Information on the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19)

Dear employees, students and guests of FH Westküste,

In the following we will inform you about all developments concerning the university in connection with the Corona pandemic. The university has convened a crisis committee, which meets with the students depending on the situation in order to assess the current situation and derive measures.

Entry from Germany or abroad
Please refer to the information sheet and the daily updated notes on the country page:

https://www.schleswig-holstein.de/DE/Landesregierung/VIII/_startseite/Artikel_2020/_Informationen_Urlauber/teaser_informationen_urlauber.html

Currently (as of 21 July 2020)

Due to the corona pandemic, restrictions on entry apply to people coming from areas with a high spread of the corona virus (risk area). It is important that you check before you enter the country whether you come from a currently designated risk area at the time of entry.

If so, you must always present a negative corona test for entry, which was issued no more than 48 hours before entry or go into quarantine for 14 days after entry and report to the health authorities. In practice, the quarantine regulation primarily concerns people returning from a trip, for example. The basis for quarantine regulations from other countries is a resolution of the federal states and the federal government. It serves to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.

For travellers from abroad
Here you will find the risk areas currently classified by the Federal Ministry of Health, the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, for Construction and Homeland, and published by the RKI:
https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html

If your country is on the RKI list, you must always be in quarantine or have a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before entry.

NEW: Since 14.07. 15:00 Sweden is no longer classified as a risk area.
NEW: Since 14.07. 15:00 Luxembourg is classified as a risk area.

The quarantine measures on entry from another country cease to apply as soon as the country is no longer listed as a risk area on the RKI website.

What has to be done on entry?

If you are affected by the quarantine regulation and return to Schleswig-Holstein or enter Schleswig-Holstein, you must go directly to your own home or other suitable accommodation immediately after entering the country and keep yourself constantly isolated there for a period of 14 days after your entry and report to the local health authority.

Not suitable for seclusion are, for example, camping sites, youth hostels and all other facilities with common sanitary facilities which the person to be secluded would have to use. Quarantine is conceivable in a holiday apartment or hotel room, provided that it is strictly adhered to. It is of course not possible to enter common rooms such as hotel restaurants or similar. The regulation is subject to a fine and can be controlled by authorities.

For those entering from the inland
The Ministry of Health of Schleswig-Holstein determines risk areas within Germany in accordance with the quarantine regulation of the state. As a rule, the decisive factor is whether more than 50 persons per 100,000 inhabitants in the respective districts or cities have tested positive for the coronavirus within the last 7 days. The currently published values of the Robert Koch Institute are usually taken as a basis for this. The Ministry of Health can also include other factors in the determination, for example if outbreaks can be clearly limited regionally or if the development as a whole is taken into account.

The following risk areas are currently identified:

  • NONE

As soon as a county/city is no longer listed as a risk area, the quarantine measures no longer apply.

In addition to the information, the pages of the Robert Koch Institute: https://corona.rki.de. You can find the districts and independent towns under the menu item "Landkreise" (districts). Circles marked in red are those in which the "activity over 7 days/100,000 inhabitants" exceeds 50. You can also select your county directly by clicking on the map. The information on the current incidence is in the info field.


Courses
For events such as laboratories in the technical study programmes or examinations where the presence of students is indispensable, compliance with the hygiene concept of FH Westküste is a mandatory requirement.

However, the principle applies: What can be taught digitally, must be taught digitally.

For the winter semester 2020/21, a plan is currently being drawn up which should also enable attendance courses to be held in a limited framework. However, the majority of courses will be taught digitally in the winter semester.

Further information on this can be found in the tab "Examinations" below.

The executive board of FH Westküste

Updates

05 August 2020

"Hygiene concept of FH Westküste": see right and in the area below "Hygiene concept of FH Westküste".

06 Mai 2020

Restructuring of this website

[+] Hygiene concept of the FH Westküste

[+] Semester abroad/ internship semester/ internship semester follow-up

Students Faculty of Economics

The Dean's Office of the Faculty of Economics has agreed as follows:

  1. Students will, as far as possible, continue the internship semester they have begun.
  2. If an interruption of the practical semester should become necessary, for example because the practical semester ends or because a departure from abroad is necessary due to the Corona crisis, students will be given the opportunity to continue the practical semester in a following semester, taking into account the time already completed in that year.
  3. If students have not yet started the practical semester and cannot start it due to the current situation, we recommend that they complete the practical semester in the 6th semester and bring the lecture contents of the 6th semester forward to the 4th semester. If you have any questions about bringing the modules of the 6th semester forward, please contact the programme coordinators. In some cases, the programme coordinators are already preparing appropriate information/leaflets for you.
  4. The examination board is requested by the department to waive the requirement of a fully completed practical semester for the students concerned (according to numbers 2 and 3) when registering for the Bachelor thesis.
  5. Only in the event that the regulations described above lead to unreasonable hardship for the students, the department shall, upon application by the affected student, open up the possibility of preparing an academic paper instead of the practical semester. The application must be justified and sent to the Dean of the Department of Economics (haack(at)fh-westkueste.de).

FAQ - Students Department of Economics / Practical Semester

  1. Can the remaining time of the internship semester be completed in Germany, although a semester abroad is actually to be completed?
    Yes, but this exception is limited to the summer semester 2020.
  2. Should it be possible to complete the internship parallel to the BA? Would it be possible to relax the attendance requirement for BA seminars?
    We will give students who start their practical semester in the 6th semester the opportunity to attend Bachelor's seminars online. This should enable students to run both the practical semester and the Bachelor thesis in parallel. This approach would also have the welcome side effect that very practical Bachelor theses could be written.
  3. What is unreasonable hardship?
    There is no fixed catalogue for this. It is examined in each individual case whether an unreasonable hardness exists.
  4. I would like to bring forward modules from the 6th semester, but I have no place to live in Heide anymore. Can the modules still be taken online until the end of the semester, even if the attendance courses start again after Easter?
    From the dean's point of view there is no reason why not. However, it cannot be guaranteed for every module that online teaching will continue until the end of the semester. In this respect, the commitment of the students may be required.
    In addition, it is not yet certain whether the attendance courses will actually start again with the end of 19.4.2020. In this respect, we must leave this question open at the moment. Please be assured that the university is making every effort to find a solution in the interest of the students in the current situation.
  5. Is it possible to take online courses of the 6th semester or the 2nd semester in addition to the practical semester or a substitute performance?
    This is not possible because the workload for students is regularly limited to 30 ECTS per semester. This is a protective regulation in favour of the students to avoid an excessive workload.
  6. Is it okay if my internship semester company reduces the workload due to the corona crisis? Is my internship semester still valid then?
    In principle, the internship semester must be completed full-time. If the internship semester company reduces the working hours due to the current situation, this is basically okay, as long as the training goals are achieved and the internship semester relationship remains in place.
  7. How do I write my report if I had to interrupt my internship and will make up the rest in a year's time?
    The weeks already completed are part of the 20 total weeks and must be mentioned in the report. You will then write two reports of a length suitable for the number of weeks. If you are doing your internship at two different companies, you already hand in the first part to the supervising person. If it is the same company, a general report (divided into two parts) can be handed in at the end of the 20 weeks.
  8. Can missing weeks in the semester break be made up?
    Yes, this is possible.
  9. Is it possible to shorten the 20 weeks?
    No, these must be completed in full. For basic handling see above under 3).
  10. What do students do who are currently still in their internship semester, but are uncertain whether they can continue their internship due to the current situation and should rather go into the 6th semester?
    This is something that everyone has to decide for themselves. The more advanced the 6th semester is, the more difficult and complicated it is to start. A prompt decision is therefore advisable.

Students Faculty of Engineering

Students of the Faculty of Engineering who are going to do an internship semester in WS2020/21 can get all information about the internship semester via the Moodle page internship semester in the Faculty of Engineering. All corresponding students are requested to register on this Moodle page (is a prerequisite for admission to the practical semester).

[+] Bachelor thesis/ colloquium

Application forms for the Bachelor thesis can be sent in advance by e-mail to the Examination Office. The original application must be submitted by post. The examination office will ensure the forwarding within the FH Westcoast.

The examination board has decided to admit all students who had registered for examinations for the March examination date to the final thesis, if only these examinations are missing for the admission to the Bachelor thesis.

Colloquia will not take place in attendance until at least 10 May. Digital alternatives are possible in coordination with the responsible persons.

If you have not yet registered for the BT, please contact your first examiner to further coordinate the procedure. If you have already registered and your processing time is delayed due to the current situation, an extension is possible upon request to the Examination Office. You will find the application form at: https://www.fh-westkueste.de/fileadmin/Dateien/Studierende/Pruefungen/Formulare/BA_MA_verlaengerung_bearbeitung.pdf

[+] Corona - symptoms, protection, behaviour

Like other respiratory pathogens, infection with the novel coronavirus can lead to symptoms such as coughing, rhinitis, neck scratching and fever, and some sufferers also suffer from diarrhoea.

As with influenza and other acute respiratory tract infections, coughing and sneezing etiquette, good hand hygiene and distance (at least 1.5 m) also protect against transmission of the new coronavirus.

If a member of staff in the office learns that he or she has had direct contact with a person infected with the coronavirus, the following procedure must be followed:

The employee immediately informs his or her superiors and the personnel department by telephone and goes home immediately. If no car or bicycle is available for the journey home, a collection from home should be considered. It is important to make the return trip as non-contact as possible; public transport is therefore not an option. In case of doubt, the public health department should be contacted. The employee concerned will stay at home for 14 days, unless the health office or the office informs otherwise. If symptoms of illness occur, contact the family doctor immediately by telephone. The department will inform the responsible health office immediately after becoming aware of the problem.

In addition, the following note again:

Employees who show unspecific general symptoms or respiratory problems - regardless of their severity or severity - and who have had relevant contact with a proven coronavirus sufferer in the last 14 days before the start of the illness, or who show unspecific general symptoms or respiratory problems and who have been abroad in the last 14 days before the start of the illness, are considered unfit for work and are therefore not allowed to appear for work. The employees affected are obliged to contact their general practitioner or the medical on-call service by telephone on 116 117 immediately in order to clarify the presence of a coronavirus infection without delay. Irrespective of the occurrence of symptoms of illness, employees who have had contact with a person with coronavirus infection within the last 14 days must immediately contact their local health authority.

Contact information:

  • Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians: Telephone number 116 117.
  • Hotline of the Independent Patient Advisory Service Germany on Coronavirus: 0800/ 011 77 22
  • Citizens' telephone of the Federal Ministry of Health: 030/ 346 465 100
  • Before you visit a practice or a hospital, please make an appointment by telephone. This is important so that you can be admitted in isolation and not infect other people.
  • Health office in Heide: Phone: 0481 7854 900; Esmarchstr. 50; 25746 Heide
  • Inform the Fachhochschule Westküste immediately at: personal(at)fh-westkueste.de to coordinate the further procedure.

[+] Examinations

Please note the supplementary regulations to the examination procedure regulations!

The examinations, which had to be postponed in March (SoSe I), will - subject to new decrees of the federal state - be made up in the Technical Department mainly in July 2020.

In principle, only those examinations that must be conducted in attendance will be conducted. All other examinations are conducted online (orally or in writing). This means that there will be changes in the examination formats for the majority of the examinations on the above-mentioned catch-up date. Furthermore, the examination board of FH Westcoast decided on 23 March that all students who had registered for examinations for the examination period SoSe I will be admitted to the final thesis, provided that they only lack these examinations for this purpose.

Obligation to submit a certificate:
For the examinations from the examination date SS 2020-II (July 2020) onwards, a certificate (= certificate of incapacity to work) and application form for the withdrawal of examinations must again be submitted in good time as usual. The only exceptions to this obligation to submit a certificate are those technical examinations that were originally scheduled for March 2020. This exemption expressly does not apply to a withdrawal from an examination that has already begun.

Anyone who belongs to a risk group in connection with the corona pandemic (the list can be viewed on the homepage of the Robert Koch Institute) can be tested in an individual room on request. Please contact your local examination office several days before the examination.

The examination office can be reached under the following e-mail: pruefungsamt(at)fh-westkueste.de

[+] Quarantine

Civil servants

  • Quarantine is considered an approved absence from service (§67 S.1 LBG in conjunction with the Infection Protection Act/lfSG). As far as the service in quarantine can be provided, e.g. by teleworking, this must be provided.
  • Civil servants have a duty of notification to the employer. We therefore ask you to contact the personnel department in order to coordinate the concrete procedure.
  • The salary will continue to be paid.
  • In case of illness, there is a separate duty to notify the employer in accordance with the usual regulations at FH Westcoast.

Tariff employees

  • Quarantine is considered an approved absence from work (§616 BGB in conjunction with IfSG). As far as the service in quarantine can be provided, e.g. by teleworking, this must be provided.
  • Employees covered by collective bargaining agreements have a duty of notification to the employer. We therefore ask you to contact the personnel department in order to coordinate the concrete procedure.
  • In case of illness, there is a separate obligation to report sick in accordance with the usual regulations at the FH West Coast.
  • Remuneration is paid for the first six weeks; after that, there is a claim for compensation according to the IfSG.

Student

[+] Ban on meetings and appointments on campus

Due to current events, we would like to point out that meetings and appointments on campus, e.g. for parties or non-official meetings of any kind, are strictly prohibited. Violations must and will be consistently reported to the regulatory authorities.