Questions about the current situation at the university
What is the current situation at the University of Bamberg? [updated 11 January]
On-site operations at the university are still reduced to a minimum. Although the university buildings are accessible within the regular opening hours for university's members, public access is still limited to cases of the utmost necessity (e.g. for teaching and examinations). Employees should therefore work from home to the greatest extent possible. Which employees may work on site at which times is to be decided by those employees' direct superiors.
For the foreseeable future, university operations will be influenced by the handling of the Corona pandemic. The university board of management has created a manual that contains guidelines and rules meant to enable us all to continue fulfilling our tasks together and to maintain research and teaching while taking health protection into account.
We have established a Corona Coordination Team at the University of Bamberg. This team guarantees knowledge exchange within the university and is in constant professional communication with the responsible authorities. Our website, on which the relevant information is consolidated, is updated continuously.
When a university member tests positive for the coronavirus, the public health authorities immediately notify all employees who had direct contact with the infected colleague. These employees are under the 14-day protective measure and will continue to work from home. This means they can still be contacted by telephone and email and are, in this form, available to their colleagues.
For university employees who have not been directly informed - i.e. staff who have had no direct contact with the infected individual - the general regulations for all employees apply (see above).
What restrictions does the University currently face? [updated 18 January]
- On-site teaching will be largely discontinued until at least 31 January 2021.
- Effective immediately, mask wearing is mandatory in all university buildings and on all university premises (see FAQ bellow).
- With the start of the lecture period on November 2, all university buildings will remain open within the regular opening hours. Exception: during evening curfew, all university buildings close at 8pm. Authorised personnel are urgently requested to stop locking doors, as was customary during building closures. On-site operations at the University of Bamberg are however to be kept to a minimum (e.g. teaching and examinations).
- On-site operations at the University of Bamberg continue to be reduced. Members of staff are to work from home whenever possible (see FAQs for employees).
- Employees can still be reached by email and telephone. Appointments and consultation hours will be provided by telephone or e-mail as far as possible.
- Due to current Bavarian infection protection measures, all university branch libraries are closed until further notice.
- The Mensa Feldkirchenstraße is open for business at limited capacity. Patrons must wear an FFP-2 mask when picking up food.The Mensa Austraße and and all cafeterias remain closed.
- Administration and research activities will be maintained.
What official guidelines and rules on health protection apply at the university? [updated 26 October]
The university board of management has created a manual that contains guidelines and rules meant to enable us all to continue fulfilling our tasks together and to maintain research and teaching while taking health protection into account. In this context, the requirements and conditions for classroom-taught or practical courses and in-person examinations, as well as for a restricted operation of the university library and university archives, are also listed in the manual.
All members of the University are requested to take to heart and be particularly attentive to the rules of conduct and measures for the protection of university members’ health as set out in the manual.
How can I protect myself from infection and minimise the risk of spreading the virus at the university? [updated 23 Oktober]
University operations are being seriously affected by the response to the coronavirus pandemic and this will continue to be the case for the foreseeable future. For this reason, the university board of management issued a manual(224.3 KB) containing orientational guidelines and rules meant to enable all of us to continue to perform our mutual tasks and to sustain research and teaching activities while at the same time observing pertinent health protection measures.
Furthermore, the university board of management appeals to everyone to resolve all matters that do not require personal contact (including such tasks performed by persons working on site) either by telephone or e-mail whenever possible. Meetings, personal consultations and other gatherings, regardless of the number of participants, are to be kept to an absolute minimum across the entire university, and are to be postponed unless there is an urgent necessity.
All university members are urged to handle the situation responsibly and to observe the following hygiene measures:
- Stay away from the university if you suffer from symptoms of illness (particularly those affecting the respiratory tract, a loss of smell or taste, or unspecific general symptoms), or if you have had contact with an infected person.
- Masks are required in all university buildings. With a current 7-day incidence rate of 35 or more new infections of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 per 100,000 inhabitants of the city of Bamberg, masks must be worn, without exception, in in-person courses and in all branch libraries. This means instructors and students must wear a mouth and nose covering while teaching a course or sitting in their seats, respectively, and a minimum distance of 1.5 metres to other persons must be maintained. Please utilise the protective masks we provide for employees (see FAQ in the employees section).
- Keep a distance of 1.5 metres. This distancing requirement also applies to all outdoor areas on university premises.
- Avoid multiple occupancy of rooms.
- Ensure that rooms are ventilated regularly. Please follow the instructions provided in the university’s cleaning and ventilation concept (Reinigungs- und Lüftungskonzept).
- Use work equipment and tools as personalised as possible or ensure regular cleaning/disinfection or use protective clothing, for example gloves, if necessary.
- Use disinfectants in highly frequented places.
- Avoid using lifts.
- Avoid shaking hands.
- Make sure to wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap.
- Observe "coughing and sneezing etiquette" (sneezing into your elbow).
- Avoid contact with persons suffering from respiratory illness.
- Avoid large gatherings of people.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before preparing and consuming food.
Please help us to raise awareness: We have designed a poster with important recommendations for action and a reference to this website(1.6 MB). Please post it wherever you think it is appropriate.
Are masks generally required on university premises? [updated 2 December]
Yes. Effective immediately in all University of Bamberg buildings, and in addition to maintaining a minimum distance of 1.5 metres to others, masks are mandatory for all persons. Whether or not mouth and nose coverings must be worn at individual workstations depends on current infection rates (see below).
Please also note:
- A mouth and nose covering is not required for any person who is alone in an office or other room.
- Multiple occupancy of rooms should be avoided. If this is not possible, alternative protective measures must be taken.
- Please avoid using lifts to the greatest extent possible.
- With a current 7-day incidence rate of 35 or more new infections of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 per 100,000 inhabitants of the city of Bamberg, and generally since the start of the partial lockdown on 2 November, masks must be worn, without exception, in in-person courses and, provided these are open, in all branch libraries. This means instructors and students must wear a mouth and nose covering while teaching a course or sitting in their seats, respectively, and a minimum distance of 1.5 metres to other persons must be maintained. Current information on the 7-day incidence rate is available on the Bavarian State Ministry of Health website.
- According to ministerial information, face visors / face shields and Plexiglas protective barriers may unfortunately not be used by teachers in their courses as a substitute for face masks, even if a longer lecture with a mask is considered very difficult.
The university will provide protective masks for those employees working on site during this current period of restricted operation.
What are the scheduled dates for the 2020/2021 winter semester lecture period? [permanent]
The university board of management has made use of the flexibility concept presented in the ordinance on the determination of the 2020/2021 winter semester lecture period at Bavarian universities and universities of applied sciences of 8 July 2020 by shortening the winter semester lecture period by two weeks. The course material planned for the winter semester is to be offered with a correspondingly condensed number of hours, or in some other way, taking into account the feasibility of reasonable studies. The winter semester lecture period will commence on 2 November 2020 and end on 12 February 2021.
How is the access to university buildings regulated? [updated 16 December]
Access to the university buildings can be eased again with the comprehensive regulation of contact data collection for various situations (courses and related on-site visits, library visits, examinations). All university buildings are therefore open during regular opening hours. Exception: during night curfew, all university buildings close at 8pm.
Please note that for important reasons access is only permitted to members and guests of the university.
What restrictions apply to the University Library? [updated 19 January]
The University Library's reading rooms, study areas and circulation desk must remain closed in accordance with the Bavarian regulation on infection prevention and control measures. E-books, e-journals and databases are of course still available. For users who urgently need literature from the Branch Libraries, the University Library provides digitalisation and postal mailing services.
To return borrowed media, you can use the book return boxes located in front of Branch Libraries 3 and 4 and the ERBA building (building opening hours: Mon.-Fri.: 6 a.m to 7 p.m.), or you can send them back via parcel post. There will be no late fees for already borrowed materials until regular operations resume.
The University of Bamberg Library provides daily updates on any further changes as well as information on the services it can offer at www.uni-bamberg.de/ub. If you have any questions, library staff can be reached by telephone, email or chat.
Is it possible to use the university archive? [updated 12 January]
The Bavarian State Government’s regulations from December of 2020 will remain in effect until at least 31 January 2021. Therefore, the University Archives will remain closed until further notice.
Outside this period, the following applies:
The University Archives can be used by members of the university as well as by external persons during regular opening hours. Currently, users are required to register in advance and arrange an appointment by email at archiv(at)uni-bamberg.de. Please contact the archive staff if you require archived records.
Protecting staff and users from infection continues to have the highest priority. Appropriate measures are in place to ensure distancing and infection protection: wearing a mouth and nose covering is required. Further details of use will be clarified personally with individual users.
Apart from on-site use, digital copies of archival materials are also gladly made available to the extent legally and technically possible.
What restrictions apply to dining halls, cafeterias and childcare facilities operated by the Studentenwerk Würzburg? [updated 18 January]
Due to the current lockdown, only the Mensa Feldkirchenstraße is open. The Mensa Austrße and all cafeterias remain closed until further notice. Please be aware that the Mensa Feldkirchenstraße has changed its opening hours.
According to the eighth Bavarian regulation on infection prevention and control measures (8. BayIfSMV) of 30 October 2020, only "the operation of company canteens that are not open to the public" is now permitted, which is why the Studentenwerk’s dining halls and cafeterias have to limit themselves to take-away services.
All changes in the dining halls and cafeterias at a glance:
- The Mensa Feldkirchenstraße remains in operation: however, only take-away service is available.
- An FFP-2 mask must be worn when picking up food.
- It is not necessary to order in advance.
- 0.50€ will be charged for “Mensa to-go” packaging materials.
- Cutlery will not be provided.
- Beverages will not be served with “mensaVital” meals.
- It is no longer necessary to register your visit.
When purchasing food, mouth and nose covernings must be worn and distancing and hygiene regulations must be observed. In order to limit contact to the greatest extent possible, payment is only possible with a chip card. Chip cards can be topped up at the terminals located in the dining hall. This is also possible for non-validated chip cards.
Current opening hours for the dining halls in the Austraße and Feldkirchenstraße and the cafeterias in the Feldkirchenstraße, at Markusplatz and Alte Weberei are available on the Studentenwerk Würzburg website.
The childcare facilities managed by the Studentenwerk Würzburg currently offer emergency childcare.
What restrictions apply to advisory services offered by the Studentenwerk Würzburg? [permanent]
Since Monday, 16 March 2020, the advisory services of the Studentenwerk Würzburg have been suspended for public access until further notice. Services are currently only being provided by telephone or e-mail. This applies to social, legal and psychotherapeutic counselling, housing as well as BAföG and study financing consultations. This also applies to the Info-Point, the chip card office and the main cash desk.
The Office for Educational Promotion (Amt für Ausbildungsförderung) can be reached by e-mail at wuerzburg(at)bafoeg-bayern.de. As usual, the responsible members of staff can be reached at their respective extension numbers.
The team for social, legal and psychotherapeutic counselling is also available by telephone and e-mail. Contact details and office hours can be found on the respective department pages of the Studentenwerk homepage.