Coronavirus: Impact on Trier University

Trier University, through this website, will provide up to date information and answer important questions concerning the effects of the coronavirus on university operations.  (► German version).

 

Current developments

  • In the winter semester 2020/21 lectures will be offered both online and on-site at our campus. Lectures will start on November 2, 2020.
  • The summer semester 2020 ist taking place online. Lectures on campus, that cannot be delayed, need to be approved beforehand.
  • Examinations can now be administered, provided the procedures are in compliance with the safety regulations.
  • The deadlines for applications for admission restricted courses in the winter semester 2020/21 have changed.
  • All reading rooms in the library are open on weekdays. Visitors can browse shelves and search for literature by themselves.
  • Studiwerk has reopened parts of it’s catering on campus.
  • Most buildings at Trier University are currently closed for the general public.
  • Trier University recommends wearing facial masks on campus and inside buildings. Facial masks are mandatory inside the university library and the canteen.
  • Students are asked to send their documents to the university via post where possible and not to visit the campus.
  • For employees, the normal regulations regarding work time have been temporarily suspended and the ability to telework has been extended.
  • All events at Trier University are cancelled until further notice, regardless of their size. Lectures on campus, that cannot be delayed, need to be approved beforehand.
  • uniSPORT offers an outdoor sports program, pre-booking is required.

Further information can be found in the FAQ below

FAQ

General questions

What should I do if I suspect to have been infected by coronavirus?

In case of a suspected infection please inform the fever clinic hotline Rhineland-Palatinate by calling 0800 9900400 (24 hrs).

Are conferences and events taking place as planned?

All events at Trier University are cancelled until further notice, regardless of their size. Events on campus, that cannot be delayed, need to be approved beforehand. Unfortunately, all learning opportunities offered by Kinder-Uni (uni for kids) and Campus der Generationen (open university) have been cancelled in the summer semester 2020. However, Trier University offers a number of digital lectures in various subjects which are available anytime free of charge.

Which facilities are open/closed on campus?

Most buildings at Trier University are currently closed for the general public. Open to the public are:

Library: Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 21:00 (Campus I) and Monday to Friday 9:00 to 17:00 (Campus II)
V-building: Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 18:00
Canteen Tarforst (Foyer): Monday to Friday 10:00 to 14:00

Access to other buildings is only permitted for employees and contractors of Trier University for the time being.

Buildings in which exams are taking place will be open on exams days for the required time frame. Access will be controlled: access to buildings is only permitted for members of Trier University.

  • All reading rooms in the university library are open again (Campus I: Monday to Friday 9.00 until 21.00; Campus II: Monday to Friday 9.00 until 17.00). Visitors can browse shelves and search for literature by themselves. Please observe the hygiene and safety concept which can be found on the website of the university library.
  • The Centre for Information, Media and Communication Technology (ZIMK) will continue to provide all necessary IT services, however personal on-site customer support will cease and all PC pools will be closed.

  • Studiwerk Trier has reopened parts of it's catering on campus and offers food and drinks to take away. Please respect the applicable safety precautions and measure (i.e. face mask, minimum distance).
  • UniSPORT offers an outdoor sports program, pre-booking is required. The sports hall is currently being used for exams and therefore closed for other usage.
  • AStA has closed the Studihaus (AStA building), the B15 office, the wheelhouse and the AStA garden. The removal van can still be rented and collected. More information regarding availability of services can be found on the AStA website.
  • The Uni shop has partly reopened.
  • The parent-child study room at Trier University is closed.

What good practices or recommendations are suggested by the university?

This is to reduce potential exposure. If you need to contact someone, please use the telephone and/or email for your communications. Please observe basic hygiene etiquette:

  • good hand hygiene/hand washing
  • forgo handshakes
  • cough and sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve
  • maintain a distance of 1-2 meters with other

These measures are also recommended with respect to influenza season and at all times.

Disinfectants are normally available through Kaufhaus der Universität (KdU).  However, they are currently out of stock.

► Overview of general hygiene tips (PDF)

Do I have to wear a facial mask on campus?

Wearing a mouth-nose covering helps to minimise the risk von infection and helps to protect ourselves and each other. Therefore, we recommend wearing facial masks on campus and inside buildings at Trier University, especially where it might not be possible to observe the minimum distance of 1,5 meters.

For exams we recommend wearing a facial mask until you have reached your seat, as well as when leaving the building. During exams you are not required to wear a facial mask.

Inside the university library and inside the canteen facial masks are mandatory according to the current guidelines and corona control measures of Rhineland-Palatinate. When seated inside the library you are not required to wear a facial mask.

Are disinfection materials and/or masks provided?

The university does not provide disinfection material during the current corona pandemic.  The observance of the rules of conduct and hygiene have been deemed sufficient (see the question "What good practices or are suggested by the university?"). A specific request for disinfection materials to be made available,  must be made to Mr. Kasel (kaseluni-trierde), stating the reasons for this request (e.g. why the minimum distances cannot be observed, etc.). These requests will be dealt with on an individual basis.

Masks will be not be provided by the university for members of Trier University, if the required safety measures such as social distancing are in place.

How often are surfaces being cleaned?

Toilets are being cleaned at least once a day, more often if required. Kitchenettes are being cleaned once a week but surfaces need to be clear in order to be cleaned. Contact areas like door handles and handrails are included in the general cleaning rota. The control panels of multi function printers in our copy rooms don't require cleaning in general. Nearby toilets provide washing facilities for good hand hygiene.

Who can I contact at Trier University if I have additional questions?

If you have additional questions regarding the measures being taken or the current situation at Trier University that are not answered above, please contact coronauni-trierde. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding if there is a delay in responding. Your question will be answered as soon as possible.

Special questions for students

Which courses and lectures are taking place?

90% of lectures and seminars originally offered in the summer semester 2020 are now taking place online, as of April 20, 2020. Courses that cannot be offered online will take place where possible, adhering to the regulations. That is the case especially for seminars depending on the local infrastructure (laboratories, workshops). Some excursions may take place in exceptional circumstances, however only with the permission of the university’s executive board.

Lectures on campus will not resume during summer semester 2020. Digital courses and lectures finish on July 18th.

► Access to IT services from outside the university

Do exams take place at Trier University?

Examinations are taking place, provided the procedures are in compliance with the safety regulations. On this, specific regulations are laid out in an order issued by the Trier University Senate May 7 2020. These apply to all students. Students in the Faculty of Law, should contact the Examination Office of FB V, which will provide the applicable regulations for law exams, on their website.

In order to take part in examinations, students are required to register via the PORTA portal up until the day before the exam is due.

All deadlines for final theses (Bachelor/Master theses) and written papers (term papers, portfolios, reports) are extended by two months from their original due date. 

► Information for students on the organisation of exams

Buildings in which exams are taking place will be open on exams days for the required time frame. Access will be controlled: access to buildings is only permitted for members of Trier University. For exams we recommend wearing a facial mask until you have reached your seat, as well as when leaving the building. During exams you are not required to wear a facial mask.

Do new deadlines apply for term papers and theses?

All deadlines for written papers, both term papers and theses, will be extended by two months. Students can still submit their written papers prior to the deadline. Please do so through the postal service to avoid entering the campus unnecessarily.

Can I still hand in documents or validate my TUNIKA at the university if the buildings are closed?

Students are asked to send their documents to the university via post where possible and not to visit the campus. V-building on Campus I will be open Monday to Friday from 8:00 - 18:00, in the event you need to load or validate your TUNIKA, drop off documents (that could not otherwise be sent by post) for the Registrar's Office, BAföG Office, Examination Office (HPA), or the submission of homework for the individual subjects (including Jura - Faculty V).

In addition, the TUKAN machine in the foyer of canteen Tarforst is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 16:00.

Who can help if I have financial difficulties due to the corona crisis?

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is helping students who are demonstrably in a financial or economic emergency situation owing to the corona pandemic with allowances totalling 100 million euros. They are paid out via the student service organisations – the Studierenden- or Studentenwerk (STW).

► Online application: www.überbrückungshilfe-studierende.de

Students of Trier University and the Trier University of Applied Sciences who have financial difficulties through no fault of their own due to the corona crisis can take advantage of financial aid offered by Studierendenwerk Trier. This can include support as a one-off payment and loans. For more information, please contact Petra Longen from the StudiwerkOffice SO (petra.longenstudiwerkde, +49 651 201-3556 between 08.00 and 14.00). More information is also available on the Studiwerk Trier website.

Additionally, students in financial need can apply for interest-free loans from AStA.

I would like to apply for a course in the winter semester 2020/21. Has anything changed?

The deadlines for applications for admission restricted courses in the winter semester 2020/21 have changed.Lectures will start on November 2, 2020.

► All application deadlines


For more information for students and prospective students:
www.corona-and-studies.uni-trier.de

Special questions for employees

Welche dienst- und arbeitsrechtlichen Regelungen und Hinweise gilt es bei Erkrankungen, Verdachtsfällen, Quarantäne etc. zu beachten?

Das Ministerium des Inneren und für Sport des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz informiert in einem Rundschreiben vom 6. August 2020 unter anderem darüber, welche dienst- und arbeitsrechtlichen Regelungen und Hinweise es bei Erkrankungen, Verdachtsfällen, Einreise aus Risikogebieten und Quarantäne gibt.

► Rundschreiben des Innenministeriums RLP (PDF)

What regulations apply to teleworking and overtime?

Employees may continue to telework, provided it is in consultation with and approved by their boss. This telework exception to the existing work agreement is extended until August 31, 2020. The standard working hours remain suspended. For more details on these provisions, please refer to the Chancellor's June 22, 2020 email.

► Access to IT services from outside the University

I am currently working from home. Where can I find instructions on how to use IT services?

The ZIMK website provides an overview of Trier University’s IT resources.  ZIMK also provides information regarding the availability and how to access IT resources from locations outside of the university campus, for example, teleworking.  The website describes how to install the VPN client, how to set up access to group drives and other functions.

Using the link, you will also find information on how to use the video conferencing software Zoom, for which Trier University has acquired a campus licence.

 

Where can I find the application form to approve of events and lectures on campus, that cannot be delayed?

Where can I find support in developing digital teaching formats?

The www.digitalelehre.uni-trier.de website provides information and support services that will help you offer your course in a digital alternative format this summer semester.

How can employees gain access to the buildings?

Employees of Trier University continue to have access to the buildings with their employee ID card (Dienstausweis) and PIN. You can manage your PIN via the Zeus system: https://zeus3.uni-trier.de. The login is done based on the ZIMK user authentication. 

Please note: managing or creating your PIN in Zeus can only be done with the numbers above your keyboard, not with the numeric keypad on the keyboard’s right hand side. 

In the event of problems please contact Mr. Stefan Dietzen: dietzenuni-trierde (Sbt. IV SG 1.1) via email.

Which regulations apply to business travel?

The summer semester 2020 is taking place online, also with regards to business trips. Business trips are generally permitted, if they can’t be postponed or replaced by online communication and if Corona-related rules and regulations are adhered to during travelling and at the destination. This has to be outlined in the business trip application. Business trips cannot be approved for destinations, for which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has issued a travel warning, or which are listed as high-risk countries by the RKI.

 

Support for digital teaching: www.digitalelehre.uni-trier.de