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Family and Corona

Dear University Members,

With the Corona pandemic, we find ourselves in a special situation.

Especially employees and students with family responsibilities are facing great challenges and have to reorganize their daily work and life.

To make your situation a little easier, we have compiled some information for you on this website.

According to the Corona Care Ordinance NRW from April 23, the care of children in daycare facilities (daycare, playgroup, daycare center and after-school care) is permitted within the framework of a restricted pandemic operation (§2 para.1 Corona-BV NRW). This means that, with the exception of after-school care groups, the individual care times of the respective care contracts are restricted by 10 hours in order to implement the hygiene and infection protection measures in daycare facilities.

From April 26, 2021, the following rule will also apply to daycare centers in accordance with the new provisions of the Infection Protection Act: if the following Corona incidence values are measured on three consecutive days, regular care in daycare centers will be prohibited in accordance with the Corona emergency brake from a value of 165. Emergency care in daycare centers is maintained. Parents should only declare in writing (informally, if necessary) that they cannot ensure care in any other way (self-declaration).

For more questions and answers about the Corona virus and to contact the Citizens' Helpline, see the North Rhine-Westphalia Plan Update page. The same regulations apply to single parents.

The TU Dortmund Family Service advises parents on further questions.

Only persons who have a negative Corona test may take part in attendance classes at the school or in emergency care in the school building when the school is closed. That is why Corona self-tests are conducted twice a week for all persons working in attendance at the school (§1 Abs.2.2a-b Corona-BV).
The link to the current NRW Corona Regulations from April 23, 2021 as well as further information on the adjusted school operation in Corona times, can be found on the pages of the Ministry of Education NRW .

If, according to the daily publications of the North Rhine-Westphalia State Center for Health, the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a seven-day period (7-day incidence) exceeds 165 for three days in a row, schools are closed.

Further questions and answers about the Corona virus as well as the contact to the citizen's hotline can be found on the page with the current information about the North Rhine-Westphalia Plan.  

The TU Dortmund Family Service advises parents on further questions.

The current regulations on children's sick pay in 2021 have been extended again to a total of 30 days per parent and child or 60 days for single parents per child. If there are several children, parent couples are entitled to a maximum of 65 days and single parents to a maximum of 130 days.

Children's sick pay basically allows working parents to compensate for lost wages due to caring for a sick child at home. This entitlement is now being extended for 2021: It exists not only when one's own child is sick, but also when childcare becomes necessary at home for another reason. For example, because the school, daycare center or facility for people with disabilities is closed due to a pandemic, or because individual classes or daycare groups are in quarantine. Parents also have an explicit claim if the facility is still open, but the authorities have suspended the obligation to be present or the parents are requested to care for their children at home if possible due to the pandemic.

In addition, there is an entitlement irrespective of whether the parents' work performance cannot in principle also be performed in the home office.

Legally insured working parents who are themselves entitled to sick pay and whose child is under the age of 12 are eligible. In the case of children who have a disability, also beyond the age of 12. It is also a prerequisite that there is no other person in the household who can care for the child.

In addition to extended children's sick days, working parents and self-employed persons - regardless of their form of insurance - are also entitled to compensation under the Infection Protection Act if they have to care for their children at home. Here, too, the prerequisite is that the child has not yet reached the age of twelve or is dependent on assistance due to a disability. In addition, there must be no other reasonable care option. Parents with private insurance and those entitled to assistance must make their claim in accordance with §56 of the Infection Protection Act (IfSG).

For more questions and answers about the Corona virus and to contact the Citizens' Helpline, see the North Rhine-Westphalia Plan Update page. The same regulations apply to single parents.

The TU Dortmund Family Service advises parents on further questions.

According to the Corona Care Ordinance NRW in the version valid as of May 14, single parents of all occupational groups as well as single students in final examinations have been entitled to child care since April 27 (§3 Paragraph 1 No. 2).

They must submit a self-declaration that private care cannot be responsibly organized elsewhere (§3 Paragraph 4 No. 2). Single-parent employees also require a certificate from the employer regarding the scope and location of working hours (§3 Paragraph 4 No. 1). Employees of TU Dortmund University can apply for this from the Department of Human Resources and Legal Affairs.

Single students need a proof from the university that they are in a final examination (§3 paragraph 4 No. 1). Students who have a maximum of 30 LP open can get positive confirmation that they are in final examination. The certificate for single parents must be submitted to the Central Examination Administration. Further information can be obtained from the responsible contact persons in the teams of the Central Examination Administration.

Information is also provided by the concept for the gradual opening of daycare in North Rhine-Westphalia

The North Rhine-Westphalia Plan provides information on the gradual opening of schools.

The TU Dortmund Family Service advises parents on further questions.

Reduced opening of daycare centers as well as closure of schools (above an incidence rate of 165) is a major challenge for many parents. Within the framework of the home office regulation, superiors may also permit the use of work outside of core working hours if this is possible.

In this context, it is generally up to the supervisors to decide which presence rules are necessary to maintain operations. Alternatively, solutions such as recreational leave, reduction of overtime can be agreed upon or the extended children's sick days can be taken.

The Family Service of the TU Dortmund University advises parents on issues concerning the compatibility of family and work.

At the beginning of December, the TU Dortmund University management agreed on a guideline on home office for employees of the TU Dortmund University with the staff representatives. The document gives supervisors practical advice on how home offices can be equipped for efficient work. This includes furniture as well as IT equipment and IT applications. The guide also addresses how further training can be carried out from home and what specific offers there are on the subject of home office. The guide is available on the service portal.

Until further notice, all employees are to perform their work in the home office and only work on site in the case of compelling official matters. When working in a home office, employees must ensure their availability during core working hours and be on standby in case their presence at TU Dortmund University is requested by their supervisor. When working on site, the specifications of the general hygiene concept must be observed.

If no agreement can be reached between the supervisor and the employee regarding the work location in individual cases, the supervisors must explain the reasons for the mandatory work in presence in detail in writing to the Department of Human Resources. In the event of a dispute, the Human Resources Department shall make a final decision on the place of work on the basis of these reasons.

The recording of working time in the flexitime system remains suspended.

Employees who perform their duties in the home office must in any case ensure their availability during core working hours and be on standby in case their presence at TU Dortmund University is requested by their supervisor.

The TU Dortmund is endeavoring to keep any adverse consequences that may arise for students as low as possible.

Anyone who suffers significant individual adverse consequences in their studies as a result of the package of measures of the Corona crisis can take advantage of the information and counseling services offered by the Department of Student Services.

The TU Dortmund University will endeavor to find individually appropriate solutions.


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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Cam­pus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Cam­pus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Cam­pus to South Cam­pus by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Cam­pus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.


TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bo­chum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duis­burg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.


The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.


The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on North Cam­pus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Cam­pus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Cam­pus and offers a direct connection to South Cam­pus every five minutes.


The facilities of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are spread over two campuses, the larger Cam­pus North and the smaller Cam­pus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

Site Map of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity (Second Page in English).