Information for lecturers

The information for teachers is currently being revised.

Dear lecturers,

As you may have already seen in the media, the existing state regulations (Bekämpfungsverordnung/regulation on combating coronavirus and Hochschulen-Coronaverordnung/coronavirus regulation for universities) were already updated before they expired and adapted to the current pandemic situation. We would like to provide you with an overview (below) of the changes that have an impact on teaching, examinations and campus life at the CAU.


Last update:

Lecturers receive up-to-date information on teaching and support services during the Corona pandemic. New: Update due to current ordiances (e.g. 3G regulation)

3G Check

  • For access to courses and examinations, all participants must provide proof of complete vaccination protection, recovery or a negative test result. If no proof is provided, access to a course cannot be granted and will result in expulsion from campus. Repeated violation of the regulations mentioned here will lead to further sanctions such as the issuing of a house ban and thus exclusion from face-to-face courses. 
  • Since 13.12.2021, the OLAT tool for 3G control is no longer used. Further information can be found in the handout on 3G control. ATTENTION: New validity periods!

Proof of vaccination

The validity of the vaccination certificates is based on the provisions of the SchAusnahmenV and the definitions of the Paul Ehrich Institute

Full vaccination protection exists

  • from 14 days after the second vaccination (for the vaccines Comirnaty® from BioNTech/Pfitzer, Spikevax® (Vaccine Moderna) from Moderna and Vaxzevria® from AstraZeneca)
  • NEW: and from 14 days after the second vaccination for the vaccine Janssen® from Johnson & Johnson.
  • NEW: This also applies in the case of a heterogeneous vaccination schedule with different vaccines, i.e. complete vaccination protection exists from 14 days after the second vaccination (more information).
  • NEW: For persons with only two vaccinations without booster vaccination (basic immunisation), the validity period was limited by EU decision to 9 months after the second vaccination.

Exceptions justifying complete vaccination protection with a single vaccine dose (more information)

Furthermore, a single vaccine dose with one of the vaccines listed above is sufficient, if:

  • the person concerned has undergone infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus prior to the first vaccination and can prove this by means of a positive antibody test or a PCR test. In this case, the person is considered fully vaccinated from the day of vaccination. [The laboratory diagnostic result must have been obtained in a laboratory working according to the guideline of the Federal Medical Association for the quality assurance of laboratory medical examinations (RiLiBÄK) or accredited according to DIN EN ISO 15189].
  • the person concerned has undergone infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus after receiving a single vaccine dose (from the 29th day after the positive test result).

Further information on vaccination certificates

International students: Only EU-recognised vaccines are accepted when the 3G rule applies. Persons that are vaccinated with a non-EU recognised vaccine will have to provide negative proof of testing until they have been revaccinated with an approved vaccine.

Proof of recovery

Persons who have recovered from COVID must present a positive PCR test. The test must be older than 28 days and younger than 90 days.

Proof of negative test

A certificate from a body responsible for taking the test for the presence of an infection with the coronavirus (test centres) is accepted. A proof via a so-called self-test is not possible.

For the period of validity of test certificates, CAU's University Board has determined the following time periods based on the state regulations:

  • For lectures and examinations, negative test certificates may not be older than one day (24 hours).
  • For all non-curricular events, negative test certificates may not be older than 24 hours.

Further information on how to carry out the 3G check can be found in the "Handreichung 3G-Kontrolle" in the CAU-Cloud.

Accessible teaching

Handout: Accessible teaching - basics, handling and possibilities.

From legal foundations and important contact points at Kiel University to exemplary teaching materials and event concepts: this handbook supports all CAU lecturers on their common path towards a more inclusive university.

Accessibility & E-Learning

The CAU's central e-learning service presents examples of various impairments on its website and provides tips on further information and materials.

Central teaching platform (OpenOlat)

OpenOlat is the CAU’s central platform for teaching. It offers a protected virtual room for every event, in which documents can be placed and exchanged, and structural content can be created. In addition, it is easy to make various tools and Web2.0 elements available for communication and cooperation by participants (like forums, wikis, blogs or podcasts). Lecturers can also allocate topics for oral presentations and group work.

OpenOlat short messages

The elk.Medien team regularly provides information updates, news and training course dates in the OpenOlat sms service.

Compensation for disadvantages

Who can submit an application?


  • in particular life situations (pregnancy, bringing up children, caring for relatives)
  • with chronic illness/disability
  • who experience corona-related disadvantages (long-term restrictions, e.g. membership of risk groups, lack of technical equipment, and acute restrictions, e.g. quarantine)

have the opportunity to apply for disadvantage compensation for courses and examinations.

How does the application process work?

Please submit your request in good time (if possible well before the date of the course/exam) to the responsible authorities listed below and ask about the exact procedure:

  • In case of acute restrictions, please consult your teacher first to discuss how to proceed. If you miss course dates in courses requiring attendance, please clarify first whether the absence is excusable within the framework of the absence regulations without having to submit an application for disadvantage compensation.
  • For long-term restrictions, please contact the Examinations Office responsible for your degree programme (German only). Students of medicine and dentistry should contact the Dean of Studies of the Faculty of Medicine.

Then, please submit directly an informal application for disadvantage compensation to the responsible authority (see above), explaining your restrictions. Please enclose proof and, if possible, medical recommendations for suitable compensatory measures. This will help the chairperson of the examination board and the teachers to find a suitable measure to compensate for disadvantages.

The responsible authorities will take into account whether measures are equivalent to the expected performance and feasible for everyone involved. In some cases this might mean that it is not possible to offer an adequate compensation measure, which is equal and organisationally feasible.

The decision will usually be communicated by stu-Mail. If the decision is positive, the organisational details may have to be discussed with the teacher in the next step.

Examples of disadvantage compensation measures and verification documents

  • Technical problems such as insufficient network coverage or lack of technical equipment: If it is not possible to submit proof, please try to present the restrictions in a plausible way. If possible, you will be offered an alternative yet equivalent assignment; e.g. in the case of examinations, if possible, an attendance date at a later time.
  • Members of a risk group: Please submit a medical certificate confirming that you belong to a risk group. If possible, a separate room will be provided for tests taking place on site.
  • Quarantine: Please submit suitable proof, e.g. official notification or correspondence with an authority. If possible, you will be offered a substitute assignment without presence, virtual participation or an appointment at a later time.
  • Ban to enter and leave the country: Please submit suitable proof. If possible, you will be offered a substitute assignment without presence, a virtual participation or an appointment at a later time.
  • Pregnancy: Please submit your maternity passport or medical receipts. If possible, a separate room will be provided for you.

Please note that the examples above do not give a right to be granted the exemplary measures. If no suitable disadvantage compensation measure can be offered to you, please use the options of the following examination periods or take the module at a later date.

Compulsory attendance

Due to the ongoing pandemic situation, the regulations on absences in the respective subject examination regulations should be used as accommodatingly as possible for attendance-required attendance courses (e.g. in the case of quarantine, in the case of respiratory symptoms, etc.). The decision on this and on the offer of substitute performance or other compensatory measures lies with the lecturers, taking into account the legal requirements, the learning objectives of the respective module and the organisational possibilities. Further information on the subject of compensation for disadvantages can be found in the explanations to the Corona Statutes of the CAU

ATTENTION: In the case of state examination degree programmes, the respective state regulations apply, such as the regulations of the Judicial Examination Office or similar.

Online supervision via web cam

  • courses: The compulsory attendance can be checked by name or, if available, by web camera. In contrast to examinations, students are allowed to use a virtual background.
  • examinations: If video surveillance is provided for in online examinations, students must be informed in advance and asked for their consent. A virtual background is not permitted.

Contact tracing

  • Contact details are no longer recorded.
  • Please create a list of participants once at the beginning of the semester so that the participants of a course can be contacted if necessary; this list does not have to be updated in the course of the semester.
  • It is sufficient, for example, if the list of students who register for the course in question is available via OpenOLAT. All that needs to be recorded is the name and e-mail address of the participants, which are already stored in OpenOLAT. 
  • Please also consider events in the context of first semester welcomes and orientation events before the actual start of lectures.


Manuals for conducting (online) examinations can be found in OpenOLAT in the course "Examinations during the Corona Phase" and on the Hygiene Concept Cloud.

Presence exams

  • 3G check: From 19.3, the 3G proof requirement will be waived for all areas of the university.
  • Examination registration on site: Please allow sufficient time for registration before the examination. As usual, you will receive detailed instructions on the on-site procedure from your institutes or examiners.
  • Mouth-to-nose coverings: Corresponding to courses, students must wear a medical or FFP2 mask during the entire examination.

Online examinations

CAU offers different formats of online examinations during the Corona phase in order to minimise delays in the course of studies due to the pandemic-related restrictions on attendance.

According to § 4 of the Corona Statutes, the types of examinations specified in the respective examination regulations or study regulations can be replaced by other equivalent types of examinations, such as online examinations. The framework conditions for online examinations are additionally regulated in the Corona Supplementary Statute on Electronic Examinations and in the Higher Education Act.

The students are informed in advance by the respective responsible teacher about changed examination formats.

Platforms and video conferencing systems

Some of the online exams take place on the learning platform OpenOLAT or the separately installed exam server (also OpenOLAT). To enable you to familiarise yourself with the technical conditions of an online examination before you take it, the CAU's eLearning Service conducts information events with, among other things, the following content:

  • What equipment do I need for e-examinations?
  • What happens if I have technical or other problems?
  • What do e-exams look like in OpenOLAT?

Information on the dates can be found under "News & Info" in the OpenOLAT learning platform.
BigBlueButton is available as a video conferencing system for online examinations. Information page of the Computing Centre on video conferencing solutions.

Data protection for online examinations

Personal data is processed in accordance with the DSGVO. The data protection declaration for the OpenOLAT Exam Server can be found in the "Imprint" section on the Exam Server.

If students do not agree to the concept of video supervision due to data protection concerns, they can contact their teacher so that it can be checked whether an alternative examination can be found. If this is not possible, e.g. for organisational reasons, the next attendance examination date can be used.

Video supervision for online examinations

In accordance with the framework conditions for face-to-face examinations, supervision may also be provided for online examinations. If video proctoring is planned for online examinations, students will be informed of this in advance by the responsible teacher. (The points below also apply to oral online examinations via video conferencing system).

  • Supervision of online examinations can be implemented by means of a video conferencing tool hosted on the servers of the CAU Computer Centre.
  • Recording the examination or otherwise storing the image or sound data is not permitted.
  • A webcam or mobile phone camera, for example, is required for video surveillance. Depending on the supervision concept, a second camera (e.g. mobile phone camera) may also be required. Only the area relevant for proctoring purposes should be shown on the video clips, e.g. the workstation (examinee, desk surface, keyboard, etc.), in order to ensure, for example, as in a face-to-face examination with proctoring, that only the permitted aids are used and that the examination is processed independently.
  • The use of a virtual background is not permitted for "video examinations".
  • If students do not agree to the concept of video supervision due to data protection concerns, they can contact their teacher so that it can be checked whether an alternative examination can be found. If this is not possible, e.g. for organisational reasons, the next attendance examination date can be used.
  • If students have given their consent to an examination with video supervision, they can revoke this at any time with effect for the future vis-à-vis the responsible teacher. Consent is usually obtained via stu-Mail or OpenOLAT. The respective teacher in charge informs the students about the procedure.

Compensation for disadvantages

If you do not have the technical requirements, you have the option of applying for disadvantage compensation. (See Compensation for disadvantages)

Authentication at the beginning of an exam

The CAU-Card is usually required for authentication at the beginning of an examination. In the event that you do not have a CAU-Card or, for example, a validation was not possible, you can also identify yourself using an identity card or a passport.

Viewing of examinations

According to § 26 PVO, students have a right to inspect their examination documents. Please inform yourself at the examination office responsible for you or the respective teacher in which form the inspection can be organised for an examination under the current pandemic conditions.

Term papers

In principle, it is possible to apply for an extension of the processing time of homeworks, theses, etc. if, for example, due to closed libraries and laboratories or a lack of childcare facilities for children under 14 years of age (see also "Schools and Kindergarten"), processing is not possible or only possible to a limited extent. An application must be submitted to the Examinations Office.

Submission of term papers and theses

The  main gate is constantly manned, so that theses and so on can be handed in on time here.

Changed examination periods

Winter semester 2021/22 (for Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes)

For the examinations (Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes) of the winter semester 2021/22, three-week examination periods are again planned so that pandemic-related special features can be implemented.
The examination periods for the winter semester 2021/22 have been scheduled as follows:

  • 1st examination period: 07.02.2022 - 26.02.2022 
  • 2nd examination period: 21.03.2022 - 09.04.2022

winter semester 2020/21 and summer semester 2021 (for Bachelor and Master programmes)

Due to the continuing pandemic conditions, the examination periods for the winter semester 2020/21 and the summer semester 2021 for the Bachelor's and Master's programmes had to be rescheduled differently from the previously announced periods. There is a need for three-week examination periods. The following examination periods have been established with the participation of the various interest groups:

  • 1st examination period of the winter semester 2020/21: 15.02.2021 - 06.03.2021 (week 7 - 9)
  • 2nd examination period of the winter semester 2020/21: 29.03.2021 - 17.04.2021 (week 13 - 15)
  • 1st examination period of the summer semester 2021: 02.08.2021 - 21.08.2021 (week 31 - 33)
  • 2nd examination period of the summer semester 2021: 04.10.2021 - 23.10.2021 (week 40 - 42)

Detailed schedules with registration deadlines etc. can be found here

Different regulations apply to state examination programmes.

It is no longer necessary to prepare and submit a separate hygiene concept for each examination and course in attendance, provided that the above-mentioned framework conditions and hygiene rules (3G control, mask obligation under certain conditions, regular ventilation, etc.) are observed. In the CAU-Cloud you will find an overview of the specifications that must be ensured when conducting examinations and courses in the winter semester 2021/22.

Free attempt regulation

Winter semester 2021/22:

This entry will be updated shortly.

Summer semester 2021:

The University Board as well as the deans and deans of studies of all faculties, have decided on the basis of the Corona Higher Education Supplementary Regulation (Corona-HEVO): A free attempt will be granted for all examinations taken and not passed in the summer semester 2021. This includes, among other things, examinations on site, term papers and examinations during courses; this regulation does not apply to final theses. Thus, the regulations already applied in the winter semester will be adopted unchanged for the summer semester.

  • The free attempt regulation covers examinations which are assigned to the summer semester 2021 but which take place at a later date for organisational reasons, in particular for examinations in the 2nd examination period of the summer semester 2021.
  • For students who care for or look after children under the age of 14 and whose learning or examination situation is significantly impeded due to the closure of schools and day-care facilities, any examination taken and not passed in the summer semester 2021 is considered a free attempt.
  • The free attempt regulation refers to university examinations. Free attempts cannot be granted for examinations within the framework of the state examination, as these are not subject to the regulations of the Higher Education Act and thus also not to those of the Corona HEVO.
  • A fail by not appearing also leads to a free attempt.
  • Failed exams due to an attempt to cheat do NOT result in a free attempt.

Note for students

Please take into account that the lecturers and the examination offices have a significantly higher workload than in regular semesters due to the free attempt regulations, and due to the other challenges in organisation and teaching related with the Corona measures. In order to be considerate and avoid planning difficulties, we therefore ask you to only register for examinations for which you have prepared and which you wish to take. If you will not be taking an exam at short notice, please inform the respective examiners and the Examinations Office, especially in the case of oral exams, so that this can be taken into account when organising the exams. Please also understand that it may take longer to respond to enquiries or that complications may arise with online examinations. In the case of examinations on site, you will be informed in good time before the respective date about the hygiene rules then applicable.

Note for lecturers

As in the winter semester 2020/21, the Corona free attempt is recorded by the lecturers in the course of recording the grades by entering the note "CFP". The handout from the winter semester 2020/21 can be found at the usual place in OpenOLAT.

Hygiene concepts/checklists for face-to-face teaching formats

It is no longer necessary to prepare and submit a separate hygiene concept for each examination and course in attendance, provided that the above-mentioned framework conditions and hygiene rules (3G control, mask obligation under certain conditions, regular ventilation, etc.) are observed. In the CAU-Cloud you will find an overview of the specifications that must be ensured when conducting examinations and courses in the winter semester 2021/22.

Information of the faculties

Faculty of Law

The winter semester 2021/2022 will probably take place as a hybrid model. You can find the latest information on the specific structure of the courses on the website of the Faculty of Law.

Instructions for digital teaching

Guide to digital teaching in OpenOlat

The team of elk.Medien has created instructions for digital teaching within OpenOlat. This includes tutorials on OBS (lecture recordings/screen recording), video upload, video compression but also general didactic hints for the creation of teaching videos.

Didactic tips for videos for lectures/educational videos

PerLe - Projekt erfolgreiches Lehren und Lernen (PerLe) has compiled didactic tips for instructional/educational videos.

Overview of online resources for teaching methods for teachers at CAU Kiel

PerLe has created an overview with suggestions, tools and further links for its digitally and media supported courses in the summer semester 2020. The list will be continuously supplemented and revised.

Lecture formats (presence/online)

  • For very large courses (with more than 200 participants), the University Board recommends that they be held online in order to continue to avoid the largest possible crowds. Of course, the concrete planning still takes place in the respective institutes and in consultation with the responsible deans. 
  • According to the regulations, a minimum distance is no longer prescribed for the implementation of face-to-face teaching events. In the event that the distance falls below 1.5 metres, the wearing of a qualified mouth/nose covering is obligatory. More detailed information can be found in the handout on the requirements for holding face-to-face courses in the winter semester 2021/22.
  • The UnivIS should be used to determine which courses are to be held online and which are to be held in person. 
  • If possible, rooms should be kept free (if necessary, the rooms already booked for courses that are now held online) so that students can work in these rooms on site if necessary. In UnivIS, the UnivIS representatives should enter the note in the course title that the course will be held online. The room entry remains unchanged so that the room is kept free for students and can be found. In this way, the reserved room can be used to follow the online course on site at the CAU if necessary. If possible, please provide students with information on the rooms available on site, e.g. overview on institute homepage. 
  • Individual workplaces are also made available via the building management


The following on-site-services are offered:

  • Opening hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-10:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-8pm
  • Individual workstations: There are 283 individual workstations and 42 internet workstations available according to the first-come-first-served principle. 
  • Self-removal of print media from the open access areas
  • The historical holdings can be used by appointment (
  • The service desk is staffed during opening hours.
  • Vending machines: The snack and drink vending machine, the ATM charging machine, the validation machine and the money exchange machine can be used.
  • Return of print media at the service desk or via the mailbox at the central library.
  • Function rooms open (copy rooms, room for the visually impaired and blind, book scanner, checkroom area)

For the scope of current services in the subject libraries of the faculties, seminars and institutes, please refer to the websites of the respective institutions.

  • Please note that the mask requirement applies without exception throughout the entire building, including at all individual and Internet workstations as well as in the work cubicles.

The following services are not offered:

  • Guided tours and trainings
  • Group workspaces
  • On-site submission of dissertations – please send by post

Please address your individual concerns to:

Master's degree, preliminary enrolment

Students who enrol provisionally in a Master's degree programme must submit the Bachelor's degree to the Student Services Office after commencing their studies, if applicable:

  • for the winter semester 2021/22 by 30.09.2022 at the latest(EXCEPTION: 2-semester Master's by 31.03.2022)
  • for the summer semester 2022 at the latest by 31.03.2023(EXCEPTION: 2-semester Master's by 30.09.2022)

Further information can be found on the pages of the Student Services (German only)

Mask requirement

In accordance with the Higher Education Corona Ordinance of the State of Schleswig-Holstein and the framework hygiene concept of the CAU, the following rules apply.

There is an obligation to wear so-called "qualified" masks on the entire campus in and in front of the buildings. Only medical masks (surgical masks) or FFP2 masks are permitted. Simple cloth mouth-nose coverings are not sufficient.

University grounds:

  • In all CAU buildings, it is recommented to keep the minimum distance of 1.5 m.

Lectures on site:

  • The 3G control is omitted.
  • During lectures, students must wear an medical or FFP2 mask.
  • In certain event formats, exemptions are implemented in some cases. See framework hygiene concept

Examinations on site:

  • Corresponding to courses, students must wear an medical or FFP2 mask during the entire examination.

Exemption from the mask requirement

Anyone who can credibly prove that they are unable to wear a mask for health reasons is exempt from this obligation; a medical certificate is needed to be exempted. If suitable evidence is submitted in good time, the extent to which precautions can be taken to enable participation in the event in question will be examined, taking into account infection control and local conditions and, if necessary, with the involvement of the safety engineer. Detailed information on distance and ventilation requirements as well as on the obligation to wear masks can be found in the framework hygiene concept of the CAU.

Qualification offers

Evaluation of courses in the winter semester 2021/22

The Teaching Evaluation Service offers an empirically based instrument for the evaluation of courses. In the winter semester 2021/22, it takes into account the situation that online teaching or mixed forms are offered in addition to face-to-face teaching. Teachers can add their own questions to the questionnaire, which takes all forms into account, and use the results to select continuing education courses.

The survey is available to all faculties and subjects and can be carried out centrally for individual areas on request. Furthermore, individual evaluation is also possible via the internet platform Teaching Evaluation of Kiel University.

More information on the evaluation of courses in the winter semester 2021/22 (in German)

Standard period of study ("free semester")

§103 of the HSG also applies to the summer semester 2021

The Schleswig-Holstein scheme is as follows:

For regulations under higher education law which are linked to the duration of the Regestudies or the number of semesters, the higher education institution does not consider the summer semester 2020, the wintersemester 2020/21 and the summer semester 2021 as a "Fachsemester". The higher education institutions issue students with a certificate stating that they were unable to submit performance certificates or examination papers due to the pandemic and that this delayed the completion of their studies by one semester. This does not affect the regulations on state examinations. (Source, German only)

Information of the CAU:

Winter semester 2021/22:

This entry will be updated shortly. 

Summer semester 2021:

The Corona Higher Education Law Supplement Ordinance (Corona-HEVO) stipulates that Section 103 of the Higher Education Act also applies to the summer semester 2021. For this reason, the CAU does not count the summer semester 2021 as a “Fachsemester” for regulations under higher education law that are linked to the standard period of study or the number of “Fachsemester” (e.g. invitation to compulsory study guidance).

  • The semester count will be continued on the CAU certificates (e.g. course of study certificate). The CAU provides a certificate for download for the summer semester 2021 via the CAU portal ( in accordance with § 103 (2) HSG. This certifies that studies may be delayed due to the Corona pandemic. It can be attached to the study progress certificate if required.
  • The exemption regulation also applies to regulations under education funding law that are linked to the standard period of study or the number of semesters. Please contact the Office for Educational Funding (Amt für Ausbildungsförderung) ( or your scholarship-granting institution if you have any questions regarding the procedure, evidence to be submitted, etc.


Video conference tools

The University Computing Centre at the CAU recommends the following video conference tools for digital teaching:


BigBlueButton is an OpenSource web conference system which is hosted in the University Computing Centre at the CAU and is therefore suitable for confidential content. It is good for digital teaching, conferences and team meetings. Access is guaranteed for all CAU employees (Login  via the RZ identifier of the form suabc123). Conferences lasting up to four hours in total can be held. This service is available 24/7 for free.


Network (DFN). The login is carried out via the CAU's identity provider, for which a password must be set in the CIM Service Portal (CAU Identity Management) before the first use.  DFNconf is good for digital teaching, conferences and team meetings. Although this service is a professionally operated one, the high amount of demand at the moment can cause performance losses.

Nextcloud Talk

Nextcloud Talk is an add-on for the CAU cloud. The CAU cloud is OpenSource and is hosted in the University Computing Centre. It offers chat, audio and video functions within the CAU cloud environment. Mobile clients can also download the Nextcloud Talk app from the app stores. All CAU employees with a valid Computing Centre account have access to this service, which is also suitable for confidential materials. Audio or video chats can only be used in small groups for collaborative work, however (max. 4 people).


The CAU now has a campus licence for the American service Zoom as an extra video conference tool in addition to those already provided. The use of Zoom is available to all employees of the CAU. Login is via the CAU's identity provider, for which a password must be set in the CIM Service Portal (CAU Identity Management) before the first use.  This service enables web conferences with up to 300 participants and is authorised for use in Digital Teaching at the CAU. Zoom meets the WCAG 2.1 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) standards at level AA. Despite being widespread in the field of distance learning, Zoom has recently received negative press due to data protection issues. The University Computing Centre at the CAU also provides information about this topic on its websites.