The lecture period is scheduled to start on 2 November in hybrid mode: A mix of large online and small face-to-face classes. What does this mean? Which hygiene rules have to be observed on campus and in face-to-face classes? TU Dortmund University has adopted a wide range of infection control measures. It is monitoring the rate of infection closely and will make adjustments in good time where necessary. Please find below an overview of the most important things you need to know at the start of the semester and the rules according to the current situation.
To protect yourself and others, the following infection control measures apply at TU Dortmund University:
- Wearing a nose-and-mouth cover is compulsory in all buildings and rooms.
- Like in road traffic, the “Keep Right” rule applies in the corridors.
- A signposting system controls the “traffic”.
- Large groups of people are to be avoided. Only groups comprising a maximum of five persons may meet outside in the university’s grounds.
- The usual hygiene rules, such as washing your hands and keeping a safe distance, must be observed.
A video on the hygiene concept for students avaible in the Serviceportal.
Online teaching will play an important role this semester too, especially for large classes. At the same time, as much face-to-face teaching as possible should take place – above all for first-semester students. So that face-to-face classes can be held, the following rules must be observed:
- Wearing a nose-and-mouth cover is compulsory when seated too. An exception applies solely for the lecturer, provided that the minimum distance of 1.5 m is complied with.
- Eating and drinking during classes are not permitted. If you want to drink something, you must briefly leave the room.
- Classes are limited to a maximum of 50 persons. At most every second seat should be occupied. Seats are marked accordingly.
- To guarantee contact tracing, everyone must check in and out via a QR code. Further information can be found under:
- In the breaks between classes, all contact surfaces of the seats and tables used are disinfected either by an external cleaning company or by the user.
- Windows must be opened and the room cross-ventilated for 3-5 minutes every 20 minutes. In the case of rooms with automatic ventilation, all the air is exchanged about every 30 minutes, whereby only uncontaminated outside air is introduced.
Students belonging to a risk group must be especially protected and should not be obliged to attend face-to-face classes. The following therefore applies:
- As a general rule, lecturers should offer classes with compulsory attendance in a form that enables all students to participate.
- In the case of electives, where possible and necessary, both face-to-face classes and online courses within the modules should be offered.
- In individual cases, the academic advisors in the respective faculties should be consulted.
- The Department of Disability and Studies (DoBuS) is also happy to advise.
- The Central Library is open for loans and returns. You can also book workspaces there as well as in Emil Figge Library and the Seminar Building. Further information on booking workspaces can be found on the library’s blog (German only).
- Additional workspaces and common rooms are available in five heated tents on the campus. Here too, all users must check themselves in and out via a QR code.
- Most cafeterias are opening again at the start of the semester. From now on, only cashless payments are possible. Further information can be found on the website of Dortmund Student Services (German only).
- First-semester students can find lots of useful information to do with the start of their studies on the web pages for first-semester students.
- Via a virtual tour of the campus, first-semester students can additionally experience and get to know the campus of TU Dortmund University from home: All you need to know about exploring the campus 2.0 (German only).
- All important information concerning the university’s coronavirus measures is updated daily in the FAQ on the TU’s website. If necessary, a circular is also sent out.
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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 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 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 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”.