Regulations concerning the winter semester 2020/21

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The winter semester 2020/21 started on 01.10.2020. The lectures started differently one month later on 02.11.2020.

Status: 13.01.2021

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Preparation for the winter semester 2020/21
Information on teaching in the winter semester 2020/21 digital and in presence

The University of Rostock considers itself to be a presence university and therefore strives for a return to presence teaching. However, the main focus is on health protection, so that restrictions can also be expected in the winter semester 2020/21.

The Rectorate is planning a gradual resumption of presence teaching in the winter semester 2020/2021, initially for courses that cannot or can only with difficulty be converted into online formats. This applies in particular to practical courses, exercises and seminars. Lectures and courses with a large number of participants* should continue to be held online wherever possible.

In particular, first-year students should be given the opportunity to attend introductory courses and subsequent lectures in person and to get to know both teachers and fellow students. Presence formats should also be offered for students shortly before the final exams. Priority should therefore be given to these events when allocating rooms. The introductory events should be coordinated with the central introductory events of the Student Service Center and ASTA.

A general opening of the buildings for students is not planned for the time being.

Since a possible increase in the number of infections is likely to result in tougher measures to prevent infection, an online version should be planned for all courses as far as possible.

Which courses can be carried out in presence teaching?

The decision as to which lectures are to be held in presence - within the framework of the respective decree - is made by the heads of the faculties or central institutions, taking into account the spatial capacities and maximum occupancy rates. Conceivable are also teaching formats with presence and online parts alternating or at the same time, for example to reduce group sizes for necessary presence events. In consultation with the students, block courses can also be held.

The faculties and institutions with teaching operations are also responsible for ensuring the corresponding requirements for infection control. This also includes ensuring that students do not stay on university premises outside of courses, practical phases or similar.

Where does it become apparent which events take place online and which in presence?

For a general overview and information for teachers and students, the room bookings in LSF have to be adjusted accordingly. For all online events the possibility was created to enter a virtual room in LSF. Rooms, which are already reserved, but not needed, should be released in LSF. The room bookings are done according to the prioritization and the previous coordinated procedures by the faculties.

The faculties and institutions are asked to enter the maximum number of occupancy for all course rooms in LSF, in compliance with the requirements for health protection, if this has not already been done.

May the examinations be carried out regularly again?

Examinations should be scheduled online whenever possible, but as it currently stands, can also be conducted in a face-to-face setting, taking into account the appropriate guidelines for compliance with hygiene standards and maximum numbers of participants.

What examination law special regulations apply?

The modification statutes for the general examination regulations for the Bachelor's and Master's degree programs (RPO BaMa) and the teacher training programs (RPO LA) published in December form the basis for special regulations regarding examinations. The Rectorate has passed a corresponding resolution for an exemption regulation.

The currently valid regulations can be found at the service portal under CORONA Special Information > Studies and Digital Teaching > Regulations on Examinations.

Semester Planning Winter Semester 2020/21

The regulations regarding the timing of the 2020/21 winter semester were specified as follows. A calendar overview facilitates the overview.

The Rectorate decides on a so-called "exam-free period" for all students of teaching at the University of Rostock, from February 22 to March 19, 2021 for the winter semester and from August 9 to September 10 for the summer semester.

The following regulations apply to the organization of the exam and exam-free period for student teachers:

  1. During the examination-free period, there are no regular examinations and oral examinations taken by student teachers. This also applies to comparable examinations that require physical or virtual presence at a certain time. By individual agreement between examiners and candidates, appointments for consultations, preliminary discussions, etc. can be made, and at the request of candidates, oral examinations can also be arranged.
  2. The processing periods for homework, reports, etc. continue to run during the exam-free period.
  3. Exceptions to this rule must be justified and approved by the Rector.
  4. When determining the examination dates, the faculties must take into account the school holidays and the concerns of teachers and students with children.