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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: 3G Plus regulation for employees no longer applies

Due to the amendment of the "15. Bayerischen Infektionsschutzmaßnahmenverordnung" (version dated 14.12.2021), the 3G rule applies to employees of Universität Regensburg with immediate effect. Access to the university (to buildings and other enclosed spaces) can only be granted by vaccinated, recovered or tested (PCR test, rapid test, supervised self-test) employees.

The previous distinction between employees with or without customer contact no longer applies. This also eliminates the need for PCR testing of employees who are neither vaccinated nor recovered.

The university's Infektionsschutzkonzept has been adapted to the new regulation.


UPDATE: President recommends digital teaching starting Dec. 13

For the period from December 13, 2021 through the beginning of the Christmas and New Year break on December 23, 2021, President Hebel is asking all faculty to conduct their classes digitally wherever possible to reduce on-campus presence and provide greater time flexibility for home travel in the lead-up to Christmas.

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.


2G / 3G /3G Plus regulations

The 2G rule (vaccinated or recovered) applies to access to buildings and other enclosed areas of the university.

Due to the amendment of the "15. Bayerischen Infektionsschutzmaßnahmenverordnung" (version dated 14.12.2021), the 3G rule applies to employees of Universität Regensburg with immediate effect. Access to the university (to buildings and other enclosed spaces) can only be granted by vaccinated, recovered or tested (PCR test, rapid test, supervised self-test) employees.

The previous distinction between employees with or without customer contact no longer applies. This also eliminates the need for PCR testing of employees who are neither vaccinated nor recovered.

The university's Infektionsschutzkonzept has been adapted to the new regulation.


Access rules to examinations

In examinations, the 3G Plus rule applies. Examinees who are neither vaccinated nor recovered may be allowed access during the conduct of examinations upon presentation of a valid negative PCR test certificate (3G-Plus Rule). For first-time vaccinated examinees, PCR costs may be reimbursed by the university upon request to the faculties.

If, in individual cases, the examinees are unable to obtain PCR test proof, an admission based on a daily negative antigen rapid test may be granted as a substitute in view of the importance of education and training and the significance of the examinations.


What are the general rules of conduct?

  • The obligation to wear an FFP2 mask (mask obligation) applies in all buildings and closed rooms.
  • Whenever possible keep a distance of at least 1.5 m away from other persons.
  • Ensure your hands are kept sufficiently hygienic.
  • Cough and sneeze into the crook of the arm rather than your hands.
  • Air offices and other rooms thoroughly and regularly.

Where do I have to wear an FFP2 mask?

In buildings and closed rooms, the wearing of FFP2 masks is compulsory.
Masks are compulsory in classes as a basic principle. The person lecturing is exempt.

Masks may be removed for purposes of identification of to communicate with persons with a hearing impairment.

Children are exempt from compulsory masks before their sixth birthday, and persons who can credibly show that it is unreasonable for them to wear a mask due to a disability or for other health reasons. They must show this immediately, normally by showing a written medical certificate (an original - not a copy), which must contain the full name, birthday and concrete details of why the person concerned is freed from the obligation to wear a mask.

University Library users may also wear a medical face mask (surgical mask) in the reading room instead of the FFP2 mask once they reach their seat.


What the regulations for the University Library?

For students and external users the 2G regulation is valid from now on: Access to the University Library is only granted to those who are vaccinated or have recovered.

For non-vaccinated or non-healed persons with a medical certificate, 3G Plus applies: Upon presentation of a PCR test certificate, persons who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons may also be admitted. They have to prove their status on site by presenting an original written medical certificate containing the full name and date of birth.

The 3G regulation applies to employees of Universität Regensburg.

If you are unable to visit the University Library, you can also have books picked up or returned by a vaccinated or recovered person. To check out reading room materials, this person will need your library card and an informal authorization issued by you. Your library card is not required to return books.

You may also return books by mail. Please enclose a note with your name and user number and send the books to the following address:
Regensburg University Library
Circulation
Universitätsstr. 31
93053 Regensburg

If you have any questions or problems, please contact info.ub@ur.de.

Further information for users of the library collections and the reading rooms can be found on the homepage of the University Library.


Where can I get tested on campus?

At the northern part of campus, at the parking lot between the university and the OTH Regensburg, a citizen test center offers Corona tests. The citizen testing center will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and appointment bookings can be made at the following site: https://covid-testzentrum.de/regensburg-uni/

The university maintains a Covid19 rapid testing center in room CIP RZ 1 in the Computer Center, which is open Monday through Friday from 07:00 to 09:00 during the lecture period. The tests are carried out only after prior booking of an appointment.

In front of the main entrance of the University Hospital, another test center near campus offers free citizenship tests. The testing center is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Test appointments can be made through the following site: https://ukr-recot.probatix.de


Testing Requirements

For information on testing requirements for employees and students, please see item 2.3. in the "Infektionsschutzkonzept der Universität Regensburg".


When does the teaching period start and end?

The winter semester 2021-22 started on October 1, 2021, and it will end on March 31, 2022. The teaching period began on October 18, 2021, and will last through to February 11, 2021.

The summer semester 2022 will start on April 1, 2022, and it will end on September 30, 2022. The teaching period will begin on April 25, 2022, and will last through to July 29, 2022.


What is important for working in home office?

Home office remains the recommended option

The current home-office regulations are extended until March 31, 2022.

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.

The supervisor decides on the presence of the employees on campus in consultation with the respective employees and taking into account the needs and local conditions (e.g. space in the office).


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.


What applies to business trips?

Business trips

Business trips to high-risk areas or areas of variants of concern (see "Information on the designation of international risk areas" by the Robert Koch Institut) cannot be approved. We also advise replacing other trips with video and telephone conferencing, whenever possible.


Entering Germany from areas with a variant of concern

So far, no visas have been issued by the German missions abroad for persons from virus variant areas. The German Rectors' Conference (HRK) has now informed that on the basis of the Coronavirus Entry Regulation, which has been in force since August 1, 2021, there are exceptions which apply to the following groups of persons, among others:

  • Researchers or scientists who have concluded a hosting agreement or a contract for the implementation of a research project with a research institution or a university (§§ 18d, 18e, 18f AufenthG as well as § 19c Abs. 1 AufenthG i.V.m.§ 5 BeschV);
  • foreign students and doctoral candidates who have a (conditional or unconditional) notice of admission from the educational institution, even if, for example, a language course, internship or preparatory course has preceded.

Thus, visas can again be issued to students and researchers from virus variant areas. Information on which countries are classified as virus variant areas can always be found updated on the RKI website.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)


What are the opening hours of Universität Regensburg?

The buildings on the university campus will be open from Monday to Friday between 06:00 and 22:00. On Saturdays, the buildings Law and Economics, Multi-purpose Building, and PT Building will each be open from 08:00 to 22:00. The natural sciences buildings, the Central Library and Sport will be open from 08:00 to 20:00. On Sundays, the buildings Law and Economics, Multi-purpose Building, and PT Building will each be open from 08:00 to 22:00. All other buildings will remain closed on Sundays. In urgent cases, Maintenance Services can be contacted at all times via the telephone number 0941 943 3333.

Where do I get help?

General questions

If you have questions on the measures being taken to contain the corona pandemic at Universität Regensburg, you can contact us at this email address: corona.faq@ur.de


Library

For questions on using the University Library, for example on loaning out media or working in the reading rooms, you can get information from the University Library's website, you can contact the library by telephone (0941 943-3990, Mon.-Fri., 10:00-16:00), write an email, or use the chat function for UR members: UR Chat (search for "Auskunft UB", Mon.-Fri., 10:00-16:00).
For students from at-risk groups, the University Library offers a special service ensuring at little contact as possible.


IT support

Students who have no access to an Internet-capable end device such as a PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone, or who do not have an Internet connection can ask the Computer Center for help. Register with the UR support team via email at supportteam@ur.de, giving the following data: name, program, and matriculation number, and the time slot required [weekdays: mornings (8:00 - 12:30) and afternoons (13:00 - 17:30)]. You will then receive personalized access to a computer workspace in one of the computer labs (CIP pools) on campus, together with detailed instructions on the distancing and hygiene rules. If you know students who are in this emergency situation, and will not be able to read this message for this reason, please make them aware of this option and support them, where necessary by using your email account.


Support for people in difficult situations

The Counseling Service for Mental Health offers advice sessions by telephone. Further tips and contacts for difficulties caused by the corona pandemic can be found on the homepage of the Central Department for Course Counseling.

All persons for whom the restrictions 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).



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