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Family-Friendly University

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Certificate & Services
Zeritifikat familiengerechte Hochschule

Audit "Family-Friendly University"

In 2015, RWU was certified as a family-friendly university and has been undergoing the re-audit process since 2018. Numerous measures aiming at a better reconciliation of studies or work and family life have been implemented in the course of the audit, others are in preparation.

All offers and information available for students with children or other family caring responsibilities are described in detail in the brochure “Studieren mit Familienaufgaben an der Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten” (Studying at the Ravensburg Weingarten University with Family Responsibilities, available in German only) which you can download by clicking on the link below.

University members needing to combine their studies or work with caring responsibilities can seek advice and assistance from the contact person listed under “Contact & People”.

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Parents-Child Office in M 306

The parents-child office is equipped with a computer workplace, a changing table, a nursing chair, a cot, nice toys for younger and older children as well as a children’s desk. It is available to staff members and students in situations in which they exceptionally need to bring their child along to the university.

The key is available next door (M 305, phone -4608 or -4935; please note that the office is not always attended) and at the Technical Facility Management office (H 041/H 042, contact: Ms. Arsene, phone -9537, -9538 or -9507).

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Changing Diaper and Breastfeeding

Changing tables can be found in the disabled toilets of the C, H, L and M buildings.

Mothers wishing to breastfeed their baby in a protected room may do so in the parents-child office, see above, as well as in the First Aid rooms B 106, H 010, L 019 and M 110. Upon request, the first responders (see notice in the buildings’ entrance areas) will be happy to unlock the rooms. In the H building, Ms. Arsene, Room H 042 is the first place to go.

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Parental Leave

In cooperation with Human Resources, a guideline setting out the procedures, deadlines and responsibilities in the context of pregnancy and parental leave has been drawn up to provide information for university staff as well as managers. You will find the document "Ablaufmodell Elternzeit" (Procedural Model for Parental Leave, available in German only) in the download area below.

Kid’s Corner at the University Library

The University of Education has set up a kid’s corner with toys and books for children of all ages as well as a workplace for the parents at the shared university library (Fruchtkasten building). The play area located on the ground floor in the back on the left and shielded by grey partitions is open to all users taking their children along to the library.

MensaKidsCard

MensaKidsCard

The MensaKidsCard issued by Seezeit enables children of students up to age 11 to eat at the dining hall free of charge.

Click here for further information.

Downloads

download Leitfaden Studieren mit Familienaufgaben (Version SS 19)
download Leitfaden Studieren mit Familienaufgaben (Version SS 19)
Leitfaden Studieren mit Familienaufgaben (Version SS 19)
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download Ablaufmodell Elternzeit
download Ablaufmodell Elternzeit
Ablaufmodell Elternzeit
pdf (141 kB)
download fgh-Infoblatt für Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter
download fgh-Infoblatt für Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter
fgh-Infoblatt für Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter
pdf (234 kB)
Child Care

Day Nursery Facilities

On the campus

There are two facilities on the campus which give priority to admitting children of students. Applications for a kindergarten year (September to August) must be submitted to the respective facility by mid-February. This means that there is only one application deadline in a year, and this is well before applicants for a place at university will know if they will actually be admitted to the university. Therefore, unfortunately it is normally not possible for first-semester students to obtain a place at day nursery.

Kinderkrippe Villa Kunterbunt: Day nursery for children from 8 months to 3 years (10 all-day and 5 half-day places), operated by the student services organization “Studierendenwerk Bodensee Seezeit”

Kindertagesstätte Mullewapp: Day nursery for children from age 2 to 6 years (20 all-day places), operated by the student services organization “Studentenwerk Weiße Rose e.V.”

In town

In addition, the childcare facilities at the parents’ place of residence can be a suitable option.

For Weingarten, click on Kinderbetreuung Stadt Weingarten

For Ravensburg, click on Kinderbetreuung Stadt Ravensburg

Individual Caregiving

Childminders

Childminders (Tagesmütter, Tagesväter) can be an option as an alternative or in addition to childcare in a public facility. For children between 1 and 3 years, the Youth Welfare Office may cover the major part of the costs, depending on the parents’ income.

Further information can be found on the website of the contact office for parents and childminders: Vermittlungsstelle für Kindertagespflege im Landkreis Ravensburg.

Babysitters

The gender equality advisor keeps a list with contact data of students from both universities, RWU and University of Education (PH), who are experienced in childcare and available as babysitters.

Holiday Care

In Weingarten

The town of Weingarten offers

  • holiday care (all- or half-day) for primary school children during Easter, Pentecost and fall holidays, as well as during the last two weeks of the summer holidays
  • half-day care incl. lunch for children changing from kindergarten to primary school, during the first school week in September.

Both offers are also open to children not going to school in Weingarten (at a small extra fee). For further information, click here.

In and near Ravensburg

To find the Ravensburg holiday programs and camps offered by other organizations and notified to the town of Ravensburg, click here.

Studying with children

Special Provisions in the Study and Examination Regulations

The study and examination regulations include a number of special provisions aiming at helping students with family care responsibilities to complete their studies:

  • The time limit for repeating examinations is extended to up to two semesters.
  • The time allowed for preparing the final thesis can be extended by up to 50 % of the regular period.
  • With regard to meeting deadlines and repeating examinations, the illness of resident children in students’ care is treated in the same way as an illness of the students themselves.
  • It is permitted to attend university courses, take examinations and use the University’s institutions during leaves of absence.
  • For students of Bachelor’s programs: The deadlines for the completion of mid-term examinations, for beginning the practical semester and for the Bachelor’s examination can be extended.

You will find the special provisions in § 28 of the Bachelor Study and Examination Regulations and in § 25 of the Master Study and Examination Regulations. The regulations can be found in the download area of the Student Administration Office.

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Maternity Protection

The Mutterschutzgesetz (German Maternity Protection Act) is also applicable to students. Hence, students can inform the Student Administration Office of their pregnancy or lactation. The course of their studies will then be reviewed under aspects of the maternity protection act. You will find the form “Erklärung Schwangerschaft/Stillzeit“ (Declaration of Pregnancy/Lactation) in the download area of the Student Administration Office.

Students who, due to their pregnancy or lactation, are unable to take an examination in the prescribed form and time, can apply to the Central Examination Committee for compensation of disadvantages, whereby a qualified medical certificate must be provided. You will find the form “Antrag auf Nachteilsausgleich“ (Application for Compensation for Disadvantages) in the download area of the Student Administration Office.    

Financial Aid

Students who have a child under the age of 10 and are entitled to a government grant under the BAföG regulations will receive a childcare supplement in the amount of 130 euros per month. Application forms are available online or at the Seezeit service center located in the dining hall (Mensa). You will also obtain first advice there.

No other financial support especially for student parents is available. However, various funding measures or offers exist for parents in general, for students in general and for anyone in a financial emergency situation. They are described in chapter 3 of the brochure. In particular, we would like to point out the information about possible subsidies towards the costs of childcare as described in 3.6.

In cases of particular hardship, students can apply to the student services organization  Studierendenwerk Seezeit for interim financial support.

The foundation Bundesstiftung Mutter und Kind – Schutz des ungeborenen Lebens (Federal Foundation Mother and Child – Protection of Unborn Life) assists pregnant women in emergency situations.

Students with one or more children going abroad for studies or traineeship in the framework of ERASMUS get a top-up payment of 200 € per month. For more information, get in touch with the International Office, please.

Parents Forum

In cooperation with the Weingarten University of Education and the Club F.A.I.R., a parents forum is organized at least once each semester. It is meant to provide students with children with the possibility to network, learn about current news at the University and voice their concerns. Just email to familiengerechte.hochschule@rwu.de, if you wish to be informed of forthcoming dates.

Caregiving

For Students: Special Stipulations in the Study and Examination Regulations

The special stipulations applicable for students with children equally apply to students who take care of a close relative, i. e.:

  • The time limit for repeating examinations is extended to up to two semesters.
  • The time allowed for preparing the final thesis can be extended by up to 50 % of the regular period.
  • With regard to meeting deadlines and repeating examinations, the illness of resident children in students’ care is treated in the same way as an illness of the students themselves.
  • It is permitted to attend university courses, take examinations and use the University’s institutions during leaves of absence.
  • For students of Bachelor’s programs: The deadlines for the completion of mid-term examinations, for beginning the practical semester and for the Bachelor’s examination can be extended.

You will find the special provisions in § 28 of the Bachelor Study and Examination Regulations and in § 25 of the Master Study and Examination Regulations.

Should the situation arise, please contact the head of your study program or the contact person mentioned under "Contact & People".

For Staff: Caregiver Leave

The Gesetz zur besseren Vereinbarkeit von Familie, Pflege und Beruf (law aiming at ensuring a better reconciliation of family, caregiving and job) has established a legal entitlement to a leave of absence for different situations, in which close relatives require care or assistance. The very similar stipulations of the Landesbeamtengesetz, § 74 (State Civil Service Act) apply to State civil servants.

You will find a first overview of the possibilities of obtaining a leave of absence in the attached download, detailed information is available at Bundesministerium für Familie (Federal Ministry for Family Affairs).

To apply for caregiver leave, just contact or inform Human Resources.

Care Guideline

We have developed a guideline aiming to help find an answer to the many questions and issues that the care situation in itself brings about. It is available for download as well as in the form of a brochure.

Contact & People

Contact person

Christine Lauer

Referentin für Staff Mobility und Gleichstellung
Christine Lauer