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Covid-regulations for the 2021/22 winter term

Please find here the official documents and Covid-regulations for Bavarian universities in general and the University of Regensburg in particular. Prof. Dr. Udo Hebel, president of Universität Regensburg, kindly requests all of you to thoroughly read these documents of 21 September 2021 and 22 September 2021, respectively, and to carefully, consistently, and fully abide by all their rules and stipulations. We are aware that these German-language texts may pose linguistic difficulties for non-native speakers of German. We trust that German-speaking fellow students and colleagues will help you read and understand the documents. Please continue to consult the UR website and the websites of the individual faculties for further and more detailed information. The return to on-site teaching and studying so long awaited by all of us for the upcoming 2021/22 winter term can and will  be successful in the spirit of mutual trust, respect, and care that our university community experienced so marvelously throughout the past terms.


May I come to campus?

As of winter term 2021/22 teaching is generally in-person at Universität Regensburg, so of course you may come to campus.

Please note that should the 7-day incidence value (7-di) in Regensburg exceed 35, only those persons who are vaccinated against or recovered from COVID-19 and those who have tested negative may enter the university's buildings (this is the "3G" rule).

However face-to-face contact with the organizational units 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.


What are the general rules of conduct?

Whenever possible keep a distance of at least 1.5 m away from other persons; where this is not possible, it is advised to wear a medical-grade face mask.

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.


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

In buildings and closed rooms, the wearing of medical-grade masks is compulsory.
Masks are compulsory in classes as a basic principle. The person lecturing is exempt. If a class with few attendees, for example a seminar, is being held in a room large enough to ensure that the seats can be kept 1.5 m apart, then masks may be removed after reaching your seat. This is decided by the relevant member of the teaching staff.
When examinations are carried out in-person, masks are not compulsory when the candidates are sat down and a minimum distance of 1.5 m is kept between all participants.

Masks are not compulsory for employees working at fixed workstations when a minimum distance of 1.5 m to other persons of a different household can be ensured.
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.


What is the "3G-Regel"?

Should the 7-day incidence value (7-di) in Regensburg exceed 35, only those persons who are vaccinated against or recovered from COVID-19 and those who have tested negative may enter the university's buildings (this is the "3G-Regel"). This rule also covers events taking place in person with more than 1,000 persons whatever the 7-day incidence value is.


Checking proof of vaccination, recovery or testing

Universität Regensburg is obliged to check the proof of persons' "3G" status.  To do this, the university will regularly and consistently carry out concentrated random checks.

There are exemption from the 3G rule, in particular for examinations, and for employees who come to the campus to fulfill their official tasks.


Testing requirements

The 3G rule requires that tested persons provide written or electronic proof of a negative test result for infection with the corona virus SARS-CoV-2 from
•    a test of form PCR or PoC-PCR, or a test using the nucleic acid amplification technique which has been carried out within the last 48 hours;
•    a PoC antigen test which has been carried out in the last 24 hours; or
•    an antigen test made for self-testing by the layperson (Selbsttest) which is approved by the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices and was carried out under supervision within the last 24 hours.

In each of these cases, the test must conform to all the other regulations of the law SchAusnahmV.

You can test yourself under supervision in the test center in the Computer Center room CIP RZ1, and have the test certified. So that people do not congregate by the test center, we use a booking system for appointments, and a well-regulated waiting area. The webpage is only available within the university's network. The certificate provided can only be used for university purposes.

The public test center in the northern part of the campus (in the parking lot between the university and the OTH) is also available from Monday to Thursday each week: https://covid-testzentrum.de/regensburg-uni/


How does the university control the "3G" rule?

The "3G" rule is that only people who have been vaccinated, have recovered or have recently tested negative for COVID are allowed in certain places. This includes the university's buildings and here, from October 4, 2021, on, there will be checks to ensure compliance with this rule. The 3G rule holds for students and external guests for as long as the 7-day incidence value (7-di) in Regensburg exceeds 35.

Universität Regensburg is required to check the documents proving vaccination, recovery or testing. The university has commissioned the firm AFSecurity, and their staff will examine people's proof of adherence to the 3G rule. You will be able to recognize their staff by their uniform and neon green high-visibility jackets with the UR logo.

To enable in-person teaching to proceed, members of the university are asked to actively participate in checking adherence to the 3G rule. We ask, therefore, that you carry proof of your vaccination status, your status as a recovered person or your proof of testing negative, ideally with a QR code on a smartphone. Students are asked to show their proof of adherence to the 3G rule in combination with their student card or identity card.
Under the regulations of 14th Bavarian infection protection law, employees of the university are exempt from the 3G rule. We ask those employees who are contacted as part of the checks, to tell the security personnel they work here and help them where necessary by providing verification. Employees can, of course, show solidarity with the students and show their proof of adherence to the 3G rule. Student/graduate assistants are classed as students under the regulations.

Adherence to the 3G rule is systematically checked by the library staff at the entrances to the reading rooms and textbook collection. There are no members of staff at the contact-free lending section to make a general check, so random inspections will be carried out there.

Members of the teaching staff have the right to check that the 3G rule is being observed at the entrance to their in-person classes independently.

For all other non-university events, the persons or company responsible for the event is required to check adherence to the 3G rule.

Those persons to whom the 3G rule applies, who do not have the correct evidence will not be allowed in the university's buildings, or will have to leave them. If they refuse to comply, the police or local authorities will be called.

Entering the university's buildings without proof of adherence to the 3G rule is an administrative offense, for which a fine of 250 EUR is generally imposed. The university consistently pursues administrative offenses.


How can I be tested for the corona virus on campus?

According to the press release of the "Bayerische Staatskanzlei" dated August 31, 2021, "tests will continue to be provided free of charge to students with student ID."
Source: https://www.bayern.de/bericht-aus-der-kabinettssitzung-vom-31-august-2021/


Public test center in the northern part of the campus

The public test center is situated in the northern part of the campus, on the parking lot between the OTH and Universität Regensburg. It is open from Monday to Friday, 07:00 to 14:00. To get a rapid corona test here, you need to make an appointment online at https://covid-testzentrum.de/regensburg-uni/.

Procedure

  • After making an appointment, you will receive a QR code on your cellphone.   
  • Come to the test center at the time of the appointment. Please observe the corona-related regulations. In particular, keep to the social distancing rule, staying at least 1.5 m away from other people waiting, and wear a face mask.
  • Medicare staff will scan your QR code at the test center using a hand-scanner. Please present a valid form of identification to verify your identity.
  • You are given a test kit when you arrive, which you then hand to the member of staff who then takes your swab.
  • You should then leave the area of the test center. You will be informed of the result 15 minutes later by email.
  • Persons tested are informed in advance both on the Medicare homepage and on the E-ticket containing the QR code, that if they test positive, they must go into quarantine without delay and inform the public health department (Gesundheitsamt) immediately. Medicare is required to register positive test results with the public health department in Regensburg immediately.
  • A certificate showing a negative test result can be used outside the university.

Self-tests on campus

Those working in-person at Universität Regensburg can be provided with two self-tests per week if they wish it. These tests are carried out in the test center in the Computer Center room CIP RZ1. The center is open on Mondays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. From October 18, 2021, the test center will be open Monday through Friday from 07:00 to 09:00. To make an appointment, you have to use the website https://www.uni-regensburg.de/verwaltung/startseite-verwaltung/covid19test/index.html.

If you test positive, you alone will be contacted personally at the telephone number you give. This will take place within 60 minutes, and you will then be informed about the further steps to take in relation to the regulations on measures to protect against infection. If you test negative, you will not be contacted, unless you specifically request a negative test result is sent to you by email.


When does the teaching period start and end?

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

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


Which rules apply for the university library?

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


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 bridging assistance for students in a pandemic-related emergency from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (in German: BMBF) will expire as scheduled on September 30, 2021. The reason for this is a noticeable improvement in the student labor market, so that the number of applications for bridging assistance as a grant has steadily declined in recent months.

Students who are proven to be in a pandemic-related emergency have the last opportunity to apply for a financial grant of up to 500 euros at www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de from September 1st to 30th.


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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