Newsticker: Information on the coronavirus

September 30, 2022

The university management informs employees, students and applicants/prospective students continuously about current developments regarding the coronavirus. Information on examinations, studies, digital teaching, enrolment, work organisation and childcare.

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September 30, 7:30 a.m.: Updated version of the hygiene concept published

The Rectorate has approved changes made to the University of Stuttgart's Hygiene Concept. These relate to point 2.3: The regulations on remote working published in July 2022 have now been incorporated into the hygiene concept.

The updated version 18.0 is valid until March 31, 2023 and is available on the Hygiene Concept website.

Latest updates

FAQs – Questions and answers on the current situation

Teaching and studying

Wearing (preferably) an FFP2 mask, or a medical-grade mask is generally always recommended while in university buildings.

We are currently hopeful that we will be able to conduct the 2022/23 winter semester largely onsite at the university and not online, as we did during the summer semester. Nevertheless, we must be prepared for the unexpected, as we do not yet know whether the new Infection Protection Act, which is due to come into effect at the end of September, will contain regulations that could possibly affect university operations under certain conditions.

Accordingly, it is important that the established flexible settings that allow for short-term changes between onsite and online learning remain in place when planning and implementing teaching during the winter semester. In doing so, we must adhere to the guidelines upon which the aforementioned settings are based, as well as building on the experiences of previous semesters. It is also important to take students' concerns into account, and limit the necessary additional work for teachers, compared to purely online teaching.

The primary goal is to ensure that students can continue to study, and to do this, to the greatest possible extent, within the framework of a semester of onsite teaching.

The Technical Services for Information and Communication (TIK) is making various interactive forums available in ILIAS, where teachers, students and employees can exchange views on all subjects relating to digital teaching. Everyone is welcome to pose questions or formulate ideas, which can then be answered or discussed by the other participants. This results in valuable suggestions and helpful solutions. Seven of these forums already exist, including on legal issues, but also about the tools used in digital teaching, such as ILIAS and Webex. Frequently asked questions will be collected and given an authorized and reliable answer and then listed in a list of FAQs at the beginning.

A list of available e-learning tools has been compiled on the TIK web page. These include information about:

Useful Webex links:

#digital #e-learning #Webconferencing #Webex #Livestream #Cloud #Video

All information on this Corona webpage ist relevant for international students. In addition, the International Office has collected information especially for international students at the University of Stuttgart on its COVID-19 webpage. International students can find information concerning residence permit, financial support, contact persons and social activies.

As of April 3, 2022, the collection of attendance documentation and 3G verification checks will no longer be conducted at the University of Stuttgart. The campUSticket and the cactUS system are therefore not currently required.

However, the reader devices in lecture halls, seminar and practice rooms and in study rooms will not be removed for the time being, because it is impossible to foresee the future development of infection rates and the associated changes to the Corona regulations. The reader devices will remain electronically connected, but reports and data will no longer be stored or transmitted.

Please keep the blank cards issued for the campUSticket. If you have any questions, please email cactUS.

Since April 24, 2021, all students with children are allowed to send their children to emergency daycare at school or nursery.

A current enrollment certificate and a print-out from C@MPUS, detailing the courses you need to attend, may be used as proof (or if you are currently writing your thesis, then proof of registration from the Examination Office). The University of Stuttgart is unable to issue students with proof of indispensability.

Following learning spaces for students of the University of Stuttgart are available:

  • Learning space in the former campus.guest, Universitätsstraße 30, Campus Vaihingen (single-user learning room)
  • Universum im Pfaffenwaldring 45, Campus Vaihingen (single-user learning room)
  • Learning space Pfaffenwaldring 5 c

There is no longer a need to register in advance or reserve a space to use the learning spaces. In addition, there is no longer an obligation to wear the protective mask during the stay and there is no longer a need to present 3G proof.

Examinations

During examinations, exam candidates may remove their mask. Nevertheless, we strongly recommend that you voluntarily wear an FFP2 mask especially if a safety distance of 1.5 meters cannot be kept. Furthermore, those taking part in an examination may also remove their masks to enable identification.

For more information on the mask requirement, see the Teaching and Learning FAQ "When and where do I have to wear a mask?"

Certain individuals are currently prohibited from entering the University and are banned from attending courses offered by the University. Please read the detailed information on the access and participation ban carefully.  

There is no longer a 3G requirement for study operations as of April 2, 2022.

After the Corona Guidelines for University Operations expired on April 2, 2022 and the current Corona Guidelines of the State of Baden-Württemberg no longer contain any regulations restricting university operations, oral and written examinations can once again be conducted onsite, in accordance with the study and examination regulations of the individual study programs.

Insofar that the University of Stuttgart's Corona Statutes regulate exceptions to the rules stated in the study and examination regulations, it should be noted that the holding of onsite examinations is currently no longer restricted by the Corona Guidelines. More information about exceptions for oral examinations can be found in the FAQ on oral examinations.

Special Corona-related regulations for cancellation of exam registration no longer apply for the summer semester 2022. The usual regulations specified in the examination regulations apply for the individual study programs.

In accordance with this, it is possible to cancel your registration without giving a reason up to seven days before the exam is due to take place. However, this deadline is shorter for course examinations (lehrveranstaltungsbegleitende Prüfungen – LBP). For these examinations, you must cancel your registration by the end of the examination registration period. In some of the older examination regulations, it is not possible to cancel your registration for course examinations (LBP) without giving a reason. The same applies for repeat examinations. It is also not possible to cancel your registration for these examinations without giving a reason. Please check which cancellation regulations apply for you by referring to the examination regulations for your study program.

In all cases where the examination regulations do not allow cancellation without good reason, it is only possible to cancel your exam registration if you are able to give a good reason (illness, for example) and this must be approved by the Head(s) of the Examination Committee. This also applies if, for example, you are unable to take part in an onsite examination due to the quarantine rules that apply if you have tested positive for the Corona virus.

Further information about cancelling examination registration can be found on the examination organization webpage.

After the Corona Guidelines for University Operations expired on April 2, 2022 and the current Corona Guidelines of the State of Baden-Württemberg no longer contain any regulations restricting university operations, oral examinations can once again be conducted onsite, in accordance with the study and examination regulations of the individual study programs. In certain cases, where it is justified, the regulations specified in the University of Stuttgart's Corona Statutes (cf. §§ 2 and 5) state that oral examinations may still be conducted by video conference if students are unable to attend an onsite examination due to reasons beyond their control (e.g. quarantine measures, travel restrictions).

If restrictions resulting from the corona pandemic, such as the closure of libraries, negatively affect or hinder students in completing their term papers or projects, these restrictions must be compensated by appropriate deadline extensions. Depending on the examination regulations for specific study programs, any decisions pertaining to deadline extensions will be made by those responsible, upon request of the student.

Such requests must be justified by the student themselves, and the nature and extent of the restrictions must be detailed. The heads of the examination committees are responsible for decisions pertaining to deadline extensions for bachelor’s or master’s theses, coursework or research projects. The examiners themselves are generally responsible for extending the deadlines for term papers or seminar papers, unless the examination regulations state that the Head of the Examination Committee is responsible.

In this context, the University of Stuttgart’s Corona Statutes also state that it is possible to approve extension deadlines beyond the maximum extensions specified in the examination regulations, as long as this is deemed necessary to compensate for any disadvantage that has arisen as the result of the corona pandemic.

Since the Corona Guidelines for University Operations expired on April 2, 2022 and the current Corona Guidelines of the State of Baden-Württemberg no longer contain any regulations restricting university operations, oral doctoral examinations can be conducted onsite, in accordance with doctoral degree regulations.

The 2019 Doctoral Degree Regulations allow individual members of the examination committee to participate in doctoral examinations via video conferencing. In this context, the relevant provision was added to the 2011 and 2016 Doctoral Degree Regulations by the statute agreed on May 6, 2020 [EN].

The habilitation process, with the evaluation of habilitation performance by the habilitation committee, is conducted in accordance with the habilitation regulations of the University of Stuttgart from September 6, 2006, amended by the statute from March 1, 2010.

The procedure is governed by the Code of Procedure of the University of Stuttgart, dated March 14, 2022. The Habilitation Committee is holding its current session in accordance with these regulations. In accordance with § 4, para. 2, and § 15 of the Code of Procedure, online meetings in the form of a video conference are only permitted in exceptional cases and only under the circumstances stipulated in the University of Stuttgart's Code of Procedure. The hygiene regulations and social distancing rules must be complied with at all times, in accordance with the hygiene concept. It must be checked that rooms are suitable for planned onsite meetings, with regard to their capacity and the social distancing and hygiene rules, or whether a suitable, larger alternative room must be selected.

The regulations specified in this section apply to the scientific presentation, open to university members, presented to the respective Habilitation Committee, the subsequent discussion (colloquium) and the meetings of the respective habilitation committee.

In order to ensure that no student is disadvantaged due to the corona pandemic, the State University Law has been changed to include a new regulation, stating that the deadlines for completing course assessments or examinations in the study program in which they are enrolled will be extended by one semester for all students who are enrolled at university in the summer semester 2020, winter semester 2020/21, summer semester 2021 and/or winter semester 2021/22. This also applies to the maximum study period. The maximum extension possible in this case is 3 semesters, even if students were enrolled on a study program at the University of Stuttgart during all 4 previously mentioned semesters.

The University of Stuttgart will implement this new regulation as follows:

  1. All students who are enrolled on an undergraduate study program and have not yet passed the mid-degree exam, will be granted a deadline extension of one semester for each semester they were enrolled in the relevant study program during the summer semester 2020, winter semester 2020/21, summer semester 2021 and winter semester 2021/22. The deadline can only be extended by a maximum of three semesters.
  2. All students who are enrolled on a study program, where the exam regulations include a maximum study period, will be granted an extension of the maximum study period by one semester for each semester where they were enrolled on the said study program during the summer semester 2020, winter semester 2020/21, summer semester 2021 and winter semester 2021/22. The deadline can only be extended by a maximum of three semesters.
  3. The deadline for passing obligatory repeat examinations will be extended by one semester for each semester where the student was enrolled on the said study program, during the summer semester 2020, winter semester 2020/21, summer semester 2021 and winter semester 2021/22. The deadline can only be extended by a maximum of three semesters.
  4. In addition to the statutory extension of the deadline, the rectorate has decided that Students whose examinations regulations specify an optional trial examination rule may also make use of this rule in the summer semester 2020, in the winter semester 2020/21, summer semester 2021 and in the winter semester 2021/22, even if the number of semesters they have studied is one semester more than the standard maximum study period specified in the examination regulations, by when the required ECTS credits must usually be achieved. For bachelor students, for example, this means that the optional trial examination rule in the specified semester may also be used if the student in question has only collected the required ECTS credits by the beginning of the lecture period for the sixth semester. For Bachelor students, this means for example that the optional trial examination may also be taken if you have gained the required ECTS credits in the aforementioned semesters by the beginning of the lecture period of the sixth semester.

Update from March 3th, 2022:
The regulation for the extension of the individual standard period of study has in the meantime also been extended to the winter semester 2022.

With the changes to the Landeshochschulgesetz on January 01, 2021 it was decided that for all students who were enrolled on a study program in the summer semester 2020 or/and the winter semester 2020/21, in the summer semester 2021 or/and winter semester 2021/22, the standard study period will be extended by one semester for each semester where they were enrolled on the said study program. In the meantime, the regulation for the extension of the individual standard period of study has also been extended to students who were enrolled in a degree program in the winter semester 2021/22.

The individual standard study period is thus one, two, three or four semesters longer – depending on how long you were enrolled for – than what is stated in the exam regulations.  The individual standard study period fundamentally affects the length of time you are entitled to receive BaföG payments, and the option to take a trial examination – as long as the option to take a trial examination is stated in the exam regulations.

The option to take a trial examination can only be used for course assessments and graded assessments that are submitted within the standard study period. The Rectorate has also decided that the individual standard study period also applies to students currently taking a sabbatical, or to students who have been granted a leave of absence during the summer semester 2020, the winter semester 2020/21, the summer semester 2021 or winter semester 2021/22.

All students to whom this rule applies will find the relevant document to download (Title: Regelstudienzeit_Verlängerung_XXX) ("extension of the standard study period") in their student file (my documents). 

This “Bescheinigung Verlängerung Regelstudienzeit” can be used as proof for the relevant authorities, e.g. the BAföG office.

This extension of the individual standard study period will not be included on the standard confirmation of student status in C@MPUS.

 

From April 3, 2022, 3G checks may no longer take place. Students, lecturers and examiners as well as supervisory staff will no longer have to present a valid 3G certificate before entering the lecture halls and teaching rooms. The registration centers are closed and no more campUStickets will be issued.

The rule pertaining to the number of master’s modules taken in advance, in accordance with § 6 of the Corona Statutes, has been extended by one semester and thus also applies for the summer semester 2022. The following regulations apply:

  • If examination regulations for Bachelor study programs at the university of Stuttgart allow Master's modules up to a total of 24 ECTS credits to be taken in advance, then it is possible to take up to 54 ECTS credits in advance for a Master's program specified in the Bachelor's examination regulations in the SS 2022.
  • For students studying on an arts teacher training program who are enrolled on scientific subjects at the University of Stuttgart, the number of Master's modules that can be taken in advance has been increased from 12 ECTS credits to 24 ETCS credits for the SS 2022.
  • For students enrolled on a teacher training study program who wish to study for a Master's degree, the number of Master's modules that can taken in advance will be increased from 69 ECTS credits to 99 ECTS credits in the SS 2022.

As of the winter semester 2022/23, it is expected that the regular examination regulations will apply once more.

Work organization for employees

The provisional regulations of the service agreement on remote working apply, as amended on July 19, 2022. For more details please read the hygiene concept under point 2.3.

On the TIK-Corona website you will find information about:

  • Redirection of service telephones
  • Accessing business e-mail and setting up e-mail clients
  • Virtual communication
  • Setting up a VPN connection
  • How can I redirect my phone?
  • How do I access to specialized applications such as SVA and SAP
  • How do I access to business e-mail and set up e-mail clients?
  • Access to network drives and setting up

Please observe the guidelines and regulations of RUS-CERT for safe working mobile and from home [de] including How-Tos for admins and employees as well as the instructions for secure working in the home office on the TIK website.

With immediate effect, the following extension of the currently valid working time applies:

  • The daily creditable working time is extended to Monday to Saturday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • The function time is cancelled.
  • The statutory rest and maximum working times, etc. must be observed individually or by the supervisor. Only the period during which work can be performed in the home office or on site is extended - in particular to enable alternating childcare by parents.

An unlimited number of flexibilisation days can be used if the corresponding positive time credit exists. If there is no positive time credit, flexibilisation days may result in a negative time credit of no more than the individual working time of one week, which must be reduced in a timely manner.

The Staff Council has approved the regulation on the extension of working hours. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Personnel and Legal Affairs.

Because hiring and contract extensions are sometimes short notice, a personal signature is often necessary, and this is usually carried out at the Human Resources office. Due to the current situation, this is very difficult. A digital finalization of employment contracts is still not permissible, but we have altered the procedure to ensure that written employment contracts can still be completed.

Sending applications via e-mail

As was often the case in the past, forms and further relevant documents for the finalization or extension of employment contracts can also be sent by e-mail from a university e-mail address to the person responsible in the Division 4 – Personnel and Legal Affairs.

Until further notice, employment urgent employment contracts can be sent by e-mail to the university e-mail address of the employee or an approved e-mail address for new employees. The contract must be also be sent simultaneously by post. The letter, with all relevant documents will be sent to the employee’s private address.

Because the information is also sent by e-mail, the contract can be printed out at home in urgent cases and photographed (e.g. as a jpg file) or scanned (as PDF). In cases where a paper application or contract is required, a photo or PDF is currently acceptable.

If you do not have a scanner, you can take a photo of the document with a smart phone. Please ensure that that the photo is not synchronized with a cloud platform. A good scanner setting is black-white with a resolution of 150 dpi. Please check that the scan or photograph is readable before you send it.

This process enables you to send the image or the scan of the signed employment contract by e-mail to the person responsible.

The original document must be sent by post to the Division 4 – Personnel and Legal Affairs.  

For employees who are exposed to a particularly high health risk as a result of the corona pandemic - for example because they have a weakened immune system or a relevant pre-existing lung disease due to regular medication - the facilities should examine possibilities for work reorganization for low-risk work performance with the involvement of the affected employee. In all other respects, the regulations on childcare apply accordingly, allowing work in a home office. The extended working hours, in particular the marginal hours including Saturdays, can be used. There is no entitlement to compensation under § 56 (1a) IfSG. Membership of a risk group as well as the increase in risk due to work performance must be proven to the responsible department on request by a medical certificate. This also applies to employees who live with relatives who display these characteristics.

There is no obligation to use a home office; it is a discretionary decision. Employees of the risk group can also work at the university, provided that the safety regulations are observed. In cases of doubt, the Division 4 – Personnel and Legal Affairs should be contacted.

Protective masks

If you need protective masks for work-related purposes, you can order them by filling out a form [de]. Please note the information on the different types of masks and the duration of use. Protective masks for students or business partners of the University cannot be provided at present.

Reusable FFP2 mask of Mask24 GmbH

In spring 2022, the university sent reusable FFP2 masks from the Cologne-based company Mask24 GmbH to all employees. Unfortunately, the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the company itself have since published announcements stating that the mask does not have the promised quality. The published announcements state that after washing, the mask no longer meets the FFP2 filter standard and exceeds the permissible limits for respiratory resistance. The masks only provide the same level of protection as standard FFP2 masks when only used once.

Wearing (preferably) an FFP2 mask, or a medical-grade mask is generally always recommended while in university buildings.

As of October 1, 2022, masks will be mandatory in the rooms of the Occupational Health Service (AMD). Please remember to wear a medical mask especially for the flu vaccination that takes place there.

The University of Stuttgart has issued the hygiene concept

For the University of Stuttgart, it remains of paramount importance to ensure that family and working life can be combined, despite the difficult circumstances resulting from the corona pandemic. This is why, in addition to the University of Stuttgart’s extensive Regulations for working from home, we have also devised five further options for university employees, to ensure that they remain able to care for children up to and including12 years of age, or to care for children who require special care due to a physical, mental or emotional disability, while schools remain closed.

1. Using overtime or holiday remaining from 2021

Supervisors are requested to approve any holiday applications, or applications for using up overtime, wherever possible. The needs of employees should be put first, unless there are work-related reasons why this is not possible. It is of course also possible to use holiday from 2022. 

2. Emergency childcare – attestation from the employer that the employee is indispensable

In accordance with the decision made by the Federal State Government and the Premier pertaining to the corona pandemic on December 13, 2020, emergency childcare is limited to those employees who are considered indispensable, because the aim of the lockdown is to limit contacts wherever possible. The university is required by the state to take this goal into strict consideration when granting attestations for submitting applications for emergency childcare.

Children may attend emergency childcare if both parents/guardians, or a single parent:

  • have a job that contributes to maintaining critical infrastructure, and if they are absolutely indispensable or
  • if they have a job that requires their physical presence away from their apartment and are unable to work from home, and if they are indispensable or
  • if no other suitable person is available to provide childcare.

The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Baden-Württemberg has also published an extension to rules pertaining to children requiring emergency childcare

On 24.04.2020, the University of Stuttgart defined university members as indispensable if they

  • hold a teaching position and have extra work due to online teaching (in particular, professors and employees with 4 SWS (semester hours) and more courses);
  • work in an area that helps to ensure that the faculties and institutes can continue to function. Examples include faculty or study program management or important maintenance work at the institutes;
  • or if they work in a centrally important area that is vital for ensuring that the university or other important public areas can continue to function. Examples include the HRLS, the computing center, the combined heat and power plant, the sewage treatment plant, custodian, technical and security services, the occupational medical service, the chemical dispensary, accounting or the budget, external funding, and personnel departments.

If required, employees from these areas are entitled to receive attestation from the university that they are indispensable via the corona email address. The head of the Division of Personal and Legal Affairs, or employees from the department, are responsible for this. Please contact the Division of Personal and Legal Affairs if you have any questions concerning this, particularly if you are unsure whether you are entitled to an attestation for emergency childcare.

3. Child-related sickness benefits

The right to claim child-related sickness benefits has been extended to include providing daycare for children of 12 years of age or under, or children who are disabled and require special care. Those with statutory health insurance, and employees with voluntary statutory health insurance, are now entitled to receive child-related sickness benefits if they are required to care for a child insured on the family statutory health insurance policy, due to the closure of schools or childcare facilities, or because it was not possible for the child to attend a childcare facility due to the pandemic, or because on-site childcare is not currently being provided.

With the amendments to the Infection prevention Act, which came into force on April 23, entitlement to child-related sickness benefits in 2021 has been expanded for those with statutory health insurance. This now amounts to 30 days for each parent and child, or 60 days for single parents.

An application for child-related sickness benefits must be submitted to your health insurance provider and they are responsible for paying the benefits you are entitled to. Your health insurance provider may request proof of the reason why you need to care for your child. The applications and payments are organized by the individual health insurance providers. 

Employees are entitled to unpaid leave from work for as long as they are entitled to claim child-related sickness benefits.

The federal regulations pertaining to child-related sickness benefits do not directly apply to civil servants. However, the state permits a "comparable application". This regulation is based on the provision special leave for civil servants. This means that civil servants are permitted to take a leave of absence to care for an ill child of 12 years of age or under, or a child that is disabled and thus requires special care. 18 additional days of paid leave (child-related sick days) have been granted for each child (36 days for single-parents). These nine additional days have been granted due to the corona pandemic. If more days are needed, the number of days that parents are usually entitled to (not the additional days granted due to the pandemic) for caring for sick children will be used. These additional child-related sick days should not amount to more than 36 working days, or 72 working days for single parents in the calendar year 2021. Please note that these additional child-related sick days can also be used to care for children in the case of an official closure of schools or childcare facilities. Child-related sickness benefits will not be approved for the periods where childcare facilities are closed due to public holidays or school holidays. Emergency childcare must be used as a priority where possible. 

Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. This means, there is no automatic entitlement, rather a weighing up of the various interests and needs. It is also possible to make retrospective use of this regulation, backdated to January 5, 2021. Please send any applications via e-mail to tarif@verwaltung.uni-stuttgart.de, civil servants please use beamte.personal@verwaltung.uni-stuttgart.de.  Please use the form “applications for child-related sickness benefits” [de], civil servants should also use this form.

Irrespective of this new regulation, regulations pertaining to employees governed by a collective agreement and civil servants still apply in cases where a child is ill (unless they have corona) and an employee is unable to work at the university for this reason. In this case, a pediatrician must certify that the child is ill and that they require care. How many days you may be signed off sick for in such cases depends on your health insurance. 

4. Taking paid leave/special paid holiday leave

The option of taking unpaid leave, or special leave without pay also still applies. Employees who have no available holidays, or holidays remaining from 2020 and who are not able to work from home, may, in some cases, be permitted to take special paid leave or a paid leave of absence in January 2021 if they can prove special circumstances, or particular hardship, and only if there are no work-related reasons why this is not possible. Generally, a reasonable amount of holiday from 2021 should also be used. A further important prerequisite is that there is no one else available to provide childcare. This must also be confirmed by the employee.

You may apply for special leave in accordance with § 29 para. 1 no. 1 AzUVO. This may be granted on an individual basis for the duration of the period of necessary leave and only if proof of special circumstances can be provided (e.g. single parents where no one else is available to provide childcare), and only if there are no work-related reasons why this is not possible (compare to no. 46.4 last paragraph of BeamtVwV). To apply for special paid leave, the supervisor must submit a request that includes information detailing the circumstances. The request must document that the case in question is one of particular hardship and confirm that the person in question has no holiday remaining from 2020, and no overtime, and that working from home is not possible. 

Please send the application to the corona email address. The head of the Division of Personnel and Legal Affairs is responsible for approving such applications. In exceptional cases the application may also be approved by the chancellor or rector. You are not entitled to apply for compensation during periods where schools would normally be closed (regular school or nursery holidays).

The basis for this rule is a notification from the Ministry of the Interior, Digitalization and Migration Baden-Württemberg that was sent to all state authorities.

5. Right to compensation in accordance with the Infection Prevention Act in the case of taking unpaid leave

This regulation is based on information released by the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Finance on handling the corona pandemic in accordance with § 56 Abs. 1 a Infection Prevention Act (IfSG) for civil servants and employees governed by collective agreement from 27.05.2020 (Az.: 13-5420/31/7).

Employees who must care for their children due to the closure (or partial closure) of schools and nurseries and who thus suffer a loss of earnings are entitled to compensation, in accordance with § 56 para. 1a IfSG. For example, this applies when an employee takes special unpaid leave to care for children. This compensation currently amounts to 67 % of the losses incurred, maximum 2,016 euros per month and will be paid for a maximum of 10 weeks (20 for single parents).

Before you are entitled to claim compensation, you must use up any overtime and remaining holidays from 2020 or earlier. You are not entitled to claim compensation for the period where schools and other childcare facilities would have been closed anyway (regular school of childcare holidays).

In cases of particular hardship (e.g. single parents who have no alternative childcare arrangements), parents continue to be eligible for paid leave, as long as the employee has no more overtime that they can use, and no remaining holiday from 2020 or earlier. Such leave cannot be refused for work-related reasons. The employee must offer proof of reasons for personal hardship and that no other alternative childcare arrangements can be made.

To apply for unpaid leave and for compensation to be paid, we ask that you send your application to tarif@verwaltung.uni-stuttgart.de. It is not possible to receive child-related sickness benefits and compensation simultaneously, in accordance with § 56 para. 1a IfSG. If a childcare facility or school is closed during regular school holiday, this is not an official school closure.

Civil servants are not entitled to compensation, in accordance with § 56 Abs. 1a IfSG. In this case, the state has granted a comparable regulation that applies to civil servants. If you must care for your child/children due to the (partial or full) closure of schools and childcare facilities, or if you have been banned from using them due to the corona pandemic, civil servants may contact the Division of Personnel and Legal Affairs to have their claim verified.

Furthermore, an additional option has also been granted, where cases of particular hardship (e.g. single-parents with no alternative childcare arrangements) may be granted paid leave for the duration of the lockdown, as long as the employee in question has no more overtime that they can use, and no remaining holiday, and if they are not entitled to emergency childcare.  Any remaining holiday or overtime must be used before paid leave is granted. Such leave cannot be refused for work-related reasons. 

Due to a regulation of the Ministry of the Interior, Digitalisation and Migration dated April 16, 2020 on the topic of leave and due to current issues, we would like to draw your attention to important collective bargaining regulations which are also in force during the Corona crisis:   

  • Vacation that has already been approved can be modified or withdrawn only for important reasons and not unilaterally by either the employee or the employer. Exceptions are only possible e.g. if attendance at the university is mandatory. In these cases, the coordination with the Department of Personnel and Legal Affairs is necessary.
  • The prompt postponement of holidays within a time period of up to two months is possible. But work interests must be taken into consideration and you supervisor must agree.  
  • Remaining old leave from the year 2021 must have been taken by September 30, 2022 at the latest. Leave that has not been taken by that date expires. In this case, the state opens up an extension option for employees who, due to official reasons and in connection with the pandemic, cannot be granted sufficient leave or for whom leave already granted had to be revoked by the department.
  • It should also be possible to take annual leave in 2022 in the current difficult situation. Supervisors and employees are therefore asked to take timely coordination and vacation planning measures so that the vacation can be approved throughout the year. Supervisors are asked to grant generous leave, especially in the current situation, as far as this is possible for business purposes.

This year, we have certainly all imagined vacation differently. The Corona pandemic has disrupted the plans of many of us. Nevertheless, the days off should be used for rest and relaxation - even in these times we should try to simply switch off for a certain time (as far as this is possible).

In the current situation, the following options apply for taking a leave of absence:

For all three options, approval must be granted by your supervisor. Due to the unusual circumstances of the current situation, this can be done via email and then repeated using the usual procedure at a later date. Your supervisor must approve your leave of absence in advance.

From June 2022, self-tests will no longer be distributed to employees of the University of Stuttgart, since the Corona Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance expired on May 25, 2022.

You can get rapid tests at the Citizen Test Center on the Campus City Center. For more information, please read the article about the Citizen Test Center.

Interviews are official appointments and may be held in-person. Due to the current situation, we recommend that initial selection interviews be conducted via video conference and that only shortlisted applicants* be invited to attend an onsite interview.

It is important to get to know each other personally. And that is why we recommend that interviews are held onsite even during the pandemic. The usual hygiene regulations and the obligation to wear an FFP2 mask also apply for onsite interviews. The 3G status of all applicants will be subject to verification. The contact details of applicants have already been made available and do not need to be documented separately. Depending on the application procedure, the board of representatives for disabled persons, the equal opportunities officer and the staff council must be involved in advance and during the individual application phases.

It has not been scientifically proven whether pregnant women are at increased risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2. In general, however, infectious diseases can progress differently in pregnant women. Current evidence does indicate that pregnant women may experience a more severe form of COVID-19 and an increased risk of premature birth due to the illness.

Sufficient protective measures must therefore be defined in the risk assessment, in order to ensure that pregnant women are not exposed to any unjustifiable risks. It must also be possible to comply with these protective measures at all times in everyday working life.

Please be aware of the special rules pertaining to protective masks for pregnant women. Although protective masks are generally suitable for pregnant women, tight-fitting masks (FFP2, FFP3) are not suitable for long use by pregnant women. The maximum period a mask should be worn is stipulated by the Fachgruppe Mutterschutz (maternity protection specialist group) of the BW regional council and specified as 30 minutes per day. We strongly recommend that you make an appointment with the Occupational Medical Service (AMD) [DE] to address individual questions.

For general information on protective measures for pregnant women, please refer to the general information and materials on maternity leave from the Regional Council in Baden-Württemberg [DE]. If you have any questions or doubts, please contact the Uni & Family Service for advice.

  • Face-to-face meetings are still to be reduced. As far as possible, technical alternatives such as telephone or video conferences should be made available and used.
  • The requirements for hygiene, distance and maximum room capacity must be followed.
  • The use of office rooms by several people if this means that the protective distances cannot be maintained must be avoided at all costs.

University operations

You can reache the team of the International Office with your concerns by phone, e-mail and by online consultation hours.

Especially for international students the team of the International Office has created a Corona webpage. There you will find information on topics such as residence permits, financial support, important contact persons, social activities and sports.

The University Library is open at both locations. The opening hours for collecting and returning media, and the library service times can be found on the university library webpage.

Please check the Studierendenwerk Stuttgart websites for more information.

University buildings are open to the public. Buildings where teaching takes place are open from Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 8:00 pm during weekdays. If there is no teaching in the building, it is open only until 6:00 pm. 

Ban on access and participation

Anyone showing the typical symptoms of an infection with the coronavirus, e.g., a cough, fever, a cold, or an inhibited sense of taste or smell, is prohibited from entering the university premises. In consultation with your supervisor, we
recommend that you work from home. It is not always possible to differentiate an infection with the Coronavirus from other illnesses due to the non-specific nature of symptoms. We recommend that you take a self-administered or rapid test to determine whether you have the coronavirus.

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University sports currently offers a hybrid program of face-to-face and online courses. You can find more information on the university sports website.

The senate, senate committees and appointment committees generally meet in-person. Online meetings in the form of a video conference are only permitted in exceptional cases,, as stipulated in the Senate's new Rules of Procedure and the University of Stuttgart's new Code of Procedure, and may only be conducted if they comply with the requirements specified in the Rules of Procedure, or the Code of Procedure. The hygiene regulations and social distancing rules must be complied with at all times, in accordance with the hygiene concept. It must be checked that rooms are suitable for planned onsite meetings regarding their capacity and social distancing and hygiene rules, or whether a suitable, larger alternative room must be selected.

The usual procedure for bookings rooms and registering a special event (room allocation guidelines) applies. A separate hygiene concept is not required. However, we recommend that events are planned so that they can still take place if Corona restrictions come into force once more.

Corona: protection and behaviour in case of illness

Employees at the University of Stuttgart, who live in the same household as someone who has tested positive for Corona, or who has contracted the Coronavirus, must inform their supervisor of this from home. You should remain at home for the first three days if a member of your household has tested positive or is ill with the Coronavirus. Employees are expected to work from home in this case.

With the approval of your supervisor(s), you may return to work onsite if you have a negative self-test result that is no more than 24 hours old prior to entering university premises.

If you or a colleague have contracted Corona, are suspected of having contracted Corona, or if someone is classified as a contact person, you can find further information in the table “Recommendations if you have, or suspect you have, corona”.

If you are a student and someone in your household has tested positive for Corona, or is ill with the Coronavirus, we ask that you only come to the university to attend courses that are absolutely necessary.

Specific recommendations can be found in the table “Recommendations if you have, or suspect you have, corona”.

For all members of the University of Stuttgart (students, employees and other university staff), it is not allowed to visit the university at least until the final clarification of an infection. In these cases, the further procedure is to be coordinated with the superiors. Depending on the constellation, working from home for one or two days and, in any case, a negative self-test before returning to the university is required. Supervisors may also require a negative rapid test.

Students are also requested to take a self-test in these cases and, especially in the case of a positive result, to contact the university staff member responsible for the upcoming course or exam. 

If you have had contact with a person who has been confirmed to have coronavirus, please refer to the FAQ "When am I considered a contact person? What applies to contact persons?".

Please note the ban on access and attendance.

Employees

Employees must also inform your supervisor. Your supervisor must inform the Director of D4 of a suspected Corona case using the functional email address corona-info@uni-stuttgart. The email must include: the name of the affected person, the date the illness was determined and the residence of the ill person. Your supervisor will insist that you work from home until the suspected corona case is confirmed, or you test negative. You are not permitted to come to work until you have the corona test result.

In case of doubt, always work from home for six days and self-test negatively before returning to work at the University If this is not possible, you will be released from your duties for this period on full pay. If you have any questions, please contact the Occupational and Medical Health Services.

Students

If you have received a positive PCR test result for Covid19 and you have attended one or more onsite courses at the University of Stuttgart please read this FAQ.

For students:

Students who are infected with covid do not have to inform the university about their infection. Teachers who have been informed by students about their Corona infection also do not have to inform the university management.

Please note the ban on access and attendance.

For employees:

You must inform your supervisor that you are ill and get a doctor’s note.  Your supervisor must inform the Head of Division 4 of a suspected Corona case using the functional email address corona-info@uni-stuttgart. The email must include: the name of the affected person, date the illness was determined and the residence of the ill person. A reply or an exchange relating to a specific case will only take place if questions need to be answered or if any facts remain unclear.  

Your supervisor must determine whether any colleagues of the affected person are close contact persons , and whether these colleagues and II must be sent home. This will be decided by the supervisor on an individual basis.

You or your doctor's office must inform the health department.

Specific recommendations can be found in the table “Recommendations if you have, or suspect you have, corona".

Please note the ban on access and attendance.

More information about returning to the University after a Corona infection.

If it subsequently becomes apparent that someone attending an onsite course has contracted Corona, or is suspected of having Corona, the person responsible for the event must send an e-mail to the Corona function address with details of the time of the event and the number of participants. You will then receive feedback regarding any further steps that may be necessary. 

These guidelines can also be found in the table "Guidelines in the event of infection, or suspected infection, with the Coronavirus".

Corona infections of students do not have to be reported.

If a family member, a person in your household, or someone you are close to is a close contact, the university asks that you inform your supervisor. In general, it is possible for you to come to work at the university if your supervisor is informed and has agreed.

Who is considered a close contact?

In the following situations, anyone who has contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case is defined as a close contact (at increased risk of infection):

  1. Anyone who has spent time in close proximity to the confirmed case (<1.5 m) for longer than 10 minutes without adequate protection (adequate protection = the confirmed case and the contact person wore correctly worn face masks or FFP2 masks).
  2. Anyone who has had face-to-face contact with the confirmed case(face-to-face contact, <1.5 m, regardless of how long the contact lastedwithout adequate protection or direct contact (with respiratory secretions).

The contact person (and the confirmed case) have occupied the same room where there is likely to have been a high concentration of infectious aerosols regardless of distance and for longer than 10 minutes, even if face masks or FFP2 masks were correctly worn throughout.

Case study 1:
A colleague of your wife/partner/housemate is infected with the corona virus. Your wife/partner/housemate is therefore a contact person. In general, it is possible for you to come to work at the university if your supervisor is informed and has agreed.

Case study 2:
A child in your child’s nursery is infected with corona virus and your child is a contact person. In general, it is possible for you to come to work at the university if your supervisor is informed and has agreed.

Anyone showing the typical symptoms of an infection with the coronavirus, e.g., a cough, fever, a cold, or an inhibited sense of taste or smell, is prohibited from entering the university premises. In consultation with your supervisor, we
recommend that you work from home (see point 2.3). It is not always possible to differentiate an infection with the Coronavirus from other illnesses due to the non-specific nature of symptoms. We recommend that you take a self-administered or rapid test to determine whether you have the coronavirus.

How can I protect myself from the coronavirus?

  • Adhere to the AHA+C+L rules, namely mask, hygiene, social distancing, corona-app (also on business cell phones) and ventilate the room.
  •  Wash your hands regularly.
  • Avoid shaking hands or hugs.
  • Cough and sneeze into a single-use tissue or the crook of your elbow. Wash your hands afterwards.
  • Only use single-use tissues and dispose of them in a trash can afterwards.
  • Ventilate rooms regularly.
 

The incubation period for the coronavirus is around 10 days (1 to 14 days). You should be aware of the following symptoms:

  • fever
  • dry cough
  • odor and taste disorders
  • general feeling of illness

Employees or students who have been infected with the Coronavirus may

  • return to their place of work, or to online courses inside university buildings no sooner than five days after the infection was initially detected
    and
  • only once they have had no symptoms for at least 48 hours.

Anyone who is still showing symptoms after five days, i.e. who still has a cough or cold, may only return to the university

  • when they are no longer showing symptoms
    or
  • if they are able to show a negative self-administered test result.

To protect your colleagues, students, and university guests, it is strongly recommended that you take a Corona test before returning to the university. 

At the University of Stuttgart contact persons are

  • anyone who lives in the same household as someone who has tested positive for the Coronavirus, or someone who is ill with the Coronavirus,
  • or someone who spent at least 10 minutes in close contact (at a distance of less than 1.5 meters, was often at the same table, or worked on the same workpiece, automobile etc.) with someone who then later received a positive test result. The ventilation of the space, and whether masks were worn must also be taken into consideration during the contact period.

The rules specified in the FAQ "What if someone in my household has corona?" apply for those classified as a contact person.

Students who are infected with covid do not have to inform the university about their infection. Teachers who have been informed by students about their Corona infection also do not have to inform the university management.

Travel and returning travelers / business trips and work-related journeys

Business trips and onsite meetings must still be kept to a minimum. Where possible, technical alternatives such as telephone or video conferences will remain available, and these must take priority. In particular, business trips to high-risk areas should continue to be made only if they are absolutely necessary and cannot be postponed.

Business trips to virus variant areas are not permitted.

Business trips are permitted to countries and areas that are not virus variant areas, but only if they are deemed absolutely necessary. It is not necessary to apply for special approval, in addition to the business trip application. When returning from a business trip (abroad), you must discuss any necessary protective measures with your supervisor before returning to work (as a rule, this includes working from home for two days after returning and taking a self-test or a rapid test before returning to work onsite).

Anyone going on a business trip is obliged to keep well informed of any changes to the (corona) travel regulations that apply in the country/area of destination and for their return journey and entry into Germany and to comply with government corona requirements. Particular attention must be paid to the Coronavirus Entry Guidelines and the regulations pertaining to documentation and quarantine or isolation mandates. Furthermore, you must also comply with the regulations detailed in the University of Stuttgart's hygiene concept.

Any costs for mandatory PCR tests required for trips that are purely business-related can be claimed as incidental travel expenses, regardless of whether the test was taken in Germany or abroad. Please also ensure that you observe the applicable regulations that apply in your country/area of destination. Information on travel safety can be foung on the Travel Risk Management website [de].

Vehicle:

If vehicles must be used by more than one person at a time, all occupants must wear a medical-grade face mask. However, please be aware that when driving in Baden-Württemberg, it must be possible to establish your identity. Different regulations apply in other federal states. Please ensure that you are well informed of current regulations before travelling.

Further information about travel costs and business trips:

If you are making a private trip, you are strongly advised to check the return travel specifications in advance. More detailed information can also be found on the websites of the Federal Ministry of Health [DE] and on the website of the Robert Koch Institute [DE] .

University requirements for those returning from a trip abroad

Currently, a quarantine obligation of 14 days applies to travelers returning from so-called virus variant areas. The University of Stuttgart does not have any other regulations.

However, the basic recommendation is to make more use of the possibility of working from home after returning from vacation or a business trip and, if possible, to carry out a self-test before working on site.

The reason is that after a vacation or a business trip, despite a negative test, quite a few infections with the SARS-CoV-2 virus have occurred. In several cases, a risk of infection has resulted from starting work on site immediately after returning, which is why the above-mentioned regulation is recommended at the university until further notice.

The Universität Stuttgart updates its plans and measures to inform its members and the public continuously, at short notice and comprehensively. We therefore urge you to visit our corona website of the Universität Stuttgart at regular intervals.

Please note: The information below may be partially outdated as it relates to older regulations and notices, which refer to Corona regulations, guidelines and hygiene concepts that have been revised in the meantime as well. Please refer to the News Ticker and FAQs for the currently valid information.

August 2, 3:30 p.m.: Provisional regulation for location-independent working published in English

The provisional regulation for location-independent working is now available in English as a PDF and on the Staff Council web pages. The document can only be read on the university network or via VPN.

July 28, 10 a.m.: New working from home regulations come into effect on August 1

The university management and the staff council have agreed a new regulation pertaining to remote working. This will apply from August 1, 2022, and is an addition to the existing working from home regulations specified in the hygiene concept.

July 13, 11:15 a.m.: The updated hygiene concept will come into effect on July 24

The updated Hygiene Concept, approved by the Rectorate in its meeting on July 5, will come into effect on July 24, 2022. It is already available on the Hygiene Concept webpage. Please note that the current hygiene concept, version 16, is valid until July 23. The main changes that will come into effect on July 24 are:

  • Extension of the working from home arrangements until September 30, 2022.
  • Wearing (preferably) an FFP2 mask, or a medical-grade mask is generally always recommended while in university buildings.

June 1, 11:05 a.m.: The updated hygiene concept is now available

The University of Stuttgart has adapted its hygiene concept. The updated hygiene concept, version 16, can be found on the hygiene concept webpage

The following topics have changed in the updated version 16.0:

  • Masks: In teaching rooms where the teacher can keep less than three meters distance to other persons, the wearing of the mask may be waived if the teacher agrees to this. Wearing a mask is strongly recommended.In other teaching rooms, lecturers are not required to wear a mask during the lecture.
  • Independent of the existing building opening hours, libraries can extend their opening hours on an individual basis if required. The opening times of these buildings will be adjusted accordingly.

April 11, 8 a.m.: The updated hygiene concept is now available

The University of Stuttgart has adapted its hygiene concept, due to comprehensive legal changes regarding the handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The updated hygiene concept, version 15.4, can be found on the hygiene concept webpage.

April 4, 8:30 a.m.: Please continue to wear a face mask

From April 2, many corona regulations will no longer apply in Baden-Württemberg. In view of the current high number of cases in Baden-Württemberg, and unfortunately also at the University of Stuttgart, we would like to remind your that wearing a mask indoors still offers the best protection against infection, not just for you but also for others. We therefore ask employees to continue to wear a mask indoors from Monday, April 4, 2022. According to Occupational Safety and Health rules, it is still mandatory to wear a mask if a minimum distance of one and a half meters cannot be maintained.

The hygiene concept has been updated based on this new legal and regulatory situation and with regard to the special situation at our university. The Rectorate and the Staff Council are expected to approve the updated hygiene concept on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. The updated version will then be published on the Corona website as usual.

signed
Wolfram Ressel, Rector
Jan Gerken, Chancellor

March 25, 5 p.m.: 3G rule will expire

From April 3, 2022, 3G checks may no longer take place. Students, lecturers and examiners as well as supervisory staff will no longer have to present a valid 3G certificate before entering the lecture halls and teaching rooms. From April 2, 2022 the registration centers will stop their work at the latest and no more campUStickets will be issued.

With the expiration of the Corona Ordinance State of Baden-Württemberg and the Corona Ordinance for university operations valid until April 2, 2022, the legal basis for the verification of the 3G status expires.

As soon as we have more information about onsite courses in the summer semester 2022, we will publish it on the Corona website.

March 18, 14 p.m.: Working from home and mask mandates remain, 3G in the workplace will no longer apply

Beginning Sunday, March 20, 2022, some of the more far-reaching Corona virus protections will no longer apply at the federal level. The state government of Baden-Württemberg has announced that it will implement the planned transition period until April 2, 2022 and maintain existing measures.

For the University of Stuttgart, this means:

  • Mask mandates and social distancing rules still apply.
  • The rules pertaining to working from home will also remain in effect. Supervisors should continue to allow employees to work from home.
  • Self-tests are still available for employees - one test per person per week is initially being planned.
  • From Sunday, March 20, 2022 3G rules in the work place will no longer apply. This means that employees will be permitted to enter university buildings without displaying valid 3G documentation.

March 14, 8:30 a.m.: Outlook for the summer semester 2022

For the coming summer semester 2022, we are optimistic that teaching can once again take place predominantly onsite. However, teaching in the upcoming semester should allow for a flexible response to possible changes in infection rates. In accordance with this, online teaching will continue to play an important role as an additional teaching format.

It is of paramount importance that we are able to provide students with a course of study that is as predictable as possible and that we can keep the additional workload for teachers and students to a minimum. For this reason, the Rectorate has made the following decisions pertaining to the organization of courses in the summer semester 2022:

  1. In general, courses should be held onsite and should also be planned as such. For the time being, pandemic-related capacity constraints will continue to apply in rooms used for teaching purposes.
  2. Courses will be supplemented with online elements. The only exception to this rule is mandatory practical courses that have already been approved by the rectorate and which must be held in person because they cannot be held online. These include laboratory and practical courses.
  3. The formats for online supplementary offerings should be carefully selected to ensure that they require as little additional work as possible, but it must also be ensured that the transition to online teaching is easy should this be necessary.
  4. In addition to the pandemic situation, the decision to change individual courses or modules to distance learning depends not only on the pandemic situation in general, but also on the specific circumstances of the course in question. The most important aspect of the decision-making process is to ensure studying remains possible. The decision should therefore be made by the course director, together with the responsible Dean of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies. Further relevant criteria will be communicated by the Rectorate at the beginning of the summer semester and will be based on the pandemic situation and applicable regulations in each case.

We hope you can relax a bit during the lecture-free period and wish you good health!

Signed
Professor Wolfram Ressel, Rector
Professor Frank Gießelmann, Vice Rector for Teaching and Continuing Education 

March 10, 8:40 a.m.: Updated version of the Hygiene Concept has been released

The Rectorate has approved changes to the University of Stuttgart’s Hygiene Concept. The updated version 14 is available on the Hygiene Concept webpage.

March 9, 1 p.m.: Test center on Campus Vaihingen is temporarily closed

The citizen testing center on the Campus Vaihingen is currently closed. If you need test proof before writing an examination or before entering your workplace, please visit another test center.The university is already in contact with the operator of the test center to make sure it can reopen as soon as possible. We will let you know here in the news ticker as soon as the citizen test center reopens.

February 24, 2 p.m.: 3G requirement for exams remains despite the new warning level coming into effect

In the new version of the Corona Guidelines [de], valid from February 23, 2022, the state of Baden-Württemberg has decided to adjust the previous alert level system. As a result, the new categorization "warning level" will apply in Baden-Württemberg from February 23, 2022. Due to the very high infection rates in the Stuttgart region, the Rectorate has decided that it would be inappropriate to eliminate 3G documentation requirements for examinations solely due to Baden-Württemberg’s “warning level” categorization. For this reason, the hygiene concept has been amended so that the verification of 3G status for examinations also applies for “warning level”.  The amendments can be found on the hygiene concept website.

 

January 26, 8 p.m.: Students must renew campUSticket

All students who have been vaccinated or have recovered must revalidate their campUSticket. To do so, please come to a registration center starting January 28 and bring your valid vaccinated or convalescent certificate and your ECUS student ID. On February 3, previously issued campUStickets will become invalid and will no longer be accepted in courses and exams. This renewal is necessary due to updated legal requirements regarding the validity period of COVID certificates. 

For detailed information, please see the FAQ "Necessary renewal of campUSticket for access to courses and exams".

 

January 25, 11 a.m.: Return to university after Corona infection

Due to the current high number of new cases, we would like to inform you again about the valid rule for returning to your workplace or to your onsite course after a Corona infection: Employees and students who have contracted the coronavirus, may only return in university buildings if:

  • at least ten days have passed since the positive result was received
  • and you have shown no symptoms for at least 48 hours,
  • and you can provide a negative rapid test result

For detailed information, please see the FAQ "When can I return to the University after a Corona infection?". If you have any suggestions or questions regarding the Corona rules, please do not hesitate to contact the head of the Department of Human Resources and Legal Affairs

January 24, 11:50 a.m.: 3G in teaching and further information about examinations

In Baden-Württemberg, the 2G rule pertaining to onsite teaching at universities has been suspended as of Monday, January 24, 2022. This was decided by the Higher Administrative Court (VGH) on Friday, January 21, 2022. As of Monday, "warning level I" comes into effect in Baden-Württemberg. Students with a valid test certificate, vaccinated students and those who have recovered from the virus can participate in onsite courses. The 3G regulation thus applies to all types of courses and examinations.

Beginning Monday, January 24, 2022, non-immunized students will be required to obtain a campUSticket by presenting proof of official testing at one of the registration centers prior to attending an onsite course or exam. This forms the basis for 3G verification checks, which will take place before you enter a room where a university course or examination is being held. Please leave plenty of time to visit the registration center before attending your course. Due to the rule changes, waiting times may increase for the first few days. The registration center opening times can be found in the FAQ about the registration centers and will be updated as required. There are no changes for immunized students.

There are also no significant changes for teachers. The full verification checks that take place before you enter a room where a course is being held are based on the presentation of a campUSticket, either using a cactUS reader or by presenting your paper campUSticket, as before. The university will continue to receive support from external service providers.

Examinations currently in progress: 3G, FFP2 masks, guidelines

The rules below apply to written and decentralized examinations taking place from now until February 11, 2022. Depending on any changes made to the Corona Guidelines on University Operations, the rules may change for examinations taking place after February 12, 2022. We will inform you of any changes in the newsfeed.

Summary of the most important points:

  • 3G mandate: Students must verify that they are vaccinated, recovered or have a negative test result by displaying their campUSticket.
  • 3G verification checks: The verification of 3G documentation will take place upon entrance to the examination room. Students can verify their status by presenting their campUStickets at the cactUS readers.
  • FFP2 masks: Students are currently not required to wear an FFP2 mask when sitting in their seat during an examination. Nevertheless, we strongly recommend that you voluntarily wear an FFP2 mask even when sitting in your seat.
  • Proctors: Updated instructions for proctors and templates for the preparation of a risk assessment will be made available in the download area shortly.

Examiners and all students will also receive an email on Monday, January 24, with more details about the examinations currently being held.

 

January 17, 8:15 a.m.: New corona regulations: Quarantine rules, working from home, use of protective masks, notification of illness, business trips

On Wednesday, January 12, 2022, the state of Baden-Württemberg amended the Corona Guidelines [DE], the Corona Guidelines for Quarantine and Isolation [DE] and the Corona Guidelines for University Operations [DE]. For this reason, we have summarized the applicable regulations for the University of Stuttgart, included partially updated regulations.

What rules apply for contact persons?

At the University of Stuttgart contact persons are defined as:

  • anyone who lives in the same household as someone who has received a positive PCR test result, or someone who is ill with the coronavirus,
  • or someone who spent at least 10 minutes in close contact (at a distance of less than 1.5 meters, was often at the same table, or worked on the same workpiece, automobile etc.) with someone who then later received a positive PCR test result. The ventilation of the space, and whether masks were worn during the contact period must also be taken into consideration.

Furthermore, at the university rules also require that contact persons remain absent from the university for six calendar days and, as a general rule, that they work from home on the corresponding workdays.

This is not quarantine, there is no obligation to remain isolated at home, as would be the case if you were infected with the corona virus or have received a positive PCR test. Quarantine must be mandated by state regulations or by the relevant authority or health authority.

An exception to this rule will be made for employees involved in critical university infrastructure. Employees who work in these areas and who have had contact with an infected person may be exempt from working from home, either partially or fully, where applicable.

The prerequisite for this is triple vaccination protection, or that the second vaccination or recovery from the virus is no more than three months ago. Approval must also be given by the head of the Department of Personnel and Legal Affairs.

When may I return to university after recovering from an infection with the coronavirus?

To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, employees and students are not permitted to return to work or to onsite courses at the university following a corona infection until they have received a negative PCR test result. This procedure is based on RKI recommendations. If you have any questions, please contact the head of the Department of Personnel and Legal Affairs.

When do I have to wear an FFP2 mask at the university?

Baden-Württemberg has introduced a new regulation that FFP2 masks must be worn in closed spaces. However, this does not currently affect places of work at the university. Furthermore, the obligation to wear an FFP2 mask, or a comparable mask with the same level of protection, remains in place for seminar rooms and lecture halls and the workrooms where teaching takes place. In these areas, students and employees are still required to wear an FFP2 mask. A new requirement is that FFP2 masks must also now be worn at all time when using the study spaces.

The 2G rule still applies when attending onsite courses

Warning level II continues to apply in Baden-Württemberg. This means that the 2G rule still apples for onsite courses.

Do I have to report a coronavirus infection to my supervisors?

Yes. If you have the corona virus, or a positive test result, you must report this to your supervisors.

Do my supervisors still have to report a coronavirus infection, or a positive PCR test result to the corona e-mail address?

Yes. It is important that coronavirus infections are reported to the university, to be able to monitor the prevalence of infections at the university and to adjust protective measures if necessary.

However, a short message is now sufficient. This can be limited to the essential information and must also communicate that the contact situation has been clarified and that this has been dealt with appropriately.

In the future, a reply or an exchange relating to a specific case will only take place if questions need to be answered or if any facts remain unclear. 

This is due to the fact that a very professional and routine approach has been established in terms of dealing with illnesses and implementing protective measures and communicating the necessary information. This professionalism throughout the university has made a major contribution to the minimal contagion within the university and in onsite courses to date. 

What regulations apply to business trips?

Business trips and onsite meetings must still be kept to a minimum. Business trips are permitted to countries and areas that are not virus variant areas, but only if they are deemed absolutely necessary. It is not necessary to apply for special approval, in addition to the business trip application. Please read the detailed information in the FAQ "Are business trips are allowed?".

December 20, 12 noon: Amended Corona Ordinance for university operations without significant impact

The short-term amendment of the Corona Ordinance for university operations [de], which resulted from the decision of the Administrative Court of Baden-Württemberg (VGH) of December 17, 2021 on "2G in teaching", has no significant impact on onsite teaching at the University of Stuttgart. It has already been the case since November 25, 2021 that the studyability of degree programs must also be ensured for those students who may not be able to attend face-to-face courses. This can be done by live streaming or by recordings of the face-to-face courses, but at least by providing the digital distance learning formats from the previous online semesters. We also asked, to the extent possible, that online formats that enable direct interaction with students, such as online office hours or synchronous tutorials, be considered.

Even in light of the new regulation, there is nothing more to add to this from our point of view. Therefore, we assume that the now specified requirements of the Corona Ordinance (CVO) for university operations have already been common practice in study operations at the University of Stuttgart since November 25, 2021.

With this change to the CVO, the suspension of the 2G requirement mentioned in the press due to the VGH decision is obsolete in teaching operations, it remains with the regulations already in force in recent weeks on 2G in most cases and the 3G exceptions for mandatory face-to-face courses. This also includes the central support of full control in large courses.

Ultimately, however, we would like to leave the decision on how to proceed to you, the instructors at the University of Stuttgart, as you are in the best position to judge the requirements and circumstances of your respective course(s). If you can continue to responsibly ensure the requirements of the new CVO for digital distance learning courses as well as the mandatory monitoring obligations, please continue face-to-face teaching. Otherwise, or if other reasons make this seem reasonable, you are free to continue your course(s) in an online-only format. If necessary, please coordinate with your students, staff and colleagues. In the interest of our students, it is very important that a relevant level of face-to-face teaching is maintained even under the further aggravated conditions! Please inform your students of any changes in the implementation of your course(s) in time (by January 6, 2022 at the latest) via the usual information channels.

signed Professor Wolfram Ressel, Rector
signed Jan Gerken, Chancellor
signed Professor Frank Gießelmann, Prorector 

The professors and lecturers of the University of Stuttgart were informed about this topic in more detail by circular email.

December 17, 11:55 a.m.: Closing hours over the holidays, rapid test info and vaccination offer

The following changes apply during the upcoming Christmas break:

  • University buildings will be closed December 24 through January 9. During this time they can only be entered by employees with keys or authorized transponders.
  • From December 23, only the study space at Pfaffenwaldring 11 (Keltenschanze) on Campus Vaihingen campus will remain open. This is open from Monday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. It is closed on the following days: December 24, 25, 26 and 31, January 1 and 6.
  • The registration centers will be closed from December 23 to Jan. 9. As of January 10, new opening hours apply: Monday to Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Since December 17, the registration center on Campus Stadtmitte campus has been located in KII, in the foyer of the underground lecture halls - and no longer in KI as it was previously.
  • The Mensa Central is open up to and including December 22, the Mensa Vaihingen up to and including December 23. Cafeteria Denkpause and Cafeteria KII are open up to and including December 17.

In addition, there is new information pertaining to rapid test requirements for employees who are neither vaccinated nor recovered from the virus. Please read the detailed information in the FAQ Test certificates: costs, validity and tests taken outside of working hours.

A vaccination campaign for employees and students at the University of Stuttgart will take place on January 14. For more information please read the article on vaccination campaigns.

December 2, 12:10 p.m.: Updated version of the hygiene concept approved

The Rectorate has approved changes made to the University of Stuttgart's Hygiene Concept. The updated version 12 and the Hygiene Concept with changelog is now available on the Hygiene Concept website. Significant changes are:

Furthermore, if you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, it is now possible to be issued a campUSticket to attend onsite courses by presenting an official medical certificate and a negative test result.

November 30, 10:35 a.m.: Verification of 3G status at work

In addition to the 3G regulation at the workplace, the university management points out the following: There are several ways at the University of Stuttgart to present the 3G proof to his/her supervisor: 

  • in person,
  • by e-mail,
  • by fax,
  • by letter post,
  • by other ways agreed upon between the employee and his/her supervisor,
  • or initially in a video conference with later submission.

Sending your 3G documentation via email is voluntary, you can also speak to the head of the institute and agree a different option for presenting your 3G documentation. The head of the institute or facility may not insist that 3G documentation is sent via email. 

November 26, 8:10 a.m.: 2G and full controls in onsite lectures

From yesterday, November 25, the new Corona Ordinance for university operations [DE] is in force. This means that as of Monday, November 29, 2021, new rules will apply. Based on the Corona Ordinance of the state of Baden Württemberg we are already in the Alert Level II. First, it is very important for us to confirm that we are sticking to the primacy of onsite teaching. Courses that have been started in presence this semester should be continued in presence if possible.

  • As of November 29, students without valid 2G status (in Alert Level II) will no longer be allowed to participate in onsite study courses. Exceptions are mandatory practical courses (lab courses, etc.). Here a valid 3G status is still a prerequisite for participation. Lecturers should please notify students accordingly if they are allowed to attend these courses even with a valid 3G status.

  • As of November 29, and until further notice, the registration centers will no longer issue campUStickets for students based on tests (antigen and PCR tests). Accordingly, you will only receive the campUSticket upon presentation of a vaccinated or recovered proof (2G rule).
    As of November 29, until further notice, students will only be able to prove that they have been tested by presenting a negative test certificate, which must not be older than 24 hours in the case of antigen tests and 48 hours in the case of PCR tests. The certificates can only be provided by certified test centers and can be submitted digitally or in paper form.
    Violations can be punished as administrative offenses.

  • The studyability of the study programs must be ensured, also for students who may not be able to attend classroom lectures. This can be done by live streaming or by recordings of the onsite teaching events, but at least by providing the digital distance learning formats from the previous online semesters and online consultation hours.

  • The control of the 2G status of the students in all classes is ordered and is carried out by the lecturers or by the persons appointed by them, either by checking the campUStickets in paper form or - whenever possible - by means of check-in through the cactUS system.
    The full control of the 3G status of all participants in the mandatory practical classes is ordered; and is carried out by the teachers or by the persons appointed by them. In addition to the procedure described above, non-vaccinated or non-recovered students will provide certification of negative testing.

  • The use of student study spaces in study rooms requires a valid 2G status and controlled entry. Exceptions are study spaces in libraries (3G and controlled entry). Violations can be punished as administrative offenses. Study spaces for which these requirements cannot be met will be closed until further notice. We will inform you in due time about the use of the centrally managed study spaces from 11/29/2021.

  • The use of the dining halls (Mensa) and cafeterias operated by Studierendenwerk Stuttgart also requires a valid 3G status. The Studierendenwerk is responsible for the control.

  • The previous regulations of the University of Stuttgart regarding the mask obligation (FFP2 mask in the lectures and surgical mask in the foyers and study spaces), the implementation of the attendance documentation as well as the implementation of Examinations (see hygiene concept from 10/12/2021) continue to apply until further notice. We will inform you about possible changes as soon as possible.

These are so far the most important measures from the updated Corona Ordinance. If necessary, a more comprehensive description of the required measures as well as a corresponding adaptation of the hygiene concept will follow soon. 

signed
Prof. Wolfram Ressel, Rector
Jan Gerken, Chancellor
Prof. Frank Gießelmann, Vice Rector for Teaching and Continuing Education

 

November 24, 10:45 a.m.: 3G at work and obligation to work from home

From Wednesday November 24, 2021, all university employees will be prohibited from entering the university grounds and buildings unless they can provide proof of their 3G status, i.e., that they are vaccinated, recovered or have a negative rest result. Proof of vaccination or recovery must initially only be presented once, whereas a current test certificate must be presented every time you wish to access the university grounds. The 3G verification requirement also applies to employees who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. The 3G verification requirement only applies when entering university grounds and buildings, and thus not on days when you are working from home. For details, see the FAQs on "3G at work".

The university management would like to remind you to make use of this offer to work from home where possible, to offer employees the opportunity to work from home, and to encourage employees to accept this offer if there are no compelling official reasons to the contrary.

November 22, 11:30 a.m.: 3G rule at work

With the passing of the new Infection Protection Act, the 3G rule is expected to apply in the workplace from Wednesday, November 24.  This rule also includes a control and documentation obligation by the employer. We will soon inform you in the newsticker on the Corona website about the details of the regulation and how it will be realized at the University of Stuttgart.

On-site courses are not affected by the new regulations and will still take place under the known conditions

November 19, 1:30 p.m.: Ban on entering university buildings with symptoms of a cold

The university administration would like to take this opportunity to inform you that members of the university are asked not to come to the university if they are showing symptoms of a cold, such as a sore throat, cough or cold. Because it is often difficult to reliably distinguish a case of Coronavirus from other illnesses (for example influenza) due to the unspecific symptoms, you are not allowed to enter the university buildings until it has been clarified whether you have the Coronavirus or not, by taking a rapid test or a PCR test. If you are in any doubt, please stay at home. If you fail to comply with this, there may be legal consequences.

You will find further information in the FAQ I have slight symptoms of illness, what should I do? Can I come to the university? 

November, 18, 10:20 a.m.: Employees to receive new textile Livinguard Pro masks

Protective medical-grade masks are an important part of tackling the pandemic. And that's why the university is once more supplying all employees with high-quality, textile "Livinguard Pro masks" (medical class I standard) from the Swiss company "5log". The masks will be sent to your private address over the course of the next few days. You can wear the mask for a period of 210 days.

The mask serves as part of your "Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)" and you are permitted to wear it work and in all transitional spaces at the University of Stuttgart, in accordance with the hygiene concept. Information about the technology behind the mask and its care, as well as certificates and other important information, which you can use as proof during verification checks, can be found on the 5log-Webseite

November 18, 8:16 a.m.: Impact of the alert level on the university

From yesterday, Wednesday November 17, the alert level [de] comes into effect in Baden-Württemberg. This does not currently affect the rules for attending an onsite course. The current version of the Corona Guidelines for University Operations still apply.

However, the alert level does have implications for the areas listed below. For these areas, the 2G rule (fully vaccinated or recovered from the virus) applies with immediate effect:

  • Guest auditors
  • Special events, such as graduation ceremonies for doctoral researchers, Christmas parties etc.
  • Music events that are not university courses.
  • University sports.
  • And the use of the canteen and cafeterias for external visitors.

November 10, 8:30 a.m.: What to do if you have /suspect you have the Coronavirus

In view of the currently increasing numbers of Corona infections, we would like to reiterate that in case of an infection, or a suspected infection, with the Coronavirus, please follow the steps in the table "Guidelines in the event of infection, or suspected infection, with the Coronavirus"

If you become ill, you must inform your supervisor and phone in sick. Your supervisor must inform the D 4 management about the Coronavirus infection using the Corona email address. You can find out what information must be included in the email in the table "Guidelines in the event of infection, or suspected infection, with the Coronavirus".

Please read the FAQs about Protection and Behavior in Case of Illness for more information. There you will find advice on what to do if, for example, you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Corona, or when you may return to work after contracting Corona.

** Update November 12, 11:30 a.m.:** For students: If you have received a positive PCR test result for Covid19 and you have attended one or more onsite courses at the University of Stuttgart in the three days before you were tested, or before the onset of symptoms, please inform the respective lecturers immediately. In this case, please also be aware of the university's access ban. Teaching staff can find more information about this in the table "Guidelines in the event of infection".

November 10, 8 a.m.: Mandatory tests for non-immunized employees with direct contact to external persons.

Employees who are neither vaccinated against COVID-19, nor have recovered from the virus and who have direct contact with external persons as part of their job are required to either test themselves using a rapid antigen test twice a week, or to get tested. In accordance with Occupational Safety and Health guidelines, the University of Stuttgart must provide employees (who do not work solely from home) with two tests per week. 

For more information please read the FAQ "Mandatory tests for non-immunized employees with direct contact to external persons."

November 8, 12:50 p.m.: Vaccination campaign on Campus Vaihingen

A mobile vaccination team will be visiting Campus Vaihingen on Thursday, November 11, and Thursday, December 9.  Vaccinations will be administered on the first floor of Campus Guest, Universitätsstraße 34, near the bus loop. All students and employees at the University of Stuttgart can receive a vaccination here. In particular, international students who have been vaccinated with a vaccine that is not approved in the EU can receive a vaccination here, to obtain vaccinated status in the EU.

You will find more information about the vaccination campaign on the website.

November 4, 4:10 p.m.: Registration centers are moving to university buildings

As of Monday, November 8, you will find the registration centers in the following buildings:

  • The registration center on Campus City Center is located in the KI, Keplerstraße 11, at the lower entrance, directly next to Keplerstraße. The Rapid Test Center and the Citizen Test Center will remain outside between the KI and KII buildings.
  • The registration center on Campus Vaihingen is located in the Student Services Center (Haus der Studierenden), Pfaffenwaldring 5 c. The testing center is located outside next to the Student Services Center.

The opening hours remain as follows:

  • Campus Vaihingen: Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Campus City Center: Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

November 4, 4:10 p.m.: Registration centers are moving to university buildings

As of Monday, November 8, you will find the registration centers in the following buildings:

  • The registration center on Campus City Center is located in the KI, Keplerstraße 11, at the lower entrance, directly next to Keplerstraße. The Rapid Test Center and the Citizen Test Center will remain outside between the KI and KII buildings.
  • The registration center on Campus Vaihingen is located in the Student Services Center (Haus der Studierenden), Pfaffenwaldring 5 c. The testing center is located outside next to the Student Services Center.

The opening hours remain as follows:

  • Campus Vaihingen: Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Campus City Center: Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

November 3, 1:20 p.m.: Resolutions released by the Rectorate pertaining to the Corona Guidelines, guest auditors and special events

The following decisions were made when the Rectorate met, November 2:

October, 28, 3:10 p.m.: Modified opening hours of the registration centers

Next week (November 1 - 5), registration centers will be open as follows:

  • Monday, 11/1: closed (holiday)
  • Tuesday, 11/2 through Friday, 11/5: Campus Vaihingen: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Campus Stadtmitte: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

October 21, 1:45 p.m.: New opening hours of the registration centers

After the restrictions caused by the storm, both registration centers on Campus Stadtmitte and Campus Vaihingen have reopened since 1 p.m.The registration center in Vaihingen will remain in the computer science building Universitätsstraße 38, room 0.008 for today.

Tomorrow, Friday, October 22, the registration centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. They will be closed on weekends. From October 25, the registration centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

October 21, 10:40 a.m.: Registration center closed due to storm

The registration centers on the Stadtmitte and Vaihingen campuses are currently only open on a limited basis due to the storm. In Vaihingen it is moved inside, in Stadtmitte it had to close for security reasons. We are monitoring the situation and will decide hourly whether we can resume operations.

Tomorrow, Friday, October 22, the registration centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. They will be closed on weekends. From October 25, the registration centers will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

October 15, 12:15 p.m.: Updated version of the Hygiene Concept has been released

The Rectorate has approved changes to the University of Stuttgart’s Hygiene Concept. The updated version 11 is available on the Hygiene Concept webpage.

October 15, 2021, 2:30 p.m.: Information for teaching staff about the winter semester 2021/22

The university management has sent a circular email to all members of university teaching staff, informing them about the legal and organizational framework for the organization of university operations and teaching in the winter semester 2021/22. The winter semester is intended as a transitional semester towards a return to "normality". However, the university management also emphasizes that all members of the university are obliged to comply with infection control and occupational health and safety regulations. Furthermore, various procedures will be implemented that allow the verification of 3G status and the compilation of attendance records, depending on the equipment available in individual rooms, and the number of participants:

October 13, 2021, 10:30 a.m.: 3G university certificate for onsite courses - campUSticket for employees

As of today, October 13, students and employees at the University of Stuttgart can obtain a campUSticket university certificate on both the Vaihingen and Stadtmitte campuses. For this purpose, tents have been set up to serve as registration centers. The university certificate serves to document students' 3G status and is the prerequisite for participation in onsite courses.

The institutes and departments have been asked to issue this authorization document (pdf, not accessible, [de]) to all employees and teachers from their subject area who would like to receive a university certificate. This authorization document can be used to obtain a university certificate from the registration tents. Authentication is also possible with service card, if available

If you have any questions please contact the Personell Department.

12.10.2021, 11.00 a.m.: campUSticket for students

In order to attend an onsite course, students are required to participate in contact tracking and to carry a valid campUSticket. A campUSticket is the university proof of 3G status verification, that is, proof that you have been vaccinated, that you have recovered from the virus, or have tested negative.

campUStickets will be issued at central registration centers on both the Vaihingen Campus and the Stadtmitte Campus.  The map shows where these are located (PDF document, not barrier-free).

What you have to do to get a campUSticket and what you must be aware of before attending a course or event is described in the document  "Onsite teaching in the winter semester - what do I need I do?" (PDF-Document, not barrier-free).

The registration centers will be open from October 13, 2021. Opening hours are as follows:

  • 13 to 15.10.2021, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 16 and 17.10.2021, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • 18 to 22.10.2021, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Opening hours beyond 22.10.2021 will follow shortly. These will be adjusted as needed.

We ask students to come to the registration centers well in advance of their first onsite course to help avoid waiting times. Please bring a QR code if possible.

All students who are neither vaccinated nor have had the virus and who must provide proof of a negative rapid test in order to receive a campUSticket may conduct a rapid test from the university's contingent under supervision and free of charge at the test stations in the registration centers from Wednesday 13.10.2021. Do not bring a self-administered test with you, this is not permitted!

September 17, 7:15 a.m.: Onsite teaching winter semester 2021/22

In the letter from July 22, 2021, referring to the University of Stuttgart’s strategy for reopening before the summer break, the Rectorate emphasized its firm intention to enable onsite studying and teaching in Stuttgart in the coming winter semester, and that it intends to offer as many onsite courses as possible within the legal framework. In relation to this, the relevant resolutions were promised by mid-September. Accordingly, in its meeting on September 14, the rectorate made the following decisions for the planning and resumption of onsite teaching in the winter semester 2021/22, based on the current Corona Guidelines Baden-Württemberg and the Corona Guidelines University Operations from the Ministry of Science (MWK), as well as the rules pertaining to occupational health and safety for the protection of employees at work (ArbSchG).

  1. After three semesters of online teaching, the political aim, and the aim of the university, is to ensure that it is able to offer at least 50% onsite teaching (onsite teaching > 50% and online teaching < 50%), beginning in the winter semester 2021/22. The reference for the percentage allocation is the number of weekly courses per study program.
  2. Commencing on October 1, 2021, University of Stuttgart buildings will be open on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for the purpose of university operations.
  3. The university enforces a general obligation to wear a face mask in all transitional areas (the minimum requirement is a medical-grade mask) and in all auditoriums and workspaces where teaching takes place (FFP2 masks). Lecturers are excepted from this rule, if they are teaching a course where it is possible to maintain a sufficient distance to the students during teaching.
  4. For reasons of occupational health and safety, the auditoriums and study rooms where courses will be held are generally limited to 50% of their maximum capacity. There are three exceptions to this rule, namely the auditoriums

     V 47.01 (Campus Vaihingen) with a maximum of 250 students,
     M 17.01 (Campus Stadtmitte) with a maximum of 250 students and
     M 12.01 (Campus Stadtmitte, Azenberg) with a maximum of 250 students.

  1. Further exceptions to the rule are laboratories and practical rooms with functioning technical air conditioning systems. In these rooms, a reduction in capacity has been deemed unnecessary for students and teachers because the air circulation is considered adequate. This means that these rooms can be used at 100% capacity. The capacity will be reduced to 50% in rooms where there is no sufficient air conditioning (see No. 4).
  2. Internal rooms without windows and/or air conditioning will not be used for teaching.
  3. After reopening, the central library, which is currently closed due to renovation work at both locations (Stadtmitte and Vaihingen), the institute libraries and student study rooms, will continue to be subject to the 3G rule. You must also reserve a workspace in advance.
  4. The Rectorate is entitled to adjust the maximum occupancy during the course of the winter semester 2021/22, depending on developments and the experiences made.
  5. Participation in onsite courses still requires attendance documentation, either using the cactUS system or by filling out the relevant forms.
  6. To participate in an onsite course, all students and teaching staff involved must show proof of a vaccination, recovery or a test certificate (3G rule).
  7. The 3G status of participants attending onsite courses will be subject to random sampling, and checks will also be carried out via technical means (cactUS system). More information about how documentation is recorded and checked will be provided to all employees and students via a separate letter in the near future.
  8. Checks and verification for courses with 35 or more students (large events) will be carried out by an external service provider. Checks and verification for courses with less than 35 people (small events) will be carried out by the teachers themselves. Standardized certificates as proof of 3G status will be issued in verification centers on Campus Vaihingen and on Campus Stadtmitte. Central Administration is currently reviewing the contracting and commissioning of services, which will include stationary and mobile testing and vaccination services if possible.
  9. Over the course of the winter semester 2021/22, technical systems to check 3G status, and the necessary documentation for tracking attendance, will be implemented for centrally managed lecture halls - if this has not yet been introduced - as well as for all decentralized teaching rooms; at the same time, random sampling will gradually be scaled back. The technical infrastructure will be procured using central funds. More details on how 3G checks will be processed and about attendance documentation will be provided in a separate letter to all employees and students by early October.
  10. Students and teachers are aware that a person’s 3G status can be subject to random checks at any time and that a failure to provide evidence of your 3G status when attending onsite courses may result in regulatory consequences.
  11. The onsite courses on offer as part of individual study programs (BA/BSc, MA/MSc, state examinations) are planned and organized independently by the responsible faculties and the Stuttgart Center for Simulation Science, based on the maximum permissible occupancy of the rooms (see nos. 4 and 5). Additional and equivalent online courses must be offered if onsite teaching in accordance with the aforementioned rules is not possible. The faculties are responsible for organizing these courses. Should support services in the form of funding for onsite teaching be necessary, I request that appropriate and justified requests be made to the Rector's Office via the Dean.
    The Rectorate recommends that the individual study programs plan to include a certain amount of online teaching in a targeted manner for the upcoming winter semester 2021/22 (e.g. by using synchronous exercises, tutorials, seminars, etc.) in order to relieve pressure on room capacities and to ensure that as many onsite courses can be offered as possible. Furthermore, the Rectorate also suggests that the faculty members responsible for the rooms, the study program managers, and space and lecture hall managers (Division 6 - Engineering and Constructions) set up a joint "space exchange" for all centrally and decentrally managed lecture halls and teaching rooms, and that they support each other in the search for suitable teaching spaces.

If the abovementioned Corona measures and rules are consistently applied, the Rectorate is confident that it has set an appropriate framework, in accordance with the existing infection and occupational health and safety regulations, to enable a safe return to regular onsite teaching. If we are unable to achieve our target of at least 50% onsite teaching during the winter semester 2021/22, the Rectorate will work together with the individual faculties and the student council stuvus to find ways to expand the scope of onsite teaching. Further information – particularly pertaining to the verification of random sampling and more details about the 3G rule and the approval process for onsite courses will follow shortly. Let us work together creatively and responsibly to ensure that we can return to normality!

signed
Wolfram Ressel
Rector of the University of Stuttgart

September 10, 8 a.m.: Corona Occupational Health and Safety Guidelines Update

The updated Corona Occupational Safety and Health Guidelines [de] will come into effect on September 10. The validity of the guidelines depends on duration of the current pandemic situation and the current version is applicable up to and including November 24, 2021.

In accordance with the updated guidelines, employees at the University of Stuttgart are entitled to receive their vaccination during working hours. Furthermore, the regulations already in place for employees continue to apply. In particular:

  • the preparation and updating of the hygiene guidelines.
  • the offer of at least two tests per week for employees working on university premises. 
  • reducing contacts to a minimum (this includes encourage employees to work from home, video meetings, etc.).
  • the provision of face masks for situations when no other protective methods are possible.

In the interest of infection control, the Rectorate requests that facilities follow the measures specified in the university's Hygiene Concept and the requirements specified in the updated Corona Occupational Safety and Health Guidelines, as they have in the past.

 

September 9, 10:30 a.m.: Extension of regulations pertaining to working from home until 31.03.2022

The University has extended the current regulations pertaining to working from home until 31.03.2022. We would like to remind you that the rules pertaining to employees being reachable during working hours apply, regardless of whether you are working from home or in the office. This means, amongst other things, that employees working from home must always be reachable by telephone and email during their normal working hours. 

September 9, 15:30 p.m.: Updated version of the Hygiene Concept has been released

The Rectorate has approved changes to the University of Stuttgart’s Hygiene Concept. The updated version 10 is available on the Hygiene Concept webpage.

August 25, 11 a.m.: New regulations defined in the Corona Guidelines for University Operations, from August 24, 2021

Dear Sir/madam,
Dear Colleagues,
Dear Students,

I would like to take this opportunity to inform you that new Corona Guidelines for University Operations [de] came into effect on August 24, 2021. This defines significant amendments pertaining to university operations. These amendments implement the decisions of the Bund-Länder-Konferenz (Federal Government-Federal State Conference) and the requirements specified in the new Corona Guidelines BW from August 16, 2021, which provide for an expansion of the requirement to present proof of vaccination, recovery or a corona test, particularly for indoor events. 

The requirement to present proof of vaccination, recovery or a corona test has also been extended for university operations. Specifically, the following regulations apply to university operations and are effective immediately:

1. On-site courses at university

With immediate effect, proof of vaccination, recovery or a negative test (3-G rule) is required for all onsite university courses. If proof cannot be provided, it is not possible to attend the course. As specified in the Corona Guidelines for University Operations, this obligation applies to everyone involved in the course, which means, the rule applies to students, lecturers and other teaching staff, as well as anyone else involved in the course.

Onsite university courses include, in particular all courses, that do not usually take place during the lecture-free period, or only take place to a limited extent, as well as viewings of graded exams.

Onsite university courses also include examinations, which are currently the main events being held at the university. For these, the Corona Guidelines for University Operations permits the university management to approve an exception to the requirement to present proof of vaccination, recovery or testing, if a minimum distance of 1.5 m from other participants can be reliably maintained, or if there is a further requirement in place to wear a medical-grade mask or an FFP2 mask. The university management will make use of this option, since compliance with these requirements is required for all onsite examinations at the University of Stuttgart.

For this reason, it is currently not necessary to provide proof of vaccination, recovery or a corona test to attend an examination. This also applies for those taking doctoral examinations.

The rules pertaining to face masks also remain unchanged. The valid regulations continue to apply.

If proof of vaccination, recovery or a corona test (3G rule) is required for participation in a course, these will be checked by the course organizer or by a person designated by the course organizer. In the case of a negative test result, this must be up-to-date, i.e. it must not be older than 24 hours at the time of admission to the course. Individuals who do not provide proof of vaccination, recovery or a corona test, in accordance with the 3G rule, will be excluded from participating in the course. Further information about the 3G rule can be found on the Corona-FAQ.

2. Use of student learning spaces and libraries

With immediate effect, the use of student learning spaces and libraries is only possible upon provision of a vaccination certificate, recovery certificate or a negative test certificate. This does not apply to the collection and return of media when using the libraries. 

In the case of libraries, the verification of certificates will be carried out by the respective library.

For those using the student learning spaces, verification will be carried out by Securitas employees.

If the proof provided is a negative test result, then this proof must be up-to-date, i.e. it must not be older than 24 hours when accessing a library or a study room. Individuals who fail to provide proof in accordance with the 3G rule are prohibited from entering and using the library or study room in question. Non-compliance constitutes a misdemeanor and can be sanctioned with a fine by the responsible regulators, in accordance with § 12 Corona Guidelines for University Operations.

With a view to the coming winter semester, in which participation in university courses will, in all likelihood, also be coupled with an obligation to provide a vaccination, recovery or test certificate, the university is currently examining which procedures can be used to verify the certificates, and which technical, organizational and legal options exist to reduce the workload associated with such checks for all those involved.

Should further amendments be made, in particular with regard to teaching and examinations, due to developments in the number of coronavirus infections and the legal framework, we will of course inform all members of the university.

In all other respects, the information published in the Corona News Ticker dated July 22, 2021, which was also emailed to all members of the University, continues to apply to plans for the winter semester.

Yours faithfully,
Prof. Dr.-Ing Wolfram Ressel
Rector

 

July 22, 9:45 a.m.: The University of Stuttgart's opening strategy: University and teaching operations in the winter semester 2021/22

Dear Students, Dear Lecturers,

Before the exam period and the summer break, the university management would like to inform you about the progression of plans for opening the university in the winter semester 2021/22. It is our firm intention to ensure that university operations and on-site teaching can take place in Stuttgart in the coming winter semester, and to offer as many courses on campus as possible. We are of course monitoring the pandemic situation and are preparing to respond flexibly to the respective incidence figures - as stipulated by the Corona Guidelines University Operations. For this reason, on-site, hybrid and online courses may take place. It is intended that university life will return to the university campus, at least to a large extent, and will no longer take place at home in front of the computer.

We guarantee that students will not be subject to continuous online teaching during the coming winter semester, and we recommend that students prepare to attend on-site courses in Stuttgart.

The final decision about exactly how university and teaching operations might be organized in the winter semester 2021/22 will be made by the Rectorate at the University of Stuttgart by mid-September at the latest. We will inform you of this as soon as possible. Please check the university's Corona webpage regularly.

In accordance with the current Corona Guidelines University Operations from the Ministry of Science Baden-Württemberg, applicable since July 1, students should be aware that a return to on-site teaching in the coming winter semester will only be possible for students who have been vaccinated, have recovered from the corona virus, or who have been tested. Therefore, we are asking you to please ensure that you have been vaccinated. By doing this you protect not only yourself but also those around you, and you are also helping to ensure a return to normal university operations.

We will do everything in our power to ensure that we can teach and learn together on campus.

signed
Prof. Wolfram Ressel, Rector
Prof. Hansgeorg Binz, Vice Rector for Teaching and Continuing Education

July 23, 9:45 a.m.: Updated version of the Hygiene Concept has been released

The Rectorate has approved changes to the University of Stuttgart’s Hygiene Concept. The updated version 9 is available on the Hygiene Concept webpage.

July 15, 3:40 p.m.: Spontaneous vaccinations at the Liederhalle Vaccination Center

The vaccination center of the Klinikum Stuttgart in the Liederhalle offers vaccinations without an appointment daily from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. until July 29. All you need is an identification document.

When which vaccines are vaccinated and further information can be found on the website of the Klinikum Stuttgart [de].

July 9, 9:20 a.m.: Vaccination offer for employees

The University of Stuttgart is working together with the Robert Bosch Hospital to offer its employees vaccination appointments next week. Vaccination appointments at the Central Vaccination Center in the Robert Bosch Hospital will be available for University of Stuttgart employees from Monday July 12 to Friday July 16. The vaccinations will be administered daily from 7 a.m. to 8.30 p.m., using the Biontech/Pfizer vaccine. There will be no prioritization in the appointment process. Appointments will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Please visit the website vaccination offer for employees for registration and more information.

July 7, 5 p.m.: Further learning spaces open for students

Two additional learning spaces for students at the University of Stuttgart will be available from Friday July 9 onwards:

  • Sporthalle Keltenschanze, Pfaffenwaldring 11, Campus Vaihingen
  • Temporary auditoriums (M 2.00, M 2.01, M 2.02), Breitscheidstr. 2a, Campus Stadtmitte

You must reserve a time slot in advance if you wish to use the rooms. Please read the information booking, hours of use and current hygiene rules in the FAQ "Which learning spaces are open?".

July 1, 1 p.m.: Vaccination offer for students

The State Ministry of Baden-Wuerttemberg for Sciences, Research and Arts (MWK) is allocating approximately 6,000 Biontech/Pfizer vaccinations, as part of a pilot project aimed at students enrolled at universities in Stuttgart. The University of Stuttgart has declared its willingness to the MWK to implement the organizational measures for vaccination registration for all universities in Stuttgart. Rector Prof. Ressel appeals to all students to take advantage of this offer now, in order to ensure a safe yet rapid return to on-site teaching.

Students can register for a vaccination appointment using this vaccination offer website, from Thursday July 1, at 5 p.m. There you will also find detailed information about the vaccination period, the vaccine and the required documents.

June 28, 4 p.m.: Updated version of the Hygiene Concept has been released

The Rectorate has approved changes to the University of Stuttgart’s Hygiene Concept. The updated version 8 is available on the Hygiene Concept webpage.

June 28, 1:15 p.m.: monthly orders of self-administered Corona tests

If additional self-administered tests are required for employees for the month of July, institute directors or facility managers can now order them online using the online form [de]. The university will provide two tests per week for employees who need to be on site. Two tests per week may also be ordered for students participating in mandatory courses lasting several weeks, and where daily attendance is expected, such as internships. Self-administered tests can be ordered as required for shorter mandatory courses.

Please only order the tests required for the month of July. Please order tests for August at the end of July, with adjusted quantities if necessary.

May 21, 10:30 a.m.: Information about nationwide regulations for travellers entering Germany

On May 12, the government released new corona virus regulations for travellers entering Germany [de]. These came into effect on May 13. They regulate and unify quarantine rules and the rules pertaining to registration and testing when returning from abroad, as well as travel bans to areas where virus mutations are prevalent.

To find out which rules apply to you when returning from abroad, please read the corona virus travel regulations before returning to work.

May 18, 7:30 a.m.: The university is currently not able to offer vaccination appointments

At this point in time, it is not foreseeable if or when the University of Stuttgart will be able to offer its own vaccination program to employees. Firstly, only very few vaccines are available for administration by occupational health physicians. Secondly, the university faces a data protection issue in terms of storing data pertaining to health. Furthermore, setting up the necessary infrastructure and hiring trained personnel would be very time-consuming and costly.

Instead, the university is currently examining whether it might be possible to cooperate with Klinikum Stuttgart or the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Stuttgart, to offer vaccinations for employees.

The university directors recommend that employees independently book an appointment to receive a vaccination, and that they do not wait until the occupational health physician is able to administer Corona virus vaccinations. It is possible to receive a vaccination at your local doctor's practice, which are now permitted to vaccinate with all approved vaccines without following government prioritization, or at a vaccination center. 

May 17, 1 p.m.: Corona test center to open at Campus City Center

From Tuesday May 17, at 8 a.m., a new test center will be opening at the University of Stuttgart’s Campus City Center. Employees and students at the University of Stuttgart, as well as members of the public, can get tested for the corona virus at least once a week free of charge. (Updated 26.5.21: An earlier version said only "once a week.")

The rapid test center is centrally located between the buildings K I and K II, Keplerstr. 11.  The test center is open from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more details please read the article "Corona test center ".

May 11, 7:45 p.m.: Vaccination authorization for employees

All employees at the University of Stuttgart have today received a preliminary personal attestation that they are entitled to receive a vaccination. All employees, civil servants and assistants at the University of Stuttgart are entitled to receive a vaccination, as are assistant lecturers and teaching staff. The vaccination authorization has not yet been approved by the Ministry for Social Affairs and Integration. This should be possible from mid-May at the earliest. Please print this confirmation and take it with you to your appointment at the vaccination center, together with the rest of the required documentation.

A list of the priority groups authorized to receive a vaccination in Baden-Württemberg is being constantly updated and can be found at www.impfen-bw.de. On 06.05.2021 and 10.05.2021, the state and federal governments took the decision to open the administration of the vaccinations from the companies AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson to everyone. This vaccine can be administered by your doctor. Special authorization for these two vaccinations, administered at a doctor's practice, is no longer necessary.

Update May 12, 6 p.m.:

As of Monday, May 17, prioritization in doctors' practices will be completely lifted for all vaccines.Students and employees will thus have the possibility to be vaccinated in their family doctor's practice regardless of prioritization, if enough vaccine is available.

May 6, 10:45 a.m.: Vaccination prioritization: employees belong to priority group 3

Changes to the Corona Vaccination Guidelines by the Federal Ministry of Health from April 29, 2021, came into force on May 1, 2021. In accordance with these, university employees now belong to priority group 3. The Ministry of Social Affairs Baden-Württemberg has informed us [de], it is expected that university employees will be able to receive their vaccinations in stages from mid-May. The state is intending to implement priority group 3 in stages. As part of the implementation of this, university employees will be entitled to receive their vaccination.

In preparation for this, the University of Stuttgart will issue all employees with written confirmation that they belong to priority group 3. You will receive this written confirmation via email over the course of the next week. Please print this confirmation and take it with you to your appointment at the vaccination center, together with the rest of the required documents.

Each employee is responsible for organizing and making their own vaccination appointment. Vaccination is voluntary.

If you have any questions about this written confirmation, please email Division 4 – Personnel and Legal Affairs.

April 29, 2:30 p.m.: The University of Stuttgart will provide employees and students with antigen self-tests

The University of Stuttgart will be offering antigen tests to its employees (excluding those who work from home full-time) and students attending mandatory on-site courses approved by the Rectorate, such as practical laboratory courses. These tests will be distributed to all university facilities and institutes by Friday.

You can read details of how the test is distributed and how to obtain a test in the article on antigen self-tests.

April 28, 12:20 p.m.: Corona test center to open at Campus Vaihingen

From Friday April 30, 2021, at 8 a.m., a new test center will be opening at the University of Stuttgart’s Campus Vaihingen. Employees and students at the University of Stuttgart, as well as members of the public, can get tested for the corona virus once a week free of charge.

The rapid test center is centrally located on “Roten Platz”, Universitätsstraße 34, next to the bus loop. The “Universität” S-Bahn station, and bus stops are nearby. The test center is open from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more details please read the article "Corona test center to open at Campus Vaihingen".

 

April 23, 9 p.m.: Information on the new Infection Protection Act

The new version of the Infection Protection Act, which puts universities on an equal footing with schools regarding onsite teaching, has raised questions in recent days. We would therefore like to inform you about how Section 28b (3) of the Infection Protection Act affects teaching, particularly if the 7-day incidence of 165 is exceeded. The Infection Protection Act stipulates that if a threshold value of the 7-day incidence of 100 is exceeded, alternating teaching at universities is required; if a threshold value of 165 is exceeded on three consecutive days, onsite teaching at universities is prohibited from the day after next. According to the explanatory memorandum to the law, examinations are not to be regarded as onsite teaching. The same also applies "to research studies, studies in laboratories and similar facilities."

The Ministry of Science informed the universities today which events at the universities are covered by the exceptions mentioned in the explanatory memorandum. According to this information, examinations and mandatory practical teaching sessions approved by Rectorates in accordance with Section 13 (3) CoronaVO BW and Section 2 (1) CoronaVO MWK are still permitted. Specifically, the Rectorate of the University of Stuttgart has approved the implementation of the following onsite teaching sessions in the aforementioned sense in the summer semester 2021:

  1. Oral and written examinations may be conducted onsite, in accordance with chapter IV of the Corona Guidelines for study programs [de] at the University of Stuttgart. The hygiene regulations must always be adhered to. This especially applies to the following examinations:
    • Written examinations that are part of final module examinations and course-related examinations, as far as they still belong to the examination period of the winter semester 2020/21 (The decision on the conduct of written examinations of the summer semester 2021 will be made at a later date).
    • Oral examinations; if the candidate agrees, oral examinations may be conducted via video conference for as long as Section 2 (1) Corona-VO MWK is valid, and in accordance with the University of Stuttgart’s Corona Statutes and the examination regulations for as long as the corona pandemic lasts. Only the examiner, observer, keeper of the minutes and the examination candidate may be present for the exam.
    • Oral state exams for students enrolled in teaching degrees for teaching at high school level.
    • Term papers and final theses that require the use of a special laboratory or workspace at the university.
    • Oral presentations that are part of term papers and final theses, the point pertaining to oral examinations being held via video conference and about who may be present also apply here.
  1. Mandatory practical events as defined in Chapter III No. 3b of the Corona Guidelines, in which the transfer of knowledge cannot be digitized and which therefore require physical presence, provided that they have been approved by the Committees for Student Affairs and Teaching in accordance with the procedure described in the Corona Guidelines and notified to the Rectorate. This does not currently apply to practical sports courses, as clarification is still pending with the relevant federal ministries.
  2. Mandatory outdoor courses may be held in accordance with the specifications under No. 2 and the Corona guidelines with the restriction that the maximum group size is limited to two individuals.
  3. So-called "Scheinklausuren" (mock-exams), provided they have been approved by the Rectorate on a case-by-case basis.
  4. Doctoral examinations may be conducted in accordance with Chapter V of the Corona Guidelines.

The Ministry of Science has further informed the universities that libraries are not covered by the provisions of Section 28b (3) of the Infection Protection Act and may therefore remain open in accordance with state law. The same applies to the learning spaces that are already open.

Please read the University of Stuttgart’s Corona Guidelines for the summer semester 2021 [de].

We wish you continued success in the summer semester despite the current restrictions!

Signed
Professor Wolfram Ressel, Rector

April 20, 4:45 p.m.: University of Stuttgart to offer voluntary rapid corona tests

In accordance with the Corona Occupational Health and Safety Guidelines from April 14, the University of Stuttgart will be offering its employees (excluding those who work full-time from home) and students who attend on-site teaching events approved by the Rectorate, such as practical laboratory courses, voluntary rapid antigen tests. These tests will be available as soon as possible, depending on when the rapid tests are delivered to the university. They are expected to be available by the end of April.

The tests are rapid antigen tests for self-administration by untrained people. These are listed and tested by the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices. These tests are voluntary. To further minimize the risk of infection at the university, and to improve protection for all employees and students, the university management asks its employees to make use of this offer of rapid testing (unless you are working from home full-time).

Please read the detailed information.

March 30, 10:20 a.m.: Current testing options

The University management would like to take the opportunity to inform you of current testing options (rapid tests/self-testing) at the University of Stuttgart.

To make regular testing at universities possible, a centralized procurement process for rapid tests/self-tests is currently being carried out by the State of BW’s Ministry of Social Affairs. For the event that rapid tests/self-tests are soon available, the University of Stuttgart is currently developing a concept for contact-free distribution – as far as this is possible.  

The University of Stuttgart is not currently planning to procure tests independently.

We would also like to remind you of the federal and state government guidelines, which came into effect on 8.3.2021. These guidelines state that citizens are entitled to receive free rapid tests at designated test stations in the state of BW.

This form of testing is of course available to all employees and students at the University of Stuttgart, regardless of whether you are currently at the University of Stuttgart or not.

March 24, 17:15 p.m.: No public holiday on April 1 and April 3

The state government has notified the university that the necessary regulations pertaining to the agreed public holiday from Maundy Thursday to Easter Monday cannot be implemented. Therefore, Maundy Thursday (April 1) and Holy Saturday (April 3) are working days. The Ministry for Science, Research and Art (MWK) has notified the University of Stuttgart that the examinations due to take place next week (calendar week 13) will take place as planned.

March 19, 12:15 p.m.: Updated version of the Hygiene Concept has been released

The Rectorate has approved changes to the University of Stuttgart’s Hygiene Concept. The updated version 6 is available on the Hygiene Concept webpage.

February 26, 8:00 a.m.: New occupational health and safety guidelines – working from home

The Federal Ministry of the Interior has released new occupational health and safety guidelines for state institutions. The aim of the occupational health and safety guidelines is:

  • to minimize the risk of becoming infected with the corona virus SARS-CoV-2 (and its mutations)
  • and to protect the health and safety of employees. 

The new guidelines specify that departments and teams should be separated, either spatially or by allocating alternating time slots. Ideally, workspaces should only be used by individuals, or protected workspaces should be set up. Employees must work from home wherever possible.

The university already meets these criteria, and we are delighted that there have been almost zero cases of infection between employees and that we offer very safe working, learning and examination environments. The new regulations specified in the occupational health and safety guidelines, state that the employer is required to allow employees to work from home in the case of office workers or those employed in a similar working environment - unless there are any urgent work-related reasons why this is not possible. This is already in practice at the university.

To minimize the risk of infection, the Rectorate asks university facilities and institutions to continue to strictly implement the regulations specified in the university's hygiene concept and those specified in the new SARS-CoV-2 occupational health and safety guidelines, as they have done previously.

In cases where working from home is not possible, the university would like to remind you that each institution is now responsible for documenting the reasons for this. 

The rectorate would like to thank all involved parties at the university for the work that is being undertaken at the University of Stuttgart to effectively fight the pandemic.

Prof. Dr. Wolfram Ressel, Rector
Dipl.-Ök. Jan Gerken, Chancellor

February 12, 9:30 a.m.: Updates to FAQs on examinations, enrollment and fees

Some FAQs have been updated in the sections "Examinations" and "Application, enrollment, student status, fees and contributions". All revised FAQs are marked with "(Updated 12.02.21)".

February 5, 8:45 a.m.: Updated version of the Hygiene Concept has been released

The Rectorate has approved changes to the University of Stuttgart’s Hygiene Concept. The updated version 6 is available on the Hygiene Concept webpage.

February 5, 11 a.m.: Study and teaching in the summer semester 2021

The experiences of the last few months and the unpredictability of the pandemic development have prompted the university management to determine the teaching format for the summer semester 2021 at an early stage, so that students and teachers can plan reliably:

  • Lecture period: April 19 to July 24, 2021.
  • The summer semester 2021 will be conducted as a digital semester with mandatory on-site practical courses (as in winter semester 2020/21).
  • If the pandemic situation allows for on-site teaching, individual on-site events (requiring approval) can be offered under the hygiene regulations that will then apply.
  • Online study and teaching must be continuoulsy offered digitally throughout the entire lecture period.
  • Timetables (important for structured learning) and lecture hall allocation (important for course recordings) are based on the fictitious assumption that teaching would take place in presence (analogous to previous presence summer semesters).

We would like to thank you for your dedication and flexibility during the past two semesters, and we sincerely hope that the coming period will bring us back to normal

Prof. Wolfram Ressel, Rector
Prof. Hansgeorg Binz, Vice Rector for Teaching and Continuing Education

January 27, 8 a.m.: The rules for wearing mandatory face masks have been tightened at the University of Stuttgart

The federal state government has tightened the rules for wearing face masks. The current Corona Guidelines [de] state that from January 25, 2021, all employees at the University of Stuttgart, including student assistants and research assistants, must wear a medical mask. Surgical masks (DIN EN 14683:2019-10) FFP2 masks (DIN EN 149:2001), or KN95, N95 masks are permitted.

Please read the detailed information about the new rules for mandatory face masks in the FAQ “When and where must I wear a face mask?

January 13, 7:15 a.m.: University library lending services reopen with access restrictions.

From today, Wednesday January 13, 2021, lending services will reopen at both library locations. The university library is only open for the collection and returning of any media that have been ordered. Opening times are: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please see the information on the library website.

January 8, 8:15 a.m.: working from home, childcare and options for taking paid leave

At the first corona summit of 2021, federal and regional authorities decided to extend the lockdown to January 31, 2021 and to keep schools and nurseries closed. The university directors have adapted the regulations pertaining to working from homeemergency childcare and options for taking paid leave accordingly.

December 15, 2:45 p.m: Home office recommendation

Due to the decisions made by the Federal State Government and the Premier on December 13 relating to the corona pandemic, the university management emphatically asks that all managers and supervisors allow their employees to work from home, particularly during the lockdown, if this is possible. The university would like to make a significant contribution to limiting contact to others and relieving the health system and hospitals wherever possible. Employees working from home must ensure that they can be contacted by phone or email.

Please read the Rectorate’s decision on temporary recommendations on working from home.

December 16, 8:15 p.m.: Update of the Corona Guidelines BW and the Corona Guidelines for University Operations from the Ministry of Science, Research and Art (MWK)

At a meeting on 15.12.2020, the Rectorate took the decision to extend the current regulations on suspending onsite university operations at the University of Stuttgart until the end of the winter semester on 31.03.2021, regardless of any easing of the rules that may take place in the state in general.

Further information on the Rectorate decision:

December 2, 8 a.m.: Suspension of onsite university operations

As already indicated, the state government has updated the CoronaVO BW [de] and the CoronaVO University Operations from the Ministry of Science [de]. These were due to remain in effect until December 1, 2020 and have now been extended. As the university has already announced, the suspension of onsite university operations has been extended. This extension initially applies until the beginning of the lecture-free Christmas holiday period on December 23, 2020. The Ministry of Science has already informed the university that a further suspension of university operations beyond this date is to be expected.

More detailed information about the extension of onsite university operations and about the exceptions to this rule in terms of teaching events and examinations, which may be conducted subject to approval by special permission of the Rectorate, can be found on the corona newsfeed and in the relevant FAQs.

 

November 30, 11 a.m.: Permission for onsite teaching and examinations in the WS 2020/21 and updating of the CoronaVO BW and MWK

**Updated version of the rectorate decision of 24.11.2020**

The State Government will soon be updating the Corona Guidelines BW and the Corona Guidelines MWK. As soon as the updated guidelines have been published, we will link them to the corona newsfeed. As the university has already announced, the rule banning onsite teaching will be extended. This extension initially applies until the beginning of the lecture-free Christmas holiday period, which begin on the 23.12.2020. The Ministry of Science has already informed the university, that it is expected that the ban on onsite teaching will be extended once more after the Christmas holidays.

For the period where onsite teaching is banned, certain teaching events and examinations that require your physical presence will be permitted if they have been approved by the rectorate and if such cases are covered by the exceptions listed in the MWK guidelines. In accordance with this, the following exceptions are permitted:

  1. Practical teaching sessions, particularly those that require special laboratories or workspaces, including sporting facilities, at universities. In particular, this includes practical laboratory lessons, practical lessons in apprenticeships that require patient contact – only if the hygiene guidelines of the clinic or teaching hospital can be complied with – dissection courses and teaching events that are largely practical,
  2. Examinations, particularly final examinations,
  3. Entrance and admission procedures, …

but only if these are absolutely necessary and cannot be replaced by electronic information and communication technologies or other distance learning formats.

In its last session on 24.11.2020, the Rectorate decided that teaching events and examinations that are considered absolutely necessary, as specified above, may still take place. In such cases, the following rules must be complied with. These rules apply for the entire winter semester, as long as the legal conditions remain unchanged:

  1. Onsite teaching is considered “absolutely necessary” if not allowing onsite teaching would result in the duration of study being extended.
  2. Any decisions about whether an onsite teaching session is necessary or not can be made using the following diagram: According to the exam regulations, is the practical teaching session (laboratory placements or events with practical sections) necessary for ensuring academic progress in the winter semester 20/21? Yes: Could the onsite teaching session be replaced by electronic information and communication technologies? Yes: Teach using a digital format. No: Does the practical session require special laboratory or work spaces, including sports facilities, on campus or a special off-campus facility or environment? No: Postpone it until after 30.03.2021. Yes: Is the teaching session considered absolutely necessary in the winter semester 2020 in order to ensure that the study period does not have to be extended? No: Postpone it until after 30.03.2021. Yes: Conduct the onsite teaching session in the WS 20/21

If the relevant practical teaching session has not been approved by the rectorate for the winter semester 2020/21, the decision about whether practical teaching events can be conducted or not, in accordance the diagram above, must be made by the Committee for Student Affairs and Teaching upon request from the lecturer. The Committee for Student Affairs and Teaching can delegate this decision – either fully or in part – to the Divisional Director.
If the practical teaching session is offered as part of a number of different study programs, and the responsible Committees for Student Affairs and Teaching are unable to agree, the Divisional Director of the faculty is responsible for deciding which committee is responsible for the module in question.

Practical events approved by the Committee for Student Affairs and Teaching must also be submitted to the rectorate.

  1. Practical teaching sessions that involve the presence of more than 20 people in one room must still be approved by the rectorate.
  2. Teaching sessions that are absolutely necessary and can be held outdoors may be held, in accordance with point 2 and only if the corona guidelines can be complied with, such events may however only be conducted in groups of a maximum of 2 people.
  3. Oral and written examinations may be conducted onsite, in accordance with chapter IV of the Corona Guidelines for University Operations in the winter semester 2020/21 at the University of Stuttgart. The hygiene regulations must always be adhered to. This especially applies to the following examinations:
    • Exams that are part of final module examinations and course examinations.
    • Oral examinations. If the candidate agrees, oral examinations may be conducted via video conference for as long as § 1a para. 8 Corona-VO MWK is valid, and in accordance with the University of Stuttgart’s Corona Statutes and the examination regulations for as long as the corona pandemic lasts. Only the examiner, observer, keeper of the minutes and the examination candidate may be present for the exam.
    • Oral state exams for students enrolled in teaching degrees for teaching at high school level.
    • Term papers and final theses that require the use of a special laboratory or workspace at the university.
    • Oral presentations that are part of term papers and final theses, the point pertaining to oral examinations being held via video conference and about who may be present also apply here.

Exams organized centrally be the examination office may only be held if it is possible to comply with the hygiene regulations at all times. 

  1. So-called “preliminary examinations” are subject to approval from the rectorate.
  2. Viewings of graded exams will be permitted from December 1, 2020, in accordance with the regulations specified in the Corona Guidelines and with a group size of maximum 20 people.
  3. Learning spaces, computer pools and institute libraries that have already reopened will remain in use, but access to learning spaces is only permitted if you sign-up in advance.

Furthermore, the Rectorate has also taken the decision to extend the following infection protection measures:

Only exam candidates and the members of the examination board may be present at doctoral and habilitation exams.

November 4, 7:30 a.m.: Resolution on temporary home office recommendation

Due to the dynamically developing corona situation in Baden-Württemberg and Stuttgart, and in accordance with the Federal and state resolution from 28.10.2020, the University of Stuttgart asks all employees to work from home if possible and in consultation with their supervisor. Those working from home must ensure that they can be reached via telephone or email. Furthermore, from 9.11.2020, all offices and workspaces may only be used one person at a time where possible.

If it is not possible for an office space to be used by just one person, a distance of three meters between people must be maintained, and the current hygiene regulations must also be adhered to at all times. If it is not possible to maintain the minimum distance, a face mask must be worn at all times or further protective measures, such as the installation of plexiglass screens to protect against droplet infection, must be put in place. Visitors must be limited to an absolute minimum and all visitors must follow the abovementioned hygiene regulations.

If you have any questions about using office or workspaces, please ask your supervisor and the Safety Department. To do this, please use the new central email address for corona questions: corona-info@uni-stuttgart.de

November 3, 12:30 p.m.: Exceptions for In-Person Events and Additional Infection Protection Measures

On November 1, 2020, the state government updated the CoronaVO Baden-Württemberg and the supplementary CoronaVO of the Ministry of Science. According to this update, in-person attendance at the universities is suspended until November 30, 2020. As was already the case at the beginning of the summer semester, instruction will be primarily digital. Only absolutely essential practical courses that generally require the use of special laboratory and work rooms, as well as examinations, may be conducted in class, subject to prior approval by the Rectorate.

In its meeting of November 3, 2020, the Rectorate decided that the events listed below in accordance with § 1a (8) CoronaVO BW in conjunction with § 1a Abs. 2 CoronaVO MWK are mandatory and may therefore be held in attendance:

  1. Examinations that require presence, in particular the following examinations:
  • Oral state exams for the teaching profession at secondary schools
  • Oral examinations in the courses of study at the Universität Stuttgart; with the consent of the student, oral examinations may also be held via video conference during the period of validity of § 1a (8) CoronaVO MWK in accordance with the regulations of the statutes of the University of Stuttgart to supplement the examination regulations of the university for the duration of the corona pandemic. Only examiners, assessors, minute takers and examination candidates attend the examinations.
  • Written exams, if they have already been scheduled for November
  • Student research projects and final theses that require the use of special laboratory or work rooms at the University of Stuttgart
  • Oral presentations in the context of student research projects and final theses; the restrictions on oral examinations via video conference and on the circle of participants apply accordingly.
  1. Mandatory laboratory internships that require the use of special laboratory or workrooms at the University, in particular laboratory internships that were already approved by the Rectorate under the same conditions in summer semester 2020 or for winter semester 2020/21. The same applies to mandatory laboratory internships that were approved by the study commissions according to the new version of the Corona Guidelines for the winter semester 2020/21, provided that a risk assessment has been prepared for them and the requirements of the University of Stuttgart's hygiene concept are met. The Rectorate must be notified of these cases immediately.
  2. Mandatory outdoor courses may be held in accordance with the Corona guidelines with the restriction that the maximum group size is limited to 2 individuals.
  3. School internship semesters already in progress are permitted, provided the schools are still open.
  4. Already opened learning rooms, computer pools and institute libraries may continue to be used, provided that access to the learning places is only granted after registration.

In its meeting on November 3, the Rectorate decided in accordance with § 5a CoronaVO MWK on the following additional infection-protection measures, initially limited until November 30, 2020:

  1. Only examination candidates and members of the examination boards may participate in doctoral and post-doctoral examinations.
  2. Where the Corona Guidelines allow examinations to be viewed in the presence of groups of up to 20 persons, these are deferred. Digital examination viewing and individual appointments under the conditions of the Corona Guidelines are still permitted.

Supplemental note on the extension of the mask obligation:

The new version of the Corona Regulation also extends the obligation to wear a mouth-nose cover (required mask), particularly for courses and examinations. Until further notice, all courses and exams that can be taken in a classroom are subject to the obligation to wear a mask for both teachers and students. Exceptions are only possible if there are other equivalent protective measures, such as suitable Plexiglas dividers. Doctoral and post-doctoral examinations are not affected by the extension of the mask obligation, as these are not part of the attendance study program.

In addition, the obligation to wear masks also applies to the areas of the university and institute libraries that are open to the public, as well as to the learning rooms and computer pools that remain open, unless other equivalent protective measures are in place, such as partitions.

 

November 3, 7:30 a.m.: The Rectorate is preparing a resolution on recommendations for emergency, short-term measures for working from home and to regulate single-use of offices and workspaces. The decision will temporarily expand the rules governing working from home, in accordance with the university’s hygiene concept, which applies until July 31, 2021.

**Update on November 3, 11:30 a.m.: The decision will be announced shortly after further clarification.**

Due to the rapidly increasing number of corona virus infections – not only in the Stuttgart region, but also at the University of Stuttgart – and the resulting health risks, the Rectorate will use its sitting on November 3 to respond to demands to pass a resolution that ensures that University of Stuttgart employees work from home if possible until December 15. In terms of teaching, which is due to begin on November 2, 2020, the risk of infection here must also be reduced to a minimum. In order to achieve this, the Rectorate will temporarily expand the scope of the university’s Hygiene Concept, which initially applies until July 31, 2021.

In accordance with the resolution, from November 2, 2020 until December 15, 2020, offices and workspace can only be used by one person at a time, or by a number of people if it is possible to keep a distance of 3 meters (double the minimum distance defined for social distancing) and as long as the hygiene concept can be followed.

October 30, 3 p.m.: No in-person events as of November 2

The Ministry of Science, Research and Art Baden-Württemberg (MWK) announced on Friday, October 30, 2020, that online teaching will be standard until the end of November. According to this, in-person events can only take place where it is epidemiologically justifiable and absolutely necessary to ensure the successful completion of the study program in the winter semester. From the ministry's perspective, these include in particular examinations, laboratory internships and practical training components. According to the MWK, the university and state libraries will remain open in November, subject to special protective measures, in order to continue to facilitate scientific work.

 This means for the University of Stuttgart:

  • All events that have so far been planned in attendance can only take place online in November, apart from the defined exceptions such as for internships.
  • Exams (oral, written, doctoral and postdoctoral examinations) can be held as before. However, only the members of the examination board and the examinee are to be admitted.
  • All excursions are cancelled in November.
  • The previously open libraries, learning rooms and PC pools will remain open. Here again, special attention is to be given to the mask obligation and to the hygiene rules.
  • Only mandatory in-person events that have been approved via risk assessment through the rectorate can be held in November. Further in-person events cannot be approved, however.
  • General university sports shall not be held as attendance events. Sports courses can only be held online in November.
  • No in-person student events planned from November 2 to November 30 are possible.
  • Administrative units such as the Examination Office or the Central Student Advisory Service may generally be available only by telephone and online in November.
  • For committee meetings in the academic self-administration, it is strongly recommended not to meet in person, but rather virtually.

The university therefore asks you to avoid being present on campus or in the university buildings in November and to come to the university only in urgent cases. Please check our Corona website regularly for further developments.

Based on the information currently available to the Rectorate, it must unfortunately be assumed that the current situation will not change before Christmas.

signed
Wolfram Ressel, Rector
Hansgeorg Binz, Vice Rector for Teaching and Continuing Education
Jan Gerken, Chancellor

October 29, 6 p.m.: Exemptions for private travel to high-risk areas abroad

There are two exemptions to rules regarding private travel to high-risk areas abroad: for people who spend less than 48 hours abroad in a high-risk area, and for people who travel because it is absolutely necessary. People in these two groups are not required to go into quarantine or take a test at the University of Stuttgart. Detailed clarification can be found in the FAQ “What exemptions apply for private travel to a high-risk area?”

  October 29, 4:45 p.m.: Presence teaching at the start of the 2020/21 winter semester will probably be very limited

Due to the decisions of the Federal Government and the Minister-Presidents on the Corona Pandemic from October 28, as well as from the information from the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts that has not yet been officially released today, we must assume that presence teaching at the start of the 2020/21 winter semester may be very limited next Monday. As soon as we will receive specific information from the state government, we will inform you on our Corona website.

signed
Wolfram Ressel, Rector
Hansgeorg Binz, Vice Rector for Teaching and Continuing Education
Jan Gerken, Chancellor

 

October 28, 8:30 a.m.: Updated hygiene concept and new corona guidelines for the winter semester 2020/21

The university has updated the hygiene concept. Please refer to the current version 5 of the hygiene concept

The corona guidelines for the winter semester 2020/21 have also been updated.

 

October 23, 8 a.m.: A functional email address has been set up for corona questions

The University of Stuttgart has set up a functional email address to ensure that the ever-increasing number of questions about corona get sent to the correct location, so that they can be answered as quickly as possible. The email address is: corona-info@uni-stuttgart.de

 

October 20, 11 a.m.: Face masks are now also mandatory at university teaching events when sitting in your seat

The Ministry of Science, Research and Art (MWK) has expanded the rules for mandatory face masks in the Corona Guidelines University Operations and Art [de]. A face mask must now be worn when you are seated in your place at teaching events.

 

October 20, 10 a.m: The Baden-Württemberg state government announces pandemic phase 3

Due to the dynamic developments in the infection rate, the Baden-Württemberg state government has announced pandemic phase 3. The specific measures relating to pandemic phase three can be found on the webpage of the state government [de].

Stuttgart is currently classed as being in the so-called “intervention phase”. This comes into force when more than 50 infections per 100,000 residents are recorded within seven days. The state’s Public Health Department has calculated a 7-day incidence of around 80 for the state capital. The current corona regulations can be found on the City of Stuttgart’s corona webpages.

 

October 14, 8:30 a.m.: The University of Stuttgart is making it compulsory to wear a mask on all university premises both inside and outside the buildings from October 14, 2020 (12 a.m.):

The Rectorate at the University of Stuttgart has taken the decision to extend the mandatory use of face masks to cover not only all corridors and transitional spaces in university buildings, but also all university premises outside of the buildings. Wearing a mask at the University of Stuttgart both inside and outside of buildings will apply from Wednesday October 14, 2020 (12 a.m.). This new rule will come into effect at the same time as other provisions from the city of Stuttgart, which has decided to implement new measures to fight the pandemic in the state capitol after an increase in Corona cases to an incidence of 70.0 over the past seven days. The introduction of stricter face mask rules at the University of Stuttgart is intended to help eradicate the risk of infection from groups of people in the entrance areas in front of university buildings. The new rule is temporary and applies until November 30, 2020.

The university directors ask all members of the university to adhere to the new face mask rules and behave in accordance with the university campaign "Healthy. Jointly!" and take responsibility for the health of others.

 

October 9, 3:30 p.m.: Procedure for (suspected) cases of corona disease

If you or a colleague is suffering from corona disease, if there is a suspicion of the disease, or if someone is classified as a contact person, you will find specific recommendations for action in the table “Recommended action in the case or suspected case of corona disease”.

October 7, 9 a.m.: Revision of the hygiene concept and the guidelines for university operations

Due to the publication of the Corona Guidelines "University Operations and Art" by the Ministry of Science Baden Württemberg from September 16, 2020 [de], the University of Stuttgart is currently revising its SARS-CoV2 hygiene concept for university operations. Subject to the approval of the University of Stuttgart's Staff Council, both documents will be published in the 42nd calendar week and will apply from that date.

 

October 6, 9 a.m.: Infection protection measures free of barriers

How corona infection protection measures can be implemented free of barriers is explained in the document of the Deutsches Studentenwerk

 

September 30, 2:30 p.m.: Clarification from the university management on the Corona Guidelines for university operations and art from the Ministry of Science, 16 September, 2020

The university management  would like to clarify that the possibility mentioned in the corona guidelines for university operations and art from the Ministry of Science [dt], dated 16 September 2020, to form set learning and studying groups of up to 35 people - analogue to the organisation in German schools - does not generally apply to the University of Stuttgart. This guideline only applies to set classes that don't mix, such as those formed in dual universities in Baden-Württemberg (DHBW).
The University of Stuttgart's corona guidelines pertaining to university operations in the summer semester 2020 (dated 10 August 2020) still apply and will be updated on 8 October, 2020.

 

September 24, 2:10 p.m.: New corona guidelines for university operations and art from the Ministry of Science

The corona guidelines “University Operations and Art“ [de] from the Ministry of Science, dated 16 September 2020, will be published on 24. September 2020 in the Law Gazette of Baden-Württemberg and will come into force on the following day. This is in addition to the general state Corona Guidelines from 23 June.

The most important points are as follows:

The guidelines also provide more concrete information about data processing for university operations. This will enable us to effectively trace chains of infection.

September 3, 4 p.m.: Information on returning from high-risk areas

The quarantine rules on returning from a high-risk area have changed. It is only necessary to quarantine for a limited period after first testing negative on returning home. In the event of testing negative, a second test is then carried out 6 days after returning. If this is also negative then it is possible to return to work, therefore in most cases after a week.

 

August 20, 10 a.m.: Updated hygiene concept

The Rectorate has approved changes to the SARS-CoV-2 hygiene concept of the University of Stuttgart. The updated version 4 is available on the hygiene concept webpage.

 

August 10, 1:20 p.m.: Examination reviews

The updated Corona guidelines for for study programs in summer semester 2020 (Version 2.2) have new information on examination reviews. These may be held again under certain conditions.

 

August 6, 12:45 p.m.: Business trips & extended individual standard study periods

The FAQ section has been updated with new information

  • Information for employees about business tips: cancellation conditions for trains and flights, booking via Reisebüro Reeg and seminars/conferences outside of the university,
  • Information for students about extending individual standard study periods: all students affected by this rule have a document called "Regelstudienzeit Verlängerung 20S" (“extension of the standard study period 20S”) in their student file.
 

August 5, 10 a.m.: Thanks from Rector

Prof. Wolfram Ressel, Rector of the University of Stuttgart, thanks all members of the university for their commitment over the past months in a letter.

July 31, 5:15 p.m: Updated hygiene concept

The Rectorate has approved changes to the SARS-CoV-2 hygiene concept of the University of Stuttgart. The updated version 3 is available on the hygiene concept webpage.

There are changes in the following areas:

  • Business trips, meetings, and conventions
  • Access to the university buildings by persons not affiliated with the university
  • Implementing practical courses.

The following sections have been added:

 

July 23, 10:30 a.m.: Habilitation examinations & enrollment for international applicants

The updated Corona guidelines for for study programs in summer semester 2020 (Version 2.1) now contain a chapter on the habilitation examinations. These may be held again under certain conditions.

Furthermore, we added information on the enrollment process for international applicants in our FAQ.

 

July 21, 12:45 p.m.: Travel Warning

The summer holiday period is here and the university would like to draw your attention to our pages detailing what to be aware of when traveling in regions or countries where the foreign office has issued a travel warning.

 

July 16, 2:30 p.m.: Teaching in winter semester 2020/21

The Rectorate of the University of Stuttgart has decided on a framework of conditions for teaching in the winter semester 2020/21. Due to the corona pandemic situation it will be a largely digital semester with some individual attendance courses.

 

July 15, 10:50 a.m.: Exchange programs from non-EU countries suspended in winter semester 2020/21

The University of Stuttgart has made the difficult decision to cancel the exchange program for incoming students from non-EU countries who have planned to come for the winter semester 2020/21. Because the pandemic is escalating at different rates and times around the world, we have assessed that the risks remain too high to provide reliable conditions of study and ensure the health of your students. Due to the corona restrictions many non-EU nationals cannot enter Germany. We are also very much concerned about the experts‘ warning that coming fall a second wave of infections might have to be expected. Given these circumstances, the conduct of an exchange program which mainly aims on facilitating in-person encounters and intercultural experiences is not possible at all.

 

July 14, 2:50 p.m.: Extensive updates to the Corona Guidelines

The updated corona guidelines (status July 9, version 2.0) include new regulations for the following areas:

The relevant FAQs have been altered in accordance with the new Corona Guidelines. Furthermore, there are also new regulations for business trips for employees.

 

July 2, 7:45 a.m.: Resolution from the Rectorate - Validity of the Corona Guidelines

The Rectorate has decided to extend the validity period of the University of Stuttgart’s Corona Guidelines from 23.06.2020 (version 1.6) until further notice, or until maximum September 30, 2020 (end of the summer semester 2020). Necessary adjustments to university operations may also be carried out before September 30, or before new corona guidelines are introduced, in accordance with paragraph 3.

The measures serve to ensure that the university can plan reliably, and that it has some leeway to implement university operations in accordance with the Landeshochschulgesetz (LHG), as has been the case so far, for the rest of the summer semester 2020.

From July 1, 2020 until September 30, 2020 at the latest, the Corona Task Force and the Rectorate at the University of Stuttgart will compile new corona guidelines, based on the state of Baden-Wurttemberg’s newly compiled corona guidelines (CoronaVO), valid from July 1, 2020.

Wolfram Ressel, June 30,.2020

July 1, 5:30 p.m.: Updated corona guidelines permit excursions

The updated Corona Guidelines (Version 1.6) contain new regulations concerning excursions. 

Currently, the Corona Guidelines are being revised in view of the current Corona Regulation of Baden-Württemberg and the law amending the Landeshochschulgesetzes und des Studierendenwerksgesetzes passed on June 24 [de]. In addition, regulations on examination procedures will be supplemented in the summer semester 2020. Until the publication of these amendments, the Corona Guidelines in Version 1.6 of June 23, 2020 will apply.

 

July 1, 10:30 a.m.: FAQ on tuition fees for international students or a second degree

A new FAQ informs students who pay tuition fees for international students or a second degree about the possibilities of refunding fees already paid for the summer semester or waiving fees for the coming winter semester.

 

July 1, 8:45 a.m.: Compensation for employees who must take special leave

Information from the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Finance for civil servants and those employed under a collective wage agreement in Baden-Wurttemberg can be found in the new FAQ on compensation for employees who must take special leave.

 

June 26, 8 a.m.: Groups of maximum 20 people for special events

The Rectorate has updated the corona guidelines for university operations in the summer semester 2020. The information about the admissions procedure for bachelor study programs has now been adapted in accordance with the corona guidelines. Groups of up to 20 people are now permitted for particular events and lectures.

19 June, 3:45 p.m.: The exam period for the summer semester has been decided

The centrally administrated exams will be held from 3 August to 24 October 2020.  The exam dates will be published on C@MPUS by mid-July at the latest. Please be aware that all centrally organized examination dates currently listed in C@MPUS, are not the finalized examination dates. You can find more detailed information about this in the FAQ about exam dates in the summer semester.

 

18 June, 4:00 p.m.: Alternatives to the sport entrance exam for prospective students

Prospective students who wish to apply for the sport teaching degree in the winter semester 2020/21 (high school teaching degree), may submit alternative proof of suitability. You can find more detailed information about this in the FAQ about the sport entrance exam

 
 

June 15, 9:15 a.m.: New appendix relating people from outside the university

The appendix "Declaration relating to regulations governing access to university buildings for external visitors (due to the corona situation)" to point 11 of the hygiene concept. These must be signed by people from outside the university for the protection of university members when entering university buildings.

 

June 10, 9:40 p.m.: Updated hygiene concept

The Rectorate has approved changes to the SARS-CoV-2 hygiene concept of the University of Stuttgart. The updated version 2 is available on the hygiene concept webpage.

The appendix "Guidelines for proctors for written examinations in adherence with hygiene measures" to point 14 of the hygiene concept has been updated.

 

June 9, 6 p.m.: Maximum group size of ten people per room

The Rectorate has updated the Corona guidelines for study programs in summer semester 2020. From now on, courses and doctoral examinations with a maximum of ten persons in one room are again possible. 

 

June 3, 5:30 p.m.: Application period for bachelor's degree programs with limited entry

The application procedure for the winter semester 2020/21 for all B.Sc. and single-subject B.A. degree programs with limited entry which are part of the DoSV is expected to start on July 3, 2020 and end on August 20, 2020.

 

June 3, 7:45 a.m.: Updated corona guidelines for study programs

The Rectorate of the University has approved the updated version 1.3 of the Corona guidelines for study programs in summer semester 2020. All changes to the previous version can be found clearly in the change history starting on page 2. 

The relevant information regarding the extension of the deadlines for submission of student theses and the suspension of attendance events until June 14 is also updated in our FAQs.

 

June 2, 4:10 p.m.: New information on childcare, care for a close relatives or partner and on risk groups

Based on the updated information from the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Finance, the information on childcarecaring for a close relative or partners and risk groups has been adapted.

 

May 28, 9:15 a.m.: Changed lecture periods for winter semester 2020/21 and summer semester 2021

The  lecture periods for the winter semester 2020/21 and the summer semester 2021 have been changed.

The recotrate of the University of Stuttgart decided the following:

Winter semester 2020/21:

  • Lecture period: November 02, 2020 - February 13, 2021
  • Introductory events for new students: October 26, 2020 – October 30, 2020
  • The Christmas break has not changed. Year end semester break 2020/21: December 23, 2020 - January 6, 2021
  • The lecture period has been moved and is one week shorter. It will end on February 13, 2021
  • There will be an examination period of 8 weeks during the semester break

Summer semester 2021:

  • The lecture period for the summer semester 2021 has been moved back one week: April 19, 2021 – July 24, 2021.

Winter semester 2021/22:

  • The lecture period of the winter semester 2021/22 is expected to start again as planned and without changes on October 18, 2021.
 

May 13, 4:50 p.m.: Updated corona guidelines for study programs

The Rectorate of the University has approved the updated version 1.2 of the Corona guidelines for study programs in summer semester 2020. All changes to the previous version can be found clearly in the change history starting on page 2. 

The guidelines are intended to make it possible to study at our university, whilst also adhering to epidemiological safety regulations. These include, for example, information on

  • Digital teaching formats,
  • Teaching formats that require your physical presence, such as internships,
  • Examinations
  • Enrollment and admission procedures

Information on the transition from Bachelor's to Master's programs, even if exams are still missing due to Corona, and on the application deadlines for the winter semester 2020/21 are also updated in our FAQs.

 

May 11, 2:45 p.m.: New FAQs about the University Library

Since today, May 11, the University Library (UB) is offering a restricted lending service at the two library locations Stadtmitte and Vaihingen. It is not yet possible to stay for studying and working. The institute libraries will remain closed. Detailed information about the new opening hours and what to look for when visiting the UB can be found in the FAQs about the University Library.

May 9, 11:15 p.m.: Safeguard measures extended & exams begin as planned on Monday, May 11 & news for employees

According to the Corona Ordinance of the Baden-Württemberg government of May 9, the studies (on-site teaching) of universities will be suspended until June 14, 2020. Irrespective of this, digital teaching will continue. This means that the protective measures established by the University of Stuttgart in the Corona Guidelines in the version of April 28, 2020 will be extended until June 15, 2020. 

Important: Irrespective of this, the substitute written examinations for winter semester 2019/2020 will start as planned on Monday, May 11, 2020. Please refer to the Campus Management System C@MPUS for information on examination dates and examination requirements. 

There is also the following updated information for employees, which is described in more detail in FAQ entries:

 

May 6, 10:30 a.m.: New information about the SARS-CoV-2 hygiene concept

The following documents, relating to the SARS-CoV-2 hygiene concept, were published:

May 5, 11:30 a.m.: Further annexes to the hygiene concept

Three new annexes to the hygiene concept are available in English: An information sheet on protective masks, an order form for protective masks, and sample risk assessment and process description for practical courses.

 

May 3, 8:25 pm: Corona measures for universities extended until May 10, 2020

The government of Baden-Württemberg has extended the Corona measures for universities until May 10, 2020. This is stipulated in the updated Corona Ordinance and means for the University of Stuttgart that

  • the study operation is suspended until May 10, 2020; however, it will be continued in the digital formats that have been running since 20 April,
  • practice events that require special laboratory or work rooms are only possible under special protective measures if they are absolutely necessary,
  • refectories and cafeterias will remain closed until May 10, 2020,
  • all events and gatherings of more than five persons each are prohibited in buildings and on the university premises until May 10, 2020.

April 30, 7 p.m.: Hygiene concept available in English

The hygiene concept for the University of Stuttgart, including all annexes and contacts for centrally provided protective equipment and protective measures, is now available in English on a separate hygiene concept website.

April 29, 10 a.m.: Changed alternative dates for cancelled examinations (March 17- April 8)

In order to reduce the risk of infection, in association with the examinations (i.e. before, during and after the examinations), the university management decided on a revised hygiene concept at its rectorate meeting yesterday. There has been decided to postpone the alternative examinations for one week. The current begin of the examinations, organized centrally by the Examination Office, has to be postponed from 4 May to 11 May. Therefore, the entire alternative examination period for the examinations organized centrally by the Examination Office begin on Monday, 11 May and will probably end on 30 May. We tried to postpone all examinations for seven days, in order to avoid a re-planning in the sense of intersections etc. Since it will not work completely without re-planning (e.g. because of the public holiday on May 21), students should inform themself about their examination via C@MPUS from Monday, May 04.

April 28, 5:15 p.m. SARS-CoV-2 hygiene concept for the University of Stuttgart

The rectorate at the University of Stuttgart has today passed the SARS-CoV-2 hygiene concept. The hygiene concept documents will be uploaded on April 29, 2020.

April 27, 1:15 p.m.: Updated FAQs about the University Library

The University Library (UB) has compiled information on the planned reopening for visitors as well as on literature supply, borrowing periods, identity cards, copyright and other points that are currently important. They are published in the new FAQ list "University Library" on this Corona website.

Current information about the current use of the University Library can also be found on the website of the University and on the University Library blog [de].

April 24, 11 a.m.: updated FAQs for employees

There are updated FAQs for employees on special paid leave for parents who need to care for their children (Kinderbetreuungsbedarf)leave rulesprotective masksoccupational health and safety standards, and closure of buildings.

April 23, 9 a.m.: Updated FAQs on studying and teaching

Due to the new fixed measures for the summer semester of April 21, we have restructured and updated the FAQs of teachingexaminations as well as enrollment, student status, fees and contributions.

April 21, 4:30 p.m.: The 5th Corona Ordinance from the Federal State Government: New regulations for the summer semester 2020 at the University of Stuttgart

  1. The cancellation of on-site teaching has been extended until May 3, 2020.

  2. Online teaching for all study programs began on April 20, 2020. On April 16/20, the rectorate decided to offer teaching for the entire summer semester online. Online teaching in digital format will be fully credited, in accordance with the “Lehrverpflichtungsverordnung” (LVVO).

  3. In accordance with contact restrictions specified in the hygiene regulations of the SARS-CoV-2 work safety standards by the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS) [de] and the contact restrictions from the Robert-Koch-Instituts (RKI) [de], space capacity in lecture rooms will be significantly reduced. Because these contact restrictions are likely to remain in place over the entire lecture period, it was necessary to provide online teaching for the summer semester 2020.

  4. Individual student papers, in particular final theses, may be carried out in the university’s offices and laboratories, in accordance with the abovementioned hygiene standards [de] and contact restrictions (see point 3).

  5. Individual oral examination and presentations of student work may also take place, with immediate effect, in groups of maximum five people and in accordance with the abovementioned hygiene standards [de] and contact restrictions (see point 3). If both students and teachers agree, oral examinations may also be held via video conference, in accordance with the “Information on conducting oral examinations via video conference”. From May 4, 2020, oral examinations will be generally conducted in the normal way; oral examinations as video conference will only be permissible in exceptional cases, due to travel restrictions and quarantine measures.

  6. Oral doctoral examinations will remain permissible for groups of maximum five people and in accordance with the abovementioned hygiene standards [de] and contact restrictions (see point 3). Individual examiners may also participate via video conference, in accordance with regulations pertaining to doctoral examination regulations.

  7. From May 4, 2020, practical courses (such as practical laboratory courses, dissection courses) may be held if absolutely necessary in groups of maximum five people and in accordance with the abovementioned hygiene standards [de] and contact restrictions (see point 3) in special laboratories or facilities. This is also the case during the Whitsun holidays (June 2 - 5, 2020), and for two weeks after the end of the lecture period (July 13 - 24, 2020).

  8. The written examinations that were cancelled in the winter semester 2019/2020 will now be held from May 11 in accordance with the substitute examination plan. All specifications and information can be found on the campus management system C@MPUS and in the news feed, as well as in the examinations FAQs on our corona webpage.

  9. All events, gatherings and other get-togethers of more than five people are strictly forbidden in university buildings until May 3, 2020.

  10. The university libraries in the city center and in Vaihingen, as well as the subject-specific and institute libraries will remain closed to the public until May 10, 2020. The current lending regulations apply until further notice.

  11. The central computer pools and decentral computer pools will remain closed to the public until May 3, 2020.

  12. Canteens and cafeterias will remain closed until May 3, 2020.

  13. All immediate measures implemented by the University of Stuttgart on March 16 to prevent the spread of the coronavirus still apply and have been extended past April 20, 2020 to May 3, 2020. The current regulations, e.g. for working from home, child care, holidays etc. can be found on the news feed and in the employee FAQs on our corona web page. Please check the University of Stuttgart’s corona web pages regularly to keep up to date with any changes.

  14. In calendar week 18 (April 27 - May 3, 2020), the rectorate will issue a compilation of corona guidelines, including all regulations that have been released up until now, a corona statute on making examinations regulations more flexible at the University of Stuttgart, as well as hygiene regulation in accordance with SARS-CoV-2 BMAS work safety standards [de] and the contact restrictions from the RKI [de].

Stuttgart, April 21, 2020,
signed Wolfram Ressel

April 20, 7:40 a.m.: Video message from the Rector concerning the start of the summer semester

Today, Rector Prof. Wolfram Ressel welcomes all university members to the summer semester 2020 by video.

April 19, 11:10 a.m.: 5th Corona Ordinance from the state government: new regulations for the summer semester 2020

**Update April 20, 2020: 8:45 p.m.**

  1. The cancellation of on-site teaching for all study programs has been extended until May 3, 2020.

  2. Online teaching for all study programs will begin in digital form on April 20, 2020.

  3. Practical teaching that must be carried out in our specialized laboratories and other university facilities (such as practical laboratory courses, dissection courses, final theses, etc.) will be permitted for individuals or for groups of maximum five people and subject to strict hygiene regulations and the contact restrictions specified by the Robert-Koch-institut. 

  4. Events, gatherings and get-togethers of more than five people are forbidden in all buildings on the university campus until May 3, 2020.

  5. All canteens and cafeterias will remain closed until May 3, 2020.

  6. All immediate measures implemented since March 16, 2020 by the University of Stuttgart to prevent the spread of the coronavirus still apply and have been extended past April 20, 2020 to May 3, 2020. Any changes to regulations, e.g. in relation to working from home, child care, holidays, etc. can be found on the newsticker on our corona-webpage. Please visit the University of Stuttgart’s corona webpage to keep up to date with current information.

Concrete effects on the University of Stuttgart will be announced soon

The specific implications of the new coronavirus regulations for the University of Stuttgart will be discussed in a special session of the Rectorate on April 20, 2020 and published as a packet of measures soon. (The previous version of April 19 stated that the package of measures would be announced on April 20.)

Stuttgart, April 19, 2020,
Signed, Wolfram Ressel

April 18, 9 a.m.: Information on Corona for international students

Information especially for international students at the University of Stuttgart has been collected by the International Office on its COVID-19 webpage. International students will find information concerning residence permits, financial support, contact persons, social activities and sports.

April 17, 4:15 p.m.: Notes on the vacation regulation 2020

Please take note of the new information on leave arrangements in the FAQs.

April 17, 3:30 p.m.: Home office regulations extended until May 3 & Leave of absence for childcare

**With update from April 19**

The University of Stuttgart has extended the home office regulations until May 3, 2020. All supervisors should continue urging their employees to work from home.

Leave of absence for childcare

The exemption possibilities for childcare are also extended until May 3, 2020.

Version from April 17:

On April 15, 2020, the German Federal Government and state governments decided that schools and childcare facilities will remain closed beyond April 19, 2020. Currently, the following regulation regarding exemption possibilities due to these closures by order of the state government is valid until April 19. Therefore, from April 20 onwards, unless it is possible to work in a home office, exemption is currently possible via the following three options:

  1. reduction of time credits
  2. leave
  3. special leave without continued remuneration

With all three variants, the approval by the supervisor can be given via email as an exception and must be obtained later using the usual procedure. The supervisor must approve the absence in advance.

To this end, the universities have contacted the state and asked for new childcare arrangements to apply from April 19, 2020. At present, however, the answer is still pending. We will inform you on this Corona website as soon as we have more information on the subject.

April 17, 2:15 p.m.: Email from Rector to mark the start of the semester

Rector Prof. Wolfram Ressel addresses the students in a circular mail to mark the start of the summer semester 2020. On Monday morning, April 20, Prof. Ressel will welcome all members of the University of Stuttgart with a video message. It will be published on the homepage of the University of Stuttgart.

April 17, 11:45 a.m.: For studying, teaching and in everyday working life: the video conferencing tool Webex

Employees and students of the University of Stuttgart can and should use "Webex Meetings" for video conferences to facilitate digital collaboration in their studies and everyday work. For the upcoming digital summer semester, Webex will be one format of the online course offerings. Detailed instructions on how Webex works, how to create meetings and how users can participate without prior installation can be found on this TIK website on Webex [de].

April 17, 8:30 a.m.: MWK and Rectors' Conferences on the summer semester 2020

The Minister of Science, Research and the Arts of Baden-Württemberg, Theresia Bauer, and the Rectors' Conferences of the State of Baden-Württemberg have sent a letter [de] to all professors, university members, university staff and students of the state's universities informing them about the "Digital Summer Semester 2020".

April 16, 4:45 p.m.: Current information from the university management on the start of the semester on April 20

Due to the current, still dynamic situation around the Corona pandemic, we summarize the central statements for the start of the semester, which the university management has decided to make:

  • Lectures restart on April 20, 2020, as far as possible in digital form. Please inform yourself individually about your courses, whether and in which form they are offered online.
  • We ask all students to register as usual in C@MPUS for the courses they wish to attend.
  • Information on the actual procedure for online courses can be found on C@MPUS, on ILIAS [de] or on your study program websites. If you have any subject-related questions, please contact your Program Manager or Academic Advisor, who are listed on the Program Manager-website
  • Please take a look at our continuously updated FAQ lists for "Study and Teaching" and for "Examinations".
  • Please pay attention to the ILIAS Forum "Digital Teaching" [de] and get involved there. There you can post and discuss questions and ideas about digital teaching.

We are in a dynamic information situation, we are still dependent on political decisions and new regulations. As soon as we have further information, we will gradually share it on this central Corona webpage and via circulars.

Despite the great challenges that the Corona pandemic poses, we will try to make the semester as trouble-free as possible. Many things are still unclear at the moment. We will certainly have to make some improvements and improvise in the coming weeks. Please be patient with any open questions and continue to inform yourself regularly on our Corona webpage as well as in C@MPUSILIAS [de] and on your study program websites. Thank you for your support and your flexibility during this special time.

April 16, 12:30 p.m.: Language Center offers many courses online

The Language Center offers 80 percent of its courses online during the summer semester. Students on the fixed place list in C@MPUS will be informed by the responsible teacher by e-mail about the further procedure. Unfortunately, guest auditors cannot attend courses at the Language Center in the summer semester 2020. A list of all cancelled courses as well as further information can be found on the website of the Language Center

April 15, 9:30 a.m.: Idea workshop for digital teaching

On April 16 and 17, the student council (stuvus) and the Technical Information and Communication Services (TIK) will be organizing an online hackathon. At this online event, everyone can bring their own ideas about how to improve digitalization at the University of Stuttgart.

April 9, 6:30 p.m.: Digital Teaching in summer semester 2020

We would like to remind all lecturers once again about the established ILIAS Forum Digital Teaching in the summer semester 2020 [de]. There you can write down, collect and read questions, ideas, answers and solutions on the topic of digital teaching.

April 9, 4:15 p.m.: University sports offers online course programme

Up to and including May 31, 2020, there will be no classroom courses in University sports. Instead, there will be a five-week online course programme starting on April 27. Registration for this is possible from April 21 onwards via the University sports website. The online course programme will be published on April 20.
Further information can be found on the University sports website [de].
** Addition April 16, 9 a.m.: TK Campus Run will not take place this year.**

April 9, 2:15 a.m.: Oral examinations via video conference possible in exceptional cases

For the duration of the suspension of attendance examinations, the University of Stuttgart allows oral examinations via video conference in exceptional cases and if there are good reasons. Please read the detailed information in the FAQs.

April 8, 7:30 a.m.: Bringing together initiatives on protective equipment and interested parties

The University of Stuttgart has established a central service to bring together external needs and requests for protective equipment with initiatives at the university.

For employees: Please report as soon as possible to Sabine Cornils:

  • What you are doing/producing/planning?
  • Who is the contact person for the initiative (Full name + e-mail address + phone number)?
  • Who is involved (e.g. institute(s) + external partners)?
  • What do you need? How could other university bodies / Institutes support you (e.g. with manpower, machinery, supplies)?

Furthermore, please contact Sabine Cornils if you´re receiving requests for protective equipment (especially from outside of the university) so that those can be processed and forwarded internally. She will coordinate the requests at our university.

For external interested parties: Do you have questions about protective equipment? Please do not hesitate to contact Sabine Cornils. She coordinates the inquiries at the University of Stuttgart.

April 7, 8 a.m.: E-learning and accessibility

We would like to ask teachers to note the information on accessible online teaching and remember that even in the current situation and despite the high stress levels that you are all currently experiencing, it is important not to lose sight of students that are disabled and chronically ill, students with children or who care for relatives or international students.

April 3, 2:45 p.m.: Information on Corona in English

We have compiled links to websites that contain reliable information on the Corona topic in English. International students and prospective international students can inform themselves on the general situation there. Everything concerning the University of Stuttgart can still be found on this webpage, which is constantly updated.

April 2, 1 p.m.: Start of lectures

The uncertain situation in which we all find ourselves is leading to uncertainty and to rumors regarding the current study situation in the summer semester 2020. The university management wants to provide clarity and offers this compilation of some facts. They are valid here and now, but may change at any time as a result of new decisions imposed on us by the authorities:

  • "Lecture-free-period": current courses and events will be cancelled until April 19, 2020!
  • Any kind of (face-to-face) classroom event is prohibited until April 19, 2020!
  • Lecture period starts on April 20, 2020! In case we are not yet allowed to hold classroom lectures after April 20, 2020, the courses must be offered as online courses - as far as possible - from that day forward.
  • Although online teaching is permitted before April 20, 2020, professors and teachers will ensure that students who join after April 20, 2020 will not suffer any disadvantages. This means that, for example, lecture recordings can already be made available online before April 20, 2020, but compulsory coursework or academic achievements such as graded assignments are not allowed.
  • The University of Stuttgart is preparing for the case that teaching will be carried out online starting April 20, 2020 for a longer period. Therefore ILIAS and Cisco Webex are preferably used as scalable main online tools.

We all have to live with the uncertainty of the moment. In order to be able to face the diverse challenges in the best possible way, a high degree of flexibility is required from all of us. The university is trying to adjust optimally to the current situation, which is likely to change frequently in the future. The university management would like to thank all those who are currently working hard to ensure that the university will be as busy as possible during the 2020 summer semester.

April 1, 5:15 p.m.: Replacement dates for cancelled examinations & note on re-registration

According to the Corona decree of the state government, all cancelled examinations must be made up for during the summer semester. It is expected that the examinations organized centrally by the Examination Office are to be held between May 4 and 22, 2020. Please read the detailed information in the FAQs about the replacement dates of the cancelled examinations and who may take part in the replacement examinations.

Another new feature in the FAQs is a note on re-registration when only examinations that have been cancelled due to the coronavirus have to be taken to complete the degree.

March 30, 5 p.m.: Lecture recording

In preparation for the summer semester 2020 with digital teaching, teaching staff at the University of Stuttgart can now book lecture halls and record their lectures. Up-to-date information on booking lecture halls [de] is provided online by Department 6 and TIK. General information on lecture recording with Opencast [de] can also be found on the TIK website.

March 30, 3:30 p.m.: Registration of thesis, student counselling & updated Corona-Decree

Our FAQs on "Examinations" now also contain information on how to register for a thesis in cases where the required ECTS credits have not yet been achieved due to corona cancellations of examinations.

University operations continue despite corona restrictions. The student counselling services of the University of Stuttgart, such as Studienlotsen, Student Counseling Center (ZSB), Schreibwerkstatt or Learning counseling are still available by e-mail or telephone. How to reach the contact persons in the House of Students or the International Center is described in the FAQs.

There is an updated version of the Corona-Decree of the Federal State Government of Baden-Württemberg [de].

March 27, 1 p.m.: Regulations of RUS-CERT for safe working mobile and from home

Information Security (RUS-CERT) has compiled and published guidelines and regulations for the secure working mobile and from home [de] including How-Tos for admins and employees. All employees who are currently working in the home office should please follow them.

March 27, 8:45 a.m.: New FAQs on enrollment, re-registration and fees

The following are new FAQs for students and perspective students on the topics:

 

March 26, 6:30 p.m.: Digital teaching in the summer semester 2020

For employees and students the University of Stuttgart has set up an area for digital teaching in ILIAS [de] for the summer semester 2020. It contains a forum [de] for information exchange as well as helpful instructions and tools for teachers.

Students can now register for courses in C@MPUS. There will be an ILIAS course for all courses. Even if, according to current information, the lectures of the summer semester can begin on April 20, 2020, the University of Stuttgart is preparing to hold online teaching for the entire summer semester.

If you have any questions, the "Taskforce Digital Teaching" can be contacted via e-mail.

March 25, 5:15 p.m.: New information for employees

These FAQs include new and more detailed information for employees. Please read this. New information:

March 25, 2:30 p.m.: FAQ about the student residence halls of Studierendenwerk Stuttgart

On the website of Studierendenwerk Stuttgart you can find FAQs about the Student Services housing [de]. Among other things, these explain what to do in case of a corona infection and how to use the washing machines. A new feature is that, as of today, the chip card for the use of the washing machine and dryer can be recharged. For this purpose, the refectories in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Stuttgart-Mitte and Ludwigsburg open every Monday and Wednesday between 8 and 10 a.m. During the opening you can only load money onto your chip card at the validator. Please inform yourself on the webpage of the Studierendenwerk [de]. 

March 24, 6:30 p.m.: stuvus has set up an information hotline and a helper registration

The Student Council stuvus set up an information hotline for students of all colleges and universities in Stuttgart. stuvus collects and answers questions in German and English on weekdays in connection with the corona pandemic and student life. Contact the information hotline: +49 711-685 60751

Furthermore stuvus is currently building up a pool of volunteers to help institutions and organizations cope with the current situation. If you are interested and would like to get involved in social projects, register here as a volunteer.

March 24, 2 p.m.: Some university employees are not reachable by telephone

Due to the widespread teleworking of staff, both the public telephone and mobile phone networks and our telephone system currently have to process an extraordinary number of telephone calls. This can lead to the fact that employees of the University of Stuttgart are sometimes unavailable. Please try again from a different line (for example, landline instead of mobile phone) or at a later date, or write us an e-mail.

March 24, 12 p.m.: University Library informs about additional online resources

The University Library has published links to additional online resources on its website [de]. These notes simplify access to research literature and helpful information from home. You will also find a distribution address on the website where researchers can obtain (open access) specialist information on corona viruses. The University Library continually updates this website.

March 24, 8:45 a.m.: Note for international university members: Immigration office is closed

An information for the international students and employees of the University of Stuttgart: The city administration of Stuttgart has closed the Foreigners' Registration Office with immediate effect. Even appointments that have already been arranged cannot be kept. Certificates regulating your further stay will be sent to you by mail. Please refer to the websites of the City of Stuttgart for further information [de].

International students can contact the International Office if they have questions regarding their residence permit.

March 23, 1:45 p.m.: E-learning tools und stopping delivery of multi-functional devices

**Further details added at 4 p.m.**: The TIK has put the digital learning forum ILIAS [de] online. All employees and students can read and gather questions, ideas, answers and help in problem solving on the subject of digital teaching. The aim is, to use this input to create a FAQ.

The technical information and communication service (TIK) has also published a list of available e-learning tools on its website, which is intended to help in the current situation, where lectures have been cancelled and university employees are required to work from home: event recordings, web conferences and ILIAS. Instructions for various digital teaching scenarios will follow shortly.

No new multi-functional devices (printers/scanners/photocopiers) that are currently at Central Administration are no longer being delivered or collected. The only exception to this rule is delivery appointments that have already been agreed. For further information, please see the FAQ on the delivery of multi-functional devices.

March 19, 4:15 p.m.: Change in working time arrangements

From now on, an extended working time regulation applies. The daily creditable working time is extended to Monday to Saturday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the function time is abolished. For further information, please see the FAQ New working time regulations.

March 19, 2.p.m.: New regulation: Fulfilment of budgetary responsibilities

The Ministry of Finance has to decided, that in order to ease the implementation of organizational measures (e.g. working from home), the form specifications, particularly in terms of budgeting policies, are fulfilled when the official responsibilities (factual accuracy, correct calculations, thematic authority) are documented via email. The request as well as the invoice documents must be sent as usual by post to the financial accounting department. The confirmation of budgetary responsibilities must be attached to the request in printed form. You can find detailed information in the FAQ New Regulation of budgetary responsibilities.

March 19, 10:30 a.m.: New answers to questions about examinations and studies

There are new FAQs on exams, including homework, final papers, exam insights, as well as on enrolment, fees, contributions and orientation internships for student teachers. For e-mail inquiries, you must always include your last name, your matriculation number and your study program. We are constantly updating the FAQs.

By the way: You can enter search terms in the search line above the FAQs and thus search all questions and answers.

March 19, 10:15 a.m.: Technical information and assistance on IT services

On their new webpage “Technical Information and Communication Services (TIK)”, the Technical Services for Information and Communication (TIK) provide information on topics such as secure work in the home office including telephone, e-mail, virtual communication, VPN and network drives for employees of institutes, facilities and central administration. Please inform yourself.

March 18, 4:30 p.m.: From Thursday, March 19, all buildings of the university can only be entered by employees with keys or electronic media

**Extension of the news of 2 p.m.** With the closure of the buildings today, March 18, 6 p.m., all buildings will be put into the so-called weekend mode. This means that all access doors to buildings are basically locked. The public will no longer be allowed to enter the buildings. As a result, all buildings can only be entered by employees via the access points, which can be opened using a night-door key and electronic identification media (transponder, ECUS badge) with appropriately configured locking authorisation. Please inform your suppliers, tradesmen or other persons who have to enter the building that they will contact you in advance by telephone.

March 17, 5:30 p.m.: All teacher-related final examinations in the state examinations are cancelled

All teacher-related final examinations in the state examinations are cancelled for the time being until April 19, 2020. This has been announced by the Ministry of Science, Research and Art of Baden-Württemberg.

March 17, 5 p.m.: New domestic isolation rules for employees who have returned from certain countries

Employees who have stayed in Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France, Denmark or Luxembourg within the last 14 days must stay at home for 14 days from the time they left the area. This is stated in legal notices issued by the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Finance of Baden-Württemberg. Further information can be found in the travel advice below.

 

March 17, 11:15 a.m.: Clarification: cancellation of oral and written tests

There will be no written and no oral tests until 19 April. Contrary to the announcement on the website, by e-mail and in social media on 16 March, no oral exams will be held. Further information can be found in the university's emergency measures.

March 16, 4 p.m.: Events cancelled until April 19

The University of Stuttgart takes the call to avoid social contacts in order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus very seriously in its public events. All events that were to take place in the coming weeks will be cancelled or postponed. Due to the dynamic as well as unforeseeable developments relating to the coronavirus, the University of Stuttgart has also decided to cancel the largest and most popular event in the region, Science Day, on May 16.

March 16, 2 p.m.: No more public consultation hours at the Student Services Center and at the IZ

The student services in the Student Services Center, the services for doctoral students and the services of the International Department will close immediately and until further notice. This means that public office hours will no longer be available. Of course, you can still reach us with your concerns. You can contact the various services as follows:

Please contact us first via the functional e-mail addresses listed here, as these are always read and processed by several people! And please send us as many documents as possible either by post or, if possible, scanned by e-mail. In this extraordinary situation, in your and our interest temporarily we will avoid original documents in many cases.

March 16, 1:30 p.m.: Education programme is cancelled or postponed

The offers from the continuing education programme for university employees have to be cancelled or postponed until 19 April. Whether dates will be made up for is not yet clear. The respective participants will be informed if there are any new dates and what the next steps will be.

March 16, Immediate measures by the University of Stuttgart to prevent the spread of coronavirus from March 16 - extended until May 3

** Update April 19, 2020: All immediate measures by the University of Stuttgart to prevent the spread of coronavirus of March 16, 2020 remain valid and will be extended beyond April 20, 2020 until May 3, 2020. ** 

Status, originally March 16, 2020, 7 p.m., with changes March 18, 2020, 11 a.m.

After today’s meeting of the corona crisis committee, the university directors have decided to implement the following measures:

  1. The current stand is that lectures in the summer semester 2020 will begin on April 20, 2020. Until then, all those in positions of responsibility in the rectorate, faculties and central facilities will be working to reduce the risk of infection for students, teachers and employees as far as this is possible. Details will be published shortly

  2. Compulsory courses and events that are currently being held will be cancelled until after April 19, 2020. This applies to all current courses (lectures, compulsory internships, seminars, excursions etc.), including preparatory courses, introductory courses for students and events such as continuing education courses for teaching staff, employees, and university sports courses. Online offers are still possible. All events organized by third parties at the University of Stuttgart will also be cancelled. Students may continue compulsory internships that are not held at the university, such as industrial internships, but this is at the discretion of the individual companies.

  3. In order to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, the city of Stuttgart [de] has banned all cultural, educational, sporting and leisure events until further notice. For that reason, the University of Stuttgart has decided:
    1. Until teaching resumes, all conferences, meetings and other public events with external visitors will be cancelled. This also applies to recreational activities for students and employees on the University of Stuttgart campuses.  
    2. Internal meeting, events or similar at the University of Stuttgart are permitted, as long as they do not involve groups of more than five people. In such cases, the guidelines from the Robert Koch Institute [de] must be followed.
    3. This also applies to meetings of the faculty councils, the senate committees and appointments committee, which may only be carried out via video conference; circular resolutions should be possible, or will be made possible.
  4. The university library and the faculty and institute libraries of the University of Stuttgart will remain closed to the public until April 19, 2020. Online services can be opened for scientific use. For further information please visit the homepage of the university library [de].

  5. Administration, infrastructural facilities, and operating units will continue to operate until further notice. But please be aware:
    1. The Student Services Center and the International Center will only be offering consultation and services via telephone and email. Enrollment will be conducted via Online-Workflow.
    2. The guidlines that are published in on the corona website of the University of Stuttgart’s apply apply

  6. Members of the public may only enter university buildings and facilities if they have an important reason. University archives, collections and such will remain closed to the public until further notice. 

  7. In order to break the chain of infection and to give parents the chance to care for their children at home now that all schools and daycare facilities have closed, we strongly recommend that all managers and supervisors ask their staff to work from home. Working from home must be approved by your supervisor. You are currently not required to contact the Department for Personnel and Legal Affairs. Please be aware, employees working from home must still be available. To ensure this, it will be possible to forward calls from your work telephone to a private connection.
    1. Extended flexitime regulations will follow shortly.
    2. Employees in the “high-risk” group must work from home. This also applies to those employees who live with someone in the high-risk group. If it is not possible for those in the high-risk group to work from home, employees must use any overtime and the university’s general regulations pertaining to working hours apply. If in doubt, please contact the Department for Personnel and Legal Affairs. Further information can be found in the paragraphs Closure of day care facilities and schools and Leave of absence options for employees.
    3. In order to ensure that the university remains operational, some personnel must remain onsite. This includes those operating infrastructure facilities – including laboratories and the large-scale equipment belonging to the HLRS, the DSI, the HKW, the research sewage treatment plant and similar facilities, as well as administration, the IZUS and the rectorate, the Office of the Dean and the directors of central scientific facilities. The directors of these facilities and institutions must activate their emergency planning.

  8. To protect students and doctoral researchers, oral and written compulsory university examinations will be cancelled until after April 19, 2020. Students whose examinations have been cancelled are not required to submit an examination withdrawal application. All teaching authority related final examinations in the state examinations are cancelled until after April 19, 2020.
    1. All deadlines for final assignments, seminar assignments, study papers and homework will be extended for as long as the library is closed – currently until April 20, 2020. Furthermore, registration for modules, where the requirements cannot be met due to the new guidelines will be accepted on the condition that the requirements are met at a later date.
    2. New, status 17 March 2020, 11 a.m.: Oral examinations are also suspended. Contrary to the announcement on the website, by mail and in social media on 16 March, no oral exams will be held. 
    3. Doctoral examinations may be carried out, if no more than five people are present and as long are no more than five people are involved and the guidelines from the Robert Koch Institute [de] are followed.The public presentation must be included in the oral examination. 
    4. Habilitation examinations will be cancelled until further notice. 
    5. The university is responsible for any decisions on holding cancelled events and examinations in the future. More information about this will follow shortly.
    6. The university will ensure that students will be able to complete all course assessments planned for the summer semester 2020, and that the studyability ist guaranteed.

  9. As things currently stand, the summer semester will begin on April 20, 2020 and following a majority vote by the Office of the Dean, faculties, staff council, Stuvus and the crisis committee, the semester will end as planned on July 18, 2020. This means the summer semester 2020 will be two weeks shorter. In some cases – for example internships – teaching may continue after July 20, 2020 in calendar weeks 30 and 31, or in calendar week 23.

  10. Business trips abroad are not approved.; if permission has already been granted, this is now withdrawn. All teaching staff, students and academics returning from areas that the Robert Koch Institute has classified as high risk must self-isolate for two weeks. Until further notice, business trips abroad are not permitted, in exceptional cases, the university directors may grant approval. Business trips within Germany must be reduced to a minimum. (In the version of March 16, 2020 it was still stated that business trips to the respective current COVID risk areas will not be approved. Since April 10, 2020, the RKI does no longer identify risk areas, as COVID-19 is now used worldwide).

  11. In accordance with the decree issued [de] by the Baden-Wuerttemberg Ministry of Science, Research and Art, on March 16, 2020, the Studierendenwerk’s cafeterias will be closed from March 17 up to and including April 19.

  12. All members of the University of Stuttgart are asked to follow the recommendations of the "Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung für die Bildungseinrichtungen".

  13. The University of Stuttgart will be updating its planning and measures and informing its members and the public regularly and as detailed as possible. We ask that all members of the university regularly check the University of Stuttgart’s corona webpage.

March 13, 7:30 p.m.: Special regulations and release options for employees

If there is a need for childcare due to the closure of day-care facilities and schools, university employees can take paid leave of absence for a maximum of three days. Regardless of the need for childcare, the university has adjusted the leave of absence options for employees. Further information can be found in the paragraphs Closure of day care facilities and schools and Leave of absence options for employees.

March 13, 3 p.m.: First confirmed COVID-19 case at University of Stuttgart

The first confirmed COVID-19 case has been reported at the University of Stuttgart. The infected person is masterand and is in domestic quarantine. The affected Institute for Manufacturing Technologies of Ceramic Components and Composites (IFKB) at Allmandring 7b will not be occupied for the next two weeks due to the corona case. There is no institute operation.

The university and the health authorities have taken all measures to prevent further spread of the virus.

March 13, 2:45 p.m.: Public PC pools closed

The public PC pools of the IZUS/TIK and the Casino IT of Faculty 1 will remain closed from 13 March 2020 until further notice. The closure of the PC pools in the institutes and facilities will be decided individually on site.

March 13, 12:45 p.m.: Cancellation fees for business trips are reimbursed

If business trips do not take place due to the coronavirus, the travel arrangements made must be cancelled or rescinded as soon and as far as possible. Any cancellation fees may be refunded.

For more information, see the section "How do I cancel business trips?"

 

March 13, 10 a.m.: Concretisation: No classroom teaching until April 20

The university management has put the decree of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science and Research of March 11 into concrete terms. The decree stipulates that, in principle, no face-to-face teaching is allowed up until April 20. This includes lectures, seminars, exercises, practical courses, language courses, preparatory courses for university studies, etc.

March 12, 3:30 p.m.: University sports courses cancelled

Due to the current developments regarding the corona virus, the university sports program including all sub-areas (fitness and weight room, events, childcare during holidays, etc.) will be suspended from now until the planned start of lectures after April 19, 2020. This applies to all courses at all locations, i.e. university sports facilities, gyms of the city, external courses and excursions.

March 9, 1:30 p.m.: No meeting with more than 100 people

The university management has prohibited events with more than 100 people in a closed room until further notice. With this, the University is concretizing the decree of the Ministry of Social Affairs.

March 9: Doctor’s note via telephone

The National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians decided that it is permissible to telephone the doctor’s practice to obtain a doctor’s note [de]. Patients with mild respiratory illnesses are not required to go to the doctor’s practice to get a doctor’s note in person.

The usual rules for civil servants still apply if your child is ill and you are unable to work at the university for that reason. If this is the case, the usual rules apply and you will need a doctor's note from the pediatrician. The length of leave in this case depends on your insurance.

General information on the coronavirus and the situation in Baden-Württemberg:

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