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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.
Download leaflet for employees.

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/

On the basis of the „General Ordinance on Higher Education Institutions" dated 2 June, oral examinations can again be conducted in physical presence under the following conditions: Every participant, candidate and examiner has to provide a negative test result, amedical face-covering must be worn even during the examination, the minimal distance of 1.50m must be obeyed before, during and after the examination. Any further sanitary regulations as described in the legal documents must also be obeyed.

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. 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. are a contact person in the broader sense, especially if you have had close contact with a close contact person (No. 2), (e.g. parents of a child in quarantine) or if you have had light contact with a person who has tested positive (No. 1), (e.g. short contact of less than 10 minutes or a distance of more than 1.5 metres).

4. have symptoms of Covid 19 disease (in particular, one or more of the following 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 are proven immunised (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 these cases, please inform the university by email to stud-corona{at}uni-wuppertal.de.

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.

Update: Under certain conditions, courses at our university that were previously offered online can, in principle, be supplemented by a face-to-face course from Monday 14 June. All information on this can be found in the current newsletter Studium und Lehre (8/2021 [en]).

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? (14.07.2021)

For comprehensive infection protection, the university provides two free self-tests per week for employees where presence at the workplace is still required and no other protective measures ensure equivalent protection. The self-tests are distributed decentrally in the individual faculties/departments/work areas. 

NOTE: Currently there has been a supply of large packaging units for the self-tests. At the moment, these can only be handed out in containers of 20 with 2 large bottles of buffer solution. 

For further questions regarding the self-test, please contact Dezernat 5 Arbeitsschutz. Costs for other Corona tests within the framework of infection control cannot be covered by the University at present. However, it is reminded that every citizen is already entitled to a free weekly test. The University appeals to its employees to make use of this possibility.

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?

The rooms of the University Library are open again for students and employees of the University of Wuppertal at all three locations for literature searches at the shelves as well as for borrowing and returning books. It is no longer necessary or possible to order books from the subject libraries. Journal articles can only be ordered if the volumes are placed in the stacks. The library rooms remain closed for external users.

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 

BUW is once again offering corona-compliant learning spaces in the Uni@Home@Uni format in the summer semester. Due to the changeover of the booking system to Moodle, places can now also be booked on the same day.You can find all the information here.

Work organisation, labour law, home office

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What is the agreement on the home office and time recording in the corona crisis? (14.07.2021)

Home office

Currently, the principle of "AS MUCH HOME OFFICE AS POSSIBLE AND AS MUCH PRESENCE AS NECESSARY" still applies. However, the current regulations (service agreement "Corona Home-Office" and higher-level occupational health and safety regulations) allow supervisors to make flexible, adapted decisions on the place of work. There is therefore no compulsion to work from home, but only a clear priority regulation.
 
Against the backdrop of the decline in infections 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.

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.
 
Please inform yourself about the individual regulations and protective measures at the respective destination before travelling.

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? (14.07.2021)

As a general precautionary measure, masks are still compulsory in all buildings and closed rooms at the University of Wuppertal. This obligation does not apply to specific workplaces where a distance of 1.5 metres from other persons can be safely maintained. 

Insofar as further-reaching occupational health and safety regulations, company infection protection concepts or concrete official orders exist or in special situations, for example with customer and/or visitor contacts, the mask obligation also applies at the workplace.

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. 

At permissible gatherings, assemblies and professional events, there is also an obligation to wear an everyday mask, irrespective of whether a minimum distance is observed; if necessary, different legal regulations may also apply with regard to the type of mask.

Medical masks must be worn, or respirators may be worn, if:

  • direct contact is unavoidable (there is no separation by a protective screen or similar)
  • the simultaneous use of a room by several persons is necessary and technical or organisational measures do not provide sufficient protection (ventilation measures and suitable separations 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 face masks or can respirators must always be worn at all permitted University events, regardless of whether a minimum distance is maintained. Please note the separate regulations for teaching and examination activities.

Outside buildings:

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

 

 

Does the university provide a mouth and nose cover? (14.07.2021)

Everyday masks

The mouth-nose covering required by the Corona Protection Ordinance and the general decree of the city of Wuppertal No. 16 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 face masks or respirators

These are provided by the University if
 

  • direct contact or simultaneous use of a room by several persons is unavoidable and technical or organisational measures do not provide sufficient protection, or
  • the minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained, or
  • hazards due to increased aerosol emission are to be expected during activities carried out.

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

At all permitted events at the university, the University of Wuppertal provides employees with the the necessary medical face masks oder respirators.
 
The necessary medical face masks oder respirators 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. Insofar as a fixed facility-related person limit per square metre or capacity limit applies according to the Corona Protection Ordinance NRW, immunised persons are to be included.

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?
  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 14 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 for employees 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 been fully vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

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.

What are the symptoms?

Please contact the RKI for further information.