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Informationen zum Umgang mit dem Coronavirus an der UR

The Bayerische Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting, BR) is providing Bavarian-specific information on the Corona virus outbreak in several languages (English, Türkçe, Italiano, Arabic, Bosanski/Hrvatski/Srpski): 
https://www.br.de/nachrichten/corona-news-in-english-tuerk-hrvatski-italiano-arabic,RtP4XBT


UPDATE: 3G-Plus for employees

3G-Plus regulation for employees

Vaccinated or recovered employees do not have to provide proof of either rapid tests or PCR tests - not even if they have contact with students.

Employees who are neither vaccinated nor recovered are, according to § 4 Abs. 4 Satz 1 i.V.m. § 5 Abs. 2 der 15. BayIfSMV, obliged to have two PCR test certificates per week. A further rapid test is no longer required.


UPDATE: 2G / 3G regulations for access to the library

For students and external users the 2G regulation is valid from now on: Access to the University Library is only granted to those who are vaccinated or have recovered.

For non-vaccinated or non-healed persons with a medical certificate, 3G Plus applies: Upon presentation of a PCR test certificate, persons who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons may also be admitted. They have to prove their status on site by presenting an original written medical certificate containing the full name and date of birth.

The 3G regulation applies to employees of Universität Regensburg.

If you are unable to visit the University Library, you can also have books picked up or returned by a vaccinated or recovered person. To check out reading room materials, this person will need your library card and an informal authorization issued by you. Your library card is not required to return books.

You may also return books by mail. Please enclose a note with your name and user number and send the books to the following address:
Regensburg University Library
Circulation
Universitätsstr. 31
93053 Regensburg

If you have any questions or problems, please contact info.ub@ur.de.


UPDATE: 2G for students and guests


The 2G regulations apply to all students and guests: Only persons who have been vaccinated or have recovered or are younger than twelve years and three months are allowed access to closed rooms and buildings of the university.

2G also applies to practical and artistic training sections as well as events that require special laboratory or work rooms (= "Praxisveranstaltungen").

For persons who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, the 3G Plus regulation applies. They are allowed to enter the university and library buildings if they have a negative PCR test result and at the same time prove their status by presenting an original written medical certificate containing their full name and date of birth.

The 3G Plus rule applies to examinations. In addition to vaccinated and recovered persons, persons with a negative PCR test result will also be admitted to examinations.

These regulations are effective immediately. Checks are carried out by security staff on a close-meshed, regular and consistent basis using random samples: lecturers can additionally check compliance with the 2G regulation in their courses.


UPDATE: President recommends digital teaching starting Dec. 13

For the period from December 13, 2021 through the beginning of the Christmas and New Year break on December 23, 2021, President Hebel is asking all faculty to conduct their classes digitally wherever possible to reduce on-campus presence and provide greater time flexibility for home travel in the lead-up to Christmas.

UPDATE: obligation to wear an FFP2 mask

In buildings, the obligation to wear an FFP2 mask applies (even if a minimum distance of 1.5m can be maintained). This also applies to teaching events and especially in the reading rooms.

Based on information provided by the Bavarian State Government and the Bavarian Ministry for Science and Art, the University administration is providing the following information for members of Universität Regensburg (UR). This information will be updated regularly.

Questions about dealing with the coronavirus

For questions about dealing with the coronavirus or about the resulting measures at the UR, you can now use the following email address: corona.faq@ur.de.


What are the general rules of conduct?

  • The obligation to wear an FFP2 mask (mask obligation) applies in all buildings and closed rooms.
  • Whenever possible keep a distance of at least 1.5 m away from other persons.
  • Ensure your hands are kept sufficiently hygienic.
  • Cough and sneeze into the crook of the arm rather than your hands.
  • Air offices and other rooms thoroughly and regularly.

Where do I have to wear an FFP2 mask?

In buildings and closed rooms, the wearing of FFP2 masks is compulsory.
Masks are compulsory in classes as a basic principle. The person lecturing is exempt.

Masks may be removed for purposes of identification of to communicate with persons with a hearing impairment.

Children are exempt from compulsory masks before their sixth birthday, and persons who can credibly show that it is unreasonable for them to wear a mask due to a disability or for other health reasons. They must show this immediately, normally by showing a written medical certificate (an original - not a copy), which must contain the full name, birthday and concrete details of why the person concerned is freed from the obligation to wear a mask.


What are the 2G and 3G-Plus regulations?

2G regulation for students and guests

The 2G regulations apply to all students and guests: Only persons who have been vaccinated or have recovered or are younger than twelve years and three months are allowed access to closed rooms and buildings of the university.

2G also applies to practical and artistic training sections as well as events that require special laboratory or work rooms (= "Praxisveranstaltungen").

For persons who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, the 3G Plus regulation applies. They are allowed to enter the university and library buildings if they have a negative PCR test result and at the same time prove their status by presenting an original written medical certificate containing their full name and date of birth.

The 3G Plus rule applies to examinations. In addition to vaccinated and recovered persons, persons with a negative PCR test result will also be admitted to examinations.


3G regulation for employees

University employees are subject to the 3G-Plus rule, and must be vaccinated, recovered, or tested negative (PCR test!) to enter the University. The control of the 3G-Plus status of employees is carried out for the scientists and for the non-scientific staff in the faculties by the faculty, in the central facilities and the administration by the management of the respective organizational units.

Vaccinated or recovered employees do not have to provide proof of either rapid tests or PCR tests - not even if they have contact with students.

Employees who are neither vaccinated nor recovered are, according to § 4 Abs. 4 Satz 1 i.V.m. § 5 Abs. 2 der 15. BayIfSMV, obliged to have two PCR test certificates per week. A further rapid test is no longer required.


Checking adherence to the "2G" rule

Universität Regensburg is required to check the documents proving vaccination or recovery. The university has commissioned the firm AFSecurity, and their staff will examine people's proof of adherence to the 2G rule. You will be able to recognize their staff by their uniform and neon green high-visibility jackets with the UR logo.

To enable in-person teaching to proceed, members of the university are asked to actively participate in checking adherence to the 2G rule. We ask, therefore, that you carry proof of your vaccination status or your status as a recovered person, ideally with a QR code on a smartphone. Please show your proof of adherence to the 2G rule in combination with your student card or identity card.

Adherence to the 2G rule is systematically checked by the library staff at the entrances to the reading rooms and textbook collection. There are no members of staff at the contact-free lending section to make a general check, so random inspections will be carried out there.

Members of the teaching staff have the right to check that the 2G rule is being observed at the entrance to their in-person classes independently.

For all other non-university events, the persons or company responsible for the event is required to check adherence to the 2G rule.

Those persons to whom the 2G rule applies, who do not have the correct evidence will not be allowed in the university's buildings, or will have to leave them. If they refuse to comply, the police or local authorities will be called.

Entering the university's buildings without proof of adherence to the 2G rule is an administrative offense, for which a fine of 250 EUR is generally imposed. The university consistently pursues administrative offenses.


What the regulations for the University Library?

For students and external users the 2G regulation is valid from now on: Access to the University Library is only granted to those who are vaccinated or have recovered.

For non-vaccinated or non-healed persons with a medical certificate, 3G Plus applies: Upon presentation of a PCR test certificate, persons who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons may also be admitted. They have to prove their status on site by presenting an original written medical certificate containing the full name and date of birth.

The 3G regulation applies to employees of Universität Regensburg.

If you are unable to visit the University Library, you can also have books picked up or returned by a vaccinated or recovered person. To check out reading room materials, this person will need your library card and an informal authorization issued by you. Your library card is not required to return books.

You may also return books by mail. Please enclose a note with your name and user number and send the books to the following address:
Regensburg University Library
Circulation
Universitätsstr. 31
93053 Regensburg

If you have any questions or problems, please contact info.ub@ur.de.

Further information for users of the library collections and the reading rooms can be found on the homepage of the University Library.


How you can be tested for the corona virus on campus?

Public test center in the northern part of the campus

The public test center is situated in the northern part of the campus, on the parking lot between the OTH and Universität Regensburg. To get a rapid corona test here, you need to make an appointment online at https://covid-testzentrum.de/regensburg-uni/.

Procedure

  • After making an appointment, you will receive a QR code on your cellphone.   
  • Come to the test center at the time of the appointment. Please observe the corona-related regulations. In particular, keep to the social distancing rule, staying at least 1.5 m away from other people waiting, and wear a face mask.
  • Medicare staff will scan your QR code at the test center using a hand-scanner. Please present a valid form of identification to verify your identity.
  • You are given a test kit when you arrive, which you then hand to the member of staff who then takes your swab.
  • You should then leave the area of the test center. You will be informed of the result 15 minutes later by email.
  • Persons tested are informed in advance both on the Medicare homepage and on the E-ticket containing the QR code, that if they test positive, they must go into quarantine without delay and inform the public health department (Gesundheitsamt) immediately. Medicare is required to register positive test results with the public health department in Regensburg immediately.
  • A certificate showing a negative test result can be used outside the university.

Self-tests on campus

Those working in-person at Universität Regensburg can be provided with two self-tests per week if they wish it. These tests are carried out in the test center in the Computer Center room CIP RZ1. To make an appointment, you have to use the website https://www.uni-regensburg.de/verwaltung/startseite-verwaltung/covid19test/index.html.

If you test positive, you alone will be contacted personally at the telephone number you give. This will take place within 60 minutes, and you will then be informed about the further steps to take in relation to the regulations on measures to protect against infection. If you test negative, you will not be contacted, unless you specifically request a negative test result is sent to you by email.


When does the teaching period start and end?

The winter semester 2021-22 started on October 1, 2021, and it will end on March 31, 2022. The teaching period began on October 18, 2021, and will last through to February 11, 2021.

The summer semester 2022 will start on April 1, 2022, and it will end on September 30, 2022. The teaching period will begin on April 25, 2022, and will last through to July 29, 2022.


What is important for working in home office?

Home office remains the recommended option

The current home-office regulations are extended until March 31, 2022.

The aim of the extension of home office was to significantly reduce the risk of infection on campus, and simultaneously so that should there be an infection, whole work-groups will not have to be sent into quarantine, risking the operations of the university.

The supervisor decides on the presence of the employees on campus in consultation with the respective employees and taking into account the needs and local conditions (e.g. space in the office).


Flexible hours of physical presence

University employees (including scientific staff, non-scientific staff, and trainees) can carry out their duties more flexibly until further notice, for example with more flexible physical presence, using offices alternately and with the further facilitation of home office. Users of the time-recording system ZI Web can record the start and end of their working hours via the web interface themselves, also when in home office. It is not necessary to register via the personnel departments. It is possible to take your work computer home to use for your work when in home office (except employees working in the central administration, who need to inform their direct supervisors of their needs).


Technical possibilities

The Computer Center has information on the technical possibilities of using home office (e.g. setting up a VPN) at https://www.uni-regensburg.de/rechenzentrum/aktuelles/it-corona/

Members of the university can use "UR Chat", Universität Regensburg's collaboration platform, for everyday teamwork in home office, short messages and exchanging files. You log in with your computer center account.


What applies to business trips?

Business trips

Business trips to high-risk areas or areas of variants of concern (see "Information on the designation of international risk areas" by the Robert Koch Institut) cannot be approved. We also advise replacing other trips with video and telephone conferencing, whenever possible.


Entering Germany from areas with a variant of concern

So far, no visas have been issued by the German missions abroad for persons from virus variant areas. The German Rectors' Conference (HRK) has now informed that on the basis of the Coronavirus Entry Regulation, which has been in force since August 1, 2021, there are exceptions which apply to the following groups of persons, among others:

  • Researchers or scientists who have concluded a hosting agreement or a contract for the implementation of a research project with a research institution or a university (§§ 18d, 18e, 18f AufenthG as well as § 19c Abs. 1 AufenthG i.V.m.§ 5 BeschV);
  • foreign students and doctoral candidates who have a (conditional or unconditional) notice of admission from the educational institution, even if, for example, a language course, internship or preparatory course has preceded.

Thus, visas can again be issued to students and researchers from virus variant areas. Information on which countries are classified as virus variant areas can always be found updated on the RKI website.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)


What are the opening hours of Universität Regensburg?

The buildings on the university campus will be open from Monday to Friday between 06:00 and 22:00. On Saturdays, the buildings Law and Economics, Multi-purpose Building, and PT Building will each be open from 08:00 to 22:00. The natural sciences buildings, the Central Library and Sport will be open from 08:00 to 20:00. On Sundays, the buildings Law and Economics, Multi-purpose Building, and PT Building will each be open from 08:00 to 22:00. All other buildings will remain closed on Sundays. In urgent cases, Maintenance Services can be contacted at all times via the telephone number 0941 943 3333.

Where do I get help?

General questions

If you have questions on the measures being taken to contain the corona pandemic at Universität Regensburg, you can contact us at this email address: corona.faq@ur.de


Library

For questions on using the University Library, for example on loaning out media or working in the reading rooms, you can get information from the University Library's website, you can contact the library by telephone (0941 943-3990, Mon.-Fri., 10:00-16:00), write an email, or use the chat function for UR members: UR Chat (search for "Auskunft UB", Mon.-Fri., 10:00-16:00).
For students from at-risk groups, the University Library offers a special service ensuring at little contact as possible.


IT support

Students who have no access to an Internet-capable end device such as a PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone, or who do not have an Internet connection can ask the Computer Center for help. Register with the UR support team via email at supportteam@ur.de, giving the following data: name, program, and matriculation number, and the time slot required [weekdays: mornings (8:00 - 12:30) and afternoons (13:00 - 17:30)]. You will then receive personalized access to a computer workspace in one of the computer labs (CIP pools) on campus, together with detailed instructions on the distancing and hygiene rules. If you know students who are in this emergency situation, and will not be able to read this message for this reason, please make them aware of this option and support them, where necessary by using your email account.


Support for people in difficult situations

The Counseling Service for Mental Health offers advice sessions by telephone. Further tips and contacts for difficulties caused by the corona pandemic can be found on the homepage of the Central Department for Course Counseling.

All persons for whom the restrictions connected with the corona crisis present a danger, or for whom great economic, social and/or health insecurity threatens, can find an overview of the help available (by telephone or electronically) in the following PDF: Help available in difficult situations (PDF, in German).



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