FAQ about Corona and the university
The following FAQ provide information on the university's regulations that were issued due to the corona pandemic.
Teaching at the OTH Amberg-Weiden
The lecture period is from Thursday, 01.10.2020, up to and including Friday, 22.02.2021. For first-year students, introductory courses will be held in attendance on 01. and 02.10.2020. The study groups will be informed about the exact schedule in good time.
For students in higher semesters, lectures will begin on Monday, 05.10.2020.
For students in the first semester of the course of studies "Physician Assistance - Arztassistenz (PA)", lectures will begin with an introductory event on 19 October 2020 due to the central admission procedure.
Regulations from 02.11.20 till 27.11.20:
Lectures will be switched to digital teaching.
Essential courses, final and project work with use of laboratories or PC pools / computer rooms etc. can be carried out after approval by the faculty management and ensuring follow-up (registration).
Regulations from 01.10.20 till 30.10.20:
Insofar as the incidence of infection permits, courses are held in classroom form. The following groups of students are given priority:
- first-year students,
- Students who participate in practical events with laboratory operations or project work
- Students in the final phase of their studies, if there is an increased need for attendance
The classroom teaching is supplemented by digital teaching in a mixed operation. Please refer to the relevant notes in your timetable.
Access to all buildings of the OTH is now only possible via ID (end of studies / staff) or transponder.
- Amberg building B: opening hours Mo. – Fr. 07.00 – 12.00 hrs (external deliveries, postal collection etc.)
- Weiden main building: opening hours Mo. – Fr. 07.00 – 12.00 hrs (external deliveries, mail collection etc.)
- Canteen (Mensa): opening hours Mo. – Fr.: 07.00 – 14.00 hrs, until further notice
- Libraries: remain open, opening hours according to notice
In the case of face-to-face teaching events, the prescribed minimum distances between students must be observed, which leads to reduced room capacity.
Lecturers have temporary authority in the lecture halls and may order seating arrangements and, if necessary, the wearing of masks.
Courses of large study groups may be divided into several self-contained groups and, if necessary, are conducted in a combination of classroom and online teaching.
No, due to the currently increased corona infection rate within the region, it is obligatory to wear a mask.
Yes, but make sure that the minimum distance of 1.5 m is observed and that a mask is worn.
The OTH Amberg-Weiden uses Big Blue Button, a browser-based tool. This means that no special software is required on the user side. Access is controlled via the learning management system Moodle, in which the individual courses are set up as courses and for which the students enrol.
Internet access with a PC, laptop, tablet or similar device is required for participation in corresponding courses. Chrome or Firefox are recommended as browsers, and a headset can be used to improve voice and sound reproduction and suppress background noise.
Entering the campus is prohibited if
1. A disease with COVID-19 exists.
2. There has been contact with a COVID-19 case within the last 14 days (contact person categories
I and II)
3. Respiratory symptoms of any kind are present; coughing, sore throat, sneezing, etc.
4. There is an obligation to quarantine according to general regulations.
5. Non-specific general symptoms of a disease are present.
It is possible to visit the university for the purpose of attending courses and other university facilities, e.g. library.
In the entire area of the OTH Amberg-Weiden (including the outdoor facilities) the distance regulations (minimum distance 1.5m) must be observed. If the safety distance cannot be maintained in individual cases, it is mandatory to wear a mouth and nose protection mask (mask obligation).
Masks must be worn in all movement and meeting areas (e.g. corridors, corridors, toilets) and when leaving rooms and buildings.
Irrespective of the mask requirement, groups must be prevented from gathering in movement and meeting areas and a minimum distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained for frontal contacts.
The generally recommended guidelines apply at the university:
- regular and thorough washing of hands,
- cough or sneeze in disposable tissues or in the crook of your arm,
- use the hand disinfectants provided.
Avoid staying in confined spaces such as lifts. If necessary, e.g. if you have a walking disability, single use is possible.
Members of groups with an increased risk of a serious course of disease in the event of infection (risk groups according to the Robert Koch Institute) and pregnant women are recommended to take the necessary measures for their own protection. This may include wearing respiratory protection with the individually required protective effect. If participation in classroom teaching is not possible for reasons of individual infection protection, please contact your dean's office.
All members of the university are recommended to use the Corona-Warn-App.
It is also required that participants of attendance courses register for each event. The information will be stored electronically for a period of 2 weeks, taking into account data protection, and then automatically deleted. It is not used for attendance monitoring
Contact tracking is done by providing a QR code via the university's homepage. This code must be scanned once in the respective course in order to register for this course with its identification (alternatively, the name and other contact information can be entered).
Please contact your doctor immediately. Your doctor will advise you, may initiate a necessary test and inform you about further steps.
Study Office, Study and Career Service, International Office
We recommend contacting the service points by e-mail or telephone wherever possible to avoid unnecessary personal contact. However, if personal contact is necessary, please check the opening pages of the service centre before your visit.
The current pandemic situation caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus continues worldwide. Many countries have therefore adopted measures restricting the freedom to travel. Depending on the current level of infection, the relevant regulations are subject to constant adaptation.
During the semester, the International Office regularly organizes virtual information events on the subject of "Study and internship abroad" and provides information on current opportunities. These are announced on the electronic notice board (Schwarzes Brett) and on the website of the International Office.
Die Bibliotheken der Hochschule sind zur Zeit von 10 – 14 Uhr für hochschulangehörige und externe Nutzer geöffnet. Zugänglich sind unter Einhaltung der Abstands- und Hygieneregeln der Ausleih- und der Regalbereich, der maximal von drei Personen gleichzeitig betreten werden darf. Leseplätze, Einzel- und Gruppenarbeitsräume sowie Benutzer-PCs sind derzeit nicht benutzbar.
The university libraries are currently open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for university members and external users. Subject to the rules of distance and hygiene, the lending and shelf area is accessible to a maximum of three people at a time. Reading stations, individual and group work rooms as well as user PCs are currently not available.
The shelf area is accessible so that users can independently remove books and check them out at the counter or self-checkout machine.
Orders from other branches and interlibrary loan orders for books and journal articles are possible. You will be notified by e-mail when the desired medium is ready for collection.
Books can be returned during opening hours from 10:00 to 14:00 by placing them in a box provided for this purpose. The book return containers are also available around the clock. The staff will book the books as returned the next day.
Licensed electronic resources are accessible to university members off-campus via the VPN client and partly via Shibboleth.
Pupils can borrow and use the interlibrary loan service. Trainings for W-seminars are carried out virtually after consultation with a teacher. Individual consultations are also possible by arrangement via video conference.
No, because compliance with hygiene standards cannot be guaranteed. Therefore, the use of the system is only possible under the supervision/approval of lecturers in the context of courses. Please contact the respective lecturer.
Technically, the university would have the possibility to do this. But for licensing reasons, remote access cannot be permitted. Currently, inter-university negotiations are underway to change this.
Practical study semester (internship)
In addition to § 11 section 8 APO, the practical study semester in the summer semester 2020 can also be recognized by a decision of the examination board in the absence of up to six weeks, at the request of the student, if the educational goal is not impaired.
Students who are unable to find a company to complete their internship semester due to restrictions in the course of the Corona crisis may, in exceptional cases, prepare a project work.
Project work, which are to be credited as a substitute for the practical semester, should comprise 560 hours of work ((20 - 6) weeks x 40 h/week), which corresponds to 3.5 months of full-time work. A documentation of the project with a complete record of hours worked is to be drawn up to replace the internship report.
The decision as to whether a project work can be produced as a replacement is made by the respective examination board.
This regulation applies to the summer semester 2020 and the winter semester 2020/2021.
Students who are unable to provide proof of admission to a higher semester in the summer semester 2020 (advancement conditions) may be admitted to the higher semester with reservation upon application by decision of the examination board until the proof of the practical semester is provided.
The organization of the colloquium is the responsibility of the lecturers, with whom you can discuss this. It can take place in presence or online, taking into account the hygiene standards of the university.
A module examination or partial module examination that was not passed in the summer semester 2020 is considered not to have been taken (free examination attempt).
No, the examination in the summer semester 2020 or winter semester 2020/2021 does not trigger a deadline obligation to repeat the examination in the following semester.
Within the framework of the free examination attempt, module examinations or module submodule examinations passed in the summer semester 2020 can be repeated once in the regular examination period of the winter semester 2020/2021 for grade improvement, whereby the better result counts.
The regulations of the free examination attempt do not apply to final papers.
Failure to appear for a module examination or module submodule examination shall be deemed an effective withdrawal from the examination in the summer semester 2020 respectively winter semester 2020/2021 and shall have no consequences.
Notwithstanding the regulations in the respective study and examination regulations, registration for the final thesis may be approved with reservation by the examination board until proof of the practical semester has been provided. (Regulation applies to the summer semester 2020).
The Studentenwerk Oberfranken is planning to reopen the refectories in Amberg and Weiden on 05.10.2020 with regular operation.
Only those people who eat at the Mensa and are registered through their card may use the refectories. Other stays in the refectories (e.g. as a learning room for individual students or groups of students) are not permitted.
According to the Studentenwerk Oberfranken (Upper Franconia Student Union) and the two responsible health authorities, people not affiliated with a university and thus also external guests
- are not permitted to the canteen in Amberg,
- but are, however, permitted to the refectory in Weiden.
The two refectories may therefore be entered or used by different groups.