Coronavirus - Important Information for Students

Start of Lectures Delayed

In order to combat the continued spread of the coronavirus, the Ministry of Culture and Science has decided to delay the start of the summer semester lecture period.

The new start of the lecture period of the summer semester is April 20, 2020; the end of the lecture period of the summer semester 2020 has been set at July 17, 2020. This applies to all research universities, universities of applied sciences, and universities of fine arts in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Recent signs have been pointing to the possibility of a delay and the coronavirus task force has already taken this scenario into account. The Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences has been working and planning for some time now to ensure that an eventual delay to the lecture period is implemented smoothly. An immediate consequence of this decision is that all courses scheduled for before the lecture period (workshops or block seminars, for example) must be cancelled. More information on the possible effects of this decision on examinations, internships, semesters abroad etc. will follow as soon as possible.

Students and staff are kept up to date on further developments and measures on a daily and regular basis.

A special e-mail address has been set up for further questions: corona@hochschule-rhein-waal.de

You will find further information regularly on our homepage.

Important News

All lectures, seminars, labs, internships, and examinations requiring you to appear in person are cancelled from Thursday, 19 March onward. All seminar and study rooms will be closed. Scheduled examinations will not take place. Solutions involving alternative examination formats are being worked on and will be announced soon by your Examination Board. 

Note that this restriction does not apply to examinations which do not require your presence on campus, e.g. take-home assignments, lab report and thesis papers. As before, these assignments, if sent by post, must be postmarked by the date of submission (sent ideally as a certified letter with notice of receipt). For examinations submitted by email, the time of receipt must be before the submission deadline. Thesis papers must be uploaded before the deadline in Sharepoint.

In-person student registration is also suspended until further notice. Prospective students can begin sending their registration documents (as well as any other required documents) as scans to studierendenservice@hochschule-rhein-waal.de

Applications for deregistration can also be signed, scanned and sent to: studierendenservice@hochschule-rhein-waal.de 

Rest assured, we are working hard on ways to minimize not only the inconvenience of this decision, but also the disadvantages it places on you.

Online offers for students 

There are new online offers from the libaray on Moodle! A comprehensive overview of current corona research can be found on the pages of the library

University sports go digital: check out the new online programme that you can join at home! 

The job portal on Moodle currently offers an additional secction for jobs during the corona crises. Check them our here

Information from your AStA

The social order was amended!

In a remarkable initiative, the Student Parliament voted on amending our social order. After a great group effort from the Bylaw Committee and Social Committee of StuPa, as well as its' Presidency and the AStA, an amendment passed unanimously and, once approved by the judicial department of the university, will be able to provide financial aid to students directly affected by the economic effects of the corona outbreak. We will continue to keep you updated on this process.

Corona Task Force

The university established a task force with members from all relevant departments. The task force meets every Monday (online) to update each other about the progress. Our role in these meetings is to provide everyone with an efficient flow of information, from the university to the students and vice-versa. As an active member, the AStA can assure you that everyone in the university is working on finding the most optimal solution for this upcoming semester, in a way that is the less disadvantageous to the students.

Working Group Digital Teaching 2020

The uni established a new working group that includes actors from the presidency, faculties, E-Learning-Centre, ZFQ, Department 5 and a student representative. From today on, Sebastian Ege, our student representative, will meet with the working group members twice a week (online) to bring the students' point of view into the discussion and to keep us informed about the progress and developments made. He will stay in close contact with students from all faculties. So please, contact your respective FSR with your concerns and demands regarding your faculties' plans to shape your studies this semester.

FAQs

For information about the university itself, general corona information and health tips, refer to our Facebook page or the university’s website.

Social Media

Because we are not able to serve the students in person, all our output will be available on social media. We will provide you with important information, sprinkled with some entertainment to help you stay up to date and hopefully reduce your boredom quite a bit.

Instagram: asta_hsrw

Facebook: asta.hsrw

Document Delivery

If you have urgent documents to be printed, but no printer at home, contact the International Department (e-mail below) with your documents attached and we will deliver them to you as fast as possible. Until now, this service is only available in Kleve, but we are working on establishing it in Kamp-Lintfort.

Online Office Hours

AStA has moved all of its’ work into home office. That means that all departments are there for you, every single day! Share with us your questions, proposals and ideas:

International Department: asta-international@hsrw.org

KLEvent Department: asta-klevent@hsrw.org

Political Education Department: asta-political-education@hsrw.org

PR Department: asta-pr@hsrw.org

Sport Department: asta-sports@hsrw.org

Social Department: asta-social@hsrw.org

University Policy Department: asta-university-policy@hsrw.org

Campus Representatives: asta@hsrw.org

Chairman: asta-chair@hsrw.org

Closure of the libraries

To protect individual health and to slow down the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the libraries at the campus Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort will be closed from 17 March 2020.

The following services are not available:

  • Borrowing media
  • Returning media
  • New registrations
  • Paying fees
  • Ordering interlibrary loan items
  • Face-to-face consulting
  • Usage of library rooms (carrels and group rooms)
  • Copiers

Of course, you will not have to pay any fees for exceeding the loan period during this period!

Closure of the canteens 

To protect individual health and to slow down the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the canteens at the campus Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort will be closed from 17 March 2020.

Closing of further central facilities

Due to the current developments related to the Corona Virus (SARS-CoV-2), the Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences will initially be closed to the public in the following areas from Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 to Sunday, April 19th, 2020:

  • Department of Student Affairs with Central Student Advisory Service, Student Service, Examination Service, Welcome Center and course rooms for university sports and music
  • Department of Information and Communications Technology with the service desk

In addition, we ask that you use the mailboxes for mail and avoid personal contact in the post office.

We are currently working on alternative arrangements for operations and will keep you informed.

We will be happy to answer your concerns by email or phone. Ideally, you should use the respective functional email addresses for this.

Advising

The Central Student Advisory and the Welcome Centre are still available to students and prospective students. If you are dealing with uncertainty, questions and anxiety in these trying times, please contact our staff. We are here to speak with you online or by phone.

The tutors of the Welcome Centre are also continuously providing helpful tips from a student’s perspective, which can be very valuable in the current coronavirus situation.

For counselling on academic and degree specific questions (e.g. your study progress) get in touch with the Study Guides of the Faculties.

Contact Central Student Advisory

Phone: +49 2821 80673 360 Email: study@hochschule-rhein-waal.de (auch zur Vereinbarung von Onlineberatungsterminen)

Contact Welcome Centre

Email: welcome-centre@hochschule-rhein-waal.de

Facebook: Welcome Centre

Contact Study Guides

Technology and Bionics: elena.buksmann@hochschule-rhein-waal.de
Life Sciences: lena.voelkel@hochschule-rhein-waal.de
Society and Economics: ejikeme-anthony.efonemchi@hochschule-rhein-waal.de
Communication and Environment: elena.buksmann@hochschule-rhein-waal.de

 

Events cancelled 

Until July 17, 2020 all events organised by or with Rhine-Waal University have been cancelled. This decision affects the following events: 

  • Career Days
  • DenkWerkStadt
  • Girls' and Boys' Day
  • Gasthörerschaft
  • Graduation Ceremony
  • Lange Nacht der Studienberatung
  • Offenes Klimahaus
  • Schnupperstudium
  • Studierende treffen Wirtschaft
  • Tag der offenen Tür
  • Freshers' Day
  • Lange Nacht der Hausarbeiten