Teaching plans for summer semester 2021

Information for students and employees

Dear University staff, dear students,

The University Senate has decided on framework conditions for curriculum planning in the summer semester of 2021. This email is to inform you at this early stage. Of course, all planning is subject to pandemic developments, and we must continue to react flexibly.  

Later start to summer semester

The lecture period for the 2021 summer semester will be moved back one week from the original schedule. Lectures will begin on April 19 and end on July 31, 2021. There will still be a week of Whitsun (Pfingsten) vacation.

In-person classes

For the summer semester, we request that you plan mainly online events. If the pandemic situation permits, it should be possible to hold some in-person classes. These will be scheduled for 90 minutes of attendance, starting “cum tempore” (usually quarter past the hour) and vacating the room 30 minutes before the start of the next class. The faculties will regulate which classes can take place in person. Classes in centrally administered rooms are always approved by the Dean's Office. Special consideration should be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd semesters of undergraduate courses, events for exchange students, and special interactive formats for higher semesters. 

In order to avoid larger gatherings (especially en route to classes, e.g. on public transport), in-person events may not exceed 40 participants. In individual cases, justified exceptions may be made if the laws to combat the Coronavirus permit and the rooms are available. 

In total, the University plans to offer a maximum of 20 percent of all classes in person. Lecture halls will be allocated to the faculties for this purpose according to a fixed distribution plan.

We thank you once again for your dedication and flexibility over the past two semesters and sincerely hope that we will be able to start getting back to normal in the summer semester of 2021.

Yours sincerely,
Professor Dr. Bernd Engler