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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.

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

Teaching activities in SoSe 2021

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What will the summer semester 2021 look like?

The summer semester starts under the motto: Provide opening options, ensure plannability. The university will offer the SoSe21 as a flexible hybrid semester. Attendance will only take place where it is absolutely necessary, for example in the case of laboratory practicals and practical courses in the field of sport. Once regulations have been made, they apply for at least four weeks. Relaxations or tightenings depend on the current situation.

The facilitations for students (free attempts, deadlines, exam withdrawals) apply for SoSe 21 in the same way as for WS 20/21. In particular, all exams are free attempts.

The regulations for examinations that already applied in the winter semester continue to apply. You can read all the information here: https://www.uni-wuppertal.de/de/studium/ergebnisse-livegespraech/

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

When am I not allowed to come to the university as a student?

Students may stay at the university during the opening hours of the university without restriction within the scope of their studies or student activities, subject to the rules of hygiene and distance.

This does not apply if

1. tested positive for SARS-CoV-2

2. have had close contact with a confirmed infected person as a Category I contact person with close contact to the RKI - this includes

  • at least 15 minutes of close ("face-to-face") contact at less than 1.5m distance, for example through conversations or people living in the same household,
  • direct contact with secretions or body fluids, such as kissing, contact with vomit, mouth-to-mouth respiration, coughing, sneezing, etc. or
  • Contact with a confirmed case of SARS-CoV-2 in the context of care or medical examination (≤ 2m) without using protective equipment,

3. had contact with a confirmed infected person who was in the same room, e.g. workplace, but did not have cumulative face-to-face contact with the SARS CoV-2 case for at least 15 minutes AND there is no evidence of aerosol transmission beyond 1.5 m (e.g. (e.g. through singing or sports) away from the source case - contact persons of category II according to RKI -, or were in the same room as a confirmed case during their nursing or medical activities without protective clothing, but not less than the minimum distance of two metres, or

4. show symptoms of Covid-19 disease (in particular one or more of these symptoms: cough, high temperature or fever, shortness of breath, loss of sense of smell/taste, rhinitis, sore throat, headache, aching limbs, general weakness).

In these cases, inform the university by e-mail to stud-corona{at}uni-wuppertal.de using this registration form.

Further information can be found in this Rectorate Policy.

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

What do I do if a student in my class shows symptoms of respiratory disease?

If a student has symptoms of Covid-19 disease (especially one or more of these symptoms), the student will be asked to provide a medical certificate: cough, high temperature or fever, shortness of breath, loss of sense of smell/taste, sniffles, sore throat, headache, aching limbs, general weakness), then send them home and inform them that they have

  • stays at home for 14 days or until a negative corona test is available and the health authorities lift the isolation/quarantine,
  • studied in Uni@Home mode if possible,
  • refrain from direct contact with other members and relatives of the university, and
  • should contact his/her family doctor by telephone for further clarification.

All information on the procedure can be found in this Rectorate guideline.

Which courses can take place in attendance?

Any teaching in attendance is no longer permitted. Exceptions: laboratory and workshop practical training, practical teaching in sport.

C.t., s.t. or something else: When does the individual course begin and end?

Courses always start at quarter past and end at quarter to in the time slots allocated to them. This is to ensure that the student groups of the consecutive courses do not meet each other on the way to and from the course rooms.

Why do I, as a teacher, have to collect the seat numbers and matriculation numbers of my students and how do I do this?

On the basis of points 3.3 and 3.4 of the general ruling of the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs: Implementation of teaching and practical events and examinations at universities in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia of 22 January 2021, simple or special traceability must be ensured for each teaching or practical event. This is achieved by recording the seat and matriculation numbers of the students in the course or practical event.

[see, in particular, §2a of the Corona Protection Ordinance and points 3.3 and 3.4 of the General Order of the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs: Implementation of teaching and practical courses and examinations at the universities in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in the currently valid versions].

Is there a danger in the lecture halls from air circulation and distribution of aerosols?

No. The ventilation in the lecture halls is completely switched to fresh air operation.

[see chapter 4.2.3 of the SARS-CoV-2 occupational safety rule].

How often and how long do seminar rooms need to be ventilated?

Seminar rooms should be ventilated 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 3 minutes in the form of shock ventilation. If possible, the ventilation frequency should be increased. In addition to removing aerosols, ventilation also ensures that the Co2 value falls below 1000 ppm.

[see chapter 4.2.3 of the SARS-CoV-2 industrial safety regulations and ASR (Arbeitsstättenrichtlinie) A3.6 but alsoa on the website of the German Social Accident Insurance].

Do tables and other furniture have to be disinfected after each event?

A special surface disinfection is usually not necessary. In special cases and if required, the responsible persons can obtain surface disinfectants and the corresponding safety instruction from Department 5.4.

[see: Information on cleaning and disinfection of surfaces outside health care facilities in connection with the COVID 19 pandemic can be found on the RKI website]

Which additional courses of study and teaching must be registered where?

As in the past, only events during the semester breaks and outside opening hours must be registered using the appropriate form. The usual hygiene and distance regulations also apply to these events.

Scientific events such as conferences etc. must be submitted to the Rectorate for approval upon presentation of a hygiene concept.

[see: memo NR_75 of 30 June 2020; available only in the university network].

At a glance

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What is the status of the spread of the coronavirus?

Please contact the Robert-Koch-Institut  for more information.

How does BUW keep you informed about developments?

The BUW monitors the situation and, if necessary, informs all members via the homepage and / or by circular mail or social media and additionally via the usual house communications. Please check these communication channels regularly (currently daily if possible), even when you are at home.

Operation

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Can I get tested?

The Bergische Universität offers its employees and students a SARS-CoV-2 testing option. These are so-called "self-tests", the application and evaluation of which is not carried out by a testing centre or laboratory, but by the person to be tested themselves. The offer supplements the free weekly rapid test option provided by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia ("Bürger-Schnelltest") and is also free of charge for university members.

The period over which the test offer will exist depends on the course of the pandemic and further political decisions on pandemic control.

The University appeals to its employees and students to make use of the general testing opportunities available to all citizens in the spirit of joint pandemic control! The additional self-tests can supplement the infection protection within the university. More information can be found here.

What about committee meetings and elections?

Meetings of committees have the priority of being held in electronic communication, but they can also be held in the presence of the members as long as the general rules of conduct, hygiene and distance are observed. The decision on this is made by the chairman. This also applies to committee meetings of the student body.

Elections may be held by analogous application alternatively by electronic communication or a mixture of personal presence and electronic communication.

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

What about the lecture operation/examinations?

All information about studying in Uni@Home mode can be found here.

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

Who can students turn to if they suffer adverse consequences from the package of measures?

The BUW strives to minimise any adverse consequences that may arise for students. Students who suffer significant individual negative consequences from the Corona crisis can take advantage of the information and counselling services provided by Department 3, the Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) and the International Center. The BUW strives to find individually appropriate solutions.

What other areas of campus life are affected?

Due to the current Corona Protection Ordinance NRW, the University Library is returning to the ordering and collection system for urgently needed literature. Access to the subject libraries 1 to 5 is no longer possible. The library foyer is open for the collection of ordered books Monday to Friday from 9 am to 3 pm. The branches at Campus Haspel and Campus Freudenberg will remain closed.

You can find all the information on the Website of the university library

All information about the university sports programme in the winter semester can be found at www.hochschulsport.uni-wuppertal.de.

You can find up-to-date information on the opening hours of the Hochschul-Sozialwerk facilities here.

All consulting services are available digitally. Please refer to the respective websites for further information.

Website of the Hochschul-Sozialwerk 

Work organisation, labour law, home office

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What is the agreement on the home office in the corona crisis?

Update 26.01.2021: Application of the "SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Regulation" of 21 January 2021 to university practice at the Univesity of Wuppertal

Home office can thus take place as a form of mobile work. The supervisor and the employee can agree that the employee performs his or her work in the home office on a pro-rata basis. The wording of the service agreements can be found in the company newsletter no. 92 of 02.10.2020. Here you will also find instructions on clocking in and out via electronic time recording.

Since 1 October 2020, electronic time recording has been used again for employees who participate 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.

How do I apply for wage compensation due to Corona-related closure of schools or childcare facilities?

You can find all information on this topic here.

Are business trips allowed?

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.
 
In the case of business trips within Germany, please note that here the individual federal states can set up special rules for people from risk areas within Germany.
 
If you come from a risk area or would like to travel to one, you should find out in advance very precisely which rules apply to the respective region. The current situation report of the Robert Koch Institute lists the risk areas within Germany on a daily basis. Please inform yourself about the current status before starting your business trip.

Are business trips outside Germany allowed?

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.
To obtain an exemption for travel to an RKI risk 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 risk 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

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What applies to international students?

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:

German: https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/DE/themen/bevoelkerungsschutz/coronavirus/coronavirus-faqs.html

English: https://www.integrationsbeauftragte.de/ib-de/service/fragen-und-antworten/1731242-1731242?index=1731568

What applies to international guests?

Extract from the Conronaeinreiseverordnung, valid until 18.04.2021:

=> 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

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Where must a mouth-nose cover/masks be worn? (07.04.2021)

An everyday mask must be worn at the University of Wuppertal in all closed rooms and thus in all university buildings. Subject to further-reaching occupational health and safety regulations, company infection control concepts or specific official orders, this does not apply at the specific workplace, provided that a distance of 1.5 metres from other persons can be safely maintained there. Exceptions may be made in special areas, for example, with customer and/or visitor contact.
 
Irrespective of maintaining a minimum distance, the obligation to wear an everyday mask exists, among other things, at

  • at permissible meetings, gatherings and professional events.

The obligation to wear an everyday mask can be replaced for employees at the workplace by equally effective protective measures (partitions by e.g. plexiglass).
 
Wearing a mouth-nose covering at the workplace is also strongly recommended if the minimum distance can be safely maintained but no other protective measures are in place. It is also recommended when one or more persons enter the room, even if the minimum distance of 1.5 m can be maintained.

Medical masks must be worn if:

  • the simultaneous use of a room by several persons is necessary and the requirements for room occupancy according to § 2 SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance cannot be met (this means 10 m² per person must be available, or equivalent protection is provided, in particular by ventilation measures and suitable partitions between the persons present), or
  • the minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained, or
  • hazards due to increased aerosol emissions are to be expected during the activities carried out.

By way of derogation, the employer may take other equally effective measures.

Medical masks must always be worn during teaching and examination events at the university, regardless of whether a minimum distance is maintained.

Outside buildings:

It is not obligatory to wear a mouth-nose covering outside the university buildings. However, due to the general decree of the city of Wuppertal No. 19 of 01 April 2021 in conjunction with the Corona Emergency Brake § 16 Corona Protection Ordinance and at the express request of the Public Health Office, the Rectorate recommends wearing a mouth-nose covering on all traffic routes outside the university buildings. The reason for this is that on numerous staircases or in passageways, with the increasing presence of university members, situations inevitably arise in which the distance between people, which is also required for outside areas, is not maintained.

Does the university provide a mouth and nose cover? (07.04.2021)

Everyday masks

The mouth-nose covering required by the Corona Protection Ordinance and the general decree of the city of Wuppertal of 27 March 2021 are the "everyday masks" that are also necessary and already available in private use. It is neither a medical device nor personal protective equipment. Mouth-nose coverings are therefore not provided by Bergische Universität. The existing rules on masks as personal protective equipment (e.g. in laboratories) are not affected by this.
 
Further information on everyday masks can be found, among other places, at the Federal Centre for Health Education: https://www.infektionsschutz.de/coronavirus/alltag-in-zeiten-von-corona/alltagsmaske-tragen.html.

Medical masks

These are provided by the University of Wuppertal if

  • the requirements for room occupancy according to § 2 of the SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance cannot be met, or
  • the minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained, or
  • hazards due to increased aerosol emissions are to be expected during the activities carried out. 

By way of derogation, the employer may take other equally effective measures.

During teaching and examination events at the university, the University of Wuppertal provides employees with the the necessary medical masks.
 
The necessary medical masks should be procured and issued by the respective work area. The respective supervisor must document why the personal presence of the employee is necessary and the above provisions cannot be complied with.

Alternatively, medical masks can be ordered from the university administration (Department 5.4). In this case, too, the reasons why personal presence at the university workplace is necessary and masks are required (see above) must be documented. In addition, it must be stated for which employees medical masks are ordered. Initially, five masks per person are to be issued.
 
Notes to the heads of the work areas: If medical masks other than the so-called surgical masks are provided by the work areas, further occupational safety measures must be observed. Please contact Dec. 5 for more information.


Are there routing systems or one-way street regulations at the University of Wuppertal?

No, as the corridors of the university are wide enough, encounters on the traffic areas last only a few seconds and everyone wears a mouth-and-nose cover on the traffic areas, no routing is necessary.

Where are disinfectant dispensers located?

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].

Where can you get posters with the hygiene rules for posting in the faculty rooms or seminar rooms?

This and other posters are available for download on the UNIVSERVICE graphic design website.

Is there a number/formula that indicates how many people can gather in a room for examinations or meetings?

As a rule of thumb for calculating the number of persons, a space requirement of 10 m² per person can be assumed for these cases. It is crucial that the hygiene and distance rules (especially the minimum distance of 1.5 m) can be observed during the respective examination or meeting.

How to ventilate where?

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].

Corridors and circulation areas should be regularly ventilated by the users themselves in those rooms which are entered by the respective corridor or circulation area. This can be done, for example, by "cross-ventilation" via two offices or other rooms.

[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].

What should I do to protect myself and others? What precautions should I take?

Ensure good personal hygiene, especially regular and thorough hand washing (at least 30 seconds). Pay attention to the coughing and sneezing etiquette: turn away from people, do not cough in your hands, but cover your mouth and nose and cough in the crook of your arm if possible.

Keep your distance from the person opposite you when you meet them. As in all public places, a minimum distance of 1.50 m must always be maintained at the university. In situations in which a crowd of people can be expected and it is not possible to observe the rules of distance, a mouth-nose cover (textile mask or similar) should be worn. This applies in particular when staying in confined spaces such as corridors, stairwells or in lifts.

Information on the Corona Warning App of the Federal Government can be found here.

In case of suspicion

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What should I do if I am infected myself or have had contact with an infected person?

During the Corona Pandemic, the Rectorate has special responsibility for the employees and students of the University of Wuppertal. It must guarantee health protection for all while ensuring that the university can fulfil its educational and research mission. In order to fulfil this dual responsibility, the Rectorate has issued the directive linked here.

It applies in addition to the relevant legal regulations and ordinances which apply to each individual as well as to the university as an institution. The guideline and all other internal regulations do not release members and relatives of the University of Wuppertal from the obligation to follow possible orders of the competent health authorities. Should the competent health office order measures towards the University of Wuppertal that go beyond the regulations formulated here, these are directly valid and are to be applied.

This directive replaces all previous internal university instructions published on this subject.

You can find the registration form here.

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

What are the symptoms?

Please contact the RKI for further information.