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Information by HsKA regarding coronavirus

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Joint Resolution by the Federal and State Governments of January 19, 2021

Under the resolution of the Conference of the Federal and State Governments, the lockdown will be extended until February 2021. Among other things, it was determined that

  • private gatherings will continue to be permitted only among members of one's own household with one other person not living in the household.
  • the wearing of medical masks (i.e. so-called surgical masks or masks of the KN95/N95 or FFP2 standards) will be compulsory in public transport and in stores.


As exams are coming up,  we have provided updated information about the examination period at HsKA in winter semester 2020/21 and the specific regulations to follow in this case.

Corona Ordinance of the state government in effect as of Monday, January 11, 2021

General situation

Due to the decision of the federal and state governments to extend and tighten the lockdown until January 31, 2021, the Corona Ordinance of the state of Baden-Württemberg (page in German language only) has been amended in some details, effective Monday, January 11, 2021:

  • Contact restrictions: From now on, each household is only allowed to meet with one other person (children under 14 are exempt in Baden-Württemberg). The regulation of a movement restriction to the 15-kilometer radius will not be applied in Baden-Württemberg; the state refers to the exit restrictions already in place.
  • Entry from risk area: In general, there is still a ten-day quarantine obligation when entering from a risk area, which can be terminated at the earliest by a negative test result collected from the fifth day of quarantine. In future, testing will also be mandatory upon entry. Furthermore, border commuters and cross-border commuters who cross the border for study purposes or to work will continue to be exempt from the quarantine obligation if appropriate protection and hygiene concepts are observed. If necessary, a certificate of compelling need may be issued by our university.
  • Child Care: A family may join with another family to form a child care community in which children are cared for in turn.
  • Schools and daycare centers: Mandatory distance learning begins in schools on Monday, January 11, 2021.
  • Emergency care for children: Emergency care in daycare centers and schools has been newly regulated and expanded by the Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs. In addition, students who are prevented from taking care of their children due to exam preparation can also take advantage of emergency care.
  • Click-and-collect: Pre-ordered products may be picked up in stores.

At the same time, the amendment of the Corona Regulation regarding Study Operation of the Ministry of Sciences (page in German language only) comes into effect. Under this amendment, lending books from the libraries will be possible again from Monday, January 11, 2021.

What is the impact at HsKA?

  • The currently valid rules will continue to apply until the end of the lecture period in winter semester 2020/21, approved face-to-face operations can be continued. The university will have to react to unexpected changes of the new Corona Regulation regarding Study Operation of the MWK.
  • Preparations for the examination period starting on 05.02.2021 are under way and will be evaluated and coordinated with the deans of the faculties.
  • Students in emergency care situations can receive confirmation of scheduled exam time upon request; this includes exam preparation.
  • Professors and staff involved in exam organization may receive, upon request, a certificate of indispensability for the exam period for emergency care.

Note on emergency care in daycare centers and schools:

We strongly appeal to the legal guardians to only make use of emergency care if this is absolutely necessary.

1. Permitted between 5 am and 8 pm (during the day):

  • Travelling to and from the university for official reasons (work)
  • Attendance of in-service training and further education events
  • Attendance of "events of study operations within the meaning of § 13 paragraph 4";
  • in accordance with the second half of the first sentence of § 13 (4), this includes events in digital formats and other distance learning formats as well as face-to-face events that have been approved by the Senior Management in accordance with the second sentence of § 13 (4).
  • Going to the Student Canteen for the purpose of picking up meals.
  • Visiting university libraries and university archives
  • Attendance of face-to-face examinations and exam preparations in accordance with § 1a paragraph 3 clause 2

2. Permitted between 8 pm and 5 am (at night):

  • Travelling to and from the university for official reasons (work)
  • Attendance of in-service training and further education events
  • Attendance of "events of study operations within the meaning of § 13 paragraph 4";
  • Attendance of face-to-face examinations and exam preparations in accordance with § 1a paragraph 2 clause 8

Exit restrictions throughout Baden-Württemberg from Saturday, December 12, 2020

Due to rising Corona numbers, strict curfew restrictions will apply throughout Baden-Württemberg from December 12, 2020.

This means that being out of one's home between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. will only be allowed for valid reasons.

These valid reasons are in particular:

  • attending private parties in the period from December 23 to 27.
  • carrying out professional activities
  • use of medical services, including veterinary services
  • accompanying persons in need of assistance and minors
  • accompanying the dying and persons in acute life-threatening conditions
  • acts of caring for animals, such as walking them
  • attendance at schools, day-care centers, and teaching and learning activities
  • gatherings that serve the upkeep of work, service or business operations, public safety and order or social welfare

In the period from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., staying outside one's home is also allowed only for valid reasons. In addition to the above reasons for the night hours, which also apply during the day, are:

  • sports and exercise in the fresh air exclusively alone, with one other person not living in the same household, or with members of one's own household
  • doing the shopping
  • gatherings and private events with members of one's own household or a maximum of 5 persons from up to two households, as well as relatives in a straight line and partners; children of the respective households up to and including 14 years of age are exempt from this rule
  • events according to § 10 paragraph 4 of the Corona Ordinance (CoronaVO) such as participation in court hearings or meetings of municipal bodies
  • exercise of custody and access rights
  • attendance of meetings in accordance with Article 8 of the Basic Law

See also the Ministry pages (in German language only)

New Corona Ordinance as of 1st December

Additional restrictions come into effect as of December 1st, 2020 under the new Corona Ordinance of the State Government of Baden-Württemberg. This entails that a maximum of 5 people from two households are allowed to meet. The obligation to wear a mask in public spaces is extended. The higher education institutions in Baden-Württemberg are not to offer any in-person teaching operations. Digital formats and other distance learning formats are not affected. In-person courses can be held only if deemed mandatory and if they cannot be carried out online or via other distance learning formats. Student canteens and cafeterias can offer food and beverages only to take-away and by selling them outside the premises.

The new corona ordinance on teaching operations (in German language only) of the Ministry of Sciences, Research and Arts (MWK) also comes into effect as of December 1st, 2020. Hereby the teaching operations are regulated until 20th December.

Teaching to take place online from 2nd November on

On 26th October 2020, HsKA changed from hybrid semester mode to online semester mode. On 30th October, 2020 the Ministry of Sciences, Research and Arts (MWK) communicated in a press release that online teaching would be mandatory for all universities in Baden-Württemberg until end of November, and in-person classes can be held only if deemed necessary to ensure that the winter semester is concluded successfully. From the Ministry’s viewpoint, this comprises especially exams, laboratory classes, and practical components.

The academic libraries and both state libraries will remain open in November and December, while following special protective measures, in order to make academic operation possible.

What is the impact at HsKA?

  • The previous regulations suspending in-person teaching operations remain unchanged. If any in-person course (laboratory, practical class, exam) is to take place it must still be authorized by the Senior Management. An in-person course must be deemed necessary to maintain academic operations and be impossible to carry out as distance learning (while maintaining a suitable hygiene policy).
  • The university buildings remain open to members of the university; those groups of people who had been admitted until November 30th, 2020 continue to be admitted; as before, class rooms and rooms for independent study can be accessed after prior registration (Faculties’ regulations remain unchanged).
  • The consistent use of the mouth and nose protection (MNS) is extended to lecturers of laboratories and practical classes, to events / exercises on-campus outside buildings (if a minimum distance of 1.5 m to other persons cannot be guaranteed for a longer duration).
  • MNS must currently be worn in the entrance area of buildings, as the distance cannot be maintained there reliably.
  • Prohibition of access and participation has been adapted to the new quarantine regulations and now covers a duration of 10 days only (instead of 14 days as before) since the last contact with a person infected with the coronavirus.

How long do these regulations apply?

  • For the time being, the online teaching operations take place until December 20th, 2020.


General rules of conduct

Professors, employees, students and external visitors are requested to follow these rules of conduct:

  • In all buildings and in the entrance areas, the AHA+L rule must be followed: maintain distance, observe the hygiene measures, wear a face mask, and regularly and sufficiently air laboratories and offices.

The obligation to wear a mouth and nose covering and to observe the AHA+L rule does not only apply to in-person courses at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences but also to public areas. An overview of these measures:

  • Obligation to wear a face mask in public spaces if the minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be maintained.
  • At the most 5 persons or 2 households are allowed to meet privately or in public spaces.

Please also see the information about hygiene on campus.

What do I do if...

Please self-quarantine if one of the following cases applies:

  • If you stayed in a risk area within the last 14 days, irrespectively of when it was declared a risk area.
  • If you are or were in contact with somebody who was found to be infected with corona.

Please stay away from campus if you have developed symptoms of cold:

Typical symptoms are fever, cough, as well as flawed sense of taste or smell. In this case, please consult a doctor by phone to discuss how to proceed.

Please inform us if you have fallen ill with covid-19:

If you were tested positive for the corona virus please contact your faculty office.

If you anticipate any difficulties to your studies or exams from being absent from university please contact your faculty office. The University will do its utmost to find a solution.

As of 8th November, stricter regulations apply for persons returning from risk areas

For persons returning from coronavirus risk areas, stricter regulations apply as of 8.11.2020. Persons concerned no longer can be exempted from the mandatory quarantine by means of a negative test result.

An immediate negative test result does not exempt from mandatory quarantine

Students or staff entering Baden-Württemberg from an international coronavirus risk area must observe a 10-day quarantine period. Under the new regulation, individuals returning from international travel lo longer can be exempted from the mandatory quarantine by means of a negative test result. Those who intend to prematurely terminate self-isolation can undergo corona testing five days after their return at the earliest. If the test result is negative the mandatory quarantine can be ended.

Exceptional rules for students and staff from Alsace remain valid

Cross-border commuters and border residents continue to be exempt from mandatory quarantine. Persons living in the area near the border and crossing over to Baden-Württemberg for less than 24 hours are not required to observe isolation. This equally applies to persons entering a risk area just across the border for less than 24 hours. As of now, an exceptional rule has been added regarding travelers to a risk area who stay there 72 hours at most in order to visit first-degree relatives or to undergo urgent medical treatment.

Please see also the full press release by the State Ministry “New Corona Ordinance on Entry Quarantine to come into force on 8 November”.

General quarantine rules remain unchanged

As before, the usual corona quarantine period has to observed in case of a positive test result or if the person concerned had direct contact to a positive-tested person. As of December 1st, 2020 the duration was shortened to 10 days.

Information by HsKA regarding coronavirus

Winter semester 2020/21 is different from previous semesters. In the following welcome video messages from the Senior Management, you will get information about life at HsKA under coronavirus conditions regarding their respective fields of responsibility. By following the link to youtube and activating the subtitle function you will see the speech in English.

Video message by President Prof. Dr.-Ing. Frank Artinger, field of responsibility: overall policy, technology transfer

Video message by Vice-President Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Angelika Altmann-Dieses, field of responsibility: teaching and learning, international affairs

Video message by Vice-President Prof. Dr.-Ing. Franz Quint, field of responsibility: research, cooperations, quality management



Central Administration, corona hotline
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Andreas Erdmann M.B.A.
Safety engineer
Director of the Office for Health and Safety

Building LI, room U017
Moltkestr. 30, 76133 Karlsruhe
Phone +49(0)721 925-2233
Email andreas_matthias.erdmannspam prevention@hs-karlsruhe.de

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Services at Karlsruhe
Medical emergency services: phone 116 117
Corona hotline / interactive voice response: phone 0721 133 33 33
Landesgesundheitsamt (regional health authority): phone 0711 904 39555, Mo to Fri 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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