The "Corona traffic light" for classroom teaching
The Corona traffic light is red.
The Presidential Board, the teaching staff, the administration and the central institutions of the TU Braunschweig are working hard to ensure that classroom teaching can be carried out to the greatest possible extent. At the same time, infection prevention for students, employees and the people in the region has the highest priority. Whether and to what extent presence teaching is possible at the appropriate time is decided by the presidency after the crisis management team has given its opinion and in accordance with the specifications of the responsible authorities.
The decision is based on the following criteria:
As long as the incidence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in Braunschweig and the surrounding area is classified as "not strong" by the crisis management team of our university, theoretical courses (seminars, exercises, tutorials, etc.) and practical courses and examinations can be held under corona conditions in presence after appropriate approval. Lectures are usually held digitally.
If the infection rate is classified as "strong", only practical courses and examinations under corona conditions can be conducted in attendance. This means that all theoretical courses take place digitally. If the occurrence of infection is classified as "very intensive", then no more classroom teaching can take place.
These three levels of infection are indicated by the colors yellow, orange and red of a corona traffic light for classroom teaching. Whether the traffic light is set to yellow ("not strong"), orange ("strong") or red ("very intensive") depends largely on the number of new infections in the state of Lower Saxony and the Braunschweig region. But also on the availability of intensive care beds in Braunschweig hospitals, the risk assessment of the RKI and the existence of a hotspot at the TU.
Students and lecturers are informed by e-mail as soon as the traffic light changes color. Therefore, please check your e-mails regularly.
Please pay attention to the framework hygiene plan and the infection prevention measures that the Presidential Board has adopted on the basis of the recommendations of the crisis management team. Our hygiene plan and the measures follow the guidelines of the Federal Government and the State of Lower Saxony as well as the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute.
Behavior in case of a confirmed coronavirus infection
If you are infected with the coronavirus, please contact department 16 immediately using the e-mail address corona_meldung(at)tu-braunschweig.de. From there the further necessary steps will be coordinated centrally.
Please answer the following questions in the message:
- When and where did you get infected (e.g. vacation trip)?
- Have you been to the TU-Braunschweig in the past 14 days (date and occasion, e.g. participation in an internship, an examination, an attendance course, other visits to TU facilities)?
- With which persons from the TU environment did you have contact?
Presence in university facilities
Admission for students and prospective students only after prior appointment with the responsible office!
The buildings of TU Braunschweig are closed to the public until further notice. Expressly excluded are persons who require access in the course of their official duties.
In addition, some of the TU Braunschweig employees are located in the home office. We therefore kindly ask you to address any kind of questions or concerns by e-mail or telephone to the respective person. The stay must be arranged in advance with the respective institution. Uniform instructions have already been posted in the entrance areas of the facilities.
Unfortunately, this also applies to the study rooms at the university. We must ask you to study at home and, if necessary, to access the digital resources of the TU via VPN.
Access to the validation printers is possible to students.
Admission, discontinuation, leave of absence
The Admissions Office continues to process inquiries and applications even during the massively restricted operation and remains available by telephone, fax, e-mail and post. An unrestricted maintenance of the services is unfortunately not possible under the current threat of the coronavirus. However, we will try to keep the inconvenience for all students as low as possible. You can find more detailed information on the submission of documents, adherence to deadlines, de-registration, withdrawal of leave of absence etc. when you turn to the German version of this page.
Excursions are only possible up to traffic light color orange.
Prerequisites for the execution of obligatory, non-digitally substitutablefield excursions, site inspections and outdoor exercises (e.g. surveying exercises, freehand drawing) without application during the coronavirus pandemic:
- Each excursion/visit etc. must be approved in writing by the course management.
- The participants and staff members travel to and from the institute separately. When travelling by car, a maximum of 2 persons may travel together in one car. The maximum distance must be observed: Co-driver is on the back seat behind the front passenger seat.
- During the phase of arrivals and departures (meeting of the participants and employees) to the off-road facilities, the minimum distance of 1.50 m must be maintained.
- The institute will compile a list of the participants with their name, address, matriculation and mobile phone numbers; the data will be kept for 21 days and destroyed afterwards.
- The signature of the participants on the list of participants is obligatory.
- The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 151 persons.
- The institute has to provide for sufficient support staff (at least 2 persons).
- During the outdoor activities a minimum distance of 1,50 m has to be kept.
- Mouth-nose covering must be worn for the entire duration of the excursion. The participants have to provide their own mouth-nose coverings.
- Necessary personal protective equipment (here: safety helmets), if they are not the personal property of the participants, must be wiped off inside and outside before each change of persons.
If these requirements are met, it is not necessary to formulate an application to the crisis management team. The implementation can be carried out on the participants' own responsibility.
1 Group size according to LVVO
Studies and internship abroad
If you are not yet abroad, we advise you not to take up international mobility at this stage. Please note the information provided by the respective host university and the Federal Foreign Office. We also recommend that you plan your stay abroad in such a way that flights, accommodations and the like can be cancelled if necessary. The Federal Foreign Office has issued a worldwide travel warning in the course of the spread of the coronavirus.
If you are abroad, please assess carefully whether you wish to continue your stay abroad or terminate it prematurely. When making your decision, you should take into account the restrictions on travel options, current infection rates, the strain on local health systems and the general security situation in your host country.
Please check the websites and social media of the Federal Foreign Office regularly for current travel and security warnings. Please also register with the Federal Foreign Office's crisis prevention list. By registering, you will enable the local missions abroad to contact you directly.
If you are concerned of incurring high costs if you terminate your stay abroad prematurely, please contact the staff of the Mobility Office. In some programmes, such as Erasmus+, there are "force majeure" schemes that allow for the reimbursement of these costs.
More information can be found on the International House website: www.tu-braunschweig.de/auslandsstudium
Literature for research, teaching and study
The University Library is still open to all user groups with restrictions. In order to continue to provide you with the literature you need, the University Library has compiled a lot of information on its website. This includes special offers for research and teaching. If you have any questions, please contact the University Library at any time.
Opening of learning places: The University Library offers a defined number of learning places for TU students and staff in compliance with the prescribed hygiene measures. For details please refer to our FAQ.
Website of the University Library
Foreign language courses and workshops at the Language Centre
All foreign language courses and workshops at the Language Centre will take place as online courses in the winter semester 2020/21, possible exceptions will be announced in time. The Language Centre staff can be contacted via e-mail. All contact details can be found on the International House website: www.tu-braunschweig.de/fremdsprachen
Offers of help
The WeCare platform is the contact point for institutions and companies that request our support. At the same time, it promotes the many decentralized offers of help and project ideas from the university. It brings together requests and offers, clarifies and secures the legal and organizational framework and networks partners with each other. In doing so, we coordinate with other helping institutions and initiatives in the city and region. Offers of help and requests for help can be submitted immediately at wecare(at)tu-braunschweig.de.
The sandbox platform is now also available for ideas and projects to help on campus and in our region. Use the platform for your initiatives and to see where you can participate.
Students who are dependent on benefits under the Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz (BAföG) should not suffer any financial disadvantages due to the current situation caused by the COVID 19 pandemic. Further information can be found under the following link: www.bafög.de/keine-nachteile-beim-bafoeg-wegen-corona-756.php.
In addition, you can contact the Studentenwerk Ostniedersachsen if you have any questions regarding BAfoeG. The Studentenwerk Ostniedersachsen has set up a news ticker which provides you with the most important information: www.stw-on.de/corona.
Responsibility for oneself and for society
The Presidency urgently requests that you act in accordance with the guidelines of the Robert Koch Institut and the official institutions, that you deal with the current situation in a spirit of solidarity and responsibility, and to observe the contact restriction. Please reduce your contacts outside the members of your own household to an absolutely necessary minimum.
Currently, hybrid semesters are taking place at the TU Braunschweig until further notice.
All face-to-face teaching at TU Braunschweig is subject to the condition that the incidence of infection allows face-to-face teaching. As a rule, lectures are held digitally. There are two categories of courses in face-to-face teaching:
- theoretical courses (seminars, exercises, tutorials, etc.) and
- practical (laboratory) courses and examinations.
The Corona traffic light for face-to-face teaching shows which types of courses are possible. The Corona traffic light, you can find here.
Attached you will find a Instructions for Face-to-face Teaching and Exams during the Coronavirus Pandemic for Students, Lecturers and Invigilators
There are two special features of face-to-face teaching:
- For administrative reasons, the original changeover time of 15 minutes for classroom lectures has been kept in order to facilitate the compilation of timetables. Since it is mandatory and necessary to ventilate the rooms for at least 15 minutes before a classroom event, appropriate measures must be taken to ensure the length of this ventilation interval. In the case of two consecutive classroom teaching events, for example, this can mean shortening the preceding lecture/seminar by 10 to 15 minutes. The lecturers will make the necessary arrangements for this and will also inform you how the material that has been omitted will be made up for (e.g. by a few hours of online teaching).
- Due to the large number of courses and the short changeover times, cleaning the desks between two courses cannot be carried out by professional cleaning personnel. In the course of the pandemic, it has become clear that although transmission of SARS-CoV-2 via contaminated surfaces in the immediate vicinity of an infectious person cannot be ruled out, it is not the main threat. In order to prevent the transmission of the disease, the adherence of social distancing rules and the appropriate ventilation of the lecture halls and seminar rooms are much more important. For this reason, students will now be given the opportunity to clean the desk before the lecture. For this purpose, cleaning cloths and hand disinfectants will be available in the centrally administered rooms. This is not always the case in the decentrally administered rooms. However, even here, students will be given the opportunity to clean the space, but would possibly have to bring the cleaning cloths themselves.
The exclusion of infected or possibly infected persons from a classroom teaching event contributes to the health protection of students and lecturers. The documentation of attendance is also very important for tracing possible chains of infection. To ensure both, students must sign the attached self-declaration (Selbsterklärung, in German) before each face-to-face class.
The Corona traffic light for face-to-face teaching shows which event forms are possible. If the traffic light changes color, students and lecturers will be informed.
Exceptions for practical courses
Practical courses can be held again from 01.04.2021 at the earliest, provided that the pandemic situation permits this. Exceptions to this rule are practical courses that are at the end of the study period and represent the last course work before registration for a final thesis or a state examination.
For these exceptions, the lecturers submits an application to the dean of studies. In case of approval, the dean of studies submits the applications bundled with an informal letter via VPL to the crisis management team. After evaluation by the crisis management team, the presidency decides on the application.
Start of Lectures
You can find the semester times here.
In the following semesters, there will be a mixture of online and classroom teaching at TU Braunschweig. Here you can see which types of courses are currently possible.
First semester students
If the infection situation permits, special attendance events for students in their first semester can be offered under security conditions. These are intended to familiarize first-semester students with the regular operations of a university and also to promote networking among students. Special first semester events are possible as long as the Corona traffic light is on yellow.
Examinations in the form of handing in documents prepared in the home office (homework, minutes) may continue to take place. The submission of the corresponding examination documents is done digitally. Please contact your examiners and examination offices about the form.
In order to further increase the protection of the test participants, a general mask obligation was introduced. This means that the masks may not be removed after entering the examination area. Persons who are exempt from the mask requirement for medical reasons should discuss this with the teaching staff in advance in order to arrange a suitable examination environment.
With regard to examinations, the examination boards are the legal decision-making bodies. The Corona traffic light for attendance teaching regulates whether examinations take place in attendance. Presence exams can take place up to the color orange. You can find the current color of the traffic light here.
Please note the instructions for conducting examinations and specifications for hygiene measures for written exams during the corona virus pandemic inside and outside the lecture halls of the Technische Universität Braunschweig or the assigned examination locations as well as the declaration of no suspicion of a coronavirus infection when participating in a presence examination of the TU Braunschweig.
Health declaration (in German)
Statutes of the Technische Universität Braunschweig on the deviation of regulations in the study and examination regulations due to restrictions in teaching and examination operations by measures to prevent the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (in German)
Change of the type of examination
Students must be notified in advance of any change in the form and type of examination. On the legal basis of a presidium decision, the deadline for announcing the change of examination form and type has been shortened: the notification of the change must be made as soon as possible, but no later than 14 days before the examination date (according to the presidium decision of 22.01.2021).
In addition, there is an exemption until 15.02.2021: In the current traffic light changeover phase, a short-term change of examination form and type is exceptionally possible via a declaration of consent. For this purpose, the students will be informed about the change at least 4 working days before the exam as well as about a right of withdrawal (if consent is not given) up to 2 working days (Mon-Fri) before the exam.
If the students do not agree with the short-term change of the type and form of the exam please use the available right of withdrawal. Cancellation (withdrawal) is possible up to two working days (Mon-Fri) before the examination. If students participate in the examination, the general conditions of examination law apply.
Limited free exam attempt
Retroactive to 01.10.2020, a limited free exam attempt for online examinations was introduced at TU Braunschweig for the winter semester 2020/21. This regulation applies to all degree programmes at the TU Braunschweig and thus also to all types of examinations that are regulated by TU Braunschweig examination regulations (German: Ordnungen) and that are limited to a certain number of attempts.
Detailed regulations have been sent to everyone by mail dated 15.02.2021. You can access the university's public announcement "Gewährung einer limitierten Freiversuchsregelung im Wintersemester 2020/2021 für Online-Prüfungen an der Technischen Universität Braunschweig" (in German) here.
Note on declaration of independence after the end of the exams
For all written digital exams, students must submit declarations of independence. For organizational and technical reasons, the following procedure is intended for all examinations, regardless of the exact examination procedure (Take-Home-Exam, EvaExam, Integral Learning):
The declaration of independence is sent to the students together with the information on the exam procedure (as a separate file). Students hand-sign the declaration immediately after the exam and send it to the examiners immediately afterwards. For submission, examiners can choose one of the following ways: Upload to folder in Stud.IP or Powerfolder (for take-home exams along with exam results), submit by email, submit by mail.
If the declaration of self-sufficiency is not submitted, the exam will be considered failed.
What to do if the declaration of self-sufficiency cannot be printed?
In this case, students please handwrite the following information, sign this handwritten, by hand, and upload the document.
Text and information for the handwritten declaration
Name and matriculation number: ...
Name of the examination: ...
Date of the examination: ...
Time of the examination: ...
I have taken this examination on my own, without help from others and without unauthorized aids. I am aware of the consequences associated with this declaration.
Date (date of examination): ...
Time (after the examination): ...
Handwritten, personal signature
Regulation in case of technical difficulties
Exam eligibility for online exams also includes technical exam eligibility! By downloading the exam questionnaire for online exams, students confirm their ability to take the exam. For oral exams, confirmation of this question is a prerequisite for the start of the exam. Students are strongly advised to check before the exam whether the available communication infrastructure and communication devices are suitable for the exam. If not, assistance may be requested (see above). If technical or other difficulties occur during the exam so that the exam cannot be continued (e.g. uploading does not work), the students are responsible for informing the examiners immediately (e.g. in parallel video conference or by telephone) and documenting the technical malfunction appropriately (e.g. by a screenshot or photo with date and time display). Instructors will post a communication channel for technical malfunctions. It is important that students respond immediately. Otherwise, there is no right for the exam attempt to be continued or repeated. Late reporting of technical problems is not sufficient. In the case of a technical malfunction, students will not suffer any disadvantage (e.g. by an appropriate writing extension), except for attempted cheating. In the case of EvaExam, for example, in the event of a brief technical malfunction, it is possible in individual cases to send students a new TAN and to allow them to continue with the exam with individual remaining exam time (with control of the submission time).
Compensation for disadvantages
If students lack suitable communication devices (i.e. technical equipment) for taking an online exam or if other domestic circumstances (childcare/unsuitable living environment) make it impossible for them to take an online exam appropriately, the university will make communication devices or exam rooms accessible upon request.
- Students are requested to contact the instructor no later than 7 days prior to the exam to make arrangements. In unclear cases or for arbitration, the examination board should be contacted.
- In the subject, if necessary, pool rooms for computer use or seminar rooms for quiet seating can be opened for the exam period under the applicable hygiene regulations.
Online oral exams
Students are required to activate the camera and microphone function of the communication device used for the examination (video conferencing). Online oral examination without image information (e.g. by telephone) is not allowed.
Regulation in case of technical difficulties
If the image or sound transmission is temporarily disrupted during an oral online examination, the examination will be continued after the disruption has been rectified. If the technical malfunction persists so that the oral examination cannot be continued in an orderly manner, the examination will be discontinued and repeated at a later date. The examination attempt shall be deemed not to have been taken. This does not apply if the students can prove that they are responsible for the malfunction. Students are required to document technical faults (e.g. screenshots) or to report them by telephone during the examinations.
In the event of a technical connection failure, a telephone connection to the student must be established immediately until the video connection can be re-established. The time until the video connection is re-established is not to be counted as examination time.
Exceptions for oral exams in presence
Oral supplementary examinations can also take place in presence. If both parties agree, video conferences can also take place. In the case of supplementary examinations, special weight should be given to the students' wishes regarding the form of examination.
Exceptions for presence exams
Presence examinations can take place again at the earliest from 01.04.2021, if the pandemic allows it. Excluded from this regulation are a few presence examinations that cannot be substituted, as well as examinations in study programs that are not regulated by the examination regulations of the TU Braunschweig, but by special laws and do not provide for online examinations (e.g. state examinations). Requests for exceptions must be submitted by the responsible lecturer to the crisis management team after approval by the dean of studies. The crisis tmanagement team evaluates the request and submits it to the presidency for a decision.
For examinations in presence, the known hygiene regulations and infection protection measures must be observed. Please continue to check the websites of your faculty regularly. There you will find the most important information about the implementation of exams. The coordinators of the study programme are also available by e-mail and, if necessary, by telephone to answer any questions.
If you have general questions about the examinations, please contact the course coordinators in the subjects or sagsuns(at)tu-braunschweig.de for general questions.
Information on Conducting Online Exams during the Coronavirus Pandemic for Students
Declaration of academic integrity (in German)
Exams reviews are currently also to be conducted via video conference. According to the APO (§ 21), students have one year to submit a request for an exams review. Therefore, exam inspections should currently be limited to examinees who have not passed and may wish to take a make-up exam. It is recommended that the individual exam be reviewed as a scan in a video conference (share screen). If lecturers find it helpful, they can also email the scanned exam to the examinee in advance.
The conditions and deadlines for term papers are so specific to each institute throughout the university due to the different subject cultures that you should clarify this with your examiners in direct contact. The faculties are required to provide obliging solutions to problems. Please also have a look at the websites of the faculties and examination offices.
Theoretical theses can usually be continued, if they are created in the home office. In order to meet the deadline for submission of a written thesis, electronic submission to the Examination Office or, in some faculties, via a portal is accepted.
Experimental or practical theses can be carried out if the Corona traffic light for classroom teaching is set to orange.
Final theses that require special work rooms (laboratories, workshops, etc.) at the university and are carried out under the supervision of the responsible professor or his or her staff can still be carried out even if a red Corona traffic light is in place.
In order to carry out these final works in the TU rooms, an information to the crisis management staff is required (no application): After approval by the lecturer, a notification of the works is sent to the e-mail address abschlussarbeiten_meldung(at)tu-braunschweig.de with the contact details (lecturer, institute, e-mail addresses of the persons involved).
Theses that do not require permanent presence in rooms of the TU Braunschweig are not affected and can be continued or started. The possibility of a hardship application for the continuation of final theses in other cases remains unaffected.