As announced in the last circular mail of April 12, 2021, the Extended University Executive Board has thoroughly considered and discussed the best way to continue the 2021 summer semester and the examination period after Pentecost.
We are still in the midst of the pandemic and are trying to balance the health protection of students, teachers and examiners on the one side, with academic freedom on the other. All our efforts are geared towards containing the infection within the community as a whole while minimizing disadvantages for students and teachers as far as is possible in light of the current conditions.
As it is not expected that the pandemic situation will ease in the near future to such an extent that a complete return to on-site teaching is conceivable, we have decided on the following regulations in conjunction with students, lecturers and examiners:
Teaching in the 2021 summer semester as of May 31, 2021
Most Teaching will continue to take place online. On-site teaching activities are prohibited until the end of the semester, bar a few exceptions.
Such exceptions include – provided that the hygiene regulations are strictly adhered to and, if necessary, protective clothing is worn – teaching activities that can only be carried out on site due to the nature of the skills to be acquired (internships, laboratory experiments, etc.). Based on the new Federal Infection Protection Act, the Free State of Saxony assumes in its protocol declaration that such activities can still be carried out on site even if the 7-day incidence value surpasses 165. In addition, the following on-site or hybrid activities are still permitted: Practicals with a small number of participants involving 2nd semester students (BA, State Examination, Diplom), as long as the 7-day incidence value in Dresden, Tharandt or Görlitz/Zittau, respectively, does not exceed 165 on three consecutive days.
We would like to expressly point out that, at the same time, an online presentation of the courses taking place on site is necessary in order to ensure the participation of all students, including those in quarantine, those abroad or those belonging to a risk group. Appropriate safety concepts must be developed and approved by the responsible Dean’s offices.
Examinations as of May 31, 2021
In conjunction with the teaching coordinating team and the Extended University Executive Board, the Vice-Rectorate Academic Affairs has decided on the following regulations
regarding the conducting of examinations. In summary, this entails that:
- Examinations are preferably to be conducted online or using alternative methods,
- Examinations involving more than 100 participants are generally prohibited,
- Examinations involving fewer than 100 participants can be conducted on site, provided that the responsible Dean’s office and the Programme Coordinators of the respective study programme give their consent.
All regulations concerning teaching and examinations are subject to possible changes as a result of amendments to the Federal Infection Protection Act.
On behalf of the entire University Executive Board, I would like to thank you for your support in these trying times.