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Information on the Coronavirus

Current Status: 9 July 2020, 9:30


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The Philipps-Universität Marburg wants to join forces to help prevent a second wave of COVID-19. To this end, cuts in everyday university life are still necessary. The University continues to support students, teachers and researchers under these difficult conditions as much as possible.

Since the beginning of June, individual events such as laboratory internships, practical sports exercises and field work have been returning to activites in attendance. This is only possible because strict hygiene standards and distance rules are observed.
Web conferences, recorded teaching videos and learning and teaching platforms such as ILIAS will continue to play a special role in the summer and coming winter semester. The university has generously expanded the capacities for the technical infrastructure. It offers advice on the use of these technologies in teaching and examinations. The University Library, the PC pools and many other buildings have reopened to allow students to study as well as to gradually lead research and teaching to a more normal operation. Many people from all parts of the university work together to make this possible. Your questions and suggestions to the e-mail address are still very important. A team from the university administration bundles the questions and answers them with specialist information from the different departments of the university. The team will also give you further information on where you can find help and advice - even for problems that are not directly related to studying, teaching or research, but arise from the particular situation.
Bundled information is available to everyone on this page, which is updated regularly. Please take into account that only the German version is binding.
The organisational structures for dealing with the pandemic can be found on a separate page (only accessible within the university).

With this service we would like to continue to accompany you well through the pandemic and help you. Do you have questions or suggestions? Please do not hesitate to write to .

You find an overview of digital aids for teaching and research on the pages of the
Zukunftswerkstatt für digital gestützte Lehre and the Servicezentrum für digitale gestützte Forschung (German only).

General regulations for all university members and guests

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen General conduct (29 June 2020)General conduct (29 June 2020)

    Members of the university and their guests are urgently requested to obey the following advice:

    Do not shake hands.

    Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly – for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. 

    Cough and sneeze into the crook of your arm (never into your hand).

    Try to avoid touching your face. If you caught viruses on your hands by touching door knobs, tables, etc., the pathogens can easily be transmitted from hands to eyes, mouth or nose and trigger an infection.

    Keep sufficient distance (ca. 2 metres) between yourself and other people regardless of whether they show symptoms of a disease. Pay attention to keep sufficient distance also when waiting in front of buildings or lecture / meeting rooms, etc.

    Make sure that meetings take place in sufficiently large rooms and that these are well ventilated.

    Mouth and nose cover must be worn on the traffic areas of the buildings. It is also recommended that you wear the mouth-nose cover even if, exceptionally and for a short time, you cannot ensure that sufficient distance to your fellow human beings can be maintained.

    After a longer absence from Marburg, it is advisable to take special care during the first 14 days upon your return to ensure that you do not infect others or get infected yourself.

    In addition to these regulations, we ask you to refrain from personal meetings, even in small groups regardless if at work or at home. Please use the telephone, social media, etc as recommended by the health authorities.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen University Library reopens for users (as of 7 May 2020)University Library reopens for users (as of 7 May 2020)

    On May 7, the University Library reopens its lending service for users from the city and surrounding area. Masks are compulsory (as of May 7 2020). Please find current information on the Corona website of the University Library and in the Twitter account of the University Library.

    Since May 18 2020, access to a limited number of workstations (including PC workstations) in the University Library has been available.
    These workstations must be booked in advance: The booking system and all further information can be found on the booking website of the University Library. Please make sure that you leave the booking receipt clearly visible on your desk. These places should preferably be available for students who do not have access to the required literature or technical equipment. Please continue to work and study at home if possible.

    Since Wednesday, April 22, 2020, all Branch Libraries have opened their lending operations. On April 23, 2020, the Branch Library of History of Arts opened its doors. On April 20, 2020, the Branch Libraries of Economics, Psychology, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science, Religious Studies and German Language Atlas opened their doors. Since Tuesday, April 14, 2020, the Departmental Libraries of Law, Protestant Theology and the Central Medical Library (ZMB) have been open for lending. In order to ensure the basic supply of literature for research and teaching, the Marburg University Library (UB) has gradually opened its lending service since Wednesday, April 8, 2020. The resumption of lending operations is based on a joint letter from the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art (HMWK) and the Hessian University Presidencies dated 6 April 2020.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Selected PC pools open with restrictions (03 June 2020)Selected PC pools open with restrictions (03 June 2020)

    Since 02 June, in addition to the PC pool in the University Library, selected PC pools in other buildings have also been open. Workstations in the PC pool of the University Library have to be booked via the booking portal of the University Library. All other PC workstations have to be booked via the booking portal of the university computer center.

    The following PC pools are open:

    Computer Lab Carolinenhaus
    Computer Lab Geisteswissenschaften D (Wilhelm-Röpke-Straße 6)
    Computer Lab Geisteswissenschaften M (Wilhelm-Röpke-Straße 6)
    Computer Lab University Library (1st floor)
    Computer Lab University Library (2nd floor)
    Computer Classroom I Carolinenhaus
    Computer Classroom II Carolinenhaus
    Computer Lab WiWi-Pavillon
    Computer Classroom WiWi-Pavillon
    Computer Classroom HRZ

    The following PC pools are open with restrictions:

    Computer Lab Library Protestant Theology (Lahntor 3)
    Computer Lab Department of Law (Mediathek)
    Computer Lab Zentrale Medizinische Bibliothek (ZMB) / Central medical library

    Due to the distance rules, only about half of the PCs are available. The opening hours of the PC pools are partially restricted. Before booking, please check the information page of the University Computer Centre (German only) and observe the rules mentioned there.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Gradual opening of campus buildingsGradual opening of campus buildings

    The university buildings will be gradually reopened. The Department of Building management and technology will make the necessary arrangements for this with the departments and other organizational units. From the time the building is opened, all persons must wear a mouth-nose cover while in the public areas of the building in question. Please note: Wearing a mouth-nose cover does not release you from the obligation to maintain the usual infection prevention measures, in particular the minimum distance.

    Consultations and consultation hours can take place as usual by appointment or by telephone or e-mail. The same applies to the submission of term papers and final papers; these can also be submitted electronically in PDF format (see Submission in paperless form).

    The following buildings are already open to the public, subject to the appropriate hygiene measures and changed opening hours:

    Karl-von-Frisch-Strasse 2, Biochemisch-Pharmakologisches Centrum (BPC)
    Karl-von-Frisch-Strasse 8, Institutsgebäude Biologie mit Hörsaal
    Hans-Meerwein-Strasse 2, Biomedizinisches Forschungszentrum (BMFZ)
    Conradistrasse 3a, zentrale Medizinische Bibliothek (ZMB)
    Hans-Meerwein-Str. 4, Insititutsgebäude

    Gutenbergstraße 18, Institutsgebäude
    Landgraf-Philipp-Str. 4, Landgräfliche Kanzlei
    Universitätsstrasse 25, Institutsgebäude
    Universitätsstrasse 25a, Institutsgebäude
    Lahntor 3, Alte Universität
    Universitätsstrasse 6, Savignyhaus
    Mainzer Gasse 33, Institutsgebäude
    Renthof 5, Institutsgebäude
    Renthof 5c, Laborbau I
    Renthof 5a, Pavillon
    Renthof 7a, Laborbau II
    Renthof 7, Institutsgebäude
    Renthof 6, Institutsgebäude
    Marbacher Weg 8, Institutsgebäude A
    Marbacher Weg 10, Institutsgebäude B
    Biegenstrasse 11, Kunstgebäude (Institutsbereich)
    Biegenstrasse 11, Kunstgebäude (Museumsbereich)
    Biegenstrasse 14, Hörsaalgebäude
    Wilhelm-Röpke-Strasse 6, Geisteswissenschaftlichen Institute
    Deutschhausstrasse 17c, Musizierhaus
    Pilgrimstein 16, Forschungszentrum Deutscher Sprachatlas
    Deutschhausstrasse 1+2, Institutsgebäude
    Deutschhausstrasse 9, Universitätsbibliothek
    Deutschhaustrasse 12, Institutsgebäude
    Lahnstrasse 3, Institutsgebäude
    Emil-Mannkopf-Strasse 2, Laborgebäude
    Robert-Koch-Strasse 6, Anatomie-Zytobiologie
    Robert-Koch-Str. 4, Laborgebäude
    Bahnhofstrasse 7, Institutsgebäude

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Events / meetings / congresses (24 June 2020)Events / meetings / congresses (24 June 2020)

    At least until the end of the 2020 summer semester (September 30, 2020), there will be no public attendance events, conferences, congresses and further education courses at the Philipps-Universität. This also applies to the presence offers of the university sports. The organizers are requested to cancel the events and to take all further necessary steps.

    The participation of Philipps-Universität employees in external training events is decided by the respective superiors.

    In particular, it is the responsibility of the organizers to

    a) immediately inform all participants of the cancellation/postponing decision. Participants have to be informed that all reservations/bookings related to the event need to be cancelled immediately in order to minimize cancellation charges. Also, advise participants to check individually if they are eligible for reimbursement of cancellation charges, and

    b) to take all measures themselves to keep the cancellation costs low, and

    c) to clarify straight away with third-party funders or sponsors if they agree to cover/finance – or at least partially cover - cancellation costs incurred.

    Please note that first it has to be checked whether or not cancellation costs are to be borne in each individual case. Under certain circumstances, cancellation regulations that are stipulated in corresponding contracts are not applicable, because Coronakrise is to be regarded as "force majeure" and therefore the contractors cannot claim cancellation costs.

    Therefore, the legal department must check in each individual case whether cancellation costs can be claimed at all. Only then are costs billable.

    Reimbursement of non-refundable cancellation costs from the University's central funds is only an option once all other reimbursement options have been exhausted and coverage from other funds proves to be unreasonable.

Additional regulations for students

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Semester Dates (09 July 2020)Semester Dates (09 July 2020)

    The winter semester 2020/2021 will start on 01.10.2020, the summer semester 2020 will end on 31.10.2020. October can therefore be attributed to both semesters! Certificates can be obtained from the Registrar's Office (German).

    The lecture period of the summer semester ends on 17.07.2020, whereby attendance phases in August and September are planned for some courses. The lecture period of the winter semester begins on 02.11.2020.

    The first examination date of the summer semester has already begun for some departments and will take place from 20.07.2020 for most of them. The second examination date will take place mostly from 01.10.2020 - 24.10.2020. Departments may individually deviate from this planning, so that examinations are also possible in September.
    Examinations that take place in October will also be counted as part of the summer semester due to the exceptional extension of the summer semester.

    Enrolments for the winter semester are possible until 20.08.2020 for Bachelor programmes with NC, and until 16.10.2020 for programmes without NC. Master programmes have individual enrolment deadlines.

    For the summer semester 2020, the deadline for submission of the Bachelor's degree certificate stated in the notification of admission has been extended to 23.08.2020. For the winter semester 2020/2021 the deadline ends on 19.02.2021.

    The cut-off date for the submission of all required study and examination achievements for the Bachelor degree is 31.10.2020.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Exams (17 June 2020)Exams (17 June 2020)

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    1) The summer semester ends on 17.07.2020; from the beginning of July the first phase of examinations will take place - in the structure usual in the various departments. The exams will be planned similarly to the repeat exams of the winter semester 2019/20, as the experience with the procedure from May has proven to be successful. This means in particular that in some cases more rooms are planned than in previous appointments. As a result, the period of the audit offer will be longer than last summer.

    Please inform yourself about the exact implementation of registration and examination procedures at your respective department.
    In principle, the statutes on study and examination law, which the Senate passed at the beginning of May, now make it possible to implement forms of examination at a distance. Students who are dependent on an offer other than the one originally intended should contact their examiner as soon as possible.

    To ensure the safety of all parties involved, the comprehensive hygiene measures remain in place. In particular, students must arrive BEFORE the building 35 minutes before the exam and will be greeted by the building supervisor, so that the rules of distance are ensured. Students, building supervision and examiners must wear a mouth and nose cover, which must be brought along.

    The students enter the examination rooms individually and identify themselves to the room supervisor. Students will move to places that have been designated beforehand and which comply with the distance rules. The rows of the examination room are filled from back to front, so that students do not have to pass each other.
    Items not needed for the exam are placed on the chair in front of your own seat. The views are protected by plexiglass walls and by mouth-nose covers. Students are asked to stay in their place until the end of the exam. At the end of the examination, students leave the room individually and submit their examination papers to the supervisor. You leave the building immediately and in compliance with the rules of distance. Outside the building, the current rules of conduct for public spaces apply (no group formation).

    (2) Oral examinations - please contact your examiner for this purpose;

    Oral examinations may also be taken as video conferences in the summer semester on the basis of the statutes on study and examination law, but not as pure telephone conferences.

    (3) Examinations within the framework of the ecclesiastical examination and the state examination, which are carried out by other examination offices:
    The decision whether and how these tests are carried out is a matter for the relevant competent authorities. The Philipps-Universität is also in discussion with the appropriate offices for the coming examination periods.

    The following applies to admission to the Master's programme for the winter semester 2020/21:

    (1) The deadline for proof of the Bachelor's degree for admission to Master's programs in the winter semester 2020/21 has been postponed to February 19, 2021. The application deadlines for Master's programmes have been adjusted accordingly (overview by degree programme).

    (2) Students wishing to transfer to a Master's programme at another university should contact the admissions office there. Ask if there is a possibility to start studying despite the delayed exam. If necessary, contact your local Dean of Studies.

    (3) For modules (including the final thesis) which require the omitted examinations of the winter semester 2019/20, this requirement will be waived in the coming summer and winter semester. This applies to students who have attended the associated course. Students who are unable to take all examinations in the summer semester due to the pandemic, please contact the academic advisor of their subject to arrange an individualized study plan.

    (4) The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has assured that BAföG recipients will not suffer any disadvantages from the cancellation of the exam period due to the corona pandemic.

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  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Submission deadlinesSubmission deadlines

    The Presidential Board has decided that, with the exception of state examination papers, all submission deadlines for term papers and final papers with individual deadlines set for 16.03.2020 or later will be extended by 21 days. This will compensate for the reduced services provided by the libraries and for delays caused by contact-reducing measures. This does not apply if the subject is assigned after the university library has returned to regular operation.

    This deadline extension does not apply to scientific papers in the context of the state examinations. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the relevant examination offices. Student teachers can also contact the Center for Teacher Education for advice.

    Please note: If the new examination date causes the postponed deadlines for the submission of written examinations and final papers to fall into the following semester, they will still be booked in the examination period of the previous semester. If there are no more examinations to be taken other than these, re-registration for the next semester is not mandatory.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Submission of homework papers and theses in paperless form (19 June 2020)Submission of homework papers and theses in paperless form (19 June 2020)

    Irrespective of the respective examination regulations, papers may continue to be submitted in paperless form, i.e. as PDF files, to examination offices or to examiners. Pages which require a signature should be printed out and then scanned with a signature or attached as a photo to the submission. Examination offices are instructed to accept final papers as PDF. Dissertations should only be submitted to the library by post.

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  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Transition to Graduate ProgramsTransition to Graduate Programs

    All students who have a (provisional) admission to a Graduate Program at Philipps-Universität for the summer semester 2020 can enroll for the semester as planned and start their studies as soon as the courses start. The university is making every effort to ensure that all new students have a smooth start in Marburg.

    The deadline for the final submission of the bachelor´s certificate has been postponed to August 26 2020. The date on the certificate does not count. This applies to both, internal and external bachelor graduates.

    Internal bachelor graduates who have applied for a master`s program at another university have the security option to double-enroll if for example they are afraid they might fail. In Hesse the share of administration costs at one of the universities can be waived in this case and the ticket share can be reimbursed in accordance with the regulations of the AStA. Once the relevant exams have been passed, enrollment can be withdrawn up to one month after the start of the lecture period.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Classroom teachingClassroom teaching

    Since 20 April 2020 lectures have been held in digital form. Presence lectures were replaced by guided and structured self-study and online offers. Since 02.06.2020, individual face-to-face events have been held, this applies increasingly to those events where physical presence is absolutely necessary. In particular, practical training in the laboratory and in the field as well as practical sports exercises take place in presence. The Philipps-University ensures that concepts for infection prevention measures are available for all face-to-face events so that the risk of a corona infection is kept as low as possible for all participants.

    The safety of all students, lecturers and staff takes priority. For this reason, it is also planned to offer lectures and other major events at a distance during the winter semester. All faculties have already begun to consider how to design classes given these limited possibilities. High priority in planning is given on the one hand to courses aimed at first and second semester students, and on the other hand to courses that require a high level of attendance in terms of content (e.g. internships, formats that rely on interaction).

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Returning from risk areasReturning from risk areas

    All students who have been abroad within the last 14 days are requested not to enter the facilities of the Philipps-Universität or the canteens until 14 days after their stay. Excepted from this rule since May 20 are those returnees who have stayed in EU member states, a Schengen-associated state or Great Britain or Northern Ireland, provided that the incidence there was below 50 per 100,000 inhabitants for the last seven days. Information on the incidence of the above-mentioned states can be found on the corresponding website of the Robert Koch Institute (German only). Furthermore, quarantine for returnees from non-European countries is dispensable if the person entering or returning from a non-European country can prove that he or she is not infected with COVID-19 or if the Robert Koch Institute has expressly determined the dispensability of protective measures with regard to entering or returning persons due to the epidemiological situation there. This provision shall initially apply until June 15.

    Such resulting absences are not to be valued detrimentally to the overall success of studies, only if the place of residence is / was declared a risk area during the stay. For this purpose, students have to provide appropriate proof of their stay.

    Students who come to Philipps-Universität within exchange programs, as well as students from Marburg who are currently taking part in an exchange program abroad or returning from their mobility period, will be informed by the International Office, in consultation with the responsible contact person of the departments or institutions.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Contact with infected peopleContact with infected people

    Students of the Philipps University who learn that they have been in contact with an infected person are not allowed to enter the facilities of the Philipps University or the canteens for 14 days after the contact. In accordance with the recommendations of the Health Department, please reduce your social contacts to a minimum at the university as well as privately.

Additional regulations for employees 

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Business tripsBusiness trips

    For the period from 1 June 2020 to initially 31 August 2020, the following general rules apply:
    In the case of business trips, superiors and business travelers must responsibly check in each individual case whether the trip is absolutely necessary. Alternative communication options, such as video and telephone conferences, are to be considered with priority.
    If it is unavoidably necessary to go on a business trip, the trip should be carried out in a company car without other passengers or in a private car. As a rule, the use of public transport should still be avoided. Please note the obligation to wear a mouth and nose cover in public transport. When calculating travel expenses, it must be assumed that there are good reasons for using a private car within the meaning of § 6 (1) of the Hessian Travel Expenses Act (Hessisches Reisekostengesetzes) and that a travel allowance of EUR 0.35 is granted.

    For the period from 1 June 2020 to initially 31 August 2020, the following supplementary regulations for business trips abroad apply:
    Employees of the State of Hesse are expected not to undertake trips to countries outside the Federal Republic of Germany if the Federal Government has classified the trip as risky and it is not urgently necessary. Current information on this can be found in the worldwide travel warnings issued by the Federal Foreign Office.

    The Federal Government currently no longer classifies travel to a member state of the European Union or a Schengen associated state as risky; the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland are considered member states of the European Union in the above sense. However, the Federal Government does classify travel to the above-mentioned states as risky if, according to the statistical evaluations and publications of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, such a state has a cumulative number of newly infected persons in relation to the population of more than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days, and if a corresponding expulsion has been made in the Federal Government's Situation Report and published by the Robert Koch Institute.

    To determine the number of newly infected persons in relation to the population within the last seven days, you can use the COVID-19 dashboard of the ECDC. If you select the last seven days under period, you will see a table on the right side of the dashboard with the "Total cases per 100,000 population" for the desired period.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Dealing with leave already approvedDealing with leave already approved

    Even if the organisation of leave is currently very limited, it is not possible - with particular regard to the functioning of the university - for employees to unilaterally withdraw leave that has already been applied for and approved. This also requires the consent of the employer.
    Leave that has already been approved can only be revoked in exceptional cases if exceptional circumstances justify an urgent need for the employee to work during the originally planned leave period.
    Only such exceptional requests are to be sent to the responsible leave administrator with a detailed justification from the superior.
    Leave must also be taken initially while the decision on a withdrawal application is still pending.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Returning from risk areasReturning from risk areas

    Employees of the Philipps-Universität who have been abroad for business or private reasons within the last 14 days are ordered not to enter the facilities of the Philipps-Universität as well as the canteens until 14 days after their stay. Excepted from this rule since May 20 are those returnees who have stayed in EU member states, a Schengen-associated state or Great Britain or Northern Ireland, provided that the incidence there was below 50 per 100,000 inhabitants for the last seven days. Information on the incidence of the above-mentioned states can be found on the corresponding website of the Robert Koch Institute (German only). Furthermore, quarantine for returnees from non-European countries is dispensable if the person entering or returning from a non-European country can prove that he or she is not infected with COVID-19 or if the Robert Koch Institute has expressly determined the dispensability of protective measures with regard to entering or returning persons due to the epidemiological situation there. This provision shall initially apply until 15 June.

    Contact your superior immediately after your return to discuss if you can work from home until the 14-day period expires. If this is not possible and no alternative tasks can be assigned, your superior will grant a leave of absence. Superiors are requested to inform the HR department of the arrangement made.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Contact with infected peopleContact with infected people

    Employees of the Philipps Universität who learn that they have been in contact with an infected person are not allowed to enter the facilities of the Philipps University or the canteens for 14 days after the contact. In accordance with the recommendations of the Health Department, please reduce your social contacts who are especially at risk of infection to a minimum even outside the university.

    Contact your superior immediately after your return to discuss if you can work from home until the 14-day period expires. If this is not possible and no alternative tasks can be assigned, your superior will grant a leave of absence. Superiors are requested to inform the HR department of the arrangement made.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Notification of illnessNotification of illness

    In the event of illness, as before the start of the corona rule, employees have to contact their department on the first day of absence. If the absence lasts longer than three calendar days, a medical certificate confirming the existence of the incapacity for work/service and its probable duration must, as usual, be submitted no later than the following working day.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Take laptops and mobile devices with youTake laptops and mobile devices with you

    All employees of Philipps-Universität who have a laptop or other mobile devices for work must take these devices home when they leave work.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Taking kids to workTaking kids to work

    In order to help minimize the risk of infection kids cannot be brought along to work to the university.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Regulations for temporary home office work or leave (29 June 2020)Regulations for temporary home office work or leave (29 June 2020)

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    Home office will continue to be practiced in many cases to avoid infection. However, in compliance with the infection prevention guidelines, employees are expected to work in the office twice a week for a few hours. In addition, it must be ensured that employees in the home office can be reached directly by telephone through appropriate call forwarding.

    Exceptions to this new principle of regular presence work apply to employees with children under the age of 12 and to employees with an increased risk of infection.

    Employees with children under the age of 12 and/or relatives in need of care should in principle have the opportunity to take care of their children/relatives to the extent necessary, if this is necessary, for example, due to the closure of the care facility due to infection protection measures (corona virus). If temporary care is also required for children over 12 years of age, this should also be taken into account if possible. The same applies to employees with care responsibilities. The immediate superiors clarify with their employees with care responsibilities to what extent the tasks are to be carried out in the home office and/or at the official workplace.

    If these possibilities cannot be implemented, it should be checked whether an assignment to another activity is feasible. Only if no possibility is seen that employees can fully fulfil their duty to provide services, a leave of absence (= "paid leave of absence from work"), even if only on an hourly basis, can be considered. In the interest of uniform handling, all such cases must in future be submitted by superiors to the Human Resources Department for a final decision with a detailed explanation.

    Employees, for whom an increased risk of a severe course of COVID-19 is to be expected, should be enabled to perform their service/work in their home office. The state government assumes that an age of 60 years and older as well as some risk-increasing previous illnesses justify the assignment to the risk group.

    As far as working in a home office is not possible, superiors should look for ways to enable work in the university despite the increased risk. Further information on infection-preventing measures can be found in the instructions of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) (pdf).

    If these possibilities cannot be implemented, it should be examined whether it is possible to assign another task. Only if no possibility is seen of employees fulfilling their duty to provide services in full, a leave of absence (= "paid leave of absence from work") - possibly even only on an hourly basis - is considered. In the interest of uniform handling, all such cases must in future be submitted by superiors to the Registrar (Kanzler) for a final decision, together with a detailed explanation. In these cases, employees must submit a medical certificate stating that they have an increased risk of developing a serious COVID-19 disease. Instructions for doctors on how to prepare the certificate can be found on the HR department's website; these instructions must be given to the doctors before the certificate is prepared.

    In summary, this means that superiors must first determine the extent to which employees have care obligations or which employees have an increased risk of a severe COVID-19 course, and then make appropriate arrangements for these employees as a priority.

    For all other employees, it must then be clarified how the usual presence operation can be designed, taking into account the infection prevention requirements. The decision on this is made by the respective superiors.

    The following regulations apply to activities in the home office:

    1) The prerequisite for working at the home office is always that data protection is maintained. This is checked by the respective superiors. The provision of the necessary computers / notebooks is the responsibility of the work area or department. As an interim solution, until a suitable computer is made available, home work can also be carried out which is not initially dependent on such a computer. Please only connect to the university network via VPN if the services currently in use require this, as VPN capacity is limited. The following applies to employees of the University administration: With private computers, it is generally not allowed to log on to the data network via VPN (e.g. to connect drives).

    2) The concrete temporal organization of the home office has to be discussed with the supervisor. The necessary responsiveness must be ensured and a telephone number must be provided. It should be possible to arrange the working hours as flexibly as possible. Superiors shall determine the extent to which, in exceptional cases, it should be possible to transfer the service telephone to private telephones or service mobile phones. Alternatively, please indicate ony our answering machine that callers should contact you by e-mail and that they will be called back if necessary.

    3) For employees with flexitime regulations: In the interest of availability for enquiries, employees with care duties should also observe the core hours in the home office applicable to them as far as possible. If this is not possible due to the care duties, this must also be discussed with the supervisor. In principle, the Presiding Committee (Präsidium) continues to agree that, if necessary, official tasks may also be performed outside of regular working hours or framework working hours (Kernzeit) (in the case of flexitime). Since February 2020, the monthly cap (plus or minus hours) has been abolished until further notice. Flexitime credits can also be reduced on an hourly basis or on more than 3 flexitime days per month. Accruing minus hours can be balanced by the end of the year. For each working day in the home office, the regular working time is credited to the flextime account. A separate notification or proof is not required, overtime cannot be claimed in this case. If an employee works a working day not in the home office but in the office, the working time should be registered as usual; it is then automatically credited to the flexitime account. If employees only visit the office for a short time on a working day, e.g. for a meeting, and then leave the office again and continue their work in the home office, the time in the office should not be registered separately, so that the day is treated as one day in the home office in terms of flextime.

    4. The home office and exemption regulations apply to student and research assistants in the same way as the regulations for employees.

    5. If a quarantine has been ordered by the responsible public health department, the supervisor should first be contacted and the relevant document forwarded to the department. The supervisor may request that the work be carried out (as far as possible) from home.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Infection avoidance guidelinesInfection avoidance guidelines

    For office activities
    Against the background of the intended return to presence work and with the participation of their employees, all supervisors will again examine to what extent the tasks to be performed are to be carried out in the home office or in presence.

    If office work can be carried out in a single office, a low risk of infection can usually be assumed. Therefore, the attendance times should be arranged in such a way that only one person uses the room at a time. The room should be thoroughly ventilated when personnel changes. In principle, the possibility of working on Saturdays can also be used.

    Simultaneous use of an office room by two persons - limited as closely as possible in time - is possible, provided the following basic conditions are met:

    (1) It must be ensured that at least 10 square metres of floor space are available per person.
    (2) The room must be able to be well ventilated; the good ventilation of the room must be continuously ensured by the employees on site. A room with a high ceiling height is therefore generally more advantageous than a room with a low ceiling height.
    (3) The desks of the employees shall be arranged such that, as a rule, one employee does not breathe in the direction of the coworker but, if possible, in the opposite direction.
    (4) The employees shall consistently maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 m within the room.
    (5) Both persons should use a mouth-nose cover whenever possible, unless this is significantly disturbing for certain temporary activities - e.g. telephone calls -; the mouth-nose cover may be removed for the duration of such activities. The primary purpose of the mouth-nose cover is to additionally reduce the risk of infection by aerosols in the air we breathe.
    (6) Office sharing is not possible for a person at significant risk of serious illness from COVID-19.

    For non-office activities
    For these activities, superiors must determine the necessary infection protection measures, taking into account the risk situation. The SARS-CoV-2 occupational safety standards of the BMAS (pdf) must be observed. The technical protective measures listed there take precedence over organisational protective measures and these in turn take precedence over personal protective measures. The Department for Occupational Safety and Environmental Protection is available to answer questions.

Further information for students (FAQs)

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen How do I study in the summer semester?How do I study in the summer semester?

    The teaching staff at the Philipps University are working hard to implement a comprehensive teaching and study program, even under the special circumstances of this summer semester, to ensure that students have a smooth semester.

    The lecture period of the summer semester 2020 has been running since April 20. Courses are generally held in the format "Teaching and learning at a distance". Exceptions are made for practical courses (e.g. lab placements) and those courses that depend on attendance. Special distance and hygiene concepts apply to these courses. Due to space restrictions, these are only a few courses.

    The lecture period ends regularly on 17 July. Afterwards, there will be a lecture-free period between 17 July and 14 August, so that families can use free time during the summer holidays. Subsequently, block courses can be held as on-site courses, as required, to compensate for the shortened lecture period.

    In July and the first half of August there will be exams for the first exam date of many subjects. In principle, the date will be the same as in other years; the distance, hygiene and path concept will be adapted based on the experience gained from the exams in May. The exact scheduling will have to be adjusted accordingly.

    The exact information will be provided by the departments at the appropriate time.

    For teaching and learning at a distance, the Philipps-Universität offers a comprehensive range of technical and organisational support. All students can obtain information on the following pages:

    The ILIAS team of the HRZ offers in its blog, among other things, tips for student working groups on cooperation (section "Scenarios for students"). ILIAS is a toolbox for digital teaching. On this page students will find information and an overview of digital eLearning tools, for example on organisation and collaboration. These can be used in the self-administered student workspace in the learning platform ILIAS. For digital meetings the web conference services DFN, Cisco Webex and BigBlueButton.

    Collected information and support offers for teaching development and university didactics can be found on the page "Teaching and learning in the summer semester".

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Does personal study councelling take place?Does personal study councelling take place?

    Personal consultation hours are presently limited to urgent exceptional cases. Instead, please obtain information by e-mail and telephone for the time being.

    Study-phone: +49 6421 28-22222

    Registrar's office:

    Questions by students with international qualifications:

    Questions regarding master study programms:

    General study councelling:

    Service point for disabled students (SBS):

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Information for foreign students (7 May 2020)Information for foreign students (7 May 2020)

    Questions regarding application, admission or registration
    If you have any questions concerning undergraduate courses of study (Bachelor, State Examination, etc.), please contact
    For questions concerning Master's degree programmes, please contact

    Questions concerning German courses and the DSH examination
    If you have any questions about preparatory language courses for German and the DSH, please contact the secretariat of the language courses at the Studienkolleg Mittelhessen

    Questions about visa, entry, housing and living in Marburg
    Information, advice and specific assistance on all non-technical topics (visa, entry, living, stay in Marburg etc.) can be obtained from the International Office at .

    Exchange and Erasmus students: Questions about studies and courses
    Exchange students who have questions regarding their studies and courses should contact the coordinator of their department at the Philipps-Universität Marburg. For all other non-specialist questions, please contact the International Office at .

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Is the university closed? (29 June 2020)Is the university closed? (29 June 2020)

    No. The lecture period in the summer semester started with a slight delay on 20.04.2020 and will end on 17.07.2020. Lectures in the winter semester will start on 02.11.2020. The University Library and the HRZ provided services to support research and teaching over the entire period. The Future Workshop and the Service Centre for Digitally Supported Research supported the researchers in preparing and conducting their teaching and research (see also "Gradual Opening of the Buildings"). - automatic translation -

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Virtual orientation unitsVirtual orientation units

    The university welcomes all first semester students to the programme. As a precautionary measure in connection with the corona virus, it has been decided not to conduct the usual orientation units (OU) in the winter semester 2020/2021 either. An OU is planned to coordinate digital parts and joint activities on site. The planned period is the last week in October. All new students - as well as those in higher semesters - are cordially invited to be here in Marburg at this time. All student councils (Fachschaften) are working intensively on a suitable concept for this mixed OU.

    You can find information on the entry to the programme and the orientation units on the page "Willkommen im Studium" (German).

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen What happens to my BAföG?What happens to my BAföG?

    An e-mail address has been set up to answer questions relevant to BAföG in the course of the coronavirus pandemic: . This ticket system can be used to ask and answer questions on topics related to BAföG. This applies in particular to questions that lie between study-related and BAföG-relevant topics (e.g. concerning examinations and exams). This hotline does not replace the advice provided by the BAföG office in the Studentenwerk, in particular, BAföG cannot be applied for or applications for funding cannot be processed here.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Information for students with childrenInformation for students with children

    The Family Service of the Philipps-Universität has created an information website (German only) where you can find out about possibilities and offers during the Corona pandemic.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen I cannot or do not want to participate in classroom sessionsI cannot or do not want to participate in classroom sessions

    If you cannot or do not want to participate in classroom activities (such as lab courses or practical sports exercises, see classroom teaching), for example because you are not in Marburg, you have caring responsibilities or you have health concerns, please contact the student advisory service in your subject area to draw up an individual study plan.

  • Inhalt ausklappen Inhalt einklappen Corona emergency relief fundCorona emergency relief fund

    The University of Marburg has set up an emergency fund for students of the Philipps-University of Marburg who are in financial need as a result of the Corona Pandemic. From this fund, students can quickly receive a one-time grant that does not have to be paid back. For all further information, the University's Fundraising and Alumni Service has set up an information page where you can find the criteria for awarding grants and the application form.

Further information for employees (FAQs)

Further information (FAQs)