Questions and answers for students

This winter, the security of our energy supplies, gas in particular but potentially also electricity, is at risk. The German government has passed a directive on effective, short-term measures (Ordinance on Securing the Energy Supply Through Rapid Impact Measures – EnSikuMaV), which will remain in place from 1 September 2022 to 28 February 2023.

On the basis of this ordinance, the state of Hesse has published a catalogue of measures for all administrative offices in Hesse, which Fulda University of Applied Sciences will implement to achieve the set targets (15% reduction of natural gas consumption, 5% reduction of electricity consumption).

On this website, we have compiled some of the most important questions and answers about the adopted measures. The site is updated and amended on a regular basis.

The Presidential Board is aware that these measures will have an impact on the thermal comfort we are accustomed to, and it asks all members of the University for their understanding and cooperation. Together, we believe we can achieve the set savings targets.

Important: Remember to check your university email account regularly! Student Administration will keep you informed through this channel.

Energy-saving measures in the winter semester 2022/2023

When do the energy-saving measures begin?

The measures adopted at Fulda University take effect from 1 October 2022.

Are there plans to switch from face-to-face to online teaching?

No. At the current time, Fulda University rules out the likelihood that it will switch to online teaching in the winter semester 2022/23 as a result of the energy crisis.

What heating measures take effect on 1 October?

The most effective way to reduce gas consumption is to lower room temperatures during the heating season. For normal activities, work areas, seminar rooms and lecture halls at Fulda University will be heated to a temperature of no more than 19°C from 1 October.

Stairwells, corridors and storage rooms will not be heated. Doors should therefore be closed to avoid letting cold air into rooms.

Use of buildings on Saturdays will also be limited. On campus, only the library, and Buildings 20 and 21 will be open. The Self-Study Centre also remains closed.

Important information: Use of fan heaters is prohibited!
Electric fan heaters are prohibited. Using these could overload power grids during cold spells and cause an even bigger problem and higher costs.

Which electricity-saving measures apply from 1 October?

The provisions of the state of Hesse aim to reduce heating energy but also electrical energy consumption. Fulda University has set itself the goal of reducing its electricity consumption by 5 percent.

All students are asked to turn off lights when leaving seminar rooms or study areas and, if possible, to use no artificial lighting if sufficient natural lighting is available. Stand-by mode should be avoided and any consumer appliances that are not needed should be switched off. Be sure to close doors and air rooms correctly (“impact ventilation”).

Will the library remain open?

Yes. The campus library will remain open – including on Saturdays – at the usual opening times. The library on Heinrich-von-Bibra-Platz will also open at the usual times.

Does the University cafeteria remain open?

Yes, the cafeteria at Fulda University of Applied Sciences remains open for guests at the usual times.

Do rooms still have to be aired if room temperatures are lowered?

Yes. For a healthy environment, rooms should be aired regularly. To replace stale air in the room with fresh outdoor air without losing the heat retained in walls and furnishings, rooms should be aired briefly and intermittently (“impact ventilation”).

If classes, seminars and meetings are held in rooms without a ventilation system, we recommend impact-ventilating the rooms every 20 minutes. In rooms connected to a central ventilation system, CO2 sensors or presettings in the building management system ensure the required supply of fresh air.

Contact

If you have any queries, contact: energiesparen(at)hs-fulda.de. Your question or problem will be noted and you will receive a response as soon as possible.


COVID-19 protection measures in the winter semester 2022/2023

The government of the federal state of Hesse adapted the state’s Ordinance on COVID-19 Protection Measures (CoBaSchuV) as of 1 October 2022. The new ordinance means no significant changes for students in the winter semester 2022/2023. As in previous semesters, the regulations in force at the University are based on the "Safety and Hygiene Plan to Maintain Operations at Fulda University of Applied Sciences During the COVID-19 Pandemic".

On this website, we have put together the most important questions and answers relating to these measures. The site is updated and amended on a regular basis.

Important: Remember to check your University email account regularly! Student Administration informs you about all issues relating to your study programme via this channel.

In general, the following applies: If you have questions about courses and signing up for courses, contact your department. Contact Student Administration if you have questions about exams and registering for exams.

How will teaching take place in the winter semester?

During the winter semester 2022/23, courses will be delivered in-person.

What rules apply on campus?

There is no longer a requirement to wear a face covering in University buildings or during classes.

However, the Presidential Board continues to strongly advise use of a medical face covering (surgical mask or protective mask based on the standards FFP2, KN95, N95 or a similar mask without a breathing valve) in all University buildings and in classes. An FFP2 mask offers greater protection against infection and is therefore recommended.

The Presidential Board also asks you to observe general hygiene measures such as regular hand-washing, airing rooms and maintaining a distance whenever possible in order to protect yourself and others.

What rules apply in the cafeteria?

Currently no restrictions are in place for the cafeteria and snack bar. There is also no requirement to wear a face covering. Nevertheless, to prevent infection, caution is still advised. Giessen Student Services, which operates the cafeteria, continues to recommend observing the 1.5-m-distance rule, following general hygiene guidance and wearing a mask until you are seated.

What should I do if I test positive for COVID?

With the entry into force of the new COVID-19 Basic Protection Measures Ordinance (CoBaSchuV) on 23 November 2022, the strict isolation requirement for persons infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been dropped.
 
However, we strongly advise you not to enter the University for a period of five days if you are infected with COVID-19. If COVID-19 symptoms persist, you should self-isolate for longer than five days, until you are symptom-free for at least 48 hours.

If you have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, CoBaSchuV requires you to always wear at least a medical mask (surgical mask) outside your own home.