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Studies and Teaching

On-site operation

During the lecture-free period, there is no regular teaching at TU Dortmund University. Classroom teaching has been permitted in principle since 20 August. Wherever classroom teaching is desired in the expiring summer semester, it can supplement existing online offers since then. However, due to the protection of legitimate expectations, it must be ensured that students who do not want to or cannot attend can still complete the registered courses without any disadvantages.

A limited number of learn­ing spaces in the SRG (Seminarraumgebäude), the Main Library and the Emil Figge library is available for TU members:

  • Main Library: Monday to Friday from 9 am to 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm
  • SRG and Emil Figge library: Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 pm

These are exclusively individual workplaces and the distance between these workplaces is guaranteed. Access to the buildings is given by the gatekeeper or the security personnel. Those using the learning spaces must log in and out using the TU app (scan seat) when entering and exiting the building. Medical or FFP2 masks have to be worn in the building and should also be worn at the learning space. The departments can also offer learning spaces in their buildings again.

Organizational matters

For many ­study programs at TU ­Dortmund­ University a transfer to the Master's degree was possible­ at any time before the ­Corona crisis. This regulation has been extended to all degree programs since the summer semester 2020. The only exception is for students of teacher studies: Here, the change to the Master's degree program have to take place by 15 January 2022. Please note: Students of teacher studies who subsequently want to start their internship semester must already have changed their degree program by 5 November 2021.

The individualized standard program duration for all students enrolled in the summer semester 2020 and/or the winter semester 2020/2021 and/or the summer semester 2021 is increased by one semester each. If the standard program duration has already been increased by one semester for the summer semester 2020, it will be increased by a further semester if the concerned students were also enrolled or admitted to TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity in the winter semester 2020/2021. The same applies to the summer semester 2021. In this way, the ne­ga­ti­ve ef­fects of the restricted teaching schedule for students can be mitigated. The increase in the individualized standard period of study is also accompanied by an extension of the maximum BAföG period.

As a rule, teaching in the winter semester is to take place on campus again. Large events may continue to be held digitally if the online offer has proven itself and the rest of the teaching is predominantly face-to-face. This applies in particular to events with 100 or more participants, but also to newly-developed digital course formats for smaller groups.

Hybrid formats must be made available for special individual cases, such as for international students who do not receive their visas in time due to the pandemic, or for members of the at-risk group who cannot be vaccinated. DoBuS can advise in cases where disadvantage compensation for impaired students is desired.

Since 20 August, the 3G rule applies to all events and courses if the seven-day incidence in the city exceeds 35. This means that currently only vaccinated, recovered or negatively tested persons are allowed to attend events at TU Dortmund University. Negative test evidence must not be older than 48 hours. Antigen rapid tests and PCR tests are accepted, but not the self-tests. For the few courses in the expiring summer semester, which is coming to an end, the lecturers/teachers are responsible for checking the evidence. For the controls in the winter semester, a concept is currently being developed in cooperation with the committees.

Digital teaching

Even before the Corona crisis, TU Dortmund University had digital platforms such as LSF and Moodle made available. In addition, the university has ­massively expanded its IT infrastructure in order to ­be able to broadcast ­lectures ­live and interactively, especially via Webex and Zoom. The ITMC has also procured cameras to facilitate the recording of lectures in the lecture hall by tracking the lecturer. ­Campus licenses for MATLAB, Zoom and Sciebo are available to students. Further ­information about campus licenses and downloads can be found in the ServicePortal.

The TU web portal „Digital Teaching“ provides an overview of concepts and tools. Handouts for digital tools can be found in Moodle. Since mid-January 2021, teachers have been able to access a steadily growing offer of support services in a second Moodle room. The Department of University Didactics of the Center for Higher Education (zhb) and the ITMC offer training courses on digital teaching. In addition, the ITMC, alternating with the UB, the zhb and the engineering didactics, offers office hours for digital teaching and ­learning daily from 2 to 3 pm.

For technical questions, teachers (as well as students) can contact the ITMC ServiceDesk by e-mail as well as by phone (Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tel: 0231 755-2444).

No, the unauthorized recording of online events ­of TU Dortmund University ­and their distribution violate the copyright and personal rights of those involved and are therefore not permitted. TU Dortmund University reserves the right to take legal action in case of violations. Teachers can find information on the legal situation and recommendations for action ­in the ServicePortal.

Digital courses should not be subject to stricter rules than face-to-face courses. As in face-to-face events, attendance at digital events can also be documented using the names of the participants, provided that there is an obligation to attend. There are no additional requirements, such as switching on the camera.


The ­Corona Epidemic University Ordinance issued by the State of NRW ­has authorized the Rectorate, in consultation with the ­faculties­, to ­issue, among other things, examination regulations that temporarily supplement or replace the existing examination regulations. This is intended to ­meet ­the ­challenges posed by the ­Corona crisis. Therefore, TU Dort­mund University decided to adopt a Co­ro­na Ordinance for study and examination operations in the summer semester 2020 for the first time. These regulations cover, for example, enrollment requirements, the form of examinations, free attempts, recognition of examinations, practical study phases and preliminary work for examinations. The ordinance was updated several times: on 23 December 2020, on 5 February 2021 and last time on 30 June. The regulation is valid until the end of the summer semester 2021. Further information can be found under “Higher Education Law”.

In the winter semester 2020/21, digital examinations have been offered throughout on a preferential basis to ensure protection against infection, provide a reliable basis for planning and prevent any serious delays in study progress. In the summer semester of 2021, in accordance with the Corona Protection Ordinance of 17 August (as well as the general decree of June until then), face-to-face examinations are equally allowed as digital formats. Wherever possible, however, digital formats should be continued at TU Dortmund University, especially for large events. In the interest of planning security and reliability of previous agreements, the digital exams already explicitly announced and prepared accordingly in many courses should also be implemented. The necessary infrastructure for this will remain completely in place. Details about digital exams can be found in the FAQ under “digital exams”.

For examinations with personal attendance, the same rules apply as for courses (see above).

TU Dortmund University  is currently opening up the possibility of ­conducting­ oral examinations via video conference. ­The ­Corona Epidemic University Ordinance expressly permits this. Beyond this, the Corona Protection Ordinance of 17 August allows to conduct oral examinations as face-to-face events again. A guide for video examinations is available in the ServicePortal.

If there are justified reasons (for example if no measurements can be taken in the laboratory), the submission deadline for written course work or final theses which are subject to a deadline (final theses, term papers, TP reports, etc.) can on individual request be extended in consultation with the examiner and, if necessary, in consultation with the responsible examination board. In the case of final theses, the examiner must inform the Central Examinations Office about this. The registration of final theses is digitally possible; details are to be clarified with the Central Examinations Office and the according supervisor.

Yes. Due to the restrictions in teaching, free/bonus attempts for exams were granted in the winter semester 2020/21 and summer semester 2020: Examinations which are not passed are considered as not taken. Each of these bonus attempts counts once in each examination procedure in terms of a further attempt (bonus attempt). If the examination taken in the bonus attempt is not passed, there will be no further bonus attempt for that exam.

This rule will be continued in the summer semester 2021. For written exams (digital exams as well as classroom exams), there will also be an additional bonus attempt in the summer semester 2021.

Bonus attempts do not apply to final theses and to examinations that were either seen as failed or graded as unsatisfactory due to attempted cheating. Moreover, they can only be claimed if the examination was actually taken.

The responsible examination committee decides on a bonus attempt for other types of examinations - for example, planning drafts, term papers or lectures. 

The scanning service of TU Dortmund University can assist with digitization. For this purpose, teachers must notify the scanning service in advance by e-mail of the number of exams to be scanned and the date on which the exams are to be inspected, with at least one week's notice. The exams can be brought to the scanning service (Chemistry Building C2-02-501) from Monday to Friday between 10 am and 1 pm. Please note: Documents must be delivered bundled in a sealed package. For stapled exams, the staples must all be in the same corner. Please only deliver documents that are intended for inspection and also include an info in the box as to which email address the scans should be sent to afterwards.

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Chemistry Building C2-02-501
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