FAQ Coronavirus

for students and prospective students

Main questions and answers

Last updated: March 11, 2021

Academic Calendar & Teaching

  • How is the summer semester 2021 structured? (Last updated: March 11, 2021)

    The summer semester 2021 will start as scheduled on April 6, 2021. Classes will be held in online, hybrid (simultaneously online and in-person) or on-campus (in-person) mode, according to the levels described below. Events and examinations that cannot be implemented digitally can continue to be conducted face-to-face at all levels while maintaining applicable infection control measures.

    The summer semester regulations also provide for the possibility of running more face-to-face events, depending on the development of the pandemic situation over the course of the coming months. In addition, the departments set their own priorities in a potential transition to face-to-face events, taking into account how degree programs have been affected by Covid19-related restrictions, any requirements specific to degree programs and the specific circumstances at the campuses. In the event of a temporary complete closure ordered by the relevant Public Health Office (Gesundheitsamt) or the Saxony-Anhalt Ministry of Economics, Science and Digitization, courses can only be held online.

    The way the university operates depends on the regional infection rate. The three campuses of Anhalt University in Bernburg, Köthen and Dessau are evaluated separately with regard to the rate of infections. A distinction has been made regarding the stages of managing teaching operations:

    Level 3: The 7-day incidence in Bernburg/Köthen/Dessau is higher than 50.

    All courses at the respective campus are run as online courses. Excluded from this are internships, projects (and modules with project-based instruction, which require an examination for successful completion), final theses work or work in computer pools as well as examinations that cannot be implemented digitally. For on-campus exams, the number of participants is limited to a maximum of 25 students plus invigilators per room. However, the maximum number of persons per room as specified here shall not be exceeded. For all other events as specified above, the maximum number of participants per room is 10 students plus lecturer(s); the maximum number of persons as specified here shall not be exceeded. Outdoor classes can be held in groups of up to 15 people plus lecturer(s). The regulations laid out in the current Containment Ordinance passed by the Saxony-Anhalt state government apply. At the Studienkolleg, classes are held in fixed groups of up to 25 students. Excursions cannot take place.

    Level 2: The 7-day incidence in Bernburg/Köthen/Dessau is between 35 and 50.

    Lectures and seminars at the respective campus may be run in hybrid mode. Decisions are taken at department level. The hybrid mode is intended to provide the best possible support for students who are unable to attend on-campus classes.The maximum number of persons per room is listed here. This number may not be exceeded. Outdoor classes can be held in groups of up to 15 people plus lecturer(s). The regulations laid out in the current Containment Ordinance passed by the Saxony-Anhalt state government apply. At the Studienkolleg, classes are held in fixed groups of up to 25 students.

    Level 1: The 7-day incidence in Bernburg/Köthen/Dessau is below 35.

    Lectures and seminars at the respective campus may be run in on-campus, hybrid or online mode. International students, especially those in English-taught master-level programs, should be able to participate in classes set up as online or hybrid classes.The maximum number of persons per room is listed here. This number may not be exceeded. At the Studienkolleg, classes are held in fixed groups of up to 25 students.

    Should the pandemic situation improve over the course of the summer semester, the university management, together with the heads of the departments, will explore options for introducing more face-to-face events in teaching and learning settings. The departments will keep students informed about which courses and examinations may be moved to on-campus mode.

    Find all information on the three levels of teaching operations in the framework plan for the implementation of the summer semester 2021.

  • How ist the winter semester 2020/21 structured? (Last updated: January 11, 2021)

    Until March 31, 2021 Anhalt University conducts restricted teaching operations in accordance with safety and hygiene regulations. The framework plan for restrictions affecting teaching (last updated: January 11, 2021) provides an overview of the regulations. The way the university operates depends on the regional infection rate. Find more information on the three stages of teaching operations in the "Framework plan for the implementation of the winter semester 2020/21".

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    During the winter semester of 2020/21, we intend to offer on-campus courses and classes at Anhalt University. This has been scheduled in accordance with the safety and hygiene regulations and will be continuously reassessed according to current SARS-CoV-2 infection rates. Some degree programs will run online and/or hybrid courses. 

    As a rule, courses for first-semester students will be held on campus. All other courses are being held as on-campus classes, as hybrid classes (e.g. simultaneous participation in on-campus and online classes), exclusively online or in a combination of the above-mentioned possibilities (e.g. blended learning). To make attending classes easier, students are advised to choose their place of residence as close as possible to the campus where they will be studying (Bernburg, Köthen, or Dessau).

    For international students, all courses are being held as hybrid classes. International students who have been able to enter Germany for the start of semester are to attend classes on campus, those who are not able to enter the country will have to participate in classes online. The degree program advisor (Studienfachberater) must be informed if you are participating online. Should the visa application process result in students having to enter Germany after the start of the semester, they can easily switch from participating in online classes to on-campus classes.

Examinations & Required coursework

  • What regulations apply to examinations in the winter semester 2020/21? (Last updated: February 12, 2021)

    From January 11, 2021 to March 31, 2021 for examinations the regulations apply which are specified in the framework plan fro restrictions affecting teaching (last updated: January 11, 2021) and the supplementary regulations to the framework plan for restrictions affecting teaching (last updated: January 14, 2021). Please also see the statute "Live remote proctoring in online written examinations" (Videoaufsicht in Online-Klausuren) of January 20, 2021 as well as the data protection declaration for online written examinations.

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    The regular winter semester examinations for degree programs with regular attendance (Direktstudium) should be scheduled according to the academic calendar's two examination periods: February 1 - February 13, 2021 and March 15 - March 27, 2021.

    In the period of February 1, 2021 to February 13, 2021 examinations will take place exclusively online (oral and written) for degree programs with regular attendance. In the period of March 15, 2021 to March 31, 2021 on-campus examinations will be conducted. Dean's offices may reschedule individual winter semester examinations for the teaching period of summer semester 2021.

    Regarding career-integrated degree programs (berufsbegleitende Studiengänge), the winter semester examinations will take place as scheduled and will follow course-specific arrangements agreed with the teaching staff and students. Examinations will take place exclusively online between January 11, 2021 and March 3, 2021. If individual examinations for winter semester courses are held after March 31, 2021, the provisions of the following guidelines shall apply as well. 

    In the event of restrictions and in order to avoid re-scheduling examinations, a change of examination type may be agreed for winter semester examinations. This is subject to consent by the respective department's examinations committee (Prüfungsausschuss). Unless such a change has already been decided by the examinations committee and published in the degree program's examination schedule, students are required to declare their consent in writing to having the examination type changed and to taking such examinations (see respective form in Student Portal).

    Examiners are entitled to conduct oral examinations as well as ungraded assessments (Leistungsnachweise) or examinations with a colloquium using electronic media. With regard to examinations conducted using electronic media, students are required to complete a declaration of academic integrity (see the appropriate form in the Student Portal) and send it completed to the examiner via email before the examination date.

    The candidate/student is required to submit the final thesis (Bachelor's, Master's or Diploma) electronically (email). The thesis is to be sent to all assessors and to the respective Office of the Registrar (Prüfungsamt) using a single email addressed jointly to all those listed above. This regulation is an exception to the stipulations of the respective degree program and examination regulations. The date of receipt of the submitted thesis is the date the email was sent. However, the candidate is required to sign the declaration of independence (Selbstständigkeitserklärung) and send this document by post to the thesis supervisor (first assessor). The declaration must bear the candidate's original signature and state the thesis title.

    In order to implement these guidelines, the Board of Management (Präsidium), the departments' dean's offices (Dekanate) and examinations committees (Prüfungsausschüsse) may adopt additional decisions.

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    Work areas and equipment, in particular laboratory technology, may be used for the preparation of theses and during internships. This has to be approved by the appropriate dean. Please contact your supervisor for assistance.

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    For students admitted to complete their theses before January 11, 2021:

    The submission deadlines for theses in bachelor's, master's and diploma degree programs may be extended by a maximum of eight weeks. The clock on submission deadlines will stop ticking for the period between January 11, 2021 and the resumption of regular academic operations (but at least until March 7, 2021). Thus, students will have the complete remainder of the time allowed for completing their theses at their disposal when regular operations resume and facilities such as the university library, lab, studios/workshops or computer pools reopen. Departments are given the authority to pass additional regulations to implement the above.

    For students admitted to complete their theses on or after January 11, 2021:

    By way of derogation from their degree program and examination regulations, these students may be granted an extension of their thesis preparation time corresponding to the period during which access to the university's facilities is not possible, as stipulated in the Framework Plan (Rahmenplan für den eingeschränkten Lehrbetrieb).

    An internship (Berufspraktikum) which had to be terminated by the company or due to other justified circumstances may be recognized if a minimum of 50% of the weeks stipulated for the internship in the degree program and examination regulations have been successfully completed by the student.

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    The oral and written examinations listed in the study and examination regulations, which were not passed in the winter semester 2020/2021 by students in the 1st semester in Bachelor's degree programs, are considered as not taken and are not counted towards the number of examination attempts (free attempt). This regulation also applies if the course was completed in the winter semester but the examination is not taken until the summer semester 2021. Cheating attempts are not counted as free attempts.

    Anhalt University's Senate passed the following amended regulation in its session on January 20, 2021:

    If students fail written examinations (Klausuren) which were conducted as online examinations in the winter semester 2020/21, these examinations are considered as not having been taken and will not be counted towards the number of examination attempts (that is they are regarded as free attempts). This additional regulation applies to students in both bachelor's and master's degree programs in all semesters.

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    The Senate of Anhalt University passed the statute "Live remote proctoring in online written examinations" (Videoaufsicht in Online-Klausuren) in its session on January 20, 2021 with the aim of ensuring that online examinations scheduled in the first examination period of the winter semester 2020/21 can be conducted in accordance with legal and data protection provisions.

    In addition, the following has been decided in terms of dealing with technical issues during online examinations:

    (1) An examination will be terminated at the respective stage and the work will not be assessed if, due to technical problems, an examination task cannot be transmitted or worked on, if the work to be assessed (Prüfungsleistung) cannot be transmitted or if live remote proctoring (Videoaufsicht) cannot be conducted during an online written examination (Online-Klausur). The examination attempt shall be deemed not to have been taken. This does not apply if it can be established that the students/examinees are responsible for the disruption.

    (2) If the image or sound transmission is temporarily disrupted during an online oral examination (mündliche Onlineprüfung), the examination is to be continued after the disruption has been rectified. If the technical malfunction persists so that the oral examination cannot be continued in due form, the examination shall be repeated at a later date. Paragraph (1), sentences 2 and 3 shall apply accordingly. If the technical malfunction occurs after a significant part of the examination has already been completed, the examination may be continued and completed by telephone without the use of a video conferencing system. In the case of practical examinations, sentences 1 to 4 shall apply accordingly.

    (3) The examination type may be changed for resits scheduled soon after the initial examination date. The final decision lies with the examinations committee (Prüfungsausschuss).

  • What are the regulations for online examinations in the winter semester 2020/21? (Last updated: January 29, 2021)

    The Senate of Anhalt University passed the statute "Live remote proctoring in online written examinations" (Videoaufsicht in Online-Klausuren) in its session on January 20, 2021 with the aim of ensuring that online examinations scheduled in the first examination period of the winter semester 2020/21 can be conducted in accordance with legal and data protection provisions. Please also see the data protection declaration for online written examinations.

    In addition, the following has been decided in terms of dealing with technical issues during online examinations:

    (1) An examination will be terminated at the respective stage and the work will not be assessed if, due to technical problems, an examination task cannot be transmitted or worked on, if the work to be assessed (Prüfungsleistung) cannot be transmitted or if live remote proctoring (Videoaufsicht) cannot be conducted during an online written examination (Online-Klausur). The examination attempt shall be deemed not to have been taken. This does not apply if it can be established that the students/examinees are responsible for the disruption.

    (2) If the image or sound transmission is temporarily disrupted during an online oral examination (mündliche Onlineprüfung), the examination is to be continued after the disruption has been rectified. If the technical malfunction persists so that the oral examination cannot be continued in due form, the examination shall be repeated at a later date. Paragraph (1), sentences 2 and 3 shall apply accordingly. If the technical malfunction occurs after a significant part of the examination has already been completed, the examination may be continued and completed by telephone without the use of a video conferencing system. In the case of practical examinations, sentences 1 to 4 shall apply accordingly.

    (3) The examination type may be changed for resits scheduled soon after the initial examination date. The final decision lies with the examinations committee (Prüfungsausschuss).

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    If students fail written examinations (Klausuren) which were conducted as online examinations in the winter semester 2020/21, these examinations are considered as not having been taken and will not be counted towards the number of examination attempts (that is they are regarded as free attempts). This additional regulation applies to students in both bachelor's and master's degree programs in all semesters.

  • What regulations apply to final theses in the winter semester 2020/21? (Last updated: February 12, 2021)

    Until March 31, 2021 Anhalt University conducts restricted teaching operations. Work areas and equipment, in particular laboratory technology, may be used for the preparation of theses and during internships. This has to be approved by the appropriate dean. Please contact your supervisor for assistance.

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    For students admitted to complete their theses before January 11, 2021:

    The submission deadlines for theses in bachelor's, master's and diploma degree programs may be extended by a maximum of eight weeks. The clock on submission deadlines will stop ticking for the period between January 11, 2021 and the resumption of regular academic operations (but at least until March 7, 2021). Thus, students will have the complete remainder of the time allowed for completing their theses at their disposal when regular operations resume and facilities such as the university library, lab, studios/workshops or computer pools reopen. Departments are given the authority to pass additional regulations to implement the above.

    For students admitted to complete their theses on or after January 11, 2021:

    By way of derogation from their degree program and examination regulations, these students may be granted an extension of their thesis preparation time corresponding to the period during which access to the university's facilities is not possible, as stipulated in the Framework Plan (Rahmenplan für den eingeschränkten Lehrbetrieb).

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    The candidate/student is required to submit the final thesis (Bachelor's, Master's or Diploma) electronically (email). The thesis is to be sent to all assessors and to the respective Office of the Registrar (Prüfungsamt) using a single email addressed jointly to all those listed above. This regulation is an exception to the stipulations of the respective degree program and examination regulations. The date of receipt of the submitted thesis is the date the email was sent. However, the candidate is required to sign the declaration of independence (Selbstständigkeitserklärung) and send this document by post to the thesis supervisor (first assessor). The declaration must bear the candidate's original signature and state the thesis title.

    Further information is available in the Additional regulations for teaching and examinations in the winter semester 2020/21 as of November 1, 2020 (valid until March 31, 2021). Please also see the supplementary regulations to the framework plan for restrictions affecting teaching for the period of January 11, 2021 to March 31, 2021.

  • Are there any special regulations for oral and written examinations in the winter semester 2020/2021 due to the unusual situation? (Last updated: January 27, 2021)

    The oral and written examinations listed in the study and examination regulations, which were not passed in the winter semester 2020/2021 by students in the 1st semester in Bachelor's degree programs, are considered as not taken and are not counted towards the number of examination attempts (free attempt). This regulation also applies if the course was completed in the winter semester but the examination is not taken until the summer semester 2021. Cheating attempts are not counted as free attempts.

    Anhalt University's Senate passed the following amended regulation in its session on January 20, 2021:

    If students fail written examinations (Klausuren) which were conducted as online examinations in the winter semester 2020/21, these examinations are considered as not having been taken and will not be counted towards the number of examination attempts (that is they are regarded as free attempts). This additional regulation applies to students in both bachelor's and master's degree programs in all semesters.

    Please also see the statute "Live remote proctoring in online written examinations" (Videoaufsicht in Online-Klausuren) of January 20, 2021.

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Dealing with infections

  • I was diagnosed with a coronavirus infection. What should I do? (Last Updated: November 9, 2020)

    Students who have been diagnosed with a coronavirus infection are requested to report this to their degree program advisor and to the dean's office of their department - by telephone or e-mail. In order to avoid infection of students and staff, the university management decides on the further procedure in each individual case.

    If a person has tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, he or she is not allowed to enter the premies of the university.

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    The Federal Ministry of Health (Bundesgesundheitsministerium) recommends the following:

    "The first signs of illness are cough, runny nose, sore throat and fever Some affected persons also suffer from diarrhea. If the infection is severe, breathing problems or pneumonia may occur. After becoming infected, symptoms can appear up to 14 days later. If you experience any of the symptoms described above, avoid unnecessary contact with other people and stay at home if possible. Contact your family doctor by phone or call 116117 and discuss the next course of action before you go to the doctor's office. Have you had contact with anyone infected with Covid-19? Contact your local health department."

    (Source: Bundesgesundheitsministerium, September 21, 2020)

    For further information see the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

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    Local Public Health Offices (Gesundheitsämter):

    Public Health Office / district office - Anhalt-Bitterfeld

    phone: +49 (0)3496 601234

    e-mail: buergertelefon(at)anhalt-bitterfeld.de

     

    Public Health Office / district office - Salzlandkreis

    phone: +49 (0)3471 684-2684

     

    Public Health Office / district office - Dessau-Roßlau

    phone: +49 (0)340 2041753

  • What should be done if a coronavirus infection (SARS-CoV-2) is suspected or if I have had contact with a person diagnosed with the virus? (Last updated: December 9, 2020)

    If you have had contact with a person infected with the coronavirus, there is a suspicion that you could be a carrier of the virus or if you have been tested positive for the virus, please inform your degree program advisor (Studienfachberater) and the dean's office of your department by telephone or e-mail.

    If a person has tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, he or she is not allowed to enter the premies of the university.

    Anyone who has been in contact with a person who has been confirmed to be infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus within the last 14 days is not permitted on university premises, unless they can prove that they are not infected by presenting a medical certificate stating a negative corona test result.

    Anyone who displays the typical symptoms of a SARS-CoV-2 virus infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath) is not permitted to enter any university facilities or take part in any university events/courses.

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    The Federal Ministry of Health (Bundesgesundheitsministerium) recommends the following:

    "The first signs of illness are cough, runny nose, sore throat and fever Some affected persons also suffer from diarrhea. If the infection is severe, breathing problems or pneumonia may occur. After becoming infected, symptoms can appear up to 14 days later.

    If you experience any of the symptoms described above, avoid unnecessary contact with other people and stay at home if possible. Contact your family doctor by phone or call 116117 and discuss the next course of action before you go to the doctor's office. Have you had contact with anyone infected with Covid-19? Contact your local health department."

    (Source: Bundesgesundheitsministerium, September 21, 2020)

    For further information see the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

     

    Local Public Health Offices (Gesundheitsämter):

    Public Health Office / district office - Anhalt-Bitterfeld

    phone: +49 (0)3496 601234

    e-mail: buergertelefon(at)anhalt-bitterfeld.de

     

    Public Health Office / district office - Salzlandkreis

    phone: +49 (0)3471 684-2684

     

    Public Health Office / district office - Dessau-Roßlau

    phone: +49 (0)340 2041753

  • How do I protect myself and others from the coronavirus? (Last updated: September 29, 2020)

    The Federal Ministry of Health (Bundesgesundheitsministerium) recommends the following:

    "Keep a distance of at least 1.5 m from other people. It is best to turn away when coughing or sneezing. Sneeze into the crook of your arm or into a tissue which you then discard. Avoid touching when greeting other people and wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

    The first signs of illness are cough, runny nose, sore throat and fever Some affected persons also suffer from diarrhea. If the infection is severe, breathing problems or pneumonia may occur. After becoming infected, symptoms can appear up to 14 days later.

    If you experience any of the symptoms described above, avoid unnecessary contact with other people and stay at home if possible. Contact your family doctor by phone or call 116117 and discuss the next course of action before you go to the doctor's office. Have you had contact with anyone infected with Covid-19? Contact your local health department."

    (Source: Bundesgesundheitsministerium, September 21, 2020)

    For further information see the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

  • I belong to the risk group. What should I do? (Last updated: October 26, 2020)

    If you belong to a group of people with a higher risk of having a severe COVID-19 disease course, please contact the Dean's Office (Dekanat) of your department at Anhalt University to discuss individual solutions. In any case, please consult a doctor immediately, get advice and have a medical certificate issued.