FAQ on studying and teaching at the h_da during Covid-19
In the following we have compiled frequently asked questions and the currently valid answers regarding studies and teaching in a FAQ collection. We continually update the information provided on the h_da website and the FAQ - also on the basis of incoming enquiries. In order to avoid misunderstandings, we indicate the date of publication at the end of each answer of the FAQ. Please also actively inform yourself about the channels available to you, especially the websites of the departments.
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Last update of the FAQ: 01.04.2021:Examinations
Those entitled to BAföG should not suffer any disadvantages due to the effects of the coronavirus on university operations. The grant for studying will continue to be paid even if schools and universities are closed or entry to other countries is blocked. This was regulated by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) on March 16, 2020 in a decree addressed to the federal states that are implementing the law. Further information (German).
Responsible for questions regarding BAföG is the Studierendenwerk Darmstadt.
see also: Extension of the standard period of study
With immediate effect, students can revalidate their CampusCard in accordance with the rules of hygiene on the Darmstadt campus in the following buildings:
C10 - Main corridor ground floor opposite WC
F25 - Library
The certificate of enrolment will also remain valid until May 24 (and later again from May 25 till the end of summer semester), 2021 as a replacement for travel within the RMV area. The updated certificate of enrolment with the corresponding addition can be downloaded and printed after registration in the online self-service function QIS in the section "Certificates of enrolment for all semesters".
Note: For identification purposes, a valid identification document must always be carried along (identity card/passport/residence title).
Should cases of infection occur at our university, the affected students are obliged to report it to the office of their department. Employees report their corona infection to their respective head of department or their deputy head; professors report their corona infection to their dean or vice-dean.
The person who receives this notification clarifies with the person concerned how to reach him/her by telephone and e-mail and informs the organisational unit Safety and Environment (email@example.com).
The current regulations on childcare, such as emergency care, use of parent-child rooms etc. can be found here (German).
Extension of processing deadlines due to childcare
For students who prove that they have to take care of their own children due to Corona-related childcare restrictions or school closures, the Examination Board will determine the processing times, deadlines and dates upon request, taking into account the circumstances of the individual case. This applies according to the special statutes (§ 8 sentence 1), which you can find in the download section in the right column.
Teaching and learning achievements, examinations or organisational processes that require students to have access to the university are individually tested depending on the current infection rates. Please contact your department for information on the applicable regulations.
Compensation for disadvantages for the final thesis and the colloquium is regulated in the special statutes of Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences for coping with the challenges in examinations posed by the coronavirus-SARS-CoV-2 epidemic. See download on the right.
For dual students who are in the theoretical phase, the same regulations apply as for students who regularly complete their studies. For dual students in the practical phases, individual regulations must be made. Questions from companies and students will be answered not only by the Dual Study Centre (“Duales Studienzentrum”) but also by the coordinators and lecturers for dual studies in the departments.
Department of Dual Study Programmes („Duales Studienzentrum“)
Due to the infection situation, it is currently assumed that only a few examinations can be conducted in presence. All examinations that have been scheduled without presence (e.g. homework) will be carried out as announced. The lecturers are currently examining all possibilities to offer you alternative, presence-free examination formats in a timely manner.
The examination period begins on February 15.
For the cancelled attendance examinations, either attendance-free equivalents will be offered or a timely alternate date will be offered as soon as the infection situation allows this again - both taking into account sufficient preparation time.
The goal is to offer exams to all students at the conclusion of the 2020/2021 winter semester. We ask for your patience until you receive the respective information about your exams from your department.
Repeat examinations can be taken by students at their own request since the summer semester 2020. Compulsory registrations according to § 17 para. 4 ABPO (General Provisions on Examination Regulation) will not be made. Students can generally withdraw from exams without giving reasons. Preferably, the withdrawal should be made electronically. Withdrawal is still possible up to the "examination door". With the distribution of the task sheets, the examination is considered to have started and a withdrawal can only be made in accordance with § 16 para. 2 ABPO.
A legal ordinance of the Ministry of Science will grant all students in the winter semester 2020/2021 who have failed an examination that cannot actually be repeated a further attempt at the examination. The same will apply for the upcoming summer semester 2021. Further information can be found at: https://wissenschaft.hessen.de/presse/pressemitteilung/zusaetzlicher-pruefungsversuch-und-laengere-regelstudienzeit-wegen-corona (German).
Students who do not wish to continue their studies after the end of the winter semester 2020/2021 can take examinations for courses whose acceptance falls in the summer semester 2021 without re-registering in this examination semester. The QIS self-service functions are available until the end of the examination period, so that examination results can still be entered and students can download a certificate of the examination taken even after exmatriculation. The application form for participating in the examination must be submited to the respective faculty. Only students who have re-registered (payed the semester fee) can make use of their Campuscard or RMV ticket in the summer semester.
See also Colloquia on Bachelor and Master theses, Oral supplementary examinations (MEP)
Students can take the examination retakes at their own request. However, compulsory registrations according to § 17 paragraph 4 of the General Provisions for Examination Regulations („ABPO“) will not be made since the summer semester 2020.
See also the special statutes of the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt for the management of the challenges in examinations posed by the coronavirus-SARS-CoV-2 epidemic. See download on the right.
see also Examinations, withdrawal from examinations
In case of your own illness or quarantine, the processing period is suspended for the duration of the illness. According to § 16 Para. 2 of the General Examination Regulations of h_da (ABPO), the necessary evidence must be submitted to the examination board as usual. The same applies if, due to laboratory or facility closures, it is no longer possible to work on the topic of the final papers. The decision is made by the respective responsible examination committee. In comparable cases, it can also make a corresponding regulation in principle for a number of examination performances. Students can apply for the suspension of the deadline by e-mail (please only use the student h_da address) to the examiner. The decision on this is made by the examination board. The examination office will then book the new term if necessary. If the examination board has made a decision of principle (see above), the following applies: Students send the application directly by e-mail to the respective examination office.
Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences has set an individual standard period of study one semester longer for students enrolled and on leave of absence in the summer semester 2020 and in the winter semester 2020/21. This change is noted on the certificate of academic progress, which students can download from QIS. In terms of admission law (e.g. for the application for a Master's degree), the standard period of study stipulated in the BBPO ("Special Provisions of the Examination Regulations") is decisive. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The h_da buildings are currently closed to the public. The teaching during Covid-19 currently takes place mainly online.
Teaching and learning achievements, examinations or organisational processes which require students to have access to the university is checked individually depending on the current infection rates. Please contact your department for information according to the applicable regulations.
The Central First Semester Welcome (ZEB) took place this year as a presence-free live stream on 30.10.2020. Missed it? Here you can watch the complete program.
Further information about the start of the semester can be found here. Otherwise, please contact your faculty for subject-specific questions.
See also: Start of summer semester 2021
Internships during the course of studies should be subject to an individual risk assessment. If you have any questions regarding your internship, please contact your internship supervisor.
For further information or alternatives, please also refer to the special statutes of the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt for the management of the challenges posed by the coronavirus-SARS-CoV-2 epidemic during exams, available on the right column of this page.
Since the service on site has to be adapted due to the current situation, please check the library page for information about the current service during Covid-19.
Masks in the form of a medical mask (OP or FFP2 mask) are mandatory on the entire campus. The university recommends the use of an FFP2 mask because it provides self-protection and a higher level of protection for others. Such a mask is to be worn in university buildings on circulation areas and in meeting rooms. In all rooms where several people are present, such a mask must also be worn at one's own workstation. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Whether oral supplementary examinations (MEP) can take place as presence tests in compliance with the hygiene guidelines is checked individually depending on the current infection figures. Please contact your department for information on the applicable regulations.
See also the special statute of Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences for the management of the challenges in examinations posed by the coronavirus-SARS-CoV-2 epidemic. See download on the right.
Due to the corona virus, however, the internship may call for home office, short-time work, closure or similar at short notice. It is also possible that you as an intern prefer to or have to interrupt the practical semester for health reasons or change the institution - e.g. because you yourself belong to a risk group or because there is a demonstrably infected person in your immediate working environment. If one of these cases occurs, please contact the person responsible for your practical semester in the department immediately.
Before you cancel your internship semester, please check other options with the particular institution/company and the person responsible in your department - e.g. home office or postponement of your internship. If it is necessary to cancel, please have the said institution/company certify the parts of the internship you have completed to date and the reason for cancelling it. The examination board decides on the recognition of the completed parts of the internship and its continuation. If you have any questions regarding your practice semester, please contact your department.
If you have any questions regarding the practical semester, please contact the responsible person in your department.
Compensation for disadvantages during the practical semester is regulated in the special statutes of Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences for coping with the challenges in examinations posed by the coronavirus-SARS-CoV-2 epidemic. See download on the right.
What do I have to bear in mind when travelling for business or pleasure?
The Robert Koch Institute is constantly identifying areas where there is an increased risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2. If you are planning a trip, please be informed about these risk areas in advance.
All trips to these risk areas by students, scientists and employees of scientific institutions are cancelled.
The h_da Executive Board also strongly advises against private travelling to these risk areas. Should a state be declared a risk area during a stay, it is still valid that the persons concerned - regardless of symptoms of illness - must enter a 14-day preventive self quarantine and may only enter the university again after the assured absence of symptoms. This applies in particular to persons who were or are in contact with a person suffering from the corona virus. Of course, h_da members with fever, coughing or shortness of breath are generally expected to seek medical advice and stay away from the university in order to avoid infecting others.
Everyone can contribute to reducing the risk of infection. In order to reduce the risk of corona virus infection on campus, the following rules apply at h_da:
- A mouth and nose cover must be worn on the entire h_da campus - inside and outside the buildings. This mask obligation also applies in face-to-face sessions. Employees may only remove the mouth-and-nose protection after taking up their own permanent workplace.
- Reduce your contacts!
- Keep a distance of 1.5 meters to other persons!
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly!
- Maintain the coughing and sneezing etiquette!
If possible, organize all communication opportunities (working and learning groups) in virtual rooms that we have set up for this purpose at the h_da.
All current and binding virus protection instructions and the hygiene concept of the h_da are stored in the IMS and are binding instructions for all members and guests of the h_da.
If you have any questions regarding the implementation of these rules, please contact the safety officer Andreas Seeberg. You can also use the function address.
You can find all the latest information on the topic of semesters abroad on the website of the International Office.
The compensation for disadvantages during the semester abroad is regulated in the special statutes of Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences for coping with the challenges in examinations posed by the coronavirus-SARS-CoV-2 epidemic. See download on the right.
The summer semester 2021 starts on 01.04.2021. The lecture period and courses start on 12.04.2021.
The summer semester is planned as a "hybrid semester". Whether, to what extent and under which conditions the attendance lectures can take place due to the respective current infecton rates and the political requirements linked to them, you will find out from your department in due course.
All information about first semester events can be found here and in your department.
The Student Service Center (SSC) has replaced all office hours with telephone consultation hours. Central telephone number: 06151 16-33 333
Students can also contact the SSC by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
An alternative way is an inquiry via the contact form.
The student advisory service offers extended telephone consultation hours and telephone counselling. Further information: h-da.de/studienberatung
The restricted operation of the university can affect the preparation of final theses (Bachelor and Master theses). If necessary, please contact your supervisor or the responsible chairperson of the examination board. Theses can be extended for the duration of a pandemic-related interruption. Proof of this may be required from the company or organisation. The examination board decides on the extension.
At present, theses in paper form cannot be handed in personally, but can only be submitted by post. If sent by post to the responsible examination secretariat, the date of the postmark must be no later than the last day of the processing period. In the case of submission by post, the student also bears the associated risks of loss or delay. We therefore recommend that theses are currently submitted exclusively electronically.
The thesis is considered to have been submitted on time if it is received in digital form on time. Only the student e-mail address of h_da is to be used for this purpose. In order to meet the deadline, the thesis must be sent to the supervisor, the responsible secretariat and the chairman of the examination board. Requesting a read/receipt confirmation is strongly recommended. The print version must be submitted at a later date. The electronically submitted digital file must be identical to the print version submitted subsequently. The deadlines for subsequent submission are determined by the current Corona restrictions.
As a general rule, please check the deadlines for the submission of all documents to be submitted directly with the respective examination secretariats. Please check whether your department has adopted further regulations for digital submission. If so, these regulations are binding.
As a rule, the paper is to be submitted as a PDF document. Exceptions to this rule should be clarified with the supervisor. Final papers with a blocking note can also be submitted electronically. However, these must be transmitted in encrypted form, e.g. password protected via h_da-Cloud (https://cloud.h-da.de).
Compensation for disadvantages in the final thesis is regulated in the special statutes of Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences for coping with the challenges in examinations posed by the coronavirus-SARS-CoV-2 epidemic. See download on the right.
See also Basic operation, Colloqia on Bachelor and Master theses
Use of sports equipment on campus
Please observe the local instructions for the use of the sports facilities (e.g. scaffolding, table tennis tables). Depending on the number of infections, individual facilities may be temporarily closed if, in the opinion of those responsible at the university, the necessary infection protection rules cannot be safely observed. The regulations of the Hessian state government apply to non-blocked facilities.
Students can withdraw from examinations in the summer semester 2020 without giving reasons. The withdrawal should preferably be done electronically. Withdrawal is still possible until entering the examination room. With the distribution of the task sheets, the examination is considered to have begun and withdrawal is only possible in accordance with § 16, paragraph 2 of the General Provisions for Examination Regulations („ABPO“).
Examination participants have NO right to choose whether they want to have an examination performance valid for them, depending on the result.
See also the special statutes of the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt for the management of the challenges posed by the coronavirus-SARS-CoV-2 epidemic in examinations. See download on the right.
see also Examinations, Examination retake
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