Questions about the current situation at the university

The latest FAQ about the current situation

Please be aware: Whenever new federal guidelines for dealing with the Corona pandemic are announced, they first have to be translated into state law in the individual federal states. If corresponding general regulations are established for Bavaria, specific regulations for the Bavarian universities and colleges may also result. This process usually takes a few days before detailed, legally binding regulations are issued. As soon as the university executive board is aware of new developments or the executive board passes new resolutions itself, we will inform you immediately on these pages. Until then, the most recent information communicated and published here applies to the University of Bamberg.

► 2 September 2021:

► 15 July 2021:

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.  

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. Please utilise the protective masks we provide for employees.
  • Use the free coronavirus selft-tests we provide for employees and for students as well as rapid testing services provided under medical supervision outside the university.
  • 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.

Yes. Effective immediately in all University of Bamberg buildings, and in addition to maintaining a minimum distance of 1.5 metres to others, FFP2 masks are mandatory for all persons. Wearing a mask is now no longer required outdoors on university campuses.

Please also note:

  • A mask 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.
  • Masks must be worn, without exception, in in-person courses and in all branch libraries. This means instructors and students must wear a mask while teaching a course or sitting in their seats, respectively, and a minimum distance of 1.5 metres to other persons must be maintained.
  • For the current regulations regarding the masking requirement at the library, please see the corresponding FAQ.
  • 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 FFP2 masks for those employees working on site during this current period of restricted operation.

You can find further information on ordering a mask here. The current manual on infection protection provides details on these and other measures at the university.

Due to the 14th Bavarian Infection Protection Measures Act the “3G rule” will apply in all branch libraries from 2nd September on. 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)
  • proof of a negative PCR-test (no older than 48 hours) or rapid antigen-test (no older than 24 hours)

Wearing of a medical face mask is mandatory in all branch libraries. 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 group study rooms remain closed.
  • The lending of books occurs contactless via the self-service shelves and self-service checkouts.

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.

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 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.

A contact point has been set up for questions concerning protective measures and the current situation at the university. Members of the university can contact kontaktstelle.covid19(at)uni-bamberg.de with their concerns.

Our university physician Dr. Bedner is also available for further advice.