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COVID-19: measures for the university community

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 17th of June 2020, 07:00 p.m.

Dear students, Dear employees,

Life is gradually returning to our campus. Classroom-based learning is being held in all faculties to a limited extent, in compliance with the Corona Ordinance of the state government of Baden-Württemberg. We would like to thank you all very much for the exemplary behaviour you have shown not only at the online events, but also at the first face-to-face events on campus. The past weeks have shown us that it is possible to deal responsibly with the new situation and we would like to continue to ask you to take hygiene measures into account.

We are very proud of what we have achieved together. And you can be proud of what you have achieved and mastered, too. Not only have you got to know new digital teaching and learning methods, but you have acquired some digital skills in a very short time that you will need for your future professional life.

We work daily to further improve our service for you and to adapt our teaching to your needs and the current situation. We also try to find individual solutions for special situations.

Teaching & Learning

Our lecturers work together with the SRH Academy for Higher Education to adapt the didactic concept of our university - the CORE principle - to the current conditions and to further develop our methods in the direction of blended learning. The aim is to combine e-learning methods and face-to-face events in such a way that the advantages of all teaching and learning methods can be used optimally. Furthermore, the current Corona Regulation of the state government of Baden-Württemberg applies, which only allows us to hold face-to-face events in exceptional cases, e.g. if certain laboratories or premises are required. You will be informed by your respective faculty in good time if this is the case in your programme. All other courses will continue to take place online, combined with self-study elements.

Learning Support & Coaching

Learning has changed massively during the Corona Period. You have to organize and motivate yourself differently. Maybe you miss the university as a place of learning and as a place where you can meet other people and discuss your opinions. With digital formats, you are confronted with new examination situations. This is one of the reasons why we have collected learning and examination tips for the Corona Period on our student platform www.wir-online.news. Furthermore, a coaching offer is available to you at any time. Please contact our learning coaches Susanne Edinger (susanne.edinger@srh.de) and Nadine Kempf (nadine.kempf@srh.de) or the colleagues at the SRH Academy for Higher Education, who will put you in touch with our coaches or provide you with advice tailored to your needs.

Central Services & Administration

Central Student Services, the Examination Office, the International Office, the Admission Office and contact persons in the faculties are available during normal office hours and are currently dealing with topics such as visa extension, travel advice, returning to the campus, etc. Some special services, such as the possibility of digital enrolment, the postal delivery of your student IDs etc. have been set up to meet your needs in this special situation.

Events & Conferences

For the time being, it is not possible to hold face to face events at the university, besides classroom teaching. This concerns external events as well as graduation ceremonies and open days for prospective students. Instead, the open days will temporarily take place in digital form. Further information will be available here.


Furthermore the following services are available to you on campus:

Library

The library of our university is open. The library stock is accessible with a valid student card (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm).

Cafeteria/Cube

Since Friday, 29.6.2020, students living on campus have been allowed to use the "Cube" canteen again as usual.

IT-Hotline

We have set up a telephone hotline for students to replace the IT consultation hour. It can be reached from Monday to Thursday from 1pm to 2pm at 06221-4275-712.

Reopening of SRH Campus Sports

Since Tuesday, 2.6.2020, the first sports activities were allowed again in the SRH Campus Sports e. V. Courses will not yet take place due to official regulations. Changing rooms, the sauna and the swimming pool will also remain closed for the time being.

The following opening hours apply:

  • Monday & Wednesday from 9am to 4pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday & Friday from 1pm to 8pm
  • Saturday & Sunday from 10am to 2pm

A maximum of 90 members per hour may be in the facility at one time and may use the facility for a maximum of 1 hour per day.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns! We are available to you by telephone or under the following e-mail address: rektorat.hshd@srh.de

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 and 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.

On the website of the Robert Koch Institute and the Federal Ministry of Health you will find the latest information and recommendations.

In addition, we would like to draw your attention to the following:

  • Return on campus: Students who wish to return to their apartment on campus are asked to contact Michael Knöthig: rektorat.hshd@srh.de 

Service number for the SRH Campus Heidelberg

If you have any questions about the correct behaviour in case of a suspected corona and about the applicable regulations on the SRH Campus Heidelberg, please call the following service number: 0 62 21-88 39 39, available daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The service number is a central contact point for information about what is allowed or prohibited on the SRH Campus Heidelberg. It also serves to provide advice in case of symptoms of COVID-19 disease. The aim is to ensure the safety of all persons on the campus.

Questions about the procedure and organization of the vocational rehabilitation, the technical schools or the university will still be answered by the contact persons at those institutions.

If you have any questions on this topic, please feel free to contact us at any time: rektorat.HSHD@srh.de

Support options for financial problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

Please note all information on the linked pages. The SRH University Heidelberg assumes no responsibility for changes in external contents.

Bridging Assistance:
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is providing 100 million euros to help those students who require immediate support due to financial difficulties directly caused by the Corona Pandemic. You can apply for bridging assistance as a German or international student of SRH University Heidelberg and you must prove that your financial need was caused directly by COVID-19.

Those already receiving loans, grants or other support may apply. Depending on proven need, you could receive between 100 euros and 500 euros as a non-repayable allowance. You can apply separately for June, July, and August. If the situation continues, there may be continued support into August or later this year. Please submit your application via the online portal: www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de.

Those with more than 500 euros in their bank account at the time of submitting an application will not receive this bridging assistance and should please not apply for one.

Kindly note this operated by the Studierendenwerk - please contact them for any questions or assistance on the process. You can find further information using the following link: https://www.studentenwerke.de/en/content/faqs-students   

KfW Student Loan:
Financing living expenses during studies and financial bridging assistance for students in emergency situations due to the pandemic. The KfW Student Loan supports you with at least 100 Euro and up to 650 Euro per month during your degree course. It requires no collateral and is independent of income or assets.

You can find the application form at: www.kfw.de/studienkredit (Please note that this page is only available in German). For further information please download the attached PDF-file.

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

Wheras state universities have postponed the start of the winter semester to November 2020, we will start as usual in October 2020 at SRH University Heidelberg.

Up to now, the ordinance only allows us to hold face-to-face events in exceptional cases e.g. if certain laboratories or rooms are required. You will be informed by your respective faculty if this is the case in your course of studies. For the moment, all other courses will continue to take place in online mode, combined with self-study elements.

 

During the Corona Pandemic we will adapt the study methods to the personal situation of our students. For students who are not able to arrive in time due to travel restrictions, there will be the possibility to participate via online tools.

 

 

The visa is valid until the expiry date so yes, it might be possible to travel. Please contact the respective authorities to be sure. You can extend your visa once you are in Germany. Please send an e-mail to our International Office (International.office.hshd@srh.de) so that we can help and provide you with the application documents to extend it (this is only possible after your arrival in Germany). 

You have to wait until the consulates in your country reopen. Be assured we will continue to offer your programmes using online tools until you can arrive.

To enter Germany, you need four important documents: your study contract (Studienbescheinigung – on CAMPUSNET), a valid visa, a rental contract in Germany, and the confirmation letter from the university. The confirmation letter will be issued once you confirmed having an accommodation and made a reservation for travel. Contact rektorat.hshd@srh.de

Please let us know your exact date and time of arrival and we will help you with everything during the two weeks – International.office.hshd@srh.de. The campus manager will organise a meeting with you to give you the keys to your room. You can also pick up your keys at our 24/7 Saftey and Information Point reception desk. If you need a blanket, pillow, bedding, etc. please let us know before arriving so that we can arrange it for you. You can bring food from your home country in your luggage, and after arrival you will be in contact with students helpers who can do the grocery for you and buy basic essentials products. You can also order food for delivery in many of the restaurants in Heidelberg.

(You can read about international student assistance at the university directly from two students who had to go into self-quarantine on campus during the strict travel restrictions earlier this year).

 

 

This is a special circumstance, please send an e-mail to the International Office international.office.hshd@srh.de 

 

Yes, you need a rental contract or a proof that you have an accommodation at your name in Germany before arrival.

 

 

Yes you can, the city registration can only be done after you physically arrived.

All public health insurances have confirmed that they will not charge the monthly fees, if the student is attending online-lectures and is still in the home country. However, if the student arrives during the current semester, the outstanding monthly fees from the very start of the semester will have to be paid as well.

Please note all information on the linked pages. The SRH University  Heidelberg assumes no responsibility for changes in external contents.

Bridging Assistance:

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) is providing 100 million euros to help those students who require immediate support due to financial difficulties directly caused by the Corona Pandemic. You can apply for bridging assistance as a German or international student of SRH University Heidelberg and you must prove that your financial need was caused directly by COVID-19.

Those already receiving loans, grants or other support may apply. Depending on proven need, you could receive between 100 euros and 500 euros as a non-repayable allowance. You can apply separately for June, July, and August. If the situation continues, there may be continued support into August or later this year. Please submit your application via the online portal: www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de.

Those with more than 500 euros in their bank account at the time of submitting an application will not receive this bridging assistance and should please not apply for one.

Kindly note this operated by the Studierendenwerk - please contact them for any questions or assistance on the process. You can find further information using the following link: https://www.studentenwerke.de/en/content/faqs-students 

KfW Student Loan:

Financing living expenses during studies and financial bridging assistance for students in emergency situations due to the pandemic. The KfW Student Loan supports you with at least 100 Euro and up to 650 Euro per month during your degree course. It requires no collateral and is independent of income or assets.

You can find the application form at: www.kfw.de/studienkredit (Please note that this page is only available in German). For further information please download the attached PDF-file.

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.

The Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG) has also been supplemented due to the current special situation. In addition to the exemption of additional income earned by BAföG recipients during the corona pandemic in the health care system, in social institutions or in agriculture, which was already granted in the course of the Hospital Relief Act of March 27, 2020, additional income in other system-relevant areas is now also exempted from BAföG credit.

Moreover, in contrast to the previous regulation, the additional income earned is also completely exempted from crediting during the months in which it actually accrues. This means that BAföG benefits will continue to be paid out in full during this period. Further information is available here.

Useful Links

Federal Foreign Office, entry restrictions.

Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, FAQ.

Further information and recommendations from Robert Koch Institute and the Federal Ministry of Health

On the website of the Robert Koch Institute and the Federal Ministry of Health you will find the latest information and recommendations.

Important information to download

Important information to download

Any Questions? We will gladly help you!

Carsten Diener

Prof. Dr. Carsten Diener

Rektor

Room arc 203
Ludwig-Guttmann-Str. 6
69123 Heidelberg
Telephone +49 6221 6799-881
Fax +49 (0) 6221 6799-883
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Michael Knöthig

Verwaltungsleiter

Prokurist
Room arc 305 (3. OG)
Ludwig-Guttmann-Str. 6
69123 Heidelberg
Telephone +49 6221 6799-884 Send an e-mail