Information about Corona pandemic

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On this page, in addition to our infection protection concept, a guideline and the Corona registration form you will also find further and always up-to-date information on dealing with the Corona pandemic at the University of Erfurt. Target group-specific information for studying and teaching, research and for all employees can be found on our extra topic pages.

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Information on digital teaching

On our topic pages you will find an overview of the most important questions (and of course answers) concerning digital teaching at the University of Erfurt. 

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Emergency measures of the University of Erfurt

Corona-Virus
Corona-Virus

In March 2020, the University of Erfurt took various measures to protect the health of employees, students and others against the background of the rapid global spread of the corona virus. These include the postponement of the start of lectures in the summer semester, the temporary suspension of campus attendance, the switch to digital teaching and learning formats, the temporary suspension of business trips and more flexible working hours. In addition, a protection concept has been drawn up which will be updated as necessary. The current version can be found here.

(Please note that there are separate protection concepts for individual facilities/buildings of the university, e.g. sports hall, Erfurt University Library, Gotha Research Library, buildings of the Faculty of Catholic Theology in the Domstraße, the ErfurtLab and the International Meeting Centre (IBZ)).

Of course, the current general ordinance of the city of Erfurt also applies.

Hygiene measures

Recommended measures to protect yourself and others from contagion and especially droplet infection are

  • Keep a distance to other people (one to two meters)
  • regular, frequent and careful hand washing (at least 20 seconds with soap, up to the wrist)
  • wear gloves if necessary (wash after daily change)
  • Avoid shaking hands and hugging
  • Avoid touching mucous membranes in the face (mouth, eyes, nose) with your fingers
  • Sneezing not in the hand, but in the crook of the arm
  • dispose of used handkerchiefs quickly
  • Respiratory masks offer little protection to healthy people; humidifying the mask with condensed breathing air removes the barrier protection after only 20 minutes
  • avoid busy places and events
  • develop other protective habits: for example, pressing elevator buttons with an ankle instead of a fingertip

All employees should also check whether their communication can currently be done by e-mail, telephone or post.·      

A brochure from the Federal Centre for Health Education provides further tips (only available in german).

Templates for notices and forms

In the course of the Corona protection measures, we have created templates for notices and posters for you, which you can use as required and also adapt individually. You will find these on our service pages under (print)templates.

 

Contact

The University of Erfurt has set up an e-mail address at the University Health Management for all questions regarding the SARS-CoV-2 corona virus (see below). Please note: If you want to make a Corona report, please contact personal@uni-erfurt.de as an employee and the Corona hotline (see below) as a student or send an email to studierendenangelegenheiten@uni-erfurt.de and fill out the Corona registration form. Thank you very much!

 

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Special circumstances:

You have questions about how to deal with an illness or a suspected case

Students and staff (teaching staff, lecturers, guest lecturers and employees) at the University of Erfurt. Persons who:

  • had contact with a sick person
  • who are staying abroad, but who cannot return to Germany due to safety regulations in the sense of the quarantine measure
  • are themselves ill (with unspecific general symptoms or respiratory problems)
  • are in quarantine;

please report immediately by telephone or e-mail to your superior and in Department 2: Personnel at e-mail: personal@uni-erfurt.de (employees) or in Department 1: Studies and Teaching at e-mail: studierendenangelegenheiten@uni-erfurt.de (students). Together with you, the colleagues will then discuss the further procedure, such as the possibility of teleworking.

Corona registration form

You have a family and need advice and support

The Office for Equal Opportunities and Family Affairs has compiled all the important information for you on its website and is also available for further questions and advice.

>> see also the "Family at the university" website

 

 

You want to be tested in a suspected case

The public health department of the city of Erfurt has appointed the Medical Care Centre Dr. Kielstein as the central information point for suspected cases of Corona. A smear test can be taken there by calling 0361/6010930 and the results will be available within approx. 48 hours. You can reach the emergency service of the panel doctors outside the office hours of the (general practitioners') practices by calling 116117.

In the meantime, there are also (rapid) test facilities in the cities and districts. However, they will no longer be free of charge from October 2021 for people who have not been vaccinated or have recovered or cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons. However: International students who have been vaccinated with a vaccine not recognised in Germany will still receive free PoC antigen tests until 31 December 2021. This was announced by the German Rectors' Conference (HRK). It refers to the Coronavirus Test Ordinance (TestV) of the Federal Ministry of Health.

The city of Erfurt has also included a list of medical practices that perform rapid antigen tests on its Corona website.

FAQ

The FAQ will be supplemented or updated as necessary.

General questions

What steps does the university management take to protect its employees and students and their relatives from the corona virus?

The University of Erfurt has set up a crisis team. It continuously assesses the very rapidly changing situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) and makes recommendations to the Presidential Board regarding suitable protective measures. The crisis team follows the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute in its assessment and is in close contact with the Student services organisation (Studierendenwerk), the city of Erfurt, the Thuringian Ministry of Economics, Science and Digital Society and the other Thuringian universities.

At the beginning of the pandemic, the crisis management team developed a catalogue of measures, the implementation of which is intended to protect the health of employees, students and other people. These measures include temporarily suspending campus attendance, switching to digital teaching and learning formats, temporarily suspending business trips and making working hours more flexible. In addition, a protection concept has been drawn up which will be updated as necessary. The current version can be found here.

What effects does the current situation have on the coming semester?

For the winter semester 2021/22, more face-to-face lectures will be held at the university again. Large lectures can/will continue to be held in digital format. However, only fully vaccinated, recovered or tested persons ("3-G" principle) will be permitted to participate in classroom lectures. The higher education institutions are thereby obliged to check compliance with this rule. Against this background, random checks - by own and external security staff - will take place. (see also www.uni-erfurt.de/en/university/current/information-about-handling-the-coronavirus-sars-cov-2/newsdetail/how-3g-works-on-campus)

University teaching in the winter semester of 2021 is to be structured as follows: The basis is the balancing of the need of many teachers and students to be able to carry out their studies in presence as far as possible and the minimisation of the risk of infection outbreaks due to participation in too many large courses. In particular, students who have enrolled since the 2020 winter semester but have not been able to study on campus and experience direct social exchange and discussion should thus be enabled to study in presence wherever it is reasonable. Of course, we also want to welcome all new students in their first semester not only to the university, but also to meet them in presence. This is offset by the need to minimise risks of COVID19 transmission as far as possible and justifiable, so that all members of the University of Erfurt can feel safe on campus and in the courses and remain healthy. Furthermore, it must remain guaranteed that teaching can be offered and participated in reliably and predictably. For this reason, seminars, exercises, courses and tutorials as well as lectures with fewer than 80 participants are to be offered in presence according to 3-G rules. All seminar rooms with their normal seating capacity are available for this purpose. Large courses (80+), on the other hand, should be offered online and asynchronously. However, there will be exceptions to this principle: Since, especially in the orientation phase and also in the large Master's programmes, considerable parts of the teaching are offered as lectures, but these students should still be able to study in presence, each subject can offer up to two large lectures in presence for the first, the third and the fifth semester respectively. The decision on this lies with the subjects, which select the most suitable lectures based on university didactic considerations. This makes it possible for students to attend at least four lectures (two in the major subject, two in the minor subject) in addition to the other courses in attendance.

For this purpose, we have updated our infection control concept in order to be able to continue to guarantee the protection of students and employees. This also includes that outside of the courses in which 3G applies, the distance regulations and the obligation to wear a qualified mask continue to apply on campus.

Students are asked to first contact the lecturers by e-mail if they need advice. We ask for your understanding that some questions, especially organisational ones, remain unanswered. We will make every effort to clarify the situation as quickly as possible and will keep you informed on a daily basis on this website

.+++ Attention, update! +++ (22.11.2021)
Uni Erfurt restricts classroom teaching again

"3G" rules from Wednesday also in the workplace

What regulations apply to students and employees who come from a risk area?

Until further notice, the following instructions apply to students and employees (teaching staff, lecturers, guest lecturers and employees) at the University of Erfurt. Persons who:

  • who had contact with a sick person;
  • who are staying abroad, but who cannot return to Germany due to safety regulations in the sense of the quarantine measure;
  • are themselves ill (with unspecific general symptoms or respiratory problems)
  • are in quarantine;

please contact your supervisor immediately by phone or e-mail and the Department 2: Human Resources under e-mail: personal@uni-erfurt.de (employees) or the Department 1: Registrar‘s Office at e-mail: studierendenangelegenheiten@uni-erfurt.de (students). Together with you, your colleagues will then discuss the next steps, such as the possibility of teleworking or mobile working. Persons who have been infected with the corona virus should use the following Corona registration form.

The Health Office of the City of Erfurt has named the Medical Care Centre Dr. Kielstein as the central information point for returnees from risk areas – with and without symptoms. There, a smear test can be taken by telephone on +49 (0)361 6010930 and the results will be available within 48 hours. Please note that the infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is notifiable. You can reach the "Kassenärztlicher Notdienst" outside the office hours of the (family doctor) practices by calling 116117.

>> See also the Corona guidelines for studying and teaching at the University of Erfurt!

What should I do if I have symptoms of illness?

Persons who have stayed in a risk area designated by the Robert Koch Institute, or persons who have had contact with a person suffering from coronavirus and who develop signs of illness such as fever or respiratory problems within 14 days, please contact the hotline of the Erfurt Health Office immediately by phone: +49(0)361/ 655-267662 and enter domestic quarantine.

If acute respiratory symptoms occur, you should observe the coughing and sneezing label and good hand hygiene, avoid unnecessary contact and stay at home if possible.

In addition, please contact your supervisor immediately by telephone or e-mail and in Department 2: Human Ressources at email: personal@uni-erfurt.de (employees) or in Department 1: Registrar‘s Office at email: studierendenangelegenheiten@uni-erfurt.de (students). Persons who have been infected with the corona virus should use the following Corona registration form.

The Health Department of the City of Erfurt has designated the Medical Care Centre Dr. Kielstein as the central information point for persons with symptoms of the coronavirus SARSCoV-2 . There, after registering by telephone on +49 (0)361 6010930, a smear test can be taken, the results of which are available within about 48 hours. Please note that the infection with the coronavirus SARSCoV-2 is notifiable. You can reach the "Kassenärztlicher Notdienst" outside the office hours of the (family doctor) practices by calling 116117.

How can I protect myself and others from infection?

With simple measures you can help to protect yourself and others from the corona virus:

  • When coughing or sneezing, keep the greatest possible distance from other people - and it is best to turn away.
  • Sneeze or cough into the crook of your arm or into a handkerchief - and then dispose of the handkerchief in a bin with a lid.
  • Washing hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is considered a sufficient hygiene measure. In particular, this hygiene measure must be taken after blowing the nose, sneezing or coughing. 

A brochure from the Federal Centre for Health Education provides further tips. (only available in german)

How do I distinguish a corona infection from a flu or cold?

The Robert Koch Institute has published an orientation guide on this.

How does the University of Erfurt proceed in case of a confirmed corona infection?

The university has established a corresponding procedure for this:

1. A person (student, employee, external service provider) at the University of Erfurt is tested positive for an infection with the COVID-19 virus.
2. The person tested positive informs the University of Erfurt immediately via the Department 2: Human Resources under email: personal@uni-erfurt.de (for employees) or the Department 1: Studies and Teaching under email: studierendenangelegenheiten@uni-erfurt.de (for students) and, if necessary, additionally through the Health Office. In addition, we ask the person who has tested positive to fill out the Corona registration form. Together with the person, the colleagues will then discuss the further procedure, e.g. the possibility of mobile working.
3. On the basis of the attendance lists or appointment confirmations (calendar entries), the contact persons of category I (persons who were in contact with the positively tested person without protection or for longer than 15 minutes) are determined and informed (in courses via the corresponding Moodle room). The face-to-face course takes place online the following week, the contact persons go into quarantine (and get tested).
4. All persons who have been in contact with category I contact persons are initially category II contact persons. For these persons, there is a low risk of infection due to the existing regulations according to the protection concept of the University of Erfurt (definition by the RKI). Only if a positive test result is obtained for a category I contact person do category II contact persons become category I contact persons within the meaning of the above-mentioned regulations.

Example case student A from seminar B is tested positive:

  • information for all seminar participants incl. teacher C
  • participants, teachers and persons who have been in contact with the person who tested positive for more than 15 minutes are contact persons of category I, they go into quarantine
  • colleagues of teacher C who were in the same breakfast room or similar are contact persons of category II

It is important,

  • that the rooms are cleaned in accordance with the infection protection concept;
  • that all persons keep an eye on their contacts as a precaution in order to be able to provide information as quickly as possible in an emergency.

the paper for download
Corona registration form

Is it possible to carry out a Corona rapid test at the University of Erfurt?

The University of Erfurt is currently making Corona self-tests available to its employees and students who are neither vaccinated nor recovering, in addition to the existing test offers for all citizens. This is to enable two tests per person and week. The state does not provide any additional funds for this, so the university takes over the financing from its own resources.

The Studierendenwerk also sells quick tests in the refectory and in the glass box for one euro. For the use of the rapid tests for people who have not been vaccinated or have not recovered, the University of Erfurt has set up a rapid test centre since 11 October, where you can carry out your rapid test under supervision and have the result certified. The test centre is open Mondays to Thursdays from 7.30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Attention: From 24 November 2021, "3G" will also apply to university employees at the workplace. This means: Anyone who is neither fully vaccinated nor recovered must present a daily neagtively certified test.

The city of Erfurt has a list of medical practices that carry out antigen rapid tests on its Corona website.

Please also read our news item "How "3G" works on campus"!

+++ Attention: Vaccination certificates presented by international students are not always recognised in Germany. However, if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 abroad with a vaccine approved in Germany, you can obtain a certificate that is also valid in Germany with your vaccination certificate issued there. This is issued by the medical care centre Dr. Kielstein in Erfurt after examination. +++

Please also note the question "How does it work with the test centre on campus?" under the FAQ tab "Organisational"!

If "3G" applies on campus, do I still have to wear a mask?

Yes, the regulations on keeping your distance, wearing masks, sufficient ventilation, etc. still apply (see infection control concept).

Does the University of Erfurt also recognise Corona rapid test certificates from other Thuringian universities?

Due to current enquiries, the University of Erfurt has decided to also recognise the test certificates of other Thuringian universities within the framework of the "3G" regulations on campus for participation in classroom teaching and examinations for students and lecturers.

This means that, for example, a student at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt or the University of Jena who has taken a Corona rapid test under supervision at his or her university and had it certified, can also present this test for a course at the University of Erfurt (e.g. at the Language Centre) and does not have to take his or her own test at the University of Erfurt. The "validity" of the test at the University of Erfurt is still a maximum of 48 hours - even if the other university certifies a different time window.

At the same time, the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt has agreed to also recognise certificates from students of the University of Erfurt - however, according to the infection protection concept of the University of Applied Sciences, this is only valid for 24 hours. We ask for your attention.

Why doesn't the university introduce the "2G" regulation for courses on campus?

There is simply no legal basis for this. Because "2G" would mean an exclusion of students - even those who cannot currently be vaccinated for certain reasons, e.g. medical reasons. However, all our students have a right to participate in the courses.

Organizational

Will the cafeteria, the café "Hörsaal 7", the glass box and Café Hilgenfeld also be closed at the university?

Cafeteria
Monday to Friday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"Glasbox"
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Café "Hörsaal 7"
currently closed

Campus-Café "Hilgenfeld"
Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Attention: The "3G" rule applies in the Student Services Centre facilities (access only for people who have been vaccinated, recovered or tested).

Which possibilities do I have to use home office, telecommuting (Telearbeit) or mobile working?

Department 2: Personnel ("Dezernat 2: Personal") has prepared an information sheet [in German only]. There you will also find a corresponding form for recording working hours, which applies to employees covered by electronic time recording (flexitime), i.e. employees in technical and administrative departments, but not to professors and academic staff.

Does the post office remain occupied when presence mode is discontinued?

Yes, the post office in the Erfurt University Library building is open. The mailbox at the main entrance to the campus is emptied regularly.

Is it possible to set up a VPN access for my private computer by the University Computer and Media Center?

Yes, as of 1 November 2021, employees and students of the University of Erfurt can also access the campus network from home via a so-called VPN access. The access is activated on the basis of the open source application eduVPN. Documentation on setting up and using eduVPN can be found via the following link on the URMZ website: https://www.uni-erfurt.de/universitaetsrechen-und-medienzentrum/beratung-und-hilfe/weiteres/vpn. A separate application for this service is not necessary. The VPN access can be used with the already known user account (Uni-Login). Please urgently observe the usage guidelines.

The WebDAV service can also be used for encrypted access to office drives. If you have any questions or need support, please contact the URMZ staff .

What services does the University Library offer during the restricted study period?

Since 4 May 2020, the University Library of Erfurt has been open again. The library provides up-to-date information about its services and the regulations for ensuring hygiene protection measures on its  web pages.

Where can I find employee information on the topics of flexitime flexibilisation, use of home office, childcare leave and employees with special health risks?

You will find the latest employee information on the internal service pages of the university under "Personnel matters" in the subheading "Work and Corona". We also draw attention to the publication of new information on our Corona information page in the "News" section.

Is the flexible childcare "Räuberhöhle" of the student services organisation open?

This depends on the Corona warning level. From level 3 for the city of Erfurt, the "Räuberhöhle" must unfortunately remain closed. This is currently the case. (status: 04.11.2021)

How does it work with the testing centre on campus?

Due to the current pandemic situation, the so-called "3G" rule (vaccinated - recovered - tested) applies on the campus of the University of Erfurt - both for students and for employees at the workplace. Compliance is checked regularly.

At the beginning of the winter semester, the university set up a rapid test centre for its students and employees in the Audimax building in the wardrobe area. It is open Mondays to Thursdays between 7.30 and 10 a.m. and is operated with its own staff and additional security personnel.

Students at the University of Erfurt have the opportunity to take a Corona quick test under supervision and have the result certified so that they can take part in classroom lectures or visit the refectory, library, etc. For this purpose, the university provides students with a Corona test certificate. For this purpose, the university provides two tests per week free of charge to students who have neither been vaccinated nor recovered. These are available at the test centre and remain "valid" for 48 hours. Please note: The certificates are only valid as proof at the university. Whether they are also recognised elsewhere is not at the discretion of the university. Alternatively, students can, of course, bring their own tests for use in the test centre or take advantage of the offer of free citizenship tests in the city.

The University of Erfurt also provides all its employees with two rapid tests per week. Those who can prove that they have been fully vaccinated or have recovered do not need to present proof of testing. Employees who are neither vaccinated nor recovered, on the other hand, have to show proof of testing every day since 24 November 2021. They can do this at the test centre before starting work and have it certified. The tests must be brought by the employees themselves. Two tests can be taken from the quota provided by the university for all employees. For the remaining days, employees can, for example, use the free citizenship tests or take tests they have bought themselves at the test centre. The antigen rapid tests may be a maximum of 24 hours old, PCR tests are valid for 48 hours. Please note the opening hours of the test centre. The test time does not count as working time.

Please have your respective proof ready for an appropriate query on the part of the university.

Did you know?

The University of Erfurt also offers mouth/nose covers in its corporate design in its merchandising range. The masks, available in two different versions, are double-layered, washable at 60 degrees and therefore reusable. They are available at the price of 7.40 euros from the University Communications Office.

to the merchandising range of the University of Erfurt

Information on data protection

Even though we currently have to find quick (online) solutions for many things, please note that the rules of data protection still apply and must be followed.

On the data protection pages you will find relevant information and help topics.

Data protection