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Kreis Siegen-Wittgenstein


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Bundesministerium für Gesundheit


Robert Koch-Institut


Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung


Kreisgesundheitsamt, Rettungsdienst und Krankenhäuser in Siegen-Wittgenstein haben sich auf ein mögliches Auftreten des Coronavirus vorbereitet. Zentrale Anlaufstelle für Patientinnen und Patienten mit einem Verdacht auf Infizierung mit dem neuen Grippevirus ist das Kreisklinikum in Siegen-Weidenau.

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Studies & Teaching

Winter semester 2021/22

 

Which hygiene and infection prevention rules are to be observed on the campus of the University of Siegen and on the premises, which rules apply to the safety distance and mouth-nose covers?

Courses


When does the 3G rule apply?

According to the requirements of the state government, participation in courses and examinations in attendance is only possible for teachers and students with proof of immunity (vaccinated or recovered) or a certified negative test proof (3G rule). The test certificates must not be older than 48 hours.


How is the implementation of the 3G rule controlled?

In the first two sessions of a course, the 3G (immunization or test certificate) must be checked by the lecturers (or their staff) for all participating students at the beginning of a course session or when they enter the course room. Noting the immunization status, e.g. on a list of participants, is not permitted for data protection reasons.

Students who cannot prove that they have been immunized or tested negative must be excluded from the relevant session of a course by the lecturers in accordance with the requirements of the Corona Protection Ordinance. If necessary, the Security Team (https://www.uni-siegen.de/zuv/dezernat5/abteilung_5_4/innere_sicherheit/) will be happy to provide support.

After the first two weeks of the lecture period, regular spot checks are carried out by the security service to continue to ensure that all university members comply with the 3G rule. Regardless of this, students who do not attend a course until the third session or later are required to present their immunization or testing verification upon entering the lecture room or at the beginning of the course, without being asked to do so.

All faculty - just like students - are instructed to attend classes only immunized (recovered or vaccinated) or tested. We appeal to all teachers to use the first session of their course to exchange with their students about the now unfamiliar face-to-face teaching, hygiene measures such as distance and mask and the control of 3G.

 


What is the 2G vignette and where can I get it?


Are there any university offers for corona testing?

Students and employees arriving in Germany from abroad in the winter semester 2021/22 who have not yet had the opportunity to be immunized (with a vaccine approved in Germany) are strongly advised to get vaccinated as soon as possible. For the interim period until full vaccination protection is available, the University will offer free supervised self-testing for these University members from October 1st through November 30th in the Haardter Berg School Forum. The test result is documented in writing, is valid for 48 hours and can only be used for internal university use. Outside the University of Siegen, this test certificate is not valid.

University employees who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons will continue to receive a free public test offer, e.g. in test centers and pharmacies, according to the planning of the federal and state governments. In order to be able to ensure that such a test offer is available close to the location, we are currently examining the possibility of a cooperation in the vicinity of the university.

University members who voluntarily choose not to be vaccinated can, like all citizens, take advantage of the citizen test. There is no free offer from the university.

 


How do the courses take place (face-to-face, hybrid, digital)?

After three largely digital semesters, we are pleased that face-to-face teaching is possible again. At the same time, however, we have to make sure that we keep risks low - even when 3G is available to all participants in a course. We achieve this through two measures that all faculties, the university management and the AStA have agreed upon:

  1. Masks (medical or FFP2 masks) are mandatory in all courses. The mask can be removed when speaking (by faculty or students). The same applies to all present if a distance of at least 1.5 meters can be maintained between all seats in a room.
  2. In rooms with 100 seats or more, at most every second seat is occupied (checkerboard).

With the masks, we reduce a possible residual risk of infection despite 3G; by reducing the density of people in large rooms, we additionally support this goal where many people meet.

Important for the implementation of teaching events: If the already booked room is not large enough when every second seat is occupied, it is recommended to conduct the course digitally or to design a combination of face-to-face and digital teaching so that only the allowed number of people is in the room. A change of the already booked room is only possible in justified exceptional cases. Corresponding requests to the room administration of the faculty or the central room administration must be made - stating the reason why the course cannot be held digitally or as an asynchronous hybrid - via the dean's office of the own faculty or (in the case of central institutions, etc.) via the Prorectorate for Education.

Teachers whose courses are conducted digitally or as an asynchronous hybrid with these specifications should update the course type in unisono (call up the course in unisono, select the group(s) under the heading "Parallel group", change "Type") and inform their students immediately.

Digital teaching formats may only be offered asynchronously (e.g. as audio/video recording). There are not enough workstations available at the university for participation in synchronous events, and students cannot be expected to switch immediately between distance and face-to-face teaching. This does not apply to courses or parts of courses where all participants explicitly agree to synchronous teaching.

 


Are there any additional hygiene measures?

A large part of the rooms at the University of Siegen has automatic ventilation that is set to minimize the risk of infection via aerosols. These rooms are marked in unison with "technical ventilation" in the detailed view. All other rooms in which courses are held are equipped with stationary CO2 detection devices in order to perform an assessment of the indoor air quality and determine the necessary ventilation intervals. An explanation of the CO2 detection devices and instructions for manual ventilation are provided in each room.


Will the contacts be traced?

Traceability through registration via QR codes or via lists of participants is - unlike in previous semesters - no longer required by the Corona Protection Ordinance and is therefore not permitted under data protection law.

 

Examinations (examination and study achievements)

Also for examinations, teachers and students may only participate with proof of immunity (vaccinated or recovered) or negative test proof. The test proofs must not be older than 48 hours. Students who cannot provide proof of one of the 3G must be excluded from the exam in question and will be logged as a "no-show".

Organization

When does the lecture period begin?

The winter semester begins on October 1st, 2021 and ends on March 31st, 2022.
The lecture period begins on October 11th, 2021 and ends on February 4th, 2022.

The lecture-free days at Christmas are from December 24th, 2021 to January 7th, 2022.

 


How do I get to the university by public transport?


Where can I find places to work, study or stay on campus locations?

These rooms are available for student work and study spaces. The list is updated continuously.

Campus Adolf-Reichwein-Straße

  • Mensa Adolf-Reichwein-Straße (3G control, seat reservation, only for stays during meals; available for study spaces between 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., during this time there is no 3G control, no reservations are necessary, but masks are required)
  • Foyer AR-M (010)
  • Main library Adolf-Reichwein-Straße (AR; there are occasional workstations available where you can talk loudly)
  • AR-HB: Foyer first floor (AR-HB 050)
  • AR-D near the "yellow" lecture hall (AR-D 4111)
  • AR-NC in front of the seminar rooms (AR-NC 0153)
  • PC-Pool AR-D 4108 (7:30 am to 6 pm)
  • OASE-Lernwerkstatt (AR-E-4112, across from the sports wing) Please note: primarily for student teachers, especially elementary school teachers & integrated special education teachers; please follow the rules.
  • Lernwerkstatt AR-D 7102/03 und AR-D 7104

Campus Lower Castle

  • Mensa Unteres Schloss (3G control, seat reservation, only for stays during meals)
  • Cafeteria Unteres Schloss (3G control)
  • Lower Castle Library (US)
  • Entrance foyer US-F
  • US-A 245 and US-A 246
  • US-S 001 (as long as no seminar is taking place here)

Emmy-Noether-Campus

  • Mensa ENC (3G control, seat reservation, only for stays during meals)
  • ENC D-050
  • ENC-B-001

Hölderlin Campus

  • Hölderlin Entrance Foyer (Level 3)
  • PC-Pool H-D 2202
  • H-D 3206

Campus Weidenauer Straße 118

  • Language Center (Only after prior registration via the website)
    • SESAM: technically fully equipped learning room (also for videoconferencing) incl. coffee vending machine 
    • Other rooms: possibility to borrow equipment (tablets) for on-site use

Campus Paul-Bonatz

  • Entrance foyer PB-A

Update 10-15-2021 7.30 am


Where can I find information about vaccinations?


How can I use the university library?


Will there be meals in the cafeteria or canteen?


What services and support are available for students with children?

For students with children, maternity protection regulations can also be applied to female students. The prerequisite for this is that they have reported their pregnancy to the Student Secretariat. The corresponding form can be found here:

In addition, there are regulations for the compensation of hardships for students with child(ren) and relatives who need care. More information can be found here:

 


Summer semester 2021

 

Which hygiene and infection prevention rules are to be observed on the campus of the University of Siegen and on the premises, which rules apply to the safety distance and mouth-nose covers?

Courses


What are the conditions for courses during the lecture-free period?

Participation in courses and examinations that take place during the lecture-free period is only possible for teaching and supervisory staff as well as students with proof of immunity (vaccinated or recovered), negative test proof or a supervised self-test (3G-Rule). The test proofs must not be older than 48 hours. With these rules, the University of Siegen implements the requirements of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

All persons who are not vaccinated or recovered are urged to have a COVID-19 test performed at one of the testing centers prior to attending any event (e.g., course, exam). In cases where this is not possible, a free opportunity to take supervised self-tests has been made available on the Adolf Reichwein campus. Until September 30, the tests can be taken Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the AR-HB building ("Haardter Berg School"). They will be handed out by trained staff, who will also explain how to take them, if necessary. However, the testing is done by students or employees of the university themselves. The test result is documented in writing and can be used for internal university purposes. Outside the University of Siegen, this test certificate is not valid.

During courses and examinations, the mask can be taken off if all participants are sitting at a fixed place. However, the mask must be worn when moving around the room. Only every second seat should be occupied or a distance between seats should be maintained.

Control: The immunity proofs or negative test proofs must be controlled by teachers and supervisors when entering the building or before the beginning of the course. Proof of 3G on the cell phone is sufficient. Instructors are responsible for their own person.


How will courses be delivered in the summer semester (face-to-face, digital, hybrid)?

In the summer semester 2021, most courses will be held digitally. Only those courses may be held in presence that absolutely require special rooms, equipment or other framework conditions (e.g. laboratories, workrooms, sound studios and, in the artistic field, repetition, practicing and work in studios and studios).

In their letter dated May 3, 2021, the University administration indicated that distance teaching and learning will remain the norm for all courses through the end of the summer 2021 semester.

Courses in the summer semester will still be held digitally in order to continue to fulfill the promise of planning security for all students and teachers as well as the administration and the student union. Courses that have to be held in person for a valid reason continue to require approval - via the established channels of the deans of studies. This also applies to courses that take place during the semester break.


 

Examinations (examination and study achievements)


What are the regulations for the examination period in the summer semester?

For the examination phase in the summer semester 2021, the university management has decided to retain the mode of the previous winter semester, which means:

  1. Examinations will again generally be conducted digitally and without immediate control.
  2. In justified exceptional cases, it is possible to conduct face-to-face examinations precisely when they either cannot be conducted digitally for technical reasons or they must be mandatorily designed for subject-related considerations in such a way that they require direct face-to-face control.
  3. In the case of examinations that require direct control but cannot be conducted in person (e.g. curfews during the day, infection situation), we will create the legal basis in the short term to supplement the existing examination regulations so that they can be conducted as justified exceptions in the form of supervised online examinations. We will provide information on the requirements and implementation regulations in a timely manner.

For the upcoming examination phases, these specifications mean in summary that examinations will generally be conducted digitally. However, in certain courses of study or for certain examinations, it is possible that examinations will be held in person or online.

Lecturers must inform examination candidates about examination forms and procedures at least four weeks before an examination date. However, we ask all teachers to communicate this information earlier, if at all possible.


How do exams work in presence?

In order to comply with the regulations of the Corona Protection Ordinance and other legal requirements, some rules must be observed when conducting examinations in presence.

Please read the information carefully and contact your examiners or your examination office if you have any questions about a specific exam.


What happens to exams from the winter semester that have been moved to the summer semester?

Examinations of the winter semester 2020/21 that have been postponed to the summer semester 2021 and whose execution in presence has already been approved can take place as planned. All other examinations of the winter and summer semesters will generally not be held in attendance until May 25th, but in another form, e.g. digitally, or postponed to a later date in the summer semester. Only examinations that can neither be conducted in another form nor postponed may be conducted in attendance (after approval by the Dean of Studies).

A postponement may not be possible for legal or factual reasons or may not be reasonable for the examinees. In particular, it is considered unreasonable if there is a threat of a significant delay in the course of studies by at least six months or if the postponement would lead to undue hardship (in particular, threatened loss of residence permit/visa or denial of the opportunity to take up an already assured job or a directly subsequent master's degree program.


What are e-exams and how do they differ from online exams?

For some years now, teachers at the University of Siegen have had the option of having exams written on laptops at the university. These are the so-called e-exams - the electronic counterpart to written (paper-based) exams.

At the University of Siegen, e-exams have so far taken place in rooms such as the Audimax. The e-exam was therefore written on site. In the examination phase of the winter semester 2020/21, the e-examinations will NOT take place on site, but also as an online format.

Since the university is working with an external provider (IQUL) for these e-exams, we are bound to the time slot already booked; so these exams cannot be rescheduled. This does not result in overlaps because the e-exams take place on Feb. 15-23, which is before the start of the rescheduled exam period (Mar. 1).

Online exams are all exams that were originally planned as paper exams in presence, but will now take place in an online format.


 

Organization

When does the lecture period begin?

The summer semester begins on April 1st, 2021 and ends on September 30th, 2021.
The lecture period begins on April 12th, 2021 and ends on July 23rd, 2021.

There are lecture-free days at Pentecost, these are from May 21st, 2021 to May 25th, 2021.


How do I get to the university by public transport?


Are there student workplaces?


Where can I find information about vaccinations?


Where can I find information about contact registration and tracking?


Will there be meals in the cafeteria or canteen?


What services and support are available for students with children?

For students with children, maternity protection regulations can also be applied to female students. The prerequisite for this is that they have reported their pregnancy to the Student Secretariat. The corresponding form can be found here:

In addition, there are regulations for the compensation of hardships for students with child(ren) and relatives who need care. More information can be found here:


Is my transfer from the Bachelor's to the Master's program at the University of Siegen at risk because I cannot take the last exam(s) of the Bachelor's program for the time being?

No. If admission to the Master's program has already been granted, the transfer to the Master's program will take place without the Bachelor's degree. Students are enrolled twice (Bachelor and Master). As soon as the last Bachelor's degree has been obtained, only the Master's degree will continue to be studied. The last performance in the Bachelor can be completed by 05-31-2021. A certified copy of the Bachelor's certificate must be submitted to the Student Secretariat by 06-30-2021.


 

Especially for students studying to become teachers

 

Where can I find information on special regulations concerning students studying to become teachers?

The Center for Teacher Training and Educational Research provided information relevant for students studying to become teachers online. This includes, among other things, the practical phases (Suitability and orientation internship,professional placements, practical semester, the Examination Office for students studying to become teachers and stays abroad. You can find this information (Current status: 05-31-21) here:
https://www.uni-siegen.de/zlb/studieninformationen/corona/hinweise_corona.html.

 

Exam papers

 

I have completed a written paper for a study assignment or examination (including Bachelor's and Master's theses); how do I submit it now?

In order to avoid unnecessary exposure in public, written assignments should be sent by e-mail as a PDF file directly to the lecturer in question. Bachelor's and Master's theses should be submitted to the Examination Office by e-mail and post, if possible. If a submission by mail is not possible, e.g. because you are in quarantine and have no one to bind the paper and bring it to the post office, it is sufficient to submit the paper by e-mail as a PDF file. As soon as it is possible, you must then submit the printed versions.

Can I change the topic of my graduation paper?

If the thesis was registered before March 18th, 2020, students may withdraw from the topic of their thesis (Bachelor's and Master's theses and dissertation papers) at any time before and during the processing period and re-register (immediately or at a later date) with a different topic.

The aim of this regulation is to give students who are unable to complete their thesis due to external circumstances the opportunity to choose a new topic.

In order to return the topic of the final thesis, an informal application must be submitted to the responsible examination office, stating the important reason which makes it impossible to process the final thesis. If necessary, the Examination Offices are asked to assist students in formulating this request.

For students who wish to stick to their topic, the deadline is extended by four weeks in relation to the submission date.

If there is a case of undue hardship in connection with a guaranteed job, the university management asks for a corresponding note to e.g. the employer in order to inform about the measures decided by the university to obtain the degree.

General information

 

Stays abroad

 


Where can I find information about stays abroad (exchange studies, internships)?

The Department of International Student Affairs (ISA) provides information on stays abroad in the academic year 2021/22, including information on exchange programs in the winter semester 2021/22, semester or internships abroad.

You will find all information on this page.


Where can international students find information on entry to Germany

The Department of International Student Affairs (ISA) provides information for international students in Siegen about about entering Germany, financing, residence permits, support and contacts.

You will find all information on this page.


 

Accessibility

 


How do I design Online teaching barrier-free (incl. barrier-free documents)?

In e-learning environments, PDF documents are used extensively to provide various learning resources, including scripts, exercise sheets, instructions, bibliographies and flyers.

However, not everyone can benefit from this self-evident access. Especially people with disabilities are often confronted with inaccessible PDF documents. But technical aids can also reduce barriers in teaching.

Information, tips and suggestions to help you make digital services as accessible as possible can be found, for example, at the Information and Advice Centre for Studies and Disability of the Deutsches Studentenwerk (IBS):
Online Lehre fast ohne Barrieren (German language)

In addition, affected lecturers and students have the possibility to contact the Inclusive University of Siegen service office directly at any time. The Service Office will be happy to help you find individual solutions to enable students of this risk group to participate in courses and thus successfully complete the 2020 summer semester.

Contact Inclusive University of Siegen

Dr. Sonja Weber-Menges

Representative for students with disability and/or chronic Disease
Coordinator Service Office Inclusive University of Siegen

Web: https://inklusive.uni-siegen.de/buero/
Email: behindertenberatung@uni-siegen.de / service-inklusion@uni-siegen.de
Mobile: +49(0)175/600-4044

 

Formalities

 


Can certificates be printed/delivered during minimal operation?

Yes, please ask the respective examination office whether certificates are handed out personally or sent by post.

List of all examination offices


Can I still make use of official services at the city of Siegen (e.g. registration of residence, issuing a certificate of good conduct or issuing a birth certificate)?

The City of Siegen has compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ), which also includes all official services such as registering, changing and deregistering your place of residence, issuing or renewing residence permits or even authentications or registration certificates. Please check here, which services are currently available online or by phone:
https://www.siegen.de/willkommen/informationen-zum-coronavirus/haeufig-gestellte-fragen-faq-frequently-asked-questions/


Is my semester ticket still valid?

In the current situation, there may be delays in issuing the semester tickets. In order to avoid any disadvantages for students, the AStA has contacted the public transport companies. The old semester ticket (winter semester 2019/20) remains valid until April 30, 2020 in the area Westfalen-Süd (VGWS area). Students should also carry a certificate of enrollment with them in order to avoid issues upon ticket inspection. A corresponding regulation for the whole of NRW is still being clarified. The AStA will provide further information.

 

Finance and housing

 


What do I do if I can no longer pay the rent in the residence hall of the Studierendenwerk?

Contact the dormitory administration of the Studierendenwerk and let them know when you can no longer pay your rent.
The Studierendenwerk will try to find unconventional solutions in individual cases, e.g. by deferral or other arrangements.


What do I do when I run out of money?

You can apply to the Darlehenskasse der Studierendenwerke e. V. (Daka) for an interest-free Daka loan (www.daka-darlehen.de), if there is a suitable sponsor. Please contact the department „Studienfinanzierung“ at the Studierendenwerk Siegen.


What changes are there for the obtaining of BAföG?

In corona periods, the individualised regular duration of studies of registered students in NRW increases by one semester. This extension also has a positive effect on the duration of BAföG entitlement: The maximum period of BAföG entitlement is also extended by one semester. Currently, North Rhine-Westphalia is the only state in Germany with such a regulation. You can find further information here.


What do I do if my parents are affected by unemployment or continuous short-time work and thus suffer a significant, not just temporary loss of income?

Please apply for BAföG and submit an updated application. Please contact the department „Studienfinanzierung“ at the Studierendenwerk Siegen.

 

Risk Groups

 


What should be considered when dealing with students who belong to a risk group?

Students with chronic pre-existing conditions and/or drug treatment with so-called immunosuppressive drugs must continue to be particularly protected against infection with COVID-19. Students of the so-called risk group can/should not participate in classroom sessions for their own protection according to the recommendations for contact reduction of the Robert Koch Institute (as of 03-20-2020), if the necessary distance cannot be guaranteed. Under the following link you will find

some tips for dealing with students in the risk group

In addition, affected lecturers and students have the possibility to contact the Inclusive University of Siegen service office directly at any time. The Service Office will be happy to help you find individual solutions to enable students of this risk group to participate in courses and thus successfully complete the 2020 summer semester.

Contact Inclusive University of Siegen

Dr. Sonja Weber-Menges

Representative for students with disability and/or chronic Disease
Coordinator Service Office Inclusive University of Siegen

Web: https://inklusive.uni-siegen.de/buero/
Email: behindertenberatung@uni-siegen.de / service-inklusion@uni-siegen.de
Mobile: +49(0)175/600-4044


How do I behave with regard to face-to-face events if I belong to a risk group?

In accordance with the recommendations for contact reduction of the Robert Koch Institute (status: 03-20-2020), students of the so-called risk group cannot/should not take part in attendance events for their own protection where the necessary distance cannot be guaranteed. Traveling by public transport is also not advisable. Lecturers at the University of Siegen are requested to offer flexible forms of participation and service provision for students with pre-existing conditions and/or a weakened immune system caused by medication.

  • Inform your lecturers by e-mail as soon as possible that you are not able to attend classroom sessions for the reasons mentioned above, but would still like to participate in the corresponding event. This information will of course be treated confidentially.
  • Please provide your lecturers with a digital/postal certificate which releases them from physical participation in courses due to the justified danger of a serious course of illness in case of an infection with COVID-19! This certificate can be submitted in the first 4 weeks of the semester.
  • Ask your lecturers to inform you about the alternative forms of participation, service provision, consultation hours, etc. that exist within the specific course. These may vary depending on the course.
  • If, despite all efforts, it is not possible to participate for good reasons, this semester will not count towards the standard period of study.

In addition, affected students have the opportunity to contact the Inclusive University of Siegen Service Office directly at any time in case of problems, questions or uncertainties. The Service Office will be happy to help you find individual solutions to enable students of this risk group to participate in courses and thus successfully complete the summer semester 2020.

Contact Inclusive University of Siegen

Dr. Sonja Weber-Menges

Representative for students with disability and/or chronic Disease
Coordinator Service Office Inclusive University of Siegen

Web: https://inklusive.uni-siegen.de/buero/
Email: behindertenberatung@uni-siegen.de / service-inklusion@uni-siegen.de
Mobile: +49(0)175/600-4044


 

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