Where can I get information about accessibility in digital teaching?
Accessible study programmes are without question connected with accessible teaching. For this reason, the Representative for Students with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses has compiled information for teachers on how they can make their digital teaching more accessible to students with health impairments. The document (pdf) can be found at http://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/408350.html
As part of the University of Göttingen’s participation in the Stifterverband’s Diversity-Audit “Vielfalt Gestalten” (designing diversity), the IT Department has developed handouts and checklists that provide you with information on how to create accessible teaching and learning materials. These and other tips are available on the website of the Equal Opportunities and Diversity Unit at https://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/625078.html
In addition to University administration as well as the central information The pandemic presents us all with major challenges. If things are not working out so well for you, our broad network of advice centres is available to you. In case of need , the following offices can be particularly helpful:
- Anti-Discrimination Counselling for Students
- Representative for students with disabilities or chronic diseases
- Representative for Academic Quality
- Betriebliche Suchtprävention und Suchthilfe (workplace addiction prevention and support)
- Betriebsärztlicher Dienst (occupational health service)
- Datenschutzbeauftragte (Data Protection Officer)
- Family Service
- University Equal Opportunities Officers
- Jugend- und Auszubildendenvertretung (reprentation for young employees and trainees)
- Personalrat (Staff Council)
- Psychosocial Councelling (Studentenwerk)
- Psychotherapeutic Outpatient Clinic for Students of the University of Göttingen
- Psychotherapeutische Sprechstunde für Mitarbeiterinnen (PSM) (psychotherapy sessions for employees)
- Representatives for Severely Disabled Persons
- Safety/Environmental Protection
- Central Conflict Management
Thematic overview pages
- Guide: Dealing with discrimination at the University of Göttingen
- Contact persons for dealing with conflicts
According to the current regulations of the state government regarding the restrictions to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the collection of personal data is required in certain cases. In particular, this concerns the conduct of exams which are attended in person and excursions, as well as other specific events that require attendance, in addition to visits from external people, e.g. visitors or suppliers, onto the premises of the University. The collection of data is based on Art. 6 Para. 1 UAbs. 1 lit. c) DSGVO (fulfilment of a legal obligation) and must be publicised to those concerned in advance by means of an information sheet in accordance with Art. 13 DSGVO. A model for this kind of information can be found on the homepages of the Data Protection Officer German/English).
The purpose of this arrangement is to enable the relevant authorities to trace possible chains of infection in the event of an incident of infection. Please note that the collection of data by the University in these cases is exclusively for this purpose and that the corresponding documentation is only to be presented to the responsible public health department upon request. In this respect, the University is obliged to keep the data private and secure and to destroy it after one month at the latest.
In order to increase data protection and data security, the details of the persons are to be collected on individual pieces of paper, which are kept for 4 weeks with a deletion date. Each piece of paper or, in the case of several pieces of paper, the bundle of pieces of paper regarding one day are to be kept in a sealed envelope, as the data are solely for the Health Authority. The corresponding deletion date must be marked on the envelope and, in the event that the Health Authority does not request the release of the data beforehand, the data must be destroyed securely – if possible with a cross-cut shredder or by professional disposal (e.g. REISSWOLF).
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For general questions about protection against the virus and travel to the affected regions please see the following websites (in German):
- Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung
- Auswärtiges Amt
- Gesundheitsamt Göttingen
Or in English:
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- NHS Common Questions about Coronavirus
The Bundeszentrale also offers a download of the most frequently asked questions about the novel coronavirus (in German):
Will the regular online course evaluations “Online in Präsenz” take place in the winter semester 2020/21 despite the changed conditions?
Will regular online-in-presence course evaluations take place in the winter semester 20/21 despite the changed conditions?
The evaluation of the courses will take place in the winter semester 2020/21 in the usual procedure as online-in-presence evaluation via Stud.IP. The question items will be supplemented by the subject area of digital teaching. Further information and the schedule can be found on this website.
Are the dining facilities open?
The refectories and cafeterias of the Studentenwerk are closed from Monday, 14 December 2020 to Sunday, 10 January 2021. Please check Studentenwerk’s website:
With the new health and safety regulations for work (Corona-Arbeitsschutzverordnung), a clearly defined amount of space for each person has been introduced to specify maximum room occupancy, in addition to the familiar distancing rule of at least 1.5 metres between people:
If it is necessary for several people to occupy the same room together, the area per person in the room must not be less than ten square metres, insofar as the activities to be carried out permit this. If the activities to be carried out do not permit this, equivalent protection shall be provided by other appropriate protective measures, in particular by ventilation and suitable partitions between those present.
The area is based on the size of the room (ie area of the floor). The space taken up by furniture and fixtures does not have to be deducted from the area of the floor. The same room occupancy guidelines are to be followed for students.
If the requirements for room occupancy cannot be met, people must wear a medical mask there (for more information, read the entry: face masks or download the PDF: 3-level, colour-coded system (Stufenplan)).
This requirement shall apply until further notice.
please refer to our current
3-level, colour-coded system
Excursions and practical training in the field, are permitted in accordance with the Covid-19 3-level system, depending on the currently assigned level at the University. The general health and hygiene rules must be observed, and if necessary, the number of participants will have to be limited to ensure these measures can be kept.
The contact details of the participants must be recorded in accordance with the Nds. (Niedersachsen) coronavirus regulations (ie name, first name, full address, telephone number).
The business trip regulations of the University are to be followed for travel and accommodation.
For excursions outside Lower Saxony, please observe the appropriate state regulations and contact the local health authority or local regulatory agency as necessary.
Please also refer to the information in the A-Z-index under BUSINESS TRAVEL.
The SUB has an FAQ to address questions regarding operation of University libraries during the pandemic. You can find contact information on the same web page, should you have any further questions you would like to ask.
People at higher risk of developing severe COVID-19 disease should be offered the option to stay away from the workplace if the recommended occupational health and safety measures cannot be observed there. Particular attention must be paid to maintaining a minimum distance of 1.5m from other people and to wearing a face mask for all people concerned. In single-occupant offices, for example, there is not an increased risk of infection.
If managers can offer their staff (including student assistants) a safe workplace, there is no need to stay away from the workplace even for at-risk groups. It is therefore not absolutely necessary to provide a medical certificate confirming assignment to a risk group, but in individual cases it can be helpful for both the employee and the manager.
However, if it is not possible to employ a person assigned to an at-risk group either safely on-site or by working from home, it is mandatory to obtain an opinion from the Betriebsärztlichen Dienst (occupational health). Only then can a leave of absence be granted with pay/remuneration.
Can PhD examinations be conducted online, for example, via Skype?
PhD examinations may be conducted via video conference at the Graduate Schools GAUSS (including GGNB) and GFA as well as at the Faculties of Humanities and Economics. Usually both the doctoral candidates and the examination boards must agree to this procedure. In other areas of the University, video PhD examinations can usually also be arranged for urgent individual cases.
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In principle, the Quality Management System should prove its worth even under these difficult conditions. The obligation to accredit study programmes is not restricted or suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic; the University is still in the ongoing process of system accreditation. In principle, quality rounds should continue to be carried out for this reason – either virtually or in person whilst following the hygiene guidelines for face-to-face events. Quality rounds can be postponed to subsequent semesters in agreement with the Department of Student and Academic Services; in particular, it will be necessary to take into account that, as a rule, the date planned for the “zentrale Bewertung“ (“central evaluation”) cannot be postponed.
People at higher risk of developing severe COVID-19 disease
People who have an increased risk of developing severe Covid-19 should be offered the option of staying away from the workplace if the recommended occupational safety measures cannot be observed there. Particular attention should be paid here to maintaining a minimum distance of 1.5 m from other persons or, if this is not possible, wearing a mouth-nose cover for all persons involved. Office workplaces in an individual office, for example, do not pose a risk of infection; the care of small children in a day care centre would not be recommended for persons at risk.
If managers can offer their employees (including student assistants) a secured workplace, there is no need for risk groups to stay away from the workplace. If you have any questions regarding the assessment of an employee’s illness and/or the design of a workplace that is as safe as possible, the company medical service offers advice for managers and employees.
The medical certificate required under the previous regulations should be presented to assist the occupational health service in any case, but is now no longer sufficient in itself to obtain leave from work.
Updated: 31 July 2020
For tips on usage of the various digital learning tools, see https://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/624565.html
A vaccination scheme is currently being set up at the University, which will be open to University employees and students alike in June 2021. Vaccination appointments will be allocated via a University website where you can register with your University login – in much the same way as you would regsister for Campus Covid Screen. We will let you know as soon as it is possible to register for an appointment.
At this time, we assume that when this service starts there will no longer be any vaccination prioritisation. Should prioritisation still be in place, contrary to expectations, the allocation of appointments will have to follow this. There will be no further prioritisation among employees or students by the University.
However, we are dependent on the availability of the vaccine. The University management and the Betriebsärztlicher Dienst (occupational health service) are working to source additional supplies. However, at least at the beginning we will only receive a few hundred doses per week. For this reason, we ask all students and employees who already have the opportunity to be vaccinated to take advantage of this as soon as possible and to use alternative vaccination options even after the start of the service.
Many thanks to the City, the UMG and the Studentenwerk for their support in setting up the vaccination scheme!
More Info and update: https://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/645319.html