Impact on teaching and services

  1. Kempten University of Applied Sciences
  2. Kempten University
  3. News
  4. Coronavirus
  5. Teaching and services

University operations

Please consult the current Hygiene Plan. Until further notice, the following arrangements apply to teaching and services at Kempten University of Applied Sciences: 

NEW: Planning for Summer Semester 2021

NEW: Planning for Summer Semester 2021

Dear students,

To give you clear advance notice of the plans for the forthcoming summer semester, the university’s Executive Board has made the following decisions:

  • No lectures will be held on the university campus up until 11 April, with the exception of practical training and practically based classes, which can take place in compliance with the prevailing hygiene regulations issued by Kempten University of Applied Sciences.
  • The current plan is to recommence on-site attendance of lectures starting on 12 April, in compliance with the hygiene regulations in force at that time. The content of these face-to-face lectures will also be provided in a suitable digital format so that there is no absolute obligation to attend in person on campus. The precise digital form in which this material is provided is up to the lecturers. For example, this might continue to be full-blown online classes, hybrid lectures (streamed face-to-face events), teaching material posted on Moodle, or recordings of face-to-face events.
  • Assessment formats are again subject to modification from those specified in the relevant Programme and Examination Regulations (“SPO”), in accordance with the University Examination Regulations: §5(3) APO. The assessment format will be specified prior to registration for examinations and announced by the lecturers.
  • Work on projects and final theses carried out in laboratories will comply with the prevailing hygiene regulations issued by Kempten University of Applied Sciences.

We hope that these framework conditions will make it possible to also conduct the forthcoming summer semester successfully for everyone involved.

We wish you a pleasant and recuperative lecture-free period in the run-up to the start of the summer semester – and good health!

 

Best wishes, 

Professor Wolfgang Hauke
President

Professor Dirk Jacob
Vice President Teaching and Professional Development

Restrictions from 16 December 2020

Restrictions from 16 December 2020

Dear students, 

The worsening pandemic situation in Bavaria has led the State Government to order the closure of all its facilities between 18 December 2020 and 10 January 2021.  

For Kempten University of Applied Sciences, this means that operations will cease on campus during this period and all facilities such as the library, Academic Registry, advisory and other services, including the International Office, will be closed and not contactable. No face-to-face classes, such as practical exercises, will take place. 

However, online teaching will go ahead as planned, unless your teacher notifies you that a particular class has been postponed. It is most likely that operations on campus will resume in their current form from 11 January. If anything changes in the meantime, we will post an update on the university’s homepage and/or email everyone with the details. 

We hugely regret the necessity for these restrictions, but hope that we can help improve the situation somewhat this way. 

Despite these extraordinary circumstances, we wish you a peaceful run-up to Christmas, an enjoyable festive season and a healthy and successful start to the new year. 

 

Best wishes, 

Professor Wolfgang Hauke                         Professor Dirk Jacob
President                                             Vice President Teaching and Professional Development

Teaching activities

Teaching activities

Winter Semester 2020/21

The current plan for this year’s Winter Semester is for our unrestricted-entry degree programmes to commence on 1 October 2020 (apart from: Computer Science – Game Engineering, starting on 12 October) and our restricted-entry degree programmes to start on 2 November 2020. Further information to follow.

You can find details of these provisions on the faculties’ and facilities’ own web pages:

Faculty of Business Administration

Faculty of Electrical Engineering

Faculty of Computer Science

Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Social and Health Studies

Tourism Management

General Elective Modules

Information about teaching

Information about teaching

Lectures (also practical lab exercises, inspecting assessments): Lectures are being presented digitally, and only absolutely essential classes are being conducted face-to-face. Decisions on which classes need to be taught face-to-face are taken by the faculty responsible in each case. Face-to-face classes cannot be recommenced, at the earliest, until the 7-day infection rate in the town of Kempten and the District of Upper Allgäu falls below 35.

End date for the semester: This has not yet been specified. We will inform you as soon as the Ministry announces its decision.

Examinations registration period: This remains unaltered for the time being. Any changes will be announced in good time. Please keep an eye on our main schedule for the latest developments.

Examinations: Examinations that are being conducted on site at Kempten University of Applied Sciences are subject to the announced hygiene regulations. Please note that you are not permitted to access university premises if you have symptoms of corona. Protect yourself and others by acting considerately. Please also note that during the examination period it is obligatory to wear a face mask in the corridors of buildings were exams are taking place.

Final theses: The deadline for registering a final thesis after completing the final module examination required for your course of study will also be suspended for the coming winter semester.
If you are unable to identify a topic for your final thesis this winter semester, the following back-up solutions are possible:

  • Look for a topic at the university to work on for your final thesis
  • Apply for a semester off (leave of absence)
  • Study abroad for a semester (admittedly difficult in the current situation – the choice of countries is at least limited)
  • Complete supplementary voluntary modules to enhance/fine-tune your training profile. Although these won’t count towards your average grade, they are listed on your certificate.

You can hand in your final thesis in person, addressed to “Abteilung Studium der Hochschule Kempten” (Kempten University of Applied Sciences – Academic Registry), via the mailbox in Building V during the opening hours of our mail room. Alternatively, you can send your final thesis by post to: Hochschule Kempten, Abteilung Studium, Postfach 1680, 87406 Kempten, Germany. If the corona crisis causes a delay that students cannot be held responsible for, which causes them to miss the deadline, they can apply for an extension in accordance with § 14 no. 7 sentence 4 APO by explaining the specific reasons to the relevant examinations board in an email sent via Academic Registry.

Practical semester: The deadline for submitting contracts for the practical semester is being extended from 15/21 July to 2 October 2020. If you are still left without an internship, the following back-up solutions are possible:

  • Continue studying and attend the lectures for semester 7 in advance. In this case, you will need to consult your faculty directly to find out if there are still spaces in the modules/majors you would like to take. You might also be able to work in advance on the practical/research project (PRP), depending on the faculty.
  • Apply for a semester off (leave of absence)
  • Study abroad for a semester (admittedly difficult in the current situation – the choice of countries is at least limited)
  • Seek an internship at the university, e.g. in research-intensive areas
  • Complete supplementary voluntary modules to enhance/fine-tune your training profile. Although these won’t count towards your average grade, they are listed on your certificate.

Students undertaking a practical semester are required to attend the partner organisation hosting their internship as agreed in their contract, as long as the company is open. If your host company switches to operating remotely (“home office”), you can also complete your internship this way. Should your host company halt operations due to the current corona emergency, either temporarily or permanently, your internship will nonetheless count as completed, providing you have missed no more than 50% of the period originally planned. The same applies if your host company formally shortens your working hours (“Kurzarbeit”) or temporarily releases you (without terminating the contract) from your duties. In any such case, written confirmation is required from the company that the internship had to be discontinued due to corona.

If your internship was cut short, please send an email to Academic Registry (studienamt(at)hs-kempten.de) requesting it to be credited. Your placement officer will then check how the period completed can be credited and inform you how many weeks will be required in a further internship. Please check with your host company whether the work you have undertaken for them can be credited as an internship under the stated conditions.

These regulations apply only to contracts signed before 15 March 2020. We thoroughly recommend that you recoup any time lost at a later point in your own interest. Students currently spending a practical semester abroad should contact the International Office if they encounter any problems. If you have any further questions about your internship, please get in touch with your placement officer.

Planning game and trainers’ certificate in the Faculty of Tourism Management: Sign up from 20 April in the Faculty Office. Contact: Faculty Office for Tourism Management

Professional development and the Professional School of Business & Technology:

Professional development and the Professional School of Business & Technology:

The same regulations apply here as to teaching activities in the faculties at Kempten University of Applied Sciences.

Facilities

Facilities

International Office: Incoming students will be given guidance by email or telephone (face-to-face guidance only in absolutely justified exceptional cases and subject to special arrangement). We remain in continuous contact with outgoing students.

Academic Registry: Wherever possible, communications should be conducted by telephone, email or post. Visits in person to the department are only foreseen in urgent exceptional cases by special arrangement for a face-to-face discussion.

Student Advisory Service: Information and advice are currently being provided by email, telephone and online. Please follow this link to access the Student Advisory Service’s web pages.

Library: § 22 of the 11th Bavarian Regulation on Infection Prevention Measures stipulates that the library must remain closed. However, from 25 January 2021, it is possible to order up to five books from our library stock by emailing bibliothek(at)hs-kempen.de , citing the time that you will collect them: from Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Please continue to use the returns box to get books back to us. Please note that you must wear an FFP2 mask when collecting books.

Canteen: Open for takeaways. No service to the public – access only for the university’s own students and staff upon presenting their CampusCard. For further information and up-to-date access arrangements, please consult the canteen’s main page.

Student assistants

Student assistants

Student assistants are to work as agreed in their contract. Please contact the facility or faculty where you work for further information if required.

Guidance

Guidance

Visits in person: Wherever possible, communications should be conducted by telephone, email or post. Visits in person to the department are only foreseen in urgent cases for a face-to-face discussion.

Professors’ consultation hours: Face-to-face meetings can continue. However, we recommend conducting discussions by telephone instead.

Meetings with supervisors: Face-to-face meetings can continue.

Assigning seminar papers and final theses: Face-to-face meetings can continue.

Inspecting assessments: This will only be possible once lectures commence. We will inform you of the due process.

Field trips: Field trips have had to be halted entirely and can only recommence once the 7-day infection rate in the town of Kempten and the District of Upper Allgäu falls below 35.