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Higher Education Law

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 28 March 2022. The Rectorate of TU Dortmund University, in turn, can issue a Corona Ordinance on this basis. The version valid for the Summer semester 2022 was adopted on 22 April 2022.

Corona Ordinance of TU Dortmund University

The Corona Epidemic University Ordinance issued by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia has authorized the Rectorate, in consultation with the departments, to issue examination regulations that temporarily supplement or replace the currently valid examination regulations. This is intended to meet the remaining challenges posed by the corona crisis. In view of the extensive return to regular attendance, some of the previously applicable regulations, such as a general free attempt regulation or the increase in the individualized standard program duration, are omitted in the new version of the Corona Ordinance of TU Dortmund University for the Summer semester 2022.

The regulations made in this ordinance have priority over the regulations in the respective examination regulations and module descriptions (Section 2 (1)). For areas of study and examination operations that are not regulated in these regulations, the respective responsible examination boards may issue supplementary regulations, taking into account the requirements of the degree programs and observing the principle of equal treatment (Section 14). The current Corona Ordinance of TU Dortmund University is valid until 30 September 2022.

The corresponding examination board can decide on regulations regarding the requirements for repeating examinations in deviation from the examination regulations (Section 7).

Face-to-face examinations are again the rule in the Summer semester of 2022. Examination performances may also be conducted in electronic form or by electronic communication for the period of validity of these regulations, 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.

Deregistration and missing of an examination are governed by the stipulations of the respective examination regulations (Section 8). 

The requirements for a semester abroad, an internship semester or another vocational practical phase of the studies as integrated into the degree program can be met at a later date. In addition, the examination board can decide on possible alternatives that are appropriate in terms of subject and content (Section 11 (1)). If internships provided for in the study plan cannot be completed at present or already begun internships cannot be completed, the examination board may decide on appropriate substitutes. The following guidelines shall apply: In the case of external internships (except for teaching degree programs), 75% of the usual performance is sufficient for recognition. In the case of 50 to 75%, the examination board determines an additional substitute performance. If less than half of the performance has been achieved, the performance must be repeated.

In Section 11 (2), the Ordinance describes regulations for the following practical phases in teaching degree programs: The professional field internship, the aptitude and orientation internship and the internship semester. Further regulations concern the design of the theory-practice reports and the theory-practice reflection. 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.

Corona Epidemic University Ordinance of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia

The Corona Epidemic Higher Education Ordinance (Corona-Epidemie-Hochschulverordnung, CEHVO) issued by the Ministry of Culture and Science (Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft, MKW) is intended to enable institutions of higher education and the student body to meet the challenges that arise and have arisen as a result of the pandemic with regard to studying and teaching. Among other things, this concerns regulations on classroom teaching and committee work as well as more flexible examination procedures. The current version is valid until 1 October 2022.

The Corona Epidemic University Ordinance of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (CEHVO) stipulates that teaching in the Summer semester 2022 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 special regulations have no effect on the accreditation of degree programs (Section 10). The Accreditation Council decided in September 2021 that the notification requirement for significant changes will remain suspended until 1 October 2022.

The individualized standard program duration will not be increased for the Summer semester 2022. For all students enrolled in the Summer semester 2020 and/or Winter semester 2020/2021 and/or Summer semester 2021 and/or Winter semester 2021/2022, the individualized standard program duration has increased by one semester in each case in the past.

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,  as are the General Rules of Procedure for Committees of TU Dortmund University dated 30 March 2022. The latter also regulates elections and replaces the corresponding regulations dated 7 January 2022.

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”.

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