Since the beginning of this year, life of each of us has been shaped by the Covid-19 pandemic; also in the winter semester 2020/21, academic and social life at our University of Applied Sciences will continue to be under the influence of the pandemic.

The management of FIT takes the dangers and possible consequences of Corona seriously and strives to keep the spread of infections as low as possible. Future risk assessments and decisions must be based on the current situation and the current state of knowledge. The recommendations and instructions of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the Federal Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony (MWK), the Foreign Office, the district of Celle and the local health authority are decisive for us.

In recent months it has been shown that careful and responsible behaviour can significantly reduce the incidence of infection.Let us take advantage of this opportunity!

In your own interest, in the interest of the entire university community and in the interest of all our fellow human beings, each and every one of you can and should counteract the spread of the virus by following the regulatins and acting in a respectful and responsible manner - even if this involves restrictions.
For this reason, please read and observe the following notes and recommendations, inform yourself about the current situation on a daily basis and act accordingly. Thank you very much!

1. General information regarding studies (as of 13.10.2020)

The following applies to the winter semester 2020/21:

  • The lecture period of the Winter Semester 2020/21 starts on 02.11.2020.
  • Orientation Week for first semester students:
    All first semester students will begin their studies on the 2nd November 2020 with the Orientation Week. It is obligatory for all first semester students to attend in person the Orientation Week. Therefore, please arrive in good time before the 2nd November 2020 at FIT (see below). For details klick here: https://www.fh-hermannsburg-eng.landeskirche-hannovers.de/Academics/Orientation-week
  • Lectures and classes during the Winter Semester 2020/21:
    During the Winter Semester 2020/21 hybrid teaching i.e. a mixture of face-to-face and online lectures, classes etc. will take place. Therefore, all students are required to be present on campus in Hermannsburg for all lecture and class days.
    In the event of the Corona pandemic worsening, resulting in the implementation of more restrictive infection protection measures, it is reserved to temporarily conduct all courses online. Therefore, all students are strongly advised to bring a personal laptop or PC with them. A smartphone is technically not sufficient for participation in online lectures and classes. Students‘ laptops or PCs should be equipped with the latest technology and software. FIT students will be given free access to the necessary programmes and applications.
  • The FIT tries to keep the disadvantages for the students as low as possible. This applies to a possible cancellation of courses as well as to the cancellation of examination dates.
  • Current information regarding courses and exams in the winter semester 2020 will be announced on the FIT homepage, in office 365 and via emails to the student addresses (FIT account). Information and instructions regarding the repetition of examinations will be given to the students concerned by email in due course.
    Students are responsible for keeping up to date on changes and new developments via FIT Homepage, Office 365, and emails on their FIT account.
  • No access to the public buildings on campus:
    All public areas of the FIT (administration building [house 1], the teaching building) are closed to the public.
  • For the possibilities of using the FIT library, please check here: https://www.fh-hermannsburg-eng.landeskirche-hannovers.de/Library
  • Contact to / Service of FIT Staff:
    Until further notice, personal meetings with FIT Staff in their offices are only possible after prior registration and appointment by email or telephone. Please contact us via email or telephone during normal office hours in advance. 
  • In case of questions, worries, urgent concerns or health problems, please contact the student secretariat or the university management via email or by telephone. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
  • Return to FIT Campus:
    Please inform the student secretariat as soon as possible by phone or email (d.rueckert@fh-hermannsburg.de) where you are staying now and when you intend to return to  to FIT.
    For further important information regarding your return to FIT Campus please see below, point 5 and 6.

2. Teaching in times of Corona

In Summer Semester 2020, due to Covid-19, there was NO CLASSROOM  TEACHING at FIT. All courses were held online/via digital instruments by MS Teams, which is part of Office 365 and is made available to FIT students. 
The current situation allows some of the courses in the Winter Semester 2020/21 to be held IN CLASSROOM, but some of the teaching will take place ONLINE (Hybrid model).

If not already done, the lecturers will invite students to the various study groups and give instructions on how to use the programme.

If you have technical problems, please contact your lecturer.

Also in case of online teaching, students are expected to be regularly present  The study material is placed online and is accessible through specific channels on your MS Team platform.

Please, check FIT Homepage, Office 365 and your email account for further information on a daily basis. All current information is provided in English as well as in German.

3. Important rules of conduct and hygiene instructions (as of 13.10.2020)

a) Rules of Conduct

  • Reduce contact:
    All persons are still encouraged to reduce contacts with other people who are not members of their own household to a necessary minimum.
  • Keep a minimum distance of 1.5 m:
    Keep a minimum distance of 1.5 m (2.00 m for outdoor physical and sports activities) from other people in public places (including public transport and its waiting areas).
    If this distance cannot be maintained, a mouth-nose cover must be worn. 
    The distance requirement does not apply to relatives and persons from one's own household or from another household or a group of no more than 10 persons.
  • Wear a mask covering your nose and mouth
    It is compulsory to cover nose and mouth with an ordinary (non-medical) mask when using public transport (bus, train, taxi), in shops or if the distance of 1.5 m cannot be maintained.
  • Please wear a mouth-nose cover on the FIT campus if you are unable to maintain a distance of 1.5 m to other people.

Violations constitute an administrative offence and may be subject to a fine. 

  • Further recommendation:
    Air the room in which you are staying regularly to reduce the concentration of viruses in the air.

b) Hygiene instructions:

Protection against the corona virus follows general recommendations on influenza and other respiratory diseases. It is important to follow rules with regard to coughing and sneezing:

  • Observe the rules of coughing and sneezing:
    When coughing and sneezing, keep your distance and turn away; hold the crook of your arm in front of your mouth and nose or use a handkerchief that you should dispose immediately (respiratory hygiene).
  • Practice a good hand hygiene:
    Wash your hands regularly with soap and water (min. 20 seconds) and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Refrain from shaking hands, huggings and close body contact.
  • Keep a distance to sick people (about 1,5 to 2 meters)

For detailed hygiene instructions (in English) from Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA) and other institutions, please check the links in the Infobox on the right.

4. Information on the current situation from Robert Koch-Institute (RKI):

Please keep yourself informed about the ongoing development. The RKI informs daily about the current situation and issue recommendations how to act and how to control the spread of the virus here:

Information from the RKI on the current situation

5. InfoInformation for students who want to enter Germany or plan a trip abroad (as of 13.10.2020)

a) ENTRY TO GERMANY

(1) Restrictions on entry:

The Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) has imposed travel restrictions on entry to Germany from many countries. The basic rules are:

  • There are no entry restrictions for German citizens; they may enter Germany.
  • Entry is also possible
    - for students with visa;
      make sure you have all your documents with you when you
      enter the country which prove the purpose of your stay, in
      particular your visa and letter of admission
    - for persons from EU Member States
    - for persons from Schengen associated countries: Iceland,
      Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein
    - for persons from the United Kingdom
    - for persons from individual third countries in accordance
      with the positive list, which is updated by BMI regularly
      (see BMI homepage).
  • Entry from other countries is only possible if there is a compelling necessity. If possible, appropriate proof should be available.​

(2) Quarantine and testing requirements for those entering
      from risk areas:

  • Quarantine obligation:
    Persons who enter Germany from abroad by land, sea or air and who have stayed in a risk area at any time within 14 days prior to their entry are subject to a 14-day quarantine obligation throughout Germany, including Lower Saxony. The Robert Koch Institute maintains a continuously updated list of risk areas here: 
    https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html
    Persons entering the country from risk areas are required to proceed directly to their own home, or other suitable accommodation, immediately after their arrival and remain there exclusively for a period of 14 days after their entry into the country (‘quarantine’). During this period they are not allowed to receive visits from persons who do not belong to their own household.

    The quarantine can be ended prematurely by a negative covid 19 test carried out after entry. An appointment for the test can be made by telephone with your General Practitioner. If the test result is negative, the quarantine is terminated.
  • Information and testing requirements:
    The persons concerned are also required
    - to inform the competent authority at their place of residence in the Federal Republic of Germany (usually the local health office – here: Gesundheitsamt Celle) about their entry (form "Arrival Card" see info box) without delay;
    - and have a corona test carried out within 10 days of arrival.
    - The competent authority must also be informed immediately if coronary symptoms of disease occur later.
  • The competent authority must also be informed if coronary artery disease symptoms occur.
  • Excluded from these regulations are persons who can prove, by means of a medical certificate,that they tested negative for an infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 within 48 hours before entering the country. The medical certificate must be based on a molecular biological test conducted in a Member State of the European Union or another country listed by the Robert Koch Institute here: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Tests.html
    The medical certificate must be kept for at least 14 days after entry and presented immediately on request.

Please also check the website of the State of Lower Saxony to find out what the entry regulations actually look like at the time of your entry.


​b) WARNING AGAINST TRAVELLING ABROAD:

  • The spread of COVID-19 continues to lead to sometimes drastic restrictions on international air and travel, entry restrictions, quarantine measures and disruption of public life such as curfews in many countries. Changes to entry and quarantine regulations are sometimes made without any prior notice and with immediate effect. Some countries require a negative PCR test result for entry.
  • The Federal Foreign Office therefore warns against unnecessary tourist travel to a large number of countries. 
  • Since 1 October 2020, individual travel and security instructions for individual countries have been valid worldwide. A travel warning will then apply automatically to those areas that have been designated as corona risk areas.
    You can find more information on what applies to your destination country here: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/reise-und-sicherheitshinweise
  • If a country or region exceeds the number of newly-infected persons in relation to the population of 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants cumulatively over the last seven days, travel warnings can be issued again at any time.
  • Inform yourself before the start of your journey 
    (1) at the embassy or consulate of your country of travel in Germany about the travel and safety instructions and the situation in your country of travel
    (2) as well as to the authorities of the federal state in Germany you wish to enter on your return about possible quarantine regulations.
  • Current information from the Federal Foreign Office can be found here: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/covid-19/2296762

6. Entry and return of students for Winter Semester 2020/21 (as of 13.10.2020)

In accordance with the currently valid regulations, the following applies to students entering or returning to the campus for WS 2020/21:

  • If you enter Lower Saxony from abroad and have stayed in a risk area (see above chapter 5) at any time within 14 days prior to your entry, you are obliged to
    (1) immediately after entry, go directly into domestic quarantine for 14 days
    (2) have a corona test carried out within 10 days of entry
    (3) and immediately inform the health authority of the administrative district Celle (Gesundheitsamt Celle) about your entry by presenting the arrival card (see info box).

    For an exception to the quarantine and test obligation (by  presenting a recognised medical certificate) and for the possibility of shortening the quarantine period (by presenting a negative covid 19 test carried out after entry), see above chapter 5 a). 

    The Student Secretariat will assist you in implementing the quarantine and information obligation.
  • You are also obliged to inform the public health office immediately in the event of the occurrence of symptoms indicating illness with the corona virus SARS-CoV-2 after entry.
  • It follows from the above rules that students arriving from risk areas in the winter semester 2020/2021 must enter quarantine in good time before the start of lectures at 02.11.2020.

    PLEASE NOTE:
    In order to ensure that the quarantine is completed by the start of lectures, students entering from risk areas must arrive on campus between October 1 and 16, 2020. Students arriving after 16 October 2020 will unfortunately not be able to start their studies in WS 2020/2021!

  • Please consider the following when planning your travel:
    A quarantine due to a corona infection or suspected infection on the FIT campus would not only affect you personally, but could possibly spread to the entire university community. Only the responsible behaviour of one and all can prevent this for the university community.

7. If coronary symptoms occur or there is a suspicion of a corona infection:

If you show typical corona symptoms ((cough, colds, sore/itchy throat, and fever, possibly diarrhoea)) or assume that you have been infected with the virus, please

  • DO NOT visit your doctor's surgery,
  • but contact your doctor by telephone.
  • If he or she is not available, please call the emergency service of the health insurance company at 116 117.
  • Stay away from other people and follow the instructions of the doctor or emergency service.

If you are already on campus, also inform the Student Secretariat or the university management by phone or email; they will assist you.

Important note for incoming students from risk regions

  • According to the current pandemic regulations, all incoming students from risk areas in the winter semester 2020-2021 have to go in quarantine for at least 14 days after their arrival in Germany.
  • In order to ensure that all students can be released from quarantine by 30 October, all students concerned must arrive at FIT Hermannsburg within the time frame 01 to 16 October. Later arrivals can not be accepted.
  • Students who arrive from a risk area after 16 October 2020 will unfortunately not be able to start or continue their studies for WS 2020/2021!
  • For the duration of the quarantine period you are not allowed to leave your accommodation, not even to go shopping. For this purpose FIT will provide the affected students with meals and basic groceries. A financial contribution of 220,00 EUR will be charged for this service.
  • Please make sure that you bring important things like medication, toiletries, clothing etc. in sufficient quantity.
  • Please inform yourself about risk areas on the website of the Robert Koch Institute:
    https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html