses also applies to the lecturers.
  • In principle, meetings and discussions are to be conducted digitally in order to reduce contacts. For appointment and job interviews, separate applications with a hygiene concept should be submitted to the university management in good time.
  • Courses are generally held digitally.
  • Courses in laboratories and workshops may be held in attendance if an approved concept is available.
  • Event rooms, including PC pools, will continue to be closed outside of the courses.
  • The hygiene concepts for oral and written examinations continue to apply, supplemented by the obligation to wear masks. Examinations which can take these hygiene concepts into account can take place.
  • In general, the following applies: wherever it is possible in the course of business, mobile working is to be extended to up to 100% of the contractual working time in agreement with the supervisors.
  • Offices are only available for individual use, regardless of the number of workstations. Permits for multiple use that have already been granted are revoked with immediate effect until further notice.
  • Research work that depends on technical infrastructure at the university can continue to be carried out as before, subject to the previously approved hygiene concepts, the extended mask requirement and the attendance documentation.
  • You will be informed separately about the exact arrangement of the library services.
  • The printing services will be maintained for the time being. This is only possible if the communicated rules are adhered to.
  • Business trips will only be approved for compelling reasons.
  • Excursions are no longer possible with immediate effect.
  • Workshops and conferences as well as all extra-curricular activities (including those of the student bodies) are no longer possible in attendance.      

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LET'S KEEP IN MIND

All measures, changes and restrictions are taken to minimize the risks of this pandemic and to provide the possibilities to properly conduct this summer semester at the same time. Please contribute to make the best of this situation!

Read up on Corona-Virus from official and trusted sources, such as the Covid-19 webpage of the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

What to do if you had contact with a person who tested positive for Covid-19?

  • 14 days domestic quarantine
  • provide list of all contact persons of the last two weeks (name, phone number, e-mail) to health authorities
  • as an employée of Hochschule Kaiserslautern: report to your supervisor
  • if you have symptoms (fever, dry cough, fatigue...), please contact your doctor by phone and follow instructions of medical staff