On Wednesday 8th April, the German Chancellor and the Minister Presidents of the German federal states agreed on a continuation of the contact ban combined with initial steps to relax existing restrictions.
In light of this, we would like to inform you about our approach, as far as this is possible at the moment. The areas of studies and teaching, as well as research will be looked at separately.
On the whole, it remains our collective responsibility to keep contact with others to a minimum. The measures decided upon in mid-March (the suspension of on-site lectures, campus closures and a contact ban) have contributed significantly towards a marked slowing down of the rate at which the virus spreads. Nevertheless the number of daily new infections is currently around the same as the number of daily recoveries.
Any action taken in accordance with the following guidelines must be done so whilst continuing to adhere to the measures of keeping contact with others to a bare minimum; respecting social distancing if contact is unavoidable (minimum of 2 metres) and following hygiene rules. Within the narrow confines in which we are reopening the university buildings, we rely on everyone taking responsibility to only visit the university when necessary and to keep time spent there to an absolute minimum while respecting social distancing.
Teaching during the summer semester 2020 will be carried out digitally. On-site teaching is not planned for the duration of the regular lecture period ending on 26th June. The examination period from 2nd – 23rd July remains unchanged.
The organisation of exams will be decided upon along with the faculties, taking the relevant conditions at the respective time into consideration.
The following statements refer only to exams (Prüfungsleistungen) and prerequisites for exams (Prüfungsvorleistungen) which are subject to assessment before the regular examination period:
The decision on which assessment option is to be taken lies with the examiner.
In general, it should be noted that assessment which requires communication with students may only be done via video conference. A handbook on this will be issued. So far we haven’t had any questions regarding this matter, but if a student does not own a computer or have sufficient internet capacity, this matter should be addressed via the course of study. Access to a PC pool is then possible.
A further interruption to research is in many cases only possible with considerable drawbacks. Scientific work, and its associated completion, is delayed, as are public and private third-party funded projects.
Therefore, research activities that require access to laboratories and equipment will be allowed again as of the 4th May, subject to specific rules. It must be ensured that only one person is present in the laboratory at any one time. If the presence of two people is required due to safety reasons, appropriate safeguards are to be defined and the Pro-Rector for Research should be informed accordingly.
These rules apply until further notice. We continually adapt these measures to the regularly reviewed versions of the Corona VO and other framework regulations. At the same time, we involve the respective experts (safety specialists and medical officers) as well as the deans, and student and staff representatives. Please refer to the homepage (www.hs-heilbronn.de/corona and www.hs-heilbronn.de/notbetrieb) for further information.