Questions about the current situation at the university
What is the current situation at the University of Bamberg? [updated 24 November 2021]
- In-person courses, hybrid and online formats:
Given the current situation, a significant reduction in in-person teaching is unavoidable. Particularly courses with higher numbers of participants – above all larger to very large lectures – will no longer be held on site. When the local 7-day incidence rate exceeds 1,000, teaching must be completely converted to online formats.
At the same time, it is important to us to consult with the Bavarian universities as a whole and with the Ministry of Science as well as our university's “Teaching During Corona” task force (Taskforce “Lehre in Corona-Zeiten”) in order to maintain a certain leeway for the continuation of in-person or hybrid teaching with small groups up to a 7-day incidence rate of 1,000 for the city of Bamberg. This particularly pertains to practical and artistic courses that require special laboratory or work spaces at the university.
- Entering university campus:
Beginning Wednesday, 24 November 2021, only students who meet the 2G criterion will have access to in-person teaching. The 2G rule applies for access to libraries and archives. Unvaccinated or unrecovered students will be excluded. The same applies to international students who have been vaccinated with a vaccine that is not approved in the EU.
However, students with a medical condition that precludes vaccination can continue to take advantage of the exemptions previously and currently in place. For students without access to in-person courses, digital alternatives are to be provided (in hybrid or also different asynchronous formats, depending on the possibility).
From now on, the 3G+ rule applies to participation in examinations. This means that in addition to vaccinated and recovered persons, only persons possessing valid proof of a PCR test will be allowed to take part.
- Compliance with mask requirements:
Masks appropriate to current infection situations (currently FFP2 masks) must always be worn at all times during courses.This applies regardless of the room occupancy rate. The chessboard pattern or 50% seating occupancy of teaching rooms systematically leads to a situation where a minimum distance of 1.5 meter between individuals can usually no longer be maintained. For this reason, wearing masks is mandatory for participation in courses and exams. Exceptions are only possible under certain conditions.
- Enforcement of “G regulations”:
It is not yet known how the “G characteristics” (vaccinated, recovered or tested status) will be monitored at the universities in the future, i.e. whether it will still be possible to carry out structured random checks. In any case, the checks of students by instructors will become increasingly important in the future. In concrete terms, this means that instructors must always reliably check the participants of their in-person courses for compliance with the G-requirements.
What official guidelines and rules on health protection apply at the university? [updated 26 October 2020]
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? [permanently valid]
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 and areas.
- 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 24 November 2021]
Masks appropriate to current infection situations (currently FFP2 masks) are required in all university buildings and closed rooms. This applies regardless of the room occupancy rate.
The chessboard pattern or 50% seating occupancy of teaching rooms systematically leads to a situation where a minimum distance of 1.5 meter between individuals can usually no longer be maintained. For this reason, wearing masks is mandatory for participation in courses. Exceptions are only possible under certain conditions.
Like violations of the G-regulation, those against the mask requirements are also subjected to a fine.
What restrictions apply to the University Library? [updated 24 November 2021]
The 2G rule applies for access to libraries and archives.
To access our libraries one of the following verifications will be necessary:
- proof of a complete vaccination (last vaccination at least 14 days ago)
- an official proof of recovery (the illness occurred no more than six months ago)
Unvaccinated or unrecovered students will be excluded. The same applies to international students who have been vaccinated with a vaccine that is not approved in the EU.
With a 7-day incidence over 1,000 in the city of Bamberg, libraries and archives will remain closed.
Masks appropriate to current infection situations (currently FFP2 masks) must always be worn at all times during courses. You may take off the mask at your desk.
We kindly ask you to obey the following rules:
- Please desinfect your hands when entering a branch libray.
- Please keep a minimum distance of 1.50 meters to other people.
- The lending of books occurs contactless via the self-service shelves and self-service checkouts.
With the start of lectures, the regular long opening hours will apply again for all University Branch Libraries. You can find the opening hours and the current number of available workstations on the University Library websites. Due to the distancing regulations, the number of workplaces is limited. Library users are required to wear an mask.
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 24 November 2021]
The 2G rule applies for access to the University Archives. 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. With a 7-day incidence over 1,000 in the city of Bamberg, libraries and archives will remain closed.
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 FFP2 mask 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.