Questions about the current situation at the university
What is the current situation at the University of Bamberg? [updated 3 November]
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 the most necessary (e.g. for teaching and examinations). The following applies to employees: Whenever possible, working from home should continue to take precedence over working on site. Which employees may work on site at which times is to be decided by direct superiors in consideration of the respective working premises and physical distancing requirements.
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 notify immediately 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 3 November]
- Effective immediately, mask wearing is mandatory in all university buildings and on all university premises.
- With the start of the lecture period on November 2, all university buildings will remain open within the regular opening hours. 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. Since 23 March, university 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.
- All university branch libraries are currently available as places for study and work, and books and other media can be checked out.
- The Mensa Austraße and the Mensa Feldkirchenstraße are open for restricted operation.
- 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 required on university premises? [updated 4 November]
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 in line with the regulations of the partial lockdown beginning on 2 November, 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. Current information on the 7-day incidence rate is available on the Bavarian State Ministry of Health website.
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 will access to university buildings be regulated with the start of the lecture period? [updated 3 November]
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. 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 3 November]
University of Bamberg branch libraries are at your disposal as places of study and work as well as for the lending and return of books and other media. The current opening hours can be found on the pages of the University Library. You can use the ERBA library around the clock with your student card or ServiceCard.
Please observe the hygiene and distancing rules at your own responsibility and do not enter the ERBA library if the maximum number of persons present has been reached. If these rules are not observed, the 24/7 opening must be reversed.
Strict compliance with the following regulations is required:
- The number of persons allowed to use a branch library simultaneously is restricted. Information on available space can be found here.
- Please disinfect your hands when entering a branch library.
- Please maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres to other people.
- Visitors are required to wear and mouth and nose covering. This can be removed at your work station.
- Checking out media is a contact-free process; please use the self-collection shelves and self-checkout stations.
- Group working rooms remain closed.
- Persons who use a branch library to work or study must give their contact details at library entrances for infection contact tracing purposes.
The University of Bamberg Library provides daily updates on further changes and on the services it can continue to offer at www.uni-bamberg.de/ub.
Is it possible to use the university archive? [permanent]
The University Archives can be used by members of the university as well as by external persons during regular opening hours. At the moment, prior registration and appointment by e-mail to archiv(at)uni-bamberg.de is required. Please contact the archive staff if you need archive records.
The protection of staff and users against infection continues to have the highest priority. Appropriate measures are in place to ensure distance and protection against infection: it is necessary to wear a mouth-and-nose protector. Further details of use will be clarified personally with the respective users.
Apart from on-site use, digital copies of archival materials are also gladly made available as far as legally and technically possible.
What restrictions apply to dining halls, cafeterias and childcare facilities operated by the Studentenwerk Würzburg? [updated 3 November]
Due to the current coronavirus protection directives, University of Bamberg cafeterias and dining halls will only be open for take-away purchases beginning 2 November 2020.
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:
- Dining halls and cafeterias remain in operation: however, only take-away service is available.
- 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 resumed regular operations in July 2020.
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.