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

  • The summer semester 2020 is taking place online. Lectures on campus will not be offered. The Pentecost/Whitsuntide holidays (June 2nd-5th) are cancelled.
  • 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.
  • Borrowing and returning books at the main library is possible. Please note the requirement to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth. The reading rooms remain closed to the public.
  • From May 11th 2020, Studiwerk Trier is reopening parts of it's catering on campus.
  • The buildings of Trier University are closed to the public (with the exception of V-building). Until further notice, only employees and contractors of Trier University will have access.
  • Students are asked to come to campus only in exceptional circumstances and to send documents to the university by mail whenever possible.
  • 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.
  • uniSPORT is estimated to be closed until May 31, 2020. 

Further information can be found in the FAQ below

FAQ

General questions

Who do I notify in the event of a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus infection?

The university asks all students and employees to inform the university immediately as soon as they are suspected of or test positive for the coronavirus. The information is used to plan measures and contain the infection.

Coronavirus notification form

Are conferences and events taking place as planned?

All events at Trier University are cancelled until further notice, regardless of their size.

What is closed on campus?

The buildings of Trier University are closed to the public (Exception: V-Building is open Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 17:00). Until further notice, only employees and contractors of Trier University will have access. Operations at Trier University will be maintained in accordance with the applicable safety precautions and measures.

  • The university library is essentially closed. However, it is possible to borrow and return books. Please note, that the requirement to wear a mask or similar item, that covers your nose and mouth, applies when picking up or returning books! The library also offers additional services.
  • 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.

  • From May 11th 2020, Studiwerk Trier is reopening parts of it's catering on campus. The cafeteria forU offers food and drinks to take away. Pre-ordered burgers can be picked up from the Burgenerator. Please respect the applicable safety precautions and measure (i.e. face mask, minimum distance).
  • uniSPORT is estimated to be closed until May 31, 2020. 
  • 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 Unishop is closed until further notice.
  • The parent-child study room at Trier University is closed.

What good practices or recommendations are suggested by the university?

Trier University strongly recommends that students and guests do not come to the campus. 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)

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.

In Rhineland-Palatinate, masks (that simply cover the mouth-nose, self-sewn masks or facial coverings ) are currently only mandatory in public transport, in shops and at the university, in the lending area of the university library. Otherwise, at this time, the university does not require the use of masks, provided that appropriate protective measures are taken (i.e. minimum distance guaranteed 1.5-2m etc.). A specific request for masks being 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.

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

Where can first semester students find all relevant information about the start of their studies?

The Orientation Day for first semester students starting in the summer semester 2020, originally planned for April 1, has unfortunately been cancelled.  In place of an on campus event, the President of Trier University has recorded a video message, and the key information about starting the semester has been compiled on the "Beginning your studies" page.

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. The Pentecost/Whitsuntide holidays (June 2nd-5th) are cancelled due to the delayed start of the semester. The lectures are currently scheduled to end on July 18, 2020.  

► 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

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?

Yes.  However you should only come to campus in exceptional circumstance.  Instead, we ask that you send documents by post if possible.  V-building on Campus I will be open Monday to Friday from 8:00 - 17:00, 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).

Postponing the start of lectures at Trier University will not affect your BAföG payments. If you have submitted an application for educational support and need to submit further documents for final processing, please send them by e-mail to bafoeg@uni-trier.de. Until further notice, office hours are by telephone only.  Further information is available on the BAföG website.

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

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.

► All application deadlines


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

Special questions for employees

What regulations apply to teleworking and overtime?

Until June 5, 2020, employees may, in consultation with their supervisors, work from home outside the existing work agreement. The core working hours have also been temporarily suspended. For details of the regulations, please see the Chancellor's communication on May 6, 2020.

Through these changes, Trier University wishes to offer its employees the opportunity, for example, to take care of children, while at the same time maintaining the required level of service.

► 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 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 still 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.

What regulations apply to business travel?

The summer semester 2020 is taking place online, also with regards to business trips. Business trips are to be avoided and should be replaced by other means of communication (video or telephone conferences).Business trips abroad are generally not permitted due to worldwide travel warnings and widespread travel bans.Business trips within Germany might be approved by university management for individual cases. The business trip application needs to state why the business trip cannot be postponed or replaced by online communication. It also needs to specify, how the employee is planning on adhering to the rules and regulations regarding hygiene and social distancing.

If trips cannot take place because of the coronavirus, the regulation of § 9 paragraph 2 of the State Travel Expenses Act applies: "If business trips are not carried out for reasons beyond the control of the entitled persons, the necessary expenses incurred in the preparation of the trip, which can be taken into account under this Act, will be reimbursed. In these cases, please try to negotiate free cancellations or cost-neutral rebooking (e.g. if the trip is postponed). If cancellation costs are nevertheless incurred, please prepare an expense report as you would for a business trip. For technical reasons, this is only possible after the fictitious end of the planned trip. If you have any questions, please contact your travel expenses administrator.

 

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