COVID-19 Updates for Students, Faculty and Staff

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, access to all university campuses remains restricted; all services are, however, available through email and regular mail, online via the corresponding websites, and by phone.

Note that the situation may change at short notice; please check all updates regularly. Detailed and up-to-date information is published in our Guidelines on Protective Measures against SARS-CoV-2.

If you are attending a class or other event at the University in person, please specifically see the entry below on "How is the recording of contacts achieved?"

FAQ

I'm returning or arriving from a risk area. What do I need to do, and can I enter the University? (As of 14 Dec 2020)

As of November 8, Germany put in place new quarantine regulations for anyone who enters the country from a risk area (as defined here https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html) for a period of time longer than 24 hours. Now everyone who enters Germany from a risk area must stay in quarantine for ten days and is not allowed to have guests from another household. This time can be reduced if you take a COVID-19 test no sooner than on the fifth day after arriving in Germany. Please call your G.P. to make an appointment. If the test result is negative, your time of quarantine ends. Please also note that, when flying into Germany from a risk area, you must fill out the following form and present either a digital version or a printed version at the airport before you enter the plane (you can change the language setting): https://einreiseanmeldung.de/#/

Please also see https://www.baden-wuerttemberg.de/fileadmin/redaktion/m-sm/intern/downloads/Anhang_PM/20201106-PM-VO-EQ_EN.pdf, and for detailed information: https://sozialministerium.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/gesundheit-pflege/gesundheitsschutz/infektionsschutz-hygiene/informationen-zu-coronavirus/verordnungen/coronavo-einreise-quarantaene-und-testung/answers-to-frequently-asked-questions-about-the-corona-ordinance-entry-quarantine-eq/

International students who have to stay five to ten days in quarantine due to the regulations above can receive assistance by the staff members of the Graduate School. Please write to your program coordinator or to gs@hs-offenburg.de if you need help, so that they can provide you with the most necessary. Please also make sure that you remain up to date with regards to all current pandemic developments.

This regulation does not affect commuters to and from the University, e. g. from Alsace.

Please note the following:

- Fill in the "Einreiseanmeldung" ( https://einreiseanmeldung.de/#/ ) before you arrive at the airport and have a printed version or a digital version with you.

- After landing in Germany, please go directly and as quickly as possible to your accomodation. Traveling from the airport to Offenburg will be possible, but make sure that you proceed to your accommodation without unnecessary delays; also, keep a safety distance to everyone and wear a mask that covers both mouth and nose.

- If your buddy picks you up at Offenburg train station, please make sure to keep a safety distance of 1,5 meters and wear a mask that covers both nose and mouth.

- It is still possible to get tested for Covid-19 at Frankfurt Airport. We strongly recommend that you do so both for your own safety and that of those around you, such as your roommates.

- Before entering the university campus (after the required quarantine), send a digital version of the above-mentioned form "Einreiseanmeldung" to gs@hs-offenburg.de.

- If you decide to get tested for Covid-19 in Offenburg on the fifth day after your arrival in Germany or later, please send your negative test results to gs@hs-offenburg.de. If your result is positive, on the other hand, contact hotline@hs-offenburg.de. Please access the campus for enrollment only after scheduling an appointment with the Graduate School officer, Ms. Willmann (willmann@hs-offenburg.de), or for ENITS, Ms. Dietrich (heike.dietrich@hs-offenburg.de). You can only make an appointment a) after handing in a negative test result that was taken no sooner than on the fifth day after your arrival in Germany, or b) after spending ten days in quarantine without developing Covid-19-like symptoms.

 

I live in the Grand Est/Strasbourg region in France and commute to the University. What do I need to know?

I live in the Grand Est/Strasbourg region in France and commute to the University. What do I need to know?

The Grand Est region was declared a risk area by the RKI as of 17 October 2020. Commuters from this region may continue to come to the University as long as they do not show any cold-like symptoms. If in doubt, please stay home.

Commuters from this area should also be particularly careful to observe the hygiene and distancing rules. Please note in this context that the obligation to wear appropriate mouth-nose covering now also applies to being seated in a class or while teaching a class or other event on campus.

Under what circumstances do I have to go into quarantine? (As of 30 Nov 2020)

Under what circumstances do I have to go into quarantine? (As of 30 Nov 2020)

Anyone who is or could be infected with SARS-CoV-2 must go into domestic quarantine to protect those around them. This includes individuals suspected of being infected, those tested positive and all members of their household, as well as those in close contact with the aforementioned. If this affects you, you must go home (or to another suitable accommodation) and quarantine immediately, without detours or waiting for further instructions from the local authorities, and you must not receive any visitors.

The most important regulations at a glance

  • If you show have typical symptoms of a coronavirus infection (such as fever, dry cough, loss of sense of smell and taste) and are therefore suspected of being infected, you must go into quarantine immediately after ordering or undergoing a PCR test. If the test result is negative, the quarantine ends automatically.
  • If the test result is positive, you must isolate yourself at home immediately. The quarantine usually ends ten days after the positive test result or after the onset of symptoms.
  • If you tested positive using an antigen test, it is recommended that a PCR test be followed. If the PCR test is also positive, you remain in domestic isolation until the end of the ten days.
  • For household members of a person tested positive, quarantine begins immediately after they learn of the positive test result. Their quarantine ends no earlier than ten days after the test or after the beginning of symptoms of the person tested positive).
  • If you have had contact with a person who tested positive, you must immediately go into quarantine when you are informed that you have been classified as a “Category I” contact person by the Health Department. Quarantine usually ends ten days after the last contact with the person who tested positive.

For further information, please see here (German only):
https://www.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/service/aktuelle-infos-zu-corona/uebersicht-corona-verordnungen/coronavo-absonderung/
https://www.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/service/aktuelle-infos-zu-corona/fragen-und-antworten-rund-um-corona/faq-quarantaene/

You may also write to our hotline in English in case you have further questions: hotline@hs-offenburg.de.

I have been in direct contact with a COVID19-positive person. Can I enter campus? (As of 30 Nov 2020)

No, you must not enter campus! Please see the point above, "Under what circumstances do I have to go into quarantine?"
Affected staff members must contact hotline@hs-offenburg.de immediately for clarification of employment-law or other regulatory issues. Students are requested to contact hotline-studierende@hs-offenburg.de. Please include your telephone number in the email.

I have developed symptoms which could be coronavirus-related, or someone in my own household has. What do I do? (As of 14 Dec 2020)

If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, go into domestic isolation immediately and follow the steps below:

  1. Call your GP first. Do not go to your GP immediately, but only after making an appointment by phone!
  2. If your doctor decides to have you tested for coronavirus, you must inform the University of the result (be it negative or positive) by an email to: hotline@hs-offenburg.de.
  3.  If you receive a notification of illness or a certificate of incapacity to work from your GP (irrespective of the test result), submit this to your superior as usual and inform hotline@hs-offenburg.de of your sick note.

If someone in your household has flu or cold symptoms and a test for Covid-19 has been arranged, please contact your superior/your professor and ask whether you can work from at home/attend the class online. Do not come to campusif it is not absolutely necessary.

If you test positive for coronavirus, you are not allowed to enter campus.

If you are an international student, please contact your program coordinator by phone or email. Do not show up in person! On weekends, please call the emergency medical service: +49 116 117.

Please also see the point above, "Under what circumstances do I have to go into quarantine?"

I was tested for Covid-19. What to do next? (As of 14 Dec 2020)

Follow the instructions given by the health authority.

In the event of a positive test result, you will usually have to go into quarantine at home and are therefore not allowed to enter campus. Please send the positive-test-result information to hotline@hs-offenburg.de if you had direct contact with a member of the University within two days before your test or two days before you experienced symptoms.

In case of a negative test result you may come to the University. However, please still inform us of the result via the hotline email if the testing was done due to an event at the University (e.g. a positive test result of a colleague, instructor or fellow student).

When and how do I have to record my presence on campus? (As of 16 Oct 2020)

To comply with the obligation to inform the public health department immediately in the event of a Covid-19 infection of a university member, on-campus contacts must be recorded (obligation to register contacts according to §5 "CoronaVO Studienbetrieb und Kunst"). This includes attendance at classes, visits of university institutions, other face-to-face meetings and meals in the kitchens or break rooms that last longer than 15 minutes must be recorded.

When students stay in study and work rooms, their presence must be recorded regardless of the length of their stay (that is, always).

Not to be recorded are the usual staff presences in offices, workshops and laboratories, as these are registered with the HR department as their respective workplaces, as well as contacts lasting less than 15 minutes.

Recording is done either by logging in with your university account or by scanning the QR code at the entrance of each room For more information and and a list of all rooms, see https://checkin.hs-offenburg.de/.

Guest registration is possible after clicking the "Eintragen" field or after scanning the QR code.

When holding a meeting in an office, the data of all attendees must be recorded, including those who do not usually work in that office.

University members must enter their current contact details once; you will automatically be asked to do so.

Ignoring these registration requirements will have legal consequences for employees and professors, while students will be expelled from campus. Furthermore, study and work rooms must be closed again if the contacts are not recorded faithfully.

Students

Which study and examination regulations apply to me in the winter semester 2020/21? (As of 10 Nov 2020)

The study and examination regulations of Hochschule Offenburg apply. The special, pandemic-related examination regulations of the 2020 summer semester are no longer relevant. This means in particular:

  • The unrestricted obligation to register for all exams, including laboratories, applies.
  • Taking part in the examination is only possible following registration. Excepted are first-semester students in Bachelor's degree programs, who are automatically registered for all examinations of the first semester according to the study and examination regulations. The registration period for exams ends one week before the start of the exam period or, in the case of early examinations, one week before the exam day.
    Exemptions can only be applied for in courses of study that start only once a year (that is, if the relevant course is not offered in the current semester and compulsory participation is not regulated in the subject-specific part of a StuPO). The application must be filed with the same deadlines as for exam registration. An exemption from the third attempt is not possible.
    Automatic registrations follow if an exam was not passed, or if there was a sick note or an exemption. Automatic registration does not take effect after a failed second attempt, however.
  • To register for the third-attempt exam, a subject-specific advising session must be held with a professor in the semester following the second attempt at the beginning of the semester; it can be held in person or via Zoom). The certificate confirming the advising session must be submitted to the Registrar's Office by the end of the exam-registration period (i. e. not later than one week before the start of the examination phase or an early examination); submission by email (as a scan) is possible.
    A third attempt cannot be postponed to the following semester, unless the current semester is an internship semester.
  • Withdrawing from an exam is possible until the end of the penultimate day before the exam date, unless automatic registration applies. An absence from an examination without proper withdrawal ("NT") will result in the examination being marked as not passed.

Special regulations in the 2020/21 winter semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • To facilitate study and ensure that exams can be completed this semester as planned, possible alternative exam formats are currently being explored again for this semester. The departments will keep you updated on this.
  • In addition, the exception is still in effect that a notification of sickness to be exempt from an exam can generally be made without submitting a doctor's certificate. It is sufficient to send an email to the responsible Student Office with the following information: Name, student ID, degree program, exam concerned, exam day, examiner, duration of sickness.

How is the pandemic affecting the semester schedule?

The updated semester schedules can be found on the university website, see: Academic Calendar

Can I use the computer rooms ("PC Pools") on campus?

The computer rooms remain closed except in the context of official classes (as of 20 Oct 2020).

Are there workstations available at the University in case I cannot attend online courses from home? (As of 27 Nov 2020)

For students who do not have an adequate internet connection, there are individual seats available at the University from Monday to Friday between 7:45 am and 7 pm in rooms B 106, B 107, B 121 on the Offenburg campus and BC 2.2.1 in Gengenbach. Please bring your own laptop and a headset.

To use the rooms and to avoid waiting lines, you must reserve your place in advance, using this online form. Even with this registration, you still have to register in the room once you get there (see below)!

Students who have problems with the hardware can use individual PC workstations in room B 205a in Offenburg (there may be exceptions on individual days). Please note that the PC workstation must be cleaned by the user before use according to these video instructions. You must also use your own headsets there. All other hygiene regulations of the University also apply in these rooms.

Contact data is collected by means of a QR code, which is attached to the room door and can also be retrieved for each room at https://checkin.hs-offenburg.de. The hygiene regulations as well as the collection of contact data must be observed, otherwise the rooms must be closed. Compliance is checked regularly.

Are the university libraries open? (As of 11 Jan 2021)

The university libraries and archives are closed for study and public use in accordance with the current regulations (§1d sent. 1 CoronaVO). You can still order and pick up or return media, however. For details, please see https://z3.hs-offenburg.de/nc/hochschulbibliothek/aktuelles/nachrichten/article/ab-11012021-ausleihe-bestellter-medien-oder-rueckgabe-von-medien/.

If you have questions, you can call the library staff at (0781) 205 240 or write an email at: bibliothek@hs-offenburg.de.

Have the deadlines for submitting documents been affected?

No, deadlines remain unaffected by the postponement of class schedules.

If you have any questions regarding deadlines for your degree program (e.g. submission of your thesis), or if you have a deadline you cannot meet, please contact your Student Office directly. You will receive an answer as soon as possible.

How does the pandemic affect the standard-time-to-degree requirements?

1. Individual extension of the standard period of study:

Students enrolled in a degree program in the 2020 summer semester are granted an individual extension of one semester. In the case of students on leave of absence, the Rectorate decides whether this extension can also be granted, depending on the reasons for the leave and the situation at the University.

2. Blanket extension:

For students who are enrolled in a degree program in the 2020 summer semester, the deadlines for the completion of semester-related study and examination work in that degree program are extended by one semester.

NOTE that these resolutions in the special context of the Covid-19 pandemic apply to the 2020 summer semester only and do not anticipate any future procedures of the University in regular operation.

For the German legal text (Baden-Württemberg Act on Higher Education, abbrev. LHG), see here.

How do I submit my objection to the loss of the right to examination (due to exceeding the standard period of study or not achieving the required 60 credits from the first two semesters)?

Please send an email within the appropriate deadline, containing a formulated, substantiated objection together with a scan of the signed application for an extension of the deadline (“Antrag auf Fristverlängerung”), and address it to the chairman of the responsible Examination Committee and also in cc to the corresponding Student Office. Please also scan required documents such as medical certificates, and attach them to the email; then send in the documents with the original application to the Student Office by regular (postal) mail.

How do I submit applications and other documents to the University at the moment?

Applications for leave of absence or for recognition of exams or similar can be signed and sent in advance as a scan by e-mail to the responsible Student Office. Please then send the original application by regular (postal) mail.

How can I currently deregister form the University?

You can apply for deregistration informally by an email to your Student Office. The release notes will be obtained internally. You will receive the deregistration certificate by post, possibly with a delay. In justified cases, you can also receive the certificate in advance by email (and then later also by post).

How can I currently submit my Bachelor's/Master's thesis?

You can submit your work in advance by email as a PDF file or using other storage media and send it by post (by registered mail); or drop it directly into the mailbox in front of building A in Offenburg or into the mailbox at the Monastery in Gengenbach (in which case you will not receive a confirmation of receipt). To be on the safe side, you can also scan the postal receipt and submit it by email.

Practical semester: How does the situation affect the minimum required working days at the company? (As of 20 Oct 2020)

Practical semesters can be taken up. The regulations of § 4 StuPO apply.

The intern's home office days are considered normal attendance days - provided that home office has been requested or offered. The work in home office should correspond to the scope and performances outlaid in § 4 StuPO. A guidance should be guaranteed. At least once a week, instruction and advising appointments should take place by telephone or video conference.

Practical semester: Do home-office days count towards the minimum required working days?

If the company ordered you to work from home and you are still capable of working on the topic of your internship, the home office work does count towards the required 95 days of attendance.

Practical semester: My internship company is closing and I cannot complete the internship; what do I do?

Please contact your Student Office to clarify the situation. Also see the other entries on the practical semester above. 

I'm currently abroad on a practical or study semester. Does the University require me to return home? (As of 14 Dec 2020)

Due to the worldwide travel warning issued by the German Foreign Office in spring 2020 and the recommendation of the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg, Offenburg University recommended its students to return to Germany. Remaining abroad was at the students' own discretion and risk.

Students who may still be abroad are advised: If you have not already done so, it is essential that you register immediately on the crisis precaution list of the German Embassy/Foreign Office (ELEFAND).

Please also inform yourself regularly about current developments on the website of the German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt).

Internship abroad: Please clarify details regarding the recognition of your internship with the responsible Dean of Studies as well as the Internship Office at the Hochschule Offenburg. Please also remember to obtain a certificate from your internship abroad confirming the number of days of attendance you have already completed.

Studying abroad: Find out about credit possibilities for courses taken abroad from the relevant international representatives/examination committee chairpersons at the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences and ask about alternative online courses at the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences and the partner university abroad.

The current rule is that persons entering Germany from a risk area must go into domestic quarantine. The Robert Koch Institute's assessment of such risk areas is decisive (=> RKI).

I receive federal "BAföG" aid. Is this affected by the current situation?

BAföG-supported students continue to receive funding even if schools and universities are closed or entry to other countries is blocked. The Germany Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) issued a decree to the Länder on 13 March 2020 to this effect.

I've gotten into financial difficulties because of the pandemic situation. How can I get help?

Safety net #1

The following measures have been taken to provide financial support for students:

  1. BAföG recipients should not suffer any disadvantages if, for example, courses or examinations cannot take place due to the corona pandemic. If the parents earn less due to the pandemic, an application can be made for an update for the current BAföG approval period. The crediting rules in BAföG have been adapted: Those who support our society in the current crisis in systemically important sectors will retain their full BAföG support.

  2. The established student loan from the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) also offers support to all students if they can prove that their earnings have been lost since April and they are not receiving other sufficient benefits, such as BAföG or scholarships. Applications can be submitted to the relevant student services (see https://www.swfr.de/corona-faqs for contact persons). These provide those affected with interest-free loans of up to 450 euros for the months of April and May - a total of up to 900 euros - as interim financing.

  3. Foreign students can also apply for the KfW student loan! This applies to citizens of non-EU countries and EU citizens who have been living in Germany for less than three years.

Safety net #2

The second block of aid is intended to support demonstrably needy students in acute emergency situations caused by the pandemic with a non-repayable grant.

  • Students in acute emergencies can apply for the bridging allowance on a nationally standardized online application page (English version available): https://www.überbrückungshilfe-studierende.de/start

  • Eligible to apply are students from Germany and abroad who are enrolled at state and state-recognized universities in Germany. The number of semesters or age are not grounds for exclusion. The decisive factor is the proven, acute pandemic emergency.

  • The portal automatically forwards students' applications to the Studierendenwerk responsible for them. The applications are processed and paid out by the Studierendenwerk.

  • Depending on the proven need, between 100 euros and 500 euros can be paid as non-repayable subsidies. The transitional aid can be applied for the months June, July and August 2020. The bank balance on the day before the application is submitted is decisive. For example, if you still have 200 euros in your account, you can receive 300 euros in bridging assistance for the month in which you apply.

Further information:

I am an international student. Do I have to take out health insurance before I come to Germany?

I am an international student. Do I have to take out health insurance before I come to Germany?

You are legally obliged to take out health insurance in Germany before you come to Germany. You can, for example, take out health insurance with the following health insurance companies:

Fintiba and Expatrio also offer insurance packages that cover both blocked accounts and health insurance. The university provides these links only as an example and does not make any recommendations.

I am an international student and would like to enter the university campus. What do I have to consider, and how can I enroll? (As of 14 Dec 2020)

I am an international student and would like to enter the university campus. What do I have to consider, and how can I enroll? (As of 14 Dec 2020)

International students coming to Offenburg from a risk area generally first have to stay in quarantine for 10 days; however, after five days they can also take a COVID-19 test, which - if it comes out negative - shortens the quarantine period. In addition, entry into Germany must be digitally registered in advance (see https://einreiseanmeldung.de/#/; you can change the language setting at the top of the page).

Please also cf. the very first entry above, "I am returning or arriving from a risk area [...]?"

For enrollment, all international student first need to schedule an appointment by writing an email to the following:

MBT, MPE, RED, CME, IBC: willmann@hs-offenburg.de (Ms. Willmann)
ENITS: heike.dietrich@hs-offenburg.de (Ms. Dietrich)
Exchange students: johanna.wolber@hs-offenburg.de (Ms. Wolber)

Faculty and Staff

Which rules apply to working in presence at HSO?

Employees should continue to work in individual offices wherever possible. If accommodation in individual offices is not possible, arrange desks such that they are not directly opposite each other and that the minimum distance can be maintained.

If possible, a workplace should not be used alternately by several employees.

If no ventilation system is in place, fully open the windows and doors of the room several times a day for several minutes each.

Otherwise, a rotating system can also be used, for example, when staffing open-plan offices. The respective superiors on the one hand and the employees on the other hand must necessarily actively coordinate their organization and work plan. The superiors must document the agreements in writing and provide the HR department with a list of employees who work in the home office. Availability in the home office must always be guaranteed. A separate application for the home office is not necessary.

NOTE that wherever you work does not eliminate your work obligation, as a result of which you also continue to receive your salary. You can fulfill your work duty in presence at the University or your home office. The recording of working hours must be carried out either at the appropriate terminals at the university or at the home office through electronic web recording. There is also the possibility of taking vacation days or reducing your overtime.

What do I have to be aware of regarding the holidays?

Please read the Hinweise des Innenministeriums und des Finanzministeriums zum Umgang mit dem Coronavirus für Beamtinnen und Beamte sowie Tarifbeschäftigte des Landes, which you have also received as an email.

Before traveling abroad, check whether your destination is currently classified as a risk area; an up-to-date list of risk areas can be found here: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html

Please also inform yourself through this website of the federal health ministry: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus-infos-reisende/faq-tests-einreisende.html.

I am a contract lecturer ("Lehrbeauftragte"). What does the switch to online lecturing mean for me?

For support in teaching online classes, please contact the Z3 Staff.

The teaching assignment is fully billable if the learning contents and objectives described in the module handbook have been conveyed as far as possible and the examination has been held. Additional services that result from switching to online solutions cannot be remunerated separately. Documentation of the performance of the teaching assignment within the framework of distance learning concepts has to be provided. Billing can only be made on the basis of the services rendered.

For courses that require a presence format, for example certain laboratories, we try to create different ways of making them possible. Block attendance courses are possible if the requirements for studyability are met and they fit into the overall schedule. Please talk to your responsible contact person about this. There will be no courses or exams held at the University until September 12, 2020, however.

Accessibility in home office and childcare

Accessibility

The regulations for the use of teleworking have been opened up extensively. The regulations sent in an email dated 16 March 2020 apply. The necessary functionality of the respective department/staff unit etc. must remain guaranteed. Availability in the home office must also be guaranteed.

Childcare

The possibility of full or partial exemption above the standard rate of pay with continued payment of the remuneration for employees of the state for the care of children up to the age of 12 or for the care of children who are permanently in need of care due to a physical, mental or psychological disability, if another suitable person is not available for care, expired on 29 May 2020 and will not be extended further. Such workers shall be given priority for teleworking or mobile working, as far as possible for the purposes of the service. If employees still have to look after the above-mentioned children themselves because no other childcare facilities are available, employees may use working time credits and vacation days for this purpose, if available. The departments are required to give priority to these applications for working time compensation or leave and to comply with the wishes of the employees if there are no official reasons not to do so.

Employees who have to look after their children themselves due to the closure of schools or childcare facilities and who suffer a loss of earnings as a result have a statutory right to compensation in accordance with § 56 para. 1a IfSG. This compensation currently amounts to 67 percent of the loss of earnings incurred, up to a maximum of 2016 euros per month for a maximum of six weeks to date. Before the compensation claim can be asserted, priority must be given to positive working time credits and old leave from 2019 and earlier. No compensation is provided by law for the period during which schools or childcare facilities are closed anyway (regular school or daycare holidays).

In cases of particular hardship (e.g. single parents without childcare facilities), a leave of absence above the standard rate can be granted until further notice with continued payment of remuneration, provided that the employees concerned have neither positive working time credits nor old leave from 2019 or earlier. This may not be contradicted by reasons of employment. The department must be provided with evidence of the hardship circumstances and the lack of childcare facilities.


Further information on the general measures of the state government can be found at www.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/service/aktuelle-infos-zu-corona/aktuelle-corona-verordnung-des-landes-baden-wuerttemberg (scroll down for English version of the currently valid Coronavirus Ordinance).

I look after close relatives in need of care. How can I get support?

For employees who have to take over the care of close relatives in need of care within the meaning of Section 7 (3) of the Long-Term Care Time Act due to the closure of a full- or part-time inpatient care facility, or if the deployment of a full-time home care worker is no longer possible or no longer necessary due to the spread of COVID-19, the regulations on child care apply accordingly. There is no entitlement to compensation in accordance with § 56 para. 1a IfSG. Employees may be entitled to a care support allowance as defined by the Long-Term Care Time Act in the event of a short-term inability to work.

Important note on sending emails

Please always use your university email address (@hs-offenburg.de) so that we can identify you as an official member of the University. Otherwise we cannot process your email for reasons of information security. You also use our Webmail program directly for sending emails.

Ich erwarte dienstlich Gäste aus dem Ausland. Was muss ich beachten? (Stand: 03. August 2020)

Bitte weisen Sie internationale Gäste darauf hin, dass diese sich informieren mögen, wie deren Behörden die Bundesrepublik Deutschland beziehungsweise Baden-Württemberg hinsichtlich des Risikos, sich mit COVID-19 zu infizieren, einstufen. Dies könnte für Besucher die Folge haben, dass diese sich bei Einreise in ihr Heimatland in Quarantäne begeben müssen. Bitte machen Sie Gäste vor der Anreise ausdrücklich darauf aufmerksam und bringen Sie Ihre internationalen Kolleg*innen und Studierenden möglichst nicht in diese missliche Lage.

Bitte beachten Sie auch die Informationen zur Einreise aus Risikogebieten.

General Conduct

Obligation to wear masks on campus (as of 28 October 2020)

Obligation to wear masks on campus (as of 28 October 2020)

As of October 18, a new Ordinance of the Ministry of Science on infection-protective measures against the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the area of responsibility of the Ministry of Science (CoronaVO Studienbetrieb und Kunst) has taken effect:

https://www.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/service/aktuelle-infos-zu-corona/uebersicht-corona-verordnungen/coronavo-studienbetrieb-und-kunst/

A major change is that the obligation to wear a mask now also applies to being seated in a class or other event on campus. It also remains mandatory to wear a mask on all 'traffic routes' in rooms and buildings (e.g. doors and entrance areas, passageways, corridors, staircases, sanitary facilities).

Employees must submit a medical certificate if they have an appropriate medical indication to be exempted. Please send the relevant evidence to keshia.juerck@hs-offenburg.de. Students must carry an appropriate certificate with them and present it on request. Violation of this rule constitutes an administrative offense.

We are required to conduct increased monitoring with regard to the measures taken. For this purpose, a permanent security service with full authority to enforce the house rules, in particular with regard to wearing masks, distancing and registering one's presences, has been hired. Given the current situation, it is necessary to pronounce and carry out the corresponding sanctions directly, i.e. 'second chances' cannot be granted.

How do I protect myself and others? (As of 3 December 2020)

Help slow the spread of the disease by reducing your social contacts, keeping away from others, and wearing a mouth-and-nose protection when in public. Save lives by making these small personal sacrifices.

Otherwise, the usual hygiene measures apply: Frequent, thorough hand washing with soap and water (for 20 to 30 seconds) or the use of a hand disinfectant. Keep your distance from others as much as possible. Stay at home if you feel ill.

Read the University's Guidelines on Protective Measures Against SARS-CoV-2.

Hochschule Offenburg also recommends installing and using the Corona Warning App of the German Government.

Contact

I have further questions; whom can I contact?

Students please contact hotline-studierende@hs-offenburg.de

Faculty and staff members please contact hotline@hs-offenburg.de

First consulting the University's updated occupational-health and work-safety guidelines related to COVID-19 may answer many of your questions as well.