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FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Corona

In the following we would like to inform you about the current measures at Chemnitz University of Technology with regard to the coronavirus. The development of the current situation is very dynamic. We therefore ask you to always check the homepage of Chemnitz University of Technology and this FAQ page of the Office for Security at Work and Environment Protection (BfAU). Here you will find a list of numerous questions and answers as well as contact persons on the topic. The page is continuously supplemented and updated.

Information about the coronavirus in easy German language as well as in sign language can be found on the website of the Representative of the Government of Saxony for the Interests of People with Disabilities:

New: From 4 May 2020, Chemnitz University of Technology will enter into the extended stand-by operation. Basis for this is the strict adherence to the hygiene concept. For the lending and inter-library loan of the University Library additional instructions apply.


New: The Saxon State Government has further relaxed the restrictions and has adopted a new Corona Protection Regulation, which will be valid from May 15, 2020. To prevent infection, the following principles will continue to apply: reduce physical contact to a minimum, maintain the distance requirement of at least 1.5 metres and wear a mouth-nose cover in certain areas. Violations of the regulations are considered administrative offences and will be punished with fines. The new regulation is valid up to June 5, 2020.

A further new general ruling will enable the limited regular operation of schools and kindergartens from May 18, 2020. This step will no longer restrict the legal right to care and the obligation to attend school will once again apply to all pupils.

The rules issued by the Free State of Saxony for entry and return travelers remain valid in principle. According to these rules, persons entering Saxony from abroad are obliged to go directly to their home immediately after entry and to inform the health authority responsible for them about their entry. For reasons of protection against infection, they are ordered to undergo a mandatory two-week quarantine. Violations of these regulations are regarded as administrative offences and will be punished with fines. The regulation has been extended until the end of May 20, 2020.

All relevant information as well as translations of the official announcements into other languages can be found on the coronavirus website of the Free State of Saxony.

The primary goal of Chemnitz University of Technology is to protect the health of all employees, members, students and guests of the university. For this reason, Chemnitz University of Technology has set up a crisis management team which is in close coordination with the internal departments and at the same time maintains a regular exchange with external bodies, such as the Chemnitz City Health Office.

All previous measures and changes in this regard can be found in the following publications:

Daily updated information on the situation in the city of Chemnitz can be found on the website of the Health Office and on the citizen service number +49 371 488-5321.

The university crisis management team with regard to the coronavirus consists of the following persons:

  • Prof. Dr. Gerd Strohmeier, President of TU Chemnitz (Chairman)
  • Prof. Dr. Uwe Götze, Vice President for Transfer and Academic Qualification
  • Prof. Dr. Maximilian Eibl, Vice President for Academic and International Affairs
  • Prof. Dr. Jörn Ihlemann, Vice President for Research and Junior Researchers
  • Dr. Norbert Schettler, Representative of the Chancellor
  • Frank Hohaus/Dr. Philipp Cain, Representative of the Staff Council
  • Dr. Jens Teuscher, Commissioner of the University Management for Junior Researchers
  • Marius Hirschfeld, Commissioner of the University Management for Students/Representative of the Student Council (StuRa) in the crisis management team
  • Lothar Kempe, Head of the University Computer Center (URZ)
  • Monique Kautz, Head of the Office for Security at Work and Environment Protection (BfAU)
  • Diana Schreiterer, Assistant of the President/contact person of the university management on the topic of coronavirus

Chemnitz University of Technology will enter into extended stand-by operation starting May 4, 2020.

Within the bounds of this extended stand-by operation, it will be possible from 4 May 2020 in compliance with in part special hygiene concepts or hygiene and protection regulations ...

  • to use the University Library exclusively for the purpose of (interlibrary) loan.
  • to use laboratories, clean rooms, workshops, etc. exclusively for urgent and non-postponable work in teaching (especially theses) and research.
  • to teach a small number of selected courses, as long as they cannot be taught digitally and are approved after central prioritisation.
  • to conduct examinations, defences, or colloquia of theses, if not postponable or otherwise feasible, as face-to-face meetings.

Still not possible until further notice are face-to-face events of any kind (including committee meetings) and any kind of public access (e. g. in the Centre for Sports and Health Promotion, in the computer pools (training pools) managed by the University Computer Centre, in the Student Service Point, in the Central Examination Office, in the Central Course Guidance Service, in the International Office, in the Patent Information Centre, and in the Creative Centre).

On April 14, 2020, we became aware of a case of an infected employee from the Faculty of Natural Sciences. He is no longer subject to an officially ordered quarantine and has already recovered. On April 2, 2020, we became aware of a case of an infected employee from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. He is no longer subject to an officially ordered quarantine. Both employees had not been at Chemnitz University of Technology after their return from a risk area and will not be visiting their workplaces for the time being as a preventive measure.

The student from the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences who was infected with the coronavirus has also recovered and is no longer subject to an officially ordered quarantine.

There are currently no further suspected cases known.

The infected student at TUCed – An-Institut für Transfer und Weiterbildung GmbH is also no longer subject to an officially ordered quarantine and has recovered.

At noon on May 19, 2020, 202 people in Chemnitz have tested positive for the coronavirus, three of whom are treated in hospitals. Six people died.

Persons with cold symptoms are asked to contact their general practitioner or the Corona Ambulance in the Chemnitz Exhibition Centre (Monday to Friday, 10:00 a. m. to 5:00 p. m.). Further information is available on the websites of the City of Chemnitz.

The main factor in the spread of the coronavirus is time. In order to effectively contain the virus, there are therefore recommendations to extend the period of time within which new infections occur. This extension should ultimately keep the number of cases within the capacity limits of the health care system, i. e. there would be no danger of an abrupt overload of doctors, nursing staff and hospitals. Against this background, it is important for the university management to take targeted measures and thus make our contribution to the nationwide containment strategy of the coronavirus.

The Techniker Krankenkasse, a cooperation partner of Chemnitz University of Technology, has published a video on its YouTube channel to answer this question.

Yes, this is possible in coordination with the Chemnitz Health Authority. For this, it is essential that you provide the address of your secondary residence in Chemnitz before the test. Furthermore, it is possible that your general practitioner arranges a test at another laboratory.

A psychological emergency and counselling hotline for the corona crisis has been set up at Chemnitz University of Technology. It is an all-day telephone hotline staffed by highly qualified psychotherapists for people who need to talk or seek help with the current situation. 

You can reach the hotline from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., under the two telephone numbers +49 371/243 599 42 and +49 371/243 599 43.

If it becomes clear during the telephone call that you have a need for further discussion or are in need of treatment, you can be admitted as a patient by the Psychotherapeutic University Clinic (PHA-TUC GmbH) and receive psychotherapeutic care during consultation hours. Due to an exemption, this can also be done in the form of a video chat therapy via special secured data connections.

 

The Psychological Emergency and Counselling Hotline for the Corona Crisis was set up by the Chair of Clinical Psychology at Chemnitz University of Technology and the Psychotherapeutic University Clinic (PHA-TUC GmbH) under the direction of Prof. Dr. Stephan Mühlig and supported by the University Management of Chemnitz University of Technology.

The central contact person at Chemnitz University of Technology is Ms. Diana Schreiterer (phone +49 371 531-35267, e-mail: diana.schreiterer@...). In addition, Ms. Monique Kautz (phone +49 371 531-34254, e-mail: monique.kautz@...) is your contact person in the Office for Security at Work and Environment Protection (BfAU) at Chemnitz University of Technology.

You can reach the office of the President with questions

The office of the Vice Presidents can be contacted

In addition, you can also contact specific persons by telephone and/or e-mail. The staff of the President's office is largely working from home office. Please note that in the current situation there may be delays in responding to your request.

Yes, all buildings and facilities of Chemnitz University of Technology are closed since Monday, 23 March 2020, 5:00 p. m., until further notice. From this time on, no public access is allowed.

From May 4, 2020, Chemnitz University of Technology will enter the extended stand-by operation. Access to the building is only permitted to explicitly authorized persons (employees of the core team, students of approved classroom courses). Access for persons who are not members and relatives of Chemnitz University of Technology (employees of external companies etc.) is to be restricted to a minimum.

The buildings will be monitored by the security service. There will be increased patrols.

All buildings and facilities of Chemnitz University of Technology have been closed since Monday, 23 March 2020, 5:00 p. m., until further notice. From this time on, no public access is possible.

Even with the entry of Chemnitz University of Technology into the extended stand-by operation from May 4, 2020, access to the buildings is only permitted to explicitly authorized persons (employees of the core team, students of approved classroom courses). Access for persons who are not members and relatives of Chemnitz University of Technology (employees of external companies etc.) is to be restricted to a minimum. They are to be informed about the specific, currently valid hygiene measures. Their contact details as well as their times of entering and leaving have to be documented to allow the tracking of contact chains.

All other persons are currently prohibited from entering the buildings of Chemnitz University of Technology. The security service provider is requested to check that these regulations are observed.

In principle, the existing IT services provided by the University Computer Center (URZ) will remain available. For the provision of URZ services, however, delays may occur in some cases in the current situation.

Current IT recommendations for mobile work can be found on the URZ blog. The blog entries are constantly updated.

Online courses will continue to take place. For further information please visit the URZ website.

Both the user service and the computer pools maintained by the URZ are currently closed until further notice. The URZ dispatchers work in the home office and can be reached via the e-mail address support@....

If you want to address questions or problems to the URZ, please use only the service address (send your request by e-mail to support@...). Please include a short, concise keyword about your problem or question in the subject of the e-mail and we will process it promptly.

Since 25 March 2020, parcel/mail acceptance and distribution has been handled as follows:

I. The Central Post Office in Straße der Nationen 62 will remain open for the time being.

Opening Hours
Monday to Thursday
8:00 a. m. to 3:00 p. m. 
 
Friday
8:00 a. m. to 2:00 p. m. 

Individual arrangements for the collection of mail by the different branches are possible within the opening hours.

II. Internal mail courier service by DATA

There will be a daily tour between 8:30 and 10:45 a. m. to the usual stations, the previous second tour is cancelled.

The post office at Reichenhainer Straße 70 is open daily from 10.00 to 10.30 a. m. 

Erfenschlag will be covered in the first tour.

III. Parcel acceptance

All parcels are accepted at Straße der Nationen and from there they are forwarded by DATA Kurier to Reichenhainer Straße 70 (Post Office).

Note: As a precaution you can wear gloves when handling mail. If necessary, these can be obtained from the postal office at Straße der Nationen 62.

The Saxon State Ministry of Science, Culture and Tourism (SMWK) considers, if the existing legal possibilities (sufficiently known and practiced in normal operation) are not appropriate, in view of the current situation, the implementation of videoconferences by means of secure and data protection-compliant transmission to be legally justifiable, “as long as, on the basis of the Infection Protection Act, the leaving of the home accommodation and events and other gatherings are prohibited”. The SMWK expressly points out that …

  • meetings by videoconference should be limited “only to the absolutely important points” and those cases “in which circulation in writing or reduced membership numbers after reconvening do not lead to success”.
  • in the case of meetings by videoconference, a situation “similar to a face-to-face meeting” should be created where possible. This would mean that all participants could see each other and ensure and assure that no unauthorised participants are present. In addition, the meeting should be carefully recorded in minutes.
  • a possible requirement of openness to the public should also be observed in the case of video conferences (since according to § 56 SächsHSFG the Senate and the Extended Senate meet publicly at the university level and the Faculty Councils meet publicly at the faculty level). In doing so, either the respective public could be established with technical support or, according to § 56 para. 1 sentence 2 SächsHSFG, the public could be excluded – for which purpose a balancing of interests is necessary: “between the weighty interest in leaving the formation of opinion transparent and open” and “the weighty interests which argue for exclusion”, whereby reasons of health protection can be taken into account.

Please continue to ensure that …

  • it is pointed out that due to the current situation (“as long as, on the basis of the Infection Protection Act, the leaving of the home accommodation and events and other gatherings are prohibited”) the meeting is held as a video conference.
  • all those who must have de jure access to the session, also have de facto access to the session, and all those who must not have de jure access to the session, also have de facto no access to the session.
  • all participants in the meeting can be seen and heard clearly.
  • at the beginning of the meeting it is established who of the committee members is present (if necessary, written confirmations of the participants' presence at the video conference can be obtained by e-mail)
  • all legal requirements (proper convening of the meeting, quorum, majority requirements for resolutions, need for secret voting, rules on public or non-public voting, etc.) continue to apply and must be complied with.

In order to enable the TU committees to hold meetings via video conference during stand-by operation, the University Computer Center (URZ) has installed a server cluster for the BigBlueButton videoconferencing system. A first expansion stage of this videoconferencing system is already usable and will be expanded according to requirements in order to provide sufficient capacity. It is now possible to create virtual rooms individually and to provide them with password protection for specific publics or partial publics in order to realize committee meetings via video conferencing.

On the URZ web pages you will find a step-by-step guide as well as a FAQ section on the most frequently asked questions about using BigBlueButton.

Holding committee meetings via videoconference using BigBlueButton guarantees a secure and data protection compliant transmission. For this reason, please only use only the above mentioned conference system for virtual live events at TU Chemnitz.

The URZ has developed a special voting tool for voting in virtual TU committee meetings (classified as “secret” or “by name”): voting tool – you will also find detailed instructions for the tool. Access is only possible from the campus network. From outside, dial-in via VPN (Virtual Private Network is required. The voting system is currently being transferred from the test system to the production system. The URZ is happy to receive suggestions for improvement by e-mail to support@.... External committee members who do not have an account can apply for an account before the first meeting using the form. The chairperson of the committee must be indicated as the supervisor. Since personal documents may have to be checked when processing the application and access data may have to be sent by post, the application should be submitted 14 days in advance.

The system is only designed for temporary use during (extended) stand-by operation and is not intended as a permanent solution for later normal operation. In the tool, sessions can be created (e.g. a committee meeting). Several votes can be taken for each session. You should also manually maintain a list of persons authorized to vote for a session before starting.

The procedure works as follows:

  1. The voting manager enters a title and a text for the vote. If necessary, he or she adjusts the voters for this vote, for example, by excluding participants if they are biased or by adding additional participants to the list.
  2. The decision options are determined (e.g. yes/no/abstention).
  3. The voting manager determines whether the vote is to be secret or by name.
  4. The voting manager opens the vote. Each participant now receives an e-mail containing the subject of the vote, the decision options and a link to the vote. For secret votes, this e-mail also contains a secret voting code. This code is generated automatically and cannot be associated with any of the persons entitled to vote.
  5. Each participant casts his vote. To do so, he or she may have to enter the secret code. Everyone can only vote once. Only participants with voting rights can vote.
  6. When the voting manager ends the voting process, the preliminary result is determined. For secret votes, a list appears showing which code (but not which person) voted in what way. This allows all participants to verify that their vote has been correctly registered and has not been tampered with, without seeing who voted how.
  7. If there are no objections, the voting manager finally determines the result.

For questions regarding the creation of secret votes, the URZ now offers telephone support. Please announce the meetings until one week before the meeting date via e-mail to support@.... You will then receive the necessary contact details. In case the committee members have not yet used the voting tool, we recommend a test run before the first committee meeting. This will allow all participants to familiarize themselves with the tool and you will avoid unnecessary delays.

Please note that, for technical reasons, each participant must first have accessed the voting portal so that he or she can be entered as being entitled to vote by the voting manager. If you provide the URZ with the user IDs of the committee members in advance, the data can be entered in advance so that the additional step is not necessary.

How is the invoice processing done during the stand-by operation? Information on decentralized invoice processing during the corona crisis can be found on the Website of the Finance Department.

Work protection, work medicine

  1. Avoid direct contact with colleagues and other people. Use e-mail or telephone as means of communication.
  2. Keep a distance to other people (min. 1.5 to 2 metres). 
  3. Keep the greatest possible distance when coughing or sneezing. Cough and sneeze into the crook of your arm or into a paper handkerchief, which you then dispose of.
  4. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  5. Keep your hands away from your face, avoid touching your mouth, eyes, or nose with your hands.
  6. Do not share objects such as work materials with other people if possible. As a precaution, you can wear gloves when handling mail. If necessary, these can be obtained from the postal office at Straße der Nationen 62.
  7. Clean your workplace thoroughly, especially when leaving or entering the office if you have to share it with other people (e. g. keyboards). However, try to carry out absolutely necessary work only at individual workstations in separate rooms as best as you can.
  8. Ventilate the work areas about every 30 minutes, or more often depending on the size of the window, for about ten minutes. Ventilation and air conditioning systems can continue to be operated, as the risk of virus transmission is considered low.
  9. Use narrow lifts and staircases alone if possible.
  10. Wear a mouth-nose cover if contact with other people is unavoidable or if protective distances cannot be maintained. Employees can obtain appropriate everyday masks from the post office, Strasse der Nationen 62.

Please contact the regional health agency responsible for your place of residence immediately, e. g. the Public Health Office of the City of Chemnitz (citizen hotline) at +49 371 488-5321 or +49 371 488-5302. The Public Health Office will decide on the further procedure. In this case, please also contact the Human Resources Department (phone: +49 371 531-12200) immediately by telephone.

Information and offers on special questions about the coronavirus can be obtained from the hotline of the Medical Service IAS phone: +49 371 53362-0.

The occupational medical precaution G35 “Working abroad under special climatic and health stress” is included in the service program of the Medical Service of Chemnitz University of Technology. On request from the respective division, this can be registered with the Office for Security at Work and Environment Protection (BfAU) via Mr. Steffen Rau (phone: +49 371 531-34254, e-mail: steffen.rau@...).

Labour law

Yes, if you return from trips to risk areas or if you have had contact with a person who is proven to be infected with the coronavirus or if there is any other possibility that you may have been infected with the virus, please avoid contact with other people, do not come to work and first contact a doctor by telephone and seek advice. In this case, please contact the Human Resources Department (phone: 12200) immediately by telephone and do not come to work until an infection has been ruled out.

The Free State of Saxony also issued special rules for entry and return travelers on April 17, 2020. Persons who enter Saxony from abroad are therefore obliged to go directly to their home immediately after entry and to inform the health authority responsible for them about their entry. For reasons of protection against infection, they are ordered to undergo a mandatory two-week quarantine. Violations of these regulations are regarded as administrative offences and will be punished with fines. The regulation has been extended until the end of May 20, 2020.

If the health authority responsible for your place of residence orders that you are subject to a ban on professional activities or that you should remain in domestic isolation, please inform the Human Resources Department (phone: +49 371 531-12200) immediately and send them the relevant decision letter ordering domestic isolation. The same applies to the lifting of the ban on professional activities or domestic isolation.

If Chemnitz University of Technology closes down completely, the employees are prevented from starting work and the employer is in unable to accept the offered work. In this case, employees do not have to apply for vacation, overtime compensation or unpaid leave.

Preventive quarantine is an official measure in accordance with the Infektionsschutzgesetz (IfSG, Infection Protection Act). In purely formal terms, it is not a sick leave. According to § 56 para. 1 IfSG, anyone who is carrying a disease, is presumed to be carrying a disease, or may be subject to infection in the sense of § 31 sentence 2 IfSG and therefore is prohibited from working and suffers a loss of income, will receive monetary compensation. The same applies to persons who are sent into domestic isolation (quarantine) due to an infection or being suspects of infection. The compensation is in the amount of the sickness allowance that the public health insurance fund would also pay. According to § 56 para. 5 IfSG, the employer must pay the compensation instead of the responsible authority for the duration of the employment relationship, but for no longer than six weeks. The employer then has a claim for reimbursement against the authority in accordance with § 56 (5) IfSG. Pursuant to § 56, para. 11 IfSG, the claim must be made within three months of the cessation of the prohibited activity or the end of quarantine. For this purpose, the respective notifications of the responsible authority must be submitted.

If a viral disease has occurred and the employee is unfit for work as a result, there is a six-week entitlement to continued remuneration in accordance with § 3 (1) of the Entgeldfortzahlungsgesetz (EFZG, Continued Remuneration Act).

At Chemnitz University of Technology there is currently only a core team working - sometimes only on an hourly or daily basis according to urgent needs - which is necessary to maintain standby operations on site. The respective members of this team have been specifically appointed and informed by the University Management and the heads of the faculties, central institutions, and departments in coordination with the respective supervisors - taking social aspects into account. They are allowed to access the buildings in accordance with their work task. However, they are required to strictly follow the recommended hygiene measures.

Chemnitz University of Technology will enter into the extended stand-by operation starting May 4, 2020.

For the employees of Chemnitz University of Technology this means that from May 4, 2020 ...

  • all employees of Chemnitz University of Technology are instructed to continue to make use of mobile work as far as possible.
     
  • those employees who cannot, or cannot fully, continue to make use of mobile work, only return to their workplace - after consultation with their line manager - when they are absolutely necessary for the extended stand-by operation and infection protection is fully guaranteed. This includes the presence of disinfectant dispensers at the entrances to buildings, the availability of (everyday) masks or mouth-nose covers (the wearing of which is explicitly recommended by the state government of the Free State of Saxony) and, if necessary, other protective clothing (protective gloves etc.). Employees are also required to strictly follow the recommended hygiene measures, to work in separate rooms (individual workplaces e. g. in offices), to reduce contact with other employees to a necessary minimum (preferably communicate by telephone or e-mail) and otherwise to maintain minimum distances. If parallel use of workplaces is unavoidable (e. g. in laboratories, workshops, research halls), the number of persons must be kept as small as possible, the number of one person per 20 square metres must not be exceeded, and only the same groups of persons may be  present at the same time. If necessary, a shift system must be introduced in which the same persons are always present in a shift.
     
  • employees who belong to the risk group (definition according to RKI) can be allowed to stay home after consultation with their respective line manager, even if they cannot make use of mobile work. They do not have to apply for leave, overtime compensation, or unpaid leave and in this case they generally retain the right to remuneration. However, unless they have taken leave etc. or are on sick leave, they must be reachable by telephone and/or e-mail. The same applies to employees who do not wish to return to work for compelling reasons related to the current corona crisis, such as family members belonging to the risk group and living in the same household.

In view of the restrictions imposed by the Saxon state government, employees who are required to work (temporarily) on site to maintain minimum operations will receive a document confirming their need to be present at Chemnitz University of Technology in order to be granted unhindered access in the event of police checks. This document is issued exclusively by the respective faculty/central institution or the President and (representative of the) Chancellor for designated employees in the respective areas. The document is only valid in connection with the employee ID card of Chemnitz University of Technology. It is strongly recommended to carry an additional personal document in case of controls. Abusive issuance/use of the document is prohibited.

Update: In the Free State of Saxony, a new Corona Protection Regulation with slightly relaxed restrictions for public life will apply from April 20, 2020. Among other things, this states that the previously agreed output restrictions are lifted. Since it is now possible to leave one's own home without a valid reason, documents from the employer are no longer mandatory

On 30 April 2020, the state government of Saxony issued new regulations concerning the eligibility of emergency childcare in schools and day care in Saxony. In the general ruling of the Saxon State Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Cohesion (SMS) of 1 May 2020, Ref.: 15-5422/4 (valid until 22 May 2020), point 3 states:

“A right to emergency care exists if […] only one of the custodians for the child is active in the following areas and is prevented from caring for the child for professional and company reasons and care by the other custodian cannot be guaranteed:

  • [for] staff, insofar as they participate in approved events (courses, exams) of universities […]”

According to the general ruling, the "prerequisite for emergency care […] is that the children and their guardians

  • show no symptoms of the Covid-19 disease, and
  • have not been in contact with a person infected with SARS-CoV-2 or 14 days have elapsed since contact with a person infected with SARS-CoV-2 and they do not show symptoms of Covid-19. This does not apply to healthcare professionals who, in the course of their duties and using appropriate protective equipment, care for patients suffering from Covid-19.”

Point 4 also states the following: “Custodians shall provide written proof of their occupation to the management of the school or childcare facility using a dedicated form (Annex 2, available at www.coronavirus.sachsen.de). The proof requires written confirmation from the respective employer […], which also confirms that the custodian is absolutely necessary for the organisation. If this confirmation cannot be provided immediately, it can be submitted within one working day.“

After consultation with the Saxon State Ministry of Science, Culture, and Tourism (SMWK), “approved events” definitely include classroom teaching, attendance exams, as well as digital exams. Chemnitz University of Technology is strongly advocating that digital courses should also be included under the existing regulations. Should this be possible in the future, we will inform you immediately here.

Accordingly, Chemnitz University of Technology confirms the need for emergency care for professors and scientific staff who participate in classroom teaching as published in the course catalogue as well as approved online and attendance exams, upon their request. The same applies to non-scientific-technical employees who participate in the aforementioned courses and examinations.

For this purpose, the published form must be completed and submitted to the respective dean or the director of the Centre for Teacher Education (ZLB) for confirmation by stamp and signature, including the reason (indication of the respective course(s) or examination(s)). No further or prior examination by the Human Resources Department is required in these cases.

The completely filled in form serves as proof to the management of the school or childcare facility and must be submitted independently by the applicant.

Employees outside of the above-mentioned teaching and examination operations who belong to a core team in the critical area of the infrastructure of Chemnitz University of Technology are also entitled to emergency care if the other custodian is also working in a critical infrastructure.

In this case, the corresponding form is filled out and sent by the Human Resources Department. This requires an informal application, which includes the confirmation of the line manager about the membership in the core team and assignment to a critical area of the infrastructure of Chemnitz University of Technology.


Note: Kindergartens and primary schools in Saxony will switch to restricted regular operation from May 18, 2020. This step will no longer restrict the legal right to care and the obligation to attend school will once again apply to all pupils. This means that all parents will again have a right to the care of their children in kindergartens, crèches and after-school care centres. Further information can be found on the website of the Free State of Saxony on the corona virus.

Please note that the inability to work and its expected duration must be reported immediately and, if the inability to work lasts longer than three calendar days, a medical certificate confirming the existence of the inability to work and its expected duration must be submitted - regardless of whether you are working mobile work while on stand-by or not. During the stand-by operation, you can send a copy of the medical certificate in advance by e-mail to the secretariat responsible for you. From there, the medical certificate will be sent to the Human Resources Department.

During stand-by operation of Chemnitz University of Technology, the supervisor remains responsible for the approval of vacation and work time compensation as well as for changes to already approved vacation and work time compensation. This means that no special regulations have been introduced for the period of standby operation and that the decision remains the sole responsibility of the respective line managers.

However, they are asked to ensure that the absolutely necessary minimum level of operation is guaranteed during stand-by operation and that Chemnitz University of Technology is fully operational after stand-by.

Travel, business trips, stays abroad

From 15 May 2020, business trips may be approved for travel within Germany when compelling reasons are given, provided that the business activities cannot be postponed or conducted in an alternative format (e.g. by telephone or video conference). Consequently, business trips will only be possible as an exception requiring special justification and should be reduced to an absolute minimum.

Due to the existing travel warnings of the Federal Foreign Office, approval of business trips abroad is currently not possible.

The duration of the business trip is to be limited to the absolute minimum necessary, taking into account the regulations on reasonable travel expenses. The approval of business trips in connection with private travel is not possible. The business traveller is obliged to strictly observe the hygiene and protection regulations and to inform himself/herself about the specific regulations applicable on site regulated by the respective federal state and to comply with them accordingly. The use of a private motor vehicle or a rental car is to be preferred to the regular public means of transport and is recognised as a just cause.

Employees who are authorised to drive a company car are required to use a company car for business trips, subject to availability. The planning and preparation of business trips can begin if no costs are incurred in the planning phase, or if it is possible to cancel travel services free of charge or to postpone business trips free of charge.

Please note that the current situation is subject to strong dynamics. Therefore, it is advisable to check the current development on the website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) before starting a journey, even if it is only planned for the near future.

In this case, please contact the contact person in the responsible DAAD department directly, as the decision on how to deal with expenses already incurred can be made solely by the DAAD. The DAAD provides information on its website as well as a list of FAQs and gives advice for scholarship holders and those receiving funding. Please contact your international partners and inform them about the information provided by the DAAD. In order to avoid unnecessary costs, please take the decision to carry out measures together with your international partners in such a way that cancellations, especially of hotels, can still be made free of charge if possible. For measures that you plan to take in the course of this year, it is recommended that you book flights and accommodation that can be cancelled.

The DAAD has compiled information for project managers on how to proceed in the current situation with regard to the funding of persons and events and has sent it by e-mail to all project managers. A list of FAQs regarding project funding is also available on the website of DAAD. If you have any questions, please consult the contact persons for the respective funding programmes at the DAAD. In general, it is recommended to book cancellable flights and accommodation for measures you plan to take in the course of this year, if possible.

Mobile Work

Yes. Those employees who are not necessary to maintain standby operation must, unless they have taken leave etc. or are on sick leave, be reachable by telephone and/or e-mail, make use of mobile work where this appears possible and reasonable, and generally remain available for work on site. The definition of tasks is still the responsibility of the respective line managers, subject to the restrictions described above.

In principle, mobile work does not release you from your work contract obligations. In this respect, the time sheet must be completed in the usual form. If you cannot access your previously prepared time sheet while working mobile, please enter your working time in a new form (Download from the website of the Human Resources Department). The submission deadline for the month of March is extended to 6 May 2020. If it is impossible to work fully in mobile work, the contractually owed working time is considered to be fulfilled according to the reverse conclusion of the Fourth Open President's Letter and can be noted accordingly.

The University Computer Centre (URZ) offers comprehensive information and work recommendations for users on its blog. There you will find, among other things, instructions for the digital access to the TU workstations as well as for accessing project directories from home, recommendations for secure connections via VPN as well as information on mobile communication and availability.

If you have questions or problems that you would like to send to the URZ, please use only the ticket function (send your request by e-mail to support@...) and include a short, concise keyword about your problem or question in the subject of the e-mail.

In order to be available via telephone at the mobile workplace, the VoIP system offers various solutions:

  1. Call forwarding (German only)

    Call forwarding can be set up on the office telephone or in the IdM portal. (Please, add a „0” before!)

  2. Parallel call (“Mobile Connect”) (German only)

    Requests for parallel calls can be made in the VoIP area of the IdM portal.

  3. Use of the communication software Cisco Jabber (German only)
    • Use of the personal TU number for incoming and outgoing calls
    • Available for desktop systems and up-to-date, powerful mobile devices
    • Stabke internet connection required
    • Due to the heterogeneous conditions only limited support by the URZ

    Requests can be made via email to voip@....

Provided that the prerequisites for mobile work are generally met (see also Works Agreement Mobile Work; German only) and there are problems regarding telephone and/or Internet connection, a mobile connection may be provided for a limited period of time for the period of mobile work. Please contact section 3.2.1 - Procurement/CallCenter/IT via telephone (0371/531-12320) or e-mail.

Events

There are currently no regular lecture schedule that requires the physical presence of students, lecturers or visitors. Lecturers are required to offer courses digitally.

Within the bounds of the extended stand-by operation, it will be possible from May 4, 2020 in compliance with in part special hygiene concepts or hygiene and protection regulations ...

  • to teach a small number of selected courses, as long as they cannot be taught digitally and are approved after central prioritisation.
  • to conduct examinations, defences, or colloquia of theses, if not postponable or otherwise feasible, as face-to-face meetings.
     

The planning of events in the further course of the year at Chemnitz University of Technology can only be continued under the condition that, depending on the development of the spread of the coronavirus, a short-term cancellation cannot be ruled out.

Only if individual applicants do not give their consent and the selection or filling of the position cannot be postponed any further for operational reasons, interviews can be conducted on site. However, the general conditions of the hygiene concept must be observed.

Research

Information on externally funded research during the corona crisis can be found on the website of the Finance Department.

If you have any further questions, please contact the responsible experts of section 3.2.2 via telephone.

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has made the following arrangements to provide funding recipients and project staff with the greatest possible security for the continuation of their research projects:

The following applies to current projects tied to the budget year:

  • Approval and accounting periods will be extended until the end of the respective financial year without the need to submit a request to the DFG.
  • The deadline for submitting the use of funds statement in the 2019 calendar year will be extended to 30.06.2020 without the need to submit a request.
  • In general, it is possible to transfer funds from 2020 to the calendar year 2021, and this will be taken into account in justified cases.
  • Regulations for the employment of doctoral students in Research Training Groups with a 36-month duration can be extended by up to 12 months without incurring costs and without the approval of the DFG.

The following applies to ongoing projects that are not tied to the budget year:

  • Should additional requirements arise as a result of the containment measures, these can be applied for at the end of the project term.

The above-mentioned regulations are subject to the availability of funds from the federal and state governments.

Detailed information and the specific wording of the regulations can be found in a DFG document.

In view of the impact of the corona pandemic on the sciences and humanities, the DFG has extended the deadlines for participation in a number of its current calls for proposals. Further extensions will be granted should the need arise.

Interested scientists can find continuously updated information on this subject at the DFG website and there in the entries for the respective call for proposals.

For time sheets and activity reports in ESF- and EFRE-funded projects, due to the continuing requirements of the project sponsor, the Sächsische Aufbaubank, the original documents must be submitted with the required signatures. This also applies in particular to the proof of activities in ESF-funded doctoral projects. For direct EU research funding (HORIZON 2020), however, a list of the respective working hours is sufficient for the time being. However, the signed original timesheets must be kept and submitted in good time.

Allianz Versicherungs-AG, the vehicle liability insurer of a large number of the university's official and research vehicles, has informed us that it is now possible to suspend the insurance contracts without having to officially unregister the vehicles. This measure is applicable for a limited period of time up to May 31, 2020. One requirement is the complete cessation of use of the vehicle during the specified period. On the other hand, the vehicle must be secured outside the public traffic area during the temporary suspension, i.e. parked within a fenced area of the TU Chemnitz. No insurance premiums are charged for the period of suspension of the contracts.

If you wish to take advantage of this benefit for the official vehicles in your area of responsibility and do not need the vehicle during this period, please inform the office of Department 3.2 (sekretariat3.2@...), stating the vehicle, vehicle registration number, and the period of suspension. We ask for your understanding that the period of suspension is expected to last until at least April 20, 2020. Should it become necessary for urgent reasons to put the vehicle into operation before the end of the specified period, timely information prior to putting the vehicle into operation is necessary.

Stand-by operation of Chemnitz University of Technology

There is currently no regular lecture schedule that requires the physical presence of students, lecturers or visitors. Lecturers are required to offer courses digitally.

Within the bounds of the extended stand-by operation, it will be possible from May 4, 2020 in compliance with in part special hygiene concepts or hygiene and protection regulations ...

  • to teach a small number of selected courses, as long as they cannot be taught digitally and are approved after central prioritisation.
  • to conduct examinations, defences, or colloquia of theses, if not postponable or otherwise feasible, as face-to-face meetings.

The start of a few events requiring the physical presence of teachers and students has been postponed to 4 May 2020. Please note that initially only a few courses, unless they can be held digitally and released after central prioritisation, can be held as face-to-face courses and are subject to strict hygiene and protection regulations. Students can inform themselves in the constantly updated Vorlesungsverzeichnis (course catalogue) which attendance courses will be offered from 4 May 2020.

At the same time, digital teaching formats have already been offered since 6 April 2020 where the presence of teachers and students is not necessary. You can search the digital courses in the Vorlesungsverzeichnis (course catalogue). Please note: Our lecturers are currently designing new course concepts under great time pressure. The list is therefore constantly growing.

This cannot be said at this point in time and depends on developments in the coming days and weeks.

Here, direct clarification is provided by the faculties or the Zentrum für Lehrerbildung (ZLB, Centre for Teacher Training). In consultation with the deans or deans of studies as well as the Central Examination Office, accommodating solutions, such as a postponement, are being considered.

Note for the teaching profession: Practical courses in the current school year are no longer possible. Neither students nor university teaching staff currently have the right of access to the schools to realize practical courses. Up-to-date information can be found on the website of the ZLB.

The Student Secretariat is temporarily closed to the public. However, contact persons can be reached by telephone during office hours. Outside office hours you can also contact the Student Service Point by e-mail. However, only a limited working capacity can be guaranteed. You can find more information on the contact page of the Student Service Point.

Advice from the Central Student Advisory Office, the International University Centre and TU4U is available by telephone during office hours and by e-mail outside office hours. The Student_innenrat (StuRa, Student Council of Chemnitz University of Technology) also offers advice and maintains a FAQ with further information.

Further advice and support services at Chemnitz University of Technology as well as a FAQ area with more than 120 frequently asked questions about studying can be found online.

Important information regarding the IT infrastructure can be found on the blog of the URZ. If you have questions or problems, please use only the ticket function (send your request by e-mail to support@... and include a short, concise keyword about your problem or question in the subject of the e-mail.

No, unrestricted use is not possible for the time being. The training pools managed by the University Computer Centre (URZ) were closed on 13 March 2020, 4:00 pm.

No, unrestricted use is not possible until further notice. From May 4, 2020, however, it is permitted to use the University Library exclusively for the purpose of (interlibrary) loan. Please note the hygiene concept of Chemnitz University of Technology and the additional special notes on the lending and inter-library loan of the University Library.

The electronic services are available as usual. Borrowed literature is automatically renewed. Further information is published on the University Library's website.

The gym of the Center for Sports and Health Promotion (ZfSG) at Chemnitz University of Technology is closed until further notice due to the spread of the coronavirus. All other courses have also been cancelled until further notice. Further information can be found on the website of the ZfSG.

Access to the building cannot be granted during the current stand-by operation or is prohibited for students. Therefore, updating of student ID cards cannot be carried out at the terminal at the moment, if not already done.

On the website of the Student_innenrat (StuRa, Student Council of Chemnitz University of Technology) you will find further information on this topic.

Yes, time sheets can also be submitted electronically with the signature of the supervisor to the Human Resources Department, Department 2.2 by e-mail nadin.arndt@....

The Human Resources Department makes every effort to realize all legally possible further employment. In consultation with the respective supervisor, the monthly number of hours agreed in the employment contract is to be performed in mobile work.

On 30 April 2020, the state government of Saxony issued new regulations concerning the eligibility of emergency childcare in schools and day care in Saxony. In the general ruling of the Saxon State Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Cohesion (SMS) of 1 May 2020, Ref.: 15-5422/4 (valid until 22 May 2020), point 3 states:

“A right to emergency care exists if […] only one of the custodians for the child is active in the following areas and is prevented from caring for the child for professional and company reasons and care by the other custodian cannot be guaranteed:

  • [for] staff, insofar as they participate in approved events (courses, exams) of universities and […] and students, insofar as they participate in these events”.

According to the general ruling, the "prerequisite for emergency care [...] is that the children and their guardians

  • show no symptoms of the Covid-19 disease, and
  • have not been in contact with a person infected with SARS-CoV-2 or 14 days have elapsed since contact with a person infected with SARS-CoV-2 and they do not show symptoms of Covid-19. This does not apply to healthcare professionals who, in the course of their duties and using appropriate protective equipment, care for patients suffering from Covid-19”.

Point 4 also states the following: „Custodians shall provide written proof of their occupation to the management of the school or childcare facility using a dedicated form (Annex 2, available at www.coronavirus.sachsen.de). The proof requires written confirmation from the respective employer […], which also confirms that the custodian is absolutely necessary for the organisation. If this confirmation cannot be provided immediately, it can be submitted within one working day. […] In the case of students, proof is provided by confirmation from the examination offices.

After consultation with the Saxon State Ministry of Science, Culture, and Tourism (SMWK), “approved events” definitely include classroom teaching, attendance exams, as well as digital exams. Chemnitz University of Technology is strongly advocating that digital courses should also be included under the existing regulations. Should this be possible in the future, we will inform you immediately here.

TU Chemnitz therefore confirms the need for emergency care for students who participate in classroom courses published in the course catalogue as well as in online and attendance exams, upon their application.

The following data must be sent to the Central Examination Office (ZPA) via e-mail (zpa@...), thus indicating the need for emergency support:

  • Last name, first name of the student
  • Matriculation number
  • Name and event number of the course or exam
  • Name of the lecturer or examiner

The form required for presentation to the management of the school or the childcare facilities is then completed by the ZPA and sent to the student by mail. The name of the child is then added by the student.


Note: Kindergartens and primary schools in Saxony will switch to restricted regular operation from May 18, 2020. This step will no longer restrict the legal right to care and the obligation to attend school will once again apply to all pupils. This means that all parents will again have a right to the care of their children in kindergartens, crèches and after-school care centres. Further information can be found on the website of the Free State of Saxony on the corona virus.

New:Digitales Learning

Tips for structured work, hints on digital tools as well as on learning together in virtual rooms are summarized on the e-learning websites of Chemnitz University of Technology.

In addition, the TU4U team offers support for self-studying and studying online. In order to master the summer semester 2020 in a well-organized and motivated way, the team has put together a lot of valuable information on its website on the topics of online learning from home, dealing with procrastination, and support with writing projects.

The Chair of Personality Psychology and Diagnostics has published a short and compact “Survival Kit” (PDF) for successful studies in the 2020 summer semester.

General information on how to participate in courses using the BigBlueButton videoconferencing system is published on the website of the University Computing Centre. On YouTube you will find a video explaining how to use BigBlueButton.

General information on how to participate in courses which are realized with the teaching and learning platform OPAL can be found on the e-learning websites of Chemnitz University of Technology. Among other information, video tutorials for the use of the learning platform are available there.

In the OPAL teaching and learning platform there are various ways to contact the lecturers of a course via e-mail. You can find detailed information on the blog of the URZ.

Examinations

With the step into stand-by operation from Monday, 23 March 2020, 5:00 p. m., exams on the premises of Chemnitz University of Technology were prohibited and should be postponed if possible. The Chairmen of the Examination Committees were asked to consider alternative exam types favourably. Furthermore, the University Management has given the Chairmen of the Examination Committees the opportunity to allow oral examinations and defences or colloquia of theses via video conference. The rules for this can be found in the tab “Lecturers” under the question “How can I carry out exams under the given conditions?”.

As part of the extended stand-by operation of Chemnitz University of Technology, it is now possible from Monday, May 4, 2020, in compliance with special hygiene and protection regulations, to conduct examinations, defences or colloquia of final theses within the framework of face-to-face events, unless postponed or otherwise feasible.

It was generally decided that...

  • exams can be planned for June at the earliest and the respective exam dates can only be announced with reservations. A final decision on whether they can take place will be made in the penultimate week of May.
  • oral exams may only be held face-to-face if they cannot be rescheduled or conducted online and the hygiene and protection regulations can be observed.

Students can cancel examinations - also in case of third attempt - immediately and without giving reasons until the resumption of regular teaching activities.

Furthermore, the deadlines for handing in homework and final papers have been extended: The period from including 11 March 2020 until one week after resuming the regular presence operation, i. e. opening the university library, computer pools and laboratories to students, is excluded from the counting of deadlines for homework and final papers.

This means, using the example of the case of regular presence operation starting on 4 May:

  • The deadlines for all papers registered before 11 March are automatically extended by 61 days (21 in March, 30 in April, 10 in May).
  • The deadlines of all works registered from 11 March onwards and before the end of stand-by operation are only counted from 11 May onwards.

The usual rights of students, such as the extension of deadlines for final papers, remain unaffected.

The above-mentioned regulations for students regarding the cancellation of examinations and the extension of deadlines for the submission of homework and final papers will continue to apply unchanged in the extended stand-by operation from May 4, 2020.

The Central Examination Office (ZPA) is temporarily closed to the public. However, contact persons can be reached by phone during office hours. Outside office hours you can also contact the Central Examination Office with your request by e-mail. However, only a limited work capacity can be guaranteed. You can find more information on the contact page of the ZPA.

Application, enrolment, feedback

The Central Course Guidance Service (ZSB) is temporarily closed to the public. However, the student advisors provide answers to questions about studying under the hotline +49 371 531-55555 from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a. m. to 3:00 p. m. The team helps students with problems concerning the course of study and prospective students with questions about the more than 100 courses offered by Chemnitz University of Technology, about study requirements, application and admission deadlines as well as the enrolment process.

Outside office hours, you can also contact the Central Course Guidance Service with your request by e-mail. You can find more information on the contact page of the ZSB.

TU4U counselors are also available for individual counselling via phone and e-mail. Further information can be found on the TU4U website.

Further advice and support services at Chemnitz University of Technology as well as a FAQ area with more than 120 frequently asked questions about studying can be found online. An overview of studying at Chemnitz University of Technology can also be found on the landing page Studying in Chemnitz.

Please send your documents by mail to the Student Service Point (address: TU Chemnitz, Studentensekretariat, 09107 Chemnitz). Your documents, even if they arrive late, will then be processed further. Please also use the postal service for other written correspondence concerning the organisation of your studies, such as applications for exmatriculation. You can find more information on the website of the Student Service Point.

BAföG

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has issued a decree that BAföG recipients should not suffer any disadvantages from the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that even if schools or universities are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, those receiving BAföG will continue to receive their funding. BAföG will therefore continue to be paid even if the university closes due to the pandemic and lectures or examination dates are cancelled. Unavoidable interruptions in training due to the pandemic also constitute a serious reason within the meaning of § 15 Section 3 BAföG. This also applies when, for example, exams are postponed until after the standard duration of study. According to § 48 para. 2 BAföG, the submission date for certificates of achievement may also be postponed accordingly.

In current funding periods, this usually does not require any action to be taken. The funding will continue to be paid despite university closure. If a funding period has expired, students should simply continue to submit BAföG applications in a timely manner.

The Rectorate of Chemnitz University of Technology has also agreed, following a vote in the State Rectors' Conference, not to count the summer semester 2020 towards the standard period of study for all students in accordance with § 20 para. 5 SächsHSFG.

Up-to-date information can be found on the BMBF website.

If it is not possible to provide proof in any other way, it may be necessary to submit proof that the study achievements remaining open at the end of the standard duration of study, for example, could not be provided due to the pandemic-related closures. In case of doubt, the Studentenwerk Chemnitz-Zwickau requires information on the period of closure and which academic achievements could not be completed as a result.

Further information and contact persons can be found on the website of the Studentenwerk Chemnitz-Zwickau.

The general obligation to present proof of performance has not been lifted. Rather, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has clarified that delays in studies due to pandemic-related closures are a reason that may justify a delayed submission of the certificate of achievement. However, this is no general rule, but rather requires a dedicated application. Therefore, applicants must submit a certificate of achievement with their application for the 5th semester. If it is negative, an application according to § 48 Abs. 2 BAföG must be made. If it can be plausibly explained that no positive proof of performance can be presented because certain achievements could not be made due to the pandemic-related closures, the application is then granted without further ado. The applicant then has a certain period of additional time to provide evidence of the performance of the 4th semester.

If the non-submission of the proof of performance required according to § 48 paragraph 1 BAföG is based on the fact that these could not be issued by the responsible office due to restrictions/discontinuation of the university operation or with a delay, this is also not damaging for the receipt of BAföG benefits. In this case, funding can also be granted without the certificate as an exception. The applicant must submit a declaration that he/she has actually performed/completed the relevant examination.

Up-to-date information can be found on the BMBF website.

Semester abroad, travel and information for international students

It is currently not possible to assess whether currently planned stays abroad at partner universities in the near future can be started regularly, as the situation and protective regulations regarding the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) are also constantly changing in other countries. However, the International Office (IUZ) is in constant contact with the foreign partner universities and can provide information on the current status if required. If you have any questions, please contact the IUZ (e-mail: iuz@..., phone +49 371 531-13500). In principle, Chemnitz University of Technology advises against spending a semester abroad in one of the towns and regions classified as risk areas. Before leaving the country, students should in any case find out whether their host university is located in one of the current risk areas.

In the case that you have already started your semester abroad, please contact the IUZ (e-mail: iuz@..., phone +49 371 531-13500) should your status, the status of your host university or your local situation change.

The Free State of Saxony issued special rules for entry and return travelers on April 17, 2020. Persons who enter Saxony from abroad are therefore obliged to go directly to their home immediately after entry and to inform the health authority responsible for them about their entry, e. g. the public health department of the city of Chemnitz at +49 371 488-5321 (hotline citizen's telephone) or +49 371-488-5302. The public health department then decides on the further procedure. Persons who enter or return to Germany after a stay abroad of several days are usually ordered to undergo a mandatory two-week quarantine to protect against infection. Violations of these regulations are regarded as administrative offences and will be punished with fines. The regulation has been extended until the end of May 20, 2020.

See also: “Should I inform the university if I was last in one of the risk areas or had contact with infected persons?" in the tab "Employees" under the heading "Personnel Law”.

We are working on an agreement with the Foreigner's Registration Office in this regard. If there are any changes, you will receive more detailed information here.

The decision whether students from abroad come to Chemnitz is their own responsibility or depends on the applicable official regulations. Please refer to the website of the Foreign Office for information on the modalities of entering Germany. At present, a two-week domestic quarantine is in force for persons entering or returning to Germany after a stay abroad of several days. See also: "What do I have to do if I arrive from a risk area?".

Please note: The regulations can change at any time and at very short notice, depending on the situation. For this reason

If your delayed arrival is a consequence of circumstances caused by the coronavirus, the Student Service Point will handle your delayed enrolment after 30 April 2020 favorably. Please contact the Student Service Point in this case via e-mail: admission@....

On the website of the Student_innenrat (StuRa, Student Council of Chemnitz University of Technology) you can also find more information on this topic.

From May 6, 2020, the Foreigners Office of the city of Chemnitz will be open for personal appointments. In order to ensure protection against infection, it is always necessary to make an appointment in advance by phone +49 371 488-3371. Mouth-nose mask must be worn when visiting the authority.

If you have any questions, you can also contact the Foreigners Authority by e-mail auslaenderbehoerde@stadt-chemnitz.de

On the website of the Student_innenrat (StuRa, Student Council of Chemnitz University of Technology) you can also find more information on this topic.

CORONA: FAQ Virtualization of teaching

In light of the situation caused by the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), Chemnitz University of Technology has set up a crisis management team to define and initiate all necessary measures. One of the measures – in coordination with the Saxony State Rectors' Conference and the responsible ministry – is to postpone the start of on-site teaching until May 4, 2020 at the earliest. Nevertheless, the semester will begin as usual at the beginning of April and it is the stated goal to offer teaching formats as early as possible where the presence of teachers and students is not necessary. The University President informs in open letters about the situation.

The following FAQ provides answers to the most important questions regarding a fast – not perfect – virtualization of teaching in response to the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Even though some of the proposed solutions can be used permanently, this is not the case with all of them: A video recording of a lecture, for example, is better than no lecture at all, but this is still not e-learning.

The FAQ will be continuously updated. It also lives on your assistance. If you have a question that should be answered here, or content that should be referred to here, please write an e-mail to Ms. Sandra Rechenberg: rsa@....

Please fill out the online form for the registration of digital courses . Here you can enter the courses that you can offer as online courses already in April. Just enter the course number of your course, as it is listed in the course catalogue, and the starting date. The course catalogue will be updated accordingly. Here you can enter the courses that you can offer as online courses already in April. Just enter the course number of your course, as it is listed in the course catalogue, and the starting date. The course catalogue will be updated accordingly.

When creating digital teaching and learning formats, you should also consider students with chronic illnesses, disabilities or in special situations, e.g. students with children and relatives in need of care.

In general, online formats are very welcome, as they can make it easier to reconcile the individual situation with studying. Students with hearing and visual impairments are particularly dependent on digital accessibility. However, in order to ensure that no students are excluded (albeit certainly unintentionally), a number of organisational aspects need to be considered when designing digital courses in times of the corona crisis: If the following requirements cannot yet be fully met due to the current workload and time pressure when redesigning courses, reference should be made to compensation of disadvantages for students with disabilities and chronic illnesses during their studies in accordance with § 5 no. 12 Saxon Law on Freedom of Higher Education (Sächsisches Hochschulfreiheitsgesetz) and with regard to exams in accordance with § 34 paragraph 3 Saxon Law on Freedom of Higher Education (with reference to § 5 paragraph 2 of all examination regulations of Chemnitz University of Technology).

Concrete possibilities of support and further information can be found in a PDF document of the coordinator for inclusion and contact person for students with disabilities at Chemnitz University of Technology.

The Information and Counselling Centre for Studying and Disability (IBS) of the Deutsches Studentenwerk e. V. has published a guide (German only) that contains numerous best practices on this topic.