CORONA | Information for students and prospective students

Current situation

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.

Corona-related documents updated for summer semester 2021 (10.06.2021)

The documents collected on and posted on various corona-related websites are still valid in the summer semester of 2021. They have been changed only in relation to the date.

BAföG | Information for the winter semester 2020/21 (12.02.2021)

The winter semester 2020/21 is not generally considered a zero semester in terms of funding law, but as follows:

  • Students who have complied with the deadlines applicable to them under the BAföG regulations (e.g. achievement of the required credit points by the end of the 4th semester), have not suffered any disadvantages due to the pandemic under the BAföG regualtions then for these students, there are no changes.
  • Students who have not been able to meet the deadlines under the BAföG regulationsdue to pandemic-related delays in their studies can claim these as part of their applications for further funding.
  • The evaluation of the winter semester as a "zero semester" under the BAföG regulations has no effect on the maximum funding period. The winter semester 2020/21 will be counted as a semester of study.

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

Personal responsibility regarding Corona symptoms or exposure

What do I do if I as a student have symptoms of an acute respiratory illness?

If you have symptoms of an acute respiratory illness (especially cough, cold symptoms, fever), you are not allowed to enter theuniversity according to the current Corona control regulations. In this case, please contact your doctor by telephone. Outside office hours and on weekends you can also call the medical on-call service at 116 117 or 0800 99 00 400.

What do I do as a student when I am tested for Covid-19?

If you are going to be tested for Covid-19 or if you have been tested for Covid-19, we ask you, as a precaution, not to enter the campus until the results are known, in order to avoid further possible infections.

What do I do if I test positive for Covid-19?

If you test positive for Covid-19, please follow the instructions of your doctor or the instructions of the health authorities, especially regarding quarantining at home.

We wish you a speedy recovery. Take care of yourself and by doing so, you are also taking care of others.

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.

Guidelines of the Governing Committee (08.06.2020)

In anticipation of these decisions, the Governing Board has already adopted the following guidelines on examinations:

  • If an exam offered by Trier University, means the student can graduate (final exam), then this can be arranged where possible.
  • Important: The repetition deadlines specified in the examination regulations are suspended until 30.09.2020, i.e. students can, but do not have to, repeat an examination they did not pass in the previous semesters.
  • In order to take an exam, it is still necessary to register for the exam via Porta. Without registering, it is still not possible to take part in the examination.
  • Cancelling your registration for an exam is possible for all examinations through the period ending 30.09.2020, up to one day before the examination date.
  • If registered for an examination where cancellation (de-registering) was not done by the deadline and the exam was not taken, the corresponding examination is counted as an attempt.
  • At present, there are no plans to change the formats of examinations presented in the examination regulations. We will announce whether and in what way examinations will be conducted in the summer semester 2020 when the general measures applicable to the period after April 19, 2020 are established. This also applies to the question of conducting oral examinations via video conference.

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.