Faculty of Science

Corona virus: Information of the Faculty of Science

Dear Sir or Madam,

until further notice, the facilities of the Central Management Office are open with restrictions. If you need signatures or if you have to deliver or to pick up documents, please make an appointment in advance by email or phone. Otherwise, please use the mailbox of the Central Management Office.

Personal advice is carried out by telephone or mail, exclusively. We take care of our customers' mail daily.

A face mask must be worn within university buildings and areas open to use by the public.

Furthermore, please pay attention to the University's infection protection plan (16 February 2021), the mails of the public relations department of our university and the related instructions and measurements.

Your team of the Central Management Office

09 February 2021

On-campus teaching at the university will be suspended until the end of the winter semester. Lectures and classes must therefore be offered online. Exceptions  are only possible if face-to-face teaching on site is absolutely necessary to  ensure a successful and orderly course of study in the winter semester. On-campus teaching is only permitted if the course content cannot be taught using electronic information and communication systems. This includes laboratory practicals, dissection courses, examinations, admission procedures as well as courses with a predominantly practical teaching component.

Purely seated events may take place exclusively in compliance with the university’s Hygiene Concept. For all other events a special hygiene concept is needed.

When students have to travel to Tübingen to attend a university exam, they are allowed to stay in hotels, inns, vacation apartments, campsites or youth hostels. In Baden-Württemberg, there is a ban on accommodation for tourist travel. However, exceptions apply for attending university examinations as well as for business and official travel.

Lecture period

Winter term 2020/21: start on November 02, 2020 (2 weeks later); end on February 27, 2021

Summer term 2021: start on April 19 (1 week later); end on July 31, 2021; the week of Pentecost from May 24-28, 2021, is lecture-free.

Information for Students

How do I get up-to-date information on my courses?

 22 April 2020

Information on the courses are made public in alma. Additionally, all registered participants of a course should be informed about the exact procedure of the specific course by the lecturer by mail. Therefore, it is essential that all persons who are interested in a course register in alma. Otherwise there is no opportunity to contact the participants!

For questions regarding subject-specific topics, please contact your Course Councellor or your Dean of Study.

Informations on orientation and on how to set up a timetable for new students: https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/study/organizing-your-studies/orientation/

Notes on teaching in the winter semester 2020/21

The following departments offer additional information:

Do exams and practice-oriented events take place?

02 November 2020

The rules for infection protection have to be respected (see University´s infection protection plan). This includes a minimum distance of 1,5 m, the current valid prohibition of the right of entry (persons who had contact to an infected person within the last 14 days, or who have symptoms of respiratory infection or increased temperature) and wearing a mask (mouth-nose cover) if you enter the university. If you have contact to other persons closer than the minimum distance of 1,5 m during a course, regularly, special precautions must be taken, like the formation of "buddies" (the same two students working together for the whole course). You will get more information by the responsible teachers.

Examinations: The seating places are marked. The entry is controlled by the supervisory staff. In case you do not follow the rules, you can be excluded from the exam.

Notes for students in higher risk categories: You decide by yourself whether you can attend an exam or a practical course. You will have no disadvantage regarding examination deadlines if you submit a medical certificate.

Further information on examinations for students: see website of the university.

Is the deadline for submitting written exams of theses postponed, automatically?

31 March 2020

There is no general or fixed extension of any deadlines concerning exams or submission of theses. Instead, teachers and examiner boards of the Faculty of Sciences are encouraged to find appropriate and individual solutions in agreement with the students. The option of deadline extensions should be applied generously.

Information of the Central Administration

22 September 2020

Information of the Rector´s Office
Information of the International Office

Information for teachers

Teaching during the Covid-19 pandemia

27 January 2021

All teaching staff who have planned on-site classes during the winter semester and now need to switch to online formats should update the  respective entries in the ALMA campus system. Please also enter how and where  your classes will now take place digitally. 

Due to the heterogeneity of requirements, we do not extend the deadlines for the submission of written examination papers or theses, generally. We ask you to find individual generous and pragmatic solutions for your students, adjusted to the framework conditions. Please keep in mind, that the libraries are closed and the access to textbooks is limited.The aim is to have the libraries re-open to the public again in May, with restrictions. However, the libraries will only reopen once a concept for use and security is introduced that combines a high quality of service with an equally high level of protection against infection for employees and students.

Notes on teaching in the winter semester 2020/21
Collection of useful links - topic teaching

Statue for the extention of all examination regulations in summer term 2020

22 October.2020

In order to allow a reliable course of study during the corona crisis, the University of Tübingen complemented the existing exmaniation and study regulations with a statue for the summer term 2020 (in German only). This statue was reworked (reading version) and also applies to the coming winter term.

Current status of on-campus formats

29 January 2021

Lectures and classes must be offered online. Exceptions  are only possible if face-to face teaching on site is absolutely necessary to  ensure a successful and orderly course of study in the winter semester. On- campus teaching is only permitted if the course content cannot be taught using  electronic information and communication systems. By an express decision, the  president’s office has granted exemptions for laboratory practicals, dissection courses, examinations, admission procedures as well as courses with a predominantly practical teaching component.

Until further notice, the questionnaire must be completed by attendees of all classroom events. In the case of series of events (e.g. a lecture series) data must be collected for each individual event, however repeated storage of existing data should be avoided. Before each individual event either the course head or their delegate must check who has attended the event from those registered/permitted to attend. They should be ticked off a list of a participants; circulating a signed list, etc., is not permitted.

Regelations for laboratory work: see Hygiene concept of the University Chapter F
Please inform your students about the lab course, as soon as possible. Also, point out the regulations for infection protection. (Beispieltext für die Information der Studierenden im Vorfeld von Praktika). 

Regelations for excursions and business trips: see Hygiene concept of the University Chapter G
For questions concerning trips abroad, please contact the in-house medical service (Dr. Rieger) zur Verfügung. For transport and over night stays the stricter regulations of the University's infection protection plan and the "Unfallkasse" apply. 

Regelations for on-campus examinations: see Hygiene concept of the University Chapter H
Please inform your students in time about the exmaniation date (at least 2 weeks in advance) and about the current protection measures against infections. Please reserve the relevant rooms in the usual way. The building commissioner has to agree with the usage of the room as a examination hall. Please ensure to maintain a minimum distance of 1,5 m, sufficient air exchange, and further measurements against infectious diseases.
As far as possible, students should not suffer any disadvantages as a result  of the pandemic. Therefore, any deadlines for examinations will be extended by  one semester, as will the maximum deadlines for graduation. The extension of  deadlines also applies to repeat examinations.
However, students are not entitled to additional exam dates. This means that  the regular examination dates apply. This means that the deadlines are  extended accordingly until the next possible date.
The deadlines for submitting Bachelor's and Master's theses, term and  seminar papers and similar written work are extended by an appropriate period  of time by the examination committees of the respective subjects or by the  Dean of Studies.

Practical advice for designing online concepts

18 May 2020

Useful Websites
Practical tipp from the Department of Computer Science: recording of lectures

Windows: The simplest method is to record lecuters by the Xbox Game app. It is quite simple and you can even see the mouse curser. You can find a good manual at the Website of Computerwoche (in German only).

Mac OS: Video recording of slides with QuickTime Player; Screen recording of slides; You can use the integrated microphone of your Mac.The files are not too huge if you devide the video into two parts (1. and 2. hour). QuickTime saves videos in a .mov format. This format is still quite big. Therefore, you can convert the .mov file into a mp4 format with ffmpeg (https://www.ffmpeg.org).

Other helpful websites
Alumni-Portal Deutschland – Digital learning
Hochschulforum Digitalisierung Toolsammlung - Werkzeuge für digitale Veranstaltungen (german only)

Video conferencing and data protection

24 April 2020

The digitalisation of teaching, but also the shift of numerous meetings to the internet is currently leading to an increased use of special apps and programs for video conferencing. Depending on the software, their use raises different data protection issues.

Important information about the programs used at the University as well as tips for using them in compliance with data protection regulations can be found on a website that the computer center (ZDV) has set up. (in German only)

Contact persons for digital teaching

03 April 2020

For technical and organisational aspects concerning e-learning (Ilias and other services of the University Library): edl-supportspam prevention@ub.uni-tuebingen.de.

Aspects concerning moodle, timms and further e-learning services of the Center for Data Processing (ZDV): supportspam prevention@zdv.uni-tuebingen.de.

Teachers of the Universty of Tübingen with questions about or interest in video recordinglive streaming, publishing of existing audio and video documents or the integration in learning platforms: timmsmasterspam prevention@zdv.uni-tuebingen.de.

For didactical questions: andrea.fauselspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de (Hochschuldidaktik)

If a case of coronavirus occurs or is learned about at the university

27 January 2021

Reporting to the health authority must take place in accordance with Infektionsschutzgesetz rules; there are no obligations for relatives or members of the university. The health authority alone handles tracking, members of the university are not entitled or obliged to do so.

If it is suspected that a confirmed case of Covid was contracted through contact in the workplace or during a class, the person concerned should report the incident online to UKBW (Unfallkasse Baden- Wuerttemberg under: Versicherungsschutz bei Corona-Infektionen (SARS-CoV-2). This ensures claims for benefits from the statutory accident insurance fund are covered.

To improve protection against infection at the university it is helpful if the individuals concerned notify the Betriebsärztlicher Dienst (university medical service; ambulanz.arbeitsmedizinspam prevention@med.uni-tuebingen.de) about such reports. Individuals with confirmed cases of Covid that are contracted in the workplace or in class can always obtain advice from the Betriebsärztlicher Dienst, using the contact details given below.