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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.

NEWS

+++ University of Bayreuth teaching in the  2021/22 winter semester - maximum of in-person
For the  2021/22 winter semester, the University of Bayreuth is striving for a maximum of in-person teaching under provision of responsible framework and protection conditions, and is looking forward to a return to more exchange and interaction once again.

Please assume that your presence on campus and at our branch offices, and thus university as a community experience, will once again be possible to a much greater extent, and align your personal planning accordingly. If the legal situation and the requirements for infection control should change yet again, you will immediately receive new information in this regard.

We are also particularly looking forward to welcoming our international students back to the University of Bayreuth. Please make sure you can be on campus again in time. If pandemic restrictions in your country of origin continue to prevent you from leaving or make it difficult for you to enter Germany, please contact the Student Administration Office (studierendenkanzlei@uni-bayreuth.de).

+++Use of the PC pools and certain study rooms during the lecture-free period
The PC pools on campus are open during the lecture-free period for students to prepare for exams, courses, and for independent research.  Opening hours correspond to those of the respective buildings. Rooms are cleaned once a day. 

In addition, from 19.07 to 13.08.2021, students will have access to rooms on campus specifically for studying. These are seminar rooms S 94, S 124, S 125 (GW I), S 76 and S 79 (NW II), S 131, S 132, S 138 (NW III), S 43, S 44, S 45, S 46, S 47, and S 48 (RW I). They are open Monday to Friday from around 8 a.m. until the respective building closes. Rooms S 43 to S 48 are also open on Saturdays from 8 am.

Social distance rules apply and FFP2 masks are mandatory in all rooms. Rooms must be ventilated regularly.

+++ Ecological Botanical Garden (ÖBG): ÖBG's greenhouses have re-opened conditional on safety regulations for indoor areas being observed (compulsory masks, social distancing, one-way traffic). Detailed information can be found on the ÖBG homepage. +++

+++ Changes to mask obligation +++
​Due to falling infection figures and the regulations in the framework hygiene concept of the Bavarian universities, the university management decided on June 15 to limit the current mask requirement at the University of Bayreuth to indoor areas only. This means that masks no longer have to be worn outside on the university campus, as long as the specified minimum distance is maintained. FFP2 masks must be worn by all those in present in face-to-face events on the university campus and in the external offices. For examinations, the information provided by the Examinations Office on the conduct of attendance examinations applies: https://www.uni-bayreuth.de/en/studies/examination-office/index.html

Apart from that employees are required to wear a medical face mask. The same applies to meeting and circulation areas, especially in elevators, hallways, cafeterias and entrances. Employees are exempt from this requirement after reaching their respective workplaces, provided that the minimum distance of 1.5 m is reliably maintained and third parties are not present. We also ask you to comply with the applicable distance and hygiene measures.

+++ University of Bayreuth self-test strategy for students+++
Those students studying in person, i.e. taking part in permissible face-to-face courses such as laboratory practicals, excursions, sports, and theatre practical courses, are given the opportunity to test themselves twice a week by means of a self-test. With this strategy, the University of Bayreuth is reacting flexibly to the pandemic and allowing students to make good progress in all degree programmes. The individual faculties can provide information on the exact regulations applying to individual degree programmes.

In order to safeguard the proper conducting of in-person examinations, all examination participants will be provided with free self-tests via a central distribution point from 26.05.2021 onwards. Students will thus be given the opportunity to test themselves at home before attending their examination. Taking these tests is voluntary.

Details on the issue can be found using this Link. +++

+++ Catering services +++
in addition to its well-known on-site services, Studentenwerk Oberfranken's (Upper Franconia's Association for Student Affairs) new campusBOX will offer the option of cooking your own fresh meals at home with recipes and ingredients from the cafeteria, as of 20.4.2021. Orders at https://www.campusbox.shop​ 

+++ 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, 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 and (from June 11) the greenhouses are open. No contact information is required, also no registration. Please note the information about mask requirement. Detailed information can be found on the ÖBG homepage. +++ 

+++ University Library: Opening of the Central Library and all sub-libraries for lending, pick-up and return.
Please inform yourself about current regulations and services on the page www.ub.uni-bayreuth.de/en. The latest news from the library can be found there in the "News" section.+++

+++ 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: 
The federal regulation according to which the employer, and thus also the University of Bayreuth, has been required to offer staff employed in office work or comparable activities the possibility to carry out these activities in their own homes if there were no compelling operational reasons to the contrary, expired on 30 June 2021. However, exactly which regulations or requirements will apply specifically to employees of the Free State of Bavaria in the future has not yet been determined. For this reason, it has been decided that employees may continue to use the option of working from home in the same way as before with the consent of their supervisors. This transitional arrangement is expected to last until 31 August 2021 at the latest.
As a result of the amendment to the Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance, employers will henceforth be obligated to offer their employees a coronavirus self-test or rapid test twice a week, unless they work exclusively via home office. As previously announced, the State of Bavaria has procured self-tests centrally for its offices and institutes. These will be made available in the last week of April. However, the implementation of the self-tests can only begin once this has been approved by the Bavarian State Ministry of Home Affairs & Finance.

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. +++

+++ Catering offers: It is possible to dine on site. Socially distanced seating will also be available again outside, in front of Frischraum. Please use the options for contact data collection (e.g. via QR code in the UniNowApp). The current opening hours are (please also check the website of Studentenwerk Oberfranken):

  • 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 - 13:00 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
  

+++ 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.deCoronavirus testing centres in the District of Bayreuth / Coronavirus testing centres in the District and City of Kulmbach +++


Coronavirus Handbook
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