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Courses at the University of Erfurt start on May, 4

The summer semester 2020 will take place - this is what the presidents of Thuringian universities agreed this week with the Thuringian Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society. A statement to this effect will be published shortly.

One thing is already clear: The semester is to take place with a maximum of flexibility in the study structure and with extensive use of digital teaching formats. The state has also announced that it will make additional financial resources available for digitisation.

For the University of Erfurt, this means that courses will start with online offerings from May, 4 and end as originally planned on July, 17 plus a two-week examination period. The Presidium and the Deans have reached an agreement on this. Since it is not yet clear how long the ban on contact issued by the health authorities will last, the courses will be held in digital form until further notice. There are corresponding recommendations and tools for this online teaching, which are available to all lecturers at the university on the digital platform "moodle".

In order to ensure the best possible preparation for this online operation and the semester, the lecturers should be able to use their offices on campus again. As things stand today, this could be done step by step from April, 20 onwards, provided that the necessary hygiene and distance requirements are met. The basis for this are the regulations of the responsible health authorities. The Presidium will decide on this in its online meeting on April, 15. In this context, the University of Erfurt has ordered mouth covers, which will initially be distributed to the employees for presence on campus. The students will not yet return to campus at this time. This is to be decided separately.

It is also currently being examined when and in what form the University Library's services will be available again.

The Thuringian universities are also currently discussing how examinations can be held in July in larger groups on campus. We will inform you as soon as we can offer solutions.

We ask for your understanding that there are still many, especially organizational questions that remain open. We will try to clarify them as quickly as possible and provide you with up-to-date information on this website.