Study and teaching in Corona times

Information for students and teachers

On this page we have arranged for you current information (news), measures, important contacts as well as answers to frequently asked questions on how to deal with pandemic in teaching.

Please also note our general information on Corona handling and our information page on the topic:

Digital teaching at the University of Erfurt

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New reservation system for workstations in the University Library

Erfurt University Library has once again extended its opening hours in the winter semester and is now open to users on Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm. However, due to corona-related distance and hygiene regulations, the number of people wishing to work…

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Circular letter from the head of administrations to the teaching staff

In a circular letter, the head of administrations of the University of Erfurt, Dr. Jörg Brauns, has once again expressly reminded the teaching staff in particular to observe the measures listed in the hygiene concept for the containment of corona…

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FAQ

Basic questions

You can find information and FAQs on the hygiene concept, dealing with suspected cases and basic questions on our general Corona information page.

Information from the university on handling the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

Study and teaching

Can I finish or still start my internship?

Compulsory internships during studies that do not take place at the university can be continued, but the continuation is at the discretion of the respective internship provider.

Please also note the Website of Erfurt School of Education.

Are there currently still consultation hours in the institutions or with the professors?

Consultation hours should be up-to-date, if possible, by telephone or video conference, or by e-mail exchange. If a presence is required, the current hygiene and distance regulations must be observed.

Do I have to pay semester fees for the next semester?

Yes, without the receipt of the semester fee no re-registration is possible. If you have any questions, please contact the Department 1: Registrar‘s Office by phone or e-mail.

What opportunities does the University of Erfurt offer for digital teaching formats?

The Vice-President for Academic Affairs presented the possibilities of digital teaching formats to all teachers in a circular letter.

We have compiled the most important information about digital teaching at the University of Erfurt on a new website.

Are there extensions of the doctoral periods, scholarships or positions?

An extension of the doctoral period must be discussed with the respective supervisors and cannot be regulated by the Presidium, which is, however, happy to promote uncomplicated solutions in the various committees and conferences.

The extension of funding means two things: On the one hand, it may involve the extension of posts. The Federal Government has announced that it will modify the "Wissenschaftszeitgesetz" (Law on the Temporary Employment of Researchers) and make it possible to extend posts for employees. However, the text of the law, which the university management will then discuss with the faculties, is not yet available. Presumably, this will be about examinations in individual cases. However, we will not be able to fill any additional posts, because there are no budgetary funds available for this purpose, but can only extend existing contracts.

Secondly, there is the question of extending grants. There is no additional money available for this either. Extensions are therefore only possible within the budget. We will presumably orientate ourselves to the DFG guidelines in the case of a regulation for our university, which still needs to be discussed, and will therefore conduct individual case studies. The other universities in Thuringia are doing the same.

According to initial information, the study promotion agencies, which also award doctoral scholarships, have already reacted to the current situation and decided how to proceed with the extension of scholarships. The affected doctoral students are kindly requested to inform themselves on the respective homepages and, in case there are further problems, to contact the liaison lecturers of the individual funding institutions at our university. The DFG, for example, has now also developed corresponding guidelines.

Exams and examinations

In what form do examinations currently take place?

Against the background of the corona pandemic, the University of Erfurt has decided to hold examinations in the summer semester 2020 - and beyond if necessary - as online examinations.

This will be based on the Corona Mantel Act passed by the Thuringian state parliament and a statute based on it, which enables and regulates the implementation of modified examination formats. After a data protection follow-up assessment, the university acquired a license for the examination software WISEflow from the provider UniWise in the summer semester.

This means that both the legal and technical requirements for electronic examinations will be available from 13th July 2020. The focus will be on the electronically conducted distance exams, which will enable students to write their exams under supervision at home if they have a computer with webcam and a stable internet connection. However, both the submission of written papers via WISEflow and the conduct of oral distance examinations can be realized with WISEflow.

Please also see our website on online exams. There you will find continuous and further information.

Will examinations in the winter semester 2020/21 again offer the possibility of a free attempt?

Yes, according to the Corona statutes, it applies in pandemic semesters. Since the presidium of the University of Erfurt has declared winter semester 2020/21 a pandemic semester, the rule from § 7, section 3 of the statutes applies.

Will there be central rules on the scope, type, catch-up period etc. for the examinations that have to be catched up, or will each teacher regulate this himself?

The formal regulation of the examinations is the responsibility of the examination committees, the concrete implementation is the responsibility of the examiners. The Presidium can only appeal to the examiners in this matter, but cannot prescribe anything.

 

Organizational

I am a student and do not have a computer. Can I borrow one at the university?

The student council has Thinkpads for students to borrow. If you need one of them, please contact the students council directly via e-mail: stura.vorstand@uni-erfurt.de.

 

I have poor internet access in the country, is there a place at university where I can work?

The student services organisation ("Studierendenwerk Thüringen") offers to rent out some of its dormitories on short notice - for one or two months. The dormitories are equipped with WLAN throughout. Those interested can contact the student services organisation directly. Contact them at: www.stw-thueringen.de/deutsch/wohnen/index.html

The university also offers to open rooms on the campus for students on weekdays, who can then work there with their own laptops during the day while observing the applicable distance regulations and hygiene measures. The campus is fully equipped with WLAN. The use of the pool rooms in the KIZ and the computer workstations in the library is not possible for the time being, as the disinfection of computers and keyboards cannot be guaranteed without interruption.

Can I also apply for BAföG at short notice if I get into financial difficulties due to the Corona crisis?

Due to the current corona pandemic, the income situation has worsened considerably for many students and their parents - whether due to job loss or short-time work. The "Deutsches Studentenwerk" (DSW) has therefore informed that BAföG applications can be made at short notice to alleviate these financial difficulties: press release (only available in German)

In addition, students who have run into financial difficulties for a short period of time can apply for a bridging loan of up to 800 euros from the "Studierendenwerk". This applies especially for students who are not entitled to BAföG and for foreign students. The contact person for this is the General Social Counseling Service, which can be reached under e-mail: asb@stw-thueringen.de.

Students in Thuringia, who got into financial difficulties through no fault of their own due to the Corona crisis, can also apply for an interest-free social loan (supported by the universities) up to a maximum of 800 Euros at the Student services organisation (Studierendenwerk Thüringen) since the beginning of April. The state has agreed to take over half of this loan amount and thus convert the loans into Corona financial aid.

Further information on this can be found in the news on this page.

Due to Corona, my studies have exceeded the standard period of study. Do I have to submit an application to the university for the suspension of the long-term study fees for the winter semester 2020/21 or does this happen automatically?

Wenn das Thüringer Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft und Digitale Gesellschaft die Regelung für die Befreiung von Langzeitstudiengebühren auch für das Wintersemester 2020/21 beschließt, werden diese Gebühren automatisch nicht erhoben. Kein Studierender muss dafür einen Antrag stellen. Übrigens gilt dies auch für Studierende, die in einem zweiten Studium die Langzeitstudiengebühren bezahlen müssten.

Can the silent workplaces on campus also be used at the weekend?

On Saturdays and Sundays, the 53 marked workstations in the Audimax building, rooms 007 and 0012, as well as the cloakroom, are accessible via the guard at the main entrance to the campus. Should further places be required, those on the ground floor of building 1 can be made available on request.

Contact

For all questions concerning the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the University of Erfurt has set up a mail address:

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Special circumstances:

You come from abroad or are planning a stay abroad (Erasmus)

For questions and problems of international students, the International Office can be reached here.

 

You have questions about financing your studies or about student accommodation

Students who have questions about their stay in one of the halls of residence of the Studierendenwerk or about financial or BAföG matters, please contact the Studierendenwerk Thüringen directly.

Basically the following applies:
Due to the current corona pandemic, the income situation of many students and their parents has worsened significantly - whether due to job loss or short-time work. The "Deutsches Studierendenwerk" (DSW) has therefore informed that BAföG applications can be made at short notice to alleviate these financial difficulties. Both the "Studierendenwerk" and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research have repeatedly emphasized that students should not suffer any disadvantages in BAföG as a result of the corona pandemic. See also the press release of the "Studierendenwerk Thüringen".

In addition, students who have run into financial difficulties for a short time can apply for a bridging loan of up to 800 euros from "Studierendenwerk Thüringen". This applies especially for students who are not entitled to BAföG and for foreign students. The contact person for this is the General Social Counseling Service, which can be contacted at e-mail: asb@stw-thueringen.de.

Since the beginning of April, students in Thuringia who have got into financial difficulties through no fault of their own due to the Corona crisis can also apply to the "Studierendenwerk Thüringen" for an interest-free social loan (supported by the universities) of up to 800 euros. The state has agreed to take over half of this loan amount and thus convert the loans into Corona financial aid.

Further information can be found in the news on this page.

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