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Information on handling the coronavirus, last updated May 27 2020, 8.45 a.m.

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The protection of the health of our staff members and students as well as the general public continues to be a top priority for the TU Ilmenau in the current situation.

On May 4, the TU Ilmenau started a limited normal operation, which replaced the emergency operation that had been in place since March 23, 2020.

For this purpose, the university developed an infection protection concept, which was adapted as a result of the current Thuringian "SARS-CoV-2 Maßnahmenfortentwicklungsverordnung" of May 12, 2020, and expanded to include regulations on the performance of face-to-face examinations and the partial reopening of university facilities. To the letter from he Rectorate

The validity of the service agreement for the establishment of restricted operation during the Corona pandemic was extended until July 17, 2020 (end of the lecture period). The aim of the service agreement is to implement the necessary infection control measures of the state, the district and the city of Ilmenau consistently and in the interest of the health protection of all students and staff members.

Please use this website and the following FAQs, which are regularly updated, to keep informed.  


Corona Summer Semester:

Important information for students at a glance (pdf), last updated 13 May 2020


Latest information as of 8 May:

 
From 11 2020, the University Library in the Leibniz Building will be open again for lending service Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. subject to hygiene measures. Reading and working in the library is not yet possible. The University Archive will be open from Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Details of the current services can be found on the web pages of the University Library.


Latest information as of 15 May:

From 25 May onwards, the now only virtual university sports programme will be extended to include a selection of paid outdoor sports, and the paid virtual fitness and health sports programme will also enter a new round on 1 June. Registration for the above-mentioned offers will be possible from 19 May. More information on the website of the University Sports Centre


Latest information as of 18 May:

The PATON | Patent Center Thuringia has been open to external persons again since 18 May 2020. At present, the consulting services on patents and trademarks and the guided on-site research at PATON can only be carried out for individuals by prior appointment. Likewise, consulting services on industrial property rights and the evaluation of inventions are available to university members by individual appointment. For further information and to make an appointment please call 03677/69-4511 or 03677/69-4572 or visit the PATON website.

Latest information as of 25 May:

From now on the Mensa Ehrenberg offers besides an out-of-house sale also an in-house lunch service again from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. The Cafeteria Mensa Ehrenberg offers breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. as an out-of-house sale. The cafeteria in the Röntgenbau and the NANOteria offer out-of-house sales from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. All offers are available for students and university staff. Only payment by thoska is possible.


Please note that the English translation of this page is meant to help our international staff members and students and it is not legally binding.

FAQ general

Where can I find further information and contact persons?

Q&A on the coronavirus (World Health Organization) 

The district office of the "Ilm-Kreis" has set up a hotline to inform about the corona virus and the situation in the district "Ilm-Kreis". You can reach it around the clock at the following telephone number +49 3628 738-888

Multilingual information website of ISWI e.V. about the corona virus in Thuringia; currently in German, German - easy language, English, Albanian (gjuha shqipe), Arabic (العربية), Chinese (简体字), Farsi (فارسی|دری), French, Macedonian (македонски јазик), Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia), Polish (polski) Romanian (limba română), Russian (русский), Serbian (српски), Spanish, Turkish (Türkçe), Tigrinya (ትግርኛ ), Urdu (اردو

Students will also find current information about their studies and study-related processes on the homepage of the "Students" website.

Students with a German university entrance qualification who are newly admitted to the SS2020 may also contact the following persons if they have further questions:

• for questions regarding student administration: studentensekretariat@tu-ilmenau.de

• for questions about the introduction at the TU Ilmenau: studienberatung@tu-ilmenau.de

• for questions regarding the organization of studies to pruefungsamt-xx@tu-ilmenau.de (xx = Faculty abbreviation: ei = Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, ia = Computer Science and Automation, mb = Mechanical Engineering, mn = Mathematics and Natural Sciences, wm = Economics and Media)

International students and newly admitted international students will find more information on the website of the International Student Service we4you.

Students may also find additional current information and a discussion Group in the Telegram channel of the Student Council (StuRa) 

If you have any questions about the handling of the corona virus at the TU Ilmenau, please send an e-mail to campusfamilie@tu-ilmenau.de.

Which university facilities are closed and which have reopened? Which services can be used? (updated 27 May 2020)

The TU buildings have no longer been locked since 04 May 2020. However, access is generally restricted to members of the university, such as employees and students. The service/study card (thoska+) is sufficient proof of access authorization. This regulation is indicated at the building entrances by appropriate signs of the Facilities Division.

The DaVinci Building, the Humboldt Building and the Röntgen Building will remain closed for the time being. These buildings will only be opened if necessary.

The access ban does not apply to service providers (operating company, building operators, outside companies, etc.), representatives of contractual partners, tenants and persons whose presence is required in individual cases, particularly for business reasons. Access shall be restricted to the necessary extent. The persons must be obliged to comply with the infection protection concept.

University Library and University Archive

From 11 May 2020, the University Library in the Leibniz Building will initially be open again for lending services only Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., subject to hygiene measures. Reading and working in the library is not yet possible.

The University Archive will be open Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Details on current services can be found on the web pages of the University Library.

The University Library may be reached by phone, mail, WhatsApp or Twitter direct message.

Reminder fees are still suspended. The loan period of borrowed media is displayed as usual in the user account of the catalogue and can be extended; the upper limit for the number of possible renewals has been increased accordingly.

Events such as training courses, guided tours or cultural events will not take place in the library until further notice.


University Computer Center

The IT Service Desk (ITSD) of the University Computer Center can still be reached Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. by phone at +49 3677 69-1111 and via email 1111@tu-ilmenau.de. In addition, from May 4, 2020, Monday to Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., individual access is also possible for employees and students.

The PC pools and the video conference room remain closed for the time being.

Please find more information in the FAQ and the working instructions of the University Computer Center (German only).
 

University Sports Center

Due to the current situation, the courses of the university sports centre (USZ) as well as the free training times have been suspended until further notice. 

Nevertheless, the USZ currently offers various possibilities for actively shaping everyday (working) life and keeping body and mind in motion.
 
1. "Pausenexpress": The office break in motion takes place every Monday to Wednesday, 11:00-11:15 a.m. in the LIVESTREAM. Just follow the link to the Webex Meeting on website www.tu-ilmenau.de/usz/pausenexpress after login.

2. The USZ now also offers a virtual sports programme on the Moodle platform of the TU Ilmenau. Those who wish to train individually and are looking for new ideas to do so will certainly find something there - from warm-up to workout quickies to stretching, there is something for everyone!
 
3. Virtual sports offers: Sports offers in the field of fitness and health sports are available as weekly livestreams at fixed times as well as for download for those who prefer to arrange their training independently of certain time slots. More information about the virtual sports offer

From 25 May onwards, the university sports programme will be extended to include a selection of paid outdoor sports, and the paid virtual fitness and health sports programme will also enter a new round on 1 June.

Registration for the above-mentioned offers will be possible from 19 May. 

PATON | Patent Center Thuringia 

The PATON | Patent Center Thuringia has been open to external persons again since 18 May 2020.

At present, the consulting services on patents and trademarks and the guided on-site research at PATON can only be carried out for individuals by prior appointment. Likewise, consulting services on industrial property rights and the evaluation of inventions are available to university members by individual appointment.

According to the currently valid infection protection concept of the TU Ilmenau, the hygiene regulations according to § 4 CorMaßVO must be adhered to, especially with regard to mouth-nose covers, prevention of accumulations, hand hygiene and tracing of infection chains. Pickup at the PATON on the agreed date is at the entrance door of the Leibnizbau, as access to the university buildings is currently still restricted.

For further information and to make an appointment please call 03677/69-4511 or 03677/69-4572 or visit the PATON website.

 

Mensa and Cafeterias

From now on the Mensa Ehrenberg offers besides an out-of-house sale also an in-house lunch service again from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m..

The Cafeteria Mensa Ehrenberg offers breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. as an out-of-house sale.

The cafeteria in the Röntgenbau and the NANOteria offer out-of-house sales from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m..

All offers are available for students and university staff. Only payment by thoska is possible. Charging devices are located in the Humboldtbau, in the foyer of the Mensa and in the Röntgenbau.

All other cafeterias will remain closed until further notice due to the current situation.

What about events, meetings and sessions at TU Ilmenau?

Presence events are to be reduced to the absolute minimum. Wherever possible, priority is given to using telephone or video conferences etc.

If presence events are necessary in exceptional cases, the regulations of the infection protection concept (German only) (exclusion of participants and contact persons who are ill or suspected of being ill, minimum distance, room ventilation etc.) must be observed.

Large events are prohibited until August 31, 2020.

What do I have to do if I have been abroad in the last two weeks? (updated 26 May 2020)

For travel returnees from abroad the regulations of the federal state of Thuringia apply.  Accordingly, persons entering Thuringia from a state that is not a member state of the European Union, Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland must go into quarantine immediately after entry. This also applies to persons who have first entered another federal state of Germany or another state of the above-mentioned group of states. Furthermore, they are obliged to inform the public health department (Gesundheitsamt) immediately (https://www.ilm-kreis.de/Corona/Kontaktformular-Covid-19).

Further details can be found in the Second Thuringian Ordinance on Quarantine Measures for Entry and Return Travelers to Combat the Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which came into force on May 26, 2020 and is initially valid until June 15.

We ask all university members, for their own protection and for the protection of their fellow human beings, to take these instructions to go into domestic quarantine very seriously. Failure to comply with such instructions is a criminal offence and may be reported to the authorities, which may also be relevant to international students in terms of residence law.

What should I do if COVID-19 is suspected or diagnosed?

The RKI has published a guide (German only) for citizens who suspect COVID-19.

Employees or students with symptoms of COVID-19 diseases and with any cold symptoms or fever that have not been proven by a doctor are to be immediately excluded from working at the university (§ 3 Sect. 5 No. 1 and 2 of the 3. CorVO).

If a COVID-19 disease is confirmed, affected employees must inform the TU Ilmenau immediately (supervisor and Division for Human Resources  and Law / HR: personal@tu-ilmenau.de or Tel. 03677-69-2542). In order to support contact tracking, the university - primarily through the supervisor of the diseased - immediately determines whether there are relevant contact persons in the business environment in accordance with the RKI's stipulations for contact tracking and, if necessary, initiates the resulting infection protection measures.

If a student confirms a COVID-19 illness, he/she must immediately inform the students’ office at the Academic Service Center/ASC (studentensekretariat@tu-ilmenau.de or Tel. 03677-69-2003 to 2005). 
DPR (HR) and/or ASC will inform the university administration and the district health office in the event of a proven COVID-19 illness.

Further information on COVID-19 in Thuringia may also be found on the website of the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health, Women and Family (German only).

What should I observe to avoid infection?

To prevent infection with the corona virus, the distance regulations described in the infection protection concept (minimum distance of 1.5 m between persons) and the general hygiene measures (regular use of the washing facilities with liquid soap, sufficient room ventilation, increased cleanliness in shared places, no sharing of personal utensils with other persons) must be observed in particular. In addition, observing the rules of hygiene when coughing and sneezing will protect others from infection.

Who can I turn to in case of fears, insecurities, overload or in personal crisis situations?

Who can I turn to in case of fears, insecurities, overload or in personal crisis situations?

The Psychological Contact Point is still available for employees and students with insecurities, in personal crisis situations or overload and offers advice by telephone. 

The first contact for employees is by e-mail to Carolin Stotzka carolin.stotzka@tu-ilmenau.de or for students by e-mail to Stefan Weniger stefan.weniger@stw-thueringen.de.

In addition, TU Ilmenau offers students and employees support in case of threats and for constructive conflict resolution. Please contact the head of the Campus Family, Andrea Krieg, at andrea.krieg@tu-ilmenau.de.

FAQ Students

When does the summer semester begin and in what form will it take place?

The summer semester 2020 will take place throughout Thuringia as a university semester in accordance with a joint decision of the Thuringian universities, the Studierendenwerk and the Ministry of Science (TMWWDG), despite the challenges associated with the spread of the coronavirus.

The semester has officially started on 1 April 2020 and ends on 30 September 2020.

In the summer semester 2020, all courses will be converted to digital teaching formats ("e-learning offers") as far as possible. The lecture period at TU Ilmenau started on April 20, 2020 with binding, i.e. exam-relevant online courses and ends regularly on 17 July 2020.

Face-to-face courses do not start before 4 May.

Necessary face-to-face courses are possible from 4 May onwards, subject to compliance with the regulations of the infection protection concept (exclusion of ill or suspected ill participants and contact persons, minimum distance, room ventilation, etc.). Face-to-face courses focus on practical training which requires special laboratory or work rooms, provided that the regulations of the infection protection concept (exclusion of ill or suspected ill participants and contact persons, minimum distance, room ventilation, etc.) are observed. E-Learning offers will be continued.

I do not have my own online access. How can I still participate in the e-learning offers?

Currently, students who do not have their own online access may use the RTK C 115 in the "Curiebau". Access is via thoska+ chip card. Information on how to activate the card and on the use of the RTK C 115 may be obtained from the IT Service Desk of the UniRZ by e-mail request to 1111@tu-ilmenau.de.

I don't have a university account, as it has not yet been possible for me to travel to Ilmenau and enrol at the university. How can I still participate in the e-learning offers?

First-year students of the SS 2020 who do not have a university account because they have not yet been able to travel to Ilmenau and are not yet enrolled at the university can get a guest university account on request. Please communicate your request by mail to registration@tu-ilmenau.de.

How does the corona-related situation affect examinations and final theses? (updated 12 May 2020)

Examinations in the period from 16 March 2020 to 04 May have been generally cancelled. These cancellations will be assessed as a reason beyond the students' control with regard to the progress of their studies.

Due to the special situation, examinations are permitted by mutual agreement between the examiner and the candidate during the lecture period of the summer semester. As of 4 May 2020, examinations may again be held in classroom form. In particular, the regulations of the infection protection concept (exclusion of ill or suspected ill students and contact persons, minimum distance, room ventilation etc.) must be observed.

In order to ensure the necessary time and space, the examination period of the summer semester will be extended over the entire lecture-free period (from 20 July to 30 September 2020).

Deadlines for the submission of theses registered by 20.03.2020 have been extended by a flat rate of 8 weeks.

More detailed information on the examination modalities in the summer semester will be provided shortly.

For questions regarding the current regulations for examinations and theses please contact the examination offices of the respective faculty.

As a graduate in the current situation, how do I obtain my degree certificate? (new 18 May 2020)

Unfortunately, the graduation ceremony planned for July 4, 2020 cannot take place due to the current situation and the ban on major events until August 31, 2020.

Please contact your local examination office by e-mail to receive your degree certificate.

Who may I contact with further questions about the e-learning offers and examinations? (updated 15 May 2020)

For general questions about the online courses please contact the academic dean of your faculty.

If you have any questions about individual courses and examinations, please contact the respective lecturers or module coordinators.

What happens if I am not able to perform all the tasks scheduled for the summer semester?

Should students not be able to perform any or all of the scheduled tasks due to the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, they must not suffer any disadvantages with regard to the standard period of study and the associated regulations on BAföG, child benefit, health insurance, etc. The relevant framework regulations are currently being coordinated at federal and state level, and the university will develop appropriate subject-related solutions.

Can books be borrowed despite the closure of the university library? (updated 11 May 2020)

From 11 May 2020, the University Library in the Leibniz Building will initially be open again for lending services only Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., subject to hygiene measures. Reading and working in the library is not yet possible.

The University Archive will be open Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Details on current services can be found on the web pages of the University Library.

The University Library may be reached by phone, mail, WhatsApp or Twitter direct message.

Reminder fees are still suspended. The loan period of borrowed media is displayed as usual in the user account of the catalogue and can be extended; the upper limit for the number of possible renewals has been increased accordingly.

Events such as training courses, guided tours or cultural events will not take place in the library until further notice.

What about my semester fee?

According to Beitragsordnung des Studierendenwerks Thüringen , the contribution is due upon re-registration at the end of the re-registration period and is collected by the university according to ThürStudWG § 6 .

If a re-registration for SS 2020 is necessary due to the pandemic-related cancellation of examinations, students may apply to the Studierendenwerk Thüringen for a waiver of the fee or exemption. The form of the application is determined by the Studierendenwerk Thüringen. The individual case will be examined. 

Will I still receive BAföG? What further financial aid is available if I am in financial difficulties because of the Corona crisis?

BAföG

Students who are dependent on benefits under BAföG should not suffer any financial disadvantages as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. Even first-year students whose studies are delayed due to the pandemic will receive their BAföG as if the classroom lectures had begun at the originally planned time.

An overview by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (in German) contains the most important information for BAföG recipients. In addition, please note the special regulations of March 27, 2020 for BAföG administration (in German) in connection with the Corona pandemic including example cases for the calculation of BAföG entitlement.

Further information on the effects of the pandemic-related measures on BAföG may also be obtained from the BAföG Office of the Studierendenwerk Thüringen.


Short loans in the corona crisis from the Studierendenwerk

The Studierendenwerk offers uncomplicated and quick help to students who have got into financial difficulties through no fault of their own due to the Corona crisis: an application for an interest-free short loan of up to 800 euros. Applications must be made exclusively to asb@stw-thueringen.de. Please use the application form (English). Please sign it by hand.

You may find more information about the required documents on the website of the Studierendenwerk Thüringen


Interest-free loan from the KfW

The KfW also provides students with a temporary interest-free loan of up to 650 euros per month. Applications for the bridging loan can be made from 8 May 2020 onwards, and foreign students can apply from 1 June 2020. Further information on the application procedure may be found at www.kfw.de/studienkredit-coronahilfe.

How can I still validate and recharge my thoska card and use it as a train ticket?

Currently access to the thoska terminals in the lobby of the Mensa (validation terminal, thoska+ terminal, multifunction device for copying with thoska+ card payment) is possible from Monday to Friday from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

Please use the side door on the north side (ASC).

For reasons of protection against infection, we urgently request that you only enter the Mensa for the use of the terminals and keep the required 2-meter-distance from other students. After using the terminals you have to leave the building immediately and directly.

For the time being until 2 June, 2020, VMT and DB Regio will also accept a thoska valid until 31 March 2020 plus a certificate of study for the summer semester 2020 as a ticket.

Who can I contact if I have questions about living concerning the corona virus?

If you have questions about living in the facilities of the Studierendenwerk concerning the corona virus, please contact the following persons:

Monday to Friday from 10.00 - 11.00 a.m.

Mr Watterott, Mrs Ludwig

Phone: +49 3677 691917

Mr Voigt

Phone: +49 3677 692751

What do I have to consider as an international student at the TU Ilmenau?

The Foreigners Authority will remain closed for the time being. All agreed appointments are no longer valid and will be cancelled. No new appointments are being made at present. 

All visas and residence permits that have expired since 18 March are automatically extended until 30 June 2020.  

This regulation applies within the Ilm-Kreis and is only valid for those people with main residence in the Ilm-Kreis. It is not valid for re-entry to Germany if the residence permit has expired.

Further important information on the current situation, such as on living, travelling within Germany and to Europe and worldwide, self-isolation and other questions relevant to international students may be found on the website of the International Service we4you at TU Ilmenau as well as on the information portal Stuying in Germany.

I am a new international student at the TU Ilmenau. What do I have to do?

Future international students may find important information about the start of the semester, how to get there and other information relevant in the current situation on the website of the International Service we4you at TU Ilmenau and on the information portal Studying in Germany.

FAQ Employees

In addition to the information and regulations on how to deal with the conoravirus provided on this page, we provide employees of the TU Ilmenau with further internal information, instructions and decisions regarding the coronavirus on the university's intranet.