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Issues regarding business operations

Information on the coronavirus (Covid-19)

In close consultation with the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia it was decided that TH Köln will be operating in a protected mode of operation from March 23 until initially April 19.

+++ This page will be updated regularly. +++
Update April 7, 5 pm
The Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine Westphalia announced that for the summer semester 2020 teaching operations will continue remotely.

Update April 7, 11.40 am
On-site courses are suspended. Does that mean that until then I am allowed to work more than 20 hours per week, just like in the lecture-free period?
Even though the start of on-site courses was postponed, the lecture period has already started. The lecture-free period was not extended. The majority of courses started as remote classes at the usual time or will start shortly. Thus, we do not see why students should work more than 20 hours after March 23.

Update April 3, 12.45 am
- Audio and video conferencing tool Zoom (Teaching operations)
Update April 1, 12.45 am
- Studying abroad in the summer semester 2020
Update March 31, 5 pm
- Applications for admission in the winter semester 2020/21

Protected mode of operation

In close consultation with the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia it was decided that TH Köln will be operating in a protected mode of operation from March 23 until initially April 19. 

The Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine Westphalia announced that for the summer semester 2020 teaching operations will continue remotely. The end of the lecture period is not affected and continues to be July 17, 2020.

TH Köln's professors and staff will continue to be on duty. Please take note of all current information and measures on this webpage.


Restrictions from March 23, 2020

During protected mode of operation

  • opening hours at Deutz Campus, Südstadt Campus (incl. GHU) and Gummersbach Campus of TH Köln will be reduced to 7.00 am – 6.00 pm
  • buildings at Deutz Campus, Südstadt Campus and Gummersbach Campus of TH Köln remain closed on Saturdays
  • we will limit access to our buildings. Starting Monday, only employees of TH Köln will have access to university buildings. Students and guests may no longer access the university buildings. 

Access for employees of TH Köln
Please understand that it will not be possible to keep all entrances to our buildings open and that you may have to take a detour. When entering a building, please report to the doorman and identify yourself with your MultiCa or ID card/passport. Please also give notice when leaving the building. Support our staff of the Department of Facility Management, which is charged with maintaining TH Köln’s ability to operate, by following their instructions.

+Do the same regulations apply for student assistants (studentische Hilfskräfte)?

If student assistants urgently need access to one of TH Köln’s buildings, they, too, are to report to the doorman and show their MultiCa or IDcard/passport. Additionally, they need to present a letter from their supervisor which provides information on which rooms need to be accessed as well as when and why. Please note that you are also required to give notice when leaving the building.

Additional restrictions while in protected mode of operation

  • Repairs can only be carried out if hygiene requirements are observed. Work can only be carried out if 8 people or less are involved who keep a distance of at least two meters from each other. It must be possible to properly ventilate the room(s).
  • Service providers and delivery personnel are to register with the doorman; any persons who have been banned from the premises due to the current infection prevention measures, are not allowed to enter at any time.
  • Until April 19, any business trips (within Germany or abroad) are prohibited.

Respecting the regulations for TH Köln’s protected mode of operation, business operations at TH Köln are generally continued in all faculties and institutions. The regulations on telework, hygiene measures, distances between employees and access regulations, which have already been announced, are to be observed.

We ask all employees who will be on TH Köln’s premises in the next few weeks to observe the above mentioned regulations and, if necessary, encourage others to do the same. As difficult as it may be: Please keep your distance and observe the hygiene recommendations.

+Which entrances are still open?

The following entrances to TH Köln’s buildings can still be used:

Südstadt Campus
Uberring 40 - Copper door
Ubierring 48 - Main entrance towards Ubierring
Claudiusstraße - Main entrance

Deutz Campus: Main Building (‘Hochhaus’)
Main entrance
Northern hall (‘Halle Nord’): ‘Kern’ 2 - level 2
Western hall (‘Halle West’) ‘Kern’ 1 - level 2
Eastern hall ‘Kern’ 1 - level 2

Deutz Campus: ‘Altbau’:
Main entrance

Gummersbach Campus:
Both main entrances

+Are any buildings closed entirely?

Cologne Game Lab in Köln-Mülheim is closed entirely. Building B (Library and cafeteria (‘Mensa’) in Gummersbach is closed as well.


Applications for admission in the winter semester 2020/21

The Ministry of School and Education of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, in cooperation with the ministries of the other German states, seeks to ensure that school graduates of the current school year will be able to meet the application deadlines for admission in the winter semester.

  • Current information on the general exam dates at secondary schools as well as the distribution of school certificates is available on the website of the Ministry of School and Education [in German].
  • Application deadlines of higher education institutions will likely be moved to a later date. However, we do not know the exact dates yet. As soon as the ministry has announced any decisions, we will provide the information on our website.
  • In some programs, applicants need to complete a program-related internship prior to their enrollment. Due to the current situation of many companies and institutions as well as the postponed exam dates, it may be difficult to complete those internships in time. Faculties are currently evaluating if these internships may be completed entirely or in part during the first few semesters of the respective program. Current information is provided on the program websites in the “How to apply” section (section “Bewerbung” for programs with German as language of instruction).

Teaching operations

TH Köln is working at all levels to compensate for canceled on-site classes and services through digital options.  In addition, TH Köln’s faculties are currently developing solutions to keep up teaching operations and conduct examinations.

  • For current information on your courses, please check your university email account (smail) regularly. Also check any e-learning systems that are used in your program and read the information provided on TH Köln’s and your program’s website.
  • Compulsory attendance may only be possible for digital formats such as chat or video chat sessions if they meet the rather strict legal requirements.

+Will I continue to receive BAföG, despite the effects the current situation has on the summer semester?

On March 25, 2020, Germany’s Minister of Education and Research, Anja Karliczek, announced the regulations for BAföG payments with regard to the current restrictions due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. The regulations aim at reducing students’ worries about their financial situation. Regulations for first-year students and students currently studying abroad as well as information on the obligation to produce supporting documents on examinations and other relevant information is available on the website of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

+On-site courses are suspended. Does that mean that until then I am allowed to work more than 20 hours per week, just like in the lecture-free period?

Even though the start of on-site courses was postponed, the lecture period has already started. The lecture-free period was not extended. The majority of courses started as remote classes at the usual time or will start shortly. Thus, we do not see why students should work more than 20 hours after March 23.

+Which options do I have to prepare in the meantime?

Your faculty will use the usual channels to provide relevant information, i.e. the program’s website, Ilias or emails from the program coordinator.
In any case, studiport.de provides elearning courses in mathematics as well as language and reading proficiency. Studiport.de is offered by North Rhine-Westphalia’s universities and the Ministry of Culture and Science.
You may also check the university library’s offer of books, magazine etc. which are available in digital form.

+Is the MatheHelpDesk offered by the Department Key Skills (Kompetenzwerkstatt) still available?

Yes, the MatheHelpDesk will continue to take place online. The hours remain unchanged: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Our tutors are available to help with any math problems. All students of TH Köln may contact the tutors through skype: mhdesk@web.de

+Essay coaching by ‘Akademisches Schreibzentrum’

The ‘Akademisches Schreibzentrum’ still offers individual essay coaching by phone. As usual, request an appointment for a coaching session by sending an email to schreibberatung@th-koeln.de. In your email, don’t forget to include the reason for your coaching session, a sample text (max. 3 pages) and your phone number. We will respond to your email and suggest a time and date.

+Language Center (Sprachlernzentrum)

The placement tests of the Language Center take place online. The language learning centre carries out the placement tests online. The start of the modules, which will be held digitally this semester, has been postponed to April 20. To prepare for the courses, the language learning software Speexx can be used for the languages German, English and Spanish.

+Team projects

Team projects may still be completed if digital options are used. However, students are to meet the regulations of the current contact ban at all times. TH Köln asks all students only to meet in groups of no more than two people and only if ultimately necessary for the team project. Please stay informed of the current regulations announced by public authorities, which are subject to change depending on the development of the corona crisis. For the time being, presentations and other exam types used for team projects are also to take place without face-to-face contact. Teaching staff and students have the option to use ILIAS and moodle. Students may also use Microsoft Teams which is available as part of Office 365 Education.

+Audio and video conferencing tool Zoom

TH Köln has acquired a license for the audio and video conferencing tool Zoom. It is support teaching and university operations in the summer semester as a reliable and powerful alternative to DFN conf whose services for online-based teaching are still very busy due to the high demand.
Despite the provision of the tool on short notice we were able to make a few data-protection friendly basic settings and will continue to improve them. The main points are:

- Tracking: The “attention tracking” feature was disabled.
- Encryption: Simple encryption is used for audio and video streams. End-to-end encryption is activated for chats, thus third parties do not have access to any contents of the chat. However, no personal details or sensitive data should be disclosed in chats.
- Zoom Bombing: If virtual conference rooms are created without password protection it is possible that unauthorized persons access the room with an automated meeting ID. To prevent this, the option to create conference rooms without a password was disabled.
- Recording: Meetings can be recorded using the Zoom app and can be saved to your computer or in the Zoom cloud. The automatic recording option was disabled, since all participants, dialogs and shared screens are recorded and all participants must explicitly agree to the recording.


Services

TH Köln’s services are closed for walk-ins until further notice. However, all services will still be available in the next few weeks. Information and advice will be provided by phone and email.

Office of Student Services

  • Any forms or requests can be submitted by email: Please complete and sign the respective forms at home. Then use your university email account (smail) to send a scan or picture of the form(s)/request(s). 
    Please note: It must be recognizable that the document carries a handwritten signature. It is not sufficent to electronically  insert a scanned version of your signature into the document.
  • Registrations for Bachelor’s or Master’s theses can also be sent by email to the responsible Office of Student Services. Please indicate if your registration request should be forwarded to your thesis advisor or be returned to you.
  • Any certificates, confirmations or other documents issued by TH Köln can be sent to you by mail. Please provide your current mailing address and make sure your mailing address in PSSO is up to date.
  • If you paid your semester fee too late and were possibly removed from the student register, please contact your Office of Student Services by phone as soon as your payment is shown in PSSO. Your removal from the student register will then be annulled.
     

University library
Libraries on all campuses are closed until Saturday, April 18, 2020. Further information: University library: FAQs

ZBIW – Center for Advanced Training in Library and Information Science
Until May 31, all on-site courses offered by the Center for Advanced Training in Library and Information Science (ZBIW) are canceled. ZBIW staff can be reached as usual.

Continuing Education
The Continuing Education will take a break until April 19. During this time, you can still get in touch sending an email to weiterbildung@th-koeln.de. Emails with additional information will be sent to all participants and lecturers.


Exams and papers

  • All written and oral examinations scheduled between now and April 19, 2020 are canceled.
  • Any tests or examinations related to the applications and admissions process are to be canceled or can be, in individual cases, be replaced by online options.
  • Oral examination ("Kolloqium"): If all parties involved agree, oral examination can be held by means of electronic communication
  • Exam paper reviews ("Klausureinsicht") are postponed.

+Will there be make up classes for those classes canceled?

You will receive additional information from your faculty shortly. Please make sure to check your university email account (smail) regularly and read the information provided on TH Köln’s and your program’s website.

+How can I submit my thesis if I have no possibility to print it or have it bound and my thesis advisor/examiners are currently not even present at TH Köln?

For the time being, theses can (and should) generally be submitted in electronic form. For most programs, the procedure described below applies.

Different regulations apply for
- the Institute of Information Science
- the Master’s program in Automotive Engineering
- at the Faculty of Applied Natural Sciences and
- at the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT)
For more information on regulations for these programs, please get in touch with the Office of Student Services.

All other students are requested to send an email from their university email account (smail) to their examiners and the Office of Student Services (one email, not two separate ones, so that everyone has the same data) with two attachments:

1. Your thesis in pdf-format
2. Your confirmation that you wrote the thesis yourself and used only the sources detailed in the paper (declaration of authorship). Make sure to sign this document by hand on the paper itself, then scan it or take a photograph.

Thesis advisors/examiners send grade reports (Notenmeldung) or examination records (Gutachten) by email to the Office of Student and Examination Services. They keep the pdf-files which they used for grading the thesis on record until further notice.

The university administration will determine shortly, if and when bound copies need to be submitted at a later date. For the time being, we kindly ask not to submit any bound copies.

+I have trouble working on my thesis since so many institutions of TH Köln but also outside of the university are closed. What can I do?

Please get in touch with your thesis advisor and the examination board. The examination board will decide on a case-by-case basis. The Crisis Management Board recommends to solve these cases with one of the two following options:

a) The submission deadline for the thesis is extended, since it is temporarily not possible to properly work on the thesis, for example due to the fact that relevant resources (library, laboratories, work shops etc.) are not available while TH Köln is closed or other external resources are currently not available. This includes, for example, that cooperating companies or interview partners are not available. As an example, the deadline could be extended for the period that the library is closed (currently March 13 to April 19, 2020, i.e. five weeks). Students are to submit a thesis extension request which is available for download on their program’s website in the “Forms & Regulations” (Ordnungen und Formulare) section. As with all other forms, you can print the form, sign it on paper and send a scan or photo of the form as an email attachment. The chairperson of the examination board will inform the Office of Student and Examination Services of his/her decision.

b) Students withdraw from writing their thesis with the current topic, either because they do not want to continue working on the same topic at a later date or because they want to choose a new topic which they can properly work on under the current circumstances. In consultation with the thesis advisor and the chairperson of the examination board, students may choose a topic for which relevant literature is available online or which does not require empirical research or lab work. In contrast to the regulations defined in the examination regulations, it is not only possible to withdraw from a topic during the first two weeks after the registration of the thesis but also at a later date. This will not be counted as failed attempt. Students submit a request in writing to their thesis advisor who will forward it to the examination board. The chairperson of the examination board will inform the Office of Student and Examination Services of his/her decision.

+What about term papers and other written papers? Due to the library and other institutions being closed it can be come extremely difficult to work on papers.

Students are to contact their examiner. He/she can evaluate, which impact certain obstacles have. The Crisis Management Board recommends to solve these cases with one of the two following options:

a) The submission deadline is extended. As an example, the deadline could be extended for the period that the library is closed (currently March 13 to April 19, 2020, i.e. five weeks)

b) Students withdraw from writing the paper with the current topic, either because they do not want to continue working on the same topic at a later date or because they want to choose a new topic which they can work under the current circumstances. This will not be considered a failed attempt.




Studying abroad in the summer semester 2020

The corona pandemic currently causes major restrictions for students’ stays abroad in the summer semester 2020.

In light of the worldwide travel warning issued by the German Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt), it is strongly recommended that students who have not yet left for their stay abroad postpone their departure until the worldwide situation and especially the situation in their country of destination has returned to normal.

Since the current situation is highly dynamic and circumstances may change within days, all students who are currently staying abroad, within or outside Europe, are asked to register on the Elefand list of the Federal Foreign Office. For students who are already abroad, individual decisions whether to return home earlier or stay abroad as originally planned are to be made. TH Köln is currently not planning any call back measures for its students currently staying abroad. However, all students who are currently staying abroad are asked to carefully consider the situation in their country of destination, at their host university as well as their personal situation when deciding whether to continue or discontinue their stay abroad.

Please consider the following criteria when evaluating the situation in your country of destination:

  • Evaluation of the local health system, the overall security situation and political stability of your country of destination. In the current situation, your health and safety should be your top priority.
  • Evaluation of existing possibilities to return to Germany. In light of the strong reduction of regular travel connections as well as the increase in official travel restrictions, we recommend verifying if it is currently legally and logistically possible to leave Germany. Detailed and daily updated information on this matter as well as on the German government’s repatriation campaigns is available from the Federal Foreign Office.
  • Your individual personal situation in your country of destination and, if applicable, your home country.

Of course, students who are already abroad are not required to stay at their destination for as long as originally planned; especially with regard to the fact that many universities offer remote courses in which students may participate from Germany.


Information for teaching staff and examiners

E-learning Options
TH Köln’s teaching staff is ask to expand e-learning options in order to provide the best possible compensation for canceled on-site courses. TH Köln’s Executive Board has initiated the prompt acquisition of a comprehensive tool for video conferences etc. to support e-learning options as well as the work of the university administration and central institutions. In addition, the executive board has asked the university’s central services to support teaching staff in the upcoming transition process. Additional information is available on the website of the Zentrum für Lehrentwicklung ZLE as well as on this webpage.

Information for teaching staff on digital teaching options and formats is available on TH Köln’s website, section ZLE - Digitale Lehre [in German] On this page, TH Köln’s Zentrum für Lehrentwicklung (ZLE) and Campus IT provide information, advice and guidance as well as quick and straightforward training options:

  • Live streaming of courses
  • Recording  lectures or presentations (video and audio or audio only)
  • Q&A forum
  • Information and instructions on the use of ILIAS
  • Didactic strategies and instructions

Please understand that not all pages are available yet. The ZLE is continuously updating and expanding its offers.

We also recommend to visit the ILIAS forum. The forum provides questions and answers on the topic of digial teaching options. If you have any further questions, please get in touch with the ZLE: digitalelehre@th-koeln.de.

Examination results
Examination results can be forwarded to the Office of Student and Examination Services electronically: either through PSSO or as a signed document that is sent as a scan or photo from the university email account to the Office of Examination Services.
Additional information on the use of PSSO is available at th-koeln.de/psso_en or from the colleague at the Office of Student and Examination Services that is responsible for you faculty.

Appointment Commissions
A number of sample lectures are planned between April 20, 2020 and early may. Invitations are currently sent out with the remark that re-scheduling is possible. Department 9 will contact all heads of appointment commissions to arrange possible alternative dates (if possible). Please note: 

  • It is not allowed conduct sample lectures entirely as online.
  • In exceptional cases, it is possible that members of the appointment commission participate via video conference; however, the majority of professors of the appointment commission is to be present in person.
  • Sample lectures cannot take place without students. If necessary, appointment commissions are to encourage students to participate.

Adjunct lecturers (Lehrbeauftragte)
Adjunct lecturers will receive their pay if they complete their tasks. They will not receive payment if courses are cancelled. If useful and appropriate e-learning options are offered (the quality is to be assessed by the responsible faculty), adjunct lecturers will receive their usual payment. Block courses may be postponed. Courses that are scheduled to take place weekly may only be offered once on-site courses are allowed again.

+Team projects

Team projects are still possible if digital options are used and students meet the regulations of the current contact ban, i.e. only meet in groups of no more than two people and only if ultimately necessary for the team project. For the time being, presentations and other exam types used for team projects are also to take place without face-to-face contact. Teaching staff and students have the option to use ILIAS and moodle. Additional information for teaching staff is available on the website of TH Köln’s Zentrum für Lehrentwicklung (ZLE).

Information for employees

TH Köln’s business operations are continued and employees continue to be on duty. The regulations on telework, hygiene measures, distances between employees and access regulations, which have already been announced, are to be observed.

Working from home
Executive staff can temporarily (until April 19, 2020) enable teleworking in all areas of responsibility that are suitable for working from home. Existing regulations on teleworking in the university administration and in the central institutions are temporarily to be interpreted very generously. In the present situation, an official approval by the Department of Human Resources is not required. However, the granting of telework may not at any time endanger TH Köln's business operations. For all employees participating in the flexible working hours scheme (Flexible Arbeitszeit, FLAZ), hours worked from home are to be recorded in ESS. Please use the section “Zeitbuchungskorrekturen” and record your hours with “Kommen” and “Gehen”. Please enter “Telearbeit” in the field “Notiz”. Employees with trust-based work hours are to discuss and agree their hours with their supervisors.

Please note: These regulations do not replace the usual regulations on the approval of long term telework.Long term teleworking is to be requested in writing, without exception. The processing time for these requests is currently 4 weeks.

+Due to the nature of my job, I cannot work from home...

Employees who, due to the nature of their tasks, cannot work from home are to keep a distance of at least 2 meters to their co-workers. Additionally, offices are to be ventilated regularly.

+I find it difficult to work from home and care for my kids/relatives in need of care at the same time. Where can I get support?

In this extraordinary situation, TH Köln’s Family Service (Familienservicebüro) is still your main contact for all questions concerning the compatibility of work and family life. You can get in touch by phone or email. A list with tips, support options and links to additional information for TH Köln’s employees working from home while also caring for children or relatives is available at:

Overtime, extra work, on-call duty
Executive staff may instruct employees to work overtime or do extra work or on-call duty due to unforeseeable urgent circumstances, in particular if this is necessary to ensure secure business operations or public safety and order. The respective remuneration is paid subsequently based on collectively agreed or statutory regulations. In any case, executive staff is to notify the Department of Human Resources who was instructed to work over time, do extra work or on-call duty and of the hours worked. The usual regulations on the scheduled on call-duty, overtime and extra work remain untouched.

Internal communication during times with increased telework
Departments and Central Institutions are to organize a daily chat or phone meeting to discuss the tasks for the day, distribute work and answer questions of general interest. Availabilities of the individual members of the team as well as the estimated work hours are to be discussed and recorded. Additionally, this ritual is to help maintain social contact between co-workers.

Meetings, work groups and workshops

  • All meetings with external participants are to be postponed, canceled or conducted as phone, video or chat conferences.
  • Job interviews are to be postponed or conducted as video conferences.
  • Internal meetings with up to eight participants may take place if participants keep a distance of at least 2 meters to each other and rooms are thoroughly ventilated.
  • Internal meetings with more than eight participants are to be conducted as phone, video or chat conferences unless important official matters prevent this. These meetings may only take place on-site if it is possible to keep a distance of at least two meters between all participants (carefully consider the size of the meeting room). Additionally, the room must be thoroughly ventilated.
  • Decisions on whether above mentioned important official matters are given are to be made by the heads of department, institution or faculty.

TH Köln’s Executive Board has initiated the prompt acquisition of a comprehensive tool for video conferences etc. to support e-learning options as well as the work of the university administration and central institutions. 

+I organized a meeting/congress/conference at TH Köln. What do I need to do?

All events in North Rhine-Westphalia are to be canceled. It may be possible to conduct the meeting using options such as streaming, video conferences and/or chats.

Measures to prevent infections

House bans
To protect everyone working at TH Köln while in protected mode of operation:

  • Anyone with a confirmed corona infection is not allowed to enter the premises and buildings of TH Köln. This includes delivery personnel, craftsmen as well as employees of service providers who are infected with coronavirus.
  • Individuals who have arrived in Germany from one of the risk areas may not enter TH Köln's premises and buildings for 14 days after entry, whether they show signs of an infection or not. These individuals are also banned from the premises. The house ban does not apply in cases where a medical certificate confirms that the person is not infected with coronavirus.To find out if regions that you visited before arriving in Germany are considered a risk area, please refer to the website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI; www.rki.de).  The list is updated regularly.
  • Persons who have been or are still in contact with people who are infected with the coronavirus, e.g. because they care for sick relatives, are also banned from TH Köln's premises and buildings for the duration of the contact and 14 days beyond.

Measures to prevent the spread of infections
TH Köln is committed to reducing the risk of infection of its employees, students, guests and visitors.

  • We ask all employees, students, guests and visitors who have been in one of TH Köln’s buildings in the past few weeks to contact their physician if they suspect an infection with coronavirus. Please make sure to call in advance. On the phone, make sure to mention if you have recently visited one of the risk areas listed by the RKI or if you have been in touch with a person infected with coronavirus. Your physician will then be able to explain whether or not you are considered a suspected case. This will determine all further steps.
  • Please continue to observe the hygiene recommendations of the Federal Centre for Health Education (Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung, www.infektionsschutz.de [in German]).  These instructions are also displayed in all rest rooms at TH Köln.         

+Disinfectant and/or mouthguard?

For reasons of general prophylaxis or occupational safety, it is not necessary to use or provide disinfectants and/or mouth guards because of the coronavirus. These are needed in the health care sector, i.e. in clincs and medical practices. TH Köln will therefore not make these resources available, also in order not to deprive the organizations that currently need them urgently.

+I think I am part of a high-risk group. What should I do?

Individuals with chronic diseases are considered part of the high-risk group. The same applies to anyone who lives in the same household as individuals who are part of a high-risk group or have chronic diseases. As a first step, please get additional information from your physician or the university physician (Betriebsärztin). Then discuss how to proceed, e.g. if and how it is possible for you to work from home, with your supervisor.

Suspected cases/quarantine

The RKI has issued a definition of a suspected coronavirus infection.

+Who do I need to contact if I am infected or a person close to me is infected?

The Public Health Department (‘Gesundheitsamt’) will ask you with whom you have had contact during the time that you were most likely already contagious and will carry out appropriate measures. With regard to potential contacts at TH Köln, the Public Health department will contact the responsible person at TH Köln.
Not to visit TH Köln during this time is more than just a kind request: In the interest of all members of TH Köln, the university has issued a house ban for all individuals with a suspected or confirmed infection with coronavirus.

+Should I contact TH Köln directly?

Irrespective of the legally prescribed reporting channels, please get in touch with TH Köln if

- your physician or the Public Health Department orders you to get tested for the coronavirus.
- you have already been tested but have not yet received the results.
- it has been confirmed that you are infected with coronavirus.

Please get in touch with the responsible colleague from the HR department as well as your supervisor. This allows us to take necessary measures, such as disinfecting any rooms you have recently used, without delay.

Even if you have not yet received the official order or if you have only received instructions on how to proceed from the public health authorities by phone: If reporting sick to your HR person and supervisor, please always mention if you are reporting sick due a (suspected) corona infection or not.

+I am directly affected by quarantine. What does this mean for me?

The quarantine regulations of the responsible authorities must be followed in all cases. Please submit the relevant order of the health office to the human resources department or the Office of Student and Examination Services immediately. The duration of your quarantine is specified in the administrative order.

If you are an employee of TH Köln, you will continue to receive your remuneration (as in the case of illness, the continued payment applies for a maximum of six weeks) or your pay. In this case, please also inform your supervisor and the human resources department. The official order allows you to work from home. Please contact your supervisor to discuss which tasks you can and should carry out from home.

If students cannot take an exam due to an ordered quarantine, this absence is not considered their fault. In case you are quarantined, please inform the responsible Office of Examination Services immediately. To do so, please send an e-mail from your university email account (smail) and include scans or photos of your documents.

If the quarantine has other effects, e.g. on registration times, submission of papers, etc., you are requested to contact your lecturers immediately to discuss possible solutions.

+What and how does TH Köln communicate if a member of the university is tested positive for the coronavirus?

The procedure is established: In this case, all further actions are determined by the responsible health authorities which are informed of the confirmed infections, even before we are, via the legally prescribed reporting channels. The health authorities decide whether TH Köln is to contact other people or if buildings are to be closed, etc.


Crisis Management Board

TH Köln’s Executive Board asks you to handle the current situation with calm and prudence.
Under the direction of the Vice President for Financial Affairs and Human Resource, TH Köln has set up a Crisis Management Board which met for the first time on March 9. The Crisis Management Board is constantly monitoring and evaluating the situation in Cologne as well as in Leverkusen and Gummersbach. We are in close contact with the respective health authorities and agencies responsible for infection control. Any measures recommended by these authorities will be implemented at TH Köln.

TH Köln’s Executive Board is considered legally competent if at least two of its members are able to make decisions. In case only one (or no) member of the Executive Board is available, the two longest-serving deans and the two longest-serving heads of department or heads of the central institutions take their place and make decisions for TH Köln’s Executive Board which cannot be delayed.

Further information and contact points

You can find answers to frequently asked questions at several designated institutions.

Federal Centre for Health Education

[Information in German]

State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW)

The state of NRW is monitoring the situation and providing social information via the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs. In addition, the state has set up a service center on the subject of coronavirus, which can be reached at 0211 - 9119 1001. Please note that you will not receive any medical information or assessments here. These are reserved for physicians or the local health authorities.

City of Cologne

Many cities and districts have set up their own information pages, and some have also set up a citizens' hotline. You can reach the Citizens' Telephone of the City of Cologne at 0221 / 221-33500 (Mon-Fri, 8.00 am - 6.00 pm).

Hygiene measures

Top ten tips to prevent infections (Image: infektionsschutz.de)

Federal Centre for Health Education

[Information in German]

Werk

[Information in German]

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