CORONA | Information for students and prospective students


Please note: This translation is provided for information only, please refer to the German text as the official, legal version.

The current developments in the coronavirus pandemic have far-reaching consequences for teaching, studies and examinations for the summer semester 2020 at Trier University.

This page provides you basic information about previous decisions made, as well as further measures likely to be necessary and guidelines to be taken into account. These decisions and measures are valid for all of Trier University.

Students of the Faculty of Law should note the guidelines on their departmental website. 

Information on the current situation (as of: 07.04.2020)

Prüfungen auf dem Campus | Wegepläne veröffentlicht (Stand: 20.05.2020)

Examinations can now be administered, provided the procedures are in compliance with the safety regulations.

Following the basic guidelines of the Robert Koch Institute, which provide instructions for the administration of exams, most importantly ensuring appropriate distancing measures.  To account for distancing measures, which results in a reduction in capacity (space), the gymnasium will also be used for the major examination phase from June to August.

The specific regulations are laid out in an order issued by the Trier University Senate May 7 2020 . These apply to all students.

The arrangements for written exams will be undertaken with special considerations, in order to ensure suitable conditions for the upcoming exams. Details on the examinations and process, will be provided by the faculties, departments and the responsible examination office.

For all questions regarding the organisation of examinations for the Bachelor and Master programmes, please contact the Examination Office (HPA).

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. 

Administration of examinations in compliance with the safety regulations. (08.05.2020)

Examinations can now be administered, provided the procedures are in compliance with the safety regulations.

Following the basic guidelines of the Robert Koch Institute, which provide instructions for the administration of exams, most importantly ensuring appropriate distancing measures.  To account for distancing measures, which results in a reduction in capacity (space), the gymnasium will also be used for the major examination phase from June to August.

The specific regulations are laid out in an order issued by the Trier University Senate May 7 2020 . These apply to all students.

The arrangements for written exams will be undertaken with special considerations, in order to ensure suitable conditions for the upcoming exams. Details on the examinations and process, will be provided by the faculties, departments and the responsible examination office.

For all questions regarding the organisation of examinations for the Bachelor and Master programmes, please contact the Examination Office (HPA).

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 Ausnahmefällen werden mündliche Prüfungen per Videokonferenz ermöglicht. (15.05.2020)

Examinations can now be administered, provided the procedures are in compliance with the safety regulations.

Following the basic guidelines of the Robert Koch Institute, which provide instructions for the administration of exams, most importantly ensuring appropriate distancing measures.  To account for distancing measures, which results in a reduction in capacity (space), the gymnasium will also be used for the major examination phase from June to August.

The specific regulations are laid out in an order issued by the Trier University Senate May 7 2020 . These apply to all students.

The arrangements for written exams will be undertaken with special considerations, in order to ensure suitable conditions for the upcoming exams. Details on the examinations and process, will be provided by the faculties, departments and the responsible examination office.

For all questions regarding the organisation of examinations for the Bachelor and Master programmes, please contact the Examination Office (HPA).

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. 

Verschiebung der Termine für die Bewerbung und Einschreibung zum Wintersemester 2020/21 (08.05.2020)

Aufgrund der Corona-Pandemie verschieben sich die Termine für die Bewerbung und Einschreibung für das Wintersemester 2020/21.  Bitte beachten Sie die neuen Bewerbungsfristen und die Zulassungsbeschränkungen zum Wintersemester sowie die aktuellen Bewerbungsinfos.

Pentecost holidays as part of the digital semester (29.04.2020)

Normally, the work days following the Pentecost holiday are considered holidays and free from lectures at the university.  However, in light of the current situation and the semester being online, these days will now be part of the digital semester. 

Opening of the University Library (29.04.2020)

The University Library is open for lending. The reading rooms remain closed until further notice.  As the library is now open, the previous extension of all loan periods including inter-library loans, ends on May 8, 2020.

The library has been open since April 22nd from 10:00 – 15:00, resuming loans and returns. Notifications for the return of borrowed materials, will be sent by e-mail.  However, in order for distancing protocols to be observed and for material to be returned based on the chronology of the loans, the emails for returns will be staggered over the coming weeks.  If returning your item in person, please wait for the email notification.   You may also return items by mail to the following address

Universitätsbibliothek Trier
Ortsleihe
Universitätsring 15
54296 Trier

If you have any questions regarding a return or the return process, please email the returns office. Please note that late fees will again be charged for exceeding the loan period.

Effective May 4, 2020, interlibrary loan orders for publications can once again be placed. The service had been previously discontinued throughout the country but is now being offered. Due to a temporary agreement between the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder and the VG Wort, the corresponding articles may be delivered to users in electronic form (and not as hard copies) until the end of May.

Please note the Information on emergency provision on the University Library homepage. (link)

IT access (29.04.2020)

The ZIMK Helpdesk (helpdeskuni-trierde) processes incoming requests for support on a daily basis. Typically, the more straightforward problems can be solved quickly. In the event that your technical equipment and/or the existing network connection makes it difficult or almost impossible to use the digital services, a separate address has been set up to log these access issues: itzuganguni-trierde.

Digital Summer Semester | Lectures, excursions, laboratory activities, workshops, etc. (29.04.2020)

The summer semester is and remains a digital semester.

Courses that cannot be offered digitally will be held at their respective university locations, where possible, and where compliance with the regulations can be achieved. This applies in particular to courses that depend on on-campus infrastructure (e.g. laboratories, experimental rooms, workshops). Excursions can take place in the summer semester 2020 in exceptional cases, but not without prior permission from the university management.

Services and administration offices

As a student, we request that you avoid being on campus, as much as is possible. Lectures and courses are currently suspended (moving to online), events are not taking place and most study/examination related issues can be dealt with by mail, telephone or online/email.

Please use the sites below and the university website as your first source of information to help you answer any questions you may have.  

The general facilities are not open to the public.  The foyer of the Administration Building (V-Building) is open to drop off documents in the respective mailboxes, or if you need to access the TUKAN and TUNIKA machines.  

Using the links below, you will find the availability and contact information for the respective office:

We are making every effort to keep you all informed on a daily basis.

It is currently not possible to answer all your questions about how the 2020 summer semester course lectures and examinations will be implemented.

Presently, we assume that even if the risk of infection is reduced over the course of spring, only limited on campus attendance will likely be possible. Please rest assured, that all the offices involved are making every effort to prepare suitable measures for an adequate range of teaching and study courses and to provide you with the relevant information in a timely fashion before the currently planned start of the summer semester 2020 (20.04.2020)

Statutory regulations (as of: 31.03.2020)

Teaching, studies and examinations

In principle, the legal provisions, in particular the examination regulations and the application/enrollment regulations, still apply under the current coronavirus pandemic. That said, the legal provisions are to be interpreted to account for the unique situation. 

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.

Organising your studies

Please note the detailed and regularly updated information on the site information on organising your studies during the corona pandemic. You will find information on:

  • Contacts and contact information
  • Counselling services
  • Organising your courses
  • Online services (i.e. PORTA)

Information for first-year students

Beginning your studies   

Orientation events on campus for first semester students have been cancelled. 

You can find more information on developments about starting your studies, including tips and suggestions at: Beginning your studies!

If you have questions, please contact the Student counselling centre (www.zsb.uni-trier.de)

Organizing your studies

The start of the semester is postponed until 20.04.2020.

Please note the general information on  Informationen zur Studienorganisation!

If you have questions, please contact the Student counselling centre (www.zsb.uni-trier.de)

Student Counselling via Phone / Skype

The Student Counselling Centre continues to offer students and prospective students the opportunity to ask questions about studying, choosing a course of study, changing subjects, or how to prepare for a successful start to your studies.

We can be reached by:

1. Telephone (+49 651 201 2805): for short questions and to schedule appointments from Mon - Thurs: 09:00 - 16:00. If you are not able to reach us immediately, we are likely with another student.  We thank you for your patience and ask that you try again later. 

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2. Via Skype: for more detailed consultations during our regular consultation hours (Mon-Thu 10:00 - 11:00 and 13:30 - 14:30, Fr 10:00 - 11:00). Our Skype account is "Zentrale Studienberatung Uni Trier". After connecting with our account,  an advisor will be available for a video or audio Skype call. If you are not able to reach us immediately, we are likely with another student.  We thank you for your patience and ask that you try again later. 

Please note, we may not be able to immediately answer all your questions as we may need to consult with other colleagues and departments. 

Contacts and contact details

Do you have questions or concerns regarding the organisation of your studies?

Depending on the question, whether it is regarding administrative services or if it relates to your programme/course, then the contact person or advisor who is best placed to offer support will differ. On the page Advising Service - Beratungsangebote you will find an overview of the responsible offices for many topics relevant to your studies and examinations. Please review this page first.  

If you still not certain whom to contact, please contact the Info-Center of the Student Counselling Centre (ZSB) by email (zsbuni-trierde) or phone (0651 201 2805). They will be able to help you find the appropriate contact person.

Information on examinations (as of 20.04.2020)

Both lecturers and students are waiting for information to the question of "how will the examinations be organised in the summer semester"?

Whether on-site in-person exams can take place after May 3, 2020 or later, and if so, with what restrictions, depends on the applicable state and federal regulations at that time, regarding the measures to contain the corona pandemic. As soon as these have been determined, planning for examinations is possible and will be undertaken and communicated in consultation with the departments.

FAQs

On the following pages, students and lecturers will find detailed information and updates on new developments and measures.

General information

Guidelines of the Governing Committee (06.04.2020)

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.

Online-Services

Information on PORTA

Due to the Corona Pandemic there are several changes in PORTA concerning the organisation of courses and lectures. Please note the information provided!