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Information regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus SARS-COV-2) 

The crisis committee of the University of Bayreuth has been operative since February and remains in daily contact with authorities. It is staffed by representatives from all areas of the University. We are observing the situation very closely and readjusting our measures continuously. Besides our contribution to containing the spread of the virus, the protection of students and employees is our top priority.

In order to stem the spread of the coronavirus as much as possible and for your protection, the University of Bayreuth has decided to take further steps to reduce public operations. The following measures currently apply on the Campus of the University of Bayreuth.


+++ Extension of the COVID-related amendments to the Bavarian Higher Education Act (BayHSchG) +++
Science Minister Bernd Sibler has announced, in his press announcement on 24.03.2021 (perhaps link), that the COVID-related amendments to the Bavarian Higher Education Act (BayHSchG) are to be extended to the 2020/2021 winter semester and 2021 summer semester: “Practically, that will mean that our students’ semester of study and thus also the schedules and deadlines based on their standard period of study will be automatically extended/postponed by one semester. This will give students more time to take examinations. Moreover, the provisions governing the individual standard period of study will also be extended to the 2020/2021 winter semester and 2021 summer semester. This will automatically result in a correspondingly extended maximum period of BAföG benefits.“ More information will be available soon on the websites of the respective examinations offices.

+++ Ecological Botanical Garden (ÖBG): The outdoor area of the ÖBG has reopened. However, the greenhouses will remain closed until further notice. Detailed information can be found on the ÖBG homepage. +++ 

+++ University Library: Opening of the Central Library and the RW sub-library, Click & Collect for the other sub-libraries. From Monday 22 March 2021,

  • the Central Library will be open Monday to Friday 8 am – 8 pm.
  • It will NO longer be necessary to make an appointment for collection in the Central Library after 4 pm or after 1 pm on Fridays.
  • In the Law, Business & Economics (RW) departmental library, reading room workstations will be available during opening hours. These must be booked in advance. Copiers, printing stations, and book scanners will NOT need to be booked in advance anymore.
    More information on booking RW reading room places can be found on the University of Bayreuth website.
  • Please note: Beginning April 12, 2021, the library will resume the dunning process!

All other sub-libraries are still only accessible for picking up ordered media and returning them. The workstations and PCs are not yet accessible there. Employees please continue to use the delivery service via the university's in-house mail (Campus and branch offices). It is also possible to have orders delivered via the book delivery service (also within Bayreuth) for a fee. Please check the website www.ub.uni-bayreuth.de/en for current regulations and services. +++

+++ The University Governing Board recommends the voluntary wearing of full mouth-and-nose protection (surgical mask / medical face masks) rather than an everyday face mask. 
Please refer to the revised mask protection plan of the Free State of Bavaria for regulations regarding exceptions. +++

+++ University of Bayreuth 2021 summer semester teaching: Mix of online & in-person teaching
For teaching in the 2021 summer semester, the University of Bayreuth will offer online courses and face-to-face courses as needed. We will ensure that there is a comprehensive and high-quality range of courses in all degree programmes that will enable students to successfully begin and continue their studies in the 2021 summer semester.
Not all courses can be implemented in an online format, or make sense as such didactically. We will therefore offer laboratory practicals, practical tutorials, and seminars in-person as necessary for particular courses of study, all the while adhering strictly to applicable hygiene standards - as far as the legal situation and infection control regulations allow.
With this approach, the University of Bayreuth intends to react flexibly to the pandemic to ensure a high degree of feasibility and progress in all study programmes.
Individual faculties will provide comprehensive information on the exact regulations applying to individual study programmes soon.+++

+++ Amendment of the Coronavirus Statutes on the possibility of withdrawing from examinations
For examinations from 04.02.2021 onwards - as in the 2020  summer semester - the "simplified withdrawal option through mere absence from the examination" will again apply. Withdrawal can be effected by mere absence from the examination. Default will generally be considered excused. The result of an examination that has been taken shall be taken into account. 
You will soon find further information here https://www.amtliche-bekanntmachungen.uni-bayreuth.de and on the homepage of the Examinations Office: https://www.uni-bayreuth.de/en/studies/examination-office/
If you have any questions, please contact the relevant Examinations Office. +++

+++ Coronavirus Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance, Federal Ministry of Labour: The employer, and thus also the University of Bayreuth, must take all appropriate technical and organizational measures to reduce work-related personal contacts. In the case of office work or comparable activities, the University of Bayreuth must also offer its employees the opportunity to carry out these activities in their own homes if there are no compelling organizational reasons against this. If, in individual cases, a medical face mask or an FFP-2 mask is required, such masks can be obtained from the Procurement Office by providing an appropriate rationale. The ordinance is valid until 30.04.2021. +++

+++ Online teaching: The University of Bayreuth switches back to primary digital operations to the end of the lockdown in Germany (18.04.2021 for the time being)As was the case last semester, exceptions will be made for laboratory work, internships, examinations, practical (including sports) training, and artistic training phases. These may continue to be held in-person under the conditions with which you are already familiar.+++

+++ Study rooms and CIP pools must be closed by 14 January. +++

+++ Catering offers: The cafeterias and canteens of the Studentenwerk Oberfranken only offer take-away meals at the moment. The current opening hours are:

  • Frischraum: Mo to Fr from 11:00 -14:00
  • Cafeteria Mensa: Mo to Fr from 10:00 -15:30 (hot meals: 11:00 -15:00)
  • Mensateria in the Nürnberger Straße: Mo to Fr from 11:00 - 14:00
  • Coffee bar in the FAN building B: Mo to Th from 09:30 - 14:00 and Fr from 09:30 - 12:30

+++ Stop-gap assistance for students in emergency situations due to the pandemic to be reactivated. Stop-gap assistance can be applied for by domestic and foreign students enrolled in state and state-recognised higher education institutions in Germany. Further information can be found on the website of Studentenwerk Oberfranken (in german language).+++

+++ Online programme of University of Bayreuth Hochschulsport: All courses take place online for the time being. The programme is available via the Hochschulsport website. +++

Safe and secure University of Bayreuth

 +++ Strict compulsory wearing of face masks still appliesEverywhere on the premises of the University of Bayreuth (including its branch offices) it is compulsory to wear a simple face mask both inside and outside the buildings at all times, unless you are in an office alone. This applies to all persons in and outside of classes (including external guests passing through the campus). Excluded from this obligation are only persons who cannot wear a face mask for medical reasons. This is to be proven by a medical certificate, which must always be carried with you. +++

+++ Binding rules: Please refer to the binding rules for visiting the campusPlease inform yourself regularly via the official channels of the University of Bayreuth and via the "Coronavirus Handbook", which explains and specifies the applicable regulations. +++

+++ The coronavirus testing station on the premises of the University of Bayreuth was needed more urgently elsewhere and was therefore removed at the end of March 2021. If necessary, please contact the testing centre of Labor Dr. Pachmann near the Lohengrin-Therme in Bayreuth, or the coronavirus testing centre operated jointly by the City and District of Bayreuth in the Gemeinschaftshaus Aichig community centre on Kemnather Straße in Bayreuth. Information is available at https://corona.laborpachmann.de or at http://coronavirus.bayreuth.de +++

Coronavirus Handbook
As part of its comprehensive infection protection strategy, the University of Bayreuth has published a “Coronavirus Handbook”. This document is regularly updated and amended to comply with the applicable infection protection regulations. Please ensure that you stay up-to-date. 

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