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Interim financial aid ("Überbrückungshilfe") starts again

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (in German: BMBF) will again help students who are verifiably in acute emergency due to the corona pandemic with grants from November 2020 to March 2021. The grants are awarded by the Studentenwerke. The interim financial aid can only be requested online from November 20, 2020. A separate application must be made for each month.

Online application here: www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de

What is new compared to the first edition of the interim financial aid?
There are several improvements for the students:

  • If the pandemic-related termination of the previous employment relationship cannot be provided or cannot be documented in writing, a self-declaration is now sufficient, stating the reasons and circumstances of the termination.
  • If the required two written rejections of at least two job applications cannot be provided, a self-declaration regarding unsuccessful applications and their rejection is sufficient.
  • Only the account statements from the previous month and from the current month up to the day before the application must now be uploaded.
  • Only the statements for accounts, which can be accessed at short notice, must now be uploaded.

All further information on interim financial aid can be found on the website of the Studentenwerk Niederbayern/Oberpfalz at https://www.stwno.de/de/beratung/geld-im-studium/ueberbrueckungshilfe.

 


How does the lockdown affect the university?

The Free State of Bavaria (Freistaat Bayern) has passed an ordinance on measures to protect against infection (8. Bayerische Infektionsschutzmaßnahmenverordnung), which comes into effect on November, 2, 2020.  This will be in force initially until November 30, 2020, and contains regulations with go further than the previous provisions.

Universities will continue their Teaching and Research. At Universität Regensburg, some specific teaching activities, examinations and practicals will take place in-person, with some constraints. Online teaching will supplement this. You can find information on this in the course catalog, LSF.

The university pizzeria, Unikat, and the cafeteria (Mensa) are now closed. The cafeteria, however, still offers meals for take away. The businesses on campus remain open, with constraints on hygiene, entrance controls, and measures to avoid queues. Please note that only one customer per 10 square meters of floor space is allowed into any shop at any one time.

Please observe the minimum distancing to other people or 1.5 m, and that wearing masks is compulsory in the university’s buildings.


Am I allowed to come to the university?

You are allowed to come to the university for teaching and practical courses, and of course for examinations. You can also use the library's reading rooms and loan out books and other media, but please note the special regulations the University Library has out in place during the corona pandemic. Face-to-face contact at the university has been put on hold as far as possible. Please use the telephone or electronic communication instead. When on campus, please make sure that you restrict your stay to the times needed for studies, teaching, and research.

The campus buildings are open on weekdays (Mon - Fri) between 6:00 and 22:00. The buildings will remain closed at the weekend - with the exception of those sections in which classroom teaching is taking place in or which people need to enter to access the reading rooms which are open (PT, Recht and Wirtschaft, Central Library).

Assembling in public spaces remains forbidden. The minimum distance between two or more people of 1.5 m must be observed everywhere at the university. This applies not only to long conversations but also short chats.


Does the obligation to wear masks extend across the whole university?

The obligation to wear a mask at Universität Regensburg applies in all places frequented heavily, for all areas used for transit or meeting and in all buildings. The obligation also extends to the University Library's reading rooms, and also applies at the work stations there.

The obligation to wear a mask will also hold for all classes and teaching activities, for both students and teaching staff, and also for all meetings and conferences, even while seated.

In addition, please keep at least 1.5 m distance from other people whenever possible.


Which measures apply to the city of Regensburg?

According to the 8. Bayerische Infektionsschutzmaßnahmenverordnung , far-reaching restrictions on public life come into force on November 2nd throughout Bavaria.

Universities will continue their Teaching and Research. At Universität Regensburg, some specific teaching activities, examinations and practicals will take place in-person, with some constraints. Online teaching will supplement this. You can find information on this in the course catalog, LSF.

Students and teachers are required to wear protective face masks covering one's mouth and nose within all buildings and during classes. The obligation also extends to the University Library's reading rooms, and also applies at the work stations there. Examinations are exempt from the obligation.

Bars, pubs and restaurants must close. They may only deliver food or sell it for consumption at home. This also applies for the "Mensa".

Please note, that private contacts are limited to two households and a maximum of ten people.


How will teaching take place in the winter semester 2020/21?

The Bavarian state government has made classroom or in person teaching at universities possible once more, under specific conditions. In the winter semester 2020-21, teaching at Universität Regensburg will take place in a hybrid form - i.e. including both digital and in-person teaching. You can see whether your courses will take place in-person or online in the course catalog LSF.

When coming to the campus, please note the following points:

  • Please make sure that you restrict your stay on campus to the times needed for studies, teaching, and research.
  • Please wear a face mask covering your mouth and nose when you are in university buildings. For as long as the 7-day incidence value for the city of Regensburg remains above 35 persons per 100,000 residents, the obligation to wear a mask will also hold for all classes and teaching activities, for both students and teaching staff.
  • Each room used for teaching has an airing / ventilation concept, which will be show on a poster in the room itself from the start of the teaching period. The staff teaching a particular class are to ensure the airing concept is heeded during that class.
  • You are required to use the electronic systems for recording contact data. In lecture theaters, seminar rooms, etc. this is the system "darfichrein.de" based on QR codes. In the University Library, this is the library's own system "MARS". The contact data recorded enables the public health department to trace infection chains. You can find further information and FAQs at: www.ur.de/interne-kommunikation/corona-infos/kontaktdatenerfassung/
  • Please reduce face-to-face contact with staff to the minimum, instead using the telephone or electronic communication.

When does the teaching period start and end in the winter semester?

The winter semester 2020-21 began as usual on October 1, 2020, and it will end on March 31, 2021. The teaching period starts on November 2, 2020, and lasts through to February 12, 2021.

Students in the latter semesters of the Medicine, Dentistry and Molecular Medicine programs (and the first semester of study in the master's subject), however, started their teaching period on October 12, 2020, and will end it on February 5, 2021.


What is important for examinations?

Steps must also be taken during examinations because of the corona virus. These are in line with the state requirements and are enforced to protect everybody's health including, of course, the personal protection of the candidates. For this reason, we ask you to observe the regulations for examinations taking place on campus as regards access and waiting areas. All the regulations have been put together on a special website for rules of conduct for written examinations taken in-person.


Which rules apply for the university library?

You are still able to make use of the University Library's services during the corona pandemic. The reading rooms are open, books and other media can be loaned out. The individual regulations and newest developments can be found on the library's homepage in the FAQs and the corona updates.

The opening hours for the University Library's reading rooms have been extended, starting on November 1, 2020. The new rules are valid, initially, until January 31, 2021. You can see the current opening hours on the University Library's website.


What should I do when I develop cold-like symptoms?

Should you notice you have cold-like symptoms (e.g. coughing, sniffles, difficulty breathing, less sensitive taste, fever), please do not come to the campus and stay at or go home. Contact your doctor by telephone. They will talk you through the further steps necessary (advice, testing, where necessary informing the public health department, where necessary isolation at home etc.).

What should I do when I test positive for corona?

If you are a student at Universität Regensburg and your test positive for the corona virus SARS-CoV-2, please stay away from the campus.

Important: Your individual case may not be made public at the university. As a basic principle, it is incumbent on the public health department to ascertain contact persons. Should you have spent time on the campus during your infection, we ask you to let the teaching staff involved know.

The public health department takes the lead for the further steps. This includes, in particular, tracing contacts and evaluating risks including concrete instructions on how to proceed and behave later on. The relevant public health department will decide on the length of the quarantine or isolation.


Which quarantine regulations apply 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.


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


Interim financial aid ("Überbrückungshilfe")

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (in German: BMBF) will again help students who are verifiably in acute emergency due to the corona pandemic with grants from November 2020 to March 2021. The grants are awarded by the Studentenwerke. The interim financial aid can only be requested online from November 20, 2020. A separate application must be made for each month. Online application here: www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de


Examinations

If you have questions on how examinations will be carried out and managed, both teaching staff and students can contact the Central Examination Office (Zentrale Prüfungssekretariat).


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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