Latest information about the coronavirus

25 September 2020: New Organizational und Hygiene Requirements for the Winter Semester

Lectures in the winter semester 2020/2021 will begin on 19 October, but new organizational and hygiene arrangements will apply from 28 September. On the one hand, they simplify access to the campus. On the other hand, by concentrating on the traceability of contacts, they lay the foundation for making and keeping teaching, learning, research and university management on campus possible.

Key facts:

  • The hybrid winter semester enables higher attendance rates: Teaching will take place on campus again - as far as capacities allow - with adequate protective measures. All university members are awaited back on campus, although attendance times must still be limited.
  • Attendance must be recorded in order to identify contacts and break chains of infection in the event of an outbreak. All members of the university therefore always carry their HSMW cards with them. External visitors are consequently registered in the faculties and departments.
  • So-called AHA rules must still be observed: distance (Abstand) + hygiene + mask (Alltagsmaske). The masks which have to cover mouth and nose may only be taken off in lectures and in offices/workrooms if the minimum distance is permanently guaranteed.
  • Students who cannot return home during breaks or who do not have sufficient internet connections there will find a limited number of workstations in rooms 3-019, 4-021, 8-102 and 8-103. The library is open as well.
  • Those who feel ill stay at home. Anyone who has corona symptoms should definitely get tested and inform the HSMW via corona@hs-mitweida.de or +49 3272 58 14 93.
  • The attendance of all employees can be registered in the "Absence System": Central registration is then carried out in faculties and department to determine who is not working at the university. The deans and heads of departments decide which principle is adopted.

The detailed regulations can be found on the subpages for students, teaching staff and employees.

25 August 2020: Rules for returning from risk areas

The holiday season has induced the federal and state authorities to make testing mandatory for travellers returning from risk areas and to provide free testing for those entering Germany from other areas.

Mittweida University of Applied Sciences and its student council support the students by organizing tests in Mittweida, among other things. More information can be found in the FAQ for students on the subpage.

For the employees of HSMW, the Free State of Saxony has specified its instructions. Teaching staff and other employees can find this information on the subpages addressed to them.

26 June 2020: Block weeks in winter semester 2020/2021 start earlier

In the winter semester 2020/2021, the block-week period begins on 21 September. The two additional weeks will be used to catch up on courses from the summer semester 2020 that require presence on the campus of Mittweida UAS. The preparatory courses for future students will also begin on 21 September. Originally in April, HSMW had planned the starting date for the block weeks to be 5 October. The extended period for block weeks and preparatory courses will allow the courses to be unbundled in terms of space and time in order to maintain the necessary hygiene conditions to contain the pandemic.

22 June 2020: New regulations for the digital summer semester

The unusual summer semester 2020 is coming to an end. The sometimes painful restrictions and, above all, the discipline of the majority of the population have contributed to the fact that loosening up in many areas of the economy and society can now be justified, taking into account many legitimate interests. What applies on a large scale also applies on the - relatively - small scale of our university.

From 22 June 2020, new regulations will therefore apply on the campus of Mittweida UAS, which have been incorporated into the information for students, employees and lecturers as FAQs. They concern, among other things, campus presence and access rules, mask obligation, break times, the university library, work rooms, business trips and time recording.

The new regulations apply subject to further favorable developments. They replace or supplement the service regulations of 14 May 2020 as well as the general guideline "Attendance on Campus in the Digital Summer Semester 2020" of 7 May 2020.

3 June 2020: Lecturers temporarily freed from the obligation to wear masks

On Mittweida University of Applied Sciences' campus, all members of the university are required to wear a mask. However, the rectorate and the university management have agreed to make it easier for teachers to communicate during the courses:

In future, lecturers are exempt from the obligation to wear masks in the specific teaching situation in the classroom if they can guarantee a minimum distance of three metres to the students at all times. Beyond that, the decision of the Rectorate does not release the lecturers from the obligation to wear masks in the buildings.

25 May 2020: Hardcopys of the HSB's stock also available in digital form for key texts of the semester

In order to support digital teaching and learning, the University Library (HSB) offers to access its hardcopy stock during the Corona Pandemic, either by picking it up or electronically. This also applies to lecturers. They can order up to 15 percent of a publication and then upload it to their digital semester apparatus on the learning platform used.

Lecturers and students alike order the literature as usual via the Primo research portal. They will receive an e-mail notification of availability when the library colleagues have selected the book. The title will then be available at the "pick-up counter" at the HSB's return machine, which is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 2 pm. Students and teachers who are unable to pick up the publication will reply directly to the HSB's e-mail and request an "elektronische Zustellung" (electronic delivery). For this purpose, the required contents (chapters, pages) of the respective title must be specified. The HSB staff will endeavour to digitise and send the literature within one working day.

18 May 2020: Canteen (Mensa) opens dining areas under special hygiene conditions

After two weeks of "Mensa To Go", the Studentenwerk Freiberg opens the dining area of the Mensa from 18 May 2020. So lunch can be eaten in the building. Although the choice of food will remain limited, it will be varied. The guests have to get used to a few special aspects:

  • Wearing a face mask is mandatory. It may only be taken off at the table.
  • A maximum of 2 persons may sit at a table at the same time, whereby they must maintain the usual minimum distance.
  • The protection of health is the highest priority here too: soap and hand disinfectant are therefore available for all guests.

14 May 2020: Detailed regulations and work instructions for the Digital Summer Semester and its attendance elements

In addition to the guideline "Anwesenheit auf dem Campus im digitalen Sommersemester 2020 an der Hochschule Mittweida" the rectorate has discussed further regulations with the deans of the faculties regarding attendance in teaching, management and research.These are directed at students, lecturers, researchers and employees in university management and the directors' villa.

In general, Mittweida University of Applied Sciences carries out the summer semester as a digital summer semester. By reducing the movement of employees and students and by avoiding physical contact, all members of the university contribute to containing the pandemic. Together we are helping to protect our own health and that of our colleagues, fellow students, friends and family members. This is and remains the primary objective of the measures.  Faculties, central institutions and the university management have identified research and other projects in which it is possible to work in presence at the university for a specific period of time, with limited personnel and space.

The following applies to students:

  • The safe and successful attendance in the Digital Summer Semester 2020 depends to a large extent on each individual's consistent implementation of the guidelines.
  • As you are part of the most important and numerically largest group in attendance, the rector is calling on you to make your contribution and to live up to your high responsibility towards your fellow students and teachers. This also applies to your behavior on campus and in the university city before and after courses of the attendence elements. We have planned these in such a way that you have to travel as little as possible and have few encounters.
  • In addition to your ethical and moral obligation, please consider possible disadvantages for your studies, which we all want to prevent. Disregarding the rules can lead to exclusion from courses and expulsion from campus. Your lecturers have been given the householder's rights for this.

The following applies to lecturers:

  • The safe and successful attendance of the Digital Summer Semester 2020 depends largely on your ability to reliably fulfil the tasks set out in the service instructions - in addition to your teaching duties. The rector urges you to implement them consistently.
  • In order to implement the measures, the rector transfers to the lecturers for the duration of their course the householder's rights vis-à-vis the participating students, subject to proportionate application.  In particular, you are entitled to expel persons from your course and from the building if they violate the general house rules and the special rules known to everyone. Please record such cases.

The following applies to researchers:

  • The time and extent of attendance at the university for researchers / for research and project activities (in future: "on-site research including on-site projects") is subordinate to attendance in teaching in the case of time and spacial conflicts.
  • Just like the time planning, the implementation of on-site research must also follow strict rules, which researchers and their project managers are personally responsible for observing.
  • The safe and successful implementation of the research and externally funded projects within the framework of the Digital Summer Semester 2020 depends largely on the fact that you as a researcher, in addition to your scientific, organisational and administrative activities in the project, reliably fulfil the tasks set out in the instructions. The rector calls upon you to implement them consistently. Please also consider possible consequences under employment law and other consequences that we all want to avoid.

The following applies to employees in university management and the directors' villa:

  • Ensuring that the elements of attendance are secured also creates a special responsibility for you as an employee in university management. Please be highly committed to the realisation of the on-site operation.
  • The safe and successful execution of the Digital Summer Semester 2020 depends to a large extent on your ability as an employee in university management to reliably fulfil the tasks of the official instructions. As an employee, you are directly responsible to the university administration.

In detail: Instructions and guidelines

The instructions for each group supplement the guideline "Anwesenheit auf dem Campus im digitalen Sommersemester 2020 an der Hochschule Mittweida" with detailed regulations. You can find them below as a PDF for download. For permanent access, information is available on the subpages for the individual groups. Please pay attention to and use the following documents:

14 May 2020: Defining the entrances and exits of the university buildings

For the absolutely essential on-site elements from 18 May 2020 onwards, the university management has determined which doors of the university buildings will be used as entrances and which as exits. The spatial separation minimizes - where possible - the risk of a transfer of the virus, because the groups will not cross each other when entering and leaving the buildings.

Students should gather at the meeting point signposted in front of the entrance up to 15 minutes before their course starts and keep a minimum distance of two metres between them. They can only enter the building when they are picked up there shortly before the lecture. They then undergo individual disinfection at the hygiene station.

The plans are available as pictures below and can also be downloaded as a PDF.

Building 1:

Building 2:

Building 3:

Building 5:

Building 6:

Building 7:

Building 8:

Building 9/11:

Building 29c:

Building 39:

7 May 2020: Guidelines for campus attendance in the digital summer semester 2020

On 7 May 2020, the university administration together with the deans issued the guideline "Presence on campus during the digital summer semester 2020 at Mittweida University. (Studies, Teaching, Research, Management)".

The corona pandemic prevents a regular execution of the summer semester 2020 at Mittweida University of Applied Sciences. The necessary national and international mobility of lecturers and students to carry out a on-campus semester promotes the spread of the corona-virus. The summer semester will therefore be conducted as a digital semester and supplemented by individual attendance elements.

The guidelines include - among other things - the following

  • the attendance of professors, students, staff, in teaching and research, the rectorate, the university
  • the prioritization of possible attendance approvals,
  • possibilities of access to the buildings and the procedures required for this,
  • hygiene rules on campus, including the obligation to wear face masks covering mouth and nose on the entire campus and the use and distribution of disinfectants and masks.

    The entire guideline is now available to all university members as a PDF download (German only). Supplementary instructions and further information for specific groups will follow.

    Information on digital learning and examinations is still available on the Campus Mundus University website.

     

     

    Statement from the university administration about coronavirus

    Starting 4 May 2020: University Library provides "ordering services"

    The University Library (HSB) is expanding its range of services starting 4 May 2020. In order to give members of the university access to the literature stock of the open access areas, the seminar apparatus as well as the stockroom and the print media of the reference literature despite the closure to the public, an "ordering service" will be established. More information on the ordering service of the university library can be found on the HSB website.

    It will also be even easier for both teachers and students to participate in the development of the literature stock. Together with Lehmanns Media, the HSB has created a new portal that can be used to suggest an order from over one million books, which is then available in the university library after review. More information on order suggestions can also be found on the HSB website.

    20 April 2020: Schedule and regulations for the current semester and beyond

    Since 18 March 2020, Mittweida University of Applied Sciences is in online operations. The campus and the buildings are in standby. Teaching, research and management of the university work from home office or are on standby.

    Access to the buildings is strictly regulated and only possible in individual cases on application and with confirmation from the Rector. This procedure remains in force for the time being. Thus, in addition to the organization team in Building 1, access has only been granted for selected research areas and contracted research in the Laser Institute since 14 April.

    Policy for further planning

    The university will continue to help contain the pandemic. The protection of the health of all university members and their personal environment is a priority. We have the necessary freedom under university law to organize the coming months, and within this framework we are fulfilling our responsibility towards the university, society and in particular the city of Mittweida and its citizens.
    Important basic data for the coming months

    The summer semester at Mittweida University of Applied Sciences remains a "digital semester". Contrary to our original hopes, we will not return to traditional face-to-face teaching either on 4 May or later. Teaching, learning, and research will be continued digitally wherever possible. The university management remains in mobile work or on standby. There can and will be only a few exceptions to this rule in the future.

    The presence on the campus is limited to a few absolutely necessary courses, i.e. laboratory and room-bound courses such as practical courses and exercises, which are carried out in compliance with the distance and hygiene regulations and under exclusion of risk groups.

     

    • By 22 April, faculties and central institutions will report which presence elements of courses must receive campus access, stating the time frame, the number of participants and the spatial and personnel resources.
    • On 23 April, the rectorate will hold a consultation with the deans and heads of the central institutions.
    • On 28 April, the rectorate agrees on details regarding the further procedure (in teaching, university management and research in order to modify mobile work and supplement digital teaching with selected attendance elements and examinations).
    • On 29 April, the rectorate will inform all members of the university about the further procedure.
    • Until the start of lectures in the winter semester on 19 October 2020, further special conditions apply to all areas.
    • As of 4 May, selected employees of the university library will be granted access to their workplace. They will ensure the production of digital copies that make reference literature digitally available individually and that literature is physically available on loan. The lending is carried out in compliance with the rules of distance. Apart from this, the HSB remains closed to users.
    • From 11 May, lecturers, researchers and university management staff will be granted access to the university through the application procedure for the preparation of the on-campus elements of teaching and selected other tasks.
    • From 18 May onwards, absolutely necessary attendance elements of teaching can be carried out and access will be granted exclusively for the respective lecturers and groups of students. The phase of restricted face-to-face teaching ends on 10 July.
    • This is followed by a two-week examination phase (Prüfungsphase SoSe I) starting on 13 July, which can also only be conducted in attendance in exceptional cases.
    • Before lectures begin in the winter semester (19 October), an additional examination phase (Prüfungsphase SoSe II) will take place from 5 to 16 October, combined with a catch-up phase for teaching (block courses) and examinations of the summer semester.

    Regulations and dates for special forms of teaching such as preliminary courses, block weeks, decentralized university studies (DHS) will follow.

    Notes on exams

    As a rule, exams should be carried out without physical presence.

    Any change in the way examinations are conducted (i.e. the type of examination) is the responsibility of the lecturer/examiner in consultation with the second examiner or the Dean of Studies according to the dual control principle and must be documented at the examination board meeting.

    The fact that deadlines (e.g. standard period of study) have now been largely suspended makes it easier to transfer the examination to a later examination phase in individual cases. In any case, a later alternative to the changed examination form will be offered as an alternative to the original examination.

    22 March 2020: General Ruling of the Free State of Saxony

    The Free State of Saxony has published a general ruling which largely restricts public life. Until April 5th you must stay at home. You are only allowed to leave your home for the following purposes:

    • going to work (please note that a proof from your employer might be requested)
    • going to the grocery store
    • going to appointments with public authorities that cannot be delayed
    • going to the post office
    • visiting the doctor
    • sport and exercises
    • to walk pets.

    If you go outside for one of the above named reasons, it is only allowed to go outside alone or in a group with people who live with you. You must not go out in groups with more than 5 people in total. Please also be advised to practice social distancing when you go out. Keep a distance of at least 1.5m to other people and avoid contacts with other people as much as you can.

    Please note, that if you do not comply to these rules you can be fined and arrested by the government.

    The general ruling can be downloaded in German here: https://www.coronavirus.sachsen.de/download/AllgV-Corona-Ausgangsbeschraenkungen_22032020.pdf. The text below is a reading version of it translated into English, intended to be comprehensible for international students and employees:

    General Ruling

    Enforcement of the Protection against Infection Act (IfSG)

    Initial restrictions in connection with the corona pandemic

    Announcement of the Saxon State Ministry for Social Affairs and Social Cohesion (SMS)
    of 22 March 2020, Ref. 15-5422/10:

    (...)

    1. leaving domestic accommodation without good reason is prohibited.

    2. good reasons are in particular:

    2.1. the avoidance of immediate danger to life, limb and property,

    2.2. the exercise of professional activities (this includes travelling to and from the place of work)

    2.3. outward and return journey to emergency childcare in accordance with the general ruling of the SMS concerning day-care centres and schools of 18 March 2020 and to day-care facilities in accordance with the general ruling of the SMS of 20 March 2020, or professionally arranged substitute childcare,

    2.4. ensuring security of supply for the population, including collection and delivery services (including through voluntary work)

    2.5. carrying out the necessary delivery traffic, including letter and mail order business,

    2.6. journeys by fire brigade, rescue or disaster control teams to the relevant base or location of action,

    2.7. the use of medical, psychosocial and veterinary care services (e.g. visits to doctors, medical treatment and essential specialist consultations as well as blood and plasma donations), as well as visits by members of the medical and health care professions, insofar as this is medically urgently required (e.g. psycho- and physiotherapists, including in old people's and nursing homes) or within the framework of urgently required pastoral care,

    2.8. supply channels for everyday consumer goods (retail outlets for food, wholesale trade, drinks markets, pet supply stores, pharmacies, drugstores, medical supply stores, opticians, hearing aid dispensers, banks, savings banks and ATMs, post offices, petrol stations, car and bicycle repair shops, dry cleaners, laundries, newspaper sales and postal voting)

    2.9. the keeping of appointments with authorities, courts, bailiffs, lawyers and notaries that cannot be postponed,

    2.10. Visiting spouses, life partners and long-term cohabitants, people in need of help, sick or disabled people (outside institutions) and exercising custody in the respective private sphere,

    2.11. Accompanying vulnerable persons and minors,

    2.12. Accompanying the dying as well as funerals in the immediate family circle, whereby the number of persons must not exceed 15,

    2.13. Sports and exercise outdoors in the vicinity of domestic accommodation as well as visiting one's own allotment garden within the meaning of the Federal Allotment Garden Act, but exclusively alone or accompanied by one's partner or with members of one's own household and not in a group of more than five persons and

    2.14. acts indispensable for the care of animals.

    In the event of an inspection by the bodies entrusted with the execution of this order, the person concerned must provide appropriate evidence of the good reasons. Such evidence may be furnished in particular by presenting an employer's certificate, a company or service card or personal documents.

    3. visits to old people's and nursing homes, institutions and outpatient assisted living communities and residential groups with disabled persons which are covered by the scope of application of § 2 of the Saxon Care and Quality of Living Act, hospitals and preventive and rehabilitation institutions in which medical care comparable to that provided in hospitals is provided (institutions pursuant to § 23 Paragraph 3 Nos. 1 and 3 IfSG) are prohibited. (...)

    4. furthermore, everyone is required to reduce physical social contact with other people outside the members of his own household to an absolutely necessary minimum. Wherever possible, a minimum distance of 1.5 metres between two persons must be maintained.

    5. express reference is made to the punishability of an infringement of points 1 and 3 of this order pursuant to § 75 (1) No. 1 IfSG.

    6. aggravating orders of the local health authorities in connection with the containment of the corona pandemic remain unaffected.

    7. This General Order is immediately enforceable pursuant to Section 28 Paragraph 3 in conjunction with Section 16 Paragraph 8 IfSG.

    8. This General Administrative Order shall enter into force at 00:00 hours on 23 March 2020 and shall cease to have effect at 24:00 hours on 5 April 2020.

    (...)

    The violation of an enforceable order pursuant to § 28 Paragraph 1 Sentence 2 IfSG is punishable under § 75 Paragraph 1 No. 1 IfSG.

     

    16 March 2020: Mittweida University of Applied Sciences switches entirely to mobile work

    After the already completed conversion to digital teaching, the university administration of Mittweida University of Applied Sciences has decided, in agreement with the Saxon Rectors' Conference, to go into standby mode from Wednesday, 18 March, 12 noon.

    All universities in the Free State of Saxony are joining this move, which will be in effect until at least 4 May 4 2020.

    This move affects all areas of the university in teaching, research and university management. It affects all buildings including the Laserinstitut Hochschule Mittweida, the university library, the canteen and the Lothar-Otto-Sporthalle. It is binding for all members of the university!

    Standby means that operations on campus are reduced to maintaining the infrastructure of digital teaching and core administrative processes as well as securing the facilities. Apart from a core team, all employees will no longer be able to operate on campus.

    Teaching and learning will continue to be realized via digital offerings. This offer will be successively expanded.

    As has already been the case for students and teachers, this now also means the transition to mobile work for a large proportion of employees.

    We inform students and employees on the sub-pages linked to this page about the detailed implementation for all groups (possibilities for mobile work, examination law aspects, etc.):

    Please keep up to date from home with this page and pay attention to the inbox in your hs-mittweida.de e-mail box.

    Generally speaking:

    • All members of the university (students, employees), external service providers and the public are not allowed to enter the university buildings. Door opening via the HSMW-Card is switched off. This means that all activities associated with presence at the university are to be refrained from. This includes individual laboratory and desk work as well as examinations, workshops, service consultations and appointments with external organisers, regardless of the number of people involved.
    • Strictly regulated exceptions apply, which are made for security and the maintenance of necessary services.
    • Accordingly, access to the university buildings is only permitted to the security guards and named employees, who are informed of this by the university management.

    The consequences of the efforts to slow down the spread of the coronavirus, in addition to the economic dimension, affect more and more areas of our personal and social everyday life, even if we are not affected by the disease. In addition to individual hygiene rules and behaviour after stays in risk areas or contact with possibly infected persons, the most effective measure against the further rapid spread of the coronavirus is the avoidance of mobility and direct contact. This delay helps to relieve the burden on the healthcare system and can save lives.

    With this in mind, we ask for your understanding for this measure and for the regulations that have been made.

    The standby operation of the university is a deep cut in university life and a great challenge for the whole university family. Together we want to meet this challenge and master it with a lot of Mittweida inventiveness and energy.

    We would like to thank you today for your cooperation and support.

    We wish you all and your families the right amount of serenity and, above all, good health.

    Yours
    Ludwig Hilmer, Rector
    Sylvia Bäßler, Chancellor
    Gordon Guido Oswald, Representative of the Rector for Student Affairs

     

    11 March 2020: Start of face-to-face lectures and events postponed.

    Mittweida University of Applied Sciences has postponed the start of the face-to-face lectures in the summer semester 2020 by at least two weeks. In the meantime there are statewide considerations to extend this postponement.

    By limiting students' mobility to the area directly surrounding them, we are helping to slow down the spread of coronavirus. Mittweida University of Applied Sciences therefore urges students not to travel to Mittweida at the moment. This applies regardless of where they travel from.

    The university will not be closed! The postponement of face-to-face lectures for the summer semester 2020 means that courses can continue to be held, as the lecturers will increasingly make use of  e-learning services. Information on how you as a student can attend your respective courses will be provided by your faculties/institutes and your lecturers.

    Block courses already started will be continued until further notice. Research and teaching activities that do not require presence at hte university will start and continue as planned on 16 March. The employees in teaching support and service areas as well as in university management will carry out their tasks as usual. The university library and canteen are also open.

    Mittweida University of Applied Sciences will provide further information on the timetable for the start of the on-site courses by 23 March at the latest.

    The study information day planned for 4 April will also not take place as an event on campus. Instead, Mittweida University of Applied Sciences is planning a digital alternative for prospective students who would like to get an overview of the study offers and ask questions. Further information on this will be available shortly. Public events such as the Campusfestival Warmup on 19 March, the Public Lecture Series on 18 and 25 March and the Children's University on 28 March will be postponed.

    We will continue to keep all members and friends of Mittweida University of Applied Sciences up to date and update our information on this website and the subpages linked to it on a regular basis in light of the possible further spread of the coronavirus .

    For further questions which are not answered on this and related pages, there are several contact persons at the university listed on the subpages. You can also contact kontakt@hs-mittweida.de by e-mail. Monday to Friday from 9 am to 3 pm, you can also call +49 3727 58 1198 for further information.

    Detailed information for students, lecturers and all employees