We are closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic. As the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our 5000+ students and staff members, on and off campus.
We will continue to update this page regularly to keep you informed about the situation at TH Lübeck.
This section contains general information about the situation at TH Lübeck as well as specific information for civil servants, employees and students.
- NEW: The Summer Semester 2020 is a digital semester. Courses on the campus will only take place sporadically and in compliance with the hygiene regulations. The lecturers will inform the students which courses are held and how.
- NEW: Student small-group work on campus is not allowed.
- NEW: Home office is still possible. However, the hygiene and protection plan now allows for an increased presence on campus.
- NEW: Working on campus is encouraged. If several people have to work in the same room, the "10-m2-per-person rule" applies and a minimum distance of 1.5m to the next person must be maintained at all times. The "maximum of two people per room rule" will be cancelled on 18.05.2020.
- NEW: The Studentenwerk SH now offers a new loan scheme for all students in SH who are in financial need due to the Corona pandemic:https://www.studentenwerk.sh/de/ueber-uns/corona/index.html#2133
Travel returnees from abroad must undergo a 14-day self-imposed quarantine in domestic isolation and may not return to work.
- Practice and promote good, basic hygiene, and know when and how to wash your hands and use sanitizer.
- Stay healthy!
Teaching and Learning at TH Lübeck during the Corona Crisis
- Applications for the Winter Semester of 2020/2021 (as of June 3rd , 2020)
The application portal for the Winter Semester 2020/2021 at TH Lübeck was activated on June 1st, 2020.
The application deadline for degree programs with restricted admission is expected to be 20.08.2020 and 30.09.2020 for unrestricted degree programs.
Information regarding the deadlines for the Dialogorientierte Serviceverfahren (DoSV) can be found at www.hochschulstart.de.
Further information regarding online applications is available at: https://www.th-luebeck.de/studium-und-weiterbildung/bewerbung/online-bewerbung/uebersicht/
- Library (as of May 14th)
The library is open to students again since May 11th. A prior appointment is necessary.
Please use the website of the university library to arrange time slots for borrowing books or the use of workstations. You may not enter the building without an appointment. If you would like to borrow books, please search for the desired titles beforehand from home.
Returning books is only possible via the return box.
For first semester students: Registration as a library user is currently only possible online. This is a preliminary registration, which will be completed after the end of the Corona restrictions.
For further information please refer to the website of the University Library.
- Digital Teaching (as of May 18th)
The summer semester of 2020 is a digital semester. On-site events will only take place in some cases. While digital teaching is not an alternative in all cases, it is certainly possible in some. At TH Lübeck, we are very well positioned for digital teaching and have the necessary skills and infrastructure. Approximately 70-80% of the courses at the university have been converted into a digital format. In some cases there will also be digital exams.
Generally, the following framework applies to digital teaching:
If courses are held online, "live" elements may only be recorded if all participants agree. This should be checked at the beginning of a lecture (that involves discussion). There is no such thing as a "right" to record. However, it is recommended to do so. Lecturers can decide if they make such recordings generally available in the Lernraum (not elsewhere) or only in exceptional cases, for example if a student falls ill.
In general, online courses can not be compulsory for students. However, with internships and seminars the situation is different. If the internship or seminar takes place digitally, but "live" at the time scheduled in the timetable, the participants are obliged to attend (digitally). Appropriate consideration must be allowed for technical (connection) problems and corona-related difficulties.
If, for example, only part of a lab internship can be offered digitally, it is possible to offer only this part in the summer semester and to do the rest in the coming semester. Both parts will then be counted as one course (e.g. for exams).
In the summer semester of 2020, theses may be submitted in digital form. The printed form must then be submitted at a later date. The colloquium can only take place after the written version has been submitted.
The "Corona Statutes" form the framework for teaching and exams in the summer semester of 2020. The Vice-President for Studies and Teaching will answer general questions on this subject; specific questions should be addressed to the respective Chair of the Examination Committee of your department.
Information on the subject of examinations can be found in a separate section on this page.
- Teaching at TH Lübeck (As of May 18th)
The majority of courses in the summer semester of 2020 will be held in a digital format. Attendance courses will only take place in a few isolated cases and in compliance with the Hygiene and Protection Plan.
Internships and corrective consultations of the study courses Architecture and Urban Design / Town Planning are possible from 18.05.2020 in individual cases. A precondition is that the Hygiene and Protection Plan can be implemented in the respective premises. Lecturers will inform their students to what extent the individual courses can take place.
Exams that are held in attendance will again be possible if the hygienic requirements are met. More detailed information can be found on this page under the point " Exams at TH Lübeck".
Changes in studies and teaching due to the pandemic are subject to the "Corona Statutes".
- Exams at TH Lübeck (as of June 4th)
Will the scheduled exams take place?
Exams that require personal attendance will be resumed as soon as the requirements of the Hygiene and Protection Plan are met. The Hygiene and Protection Plan was confirmed by the Health Department on 07.05.2020 and is currently being implemented at our university.
The examination week of the summer semester will include digital exams and exams that require attendance. The way the examinations are conducted will only be changed if there are Corona-related reasons for doing so and as long as suitable alternatives are available. The departments will draw up an examination schedule and notify Technical Services about the examination dates to ensure ventilation, cleaning, etc. Interim cleaning between two candidates is the responsibility of the departments.
Candidates have to be familiar with the examination form at least two weeks in advance. An oral re-examination in the third attempt always requires attendance. Further details are specified in the "Corona Statutes".
The "Corona Act" of the State of S. H. contains a free trial regulation (for failed exams taken in the summer semester of 2020) for students who have to care for or nurse children under the age of 14. Students who are taking care of children under the age of 14 can apply for the cancellation of an examination attempt with the responsible examination board if they can supply suitable proof that their ability to learn/ take the exam was significantly impeded due to the closure of schools and day care facilities.
To do so, please submit a substantiated and signed written application (with the chairman of the examination board of your department) immediately after you have been notified of the failed examination attempt.
- Academic Calendar (as of June 3rd , 2020)
The State Government of Schleswig-Holstein has approved the following schedule for the Summer Semester of 2020 and the Winter Semester of 2020/2021:
- 27.06.2020: Extended Examination Period SS20
- 01.09.2020: Formal Start of Winter Semester 2020/21
- 07.09.2020 - 09.10.2020: Additional lecture period, counted as part of Summer Semester 2020
- 10.10.2020 - 24.10.2020: Additional examination period, attributed to the Summer Semester of 2020, the 2nd week may be added if required
- 02.11.2020 - 12.02.2021: Start (of lecture period) Winter Semester 2020/21 for students in the 2nd semester (first week may include exams)
- 21.12.2020 - 01.01.2021: Recess (Christmas holidays)
- 06.02.2021 - 16.02.2021: Examination Period - end of Winter Semester
- 13.03.2021 - 20.03.2021: Examination Period - beginning of Summer Semester
- 22.03.2021 - 09.07.2021: Start (of lecture period) Summer Semester 2021
- 03.07.2021 - 13.07.2021: Examination Period - end of Summer Semester
- Student Exchange
How does the current situation affect our student exchange program?
The student exchange with our partner universities in China is suspended until 01.09.2020.
Return trips for DAAD scholarship holders from Germany who find themselves abroad during this crisis, are both possible and refundable. The DAAD will try to find accommodations for its scholarship holders. New applications for the winter semester will still be accepted and processed.
A special situation may occur for some scholarship holders who cannot return to their home country. Their scholarships will be extended to ensure their leagal stay until they are able to return home.
Some DAAD pograms for international scholarship holders who intended to start their studies in the current summer semester (university summer courses, RISE research internships, IAESTE etc.) will be suspended for the time being.
The EU Commission has announced that Erasmus students who may have to change their travel plans (return, cancellation) due to corona are eligible for a reimbursement up to the total amount of the previously agreed scholarship. As most universities in the Erasmus area are closed, we ask all Erasmus students to contact their respective home university. At TH Lübeck please contact the International Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Students from regions that are particularly affected are banned from entering the campus grounds for 14 days after arrival. If they do not show any symptoms during this period, they are not expected to be infected. www.rki.de/DE/Home/homepage_node.html
The DAAD has provided further information for students and employees at www.daad.de/de/coronavirus/.
- Small-Group Work (as of May 18th)
Small-group work by students on the campus of TH Lübeck will remain prohibited until further notice.
TH Lübeck as Employer during the Corona Crisis
- Home Office Regulation (as of May 19th)
Home office is still possible. However, the Hygiene and Protection Plan now allows for an increased presence on campus, as demanded by the federal government. On-site presence is to be expanded, while work from home will still be possible. The executives are responsible for the organization and adaptation of work processes. Do not decide on your own authority to carry out your work from home or on-site, please consult your superior!
Your superior will assess and determine the working conditions and measures to ensure that the hygiene and distance regulations are observed while working on-site.
To implement the minimization of contacts, the employees are divided into A/ B teams for the work on-site. No more than 50 % of the team should be on-site at the same time. It is left to the executives' discretion how many shifts they form from their respective team, the rotation rate depending on the job requirements, and to what extent work on-site can or should take place.
What is important, is the minimization of contacts and that in the event of an infection, the executive is able to map the infection chain in its entirety.
If you are free to do your work from home, you can use the home office. Your superior is responsible for all additional arrangements and serves as your contact person, e.g:
- Activities to be carried out in the home office
- Switch to answering machine
- Access to your office/workplace is provided
- The university is not closed
- Postal services are up and running, the service point is staffed (with shortened hours)
- On site: Your superior decides on measures to ensure that contact and distance regulations are observed, e.g. individual offices, A/B teams (daily, weekly or morning/afternoon rotation).
Your duties (You are not on leave):
- While in home office you must ensure that you are available by e-mail and telephone or offer a callback.
- You must keep yourself informed about the current situation on our website
- Offer collegial support
- Use available time for further education (e.g. at oncampus); voucher to access free courses: elearning
- Home office regulations are granted automatically, without application or contract.
- The flexitime arrangement has been amended to allow work on Saturdays and Sundays from 6am to 11pm
- All employees are recorded with the planned work time as stipulated by their employment contract
- There is no need to keep telework records for the above mentioned time period.
- If you are working on site at TH Lübeck, do not log in!
- If you are unfit for work, report as usual to email@example.com by 9 a.m.
- The AU certificate must be submitted accordingly (by e-mail)
The Staff Council has compiled some advice for the home office and published it on the intranet.
NEW (valid until 15.06.20):
a) if you have returned from the one of the member states of the European Union, including Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland within the last 14 days
- please check at https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en whether the country you come from has cumulatively more than 50 covid cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 7 days. If this is the case, please immediately go into domestic quarantine, contact the responsible Public Health Department and Human Resources (Mrs. Hartkopf or Mrs. Huth-by e-mail only)
(b) if you have returned from a third-country (not listed under (a)) in the last 14 days, . If this is the case, please immediately go into domestic quarantine, contact the responsible Public Health Department and Human Resources (Mrs. Hartkopf or Mrs. Huth-by e-mail only)
The following applies to all travel returnees: If you show symptoms that indicate that you suffer from COVID-19, immediately go into quarantine and contact the Public Health Department and Human Resources.
If an infection with the coronavirus is confirmed, please inform Human Resources (Mrs. Hartkopf) immediately by e-mail.
Please refer to the dienstrechtliche Rahmenbedingungen
- Special Regulations for Risk Groups (as of May 14th)
People who belong to a risk group or live in a household with a person who belongs to a risk group are required to present a medical certificate from 18.05.2020. The "company" doctor will be happy to advise you. You may then continue to work from home. Your superior will also gladly support you in finding an alternative solution.
How to proceed:
In addition to working from home (see separate item "Home Office"), the following options are available:
- Restrict public contact
- Switch from personal contact to e-mail and telephone
- Utilize the full extent of the flexitime framework (e.g. work in marginal hours)
- Work alone in a separate office
- Business Trips (as of May 19th)
Business trips abroad are forbidden.
- Guidelines for Day-to-Day Work (as of May 18th)
What measures can I take in day-to-day work?
- If possible, postpone unnecessary events (does not apply to courses and exams!), e.g. if many participants are expected.
- Please try to conduct your appointments via telephone or videoconference, if possible.
- Follow the hygiene guidelines.
- always keep at least 1,5 m distance from each other
- When organizing your event, if possible, choose larger rooms to allow for more distance between your guests.
- Please make sure that the venue is adequately ventilated.
- Daycare and School Closures (as of May 14th)
You do not need to apply for special leave, due to school and daycare closures, to care for children up to the age of 14. The explanations above concerning the home office regulations still apply to you.
In this exceptional situation, we ask you not to bring your children to work. This goes against our understanding of the compatibility of family and career, but unfortunately, we can't provide you with child care at TH Lübeck.
- Cancellation of Holidays (as of May 18th)
Cancellation of already approved vacation:
Please send your request to cancel an already approved vacation in writing to the head of Human Resources, Ms. Hartkopf, by e-mail, stating the reasons and any supporting documents (e.g. proof of cancellation of the trip). The cancellation request must be approved in advance by your superior, who has to be put in Cc when you send your request to Ms. Hartkopf. Mrs. Hartkopf will then review your cancellation request and decide whether to approve it or not. The decision will be based on a balance between work and personal interests.
This regulation applies until further notice.
- Closure of the Buildings (as of March 16th)
The discontinuation of attendance classes and events was followed by the closure of the lecture halls, seminar rooms, the 24-hour room in building 18 and the drawing rooms in building 14.
From 17.03.2020, the buildings will be locked in a way that it will be possible for employees to get to their work place, but not for others.
Please make sure that the outside doors close behind you.
Should it be necessary for students or guests to enter the building, they must be picked up at the respective entrance.
Technical Services are available 24/7. Should there be any technical problems, if a room is needed for meetings etc. or for collecting or returning keys, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 52814393 (Support).
- Suspension of Time Recording (as of May 14th)
Time recording is suspended until further notice.
- Documentation of Contacts (as of May 20th)
University employees are required to document official contacts, e.g. in meetings, in order to facilitate the follow-up of contacts in case of an infection. A contact list has to be kept and archived for a period of 6 weeks.
- Operating instructions and Forms Concerning the Corona-Situation
- 24h Room (as of March 17th)
Due to recent events the 24h room in building 18 is closed until further notice.
- BAföG (as of March 30th)
BAföG-supported students will continue to receive their education grants even if schools and universities are closed or entry to other countries is blocked. This was specified by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) on Friday, in a decree issued to the states.
Committee meetings at TH Lübeck are now also subject to the 2-person maximum!
Resolutions can be passed by circulation, provided that the formal requirements of circulation resolutions are met.
- The draft of a resolution by circulation must be approved by all committee members (unanimity principle)
- The usual principles apply to the circular resolution itself (decision by majority vote)
- Protocols are always required
- Graduation Ceremony of TH Lübeck
According to the decree of the Ministry of Health from 12.03.2020, which prohibits public events at universities, the graduation ceremony of TH Lübeck has to be postponed. We will keep you informed once a new date has been set. Needless to say, the fees will be refunded in full.
- Loan opportunity for students (as of April 27th)
Loan opportunity for students in financial need as a result of the pandemic.
The Studentenwerk SH now offers a new loan scheme for all students in SH who are in financial need due to the Corona pandemic. The loan fund is intended to enable students who have fallen on hard times to continue and complete their studies by granting interest-free loans.
The fund is financed by the Studentenwerk SH's own resources as well as emergency funds from the state.
- University Sport (as of April 17th)
The University Sports Centre remains closed until further notice.
Bookings for the sports courses, which were to start on 20.04.2020, are made under the assumption that the courses will be allowed to take place.
Should the sports program SS 2020 not be able to start directly, but with a slight delay due to official orders, the courses will probably be shortened accordingly. The course fees remain the same.
It is currently unclear whether the courses will be shortened or cancelled completely. Please refer to the website of Lübeck's University Sports for further information.
Universität zu Lübeck
Ratzeburger Allee 160 - Haus 2
Tel. 0451 3101-2121; Fax 0451 3101-1254
- Hygiene and Protection Plan (as of June 3rd)
- Together against Corona (as of March 26th)
Many institutions and associations would like to help cope with the Corona situation and are looking for support. In addition, whole sectors such as agriculture are experiencing severe staff shortages due to travel restrictions, so if you would like to help, we have listed a number of links here:
- VICTOR Lübeck is a registered association that offers help, initiates projects and coordinates helpers.Victor offers access to events, initiatives and projects on the campus and in Lübeck. On its website, VICTOR has set up a web portal concerning the current coronavirus pandemic (Hilfsportal COVID-19).
- The University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH) needs volunteers, support and donations: www.uksh-helfen.de
- Ekipa, together with StudySmarter, organizes an innovation competition on the responsibility of universities and colleges in view of the social challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. What can educational institutions, explicitly universities, do against the spread and the societal risks posed by the "Covid-19" pandemic? How can they use their resources (multifunctionally)? These questions are to be addressed with the help of the non-profit project "University X Corona". Students as well as scientists are called upon to generate ideas, approaches and solutions for the different challenges posed by the pandemic.
Jobs for students in sectors with increased staff requirements due to the pandemic
- The corona virus must be contained and its proliferation must be slowed down. Freedom of travel is restricted throughout Europe. As a result, our farmers are up to 300 000 workers short. Simultaneously, many people employed in the gastronomic and retail sectors are unable to go to work.
- Contact Ban (as of April 16th)
On Sunday, the 22.03.2020, the federal and state governments have decided on a contact ban. Until we receive concrete instructions from the Ministry, the following measures will apply:
- People may still come to the university to work/study.
- However, no more than a maximum of two people may stay in one room at a time. This also means, for example, that student committees are no longer allowed to convene.
- An exception is made for exams that are absolutely necessary. These are still allowed to take place, even if more than 2 people are present.
The contact ban applies until 10.05.2020. Please observe the hygienic and safety rules and show consideration for yourself and others.
- Mensa (as of June 3rd)
The Mensa will reopen on June 8th with a scaled down menu.
For further information visit: https://www.studentenwerk.sh/de/essen/standorte/luebeck/mensa-luebeck/speiseplan.html
The CampusSuite has also reopened with a limited range of products.
- Studentenwerk (as of April 16th)
Due to current developments concerning the Coronavirus, the Studentenwerk Schleswig-Holstein will no longer offer personal customer service in several institutions from Monday, March 16th, up to and including April 30th 2020. The University Mensa will remain closed until further notice.
- Restricted Access to the University (as of April 17th)
Who is currently not allowed to enter the university?
Travel returnees from abroad must undergo a 14-day self-imposed domestic quarantine and are not allowed to enter the campus grounds.
The duration of this measure is limited until May the 10th, 2020.
This means: Only persons who have been in a risk area themselves are not allowed to enter the university for a period of 14 days. There is no mention of contact persons; these are therefore not affected by this regulation.
Please contact Human Resources (Mrs. Hartkopf or Mrs. Huth) immediately and only by e-mail or telephone, if you have returned from a risk area or a particularly affected area in the last 14 days. Affected students should contact their department / secretariat immediately.
Contacts in the departments (please only by e-mail or phone)
- Dept. of Applied Natural Sciences: an(at)th-luebeck.de
- Dept. of Architecture and Civil Engineering: bau(at)th-luebeck.de
- Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science: ei(at)th-luebeck.de
- Dept. of Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration: If you have to cancel your exams, please write an informal e-mail to Mrs. Kühnemundt (petra.kuehnemundt(at)th-luebeck.de, Mrs. Kühnemundt); for any other question, please contact the deans office (mw(at)th-luebeck.de, Ms. Noetzel)
- Contact Points
Contacts at TH Lübeck
- Coordination staff of TH Lübeck, available at: gesundheit(at)th-luebeck.de
With the president and the chancellor in charge, a coordination staff with the following objectives was established:
- To ensure the health of our students and staff in the best way possible
- Help to stem the spread of the corona virus
- To provide information as efficient as possible
- To make our measures transparent
The coordination staff consists of the following people:
- Muriel Helbig & Yvonne Plaul (Head)
- Nils Jürgen Balke (Dpt. of Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration)
- Dagmar Diehl (Student Affairs | International Office)
- Arieta Jahnke (Technical Services)
- Katrin Hartkopf (Human Resources)
- Theresia Lichtlein (Communications)
- Mario Oertel (Dpt. of Architecture and Civil Engineering)
- Tillman Schmelter (Dpt. of Applied Natural Sciences)
- Gabriele Schuster (Legal Counsel)
- Nicole Wahls (Dpt. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
- Health Department of the City of Lübeck, phone: 0451 1225315
- Medical emergency service of the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Schleswig-Holstein, phone: 116 117
- Hotline of the Ministry of Health of Schleswig-Holstein concerning the coronavirus, phone: 0431 79 70 00 01 (questions specifically related to Schleswig-Holstein)
- Hotline of the Federal Ministry for general questions concerning the coronavirus, phone: 030 346 465 100
Research and Transfer during the Corona Crisis
- Availability (as of April 16th)
Since March 17th, 2020, all members of Research and Transfer (RT) have been working off-campus and can be reached by e-mail only. Telephone appointments can be arranged by e-mail as well.
- Deadlines for Project Applications (as of March 24th)
Due to the corona crisis, some of the sponsors are postponing the upcoming deadlines for project applications. If you are currently preparing a project application, please contact Research and Transfer for an update on the current deadlines and support with the application.
- Signature Regulations (as of March 24th)
During the Corona crisis, the previously existing signature regulation for project applications will be changed as follows: The Dean's approval of the sponsorship declaration will be given by e-mail. This is then forwarded to RT. After verification, the application and the sponsorship declaration is passed on for signature to the Vice President for Research and International Relations. Then to the President for signature who either signs it personally or scans her signature.
- Reports on Ongoing Projects (as of March 24th)
At present it may be difficult to meet deadlines for the submission of where-used lists and final reports. The funding bodies are aware of that. The DFG has already sent out a statement on this. Please contact your advisor for external funding.
- Costs of Ongoing Projects (as of March 24th)
At present it may be difficult to meet deadlines for the submission of where-used lists and final reports. The funding bodies are aware of that. The DFG has already sent out a statement on this. Please contact your advisor for external funding.