Questions and answers about Corona

In order to provide members of the BUW with a concise overview of all the main provisions currently in force, we have summarised them below in the form of an FAQ list with further links. This list and the FAQ lists of the faculties and central institutions linked below are continually supplemented and updated.

You can find all the latest information about studying and teaching in the newsletters of the Prorector.

Questions and answers for employees can be found here.

31.03.2022: Read the current adaptation of the infection control rules here.

All previous measures and information of the University of Bergisch Land in connection with the coronavirus crisis can be found here.

Opening hours of the university in the summer semester:
Campus Grifflenberg: Mondays - Fridays 7 am to 10 pm, Saturdays 7 am to 8 pm
Campus Freudenberg and Campus Haspel: Mondays - Fridays 7 am to 8 pm

Opening hours of the Test Centre in Building K:
Monday to Friday 07.30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Information on the vaccination centre:

The Wuppertal Vaccination Centre has been closed since 19 September. However, vaccination is still possible without red tape: citizens can get vaccinated against Corona in doctors' offices and at one of the numerous mobile vaccination campaigns. Further information is available on the website of the city of Wuppertal.

Teaching activities in SoSe 2022

The following requirements apply to teaching in the summer semester:

  • Classroom attendance is the rule. Purely online courses are not permitted and are only possible in exceptional cases that must be justified separately and approved by the deans.
  • For larger courses (60-70 participants or more), it is requested that an additional asynchronous digital format be offered in addition to the face-to-face course, e.g. video recording of the face-to-face course or more elaborate formats. The decisive factor here is the idea of equalising the attendance of the classroom events.
  • Depending on the development of the infection process, it may be possible to dispense with the asynchronous additional digital offerings and the associated additional effort. When the time comes, we will inform you about this in the newsletter of the Prorector.

From 03.04.2022, many federal and state regulations on infection control, on which the various hygiene measures were previously based, will cease to apply. This also affects the university. From 03.04. therefore applies:

  •  3G access control ("festival wristbands") will no longer apply.

Mandatory masks become recommended masks

The mask obligation must be regularly reviewed for its necessity and proportionality. The University is taking the expiry of the Corona Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance on 25 May 2022 as an opportunity to adapt its overall concept for infection control regulations. The University no longer considers the obligation to wear a mask necessary and proportionate in view of the significantly reduced and further decreasing incidence rates. The current mask requirement will therefore be discontinued from Monday, 30.05.2022.

We all know that masks are an important means of preventing the transmission of infections. The University therefore combines the removal of the mask requirement with the strong recommendation to continue to voluntarily wear at least a medical mask in all University buildings and at all courses.

Rooms without technical ventilation (seminar rooms, laboratories) must be ventilated regularly. In addition, the other general hygiene rules of the RKI, e.g. on hand disinfection, must be observed.

It is particularly important that each individual acts prudently and responsibly, especially when regulations are omitted. Together with the AStA, the Rectorate therefore appeals to all participants in courses and visitors to university facilities:

  • Do not go to the university at the first sign of a cold. Wait three days to see if your antigen test comes back positive. Because: Cold symptoms are a strong indication of a possible CoViD19 disease. And infected people can be contagious before the antigen test comes back positive.

You are not allowed to enter the university if you have

  1. have had a positive SARS-CoV-2 test result, including corona self-tests, rapid corona tests and PCR tests; § 1 Corona Test and Quarantine Regulation NRW
  2. show symptoms of covid-19 disease (in particular shortness of breath, new-onset cough, fever and loss of smell or taste; see also the RKI's epidemiological fact sheet on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19).

Contact persons of persons with a positive test result are advised to avoid close contact with other persons, especially indoors and in larger groups, for five days and, if possible, to stay at home. In addition, contact reduction, self-monitoring (paying special attention to symptoms as well as measuring body temperature, daily use of self-tests and citizen testing) and wearing at least a medical mask when in contact with other people is recommended until the fifth day.

In case of doubt, please contact your family doctor or the public health department.

Regardless of our internal university regulations, all legal regulations (e.g. the Corona Test and Quarantine Ordinance NRW) must of course be followed. The orders of the local health and/or regulatory authorities take precedence over the university's internal regulations and the legal regulations.

Please pay special attention to the fact that the Corona-Test-und-Quarantäneverordnung NRW gives you a high degree of personal responsibility.

In case of a positive Covid-Test, please inform the university by e-mail at stud-corona[at]uni-wuppertal.de.

The latest developments regarding the Corona Protection Ordinance and the consequences for studying and teaching can be found in the current newsletter Studium und Lehre.

Entitlement to compensation for a disadvantage can only be determined on a case-by-case basis. Disadvantages that result specifically from the corona pandemic and relate to attendance can only be claimed by persons who have an increased risk of a severe course of disease and cannot protect themselves against it through vaccination. It is irrelevant whether the course is associated with compulsory attendance or without such compulsory attendance. After consultation with the Inclusion Office, applications with a medical certificate are to be submitted to the responsible examination board, which determines compensation for disadvantages (in consultation with lecturers and examiners) not only for examinations but also for courses.

Operation

In order to offer students and employees of the University a Corona testing option directly on campus, a new testing station has been set up: In Building K, trained staff will conduct free rapid tests in front of Lecture Hall 33 on Level 12. Opening hours:

Monday to Friday 07:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Appointments can be booked online at www.coronazentrum-wuppertal.de or on site. An identity document is required for the test. The result is available digitally by email within 20 minutes and, if desired, also by QR code for integration into the Corona warning app. The quick test is free of charge for all citizens residing in Germany and can be taken daily. The Corona Centre Wuppertal operates several test centres in Wuppertal and the surrounding area as well as the vaccination centre on the Ölberg. Vaccination appointments can also be booked via the website.

Work organisation, labour law, home office

You are not allowed to enter the university if you have

  1. had a positive SARS-CoV-2 test result (self-test, rapid tests and PCR tests; § 1 Corona Test and Quarantine Ordinance NRW) or
  2. have symptoms of a covid-19 disease (in particular shortness of breath, new-onset cough, fever and loss of smell or taste; see also Epidemiological profile on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 of the RKI).

Contact persons of persons with a positive test result are advised to avoid close contact with other persons, especially indoors and in larger groups, for five days and, if possible, to work in a home office. In addition, contact reduction, self-monitoring (paying special attention to symptoms as well as measuring body temperature, daily use of self-tests and citizen testing) and wearing at least a medical mask when in contact with other people is recommended until the fifth day.

In case of doubt, please contact your doctor or the public health department. Afterwards, please inform your superior.

Irrespective of our internal university regulations, all legal regulations (e.g. the NRW Corona Test and Quarantine Ordinance) must of course be followed. The orders of the local health and/or regulatory authorities take precedence over the university's internal regulations and the legal regulations.

Please pay particular attention to the fact that the Corona-Test-und-Quarantäneverordnung NRW gives you a high degree of personal responsibility.

In principle, business trips outside Germany are permissible.

Here, too, the prerequisite applies that the trip cannot be replaced by a form of electronic communication. Furthermore, anyone considering a business trip should always weigh up the relevance of the trip against the health risks associated with travelling. Travelling to an RKI high-risk area or virus variant area requires special consideration and should always be avoided. These journeys are not eligible for approval.
 
With the entry into force of the "Third Amendment Ordinance of the Coronavirus Entry Ordinance", the classification into a high-risk area will only take place since 3rd March 2022 for those areas in which there is a high incidence with regard to the spread of variants with higher virulence, i.e. disease-causing properties, compared to the omicron variant. Thus, there is no longer a designation of high-risk areas due to the spread of the omicron variant.  
 
Currently, no states/regions are considered virus variant areas.
Currently, no states/regions are considered high-risk areas.

The classification of risk areas can still change at short notice.
 
The Federal Foreign Office issues differentiated travel and safety advice or travel warnings for individual countries. You can find out what is currently valid for your country of destination in the travel and safety advice issued by the Federal Foreign Office (https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/reise-und-sicherheitshinweise).
 
Please check the current status before you travel.
 
To obtain an exemption for travel to an RKI high-risk area or virus variant area that cannot be postponed, please contact Ms Wiese, Dec. 4.1.1: wiese[at]uni-wuppertal.de or 0202/439-3899.

Travel to non-European countries:

After more than two years of corona-related travel restrictions, business trips to non-European countries are now permitted again. Current country-specific travel and safety information from the Federal Foreign Office, e.g. on flight restrictions, must of course be observed when booking travel services and before starting the business trip. Please also always observe the information of the Robert Koch Institute.

Approval for business trips is granted, as usual, in the faculties via the dean, in the central institutions and in the departments via their management.

International guests

All information can be found at: www.internationales.uni-wuppertal.de

Information on the entry and quarantine regulations can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Homeland Affairs:

https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/EN/topics/civil-protection/coronavirus/coronavirus-faqs.html

All information can be found in the current Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations of 28 September 2021

=> If a digital entry declaration is not possible due to a lack of technical equipment or due to a technical malfunction, you will have to fill out a substitute notification in paper form instead. The substitute notification shows where it has to be handed in (e.g. to the carrier or to Deutsche Post E-POST Solutions GmbH, 69990 Mannheim). A download of this form can be found here: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/fileadmin/Dateien/3_Downloads/C/Coronavirus/Infoblatt/210113_Ersatzmitteilung.pdf.

  • Persons who have stayed in a risk area for the last ten days prior to entry must have a negative test result or a corresponding medical certificate not older than 48 hours before or immediately after entry. This must be presented to the competent health office upon request. If no entry test has been carried out, the person entering the country must go into quarantine for 10 days immediately after entry. This can be lifted at any time by a later test (free test) with a negative test result.
  • ATTENTION: Travellers from particularly affected regions (high-risk areas) must present a negative test result no older than 48 hours before entering the country. The competent authority (usually the public health department) can demand the presentation of proof up to ten days after entry. If no entry test has been carried out, the person entering the country must immediately go into quarantine. The quarantine lasts 14 days and can be lifted by a later test (free test) upon receipt of the negative test result.
  • Proof is either a test result or a medical certificate regarding the absence of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. You can find out where you can get tested near your home by calling 116 117 or on the Internet at www.116117.de. If you want to be tested by your family doctor, you should definitely call him or her first.
  • ATTENTION: When entering from a country/area which has virus variants (mutations), the following RULE applies: Persons entering the country must present a negative coronary test taken immediately before entering the country and must be quarantined at home for 14 days after entering the country. (This also applies to persons who entered NRW via another federal state but have stayed in a virus-variant area within the last 10 days). It is not possible to shorten the quarantine period by testing after five days! Those who cannot show a negative coronary test will be turned away by the airlines already in the country of departure.
     
  • ATTENTION: As each federal state has different entry regulations, it is imperative that travellers who enter Germany via another federal state and then wish to travel on to North Rhine-Westphalia inform themselves about the applicable corona entry regulation of the respective federal state they entered from abroad. Some federal states have stricter requirements and generally prohibit entry from virus variant areas.

International students who have been vaccinated with one of the 4 vaccines recognised in the EU (see also https://www.pei.de/DE/newsroom/dossier/coronavirus/coronavirus-inhalt.html;jsessionid=E3C9202BD8754B14FB9958D72FFAF591.intranet231?cms_pos=3) can have a digital German vaccination certificate issued for the Corona warning app or for the CovPass app.

Procedure:

  • The organisation is handled by the International Center - International Office, Tanja Behnke, office O.06.14a (Mon - Wed approx. 9.30 am – 4.00 pm).
  • Students should bring their student ID card, their passport or identity card, as well as their international vaccination certificate (yellow vaccination certificate). The vaccination certificate must be available at least in German or English.
  • The identity will be checked with the vaccination certificate and a copy of the vaccination certificate will be made.
  • Once a week, a digital vaccination certificate is prepared by a partner pharmacy.
  • On the following day, the digital vaccination certificates can be collected by the students at the International Center - International Office on presentation of their passport.

The digital German vaccination certificate can then be easily uploaded to the CovPass-App or the Corona-Warn-App and presented as proof in case of 2G rule or 3G rule respectively.

Protection against infection

The course of the infection process makes it possible to dispense with a general obligation to wear a mask, even at the university. However, since the number of daily new infections in the region is still in the mid three-digit range and the university is a place where very many people come together in changing constellations every day, the wearing of a medical mask (hereinafter "mask") is still strongly recommended while staying in the buildings of the University of Wuppertal. This also applies to employees in particular where the distance cannot be maintained over a longer period of time due to the work and technical measures such as separations between workplaces or suitable organisational measures cannot be implemented and/or if a hazard due to increased aerosol emission is to be expected in the activities carried out (for example, loud speaking or singing or other activities that lead to a significantly increased breathing volume due to the severity of the work).

Furthermore, it is recalled that within the framework of generally applicable Corona rules, the wearing of at least a medical mask in contact with other persons is recommended in certain cases. This is the case in case of own infection up to the 10th day from the day of the first appearance of symptoms and/or the presence of the first positive test.

Contact persons of persons with a positive test result are advised to avoid close contact with other persons, especially indoors and in larger groups, for five days and to work in a home office if possible. In addition, contact reduction, self-monitoring (paying special attention to symptoms as well as taking body temperature, daily use of self-testing and citizen testing) and wearing at least a medical mask when in contact with others is recommended until the fifth day.

Please observe the special rules for teaching and examination. These are always provided up to date by the Prorector for Studies and Teaching, among others in the newsletter Studies and Teaching.

Medical face masks or respirators are provided by Bergische Universität for the workplace. Masks are available through Department 5.4 during regular opening hours (Tuesdays 13-14 h and Fridays 10-11 h in Building A).
 
The existing rules on masks as personal protective equipment (e.g. in laboratories) are not affected by this.
 
Notes to the heads of the work areas: If FFP2 masks (particle-filtering half masks or comparable masks) have to be worn for certain activities and for a longer period of time, the wearing times are to be determined according to the working conditions. The assessment of the wearing time is to be determined within the framework of the risk assessment. Please contact Department 5 for more information. 

This and other posters are available for download on this website.

In principle, increased ventilation can reduce the concentration of any virus-laden aerosols present in the room air. The simplest form of ventilation is window ventilation.

Offices should be ventilated regularly during their daily use. During use, a maximum interval of 60 minutes between two airings and a ventilation period of at least three minutes in the form of shock ventilation is recommended.

Meeting rooms should be ventilated for at least 15 minutes before use or between two uses. During use, rooms without technical ventilation should be ventilated at intervals of no more than 20 minutes between two ventilations and a ventilation period of at least three minutes in the form of impulse ventilation. In addition to removing aerosols, ventilation also ensures that the CO2 value falls below 1000 ppm.

Seminar rooms should be ventilated for at least 15 minutes before use or between two uses. During use, rooms without technical ventilation should be ventilated at intervals of no more than 20 minutes between two airings and a ventilation period of at least three minutes in the form of shock ventilation. In addition to removing aerosols, ventilation also ensures that the CO2 value falls below 1000 ppm.

The ventilation of the lecture halls is completely switched to fresh air operation. No further ventilation is necessary here. [see chapter 4.2.3 of the SARS-CoV-2 industrial safety rule].

[see chapter 4.2.3 of the SARS-CoV-2 occupational health and safety regulation and ASR (workplace directive) A3.6 but also: The website of the German Social Accident Insurance].

In case of suspicion

Contact persons of persons with a positive test result are advised to avoid close contact with other persons, especially indoors and in larger groups, for five days and to work in a home office if possible. In addition, contact reduction, self-monitoring (paying special attention to symptoms as well as taking body temperature, daily use of self-testing and citizen testing) and wearing at least a medical mask when in contact with others is recommended until the fifth day.

If symptoms occur within the first ten days of contact with the person tested positive, these persons are required to be tested immediately. Contact persons to a confirmed COVID-19 case are defined as close contacts (at increased risk of infection) if at least one of the following situations is present:

  1. Staying in the near field of the case (<1.5 m) for longer than 10 minutes without adequate protection (adequate protection = case and contact person wear MNS [mouth-nose protection] or FFP2 mask continuously and correctly).
  2. Conversation with the case (face-to-face contact, <1.5 m, regardless of duration of conversation) without adequate protection or direct contact (with respiratory secretions).
  3. Stay of contact person (and case) in the same room with probably high concentration of infectious aerosols regardless of distance for longer than 10 minutes, even if MNS (mouth-nose protection) or FFP2 mask was worn continuously and correctly.

The start of work on site must always be coordinated with the supervisor, if necessary by adapting the occupational health and safety measures. Department 5 will assist you with any necessary adjustments to occupational health and safety measures; further information can be found in the electronic information system for occupational health and safety (AGUM, see https://uni-wuppertal.agu-hochschulen.de/aktuelles). Regardless of the university's internal regulations, all legal regulations (e.g. the Corona Test and Quarantine Ordinance NRW) must of course be followed. The orders of the local health/regulatory authorities take precedence over the university's internal regulations and the legal regulations.

Please pay special attention to the fact that the Corona-Test-und-Quarantäneverordnung NRW gives you a high degree of personal responsibility.

You can find the notification form here.

  • Immediate report, if possible by telephone, to the supervisor.
  • Immediate report by e-mail to infodez41[at]uni-wuppertal.de and Cc to the superior and the dean or the head of the department using the report form.
  • In accordance with the legal requirements, immediately enter quarantine or, in the case of a positive self-test, isolate as best as possible and arrange for a PCR test/PoC-PCR test (cf. HM 2022_09). The costs for the PCR test are not covered by the university.
  • The quarantine ends due to the regulations of the Corona-Test-und-Quarantäneverordnung NRW or individual orders of the local health/regulatory authorities- (see HM2022_09).
  • If possible, work can be done in the home office during the quarantine.
  • Refrain from any direct contact with other members and members of the university.

Regardless of the internal university regulations, all legal regulations (e.g. the Corona Test and Quarantine Ordinance NRW) must of course be followed. The orders of the local health/regulatory authorities take precedence over the university's internal regulations and the legal regulations.

You can find the registration form here.

Please also note the FAQ "When am I not allowed to come to the university as an employee?" and keep in mind that the Corona Test and Quarantine Ordinance NRW gives you a high degree of personal responsibility.

Further FAQ pages of the faculties and central institutions

FAQ Bibliothek
FAQ Zentrales Prüfungsamt
FAQ Zentrum für Informations- und Medienverarbeitung (ZIM)
FAQ Hochschul-Sozialwerk/Deutsches Studentenwerk
FAQ Fakultät für Human- und Sozialwissenschaften
FAQ Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaft – Schumpeter School of Business and Economics
FAQ Fakultät für Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften
FAQ Fakultät für Elektrotechnik, Informationstechnik und Medientechnik
FAQ Fakultät für Maschinenbau und Sicherheitstechnik

Further information

Psychological counselling at the BUW
https://www.dez5.uni-wuppertal.de

North Rhine-Westphalia/Wuppertal
Special page of the Ministry of Health on coronavirus in North Rhine-Westphalia

General ruling for Wuppertal (16.02.2021)

Germany
Corona-Warn-App of the German government

Robert-Koch-Institut

Federal Ministry of Health

Federal Foreign Office

Europe
European Center for Disease Prevention and Control

Worldwide
Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO)

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