The Leuphana University Lüneburg will again offer regular attendance at the beginning of the lecture period of the summer semester from April 4. Courses and examinations in the summer semester will basically take place in person again. Research will be possible without restrictions. All university facilities will be open on a regular basis.

In the summer semester, in accordance with federal and state agreements, the previous requirement for students to prove 3G status (vaccinated, recovered, tested) will no longer apply. However, please note: Until April 2, the obligation to provide proof of 3G status will continue to apply to all visitors to university events and to all students in courses and examinations. Please note the following detailed organizational instructions for the implementation of your courses in the current winter semester. If you have any further questions or comments, please continue to contact cv-info@leuphana.de.

You will find further information and support for the planning and implementation of your course on the pages of the Lehrservice.

Carrying out tests

In view of the current development of the Corona infection figures, the Presidential Board, together with the deans and deans of studies, the heads of the institutions and departments and the representatives of the students and the staff council, has discussed the implementation of the examination phase and the further course of the summer semester 2022 and passed the following resolutions:

  1. in principle, examinations in the summer semester 2022 will be conducted regularly in accordance with the applicable framework examination regulations, i.e. in the form of on-site presence on campus.
  2. as an exception to the regular procedure, Leuphana will also accept digital submission of written examinations in the summer semester 2022 for the following examinations:
    a) written parts of combined academic papers (to be sent to the examiners),
    b) written scientific papers (to be sent to the examiners),
    c) theses (to be sent to the examiners and to the Student Services using the Leuphana e-mail address infoportal@leuphana.deunter). 3.
  3. As a further exception, it will also be possible for students in the summer semester 2022 to withdraw from an attendance examination until the beginning of the examination by adapting the administrative practice to the handling known from the winter semester 2021/2022. In this case, non-attendance at the examination is considered a declaration of withdrawal. In these cases, teachers are asked to note a non-attendance (NE) in the grade lists. The Student Services will subsequently document the withdrawal in the digital examination administration. Written academic papers and the written part of theses remain exempt from this regulation.
  4. Students who, for corona-related reasons, are unable to take an examination in a room with other persons for proven medical reasons (medical certificate), even taking into account the university's hygiene concept, may also take their examination in another room as an infection control measure within the scope of the spatial and organisational possibilities. In this case, please contact the person responsible for you in the Student Services in good time: www.leuphana.de/services/studierendenservice/ansprechpartner-im-studierendenservice.
  5. Teachers who, for corona-related medical reasons (medical certificate), are unable to conduct an examination in the presence of others and cannot have the examination conducted by other invigilators, are requested to coordinate individually with the Dean of Studies responsible for them that the alternative examination procedure specified in myStudy can be implemented. Please inform your students and the Student Services accordingly.
  6. on the way to and from examinations, the obligation to wear a medical or FFP2 respiratory protection mask still applies. Wearing a respiratory mask is also strongly recommended during examinations; however, due to the distances given during examinations, wearing a mask is not compulsory.

Conducting courses

Leuphana University Lüneburg will again offer regular face-to-face courses at the beginning of the lecture period of the summer semester starting April 4. Courses and examinations in the summer semester will basically take place in presence again. Research will be possible without restrictions. All university facilities will basically be open on a regular basis.

As a supplement to undergraduate face-to-face teaching, but not as its substitute, the use of online or hybrid teaching or study elements as part of a course otherwise conducted entirely in face-to-face on-site will continue to be possible in the summer semester of 2021 and can be used primarily in those cases in which such an offering has proven to be an improvement for the quality of teaching and studying or makes sense for didactic reasons. Online formats can also be used in the future in events offered in the Professional School or in doctoral studies.

It is not yet possible to predict how the pandemic will develop during the summer semester. There is a possibility that further increases in incidence or hospitalization rates may necessitate at least a partial return to alternative formats as well. Therefore, we thank all instructors for again having an alternative delivery method on file in myStudy for your courses in the upcoming summer semester in accordance with the applicable Corona Annexes to the Framework Examination Regulations in order to be prepared for such an eventuality.

NOTES FOR STUDENTS IN RISK GROUPS

Students who - e.g. due to an existing immunosuppression - are at increased risk for a severe course despite vaccination or who are in quarantine or self-isolation due to a corona infection should also be able to passively participate in courses via video stream as far as possible during the summer semester. In these cases, all instructors are again asked to video stream whenever possible using the transmission technology installed in the course rooms, but are not required to actively engage students in the course.

NOTES FOR INSTRUCTORS IN AT-RISK GROUPS

Instructors who belong to a risk group as defined above, or who are unable to teach face-to-face for medical reasons, or who are in quarantine or self-isolation, will continue to have the option of offering their course in an alternative or online format during the summer semester. In case you belong to a risk group, please obtain the approval of the Dean of Studies responsible for your course after submitting an appropriate medical certificate.

Advice for students in at-risk groups

Students who - e.g. due to existing immunosuppression - have an increased risk of a severe course despite vaccination or who are in quarantine or self-isolation due to a corona infection should also be able to passively participate in lectures via video stream in the summer semester as far as possible. In these cases, all teachers are again asked to set up a video stream as far as possible using the transmission technology installed in the course rooms, but are not obliged to actively involve students in the course.

Advice for teachers in at-risk groups

Teachers who belong to a risk group in the above sense or who cannot teach in presence for medical reasons or who are in quarantine or self-isolation still have the possibility to offer their course in an alternative or online format in the summer semester. If you belong to a risk group, please obtain the approval of the Dean of Studies responsible for your course after submitting an appropriate medical certificate.

Distance and Hygiene Regulations

Distance regulations, mask obligation and ventilation

Teaching rooms can be occupied regularly during the summer semester. Therefore, the wearing of an FFP2 mask (not a medical mask) remains obligatory within all courses, since participants are not evaluated as contact persons by the health department if they have sufficient ventilation and use an FFP2 mask. Instructors and lecturers/speakers may waive the requirement to wear the respirator mask during their teaching or lecture if minimum distances are maintained and adequate ventilation is provided. Certain courses in physical education and music practice are also exempt. This rule is also effective initially through May 31, 2022.

Unless your course room has a ventilation system, please make sure that you regularly ventilate the room at 20-minute intervals for a period of at least 3 to 10 minutes by fully opening the windows. Feel free to ask students for assistance here. Alternatively, you can ventilate the room continuously by opening one-third of the window area. Ventilation systems are operated under full load by the building management, additional ventilation is usually not necessary in these rooms.

Further Information

Workstations for Students

Workstations are generally available for students on campus at various locations, including the reading room and library foyer, unused seminar rooms, the Central Building, Building 14, and the dining hall. Students are also required to sign in with their contact information at these locations to ensure contact tracking in the event of infection.

In order to create additional workstations for students on campus, Building Management will immediately set up additional workstations for students in the Foyer and Forum and in Room 40.110 of the Central Building on all days when there are no events in the Central Building. In addition, the University is currently working to ensure that the Studentenwerk OstNiedersachsen will allow Leuphana students to use the refectory after 3 pm. Information on this will follow as soon as possible.

WIFI Coverage

Due to the large increase in the use of video conferencing and the remaining percentage of classes conducted online, we anticipate a very large increase in the use of the University's wifi network during the winter semester. Unfortunately, it can be assumed that the supply of rooms with WLAN will not be sufficient for the expected demand and that there may be restrictions, at least during peak loads. We therefore ask university members to resort to using the wired LAN connections in your offices whenever possible.