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How will the summer semester 2020 be carried out? How do I get information about my lectures? Here you find answers to basic questions for students at TH Wildau.

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Contact tracing & mandatory masking

Mandatory maskingOpen areaClose area

As a general rule: In all other premises of the TH (corrodirs, foyers etc.), the wearing of a medical face mask (OP mask or FFP2 mask) is mandatory!

The principle applies that staff (members) should not be in the position of having to violate the distance rules in their offices or laboratories. In this sense, it is strongly recommended to use the possibilities of the home office to reduce the occupancy of the premises accordingly. If the distance rules cannot be complied with due to an urgent need for higher occupancy of the premises or the nature of the activities, compensation through additional protective measures must be examined in individual cases (e.g. application for Plexiglas panes).

Offices and laboratories

In offices and laboratories used by a clearly defined group of people, the wearing of nasal masks can be dispensed with, provided that the minimum distance between staff (members) of 1.5 m is maintained and regular ventilation is ensured.

Classroom (teaching) events

In classroom training the mask requirement for classroom events in closed rooms (courses and examinations) does not apply as soon as the students have taken their fixed seat. If they leave their fixed seat, the mask must be put back on.

How is contact tracing at TH Wildau regulated?Open areaClose area

TH Wildau introduced a system developed in-house for contact tracing in case of a SARS-Cov2 infection: the "Web-App für contact tracing". 

All premises of TH Wildau will be successively equipped with QR codes - in the first step all event and meeting rooms, laboratories and the library, in the second step all other offices. 

The QR codes must be scanned with a mobile device before entering the premises. Those who do not have a mobile device or do not wish to use one can also maintain the data manually via the icampus.th-wildau.de/kontaktnachverfolgung (there is currently no English version of the web app available).website on any other device with Internet access before or after entering the premises.

Further information on the web app is available at: https://en.th-wildau.de/contact-tracing

For tested, fully vaccinated and recovered: Do they also have to wear a mask?Open areaClose area

Yes, the current guidelines on the obligation to wear a mask and the distance requirement are still valid for these groups of people.

On-site teaching

What hygiene regulations exist for on-site teaching events?Open areaClose area

The following rules apply to on-site teaching and classes:

  • The SARS-CoV-2 Containment Ordinance prescribes the use of so-called medical face masks, e.g. OP masks or FFP2 masks.

  • This means that medical face masks must be worn in all TH Wildau buildings from 23.1.2021, not including any stationary workplace, as hitherto the case.

  • TH Wildau has an adequate stock of surgical masks. If students do not have a mask with the appropriate requirements, we will offer them an appropriate mask free of charge to enable their participation in examinations. The surgical masks are available at the gatehouse.

  • 90-minute courses are scheduled every 2 hours: This means: The first course on a day starts at 8 am, the following courses start at 10 am, 12 am, etc.
  • Rooms 14-B001 and 14-B002 have mechanical exhaust air systems, 14-A001 has mechanical supply and exhaust air. All seminar rooms in Halls 16 and 17 are mechanically ventilated. It is recommended that these rooms are preferably used during the planning stage. If ventilation is not automated, the room must be well ventilated after 45 minutes during a 90-minute course (at least 5 minutes).

  • The rooms planned for face-to-face teaching events are prepared in such a way that the minimum distance between the seats is maintained and only the pre-defined maximum number of persons can occupy one of the marked seats at a time. In order to improve the traceability of contacts, students are advised to always use the same seat or to follow a fixed seating arrangement wherever possible.

  • All students and teachers have to use the web app "THWi contact tracing" before entering the premises. For this purpose, all premises concerned have been equipped with QR codes. The QR codes must be scanned with a mobile device before entering the premises. Those who do not have a mobile device or do not want to use one can also maintain the data manually via the website https://icampus.th-wildau.de/kontaktnachverfolgung/ on any other device with internet access before or after entering the premises. Further information on the web app is available at: en.th-wildau.de/contact-tracing

Where can I find information about the seating capacity of the seminar rooms?Open areaClose area

How do I get information about my courses?Open areaClose area

Please follow the university's e-mail messages even more closely than usual and check your e-mail box (TH-Wildau address!) regularly. This is important to ensure that you always have access to all information.

You will receive e-mail messages about your courses primarily via the corresponding course on the e-learning platform Moodle. Therefore it is important that you are registered in the corresponding courses. This is usually done automatically, but not always (especially if you are not studying according to the regular study plan).

Therefore, we ask you to check whether you can find the corresponding courses on the e-learning platform for all courses listed in your timetable: https://elearning.th-wildau.de/login/

If this is not the case: Please write to your lecturer and ask him/her to enter you in the course as a user.

Which regulations apply to university events outside of teaching?Open areaClose area

University events outside of teaching hours (e.g. rehearsals of the university orchestra, information events, etc.) are only possible to a limited extent until further notice and after approval by the Crisis Team.

This arrangement will be re-evaluated on an ongoing basis in light of current developments. An overview of all online events taking place during this time can be found in the event calendar on the website. 

Implementation of compulsory testing since 17 May 2021 (updated on 18.6.2021)

What applies to self-tests and rapid tests in general?Open areaClose area

As a general rule, it is recommended to take tests before attending an attendance event (at home/at an official test station, etc.). The Corona test centre on our campus (House 17, Room 17-0025) or other state-funded offers are also suitable for this purpose.

If this is not possible, the university provides self-tests, which are handed out at the gatehouse in building 13. The porter's office is also staffed on Saturdays for face-to-face courses and issues self-tests as required. The courtyard hall in building 13 is available for testing. Used material can be disposed of there.

The "negative certificate" can then simply be brought to the course or exam.

Here is an overview of possible testing stations:

DM and Lidl shops now also have small free test centres:

 

Where can I find the certificate for the negative test (self-test)?Open areaClose area

The certificate and the "docket" on negative self-test can be found on our Corona website or here: CLICK

Are there any exemptions from testing for fully vaccinated or recovered people?Open areaClose area

Yes, according to the COVID 19 Protective Measures Exemption Ordinance of 8 May 2021, fully vaccinated and recovered persons are exempt from the testing requirement, but must provide proof of full vaccination or recovery upon request.

The current guidelines on the mask requirement and the distance requirement also continue to apply to these groups of people.

Compulsory test for on-site teaching

Is on-site teaching only allowed to be attended with a negative coronal test?Open areaClose area

Yes, especially from §23 (Other educational and training institutions) of the New Ordinance on the Handling of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus and COVID-19 in Brandenburg (valid from 16 June to 13 July 2021). 12 May 2021 the following regulations exist:

  • As before, attendance at classroom events must be accompanied by a negative Corona test.
  • Participants in face-to-face courses must provide evidence of a negative test on their first day of attendance each week.
  • Self-tests will continue to be provided by the university if required (issued at the gatehouse, house 13). The negative test certificate will continue to be used and must be carried on campus at all times.
  • However, it is generally recommended to do the tests in advance (at home or at an official testing station).
  • The negative certificates are valid for72 h (3 days), so that a maximum of two tests are necessary if the course is held on different days between Monday and Saturday.
  • This means that the previous regulation that tests carried out are valid for a maximum of 24 hours no longer applies.
  • Fully vaccinated or recovered persons are exempt from testing under the COVID 19 Protective Measures Exemption Ordinance of 8 May 2021, but must provide proof of full vaccination or recovery upon request.
  • Teaching staff are entitled to be shown the negative certificates or proof of full vaccination or recovery. The university explicitly chooses the trust-based approach in this point in order to ensure that courses and examinations are as practicable and simple as possible.

    As a reminder: The university regularly provides information about free vaccination appointments, which are made possible in cooperation with a local doctor's practice. You can find the registration form for this on the Corona website or directly here: https://www.th-wildau.de/index.php?id=32765.
    Use this option to protect yourself and others particularly effectively and also to be exempted from current or future testing obligations.

The certificate and the "docket" on negative self-test can be found on our Corona website or here: CLICK

Do attendance events also mean examinations?Open areaClose area

Yes.

Both courses and on-site examinations are considered attendance events. 

How long are the negative certificates valid?Open areaClose area

The negative certificates are valid for 72 hours (3 days), so that a maximum of two tests are necessary if the course is held on different days between Monday and Saturday.

This means that the previous rule that tests carried out are valid for a maximum of 24 hours no longer applies.

Is it necessary to use the university's self-tests?Open areaClose area

No, you are free to choose which self-tests or test centres you use. The decisive factor is that the test is negative and this is proven by the negative certificate.

Basically, however, the recommendation is to take the tests in advance (at home or at an official testing station). The "negative certificate" can then simply be brought to the exam.

Here is an overview of possible test centres:

DM and Lidl shops now also have small free test centres:

In case this is not possible, the university provides self-tests in house 13 at the gatehouse.

Are the quick tests also available on Saturdays?Open areaClose area

Yes, the gatekeeper's office is also staffed on Saturdays in the case of attendance offers and issues self-tests if required.

Basically, however, the recommendation is to take the tests in advance (at home or at an official testing station). The "negative certificate" can then simply be brought to the exam.

Here is an overview of possible test centres:

DM and Lidl shops now also have small free test centres:

In case this is not possible, the university provides self-tests in house 13 at the gatehouse.

Are there any exemptions from testing for fully vaccinated or recovered people?Open areaClose area

Yes, according to the COVID 19 Protective Measures Exemption Ordinance of 8 May 2021, fully vaccinated and recovered persons are exempt from the testing requirement, but must provide proof of full vaccination or recovery upon request.

The current guidelines on the mask requirement and the distance requirement also continue to apply to these groups of people.

(Online) Exams & Theses

Where can I get support for taking online exams?Open areaClose area

The student e-learning advisors at Wildau Technical University have compiled important information for students on how to take online exams. The tips and advice are intended to make exam preparation easier. 

What changes for final theses?Open areaClose area

On January 18, 2021, the President published Executive Order P03-2021 (in German). In the following, you will find the most important contents once again:

  • Within the scope of my legal powers, I, as President of the Wildau University of Applied Sciences, order in view of the ongoing Corona pandemic that the processing time for all Bachelor's and Master's theses started, continuing, or to be completed in the winter semester 2020/21 will generally be extended by two months. A separate application is not required.
  • Extensions already approved by examination committees by 25 January 2021 do not count towards the two-month period. The supervisors must inform the students of the extension period ex officio, if applicable. The extension option applies to all students, including those on dual or part-time programmes.

As always, you can find the complete decree at: https://www.th-wildau.de/hochschule/praesidium0/verfuegungen-der-praesidentin (in German)

As of January 18, 2021

University Library & Cafeteria

How is the use of the university library regulated?Open areaClose area

The use of the TH Wildau University Library is possible, provided that all applicable rules of distance, conduct and hygiene are observed. All important information on this can be found on the website of the university library.

If you have any urgent questions, please contact us at bibinfo@th-wildau.de or phone +49 3375 508-123.

As of September 30, 2020

How is access to the cafeteria regulated?Open areaClose area

You can find the latest news on the canteen run by the Studentenwerk Potsdam on our campus in Wildau here: CLICK

University Sports and other study support services

What about university sports events?Open areaClose area

The summer sports programme will take place from 17 May to 8 July 2021. As of today, some courses (non-contact sports) could even take place in presence, of which the team can also offer the online variant as a "back-up" for many. There are both individual appointments and courses lasting over a longer period of time.

Up-to-date information can be found on the University Sports page.

Anyone who would like to take part in additional sports can get some ideas on the YouTube channel of TH Wildau. The student health ambassadors Ronja Heyman and Max Rau show in the "Bewegte Pause" how short exercise units can be integrated into everyday life.

As of May 12, 2021

Where can I get advice during my studies?Open areaClose area

The departments of the Studentenwerk Potsdam, including social counseling and psychosocial counseling, can be contacted by phone or email.

As of April 29, 2020

Student financing

What happens to my BAföG?Open areaClose area

BAföG-eligible students in Brandenburg can now receive BaföG for another semester longer! The required proof of achievement according to paragraph 48 BAföG can be submitted one more semester later.


What exactly does the new regulation mean for you?

  • You started your studies in the summer semester 2020 or before? Then you can receive BAföG for 3 semesters longer.
  • Your studies began in the winter semester 2020/21? Then you are entitled to BAföG for 2 semester longer.
  • Your studies began in the summer semester 2021? Then you are entitled to BAföG for 1 semester longer.
  • Your maximum funding period expires after the end of this summer semester, but you have not yet finished your studies? Then contact the BAföG office if you would like to benefit from this regulation.
  • If you have not received BAföG so far, you must first apply in order to be able to secure a possible claim.

If you have any questions, the BAföG Office can be contacted by telephone during office hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 9.00 and 11.30 a.m. and on Tuesday between 1.00 and 3.00 p.m.

Further information can be obtained from the Studentenwerk Potsdam

As of May 12, 2021

Where can I get support if I am in financial need through Corona?Open areaClose area

Interim financial aid provided by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is intended to help those students who can prove that they are faced with financial hardship caused by the pandemic despite ongoing efforts to overcome this situation, who need immediate help and are unable to overcome their pandemic-related hardship by making use of other support. Interim financial aid can be applied for by German and foreign students who are enrolled at a public or state-recognised higher education institution in Germany.

The interim financial aid complements the other initiatives that have already been launched to support students in the unprecedented situation caused by COVID-19. Students benefiting from loans, scholarships or similar in the relevant month are not excluded from applying for interim financial aid.

Depending on the proven need, between 100 euros and 500 euros can be paid out as a non-repayable grant.

The application may be submitted separately for each month until September 2021. In case you can document that you are in a financial hardship due to the pandemic, an application can be made for each new month. The reasons for the hardship must have originated in the application month up to the day before the application was submitted or in the two preceding months. If the original reason dates back longer, own efforts to improve the pandemic-related hardship must be documented in the above-mentioned period.

Source: www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de

Answers to the most important questions about applying for the bridging aid are available from the Student's Association Potsdam.

As of May 12, 2021