From 4 April onwards new rules are in effect in order to ensure the operation of the University of Augsburg:

  • All general entry restrictions are removed, 3G proof is no longer required.
  • The mask mandate fully remains in its most recent form.
  • The complete updated regulations for the summer semester will be pubblished soon in a separate newsletter.

 

 

 

Updated:

7 April 2022, 20:00

 


 

 

In addition to the  testing station on campus, the University of Augsburg is now offering its employees and students two free self-tests per week. These home tests are not a substitute for the 3G certificate, but offer an additional way to quickly detect infections - even for those who have been vaccinated. They are distributed via the respective faculties and institutions for employees, and in the canteen for students.

  • Per person: 1 test per day, 2 tests per week.
  • The self-test does not replace the 3G verification.
  • Risk of infection! Only take the test at home! Not in the canteen, lecture hall, office, etc.
  • Symptoms? Stay at home and do a PCR test.
  • Positive result? Immediately go into quarantine and do a PCR test.


Notes on distributionEmployees receive the test kits via their respective faculties and institutions. For logistical reasons, you will not receive a weekly delivery, but a one-off larger quantity (packs of 5 or 20). Delivery will take place from 17.11.2021. The tests are counted in such a way that all employees will have two tests per week until the end of January 2022. Please allocate your tests accordingly.

 

Students are expected to be offered a free test kit (1 test per pack) when visiting the canteen at the checkout from 22.11.2021. Only one test will be issued per person. Please also think of your fellow students and take a maximum of two tests per week.

Teaching and studies

During the summer semester 2022 the University of Augsburg uses the following measures in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic:

 

  • All general entry restrictions are removed, 3G proof is no longer required.
  • The FFP2 mask mandate fully remains in its most recent form.
  • Further information on minimum distance regulations, the mask mandate, hygiene measures, infected persons, lectures and exams, public access, public events etc. can be found here:

Richtlinien der Universität Augsburg zur Bewältigung der Herausforderungen der Covid-19-Pandemie im Sommersemester 2022

 

 

 

 

As announced in the beginning of the transitional semester during the winter term 2021/22, the summer semester 2022 is planned to take place as in-person semester under safe conditions. Entry restrictions, mask mandates and further strict infection control measures will provide a safe environment. Details on the framework for teaching can be found in the following document:

 

Rahmenbedingungen und Eckpunkte zur Lehre im Sommersemester 2022

Regulations for the winter term 2021/2022:

The special regulations on counting semesters, individual standard periods of study and extensions of examination-relevant deadlines that have been in effect since the summer semester 2020 up to and including the summer semester 2021 will not be extended any further. This means that the previous regulations will apply again and any interrupted deadlines will start to apply again.

If you have any questions regarding examination-related issues, please contact the examination office responsible for you.

 

Special regulations for the summer semester 2020 up to and including the summer semester 2021:

On 23 December 2021, the Bavarian State Parliament passed a law extending the regulations made in the summer semester 2020 to the following semesterss, including the winter semester 2021/2022. This is intended to avoid disadvantages for students if they are unable to take any or all examinations in the ongoing crisis situation

 

The most important changes:

Regular dates and deadlines provided in examination regulations are automatically postponed or extended by the mentioned number of semesters (e.g. orientation examination, maximum study duration), provided the students are enrolled and not on leave of absence. It is not necessary for students to submit an application.

The proposed extension of the individual standard period of study is intended, for example, to ensure an extended maximum period of support in relation to BAföG in an unbureaucratic manner.

 

Note on counting the semester:

To compensate for restrictions in studies due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the legislator has issued or extended regulations to the Bavarian Higher Education Act, according to which the summer semester 2021, the winter semester 2020/2021 and the summer semester 2021 do not count as subject semesters with regard to examination deadlines and standard dates. An extension for the winter semester 2021/2022 is expected to be issued soon. Furthermore, an individual standard period of study extended by the respective number of semesters applies to registered students who were not granted leave of absence in the semesters mentioned. This results in the counting of the subject semesters, i.e. the number of semesters in which a student is enrolled in a degree programme, as follows:

  • The subject semester classification is not covered by the cited regulations − the legislator has expressly pointed this out in the explanatory memorandum to the law. This means that the semesters mentioned are included in the semester count (exception: if a leave of absence exists for this semester) and are also shown as such in the university's enrolment certificates.
  • The semesters mentioned are not included in the calculation of the deadlines for passing a basic and orientation examination (Grundlagen- und Orientierungsprüfung) specified in the examination regulations of the university or the maximum duration of study regulated in these examination regulations. This is already taken into account in the STUDIS electronic examination administration system, i.e. the semesters mentioned have already been or will be deducted from the number of subject semesters.
  • For recipients of BAFöG benefits, the maximum funding period is automatically extended due to the regulation according to which an individual standard period of study extended by the respective number of semesters applies to students enrolled in the semesters mentioned and not on leave of absence. In all other BAFöG regulations that are linked to the standard period of study or the number of semesters, the semesters mentioned are also not taken into account. As this follows directly from the law, there is no need for a separate certificate from the university confirming the extension of the standard period of study by one semester. The usual matriculation certificates must be submitted. The BAFöG Office of the Augsburg Student Union can answer specific questions.

Until further notice, the student hotline is available from Monday to Thursday from 08:30 - 14:00 and on Friday from 08:30 - 12:00. If necessary, these times will be extended again during the lecture period.

 

For questions regarding the areas

  • Student Information Office (Studierendeninformationsbüro; general inquiries)
  • Student Office (Studentenkanzlei; questions regarding application, enrolment, de-registration, transfer, etc)
  • Examination Office (Prüfungsamt)
  • Scholarships

please contact the student hotline +49 (0)821 598-1111.

Exams

The current repeat and follow-up examinations can be carried out in attendance in compliance with the current hygiene regulations. The hygiene concepts for the winter semester 22021/22 have been revised. Details and further informationand are available on the following page:

 

 

page on examinations in times of Corona

 

 

 

 

 

In brief, the following points apply:

 

Please note that

  • there is an obligation to wear masks in the examination buildings, rooms and your seat. Any movement in the building or inside the examination room must be done while wearing an FFP2 mask. On the seatssurgical masks are mandatory. FFP2 masks are not required there, however they are highly recommended.
  • before, during and after the examinations a minimum distance of 1.5 metres to other persons is maintained and you should not form groups.
  • there are assigned seats, walking paths and marked entrances and exits.
  • the 3G rule is used for exams (vaccinated, recovered tested via rapid test or PCR-test).
  • students with symptoms of illness are not allowed to take the exams. Do not come to the exam if you have symptoms of illness such as respiratory problems, cough, cold, fever, aching limbs, smell/taste problems. The proctoring staff has the authority to deny you access to the grounds, building or exam room if necessary.

    Exceptions are only possible in the following cases:

  • In the case of allergies with corresponding symptoms, provided you present a medical certificate confirming the allergy and typical symptoms.

Students from a high-risk group should contact the person responsible for the respective exam at least two weeks before the examination date and provide evidence (e.g. medical certificate). The university will make every effort to find solutions for the students concerned (e.g. a separate examination venue with increased safety distance) within the framework of the available space and personnel capacities.

 

Pregnant students should contact the Student Information Office (mutterschutz@zv.uni-augsburg.de) immediately. According to the assessment of our company doctor based on the information of the Ministry of Family Affairs, an examination in presence together with other students in a room is still not justifiable, even with a large distance. In order to avoid an increased risk of infection with the coronavirus of pregnant students who wish to take part in presence examinations, a separate examination room must therefore be organised for the student with appropriate supervision.

 

In the interest of their fellow students, those who are exempt from the mask mandate will only be able to access the exam building and their seat under special safety precautions. Because of this students who are exempt are asked to contact their examiner and provide proof (for example a medical certificate, see § 1 Abs. 2 Satz 1 Nr. 2 1. BayIfSMV) as soon as possible and at the latest two weeks before the exam. The University reserves the right to check the certificates and to reject them, for example in the case of unspecific or the reasonable suspicion of false medical certificates. This can ultimately lead to the exclusion from the exam.

In order to take into account the special circumstances of taking the First State Examination in spring 2022, all candidates of this examination date will be given a free attempt or an additional opportunity to repeat the examination. You will find the specific regulations as well as other special regulations for this date further down on this page.

 

https://www.km.bayern.de/ministerium/termine/1-staatspruefung-anmeldung-pruefungen.html

 

 

Further important information and forms for the state exams:
https://www.uni-augsburg.de/de/studium/organisation-beratung/pruefungen/infos-und-antrage/lehramt/#staatsexamen

ENTRY FROM ABROAD OR AT-RISK AREAS & SUSPECTED CASES

In the following cases, it is not possible to enter the university and attend courses and examinations

  • If a person is showing symptoms that may be indicative of Covid 19 disease, such as respiratory symptoms of any severity, non-specific general symptoms and olfactory or gustatory disturbances,
  • If a person is required to be quarantined (especially if they test positive)

Further details can be found in the Enforcement Ordinance for the Protection against Infection Act at https://www.verkuendung-bayern.de/files/baymbl/2021/669/baymbl-2021-669.pdf

 

In the following cases, entry to the university and participation in courses and examinations is only possible under certain conditions:

  • Return from a foreign at-risk area: A medical certificate in German or English must be available, confirming that, on the basis of a molecular biological test, there are no indications of SARS-CoV-2 infection.
    Further details are available here:  Coronavirus-Einreiseverordnung vom 28. September 2021
  • If you have symptoms of an acute, transmittable disease, in particular signs of illness symptomatic of a SARS-CoV-2 infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste/odour, sore throat, runny nose and aching limbs) without an order from the public health department for testing: In your own and your fellow students' interest, please refrain from coming to the university and discuss the further course of action with your family doctor. In cases of signs of illness, the staff here on campus are entitled to demand a current negative certificate (see previous bullet point) or otherwise to ask you to leave the room or campus.

There are currently no special requirements for returning from particularly affected cities or districts in Germany.
Please note any obligations you may have to contact the relevant district administrative authority (e.g. under the entry quarantine regulations).

For persons staying in so-called with a particularly high prevalence of mutations of the virus, transport to Germany and entry in accordance with the Corona Entry Ordinance are currently prohibited. This also applies to fully vaccinated persons. Exceptions are only possible in very few cases, for example for persons with residence and right of abode in Germany. (https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/DE/themen/bevoelkerungsschutz/coronavirus/reisebeschraenkungen-grenzkontrollen/II-reisebeschraenkungen-uer-einreise-aus-virusvarianten-gebieten/welche-ausnahmen-vom-befoerderungsverbot-und-den-einreisebeschraenkungen-aus-virusvarianten-gebieten-gibt-es.html).


For students and researchers from virus variant areas, this means that a studying in attendance or a research stay in Germany for the winter semester 2021/2022 cannot be ensured at present. Please note that entry is also not possible if the German higher education institution has already granted a study place: Since entry is not possible, visas cannot be issued as long as a country is considered a virus variant area.

for employees

Even after the stop of the legal protective measures against the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus the goal of the University of Augsburg remains to avoid infections of employees, students and other persons roaming the campus with the corona virus and furthermore to protect employees as best as possible. Consequently, from 3 April 2022 tried and tested basic protection measures - in accordance with the SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Regulation - will come into effect and will remain so until 25 May 2022, unless they have already been approved for a longer period of time (see Working from home).

 

Basic protection measures are:

  • The minimum required safety distance of 1,5 m should still be kept.
  • If the distance rule of 1,5 m cannot be observed due to the characteristics of specific tasks and technological measures, like the use of partitions between work stations or suitable organisational measures, cannot be implemented, employees will have to continue to wear FFP2 masks for mutual protection. Indoors an FFP2 mask must be worn in circulation areas, especially in corridors, hallways and open communication areas.
  • The current regulation regarding telework will continue to be in effect until 31 July 2022. This ensures that employees can still work from home unless there are compelling operational reasons to the contrary; the support of students must be guaranteed during the summer semester, which is planned to take place with active attendance. From 1 August 2022, the new service agreement on "Alternating Telework" will apply at the University of Augsburg.
  • When coming into contact with persons the hygiene rules must be obeyed.
  • Considering the current infection situation all employees who do not exclusively work from home will be offered at least one free test per week until 25 May 2022
  • Employees have the opportunity to acquire additional disinfectant materials at all times (portable bottle systems).

University management will continue to monitor the situation in respect to the development of the pandemic and order further protective measures if needed. The measures described here are in effect from 4 April 2022 and will continue to until 25 May 2022, based on the current situation
 

 

Short summary of the basic protective measures:

  • protective distance of 1,5 m
  • FFP2 mask mandate of the protective distance cannot be kept and on all circulation areas inside buildings
  • Option to work from home
  • Obey hygiene rules coming into contact with persons
  • Further provision of test opportunities
  • Supply of disinfectants

Please inform the participants of the (teaching) event that a person (without giving a name) has tested positive for Covid-19. If known, the email could indicate when the person concerned was diagnosed with the infection so that the participants can narrow down the time frame. A temporary change from the face-to-face/hybrid format to a purely digital format can be useful. If they have not already done so, the person concerned should register themselves with the health authority responsible for them and also provide their contact persons or inform them in advance. The respective health authority will then set the time limit for isolation/quarantine. If the person concerned is an employee of the University of Augsburg, a report should also be sent to meldepflicht@zv.uni-augsburg.de (see also FAQs under „For Employees“). Further information on the subject of quarantine and isolation can also be found at https://www.augsburg.de/umwelt-soziales/gesundheit/coronavirus/infos-fuer-corona-infizierte as well as at https://www.stmgp.bayern.de/coronavirus/haeufig-gestellte-fragen/#fragen-zur-14-bayerischen-infektionsschutzmassnahmenverordnung. Information for contact persons can be found at https://www.augsburg.de/umwelt-soziales/gesundheit/coronavirus/infos-fuer-kontaktpersonen .

Update: The 3G rule already in place for employees has been tightened again by the new law: unvaccinated employees must now show an up-to-date test every day they are present (rapid test: 24 hours, PCR test 48 hours). Employers/supervisors must monitor compliance on a daily basis. As already announced, the University of Augsburg will soon issue a corresponding service instruction to implement this control obligation. This is intended to give the respective superiors security of action in carrying out the checks in accordance with data protection. It is also planned that vaccinated or recovered persons will only have to present the corresponding certificate once and will then be completely exempt from future checks.

 

 

 

According to the current 14th BayIfSMV, in areas where 3G is compulsory - including universities - all employees are generally also subject to the 3G obligation. However, employees who have not been vaccinated and have not recovered only have to provide proof of testing twice a week. In principle, all university employees (including lecturers) are subject to this rule. The exception for employees "without customer contact" is generally not relevant. At a campus university with 20,000 students and 4,000 employees and a high volume of students in the transition semester with high attendance rates, there is a large number of contacts every day.

This means: employees will be checked in the same way as students and will have to show a valid 3G certificate in conjunction with their ID card. Instead of a current test certificate, employees can also show the two test certificates of the last calendar week in connection with the employee ID card. Showing the employee ID card alone is no longer sufficient.

 

 

The university will implement this rule from 02.11.2021.

 

 

Who does the 3G obligation apply to?

The 3G obligation applies in principle to all persons who are on the premises of the university, including employees (lecturers, assistants, etc.).

 

What proof do employees have to provide?
Employees (like students) must provide a vaccination, recovery or test certificate as defined in the 14th BayIfSMV. However, non-vaccinated and non-recovered employees only have to provide a test certificate twice per calendar week. The University of Augsburg also accepts a current test certificate instead of the two certificates from the previous week (rapid test: 24 hours, PCR test: 48 hours). Certificates of self-tests carried out under supervision will not be issued by the university and will also not be accepted during the controls.

 

Who carries out the 3G check on employees?

The 3G check is basically carried out as part of the general random checks by the security service - either at the building entrances or also inside the buildings. Therefore, please always carry the appropriate credentials with you, even when moving within the building. The security service is informed that instead of a current 3G proof, two test certificates from the previous week are also accepted for employees. Supervisors can also ask their subordinates to show them the relevant proof. Storage of data is not permitted.

 

Where can I get tested free of charge?

Employees of the University of Augsburg can be tested free of charge at the testing station on campus Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 9:15 am. Please register in time for an appointment!

 

Exception for calendar week 44 (2.11. to 5.11.21): As an exception, employees who were no longer able to book an appointment can come in without an appointment within the above opening hours and register on site (if capacities are free) (please bring your smartphone!).
 

Tests from other approved test centres (pharmacy, test centre) are also accepted. Please note, however, that these tests are generally subject to a fee and that there is only a cost exemption for certain cases (e.g. for those who are unvaccinated for medical reasons). The university does not cover the costs for tests at external testing centres!

 

How long will the free testing offer for workers continue?

The current SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Regulation requires all employers to offer free testing to workers at least twice a week during working hours. It is not known when this regulation will expire. Until then, the University of Augsburg offers free testing to its employees.

 

What do I do if I work part-time, was on holiday or sick and therefore cannot/could not get tested twice a week?

If you cannot show two test certificates from the previous week, you can also show a current test certificate instead (rapid test: 24 hours, PCR test: 48 hours).

 

What happens in the event of a violation?

Being on University premises without valid 3G proof is both an administrative offence (fine: €250) and a breach of employment or service law, which may be punished with appropriate employment or service law measures depending on the circumstances of the individual case. The same applies if the work due cannot be performed if entry to the building is denied due to a lack of 3G proof.

 

Is it permissible to switch to working from home?

No. An extension of existing regulations regarding working from home solely to circumvent the test obligation is not permitted.

The current regulations surrounding working from home continue to be valid until 31 July 2022. This makes possible for employees to continue working from home as long as there are no compelling operational reasons to the contrary. However, there is no general claim to home office. The University administration plasns for and asks all employees to return to work on site for the summer semester 2022.

 

How to proceed: In any case, coordination with the respective supervisor is required. Operational reasons that may prevent work from home are, in particular, the delivery of face-to-face teaching and the supervision of students. Working from home to circumvent the 3G obligation is not permitted.

 

From 1 August 2022 a new service agreement concerning „alternating tele work“ will be in effect at the University of Augsburg.

You will be informed as soon as applications are open.

 

In order to prepare for working from home, please refer to the tips and tutorials by the Computer Centre.

 

 

 

 

To prepare for working from home, please read the tips and instructions of the Computer Centre.

 

Tips for working from home successfully

1.     Employees with a positive corona test

 

Individuals who have been tested positively must go into isolation immediately after learning about their test result. The tested person must report to the respective health department. The opportunity to provide a test to end the quarantine prematurely should be used.

An overview regarding isolation (time frames, criteria for leaving isolation, exceptions) can be found on the website below:

 

https://www.stmgp.bayern.de/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/2022_02_07_isolation_quarantaene.png

 

If symptoms appear during your isolation and you are unable to work, please have your general practitioner confirm this (also possible via telephone) and submit a sick note as well as a doctor’s certificate as you would for other cases of illness.

 

2.     Other cases of disease

In general, in the case of other illnesses, the general legal regulations as well as the individual regulations of the respective department regarding incapacity for work or service apply.

Employees with symptoms of an acute, communicable disease must not come to work. This applies in particular to the following typical symptoms of COVID-19: Fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste/smell, sore throat, cold and pain in the limbs.

In the case of mild, new, non-progressive symptoms (such as a cold without fever and occasional cough), employees may only come on to work if no fever has developed after at least 24 hours (from the onset of symptoms). Nevertheless, in these cases in particular, telework or work from home must be carried out as far as possible.

If this is not possible, it is imperative to observe the general rules of conduct in the professional environment ( https://www.infektionsschutz.de/coronavirus/wie-verhalte-ich-mich/im-beruflichen-umfeld/) in order to exclude a risk of infection for the other employees. In cases of doubt, a doctor must decide to what extent the employee is fit for work or duty and may come on duty. In edge cases a medical professional must decide to what extent an employee can be considered fit for work and whether they may work on site.

 

3.     Suspected and contact cases

Important information for contact persons can be found by following the links below:

 

If the employee had contact with a "mere" suspected case, i.e. with a person for whom there is no confirmation of infection (yet), and if the employee is symptom-free, the employee is fit for duty or work. This is even more true for all other contact cases.

 

An overview regarding isolation (time frames, criteria for leaving isolation, exceptions) can be found on the website below:

 

https://www.stmgp.bayern.de/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/2022_02_07_isolation_quarantaene.png

 

4. Regulations for returnees from risk areas, high incidence areas and virus variant areas

Persons entering from a high incidence area or virus variant area are required to complete an entry declaration in accordance with the coronavirus entry regulation ( Coronavirus-Einreiseverordnung) and to comply with the applicable testing and quarantine regulations.


Please contact the health office responsible for you without delay and use the officially prescribed online form available on the homepage of the health offices for the digital entry application: https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de/#/

 

Important information for returning travellers and those entering the country can be found under the following links:

 

6.  Obligation to report

In all the above cases, please contact the Human Resources Department at the following e-mail address: meldepflicht@zv.uni-augsburg.de.

We would like to point out that in the above-mentioned cases you are also obliged to inform the district administrative authority responsible for you immediately. You are also obliged to inform the respective district administrative authority in the event of symptoms of illness.

 

 

Within Germany

Employees who are quarantined domestically by order of the Health Department must primarily work from home or in telework (provided they are fit for duty or work). Leave of absence is only to be granted if no teleworking option is available.

 

Foreign countries

Employees who are abroad but cannot return to Germany due to quarantine measures issued by the safety authorities shall be released from work and shall not be required to work in the time missed.

 

If a journey is nevertheless undertaken during the period of validity of the coronavirus entry regulation ( Coronavirus-Einreiseverordnung) with a quarantine order, although a quarantine will subsequently be necessary at the time of the commencement of the journey, this is generally to be regarded as inappropriate behaviour. A leave of absence can then no longer be granted. However, the possibility of teleworking remains unchanged according to the respective official regulations. Opportunities to use a test to shorten the duration of the quarantine are expected to be utilised.


In all the above cases, please contact the Human Resources Department at the following e-mail address:

meldepflicht@zv.uni-augsburg.de.

 

Continued payment of wages during quarantine

Implementing the decision of the Conference of Health Ministers of 22 September 2021, as of 1 November 2021, workers who have not been fully vaccinated and who, as contact persons or travelers returning from a risk area, are subject to an officially ordered occupational prohibition or officially ordered quarantine due to COVID-19 and who do not have the option of teleworking or working from home, will no longer be paid for the duration of the officially ordered occupational prohibition or officially ordered quarantine.

If there is no public recommendation for a vaccination (e.g. for pregnant women in the first trimester of pregnancy) or a medical contraindication with regard to the COVID-19 vaccination is confirmed by a medical certificate and there is no possibility of teleworking or working from home, the remuneration shall continue to be paid. The existence of the aforementioned preconditions must be proven by a medical certificate, which must be submitted to the employer immediately after the prohibition of work or the quarantine has been ordered.

 

Unlike employees, civil servants do not receive a salary, but are paid within the framework of the employer's obligation to pay salaries. In principle, they continue to receive their salary according to the current legal situation. Civil servants who can also perform their work on a mobile basis (e.g. from home) and who have the necessary work equipment in the event of quarantine are also obliged to perform their work in quarantine.
However, if the civil servant in quarantine is unable to perform the work, e.g. because working from home is not an option, there may be a threat of loss of remuneration - and this is the case if the civil servant has negligently caused his or her absence (cf. Art. 9, Para. 1, Sentence 1 BayBesG). However, non-vaccination alone does not constitute a breach of duty, as there is no obligation to vaccinate against the Corona virus. However, the civil servant may be at fault if further risky behaviour is added - e.g. by travelling to a Corona high-risk area without good reason. This behaviour may be incompatible with the civil servant's duty of full personal commitment, which presupposes a duty to maintain good health (§ 34 sentence 1 BeamtStG).

 

For employees who are abroad but cannot return to Germany due to security authority orders in the sense of quarantine measures, the regulations apply accordingly.

 

If employees become incapacitated for work during the occupational prohibition or quarantine, sick pay is paid from the first day of incapacity for work. In the case of civil servants, there is no loss of salary from this point on. However, the incapacity for work or service must be proven by a medical certificate from the first day.

 

Procedure if a participant in a (teaching) event has currently tested positive for Covid-19

Please inform the participants of the (teaching) event that a person (without giving a name) has tested positive for Covid-19. If known, the email could indicate when the person concerned was diagnosed with the infection so that the participants can narrow down the time frame. A temporary change from the face-to-face/hybrid format to a purely digital format can be useful. If they have not already done so, the person concerned should register themselves with the health authority responsible for them and also provide their contact persons or inform them in advance. The respective health authority will then set the time limit for isolation/quarantine. If the person concerned is an employee of the University of Augsburg, a report should also be sent to meldepflicht@zv.uni-augsburg.de (see also FAQs under „For Employees“). Further information on the subject of quarantine and isolation can also be found at https://www.augsburg.de/umwelt-soziales/gesundheit/coronavirus/infos-fuer-corona-infizierte as well as at https://www.stmgp.bayern.de/coronavirus/haeufig-gestellte-fragen/#fragen-zur-14-bayerischen-infektionsschutzmassnahmenverordnung. Information for contact persons can be found at https://www.augsburg.de/umwelt-soziales/gesundheit/coronavirus/infos-fuer-kontaktpersonen 

As far as possible video and telephone conferences should be used.

 

According to the ministry business travels are possible if they are absolutely necessary and urgent and if the currently valid hygiene regulations can be applied during the trip and while carrying out the official business. Furthermore, it must be checked whether contact restrictions are in place in the destination, which would make a trip there inadvisable.

 

Because of this all business trips depend on the conditions that the current travel restrictions issued by the  Federal Foreign Office are checked before departure, that they are not in conflict with the planned trip, and that measures to prevent infections can be enacted in the destination.

 

The necessity and urgency of a business trip is confirmed by the signature of the respective superior or professor on the request form for authorisation of a business trip.

 

Please keep in mind that the regulations concerning travels can change at any moment due to current developments.

 

Please also refer to the information offered by the  Robert Koch Institute and the Bayerische Staatsministerium für Gesundheit und Pflege.

 

Due to the current situation special care should be taken that all bookings (flights, hotel reservations, registrations for conferences etc.) can be cancelled free of charge in case the business trip has to be called off due to new developments. In order to ensure sound economic financial management, please make sure that corresponding cancellation conditions are included.

On 25 May 2020, the German Bundestag passed an amendment to the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (WissZeitVG), which is intended to compensate for the effects of the corona pandemic on fixed-term scientific staff.
If an employment contract for further scientific qualification according to § 2 Absatz 1 WissZeitVG exists in the period from 1 March 2020 to 30 September 2020, the maximum fixed-term contract period is extended by six months. However, this extension option does not mean that the period of employment is automatically extended by six months.

In view of the continuing considerable restrictions on the operation of higher education institutions, use has now been made of the authorisation contained in section 7 (3) WissZeitVG. This extends the maximum permissible period of fixed-term employment pursuant to section 2 (1) WissZeitVG by a further six months over and above the extension specified in section 7 (3) sentence 1 WissZeitVg.

 

Generally, the respective qualification phases are designed in such a way that even the previously applicable maximum fixed-term limits do not have to be fully utilized. Nonetheless, the amendment to the law makes it possible to extend employment beyond the previously applicable limits if necessary and upon request, if the achievement of the desired qualification goal is delayed due to corona-related restrictions.

Even though there is no legal entitlement to an extension of the employment relationship, the intention of the amendment is that the respective carers should conduct a generous - but also realistic - examination to determine whether circumstances surrounding the pandemic have lead to a dellay in reaching the qualification goal and if so, to what extent.

 

Further information can be found under the following link:
https://zv.uni-augsburg.de/abt/abt2/info/service_fuer_Bedienstete/tv-l_beschaeftigte/wissenschaftliche_beschaeftigte/

Further general information can be found on the pages of the BMBF under this link:
https://www.bmbf.de/de/karrierewege-fuer-den-wissenschaftlichen-nachwuchs-an-hochschulen-verbessern-1935.html

If you have any further questions, please contact the staff of the relevant human resources department (II/5 or II/6).

Non-teaching events are only permitted in digital form. This ruling will be in place until and including the end of March 2022.

In their own interest, it is not reasonable for any employee of the Free State of Bavaria to travel abroad if, due to the Corona Entry Ordinance (CoronaEinreiseV), there is a duty to quarantine upon return and the period of the duty to quarantine would not fall within the already approved holiday period.

If a journey is nevertheless undertaken during the period of validity of the Corona Entry Ordinance, although at the time of the journey there is a subsequent obligation to quarantine according to the Corona Entry Ordinance, this is generally to be regarded as inappropriate action. Exemptions from service in the case of quarantine measures abroad or return travel difficulties will then no longer be granted or will only be granted in exceptional cases.

If you are planning a trip for which there is a duty to quarantine upon return, or if you have any queries in this regard, please contact meldepflicht@zv.uni-augsburg.de.


Teleworking and subsidiary leave from work (with continued payment of remuneration) for parents shall be granted for the entire duration of the closure of the schools (i.e. not during school holidays) or individual grades and other care facilities, provided that an orderly service operation permits the teleworking or work from home or the leave of absence and the teleworking or work from home or the leave of absence is necessary because of the care of the children. The same shall apply if and to the extent that lessons / care are not offered in the regular full scope, but are offered on a scheduled basis for a limited period of time only, or if an individual child is prohibited from entering the school or other care facility due to segregation.

The time restriction of the exemption until the beginning of the school holidays only applies to schools, but not to the other institutionalised childcare facilities ( nursery, kindergarten, after-school care, day care centre), because these do not have general school holidays. However, the possibility of time off because of care in another institutionalised childcare facility does not apply to holiday care offers, e.g. via sports clubs (football camps), circus workshops, municipal holiday programmes. The decisive factor is whether the child is cared for in the facility on a permanent basis (and not only during the holidays).

The need for care must be specifically explained and examined, especially for children over the age of 14.

In contrast to telework, time off can only be granted if the employee is otherwise unable to provide care despite exhausting all possibilities. It is also possible to grant leave only on an hourly or daily basis.

Please contact the Human Resources Department at the following e-mail address: meldepflicht@zv.uni-augsburg.de

 

Child sick days

On 14 January 2021, the German Bundestag passed an extension of child sickness benefits by 10 days and, in the case of single parents, by 20 days for each child in 2021. The new regulation provides, among other things, that the entitlement to sick pay for the calendar year 2021 also exists if facilities for the care of children, schools or facilities for persons with disabilities are temporarily closed by the responsible authority to prevent the spread of infections or communicable diseases on the basis of the Infection Protection Act. However, extensive support options already exist for employees of the Free State in the form of teleworking and the possibility of taking time off on an hourly or daily basis, which go beyond the child sickness benefits. If the employee could telework but chooses to care for the child only (and not telework), the child sickness benefit can be claimed.

 

For more information on children's sick leave, see the following link:  https://www.bmfsfj.de/bmfsfj/themen/corona-pandemie/kinderbetreuung-bei-schul--und-kitaschliessungen/faq-kinderkrankentage-kinderkrankengeld/fragen-und-antworten-zu-kinderkrankentagen-und-zum-kinderkrankengeld/164976

Working from home and subsidiary release from work will also be granted until further notice if this is absolutely necessary to care for a relative in need of care and the care is not otherwise possible. The need for care must be specifically stated.

Lecturers are asked to contact their respective chair or institute for information on current regulations concerning teaching and examinations.

Ventilating rooms regularly, especially the teaching rooms, remains an important contribution to your own safety.

Increase ventilation rhythm

Due to the comparatively long time aerosols spend in the air, it is of utmost importance to bring as much outside air as possible into used rooms. Meeting rooms should therefore be ventilated before the start of the meeting by opening opposite windows or across. In addition, due to the current situation in all offices and meeting rooms in use, if possible the windows opposite should be opened continuously or at least at an increased rhythm, preferably every 20 minutes, for a few minutes, preferably 3 to 10 minutes (so-called Stoßlüften/shock ventilation).

 

Use of air conditioners

The use of air-conditioning units in offices used exclusively by individuals is harmless. In rooms used by several people (e.g. offices open to the public, offices during meetings or conference rooms), fully or partially recirculating air systems should only be used for cooling before and after use. The supply of fresh air should then be provided manually, as shown above.

 

Use of fans

The use of fans in offices used exclusively by individuals is harmless. In multi-person and single offices with frequent public traffic or during meetings, fans should only be used to supply fresh air. Care should be taken to avoid placing oneself in direct line with the airflow. Instead, a fan with a low setting should be placed at the window and, if possible, the door should be kept ajar to support a constant exchange of air through the open windows.

The following leaflets can be used as posters (especially for future office hours) or to inform employees and students:

 

 

Testing & Vaccination

The University of Augsburg offers its employees and students the possibility of free rapid testing at the test station on campus ( www.uni-augsburg.de/teststation). Free tests for students are otherwise only offered by the test centre at the fairground. Plesae book an appointment in advance in both cases. Individuals without an appointment will not be tested.

 

Further information and registration for the rapid test

 

 

 

The free test offer for students has been extended until Christmas

The Vaccination Centre of the City of Augsburg offers everyone who has not yet been vaccinated various services: You can get vaccinated in doctors' offices, at the vaccination centre (with or without an appointment) and at vaccination events in various parts of the city. A vaccination also reduces the risk of passing on the Corona virus. In this way, vaccinated people help themselves, their relatives and the people around them.

 

Starting on Saturday, 11 December, a vaccination offer without appointment will take place on the campus of the University of Augsburg. The offer is open to all citizens.

Building J - Faculty of Economics, Universitätsstraße 16, car park P 6 or tram stop "Universität")

  • Tuesdays to Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. (except public holidays)
  • First, second and booster vaccinations for everyone aged 30 and over, with the Moderna vaccine (in effect from 28 December onwards).

 

Further information on vaccination can be found at: https://www.augsburg.de/umwelt-soziales/gesundheit/coronavirus/impfzentrum

Inform and protect yourself

Information sheet "Covid-19 information on disease and vaccination"

 

Information about the at-risk regions can be found on the Robert Koch Institute website:

www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete.html

 

Information about the symptoms of an infection, preventative measures and the current situation in Bavaria are available on the website of the Bavarian Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL):https://www.lgl.bayern.de/gesundheit/infektionsschutz/infektionskrankheiten_a_z/coronavirus/faq.htm

 

FAQ of the State Ministry for Science and the Arts:

https://www.stmwk.bayern.de/allgemein/meldung/6461/informationen-fuer-hochschulen-und-kulturelle-einrichtungen.html#hs

Please restrict private and business travel to an absolute minimum for the time being and act responsibly towards yourself and others. Please observe basic hygiene recommendations.

 

  • Wherever possible, keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres to other people.
  • Sneeze or cough into the crook of your arm or a tissue paper – and dispose of the tissue in a bin with a lid.
  • Keep your hands away from your face – avoid touching your mouth, eyes or nose with your hands.

  • Keep sufficient distance from other people who have a cough, runny nose or a temperature – also due to the ongoing flu wave.

  • Avoid touching people (e.g. shaking hands or embracing) when you greet or say goodbye to people.

  • Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds using water and soap, particularly after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing.

  • Get vaccinated against Covid-19

 

 

E-Mail-Hotline

If you still have open questions after reading the FAQs, please contact our e-mail hotline.

 

 

Employees

Employees of the university please reach out by e-mail to:

 

beschaeftigte-corona@uni-augsburg.de

Studierende

Students and applicants please reach out by e-mail to:

 

studierende-corona@uni-augsburg.de

Press & Media

Journalists please contact our press office:

 

info@presse.uni-augsburg.de

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