News from Rheinbach Campus
Last updated 14 September 2021
After the severe flood damage at Rheinbach Campus of H-BRS in July, the repair work is in full progress. Due to the work, all buildings are generally closed to the public until further notice.
Nevertheless, all courses will take place in the winter semester 2021/22, with as many as possible being held in attendance. The Departments of Natural Sciences and Management Sciences will move to alternative facilites. It was possible to rent a 5000 square metre building at Heisenbergstraße 16, which is only a few minutes' walk from the campus. The university is setting up laboratory space for research and teaching there.
At the Institute for Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Bonn, the Department of Natural Sciences can also use laboratory space for very important basic work in chemistry practicals during certain time windows. Further premises at the university in Bonn are on the horizon. Furthermore the university can co-use the city theatre and the city hall during the winter semester. There is also the possibility of temporarily using the Woki in Bonn. Other options are currently being examined.
Information on examinations
The departments will provide information on the further procedure regarding examinations.
- The Secretary's Office of the Department of Management Sciences can be reached from 10:00 to 14:00
- The Department of Natural Sciences can be reached via the information on the Secretary's Office website
- The Examination Office can also provide information: The Examination Office for the Department of Management Sciences in Rheinbach can be contacted at +492241865245 or by e-mail at pruefungenFB01CR@h-brs.de (link sends e-mail), the Examination Office for the Department of Natural Sciences can be contacted at +4922418659685 or by e-mail at email@example.com (link sends e-mail). The Examination Service kindly requests you to call between between 10:00 and 11:00 and between 14:00 and 15:00, if possible. (updated 20 July, 14.15)
Marco Winzker, Vice President for Studies, Teaching and Continuing Education, informed students in an e-mail on 21 July about further regulations regarding examinations. Individual passages of the e-mail can be found in the news Regulations for examinations due to the flooding (updated: 21 July)
Information on final theses
Students who are currently working on their theses are also affected by the storm. There are regulations for them as well. In his letter to students dated 21 July, Marco Winzker informs them: "Please note that due to the Corona pandemic, in several departments the deadline for all final theses has already been extended by one month. If this is not sufficient due to the heavy rainfall disaster, you can additionally interrupt your thesis by up to four weeks or one month. More details are regulated by the departments." (updated: 21 July)
Information for staff
Until further notice, it will not be possible to work on the Rheinbach campus. The university management asks that you only visit the campus in urgent, exceptional cases and after consultation with the head of the department or division. Anyone entering the buildings does so at their own risk.
Staff at the Rheinbach site will work on a mobile basis if possible. In addition, it is currently being examined whether alternative workplaces can be made available at the Sankt Augustin location. Further information from the Human Resources and Legal Affairs Department on the work situation in Rheinbach and the possibility of time off work for those affected by the flood disaster is available to logged-in users on the intranet. (updated: 20 July, 17.30)
Clean-up has begun
The university has begun to clean up the massive storm damage at the Rheinbach campus. In coordination with the fire brigade, it is having the surface water on the outdoor campus pumped out. At present, the rooms in the basement are being pumped empty.
The technical infrastructure of the campus was completely paralysed by the flooding on 14 July 2021, as all systems - for example, the electrical distributions - are located in the basement. In the meantime, the laboratory building (F) and the BusinessCampus (E) are being supplied with electricity again.
The extent of the total damage caused by the flooding cannot yet be estimated. It is to be assumed that the removal of the damage and the restoration will take a longer period of time. (updated: 30 July, 18.30)
Content Delivery Platform (CDP) down
Due to flooding at the Rheinbach campus, the university's Content Delivery Platform (CDP) is down. "Due to the extent of the damage, it must be assumed that it will not be available for a longer period of time," the library's e-learning team informs. Instructors who want to provide material for current exam preparation can contact support in the central e-learning team. The Institute for IT Service is working on providing the platform from Sankt Augustin on a transitional basis. (updated 16 July, 18.00)
In a letter to the university staff, President Hartmut Ihne expresses his sympathy and explains the situation and the measures. Letter from the President dated 23 July 2021
News and press releases of the university (some in German only)
- 03.08. Bus service to Bonn
- 30.07. Information from the library
- 21.07. Unwetterfolgen: Regelungen für Prüfungen
- 20.07. Informationen zur Arbeitssituation in Rheinbach (Intranet)
- 20.07. Hochwasser-Katastrophe: Arbeitsbefreiung möglich (Intranet)
- 20.07. Millionenschaden für die Hochschule in Rheinbach
- 15.07. Bibliothek Campus Rheinbach nicht erreichbar
- 15.07. Land unter an der Hochschule in Rheinbach
Flooding and cleaning pictures
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