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Teaching in summer semester 2021

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

The Fourth Law for the Protection of the Population in the Event of an Epidemic Situation of National Significance (Infection Protection Law) published April 22, 2021, came into effect on Apr. 23rd, 2021.

Today, Bavarian universities had the opportunity to discuss the current legal situation with the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts.

The following regulations apply to universities:

  1. The Federal Infection Protection Act is mandatory for the Twelfth Bavarian Infection Protection Measures Ordinance. According to this, no face-to-face events cab be held at universities, irrespective of the incidence.
  2. In accordance with the Twelfth Bavarian Infection Protection Measures Ordinance in the version of 22.04.2021, the Federal Infection Protection Act will, however, be enforced in such a way that, until further notice, the universities will be allowed to hold laboratory, art, music and sports practical events with the given hygiene concepts, regardless of incidence.
  3. Libraries and archives may still be opened under the currently applicable regulations.
  4. Examinations in presence are still permitted if a minimum distance of 1.5 m is maintained between all participants and all requirements of the hygiene concept are fulfilled.

Teaching during summer semester 2021 will largely consist of online teaching and individual face-to-face classes where necessary and possible (hybrid planning with a focus on online teaching). We must ensure that studies can be continued online in all degree programmes, even if some classes may only be available on campus.

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.

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

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

As in the winter semester 2020/2021, the regulations on the individual standard period of study and examinations in the Bavarian Higher Education Act, which were introduced in view of the COVID 19 pandemic for the summer semester 2020, will also apply in the summer semester 2021. In concrete terms, this means that the standard dates and deadlines that are tied to a specific semester and thus also to the standard period of study will automatically be postponed or extended by one semester. Study deadlines, i.e. deadlines for the completion of the GOP or the completion of the Bachelor’s/Master’s program, will not be reviewed until the end of the summer semester 2021, so that exceeding the originally applicable deadlines will have no consequences, regardless of the number of subject semesters already studied. A separate application for an extension of the deadline is not necessary. Please note special regulations for state examination programs, if applicable!

The general standard period of study itself remains unaffected by the above-mentioned regulations. This is still six semesters for Bachelor’s programs and four semesters for Master’s programs.

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

The latest information concerning examinations is available from the Examinations Office’s information page.

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 Corona regulations (see above) apply.

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.

Final thesis

Update: The deadlines for final theses as well as project theses are extended under certain conditions. On the page of the Examinations Office you will find a comprehensible explanation of the application of the deadline extension.

Please note: The submission deadline for university theses (Bachelor’s/Master’s theses and project theses) that were affected by the closure of the university libraries during the processing phase will be automatically extended accordingly by the Examinations Office on MeinCampus. It is not necessary to submit a corresponding application. Submission before the (extended) deadline can still be made at any time. Please note, however, that the Examination Office is currently closed to the public when the thesis is handed in, and that it must be handed in by dropping it in the mailbox at the castle building or by sending it by mail. The thesis must again be submitted in bound form. If this thesis is the last piece of work to be completed in the degree program, enrollment is not required at the time the thesis is submitted.

Example: The Master’s thesis (processing time six months) was officially registered as the last examination performance in the course of study with work commencing on 01.10.2020. The submission date would therefore be 31.03.2021 (= end of the winter semester 2020/2021). This deadline is also extended by a flat rate of 28 days. The new (latest) submission date is therefore 28.04.2021 (= summer semester 2021). Re-registration for the summer semester 2021 is not necessary here, but can of course take place.

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 university libraries will be open again from April 12, 2021. Please note the possible changes in opening hours and the prescribed hygiene regulations (such as the mandatory wearing of an FFP2 mask in the library rooms). As of now, the use of a study and workstation is also possible there again after prior online booking (possible as of March 8). In spite of everything, please also use the various online services of the University Library and pay attention to the Corona FAQ on the pages of the University Library.

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