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COVID-19/coronavirus: Current measures of the University of Wuppertal

Current information on the summer semester 2020 from April 19, 2020

Friday, June 26, 2020:

Current information on holiday travel for employees of the University of Wuppertal can be found here.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020:

Information on current developments in the districts of Gütersloh and Warendorf can be found here.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020:

Business trips within Europe are generally permitted again from 15 June (see below under work organisation, labour law, home office)

Thursday, April 16, 2020:

All regulations and measures will continue to apply until further notice, including those that were previously limited until 19 and 20 April.

The letter from the president and chancellor of the University (16.3.2020) (german)
General instructions (18.03.2020) (german)
Concept for gradual return to presence operation (06.05.2020) (german)
Implementation of teaching and practical courses and examinations at the universities in North Rhine-Westphalia (25.05.2020) (german)

In a letter dated March 16th, 2020 the president and chancellor of the University of Wuppertal (BUW) informed about the current state of affairs regarding the management of the coronavirus crisis. In the meantime, the situation has worsened once again, so that more far-reaching measures have now been introduced for some of the points addressed.Should changes arise due to new legal bases, you will be informed promptly from April 20.

In order to give the members of the BUW a brief overview of all the main provisions currently in force, we have summarised them below in the form of an FAQ list with further links.

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, as well as the FAQ lists of the faculties and central institutions linked in the following, will be continuously supplemented and updated.

You can find FAQs on the operation of studies in Uni@Home mode at: https://www.uni-wuppertal.de/studium/

Further FAQ lists of the faculties and the central institutions can be found here.

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.

What are the operational restrictions to reduce social contacts?

The general prohibition of access for students to the buildings of the University of Wuppertal issued on 19 th of March 2020 has been replaced by a restricted access permit. It states that students may re-enter the university buildings for the participation in approved attendance courses and examinations (see below). However, university employees are required to carry out their duties as far as possible without "public access", i.e. without the students having to come to the respective facilities in person.

The restricted access permit for students to the buildings of the Bergische Universität applies especially to the following areas:

University Library:
The specialist libraries 1 to 5 on the Grifflenberg campus and the copy centre can be entered for the purpose of returning and borrowing print media, searching for literature on the shelves and using the copy centre Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, 50 workstations are currently available for individual use in the two reading rooms. The maximum time of use is 3 hours per person and day. Prior booking is required. You can find current information on the University Library website.

Oral examinations:
Although oral exams are usually held at a distance via video communication, it is generally permissible to hold oral exams in attendance format. If these take place at the university, restricted access for the students to be examined applies for the duration of the examination itself as well as for covering the corresponding distances to and from the examination room.

Laboratory internships in the natural and engineering sciences:
Taking into account the fact that studies and teaching in some subjects is necessarily dependent on the practical use of experimental laboratory and workshop facilities, permission to conduct the relevant courses in the summer semester in the presence format has been in effect since April 20, 2020 - for this purpose, the general ban on access applicable to students is thus also suspended. This applies to the natural science subjects of Faculty 4, the engineering subjects of Faculties 5, 6 and 7 and the workshop internship Sachkunde of Faculty 2.
The participants of the internship will receive written information from the internship management in due time before the beginning of the event, including all relevant organizational information and are asked to confirm the receipt of the information and their participation (by e-mail).
For students who have to stay in a laboratory of the university for the purpose of writing their final thesis, the regulations mentioned above apply accordingly.

Examinations:
If you have an appointment for an on-site inspection of your exams which takes place at the university, the ban on access is suspended for the duration of the inspection itself as well as for the corresponding distances to and from the inspection room.

Further exceptions
are, among other things, the practice of music (Faculty 1), practical sports courses (Faculty 2) as well as the participation of students in legally determined committees of the university and the student body.

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.

Further information can be found here.

What about the lecture operation/examinations?

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

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 theCampus Grifflenberg has been open to the public again since 25th of June. However, various restrictions apply. All information can be found on the Website of the university library

The university sports offer is still suspended, but digital offers will be available from 21.04.

The gastronomic offers of the Hochschul-Sozialwerk will be gradually reopened.

  • From Monday, July 6, the Campus Freudenberg FME cafeteria will reopen between 8.30 and 12 noon.
  • From Monday, August 3, Cafeteria ME03 on the Grifflenberg Campus will be open again from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • The cafeteria library ("Maths Cafete") is open in July, but closes in August due to the opening of the large cafeteria. Last opening day is Friday 31 July.

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?

On 18th March, the university management, in agreement with the staff councils, decided that the home office should be the regular place of work for all BUW employees - both for scientific and artistic staff as well as for technical and administrative staff - as far as possible from 19th March onwards.

The recording of working time in the flexitime system will be suspended. This regulation applies until further notice and can be extended or restricted at any time. The university management will find individually appropriate solutions for those cases in which work in the home office or on-call service has negative consequences.

For further information, please refer to the Newsletter No. 25.

How will the gradual return to presence be organised?

All information on that topic can be found here.

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?

The German government has decided to lift the worldwide travel warning from 15th June for most European countries (EU Member States, the UK, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein). For these countries, the travel warning is replaced by individual travel advice.

Business trips within Europe are therefore in principle permitted again from 15 June.

Business travel should be limited to what is absolutely necessary, as drastic restrictions on international air and travel, individual entry restrictions, quarantine measures and restrictions on public life are still to be expected in many countries.

In principle, the possibility of using alternative forms of communication such as video and telephone conferences should continue to be examined before authorising international travel.

The application for a business trip must describe the specific circumstances of the business trip. When planning your trip, please bear in mind that the situation regarding travel can change at any time due to new developments.

The Foreign Ministry would like to point out that individual advice from the federal states may also include the fact that travel is still advised against and reserves the right to issue travel warnings again at very short notice if the occurrence of infection makes this necessary.

The risk that travellers will no longer be able to make their return journey due to increasing restrictions is currently high in many destinations. The Federal Foreign Office therefore strongly advises that the recommendations contained in the travel and security warnings be heeded. When travelling abroad, travellers should always take out an international health insurance policy with repatriation insurance. Costs for necessary assistance by the foreign representative offices will be charged to you according to the regulations of the Consular Act and will not be covered by the University of Wuppertal.

The travel warning to other countries outside Europe will initially remain valid until 31 August 2020. Business trips to these countries are therefore not permitted until further notice.

Travellers should inform themselves about the exact entry requirements in the travel information of the Foreign Office.

Click here for the latest travel and security advice from the Federal Foreign Office.


Further information for executives

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Which hygienic precautions should I take?

To prevent the spread of infectious diseases, advise your team on appropriate respiratory and hand hygiene (see below). As usual, make sure that employees who are unable to work recover at home and do not appear sick at work.

How do I prepare for sick leave?

Identify key elements in work processes and provide substitution rules in these areas so that the absence of a person due to illness does not endanger or impair the functioning of the entire organizational unit.

How do I ensure the flow of information in my area?

The BUW informs its members on given occasions via the homepage and / or e-mail or social media. Please make your team members aware of this. If necessary, please ask for alternative means of communication and maintain appropriate contact lists if necessary.

International guests

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What applies to international students?

The International Office is in contact with all international students newly admitted to the SoSe. These students have the option of applying for the transfer of their admission to the winter semester 2020/2021 or to enrol for the SoSe from their home country and use uni@home.

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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Which hygienic precautions can I take to protect myself?

Ensure good personal hygiene, especially regular and thorough hand washing (at least 30 seconds). Airing the room several times a day reduces the number of viruses in the room and provides a higher humidity, which is good for the mucous membranes of the mouth and nose.

It is advisable to develop more protective habits: for example, pressing elevator buttons with the knuckle of your hand instead of your fingertip.

What precautions should I take in social interaction?

Keep your distance from the person you are meeting in everyday life. Agree to refrain from shaking hands for the time being. Avoid crowded waiting areas. Ensure regular and adequate hand hygiene and proper coughing and sneezing etiquette.

Information about the Corona-Warn-App of the German government can be found here.

What should I do to protect others?

Pay attention to the coughing and sneezing etiquette: turn away from those present, do not cough in your hand, but cover your mouth and nose and cough into the crook of your arm if possible. Dispose of used tissues quickly.

As in all public places, a minimum distance of 1.50 m must always be maintained at the university. In situations where an accumulation of people can be expected and the observance of the distance rules is not possible for more than 15 minutes, it is strongly recommended to wear a mouth-nose cover (textile mask or comparable) for the protection of others. This is particularly important when staying in confined spaces such as corridors, stairwells or elevators.

In case of suspicion

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What are the symptoms?

Please contact the RKI for further information.

What should I do if I think I am ill?

Wherever there are suspected cases of coronavirus infection, the public health department must be informed immediately. In addition, the university administration also asks for the appropriate information so that further "contact persons" can be found as soon as possible.

Experience has shown that the municipal health authorities currently react with a delay due to congestion. Students should report suspected infections at: stud-corona{at}uni-wuppertal.de; staff members can use the e-mail address: infodez41{at}uni-wuppertal.de.