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Coronavirus

Informationen zu Studium und Lehre im Zusammenhang mit dem Coronavirus

Zwei Studentinnen mit Alltagsmaske an Arbeitsplätzen der Bibliothek

Teaching in the winter semester 202/22

Please refer to the September 10, 2021 email from the Rector.


Downloads 

NEW! Key points for teaching and examinations in the winter semester 2021/2022


Important links

Course attendance documentation

Protection concepts and information on onsite courses 


Important contacts

Didactic support and advice on (digital) teaching: Centre for Teaching and Learning

Questions about teaching and study organization: Teaching and Study Organization Team

Questions on applying and using the BIS (e.g., ekVV):
BIS Support  


Issues related to digital teaching with learning platforms, e-exams, video platforms, and other digital tools:

The most important current regulations:

  • The university is fully open again, also for the general public. Registration at the entrances is no longer necessary
  • In the buildings and on the campus: maintain a social distance of 1.5m. Masks are compulsory in the public circulation areas in the buildings.
  • In the winter semester 2021/202, teaching and examinations will take place predominantly onsite while taking the 3G rule into account. Large-scale lectures and seminars will continue to be held primarily digitally or in hybrid form.
  • In the University library (UB), Main University Hall, and other places in the university, workstations can once more be used on a large scale (but only by students of Bielefeld University). A booking is still necessary in the UB.
  • Individual service and advice centres (e.g., the Infopunkt, the Central Student Advisory Service, the Student Office, or the examination offices) are once again available with a personal service on campus. Please refer to the respective websites for opening hours and conditions of use.
  • Information on library use can be found here: https://www.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/ub/coronavirus

This page is being updated constantly.

Implementing face-to-face onsite teaching is still limited in this winter semester due to the available spatial resources. In concrete terms, this means that, as planned, we are freeing only half of the available seats in the lecture halls following a chessboard pattern and allowing only as many participants in seminar rooms as there are regular seats available. The university has equipped the seminar rooms with air purification devices, and the lecture halls have ventilation systems.

This practice for the winter semester is an interim stage in which we want to implement as much onsite activity as possible under the still given circumstances without neglecting health protection. We intend to return to regular operation in the summer semester of 2022.


  1. In the first few days, there is unfortunately not yet enough staff available for all central control points. Therefore, teachers will have to take over the 3G checks for individual seminar rooms as an exception. You can find an overview of the affected seminar rooms here (in German). The rooms marked in yellow are checked by central staff, for the others it is the lecturers' task. The list is updated daily.
  2. An overview of the rooms in which teachers generally have to carry out checks, i.e. for which no central control points are provided (less than 35 seats), can be found here (in German).
  3. Guide (in German) to the 3G controls.

 

For the 3G check, participants must provide proof of immunity (vaccinated or recovered status) or a negative Coronavirus rapid test result to attend an event held in person. An official identification document (with photo) must also be presented.

In order to reduce the additional time and effort required of instructors to perform the 3G check during the upcoming Winter Semester, Bielefeld University will allocate special staff to carry out this check at entrances to lecture halls, large seminar rooms, and building units with multiple seminar rooms. For courses held in smaller seminar rooms with seating for up to 35 attendees, instructors (or other authorized individuals) will perform the 3G check themselves. 

To ensure that the 3G check goes as quickly as possible, Bielefeld University has standardized the procedure as follows:

  1. You must verify your proof of immunity (vaccinated, recovered) in advance at the campus testing center in Building X. A special office has been set up there where students who are vaccinated will receive a special red sticker with a university seal on the back of their Uni Card (student ID). This sticker only needs to be obtained once and will be valid for as long as these regulations are in force (until the end of the semester, 31 March 2022, at the latest).
  2. Getting this sticker to verify your proof of immunity at the campus testing center is possible starting on the 4th of October. Please get this done as soon as possible. Otherwise, be prepared for long waiting times at the inspection office (“Kontrollstelle”). To register, bring proof of your vaccination (digital or paper form) or proof of recovery along with your Uni Card student ID. Opening times for inspection are Monday – Fridays from 7am – 3pm and Saturdays from 10am – 4pm. The Student Union will also use this sticker system to control admission to the cafeteria.
  3. Those who are not vaccinated (or those who do not want to disclose their immunity status) can get tested at the campus testing center and will receive a special green sticker with a university seal on their Uni Card student IDs if the test result is negative. This sticker has an expiration date and will only be accepted during a time period of up to 48 hours. This means that students who are not vaccinated or recovered (or decline to disclose their status) must regularly go to the campus testing center to get a new green sticker if they want to attend classes in person. Such students can get tested at any official testing center, but to get the green sticker, they will have to go to the campus testing center each time to have their test result verified. Please note that public testing will no longer be free – as the result of a political decision – starting on the 11th of October. People who have recovered but not been vaccinated also receive a green sticker with an expiry date.
  4. To enter a seminar room/lecture hall, all students are required to show their Uni Card with the sticker on it. Please be aware that in order to avoid unnecessary delays during the 3G check, only Uni Cards with stickers (red – vaccinated or recovered; green – recent negative test)  will be accepted. Even if you can show proof of vaccination, recovery or testing at the door, you will not be allowed to enter the room without the respective sticker on your Uni Card.
  5. Our goal is to speed up the process of the 3G check for entering classrooms with these standardized measures. That said, certain delays are to be expected and we therefore ask for you to plan accordingly and be prompt in arriving at your courses and exams.
  6. If there is a line at the entrance to your lecture hall or seminar room, we ask that you make sure to maintain social distancing to your fellow students. Wearing a medical-grade mask is mandatory here, as well as in all other areas of public traffic in university buildings.
  7. You may also use your Uni Card for public transportation or to pay in the university cafeteria. Do you have a problem with the sticker being visible? For those who are interested, the campus testing center will provide you with a free cover for your Uni Card card, which is transparent only on the front side (while stocks last). This will allow you to show your card in the train or use it to pay in the cafeteria without disclosing your immunity/testing status.

 

 

If you have not been vaccinated for or have not recovered from the coronavirus and the current incidence rate exceeds 35, you must present a current negative test each time you participate in a course. From 11 October onwards, there will be a charge for rapid tests. These costs will not be covered by the state of NRW and the university. 

Those who cannot be vaccinated for health reasons will still be able to be tested free of charge at any test centre upon presentation of a medical certificate. 

Students who have not been fully vaccinated by the start of the semester can take advantage of a service provided by the university for the interim period before full immunization. After a first vaccination, test costs will be covered until immunization. The prerequisite for this is that testing must be carried out in the test centre on campus (Building X). Students must present their vaccination card (digital or yellow booklet) as proof of vaccination. 

Portal with all information. 

In view of the pandemic situation, it can be assumed that there will still be students in the winter semester who will be unable to attend individual course sessions due to, for example, quarantine measures. Please be ready to offer an alternative option so that they can catch up or, if appropriate, let them participate online (in hybrid courses). Individual arrangements can also be made with members of at-risk groups as part of the usual disadvantage compensation. However, we have pointed out to students that a twin service (courses offered simultaneously online and onsite) is not possible, because lecturers are unable to deliver it.

We also urge you to continue to register for courses using the QR code at your seat. This will enable us to inform you quickly and easily should a case of coronavirus occur. Hence, registration means more security for everyone. Nonetheless, attendance documentation is no longer obligatory in courses.

For all courses held onsite, the eKVV provides an attendance registration for teachers and students. This help page describes exactly how this functions:

Attendance registration for onsite courses 

If the university is informed that a person who later tested positive for the coronavirus participated in an onsite course, it will inform the other registered participants.

Teachers providing face-to-face onsite courses should know the following:

Students with an infection confirmed by a PCR test should not only inform the lecturers whose courses they have attended in the last four days but also report this by email to coronavirus@uni-bielefeld.de. If students who have tested positive have taken part in courses, other participants who have registered in this course will be informed afterwards. AGUS will take over the further communication with those affected in consultation with the lecturers or the faculty.

After receiving a positive test result, the university buildings may not be entered for at least 14 days (from the date of determination) irrespective of any existing quarantine order by the public health authorities. The university may be entered again only after 14 days and at least 2 days without symptoms (exception: if the public health authorities extend the 14-day compulsory quarantine).

In general, persons with symptoms of respiratory illness (unless otherwise cleared by a physician) or fever are not permitted on the university grounds.


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