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Winter semester 2021/22- information for students and faculty

In the winter semester 2021/22, the University will return for to campus for as much teaching, learning, and research as is legally possible. For the winter semester, the current legal requirements indicate that:

  1. Face-to-face teaching is generally permitted within the existing legal framework.  
     
  2. Due to ventilation requirements only a part of the available teaching space can be used. In addition, the maximum room capacity will not be fully utilized. Occupational and infection safety indicates that approximately 60 per cent of the seats can be used – sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on the ventilation situation. More information on the certification of teaching spaces and calculating staff capacity is available here.
     
  3. The mask requirement will remain in place for face-to-face events in order to utilize the room capacity as well as possible. Further details – including the cases in which the wearing of a mask can be waived – are regulated by the Hygiene and Infection Protection Guideline (Hygiene-Infection Protection Guideline of the University for Teaching and Examinations of 16 September 2021).
     
  4. Participation in face-to-face events is only possible if you are fully immunized or have a negative coronavirus test. This applies to students and faculty. We are adjusting to control ‘3G’ (vaccinated, recovered, tested) at all face-to-face events. To speed up these checks, students who have received their two vaccinations can get a sticker for their UniCard.
     
  5. Remote teaching is still necessary in addition to face-to-face teaching. The Faculties have developed concepts for this. Which courses will be held in which format will be published in KLIPS for each course in September. Therefore, please note that the room details in KLIPS may still change. Rebooking will be completed by the end of the second enrolment period.
     
  6. In the coming semester, students will attend both face-to-face and online courses, some of which will be held in immediate succession. Often, the time between two courses is too short to commute between campus and your home. Workstations are available in the USB [Link: https://uni.koeln/IQBI6] and the department libraries that students can use for work during this time. Faculty are currently developing concepts to increase the number of workstations available on campus.

Lecturers are asked to also make as many teaching and learning materials for face-to-face courses available online. Lectures with a high number of participants can be conducted digitally or – wherever possible – in a hybrid format through live streaming and/or lecture recordings. However, offering a course double (online and face-to-face) is only possible in individual cases. Students are asked to schedule events so that they can attend them through smart planning of the semester.

In view of possible changes to the Corona Protection Ordinance at the state level, we will continuously adjust our planning for the winter semester and communicate this information to you here on a regular basis.

 

FAQ

 Important information pages

Central corona information website

Please check the university’s central information website on the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) every day for currently applying regulations.

Digital Education

The central information site on digital teaching and learning explains the available tools, support, and advice. The site is aimed primarily at teachers, but also offers students an insight into the many possibilities.

Homepage of Cologne University and City Library

Information on the gradual opening of the USB, the regulations for lending services, references to digitally available teaching material and much more can be found on the homepage of the University and City Library.

IT support offered by the Helpdesk of the Regional Computer Centre (RRZK)

The RRZK is happy to help with account, computer or network problems such as VPN and.

 

 Counselling and support services for students

Information of the Faculties and the Centre for Teacher Education 

On the Information pages of the Faculties about the coronavirus and the pages of the examination offices you will find up-to-date information on the effects and changes in teaching and examinations. Please get the latest information from these pages!

Student Guidance and Counselling Service

The Student Guidance and Counselling Service provides digital information for first-semester students, instructions on how to create a timetable, tips on studying during the corona crisis, and of course contact persons to whom you can turn if you have any questions.

AStA and Studierendenwerk

The Kölner Studierendenwerk provides a lot of information on its homepage about financial aid and the currently applying regulations concerning the coronavirus. Current announcements and information from the student council (AStA) can be found on its homepage.

Offers of the Unisport

Offers for a home workout and fitness courses at home can be found on the homepages of Hochschulsport and Unisport.

Mental health in the digital semester – psychosocial counselling

Students face special and particularly great challenges this semester – especially those who are starting their studies, who came to Cologne from another city or perhaps another country, or those who wanted to complete their studies this semester but are now uncertain whether this is even possible. Other students are wondering how things will go on at all. Increased demands and fears about the future – combined with already existing burdens – can put anyone off balance. Here are some counselling services the University of Cologne offers.

The Psychosocial Counselling Centre of Studierendenwerk Köln is an important contact point. The counselling service is currently available by phone, email, or in an online chat.

The Servicezentrum Inklusion at the university has compiled a series of tips (tips on coping with everyday life, dealing with anxiety and stress, etc.).
Nightline Cologne, the advice and counselling hotline by students for students, can be reached during the lecture period on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays between 9 p.m. and midnight at 0800-4703500 (calls are free of charge).

In crisis or emergency situations, the outpatient departments of the psychiatric clinics can be reached at all times. An overview of the clinics and their reach of service in the city of Cologne can be found here.

You also have the opportunity to seek advice at the Clinic and Polyclinic for Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy at Cologne University Hospital.

Further useful tips:

The German Society for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Psychosomatics and Neurology (DGPPN) offers concrete recommendations for how to cope with the situation, which can be easily implemented.

Further useful tips for coping with everyday life are provided by Deutsches Studentenwerk in Berlin.
The Professional Association of German Psychologists has set up a corona hotline for people who are psychologically stressed by the current circumstances. Daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 0800-777 22 44 (calls are free of charge).

The helpline ‘Violence against women’ offers chat, online and also telephone counselling: 08000-116 016 (calls are free of charge)
In situations of acute danger, please call the emergency service on 112 or the police on 110.
University sports offers in the digital semester

Students with children

Students with children can find support offers and contact persons here.

Guide to Inclusion

Guide to studying with a disability, chronic or mental illness (Ger.).

ProfessionalCenter

On the homepage of the ProfessionalCenter you will find information on the (digital) range of events, which includes competence training for studies and work, a variety of practical projects, information on Studium Integrale and other support services such as learning coaching.