Coronavirus: Information for Students
Remote teaching and learning Summer Semester 2021
At UDE, a hybrid semester with largely distant formats is underway. The rule is: as little presence as possible - and only as much presence on site as absolutely necessary.
- Examinations for the winter semester 2020/21
Wherever possible, face-to-face examinations at the University of Duisburg-Essen should be replaced by distant examination formats. Examinations in presence remain an exception and must be well justified, as must examination postponements.
It is essential for students to be able to take the examinations necessary for the continuation or completion of their studies, even under the difficult conditions of the current semester. The UDE has therefore prepared for various scenarios in order to be able to conduct examinations both on site and at a distance under strict security conditions, depending on the situation. According to the current infection situation and the applicable resolutions of the federal and state governments, the universities are required not to conduct examinations in person until at least mid-February.
Against this background, the university management recommends - where this has not yet been done - to plan distant examination formats and at the same time to postpone examination dates only in exceptional cases. (More information here)
- Specific conditions apply to state examination programmes: Please note the information on the corresponding website of the Faculty of Medicine. https://uk-essen.cloud.opencampus.net/
Please find up-to-date information on examinations on the web pages of the Examinations Office (information only available in German): https://www.uni-due.de/verwaltung/pruefungswesen/aktuelles.php
The examination period for the winter semester will take place between 13 February 2021 and 10 April 2021.
- Protecting the health of our staff and students is very important to us.
Therefore, rooms will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between all uses, including the face-to-face examinations that are currently held, in order to further improve the safety of all individuals present. In addition, examination rooms are aired out for one hour after each use.
Please adhere to the measures defined in the information sheet for students on the procedure for face-to-face examinations in order to protect yourself and others in the best possible way.
- Submission of bachelor's and master's theses
From Wednesday December 16th 2020 you can submit (bachelor’s/master’s) theses in digital form. Please submit a PDF version of your thesis by e-mail to your first examiner, your second examiner and to the person responsible for your respective degree programme at the Examinations Office (to be found at http://www.uni-due.de/verwaltung/pruefungswesen/studiengaenge.shtml).
However, the printed and bound versions must be submitted latest two weeks after the lockdown restrictions lift and printing services are available again. These are to be submitted as usual, i.e. three printed and bound copies in DIN A4 format.
In particular, we will continue to focus on students who take on care tasks for underage children and relatives in need of care, as well as students who are pregnant, students with disabilities, and students with chronic or mental impairments. Individual compensations for disadvantages are intended to prevent these students from being disadvantaged in their special situation, who are often faced with special challenges due to the effects of the corona pandemic, when providing study and examination services. In principle, compensation for disadvantages is granted by the respective examination board and should be addressed to them accordingly. Due to the special current situation, all university offices are called upon and endeavour to find solutions for individual concerns as quickly and with as little bureaucracy as possible. First of all, talk to your lecturer to see if there are any helpful regulations. Alternatively, or in the event of no success, you can contact the Dean of Studies.
The following offices offer further advice and information:
Counselling centre for inclusion in case of disability and chronic illness: https://www.uni-due.de/inklusionsportal/index.php
Information portal family-friendly university: https://www.uni-due.de/familiengerechte-hochschule/studierende.php
Equal Opportunities Officer: https://www.uni-due.de/gleichstellung/
Central ombuds office for students: https://www.uni-due.de/de/studium/ombudsstelle/
Staff unit for occupational safety, health & environmental protection: https://www.uni-due.de/verwaltung/arbeitssicherheit/
General information about studies and maternity leave: https://www.uni-due.de/studierendensekretariat/studium_und_mutterschutz.php
ASTA Social Policy Unit: https://www.asta-due.de/willkommen/referate/referat-fuer-sozialpolitik/
ASTA department of students with disabilities and chronic diseases: https://www.asta-due.de/willkommen/autonome-referate/bcks/
Opening and consultation hours of central areas and facilities
- University Library
- Audit department
- Registration/registration area
- International Office
- Academic Advisory Centre
- Centre for teacher training (accessibility)
General student committee
- Until further notice, the Servicepoint can only be reached by e-mail or telephone. The service times can be found at https://www.asta-due.de/service/servicepoint/.
The following services are provided completely for an indefinite period:
Preparation of certified copies
Allocation of AStA meeting rooms to student initiatives
Personal acceptance of documents of any kind. Applications for ticket refunds or for the hardship committee, as well as internal documents of the student self-administration are until further notice only possible by mail or fax.
As no events are allowed to take place, the lost property office is also closed.
- The social counselling of the AStA continues by telephone. You can find the office hours at https://www.asta-due.de/beratung/sozialberatung.
A reader with the most important questions can also be found at https://www.uni-due.de/de/beratungsverzeichnis/sozialberatung.php.
- In North Rhine-Westphalia, the extended standard period of study is to be accompanied by an increase in the maximum eligibility period for BAföG funding. Since the standard period of study is officially extended by one semester, students are also to receive BAföG for an additional semester.
- The Federal Minister of Education has promised that BAföG grants will continue to be paid even during the closures caused by the COVID 19 pandemic. The precautionary measures will not put BAföG recipients at a disadvantage. The BMBF has made this clear in a decree to the BAföG offices.
Further information is available at https://www.bafög.de/keine-nachteile-beim-bafoeg-wegen-corona-756.php.
- The BAföG entitlement remains even in the case of commitment against corona pandemic, so that additional earnings are worthwhile. Anyone who is involved in the fight against the current corona pandemic in the health care system, in social institutions or in agriculture will only receive additional income for the time of their work. A corresponding amendment to the law has been adopted. If, for example, students with medical knowledge get involved in the health care system, this is a valuable contribution to overcoming the pandemic crisis.