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Kein Demokratieabbau während der Pandemie: Stellungnahme der Studentischen Vollversammlung

Bei der ersten digitalen Studentischen Vollversammlung am 22. März 2021, stimmten die anwesenden Studierenden folgender Stellungnahme mehrheitlich zu.

Kein Demokratieabbau während der Pandemie

Die Studentische Vollversammlung an der Universität Tübingen spricht sich für eine größtmögliche Hochschulöffentlichkeit bei allen Entscheidungen aus. Leider sind die Sitzungen der akademischen Selbstverwaltung fast vollständig nicht-öffentlich. Eine der wenigen Ausnahmen stellt die jährliche gemeinsame, öffentliche Sitzung des Hochschulrats und Senats dar. Zuletzt fand eine solche Sitzung während der Pandemie im Festsaal der Universität statt. Die Öffentlichkeit konnte von der Zuschauerinnen- Empore der Wahl der Prorektoren beiwohnen. Nur eine Handvoll Studierende nahmen an der Sitzung mit Abstand, Maske und Desinfektionsmittel teil. Die Aussprache fiel – vermutlich auch pandemiebedingt – recht kurz aus. 

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Wissenschaftsfreiheit: Stellungnahme der Studentischen Vollversammlung

Bei der ersten digitalen Studentischen Vollversammlung am 22. März 2021, stimmten die anwesenden Studierenden folgender Stellungnahme mehrheitlich zu.

Ein Netzwerk von Wissenschaftler*innen behauptet, die freie Forschung an Hochschulen in Deutschland werde von einer sogenannten Cancel Culture von links gefährdet. Wissenschaftler*innen müssten mit öffentlicher Diskreditierung und der Erstickung wissenschaftlicher Debatten rechnen. Diese Behauptung ist nicht einfach aus der Luft gegriffen: Tatsächlich müssen Wissenschaftler*innen, etwa bei Forschungen zur genetischen Grundlage von Intelligenz, mit einer öffentlichen Debatte über die eugenischen Grundannahmen hinter einer solchen Forschung rechnen.

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The Students' Union Emergency Aid Programme

Not a penny left and no help in sight?


You are not alone. Thousands of students lost their income during the Corona crisis. Federal and state sponsored aid packages were extremely slow to unfold. Now that they are finally here, we see many people not receiving any aid, despite their need. 

This is why the Students Council approved a statute for an emergency aid grant. If nobody else helps us, we'll have to show solidarity on our own. Through the programme students in financial need can apply for up to three months of aid according to individual needs (up to the BAföG maximum, currently 861€/m).

This programme was set up especially with those in mind who unsuccessfully applied for the federal grant (BMBF Überbrückungshilfe) through the Studierendenwerk.

A commission of five students will be set up to decide over the grants. If you are interested in helping us by becoming a member of the commission write an e-mail to the Student Councils managing board (Geschäftsführender Ausschuss, GA).


Timeline

  • 27.07.: Approval of the statute by the Student Council
  • 06.08.: Submission of the statute to the University's rectorate
  • 24.08.: Approval of the financial funds for the grant by the Student Council
  • 26.08.: Approval of the statute by the rectorate
  • 07.09. (soonest): Publication of the statute in the university's official gazette, coming into effect of the statute
  • After legal validity of the statute: Election of the allocation commission
  • Allocation of the first grants estimated begin of winter term 20/21

The statute as approved by the Student Council and rectorate (pdf, in German):

Away with Eberhard and Karl

Student Council demands Renaming of the University and Critical Reflection of Previous Name

„Wir wöllent ouch vnd gebieten ernstlichen denen von Tüwingen, das sie kein Juden […] in der Stat […] laussen wonhafft beliben“ (We will and command earnestly those of Tübingen that they let no Jews remain residing within the city)

Letter of freedom to the University, Oct. 9th 1477, in: Charters from the history of the University of Tübingen. From the years 1476 to 1550. Published by the Academical Senate, 1877.

This sentence from Graf Eberhards letter of freedom to the university is crucial to the decision the Students' Council made on Monday.
The University of Tübingen is named after two Württembergian rulers. Founder of the university Graf (count) Eberhard the Bearded (1445-1496) was a raging Antisemite and considered as such even at the time. He linked the foundation directly to the disappropriation and eviction of all Jews from the city and, later, his realm. 
Herzog (duke) Karl Eugen (1728-1793) gained questionable fame through "renting" out his subjects as mercenaries to other states - troops he forcefully mobilized. He is considered a formative example of an absolutist monarch which is also visible in the insertion of his name into the university's name out of sheer pomposity. He also declared himself "rector perpetuus" (perpetual rector).

From our perspective neither of these persons suitable as namesake for a University in the 21st century. Eberhard's antisemitism - inhumane enough in itself - can not be viewed without regard for the Shoa, the Nazi-era or the ongoing antisemitism in our society. The absolutist monarch Karl Eugen and his disregard for human dignity can be no attachment figure for a university in a constitutional Republic.

We demand: 

  1. The university's senate has to decide instantaneously to drop both names, including the motto and logo of the university - both being Eberhard's symbols.
  2. A historical-critical debate about both namesakes finally has to begin.
  3. The university has to initiate a collective process to find a new name. This has to include the possibility to simply name it "Universität Tübingen".
Tübingen Students' Union