This week, politicians pulled the so-called “emergency brake”. As a result of the third wave of the Corona pandemic, the federal government has decided to make comprehensive changes to the Infection Protection Act with uniform requirements throughout Germany for measures that take effect at certain incidence levels. This could possibly also have consequences for the so-called “practical classroom teaching”, which has been permitted to a limited extent up to now.
In principle, universities are still required to offer largely digital teaching; in some federal states, face-to-face courses are currently even explicitly prohibited. For this reason, teaching at the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences in the summer semester will also be conducted predominantly digitally until further notice. By avoiding contact opportunities, we are all making a significant contribution to containing the pandemic.
Exceptions for face-to-face teaching have so far only been permitted for absolutely essential practical courses that cannot be implemented in digital form. These exceptions are subject to very strict hygiene protection and distance rules. It is currently unclear whether the statutory “emergency brake” will also apply to these special courses in the event of high incidence rates. In Bavaria, these courses are already prohibited if a minimum distance cannot be maintained. Individual regulations for universities will have to be renegotiated by the states within the framework of their own legal ordinances. The situation thus remains unclear. We will therefore continue to inform you as usual about the implementation of practical training at your locations. Likewise, if the “emergency brake” would lead to restrictions or rescheduling.
In order to provide even better protection for teachers and students in the specialist practical courses, the university is making Corona quick tests available free of charge for self-application. The departments or deans of studies at the locations will provide information on the specific implementation. The tests are a voluntary offer. Nevertheless, we urge you to take advantage of the test offer and also the offer in the public test centers and to strictly adhere to the hygiene and distance rules. The prudent behavior of each individual is crucial to ensuring that the mandatory face-to-face teaching can continue to be offered in a safe framework.
All services such as Student Services, Examination Offices and Libraries are still open for you, partly after prior registration and with limited opening hours. When you come to campus, please observe our Corona protection and hygiene measures. Wearing a medical mask is mandatory throughout the university.
As an educational institution, we are well equipped to deal with the current challenges. We are in close contact with the health and regulatory authorities at all locations and always update the local hygiene concepts based on the official requirements.
We thank you for your cooperation in complying with and implementing the protective measures, but also very much for your understanding that the university has to adjust to changing specifications almost daily, which cannot remain without impact on study operations. With your support, we will continue to make this a successful semester together.
Further information about the teaching activities is summarized in the FAQ below and on ILIAS.