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FAQ Corona

Status May 18th, 2020

University application

Two different procedures are used to apply for a place at RWU. Either the application is made locally and is therefore addressed directly to the university. Or the application is made via the Dialogue-Oriented Service Procedure (DoSV), i.e. the application is sent to a central allocation office (www.hochschulstart.de).

For all degree programmes, applications can only be made in one of the two procedures, i.e. - depending on the degree programme - either in the local or the central application procedure (DoSV).

In the course of the Corona measures, the application period for the winter semester 2020/2021 has also been postponed.

The application portal for RWU programs that participate in the local admissions process has been open since May 5. At RWU this applies to the following Bachelor's programs:

  • Applied Computer Science
  • Applied Psychology
  • Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
  • Health Economics
  • Internet & Online Marketing
  • Digital Media Design
  • Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Business Informatics
  • Business Informatics PLUS Teaching Post

All other Bachelor's degree programmes are run by the DoSV. At present, it is not yet possible to apply for these programmes. As soon as new information is available, it will be posted here.

The Master's programmes are all subject to the local application procedure.

 

The deadline for sending in the application documents (in paper form) for the Master study programs Mechatronics and Electrical Engineering & Embedded Systems is April 15. This deadline cannot be extended. Digitally received applications cannot be considered.

Studies & examinations

The state of Baden-Württemberg has set up an emergency aid fund for students who have lost their part-time jobs due to the Corona pandemic and are therefore in financial difficulties. With the emergency aid fund, the state provides interest-free loans of up to 450 euros per month for the months of April and May. Applications can be submitted to the responsible student services. Contact: Marlies Piper, sozialberatung@seezeit.com

The Federal Ministry of Education also provides bridging aid for students in pandemic emergency situations. Students can receive an interest-free loan of up to 650 euros per month from the KfW (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau). The loan can be applied for unbureaucratically online from 8 May 2020 at the KfW. Foreign students can apply for the loan from 1 June 2020. Further information:
www.kfw.de/studienkredit-coronahilfe

At the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs on April 3rd 2020, the participating state ministries unanimously agreed to resume the study programme on a binding basis as of April 20th. "The summer semester 2020 will be unusual, but it should not be a lost semester."

Due to the still valid restrictions in public life, teaching will only be able to take place in digital form. The RWU expects that restrictions and the avoidance of contact situations will remain for a long time to come. Whether, when and, if so, in what form, forms of presence will also be permitted will depend on general developments.

E-learning courses could already be offered in advance. As before, students register for the courses they wish to attend - regardless of the type of lecture - via the LSF. The lecturers get in contact with the students.

Over the past few weeks, great efforts have been made to provide alternative teaching formats. While some courses of study already offer their entire range of courses via e-learning formats, in other areas the sending of documents is used, sometimes in combination with various media offerings.

As before, students register via the LSF for the courses they wish to attend, regardless of the lecture format. The lecturers get in contact with the students.

The login credentials for the university accounts were sent to the first semester students by post. A LSF instruction was sent by mail. This enables access to the course booking.

  • Lecture period summer semester: April 20th - July 17th, 2020
  • Examination registration and deregistration: June 2nd 2020 - June 12th 2020
  • The Whitsun holidays will be cancelled: From June 2nd to June 5th, 2020 (week 23) there will be regular lectures
  • The examination period begins on July 20th, 2020 - end date not yet fixed

Unfortunately, it will not be possible to hold the welcoming ceremony for freshmen, including the introductory days, the semester welcome for professors, all study and school information formats and also the graduation ceremonies in the summer semester 2020.

Please check the attached schedule for further dates and deadlines.

Preliminary schedule summer semester 2020 Status April 16th, 2020.

What the corona epidemic means for the attendance examinations at the end of the summer semester cannot be answered conclusively at present. In some modules there will be a change in the form of examinations to non-attendance examinations such as term papers, project work or oral online examinations.

Examinations with compulsory attendance are to be held from 20 July onwards, in accordance with the hygiene regulations then in force. Compliance with the applicable regulations requires increased space and personnel requirements, so that a longer examination period may be necessary.

Examinations for courses that have already begun before 20 April may be brought forward and may take place before 20 July 2020.

Mandatory modules that cannot be held in this semester are postponed to the following winter semester.

 

Please note: The following options only apply to theses that are written in cooperation with the practice.

If the practical parts of the thesis (laboratory work, surveys etc.) have already been completed, please complete your thesis. Theses can be dropped in the letterbox in front of the main building or sent by post. Please inform your supervisor about the submission of the thesis.

If you have only recently begun writing your thesis, you have the opportunity to work on the topic on a purely theoretical basis. You can arrange the change of topic directly with your supervising professor. The processing time is extended by the time already required for the practical parts.

However, you can also finish your thesis without this being considered a failed attempt. At a later date you can then begin your thesis again with a new topic. Please inform all persons who will supervise your thesis directly.

If you find yourself in a special situation that requires a solution on a case-by-case basis, please contact the chairperson or the chairman of the examination board responsible for your degree programme. As a rule, this is the Dean of Studies of your degree programme.

Several companies and institutions have already closed or intend to do so. You can break off your compulsory practical semester if you wish and make up for it at a later date. This applies regardless of whether or not your practice company/institution is closed. The interruption will not be considered a failed attempt.

However, if the company or institution where you are doing your compulsory practical semester is not closed, you can continue your practical semester at your own request.

If you find yourself in a special situation that requires a case-by-case solution, please contact your head of the internship office.

Please continue to address questions in relation with the coronavirus to info_corona@rwu.de

During office hours, the Student Administration Office can still be contacted by telephone.

Please drop applications and documents in the mailboxes of the Admissions Office or Examination Office, send them by post or send them by e-mail to the staff member responsible for your degree programme.

An application for de-registration after successfully completing your studies must be accompanied by an additional affidavit of discharge. You can find the form in the download area of the Student Examination Office. It replaces the previous exoneration signatures of the respective university department.

Theses can be dropped into the letterbox in front of the main building or sent by post. Please inform your supervisor about the submission of the thesis.

The university buildings are now only accessible with a key.

The Weingarten University Library will be open again from Monday, April 27th, with restrictions as a lending library only. The following regulations apply:

  • Opening hours: Monday - Friday from 10:00 - 14:00
  • Only 15 users at a time are allowed in the library.
  • Please keep a distance of at least 1.5 m to other people.
  • The use of PCs is not permitted. Please search for the desired media before entering the library.
  • Learning and working in the library is not permitted until further notice.
  • The use of scanners and copiers is also not permitted.
  • Reference books can be borrowed for 7 days. Please note: Late fees for reference books are charged on the first day after the loan period and increase daily.
  • Users of the library are required to wear a mouth-and-nose cover for the duration of their stay on the premises of the university library.
  • We offer a video information service via Moodle (RWU) or Moopaed (PH), in the courses "Hochschulbibliothek Weingarten" from Monday to Friday from 10.00 to 14.00 hours. Please note the information on the respective course pages.

Research activities at RWU will be maintained. For activities in the laboratories, the current hygiene regulations apply (limitation of the number of persons, distance control, etc.)

The canteen in Weingarten is opening its doors again, with an offer to take away:

Whether it's a snack bag, a breakfast bag or a lunch bag, between 8.00 and 13.00 hrs, packed lunches can be ordered by telephone one hour before pick-up (07531 - 88 7245).

The complete offer is available at www.seezeit.com/coronavirus/hg/

There will be no graduation ceremonies in the summer semester 2020.

Special SPO regulations apply to students who are caring for a child up to the age of nine or have other family care obligations. In contrast to other students

  • they are entitled to attend courses, take examinations and use higher education facilities during a semester of leave of absence if the leave of absence is causally related to the duties of care. You can find the form to apply for a leave of absence semester here: Application. The deadline for applying for a leave of absence for the summer semester 2020 is actually over, but in the current exceptional situation, applications are still being accepted and reviewed favourably;
  • they do not have to have completed the study achievements of the 1st and 2nd semester by the end of the 4th semester ("Zwischenprüfung"), but have up to two more semesters to do so, depending on the child's date of birth;
  • they do not have to take repeat examinations in the next semester, but can also do so one or two semesters later upon application;
  • they can return a thesis that they have begun or apply for an extension of up to 50% of the processing time;
  • they can extend the standard period of study not only by three, but on application by further semesters (Bachelor: extension by up to 5 further semesters possible; Master: extension possible with a justified application).  

From 01.04.2020 to 30.09.2020, the calculation basis for the child benefit supplement will be the income of the last month before the application is made, no longer the average of the last six months. Applicants prove their income by means of the income certificate of the month before the application is submitted.
www.notfall-kiz.de

New at www.elternsein.info: Overview of professional and voluntary counselling opportunities for parents by phone or online to support mothers and fathers also during "Corona times".

Postponement of the start of lectures to April 20 does not result in a postponement or extension of the deadline with regard to the reimbursement of the semester fee.

What do you have to consider if you want to apply for a refund?

You must submit your application for exmatriculation by 15 April 2020 at the latest, by post or e-mail (info@rwu.de) or drop it in the letterbox at the main building. You apply for de-registration with effect from 15 April 2020 at the latest. The application for de-registration and the application for reimbursement can be found on the Student Service website.

Employees

The current status quo was extended on 29 April to 15 June inclusive. In particular, the home office regulation is extended until 15 June 2020.

The university buildings will remain closed. As before, access will only be possible with a key.

The extension of the framework working hours to 6:00 am to 9:00 pm will also remain in place.

The contact restrictions continue to apply, which is why meetings, sessions, etc. should not be held in person, but using the online conference tool "BigBlueButton".

The university buildings are now only accessible with a key. As before, contact between colleagues must be reduced to the absolute minimum. As far as possible, work should be carried out in the home office.

 

Universities are encouraged to exploit the opportunities for their employees to work from home. In doing so, the necessary functionality of the respective institution must be guaranteed. The organisation of home-office employment must be discussed with superiors.

On 29 April the Home Office regulation was extended until 15 June 2020. The extension of the framework working hours to 6:00 to 21:00 hours also remains in place.

Discussions, meetings and committee work are to be conducted as far as possible by telephone or via the BigBlueButton web conference system.

Business trips or excursions shall only be approved to the extent that they are absolutely necessary.

Business trips or excursions to high-risk areas or a particularly affected area are prohibited; if they have already been approved, the business trip approvals must be revoked.

In recent weeks, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has declared a growing number of regions as risk areas or particularly affected areas. Please check the RKI website or media regularly for information on the current situation, especially after returning from trips.

Employees and students who have stayed in a risk area have to work at home. If typical cold or flu symptoms occur, you should first consult your doctor after making an appointment by telephone and referring to the previous trip. Please contact the university below.

Students - Student Administration, by telephone on 0751/501 9344
Employees - supervisor

Supervisors are requested to agree flexible and independent forms of work with returnees from risk areas, such as home office, as far as this is justifiable for reasons of duty. If this is not possible, these persons, in consultation with their superiors, shall remain at home for 14 days from the time they left the risk area. After examining the case, these employees will be released from work for this period with continued payment of their salary or wages.

The result of a suspected corona test must be communicated to the department immediately.

Employees, who suffer from a weakened immune system due to chronic illness or other cause,s are requested to talk to their superiors. In such cases, the aim must be to give those affected the opportunity to work in the home office temporarily. If home office work is not possible or only possible to a very limited extent, the possibility of taking time off work with continued payment of remuneration should also be examined. In cases of doubt, please contact the personnel department.

No, the university cannot order leave. However, the reduction of overtime can be ordered.

General information & rules of conduct

Employees, who show typical cold and flu symptoms, are encouraged to stay at home. The regulations on absences due to illness remain unchanged. With immediate effect, patients with mild upper respiratory tract diseases can obtain a certificate of incapacity to work (AU) for a maximum of seven days after consulting their doctor by telephone. You do not need to visit the doctor's office for this.

The incubation period for an infection with the coronavirus is about ten days (one to 14 days). Visitors, students and people returning to Germany, who have spent the last few weeks in risk areas, should be aware of the following symptoms:

  • fever, cough, shortness of breath, colds
  • sore throat, aching limbs
  • general morbidity

If you develop a fever, cough or shortness of breath within 14 days of arrival from one of these areas,

  • after making an appointment by telephone and referring to your journey, consult a doctor
  • avoid unnecessary contacts
  • stay at home
  • when coughing and sneezing, keep your distance from others and turn away; hold the crook of your arm in front of your mouth and nose or use a handkerchief, which you should dispose of immediately (coughing and sneezing etiquette)
  • wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water regularly, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth (hand hygiene).
  • State Health Office Baden-Württemberg
    0711 904-39555 (telephone hotline: on weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

     
  • District administration Ravensburg - Public Health Department
    Gartenstrasse 107, 88212 Ravensburg
    0751 85-5311
    ges@landkreis-ravensburg.de

     
  • District administration Ravensburg - Branch office Leutkirch
    Ottmannshoferstraße 46
    0751/85 50 50
    E-Mail: ge@rv.de
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Avoid shaking hands and hugs.
  • Cough and sneeze into a disposable handkerchief or the crook of your arm yourself. Wash your hands afterwards.
  • Use only disposable handkerchiefs and dispose of them in a dustbin after use.
  • Ventilate rooms regularly.
  • In addition, the university has procured dispenser with disinfectant, which are placed at various central locations of the university.