Operations during the Corona-Virus pandemic, Department of English, Saarland University

Corona-Virus Operations, Department of English, Saarland University

Latest news, policy changes, deadlines, exams

The Department of English at Saarland University will use this page to post updates with regard to policy, postponements, exam schedule changes, course registration, digitization of content, and so on. Stay tuned for the latest information. For general questions, please refer to the university's Corona-Virus FAQ.

Finishing out the SoSe 2020 course period

As many of you have probably noticed, most faculty members are still working from home, and our administrative assistants are in their offices for a restricted set of hours per week. As we push through the term break and the exams period, we just wanted to let students know that the Hausarbeit submission deadline has been extended to October 31st, 2020.

Welcome to the Department; Restricted functional operation

Courses begin today (2020 May 04)

Dear students,

Welcome to the Department! Even though you may have already started in some of your courses already, today is the actual start day of online teaching and learning. We hope everything goes well for you.

Please note that we are now entering Phase I of "Restricted functional operation." Administrative assistants and department administrative staff will be in their offices for one to two days per week, as will the Head of the Department, Prof. Astrid Fellner. The rest of your instructors will continue to work from home. Please continue to check the university's up-to-date Pandemic Plan and other related documents for the latest news with regard to policy changes, exams, attendance, and so on.

We are tentatively setting May 31st as the deadline for papers, Seminararbeiten, etc. Please note that this may change at any time and that you should check the requisite univ. sources for updates or ask your instructor.

Emergency operations update, 02 April 2020

Dept. still shut down

Hausarbeit/Seminararbeit paper submission deadline: We had originally planned to push the submission deadline for all term papers back to May 11, 2020, but we will not be able to stick to this date. We have no further information on when we will be able to set a deadline.

Course registration: As most of you already know, course registration for Summer Semester 2020 has been open (on LSF) for some time now. It is important that you stay abreast of all of the latest news from your prospective instructors on how they will be handling their courses. (In this regard, it is of the utmost importance that you check your UdS email regularly, and for many of you, this does indeed mean the "s9...@" address. This is the only way we have to reach you in the early stages of course registration and, in some cases, during the whole semester! Remember as well that communication is indeed facilitated by moodle [that is, once you are in one of our moodle courses], but this also requires you to take the initiative to check the moodle course forum[s] often.)

Semester start: Many if not most of your instructors will start their courses on April 6th, 2020—the originally planned start date. (Some instructors might stagger their teaching via block scheduling, and some might start roughly a month later.) Your instructors will do their best to respond to your needs when it comes to communication. Email, as always, is the classic way to contact your instructor (see this document on email etiquette), but several staff mambers may also make themselves available via Skype, Zoom, and/or the DFN's video conferencing tool.

Delayed semester start: As most of you already know, the university has postponed the actual start of classes—conventional in-person and on-campus participation—to May 4th, 2020. We have no further information on whether this will actually happen… 

Teaching and learning for the foreseeable future will consist of a mix of digital materials and events (in most cases coordinated via moodle). We are all in this together. We will be doing the best we can to make the most of a suboptimal situation, and we hope that you will do your best to participate however, whenever, and wherever you can.

Emergency operations

The department has been shut down

Due to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the Department of British, North American, and Anglophone Studies, like all other academic departments at Saarland University, has been shut down and will only be carrying on its affairs in emergency operation mode.

You will be able to reach the members of the Department and our teaching staff via email. For general questions, please contact: english_department(at)uni-saarland.de.

All exams will have to be postponed and will be re-scheduled. We have also pushed the submission deadline for all term papers back to May 11, 2020. Please stay tuned for further changes.

Please stay healthy and safe!

Prof. Dr. Astrid M. Fellner