The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic also has far-reaching consequences for all activities at THU. The Corona Order issued by the State of Baden-Württemberg
states the clear goal for universities to ensure a full-value semester for their students. As a University of Applied Sciences, practical teaching is a central feature of our profile. In addition to the mostly-online format for lectures, we are also making every effort to conduct the practical training component in laboratories during the semester, possibly in a reduced form, while adhering to strict safety measures. Students will be informed by the teaching staff in good time about when teaching events requiring attendance in person will start.
THU has issued occupational safety standards and occupational health protective measures for its employees for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Their aim is to ensure the health of everyone participating in university life. Therefore the following measures apply to all people present in the THU's buildings and grounds. They have been agreed by the President's Office, and will be regularly reviewed with regard to their effectiveness and necessity and will be adapted to the current situation as required.
- Protecting health is the top priority. Distancing is by far the best protection against infection. For this reason, a safety distance to other people of at least 1.5 m must be maintained at all times. Everyone at THU has the right to demand a safety distance of at least 1.5 m from their conversation partners.
- In the interest of protecting others, in all situations where it is not possible to permanently keep a distance of at least 1.5 m from your conversation partners, in the THU's buildings it is recommended to wear a mask covering your nose and mouth or, alternatively, a 3D-printed protective shield.
- In the examination period from July 18 – August 7, 2020, you must wear a mask covering your nose and mouth / community mask in all the common areas of the THU campuses.
- Especially for classes and laboratory classes where it is not possible to permanently keep a distance of at least 1.5 m, teaching staff and laboratory personnel can demand that students wear a mask covering their noses and mouths.
- In accordance with the latest Corona Order issued by the State of Baden-Württemberg, an attendance register must be filled out for all events held at the THU. This makes contact tracing much easier if there is an infection. Your personal details will be recorded exclusively for this purpose and deleted after four weeks.
- There are notices throughout the whole THU displaying the required rules of conduct (safety distance, mouth and nose protection, hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene).
- If you feel ill – especially if you have symptoms of respiratory illness or fever – for your own protection and for the protection of everyone, please stay at home and contact a doctor.
- In the publicly-accessible areas of the THU (corridors, lecture theaters, Aula, library), Technical Services have displayed notices and markings to aid compliance with the safety distance.
- Access to the building for non-members of THU (e.g. suppliers, cooperation partners etc.) must be restricted to a minimum. The relevant contact partner must inform them about the infection protection regulations at the THU.
- Laboratory equipment etc. must be cleaned after use by a group. Where this is not possible, protective gloves (disposable gloves, personal protective gloves etc.) must be worn. The specific implementation and organization of laboratory classes in accordance with the THU occupational health standards is the responsibility of the relevant departments/institutes.
- If you have had contact with someone who has been diagnosed with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within the last 14 days, you must contact your responsible health authority immediately, inform the University of Applied Sciences at email@example.com and stay at home for the time being. This is essential in every case – no matter whether you have symptoms or not.
This Summer Semester is an unusual semester for all of us, with a very high proportion of digital classes on offer. For every one of us, this requires mutual understanding, pragmatic solutions, timely discussions about potential difficulties and a large degree of individual responsibility and self-organization.
The risk of contagion and the risk of a potentially severe illness remains for us all. And there is still a risk of our health system being temporarily overwhelmed – and to all those people making sacrifices for us by working in it. In this case the current relaxing of the lockdown regulations will be reversed. So it is the responsibility of all of us to prevent this from happening.