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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

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Winter semester 2020/21

 

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?

You can find the regulations here.

Update 07-06-2020 11 am

When does the lecture period begin?

In accordance with the order of the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia dated June 18th, 2020, the lecture period in the winter semester 2020/21 for all Bachelor's programs will begin on November 2nd, 2020. The lecture period for all Master's programmes will begin one week earlier, on October 26th, 2020, and the lecture period for Bachelor's and Master's programmes will end on February 12th, 2021.

Update 07-06-2020 11 am

What are the plans for the winter semester in terms of study and teaching?

The following guidelines for the planning of the winter semester 2020/21 are based on enabling classroom teaching, while at the same time taking into account the requirements of infection control and, above all, ensuring that everyone involved can plan ahead. This will inevitably involve compromises in the winter semester as well, which the university management asks you all to accept. The semester is planned on the basis that the corona pandemic will continue, but that the incidence of infection in the region will remain manageable. The challenge is to plan a mix of face-to-face and distance learning courses according to the motto "Designing presence digitally", which…

  1. ... does not require students to participate in classroom and digital courses in direct sequence. Not all students have laptops/notebooks powerful enough for video conferencing formats, not all can rely on stable Internet connections, and the number of student workstations in PC pools is limited.
  2. ... offers a daily and weekly structure that is recognizable to students. The summer semester 2020 has shown, among other things, that some of our students find it easier to regularly deal with course content taught by distance learning if they are instructed accordingly. This can be achieved, for example, by specifying content to be worked on within a week. For study units that are larger or smaller than the workload for one week, for example, it is possible to specify the workload in concrete working hours so that students can compile their own timetable based on this information.

Two scenarios are described below for planning the 2020/21 winter semester. Scenario 1 represents the university's planning basis. Depending on the course of the infection and corresponding orders by state ministries, it may be necessary to move on to scenario 2. The spatial planning for both scenarios is based on the room requirements already reported; room requests and bookings should therefore not be cancelled, even if they involve large courses or lectures.

You can find detailed information on the scenarios here.

Update 07-06-2020 11 am

How are the international Master's programs offered?

In the Master's programs, which are mainly or exclusively attended by international students, as well as in the preparatory German courses, enrolment will take place without personal presence. In coordination with the Prorectorate of Education and the faculties concerned, the teaching of these courses will also be offered to a large extent digitally for first-year students in the winter semester 2020/21. This will also enable prospective students from regions of the world that are currently and probably until the end of the year affected by strict entry restrictions to begin their studies.

Update 07-06-2020 11 am

Are there still opportunities for student exchange?

Within the framework of the current recommendations of the German Foreign Office (AA), exchanges with partner universities in EU member states and "Schengen-associated" countries are possible in the winter semester 2020/2021. However, due to pandemics, there may also be restrictions on entry and exit or short-term decisions by partner universities in the future. The International Office (IO) provides advice and information on the options within the Erasmus+ program so that independent decisions on mobility can be made.

Due to the travel warning that will remain in place until 31 August 2020, overseas exchanges (third countries, all non-EU and EEA countries) will be suspended. The partner universities are informed by the IO that no exchange students can be admitted for the winter semester 2020/2021. This also means that in the projects of the international dimension of the Erasmus+ program no mobility will be possible in the winter semester. Outgoing students of the University of Siegen can, in agreement with the IOs and the host university, take up a sponsored stay abroad if there is no travel warning from the Foreign Office.

Update 07-06-2020 11 am

Summer semester 2020

 

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

The concept for holding courses and examinations implements the specifications of the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of the State of NRW and takes into account the measures recommended by the Robert Koch Institute to reduce the risk of infection. It has been coordinated with the public order office of the city of Siegen.


Are there in-classroom courses in the summer semester?

  • Yes, as of June 18th, 2020, attendance courses of any kind can again be held at the University of Siegen. The allowed maximum number of participants is 50 people. No permission or notification is required to conduct such attendance courses.
  • Rules must be followed when conducting attendance courses, these concern (1) rooms, (2) entry and exit, (3) ensuring the traceability of infection chains, (4) hygiene guidelines and (5) risk groups. You can find the rules here (german language).
  • Due to the special circumstances of the summer semester 2020, attendance is not compulsory for classroom sessions of courses that begin with classroom teaching on or after June 16th.
  • All lecture halls and other large rooms are occupied by the catch-up exams until June 27th and cannot be used for classroom teaching
  • To prevent unauthorized persons from entering the university buildings, the outer doors of all university buildings remain closed and can only be opened with a (chip) key. Participants must be informed accordingly when and where they will be able to enter the building. It is explicitly forbidden to keep access to university buildings permanently open.
  • If students have to bridge periods between attendance courses, the well-known student workstations are available. Please ensure that the minimum distance is maintained at all times during such stays, including between seats, and wear a mouth-nose cover if it cannot be maintained.
    Update 06-17-2020 1 pm

What measures are taken to protect students and and teaching staff?

  • When conducting courses, the measures recommended by the Robert Koch Institute to reduce the risk of infection and the hygiene plan of the University of Siegen are observed in any case.
  • The hygiene and infection prevention regulations on the campus of the University of Siegen and on the premises must be observed.
  • When conducting in-classroom courses, rules have to be implemented that concern them: (1) rooms, (2) entrance and exit, (3) ensuring the traceability of infection chains, (4) hygiene guidelines and (5) risk groups. You can find the regulations here (german language).

Can my internship be credited even if I could not complete it in full?

Internships completed in organizations outside the university are fully credited if at least 75 percent of the internship has been completed. Internships that have been completed to less than 75 percent will be credited, provided that a suitable substitute performance is provided. The substitute performance must be agreed in advance. For internships that have been completed to less than 50 percent, there is the possibility, but no entitlement, to recognition of a substitute performance.

This does not affect any internships that may be required by higher-level laws or regulations.


Where can I find templates for the creation of visitor or participant lists for contact recording and tracking?


 

Examinations (examination and study achievements)

The concept for holding courses and examinations implements the specifications of the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of the State of NRW and takes into account the measures recommended by the Robert Koch Institute to reduce the risk of infection. It has been coordinated with the public order office of the city of Siegen.


When and how will the examinations from the winter semester 2019/2020 take place?


When and how will the examinations take place in the summer semester 2020, how does registration and deregistration work?

  • Written examination papers that are not written examinations, e.g. term papers, can be submitted by e-mail and post. If it is not possible to submit by post, it is sufficient to submit the paper by e-mail as a PDF file for the time being. As soon as it is possible, the printed version has to be sent in later.
  • As usual, the first examination phase of the summer semester begins at the end of the lecture period.
  • Registrations for the examinations of the summer semester follow the known regulations.
  • The registration period for the first examination date of the summer semester for the teacher training courses is from 1st June to 2nd July 2020, while the registration period for the other courses will be announced by the respective examination offices in due course.
  • All students can cancel examinations up to the day before without giving reasons.

What measures are taken to protect students and lecturers?

  • The hygiene and infection prevention regulations on the campus of the University of Siegen and on the premises must be observed.
  • Presence examinations take place in sufficiently large rooms to ensure that the distance regulations are observed.
    A safety distance of 1.5 metres must be ensured between all participants by the allocation of places.
  • In situations where compliance with the minimum distance cannot be ensured, e.g. when checking admission to the test, on common areas (corridors etc.), all participants including the supervisory staff are obliged to wear a suitable mouth-and-nose cover. This also applies to oral examinations.
  • Please pay attention to the information on the exams in June 2020. instructions for the supervisory staff at the exams can be found here.
  • The examiners are obliged to draw up lists of names of the participants in each examination in order to be able to trace chains of infection if necessary.
  • When conducting courses and exams, the measures recommended by the Robert Koch Institute to reduce the risk of infection and the hygiene plan of the University of Siegen are observed in all cases.

When and for whom is there an additional examination attempt?

Students who have definitively failed examinations in the summer semester 2020 between April 1st, 2020 and the end of the examination period of the summer semester 2020 (approx. October 31th, 2020) due to the effects of the corona crisis, and who would be exmatriculated as a result or would have to choose a new elective area so that their studies would be extended, will receive a one-time additional examination attempt for the examination concerned on the next regular examination date upon application.

The request must be addressed to the chairman or chairwoman of the relevant examination board and reasons must be given.

Sentence 1 shall not apply to final theses (Bachelor's and Master's theses), examinations in a course of study for the teaching profession leading to a state examination and the school practical part in the practical semester.


 

Enrollment, Change of Subject and Regular Duration of Studies

 


Can I enrol at another university as planned?

Of course, we cannot say what deadlines and conditions other universities set in view of the special circumstances. In any case, students should inquire at the university to which they wish to transfer and check the deadline for the last exams to see if they can get their certificate in time and, in case of doubt, check if they have a hardship case.


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 Bachelor's degree can be obtained during the entire summer semester, i.e. by 09-30-2020.


Does the regular duration of study change?

The regular duration of studies is increased individually by 1 semester. This applies to all students enrolled at the University of Siegen in the summer semester 2020.

According to a decision of the Rectorate of the University, the extension of the regular duration of studies also applies to students who are on leave of absence in the summer semester 2020.

 

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 here:
https://www.uni-siegen.de/zlb/studieninformationen/corona/hinweise_corona.html.

Update 06-29-2020 1 pm

 

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

 


I have returned from a stay abroad, what should I do now?

In principle, the summer semester in Germany can be completed if the stay is terminated, leave of absence can be revoked.

Students who have already terminated their stay, please check whether they have returned from a risk area defined by the Robert Koch Institute and should be placed in domestic isolation for 14 days if necessary. If indicated, they should consult their family doctor or the District Health Office Siegen-Wittgenstein or the health office responsible for them by telephone.


I am currently abroad and would like to stay; what do I need to consider?

Please check whether you have registered with ELEFAND, the crisis prevention list of the Federal Foreign Office, , and if necessary, register now. With the registration both you and your emergency contacts can be informed quickly by the German Mission abroad if necessary.

In addition, we ask you to keep yourself informed about the current situation on the website of the German Embassy in the host country, to follow the instructions of the local authorities and the recommendations of the host university or internship provider.

 

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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