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Information for students on dealing with COVID-19

Am I allowed to come to the university?

You are allowed to come to the university for practical courses, and of course for examinations. Face-to-face contact at the university has been put on hold as far as possible. Please use the telephone or electronic communication instead.

The campus buildings are open on weekdays (Mon - Fri) between 6:00 and 19:00. The buildings will remain closed at the weekend.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Are written, in-person examinations at UR possible again?

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.

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. 

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


General rule: no more in-person teaching

General rule: no more in-person teaching

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.

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.

Which measures apply to the city of Regensburg?

All information about the measures applying to the city of Regensburg can be found on the following website: https://www.regensburg.de/aktuelles/coronavirus

Has the free examination attempt been reintroduced?

The amendment statute to the General Examination Regulations for the Winter Semester 2020/21 came into effect. 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)

Which rules apply for the 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.

Newest developments can be found on the library's homepage in the FAQs and the corona updates.

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


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).


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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Information for students on dealing with COVID-19