Covid-19: Start of the semester

Here we inform you about current changes and news. Answers to questions from students and employees can be found in our FAQs site.

 

At the start of the winter semester

30 October: As you have certainly heard, the incidence of infections in Germany, and especially in Augsburg, continues to rise. The Federal Government and the federal states have decided on further measures to curb this. We would like to briefly explain to you how this will affect the start of your studies on Monday.

On the one hand, the university must do its part to reduce the number of infections and, therefore, avoid crowds of people on campus wherever possible. On the other hand, it is just as important for the university to enable students to study productively. This will be the case this winter semester: As much online as possible and attendance teaching only when absolutely necessary.

Teaching at the University of Augsburg continues to include face-to-face courses, even to a small extent. Due to the new official regulations, however, courses previously planned in attendance may possibly be converted to online formats. Therefore, please inform yourself independently in the Digicampus as well as on the homepage of the respective subject, institute or study programme whether this applies to the courses you have taken. If in doubt, please ask your lecturers.

The University Library will initially remain open at the published times. However, please also make use of the extended range of digitally available media and reduce your stay in the University Library to the absolutely essential minimum.

It is in the logic of the measures adopted by the federal and state governments and the city of Augsburg to minimise the number of people staying on campus. Therefore, the announced lounges on campus will remain closed for the time being.

The university buildings are only open during the times when classroom teaching takes place there. The CIP pools will continue to be closed, while the cafeteria will remain open as it is a canteen and only members of the university - i.e. employees and students - can eat there.

Please note that masks are compulsory in all buildings, in lectures and in the library this also applies to the seat.

For both students and university staff and lecturers, the official regulations mean that we have to adapt to a changed situation and live and work with restrictions. It is important for the university to keep health risks low and planning security high for all members of the university. In addition, the general conditions for students in the current situation should be designed as well as possible. To this end, the situation is continuously monitored and short-term changes and measures may also be necessary.

Please also note the guidelines of the University of Augsburg for coping with the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic in the winter semester 2020/2021:

20201021 RL UniA WS 2020 21 final.pdf (German)


Guidelines of the University of Augsburg for coping with the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic in the winter semester 2020/2021

26 October: The "Guidelines of the University of Augsburg for coping with the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic in the winter semester 2020/2021" summarise existing sub-concepts and specifications that you already know from the summer semester (e.g. concepts for laboratories, examinations, key points for teaching) and supplement new regulations. The guidelines form the basis for the winter semester under the conditions of the Covid 19 pandemic and give you guidelines on how teaching, research and work at the university can take place in the current difficult situation.

20201021 RL UniA WS 2020 21 final.pdf (German)


Mouth and nose cover

14 October: Due to the latest developments in the infection situation in Augsburg, masks are compulsory in all university buildings. We therefore ask you to wear a mouth and nose mask in the corridors and public areas of the university buildings.

Higher Education Act amended

July 10: The Bavarian Parliament has amended the "Hochschulgesetz" to reduce disadvantages for students during the Corona Pandemic. Among other things, dates and deadlines stipulated in the examination regulations are automatically postponed or extended by one semester. A longer BAföG-reference is also made possible.

To the press release of the Ministry of Science

Recording or working time starts again on August 1

3 July: From August, the University of Augsburg expands its time recording system so that the time worked can also be booked in home office. This means that from August 1, the automatic  booked required working time  will no longer be necessary by non-scientific personnel. Working time will be recorded again - at the terminal at the university or digitally from home. Employees will be informed of further details by the personnel department before this changeover.

Library for non-university staff

3 July: The university library is once again open to users who are not studying or working at the university.

Mensa-to-Go offer

27 June: From Monday, 29.06.2020, there will be the Mensa to go on the campus of the University of Augsburg. From Monday to Friday there will be a selection of warm meals offered by the Studentenwerk. Advance orders must be placed by 3 p.m. on the day before. The ordered dishes can be picked up in the cafeteria in building D ("Alte Cafete"). Further information about the pre-order and the menu: mensatogo.de

Library: Open  for all students up from 2 June

24 May: The University Library will offer regular lending for all employees and students starting at 2 June 2020. CIP-pools, working rooms and desks will remain closed. We will inform you about further details in the coming days.

Campus Card is valid as a ticket until further notice

May 18, 2020: Until further notice, students can use a Campus Card validated for the previous winter semester as a ticket on all regional and city transport lines (AVV regional bus, regional train - only trains of the 2nd class local transport), buses and trams of the Augsburger Verkehrsgesellschaft (avg) and the Gersthofer Verkehrsgesellschaft (GVG) within the tariff zones 10 and 20. the literature supply for all students (including for homework). We will inform you as soon as this is the case.

Library: Step-by-step lending for students

9 May: From 12 May, the University Library extends contactless lending to students who need literature for their degree. This is aimed for those who are currently writing their final thesis or have to study for state exams. The next step will be to provide literature for all students (including for term papers). We will inform you as soon as this is the case.

Deadlines for final papers

9 May: With the opening of the contactless lending system for students with theses, the deadline will be continued and a two-week extension will be granted. This means that as of 12 May, the deadline remaining at the time the library is closed (14 March) plus a two-week extension will apply. More details can be found on our FAQ page.

Guidelines for infection protection e.g. exams and practical events

April 30: The Bavarian universities have agreed on guidelines on how the Second Bavarian Infection Control Ordinance is to be implemented in detail. These were approved by the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and Art and apply to the University of Augsburg.
The guidelines state, among other things, that for the time being no classroom events will take place. However, examinations and certain practical events may be held in exceptional cases subject to strict infection control requirements. Further information on how to hold practical courses, exams and the like in classroom form and which procedure applies in practice will follow shortly.

Video message at the start of the semester

April 22, 2020: In her video message at the start of the 2020 digital summer semester, President Prof. Dr. Sabine Doering-Manteuffel thanks all university members for their commitment during this time and, as a first step, announces that the library will be able to offer lending for teachers. At the moment the library is still closed. This must be done in accordance with the Infection Protection Act. As soon as further details have been determined, the information will be published here.

University Library still closed for the time being

April 17, 2020: The University Library will continue to be closed at the time of the start of lectures for reasons of infection control.
In the meantime, the state government has announced that from 27.04.2020, partial opening will be possible again under certain conditions. As soon as details have been determined, we will inform you from when, for which groups of people and under which conditions use will be possible. Please note that the library will remain closed until the university informs you otherwise.

Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract  & Corona

March 9, 2020: Due to the current exceptional situation, the Federal Government supplements the Act of Academic Fixed-Term Contract (WissZeitVG) with a temporary transitional regulation: The maximum limits for scientific and artistic personnel in their qualification phase are extended for the period of pandemic-related restrictions on university and scientific operations.
Further information in German language on the BMBF homepage on the WissZeitVG.

Extension of the maximum duration of studies

March 25, 2020: Students can find on our FAQ page how the maximum duration of studies can be extended because of the corona measures taken.

Buildings are closed

March 24, 2020: Due to the current corona crisis, from Wednesday, March 25, 2020, all buildings of the university will be exclusively accessible to the university staff. From this date, the outer doors can only be opened with transponders or with keys.

Campus Card

March 24, 2020: Students can continue to use a campus card validated for the previous winter semester as a ticket on all regional and city transport lines (AVV regional bus, regional train - only 2nd class local trains), buses and trams of the Augsburger Verkehrsgesellschaft (avg) and Gersthofer Verkehrsgesellschaft (GVG) within tariff zones 10 and 20 until May 18, 2020.

Registration for the summer semester by post only

March 23, 2020: Enrollment at the University of Augsburg is now starting for the summer semester 2020. Due to the current situation, registration will not take place in person as usual, but by mail. Please find further information on how to enroll correctly for your degree program.

Exit restrictions in Bavaria

March 21, 2020: As of today, far-reaching initial restrictions apply throughout Bavaria. The principle applies: to work, to the doctor, to food shopping or to helping others. Everything else can and must wait. Sports and exercise in the fresh air are still possible, but in Bavaria only alone or with members of the household.

Employees as parents of children requiring care

March 19, 2020: Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for information on the current procedure.

Returnees from at-risk areas prohibited from entering the university campus

18th March 2020: Returnees from at-risk areas are prohibited from entering the university campus for 14 days after their return, according to a general ruling by the Bavarian State Ministry for Health and Care and Bavarian State Ministry for Science and Art. This ban on campus access applies to people who have visited a region over the past 14 days that was listed as an at-risk area by the Robert Koch Institute during the time of the visit or was listed as an at-risk area within 14 days following the visit.

Suspension of the state examinations for teachers

18th March 2020: Due to current developments and the increasing spread of the Coronavirus, the first state examination for state school teaching during the spring 2020 examination period will be suspended with immediate effect. As of 19th March 2020, no further written, practical or oral examinations will be held.

Restricted opening hours for university facilities

17th March 2020: From 18th March 2020 onwards, the University of Augsburg will restrict the opening hours of all facilities to 7.30 am to 3.30 pm Mondays to Fridays. Access is primarily via the main doors. For more information visit our FAQ page.

 

CIP-Pools closed

March 16, 2020: From March 17, 2020, all CIP pools at the University of Augsburg - both in the computer center and in the faculties - will be closed. This should help to reduce social contacts on campus to a minimum.

Mensa, cafeterias and cafe bars

16 March 2020: From Tuesday, 17 March 2020, all mensa, cafeterias and cafe bars of the Studentenwerk Augsburg will be closed until Friday, 17 April 2020.

 Party traffic reduced

March 15, 2020: Due to current developments, the University of Augsburg wants to reduce personal contact and party traffic to a minimum. Students and prospective students should limit on-site visits to all areas of the university to a minimum and avoid them wherever possible.

Library closed

13 March 2020: The Bavarian Ministry of Science and Research has decided that, among other things, the university libraries in the Free State will be closed to the public from Saturday, 14 March 2020. As a precautionary measure, the measure will apply until April 20, 2020.
Teaching activities discontinued.

Teaching activities discontinued

March 10, 2020: On March 10, 2020, the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and Art announced that teaching in classroom form (e.g. in anticipation of or in preparation for the upcoming start of lectures in the summer semester 2020) at Bavarian universities is to be discontinued with immediate effect. Research operations and administration are to be maintained. We will provide further details here shortly.

 

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