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Informationen zum Umgang mit dem Coronavirus an der UR

The Bayerische Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting, BR) is providing Bavarian-specific information on the Corona virus outbreak in several languages (English, Türkçe, Italiano, Arabic, Bosanski/Hrvatski/Srpski): 
https://www.br.de/nachrichten/corona-news-in-english-tuerk-hrvatski-italiano-arabic,RtP4XBT


UPDATE | Opening of reading rooms planned for March 9, 2021

From March 9, 2021, all reading rooms for the departmental libraries and the textbook collection will reopen, initially only for students and UR staff. This opening is subject to the relevant regulations of the soon to be published 12th Bavarian directive on measures for protection against infection (12. BayIfSMV).

Initially, the reading rooms will only be accessible during the main opening hours. The exact opening hours of the individual reading rooms are shown on the University Library's website. As soon as the opening hours can be extended, access will also be possible for external users in accordance with the corona plan.

UR students can once again loan out a maximum of five books directly from the reading rooms for 14 days, from March 9, 2021. The books loaned from a reading room can also be returned there.


UPDATE | Home office regulations extended until September 30, 2021

The current home-office regulations are extended until September 30, 2021. Working from home continues to be the preferred option.

UPDATE | Compulsory wearing of masks on the whole campus

From henceforth, it is compulsory to wear a medical-grade mask or a mask of grade FFP2 on the whole campus including the car parks. In examinations, it is compulsory to wear a medical-grade mask or a mask of grade FFP2; for state examinations differing regulations may hold. Entry to the University Library's lending section or to the businesses on campus is only allowed when wearing a mask of grade FFP2.



Based on information provided by the Bavarian State Government and the Bavarian Ministry for Science and Art, the University administration is providing the following information for members of Universität Regensburg (UR). This information will be updated regularly.

Questions about dealing with the coronavirus

For questions about dealing with the coronavirus or about the resulting measures at the UR, you can now use the following email address: corona.faq@ur.de.


General Information


General recommendations and further sources of information

It is urgently recommended that you adhere to the hygiene measures:

  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Maintain good hand hygiene and wash your hands with sufficient soap and water.
  • Adhere to coughing and sneezing etiquette (cough and sneeze in your elbow, not in your hand.)
  • Use tissues only once and then dispose of them safely.
  • Keep 1,5 meters distance to other people and especially avoid close contact with persons with respiratory infections.
  • It is compulsory to wear a medical face mask or a mask of grade FFP2 on the whole campus including the car parks. In examinations, it is compulsory to wear a medical-grade mask or a mask of grade FFP2; for state examinations differing regulations may hold. Entry to the University Library's lending section or to the businesses on campus is only allowed when wearing a mask of grade FFP2.

Further information about common hygiene tips can be found here:
https://www.uni-regensburg.de/ur-international/coronavirus


Testing obligation upon return to Germany

People from risk areas are obliged to take a Corona test when they enter Germany. Bavaria has been implementing mandatory tests for travelers returning from risk areas since August 8, 2020: At the airports in Munich, Nuremberg and Memmingen, all air travelers returning from a risk area have to undergo medical examination upon arrival unless they are able to present a corresponding medical certificate.

Also travelers from high-risk areas who enter by other means are obliged to present a medical certificate on request. This obligation can be checked both by the police upon arrival and by the locally responsible health authorities. Those arriving by car are supposed to be tested within 72 hours after entry to Germany. Test stations can be found at motorway A3: Service area "Donautal-Ost"; motorway A8: Service area "Hochfelln-Nord"; motorway A93: Service area "Inntal-Ost". Further test stations can be found at Munich central station and Nuremberg central station.

The medical certificate must be in German or English. It has to be based on a molecular biological test that was carried out no more than 48 hours before entering the Federal Republic of Germany in a member state of the European Union or another country listed by the Robert Koch Institute. Anyone who cannot submit a corresponding medical certificate is obliged to tolerate a medical examination, in particular a molecular biological test, including a smear test.

Further information:
https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus-infos-reisende/faq-tests-entering-germany.html

Quarantine for those returning from travels

New quarantine regulations for people entering Bavaria (Einreisequarantäneverordnung - EQV) came into force on June 15, 2020. They mandate that anyone entering the Free State of Bavaria who has been in an at-risk area within the last 14 days is obliged to make their way to their abode or other suitable accommodation directly and without delay. They are then to isolate themselves there continuously for a period of 14 days. During this period, they are not allowed to receive visitors who do not belong to their own household.

Those affected by the quarantine are obliged to contact the relevant local authorities and inform them of the situation without delay. Should symptoms develop, which suggest a COVID-19 infection, the local authorities must be informed without delay.

* At-risk areas are states or regions outside Germany in which there is an elevated risk of infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 at the time of entry to Germany. The RKI publishes the classification of at-risk areas, and whether an area is at-risk is governed by the current publication at the time.

Note for employees of UR: senior staff are to be informed of the quarantine.


Regardless of the type of the pathogen, when you notice symptoms of an illness, you should avoid contact with other persons. People who are sick should stay at home until they are completely well and contact their doctor by telephone.

Employees do not help themselves or others by coming to work when they are sick.

Supervisors are called upon to intensively exercise their duty of care towards their employees who show symptoms of illness.


Support for people in difficult situations

All persons for whom the restrictions on going out connected with the corona crisis present a danger, or for whom great economic, social and/or health insecurity threatens, can find an overview of the help available (by telephone or electronically) in the following PDF: Help available in difficult situations (PDF, in German)


Further sources of information


examinations | free exmaniation attempt

Written, in-person examns possible again

In connection with the upcoming examination period for the Winter Semester 2020/21, the University's Executive Board has decided not to extend the suspension of written, in-person exams beyond February 13, 2021, providing that no contrary regulations of overriding importance go into effect by then.

In order to ensure the best possible health protection for all, the hygiene and protection measures must continue to be observed and strictly followed at all times and everywhere on campus, as well as when arriving for in-person exams.

Effective immediately, the requirement to wear a medical face mask or a mask of grade FFP2 applies on all campus grounds, including parking lots. A medical face mask or a mask of grade FFP2 must be worn during the exams; for state examinations differing regulations may hold.

Regardless of the possibility of conducting in-person exams, all instructors are further encouraged to make use of alternative exam formats and to offer digital exams, for example:

  • Switching to a remote open book examination (§ 7 of the General Examination Regulations) where this is possible;
  • switching to an online examination in accordance with § 6 of the General Examination Regulations.

Decisions made and information on the date and format of the examinations will be published by the relevant teaching staff and chairs of the examination boards in due course.

Instructions for written IT-based remote exams for examination candidates: WiSe 2020–21

PDF-Document


Reintroduction of the free examination attempt

The amendment statute to the General Examination Regulations for the Winter Semester 2020/21 came into effect last week. The most important amendment concerns the reintroduction of the free examination attempt (see §9 paragraph 1). In contrast to the provision from the General Examination Regulations for the Summer Semester 2020, the free examination attempt has been restricted. The following two requirements must be fulfilled in order for a free examination attempt to be possible:

  1. Validity of Content: It only applies to written exams.
  2. Validity of Timeframe: It only applies to the exams taken between 20.01.2021 and 30.04.2021.

In all other instances, the provisions from the Summer Semester 2020 also apply now. Namely:

  • Passed exams count;
  • Examination attempts for the purpose of grade improvement are not possible;
  • The free examination attempt applies neither to final theses nor to cases of cheating.

Rahmenprüfungsordnung für das Wintersemester 2020/21 (= General Examination Regulations for the Winter Semester 2020/21, German version only)


No more in-person teaching from December 1, 2020

From December 1, 2020, the general rule is that there will be no more in-person teaching. Exceptions to the rule are governed by the new Bavarian ordinance on measures to protect against infection (Neunte Bayerische Infektionsschutzmaßnahmenverordnung). According to § 21(2) and § 21(3), exceptions are granted for practical and artistic classes and those requiring the use of special workspaces and laboratories at the university. Regulations on examinations and university libraries can be found in § 17 and 22(2). Practical sports classes in compulsory parts of programs are allowed in accordance with § 10 Para. 2. Music and artistic classes are governed by §20 Para. 3 Clauses 1-2.

UR no longer open to the public

The buildings on campus are only open on week days (Monday to Friday) between 6:00 and 19:00. The buildings will remain closed at the weekend - with the exception of those sections in which classroom teaching is taking place.

It is compulsory to wear a medical-grade mask or a mask of grade FFP2 on the whole campus including the car parks. In examinations, it is compulsory to wear a medical-grade mask or a mask of grade FFP2; for state examinations differing regulations may hold. Entry to the University Library's lending section or to the businesses on campus is only allowed when wearing a mask of grade FFP2.

Currently, the university’s differing organizational units can still be contacted by telephone and email. This includes the Computer Center, the Language Center, the Registrar’s Office the student advice services, the International Office, examination offices, faculty management and offices of individual chairs. If you are unsure which email address to send your mail to, please use the general email address of the administration: registratur@ur.de


Registrar's Office

For questions on re-enrollment amongst other things, please find information and contact data on the webpage of the Registrar‘s Office.


Computer Center and CIP Pools

All CIP pools are closed. The information stand at the Computer Center is closed to the public. Questions from students regarding computer or IT support can still be submitted by email (support@rz.uni-regensburg.de) or telephone (0941 943-4444).


Service Point at the Language Center closed until further notice

For students: in urgent justified cases, certificates can be sent by post during this time. Please contact the Service Point by email at servicepoint.zsk@ur.de.

For students and staff: please note that lending out books or other media will not be possible until further notice.


University Archive closed

The University Archive is closed until further notice. In very urgent cases, please contact archiv@ur.de.


Family Service

Due to the current situation, the services offered by the Family Service are suspended until further notice.


Quarantine of contact persons and (potentially) infected persons

The Bavarian State Ministry for Health and Social Care (Bayerisches Staatministerium für Gesundheit und Pflege) published a general decree Isolation on November 6, 2020. It contains regulations on quarantine and isolation of people who have had contact with persons contracting the corona virus, and people for whom it may be suspected to have the corona virus. It also contains regulations on the isolation of persons who have tested positive for the corona virus.

Quarantine or isolation must take place in an apartment or other part of a building which can be separated off. While in quarantine or isolation, a person may not leave this apartment without the explicit consent of the public health department. All that is allowed is to spend time intermittently in a garden, terrace or balcony which belongs to the apartment. Those suspected to have the corona virus may leave the apartment for the purpose of taking a test ordered by the public health department. It must be ensured that the person in quarantine or isolation is separated from others living in the household, either spatially, or temporally. An example of "temporally separated" would be that meals are not eaten together, but rather at different times, one after the other. An example of "spatially separated" would be that the person concerned spends their time in another room from the other members of the household. During the quarantine or isolation, the person concerned may not receive visits from anyone who does not belong to the same household.

Please also take heed of the further notes, hygiene regulations and measures in the general decree Isolation from November 6, 2020.


University Library

Opening of reading rooms planned for March 9, 2021

From March 9, 2021, all reading rooms for the departmental libraries and the textbook collection will reopen, initially only for students and UR staff. This opening is subject to the relevant regulations of the soon to be published 12th Bavarian directive on measures for protection against infection (12. BayIfSMV).

Initially, the reading rooms will only be accessible during the main opening hours. The exact opening hours of the individual reading rooms are shown on the University Library's website. As soon as the opening hours can be extended, access will also be possible for external users in accordance with the corona plan.

UR students can once again loan out a maximum of five books directly from the reading rooms for 14 days, from March 9, 2021. The books loaned from a reading room can also be returned there.


Contact-free lending

The contact-free lending section remains open from Monday to Friday 10:00 to 18:00. Members of the university (including students) are able to loan out items from the storage and the textbook collection by using the contact-free lending option in the Central Library. If you are a member of the university, order items from storage and the textbook collection via Regensburger Katalog plus.

The contact-free lending section is open from Monday to Friday 10:00 to 18:00.

You will be informed as normal via email as soon as your media is ready for collection at the contact-free lending section. Please only come to the lending area when you have received the relevant email.

In accordance with current regulations, you are only allowed to come into the lending area when wearing an FFP2 mask. In addition, we ask you to take care to keep to the minimum distancing from other persons in the waiting area.

It also possible to return media (in the blue boxes in the lending area).

Orders from collections at the OTH are still not possible at present for members of the university. Picking up media from the OTH is also not possible for members of the university.


Conferences and other events

Until further notice all events have been prohibited. Please use the telephone conference options or the software zoom for meetings and conferences.



Information for Students:

https://www.uni-regensburg.de/contact/corona/information-for-students/index.html


Information for employees


No vaccination priority for university employees

With the amendment of the corona virus vaccine regulations (Coronavirus-Impfverordnung) university employees are no longer included in the category of those working in childcare, social work with children, and teaching. They thus no longer have a higher priority for a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2.


Going and staying abroad / Business trips

Business trips

Business trips can only be approved if they are urgently necessary. If possible, please use video and telephone conferences instead. No business trips to “areas of variant of concern”, “high incidence areas” or “risk areas” will be approved (see "Information on the designation of international risk areas" by the Robert Koch Institut). 


Quarantine regulations for those entering Bavaria

New quarantine regulations for those entering Bavaria (Einreise-Quarantäne-Verordnung - EQV) came into effect on November 9, 2020. They mandate that anyone entering the Free State of Bavaria from abroad who has been in an at-risk area within the previous 10 days is obliged to make their way to their abode or other suitable accommodation directly and without delay. They are then to isolate themselves there continuously for a period of 10 days. During this period, they are not allowed to receive visitors who do not belong to their own household.

Those affected by the quarantine are obliged to contact the relevant local authorities and inform them of the situation without delay. Should symptoms develop which suggest a COVID-19 infection, the local authorities must be informed without delay.

Should the person concerned be tested for the corona virus SARS-CoV-2 and receive a negative result; and should that person also have not developed typical symptoms of infection with SARS-CoV-2, such as coughing, fever, sniffing or loss of smell or taste; then the quarantine can end sooner, however it cannot end before the fifth day after arriving in Bavaria.

Registering the arrival online at www.einreiseanmeldung.de is mandatory. The person concerned will receive an acknowledgment of this registration, which they must carry with them on arrival. In exceptional cases where it is not possible to register online, a stand-in notification on paper must be filled in and carried.


International visiting researchers can contact the Welcome Center: info.welcome-center@ur.de

The website of the International Office provides you with further information: https://www.uni-regensburg.de/ur-international/coronavirus/


Universität Regensburg recommends academics who are currently abroad to register here: 
https://elefand.diplo.de/elefandextern/home/login!form.action 

Please follow all the advice you will find here
https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/covid-19/2296762

We at UR are working on pragmatic solutions to issues involving people's studies. Please follow our updates.


Testing obligation upon return to Germany

People from risk areas are obliged to take a Corona test when they enter Germany. Bavaria has been implementing mandatory tests for travelers returning from risk areas since August 8, 2020: At the airports in Munich, Nuremberg and Memmingen, all air travelers returning from a risk area have to undergo medical examination upon arrival unless they are able to present a corresponding medical certificate.

Also travelers from high-risk areas who enter by other means are obliged to present a medical certificate on request. This obligation can be checked both by the police upon arrival and by the locally responsible health authorities. Those arriving by car are supposed to be tested within 72 hours after entry to Germany. Test stations can be found at motorway A3: Service area "Donautal-Ost"; motorway A8: Service area "Hochfelln-Nord"; motorway A93: Service area "Inntal-Ost". Further test stations can be found at Munich central station and Nuremberg central station.

The medical certificate must be in German or English. It has to be based on a molecular biological test that was carried out no more than 48 hours before entering the Federal Republic of Germany in a member state of the European Union or another country listed by the Robert Koch Institute. Anyone who cannot submit a corresponding medical certificate is obliged to tolerate a medical examination, in particular a molecular biological test, including a smear test.

Further information:
https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus-infos-reisende/faq-tests-entering-germany.html

 


Practicals which require special laboratories or work rooms

Registering practicals which require special laboratories or work rooms at the university

Details of any practical lesson which requires special laboratories or work rooms must be sent to the email address praxisveranstaltung-corona@ur.de, with a hygiene and infection-protection concept enclosed. The details to be given include the number of participants, the supervisor(s), how long it will last on the day, and the time period set aside for it.

The concept to be attached will be sent to the task force set up by the university leadership. Should the person registering the practical not hear from the task force within one work-day of submitting the registration, then the practical can take place as planned. Universität Regensburg will send all hygiene and infection-protection concepts to the Regensburg public health department in accordance with the Ministry of Education and Research's requirements.

Please note that lectures, seminars, exercise classes or other teaching which accompanies the practicals cannot be carried out in the classroom. Only those practical teaching activities which require laboratories or work rooms at the university can take place in person.

The website of the Safety Division contains aids and best-practice suggestions, which should make it easier to create hygiene and infection-protection concepts.
As a member of the teaching staff, please note the President's letter from May 6, 2020, which was distributed via the dean's offices in the individual faculties.


Research: Extensions to the deadlines for DFG calls for proposals

Because of the effects of the corona pandemic, the DFG has extended the deadlines for a number of their current calls for proposals. Deadlines will be extended further where necessary.

Interested researchers can find up-to-date information at www.dfg.de/foerderung/info_wissenschaft and in the individual entries for the calls for proposals.


Home office for UR employees

Home office remains the recommended option

The current home-office regulations are extended until September 30, 2021. Working from home continues to be the preferred option.

The aim of the extension of home office was to significantly reduce the risk of infection on campus, and simultaneously so that should there be an infection, whole work-groups will not have to be sent into quarantine, risking the operations of the university. Both these aims still apply, as the virus is still circulating in the world and there is neither medicine nor vaccine. As long as this is the situation, home office will remain the preferred option. Indeed, the SARS-CoV-2 standards on health and safety from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs also stipulate that office work should be done in home office where possible. This will certainly be the case for the whole summer semester.

Should the course of the pandemic allow, initially a return from home office on a voluntary basis could be envisaged, in which work can be organized to avoid rooms having several persons in them or so that there is sufficient protective distancing. The continuation of such a return would remain dependent on the general development of the pandemic. This means, for example, that should there be a second wave of the infection, home office would be significantly extended once more.


Flexible hours of physical presence

University employees (including scientific staff, non-scientific staff, and trainees) can carry out their duties more flexibly until further notice, for example with more flexible physical presence, using offices alternately and with the further facilitation of home office. Users of the time-recording system ZI Web can record the start and end of their working hours via the web interface themselves, also when in home office. It is not necessary to register via the personnel departments. It is possible to take your work computer home to use for your work when in home office (except employees working in the central administration, who need to inform their direct supervisors of their needs).


Technical possibilities

The Computer Center has information on the technical possibilities of using home office (e.g. setting up a VPN) at https://www.uni-regensburg.de/rechenzentrum/aktuelles/it-corona/

Members of the university can use "UR Chat", Universität Regensburg's collaboration platform, for everyday teamwork in home office, short messages and exchanging files. You log in with your computer center account.


Purchase of hardware

The Computer Center notes that the purchase of larger IT equipment such as notebooks, PCs, tablets and monitors for work still has to take place through the IT purchasing department of the Computer Center. You can access the Computer Center Webshop at https://webshop.uni-regensburg.de/


Pregnant staff members / Child care / Supporting dependents in need of care

Rules for members of staff who are pregnant following the lifting of the restrictions on going outside

All employees who were pregnant and could not work exclusively in home office were not allowed to work for the duration of the restrictions on going outside. As these restrictions were lifted on May 5, 2020, this prohibition is now, as a general rule, lifted. This means that as a basic principle employees who are pregnant can work once more on the university campus - subject to the normal regulations in place and the measures determined for health and safety at work (resulting from the risk assessment including efficacy checks).

In individual cases, it may still be necessary to prohibit working on campus should the risk assessment show that health and safety measures cannot guaranteed safety for such work on campus; and should working exclusively from home office not be possible.

It is necessary here to create a risk assessment for the work of the person who is pregnant or extend the current risk assessment to include the corona virus.

Supervisors who are affected are asked to send on the results of their risk assessments. When you need assistance here, please contact the Safety administration division.


Child care while working in research and teaching

Due to the cancellation of normal child care in daycare centers and schools, many parents at UR have the challenge of trying to care for their children at home while they simultaneously have tasks to complete in their studies or in research and teaching. The university's women's representative and the coordinating office of equal opportunities, equality and inclusion have created a document with suggestions and help for parents who are studying, researching and/or teaching:

PDF document "Kinderbetreuung und Studium bzw. Arbeit in Forschung und Lehre"


Home office/Release from duties for child care

On the basis of the decisions made by the Bavarian government on April 16, 2020, the regulations governing employees whose children need to be cared for continue to apply without change. This means, in particular, that leave is not limited to 10 days so long as schools and daycare are closed either completely or for whole year-groups.

Insofar as it is compatible with the smooth running of the services and is necessary for the care of children, public servants and other public employees are granted home office and, should this not be possible, released from their duties (under full pay) for the time the schools and other child care facilities are closed.

There is no fixed age limit of the child. Nevertheless, the release from duties only applies if it is shown that child care is needed. This is particularly the case for children over the age of 14. An employee can only be released from duties when no child care can be ensured despite exhausting all other possibilities. It is, however, not necessary to ask persons over 60 years of age to take on child care.

Employees are asked to inform their supervisors, should they need to care for their children. Upon returning to work, the release should be marked on the holiday card with an official declaration of the need for and extent of the need for child care.
No release for child care can be granted during the school holidays. It is necessary to use vacation, flexible working time or special leave.


Supporting dependents in need of care

Home office, remote work and subsidiary leave are also granted when this is for providing support for a dependent in need of care, should this be necessary and the support cannot be arranged in any other way. The need for support must be demonstrated. This is particularly the case when the dependent cannot be cared for at home. Employees are asked to inform their supervisors. Upon returning to work, the release should be marked on the holiday card with an official declaration of the need for and extent of the need for care.



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