Corona: How will the winter semester at the KU be implemented?

Seminar an der Wirtschaftswissenschaftlichen Fakultät

While courses at the KU could only be held online during the summer semester, the winter semester will see more life on campus again: Based on a comprehensive Hygiene Concept, the KU wants to offer its students as much face-to-face teaching as possible. First-year students, in particular, should be given the opportunity to get to know their new university not only virtually but also on site. It is planned that about half of the approximately 2,000 courses will take place in sufficiently large rooms with a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between people. There will also be hybrid courses that combine digital formats and on-campus phases. Lectures and courses with many participants will continue to take place online. Students can find out in which form the individual courses are offered in the campus management system KU.campus.

The University Library also returns to on-campus operations with special regulations. However, the number of users who may be in the reading rooms at the same time is limited. For ventilation and cleaning, the libraries are closed for one hour every day.  The KU Computer Center opens one PC pool each at both locations. A face mask must be worn in KU buildings, which can be taken off at your seat or workplace. The University Management urgently appeals to all KU members: "We all want the KU to remain a place of teaching and research that can even be experienced under these tense conditions. This can only succeed if everyone acts responsibly and takes the hygiene regulations seriously.”

The KU offers support as you set out into this special winter semester with numerous orientation events for first semester students. More information is available here.

Frequently asked questions regarding the 2020/21 winter semester

What basic rules have been established for the teaching practice?

The University Management urgently asks all students, employees and guests at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt to observe the following hygiene measures:

  • Stay at home if you show symptoms of a cold, if you have had contact with a person that was tested positive for COVID-19 or if you return home from a risk area. Students are asked to inform their lecturers by e-mail or telephone.
  • Please observe the recommended hand hygiene, especially before entering the seminar rooms and offices.
  • Please ensure that you keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters to other persons at all times.
  • Please wear a face mask in University buildings; this face mask may only be taken off at your desk. In practical courses where you have to move around or are unable to maintain a safe distance, a face mask must be worn at all times.
  • Please ensure that all rooms are sufficiently ventilated in regular intervals. We explicitly point out the necessity to ventilate rooms during longer events and examinations every 45 minutes for at least five minutes.
  • A maximum number of two persons is allowed at the same time in sanitary facilities.
  • Please observe the sneezing and cough etiquette (into crook of the arm).

When does the 2020/21 winter semester start and end?

  • For Fachhochschule (FH) programs:
    The lecture period starts on October 15, 2020.
    It ends on January 22, 2021 (with the option of extension until February 2).
  • For university degree programs:
    The lecture period starts on November 02, 2020.
    It ends on February 26, 2021 (with the option of shortening it by two weeks to then end on February 12).

What does the hybrid semester look like?

In the winter semester, courses are offered in three formats: on campus, online and hybrid/blended learning.

  • On-campus format, primarily for examinations, courses and introductory events for first semester students, courses for students who are about to complete their studies (examination preparation) and practical courses
  • Blended learning: Mixed form of online teaching supplemented by face-to-face meetings
  • Online courses (usually held via Zoom)

How do I know what format my courses will be held in?

All courses are published in advance in the campus management system KU.Campus. Here, you will also find information on whether the course takes place on campus, online or in a hybrid format.

The KU attaches great importance to providing the best possible hygiene conditions. For this reason, only fewer rooms with comparatively low total capacity are available this semester. We therefore ask for your understanding that the publication of events will take place at a later date than usual.

When will information on the courses be published?

  • Fachhochschule (FH) degree programs: Sept 28, 2020
  • University degree programs: Oct 05, 2020

When can I register for seminars and lectures?

  • Faculty of Social Work: Oct 05, 2020, 06:00 p.m.
  • Faculty of Religious Education: Oct 01, 2020, 06:00 p.m.
  • Master’s program in Business Administration, Taxation: Oct 12, 2020, 06:00 p.m.
  • Bachelor’s program in Business Administration: Oct 13, 2020, 12:00 p.m.
  • Faculty of Languages and Literatures, Language Center, ZILAS: Oct 13, 2020, 06:00 p.m.
  • Faculty of Philosophy and Education (except for Sports programs): Oct 14, 2020, 06:00 p.m.
  • All other faculties and facilities (History and Social Sciences, Theology, Ingolstadt School of Management, Computer Center, Library): Oct 15, 2020, 06:00 p.m.
  • Sports: Oct 16, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

What will happen if numbers of infection rise again?

In this case, the teaching and research practice and administration operations must be adjusted. Stricter restrictions may have to be introduced again. This means that courses would again be held exclusively online. In order to avoid this, the KU has developed a comprehensive Hygiene Concept and asks employees and students to comply with the measures.

 

Is there a maximum number of participants for seminars?

Depending on the size of the room, the number of participants is limited. More detailed information can be found in the respective course entries on KU.Campus. In many seminar rooms and lecture halls, the seats that may be used are marked – please adhere to the room concept.

 

Are the canteen and cafeteria open?

Currently, opening hours of the canteen and cafeteria are also limited. For daily updates on the current opening hours, please visit the websites of the Eichstätt and Ingolstadt canteens. Prior to eating at the canteen, you have to reserve a seat online (www.werkswelt.de). Guests may only use the marked seats. When walking around the dining halls, guests must wear a face mask. The regulations regarding minimum distance and hygiene rules must also be observed in the canteen and cafeteria. When visiting the cafeteria, guests must give their name and phone number to enable the cafeteria management to identify possible contact persons in case of an infection.

 

What will examinations look like this semester?

The KU Examinations Office offers a comprehensive overview for all students that also answers FAQ regarding examinations during corona.

 

Are University Libraries open as usual?

University Library stocks can be used again under normal conditions and with the usual loan periods. This applies to the reference collection in the reading rooms (use in the reading room as well as night and weekend lending) as well as to books borrowed from the closed stacks and those obtained via inter-library loan. 

 

Overview of reading rooms

Main Library:

  • Mon - Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. and Sat: 9:00 a.m. - 07:30 p.m.
  • Break for ventilation: 12:00 p.m. - 01:00 p.m.
  • Max. no. of users: 52

Departmental Library 2 - Aula

  • Mon - Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. and Sat: 9:00 a.m. - 07:30 p.m.
  • Break for ventilation: 12:00 p.m. - 01:00 p.m.
  • Max. no. of users: 33

Departmental Library 1 - Ulmer Hof

  • Mon - Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 07:30 p.m. and Sat: 09:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Break for ventilation: 01:00 p.m. - 02:00 p.m.
  • Max. no. of users: 27

Branch Library Ingolstadt

  • Mon - Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. and Sat: 09:00 a.m. - 08:00 p.m.
  • Break for ventilation: 12:00 p.m. - 01:00 p.m.
  • Max. no. of users: 36

What regulations apply for library use?

There have been some updates in the regulations for using reading rooms:

  • Reading rooms are closed for one hour during the day for ventilation and cleaning.
  • The number of users who may be in the reading rooms at the same time is limited depending on the size of the reading room.
  • Upon presentation of the KU.Card or user ID, library users receive an admission card at the entrance; the date and time of entering and leaving the reading room are stored for a period of two weeks together with the contact data in case contact tracing should become necessary.
  • In the foyers of the Library and in the reading rooms, the minimum distance of 1.5 meters and the obligation to wear a face mask must be adhered to. However, library users are allowed to take their face mask off at their desks.

Can instrumental ensembles, choirs, university sports activities take place again?

Yes, these activities can take place again in the winter semester subject to observance of the currently applicable Hygiene Concept.

 

Where can I find further information and the KU Hygiene Concept?

The special corona information page always contains the most current information regarding the 20/21 winter semester and the latest version of the Hygiene Concept of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.

 

Do you have any further questions? Please do not hesitate to contact us at studierendenberatung(at)ku.de!