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Information for Students

FAQ

The COVID 19 pandemic continues to influence life, teaching, research and work in the year 2021.

Hochschule Mittweida is continuing on its established path of providing face-to-face teaching on campus. Due to the progress of the vaccination campaign, 70 percent of teaching in the winter semester is planned to be face-to-face. However, the pandemic is not over yet. Continued efforts are needed to protect the unvaccinated.

Systematic testing for COVID-19 infection, contact tracing and hygiene measures, which are mandatory for participation in courses, ensure the possibility of attendance as part of the Mittweida Tandem Strategy. Individuals who are considered fully vaccinated or convalescent may replace weekly proof of negative test results with one-time proof of status.

The current situation places an immense burden on parents. All members of the university are aware of this responsibility and take the balance between family and career/study into account in their decisions. Child care within the HSMW is not possible and, according to the current state of knowledge, no formulation of systemic relevance is planned for the work at HSMW.

Employees may be granted time off for childcare with continued payment of their wages or work release with continued payment of their wages for a total of up to ten working days. In this regard, please send an informal application to the dean/head of your department and then including his approval for registration by e-mail to the HR department.

HSMW is basing its activities around the current pandemic situation, but is seeking to create as long-term a perspective where possible. The winter semester 2021/2022 is planned in three phases and the scheduling of courses is done with a hybrid approach - i.e. the combination of online and face-to-face elements. 70 percent of the courses are planned to be face-to-face. Hybrid scheduling allows for more flexibility, that is, for HSMW to switch to full attendance or reduced attendance, as it becomes possible or necessary.

  • Flexible Block Attendance beginning 6 September: Faculties independently design this additional attendance opportunity in close coordination with course scheduling. Since this time is outside of lecture time, close communication between faculty and students is required.
  • Attendance with digital phases from 4 October: The lecture period will have to begin with slightly restricted attendance options because, according to current knowledge, vaccination coverage of all population groups is not yet assured at this time. Priority will again be given to freshmen as well as graduating seniors and groups who have been absent for an extended period of time.
  • Growing attendance rates during the semester: Only during the semester it can be finally assessed if and how vaccination development and mutational events will be reflected in a possibly strong "4th wave". However, the change to even more attendance will require a lead time. It can become possible in November at the earliest. In addition, the specific design at HSMW also depends on what regulations the legislature still prescribes regarding distance and hygiene.
DateTeaching Form
from 31 July 2021Lecture-free Period
from 6 September 2021Flexible Block Attendance
from 4 October 2021Attendance with Digital Phases
from November at earliestpossible further extension of the attendance opportunities
  1. If persons feels ill, they stay at home.
  2. Upon entering the buildings, a current Corona test with a negative result must be available for all students participating in courses who have neither been vaccinated nor are demmed as recovered. Tested students receive a ticket for the current calendar week at the test centre at Mittweida University of Applied Sciences, which entitles them to attend courses. Reconvalescents and vaccinated students can receive a permanent ticket instead of a weekly ticket.
  3. The buildings of the university are locked even during the day. Access is possible with the HSMW-Card.
  4. Wearing a medical mask (FFP2, surgical mask, etc.) is obligatory if the 7-day incidence is greater than 10 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the district of Central Saxony. Wearing a community mask is not sufficient. The masks can be temporarily removed for communication with people with hearing impairments. The masking requirement will only be removed if the incidence level falls below 10 cases per 100,000 population for five consecutive days if at the same time the minimum distance required is maintained.
  5. A minimum distance of 1.5 metres from the nearest person must be maintained.
  6. For employees of the risk groups who carry out activities on site, a risk assessment must be carried out in advance by the respective supervisor. The Facility Management is available to answer any questions.
  1. Teaching staff are responsible for verifying weekly and permanent tickets prior to the start of each course. The students prove this by showing the respective valid certificate printed on coloured paper from the Corona Test Centre at Mittweida UAS. Persons without a weekly or permanent ticket are to be denied participation in the course. The rector assigns the domiciliary rights to the lecturers for this purpose.
  2. If the minimum distance is not maintained, the teaching staff will ask the students to separate before the course can begin.
  3. At the beginning of each course, a registration of those present will be made in order to trace possible chains of infection. Usually this is done electronically via the HSMW-Card at the entrance of the larger auditoriums. In smaller courses, the module attendance lists from the intranet are used, which the lecturers can find where they usually download the lists for exam attendance. If necessary, empty lists can be taken from the technical cabinets. The lists must indicate the date, time, room, and course name.
  4. Students are allowed to take off their masks during lectures when at their place, as long as the minimum distance is kept. Teaching staff is allowed to remove the mask in the actual teaching situation when maintaining a minimum distance of 2.0 meters at all times and without exception.
  5. The rooms must be pulse ventilated every 45 minutes by the teaching staff for two minutes.
  6. Teaching in function rooms must be designed in such a way that supervision by laboratory engineers/teaching staff directly at the student's workplace is ruled out and that it is also possible to break off/interrupt the course without personal contact (e.g. central emergency stop switch)
  7. Objects of laboratory practice as well as work surfaces can be disinfected before use in seminar rooms and laboratories by the users themselves. Disinfection materials are available.

Please check your timetable in the HSMWmobil app or on the web. Place and time of the events are listed there, online elements are flagged explicitly.

  • Rooms 3-019, 8-102 and 8-103 are open to students who cannot use a stable internet connection at home. Attendance here also requires a weekly or permanent ticket from the Corona Testing Centre. The minimum distance must be maintained. Medical masks must be worn.
  • The Mensa offers food to eat on site and to take away. Current information, also on deviating regulations in the refectory, can be found on the Studentenwerk website.
  • The university library is open to a limited extend. Please check the HSB website for details.

Every attendance in the HSMW buildings must be registrated in order to enable contact tracing. This applies regardless of and despite the existence of a current negative Corona test, full vaccination protection or recovery.

For students, the registration of attendance is done at the beginning of each course. Please make sure to carry your HSMW-Card with you: Usually a scan of your HSMW-Card is sufficient to log the attendance. In some cases, lists are used on which first name, surname and matriculation number are entered.

Please avoid accumulations in the buildings and on the campus. Attendance must be kept to a minimum and must be spread out over time and space. Attendance clusters are to be avoided in the buildings and on the campus.

For employees, the following applies: mobile work (home office) and attendance are still to be should be reasonably combined in consultation with their supervisors. Working on campus is now the norm.

The registration of the attendances of all employees can be done in "absence principle": Basically, it is then assumed that the employees carry out their work in the buildings of HSMW, absences on whole days are recorded. The decision as to whether attendances or absences are registered lies with the deans and the heads of the departments.

In any case, the recording is done centrally within the faculties and central institutions (e.g. dean's offices). In addition, it is recorded centrally in the units which external visitors were in the HSMW, when and where, and how they can be contacted. This also applies, for example, when lecturers hold appointments with students in their offices, such as consultation hours or those for supervising theses.

  • If you feel ill, please stay at home.
  • If COVID-19 symptoms (especially coughing, fever and respiratory problems) appear while on campus or within 14 days thereafter, please inform the university immediately by e-mail to corona@hs-mittweida.de or by phone to +49 3727 58 14 93 and get tested.
  • Employees send their sick note scanned or as a photo by e-mail to dezpersonal@hs-mittweida.de and inform their faculties or departments. The original sick note must be submitted by mail together with the attachment to the health insurance voucher.

The regulations for entering Germany and Saxony stipulate a test obligation for those entering from risk areas identified by the BMG, BMI and Foreign Office. Travellers from non-risk areas can also be tested on a voluntary basis.

Mittweida University of Applied Sciences has additionally established a process for all students returning to the HSMW from risk areas, which protects all university members as well as the university town:

  1. Incoming students inform the Stura by using this form at least 48 hours before returning from a risk area.
  2. Subsequently, internal university departments as well as the health department of the district of Central Saxony are informed. The Health Office orders a quarantine in German, the Stura forwards the information to international students in English.
  3. If no valid COVID-19 test (not older than 48 hours) is available or recognized despite nationwide mandatory testing, and no medical certificate of symptom freedom is available, a test must be taken. The Stura offers students to arrange an appointment with a local doctor or test center.  Only such a test with a negative result can allow the quarantine to be lifted prematurely. If the offer is rejected, the quarantine order remains valid.
  4. If the test result is negative for Covid 19 and the medical report certifies the absence of symptoms, the quarantine is lifted. If the test result is positive or the medical report does not certify the absence of symptoms, the quarantine must be maintained, the university leadership will be informed in this case and contacts will be traced in order to break possible chains of infection.

If quarantine is imposed, the Stura offers to provide food and beverages. These "orders" shall be sent by e-mail to the Student Council.

For international students: If you have already taken out health insurance for Germany online, you can get a treatment certificate from there before you go to the doctor for the test. Otherwise you will have to pay for the test yourself.

It is very important to comply with the legal regulations, because in case of non-compliance, fines can be imposed by the responsible health authority.

In order to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, students who are enrolled in the summer semester 2021 and are not on leave of absence will be subject to an individual standard period of study that deviates from the standard period of study and that is extended by one semester, in accordance with §1 Saxon Standard Period of Study Ordinance.

The summer semester 2021 is not included in the calculation of examination deadlines. Examination achievements that are not credited also avoid any missed deadline due to repeat examinations that are not attended. All current repeat deadlines are, thus, automatically extended by the current semester. Deadline notices will not be issued for the current semester.

Planned and already started internships in companies should be started/continued. If the internship cannot be continued due to closure of the company, the student council asks for information with name, first name, seminar group and matriculation number by e-mail as soon as possible. It must then be decided on a case-by-case basis whether the internship can be continued after the reopening of the company. If it is not possible to continue, a solution will be sought within the university after the resumption of attendance.

Students can terminate their stay abroad without prejudice to their support and do not have to start it. The International Office is available by e-mail for further enquiries - also when it comes to planning a future stay abroad.

Generally, the same regulations apply to dual students as to others. Students who study in the dual system continue to complete the phase planned for this period. More detailed arrangements can and should be made with the practice partner and the deans of studies.

The courses and examinations for the winter semester 2020 will, as far as possible, take place in a mixture of online and classroom teaching. The coordination and announcement of the dates is carried out by the cooperation partners in Austria, Studien- und Technologie Transfer Zentrum Weiz and Ingenium Education Graz.

Further details on the individual courses and examinations can be obtained from our cooperation partners in Austria by e-mail:

The current situation is unfamiliar in many ways and can become a burden. Students can find tips and tricks for digital learning on the Campus Mundus University website. Time management, self-management and tips for the "home office" are included as well as information on the digital services of the university library and the OPAL learning platform. Perhaps the concept of mindfulness can also help to reduce discomfort and fear.

Self-help also begins with supporting each other. Within the university, some seminar groups have already organised student video conferences in the evening to exchange ideas with each other.

In addition, the Studentenwerk now offers its psychosocial counselling for Mittweida students in digital form, thus helping them to cope with problems that cannot be solved by their own efforts.

All parts of the HSMW invest time and energy to help all members of the university in this situation.The company health management has collected information on the Concept of mindfulness. It can help to reduce stress and anxiety.

The university sports department will be closed until 31 January 2021, but there are some online offers.

The Stura supports Mittweida's students during the Corona pandemic on an ongoing manner - by mail, telephone, social media and newsletter. As the rectorate's representative for student affairs, Stura's managing director is also responsible for communicating a lot of information from the university management to the students. The Stura provides information about the services offered by the Studentenwerk, such as advice by telephone and e-mail, as well as help in the event of financial bottlenecks, among other things by e-mail.