New Corona directive in force

Circular to all employees and students

Dear colleagues,
Dear students,

On the weekend, the Baden-Württemberg state government has issued a new general Corona directive as well as a revised Corona directive for studies and teaching. This has various effects on the University of Tübingen, which I would like to briefly inform you about in the following.


Under the new directives, libraries and archives will generally remain closed until January 31. Thus, the libraries will still not be available as places of study. However, it is now possible to borrow and return media on site again. Even though the library will close the workplaces in the Ammerbau, books from the open access area will be available for order via the catalog. This will be implemented from January 12 onwards. To avoid queues, access will be controlled by the library’s traffic light system. More details can be found on the homepage of the University Library. https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/324

The decentralized departmental libraries are expected to follow later this week. The respective procedures for borrowing and returning items may vary by library. Please make sure to check the homepages of the individual libraries for opening hours and the modalities of borrowing and returning items before visiting one of the decentralized libraries.

Examinations, papers and theses

Due to the current restrictions on studies and teaching, many students are currently unable to prepare optimally for exams or have problems meeting deadlines for assignments and seminar papers, for example. Students with children face the additional problem of closed childcare facilities, which makes it difficult to attend synchronous courses in particular. The University of Tübingen has addressed this situation and points out the following:

  • 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.

We must be prepared for the Corona pandemic to continue to dominate our lives in the coming months. The number of new infections is still at a very high level. It is undoubtedly an important step forward that vaccination of the population has now begun, here in Tübingen also with significant support from our colleagues at the University Hospital. Nevertheless, we must be prepared for the fact that there will be no noticeable ease in the pandemic situation in the coming weeks. We will only be able to cope with this situation through a high degree of flexibility and commitment at all levels of the university. On behalf of the entire university management, I would like to thank you most sincerely for your commitment and dedication.

Stay healthy!

Professor Dr. Bernd Engler