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How does the current teaching situation look like? How do I provide important information to the students? Here teaching staff find important information about the current situation.

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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 regulations exist for on-site teaching?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. The previous everyday or community masks are no longer sufficient.

  • 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 are requested 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

As of January 22, 2021

How do I get support for the organization of my current teaching activity?Open areaClose area

In view of the current, very special teaching and learning situation, a "support team" was formed at short notice in the Center for Quality Development (ZQE). The team members are available to you as e-learning consultants ("ELBen") and support you in carrying out the currently suspended face-to-face events via e-learning. The team will accompany the teachers as individually as possible, so that the students can be offered the best possible learning environment despite the difficult external circumstances (contact: elearning@th-wildau.de)

In order to be prepared for possible further effects on teaching, please familiarize yourself with the existing options for e-learning. You can find contact persons for this at https://en.th-wildau.de/university/central-facilities/centre-for-quality-development/e-learning/.

As of March 14, 2020

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

Business trips & stays abroad

What are the regulations for planned business trips?Open areaClose area

Notification for travel to risk areas to the Chancellor

  • The previous regulation is no longer applicable. Such trips no longer have to be registered with the Chancellor.

Business trips

  • Non-urgent business trips shall continue to be refrained from.
  • Urgently necessary business trips are generally permitted with the following restrictions:
    • For travel to risk areas, case-by-case approval must be obtained from the university management. The case-by-case assessment is carried out by the President or the Chancellor. In this examination, the vaccination status, among other things, is taken into account if the applicant voluntarily makes a corresponding statement in the justification for the business trip.
    • Missions to virus variant areas and high incidence areas are not eligible for approval.
  • The costs of necessary PCR tests for business trips can be charged as travel expenses.

Does the TH Wildau cover PCR tests required for business trips?Open areaClose area

Yes, the costs of necessary PCR tests for business trips can be charged as travel expenses.

Where are international risk areas currently located?Open areaClose area

The Robert Koch Institute currently identifies certain countries as risk areasvirus variant areas and high incidence areas.

For persons entering the Federal Republic of Germany, the nationwide uniform Coronavirus Entry Ordinance has been in force since 13 May 2021. Please note the corresponding regulations.

Source: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html

What rules apply to employees returning from a risk area?Open areaClose area

The following instructions and regulations apply to returnees from risk areas:

  • The Coronavirus Entry Ordinance, which has been standardised nationwide since 13 May 2021, applies to all returnees to the Federal Republic of Germany. The corresponding regulations must be observed by employees and students of the TH Wildau! If you have been in a risk area, please also inform the Crisis Team in any case at krisenstab(at)th-wildau.de.
  • With regard to private travel, it is basically the responsibility of the traveller to find out before the planned journey whether the destination is a corona risk area. The travel warnings issued by the Federal Foreign Office and the information published by the RKI on the designation of international risk areas by the Federal Foreign Office, BMG and BMI are decisive in this context.
  • For employees of TH Wildau, a deliberate trip to a risk area and the associated acceptance of the subsequent quarantine order constitutes a breach of the mutual duty of care within the employment relationship and has an impact on the employee's claim to remuneration. Further details can be found in the Chancellor's letter of 04.08.2020.