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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 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.

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

PDF-Document


When does the teaching period start and end?

The summer semester 2021 will begin on April 1, 2021, and it will end on September 30, 2021. The teaching period will start on April 12, 2021, and will last through to July 16, 2021.

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


How will teaching in the summer semester 2021 be carried out?

In view of the pandemic situation, teaching in the summer semester 2021 will again be carried out digitally, with the known exception of the practical courses. This ensures the continuous course of studies during the summer semester 2021. At the start of the lecture period on April 12, 2021, there will be another information letter from President Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel.


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?

Changes to the operation of reading rooms due to increasing COVID rates

As far as possible, we wish to keep the library's reading rooms available for members of the university despite the increasing rates of COVID. To do this, the university leadership has agreed the following precautionary measure. From April 6, 2021, the university will only allow one user per 40 square meters in the reading rooms instead of the previous one per 20 square meters. This decision is in line with the Bavarian Council of Ministers' regulation from March 23, 2021, meant for commerce in areas with COVID rates of over 100 after the Easter holidays (https://www.bayern.de/bericht-aus-der-kabinettssitzung-vom-23-maerz-2021/?seite=5062).

In addition, the university leadership has decided that as a basic principle all visitors need to wear an FFP2 mask for the duration of their stay in a reading room. Users needing literature from the library who are exempt from wearing such a mask by a medical certificate (see also § 1 Para. 2 Clause 2 of the Bavarian infection prevention regulations (BayIfSMV)) are asked to contact us at the following address in advance: benutzung.ub@ur.de.


Resumption of reminders with late fees

To ensure that our literature is accessible, the University Library will resume the sending of reminders with late fees on April 12, 2021. The library users affected will receive a reminder by email shortly. Please return the items concerned as soon as possible to avoid fees or the suspension of your account.

Please check your account regularly to see the due dates of any books you have taken out.

The books loaned from the reading rooms can be returned there or in the contact-free lending section of the Central Library.

In addition, books can, of course, be returned by mail. Please send the books to the following address, enclosing a note with your name and user number.
Universitätsbibliothek Regensburg, Ausleihe
Universitätsstr. 31
93053 Regensburg


Use of work spaces in the reading rooms

Only a limited number of work spaces are available for members of the university in each reading room. Please note the following rules for using the work spaces.

In accordance with the framework hygiene concept for universities, Universität Regensburg is required to collect and document all the contact data of all participants of in-person teaching activities, and all others spending time at UR, including the rooms of the University Library. For this reason, your library card is scanned every time you enter and leave the any reading room of the library. The user number, the times of entry and exit and the reading room are saved on the university's in-house servers.

From now on this also applies to rest periods: when exiting a reading room, please let the members of staff know if you are only going for a break or are leaving. Should you only be going for a break, your right to your work space is kept for 60 minutes. After being absent for 60 minutes, you will be automatically logged out of the system. Please note that the data is collected separately for each reading room.

You are obliged to cooperate with the collection of contact data. Please have your library card ready when leaving and entering a reading room.


Lending from the reading rooms

Members of the university can once again loan out books directly from the reading rooms from March 9, 2021, (for UR students, a maximum of 5 books for 14 days.)

The books loaned from the reading rooms can be returned there or in the contact-free lending section of the Central Library. The sending out of reminders, with the ensuing overdue fees, will restart in the coming weeks. Please return your books quickly so as to avoid fees.

Books from the special collection (Sonderbestand) with bookmarks starting 55 (indicating the Reclam collection in PT) can be ordered via the online catalog and are then collected from and returned to the contact-free counter in the Central Library.


Please keep to the hygiene rules

The reading rooms may only be accessed in accordance with the hygiene and safety rules (please see the notices displayed in the library):

  • use the separated entrance and exit
  • there is a maximum number of people allowed in the reading rooms at one time
  • observe the distancing rules (1.5 meters)
  • it is compulsory to wear a FFP2-grade mask (including at the work station)

Scanners are available in some reading rooms. We ask you to only scan individual chapters or pages (not whole books) and to keep your stay as short as possible. Please note that currently no USB sticks are available for loan.


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?

When entering Bavaria, please note the current version of the BayEQV, the Bavarian quarantine regulations.


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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