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Update 01.06.22

Information on study operation under corona conditions

The Corona Ordinance on Study Operations has now expired after the legal basis for the previous measures was repealed by the federal government by amending the Infection Protection Act (IfSG). This means that the ordinance once again permits unrestricted attendance-based study operations at universities. The general Corona regulations of the state continue to apply to the universities.

This means:

  • The wearing of a mask[1] can be waived in the building and rooms of the HfG.

  • However, the special needs of colleagues and students regarding the wearing of masks (e.g. lack of vaccination due to chronic illnesses, etc.) must be inquired about and taken into consideration before the start of each meeting and event.

  • A distance of 1.5 meters from other persons must also be maintained. This also applies to the maximum occupancy of rooms. Exceptions to this requirement are only possible if it is not otherwise possible for certain work or the like.

  • Furthermore, regular disinfection of used materials, machines, furniture, etc. must be ensured, and regular ventilation must be provided in the HfG rooms.

Primarily, however, we are relying on the voluntary cooperation of all those involved and hope that, despite the current infection situation, we will be able to continue to sustainably safeguard the presence operation that has been achieved.

[1] The masks used are FFP2 and so-called OP masks.

Update 10.02.2022

Amendment Ordinance to the Corona Ordinance on Study Operations of 10.02.2022

The Amendment Ordinance to the Corona-VO Studienbetrieb came into force on Thursday, 10.02.2022. The amending ordinance makes things easier for the universities and students and reduces the bureaucratic burden in favour of attendance.

This results in an adjustment of the hygiene concept of the HfG:

  • In future, the obligation to collect data for the purpose of contact data tracking for study operations will no longer apply (repeal of § 5 CoronaVO Studienbetrieb).
  • The verification of vaccination, convalescence and test certificates will now be carried out in the form of random samples. The implementation of random samples (i.e. in the courses) must be documented. The respective teachers are responsible for this. In the interest of everyone's health, the university management asks the teachers to carry out and document random tests in their own courses at their own discretion.
  • Masks are still compulsory in the HfG building. This means that an FFP2 mask must be worn everywhere and at all times. In offices, the wearing of a mask can be waived if the person is alone there. Further exceptions can be found in the hygiene concept.
  • A distance of 1.5 metres from other persons must still be maintained wherever possible. This also applies to the maximum occupancy of rooms. Exceptions to this rule are only possible if there is no other way for certain work or the like.
  • Furthermore, regular disinfection of used materials, machines, furniture, etc. must be ensured and regular ventilation provided in the rooms of the HfG.

Update 12. Oktober 2021

3G status

For the study operation, the HfG is obliged according to the currently valid Corona regulation study operation to check the 3G status of the participants in the future. Therefore, in the coming semester, there will only be one official entrance to the university. Access to the HfG will then only be possible via the entrance on the Brauerstrasse side. There, the 3G status will be checked. If the 3G status has been checked, you will receive a certificate. With this proof one can then stay in the university.

For people who can prove 2G status - i.e. those who have been vaccinated or have recovered - access will be granted in this way for the duration of the winter semester.

For individuals who have demonstrated a daily negative antigen test, access will be so granted for 24 hours at a time from the time of testing.

If a current PCR test is available, access can be granted for 48 hours.

Of course, no data will be stored here. In case of loss of the proof, the control is simply necessary again. The check of the 3G status can be done at this central point between 8 am and 6 pm. For this purpose, the porter's lodge will be put back into operation. The HfG is very grateful to its janitors for taking over this sometimes thankless task. We ask you to thank and appreciate this willingness of colleagues with respectful and cooperative interaction.

For events that take place after 6 p.m., professors are required to verify 3G status - either directly or just via verification. Again, the university administration asks that this obligation of faculty be respected.

All international students and faculty who have been vaccinated with a vaccine not officially licensed in Europe will still be required to provide a negative test. For them, testing at testing centers remains free of charge.

Contact tracing

The university is required to provide contact tracking for all visits to HfG, for each date of a course, and for each piece of work you do on your own, etc. So that you do not have to individually fill out appropriate forms in all of their courses (and have instructors call them in), HfG provides these forms: Contact Tracking Form and interactive Contact Tracking Form. This can be filled out either at home or at the front desk, where it can be dropped into a collection bin. It must be filled out and dropped off each day you visit the HfG.

The following information must be entered on the form:

Your contact information,

the total time you will spend at the HfG on the day in question,

as well as the events (including time and room) you will attend.

If the porter's lodge is not staffed, the forms will of course be available on site and drop-in will be possible.

Testing opportunities

HfG still has some self-tests that have been provided by the Ministry of Science. As long as this supply is sufficient, you may resort to this option in case of emergency if you were unable to take a test elsewhere. In view of the financial burden, if any, placed on students by the test obligation, the HfG is happy to offer this. However, with approximately 400 tests still available, it is clear that this supply is limited. The state government is currently examining whether additional tests or funds for them can also be made available to the universities.

Mask requirement

In principle, the obligation to wear a mask continues to apply for classroom use. In study events where the 1.5-meter distance can be ensured - for example, through appropriate seating or separate workstations, etc. - masks are not required. - as well as for lectures, etc., masks are not required.

Corona advice hotline for the cultural scene and creative industries

The Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg has set up a Corona advice hotline for creative professionals. From Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., experts are available to answer current questions about support services during the Corona crisis.
Canceled performances, shows, concerts, fairs and events, closed museums, theatres and clubs - the cultural scene and the creative industries are also being hit hard during "Lockdown Light". Freelance artists and cultural workers, companies, solo self-employed, associations and cultural institutions are fighting the economic consequences of the Corona restrictions.

In order to support artists and creative people in Baden-Württemberg in this very challenging situation, the MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg has set up an advice hotline on the initiative of the Ministry of Art.
The link to the information

UPDATE 15 October 2020: Safety briefing

The safety briefing is the basis and, during the Corona period, a prerequisite for working at the HfG:
safety instruction.

We ask you to read and confirm the safety briefing. You can use the confirmation at the end of the document and submit it signed to Richard Brunner.
Alternatively, you can confirm the safety briefing by email to with the following text:

I hereby confirm that I was instructed about the rules of conduct on SARS-CoV-2, that I understand them and that I will comply with the rules.
I confirm that I was instructed about the rules of conduct for SARS-CoV-2, that I have understood them and that I will follow these rules.

UPDATE 14. Oktober 2020: Corona FAQ

The health of our students, teachers and staff is a top priority for the HfG. In the coming semester, the aim will be to hold as many courses as possible in the presence of the HfG, naturally in compliance with the applicable protective measures and carefully weighing up the risks.

Of course, the process of opening up the house, into a hybrid operation is associated with uncertainties and challenges. We have compiled some questions and answers to provide some initial guidance and as a supplement to the FAQs of 06.05.2020.

I have had contact with a person infected with the coronavirus or have corona-typical symptoms. What to do?

Students and staff who have been in contact with a person infected with the coronavirus within the last 14 days or who have the typical symptoms of an infection with the coronavirus (fever, cough, sore throat, smell and taste disorders) are not allowed to enter the HfG. Students and staff clarify the suspected case with their family doctor and the public health office and get tested if necessary. Students inform the HfG Karlsruhe study office (), staff inform the Head of Human Resources ().

I develop symptoms typical of Corona during my stay at the HfG. Should I go home immediately?

We ask all members of the HfG to consider the situation and show consideration for colleagues and fellow students and, in this case, to seclude themselves in the building, go home in compliance with hygiene regulations and contact their doctor and/or the health office. Students should inform the Office of Student Affairs at the HfG Karlsruhe, and staff members should inform the Head of Human Resources.

**Who do I inform at the university after a positive Corona test?

Students should immediately contact the Director of Studies and Examinations (), staff members should immediately inform the Director of Human Resources ().

I have been diagnosed with a slight cold. Can I still come to work?

In any case, please be considerate of colleagues and fellow students and strictly adhere to the hygiene rules in the building. Wearing a mask should be obligatory in any case. Please also make use of the possibility of a home office by arrangement.

I have stayed in an international risk area before starting my studies/returning to work. What rules apply to me?

Students and employees must register with the local police or public order office in their community and are obliged to stay in quarantine for 14 days after entering the country, unless they have a negative test result that is no more than 48 hours old. You can also be tested free of charge within 72 hours of entry. Please contact either your family doctor or the hotline of the medical appointment service on 116117.

I am coming to the HfG from a German risk area. What should I do?

There are no special instructions for risk areas within Germany at the HfG Karlsruhe. In any case, please be considerate of colleagues and fellow students and strictly adhere to the hygiene rules in the building.

I am a new student/international student at the HfG. Where can I get tested if I don't yet have a family doctor in Karlsruhe?

You can make an appointment specifically for a Corona test via the hotline of the medical appointment service on 116117 or at Please note that most of the information is in German only.

Where does a mask requirement apply everywhere in the HfG?

According to the current status, you may take off your mask when you have taken your fixed place (e.g. in the seminar room). In all other situations, masks are compulsory for all members of the HfG Karlsruhe and external visitors.
*Update 19.10.2020: The mask obligation now also applies at universities in lectures on the seat.

UPDATE 5 October 2020: Service agreement on access control

Service agreement on access control at the HfG and corresponding data processing.
This service agreement is valid during the Corona pandemic-related emergency operation at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe. In order to ensure the tracking of persons required by the Infection Protection Act, the above-mentioned parties have agreed to temporarily use the university's keychip system.

Service agreement

UPDATE: Travel returnees

If you are still going on holiday or travelling from abroad, please find out exactly at which risk areas are currently designated and what testing and quarantine rules apply on your return. This way you will continue to protect yourself and others.

Please consider contributing further by using the Corona app. It can be a good further building block of the joint effort:

Corona Protection and Hygiene Concept (as of 24 June 2020)

To protect our students and staff from further spread of the Covid 19 virus, we are committed to adhering to the following infection control principles and hygiene rules:
Corona operating instructions

*Online safety briefing "Corona".
Confirmation of the instruction: Online safety instruction "Corona" for the employees and students of the State University of Design Karlsruhe. The instruction was carried out on the basis of the "Corona operating instructions" from 04.2020.
Online safety instruction "Corona"

Information from the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg on support for solo self-employed persons, students and science

The press releases of the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg on the topics "Corona-Hilfspaket der Regierung für Soloselbstständige" and the "Unterstützungspaket für Studierende und Wissenschaft" with additional information:

Corona-Hilfspaket der Regierung für Soloselbstständige
Support package for students and science Corona government support package for solo self-employed
Support package for students and science

Update 20.3.2020: Corona Info Sheet No. 4

Sometimes everyone needs help, especially in times of crisis. We have put together some support offers below:

  The crisis helpline (Telefonseelsorge) can be reached around the clock. There is also an mail and chat consultation:

  The Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe and the Psychotherapeutische Beratungsstelle also offer counseling by phone:

  The Ehe-, Familien- und Partnerschaftsberatung Karlsruhe e.V can be reached at 0721 84 22 88. You can make an appointment for a consultation, the therapists will call you back. There is also advice in foreign languages.

  In the case of depression, the Stiftung Deutsche Depressionshilfe (German Depression Aid Foundation) offers numerous support services and contacts.
Info phone: 0800 33 44 533, Mon, Tue, Thu: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Wed, Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

  The Landesgesundheitsamt (State Health Office) has set up a hotline for those seeking advice for all questions relating to the corona virus: daily (also on weekends) between 9:00 and 18:00 at 0711 904-39555

  A brochure from the Landratsamt Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe District Office) provides information on advisory services in the region:

 If you have any questions about the course of study and all topics related to the HfG, please feel free to contact the respective person - we have successfully switched to an online mode and are continuing to work virtually. We wish you all the best in this time.

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