Regulations concerning the summer semester 2021

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The Summer Semester 2021 is going to start on 01.04.2021. The lectures are going to start on 06.04.2021 .

Status: 13.01.2021

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Preparation for the summer semester 2021
Information on the teaching in the summer semester 2021 digital and in presence

The University of Rostock considers itself a face-to-face university and therefore aims to return to face-to-face teaching. However, the focus is on compliance with health protection, so that restrictions are also to be expected in the coming summer semester.

The Rectorate is planning a gradual expansion of face-to-face teaching for the summer semester 2021. While complying with hygiene standards, i.e. also the corresponding spacing rules and thus the reduced room occupancy figures, as many courses as possible are to be offered in face-to-face again. If room capacities are tight, priority should be given to events that cannot or can only with difficulty be implemented in online formats. This applies in particular to practical courses, exercises and seminars. Lectures and events with a large number of participants should continue to be held online wherever possible.

In addition, opportunities should be created for (international) first-year students in particular to take part in introductory events and subsequent courses in person and to get to know both teachers and fellow students. Attendance formats should also be offered for students shortly before their final exams. Priority should therefore also be given to these events when allocating rooms.

A general opening of the buildings for students is not planned for the time being. However, opportunities for students to stay between face-to-face events or to participate in online events should be provided.  

In the event of an increase in the number of infections, more stringent infection control measures will have to be taken, so an online option for all courses should be planned as far as possible.

Which lectures may be held in presence teaching?

The decision as to which courses are to be held in presence - subject to a corresponding decree - lies with the heads of the faculties or central institutions, taking into account the spatial capacities and maximum occupancy rates. It is also conceivable to alternate between online and face-to-face teaching formats in order to reduce group sizes for face-to-face courses, for example. 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 that students do not stay in the university premises outside of courses, practical phases or similar (libraries excepted). 

How will the information be provided as to which lectures are online and which are in presence?

To provide a general overview and information for teachers and students, the room bookings in LSF are to be adapted accordingly. For all online events, the possibility to enter a virtual room in LSF has been created. Rooms that are already reserved but not needed should be released in LSF. Room reservations will be made by faculty according to prioritization and previous agreed upon procedures.

In order to ensure building openings and technical support (ventilation, etc.), it is also necessary to provide the most concrete and correct information possible on when which courses will be held in attendance. Therefore, hybrid concepts and irregularly taking place courses in presence are to be marked accordingly in LSF. 

May the examinations be carried out regularly again?

The examinations should continue to be planned online as far as possible, but as things stand at present they can also be held as in the SoSe 2020, taking into account the relevant guidelines for compliance with hygiene standards. It is again planned to rent the Hansemesse for the large examinations in the first examination period.

What examination law special regulations apply?

The Rectorate will make a decision in good time as to whether there is also a situation of force majeure for the summer semester 2021 that significantly restricts the implementation of studies and teaching. In this case, § 1a of the BaMa and Lehramt framework examination regulations would apply again.

Semester Planning Summer Semester 2021

The regulations regarding the timing of the 2021 summer 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 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.