Any information for students

Last Friday (13.03.2020) we informed you that the university will suspend its classroom teaching until April 19. There are now numerous questions in this context that we will try to clarify as soon as possible.

We base our decisions on the following priorities:

  1. The most important thing is the health of every individual and our active contribution to curbing the spread of the corona virus. This means that we do not hold any courses in which students and teachers have to travel and / or meet physically. This applies regardless of the number of people affected and the location and also affects e.g. Colloquia and oral exams (see below for details)
  2. The second priority is to enable students to continue their studies and to be able to complete them within the standard period of study. This leads to the maintenance of teaching without physical contact and / or travel activities including the design of exams. Wherever possible, self-study and digital media are used for teaching and exams.
  3. The third priority is to avoid special hardships in individual cases. This also includes taking into account the fact that not all students have fast Internet access. It should also be noted that you as a student have to complete your study and examination workload at the end of the semester.

The quality of teaching and the achievement of qualification goals must not be endangered!

Here you will find further information from the departments on how to deal with the current situation:

Against this background, the following was ordered, initially for the period from March 16. - April 19.


Suspicion of a SARS-CoV-2 infection is considered to be justified when staying in risk areas up to max. 14 days before the onset of illness and / or upon contact with a S confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infected up to max. 14 days before the onset of illness.

A suspected SARS-CoV-2 infection is considered confirmed if the results of the laboratory examination are positive.

If there is reason to suspect that you have been infected with the SARS-CoV-2, call your family doctor immediately. Never go to your doctor yourself.

Then possibly contact your responsible health authority.




What symptoms are triggered by the SARS-CoV-2?

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI): cough, runny nose, sore throat and fever, some sufferers also suffer from diarrhea.


How is the virus transmitted?

Primarily via airway secretions.

Also questionable is fecal-oral transmission - detection of coronaviruses in stool samples from infected people has been demonstrated.


How can I protect myself from infection?

The 10 most important hygiene tips from the Federal Center for Health Education provide a good overview to protect yourself from infectious diseases, such as: B. Regular and thorough hand washing, keep hands away from your face, sneeze in the crook of your arm or a handkerchief and keep your distance in case of illness. We also advise you to largely avoid shaking hands.

The suspension of teaching concerns face-to-face teaching. The online degree programs are only affected to the extent that the face-to-face events are also suspended. 

The following applies to face-to-face teaching: wherever possible, teaching staff will continue teaching. Taking the above principles into account, this must not lead to group work or the presence of several students at a specific location. 

Moodle courses, the dfn network or other tools for digital teaching, but also e.g. the self-study. The university computing center and the campus didactics support all teachers as much as possible

As stated above, no gatherings and travel activities should take place. For the time being, Bachelor and Master theses can generally be graded without a colloquium if students and examiners agree.

Alternatively, online colloquia are possible if they are technically possible and both students and examiners agree. If both alternatives are not possible, the colloquium will be postponed to a later date to be determined.

Oral exams, including the supplementary oral exam, can also be conducted online or by telephone. Here, the period within which the supplementary oral exams have to be taken is initially extended until May 31, 2020.

In any case, students must declare that they are

  • have taken note of the examination date in advance and
  • are health-wise able to take the exam and
  • pass the test without outside help.

If the examiners suspect fraud during the supplementary oral examination, you can abort the examination and set a later examination date.

It is forbidden for students, lecturers and project clients to come together for the purpose of the course. No matter where.

If an agreement with the project client is possible via telephone, video or online conference, this can be done. It is important that the subsequent project work can only be carried out using this media and that no joint meetings, discussions, workshops etc. may take place.

If you are currently doing internships or practical phases at companies or institutions, please decide independently and in consultation with the company or institution whether you want to continue or interrupt them. If you have to interrupt or abort your internship or your internship phase, please inform your department immediately.

The university endeavors to ensure that the outbreak of the corona pandemic does not have any negative effects on your studies. However, this will not always be possible without exception. Where no achievements are performed, no recognition can be given.

However, students who are currently in the internship semester or in the practical phase and who are affected by plant closings or short-time work can apply to the responsible examination committee for recognition of the practical phase, if

  • at least half of the planned practical phase is demonstrated and
  • the continuation of the practical phase is impossible due to plant closings and / or short-time work (a certificate from the practical office must be enclosed) and
  • the other services for the recognition of the internship semester or the practical phase have been performed (e.g. report and / or presentation).

It may be that, in addition to the previous practice phase, additional tasks have to be processed.

Should students be able to work in  home office for their company or the non-university institution, this will be counted like regular working hours. The same applies if the business interruption takes place only temporarily and there is the possibility to make up the practice time. In this sense, rules for uninterrupted performance of the practical phase are currently suspended. In any case, the students need a corresponding certificate from their employer.

This does not apply to internship semesters or practical phases where the duration is prescribed by professional law (e.g. for the degree program in nautical and maritime transport, childhood education). Possibly you will find further regulations and your contact persons on the information pages of the respective departments.

Consultation hours must also be carried out online or by telephone until further notice.

If ongoing tests have to be continued for the processing of final theses (Bachelor / Master) at the university, this falls under research that is currently not yet suspended. Please contact your university advisor regarding access to the university.

Attempts that are carried out at the university or elsewhere outside of the personal home environment and that apply to the preparation of homework, seminar work, technical projects or internship services must be discontinued and may not be continued.

For all other forms of theses and homework, where students may come together, the same applies as mentioned above under project events.

Until further notice, registrations for theses are also possible without the examiner's signature. Confirmation emails from first and second examiners must be enclosed with the applications.

In individual cases, it may happen that certain services that are required for registration for the final thesis cannot be provided on time due to the corona virus. In these cases, the  chairperson  of he examination board carries out a case-by-case examination  to determine whether approval can still be granted.

Theses and homework may not be handed in personally until further notice. The submission should be done electronically, either via the university email or via a central Moodle course at the Admission and Examiniatio office (information on this will follow). The affidavit must be scanned.

If a printed version is planned, it must be sent by post.

In addition, if the timely submission is not possible for reasons for which you are not responsible (e.g. closure of the libraries, business interruptions), the chairpersons of the Examination Board can also approve an extension of the submission deadline, even beyond the period actually specified in the examination regulations.


Moodle courses have been set up for the electronic submission of bachelor and master theses. As of now, please upload all bachelor and master theses there. In contrast to sending e-mail, there is no size limit here. The receipt is also logged. The work is then forwarded to the first supervisor.

Instructions for uploading are attached here.

You can find the corresponding Moodle courses here

Faculty of Maritime Sciences 

Faculty of Social Work and Health

Faculty of Business Studies

Faculty of Technology / E+I

Faculty of Technology / M 

Faculty of Technology / N 

Until further notice, students can fill out all applications and application forms, print them out and submit them with their signature as a scan by email. If students do not have a scanner, it is sufficient to submit the completed form without a signature by email. The name and student ID number of the students must be stated in the email.

Excursions are not allowed until further notice.

The examination performance is based on the examination regulations and / or the module description. The teaching staff may deviate from this this semester if this enables the organization of the event and taking the examination and the competences to be achieved are (largely) ensured. For example, a presentation or a poster presentation can be converted into homework, or a presentation can be omitted. The students are to be informed about this in a suitable manner and at an early stage.

If – after  you (hopefully) have successfully completed your studies - you want to de-register in the next few weeks, it is sufficient to submit the de-registration application to the Admission and Examination Office. The submission must also be made by post. The discharge certificate provided on the corresponding form does not currently have to be countersigned by the various institutions.

Together with the application, the campus card and any door cards and transponders issued must be send as well.

Since many questions about studying from home arise daily, there is now a suitable Moodle course room to answer them. Here you can ask your questions about studying in various forums and exchange information. You will also find great learning tips in the Moodle course!

Sign up for the course, ask your questions and give your fellow students tips on how to study from home! You can also share your experiences and discover new tools to successfully continue your studies online!

You can find the course at Moodle under "Studium trotz Corona - wichtige Infos, Tipps und Tricks rund um dein Studium von Zuhause".


Die Task Force besteht aus folgenden Personen:

Manfred Nessen (Präsidium)
Carsten Wilken (Präsidium)
Wilfried Grunau (Präsidialbüro/Pressestelle) 
Jörg Bürgener (Arbeitssicherheit) 
Uwe Hampel (Liegenschaften)
Andrea Meyenburg (International Office)
Tanja Ammermann (Personalabteilung)
Nicole Sawicki (Personalabteilung)
Benjamin Breuer (health&sports)
Sylvia Laczkiewicz (health&sports)
Günter Müller (HRZ)