Information on the Coronavirus

The emergency committee of Leibniz University Hannover evaluates the current situation regarding the spread of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 on a daily basis and determines a course of action for LUH. University management provides regular email updates to students and staff. Please check this website for new developments at LUH as well as following the news for provisions in Germany, Lower Saxony and Hannover.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. General information

  • 1.1 Who are the members of the LUH emergency committee?

    During the current coronavirus crisis, members of the emergency committee include:

    • the President,
    • the Senior Vice President,
    • the Personal Assistant to the President,
    • the head of the Health Management Section,
    • the head of the Occupational Safety Department,
    • the head of Buildings Management Department,
    • the head of Communications and Marketing as well as
    • the chairperson of the staff council.

    If necessary, additional persons shall be consulted in an advisory capacity, such as representatives of the student body or the Student Services Organisation.

  • 1.2 What happens if I have tested positive for coronavirus?

    According to the law governing prevention of infection, COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus must be reported. The attending physician is required to notify the local public health office, which may put infected patients on mandatory medical leave or instruct them to stay in self-isolation.

    Please also notify Dr. Ellen Aumüller, Occupational Health Officer (betriebsarzt@zuv.uni-hannover.de). 

  • 1.2.1 Can I get tested for coronavirus via the Occupational Health Officer at LUH?

    No. Occupational health practitioners focus on preventative medicine and advisory services. Diagnosing and treating diseases is not part of their responsibilities. It is therefore not possible to get tested for coronavirus via occupational health officers. Such tests must be performed by GPs or in test centres.

    In addition, members of LUH staff may participate as subjects in the pilot project “Mobile Corona Analytik”, a mobile coronavirus testing unit. Persons eligible for testing will be determined in order of priority. Learn more

  • 1.3 What do I need to consider before going on holiday?

    Before going on holiday – especially when travelling abroad – members of staff must take into account that they may be required to remain in self-isolation for a period of two weeks. Anyone required to self-isolate must not enter LUH buildings. Further information can be found in section 4.4.1.

    In particular, travellers returning from high-risk areas will be required to remain in self-isolation for a period of two weeks. In addition, please refer to the information provided in section 27 of the regulations to prevent the infection and spread of the coronavirus issued by the State of Lower Saxony.

  • 1.4 How can I help?

    #LernenVernetzt project
    The Leibniz School of Education brings together students enrolled in teacher trainer courses, school pupils and teachers in the Hannover region. For example, students support online learning activities or prepare online teaching materials. Learn more

    MakerMask project: using 3D printers to make protective equipment 
    The Hannover Centre for Mechatronics (MZH) at LUH is looking for volunteers willing to make protective equipment for hospitals in the Hannover region, either by using their own 3D printer or the device available at the institute. Learn more

    Donations for required material may be sent to the students’ association for social and ecological projects Enactus Leibniz Universität Hannover e.V..

    Corona Support Hannover - Solidarity instead of Panic Buying
    In collaboration with students and members of the AStA at LUH, citizens in Hannover have established a neighbourhood network. "Corona Support Hannover - Solidarity instead of Panic Buying" aims to connect those in need and those willing to help, as well as to support other social initiatives. Learn more

    StayConnected - Buddy Programme
    Local LUH students support international students. Under the slogan "Stay at home - but stay connected", the International Office has established an online version of the existing buddy programme. The initiative focuses on answering questions and providing support during the coronavirus ccrisis. For this purpose, the buddies maintain contact via digital media spending time with each other, learning languages or exchanging ideas on what to do during their time off. The programme is open to students interested in voluntary work.

    International students of all semesters are welcome to register here.

    Local students interested in supporting international students can register here.

    Additional opportunities for volunteers
    Other organisations, like the Tafel (food banks), need the help of volunteers who are not vulnerable to the effects of the coronavirus. This article will certainly provide the necessary motivation.

    University Sports Centre online platform
    The University Sports Centre has created an online platform where people can support one another. The idea is based on the buddy project and aims to provide assistance in everyday life, particularly for those at higher risk for more severe complications from Covid-19. Learn more

    Corona School
    A group of German students has established the Corona School website, a free and digital platform that brings together school pupils and university students in order to provide support with understanding course content in light of the suspension of classroom learning in schools. Within the scope of the Corona School project, volunteers support pupils free of charge. Due to high demand, Corona School is looking for additional students willing to help by providing learning support. Learn more

    http://www.corona-school.de

    Seasonal workers
    Farmers throughout Germany are in urgent need of assistance due to the absence of seasonal workers from abroad. Learn more

    Information regarding BAföG
    BAföG contributions will not be affected for the period during which additional income is earned in the context of supporting health care providers, social services or farmers during the coronavirus pandemic. The amendment has been resolved by the German Bundestag. Further information

  • 1.5 Where can I receive psychological help?

    Psychological Counselling for Students (ptb) provides emergency support for students and staff at LUH - under strict compliance with hygiene requirements. Personal appointments with ptb staff, as well as telephone consultations or online counselling via the ptb website must be booked in advance.

  • 1.6 What options are available to students experiencing financial difficulties due to the coronavirus crisis?

    The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) provides interim support for local and international students experiencing financial difficulties due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Affected students are eligible to apply for a loan that is initially free of interest via the KfW bank. Moreover, the German National Association for Student Affairs will be in receipt of BMBF funding amounting to 100 million euros, which will be used to supplement emergency funds of local Student Services Organisations. Learn more

  • 1.6.1 I am struggling to pay rent in time – what options are available to me?

    In cases of social hardship, tenants of Studentenwerk Hannover (Student Services Organisation Hannover) may pay overdue rent in instalments. For further information, please contact the accounting department of Studentenwerk Hannover.

2. Hygiene measures

3. Closures and contact information

  • 3.1 Is it still possible to enter LUH buildings and other facilities on the LUH campus?

    Entering LUH buildings is only possible to a limited extent, prospectively until the end of summer semester 2020 (30.9.2020). Buildings and lecture halls are reserved for examinations.

    In general, anyone experiencing symptoms indicating a COVID-19 infection must not enter LUH buildings. Further information can be found in section 2.2.

    Information for travellers from abroad: Please take note of the travel warning issued in the context of COVID-19 by the Federal Foreign Office as well as the regulations of the state government regarding travellers from abroad: The number of new infections over the past seven days is decisive for determining whether travellers from another European country, associate members of the Schengen Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will be required to self-isolate. Anyone entering Lower Saxony from a country with more than 50 new cases of coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants over the past seven days will be required to self-isolate. In this case, a travel warning for the respective country continues to apply or will be renewed. Further information on affected countries

    Anyone required to self-isolate must not enter LUH buildings. Further information on self-isolation can be found in section 8.4.3 and 8.4.4

    In addition to the countries listed above, the worldwide travel warning of the Federal Foreign Office applies until 31 August 2020.

    Members of staff and student/academic assistants:
    Most buildings are closed and can only be accessed by persons who have been assigned a locking authorisation or an employee ID card. Without prior authorisation for accessing side entrances, the main university building can only by accessed by presenting your employee ID card to the guards. Following consultation with their supervisor, members of staff who have not been assigned an employee ID card (such as student and academic assistants) may enter the respective building within the scope of their duties.

    Students:
    Students are not permitted to enter most LUH buildings until the end of summer semester 2020 (30.9.2020). The PC lab on the second floor as well as study areas on the fourteenth floor of Conti-Campus are available for students of all faculties. Additional study areas located in the atrium of the main university building (“Lichthof”) are available in August and September. Further information can be found in section 3.1.1.

    If necessary and wherever possible, faculties may open additional work and study areas located within faculty buildings. However, specific hygiene measures must be implemented (based on the General hygiene measures). Compliance with these measures must be ensured, e.g. via student assistants. To prepare for the event of an infection, records must be kept of anyone who has spent time in these areas, e.g. by implementing a registration procedure.

    Furthermore, students may only enter the main university building and the lecture hall building on Conti-Campus to validate their LeibnizCard (main university building: in the basement at the front of the building; Conti-Campus: in the foyer of building 1507; in the LUIS facilities in building 1210). You will need to present your student ID. Once completed, you must promptly exit the building. No more than two people are permitted to enter the building at one time. Once they have left, the next two people may enter the building.

    Access to laboratory areas should be discussed within the faculties – under strict compliance with the regulations on distancing and hygiene.

    Guests and visitors:
    In general, guests and visitors are not permitted to enter LUH buildings, prospectively until the end of summer semester 2020 (30.9.2020). External guests may enter LUH buildings in the context of necessary work-related meetings - under strict compliance with the regulations on hygiene and distancing.

  • 3.1.1 Study areas and PC labs

    Currently, most study areas and PC labs are unavailable. If necessary and wherever possible, faculties may open additional work and study areas located within faculty buildings. However, specific hygiene measures must be implemented (based on the General hygiene measures). Compliance with these measures must be ensured, e.g. via student assistants. To prepare for the event of an infection, records must be kept of anyone who has spent time in these areas, e.g. by implementing a registration procedure.

    The PC lab on the second floor as well as study areas on the fourteenth floor of Conti-Campus are available for students of all faculties. Workspaces must be booked and confirmed in advance and shall be available for a limited amount of time under strict compliance with the regulations regarding hygiene.

    The following provisions shall apply for the PC lab:
    The PC lab on the second floor of the Faculty of Economics and Management on Conti-Campus (building 1501) may be accessed on Tuesdays (12.30-16.30), Wednesdays (8.30-12.30) and Thursdays (8.30-12.30). There are ten workspaces available. Students enrolled at LUH may book time slots via the following website: https://www.its-wiwi.uni-hannover.de/platzanfrage.html. Each week, two time slots are available per student. The maximum time slot is one hour. Upon registration, students will receive an email confirming the allocated time slots, which also contains information on hygiene requirements and alternative routes within the building. When entering the building, a printed or digital copy of the confirmation email must be presented to the guard on the ground floor of building 1502 on Conti-Campus.

    The following provisions apply for study areas on the fourteenth floor:
    On the fourteenth floor of the Conti building (1502), 46 workspaces can be accessed by students enrolled at LUH. These areas are available for a maximum period of 4 hours. Opening hours: Monday-Thursday between 9.00-13.00 and 14.15-18.15. When entering the building, a printed or digital copy of the confirmation email must be presented to the guard on the ground floor of building 1502 on Conti-Campus. Further information on the booking process and terms of use can be found here: https://www.zqs.uni-hannover.de/de/qs/lernraum/buchung/

    Additional study areas located in the atrium of the main university building ("Lichthof") are available in August and September 2020 and may be accessed by students of all faculties. These study areas are available for a maximum period of three hours. Time slots may be booked via Stud.IP. https://www.zqs.uni-hannover.de/de/qs/lernraum/buchung. Please take note of the rules listed in the booking system and comply with any instructions given by the members of staff responsible for managing study areas in the "Lichthof".

    Furthermore, community areas ("Saalgemeinschaften") at IK-Haus on Campus Maschinenbau have been reopened. For further information, students in the field of mechanical engineering should send an email to saalsprecher.ok-haus@maschbau-hannover.org. For the time being, spaces must be booked in advance. As an alternative to OK-Haus (Im Moore 11b), where construction work is currently in progress, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering has rented office spaces formerly occupied by Sparkasse located at Engelbostler Damm 71. Due to the current situation, time slots for these study areas must be booked in advance. In addition, contacting the students responsible for managing these spaces is strictly necessary (Mr Schröder: c.schroeder@maschbau-hannover.org and Mr Maltzahn: vfvmaltzahn@gmail.com).

    Moreover, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science will open additional study areas. For further details, please refer to the website of the respective faculty.

     

     

  • 3.1.1.1 Notebook rental service

    The notebook rental service for students provided by LUIS is available under strict compliance with the regulations on hygiene and distancing. Rental notebooks must be requested in advance. Currently, students are not required to submit a confirmation issued by a lecturer.

    Notebook rental service

  • 3.1.2 TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology and University Library

    TIB reading areas on Conti-Campus as well as in the Science/Technology and Social Sciences sections at Welfengarten are available for LUH members. TIB facilities in the History/Religious Studies section (Im Moore 21) will remain closed to the public for the time being.

    For information on TIB services or on accessing literature online, please refer to the FAQ provided by TIB or the TIB blog:

  • 3.1.3 University Sports Centre

    The following outdoor areas of the University Sports Centre may be accessed: tracks, the wood chip trail, the outdoor rack and the tennis court. Each morning from 7 a.m., students and members of staff of collaboration partners in Hannover may book the slot of their choice in order to access outdoor areas. Slots must be booked online. Access to SportCAMPUS will only be granted upon prior registration.

    In addition, the University Sports Centre is currently in the process of implementing an online programme.

    Further information on the digital and on-site sports programme in summer semester 2020, as well as measures implemented on SportCAMPUS can be found on the website of the University Sports Centre at www.hochschulsport-hannover.de.

  • 3.1.4 Emergency Childcare Facilities

    The regular LUH childcare services are available with some restrictions. All children are eligible for day-care services. Parents are no longer required to submit proof of a key role.

    Under strict compliance with hygiene measures to ensure the well-being of children, parents and staff, the facilities aim to return to day-to-day business. However, due to the demanding nature of day-care, there will be some restrictions, including the following measures:

    • Children must be dropped off and picked up at a given time in order to maintain sufficient distance.
    • For the time being, there will be no late and early morning shifts in order to ensure that members of staff have sufficient time for cleaning, disinfection or organisational tasks.
    • After dropping off or picking up their children, parents must promptly leave the premises.
    • Children may only attend if they are healthy / not infected and if they show no symptoms of illness and have not been required to self-quarantine. In addition, children must not attend if they had contact with infected persons within the past 14 days or if their parents had direct and unprotected contact with persons suffering from a coronavirus infection.
    • We strongly recommend that parents wear a face mask or covering when dropping off or picking up their children.

    For further information on current requirements, please contact your childcare provider.

    In addition, please take note of the childcare services available during the summer and autumn holidays 2020.

  • 3.1.5 Back-up day-care service Leibniz Kids

    Emergency day-care provided within the scope of Leibniz Kids is available for all children of LUH students and staff. Parents are no longer required to provide proof of their key role. However, due to the current regulations on hygiene and distancing, spaces are limited. Please do not hesitate to contact pme emergency childcare services with any queries.

    Contact information pme emergency childcare services:
     Tel. +49 511-700 200 0

    Outside of office hours, please call the service hotline (free of charge):
     Tel. +49 800 801 007 080

  • 3.1.6 Cafeterias

    The following cafeterias are currently open:

    • Mensa Garbsen
    • Contine
    • Mensa TiHo-Tower
    • Sprengelstube

    All facilities may be accessed from Monday to Friday between 8.00 and 14.00 (Contine: 8.00-20.00).

    Available takeaway stacks and beverages include sandwiches, stuffed Turkish bread, muffins, sweets and coffee.

    Students will receive a 30% discount!

    In addition, lunch served on the premises is available at Mensa Garbsen and Contine.
    Mensa Garbsen: Monday-Friday: 11.15-13.30
    Contine: Monday-Friday: 11.00-19.30

    The following website provides an overview of all opening hours: https://www.studentenwerk-hannover.de/essen/m-oeff/

  • 3.1.7 Psychological Counselling for Students (ptb)

    Psychological Counselling for Students (ptb) provides emergency support for students and staff at LUH – under strict compliance with hygiene requirements. Personal appointments with ptb staff, as well as telephone consultations or online counselling via the ptb website must be booked in advance.

  • 3.2 How can I reach members of staff at LUH?

    If members of staff work from home, they can be reached via email and/or telephone. Further information can be found on the website of the respective service facilities.

  • 3.2.1 ServiceCenter, Examination Office, Admissions Office, Student Advisory Service, International Office

    The ServiceCenter, the Examination Office, the Admissions Office, the International Office, as well as Student Advisory Services are closed to the public. The Student Advisory Services team is available via telephone and email.

    Please do not hesitate to contact team members with queries regarding student and academic matters (Tel. +49 511 762 2020, Email studium@uni-hannover.de or studienberatung@uni-hannover.de).

    Current information on office hours of the Student Services Organisation Hannover (BAföG and student housing): www.studentenwerk-hannover.de/news/corona-faq

     

  • 3.2.1.1 Resetting passwords for LUH IDs: What happens if I forget my password?

    Usually, students who need to reset their password are required to visit the ServiceCenter and present their passport. It is currently sufficient to submit a scanned version or photo of your passport and your semester ticket (LeibnizCard). This is necessary due to data protection regulations. Please sign the copies and send the files via email to studienberatung@zuv.uni-hannover.de. We will then reset your password. After receiving an email containing a PDF with the initial password, you will be able to choose a new password and access your QIS account.

  • 3.2.1.2 LeibnizCard: How can I validate my card or receive a replacement card?

    Students are only permitted to validate their LeibnizCard in the main university building (in the basement, at the front of the building) and in the lecture hall building on Conti-Campus (in the foyer of building 1507) as well as in the LUIS facilities (building 1210, only between 9.00 and 18.00). Once finished, you must promptly leave the building. No more than two people may enter the building at one time. You will need to present your student ID.

    In order to prevent queues forming in front of the buildings, you can download an enrolment confirmation via the QIS portal and validate your card at a later date. As a temporary solution, public transport services accept the enrolment confirmation presented with your passport or the expired LeibnizCard.

    Please contact the Student Information Service with regard to replacement cards: studium@uni-hannover.de

  • 3.2.2 Personnel and Legal Department

    The Personnel and Legal Department is only available via telephone or email. The department facilities are currently closed to the public.

  • 3.2.3 Finance Department

    The Finance Department is only available via telephone or email. Documents may be submitted via the post boxes at the information desk (box 1-3).

  • 3.2.4 Mail distribution

    Two post boxes with lids are available for exchanging mail (including internal mail) in the respective delivery areas (departments, sections, etc.). These should be positioned so that postal staff can exchange the boxes without personal contact. Until further notice, mail in the main university building will be delivered on a daily basis.

    If this is not feasible in your department, please write an email to heiko.guempel@zuv.uni-hannover.de in order to arrange for your mail to be picked up in the mail room (room A114). Due to space constraints, the mail room may only be accessed by one person at a time.

    Urgent mail may be submitted via the administration post box labelled “Verwaltung” in front of the mail room.

  • 3.2.5 Office supplies

    The office supplies department is closed to the public; orders must be placed via telephone or email.

4. Working at LUH

  • 4.1 Do all members of staff have to work from home?

    The respective supervisors shall decide whether duties at LUH must be carried out on-site or may be performed while working from home. Supervisors must ensure that operations can be maintained to the usual extent. In particular, employees must be available via email and telephone.

    With regard to protecting more vulnerable groups, such as family members living in the same household, working from home is encouraged.

    Offices shall only be occupied if sufficient distance is ensured while observing the implemented hygiene measures.

    Members of teaching staff who need to access technical equipment provided by the university (such as a stable internet connection) in order to facilitate digital teaching activities should use their offices on campus.

  • 4.1.1 What measures apply to staff who may be more vulnerable to the effects of the coronavirus?

    Staff at higher risk for more severe complications from COVID-19 (according to the higher risk groups indicated by the Robert Koch Institute) must provide proof of this in the form of a medical certificate. Following consultation with their supervisor and depending on the level of risk, affected members of staff shall be authorised to work from home. Alternatively, additional protective measures must be implemented.

    Working on campus is possible if, according to the risk assessment, there is no increased (low) risk of infection and if the regulations on distancing and hygiene are observed. If this is not the case, additional protective measures must be implemented.

    In addition, members of staff able to provide proof in the form of a medical certificate may contact Dr. Aumüller (Occupational Health Officer) in order to prepare occupational healthcare recommendations for their workplace.

  • 4.1.2 Do the restrictions with regard to telecommuting still apply?

    Following consultation with the staff council, any restrictions with regard to telecommuting (official request, limited number of days) shall be suspended during the state of crisis. The duration of telecommuting as well as the required duties are determined by the respective supervisor.

  • 4.1.3 What regulations apply for student assistants if it is not possible to fulfil their contract hours?

    In the event that it is not possible to fulfil their contract hours (completely or partially) due to the current situation, student assistants will still be paid in full.

  • 4.1.4 What do I need to consider in terms of information security and data protection while working from home?

    The LUH information security committee has implemented rules and tips regarding information security and data protection, which enable members of staff to fulfil key requirements while working from home. Further information in the staff portal

  • 4.2 Are work-related meetings permitted?

    In the case of necessary meetings, including work-related meetings with external guests, the regulations on hygiene and distancing must be observed.

  • 4.2.1 What video conferencing tools are available?

    LUH provides various tools for communicating in groups or committees, including Jitsi, BigBlueButton, WebEx and DFNconf. Jitsi and BigBlueButton are internal tools hosted at LUH. WebEx and DFNconf are externally hosted tools and have been approved as central IT services by the data protection office at LUH. Other tools may be used if aspects of information security and data protection are observed. Jitsi must be used for confidential matters such as staff issues.

  • 4.2.2 Can job interviews be held via video conferences?

    Job interviews within the scope of recruitment procedures that cannot be conducted on-site may be held via a video conference. For this, the video conferencing platform Jitsi must be used.

    Guideline "Digital job interviews within the scope of recruitment procedures" (in the staff portal, only available in German)

  • 4.3 I am affected by the closure of schools and day-care facilities – what options are available to me?

    Following consultation with their supervisor, parents who need to make alternative arrangements for childcare (children aged 14 and under) due to closures of nurseries or schools, should work from home. Flexibility with respect to working hours should also be taken into account.

    If it is not possible or appropriate to work from home, civil servants may request paid special leave. Paid special leave for other members of staff (“Tarifbeschäftigte”) may be requested for a maximum of three days. With the consent of the respective department, unpaid special leave may be granted – provided that official duties are not affected. Your request should be sent via email to the applicable member of staff in the Personnel and Legal Department.

    In addition, please note the information provided in section 3.1.4 (“Emergency childcare”) and section 3.1.5 “Backup day-care service Leibniz Kids” as well as the childcare services available during the summer and autumn holidays 2020.

    Leibniz University Hannover maintains operations in education and research. In particular, this includes members of staff active in fields of general public interest. Upon request, the LUH Family Service issues written confirmations for parents wishing to make use of the Leibniz Kids back-up service or emergency childcare services offered by their regular childcare provider. For further information, please contact the LUH Family Service: familienservice@uni-hannover.de, Tel. +49 511 762 5198

  • 4.4 What do I need to do if I have been quarantined by the public health department?

    There are two possible scenarios:

    • You are infected and have been instructed to stay in isolation: A medical certificate will be issued. In the case of illness, the usual provisions for continued remuneration shall apply.
    • You are not infected and have been instructed to stay in self-isolation as a preventative measure: Please consult your supervisor to determine whether you will be able to work from home. In accordance with section 56 paragraph 5 of the law on Preventing and Combating Infectious Diseases, continued remuneration will be provided over a maximum period of six weeks.

    In both cases, you are required to notify your employer that you have been instructed to stay in isolation by the public health department.

  • 4.4.1 What regulations apply if I have been quarantined in the context of a holiday trip?

    There are two possible scenarios if members of LUH staff have been quarantined in the context of a holiday trip:

    In the case of an unforeseeable quarantine imposed abroad or after returning from holiday trips abroad, paid special leave may be granted if it is not possible to work from home during self-quarantine. If working from home is not an option, members of staff must provide a valid reason - either due to the nature of their tasks or due to special circumstances - such as a quarantine imposed abroad.

    In the case of a foreseeable quarantine (such as for travellers returning from Sweden) members of staff must consult their head of department prior to travel in order to determine whether working from home is possible during self-quarantine. Alternatively, the quarantine period must be covered by vacation time or other forms of leave, such as taking time off in lieu or unpaid special leave.

    Further information (in German) for "Tarifbeschäftigte" and for civil servants.

     

     

  • 4.5 I have a business trip coming up. Am I allowed to go?

    Business trips within Germany are permitted. When organising your trip, please check the regulations issued by the respective state governments and observe the rules implemented on-site as well as (additional) regional provisions regarding the coronavirus. The regulations on distancing and hygiene must always be observed.

    Approval of international travel shall occur exclusively via university management.

  • 4.6 How can I improve my skills while working from home?

    Working from home and using digital tools poses a significant challenge for all members of staff. In order to facilitate this transition, the Department for Human Resources Development provides information and support.

    Regularly updated tips and online training resources

    For information on courses provided by external further education institutions and online training, please refer to the following websites:


    Contact information: personalentwicklung@zuv.uni-hannover.de 

     

  • 4.7 How can I create a healthy work environment at home?

    The Gesund @ home website provides information on how to create a healthy work environment at home, such as useful guidelines and tips regarding ergonomics, exercise and relaxation, dealing with stress or pressure and much more. In addition, the website provides information on internal and external advisory services as well as selected emergency numbers.

    Contact information: gesundheit@zuv.uni-hannover.de

5. Academic activities

  • 5.1 When will the lecture period in winter semester 2020/2021 begin?

    The lecture period for all degree programmes taught at LUH in winter semester 2020/2021 commences on 12 October. Learn more

  • 5.1.1 In which form will lectures be held in winter semester 2020/2021?

    Since the current regulations on hygiene and distancing continue to be in place for the foreseeable future, the dean of studies offices have agreed on the following points regarding learning formats in the upcoming winter semester:

    • First-semester students: At least in part, sessions for new students will take place face-to-face - such as in alternating, small and consistent groups supplemented by online learning formats.
    • Wherever possible, sessions that cannot be held online will take place face-to-face. In particular, this includes practical laboratory courses and other practical exercises as well as field trips.
    • Larger sessions - particularly larger lectures - will be held online.
    • Wherever possible, smaller seminars will be held face-to-face.
  • 5.1.2 What options and support are available for teaching staff to provide online courses?

    The options and tools below for off-campus teaching including support services have been compiled by the E-Learning Service Department (elsa) of the Centre for Quality Enhancement in Teaching and Learning (ZQS) in collaboration with the Department for Human Resources Development (SG 11). New options and tools are constantly being added.

    Online teaching formats 2020

  • 5.1.3 What online resources and support services are available for students?

    The website below provides a wide range of options and tools for off-campus learning, as well as information on the available support services. The list of e-learning services by ZQS/elsa is constantly expanding.

    Studying online in summer semester 2020

    In addition, please refer to the information regarding the use of study areas and PC labs (FAQ 3.1.1), the notebook rental service for students (FAQ 3.1.1.1) and the availability of reading areas (FAQ 3.1.2).

  • 5.2 Are teaching staff still available during their office hours?

    In general, queries can be answered via telephone, email or by using video conferencing tools, eliminating the need to be present on campus.

  • 5.3 Are field trips, internships and school placements taking place?

    It is currently not possible to facilitate internships and school placements. For information on equivalent options or if you need to reschedule your course of study, please contact your institute or the respective member of teaching staff. The Leibniz School of Education will gladly assist both students and teaching staff with any queries regarding school placements.

    Field trips within Germany are permitted - under strict compliance with the regulations on hygiene and distancing, such as using a face mask or covering in buses.

  • 5.4 Can lectures be held outdoors?

    Lectures may be held outdoors - under strict compliance with the regulations on hygiene and distancing.

  • 5.5 Will the University Language Centre (FSZ) be providing language courses and consultations?

    Yes. Compact courses, tandem courses and writing consultations are available.

    The online placement tests for German, English and Spanish as well as the registration dates shall not be affected. In addition, the consultation event shall be conducted online (further information available at https://www.fsz.uni-hannover.de). Online registration is available for "prioritised course registration" (fillable PDF document) on the FSZ website, where guidelines for completion can also be found.

    The FSZ strives to ensure that students are not only able to improve their language skills, but can also obtain ECTS credit points as usual. In this respect, it may be necessary to modify assessments. Information on any changes will be duly provided on the FSZ website and in the module descriptions prior to course commencement.

  • 5.6 Can credit points in the field of transferable skills be attained?

    Yes, the ZQS/Key Competences department offers seminars with credit points in online formats taking place in the summer semester. Learn more

    In the case that seminars are fully booked, all those interested may apply to participate in the winter semester starting in October. In justified exceptions, places in fully booked seminars may be allocated by submitting a request for prioritised registration. Further information on the application process and specific requirements

    Students and members of staff may contact the ZQS/Key Competences department with any queries regarding the seminar programme.

    In addition, credit points in the field of transferable skills may be attained within the scope of qualification programmes scheduled to take place in the winter semester. Further details will be published in August on this website.

6. Examinations

  • 6.1 Are examinations currently taking place?

    Yes, examinations are currently taking place - under strict compliance with the Hygiene measures for written and oral examinations.

    Visit the website of the applicable faculty for more information.

  • 6.1.1 How can I register for examinations?

    Registration and examination periods for summer semester 2020 have been fixed. Further information can be found on the website of the Examination Office.

  • 6.1.2 What regulations apply for written coursework and assessments?

    If students are unable to complete coursework or examinations due to the current disruptions, such as laboratory work, this will not count as an unsuccessful attempt. For further information on time frames and administrative matters, affected students should contact their institute or the respective member of teaching staff.

    If students decide to discontinue coursework that has already been commenced in spite of an extension, an individual course of action shall be determined by the respective Examination Board.

    Examiners may assign topics for written coursework that has not been commenced yet via email stating all relevant information including the topic, the date of assignment and the deadline. In addition, students may confirm assignments via email.

    Written coursework may by submitted electronically. For further details, please contact your examiner. Additional information may be found on the websites of the respective faculty, institute or degree programme.

  • 6.1.3 Are examiners allowed to change assessment types?

    Should it be considered necessary, the assessment type originally planned (e.g. presentations in person, written examinations in small groups) may be changed by the examiner. This may be implemented within the scope of the assessment types indicated in the examination regulations. The duration of the new assessment type must be precisely defined. A framework outlining new regulations for assessment types that are currently not included in the examination regulations has been implemented.

  • 6.1.4 My bachelor’s/master’s examination module includes a presentation. Can I complete an alternative type of assessment?

    Please contact your examiner in order to determine an individual course of action.

  • 6.1.5 Will deadlines for correcting assessments be extended?

    In view of the current challenges regarding examinations and the preparations to facilitate online teaching, deadlines for correcting assessments and coursework may consequently be extended.

    Examiners should communicate this clearly within the institutes, bearing in mind that students are subject to external deadlines such as Federal Education Assistance Act (BAföG), grants and employment offers that are dependent on grades.

    Students relying on a specific deadline should contact the respective member of teaching staff to determine an individual course of action. 

  • 6.1.6 Can records of written examinations be accessed?

    Records of written examinations may be accessed under strict compliance with the hygiene requirements implemented in the context of examinations (see FAQ 2.1).

  • 6.2 How will my thesis be affected?

    Deadlines for bachelor's and master's theses currently in process may be extended following consultation with the Examination Board.

    As usual, students must submit their thesis to the examiners via email, as well as submitting a printed version via post or, if possible, by using the post boxes in the institutes. Submission will be confirmed by the receiving member of staff via internal mail to the Examination Office or by using the electronic form. Likewise, thesis reviews can be sent to the Examination Office via post or using the electronic form with an electronic signature.

    If their thesis relies on experiments, laboratory work and other means of data collection that cannot be conducted as planned due to the current situation, students should contact their examiners in order to determine an individual course of action as well as to discuss alternative options, such as adapting the topic of their thesis.

    This also applies to theses that have already been scheduled to commence.

    In the event that a thesis cannot be completed due to the current situation, it shall not be counted as an unsuccessful attempt.

  • 6.2.1 I would like to commence my thesis. What do I need to consider?

    Applications for admission to the thesis may be submitted via email. Please make sure to specify a submission deadline with your supervisor. The application form confirmed by the examiners including the assigned topic must be submitted to the respective clerk at the Examination Office - both as a pdf-attachment via email and by post.

  • 6.3 Will oral examinations (viva voce) for doctoral degrees take place?

    The dean of research offices and doctoral committees in the relevant faculty must make arrangements for current doctoral proceedings.

  • 6.5 Where can I obtain a course certificate for administrative bodies or foundations?

    Depending on the course and specifications of the relevant non-university administrative bodies and facilities, many students require course certificates. As examinations have been suspended, students could not complete any assessments or course units. We are aware that students need to meet submission deadlines regarding course certificates for administrative bodies (such as BAföG) or foundations. We are in constant contact with the relevant administrative bodies and facilities in order to establish possible solutions for the matter, such as extending deadlines.

    Students should contact the respective member of staff at their institute with any queries. We will provide detailed information on how to proceed as soon as possible.

    Additional information on BAföG can be found on the website of the Student Services Organisation Hannover at www.studentenwerk-hannover.de/news/corona-faq

7. Enrolment and re-registration

8. International

  • 8.1. Will international mobilities take place during summer semester 2020?

    No. At the moment, all new types of mobility movement for students/faculties/staff (incoming and outgoing) planned for the summer semester have been suspended, prospectively until the end of August 2020.

    However, this excludes traineeships within the scope of Erasmus+, since there are no fixed start dates and trainees can work from home. Further information can be found on the website of the Office for EU Traineeships.

    Following consultation with their supervisor at LUH and provided that they are permitted to enter Germany, doctoral candidates (in particular undergraduates) may be invited to visit Hannover.

  • 8.2. Will international events at LUH take place during summer semester 2020?

    No. All international events at LUH planned for the summer semester are suspended until the end of August 2020 (or until further notice).

  • 8.2.1 Will language courses within the scope of the Summer Academy 2020 take place?

    No. All language courses within the scope of the Summer Academy 2020 have been cancelled. Course fees paid in advance will be reimbursed. Please do not hesitate to contact the International Office with any queries.

  • 8.3 LUH students and staff abroad

    Further information and advice can be obtained from the International Office for students and staff that are currently studying or completing a placement abroad, or had planned to do so. If you have any queries, please contact the relevant International Office staff member via telephone or email. General queries may be sent via email to the following address: internationaloffice@uni-hannover.de or by calling +49 0511-762 2548.

    For information on Erasmus+ traineeships please contact the Office for EU Traineeships.

     

     

  • 8.3.1 I am currently abroad. What do I need to consider?

    In the context of COVID-19, the Federal Foreign Office has issued specific Regulations for entering Germany and travel abroad. You should therefore determine and make use of any options available to return to Germany as soon as possible. Please note that the situation in various countries is currently extremely dynamic and unpredictable. Whilst the availability of standard travel options is rapidly decreasing, worldwide travel restrictions are increasing. If the situation worsens, the German federal government will not be able to recall German citizens from all locations.

    Those affected are highly encouraged to register on the Federal Foreign Office’s crisis prevention list for German citizens. If necessary, the German mission abroad will communicate any security information to those registered. Please remove yourself from the list once you have returned to Germany. 

    You can keep up to date with any developments in the current situation: for example, by subscribing to email newsletters or installing the corresponding app to receive travel and security information on specific countries issued by the German Federal Foreign Office; by reading unbiased news and enquiring in your local surroundings.

    As a precaution, save or make a note of the (emergency) phone numbers of the nearest German mission abroad. The telephone numbers can be found on the website of the relevant German mission abroad.

    International grant recipients that are currently in another country and cannot return to their German university (e.g. travel restrictions for non-EU citizens) should make their priority returning to their home country.

  • 8.3.2 What will happen with regard to my Erasmus+ mobility grant if I return to Germany early?

    The European Commission has decided that students are entitled to receive an Erasmus+ mobility grant whilst attending face-to-face and online courses at their host university. It is irrelevant whether students attend online courses whilst residing in Germany or from abroad. In addition, mobility grants will be available for expenses occurring abroad, such as rent. Other expenses may be covered if necessary. For further information, please contact Andree Klann, Erasmus+ Institutional Coordinator, at andree.klann@zuv.uni-hannover.de.

     

     

  • 8.4 International students and staff in Hannover

    Further information and advice can be obtained from the International Office for international students and staff that are currently studying or completing a placement in Hannover, or had planned to do so. If you have any queries, please contact the relevant International Office staff member via telephone or email. General queries may be sent via email to the following address: internationaloffice@uni-hannover.de or by calling +49 0511-762 2548

  • 8.4.1 How can I extend my residence permit?

    Without prior appointment, the foreigners’ authorities as well as the naturalisation department in the HannoverServiceCenter (Schützenplatz 1) are currently closed to the public. Existing appointments arranged before April 2020 are cancelled. Please arrange a new appointment. Queries will be answered via telephone, email or by post. Please note that cash payments are currently not possible. To book an appointment, please call +49 511 168 - 32 33 7 or send an email to 32.33.7@hannover-stadt.de.

    If you have completed the written portion of the DSH exam, but can no longer complete the oral part of the exam, your residence permit will not be negatively evaluated if you can provide corresponding proof.

    Further information

  • 8.4.2 I would like to travel to Hannover. Can I go ahead with this?

    In accordance with official regulations currently in place, it is up to students and researchers to decide whether they travel to Hannover. When organising your journey, please check the conditions for entering Germany listed on the websites of the Federal Foreign Office as well as the current entry requirements implemented for your country of origin via the German embassy/consulate in your home country. In many cases, travellers entering or returning to Germany from trips over multiple days must remain in self-isolation for at least two weeks (see section 8.4.3).

    According to information issued by the Federal Foreign Office, international students who cannot continue their studies from abroad may enter Germany. However, proof of this necessity in the form of a written confirmation issued by the university must be provided in your visa application as well as at border control. Written confirmations for bachelor’s or master's degree programmes taught at LUH may be obtained via the application portal of the Admissions Office. Written confirmations for exchange students will be issued by the International Office. Doctoral candidates should contact their supervisor.

  • 8.4.3 Will I be required to remain in self-isolation or get tested for coronavirus after entering Germany?

    After arriving in Germany, travellers from high-risk areas must remain in self-isolation for a period of 14 days and will be required to notify their local health authority. Travellers, who have entered Germany by plane, ship, bus or train and have already completed this form confirming their disembarkation, are not required to notify their local health authority. The form will be forwarded by the transport provider.

    Alternatively, travellers from high-risk areas must submit a negative coronavirus test result. The test may be conducted in their home country. However, it must have been issued within the last 48 hours of their arrival. Germany recognises tests from these countries. The test result must be issued in German or English. Alternatively, affected travellers may take a free coronavirus test within 72 hours of their arrival in Germany. Preferably, the test should be conducted at the airport. If this is not possible, travellers may call the medical specialist hotline (116117) for detailed information on test facilities located nearby their place of residence. Travellers must remain in self-isolation while waiting for their test result.

    In addition, please note the information provided in section 8.4.4.

    Students intending to move into student housing provided by Studentenwerk (student services organisation) must take into account that this is only possible if they submit a negative coronavirus test result. Depending on the respective test facility in Germany, results may take up to 24 hours. For this reason, we recommend taking a test in your home country or making alternative arrangements for the first 24 hours in Germany.

  • 8.4.4 How can I prepare for a possible quarantine?

    Travellers from high-risk areas who fail to submit a negative coronavirus test result must remain in self-isolation for a period of 14 days from the date of their arrival. In addition, please note the information provided in section 8.4.3.

    Students intending to move into student housing provided by Studentenwerk (student services organisation) must take into account that this is only possible if they submit a negative coronavirus test result. Depending on the respective test facility in Germany, results may take up to 24 hours. For this reason, the test should be conducted in your home country. Otherwise, affected students must make alternative arrangements for the first 24 hours in Germany.

    In the event that you are required to remain in self-isolation, the International Office cannot assist in ensuring you have sufficient provisions.

    Tips regarding provisions and activities during self-isolation

  • 8.4.5 I would like to return to my home country during the lecture-free period. Can I go ahead with this?

    International students who are currently in Hannover may decide whether they return to their home country during the lecture-free period - in compliance with official regulations currently in place in Germany as well as in their home country. When organising your journey, please check the current conditions for entering the respective country via the foreign office of your home country, as well as regulations for returning to Germany via the German embassy/consulate in your home country and the websites of the Federal Foreign Office in Germany.

    Due to the dynamic nature of the current situation, travel regulations in your home country and in Germany may change at short notice, therefore complicating your return to Germany.

    In many cases, travellers entering or returning to Germany from trips over multiple days must remain in self-isolation for at least two weeks. In addition, travelling to your home country may increase the risk of a COVID-19 infection. Please bear in mind these issues when considering whether your journey is strictly necessary at this point in time.

  • 8.4.6 My DSH exam has been cancelled. Can I still enrol?

    By law, it is unfortunately not permitted to enrol without comprehensive proof of language proficiency. 

    If you would like to apply for an admission extension, please contact the Admissions team. Contact partners for your degree programme can be found at www.uni-hannover.de/en/universitaet/organisation/dezernate/dezernat-6/i-amt/mitarbeit/

  • 8.4.7 I am experiencing financial difficulty due to the current situation. Can I receive support from the International Office?

    Unfortunately, the International Office cannot provide financial support at this time.

    Many supermarkets currently need extra staff. Contact them directly for information on possible part-time jobs.

    In addition, farmers recruit students willing to support them with work in the fields due to the absence of seasonal workers from abroad. Learn more

    Further information on financial support can be found in section 1.5.

  • 8.4.8 How can I socialise with fellow students while promoting social distancing? Who do I contact if I have questions?

    Under the slogan "Stay at home - but stay connected", the International Office has established an online version of the existing buddy programme, which brings together local LUH students and international students. The initiative focuses on answering questions and providing support during the coronavirus crisis. For this purpose, the buddies maintain contact via digital media spending time with each other, learning languages or exchanging ideas on what to do during their time off.

    Further information

9. Research

10. Events

CONTACT PERSONS AT LUH

Head of Communications and Marketing / Spokesperson

Mechtild Freiin von Münchhausen
Address
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover
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Occupational Health Officer

Dr. Ellen Aumüller
Address
Wilhelm-Busch-Straße 22
30167 Hannover
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30167 Hannover
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Queries regarding employment legislation: Head of the Personnel and Legal Department

Dr. Nicole Neuvians
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Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover
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206
Address
Welfengarten 1A
30167 Hannover
Building
Room
206