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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.

20.10.2020
With this letter to lecturers, students and employees of the university, the Rectorate is reacting to the latest developments in the region. 

29.10.2020
Circular letter to all students and employees of the University of Wuppertal

18.01.2021
Latest Newsletter Studium und Lehre
All newsletters can be found here.

20.01.2021
Letter to the students before the exams

16.12.2020
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 Bergische Universität in the winter semester 2020/2021 (from 26.10.2020):
Campus Grifflenberg: Monday to Friday 07.00 to 22.00, Saturday 07.00 to 20.00
Campus Freudenberg and Campus Haspel: Monday to Friday 07.00 to 20.00

Teaching activities in WS 2020/2021

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What will the winter semester 2020/2021 look like?

The university has set itself a framework for a "hybrid semester": Classroom courses are offered primarily for the critical passages of the programme (start, transitions, completion). The number of participants in face-to-face lectures in rooms with lecture hall seating is limited to one-eighth of the room capacity (a maximum of every fourth place in every second row can be occupied). A minimum distance of 1.50m must also be observed when occupying seats in the seminar rooms. It is possible that events will be offered twice or alternately in attendance. There are also completely new presence events.
Students can book work places to bridge the time between two classroom sessions with participation in Uni@Home programmes.

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

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 by 15th February 2021 including laboratory and workshop practical training, individual artistic instruction, and artistic practice.

Only exception: practical teaching in sport.

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

Courses in the winter semester 2020/2021 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 15 July 2020, 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.

A handbook on the implementation of this data collection will be published shortly.

[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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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 university library on the Grifflenberg campus will have to close again from 11 January 2021. An order and pick-up service will be set up. You can find all the info 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.

The Cafeteria ME03, the Bistro am Haspel and the Cafeteria on the Freudenberg campus will be open again from Monday, 01.02.2021. You can find opening hours and booking information 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?

In principle, the standard place of work is the university workplace. However, for the special situation we are currently in, we were able to conclude a supplementary service agreement with the staff councils on the organisation and implementation of home office during the Corona pandemic at the University of Wuppertal. This is initially valid until 31.03.2021.

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.

Form for the application for wage compensation

Are business trips allowed?

Business trips within Germany are generally subject to approval. However, they should be limited to those trips that cannot be replaced by an electronic form of communication. Anyone considering a business trip should also always weigh up the relevance of the trip against the health risks associated with the trip.

When travelling on business within Germany, please note that the individual federal states can set up special rules for persons from risk areas within Germany and have already done so in some cases (e.g. prohibition of accommodation). If you come from a high-risk area or wish 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 inner-German risk areas on a daily basis. Please inform yourself about the current status before you start 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?

Entering the country from risk areas is obliged to go directly to their own home or other suitable accommodation immediately after entering the country and to stay there permanently for a period of 14 days after their entry.

Not covered by the above obligation are persons who have a medical certificate in German or English language confirming that there are no indications of infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

Entry from non-EU countries is not possible without an urgent reason. Until further notice, no guests may be received on campus. This applies regardless of their national origin and follows from the decree of the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs NRW of 15 March.

Protection against infection

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Where must a mouth-nose cover be worn? (16.12.2020)

Inside the buildings:

A mouth-nose covering (so-called "everyday mask" such as textile mask, surgical mask, cloth, scarf, etc.) must be worn at the University of Wuppertal in all closed rooms and thus in all university buildings. This does not apply at the workplace, subject to further-reaching occupational health and safety regulations, company infection control concepts or specific official orders, 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, in the following areas

  •     during educational activities of the university which take place in buildings and closed rooms or
  • at permissible meetings, gatherings and events for the exercise of one's profession.

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.

You will find all information on this in the arrangement for the extended use of mouth and nose covers at the University of Wuppertal.


Outside buildings:


Wearing a mouth-nose covering outside the buildings of the university is not obligatory. However, due to the general decree of the city of Wuppertal dated 11 December 2020 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 as well. 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 undercut.

Does the university provide a mouth and nose cover?

The mouth-nose cover required by the Corona Protection Ordinance is the "everyday masks" which are also necessary and already available for private use. It is neither a medical product nor personal protective equipment. Mouth and nose covers are therefore not provided by the Bergische Universität.

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 6 m² per person can be assumed for these cases. The decisive factor is that the hygiene and distance rules (in particular 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].

Does the university pay for Corona tests?

The costs for Corana tests are not covered by the University of Wuppertal.

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.