A family-friendly university - that doesn't just mean creating good conditions for parents with children. It also includes enabling a growing number of people with nursing- and care responsibilities to combine life and work at the university. The respective group plays a special role here - different approaches are conceivable as to how the Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences fulfills its role as a teaching and learning location, as an employer and as a place of work for civil servants with care responsibilities.
For students with care responsibilities, the framework of the study- and examination regulations are binding. If relatives are in need of care, students at the university can apply for a semester of leave or part-time study. In the long term, the efforts of the Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences to create increased offers in the e-learning area can be a flexible alternative to catch up on missed courses, tasks and exams. In individual cases, an individual solution should be sought directly with the lecturer and an application has to be made for compensation for the disadvantages.
For the employees, flexible working hours - provided they are compatible with their official duties - are an important pillar for promoting the compatibility of work and family. The service agreement on flexible working hours is currently and continues to be applied in the tried and tested form. It provides the university employees the freedom they need for their daily work in order to combine work and family. There are individual special agreements that can be used at any time for family matters. In addition, there are flexitime models in the individual sectors of the university with a core working time of six hours and unlimited transfer options as well as family-related part-time work (also during parental leave). "Traffic light accounts" are also kept in order to react flexibly to fluctuations in the workload during the lecture-free period and the lecture period. Generally, employees can divide their working hours in terms of trust-based working hours. The mobility of the employees is supported by a flexible break regulation and a broad structured work time according to the service agreement.