Covid-19 Pandemic

On the occasion of the spread of the coronavirus SARSCoV-2 (COVID-19) we would like to inform you about changes in our consulting services:

Our premises will remain closed to the public until further notice for the protection of our representatives and all students. This protection is necessary to maintain the services offered by the AStA. Due to the closure, applications can no longer be made in person, but only in writing. Applications can be placed in our mailbox or sent by post. The mailbox is emptied daily.
The secretariat can still be reached by e-mail and telephone during regular opening hours. The hours of availability are as follows:
Monday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday closed
Outside these times it is still possible to leave a voice message. You can reach the secretariat at the following telephone number: 06131/39-24801 and by e-mail to
The Department of Social Affairs continues to help students in financial need. For this purpose, it is necessary to contact them by e-mail. It is still possible to submit applications to the Department of Social Affairs and receive financial support. However, applications can only be made in writing. You can find more information about this here.
The Studierendenwerk also helps in financial emergencies. For further information (only in German) see here.
The AStA will also continue to provide legal advice. However, this no longer takes place on site, but by telephone after prior contact by e-mail. You can find more information here.
Applications for a semester ticket refund can be submitted in the usual manner. Applications that have already been submitted will generally be processed as before. If it is no longer possible for you to go abroad, you will be given the opportunity to withdraw your application and get your semester ticket back for further use without validation.
Due to the current situation, we would like to point out that a refund is also possible if you cannot use the Semesterticket for at least three months due to illness and submit a medical certificate. "Illness-related" here also means that the use of public transport is not recommended by a medical certificate due to the fact that the student belongs to a risk group (previous illness, taking immunosuppressive drugs, etc.).
Anyone who is prevented from meeting the deadlines by quarantine or for any other reason for which they are not responsible can apply for reinstatement to the previous status. In this way, the actual expired deadline can still be met afterwards.
More information about the restitution procedure can be found here.
All departments will continue their consulting services. However, it is necessary to contact them by e-mail. You can find the contact details at the respective department here.
The Debattierclub Johannes Gutenberg e.V. (debating club) offers a purchase assistance. The aim of the assistance is to give people from high-risk groups (e.g. elderly people or people with a limited immune system) the opportunity to stay in their homes and not to have to be among people.
If you do not belong to a risk group and want to help, please contact DCJG:
via @pulsreportage
For students with mental health problems, such as depression, eating disorders, claustrophobia or cleaning obsessions, the current situation can be particularly difficult. Social and spatial isolation, fear of a coronavirus infection and the lack of daily routine can be triggers for particularly severe relapses of their illness in those affected.
The situation is also particularly bad for people in toxic partnerships or those affected by domestic violence, because they hardly have the opportunity to leave their shared home.
Here are a few additional aids - not only for the exceptional situation:
1. Be there especially for your friends with mental illnesses. Call them daily, arrange video chats, ask how they are doing and listen!
2. If you are affected and in treatment, ask your therapist for online sessions via video chat or a telephone consultation.
3. Maintain daily routines. Even if it sounds banal: Get up in the morning as usual, eat regularly, etc. Or maybe create new routines like yoga, mediation or whatever is good for you.
4. Go out into the fresh air, go for a walk when you feel the walls are closing in. As long as you avoid other people, that's fine.
5. You can get free help on - also via chat or email.
Of course it is a burden not to be allowed to go to parties or to the gym and many may already feel like being locked up. But we should not forget that there are people for whom the current social isolation is much more difficult to bear. If possible we should be there for them and give them strength - then we are all less alone!
In addition to the uncertainty regarding exams, homework and the organization of the next semester, many students have an acute financing problem. Of course, as student representatives we stand behind restrictions that prevent the virus from spreading further and thus save lives.
However, we have to think about all the consequences that result from these restrictions. The consequences for students and not only for large companies must also be considered and counteracted accordingly. We therefore address ourselves in an open letter to the state government and demand that students receive financial support.
You can read the letter in German here.
Foreign students in particular are being hit hard by the effects of the pandemic. We agree with the demands of the Bundesverband ausländischer Studierender - BAS e.V., which you can read here.
Due to the current situation we have decided to suspend the cultural and event offerings on campus for the time being. This concerns above all the SÖF, events of the Department for Political Education and the university group fair. Nevertheless we do not want to leave you alone at home. Therefore we are currently working on a digital cultural program for you. A digital program from the Department for Political Education in German is already available here.