Corona Pandemic: important information

3 months ago

Here you will find information, measures and regulations of HfG Offenbach in dealing with the corona crisis. All members of the university receive this information by e-mail as a newsletter. Please check your mailboxes regularly.
This page is updated regularly.

Contact persons

If you have any questions, please contact us: 

Further information on the current risk assessment for corona infections, on hygiene measures and an overview with questions and answers can be found on the website of the Robert Koch Institute and at the Federal Centre for Health Education. For current questions regarding the corona virus, the state of Hesse has set up a citizens' telephone, Tel.: 0800/555-4666, Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 20:00.

Further information

Hygienekonzept

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Hygienekonzept der HfG Offenbach

(Stand: 2. Juni 2020)

1.  Vorbemerkung

Die Förderung des Erlernens von handwerklichen Fähigkeiten und die interdisziplinäre Verknüpfung von wissenschaftlichen und künstlerisch-gestalterischen Inhalten stehen im Vordergrund der Ausbildung der HfG. Um dies auch unter Corona-Bedingungen gewährleisten zu können, strebt die Hochschulleitung eine schrittweise Teilöffnung der Hochschule an und informiert im Folgenden über die Rahmenbedingungen zur Nutzung der Räume und Ausstattung.

Die HfG trägt mit dem Hygienekonzept zur Erhaltung der Gesundheit und zum Schutz ihrer Mitarbeiter_innen und Studierenden bei. Alle nachfolgenden Maßnahmen orientieren sich an den Erlassen der Hessischen Landes­regierung, des Hessischen Ministeriums für Wissenschaft und Kunst und den Hygieneempfehlungen des Robert-Koch-Institutes. Die beschriebenen Maßnahmen sind mit dem Personalrat, der Fachkraft für Arbeitssicherheit und der Arbeitsmedizinerin abgestimmt.

Über die Hygienemaßnahmen werden Lehrende, Mitarbeiter_innen und die Studierenden auf jeweils geeignete Weise informiert. Das Hygienekonzept wird regelmäßig hinsichtlich der Gültigkeit seines Inhaltes überprüft und bei Änderungenbzw. Erweiterungen fortgeschrieben. ​

2.  Allgemeine Hygienemaßnahmen

Die folgenden Hygienevorschriften sind unbedingt einzuhalten, für entsprechende persönliche Hygiene ist jede und jeder Einzelne selbst verantwortlich:

  • Eine Mund-Nasen-Bedeckung tragen – in den Werkstätten, den Treppenhäusern, auf den Fluren, in der Bibliothek und immer, wenn der Sicherheitsabstand nicht eingehalten werden kann, ist ein Mund-Nasen-Schutz zu tragen (siehe Punkte 3ff). Mitarbeiter_innen und Studierende sind gebeten, eigenen Mund-Nasenschutz mitzubringen. Einwegmasken können generell / Visiere können für Mitarbeiter_innen in begrenztem Umfang durch die HfG zur Verfügung gestellt werden.
  • Distanz halten – Halten Sie mind. 1,5 m Abstand zwischen sich und anderen Personen. An das Abstandgebot ist auch die maximale Anzahl der Personen im Raum gekoppelt, sie hängt von den Voraussetzungen in den vorhandenen Räumlichkeiten ab. Für alle Räume wird eine Maximalbelegung festgelegt.
  • Händewaschen – Reinigen Sie Ihre Hände regelmäßig und gründlich mit Seife. Zusätzlich befinden sich an mehreren Standorten in der Hochschule Handdesinfektionsspender, die benutzt werden können.
  • Atemhygiene einhalten – Bedecken Sie beim Husten oder Niesen Mund und Nase mit gebeugtem Ellbogen oder einem Taschentuch und entsorgen Sie dieses sofort.
  • Augen, Nase und Mund möglichst nicht berühren – Hände können Viren aufnehmen und über Schleimhäute im Gesicht übertragen!
  • Auf Händekontakt verzichten – Verzichten Sie auf unnötige Handkontakte, z. B. Händeschütteln oder Umarmungen. Öffentlich zugängliche Gegenstände wie Türklinken oder Fahrstuhlknöpfe möglichst nicht mit der vollen Hand bzw. den Fingern anfassen.
  • Regelmäßig lüften – Lüften Sie Arbeitsräume etwa stündlich für ca. 5 Minuten (Stoßlüften/Querlüften).
  • Bei Krankheitsverdacht  – Informieren Sie bitte umgehend die Personalabteilung und gehen Sie nach Hause bzw. bleiben Sie zuhause.​

3. Grundsätze zu hochschulspezifischen Raumnutzungen​

Grundsätzliches

  • Die Lehre findet im Sommersemester 2020 prinzipiell ohne Präsenz statt. Lehrveranstaltungen werden ausschließlich digital angeboten.
  • Aufenthalte im Gebäude sind so kurz wie möglich zu gestalten, im Anschluss an die Tätigkeit sind die Gebäude umgehend zu verlassen. Es sollen sich so wenig Personen wie möglich in den Gebäuden der Hochschule aufhalten.
  • Der Hausdienst steht Mo-Fr von 8-20 Uhr zur Verfügung. In diesem Zeitraum ist das Haus geöffnet.
  • Der Rundgang findet im Sommersemester 2020 nicht statt.
  • Exkursionen und Museums-/Ausstellungsbesuche können bislang nicht stattfinden.
  • Ausstellungen der HfG und sonstige Vortragsveranstaltungen werden aktuell ausschließlich digital durchgeführt.
  • Die rechte Kapelle ist bis auf weiteres geschlossen.

Werkstätten / PC-Pools

  • Der /die jeweilige Werkstatt-/Poolleiter_in ist verantwortlich für die Belehrung und die Aufsicht der Studierenden.
  • In den Werkstätten und Pools ist eine Mund-Nasen-Bedeckung zu tragen. Ausnahmen können gemacht werden, wenn sich maximal zwei Personen in einem Raum befinden und den Abstand einhalten.
  • Für jede Werkstatt/jeden Werkstattbereich/Pool wird eine Maximalbelegung festgelegt.
  • Für die Studierenden können Zeitkontingente vergeben werden, zu denen sie sich unter Beachtung der Hygienevorgaben in den Werkstatt-/Poolräumen aufhalten. Die Absprachen hierzu erfolgen direkt mit den Werkstatt-/Poolleiter_innen bzw. –mitarbeiter_innen, siehe Download: Werkstätten/Pools Belegungsplan und Ansprechpartner_innen.
  • Diplomand_innen haben bei der Nutzung der Werkstätten Vorrang.
  • Es sollte immer eine Aufsichtsperson anwesend sein.
  • Zum Zwecke der Nachverfolgung von Infektionsketten sind zwingend Anwesenheitslisten zu führen. Diese Listen werden datenschutz­konform behandelt und nach drei Wochen vernichtet.
  • Werkzeuge, Arbeitsmittel und persönliche Schutzausrüstung (PSA - Schutzbrille, Gehörschutz) sind möglichst personenbezogen zu verwenden
  • Wenn das nicht möglich ist, ist eine Reinigung vor der Übergabe an andere Personen vorzusehen. Die Desinfektion von Werkzeugen und Arbeitsstücken bei einer Übernahme oder Übergabe ist nicht erforderlich, PSA ist zu desinfizieren.
  • Tastaturen sind regelmäßig nach Gebrauch zu reinigen, Desinfektionsmittel können eingesetzt werden.
  • In den Werkstätten/Pools werden die relevanten Hygiene- und Verhaltensregeln ausgehängt.
  • In Räumen mit vorhandenen Handwasch- oder Ausgussbecken werden diese mit Seife und Papierhandtüchern sowie einem Abfallbehälter zum Papierabwurf ausgestattet.
  • Es werden Einwegmasken, Reinigungs-/ ggf. Desinfektionsmittel und Papierhandtücher zur Verfügung gestellt (Ansprechpartner: HD/RD).

Besprechungen,  Gremiensitzungen und Prüfungen

Besprechungen, Gremiensitzungen und Prüfungen vor Ort sollen auf das wirklich notwendige Maß begrenzt werden. Dabei ist auf die Einhaltung der allgemeinen Hygienemaßnahmen zu achten. Bei Gremiensitzungen und Prüfungen sind die Durchführungsdetails mit der Hochschulleitung abzustimmen.

Folgende Maßnahmen sind zu berücksichtigen:

  • Das Tragen einer Mund-Nasen-Bedeckung wird empfohlen.
  • Die maximal zulässige Personenzahl im Raum ist zu beachten.
  • Zum Zwecke der Nachverfolgung von Infektionsketten sind zwingend Anwesenheitslisten zu führen. Diese Listen werden datenschutz­konform behandelt und nach drei Wochen vernichtet.
  • Je nach Raum sind für den Zutritt zur Sitzung/Prüfung und zum Verlassen der Sitzung/Prüfung ggf.  gesonderte Ein- und Ausgänge gut sichtbar auszuschildern.
  • Die Türen sind vor Beginn und nach Ende der Sitzung/Prüfung offenzuhalten, um ein Berühren der Türklinken möglichst zu vermieden.
  • Die Teilnehmer_innen sollen rechtzeitig vorher (Empfehlung mindesten 15 Minuten) vor Sitzungs- bzw. Prüfungsbeginn erscheinen, um einen geordneten Zutritt mit Sicherheitsabstand zu gewährleisten.
  • Der Raum ist so einzurichten oder so zu kennzeichnen, dass die nutzbaren Sitzplätze mit Sicherheitsabstand eindeutig zu erkennen sind.
  • Mikrofone sind in jedem Fall mit einer abzunehmenden Einmalschutzhülle zu versehen. Diese ist nach jedem Wortbeitrag zu wechseln und zu entsorgen.
  • Einwegmasken, Reinigungsmittel und Papierhandtücher stehen zur Verfügung (Ansprechpartner: HD/RD).

Bibliothek

  • Der Leihverkehr in der Bibliothek ist eingeschränkt möglich, Öffnungszeiten Mo-Do 9-15 Uhr; die eigenständige Suche nach Büchern in den Regalen und der Arbeitsaufenthalt in der Bibliothek ist nicht möglich.
  • Eine Mund-Nasen-Bedeckung ist zu tragen.
  • Zum Zwecke der Nachverfolgung von Infektionsketten sind zwingend Anwesenheitslisten zu führen. Diese Listen werden datenschutz­konform behandelt und nach drei Wochen vernichtet.

Büros und Verwaltungsräume

  • Die Tätigkeit im Home-Office ist weiterhin geboten und aus Sicherheitsgründen zumindest teilweise gewünscht.
  • Büros sollten im Normalfall mit nur jeweils einem/einer Mitarbeitenden besetzt sein.
  • Falls im Rahmen der Tätigkeit ein Abstand von mindestens 1,5 m nicht eingehalten werden kann, z.B. bei unvermeidbarem Publikumsverkehr, sind Schutzmaßnahmen nach dem TOP-Prinzip (Rangfolge: technische vor organisatorischen vor personenbezogenen Maßnahmen) abzuleiten.
  • Arbeitsmittel sollten von nur je einer Person genutzt werden und sind ggf. vor dem Weiterreichen zu reinigen.
  • Insbesondere Flächen und Gegenstände, die von vielen genutzt werden (Türklinken, Teeküchen, Kopierer etc.), können eigenständig mit einem gebräuchlichen Reinigungsmittel verstärkt gereinigt werden.

4. Infektionsschutz vor, nach und zwischen den Veranstaltungen, Wegeführung

  • Die Nutzung von Verkehrswegen (u.a. Treppen, Türen, Aufzüge) ist so anzupassen, dass der Sicherheitsabstand möglichst eingehalten werden kann.
  • Wenn möglich sollten zur Vermeidung von Gegenverkehr getrennte Ein- und Ausgänge ausgeschildert werden.
  • Aufzüge sind grundsätzlich nur von Einzelpersonen zu nutzen.
  • Zugangstüren sollen bis zum Beginn unvermeidlicher Veranstaltungen und am Ende offen gestellt werden.
  • Zugänge vor Räumen können, wenn Wartezeiten nicht ausgeschlossen werden können, mit Abstandsmarkierungen versehen werden.
  • Der Zugang zu Räumen und das Verlassen sollte nacheinander, einzeln erfolgen.
  • In Pausen ist darauf zu achten, dass der Abstand eingehalten wird.
  • Einzelfahrten mit dem Dienstfahrzeug sind zu bevorzugen. Das Dienstfahrzeug ist nach Benutzung zu lüften und zu reinigen (Cockpit, Lenkrad). Dies gilt sinngemäß auch für Dienstfahrräder.

5. Hygiene im Sanitärbereich/ in Gemeinschaftsräumen

In allen Toilettenräumen und Gemeinschaftsräumen/Teeküchen werden ausreichend Flüssigseifenspender und Einmalhandtücher bereitgestellt und regelmäßig aufgefüllt. In Abstimmung mit der Kanzlerin werden bei Bedarf der Prüfturnus für das Vorhandensein von Hygienematerial und der Reinigungsturnus angepasst.

Es ist bevorzugt eigenes Geschirr zu nutzen und dieses selbst zu reinigen.

6. Arbeitsmedizinische Vorsorge und Schutz besonders gefährdeter Personen

  • Allen Mitarbeiter_innen wird arbeitsmedizinische Vorsorge angeboten: Sie können sich individuell von der Arbeitsmedizinerin beraten lassen zu besonderen Gefährdungen aufgrund einer Vorerkrankung oder einer individuellen Disposition, Ängsten und psychischen Belastungen. Die Kontaktvermittlung erfolgt über die Personalabteilung.
  • Die arbeitsmedizinische Vorsorge kann telefonisch erfolgen.

Das Hygienekonzept ist von allen Mitarbeiter_innen und Studierenden einzuhalten, die Hochschulleitung wird bei Zuwiderhandlung Maßnahmen ergreifen.

Gez.
​Das Präsidium

Hygiene- und Verhaltensregeln

Diese Hinweise gelten sinngemäß für alle Räume der Hochschule

  • Halten Sie mind. 1,5 m Abstand zwischen sich und anderen Personen.
  • Tragen Sie eine Mund-Nasen-Bedeckung. Ausnahmen können gemacht werden, wenn sich maximal zwei Personen im Raum befinden und den Abstand einhalten.
  • Halten Sie sich an die festgelegte maximale Personenzahl in einem Raum.
  • Reinigen Sie Ihre Hände regelmäßig und gründlich mit Seife. Eine Händedesinfektion ist nicht zwingend notwendig.
  • Halten Sie eine Atemhygiene ein. Bedecken Sie beim Husten oder Niesen Mund und Nase mit gebeugtem Ellbogen oder einem Taschentuch und entsorgen Sie dieses sofort.
  • Verzichten Sie auf unnötige Handkontakte, z. B. Händeschütteln oder Umarmungen.
  • Lüften Sie Arbeitsräume stündlich für ca. 5 Minuten (Stoßlüften/Querlüften).
  • Tragen Sie sich in die Anwesenheitslisten ein. Diese werden nach drei Wochen datenschutzkonform vernichtet.
  • Werkzeuge, Arbeitsmittel und persönliche Schutzausrüstung (PSA - Schutzbrille, Gehörschutz) sind möglichst personenbezogen zu verwenden.
  • Wenn das nicht möglich ist, ist eine Reinigung vor der Übergabe an andere Personen vorzusehen. Die Desinfektion von Werkzeugen und Arbeitsstücken bei einer Übernahme oder Übergabe ist nicht erforderlich, PSA ist zu desinfizieren.
  • Tastaturen sind regelmäßig nach Gebrauch zu reinigen, Desinfektionsmittel können eingesetzt werden.
  • Bei Krankheitsverdacht  – Informieren Sie bitte umgehend den/die Werkstatt-/Poolleiter_in sowie die Personalabteilung und gehen Sie nach Hause bzw. bleiben Sie zuhause.

FAQ

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The following frequently asked questions and their answers will be continuously updated should there be any changes. Please therefore check regularly whether there have been any updates.
(as of 17.04.2020)

FAQ General
FAQ for students
​FAQ for self-employed persons
​FAQ for teachers
​FAQ for employees in the administration
​FAQ for prospective students
​FAQ for guests and external partners/companies

FAQ general

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Where can I find official information for assessing the risk situation?

Information on the current risk assessment for corona infections, on hygiene measures and an overview with questions and answers can be found on the pages of the Robert Koch Institute, at the Federal Centre for Health Education and on the website of the Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration.

What measures can I take to protect myself?

To avoid the risk of infection with the virus as far as possible, please pay attention to

  • adequate hand hygiene (regular hand washing, at least 20 seconds; information here
  • cough and sneeze label (cough and sneeze into the crook of your arm), dispose of used tissues immediately
  • refrain from shaking hands
  • please also avoid unnecessary social contacts. Try to keep a distance of one to two meters to your counterpart​
  • wearing mouth and nose protection on public transport and when shopping is recommended In some cities it is already mandatory.

Which areas are risk areas

Since 10 April 2020, the Robert Koch Institute has no longer identified any international risk areas or particularly affected areas in Germany. COVID-19 is now in use worldwide. Outbreaks have occurred in a considerable number of countries, some of them with large case numbers; the exact case numbers of other countries are not known. There is therefore a risk of transmission both in Germany and in a vast number of regions worldwide. The Federal Foreign Office has now also issued a worldwide travel warning. From an epidemiological point of view it therefore makes sense to suspend the designation of risk areas.
Länder and local authorities should examine whether regulations and orders relating to existing risk areas may need to be adapted. Current case numbers worldwide are available on the websites of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). A detailed presentation of COVID-19 cases in Germany down to district level can be found on the dashboard and in the daily situation reports of the RKI. Otherwise, please refer to the current regulations and restrictions for (border) crossing travel.
​​

What should I do when I arrive from abroad

In order to protect themselves and others from infection, German tourists returning from abroad are still strongly advised to avoid unnecessary contact and to stay at home for 14 days.

Which persons have a particularly increased risk of serious illness (risk group)

Persons older than 60 years of age, who have an underlying disease (cardiovascular system, diabetes, diseases of the respiratory system, liver, kidney and cancer) or whose immune system is suppressed (by disease or medication) belong to the risk group.

Where can I find official information in other languages?

The most important information of the Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs about COVID-19 in Kurdish, Turkish, Polish, French and other languages can be found here.

Where can I find decisions and decrees issued by the HMWK with regard to the universities in Hessen?

The Hessian Ministry of Higher Education, Research and the Arts (HMWK) provides the decisions and decrees applicable to the universities as PDFs on its website.

FAQ digital teaching for students

3 months ago

Digital teaching at a glance

video.hfg-offenbach.de  
chat.hfg-offenbach.de
cloud.hfg-offenbach.de

A tip for the organization of your courses

Save the links to the various platforms as bookmarks in your browser and keep a digital calendar in which you store the links to the individual events.

Does HfG offers digital teaching in the summer semester?

Yes, teaching in the summer semester will start on April 20, initially with digital teaching only.

Which tools are used for digital teaching?

They are Mattermost (as team software), BigBlueButton (as web conferencing system) and Nextcloud (as document storage). In this film all three tools are explained in detail. 

​I have problems with technology or equipment for digital teaching. Who can I contact?

The contact person is Ulrike Grünewald from the Office for Knowledge Transfer.

Are the digital platforms of HfG compliant with data protection?

Yes, both are open source systems hosted on HfG servers.

How do I register for courses?

School of Art

  • Find the desired courses/offers in the course catalogue (PDF/E-Campus).
  • Send an email as registration to the respective lecturers.
  • The lecturers will be invited to the respective rooms of the platforms.

School of Design (main study period)

  • In the course catalogue (PDF/E-Campus) you can find the courses/offers.
  • Please inform Christiane Kühn-Wilkens about your wishes kuehn-wilkens@hfg-offenbach.de.
  • Further information will follow by e-mail.

School of Design (basic studies)
Students of the 2nd and 4th semester will be automatically divided and written to separately.

What do I need to view the courses?

In order to view the course catalogues on the E-Campus, you need the access data for the study portal. If the access data have been lost, please contact studieninfo@hfg-offenbach.

How do I dial into the courses offered on the digital platforms?

In order to dial into the courses on Mattermost, you need the HfG-Account, which is also used for the HfG-WLAN. The passwords were sent by e-mail on 18 April 2020. Everyone is requested to register on the platform at: chat.hfg-offenbach.de. It is important that all students register briefly in the system at least once in order to be admitted to the courses. The spam folders should be checked. If the e-mail has not arrived please contact: it-support@hfg-offenbach.de and studieninfo@hfg-offenbach.de. A short introduction as video tutorial is available here
​The teachers invite to BigBlueButton.

How exactly do the digital platforms work. What do they look like?

Do I need to download/install anything to use it?

No, the systems run in the web browser, no app is required to download or install anything.

What else do I have to consider?

The recommended browser for use is the latest version of Chrome or Firefox. Safari is not suitable (no screen sharing is possible here).

What hardware can I use for digital teaching?

The most suitable hardware is a computer. However, it is also possible to use mobile devices, again no app needs to be installed. When using an iPad or iPhone, the standard browser Safari Mobile (iOS 12.2+) can be used, when using an Android device the standard Chrome browser (Android 6.0+) can be used.

Which technical/spatial requirements do I need?

Cable, WLAN or a very good mobile connection are required. It is recommended to use a good headset. In addition, you should pay attention to a quiet environment. The function of the headset and webcam should be checked before each session, and the battery charge level should always be checked or the power supply unit connected.

FAQ students

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Further FAQ for students

How can I register for the internal HfG newsletter?

Students send a mail to Jens Balkenborg, balkenborg@hfg-offenbach.de. Please include your matriculation number.

Who is my contact person? Where can I find help?

Students please contact

The situation is mentally straining me, I am afraid. Where can I turn to?

The Psychosocial Counseling Service of the Studentenwerk Frankfurt am Main is also available to help with an advisory and discussion service for anxiety, helplessness and loneliness and other stressful feelings in connection with the corona virus and the measures that have been decided upon: during the open consultation hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. under the following telephone number: 069-798 34905. You can also contact us using the contact form.

What to do in case of infection or as a contact person of infected persons?

The Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs has set up a state-wide hotline for questions about the coronavirus. It can be reached daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.: 0800-5554 666. If you suspect that you have been infected with the coronavirus, please do not go to your family doctor's practice, but call there beforehand. In this way you can avoid infecting other patients in the waiting room. If an infection is detected, the responsible health authority will take all necessary steps. If you come into contact with a person who is demonstrably infected, you will be placed in domestic quarantine for 14 days.

What to do if I come from a risk area?

Anyone who has been in risk areas in the last 14 days is not allowed to enter the university, but remains in 14-day domestic quarantine. We ask you to take personal responsibility for the health of all of us here and to strictly adhere to this regulation. If you need working materials from the university, please ask a fellow student to bring them to you.

Where can I turn for financial worries?

If you find yourself in a financial bottleneck due to the current situation and have questions about financing your studies, you can contact the Social and Financial Counselling Service of the Studentenwerk Frankfurt am Main: Tel.: 069 - 798 34906 or mail.​​

The Federal Ministry of Education has provided emergency aid for German and international students in need due to the Corona crisis. In acute cases, a grant can first be applied for through the student unions; in addition, interest-free loans of up to 650 euros per month are offered through the KfW. More​

Is BAföG still paid?

BAföG recipients continue to receive their payment even if universities are closed. This was regulated by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) on 13th March in a decree addressed to the federal states that are implementing the law. As soon as online courses are available at training institutions in order to maintain teaching operations, participation in these online courses is obligatory in terms of the funding requirements. More information on this topic can be found on the website of the HMWK: wissenschaft.hessen.de/bafoegcorona

Does the lecture period in the summer semester start and end as planned?

Teaching in the summer semester 2020 will not start as planned on April 14, but on Monday, April 20, 2020. If the lecture period is extended, we will inform you. This decision has not yet been made.

Are the Student Information Centre and the department offices open?

At the Student Information Center and the department offices, consultations are only available by e-mail. All personal consultation hours are cancelled. 

How do I get my certificates? (certificate of study, semester ticket)

The Leporello (semester ticket and certificate of study) was sent to the address stored in the student administration on 23.03.2020. If you do not receive the leporello within this week, please contact studieninfo@hfg-offenbach.dePlease always make sure that your contact details are correct. You can find them on our homepage under Studium/Studienportal/eCampus. You can also download further certificates here.

Is the university open?

The main building, Isenburger Schloss (with both chapels), KvB building (Ludo-Mayer-Straße), Geleitsstraße, Schlossgrabengasse and Friedrichstraße are open on weekdays from 8 am to 8 pm until further notice. Outside these times the buildings are not accessible. 

Can I use the workshops?

The workshops of both departments will remain closed until further notice. Exceptions apply to undergraduates of the art department and graduates of both departments. Under special hygiene and safety conditions, this group of persons may use the workshops after personal consultation with the respective directors. The work in the workshops can be maintained in compliance with the protection recommendations of the Robert Koch-Institute. Essentially, this involves airing, reducing the number of people in the workshop, maintaining distances, washing hands and sneezing into the crook of the arm. Disinfectants are made available as soon as they are delivered. For workshop contacts see download.

Is the library open?

The library is open again
mondays - thursdays from 10.00 - 15.00​ h
​During these times, however, only media lending, media return or short information is possible. It is not yet possible to use the reading room or to pick out media independently. For all further information and research, we can be contacted on Mondays-Thursdays from 9.00-17.00 and Fridays from 9.00-13.00 by telephone on 069/80059-295 or by e-mail at bibliothek@hfg-offenbach.de.

Is the canteen open?

The Studentenwerk Frankfurt has closed all its facilities until further notice, including the HfG cafeteria. Further information is available at:  www.studentenwerkfrankfurt.de

How can I hand in the written part of my thesis?

Please send the written part of your thesis by mail to the respective department office (examination board).

Please contact the office:

Can I take my scheduled exams?

The Vordiplom in the School of Art will be postponed to April 30, 2020, please contact us if you have any questions: Christina Wittich, wittich@hfg-offenbach.de or Prof. Heiner Blum (Dean of Studies), blum@hfg-offenbach.de 
Diplom Exams School of Art + Design 
According to the current status, the diplom examinations in both departments will continue to take place on the planned dates, details of the examination situation are currently being clarified.  Please contact us if you have any questions: 

What about internships?

Department of Design
Students who are currently completing a mandatory internship

  • and are not sufficiently sure that the corona measures are adequately implemented on the holding concerned
  • or can only be operated under difficult conditions (public transport)
  • or have other reasons related to the coronavirus,

can terminate the internship without consequences. For students of the 3rd semester this does not have a negative effect on the registration for the Vordiplom.

Assistance and information: Christiane Kühn-Wilkens, kuehn-wilkens@hfg-offenbach.de

FAQ for self-employed persons

3 months ago

The current corona crisis affects small entrepreneurs and freelancers in the creative industry particularly strongly. The federal and state governments have planned measures to support artists and designers. The following frequently asked questions and answers are updated regularly.

(as of 26 March 2020)

Who are my contacts at the HfG? Where can I get help?

Ulrike Grünewald and Anna Pietocha are available to answer your questions in the Knowledge Transfer Office or currently in the Home Office:

When do I count as a freelancer?

 freelancer is defined as someone who has received a tax number (not to be confused with the tax identification number) from the tax office upon application.

I am a small entrepreneur (up to five employees). Where can I apply for immediate assistance?

In the event of liquidity shortages for a period of three months, you can apply for a working capital grant of 9,000 euros. Information on the application procedure will follow. More

My orders have been canceled. Is there any emergency aid from the federal government and/or the state of Hesse?

Corona emergency aid for micro-enterprises and self-employed
The framework conditions for the Corona emergency aid programme of the Federal Government and the State of Hesse have been established. Applications can be submitted from Monday, 30.03.2020, exclusively online to the Kassel Regional Council at: http://www.rpkshe.de/coronahilfe.

  • emergency aid fund of the Federal Government for cultural workers Info
  • the Hessian Ministry for Science and Art has announced financial support Info

I have a perception contract with the gvl. Do I get help there?

Artists who are involved in music, word and/or film & television productions and have concluded a perception contract with gvl can apply for immediate assistance in the amount of 250 euros. More

What about VG Bildkunst?

The Verwertungsgesellschaft Bildkunst is planning a special distribution to its members, but cannot provide substantial immediate aid. It refers to the federal measures to be adopted at the end of March (see above). More

What do I do if I can no longer pay my contributions to the Künstlersozialkasse in the fixed amount?

Students and graduates who are insured through the KSK can adjust their income expectations for 2020 and thus reduce their monthly contributions if necessary. In the event of acute financial difficulties, individual payment relief can also be granted. More

Am I entitled to Arbeitslosengeld II (unemployment benefit)?

As a self-employed person you may be entitled Arbeitslosengeld II. In order to make this benefit quickly and unbureaucratically accessible, the admission requirements for the next few months will be considerably eased. As long as the existing assets are not substantial, they do not have to be touched, and the complex asset check is no longer necessary. More
From 1 April 2020, self-employed persons can request application documents from JobCenter MainArbeit (Kommunales Jobcenter Offenbach) under the number 069-8065-8900 and ask questions about their benefit entitlements. 

Can I request short-time work for my employees?

In the case that self-employed persons have employees, they may apply for short-time work for, i.e. the Bundesagentur für Arbeit (Federal Employment Agency) reimburses the social security contributions for the employers and pays 60% or 67% (with children) of the net remuneration of employees up to 12 months. More

Where can I get a loan?

For small businesses as well as for freelancers with credit needs there are two possibilities:

  • Promotional program capital for small enterprises (KfK)
    25.000 to 150.000 Euro
    More
  • ERP Start-up Loan Start-up money for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and freelancers under 5 years on the market: maximum sum of EUR 30,000.00 for operating funds, maximum term of ten years with two grace years.
    ​More

I can't pay my taxes without orders. What to do?​

If taxes (income tax and value added tax) are still payable for previous years, applications can be made via the relevant tax office for:

  • Interest-free deferral of taxes
  • Suspension of tax claims until December 2020
  • Reduction of the advance payment of income tax
    More

What else can I do?

  • Document lost fees: The BBK Bundesverband Bildender Künstlerinnen und Künstler provides checklists and forms for this. More
  • Participation in a survey of the State of Saxony on the effects of COVID-19 on the cultural and creative industries. More
  • Participation in the industry monitoring of the BDG - Professional Association of Communication Designers. More
  • Drawing and sharing petitions, for example: Petition to Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz: Help for freelancers and artists during the Corona shutdown More

FAQ for teachers

3 months ago

Who is my contact person? Where can I find help?

Teachers please contact the deans:

or the

What to do if I come from a risk area?

Anyone who has been in risk areas in the last 14 days is not allowed to enter the university, but remains in domestic quarantine. We ask you to take personal responsibility for the health of all of us here and to adhere strictly to this regulation. If you need working materials from the university, please instruct a colleague to bring them to you.

Are there classes?

According to current information, teaching in the summer semester 2020 will begin on Monday, April 20, 2020, presumably with a focus on a digital course offering.

Will there be examinations?

The Vordiplom in the School of Art will be postponed to April 30, 2020, please contact us if you have any questions: Christina Wittich, wittich@hfg-offenbach.de or Prof. Heiner Blum (Dean of Studies), blum@hfg-offenbach.de 
Diplom Exams School of Art + Design 
According to the current status, the diplom examinations in both departments will continue to take place on the planned dates, details of the examination situation are currently being clarified.  Please contact us if you have any questions: 

Does the lecture period in the summer semester start and end as planned?

Teaching in the summer semester 2020 will not start as planned on April 14, but on Monday, April 20, 2020. If the lecture period is extended, we will inform you. This decision has not yet been made.

Do LfbAs or scientific staff have to be present in the current situation or can they work from home?

If attendance is not necessary or useful, you can work mobile during the coronary crisis situation. Especially people over 60 years of age, with underlying diseases or suppressed immune system are asked to make use of this.  The application for mobile working must be completed and returned to the Human Resources Department by e-mail. The supervisor can give his/her consent by e-mail.

FAQ for employees in the administration

3 months ago

Who is my contact person? Where can I find help?

Employees contact me with questions:
Dr. Susanne Eickemeier (Chancellor), eickemeier@hfg-offenbach.de (069 80059 103) or the personnel department, Aurelia Warzecha, warzecha@hfg-offenbach.de, Christine Dertinger, dertinger@hfg-offenbach.de

Do I have to be present in the current situation or can I work from home?

If attendance is not necessary or useful, you can work mobile during the coronary crisis situation. Especially people over 60 years of age, with underlying diseases or suppressed immune system are asked to make use of this.  The application for mobile working must be completed and returned to the Human Resources Department by e-mail. The supervisor can give his/her consent by e-mail.

What should I do if I return from a business or private trip from a risk area?

Anyone who has been in risk areas in the last 14 days is not allowed to enter the university, but remains in domestic quarantine. We ask you to take personal responsibility for the health of all of us here and to adhere strictly to this regulation.

I work in my home office and have problems with my IT. How can these be solved?

In the course of the Corona crisis the IT department offers external support via TeamViewer. Download the TeamViewer Quick Support here and start it. Then give the following information "Your ID" and "Password" to the IT department by phone so that the support employee can access your system. Employees can recognize active TeamViewer sessions by the TeamViewer window in the right corner of the screen; usually the screen background is also removed (the background image). Active sessions can be terminated on both sides at any time. It is not possible to establish a session without the active assistance of the employee or to spy out usage behavior.

FAQ for prospective students

3 months ago

Weitere Informationen für Studienbewerber_innen unter:

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Who is my contact person and where can I find help?

Applicants should address their questions to Ute Schulz, studieninfo@hfg-offenbach.de.

Do you have study or portfolio consultations?

Both departments offer an online video consultation on Wednesdays at lunchtime (12h)
Interested parties should register in advance by e-mail to receive an access code:
- Department of Art: studienberatungkunst@hfg-offenbach.de 
- Department of Design: studienberatungdesign@hfg-offenbach.de 

In the video conference there is the possibility to present the portfolio by sharing the screen content.Another possibility is to film the content of the portfolio with a smartphone or webcam.

Are the study information centre and department offices open?

In the Student Information Centre and the department offices, consultations are only available by e-mail. All personal office hours are omitted.

In which form can I apply?

The application for a study at HfG in 2020 is exclusively online. Applicants can upload their portfolio and application documents via the upload portal on this website. The application (both departments) must be uploaded by June 2, 2020, 00:00 h

Are the entrance examinations for the winter semester held?

The entrance examinations for the winter semester 2020/2021 will take place. The application must be received by June 2, 2020. As a rule, the examinations take place at the end of June (Design Department) or in mid-July (Art Department). If an entrance examination at the HfG is not possible due to the corona pandemic, applicants will be informed about an online version of the entrance examination.

What should I do if I am unable to take the entrance examinations due to entry and exit bans or a 14-day quarantine?

The university will try to offer alternative dates for persons who cannot take the entrance examination due to entry and exit bans or due to the 14-day quarantine. However, as we cannot guarantee these, we recommend that you book flights and accommodation, which may be cancelled.

FAQ for guests and external partners/companies

3 months ago

Do events/conferences/exhibitions take place at the HfG?

There are no events at the HfG until April 19. Visitors are not allowed to enter the buildings of the university during this time. Special arrangements are made for external companies or guests by arrangement.

Is the canteen open?

The Studentenwerk Frankfurt is closing all its facilities until further notice, including the HfG cafeteria. Further information can be found at https://www.studentenwerkfrankfurt.de.

Are my contact persons at the university available?

The operation in the administration continues, please contact your contact persons in the respective departments by e-mail.

Can deliveries be made at the university?

Deliveries can be made through the gate or by arrangement. Contact: hausdienst@hfg-offenbach.de.

09 March 2020-9 April 2020: Corona news

3 months ago

Digital teaching/examinations/aid funds

Dear students, 
we would like to announce ourselves with this newsletter before Easter once again with an intermediate information status. Many developments are still in flux. Therefore we ask for your understanding that we cannot provide you with more detailed information.

Start of the lecture period

Teaching at the HfG will start on 20 April 2020 with a digital teaching programme. Presence teaching, even in small groups, is not possible for the time being. It is not yet clear when or in what form classroom teaching will begin again.

Digital teaching 

In recent weeks, a task force has been working on identifying suitable tools for digital teaching: these are Mattermost (as team software) and BigBlueButton (as a web conferencing system). These will be installed this week on a server at the HfG and we can start the test phase. At the same time, all teachers are currently updating their offer and the updates will be incorporated into the course catalogues. Today we assume that we will be able to provide you with your individual access and tutorials for the digital platforms after Easter until April 15th and that the event links will be implemented in the course catalogues. We ask for your understanding in case of technical delays.  
At this point we would like to emphasize once again that we take digital teaching seriously and that the services acquired in this form will be credited. However, your personal possibilities to follow virtual teaching will be different. You should be able to use the teaching as much as possible, but not have to. We are working at state and federal level to ensure that this does not put you at a disadvantage when it comes to counting the semesters you have studied and your entitlement to BAföG benefits. At the same time, we also work internally at the HfG on regulations that are as accommodating as possible. Should problems arise, it is important to contact the respective lecturer/department to find individual solutions.

Examinations 

Examinations should be carried out as far as they can be carried out under the conditions of the Robert Koch Institute. This also applies to our diploma examinations. The examination for the intermediate diploma in the art department has already been postponed to April 30. As things stand at present, both departments are considering postponing the diploma examinations in design and art. We will now mainly ask the diploma students concerned. However, it is already certain that the diploma examinations in both departments will take place in the summer semester by July at the latest. Further details can be communicated until the beginning of lectures on April 20. 

Aid fund of the friends of the hfg e.v. 

The Corona crisis hits the creative and cultural sector particularly hard. The art and design students of the HfG Offenbach are also strongly affected. Therefore, our supporters association freunde der hfg has, in coordination with the HfG, initiated the fundraising campaign #hfghelps. The freunde start with an immediate aid of 3.000 Euro and hope that the amount will increase quickly through donations. Under www.hfg-offenbach.de/hfghelps their all information to the Kampagen and the request for immediate assistance.

All information about the HfG in the Corona crisis can be found on the website www.hfg-offenbach.de/corona. Please also pay attention to the FAQ, which is constantly updated. If you have specific questions, please contact the persons mentioned there.

We know that this special semester means additional work and effort for you and for everyone involved in teaching at the HfG. The feedback we have received so far from our teachers indicates a high degree of willingness to engage in this common task. We ask you to show this willingness and a little calmness at the start!  
We wish you Happy Easter Days and hope you will continue to get through the Corona period in good health.

Guidelines of the Hesse State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts for the summer semester 2020: Joint letter of the Minister and the Presidents of the Universities

Dear students, dear teachers, dear university employees,

​The exceptional circumstances in which we currently find ourselves due to the spread of the corona virus face our universities with very special challenges. The members of the universities are tackling these challenges with extraordinary commitment. On the one hand, there is science and university medicine, which is making an invaluable contribution to the health of all of us. The volunteers in medical care, public authorities and social initiatives are holding our society together during these difficult days.

On the other hand, it is also about coping with this crisis on a day-to-day basis at all levels of the universities and the willingness to look for new solutions and to help tackle it. Our respect goes out to the commitment of students, teachers, administrative and technical staff, artists and scientists. We thank you for the mutual trust, of which so much is needed especially in these times. It is our task to create reliable framework conditions that provide security for all parties involved, but also allow sufficient freedom to react to individual particularities locally.

That is why we are announcing guidelines that mark our common path for the upcoming summer semester today. We want to create clarity, but at the same time we must remain flexible in order to be able to respond quickly to current developments.

We are aware that there are many open questions that cannot be answered at present. Together with the federal government and other federal states, we are making every effort to work out solutions as quickly as possible and will communicate them transparently.

1. We take new paths

Higher education thrives on the exchange between people. Since the current situation affects this very core, the upcoming summer semester will not be an ordinary one. Together we are focusing on flexibility in the organization of teaching, studies and examinations. Teaching and research will take place in forms that meet epidemiological requirements. This means above all: with provisionally limited attendance and new formats. Our common goal is that as far as possible all those who want to complete the semester should be able to do so.

2. We get started together

On April 20, teaching at the universities of the state of Hesse will start with digital services. This also applies in many other federal states. We are thrilled to see how many new digital offerings and additional solutions have already been developed within the universities during the last weeks. Depending on official orders, attendance events might take place again during the semester. In Hesse, we have jointly decided to flexibly postpone the end of the lecture period of the summer semester. We will also take into account a recovery period and the family situation during school summer holidays in Hesse. We are going to decide on specific dates soon, depending on individual circumstances.

3. No one should be left behind

Students who are unable to accomplish any or all of the planned courses due to the consequences of the Covid 19 pandemic should not suffer any disadvantages. This applies for example with regard to regulations that require a normal programme length. The Science Ministers of the federal states will lobby the federal government to ensure that flexible regulations are found for BAföG, child benefit, health insurance, etc. which take into account the realities of student life in times of the Covid 19 pandemic.

4. We make an effort

Together we want to make as many and as high quality offers as possible despite the restrictions. The unusual formats demand great adaptation efforts from everyone. Teachers in particular, but also administrative and technical staff are challenged to make their contribution to these new formats. It also requires students to be willing to engage in these new formats with confidence and commitment. We are very grateful for the efforts that have already been made. We will continue to support you. There are also changes beyond teaching: Regarding the libraries, adjustments are to be made to ensure lending operations and digital services are expanded. Since there are more free rooms in the universities, some of the examinations that were cancelled in recent weeks can now be hold in a larger area with the necessary physical distance during the summer semester. Research will also be continued with all possible efforts. In particular, we support young academics and artists and are committed to ensuring that this group also does not suffer any disadvantages from the current situation. Accordingly, we are lobbying at the federal level for an amendment to the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (German law governing the duration of research contracts) and for appropriate exemptions for third-party funding.

5. We keep an eye on the next step

The postponement of the summer semester and the Abitur examinations in several federal states will also have an impact on the winter semester 2020/2021. We have agreed at federal level that we will find consistent solutions. They are intended to meet the needs of students who need lecture-free periods for recreation, work or practical work, as well as those of new freshmen who expect a reliable admission procedure and aptitude tests at the art academies and a smooth start of their studies. We currently assume that the lectures of the winter semester will start on November 1st

02.04.2020: Corona – HfG helps

Dear students,

we are all shocked and concerned about the current situation of the pandemic and hope that you are doing well, according to circumstances, and that you and your families are healthy. Many things are also in a process regarding our HfG, many things are not clarified and we have to come to decisions and results in steps. With this newsletter I would like to inform you about an interim status. We are currently working in constant coordination with the ministry and the German Rectors' Conference on how the examinations can be held, the summer semester can start and the admissions can be organized.

What is already clear today is that we are sticking to our plans to start the lecture period on 20 April 2020. This can of course only take place in digital form. We are all called upon to adapt during this phase and to see the alternative teaching formats as a challenge and a field of experimentation. We are currently working flat out to test and set up the appropriate tools for this. 

Please be assured that this special summer semester will not be a lost or non-semester. No one should suffer any disadvantages, especially with regard to student status, but above all we want to ensure that teaching continues, initially without physical presence. Hence this request: I am firmly convinced that art and design can make important contributions to society in the current crisis. I would therefore like to personally call upon and motivate you to deal with the situation creatively, as has already happened - for example in the works linked to Instagram. In any case, please keep us informed about your projects. Inform your professors / lecturers / workshop leaders. Let's use the upcoming semester for such projects. I am sure we will find ways to realize many of your ideas and projects together. 

We know that the current situation is existentially threatening for many of you, as many orders and work opportunities have been lost at short notice. In coordination with the Friends of the HfG, we have been planning in the last few days to set up an aid fund for HfG students to which you can apply for one-time financial support at short notice. Of course, the students' participation in the allocation of this fund is intended. We will keep you informed about the exact form this will take in the next few days. 

Please also use our homepage as an information platform. Here the FAQ will be updated continuously.

All the best for the future and stay healthy! 

Prof. Bernd Kracke
​(President) 

23 March 2020: Mailing of study documents

Dear students,

due to the current developments concerning the coronavirus, a contact ban applies throughout Germany. For this reason the university has decided to send you the Leporello (semester card and certificate of study) by mail. 
The leporello was sent on Monday, March 23rd, 2020 to the address stored in the student administration. Should you not receive the documents within this week, please contact studieninfo@hfg-offenbach.de. Please always make sure that your contact details are correct. You can find them at eCampus.hfg-offenbach.de.

18 March 2020: Further measures

All measures shall apply immediately until 20 April 2020, unless otherwise specified. ​

dear HfG-members,

with our newsletter we regularly inform you about measures and current developments regarding the coronavirus. We also ask you to consider all measures communicated so far (see below).

The corona pandemic is a difficult situation for all of us. But only by working together will we be able to slow down the chain of infection - and thus save lives. Solidarity is called for - and that means that we have to adapt our everyday lives in a way never seen before. The containment of social contacts also means for the HfG that there will have to be restrictions, postponements and cancellations. We ask for your understanding at this point.

But we are still here for you! Instead of personal contacts and consultations, we are now sending you e-mails that keep us fully operational! 
As always, the contact persons at the HfG are available by e-mail for further questions and any need for coordination.
 

Opening hours

The buildings of the HfG Offenbach: Main Building, Isenburg Castle (with both chapels), KvB-Building (Ludo-Mayer-Straße), Geleitsstraße, Schlossgrabengasse and Friedrichstraße are open every weekday from 8 to 18 o'clock until further notice. Outside these times the buildings are not accessible. Exhibitions in the Zollamt Galerie cannot take place until further notice.

Mensa

The Studentenwerk Frankfurt is closing all its catering facilities, including the HfG cafeteria, with immediate effect until further notice. Further information is available at: www.studentenwerkfrankfurt.de

Library

The library will be closed from now on until further notice. However, the library team can be contacted by e-mail (bibliothek@hfg-offenbach.de) and by telephone (069/80059-295) during the regular opening hours of the library during the lecture-free period (Monday to Wednesday from 9 am to 5 pm). Outside these hours you are welcome to leave messages on our answering machine. Media can still be ordered and digital services can be used.  All loan periods will be extended until 20 April 2020 for the time being.

Student Information Centre

The personal office hours in the Study Information Centre (Student Secretariat and International Office) will be cancelled until further notice. Contact us: If you have questions or need advice, please contact: the Student Secretariat at studieninfo@hfg-offenbach.de or the International Office at team.internationales@hfg-offenbach.de.

Children's room

Childcare in the nursery is initially suspended until 20 April 2020.
Contact
Please contact us if you have any questions: Sabine Klein, klein@hfg-offenbach.de.

Postponement of intermediate diplom in FB Kunst (School of Art)

The intermediate diploma is postponed to April 30, 2020.
Contact
Please contact us if you have any questions: Christina Wittich, wittich@hfg-offenbach.de or Prof. Heiner Blum (Dean of Studies), blum@hfg-offenbach.de.

Diplom Exams Department of Art + Design

According to the current status, the diplom examinations in both departments should continue to take place.
Contact
Please contact us if you have any questions:
- Department of Art: Christina Wittich, wittich@hfg-offenbach.de
- Department of Design: Elvira Werner, werner@hfg-offenbach.de, Christiane Kühn-Wilkens, kuehn-wilkens@hfg-offenbach.de

Workshops

The workshops of both departments will remain closed until further notice.
Exceptions apply to undergraduates of the School of Art and graduates of both departments. Under special hygiene and safety conditions, this group of persons may use the workshops after personal consultation with the respective directors. The work in the workshops can be maintained in compliance with the protection recommendations of the Robert Koch-Institute. Essentially, this involves airing, reducing the number of people in the workshop, keeping distances, washing hands and sneezing into the crook of the arm. Disinfectants are made available as soon as they are delivered.

Contact workshops​

School of Design

Fachbereich Kunst 

16 March 2020: Update on limiting the corona risk

Dear members of the HfG,

the Presidium of the HfG has decided to implement further measures to limit the corona risk By means of simple hygiene rules combined with the consistent reduction of social contacts in the university sector that are at risk of infection, we want to protect students, staff and guests as well as possible from infection and slow down the spread of the infection.

In the following, you will find updated information and measures, some of which we will concretize or update as the situation changes. We will keep you up to date.

Start of lectures

The start of the attendance courses in the summer semester is initially postponed until 20 April 2020 and students are requested to visit the university during normal opening hours Mo.-Fr. from 8-18h until then only in absolutely necessary cases. Outside of these opening hours the university is not accessible.

examinations

Examinations for students will continue to take place - under special hygiene and safety measures. Details will be announced shortly.

Counselling services

For the time being, these will basically only take place digitally or by telephone.

Events with an audience

The HfG will initially cancel all attendance events at the HfG until April 20. If possible, attendance offers are to be replaced or postponed by digital offers.

Library/PC-Pools/Workshops

University PC-Pools and workshops as well as the reference area of the library will be closed until April 20, 2020. Exceptions are made for employees and students in examination situations in compliance with the protection recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). Details on this will also be announced shortly.

University Sports/Events in the right-hand chapel

All University Sports events and events in the right-hand chapel will be cancelled with immediate effect.

Work organization

Research and administrative operations will be maintained as far as possible. Decisions on home office and leave of absence will be made in consultation with superiors and the Human Resources Department, taking into account the risks involved for regular operations. Employees who belong to a risk group (see RKI) should only be employed in the home office. If this is not possible, priority should be given to reducing overtime or taking advantage of the possibilities offered by the trust-based working hours before taking time off.

Closure of schools/nurses etc. Persons affected

If daycare and school closures have been ordered by the authorities, you can work from home if possible in coordination with your direct superior and the human resources department. If this is not possible, you can reduce overtime, take advantage of the possibilities of confidential working hours or take leave. A 3-day leave of absence in accordance with § 29 TV-H and - in exceptional cases - unpaid leave of absence can be applied for. The same applies to the care of a close relative in need of care (SGB XI, Hessian Administrative Procedure Act) in a day care facility if this closes due to infection protection measures because of the corona virus. A corresponding proof of closure must be submitted, but can be submitted subsequently.

Business trips

Business trips to risk areas are no longer eligible for approval. Business trips to risk areas that have already been approved are hereby considered revoked. Business trips to other areas can only be approved for compelling reasons after consultation with the respective superior.

Domestic quarantine

All employees who have returned or are returning from a trip to a risk area must maintain a 14-day domestic quarantine, informing the Human Resources Department and their supervisor(s) immediately. An analogous quarantine obligation also applies to students returning or returning from risk areas. If you notice symptoms in yourself or family members, please contact your family doctor.

13 March 2020: Lecture start postponed

Dear members of the HfG,

the coronavirus epidemic has led to the fact that the state of Hesse, due to its great dynamics, has decided on far-reaching measures in a cabinet meeting today, which also affect all colleges and universities in the state. 

According to the state's decision, the start of lectures will be postponed uniformly across the state and thus also at the HfG Offenbach until April 20, 2020

Furthermore we have to cancel all internal and external events, conferences, exhibitions planned at the HfG until further notice. 

The research, administration and library operations will be maintained in accordance with the current risk assessment.

The main focus of the measures is to reduce social contacts within the university in order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. 

The university management is in constant and close contact with the management of the other Hessian universities as well as with the state government and also carries out a risk assessment on an ongoing basis. 

The Hessian Ministry of Science and Art (HMWK) is also currently working on a key issues paper on the coronavirus, which will be made available to the universities in a timely manner. On the basis of this paper, we will make decisions regarding further measures and inform you about them. 

Please note once again: Travel to risk areas should be avoided. At present, no permission can be granted for business trips to these areas. 

The Robert Koch Institute has listed the current risk areas under this link. If you have stayed in one of the risk areas within the past 14 days or have had contact with a corona patient, please note the following, even if you do not feel any symptoms of illness: 

  • If possible, stay at home for 14 days (incubation period) after returning from the risk area or having contact with patients. Please contact the staff immediately by phone or email.
  • If you should experience acute respiratory symptoms of any degree with or without fever, please inform the responsible public health department immediately and, after making an appointment by telephone, seek medical assistance (e.g. medical on-call service: 116 117), especially if you have been travelling in one of the risk areas.

9 March 2020: Coronavirus - measures & tips

Dear students, dear employees, dear prospective students 
Due to the dynamic situation concerning the coronavirus/COVID-19, the executive committee of the HfG Offenbach has set up a working group to inform students and staff about the situation and to develop preventive recommendations for action and measures. We ask all students and staff members to read the following tips and recommendations for action thoroughly and take them to heart. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

In general 

Hygiene tips 
To avoid the risk of infection with the virus as much as possible, please pay attention:

  • adequate hand hygiene (regular hand washing, at least 20 seconds; information here)
  • Coughing and sneezing label (coughing and sneezing in the crook of your arm) 
  • refrain from shaking hands
  • In addition, please avoid unnecessary contact, crowds of people and try to keep a distance of one to two meters to the person opposite you

www.infektionsschutz.de/hygienetipps.html 

Note on risk areas

Urgent recommendation of the university management is to avoid travelling to risk areas. Currently, no permission can be granted for business trips to these areas.

The Robert Koch Institute has listed the current risk areas under this link. If you have stayed in one of the risk areas within the past 14 days or have had contact with a corona patient, please note the following, even if you do not feel any symptoms of illness: 

  • If possible, stay at home for 14 days (incubation period) after returning from the risk area or having contact with patients. Please contact the staff immediately by phone or email.
  • If you should experience acute respiratory symptoms of any degree with or without fever, please inform the responsible public health department immediately and, after making an appointment by telephone, seek medical assistance (e.g. medical on-call service: 116 117), especially if you have been travelling in one of the risk areas.

For students and applicants

  • If you are unable to arrive on time for enrolment due to health precautions or if you are unable to submit proof or similar in time, please contact the Registrar's Office.
  • Printed timetables for the summer semester are not available from the Student Secretariat, but can be downloaded here as soon as possible.
  • Applicants are asked to check the homepage for information. If you have any questions, please contact the Student Secretariat by e-mail or by phone at 069/80059-201. Information material can be sent to you if required.​

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3 months ago

Information from the Robert Koch Institute on the Corona Crisis in various languages

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