CORONA | Information for students and prospective students

Current situation

New regulations on compulsory masks for participants in examinations (14.01.2022)

The regulations for Trier University with reference to the 29th CoBeLVO RLP regarding courses and examinations have been changed by the following regulation in the area of examinations. This change applies effective 14.01.2022 for all examinations, as well now for oral examinations.

Participation in examinations - with the exception of oral examinations via video conference only - is only possible with 3G proof.

  • Please be sure to note this: If you cannot provide the proof and do not deregister from the examination by the deadline to withdraw, you will be deemed to have failed the examination because you did not appear for the examination. If you have any questions, please contact the University Examination Office.
  • An FFP2/OP mask must generally be worn without exception. (§ 4 Para. 7, amendment of 14.01.2022).
  • A contact list is created via the examination registration and the attendance list.
  • In general, testing is compulsory for examinations, with the exception of fully vaccinated and those who have recovered individuals (§ 4 para. 7).

29. CoBeLVO RLP | New rules for participants in Courses and for Examinations (06.12.2021)

According to the current regulation, effective immediately, the following rules apply for participation in courses/events and examinations:

Participation in courses/events requires - as previously - a 3-G certificate.

  • In general, testing is compulsory for teaching, both for lecturers and students; those who have been fully vaccinated and those who have recovered are exempt from this (§ 16 para. 1).
  • Only PCR tests that are max. 48 hours old or rapid antigen tests that are a maximum of 24 hours old are permitted. Proof (vaccinated, recovered or tested) must be provided on request.
  • An FFP2/OP mask must be worn at all times. The following exceptions apply:
    • if the teaching activity requires this (§ 16 para. 1).
    • for the lecturer(s) at the lectern (analogous to § 8 Para. 1).
    • contact details (surname, given name, address, telephone number) must be recorded in the respective course (§ 16 Para. 1).

Participation in examinations - with the exception of oral examinations via video conference - is only possible with 3G proof.

  • Please be sure to note: If you are unable to provide the 3G proof and do not deregister from the examination by the deadline to withdraw, you will be deemed to have failed the examination because you did not appear for the examination. If you have any questions, please contact the University Examination Office (Hochschulprüfungsamt).
  • An FFP2/OP mask must generally be worn (§ 4, section 7). The mask requirement during examinations does not apply in the following cases:
    • for invigilators at the fixed invigilation place (§ 8 Abs. 1),
    • for those to be examined at the fixed place, if the distance requirement is observed (§ 4 Para. 7).
  • Contact tracing is done via the examination registration and the attendance list.
  • In general, examinations are subject to proof of a negative Covid test, with the exception of fully vaccinated persons and those who have recovered (§ 4 Para. 7).

New rules regarding Corona-Tests (07.12.2021)

Please note:

  • Only PoC tests from an approved test station (Test centres in the Trier area) or a PCR test will be recognised. PoC test are only valid within 24 hours of the test being administered and PCR tests are only valid for 48 hours.
  • Self-tests carried out at home cannot be recognised!
  • It is also not possible to take a test under supervision at the university.

If you have any further questions, please email coronauni-trierde.

    What do I do if I have tested positive for Covid? (09.11.2021)

    If you have tested positive for covid and are a student, lecturer or employee of Trier University, please stay away from campus! Decisions about quarantine or other isolation requirements are decreed exclusively by the Health Office.

    The University, however, wants to be transparent with information and facilitate a quick response and therefore provides the following recommendations for action:

    Students should immediately inform the lecturer with whom they attended classes in the week prior to the test result. The lecturer then informs the participants of the course, without naming the positive individual specifically, that there is a case in the course. They decide whether the course can continue on the basis of compliance with the distancing and mask rules or whether a possibly temporary switch to online/digital format is necessary. There are no further reporting obligations towards the university.

    If a lecturer tests positive, he or she should inform the students of the affected course directly. In addition, the dean's office should be informed so that further measures can be coordinated.

    Staff members should immediately inform their direct supervisor so that their direct colleagues can be informed and further measures can be taken if necessary.

    Absence(s) due to being Covid positive or an exposure to a positive case requiring quarantine/isolation (08.11.2021)

    The APO regulations regarding permissible absences from courses with mandatory attendance do not make a distinction whether a person does not appear for a course for personal reasons, health reasons or other reasons. Rather, by defining "regular" attendance with up to three absences, a regulation was created to define the term more precisely and prevent arbitrary definitions.

    This means that if someone is absent from a course more than three times - regardless of the reason - the lecturer has the right to no longer confirm regular attendance. However, they can still allow for exceptional cases and if the course material has been completed.

    The corona regulations do not account for an exception for exclusively face-to-face courses,; only in the case of hybrid and online courses - as with lectures - regular attendance is attested by passing the module examination.

    In short: There is no basic extension of absences from courses due to a Corona illness or a Corona case in the immediate vicinity. Direct consultation with the lecturer is required. However, the lecturer is not required to adhere to the proof of regular attendance after more than three absences if the content has been made up.  As well, the lecturers are asked to facilitate solutions with a sense of proportion.

    Amendment to the Corona Guidelines for Courses/Lectures and Examinations (01.02.2021)

    The Corona Guidelines for the Conduct of Courses/Lectures ans Examinations (02.11.2020) has been revised to reflect the current situation. Effective01.02.2021, the Guidelines dated the 01.02.2021 are in effect. Please note the changes accordingly!

    The key points are summarised here:

    Hygiene regulations

    Due to the current situation, the following applies: A surgical-OP or FFP2 mask must be worn by all persons throughout the entire campus grounds, in the buildings and during courses/lectures and examinations.  This applies to both lecturers and participants (as well as all committee or commission meetings).

    Collection of contact data | Attendance in courses/lectures and examinations

    • Contact data of the participants present in courses/lectures and examinations must be carefully documented, [...] For this purpose, the following must be recorded: Surname, first name, address and telephone number. This is recorded through the participant lists for courses/lectures or examinations.
    • There is (as of 11/2020) the possibility to collect contact data via PORTA (digital attendance list via QR code). This can be used as an alternative to the attendance lists. The large lecture halls (sports hall, Audimax, HS 3) will remain equipped with readers to offer this as another option.

    Examiniations| Oral examinations conducted in-person

    • The wearing of a surgical-OP/FFP2 mask during in-person oral examinations is mandatory for examiners as well as students.

    Examinations | Written examinations conducted in-person

    • The wearing of a surgical-OP/FFP2 mask for in-person written examinations is mandatory for examiners and students.

    Examinations in winter semester 2020/21 (as of: 26.01.2021)

    Oral as well as written examinations will take place in the winter semester 2020/21. The examinations will usually take place in-person on campus. Please note the following information!

    • There is no obligation to take exams. Each student decides for themselves which examinations they would like to take in the winter semester 2020/21.
    • The format of examination is defined in the course examination regulations and cannot be changed. There is no entitlement on the part of the examinee to a specific format of examination (e.g. online/digital examination).
    • A (timely) registration for an exam is still necessary if you want to take part in that exam. The registration is done as usual via PORTA.
    • The obligation to retake a failed exam at the next possible date is suspended until 30.09.2021.
    • Deregistration prior to an exam is possible - exclusively via PORTA – up until the day before the exam date.
    • Written examinations take place in-person on campus. Please refer to the current Checklist for Students regarding exam participation.
    • Oral examinations are possible via video conference if the examiner and the examinee agree; however there is no right or obligation to this option. On the part of the examinee, the examiner must have the signed the Consent to Conduct an Oral Video Conference Examination form prior to the start of the examination.
    • On the campus - in the buildings as well as on the exterior grounds – it is mandatory to wear a surgical-OP mask or an FFP2 mask – as well as during examinations. This applies to entering / leaving the campus and the buildings as well as in the examination room for the entire duration of the examination!
      • The surgical-OP/FFP2 masks are not provided by the university, you provide your own mask. Without the appropriate mask, you will not be allowed to enter the university campus and it will not be possible to take the exam.
      • On campus, you can purchase an appropriate mask at the following locations: Campus I, Cafeteria / Mensa, Mon.-Fri., 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. as well as at the Studierendenwerk vending machines by the Audimax, in Building A/B and on Campus II in the Mensa Petrisberg.

    If you have any questions regarding the organization of examinations, please contact your clerk in the  Examination Office (HPA).

    Contact data tracing for in-person events via PORTA (QR code or appointment ID) (02.11.2020)

    To support contact data tracing for in-person events, an additional tool is now available in PORTA for instructors to track who is attending their event via QR code or appointment ID. This data is used to inform possible contacts in the event of a corona infection.  The data is collected solely for contact tracing purposes and is automatically deleted after four weeks.

    The studentconfirms participation in an event by scanning the QR code or directly entering the event ID. It is also possible for students to directly confirm an appointment in PORTA.

    This is only possible for people who have a ZIMK ID, as the existing contact details are retrieved from the system. This option is available for all events/lectures/courses. Instructors can use this option either exclusively or as an additional option to contact entry via lists or readers. The card readers will remain in the large lecture rooms (sports hall, Audimax and HS 3).

    In your own interest and that of your fellow students and lecturers, please make sure to confirm your attendance!

    Additional information

    Legal regulations in the field of teaching, studies and examinations

    In principle, the legal provisions, in particular the examination regulations [German] and the application/enrollment regulations [German], still apply under the current coronavirus pandemic. In the interest of the students, we work to standardize important regulations throughout the university. These regulations are published on this website.

    If it is not possible to make general regulations, but rather individual case decisions are necessary, it is necessary to work towards ensuring that the discretionary scope provided in the examination regulations is used and applied according to uniform and transparent criteria in the best interest of the students, without this resulting in legal violations, in particular a violation of the principle of equal opportunities.

    For prospective students

    Check us out! Digital offers for prospective students [German]

    You have your Abitur in your pocket or are just about to finish? Studying at the Uni is of interest for you? Despite the current restrictions, it is possible to get to know Trier University. We offer a range of digital information services and support our prospective students step-by-step in their choice of studies.