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The most important thing that needs to be said first: we are returning to predominantly face-to-face teaching while taking into account the so called 3G rule. Nonetheless, implementation is still limited in this winter semester by the available spatial resources. In our opinion, it is not yet justifiable to use the lecture halls and seminar rooms to the same extent as that before the pandemic.
Adopting this practice in the winter semester represents an intermediate stage in which we want to implement as much onsite activity as possible under the still given circumstances without neglecting the protection of health. We then want to return to regular operation in the summer semester of 2022.
It will continue to be held to verify 3G status (vaccinated, recovered, tested) of course participants. What's new is that 3G status is now required in the university library and computer labs, as well as at all counseling and service centers (e.g. Student Counselling Services, examination offices, student offices).
In addition to this, 2G (only vaccinated or recovered) is required for all practical sport courses and university sports activities.
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 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 you must present a current negative test each time you participate in a course.
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 (until 31 Oktober), test costs will be covered until immunization (until 23 Dezember 2021). 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 addition to the requirement to comply with minimum social distancing requirements in university buildings, there is also a general requirement for in-person lectures, examinations, and at all student workstations as well as in the library. This mask mandate is effective immediately.
Exceptions to the mask requirement exist only for those who have a medical certificate exempting them from wearing one; those taking place in practical sports courses; during laboratory work, during music courses, and for instructors teaching their courses, provided that they maintain at least 1.5 meters of social distancing.
In the lecture halls, one half of the available seats are available for use following a chessboard pattern. In the seminar rooms, only as many participants are allowed as there are regular seats available. Large-scale lectures and seminars will therefore be held primarily digitally or in hybrid form, meaning that some participants onsite must alternate with others participating digitally. In particular, smaller seminars, practical courses, and comparable dialogue-oriented course formats will be held onsite.
The university has equipped the seminar rooms with air purification devices. The lecture halls have ventilation systems.
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.
The University library has returned to regular opening hours. However, it is still necessary to book library workstations. Due to the social distancing rule, the library is still unable to free all workstations. Currently, use of the University library is possible without proof of 3G (vaccination, recovery, testing). Nonetheless, medical mouth to nose cover must still be worn in public circulation areas and between bookshelves. Masks can be removed at workstations. Further information can be found on the University library website.
The workstations in the main university hall can be used as long as students comply with the mask requirement. Workstations for students are also available in the faculties and some central seminar rooms. Registration is no longer required here. More information on learning locations can be found here.
We respectfully ask you to read the following:
Many of you will unfortunately have to switch between onsite courses and digital provisions. Please show solidarity. Use the workstations in the university only if absolutely necessary. If it is possible for you to follow digital lectures/seminars at home, please do so. This will make workstations in the university available to students who are not able to switch to home office.
Current information on how coronavirus measures affect the following topics can be found on the page below:
If you as a student test positive for the coronavirus and have participated in university courses or used one of the student workstations at the university up to four days before either the positive test or the onset of symptoms, you must inform the university immediately. Please contact the responsible lecturers, deans of studies, or course managers, and report by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
To ensure that contact persons can be identified, it is important to report the course attended (preferably with the course registration number) or explain clearly at which workplace the infected person was located on what day and at which time.
After recovering from an infection or testing positive, persons may not enter the university buildings for at least 14 days (from the date of the test). This applies independently from any existing official quarantine order by the public health authorities or the automatic quarantine measures specified in the quarantine regulation of 30.11.2020.
Faced with difficult life and study situations, students can turn to the central Student Advising Service (ZSB) for help. In the current situation, this may include psychological and social stress as well as study difficulties associated with the coronavirus pandemic and the closure of the University. Students are encouraged to contact the ZSB by phone or by email at email@example.com if they are experiencing difficulties.