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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.
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:
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.
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:
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 email@example.com. 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).