Corona FAQ

Our Corona FAQ is addressed to all students of the RWTH and is intended to summarize the most important information and special regulations at our university with regard to the current pandemic. We try to update the FAQ regularly to keep you up to date. If you have any questions or remarks, please feel free to contact corona@asta.rwth-aachen.de at any time. (Last Updated: 21.01.2021)

Regulations in the winter semester 2021/2022

Written and oral examinations in presence

The regulations for examinations will be analogous to those in teaching. For the examination phase, it can be expected that the corresponding regulations will be agreed upon in the next few months, depending on the state of the pandemic.

Cheating attempts, disconnections and other problems during exams

The multitude of different and still new scenarios mean that, unfortunately, it is often not possible to make a blanket statement about problems with remote examinations and exams in the pandemic, but rather the individual case must be considered. Nevertheless, we list some overarching facts here:

  • Bathroom visits may not be prohibited during a remote examination.
  • If maximum time windows are set for toilet visits, they must be proportionate (esp. in the case of health impairments) and exceeding them is not considered an attempt to cheat.
  • A disconnection/loss of video is generally not sufficient for the assumption of a cheating attempt. In such a case, however, the exam can be cancelled or graded with 5.0, in which case the free attempt rule applies.
  • If you are accused of attempted cheating, the decision on the attempted cheating is made by the examination board and not by the examiner. Before this decision you will be given the opportunity to make a response.
  • If your exam was canceled due to a suspected attempt to cheat, even though there was no attempt to cheat, you must be offered an exam in the form of a written or oral exam in a timely manner.

A detailed overview of the applicable regulations in teaching is provided in the consolidated handout Teaching. Further information on attempted cheating can be found in the leaflet Täuschungsversuche in Klausuren.

Furthermore, if you encounter problems during the exam period that you cannot solve yourself, contact your student council or our teaching team at pruefungsrecht@asta.rwth-aachen.de.

Additional regulations and information on studying in the Corona pandemic

 

Free attempt regulation

The free attempt regulation also applies in the winter semester 21/22 for all students in the Bachelor and for third attempts in the Master. Accordingly, all examinations that have not been passed are deemed not to have been taken, as long as they have actually been taken and there has been no attempt at cheating.
Examinations that have already been passed cannot be repeated. (For medicine and dentistry the repetition of exams is regulated through the examination regulations).

This means: If you are in the Bachelor, then you have free attempts, even if you are working on Master modules. If you are in the Master, then you only have a free attempt in the third attempt.

The exams are excluded from the free attempt regulation:
– Preliminary examination in natural sciences in the study program dentistry
– Preliminary dental examination in the dental medicine degree program
– Dental examination in the dental medicine degree program
– Basic medical examination in the model course of study Medicine
– Medical examination according to §§ 27 – 29 ÄAppO
– Medical examination according to §§ 30 – 33 ÄAppO

Exam deregistration
Deregistration from exams is possible up to 3 working days before the start of the exam. However, in case of a positive test result for Covid 19 or cold symptoms, a shorter notice of cancellation is possible.

Increase of the individual standard period of study
The individual standard period of study will be increased by one semester for all students enrolled in the winter semester 2021/2022. If you were already enrolled in the summer semester 2020, winter semester 2020/2021 or summer semester 2021, the standard period of study will be increased by one semester for you in each case. Students on leave of absence also benefit from this regulation.

BAföG

The extension of the standard period of study for students who were enrolled at RWTH in the summer semester 20 means that the BAföG entitlement will also be extended by one semester. However, this only applies to those whose funding entitlement does not expire until after March 31, 2020. More information can be found at Studierendenwerk Aachen, which is also happy to receive feedback.

BAFöG recipients are not disadvantaged by the cancellation of lectures and exams. More info can be found here.

Further information on the topic of study financing during the corona crisis can be found here.

Digital teaching

A comprehensive “how-to” and privacy rules digital teaching and exams has been published by the team from CLS and can be found here.

The state department would like 50% face-to-face teaching per program.

It is recommended that up to 50 people all events should be conducted normally. Up to 200 people, the course should be arranged in a checkerboard pattern, and for more than 200 people, the course should be moved to online. In the end, however, it is up to the teachers to decide how the sessions should be conducted.

Expect to be checked for 3G(vaccinated, recovered, tested) when you go into a RWTH building/event.

Here, one can use the vaccination certificate or the corona app. An ID card must also be presented for clear identification.

It happen that not all people in a course are checked.

If there is no 3G proof, then you will be expelled from the building.

RWTH will take legal action against those who use falsified vaccination certificates.

Not all vaccines are considered acceptable for 3G. If there is any doubt that your vaccine is not approved, then you should visit the vaccination consultation at the RWTH University Medical Center to find a solution.

Compensation for disadvantages  of Risk groups

Belonging to a risk group has been added to the list for possible disadvantage compensation. In this case, an application to the examination board is required, which also makes the decision. Those who need help with the application or have other current health difficulties in their studies (e.g. difficulties with the digital solution) can contact VORSCHUB at vorschub@asta.rwth-aachen.de.

The most important in 3 points

  • In the winter semester 21/22 a weakened free attempt regulation applies compared to the last semesters
  • Be prepared to show 3G proof in all RWTH buildings.
  • No matter what happens to you in connection with Corona, document everything! Have everything that was agreed on the phone or recommended to you in writing so that you can prove exactly what happened afterwards.
  • Stay informed. Both the AStA and the RWTH provide ongoing information via their social media channels and websites. Further down on the page you will also find a collection of additional links.

 

Offers and facilities at the RWTH

Masks are mandatory in all RWTH buildings.

As soon as you show symptoms of a coronavirus disease you are absolutely forbidden to enter all buildings of the RWTH.

Vaccinations

The booking portal can be found at this link. For the booking students need their matriculation number.

In the meantime, it is also possible to book only one appointments for people who have recovered, for example. The booking tool for individual appointments is available under this link.

We have gathered information about rules concerning vaccination and testing for international students right here.

Info in case of difficulties or more detailed information about the university medical facilities can be found here.

 

Office hours and consultation

Counseling services at RWTH and other institutions are only available by phone or mail due to the pandemic.

Here you will find a few links to individual offers:

AStA : Overview of the individual consultations and the consultation times

Dorm Administration: Übersicht zu Kontaktmöglichkeiten und Beratungszeiten

Office for the Support of Education (Bafög): Overview of contact options and consulting hours

IT-Center – Infopoint and Servicedesk: A large FAQ as well as contact options

Learning spaces

The range of open learning spaces can be found here.

Dorms

For students who live in dormitories of the Studierendenwerk, there are now exceptions that are intended to relieve students in the event of a terminated employment relationship. These include the possibility of immediate termination or a rent deferral. All information can be found here.

Canteen

The Mensa Academica is open on weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a limited menu. As in previous months, only students and employees of the four Aachen universities who can prove their university affiliation are eligible for access. The seating area in the Mensa Academica is open between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The Infopoint of the Studierendenwerk, Pontwall 3, will be open daily between 11:30 and 3 p.m. for students. However, we ask that you only visit it in urgent cases.

The Studierendenwerk provides information about the current regulations and opening hours of the individual dining halls.

Where can I get information?

The RWTH informs here about all measures and information.

RWTH has also set up a hotline for urgent questions about the workplace, studies and teaching. It can be reached Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at +49 241 80 90810 or by e-mail at hotline@zhv.rwth-aachen.de.

Please note that no medical advice can be given at this number. Instead, you can contact the GP on-call services via the 116117 hotline and the health office responsible for you.

For citizens of the city of Aachen and the StädteRegion Aachen, an additional corona info hotline has been set up for general information (also not for personal medical advice) on the subject in addition to 115 via +49 241 510051 (also on weekends from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.).

The NRW Ministry of Health has also set up a hotline on the corona virus at +49 211 855 47 74.

The authorities expressly ask people not to use the emergency numbers 110 and 112 unnecessarily.