QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ON THE CORONAVIRUS AND ITS IMPACT ON THE RHEINMAIN UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES

17 May 2022

Are masks still required at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences? [UPDATE]

Inside university buildings, it is strongly recommended to wear a medical mask if distancing of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained. Under the regulations, medical masks include surgical masks or protective masks certified under the FFP2, KN95, or N95 standards, or comparable masks. The university administration still strongly advises you to wear a FFP2 mask.

31 March 2022

Does the 3G rule still apply at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences?

The access restrictions currently in force under the 3G rule (‘vaccinated’, ‘recovered’, or ‘tested’) will no longer apply from 2 April 2022. The corresponding checks will cease from this point onwards.

Are masks still required at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences?

In the summer semester 2022, it will remain compulsory to wear a medical mask (surgical mask or protective mask that meets the FFP2, KN95, N95 or comparable standards, without an exhalation valve) in the buildings of the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, if minimum distancing of 1.5 meters cannot be safely maintained. The university administration still strongly advises you to wear a FFP2 mask.

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21 February 2022

How will the summer semester 2022 at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences be structured?

In general, in the summer semester 2022 all classes will take place in person; your attendance is therefore expected as a general rule. Good online formats may be offered as a meaningful complement to in-person teaching, up to a maximum of 25 percent of the allocated contact hours.

A hygiene plan based on the latest version of the Coronavirus Protection Regulations of the state of Hesse (CoSchuV) will continue to apply at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences. Under these rules, normal room use is permitted for in-person teaching and there is currently a requirement to wear FFP2 masks while seated. The distancing rule will be removed; the 3G rule will remain in its current form.

Should the development of the infection situation require renewed restrictions, there will be a transition to online teaching. Specific classes will be exempt from this transition, as the competencies being acquired absolutely need to be taught in person. In particular, this affects laboratory classes and classes with significant practical components.

For details and updates, please see the regular newsletters sent to your university e-mail account and your faculty’s website.

19 January 2022

In terms of the test results for the 3G rule, what tests are accepted and for how long are these valid?

In terms of the test results for the 3G rule at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, this needs to be a rapid antigen test that is professionally administered by a third party (not older than 24 hours) or a PCR test (not older than 48 hours). So-called self-administered rapid antigen tests (self-tests) are not sufficient as proof.

14 January 2022

Does the 3G rule also apply to examination situations at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences?

Yes, under the Coronavirus Protection Regulations of the state of Hesse (CoSchuV) that are now in force, the 3G rule now also applies to examination situations.

This means that to take part in examinations in person, you must have one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of recovery after infection with COVID-19, or a negative test result (rapid test or PCR) from an official testing center.

8 December 2021

What rules apply to field trips?

Field trips continue to remain possible,

  • If the in-person component is necessary for the acquisition of competencies,
  • If the field trip does not involve a virus variant area,
  • If it is not a compulsory activity or there is an alternative course component available for individuals who cannot participate.

It is strongly advised that activities of this nature be conducted in compliance with the 2G+ rule (vaccinated or recovered, with an additional testing requirement on top). It is advisable to carry out self-administered testing as a group at the beginning of the activity and on each day of the activity.

3 December 2021

How does the current infection situation affect the upcoming courses in the current winter semester?

To ensure teaching and examinations can be run in a way that is both structured and predictable, the President’s Council has decided as a precautionary measure to shift to online teaching from 13 December 2021, until the end of lectures. There are exceptions for laboratory work and other activities for which an in-person component is essential to the acquisition of competencies. Selected study spaces will also remain open. The mask mandate, 3G rule and usual hygiene and distancing rules will continue to apply at these.

Instructors and students will receive more detailed information about the move to online teaching, the selected study spaces and the examination phase from their respective faculties.

26 November 2021

What access restrictions apply to the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences?

With the entry into force of the new Coronavirus Protection Regulations of the state of Hesse (CoSchuV) on 25 November 2021, only persons with a negative status under Section 3 of the Regulations, i.e. a valid 3G status (vaccinated, recovered, or tested), may enter the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences. 

In addition to full vaccination, a valid 3G status can also be provided by presenting proof of recovery after infection with COVID-19 or a negative test result from an official testing center under Section 6, para. 1 of the Coronavirus Testing Regulations. 

Entering the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences without a valid 3G status is deemed to be an offense and will be enforced as such

Older provisions that may have different requirements become invalid under the new rules.

28 September 2021

Will the “3G rule” be used at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences in the winter semester 2021/2022?

Yes. In order to conduct teaching with the greatest amount of in-person attendance, from 27 September 2021 access to all facilities at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences is only permitted to students with a valid “3G” status (i.e. vaccinated, recovered or tested).  This rule also applies to visitors; university staff and adjunct instructors, as well as external providers, are exempt. The university, i.e. security staff contracted by it and/or teaching staff will check for compliance with the 3G rule – in consultation with the faculties – either upon entry to the building, when attending events and classes, or on a spot-check basis inside the buildings. Accessing the university facilities and participating in classes without a valid 3G status is deemed to be an offense and will be enforced as such.

More details can be found in the FAQ update from 21 September 2021.

24 September 2021

What rules apply to the University and State Library and its branches?

The University and State Library (HLB) is open for borrowing and returns as part of essential operations.

Appropriate protective screens are installed at all desk workstations (where contact with library users takes place); protective gloves are available to all employees. Writing utensils must be brought by library users themselves. Online catalog research should preferably take place using the user’s own smartphone/tablet etc.

For students at the university, researchers and, at the Rheinstraße location, for members of the public, a limited supply of workspaces are available.  To use these, a space must be booked in advance using the advance booking system

Access to the libraries is permitted only if the 3G rule is complied with. The sole exemption to the 3G rule is the collection and return of items a the Rheinstraße branch.

In the libraries, the wearing of a medical mask is mandatory in all areas in the reading rooms and in the workspaces until taking your seat.

More detailed information, e.g. on using online material, can found at www.hs-rm.de/hlb/corona-zeit.

21 September 2021

What participation requirements apply in the winter semester 2021/2022 for in-person classes?

To ensure safe studying and teaching can take place even with an increased proportion of in-person classes, from 27 September 2021 a negative “3G” coronavirus status‚ i.e. “vaccinated”, “tested” or “recovered” (in German, ‘geimpft’, ‘getestet’ or ‘genesen’) is required. Specifically, this means that students may only take part in an in-person class if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or have recovered from a COVID-19 infection, or have proof of a negative test. For staff, adjunct instructors, and external providers, the 3G rule is not mandatory, however it is strongly advised. Proof of this status is not required.

Beyond this, the university’s hygiene plan will of course continue to apply, particularly in relation to the distancing rules and the obligation to wear medical masks.

What tests are accepted and for how long are these valid?

In terms of the test results for the 3G rule, this needs to be a rapid antigen test that is professionally administered by a third party (not older than 48 hours) or a PCR test (not older than 72 hours). So-called self-administered rapid antigen tests (self-tests) are not sufficient as proof.

How will the 3G status be checked?

Three types of checks of the 3G status can be undertaken at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences:

  • Upon/before entry to the building,
  • Upon/before entry to teaching rooms,
  • On a spot-check basis inside the building.

Given the different types of facilities and timetables at the university’s individual campuses, the faculties will decide on what form of checks are used at particular times.

Checks will normally be made by additional staff who are equipped with a digital device and the CovPassCheck app, or by teaching staff. Students are therefore advised to carry their 3G status with them digitally – such as in the Corona-Warn-App – in order to speed up the procedure.

University staff can identify themselves in access checks with their SemesterTicket. Adjunct instructors can do so using a copy of their teaching contract. External providers will be given a special certificate.

What opening hours apply to university buildings?

From the beginning of the winter semester 2021/2022, university buildings will again be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

31 August 2021

Are cafeterias open?

The accent cafeteria on the Kurt-Schumacher-Ring campus is open from 1 September 2021. The cafeteria on the Rüsselsheim campus is open from 8 September 2021. Details about opening hours and hygiene rule information, as well as registration and seat reservation details can be found on the Studentenwerk Frankfurt am Main website.

The POINT cafeteria on the Bleich-/Bertramstraße campus will continue to remain closed for the time being.

16 August 2021

What form will the winter semester 2021/2022 take?

For the winter semester 2021/2022, the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences is planning in-person classes for all first-semester students – but also for higher semesters. The faculties are responsible for the detailed planning, which is why we ask you to find out about your specific situation on your faculty’s website.

27 May 2021

What do I need to be aware of when planning my journey to an area declared by the RKI to be a risk area, or when planning a return journey from a risk area?

When entering Germany from a risk area, it is currently necessary to immediately enter home quarantine for 10 days. The shortening of the quarantine by presenting a negative test result is possible only after at least five days.

Different rules apply to persons entering from regions with a particularly high risk of infection. These include regions with particularly high case numbers (high incidence areas) and regions in which particular virus variants have spread (virus variant areas). You can find more information on the Robert Koch Institute website.

NEW: Proof of vaccination or recovery from a Covid-19 infection can be used instead of a negative test result. They are also grounds for a waiver of the quarantine requirement upon entry to Germany. However, this does not apply if you have been in area where virus variants are spreading. More detailed information on the explicit obligations, exceptions and requirements in terms of the relevant proof that needs to be provided can be found on the German Federal Ministry of Health website.

What provisions apply to vocational activities, internships, and stays abroad?

  1. Continuation of study provisions (“Fortschrittsregelungen”) for vocational activities can be suspended upon application to the Examination Board. For absences resulting from reduced weekly working hours due to reasons caused by the pandemic, case-by-case alternatives should be arranged with the Examination Board at an early stage.  The deadline to produce proof of an introductory and or basic internship or preliminary practical experience can also be suspended by the Examination Board upon application.  The same applies to the existing re-registration suspension for introductory internships and to proof of the introductory internship at the time of enrollment.
  2. If a company adopts reduced working hours, is required to shut due to a local lockdown, or becomes insolvent/adopts insolvency protection measures, it should be clarified with the supervisor whether the thesis/final project can be completed independently of the company. Should this not be possible, an individual solution should be found by the Examination Board. A failed attempt should not be recorded given the pandemic situation.
  3. An individual solution can be found in consultation with the Examination Board for obligatory stays abroad. For interruptions or cancellations it should be reviewed upon application whether assessments from the study abroad can be recognized in full or in part. Students should be informed appropriately about this.

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Hygiene plan of the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences

The hygiene plan of the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences includes mandatory guidelines for all parts of the university, such as for room hygiene and upcoming examinations, and is a central part of our strategy for handling the COVID-19 pandemic. It is based on the latest directives from the state government and is updated on an ongoing basis.

Go to the hygiene plan of the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences (PDF, 477 KB)

How are lecture halls and seminar rooms aired?

Lecture halls and seminar rooms at our university that have a ventilation system are operated in accordance with the recommendations for system operation during the coronavirus pandemic from the Federal Industrial Association for Technical Building Equipment e.V. (BTGA), the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV). 

The ventilation systems for lecture halls and seminar rooms are operated with a 100 percent fresh air rate and ensure that the air is exchanged several times per hour. The outgoing air is extracted upwards, which means that the air does not come into contact with another person.

The operating hours are currently from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. For events outside this period, the systems will run for at least two hours prior and two hours after the event is held. Between the operating periods, the systems are run at reduced levels to ensure continuous ventilation of the rooms. The ventilation of bathrooms and toilets is operated continuously (24 hours).

Important: Rooms that have a ventilation system may not be aired by opening the windows as well, as this restricts the functionality of the ventilation system.

What should I do if I believe that I have been infected?

Always first follow the advice on the Robert Koch Institute website. The RKI advises people who show symptoms and who have previously been in an area in which Covid-19 cases are occurring, or who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, to call a doctor or emergency medical services on the number 116 117.

This is very important: it is essential to contact the practice by telephone first, before visiting it in person. By doing so, you will protect yourself and others.

Employees who have had contact with someone who has been confirmed as having the coronavirus must immediately contact the responsible public health department (“Gesundheitsamt”). This contact must be made in all cases – regardless of whether or not symptoms appear.

The German Federal Ministry of Health has set up a coronavirus hotline. This number is +49 30 34 64 65 100.

A coronavirus hotline from the Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration can also be contacted on the number 0800 5554666, each day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Please also follow the instructions from the Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration.

I have typical cold symptoms. Do I have to stay at home?

No. Cold symptoms without other signs of illness are unequivocally not a justification for an entry ban. The affected individuals themselves should decide whether they contact their family doctor by phone.

An unequivocal entry ban to the university buildings applies to the following symptoms:

  • Fever (38.0° C or higher)
  • Dry cough, i.e. without mucus, not caused by a chronic illness such as asthma. A light or occasional cough or an occasional sore throat is not cause for an entry ban.
  • Distorted sense of taste or smell (not as a secondary symptom of a cold)

All symptoms must appear acutely; symptoms of a known chronic illness are not relevant.

Details for ending the entry ban can be found in the hygiene plan.

Do students and staff who have been in quarantine need to be tested before they are again allowed to take part in university life?

Local health authorities who have ordered the quarantine will decide this. Their instructions must be followed. The authority will also decide whether the quarantine should be lifted and whether there should be any restrictions.

Social contacts: What should I generally be aware of in everyday study or work routines?

To minimize the risk of infection, the hygiene rules must be complied with. Social contacts should be reduced as much as possible. For everyday working routines, it is therefore recommended to use digital options (telephone, e-mail etc.) wherever possible and limit in-person contact. For example, office hours should take place online or by phone if it all possible, until further notice..
At present, students should enter the university only for essential reasons and should practice appropriate behavior when doing so (keeping a distance, handwashing etc.).

How will students and staff be notified about the latest measures and information on handling the coronavirus at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences?

Comprehensive information and advice will be sent by e-mail, with summaries provided on the university website www.hs-rm.de/corona and via official social media channels. Staff will also receive advice and tips for working from home on the HSRM Intern internal pages (using their HDS login). The university administration therefore requests you to continue to check your university e-mail regularly. Should new, relevant information for staff and students of the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences be made available, the president’s office will announce this via the channels noted above.

Who can people associated with the university contact if they have specific questions?

The RheinMain University of Applied Sciences has set up a co-ordinating team. The team can be reached at corona(at)hs-rm.de. Please first check whether your question has already been answered by the FAQ before contacting us.

17 May 2022

Are masks still required at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences? [UPDATE]

Inside university buildings, it is strongly recommended to wear a medical mask if distancing of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained. Under the regulations, medical masks include surgical masks or protective masks certified under the FFP2, KN95, or N95 standards, or comparable masks. The university administration still strongly advises you to wear a FFP2 mask.

31 March 2022

Does the 3G rule still apply at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences?

The access restrictions currently in force under the 3G rule (‘vaccinated’, ‘recovered’, or ‘tested’) will no longer apply from 2 April 2022. The corresponding checks will cease from this point onwards.

Are masks still required at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences?

In the summer semester 2022, it will remain compulsory to wear a medical mask (surgical mask or protective mask that meets the FFP2, KN95, N95 or comparable standards, without an exhalation valve) in the buildings of the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, if minimum distancing of 1.5 meters cannot be safely maintained. The university administration still strongly advises you to wear a FFP2 mask.

What rules apply to working from home/home office?

Since 21 March, there has been a general requirement to be physically present in the workplace. Working from home is possible to the extent provided by the mobile working agreement for approved applications. Please speak to your manager about the details or if you have questions.
The in-person requirement is suspended for a) People who have tested positive for the coronavirus, b) Close contacts of positive cases and c) People who have typical symptoms. The duration of the suspension is 10 calendar days, providing that there are no other official requirements. These will take priority. Proof of infection can be provided by a positive self-test; the confirmation or rejection of the result can be made using a subsequent PCR test.
During this period, you need to work from home if you are capable of doing so. Please inform your manager in this case. In your home office notification to the flexitime (‘Gleitzeit’) team, please also refer them to the suspension of the in-person requirement in accordance with the employment instructions. If you are not capable of work, you need to provide a medical excuse letter.
You do not need to be classified as a close contact by the public health department for the in-person requirement to be suspended. If cold-like symptoms appear after contact with a person who has tested positive for the coronavirus, you should make use of the provisions listed above.

Are self-tests being provided?

The university will continue to provide two self-tests per week to all employees. For the protection of everyone, please use these.

Can public events be held at the university?

Public events can be held, providing that the necessary hygiene measures (distancing or mask requirements) and legal requirements are met.

Can work/field trips be made?

Work trips can again take place as usual, provided that hygiene provisions are complied with. The necessity of the work travel being planned should continue to be assessed.

 

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21 February 2022

How will the summer semester 2022 at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences be structured?

In general, in the summer semester 2022 all classes will take place in person; your attendance is therefore expected as a general rule. Good online formats may be offered as a meaningful complement to in-person teaching, up to a maximum of 25 percent of the allocated contact hours.

A hygiene plan based on the latest version of the Coronavirus Protection Regulations of the state of Hesse (CoSchuV) will continue to apply at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences. Under these rules, normal room use is permitted for in-person teaching and there is currently a requirement to wear FFP2 masks while seated. The distancing rule will be removed; the 3G rule will remain in its current form.

Should the development of the infection situation require renewed restrictions, there will be a transition to online teaching. Specific classes will be exempt from this transition, as the competencies being acquired absolutely need to be taught in person. In particular, this affects laboratory classes and classes with significant practical components.

For details and updates, please see the regular newsletters sent to your university e-mail account and your faculty’s website.

19 January 2022

In terms of the test results for the 3G rule, what tests are accepted and for how long are these valid?

In terms of the test results for the 3G rule at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, this needs to be a rapid antigen test that is professionally administered by a third party (not older than 24 hours) or a PCR test (not older than 48 hours). So-called self-administered rapid antigen tests (self-tests) are not sufficient as proof.

14 January 2022

Does the 3G rule also apply to examination situations at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences?

Yes, under the Coronavirus Protection Regulations of the state of Hesse (CoSchuV) that are now in force, the 3G rule now also applies to examination situations.

This means that to take part in examinations in person, you must have one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of recovery after infection with COVID-19, or a negative test result (rapid test or PCR) from an official testing center.

8 December 2021

What rules apply to field trips?

Field trips continue to remain possible,

  • If the in-person component is necessary for the acquisition of competencies,
  • If the field trip does not involve a virus variant area,
  • If it is not a compulsory activity or there is an alternative course component available for individuals who cannot participate.

It is strongly advised that activities of this nature be conducted in compliance with the 2G+ rule (vaccinated or recovered, with an additional testing requirement on top). It is advisable to carry out self-administered testing as a group at the beginning of the activity and on each day of the activity.

3 December 2021

How does the current infection situation affect the upcoming courses in the current winter semester?

To ensure teaching and examinations can be run in a way that is both structured and predictable, the President’s Council has decided as a precautionary measure to shift to online teaching from 13 December 2021, until the end of lectures. There are exceptions for laboratory work and other activities for which an in-person component is essential to the acquisition of competencies. Selected study spaces will also remain open. The mask mandate, 3G rule and usual hygiene and distancing rules will continue to apply at these.

Instructors and students will receive more detailed information about the move to online teaching, the selected study spaces and the examination phase from their respective faculties.

26 November 2021

What access restrictions apply to the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences?

With the entry into force of the new Coronavirus Protection Regulations of the state of Hesse (CoSchuV) on 25 November 2021, only persons with a negative status under Section 3 of the Regulations, i.e. a valid 3G status (vaccinated, recovered, or tested), may enter the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences. 

In addition to full vaccination, a valid 3G status can also be provided by presenting proof of recovery after infection with COVID-19 or a negative test result from an official testing center under Section 6, para. 1 of the Coronavirus Testing Regulations. 

Entering the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences without a valid 3G status is deemed to be an offense and will be enforced as such

Older provisions that may have different requirements become invalid under the new rules.

28 September 2021

Will the “3G rule” be used at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences in the winter semester 2021/2022?

Yes. In order to conduct teaching with the greatest amount of in-person attendance, from 27 September 2021 access to all facilities at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences is only permitted to students with a valid “3G” status (i.e. vaccinated, recovered or tested).  This rule also applies to visitors; university staff and adjunct instructors, as well as external providers, are exempt. The university, i.e. security staff contracted by it and/or teaching staff will check for compliance with the 3G rule – in consultation with the faculties – either upon entry to the building, when attending events and classes, or on a spot-check basis inside the buildings. Accessing the university facilities and participating in classes without a valid 3G status is deemed to be an offense and will be enforced as such.

More details can be found in the FAQ update from 21 September 2021.

21 September 2021

What participation requirements apply in the winter semester 2021/2022 for in-person classes?

To ensure safe studying and teaching can take place even with an increased proportion of in-person classes, from 27 September 2021 a negative “3G” coronavirus status‚ i.e. “vaccinated”, “tested” or “recovered” (in German, ‘geimpft’, ‘getestet’ or ‘genesen’) is required. Specifically, this means that students may only take part in an in-person class if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or have recovered from a COVID-19 infection, or have proof of a negative test. For staff, adjunct instructors, and external providers, the 3G rule is not mandatory, however it is strongly advised. Proof of this status is not required.

Beyond this, the university’s hygiene plan will of course continue to apply, particularly in relation to the distancing rules and the obligation to wear medical masks.

How will the 3G status be checked?

Three types of checks of the 3G status can be undertaken at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences:

  • Upon/before entry to the building,
  • Upon/before entry to teaching rooms,
  • On a spot-check basis inside the building.

Given the different types of facilities and timetables at the university’s individual campuses, the faculties will decide on what form of checks are used at particular times.
Checks will normally be made by additional staff who are equipped with a digital device and the CovPassCheck app, or by teaching staff. Students are therefore advised to carry their 3G status with them digitally – such as in the Corona-Warn-App – in order to speed up the procedure.
University staff can identify themselves in access checks with their SemesterTicket. Adjunct instructors can do so using a copy of their teaching contract. External providers will be given a special certificate.

What opening hours apply to university buildings?

From the beginning of the winter semester 2021/2022, university buildings will again be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

31 August 2021

The accent cafeteria on the Kurt-Schumacher-Ring campus is open from 1 September 2021. The cafeteria on the Rüsselsheim campus is open from 8 September 2021. Details about opening hours and hygiene rule information, as well as registration and seat reservation details can be found on the Studentenwerk Frankfurt am Main website.

The POINT cafeteria on the Bleich-/Bertramstraße campus will continue to remain closed for the time being.

11 August 2021

What rules apply to working from home?

The previous rules that were in force, which applied from 1 November 2020 and allowed all employees whose roles permitted it, whose presence in the workplace was not absolutely essential and who had the required technical equipment to work from home, expire on 31 August 2021. This means that an in-person requirement will again apply from 1 September 2021.

It remains possible to work from home up to a maximum of 50 percent, where an application for this has been previously approved. If this arrangement has been approved in your case, no action is required on your part if you wish to make use of it – but of course please consult your manager. In addition to this, due to the state’s employment instructions, it is also possible to increase the working from home proportion to 60 percent of the individual volume of employment. For this, you need to submit an additional application that has been approved by your manager, if possible by 17 August, to Department III.4 (HR development, personalentwicklung(at)hs-rm.de). The application should explain why raising the proportion is necessary. In individual situation, this may be the space situation, which may not allow for the hygiene rules to be maintained at all times within the office if the home office share is at 50 percent.

These applications need to be submitted via your manager to Department III.4, with a coronavirus-related justification. Reasonings that are not related to the coronavirus cannot be considered in this process. Approval to work from home at the 60% rate will at first be given for a fixed six-month period. In general, work interests take priority for working from home. This means approval can only be granted if the work can be performed outside the university to at least the same level of quality and scope. Overtime without prior application and approval continues to remain outside working from home provisions.

What do I need to be aware of when planning my journey to an area declared by the RKI to be a risk area, or when planning a return journey from a risk area?

For people entering from abroad, the provisions from the Coronavirus Entry Regulations apply. The exceptions from the requirement to isolate that are included in this should also be noted. The university expects that employees will not travel to countries outside Germany if, at the time of departure, the German federal government has classified the destination as a risk area or high incidence area or virus variant area, or the journey is avoidable and no exception from the requirement to isolate for people entering from the destination exists. A journey is avoidable if, at the time of departure, there are no essential reasons for it, or if there are no reasons that cannot be postponed. A journey will probably be unavoidable only if there are special and exceptional circumstances. You can find details about the current entry provisions in this brief overview

During the isolation or quarantine period, and during the entry ban in accordance with the coronavirus regulations, employees must perform their duties or work – if possible – from home. If mobile working from home is not possible, plus hours on the employee’s flexitime account and overtime and additional hours should be used.

The entitlement to remuneration from the employer exists only if the quarantine period had to be undertaken through no fault of the employee. Individuals undertaking a journey to a region declared as a risk area accept that they will lose this entitlement. Only if a country is declared as a risk area after an employee enters is there no fault on the employee’s part. In this case, the quarantine period should be used for mobile working or working from home if possible and in consultation with managers.

For civil servants (“Beamte”), such journeys may lead to consequences under civil service law if, as a result of the journey, the civil servant cannot fulfill his or her general obligation to resume his or her duties after the end of the approved period of absence. For employees, consequences under employment law may result.

How should work, study, and research trips be handled?

The university expects that employees will not travel to countries outside Germany if, at the time of departure, the German federal government has classified the destination as a risk area or high incidence area or virus variant area, or the journey is avoidable and no exception from the requirement to isolate for people entering from the destination exists. A journey is avoidable if, at the time of departure, there are no essential reasons for it, or if there are no reasons that cannot be postponed. 

When considering work travel, managers and those traveling must evaluate in a responsible manner whether the work trip is absolutely essential. Alternative communication options such as video and telephone conferences must be considered and given preference.

Applicants must demonstrate to the university administration that undertaking the specific work trip is absolutely essential and that no alternative communication options exist.

You can find the application for work travel during the coronavirus pandemic on the QM portal.

What events relating to the coronavirus do I need to report to the university?

Staff must inform the university without being asked in the following cases  – by e-mailing gleitzeit(at)hs-rm.de and must also inform their manager/s:

  • Proven infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus
  • Classification as a close contact (with increased risk of infection) in accordance with the RKI definition 
  • Requirement to isolate under Section 7 of the Coronavirus Protection Regulations or Section 4 of the regulations for protection from entry-related infection risks in terms of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, following the declaration of an epidemic sitation of national significance by the German Bundestag (coronavirus entry regulations
  • Instruction to self-isolate by a public health department

What rules apply to childcare in the event of closure of daycare centers and schools?

If childcare facilities   

  • or schools are temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic,  
  • or if it is forbidden to enter them (e.g. due to isolation requirements), or     
  • if these are run only in a limited manner in a way that impacts on an employee’s child, or if attendance is waived upon the recommendation of the state government,   

discretion may be exercised to allow the staff with dependent children to carry out their tasks from home. The office appointed by the head of the departrment is to make the decision on whether and to what extent this is permitted, upon application by the employees.

Special leave with pay can only be granted in exceptional cases. Details must be coordinated with the HR department. Please see the provisions on documenting time spent on work activities on the Arbeiten im Homeoffice internal guidelines pages (with an HDS login).

Can I bring my children to work, given the difficulty of childcare arising from the current school and daycare center closures?

Only in exceptional cases may children be brought to work, in order to reduce the risk of infection.

What provisions apply to vocational activities, internships, and stays abroad?

  1. Continuation of study provisions (“Fortschrittsregelungen”) for vocational activities can be suspended upon application to the Examination Board. For absences resulting from reduced weekly working hours due to reasons caused by the pandemic, case-by-case alternatives should be arranged with the Examination Board at an early stage.  The deadline to produce proof of an introductory and or basic internship or preliminary practical experience can also be suspended by the Examination Board upon application.  The same applies to the existing re-registration suspension for introductory internships and to proof of the introductory internship at the time of enrollment.
  2. If a company adopts reduced working hours, is required to shut due to a local lockdown, or becomes insolvent/adopts insolvency protection measures, it should be clarified with the supervisor whether the thesis/final project can be completed independently of the company. Should this not be possible, an individual solution should be found by the Examination Board. A failed attempt should not be recorded given the pandemic situation.
  3. An individual solution can be found in consultation with the Examination Board for obligatory stays abroad. For interruptions or cancellations it should be reviewed upon application whether assessments from the study abroad can be recognized in full or in part. Students should be informed appropriately about this.

17 February 2021

Relatives in need of care in the event of closure of adult daycare facilities

If employees

  • need to care for relatives (with a care need in accordance with Social Security Code (SGB) Book 11) because the care facility is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus, or because the care service is canceled, or if foreign care staff cannot enter the country, or
  • if they need to support a person in a hospice or hospital who is close to them through the dying process,

discretion can be exercised to allow the tasks of these staff who are affected by the need to provide care to be completed in full or in part from home or another location. The office appointed by the university administration is to make the decision on whether and to what extent this is permitted, upon application by the employees.

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What options do I have to hold lectures, seminars etc. online?

For teaching in winter semester 2020/2021, the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences is making available the products Webex Meetings (in German) and Webex Training (in German) from Cisco. You can use these to livestream your lectures, as well as to carry out tutorials (“Übungen”), seminars, and office hours. At this link (in German) you can find installation instructions, an overview of features and tips for using the tools in various teaching and learning scenarios. Please also include asynchronous formats in your plans, due to the varying technical equipment of students.

In additiono to holding synchronous, live events, the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences offers numerous other options for online or online-supported teaching:

  • Make available scripts and other teaching materials for preparation and revision on Stud.IP and ILIAS.
  • Record screencasts of your presentations or simply explanatory videos.
  • Create tutorial units with work instructions and completion deadlines.
  • Make available self-tests that support the content you are covering during the semester to your students to help them track their progress.
  • Support online-based cooperation using group functions.

Familiarize yourself with these and other options on the pages of the Didaktik und Digitale Lehre team (in German).

Do I need to record the contact details of participants in events with in-person attendance, in particular for classes, examinations and admission sessions, as well for users of seminar, PC, study and work spaces, workspaces in libraries that are available to students outside of classes for study purposes, and for academic meetings and conferences?

Yes. The required contact details can be recorded in a GDPR-compliant format at corona-kontakt.hs-rm.de. Students received information in the e-mail newsletter of 26 November 2020.

What should I do if I am a staff member and am in one of the risk groups?

Members of risk groups generally have the option of working from a different location to their regular workplace, if this is possible.

Important: Based on the latest findings from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the general categorization in a risk group is not possible (or is no longer possible). The lifting of the attendance obligation based on an increased level of individual risk due to severe illness is therefore now only possible on the basis of a doctor’s note. The doctor’s note must contain confirmation that the risk of severe illness exists in the event of an infection with the SARS CoV-2 coronavirus due to a particular disposition (More information). The costs for the medical certificate are to be borne by staff themselves. In cases where the situation is not clear, the staff member’s manager can initiate an occupational medical examination. To arrange this, please contact the university’s Occupational Safety department (arbeitssicherheit(at)hs-rm.de).

Should it not be possible to work from home, or it is no longer possible to do so – possibly because of the duration of the ongoing situation – your activities should be conducted at the workplace while adhering to the social distancing rules and hygiene standards from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). This applies particularly if your role includes specific tasks at the university that need to be completed in order to maintain university operations. Members of risk groups should check with their managers to what extent working from home is still possible. Should it become apparent that the work to be completed can only be done with an in-person presence at the university, there is generally an obligation to comply with this. Should you or your manager have concerns about whether the work environment on campus complies with the advice from the RKI, the Occupational Medicine Service (BAD) of the university may be asked to provide an assessment.

It is essential to notify your manager of your status and to co-ordinate with him or her about home office options.

More information on risk groups (in German)

What should I do if I am part of a risk group but my job is not possible to carry out from home?

It is essential to notify your manager of your status and to co-ordinate with him or her about home office options. If it is not possible to work from home, you must attend to your duties at the university. The distancing and hygiene rules must be followed when doing so.

I live with people at home who are members of a risk group. Can I work from home in this case, if I am an employee?

You may continue to work from home only as part of an approved mobile working arrangement under the applicable work agreement, or in accordance with existing approvals issued under the telecommuting (“Telearbeit”) work agreement.

Reporting sick: What should I do if I feel sick?

If you feel sick, have a fever or show signs of having a cold, please stay at home and call in sick.

All staff must continue to report as sick to their department from the first day of illness. Only from the fourth calendar day of illness is there a requirement to produce a certificate of incapacity for work.

Are public events and conferences being held?

Public events and in-person conferences and symposia can be held. The provisions listed in Section 16 of the Coronavirus Protection Regulations of the state of Hesse (CoSchuV) apply.

I have a general authorization to travel between the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences campuses in Wiesbaden and Rüsselsheim. Do I need to eliminate these work trips?

Travel and work-related trips between the university campuses are exempt from the ban on work travel.

Will internal training courses continue to take place?

AGWW events and internal iwib seminars will be held online until further notice. The online option can be found at www.hs-rm.de/iwib and www.agww-hessen.de.

What happens if I have become infected and am in quarantine? Will I continue to receive my employee salary?

If an employee has in fact become infected and/or is placed under quarantine and/or his or her incapacity for work is certified by a doctor, the usual continued payment of wages for illness or equivalent compensation will apply.

Will I continue to receive my salary if the university is closed?

As far as we are currently aware, staff will receive continued payment of wages or appropriate compensation even in the event of a temporary closure of the university.

This provision will also apply to student assistants. Staff who are capable of working, and whose jobs permit them to do so, should work from home during this period.

In the event of a closure, you will be informed again in detail about appropriate provisions.

17 May 2022

Are masks still required at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences? [UPDATE]

Inside university buildings, it is strongly recommended to wear a medical mask if distancing of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained. Under the regulations, medical masks include surgical masks or protective masks certified under the FFP2, KN95, or N95 standards, or comparable masks. The university administration still strongly advises you to wear a FFP2 mask.

31 March 2022

Does the 3G rule still apply at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences?

The access restrictions currently in force under the 3G rule (‘vaccinated’, ‘recovered’, or ‘tested’) will no longer apply from 2 April 2022. The corresponding checks will cease from this point onwards.

Are masks still required at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences?

In the summer semester 2022, it will remain compulsory to wear a medical mask (surgical mask or protective mask that meets the FFP2, KN95, N95 or comparable standards, without an exhalation valve) in the buildings of the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, if minimum distancing of 1.5 meters cannot be safely maintained. The university administration still strongly advises you to wear a FFP2 mask.

Can the study and work spaces again be used at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences?

Student study and work spaces in university buildings can again be used to their full extent. It is compulsory to wear a medical mask if minimum distancing of 1.5 meters cannot be safely maintained.

 

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21 February 2022

How will the summer semester 2022 at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences be structured?

In general, in the summer semester 2022 all classes will take place in person; your attendance is therefore expected as a general rule. Good online formats may be offered as a meaningful complement to in-person teaching, up to a maximum of 25 percent of the allocated contact hours.

A hygiene plan based on the latest version of the Coronavirus Protection Regulations of the state of Hesse (CoSchuV) will continue to apply at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences. Under these rules, normal room use is permitted for in-person teaching and there is currently a requirement to wear FFP2 masks while seated. The distancing rule will be removed; the 3G rule will remain in its current form.

Should the development of the infection situation require renewed restrictions, there will be a transition to online teaching. Specific classes will be exempt from this transition, as the competencies being acquired absolutely need to be taught in person. In particular, this affects laboratory classes and classes with significant practical components.

For details and updates, please see the regular newsletters sent to your university e-mail account and your faculty’s website.

2 February 2022

What do I need to do if I have to enter quarantine/isolation prior to an exam, but I have not (yet) received a corresponding order from the public health department?

Please contact the Examination Board that is responsible for you. If you have to quarantine/isolate, they will provide you with further information on the application process and the next steps. The contact details can be found on your faculty’s website.

19 January 2022

In terms of the test results for the 3G rule, what tests are accepted and for how long are these valid?

In terms of the test results for the 3G rule at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences, this needs to be a rapid antigen test that is professionally administered by a third party (not older than 24 hours) or a PCR test (not older than 48 hours). So-called self-administered rapid antigen tests (self-tests) are not sufficient as proof.

14 January 2022

Does the 3G rule also apply to examination situations at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences?

Yes, under the Coronavirus Protection Regulations of the state of Hesse (CoSchuV) that are now in force, the 3G rule now also applies to examination situations.

This means that to take part in examinations in person, you must have one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of recovery after infection with COVID-19, or a negative test result (rapid test or PCR) from an official testing center.

17 December 2021

Do the provisions for examinations (final attempt rule) and the individual standard period of study apply in the winter semester 2021/2022, too?

Yes, the Hessian State Ministry for Science and Art (HMWK) has extended both provisions in accordance with the universities. Therefore, the following applies:

Individual standard period of study and receipt of BAföG

As a general rule, students who cannot complete some or all planned assessments due to the coronavirus pandemic should not suffer any disadvantages. As has been the case for the previous three semesters, the standard period of study will also be extended by a further semester for the winter semester 2021/2022. This means that a further extension to any BAföG payments is assured.

Final attempt rule

Students who have not passed a university examination which is not normally able to be repeated will also receive an additional attempt for examinations in the winter semester 2021/2022. Please note that such an entitlement to a further examination attempt applies explicitly only if the case in question involves the last possible retake of an examination and only if the reason for failing the graded course component (“Prüfungsleistung”) was not an attempt to deceive or other serious breach of examination regulations, and not if several graded course components within one module were not passed on the final attempt. Failure to attend such an examination is also covered by this rule.

The full ordinance can be found on the website ot the state government; the coronavirus rules of the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences will be updated shortly, with retroactive effect.

8 December 2021

What rules apply to field trips?

Field trips continue to remain possible,

  • If the in-person component is necessary for the acquisition of competencies,
  • If the field trip does not involve a virus variant area,
  • If it is not a compulsory activity or there is an alternative course component available for individuals who cannot participate.

It is strongly advised that activities of this nature be conducted in compliance with the 2G+ rule (vaccinated or recovered, with an additional testing requirement on top). It is advisable to carry out self-administered testing as a group at the beginning of the activity and on each day of the activity.

3 December 2021

How does the current infection situation affect the upcoming courses in the current winter semester?

To ensure teaching and examinations can be run in a way that is both structured and predictable, the President’s Council has decided as a precautionary measure to shift to online teaching from 13 December 2021, until the end of lectures. There are exceptions for laboratory work and other activities for which an in-person component is essential to the acquisition of competencies. Selected study spaces will also remain open. The mask mandate, 3G rule and usual hygiene and distancing rules will continue to apply at these.

Instructors and students will receive more detailed information about the move to online teaching, the selected study spaces and the examination phase from their respective faculties.

26 November 2021

What access restrictions apply to the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences?

With the entry into force of the new Coronavirus Protection Regulations of the state of Hesse (CoSchuV) on 25 November 2021, only persons with a negative status under Section 3 of the Regulations, i.e. a valid 3G status (vaccinated, recovered, or tested), may enter the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences. 

In addition to full vaccination, a valid 3G status can also be provided by presenting proof of recovery after infection with COVID-19 or a negative test result from an official testing center under Section 6, para. 1 of the Coronavirus Testing Regulations. 

Entering the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences without a valid 3G status is deemed to be an offense and will be enforced as such

Older provisions that may have different requirements become invalid under the new rules.

25 October 2021

How can I contact the Admissions Office, Student Counseling Office and the i-Punkt?

i-Punkt

The i-Punkt has been open since 1 September 2021 from Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m to 3 p.m. and on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  

Go to contact options

Admissions Office

The Admissions Office has been open since 18 October 2021 on Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m to 11 a.m. and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Admissions Office can be contacted by phone or e-mail from Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The issuance of chip cards will begin in Wiesbaden and Rüsselsheim on 25 October 2021.

Go to contact options

Student Counseling Office

With immediate effect, the Student Counseling Office is now also able to provide in-person advice, provided that the 3G rule is complied with. Advice by online chat, e-mail, video and telephone continues to be available without restrictions. You can make an appointment via the i-Punkt: Go to the contact options 

ThePsychological Counseling Office is now again offering (in addition to telephone support) in-person appointments, as long as the 3G rule is complied with: Go to contact options

28 September 2021

Will the “3G rule” be used at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences in the winter semester 2021/2022?

Yes. In order to conduct teaching with the greatest amount of in-person attendance, from 27 September 2021 access to all facilities at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences is only permitted to students with a valid “3G” status (i.e. vaccinated, recovered or tested).  This rule also applies to visitors; university staff and adjunct instructors, as well as external providers, are exempt. The university, i.e. security staff contracted by it and/or teaching staff will check for compliance with the 3G rule – in consultation with the faculties – either upon entry to the building, when attending events and classes, or on a spot-check basis inside the buildings. Accessing the university facilities and participating in classes without a valid 3G status is deemed to be an offense and will be enforced as such.

More details can be found in the FAQ update from 21 September 2021.

24 September 2021

What rules apply to the University and State Library and its branches?

The University and State Library (HLB) is open for borrowing and returns as part of essential operations.

Appropriate protective screens are installed at all desk workstations (where contact with library users takes place); protective gloves are available to all employees. Writing utensils must be brought by library users themselves. Online catalog research should preferably take place using the user’s own smartphone/tablet etc.

For students at the university, researchers and, at the Rheinstraße location, for members of the public, a limited supply of workspaces are available.  To use these, a space must be booked in advance using the advance booking system

Access to the libraries is permitted only if the 3G rule is complied with. The sole exemption to the 3G rule is the collection and return of items a the Rheinstraße branch.

In the libraries, the wearing of a medical mask is mandatory in all areas in the reading rooms and in the workspaces until taking your seat.

More detailed information, e.g. on using online material, can found at www.hs-rm.de/hlb/corona-zeit.

21 September 2021

What participation requirements apply in the winter semester 2021/2022 for in-person classes?

To ensure safe studying and teaching can take place even with an increased proportion of in-person classes, from 27 September 2021 a negative “3G” coronavirus status‚ i.e. “vaccinated”, “tested” or “recovered” (in German, ‘geimpft’, ‘getestet’ or ‘genesen’) is required. Specifically, this means that students may only take part in an in-person class if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or have recovered from a COVID-19 infection, or have proof of a negative test. For staff, adjunct instructors, and external providers, the 3G rule is not mandatory, however it is strongly advised. Proof of this status is not required.

Beyond this, the university’s hygiene plan will of course continue to apply, particularly in relation to the distancing rules and the obligation to wear medical masks.

Where can I be tested?

The website of the Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration has a list of public coronavirus testing centers. When choosing a testing station, we recommend ensuring that the result is provided by e-mail or as an online QR code, as this will make checking your 3G status at the university significantly easier. Please also note that from 11 October 2021, public testing will be free of charge only for individuals who cannot be vaccinated and for whom there is no general recommendation for vaccination. No testing service at the university is planned.

How will the 3G status be checked?

Three types of checks of the 3G status can be undertaken at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences:

  • Upon/before entry to the building,
  • Upon/before entry to teaching rooms,
  • On a spot-check basis inside the building.

Given the different types of facilities and timetables at the university’s individual campuses, the faculties will decide on what form of checks are used at particular times.

Checks will normally be made by additional staff who are equipped with a digital device and the CovPassCheck app, or by teaching staff. Students are therefore advised to carry their 3G status with them digitally – such as in the Corona-Warn-App – in order to speed up the procedure.

University staff can identify themselves in access checks with their SemesterTicket. Adjunct instructors can do so using a copy of their teaching contract. External providers will be given a special certificate.

31 August 2021

Are cafeterias open?

The accent cafeteria on the Kurt-Schumacher-Ring campus is open from 1 September 2021. The cafeteria on the Rüsselsheim campus is open from 8 September 2021. Details about opening hours and hygiene rule information, as well as registration and seat reservation details can be found on the Studentenwerk Frankfurt am Main website.

The POINT cafeteria on the Bleich-/Bertramstraße campus will continue to remain closed for the time being.

16 August 2021

What form will the winter semester 2021/2022 take?

For the winter semester 2021/2022, the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences is planning in-person classes for all first-semester students – but also for higher semesters. The faculties are responsible for the detailed planning, which is why we ask you to find out about your specific situation on the faculty websites.

Will there be a centralized vaccination service for students?

A centralized vaccination service for students at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences is currently not being planned, as since 2 August 2021 it has not been necessary in Hesse to register in advance for a vaccine or to make an appointment, i.e. access to vaccination has been made significantly more straightforward. The domicile principle also no longer applies, which means that everyone can easily get vaccinated without bureaucratic hurdles – even spontaneously – in one of the 28 Hessian vaccination centers. More information about this can be found on the Hessian state government website.

What provisions apply to vocational activities, internships, and stays abroad?

  1. Continuation of study provisions (“Fortschrittsregelungen”) for vocational activities can be suspended upon application to the Examination Board. For absences resulting from reduced weekly working hours due to reasons caused by the pandemic, case-by-case alternatives should be arranged with the Examination Board at an early stage.  The deadline to produce proof of an introductory and or basic internship or preliminary practical experience can also be suspended by the Examination Board upon application.  The same applies to the existing re-registration suspension for introductory internships and to proof of the introductory internship at the time of enrollment.
  2. If a company adopts reduced working hours, is required to shut due to a local lockdown, or becomes insolvent/adopts insolvency protection measures, it should be clarified with the supervisor whether the thesis/final project can be completed independently of the company. Should this not be possible, an individual solution should be found by the Examination Board. A failed attempt should not be recorded given the pandemic situation.
  3. An individual solution can be found in consultation with the Examination Board for obligatory stays abroad. For interruptions or cancellations it should be reviewed upon application whether assessments from the study abroad can be recognized in full or in part. Students should be informed appropriately about this.

22 April 2021

How should I proceed in the event I test positive to COVID-19 (including for self-tests)?

  1. Report the positive test to the responsible public health department (according to the location of residence), if the testing location itself (pharmacy, testing center) has not already done so.
  2. When making the report: Give the names of contact persons from the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences (corona-positiv[at]hs-rm.de) to the public health department:
    • Rainer Scholl
    • Dr. Volker Mann
    • Nicole Didierjean
    • Dr. Martin Lommel
  3. Report the following information to the task force by e-mail to corona-positiv[at]hs-rm.de AND to the instructor:
    • Which public health department is responsible?
    • Has the responsible public health department been informed?
    • When was the test conducted?
    • When did symptoms appear for the first time?
    • Is the public health department aware of the HSRM contact persons?
    • What classes/examinations/meetings are affected?
  4. Await further information.

How will the StudentCard be issued?

The StudentCard is issued via the i-Punkt. Please consult the i-Punkt webpage to find out the relevant opening hours.

Issuance of degree certificates

Degree certificates are now gradually being printed. Once your degree certificates are ready at the Admissions Office, you will receive a corresponding message from the office with instructions for collecting the documents or having them posted. No action is therefore required on your part.

Students from the Wiesbaden Business School will be advised by their faculty when their degree certificates are ready. In urgent cases, please contact the WBS ServiceCenter at service-wbs(at)remove-this.hs-rm.de.

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What should I do if I am a staff member and am in one of the risk groups?

The following provisions for risk groups among state employees will also apply analogously to students and student assistants with severe pre-existing conditions:

Members of risk groups generally have the option of working from a different location to their regular workplace, if this is possible.

Important: Based on the latest findings from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the general categorization in a risk group is not possible (or is no longer possible). The lifting of the attendance obligation based on an increased level of individual risk due to severe illness is therefore now only possible on the basis of a doctor’s note. The doctor’s note must contain confirmation that the risk of severe illness exists in the event of an infection with the SARS CoV-2 coronavirus due to particular disposition (More information). The costs for the medical certificate are to be borne by staff themselves. In cases where the situation is not clear, the staff member’s manager can initiate an occupational medical examination. To arrange this, please contact the university’s Occupational Safety department (arbeitssicherheit(at)hs-rm.de).

Should it not be possible to work from home, or it is no longer possible to do so – possibly because of the duration of the ongoing situation – your activities should be conducted at the workplace while adhering to the social distancing rules and hygiene standards from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). This applies particularly if your role includes specific tasks at the university that need to be completed in order to maintain university operations. Members of risk groups should check with their managers to what extent working from home is still possible. Should it become apparent that the work to be completed can only be done with an in-person presence at the university, there is generally an obligation to comply with this. Should you or your manager have concerns about whether the work environment on campus complies with the advice from the RKI, the Occupational Medicine Service (BAD) of the university may be asked to provide an assessment.

It is essential to notify your manager of your status and to co-ordinate with him or her about home office options.

IMPORTANT: All students at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences who are in one of the risk groups should seek medical advice to clarify to what extent taking part in an exam requiring in-person attendance constitutes an unreasonable health risk. In such a case, please notify the examiner without delay and before the exam is held.

More information on risk groups

What should I do if I am classed as being part of a risk group with a greater restriction on my freedom of movement when prohibitions on contact are loosened for non risk-groups and on-campus examinations are held?

If you a member of a risk group and are therefore unable to take part in an in-person examination, please contact your Examination Board. You should apply for compensation for your disadvantage, which may take the form of a contactless (digital) examination or a postponement. You will need to provide medical evidence that you belong to a risk group. It is up to the Examination Board to determine the exact compensation for the disadvantage. Alternatively, you may consider bringing forward modules from later semesters that require contactless examinations (e.g. term papers) and to take a problematic module later. The Student Counseling service for your degree program will be happy to advise you in this regard.

Can students also use the Webex online meeting software?

Yes, this is possible. The RheinMain University of Applied Sciences is also making Webex Meetings available to students. By using the web conference tool, you can meet online in study groups, for example, share documents and prepare for exams together. You can easily use Webex with your HDS login. At this link, you can find installation instructions, an overview of features and tips for using the tools.

What is the situation with Adobe and Microsoft licenses? Can these also be used by students?

Students can also use Adobe products. Please contact your responsible faculty administrator if you would like to use Adobe products. For Microsoft products, RheinMain University of Applied Sciences students have the option to use Office 365 free of charge.

Information about Office 365

Will I continue to receive my ‘BAföG’ governmental financial aid if the university has closed or if there are entry bans?

German Federal Education Minister Anja Karliczek has stated that BAföG recipients do not need to worry about disadvantages arising from the coronavirus epidemic. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) ruled in a decree on Friday, 13 March 2020 that BAföG recipients will continue to be paid their educational assistance even in the event of university closures or bans on entering other countries.

The BMBF also announced in the same press release that first-year students whose first semester will be delayed due to the pandemic will receive their BAföG assistance as if the in-person lectures had begun on the date originally scheduled. It has also been decided that the participation in online teaching options will be made compulsory under the requirements for receiving financial assistance as soon as online teaching becomes available at educational institutions.

The responsible office for educational assistance (‘Amt für Ausbildungsförderung’) at the relevant Association for Student Affairs (‘Studierendenwerk/Studentenwerk’) will be available to assist.

You can find more information about student funding on the website of the Studentenwerk Frankfurt am Main (in German)

I cannot enter Germany due to coronavirus travel restrictions and am therefore studying online at the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences from my home country. Do I still have to have health insurance in Germany?

No. International students from third countries who are not in Germany are exempt from the obligation to have a student health insurance policy. This rule applied to international students who are enrolling for the first time in the winter semester 2020/21, as well as to international students who are already enrolled but are not currently in Germany and are therefore undertaking their studies in the current (and possibly also in the subsequent) semester online.

For queries, please contact the International Office.

I’m spending a semester abroad and would like to withdraw from this. What happens then?

No-one should be obliged to undertake or continue to study abroad, even if the travel is not to or via a risk area, as defined by the Robert Koch Institute or German Federal Foreign Office. If the planned travel cannot take place or is aborted due to the coronavirus, we will declare these study abroad periods to be “force majeure” events.