The Higher Education Act of North Rhine-Westphalia (Hochschulgesetz NRW, HG) was amended in 2020 and 2021 to allow the Ministry of Culture and Science (Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft) to issue special regulations for higher education institutions to deal with the pandemic by statutory order. The corresponding Corona Epidemic University Ordinance (Corona-Epidemie-Hochschulverordnung, CEHVO) was first published on 15 April 2020 and last amended on 1 September 2022. The Rectorate of TU Dortmund University, in turn, can issue a Corona Ordinance on this basis. The valid version (in German) for the Winter semester 2022/2023 will expire on 1 April 2023.
Face-to-face examinations are again the rule since the Summer semester of 2022. Examination performances may also be conducted in electronic form or by electronic communication insofar as this is expedient and proportionate in justified cases (Section 6a). In addition, online examinations may continue to be conducted insofar as the examination regulations have already provided for corresponding formats.
If semesters abroad, internship semesters or other vocational practical phases of the studies integrated into degree programs cannot be completed in individual cases, the responsible examination board may decide in justified cases on a substitute performance that is appropriate in terms of subject and content (Section 11 (1)).
For semesters abroad, internship semesters or other practical phases of study in teaching degree programs, the examination board can decide on a substitute performance that is appropriate in terms of subject and content in justified individual cases, taking into account the specific features of the teaching degree programs (Section 11 (2)). Details are explained by the DoKoLL.
Existing regulations on the compensation for disadvantages in the examination regulations remain unaffected (Section 13). Particularly with regard to the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic, appropriate consideration is to be given to the students in the context of individual case decisions.
The Corona Epidemic University Ordinance of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (CEHVO) stipulates that teaching will "as a rule" take place in attendance and may only be replaced by digital offers in justified exceptional cases. The shifting of courses or parts thereof from one semester to another as well as from the lecture period to periods before or after is permitted (Section 8).
The chairperson of a committee decides whether the meeting is to be held in physical presence, electronically or in a mixed form of electronic and physical presence (Section 5 (5)). In addition, the legal ordinance allows resolutions to be passed by circulation. The public must be informed by appropriate means of resolutions that would otherwise have had to be passed in a public meeting (Section 5 (2)). Video and audio transmission of public committee meetings is permissible (Section 5 (6)). A handout (in German) on the digital work of the committees is available in the ServicePortal.
TU Dortmund University has adopted rules of procedure (in German) that enable non-public committees to meet in electronic communication or a hybrid form. Resolutions can also be passed in electronic communication, in a hybrid form or by circulation procedure and elections in the area of responsibility of the committee not meeting in public can be carried out by casting votes in electronic form or by postal vote. For committees meeting in public, the regulations only apply if they are permitted by law or legal ordinance. This is currently the case through the Corona Epidemic University Ordinance regulations described above.
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Location & approach
The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dortmund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station (“Dortmund Universität”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station (“Dortmund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop “Dortmund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dortmund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dortmund Universität S”.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dortmund Universität S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.