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University operations

Here you can find the pool of information on how the  pandemic affects our teaching activities and services. If you will be attending campus, please ensure you observe our current Hygiene plan.

Information about teaching

Information about teaching

Lectures (also practical lab exercises, inspecting assessments): The current plan is to conduct activities for Winter Semester 2021/22 on site. The precise arrangements depend on how the infection rate develops in the town of Kempten and the District of Upper Allgäu together with the hospital traffic light.

Examinations: We will provide information about the regulations for conducting examinations in due course.

Final theses: The deadline for registering a final thesis after completing the final module examination required for your course of study has been suspended.
If you are currently unable to identify a topic for your final thesis, 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.

Final theses can be submitted by hand 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: Should you not manage to arrange 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.

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: Reopened to users. To check the current requirements for entry and further regulations, please consult the library’s homepage

Canteen: Open for takeaways, no service to the public. From 5 July 2021: CafeBar in Building S! 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.

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: No field trips whatsoever will take place, recommencing only when the infection rates / hospital traffic light allow. 

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.

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.