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.
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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 winter 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

Teaching activities in WiSe 2021/22

Face-to-face events are the rule. No attendance lists or seating lists need to be kept. In principle, there is no maximum number of participants and no limit to the occupancy rate of the seats.

The Rectorate asks the lecturers for larger courses (50-60 participants or more) to offer an additional asynchronous digital format in addition to the face-to-face course, e.g. video recording of the face-to-face course or more elaborate formats, as many of the lecturers have already prepared. This leads to an equalisation of the occupancy of the face-to-face courses and addresses the students who are currently not yet comfortable in larger groups.

Digital formats need to be asynchronous. This is because students cannot follow synchronous online events while they are at the university for other face-to-face events.

The basis for the plans is the Corona Protection Ordinance in the version valid since 15.09.: https://www.mags.nrw/sites/default/files/asset/document/210914_coronaschvo_ab_15.09.2021_lesefassung.pdf

A medical mask (surgical mask) must be worn when moving around the building and in the lectures. Lecturers may remove the mask. Outdoors, wearing a mask is not compulsory. However, this is recommended if a minimum distance of 1.5 m from other persons cannot be maintained.

Rooms without technical ventilation (seminar rooms, laboratories) must be ventilated regularly. CO2 detectors are currently being procured to remind people to ventilate.

In addition, the other general hygiene rules of the RKI, e.g. on hand disinfection, must be observed.

All students are strongly advised to be vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2. Access to courses is conditional on proof of complete immunisation (by vaccination or recovery) or a current negative antigen test ("3G proof"), which must be no more than 48 hours old. The University cannot offer free tests.

The university is obliged to check all students for 3G on a daily basis. It intends to implement the "festival" model for this purpose: On arrival at the campus, 3G checks will be carried out at numerous points and a coloured wristband will then be attached. This allows access to the buildings and the courses for the whole day. This way, 3G verification only has to be checked once a day, students can then move freely throughout the day, and queues and disruptions at individual courses are avoided.

Locations and opening hours of the issuing stations will be announced on the University's website from 8th October. Issue will take place from Monday to Friday from 7.30 am to 7 pm. 3G control for courses on Saturdays will be carried out by the lecturers themselves.

Students may stay at the university without restriction during the university's opening hours as part of their studies or student activities, provided they observe the hygiene and distance rules.

This does not apply if you

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 Ordinance NRW

2. are considered a close contact person; the definition can be found on the website of the Robert Koch Institute

3. have symptoms of Covid 19 disease (in particular, one or more of these symptoms of disease: Cough, fever, rhinitis, disturbance of the sense of smell and/or taste, pneumonia, sore throat, shortness of breath, headache and pain in the limbs, loss of appetite, weight loss, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea, conjunctivitis, skin rash, swelling of the lymph nodes, apathy, somnolence; see also Epidemiological fact sheet on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 of the RKI).

This also applies if you have proven immunisation (have recovered or have full vaccination protection against the SARS-CoV-2 virus). In case of doubt, please contact your family doctor or the public health department.

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.

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

[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].

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

The university does not offer free rapid tests.

Work organisation, labour law, home office

Home office

Against the background of the changing infectious disease situation and the legal relaxations, the number of enquiries is growing as to whether or how the current home office practice should be continued after the summer break. In view of the expanded presence in teaching, examinations, counselling services, library, etc., a modification of the home office priority rule is therefore to take effect as a first step from 1 September 2021. From September onwards, up to two days per week or 40 % of the working hours are to be performed in the home office. As in the past, the prerequisite for home office is that the official requirements allow for a corresponding amount of absence and that availability in the home office is also ensured by telephone.

The respective heads of the faculties and institutions decide, taking into account the special circumstances of their areas and in consultation with the respective departmental superiors, whether and, if so, to what extent home office should be reduced. Depending on the workplace and if there are corresponding official needs, this can in principle also mean a comprehensive presence at the university as a place of work.
 
Note: Work in the home office as a form of mobile work is not carried out in a workplace pursuant to Section 2, Paragraph 1 of the Workplace Ordinance or at a permanently established teleworkplace pursuant to Section 2, Paragraph 7 of the Workplace Ordinance. Office equipment, such as furniture, is therefore not provided.
 
Time recording

Since 01.10.2020, electronic time recording has again been used for employees participating in flexible working hours. At the university workplace, booking takes place as usual at the familiar time recording terminals. At the home workplace (home office), time recording is done via the time recording software. In individual cases, the time worked at the home office can also be recorded using a time correction slip.

The Family Office provides information on various topics to university members with childcare needs or relatives in need of care.

Business trips within Germany are generally permissible. However, they should be avoided if possible or limited to those trips that cannot be replaced by an electronic form of communication. Moreover, anyone considering a business trip should always weigh up the relevance of the trip against the health risks associated with travelling.
 
Please inform yourself about the individual regulations and protective measures at the respective destination before travelling.

Since 15 June 2020, business trips to most European countries can in principle be authorised again. (see internal memo 57/2020)

Here too, the condition that the journey cannot be replaced by an electronic form of communication applies. Anyone considering a business trip should also always weigh up the relevance of the trip against the health risks associated with a trip. Travelling to an RKI risk area (COVID 19 hazard) would therefore require special consideration.

The Federal Foreign Office issues differentiated travel and safety advice or travel warnings for individual countries. You can find out what applies to your country of destination in the travel and safety instructions of the Federal Foreign Office.

For granting an exemption for travel to an RKI high-risk a 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.
For reasons of employer's welfare, travel to non-European countries is not permitted until further notice!

When returning from foreign high-risk areas or virus variant areas, please note the information under FAQ (for employees) "May I resume work after returning (on leave) from a foreign risk area?". Please inform yourself about the current status before starting the business trip.

International guests

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

International students who have been vaccinated with a vaccine not approved in the EU are entitled to free testing until 31.12.2021 (see §4a No. 3 Coronavirus Testing Regulation, valid from 11.10.2021).

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.

Protection against infection

In all buildings of the University of Wuppertal there is an obligation to wear at least a medical mask (hereinafter referred to as "mask").
 
This obligation does not apply at the actual workplace if a distance of 1.5 metres from other persons can be safely maintained or equally effective protective measures (e.g. partitions made of plexiglass) are available.
 
If further-reaching occupational health and safety regulations, company infection control concepts or specific official directives exist, or in special situations, e.g. in the case of activities carried out with a risk of increased aerosol emission or in the case of contact with customers and/or visitors, the mask obligation also applies at the workplace. Wearing a mask at the workplace is also strongly recommended if the minimum distance can be safely maintained, but no further protective measures are available. This is also recommended when one or more persons enter the room, even if the minimum distance of 1.5 m can be maintained.
 
A medical mask (surgical mask) must be worn during lectures. Lecturers may remove the mask.

At permitted gatherings, meetings and professional events, there is either an obligation to maintain the minimum distance or an obligation to wear a medical mask. These obligations may be waived if everyone meets 3G status.

Outside buildings:

Wearing a mask outside the University buildings is not compulsory. However, the Rectorate recommends wearing a mask on such traffic routes outside the university buildings where the required distance between people cannot be maintained as the presence of university members increases (e.g. on stairs or in narrow passages).

Medical face masks or respirators are provided by the University of Wuppertal if the risk assessment shows that protection by technical and organisational measures is not sufficient and the wearing of a medical mask or respirator is required.
 
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 respirators or other masks are provided by the work areas, further occupational health and safety measures must be observed. Please contact Department 5 for more information.

A mouth-nose protection is currently at least a medical mask. According to the Corona Protection Ordinance of 08.10.2021, the obligation to wear a mask is therefore only fulfilled by wearing a medical mask. The obligation to wear a medical face mask is also fulfilled by wearing a respirator mask. Everyday masks such as scarves, shawls, own fabric masks or similar are no longer provided for.
 
Medical face masks in the sense of the Corona Protection Ordinance NRW are so-called surgical masks.
 
Respiratory protection masks within the meaning of the NRW Corona Protection Ordinance are masks of the FFP2 standard and higher standards, in each case without an exhalation valve, or masks comparable to these (in particular KN95/N95).
 
Please refer to the annex to the SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance, which lists the types of masks that are currently marketable in Germany. If you have any questions, please contact Department 5.

Regular and thorough hand cleaning is an essential part of everyday prevention against corona infection. Disinfection dispensers are located at the entrances and exits of buildings and in front of lecture halls and seminar rooms. In addition, there are WC and washrooms throughout the buildings where hands can be washed.

[see RKI Epidemiological Bulletin 19 2020, p. 17].

Appropriate hygiene materials (disinfectant wipes) are provided in the rooms. Headsets, microphones etc. are cleaned by the teachers themselves before and after use.

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

  1. Employees: Immediate report to the supervisor, if possible by telephone. 
  2. Immediate report by e-mail to infodez41{at}uni-wuppertal.de (employee) and with Cc to the supervisor and the dean or the head of the department using the report form. Students report at stud-corona{at}uni-wuppertal.de.
  3. Stay at home for up to 10 days after the last close contact. (Shorter quarantine periods due to individual orders of the local health and/or regulatory authorities or according to the regulations of the Corona Test and Quarantine Ordinance NRW can lead to a shortening of the home office time in consultation with the respective supervisor).
  4. For employees: If possible, work in a home office.
  5. Refrain from any direct contact with other members and members of the university.

For employees: In case of a positive SARS-CoV-2 test, follow the regulations according to the FAQ "What do I have to do as an employee of the University if my test is positive for SARS-CoV-2?"

This also applies if you have full vaccination protection against the SARS-CoV-2 virus or have recovered.

Irrespective of the university's internal regulations, you must, of course, comply with all orders issued by the local health and/or public order authorities as well as legal regulations (e.g. regulations of the Corona Test and Quarantine Ordinance NRW).

Please pay particular attention to the fact that the Corona Test and Quarantine Ordinance NRW places a high degree of personal responsibility on you.

Further FAQ pages of the faculties and central institutions

FAQ Lehre
FAQ Forschung
FAQ Zentrale Studienberatung
FAQ Bibliothek
FAQ Zentrales Prüfungsamt
FAQ Sprachlehrinstitut
FAQ Zentrum für Informations- und Medienverarbeitung (ZIM)
FAQ Hochschul-Sozialwerk/Deutsches Studentenwerk
FAQ Fakultät für Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften
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
FAQ Fakultät für Design und Kunst
FAQ Servicebereich der School of Education
FAQ Institut für Bildungforschung in der School ef Education

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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