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Teaching in winter semester 2020/21

On the basis of the guidelines from the Ministry, the University has decided that the winter semester 2020/21 will generally be held with a demand-oriented mix of a high proportion of online teaching and individual classroom courses (so-called “hybrid semester”). This means that, depending on demand, attendance courses can be offered again to supplement online teaching, as long as the legal situation and infection prevention allow it and attendance courses can be organized. It must be ensured that all courses of study can be studied.

If attendance courses are not possible and permissible, sufficient online offers must be made available. If possible, these should also be offered asynchronously in order to give students more flexibility in designing hybrid curricula. Student support and opportunities for questions must be guaranteed for online courses, especially for lecture recordings.

Whether attendance offerings can be planned and to whom they are addressed is decided by the faculties with the deans of studies or the study programs with special regard to first-year students, students who are abroad and other groups that may need to be prioritized under the requirement of studyability.

Information of the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy

FAU will continue to operate mostly online. Wherever possible, staff should work from home. Classes will be taught online. Exceptions will continue to apply for practical laboratory, sport, music and artistic classes where face-to-face teaching is absolutely necessary, provided that the minimum distance is kept and hygiene guidance is observed, face masks are worn at all times and contact details are provided via darfichrein.de. Attending such classes is a valid reason for travelling to the FAU campus.

In implementation of the Cabinet’s decision of 26 November 2020, Section 21 of the Ninth Bavarian Regulation on Infection Prevention and Control Measures stipulates that there shall be no face-to-face teaching at universities from 1 December (initially until 20 December). FAU is therefore switching over entirely to online teaching.

Exceptions shall apply in the case of laboratory work and practical and artistic classes, provided strict infection prevention measures are observed.

An exception shall also be made for examinations, which may be held on campus provided hygiene guidelines are complied with.

Surgical masks instead of community masks

The new rules state that it is no longer sufficient to wear simple community masks during on-campus examinations or in buildings and communal areas at FAU.

Now, you are required to wear at the very least a surgical mask. Alternatively, you can choose to wear an FFP2 mask if you prefer. We would recommend that invigilators wear an FFP2 mask. These masks will be organised by the organisational units responsible for the examination and provided to invigilators.

From now on, masks must be worn at all times throughout FAU whenever there is more than one person in a room. This means that until further notice masks must be worn the whole time during face-to-face teaching sessions, even after reaching your seat, and even if you are still able to keep a distance of 1.5 metres.

Masks must also be worn in offices whenever there is more than one person in the room.

Masks are also required in the libraries, even when sitting at a desk.

Until further notice, masks must also be worn the entire time during examinations. If you are unable to wear a mask during an examination for medical reasons, you must clarify this in advance with the person responsible for organising the examination.

Like in the cities of Erlangen and Nuremberg, you must also wear a mask outside on university grounds. This is especially important wherever a lot of people tend to gather. The only place which is exempt at the moment is the Schlossgarten.

You must strictly observe all hygiene rules whenever you are in any FAU building. We would ask you to hold any meetings which do not urgently have to be held in person online instead.

For academic events, the organisers will decide whether they can be held face-to-face or not on the basis of the hygiene regulations. Occupational Safety is happy to advise and give recommendations based on the current situation and rate of infection.

We will of course keep you updated and let you know as soon as there is any change to the situation. We would ask you, however, to keep yourself up to date by checking the information available on FAU’s website https://www.fau.de/corona/.

We update the website regularly with the latest information to keep you up to date in spite of the currently very dynamic situation. The only time updates may be slightly delayed is if information from the authorities first has to be adjusted to the context of the university.

Currently, all buildings of the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy can still be entered with permission for study, work and research purposes as long as the hygiene guidelines are observed. If this should change, you will be informed.

The Department has created an information page on the topics of building access, teleworking and online teaching, which is primarily aimed at employees.

Pregnant women are currently prohibited from entering FAU premises (with the exception of Universitätsklinikum Erlangen).

As rates of infection are still high, we have urged students to follow classes from home whenever possible and return home as quickly as possible after attending any classes held on campus. However, we would like to keep designated study spaces and computer rooms open at the current time, as a large number of students have told us that they rely on access to them in order to keep up with their degree programmes.

The rooms will be cleaned regularly and students must record their contact details via Darfichrein.de. They should reduce their time spent there to a minimum and must strictly observe hygiene guidelines.

Chemistry / Molecular Science

Despite COVID-19, the SSC Chemistry/Molecular Science is currently available during normal opening hours by e-mail and again by phone:

Monday – Friday: 9:00 – 14:00 o’clock under Tel.: 09131 85 – 67480 or – 67475

Unfortunately, we are currently unable to offer personal consultations on site.

Food chemistry / Pharmacy

Despite the current situation caused by COVID-19, the study coordinator Dr. Stefanie Karosi can be reached by e-mail or phone during the usual opening hours:

Monday – Thursday: 9:00 – 12:00 o’clock under Tel: 09131 85 – 65596

Subject to the final decree of the Ministry of Science, all courses of study at the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy (Chemistry, Molecular Science, Food Chemistry, Pharmacy and Teaching Chemistry) will start regularly on November 2, 2020 with lectures in the winter semester 2020/2021.

Lectures in the winter semester 2020/21 end at FAU (also subject to ministerial decree) on February 12, 2021.

All information about the semester dates is always available on the semester dates website.

With the entry into force of the amendment to the BayHSchG on August 1, 2020, the following applies retroactively to April 20, 2020, with regard to the regulations on standard period of study and study deadlines:

The summer semester 2020 does not count as a semester of study with regard to the regular study dates and deadlines laid down in the examination regulations relevant to study programs (new Art. 99 Para. 1 BayHSchG). This means that the summer semester 2020 is not taken into account when calculating the expiration of the regular dates and deadlines; students will automatically receive an extension of the deadlines.

At FAU, the study deadlines (for the provision of the GOP or the completion of the Bachelor’s/Master’s program), which would have expired or would expire on March 31, 2020 or September 30, 2020, were already extended at the beginning of the corona crisis until the end of the winter semester 2020/2021. A separate application was or is not necessary (with the exception of state examination programs).

This means that you do not have to make sure that you meet the existing deadlines regarding the GOP and Bachelor’s/Master’s degree until the summer semester 2021. You will be informed by the Examination Office if a deadline is exceeded and you will be given the opportunity to submit a corresponding application.

The general standard period of study itself remains unaffected by the above-mentioned regulations. For Bachelor’s degree programs, this is usually six semesters, for Master’s degree programs usually four semesters.

However, unless the student has already received an extension of the deadline according to the regulation in Art. 99 para. 1 BayHSchG (see above), his or her individual standard period of study will be extended by one semester if he or she is/was enrolled in the summer semester 2020 (new Art. 99 para. 2 BayHSchG). This happens automatically, i.e. applications are not necessary.

Further information can be found on the website of the examination office.

This link provides all the important information you need about following hygiene guidance when taking on-campus examinations. You must all follow these rules to restrict the spread of the virus!

Please refer to the updated version of the Coronavirus Regulations and the new EFernPO remote examination regulations. We have drawn up a handout for you outlining the various examination formats and their specific requirements (also under the current circumstances).

Like in the summer semester, regulations regarding withdrawing from examinations have been relaxed. Unlike in the summer semester, however, examinations which are failed in the winter semester can no longer be nullified.

Please also note that other rules may apply to State Examination degree programmes.

Please also note the information that is regularly updated on the website of the examination office.

On-campus examinations

Being able to trace contacts in the event of an infection is a central component of FAU’s hygiene concept for conducting examinations on campus. Under the heading Hygiene on the coronavirus website and at this link, you can find all the information you need about using ‘darfichrein.de’ or recording contact details by hand if you cannot or do not want to use a smartphone. Please note that using darfichrein.de – or recording place numbers by hand for examination candidates without a smartphone – is an essential prerequisite for sitting the examination. We would ask you to register online as far as possible, as this makes it easier and quicker to trace contacts.

The regulations governing on-campus examinations will continue to apply and scheduled on-campus examinations may still be held provided that hygiene guidance is observed. Candidates may still travel to examinations that are held in a location which is further than 15 km away from their home. As examinations will be held in a room on the list of approved rooms that meet requirements for maintaining the minimum distance and sufficient ventilation, we have taken measures to ensure attendance is as safe as possible in the circumstances. However, it is very important that examiners and students continue to avoid risks themselves before and after the examination: Make sure that you wear your mask throughout the examination and avoid forming groups near the examination room. Students who belong to an at-risk group or who are pregnant should contact the examination coordinator prior to the examination to clarify any precautionary measures in the examination procedure.

We are aware that you may be concerned about attending on-campus examinations. However, we would like to ensure that necessary examinations can still be taken.

It is unfortunately not possible for organisational reasons to postpone the start of the examination period any longer without causing disadvantages for some students in continuing their studies.

We are equally unable to offer all examinations online, either due to the examination format, legal considerations or organisational aspects. This is why students who would rather not take part in an on-campus examination at the moment – for whatever reason – can choose whether to take the examination now or at a later date. Neither an attest or any further declaration is required for this decision (please refer to Section 5 Coronavirus Regulations).

We can offer you the option of either attending or not attending an examination but we cannot decide for you whether you want to commit to taking an examination or not. You can still withdraw from the examination until directly before the start of the examination by not attending. However, we ask that you withdraw from the examination as soon as you know that you will definitely not be attending the examination to support our planning.

Through these measures we are supporting our students and teaching staff as far as we possibly can under the latest lockdown restrictions while ensuring that examinations can continue to take place.

Please refer to the Examination Office’s website for the latest updates.

Masks must be worn by students and teaching staff at all times during all university examinations (the rules for State Examinations are stipulated by the relevant state examination offices and may differ).

If a student informs you that they have been diagnosed with Covid-19 within 14 days of taking an examination, you must notify the Examinations Office and Occupational Safety immediately via e-mail (zuv-sgas-covid-nachverfolgung@fau.de). The department or chair responsible for the examination is also responsible for arranging contact tracing for examinations held in rooms without QR codes for Darfichrein.de.

Special rules apply to pregnant students or those who belong to an at-risk group. They must notify the examination officer responsible for their examination in good time in order to ensure that the necessary measures can be put in place. Generally, this is governed by the provisions in the examination regulations regarding adjustments to examination arrangements. The student has to file an application to the Examinations Committee.

Examination rooms

Occupational Safety has drawn up a list of approved rooms which have been allocated QR codes for recording contact details and which are approved for examinations. Please follow the normal process for reserving rooms and do not create your own accounts for QR codes for individual chairs or institutes. If you have any questions, please contact Occupational Safety at zuv-gas-covid-nachverfolgung@fau.de.

We know that the lack of rooms for large examinations is a problem. An ‘examination rooms’ task force has been set up to tackle this issue. Once the examination registration deadline has passed, we will check which examinations large numbers of students have registered for and will contact the person responsible for organising the examination.

Information on conducting remote (electronic) examinations

Remote electronic examinations can be offered as a voluntary alternative to on-campus examinations, but students are not entitled to demand a remote electronic examination.

As most remote (electronic) examinations are new examination formats which have not been used before, we would urge you to follow the information in the handout carefully.

All remote examination formats with a time restriction (open book examination under time pressure, remote written examination with video monitoring and oral examination with video monitoring) require special technical and organisational measures and must be registered by 18 December 2020 at the very latest. Please note that remote examinations with a time restriction cannot be offered before the examination period starting 1 February 2021. The registration system for remote exams is available from today (with IDM registration). There you will find further information as well as dates for online consultation hours to clarify open questions.

Fair treatment of failed examinations

On 23 February 2021, the Senate approved the 5th amendment to the Coronavirus regulations, available at the following link: https://www.fau.de/fau/rechtsgrundlagen/regelungen-zum-studium/#coronasatzung

A new provision has been included which allows us to take a fair approach to certain problematic cases arising as a result of a failed examination. If a student studying for the GOP, a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree fails an examination at the final attempt later on in their studies after initially taking an examination in winter semester 2020/2021, they can contact the Examinations Committee and request one further attempt at the examination. Students must submit the request immediately after receiving notification that they have failed the examination at the final attempt and they must plausibly set out the reasons causing them to fail.

NB: The reasons must be directly related to the coronavirus pandemic. Merely citing a lack of opportunity to prepare sufficiently for the examination is not enough for students to be granted another attempt. Other important reasons must be given going beyond the restrictions which currently affect all students.

This provision will apply to all cases in which taking the examination in winter semester 2020/21 was partly to blame for the failure to pass the examination at the final attempt. In other words: If it only becomes apparent in a year’s time that the student has failed an examination at the final attempt, students can still file the request at that time. This would be the case, for example, if the student sat the original examination in winter semester 2020/21, followed by resit examinations later on. In justified cases, the examination sat in winter semester 20/21 will be nullified retroactively and the student will be granted a further attempt at the examination.

The courses offered in the English-language Master’s programs are available in online format to enable international students who are not in Germany or at their place of study to study at FAU. Due to the general corona situation and further developments, it is not expected that international Master students will be on site at the beginning of lectures. Please also note the FAU’s guidelines for entering Germany from risk areas.

For international students in other courses of study the general regulations for WS 20/21 (see above) apply.

Remote (electronic) examinations

Remote electronic examinations can be offered as a voluntary alternative to on-campus examinations, but students are not entitled to demand a remote electronic examination.

As most remote (electronic) examinations are new examination formats which have not been used before, we would urge you to follow the information in the handout carefully.

All remote examination formats with a time restriction (open book examination under time pressure, remote written examination with video monitoring and oral examination with video monitoring) require special technical and organisational measures and must be registered by 18 December 2020 at the very latest. Please note that remote examinations with a time restriction cannot be offered before the examination period starting 1 February 2021. The registration system for remote exams is available from today (with IDM registration). There you will find further information as well as dates for online consultation hours to clarify open questions.

Please note that all travellers entering the Free State of Bavaria who were in a risk area at any time within the last 10 days before entering Germany are obliged to go into self-isolation for 10 days. The self-isolation period might be shortened after 5 days at the earliest by the means of a test.

Information on the current entry requirements can be found on the website of the Federal Foreign Office – https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/coronavirus

Please note that the entry requirements and regulations for self-isolation are issued by each federal state individually, but are governed by the Federal Government. The regulations can vary strongly in the different federal states (Bundesländer). Please check the website of the Federal Government for the requirements and regulations in place in the federal state you will be staying in – https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/themen/coronavirus/corona-bundeslaender-1745198

Information on the regulations for self-isolation in place in Bavaria can be found on the website of the Bavarian State Ministry for Health and Care (in German) – https://www.stmgp.bayern.de/coronavirus/haeufig-gestellte-fragen/

Please note that there might possibly be different rules and regulations in place for entry and self-isolation when entering from high incidence areas or virus variant areas.

The following countries are currently classified as high incidence areas, virus variant areas or other risk areas: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html by clicking on „Archive” at the bottom of the page.

Important: A country or region can be declared a risk area at short notice. The list of risk areas is updated on a daily basis and therefore needs to be checked by travelers prior to departure on the website of RKI https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html.

Please check the entry requirements and regulations regarding self-isolation again before departure, as it is constantly being updated!

Identifying the relevant health authority

The relevant health authority can be found by following the link https://tools.rki.de/plztool/. Please enter the zip code of your address in Germany to find the relevant health authority.

After entering Germany

Travelers need to go to their apartment or other fitting accommodation immediately and without delay and isolate themselves for the time necessary. This means that no visitors can come by. Entering shops or restaurants on your way to your accommodation is not permitted. Public transportation can be used to get to the place of self-isolation. Please also respect the obligation to wear FFP2 filter masks in all shops, restaurants and public transportation in Germany. This also applies to the airport. A minimum distance of 1.5 meters needs to be kept from any person that is not living in the same household.

Where can a second test be taken if necessary?

A test can be taken in one of the test centres or through doctors-on call (ärztlicher Bereitschaftsdienst). Please call 116117 to make an appointment if necessary.

During self-isolation

Please note that you are not permitted to enter university premises during the period of self-isolation. It is your own responsibility to organise supplies for whilst you are in self-isolation. FAU cannot provide you with supplies during the self-isolation period.

In case of symptoms and or illness

In case you show symptoms of an infection with the Sars-CoVid-2 virus (throat ache, cough, a cold, joint pain, fever, pain while breathing or loss of the sense of smell or taste) you need to contact the relevant health authorities and can contact the phone number 116117 (doctor’s-on call). They can advise you on what to do and point you to a test center or general practitioner if necessary.

Violations of the regulations for entry from areas of risk

The relevant authorities have the right to check if the regulations are being adhered to. Violations of the regulations in force on entry from areas of risk may be fined.

Entry into buildings and to facilities of FAU

Entry into the buildings and facilities of FAU is only possible after the self-isolation period has ended.

Further Information

Extension of the shutdown measures

The shutdown measures have been extended until March 7th. Contact at private meetings is restricted to just one other person not living in the same household. All nonessential shops and services remain closed. Essential shops include supermarkets, drugstores, pharmacies and gas stations. Further information can be found here – https://www.stmi.bayern.de/miniwebs/coronavirus/faq/index.php

A curfew between 22 – 5 is possible in some cities. Please keep yourself informed on the regulations in place in the city of your residence.

Obligation to wear FFP2 filter masks

FFP2 filter masks are mandatory when using public transportation as well as in shops. They should be bought prior to arrival in Germany. FFP2 masks in general are available in pharmacies, retail stores such as “dm”, “Rossmann”, and “Müller“, or on the internet.

Availability via telephone

Please ensure that you can be reached by telephone and email by the Central International Office. Please fill in a valid phone number into our online platform Mobility Online so that you can be reached by the Central International Office. The relevant health authorities will need to contact you, if necessary. Please ensure to be available via telephone and email and to pass on any changes in your contact details to the relevant units.

Recommended

Please bring enough cash (Euros) as well as a credit card with you so that you can do online shopping for food or order food during the time in self-isolation. These two supermarkets make online deliveries: Edeka and Rewe.

Additional information for students with accommodation in Studentenwerk Erlangen-Nürnberg

Self-isolation in your room or single-apartment rented from Studentenwerk Erlangen-Nürnberg is possible. Please note, that it is compulsory that shared rooms like the kitchen or bathrooms are only entered alone when no other tenant is there. After using the surfaces they all need to be cleaned with disinfectant (including door handles, light switches etc.).  A joint usage of shared rooms is not possible during self-isolation.

Should you contract Sars-CoVid-2 yourself, please inform Studentenwerk.

Blanket and covers, sheets, pillows are not provided by the Studentenwerk. Therefore, we recommend students to bring their own sleeping bag and bedsheet or cover and blankets/pillows.

Students need to make an appointment with the care-taker about 2 weeks prior to arrival. Please inform yourself about the rules applicable for moving-in with the care-taker and wear a face-mask and respect the minimum distance of 1.5 meters when moving into your room or apartment.

Please also keep yourself updated on the information regarding the coronavirus published from FAU https://www.fau.de/corona/. Further information on the handling of the coronavirus and its impact on every day life can be found in different languages under https://www.integrationsbeauftragte.de/ib-de/amt-und-person/informationen-zum-coronavirus.

In this PDF you will find instructions how to act in case of suspicion of COVID-19: Instruction of conduct (German/English)

The deadlines for the submission of final papers and project work will be extended once again. Please refer to the Examinations Office  website for a clear explanation of how deadline extensions apply.

  1. Final theses

The following applies to all final theses (Bachelor’s and Master’s theses) and project reports:

  1. Submission deadlines for final theses which were originally scheduled between 16 December and 10 January 2021 will be extended by 28 days. The new date for submission will be adjusted automatically. You do not need to file an application for extension. If you want, you can still submit your thesis any time before the final (extended) date of submission. Until 13 January 2021, you can submit your thesis in a loose-leaf binder. Adhesive binding is not required. Please note, however, that the Examinations Office is currently closed to the public, so you will have to either drop off your thesis in the letterbox at the Schloss or send it by post.

For example: The official date of submission for your final thesis is 22 December 2020. This date is extended by 28 days. You must now submit your thesis by 19 January 2021 (at the latest).

  1. All deadlines for completing final theses which were originally scheduled between 16 December and 10 January 2021 will be extended by 28 days The new date for submission will be adjusted automatically. You do not need to file an application for extension. If this thesis is the last achievement you have to submit to complete your degree programme, you no longer need to be enrolled as a student when you submit the thesis.

For example: The Master’s thesis (six months allowed for completion) was officially registered as your last examination achievement in your degree programme on 1 October 2020. The date of submission would therefore be 31 March 2021 (end of winter semester 2020/2021). This deadline is now extended by 28 days. The new (latest) date of submission is now 28 April 2021 (= summer semester 2021). In this case, there is no need for you to re-register for summer semester 2020, although you can if you want.

Further Information

General information about the study program (FAQ)

FAQ for students

Start of the semester

On the website www.fau.de/semesterstart we collect all information and offers for first semester students with a special focus on the Corona situation – from digital tours and information events to online seminars for a successful start of studies.

Learning opportunities for online teaching

Since the time when studies had to be converted to digital teaching methods, learning has also changed considerably. To make sure that no one feels left alone, the student center, the Learning Lab, offers numerous help services. The website https://learninglab.fau.de/digital provides information about support options, learning tips, exchange offers, training courses, etc.

Tips for starting an online study

Fit for online studies: https://www.fau.de/2020/04/news/studium/fit-ins-online-studium-fuenf-tipps-zum-erfolgreichen-start/.

Support offers

The Office for Gender and Diversity has also compiled a collection of support services and further links, e.g. to financing opportunities or psychological counseling centers: https://www.gender-und-diversity.fau.de/chancengleichheit/corona-und-chancengleichheit

General

First of all, please visit www.fau.info/corona for the latest information on the effects of the Corona pandemic on FAU. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at corona-informationen@fau.de. If you have individual questions, please also contact the student advisory service at ibz@fau.de.

All libraries will remain closed until further notice (the lockdown is currently due to end on 31 January). We are fully aware that the library closure makes it harder to prepare for examinations and complete assignments on time. We are trying to soften the impact of this as best as we can, for example by extending deadlines. Please make use of the many online services provided by the University Library and refer to the coronavirus information on the University Library website.

Following the decisions of the Bavarian Cabinet on 6 January, the lockdown will be extended until 31 January. Please use our online services and contact the online inquiry for your enquiries.

Please check the University Library website for further information: https://ub.fau.de/