Current information on handling the coronavirus

The translation of this website from German was done with artificial intelligence and is therefore without guarantee.

Teaching is organised under pandemic conditions

Numerous courses are offered digitally. There is limited attendance teaching, which is why the university buildings have limited access for students.

Instructions for students regarding procedure in the event of illness or suspected illness

News

Winter term 21/22 is planned to be taught in presence

The University of Rostock is planning teaching in attendance for the coming winter term 2021/2021. This will affect courses and examinations from 01.10.2021. The current regulations for the summer term 2021 will remain in use until the end of this term.
▼ General information on studying and teaching

For the summer term 2021 failer examinations will be considered as not taken

The Rectorate has decided, in accordance with § 1a of the framework examination regulations (Rahmenprüfungsordnungen BA/MA or LA), that examinations which have not been passed in this summer term are deemed not to have been taken.
►  Category:  Exams | Deadlines | Written assignments ► For the summer term 2021 failer examinations will be considered as not taken

General information on studying and teaching

Reachability of the examination offices and other areas of the university

There are no local office hours. The university administration, the central institutions and the faculties can be reached by e-mail and telephone. This also applies to the registrar's Offices and examination offices (Studienbüros und Prüfungsämter). Please contact the examinations office responsible for you by telephone or electronically.

Here you can find an overview of contact details for the study and examination offices.

Corona emergency aid for students starts again

Corona emergency aid for students starts again

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has now restarted aid for students who are provably in acute need due to the corona pandemic from November 2020 to March 2021. 
Further information on the website of the Studierendenwerk

BAföG in times of the Corona crisis

For students receiving BAföG assistance, the Federal Training Assistance Law (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz) stipulates that they are also obliged to take part in alternative courses and examinations, with the exception of special reasons (data protection, no equivalence, risk group or similar). The justification for a delay in the progress of studies requires the recognition of the BAföG Office. With the decision to extend the individual standard period of study (only in German) for the winter term 20/21, this justification is made much easier. Corresponding certificates for BAföG recipients are issued by the responsible examination offices.

The Studierendenwerk Rostock-Wismar has compiled some FAQs on the subject of BAFöG and Corona. The FAQs are only available in German.

Corona-FAQ

Extended standard period of study in the summer term 2020 and winter term 2021

With an amendment to the State Higher Education Act (Landeshochschulgesetz) in conjunction with the Standard Period of Study Ordinance (Regelstudienzeitverordnung M-V), an extended "individual standard period of study" applies to students who were enrolled (and not on leave of absence) in the summer term 2020 or winter term 2020/2021. 

This results in an extension of BAföG funding, for more detailed information please see:
► Sonderregelung zur Berücksichtigung des Sommersemesters 2020 für die BAföG Förderungsdauer

Students or graduates who have to prove this extension of the standard period of study elsewhere (not for BAföG) can use the letter from the Prorector for Studies, Teaching and Evaluation, which can be downloaded here:
► Information regarding the individual standard period of study for the period of time summer semester 2020 to summer semester 2021

Due to the corona crisis a semester on leave of absence can be applied for

Provided there are no objections in terms of examination law, students can apply for a semester's leave of absence in order to secure their livelihood, to look after children or relatives, or for other comprehensible impairments caused by the current corona situation.

Information to temporary absence

Library

The University Library is open in limited operation only for borrowing and returning media. The use of the reading rooms and other common areas is only permitted for students of the University of Rostock to prepare for examinations that are mandatory in this semester and to prepare examinations that are subject to deadlines. You can find the concrete regulations and information on the  
University Library website

Language Center

Language Center

A large part of the language centre's services are offered as courses online. Currently, concepts are being adapted and various video conferencing options are being tested. You can find further information on the
 ► Websites of the Language Centre.

Information for residents of the dormitories of the Studierendenwerk Rostock-Wismar

The Studierendenwerk has prepared dormitory FAQs on the current corona situation. The questions concern moving in and out, the correct behaviour in the dormitory during the crisis and what options are available if the rent cannot be paid on time. The FAQs are available bilingually.

► dormitory-FAQ (english) 

Travel information for international students

The Rostock International House provides detailed information on travel and general COVID-19 news for international students.

► COVID-19-News


Courses | Internships | Distance Learning

Possibility of changing course types and examination performances

If courses and examinations cannot be held as provided for in the SPSO due to the necessary health protection measures, the examination boards may determine a different type of course and/or examination, provided that the learning and qualification objectives of the module can be imparted or examined in equal measure.

Absence from courses and examinations in case of symptoms, as a contact person or in case of illness/positive testing

For health protection purposes, no one with unexplained cold or flu symptoms may attend a class or examination. In the case of signs of illness which indicate Covid-19 and which have occurred in the last 48 hours, an examination may not be taken or the course may not be attended. In their own interest, such persons should stay at home and contact a doctor. Such signs of illness are fever, dry cough, breathing problems, sore throat, pain in the limbs, diarrhoea and especially: sudden loss of smell and/or taste. Any resulting absence or inability to take examinations must be evidenced by a doctor's certificate.

Students who have had contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19 or who have been in an international or domestic risk area within 14 days prior to the course or examination may only attend a course or examination if the legally prescribed quarantine has been observed in advance. Only persons who present a negative Covid 19 test are exempt from this. The test must be a molecular biological test (PCR procedure) that is not older than 48 hours at the time of the course or examination. Proof of quarantine must be provided in the form of a suitable certificate from the health authority or a doctor. The day of return from a risk area is, if relevant, to be made credible by suitable proof of the end of the journey.

Special regulations for risk groups and students with special needs

Provided that the subject-related and organisational prerequisites are met, lecturers shall ensure that in courses which are wholly or partly in attendance, alternative possibilities are offered for risk groups and students who, e.g. due to travel restrictions, or who are unable to attend attendance events (including online presence, if applicable) due to childcare or care of relatives, or who are only able to attend attendance events to a limited extent (including online presence, if applicable), so that they can still complete the required study and examination credits (video recordings, individual online exercise groups, alternative tasks, etc.).

If you belong to a risk group, the following applies: According to the assessment of the Robert Koch Institute on risk groups, the risk assessment can only be made individually. For the individual assessment of the risk factors, a medical assessment is therefore required, which is confirmed in the form of a certificate or a medical certificate issued by a doctor. The medical certificate must explicitly state that the person being assessed "is a person with a higher risk of severe Covid 19 disease progression". The same applies in the case that the person lives in a domestic community with a person at high risk or is in regular contact with him or her, e.g. because he or she cares for him or her. As is usually the case, the exact diagnosis does not have to be stated.

 

Special rules on compulsory attendance

In the case of compulsory attendance as a preliminary examination according to § 6b RPO-Ba/Ma or § 8 RPO-LA, the normal procedure applies with the following special features:

a. In accordance with § 1a, paragraph 4 in both RPOs, the responsible examination board can decide, in consultation with the persons responsible for the respective examination, whether a compulsory attendance requirement provided for in the module description is to be relaxed or suspended for a transitional period.

b. If the obligation to attend remains in force, the failure to attend an event shall be excused by providing suitable evidence. Members of a Corona risk group must prove this by medical attestation (see "Special regulations for risk groups and students with special needs"). Persons who have tested positive for Covid-19 or for whom quarantine has been ordered shall prove this by means of the quarantine order. Persons who are absent from the course due to symptoms that indicate Covid-19 must provide proof of this by means of a medical certificate.
If the course is an online course, the date shall be deemed to have been attended in the event of a brief failure of the Internet connection.

c. The possibility of a temporary relaxation of the obligation to attend may be used to establish more generous absence regulations than those resulting from § 6b RPO-Ba/Ma or § 8 RPO-LA.

d. If, according to the module description, attendance is compulsory and the course is now held in digital form, suitable compensation shall be made possible in both RPOs in proven cases of hardship in accordance with § 1a, paragraph 5. 

This provision supplements the regulation on equivalence benefits in the case of excused, longer periods of absence under § 6b, paragraph 3 RPO-Ba/Ma or § 8, paragraph 3 RPO-LA. Such corona-related cases can be taken as an example: Membership of a risk group, quarantine, entry ban, lack of visa due to corona, or long-term technical difficulties with online courses.

e. As in all other cases, the lecturer will decide on the excuse of absences and the provision of equivalent services. They must therefore be presented with the evidence. The responsible examination board will decide on the existence of a hardship case pursuant to § 1a, paragraph 5 in both RPOs on the basis of a written application by the student concerned.

 

Duty to wear masks in university buildings

Regular hand washing and airing, keeping 1.5 m distance from other people and wearing a mouth-nose cover (MNC) are among the most important measures to protect yourself and others from Covid-19. Wearing a simple mouth-nose cover (MNC) in the public areas of buildings (corridors, entrance areas, kitchenettes, etc.) is therefore compulsory for all persons.
Only persons who cannot wear MNCs for health reasons are excluded from this regulation. This regulation also applies with immediate effect if more than two people come together in an event. The MNC should also be worn at the place of teaching. The hygiene concepts for courses and laboratories are in principle still valid.

 

Exams | Deadlines | Written assignments

The examination system at the University of Rostock is decentralized. The contact person for students in all examination topics is the examination office or the examination board of the respective faculty - for students studying teaching it is the Central Examination and Study Office for Teaching (ZPA).

Here you find an ► overview of the examination and study offices

The following regulations apply for all faculties:

For the summer term 2021 failer examinations will be considered as not taken

The Rectorate has decided, due to the ongoing difficulties in the implementation of studies and teaching, including examinations, that failed examinations will be considered as not having been taken in this winter term. 
After completion of the hearing procedure of the faculties and examination boards, the Rectorate decided on 17.05.21 in accordance with § 1a Absatz 1 Satz 1 RPO-Ba/Ma and § 1a Absatz 1 Satz 1 RPO-LA that examinations not passed in the summer term 2021 are deemed not to have been taken. The extended cancellation rights also continue to apply. An overview of the examination regulations applicable for this term and the consequences can be found in the following
►  Information zu Prüfungsanmeldung und -abmeldung sowie Wertung für Studierende von Bachelor-/Master- und Lehramtsstudiengängen.

Guidelines for the realisation of online colloquia

To ensure that examinations can be carried out even during the period of the physical-distancing there is the possibility of holding colloquia for final theses (Bachelor‘s/ Master‘s thesis) as well as final presentations of project work via video conference. This applies in particular to the still uncompleted exams from the exam period from March 16 to March 31, 2020, and the exams of the following semesters until the resumption of presence. To ensure valid quality standards are upheld, the Rectorate defined the following general guidelines for the realisation of online colloquia on April 15, 2020.

Guidelines for the realisation of online colloquia

Status:  24.04.2020

Guidelines for the realisation of online oral examinations

To ensure that examinations can be carried out even during the period of the physical-distancing there is the possibility of holding oral examinations via video conference. This applies in particular to the still uncompleted exams from the examination period from March 16 to March 31, 2020, and the exams of the following semesters until the resumption of presence. To ensure valid quality standards are upheld, the Rectorate defined the following general guidelines for the realisation of online oral examinations on April 15, 2020.

Guidelines for the realisation of online oral examinations

Status:  29.06.2020

Description of procedure for a written presence examination with less than 11 students

The organisation of the test shall be such that unnecessary contacts between persons are avoided and necessary contacts are minimised and conducted in accordance with hygiene rules. The basis for this is the decree of the Ministry of Education and the implementation of the University of Rostock to start studying and teaching on 20.4.2020. The procedure has been agreed with the Health Department of the Hanseatic and University City of Rostock.

Description of procedure for a written presence examination with less than 11 students

Status:  15.06.2020

Description of procedure for a small presence check within the period of restricted operation

The organisation of the test shall be such that unnecessary contacts between persons are avoided and necessary contacts are minimised and conducted in accordance with hygiene rules. The candidates must be informed about the video examination option and the chosen form must be confirmed in writing. The example is designed for a test with one examinee, one assessor and one examiner, duration approx. 30 min. The basis is the decree of the Ministry of Education and the implementation of the University of Rostock to start studying and teaching on 20.4.2020. The procedure is coordinated with the Health Department of the Hanseatic and University City of Rostock.

Description of procedure for a small presence check within the period of restricted operation

Status: 29.04.2020

Guidelines for the realisation of written online examinations

To ensure that examinations can be carried out even during the period of the physicaldistancing there is the possibility of holding, written examinations as at-home-exam. This applies in particular to the still uncompleted exams from the exam period from March 16 to March 31, 2020, and the exams of the following semesters until the resumption of presence. To ensure valid quality standards are upheld, the Rectorate defined the following general guidelines for the realisation of online colloquia on June 15, 2020.

Guidelines for the realisation of written online examinations

Status: 19.06.2020

Info-Service

No question shall be dropped

Due to the coronavirus the university is working in limited operation. There are no events taking place. The Info-Service can only be reached by e-mail or telephone. Please understand that in this situation not all requests can be dealt with completely and promptly.

The Info-Service is the central contact point for prospective and current students found in the Student Service Center of the University of Rostock. If you are looking for advice, please contact here first. Often the question can already be clarified with a short information. If necessary, specialized contact persons will be referred to.

Phone: +49 381 498-1230 | Monday till Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.| Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mail: studiumuni-rostockde 

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Corona help in the office hours of the General Student Advisory Service

The General Student Advisory Service of the University of Rostock is available during telephone consultation hours to assist students with their personal questions. No matter whether it concerns difficulties and new challenges in the field of study organisation, orientation or financing. The Student Advisory Service is also happy to help you find the right contact person and institution for your concerns. In addition, there is the possibility of taking advantage of individual study guidance in the case of more complex problems.

 

We can be reached by telephone on 0381 498 -1253 or via voice or video chat in DFN (no PIN required) at the following times:

Tuesday  14h - 17h
Thursday 10h - 12h & 14h - 16h
Friday  10h - 12h

You can find further information here


General information on hygiene and information portals