Information by HsKA regarding coronavirus

from 27th march, 2020

In the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration is the responsible contact. Its evaluation of the current coronavirus situation is based on the monitoring of the Robert Koch Institute. Updated information about the coronavirus is provided on a special website (in German only). The Robert Koch Institute estimates the health risk for people in Germany as high, in case of high-risk groups as very high. This risk, however, varies according to the region concerned. The likelihood to experience a more severe course of disease increases with people of an advanced age and/or who have a pre-existing illness. The strain on the public health infrastructure might be very high locally, depending on the regional spread of the infection, the available capacities and the measures taken (isolation, quarantine, social separateness). The Government has issued a warning to cancel any not essential or tourist travel out of Germany.

Number of cases in Germany according to the Robert Koch Institute (in German language only)

Local corona information portal of Karlsruhe (in German language only)

Situation at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences

At Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences HsKA, there are currently no cases of illness, but a few employees and students have been quarantined pre-emptively at home. As responsible contact, a coordination team has been formed at HsKA comprising members of the Senior Management, the Human Resources, the Facility Management, the Public Relations and Marketing Office, the Staff Council, and the Office for Health and Safety.

Face-to-face education of the summer semester postponed, online courses available, revised academic calendar, buildings closed

In view of the Coronavirus crisis the start of face-to-face lectures and modules of the summer semester has been postponed to Monday, April 20, 2020. As a substitute, the Faculties are currently creating new and developing existing online courses. We are asking the students to stay in touch via electronic communication means with their study program administration and their Faculty to organise transmission of virtual learning. The academic calendar for summer semester 2020 has been revised regarding the schedule from 20 April 2020 onwards (see below).

The further education program is currently cancelled until April 20th.

Additional cleaning measures have been taken in the buildings to prevent infection (e.g. disinfecting door handles, hand rails, light switches, elevator buttons, desk surfaces). 

The Senior Management has taken precautions to keep up the operation of HsKA while minimizing direct exposure. The student canteen and cafeteria are closed. The following institutions can be contacted by phone or email only but are closed for direct contact: Human Resources, Student Registry, International Office, Pay-Office.

The events scheduled for the near future have ben cancelled due to the epidemic (leaving the possibility to cancel further events).

Information for students

In order to prevent the spreading of the coronavirus in the state of Baden-Württemberg and in Germany, comprehensive measures have been taken. An overview of these measures is given on this website. But the university also needs your cooperation. Please check you email account regularly for HsKA information.

International exchange students are recommended, with your health and safety in mind, to return to your home countries immediately. If you have been following the news you will understand that it is impossible to know at this point how long this will still be an option for you, given the restrictions to international travel that are being imposed at the moment (please contact the embassy or consulate of your transit or destination country to receive information on possible entry restrictions). Also, there is some serious doubt as to whether or not the semester will be able to start after the Easter holidays. As for the classes you were planning to take with us, we are trying hard to find alternative ways of delivering them, but for which and how many classes this will be possible we cannot tell at this point. General information for exchange students is available at https://www.studying-in-germany.org/coronavirus-information-for-international-students-in-germany/

Please stay away from the campus and inform your faculty office if …

·         you stayed in a high-risk area within the last 14 days, irrespectively of when it was declared a high-risk area

·         you were in contact with somebody who was found to be infected with corona

If you have developed symptoms such as fever, cough, a cold, abnormal fatigue, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, headache and shooting pains, shivering, please consult a doctor by phone to discuss how to proceed.

At present, the following areas are considered to be high-risk areas:

Austria: state of Tyrol

Egypt

France: Region Grand Est (includes Alsace, Lorraine, and Champagne-Ardenne)

Iran

Italy

South Korea: Daegue and Gyeongsangbuk-do province (northern Gyeongsang)

Spain: regions of Madrid, Navarra, La Rioja, Paìs Vasco

Switzerland: cantons of Tessin, Waadt, Geneva

USA: states California, Washington, and New York

Germany: Landkreis Heinsberg (Nordrhein-Westfalen)

How does this situation impact on my studies?

We ask for your understanding to follow these recommendations, which regard the benefit and the health of all members of HsKA and all persons. If you anticipate any difficulties from being absent from classes, such as missing exams or deadlines for handing in work, please contact your faculty office. The University will do its utmost to find a solution. 

Please remember that the Human Resources, Student Registry, International Office, Service Center for Teaching and Learning, Center of Competence, Information Center and Pay-Office are currently closed for direct contact and can be contacted by phone or email only. The buildings and lecture rooms cannot be accessed. The Student Canteen and Cafeteria are also closed. Please see the staff pages for contact details of all HsKA contact persons. Face-to-face lectures are cancelled but HsKA itself remains open with a skeleton crew in all departments and faculties. We are asking the students to stay in touch by email with their study program administration and their Faculty to organise transmission of courses via e-learning and other digital platforms. Please see the new, central website on online teaching and learning (in German language) for information, instructions and further links.

Preliminary (residual) academic calendar for summer semester 2020 fro 20th April, 2020 onwards:

HsKA will make sure that all examination credits scheduled for summer semester 2020 can be taken and that the academic feasibility is ensured. In a joint meeting on 17th March 2020, the Senior Management and the faculties' Deans agreed on the following measures:

  • Courses will take place during the week following Whitsun (week 23) as well as on five Saturdays following 20th April 2020 (details will be arranged by the faculties)
  • End of lectures in summer semester 2020 will be Friday 10th July 2020 (extension by one week)
  • The examination period remains unchanged (6th July to 24th July 2020), i.e. examinations can start in week 28 already

How can I protect myself?

Please restrict your social contacts – this is for your own safety but also to protect high-risk groups and to make sure that the limited medical capacity can be met. Please do not come as a group to the university, even outside rooms. Please help other people in need of support – social competence and social responsibility are at HsKA an important part of the academic education.

Keep to yourself as much as possible, otherwise keep if possible a distance of 2 metres from other persons. Keep your distance from others when coughing and sneezing and turn around if possible. Cover your mouth and nose with flexed elbow or use a tissue that you can dispose of immediately. Avoid any unnecessary contacts, such as shaking hands, and wash your hands regularly and thoroughly (at least for 20 seconds) with soap and water.

Further information by the World Health Organization: basic protective measures

 

Faculty Offices - your contact persons

Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Ms. Heinrich, phone: +49 721 925-2718, email: brigitte.heinrichspam prevention@hs-karlsruhe.de

Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology

Ms. Gieb, phone: +49 721 925-1465, email: claudia.giebspam prevention@hs-karlsruhe.de

Faculty of Computer Science and Business Information Systems

Business Information Systems: Ms. Deck, phone: +49 721 925-2942, email: wenke.deckspam prevention@hs-karlsruhe.de

Computer Science: Ms. Smigelski, phone: +49 721 925-1505, email: saskia.smigelskispam prevention@hs-karlsruhe.de

Faculty of Information Management and Media

Geodesy and Navigation/Geo-Information Management/Geomatics/Transportation Management: Ms. Becker, phone: +49 721 925-2590, email: ruth.beckerspam prevention@hs-karlsruhe.de

Communication and Media Management: Ms. Berumen-Roden, phone: +49 721 925-1123, email: heike-britta.berumen-rodenspam prevention@hs-karlsruhe.de

Culture, Media and Technologies: Mr. Müller, phone: +49 721 925-1152, email: dominik.muellerspam prevention@hs-karlsruhe.de

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics

Ms. Lengenfelder, phone: +49 721 925-1914, email: sekretariat.mmtspam prevention@hs-karlsruhe.de

Faculty of Management Science and Engineering

Ms. Appelius, phone: +49 721 925-1946, email: claudia.appeliusspam prevention@hs-karlsruhe.de

Ms. Schauermann, phone: +49 721 925-1945, email: silke.schauermann@hs-karlsruhe.de