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Information on the corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) and instructions for the winter semester 2020/21

updated on 08.01.2021

Due to the current infection situation and the nationwide Corona-related lockdown, HCU is returning to digital-only teaching for the entire winter semester 2020/21.

Academic staff, as well as all technical and administrative staff, will remain in their home offices for all or parts of January 2021. The buildings will remain closed to students until 31 January. Please refer to the information provided on this page for further details.

At the moment it is not foreseeable what will happen in February. This depends largely on whether the lockdown and the vaccination measures in Hamburg have the hoped-for success. Please contribute by continuing to observe the generally applicable protective and hygiene measures and reducing private contacts as much as possible. A significant weakening of the regional infection incidence is a prerequisite for us to be able to grant students access to the buildings again at a later date in connection with certain, clearly defined activities.

The Corona-related measures at HCU are based on the applicable legal framework and the general spatial conditions. As the infection situation is very dynamic, we always have to adapt planning and decisions to the current situation and, if necessary, also at short notice. We hope for your understanding. And above all: please stay healthy!

The basis for any classroom teaching at the HCU is the observance and obligatory compliance with the general regulations of infection protection and the framework protection concept (Document in German) developed and updated by the responsible authorities in coordination with the Institute for Hygiene and Environment and the Office for Occupational Safety and Health.

This includes in particular the adherence to a maximum number of participants on the premises of the HCU as well as the documentation of the participants for tracing possible chains of infection. It is crucial for all of us that these requirements are adhered to and that a consistent tracing of chains of infection can be carried out.

In addition to the generally applicable framework concept, the library, the campus shop, the cafeteria, as well as laboratories and workshops also have their own local protection and hygiene concepts.

Due to the Corona-related closure, the HCU buildings will remain closed up to and including 31 January 2021. Students will not have access to the buildings.

We hope to be able to reopen the buildings to students during the winter semester for certain clearly defined activities. Please keep an eye on your mailboxes and up-to-date information on the HCU website.

Please note that due to the Corona-related closure, students will not have access to the HCU buildings up to and including 31 January 2021.

In principle, the following applies if the buildings are reopened:

In the university building, during courses and all other meetings on HCU premises, the obligation to wear a mouth and nose protector applies. If on-site lecture is possible, lecturers may may remove their mask while lecturing.

Apart from this, a strict mask obligation applies throughout the building. Please wear the mask over mouth AND nose. Please strictly observe the obligation to wear masks! Protecting each other must be a top priority for all of us.

A mobile security guard is present in the public areas. On the one hand, he or she is the contact person for questions of orientation, but on the other hand, he or she will make sure that the rules of distance and the obligation to wear a mask are consistently observed. In the event of non-compliance, persons may be expelled from the building.

Throughout the winter semester 2020/21 courses will be held exclusively in digital form.

The canteen is closed until further notice. The café is also closed for students.

The library is closed until 31 January 2021 inclusively, on-site visits are not possible. Of course, you can still use the library's extensive online services.

From 18 January 2021 on, you can drop off or pick up books from the porter. More information can be found in the library's FAQ for HCU students and employees.

The library staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have by email or at a Zoom meeting.

The Campus Shop is closed to 31 January 2021 inclusively.

The Infothek and Student Administration can be reached as usual by phone or email:

Reachability of the Infothek

Reachability of the students administration

As all HCU staff will be in their home offices for parts or all of January 2021, please send time-critical documents for the Infothek, the Student Administration and the Examination Office digitally to the respective e-mail address, if possible.

Unfortunately, due to the current situation, the student workplaces on the 1st floor and in the Campus Tower cannot be allocated as planned. The student workstations in the library can also not be reserved until further notice.

With regard to the upcoming examination phase, we will, like the other colleges and universities in Hamburg, discuss suitable digital formats with our lecturers. We will inform you separately about this as soon as possible.

Thesis presentations cannot take place in attendance in the winter semester 2020/21. If you have any questions, please contact the supervisor of your thesis directly.

Workshops and laboratories will remain closed until at least 31 January 2021. No appointments can be made during this time.

Unfortunately, conferences and workshops cannot take place on the premises of the HCU until further notice. As soon as use is possible again, all available rooms are used primarily for classroom teaching, followed by examinations. Based on the experience so far throughout the pandemic, this leaves no room for further events.

The Corona Warning App informs users if they have been in the vicinity of a person who was later found to be infected with the corona virus. This enables a quick reaction and counteracts the risk of spreading the virus unconsciously.

In addition to the tried and tested rules of distance and hygiene and the use of everyday masks, the app is another important component in the fight against the corona pandemic. For the app to fulfil its purpose, it is important that as many people as possible use it. If your smartphone is technically equipped for this, we would like to urge you to install the app.

If you use the app and are informed of an "increased risk", please contact the pandemic centre immediately to coordinate further action. If the warning app shows "red", you should first go into quarantine immediately.

If you are planning to travel abroad privately, please remember that due to the very dynamic situation, entry into the country may involve further quarantine measures.

If you return from trips to (possibly newly declared) risk areas and are subject to the quarantine rules ordered by the authorities, you are not allowed to enter the HCU buildings after your return.

In order to care for and protect eachother, we kindly ask you to make your travel plans very carefully and to reconsider them if necessary.

Information for HCU staff

The information provided here is primarily aimed at students. Employees of the HCU can find further regulations that are important to them in the internal area of this website (HCU Intern).

Important Information

Hotline for suspected cases of coronavirus

Persons who have no symptoms and who have had contact with people who have been confirmed ill should contact the relevant health office or the corona hotline of the health authority on 040 428 284 000.