Technische Universität Berlin

Phase 1: Studying and Teaching

Guidelines for teaching and studying

The TU Berlin Executive Board and Crisis Committee are happy to report that in light of the high number of vaccinated individuals, pandemic restrictions can be relaxed and more in-person activities can take place on campus.

Courses may be held in person on the basis of the hygiene regulations (3G rule for students, requirement to wear a mask, recording attendance – see details further below) as well as observation of 1.5-meters minimum distance/reduced capacity.

It is the expressed desire of the Executive Board to hold as much in-person teaching as our room capacity and the rate of infection allow.

Beginning 1 October 2021, the following guidelines for teaching and studying take effect:

Requirement to wear a mask
All persons are required to wear a medical mask covering nose and mouth in all buildings. Generally, surgical masks are sufficient. If it is not possible to maintain the required minimum distance, you must wear an FFP2 mask (see TU Berlin hygiene regulations for further details).

Instructors are not required to wear a mask while teaching, including when speaking, under strict observation of a minimum distance of 1.5 meters. TU Berlin recommends staff as well as external teaching staff get vaccinated and regularly test. 

3G rule for students
Students are required to adhere to the 3G rule (vaccinated, recovered, negative test) to attend any course-related events or use study spaces (including computer labs, libraries, foyers, etc.) on campus. Please also see the TU Berlin hygiene regulations.

Students must present proof of one of the 3Gs to participate in an in-person course at TU Berlin. 

"Fully vaccinated" status
Students who are fully vaccinated will receive a corresponding sticker for their student ID at the beginning of the semester. This sticker is valid for the entire winter semester 2021/2022. This will allow admission controls to be administered more easily and efficiently.

Please see "Issue of vaccination sticker" for information on how to collect the sticker.

"Negative test" status
Students who are neither fully vaccinated nor have recovered from a coronavirus infection must present proof of a current (within the last 48 hours) negative rapid or PCR test at all of their courses. Self-tests of any kind are not accepted. Students must present their negative test result immediately to teaching or security personnel when entering classrooms as well as upon request in study rooms, computer labs, or foyers.

The following result formats are accepted:

  • Digital result (e.g. in the CoronaWarnApp or Luca)
  • Result issued by a laboratory
  • Result issued by a doctor
  • Result issued by testing center
  • Medical note (must include the type of test and date the test was taken)

Please remember that rapid tests will only be provided for a fee beginning 11 October 2021, in accordance with federal regulations.

This excludes international students vaccinated with a vaccine that is not recognized by the EU as well as other groups such as pregnant persons or those who cannot get the vaccine. However, this exception is only valid until 31 December 2021.

Students who are not fully vaccinated or have not recovered from a coronavirus infection must present a negative test result. This will be at a cost for the vast majority of students. The University cannot assume costs for rapid tests.

If you receive a positive rapid test, you are required to self-isolate and confirm the test result with a PCR test. Please also immediately contact your doctor.

"Recovered" status
Students who have recovered from a coronavirus infection must present confirmation from a doctor immediately upon arrival. A person is considered recovered if they have a positive PCR test that is at least 28 days old, but not older than 180 days.

The following result formats are accepted:

  • Digital result in the CoronaWarnApp or CovPass App
  • PCR result issued by a laboratory
  • PCR result issued by a doctor
  • PCR result issued by testing center
  • Medical note (must state a PCR test was taken and when)

A TU sticker is not available for students with "recovered" status.

Implementation of the 3G rule
Staff will be checking students' status before they enter classrooms. In courses with up to 40 registered participants, instructors are responsible for confirming students have proper documentation. Additional security personnel will assist for larger courses. Guidelines for checking students' 3G documents for entry to classes

Please present your negative test result immediately to teaching or security personnel when entering classrooms as well as upon request in study rooms, computer labs, or foyers.

Please also present your personal ID so that personnel can easily confirm the documentation is yours. By having all proper documents ready upon arrival, you help ensure all students quickly gain entry to the classroom.

Please note that we are conducting these admission controls to protect the health of all TU members. We ask for your understanding and support.

Issue of vaccination stickers
A vaccination sticker will be issued for your student ID. If you do not yet have a valid student ID, you will be issued TU proof of vaccination.

The vaccination stickers or proof of vaccination will be issued to fully vaccinated students beginning 4 October 2021 at a designated collection point in the foyer of the Main Building (TU Berlin, Main Building, coatroom across from the Audimax, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin) To avoid waiting lines, students will be required to make an appointment beginning 4 October 2021: http://www.tu.berlin/impfsticker Please make use of this option.

Mobile vaccination center on campus 14 and 15 October 2021
We strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated. A mobile vaccination center will be on Campus Charlottenburg near the Main Building from 9 to 15:00 on 14 and 15 October 2021. If you are unable to make use of this offer, please make an appointment with your primary care physician or a vaccination center as soon as possible.

Documentation and infection chain management in classrooms
All rooms used for teaching, including computer labs, study rooms, etc., will be furnished with a QR code.

Students are required to scan the QR before or upon entering the room (or at their seat in rooms with assigned seating) and register in Moses.

QR codes have already been posted in centrally managed classrooms (lecture halls, seminar rooms).

If you would like to document users in other (de-centrally managed) rooms, you can request one QR code per room. Staff responsible for managing the relevant rooms should send their request to: lehrveranstaltung(at)innocampus.tu-berlin.de

Please include the following information: exact room number, academic chair/organizational unit (if not centrally managed) and number of seats.

innoCampus will process your request and send the QR code.

Lecturers/persons responsible for the room are to provide hard copies of attendance forms for students who do not have a device that can scan QR codes so that they can provide the data necessary for infection chain management. All course organizers must store the documents for four weeks under observation of data privacy regulations.

Here you can find a blank attendance documentation sheet as required by the state of Berlin. This must be completed for each person attending. Please observe data protection and keep the lists in an envelope so they may not be viewed by third parties.

Rooms for in-person events

University Library rooms
The University Library's study spaces are open and can be used. Currently available study spaces can be viewed online: https://services.ub.tu-berlin.de/platzbuchung/

Other study rooms
Study rooms are open to TU Berlin students from 8:00 to 20:00. Students must fulfill one of the 3Gs, wear a mask, and keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters. The same applies when in foyers and using other areas of the library.

Security personnel reserve the right to ask students to comply or present relevant proof.

Faculty computer labs and study rooms
Faculty computer labs and study rooms can open for use as long as the 3G rule and TU Berlin's hygiene regulations are observed and users record their presence via QR code.

Vacant seminar rooms
Vacant seminar rooms can also be used if no course is taking place. If a course is taking place, the rooms must be vacated. These rooms must be left clean and with all existing inventory.

Teaching and examination formats

Practical format courses
Practical format courses can be carried out under the responsibility of the academic chairs and institutes, as long as the 3G rule and TU Berlin's hygiene regulations are observed. Managers and instructors must keep documentation that staff and students have been instructed appropriately.

Central approval is not required.

Labs and projects
Labs and projects, including elective courses, may take place in person under observation of the TU Berlin hygiene guidelines. The relevant academic chairs are responsible for organizing all necessary measures.

Excursions and field trips
Excursions and field trips organized as part of a degree program may take place under observation of the TU Berlin hygiene guidelines if the destination is not a high-risk area or area of variant of concern. The relevant academic chairs are responsible for organizing all necessary measures.

Online teaching
If courses cannot be held in person due to insufficient room capacity, they may be held online in a suitable format. ISIS is the central platform for online teaching. Online teaching is made up of asynchronous and/or synchronous courses. Courses may also be held as a hybrid of in-person and online teaching. The online component can be either asynchronous or synchronous.

In order to help students, instructors can include the following additional information for their courses under "Zusätzliche Informationen" in the course catalogue:

  • URL of the ISIS course
  • Format (synchronous/asynchronous online course) as a label

The course catalogue can be searched by label.

Each date can also be linked with a Zoom meeting. This is particularly helpful for first-semester students who do not yet have access to TU Berlin's IT systems.

Asynchronous courses: In these courses, teaching material (e.g. teaching videos) are provided for download on ISIS.

Synchronous courses: In synchronous classes, teachers and students meet in a virtual room (video conferencing).

In-person exams (2021/22 winter semester examination period): All in-person exams must be conducted under observation of TU Berlin's hygiene regulations as well as the 3G rule for students.

Oral examinations: In-person oral examinations are permitted. Such examinations must be held in rooms which allow for observance of hygiene regulations, in particularly minimum distancing.

Written examinations: Written examinations of any kind may be held under observation of the reduced capacity in examination rooms and TU Berlin's hygiene regulations.

Online examinations: Examinations may also be held online instead of in person.

Oral examinations: Oral exams may be conducted online using video conferencing systems with end-to-end encryption.

Online written examinations: Online written exams may be held as either open-book or closed-book exams.

Open book written exams: In an open-book exam, students are permitted to use all aids and there is no video supervision (following the authentication of students' identity).

Closed-book written examinations (with virtual supervision): Closed-book written examinations are conducted with virtual supervision by TU Berlin personnel using video conferencing. Examiners are responsible for deciding whether any aids or resources are permitted.

Students who choose not to take an online exam for reasons of data protection or insufficient conditions at home, can take the exam in the math computer lab. To make use of this option, students must submit a request at least one week before the exam to (klausur(at)pool.math.tu-berlin.de). Participation in an electronic exam with video supervision from home is thus optional.

Legal study regulations

Standard period of study
The individual standard period of study for summer semester 2020, winter semester 2020/21, and summer semester 2021 was increased by one semester. This extension does not apply to students studying in winter semester 2021/22.

Regulations regarding failed exams
The decision not to record failed exams during the pandemic has also been extended to the 2021/22 winter semester and examination period.

Suspension of deadlines
Deadlines have not been suspended for final theses and term papers to be completed in winter semester 2021/22. Students whose studies are delayed due to the pandemic may submit an individual request to the relevant examination board in addition to the guidelines in their study and examination regulations.

Deadlines
With the entry into force of the new General Study and Examination Regulations on 1 October 2021, there is no longer a deadline for re-taking a failed examination. Examinations which were failed and recorded must be repeated. However, there is no time limit for doing so.

IT tools for teaching

ISIS learning platform
ISIS is the central platform for online teaching and examinations. All relevant information is provided there.

Video conferences
The following systems are permitted for use in teaching and learning:

Feedback
The following systems are approved and recommended for use as feedback tools: Pingo and Tweedback.

Collaboration
The following online collaboration tools (chat, document sharing, collaborative editing) are available for use: