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FAQ for Students

FAQ about health, safety, hygiene

Where can I find information about the testing concept at FHWS? (15 Jun 2021)

You find the testing concepts of FHWS in the current FHWS Hygiene Policy

  • General policy in Chapter 2.2
  • Testing concept for face-to-face teaching in Chapter 7.1
  • Testing concept for exams requiring in-person attendance in Chapter 8.1

The FHWS Intranet provides the details about procedures, instructions and further information:

Are COVID-19 testings required for exams? (15 Jun 2021)

No, there is no obligation to do a COVID-19 test before exams that require in-person attendance.

However, we strongly recommend making use of the self-tests provided by FHWS for free. In combination with all other safety measures in place, you can help protecting yourself and everybody else.

All information about the testing concept for exams requiring in-person attendance is available on the FHWS Intranet on the page Testing concept for students (Login required) or in Chapter 8.1 of the current FHWS Hygiene Policy.

Will FHWS offer (free) rapid tests or self-tests for face-to-face courses? (31 May 2021)

For remaining face-to-face sessions of the summer semester, students concerned can obtain up to two self-tests from their lecturer.

All other measures (masks, minimum distance, ban on entering with symptoms etc.) continue to apply.

What you have to do when you tested positive and other information on self-testing is available from the FHWS Intranet (login with k-number required).

Do I have to wear a face mask at FHWS? (29 Jun 2021)

In accordance with the latest state regulations, it is obligatory to wear an FFP2 mask on FHWS premises. Only members of staff are allowed to wear a surgical face mask.

This not only applies to within buildings, but also to all FHWS grounds outside the buildings - everywhere where you meet or could meet people.

For the examination period the following applies to on-site exams: An FFP2 mask is obligatory until you arrive at your seat. Seated persons may wear a surgical face mask. If FFP2 masks are worn during exams, this may be done voluntarily.

Are there rules concerning the walking directions inside the buildings?

The obligation to walk on the right side of the hallway is set in place. In heavily frequented areas, additional information about the correct walking directions is given.

Is the physical attendance of students in class being documented?

Tu fulfill the requirements of documenting the attending students of in-presence classes, a Moddle registration system has been set in place.
In consideration of data security guidelines, students have to "check in" to the in-presence class.
The private information (name, ID, semester and degree programme) is stored safely and will be deleted after reaching the required period of data storage.

Do I have to notify FHWS that I have COVID-19?

Yes, please notifiy FHWS by sending an e-mail to gesundheitsschutz[at]fhws.de.

This address is exclusively administrated by members of the FHWS management. You can therefore be sure that this information will not become generally known.
However, the notification is necessary because the university is obliged to report any COVID-19 cases to the public health department (Gesundheitsamt) so that a risk assessment can be carried out if necessary.

Is there a current hygiene policy at FHWS?

The Hygiene Policy in the version currently valid is available for download from the FHWS website.

A lot of important information about the current situation and regualtions at FHWS can also be found in the FHWS Intranet.

What do I have to do if I have had contact to a person with COVID-19?

If you have had contact to a person who has been tested positive for COVID-19, please inform immediately gesundheitsschutz[at]fhws.de.

From this day, you must not enter FHWS for the next 14 days except you can prove that you haven’t contracted COVID-19 yourself by presenting a negative Corona test result.

You also have to wait to see if the local health authority contacts you and registers you as a category I contact person.

I'm exempted from the obligation to wear a mask. What's important to know?

A medical certificate stating only the general exemption from the obligation to wear a mask is no longer sufficient from 9 November 2020.

  • Your a student or teaching staff?
    Then your medical certificate must state that you can neither wear a conventional mask (usually textile) nor a certified transparent mask (usually plastic).
    If you can indeed wear neither or the maximum wearing period of either is below 100 minutes (course duration + arrival/exit time), you will have to recognize that the courses affected will have to be switched to purely digital courses. This is to protect yourself, but also all others in the same room with you.
  • You work outside the field of teaching?
    In this case, too, the medical certificate must state that you cannot wear a certified transparent mask and the maximum wearing period of a conventional mask.
    If you the medical certificate still states a complete exemption from the obligation to wear a mask, then you and your superior have to examine which of your tasks can be carried out when working from home. This may also include the allocation of other tasks. In addition, the medical certificate may be reviewed by the occupational health service.
How do I know if I belong to an at-risk group?

Please note the information for members of at-risk groups.

Questions about exams or regulations from the deviation statutes

Which type of mask do I have to wear for on-site exams? (29 Jun 2021)

For the examination period the following applies to on-site exams: An FFP2 mask is obligatory until you arrive at your seat. Seated persons may wear a surgical face mask. If FFP2 masks are worn during exams, this may be done voluntarily.

Are COVID-19 testings required for exams? (15 Jun 2021)

No, there is no obligation to do a COVID-19 test before exams that require in-person attendance.

However, we strongly recommend making use of the self-tests provided by FHWS for free. In combination with all other safety measures in place, you can help protecting yourself and everybody else.

All information about the testing concept for exams requiring in-person attendance is available on the FHWS Intranet on the page Testing concept for students (Login required) or in Chapter 8.1 of the current FHWS Hygiene Policy.

Is the summer semester 2021 a programme semester that is taken into account for Bafög, deadlines, etc.?

The Bavarian Higher Education Act (Bayerisches Hochschulgesetz) provides in its Article 99 special regulations with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. It contains stipulations that the summer semester 2020, the winter semester 2020/21 as well as the summer semester 2021 is not taken into account as a programme semester (Fachsemester) when it comes to calculating deadlines or determining about the right to receive Bafög.

Why are the exams at FHWS not exclusively online? (14 Jan 21)

At the start of the winter semester 2020/21, the deviation statutes offered the possibility to change the exam type stipulated in the study and examination regulations. This made it possible to implement types of exams where attendance is not required (e.g. written assignments, portfolio assignments) in some modules and faculties.

In addition, the Bavarian regulation on testing remote exams issued in September 2020 was the basis to develop digital exam types which are tested for the first time also for written exams (remote exams).

Both measures have led to a reduction in the number of face-to-face exams compared to regular semesters. However, not in every degree programme and in every module is an online or remote exam useful or appropriate to determine the acquisition of competences.

Where can I find the deviation statutes for the coronavirus semesters? (18 May 2021)

The deviation statutes are available from the FHWS website or from the following links:

What are the changes regarding the completion period of my Bachelor's thesis?(13 April 2021)

Due to the special pandemic-related regulations in the Bavarian Higher Education Act (see Section 99 Bayerisches Hochschulgesetz, BayHSchG), the summer semester 2020, the winter semester 2020/21 as well as the summer semester 2021 are generally not taken into account.

This means that when the regular completion period of five months or the reduced period of three months is determined, the semesters mentioned above result in an extension of the standard period of study.

What are the changes in the deadlines for exams? (19 Mar 2021)

On their FAQ page, the Department of Student Affairs (HSST) provides an overview of exam deadlines with regard to the deviation statutes for summer semester 2020, winter semester 2020/21, and summer semester 2021.

FAQ on the course or start of the semester

What are the plans for the winter semester 2021/22?

FHWS aims to resume face-to-face and on-site teaching in the winter semester as well as generally to re-open all buildings. The extent to which digital teaching/learning components will still be necessary and to what extent and in what way it will be possible to use the buildings, depends on the pandemic situation and can therefore only be finally decided in the autumn.
 
The answer to the question of whether or not the minimum distance of 1.5 metres still applies in lecture and seminar rooms is decisive for the organisation and planning of courses. At the moment, however, nobody is able to answer this question. In addition to this uncertainty, we also have to be aware that it is difficult to re-organise the courses after the start of the semester due to the complexity of the planning process.  If switching from digital courses to on-site courses would become possible, a "spontaneous" switch in the then already ongoing winter semester is realistically impossible. Experience has shown, however, that it is easier to switch courses from on-site teaching to digital teaching.

These are the reasons why the planning processes now starting will take into account campus-related as well as programme-related specifics. This means specifically: There may be different solutions on our different campuses (Ignaz Schön, Konrad Geiger, Ledward, Münzstraße, Röntgenring, Sanderheinrichsleitenweg). But: The faculties of one campus will uniformly follow the same principles.

We all hope, of course, that the minimum distance to be kept in lecture rooms and labs is being cancelled so we can actually resume regular face-to-face teaching. Please understand if, due to planning reasons, not every course then can take place face-to-face immediately.

Should I rent a room/apartment in Würzburg or Schweinfurt?

Unfortunately, we cannot answer this question, as it depends strongly on your personal situation. If you come from the immediate vicinity, then renting an apartment at the study location is probably not necessary. If you have a further journey from your home address, we would strongly recommend renting an apartment.

Basically, living at the place of study is recommended because you will have better contact to your fellow students and you will be able to participate in face-to-face events very quickly at any time.

Please also note that we cannot guarantee that every lecture will be available as a recording.

Has the academic calendar / the examination period changed?

The current version of our Academic Calendar is available from the pages of the Department of Student Affairs (HSST).

Tip: Check their page from time to time as there may be updates due to the COVID-19 situation.

FAQ on opening hours, services, accessibility of facilities

Is there are room where I can work on my thesis/presentation in quiet? (29 Jun 2021)

In Würzburg as well as Schweinfurt, a room is available where you can book a workplace for one or more hours (except during exam period from 10 Jul to 31 Jul!).

  • Würzburg: Münzstraße 19, room M.2.14 (capacity 22 people)
  • Schweinfurt: Ignaz-Schön-Str. 11, room 5.E.19 (capacity 14 people)

Since the rooms' capacity is limited, you have to book time slots. You can book these time slots in the e-learning course Lern- und Arbeitsräume buchen. The rooms are freely accessible, but the booking must be shown to the security staff on request.

The following rules must be observed when using the rooms:

  • There is no limit to the number of time slots you can book. However, we ask you to only book time slots that you actually will take. The booking of time slots should therefore be realistic.
  • If an time slot is not kept, please cancel it actively so your fellow students also have the chance to use the room.
  • The room is not intended for group work. Rather, students should be given the opportunity to study quietly or to work on their bachelor's or master's thesis. Therefore, please keep quiet. Loud conversations, phone calls, music, etc. are not permitted.
  • The FFP2 mask requirement applies in the room. The mask has also to be worn when seated.

If you have any questions about the rooms or the booking system, please use the contact form in the e-learning course.

Is the library open? (25 Mar 2021)

The main libraries in Würzburg and Schweinfurt are open again.

Opening times: Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00

Note: If the 7-day incidence is above 100 cases/100,000 population on three days in a row, the workplaces in the affected library's reading room cannot be used.

Please visit the pages of the FHWS Library for specific information about possible services.

How can I validate my FHWS Card?

Access to validation machines is possible Monday to Friday, 8:00 to 20:00.

  • Würzburg: Entrance Münzstraße 12 (validation machines at other sites are not accessible)
  • Schweinfurt: Entrance Fritz-Drescher-Straße (circular building Rundbau)
Can I use the copy machines and/or printers inside FHWS?

No, this is not possible for the time being. Students may only enter the buildings for specific purposes.

Please note that the copy machines/printers in the FHWS Library are not accessible either.

Do I need a valid FHWS Card to open the barrier to the car park?

No, you don't. The barrier to the car park in Schweinfurt can be opened with a non-validated FHWS Card. If you want to use the car park in Schweinfurt, you won't have to valdidate your FHWS Card to do so.

Is the Media Centre (HMZ) open?

Loans and returns are only possible under certain conditions. Please always check the website of HMZ (only available in German)  for current information.

 

 

May I stay in FHWS buildings to use, for example, the free WiFi connection? (06 May 2020)

Students are generally not allowed to enter FWHS buildings.
Allowed exceptions are listed on the FHWS Corona page

How can I top up my FHWS Card in Schweinfurt to use the washing machines in the student dormitories? (25 Jan 21)

Access to the top-up machine (Building 7/Canteen) is possible Monday to Friday from 13:00 to 16:00.

Note that an FFP2 mask ist required, if you connect your visit to the top-up machine with collecting pre-ordered items from the library.

What are the opening hours of the Department of Student Affairs (HSST)?

The Department of Student Affairs (HSST) is still closed to the public.

Please use the contact form available on their website. For all documents, you can use the post boxes at FHWS or use the upload in the contact form.

Third party information

Studentenwerk

For current information about the counselling services of the Studentenwerk, please refer to the Corona page of the Studentenwerk (only available in German).

Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts

The Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts has provided a special FAQs page on basic questions about operations at higher education institutions, research and cultural life (only available in German).

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