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Frankfurt, 31.03.2020 12:00:00

On 17 March 2020, Professor Nils Stieglitz, President of Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, published a letter on the current situation, which you can find here.

Dear FS Community,

We hope that you and your families are well. Here we inform you about the precautionary measures we have taken at Frankfurt School to help reduce the risk of infection.

  • From the morning of Thursday, 19 March 2020 until Monday, 20 April 2020, our campus (including the casino and deli, study spaces, the break-out rooms and the gym) will be closed to students and visitors. However, we will continue to offer reduced library services for students.
  • While returning to in-class teaching is our objective, Frankfurt School has decided that all exam-relevant courses from Degree Programmes will only be available online until end of May 2020. Assessments and examinations during this period will be either offered online or postponed. Further information regarding this will be communicated via email.
  • All staff members can continue working in the office. Alternatively, you can also work flexibly off-campus.

For questions related to issues with the coronavirus, please use the central email address of Frankfurt School communitylife@fs.de. To address concerns, we have set up a student hotline. Students have access to this number in the online campus / study guide.

We everyone to follow the prevention recommendations of the RKI.

We will continue to closely monitor how the coronavirus is developing. We check the current situation several times a day, exchange information and take any necessary protective measures. The Presidential Board and key contact people for FS are actively involved in this process. We follow the recommendations and instructions of the Robert Koch Institute – an agency of the Ministry of Health. In addition, we are in regular contact with our partner SOS International, the world's largest company for medical and travel security services.

These FAQs are updated daily. Last update: April 2, 2020
Students

Do seminars, lectures, exams or extra-curricular activities for students take place as scheduled?

All exam-relevant courses from Degree Programmes will only be available online until end of May 2020. Assessments and examinations during this period will be either offered online or postponed. Further information regarding this will be communicated in an email soon.

Restricted library services for students

It is important for us to continue to offer services in order to maintain the best possible support for you.

  • Students can still contact study advisors by email and/or phone.
  • During the closure, the library will offer a reduced service from Monday to Friday between 09:00 and 15:00. Students will be able to:
    • borrow books (by prior arrangement, please contact library@fs.de),
    • return books (borrowed books do not have to be returned within the due date, the new deadline for all books is 9 April 2020, no late fees will apply),
    • use the databases at terminals in the library foyer,
    • use the printer.

Access to the library during this time: Please use the separate side entrance to the library on the east side of campus. The campus and the library will continue to be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

How are the part-time education programmes running?

All the above-mentioned regulations also apply to the part-time education programmes (Bankfachwirt, Betriebswirt, Management-Studium).

We assure you that our courses will be offered - as planned - in spring 2020 and that nothing will change on the planned start date.

If attendance is not possible, we will enable you to participate in individual courses by means of an online tool.

If you have any further questions, please contact us by e-mail at dreiklang@fs.de.

Should students take advantage of semesters and internships abroad?

We recommend that student refrain from studying in risk areas. We kindly ask our students to check on their own whether there are any travel warnings for the country and region they plan to travel. Please contact the International Office of Frankfurt School for further questions.

Are there any excursions abroad at the moment?

Frankfurt School checks whether planned excursions abroad can take place on a case-by-case basis. Participants who have registered for excursions will be immediately informed of any changes by e-mail.

What is the planning for the international modules of the IHM MBA?

We are committed to preserving the international focus of the IHM MBA. Unfortunately, we are currently constrained by factors beyond our control. We all hope that the virus transmission is contained in a timely manner and we will be able to arrange international modules for our IHM MBA students.

Will the India module scheduled for March 2020 take place?

We have cancelled the India module in the interest of the safety of the entire class and staff. We will provide learning material and a new, individual assignment as an alternative, as well as to prepare students for module 5.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in the India module in 2021. Given the circumstances, this is not mandatory; nonetheless, we would highly encourage all students to go to India next year.

Will the USA module scheduled for May 2020 take place?

For the time being, our partner university, Johns Hopkins University, has cancelled classes until April 12. The USA has also implemented comprehensive travel restrictions until April 12. We will continue to monitor how the coronavirus situation is developing and will make further decisions.

What happens if a student has spent time in an at risk area?

Students who have stayed in a risk area must stay at home for 14 days. Please inform the Frankfurt School about this via the mail address communitylife@fs.de. Together we will find solutions so the success of your degree will not be compromised.

What should students do if they think they are infected?

Students who believe they have been infected should contact their family doctor or the medical on-call service by phone at the Germany-wide number 116117. The Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs has set up a hotline for questions about the coronavirus: 0800 5554666. It is available every day from 08:00 to 20:00; the staff on this hotline speak German and English.

Please also inform Frankfurt School at communitylife@fs.de if you are staying at home due to illness. Together we will find solutions so the success of your degree will not be compromised.

What should students who have been in contact with a potentially infected person do?

All students who have had contact with a potentially infected person should stay at home until the person has been tested. If the person tests positive and infection with the coronavirus is confirmed, the student should contact their own doctor and self-isolate for 14 days. In this case, the student should inform Frankfurt School via the following central mail address: communitylife@fs.de. Together we will find solutions so the success of your degree will not be compromised.

Where can students make further enquiries?

Please contact Frankfurt School via the following central mail address: communitylife@fs.de.

Prospective students

Is the Master & MBA Info evening on April 2 taking place?

Due to the current circumstances, the Master & MBA Info evening will take place online on April 2. Upon registering you will receive a link to the online event.

Will Assessment Centres for applicants still take place?

Assessment Centres for Bachelor, Master and MBA applicants will be carried out online. The admissions teams will contact applicants to set up dates. They will also share technical requirements. In the case that applicants are unable to provide required test scores (GMAT, Toefl, IELTS) alternative arrangements are being made. For any questions, please contact the respective team: bachelor@fs.de, masters@fs.de or mba@fs.de.

Visitors / Participants of events and seminars

Are Professional and Executive Education seminars currently taking place?

Professional and Executive Education classes, seminars and certificate courses for participants, who registered either on their own or through their employers, will not take place until April 18, 2020, inclusive. All registered participants will receive offers to attend their programme at a later date.

All corporate programmes (seminars, certificate courses, exams) on company premises will take place there as planned.

Up to April 20, 2020, corporate programmes that were scheduled to take place on our campus, need to be rescheduled. The campus is closed in order to minimize the risk of corona infection. Frankfurt School is in touch with all clients to set up new dates.

Is the StartUp Night on April 8 taking place?

We have decided to postpone the StartUp Night, which was planned for April 8, 2020. We will inform you in time about our plans and an alternative date.

Frankfurt School Verlag Conferences

Frankfurt School Verlag Conferences

All the spring conferences of Frankfurt School Verlag (March to May 2020) have been postponed to later dates this year. The new conference dates can be found at the website of Frankfurt School Verlag.

Campus Hamburg

Campus Hamburg

On March 15, 2020, the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg ordered comprehensive preventive measures to contain coronavirus infections. Based on this, the Hamburg campus is closed until Thursday, April 30, 2020, inclusive. The Frankfurt School team can be reached by telephone during this time (040 236483617).

Our students, participants and lecturers are informed that planned classes, workshops or certificate courses will be postponed or take place online. The study advisors are available to them by e-mail and telephone.

Companies, organisations, partners and friends who use the campus for their own events will also be informed personally.

Study Centre Munich

Study Centre Munich

On March 16, 2020, the Bavarian State Government declared a state of emergency for the whole of Bavaria. On this basis, the Munich study centre will initially be closed until Sunday, April 19, 2020. The team can be reached by telephone (089 5434896913).

Our students, participants and lecturers have been informed that planned classes, workshops or certificate courses will be postponed or will take place online. The study advisors are available by e-mail and telephone.

Employees of Frankfurt School

What does Frankfurt School recommend to its employees?

Employees can work from home. Despite the closure for students, you can also work in the office. The campus is cleaned and disinfected daily and you can keep a generous distance from each other or use an individual office. We would like to thank all those who are currently maintaining operations here on campus, thus also helping to ensure that colleagues can work from their home offices.

Please coordinate closely with your teams and your manager.

We ask all employees returning from an at risk area to maintain a 14-day self-isolation in order to minimise the risk of infection.

Employees who feel ill should get in touch with a doctor. They should also inform the human resources department and their line manager.

We understand that these are difficult times. Together, we will get through them.

Employees can find further questions and answers on the intranet (Human Resources/Personal). We also inform employees regularly by e-mail.

What does Frankfurt School recommend to its International Advisory Services consultants/experts?

Consultants working in their respective countries should align their activities closely with recommendations from local authorities. Where needed, they can currently work flexibly from home. For emergency staffing, they can also work in the project offices. We ask our consultants to closely coordinate with the Senior Project Manager in charge of the respective project or assignment.

We ask all consultants and experts returning from an at risk area to maintain a 14-day self-isolation in order to minimize the risk of infection. Consultants who feel ill should get in touch with a doctor. They should also inform the Frankfurt School project management team.

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management in general

How did Frankfurt School deal with the confirmed corona case?

On Friday, March 13, 2020, we were informed of a confirmed coronavirus case at Frankfurt School. We immediately contacted the Frankfurt Health Authority. Together with the Frankfurt Health Authority we have defined and implemented precautionary measures such as the extensive cleaning and disinfection of the campus.

Who was the confirmed corona case at Frankfurt School?

On the instruction of the Frankfurt Health Authority, we are not permitted to disclose the identity of the person concerned.

How do I react if I have been on campus in the last few weeks?

People who have been on campus in the last few weeks do not need to be tested for Corona if they feel healthy. The risk of infection on our campus is no higher than in other public areas.

Of course, everyone is free to decide for themselves whether or not to see a doctor.

Is Frankfurt School currently open? How are the study programmes running?

From the morning of Thursday, 19 March 2020 until 20 April 2020 inclusive, our campus (including the casino and deli, study spaces and the break-out rooms) will be closed to students and visitors. During the closure, the library will offer a reduced service to students.

All exam-relevant courses from Degree Programmes will only be available online until end of May 2020. Assessments and examinations during this period will be either offered online or postponed. Further information regarding this will be communicated via email.

All staff members can continue working in the office. Alternatively, they can also work flexibly off-campus.

General Information

Where can I find current information?

What areas are currently at risk?

The Robert Koch Institute publishes a daily updated list of areas at risk.

What is the coronavirus? What are the symptoms and how does it spread?

You can find up-to-date information in German on the website of the Robert Koch Institute. Current information in English can be found on the websites of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

Who do I speak to if I think I am infected?

If you believe you are infected, please contact your family doctor or the medical on-call service by phone at the Germany-wide number 116117. The Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs has also set up a hotline for questions about the coronavirus: 0800 5554666. It is available every day from 08:00 to 20:00; the staff on this hotline speak German and English.

What can I do to protect myself?

As with influenza and other respiratory diseases, taking care when coughing and sneezing, a good and careful hand hygiene as well as keeping a distance of about one to two metres from a sick person also protect against transmission. Shaking hands should be avoided. Further information can be found on the websites of the Robert Koch Institute and the Federal Centre for Health Education.

Where do I go if I have been in contact with someone infected?

The Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs has set up a hotline for questions about the coronavirus: 0800 5554666. It is available every day from 08:00 to 20:00; the staff on this hotline speak German and English.

Press

Who should journalists contact with questions about Frankfurt School?

Please contact Corporate Communications: Vera Klopprogge v.klopprogge@fs.de, Tel. +49 (0) 69 154 008 322 and Robert Leonhardt r.leonhardt@fs.de, Tel. +49 (0) 69 154 008 815.

Which experise is Frankfurt School offering for the media?

You can find more information here.

Contact for the Press

Contact for FS Community

For questions related to issues with the coronavirus, please use the central email address of Frankfurt School communitylife@fs.de.

To address concerns, we have set up a student hotline. Students have access to this number in the online campus / study guide.