Dear students, dear employees,
This page provides the entire academic community with updates on the COVID-19, including notices from national and local health authorities, which form the basis for the precautionary measures taken by the University since 12 February 2020.
Current news for all students and employees at the SRH university Heidelberg Updated on 28th March 2020, 04:45 p.m.
Dear students, dear employees,
due to the worsening situation and the rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 infections in Baden-Württemberg, the state government passed a legal ordinance on infection-protection measures on March, 16, which comes into force on March, 17, 2020. Furthermore, the city of Heidelberg has issued a general decree, which is in place starting March 17, 2020. As a result of these measures, the university management has decided on the following measures.:
- As already communicated, there will be no more classroom teaching at our university until April 19. Courses will be held using digital teaching and learning methods online and, if necessary, also offline in accompanied self-study. You will receive detailed information from the respective course leaders in the course of the week.
- All exams of the interim block from March, 18, onwards, which are connected with attendance, are cancelled. Substitute dates will be allocated from April 20 at the earliest and will be communicated by the examination offices of your faculty.
- For first semester students, courses begin on April 1st with the described restrictions.
- Student service, examination office, International Office and Admission Office are still open, but currently only available by phone or email.
- In order to prevent further spread of COVID-19, the library's lounge and workspaces will remain closed until April 19. The library's loan service as well as delivery service is still available. You can find further details here.
- There will be no more conferences, workshops or any other public events of the university (neither on campus nor elsewhere) until April 19. All committees and appointment commissions in attendance are suspended. Digital committee events may continue to be held.
- The Startklar Event for freshmen, which were planned for April 1st and 2nd, and the Ersti Party on April 2nd have been cancelled.
- The planned graduation ceremonies of the Faculty of Social and Legal Sciences and the Faculty of Therapeutic Sciences (April 3rd) and the graduation ceremony of the School of Engineering and Architecture (April 24th) are postponed to a later date. New dates will be communicated promptly.
We ask for your understanding for these measures, which serve to protect the health of our students and employees. Our top priority is to ensure that students can successfully complete their studies in the summer semester and that they do not suffer any disadvantages in teaching and examinations.
Measures for hygiene and dealing with suspected cases
The Robert Koch Institute currently assesses the risk to the health of the population in Germany as high, for risk groups as very high. In order to prevent further spread in Germany, it is important to identify cases early, isolate them and consistently comply with hygiene measures. Each and every one of us can help prevent the virus from spreading in everyday life.
In addition, we would like to draw your attention to the following:
- No special precautions are necessary for people who were not in a risk area and who had no contact with a person suffering from the COVID-19.
- Persons who have been in a risk area within the last four weeks (current list) or in contact to a confirmed person with COVID-19, please inform the university management (rektorat.HSHD@srh.de) immediately - regardless of the occurrence of symptoms - in addition to the responsible health authority. Please continue to inform yourself regularly about the risk areas published by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) (or in English WHO).
- The Robert Koch Institute has now declared Austria, Egypt, Italy, parts of France (Île-de-France and Grand Est region - this region includes Alsace, Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne), parts of USA (states of New Jersey, California, Washington and New York) as well as parts of spain (Madrid, Navarra, La Rioja and País Vasco) and parts of switzerland (the cantons of ticino, vaud and geneva) as risk areas. If you have been there in the last 14 days, please avoid unnecessary contact, and as a precaution stay at home if possible. If acute symptoms occur, please contact a doctor by telephone. Please inform us via the central e-mail address Rektorat.HSHD@srh.de and also your supervisor or the head of the study programme. Employees please work from the home office.
- At the SRH Berufsbildungswerk Neckargemünd, the first case of Coronavirus infection has been confirmed. The recommendations of the public health department have been fully implemented. For us as a university on the Wieblingen campus, this case is no more or no less important than any other Corona case in the Rhine-Neckar district.
- As SRH University, we are in regular and close contact not only with the other SRH Universities, but also with the responsible persons of the other SRH companies on campus and we coordinate closely, in addition with the public health department.
- Please continue to observe the hygiene measures as a preventative measure.
So far there has been no case of the COVID-19 at the SRH University Heidelberg.
If you have any questions on this topic, please feel free to contact us at any time: rektorat.HSHD@srh.de
Q&A about COVID-19
COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
Please use the following central e-mail address for all communication relating to the cCOVID-19 (questions, concerns of any kind, reporting suspected cases, and so on): Rektorat.HSHD@srh.de
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.
Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.
While animals are the source of the virus, this virus is now spreading from one person to another (human-to-human transmission). There is currently not enough epidemiological information to determine how easily and sustainably this virus spreads between people. The virus seems to be transmitted mainly via respiratory droplets that people sneeze, cough, or exhale.
The incubation period for COVID-19 (i.e. the time between exposure to the virus and onset of symptoms) is currently estimated at between two and 14 days.
Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Many countries around the world have seen cases of COVID-19 and several have seen outbreaks. Authorities in China and some other countries have succeeded in slowing or stopping their outbreaks. However, the situation is unpredictable so check regularly for the latest news.
You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
- Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing. Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
- Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately. Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
- Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority. Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
- Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
- Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to places – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease. Why? You have a higher chance of catching COVID-19 in one of these areas
- Please do not go to a doctor’s office or a hospital without notification in advance. Consult the doctor by telephone registration beforehand, informing him. In addition please contact the local health authority.
- Persons who have been in a risk area within the last four weeks (current list) or in contact to a confirmed person with COVID-19, please inform the university management (rektorat.HSHD@srh.de) immediately - regardless of the occurrence of symptoms - in addition to the responsible health authority. Please find the competent local health authority here.
- Persons who have been in an area with COVID-19 cases which have not been defined as risk areas by the Robert-Koch-Institut (RKI): If you develop fever, cough or difficulty in breathing within 14 days, please avoid unnecessary contacts. Stay home as far as possible, keep your distance from others when coughing and sneezing and turn around; cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or use a tissue that you can dispose of immediately (cough and sneeze etiquette). Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth (hand hygiene). Consult a doctor by telephone registration beforehand, informing him with reference to your travel.
- For passenger from China, Iran, Italy or South Korea, precautions have been taken: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/en/press/2020/coronavirus.html
Q&A for all students at the SRH University Heidelberg
At our university, the health of our employees and students is our highest priority. For this reason, there have been no attendance courses at the university since March, 16. All courses up to April, 19 have been converted to teaching/learning methods that do not require attendance. Therefore, no student has to be absent from class out of caution. For further information, please contact your respective course directors.
All examinations of the intermediate block that require attendance are cancelled from March, 18 onwards. This measure is unfortunately necessary in order to protect our employees and students from the risk of infection in the current situation. Alternative dates will be communicated by the examination offices of your faculty.
Even if the library lounge is closed until 19 April, you still have the possibility to borrow books: media that are marked as "available" in the online catalog can be ordered by email to Bibliothek.email@example.com, specifying the author, title and signature. The books will then be made available in the library lobby within 24 hours. You will receive a customer information by e-mail. The ordered media can then be picked up by the customer and borrowed with the student ID at the self-booking terminal (24/7 operation). After 7 days, media that have not been picked up are returned to the inventory.
There is also the possibility to access databases, e-journals and e-books online. Further information can be found here.
An extension of the submission deadline is not necessary. Due to the current situation and the temporary closure of public libraries, written exams will be examined and assessed on the basis of literature that ist available online and for free until further notice. Borrowing books from the library of the SRH University Heidelberg is still possible (see previous question in the Q&A).
Borrowed books have been extended to April 21 as a precaution. The return reminders will be suspended until the time of reopening. It is best to keep the borrowed books at home until April 19, 2020. If necessary, you can also send the media to the library by post.
The planned graduation ceremonies of the Faculty of Social and Legal Sciences and the Faculty of Therapeutic Sciences (April 3) and the graduation ceremony of the School of Engineering and Architecture (April 24) will be postponed to a later date. New dates will be communicated promptly.
For first semester students, courses start as planned on April 1 with the following adjustments: There will be no attendance courses until April 19. Courses take place online using digital teaching and learning formats and, if necessary, offline in accompanied self-study. Detailed information can be obtained from the respective course directors.
The central Startklar days on April 1 and 2 and the Freshmen Party on April 2 have been cancelled. Instead, we will use various video formats, stories and posts on our social media channels to ensure that we provide you with the best possible support in the initial phase of your studies.
To enable you to network with each other and to enable us to answer your questions quickly, we have set up a Facebook group for freshmen, which you are welcome to join here.
Further information about how to get enroled are available here.
No, there will be no postponements. There will be no classroom teaching until April 19, but the courses will take place online using digital teaching and learning methods and also offline in accompanied self-study. For further information, please contact your respective course directors.
Your professors and lecturers can still be reached by e-mail and, if necessary, by telephone. You can also contact the central facilities such as the Student Service, Examination Office, International Office and Admission Office by telephone or e-mail.
Here you can find our contact informations.
We are keeping the possibility for entry open until June 30th (this date can be postponed further depending on the current situation). Please enrol online before April 1st, 2020 in order to be able to participate in the digital courses. All information about enrolment can be found here.
We cannot currently predict how the situation will develop. The measures we are currently taking are designed to prevent the virus from spreading quickly, so that the situation will return to normal as soon as possible. Currently, the SRH University Heidelberg is planning to offer classroom teaching again from April 20th. However, since the EU borders are currently closed until at least April 15th, this date may be postponed even further in order to allow international students to enter the country in time. International students will be informed in good time of any postponement of the entry deadline.
You can still arrive in Heidelberg as you originally planned. Please follow the directions of your landlord regarding check in to your accommodation. You can also defer your arrival up to April 19th. In this case, please let your landlord know and follow their directions regarding check in to your accommodation.
The university itself plans to remain open. Your semester start will still happen as scheduled, it will be digital. Therefore, you can attend the Orientation on April 1st with the International Office in a live session and you can still attend your classes online. The university plans to have in class lectures again starting on April 20th.
No one can predict when the situation will return to normal. The measures taken by SRH University Heidelberg and many other universities around the world are to slow the spread of the virus and allow the situation to return to normal as soon as possible. The university is doing our part by going digital for the semester start. Therefore, you can attend the Orientation on April 1st with the International Office in a live session and you can still attend your classes online. The university plans to have in class lectures again starting on April 20th.
The SRH University Heidelberg continues to strongly support the student community during the current outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 and associated travel restrictions.We prioritize our students' health and wellbeing.
Some universities have asked their students participating in study abroad programmes to return home. If this is your case, please let us know how we can support you (fotocopies, phonecalls, airport transport). We will check about a possible housing refund at the beginning of next week. Please also inform us, if you have already left.
If you wish to discuss your individual case with us personally, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and explain your case.
Since we currently have no classroom lectures until April 19, we are unfortunately unable to offer sample lectures during this period. We will inform you on all channels as soon as this will be the case again.
We examine each case with the aim of creating individual solutions. Whether the Master thesis can be defended online is decided by the respective faculties. In this case please contact the responsible examination office.
We will refrain from attendance lectures up to and including April 19 in order to contribute to the containment of the spread of the coronavirus. However, it is very important to us to enable you to successfully complete the summer semester. For this reason, we rely on digital teaching and learning formats and, if necessary, accompanied self-study and will not postpone/cancel the summer semester.
Your course directors will contact you with details in the next few days.
So far, we are assuming that the winter semester will start regularly in October 2020.
In view of the current exceptional situation, Federal Minister Karliczek has quickly and unbureaucratically ensured financial security in the interest of BAföG recipients. The Federal Ministry has made it clear to the federal states responsible for BAföG implementation and their offices that BAföG must continue to be paid in pandemic-related case constellations. Students and schoolchildren who are dependent on benefits under the Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz (BAföG) should not suffer any financial disadvantages if their school is temporarily closed or the start of the semester postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. BAföG will continue to be granted until further notice if it is temporarily impossible to start or continue training because schools or universities are closed or the start of the 2020 summer semester is postponed. Further information is available here.