Information about corona
It is important for the University of Augsburg to offer decent teaching and research conditions while at the same time protecting the health of students and employees during the pandemic. Find out about the current regulations and procedures for protecting against Covid-19 at the university and do your part to help contain the pandemic by acting responsibly.
Please note that FFP2 masks are currently mandatory.
As announced by the Free State of Bavaria, from 24 November 2021, 2G will apply statewide for classroom teaching. This means that students without proof of vaccination or recovery will no longer be allowed to participate in classroom teaching. Further details can be found below.
23 November 2021
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
In the winter semester 2021/22, the University of Augsburg will offer "as much face-to-face teaching - in accordance with the hygiene rules - as possible and as much supplementary digital teaching as necessary". It will therefore be a transitional semester towards regular face-to-face teaching in the summer semester of 2022.
The most important requirements are summarised below:
- As of 24 November, 2G applies to classroom teaching. For examinations and practice events, 3G applies.
- Masks are compulsory in all university buildings. We therefore ask you to wear medical masks or FFP2 masks in the corridors and public areas of the university buildings. Masks are not required outdoors.
- Vaccinated, recovered, tested (3G): 3G proof is required for access to the university buildings (exception: for exams). The university carries out random but very close entry checks at all entrances.
Room allocation: As a general rule, lecture halls can be occupied up to a maximum of 50% ("chequerboard pattern") and all other rooms up to 100% (in which case masks are compulsory). Optionally, however, a seating arrangement can still be determined in which the minimum distance of 1.5 m is maintained (in this case: no mask requirement). For examinations, the minimum distance of 1.5 m still applies. All rooms will be marked accordingly. Information on room occupancy and the applicable mask requirement can be found on the information sheets in the teaching rooms.
Rapid tests: Due to the 3G rule, students and employees who have not recovered and have not been vaccinated must be tested regularly. The University of Augsburg continues to offer its employees and students the possibility of free rapid tests at the test station on campus ( www.uni-augsburg.de/teststation). Further free rapid tests for students are also offered at the test station at the Augsburg Fairground ( www.augsburg.de/umwelt-soziales/gesundheit/coronavirus/diagnosestelle). In both cases, please book an appointment in good time using the corresponding link. People without an appointment will not be tested.
Please refer to the current guidelines for details.
From 24 November 2021, 2G is to apply to classroom teaching across the board. This means that students without proof of vaccination or recovery will no longer be allowed to participate in classroom teaching!
3G continues to apply for employees (see below). 2G shall also apply to the use of the reading rooms of the university library.
For teaching, this means: Digital and hybrid courses can continue unchanged in 2G mode. In previously attendance-only courses, pragmatic individual solutions are to be found for unvaccinated students upon request. Examples of such solutions are: Making video recordings from previous semesters available, instructions for self-study (e.g. literature references), use of a video conferencing system in the course (with the consent of those present). In principle, digital possibility of studying can also be ensured by asynchronous substitute offerings; there is no obligation to offer synchronous substitute offerings.
For practice and artistic courses as well as courses that require special laboratory or work rooms, the 3G mode continues to apply. These are precisely those events that were exempt from the classroom teaching ban in previous semesters. 3G shall continue to apply to examinations.
If lecturers are unvaccinated, we request switching to a digital teaching format.
The university is required to monitor compliance with the 2G/3G rule. However, unlike e.g. in the leisure or catering sector, no seamless control is prescribed. A security service commissioned by the university will carry out close-meshed random entry checks at the building entrances. All persons who are subject to the 3G rule are obliged to show the corresponding proof upon request. Persons found without such proof will not be admitted or will be expelled from the building. In this respect, the staff carrying out the checks have the corresponding domestic authority. In addition, the teaching staff is entitled to carry out their own checks or have them carried out on a voluntary basis in the courses.
- Please always carry valid 2G/3G proof and a passport or ID card.
- If possible, please carry the 2G/3G proof as a digital certificate with a QR code on your smartphone. This will help us to make the checks as uncomplicated as possible. Suitable apps are, for example, the Corona-Warn-App or CovPass.
- The test results of the rapid tests carried out at the university's testing station can also be entered into the Corona-Warn-App. Please inform the tester accordingly before the test.
The check is carried out by inspecting the documents and/or with the help of data protection-compliant apps such as CovPass Check. In no case will data be stored.
University employees are also subject to the 3G obligation (see section "For Employees").
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 March 2021, the Bavarian State Parliament passed a law extending the regulations made in the summer semester 2020 for the winter semester 2020/2021 and the summer semester 2021. 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 (changed on 12 April 2021):
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. 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)
please contact the student hotline +49 (0)821 598-1111.
From 18 October 2021, all validators and top-up machines for the Campus Card will be available again.
You can currently find validators in building A (entrance C, to the left of the student office, by the artwork) at the language labs on the ground floor. They are accessible from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 4 pm.
The usual recreation rooms are available to students again for the most part.
In addition, the canteen is available as an additional recreation room during the following times.
Monday - Friday from 08:00 to 10:30 and from 14:00 to 19:00.
- When entering the canteen, hands must be disinfected.
- Users must register in writing or digitally.
- Users are assigned a fixed table number, which is also registered.
- Initially, a maximum usage time is not set; however, users are allowed to leave the table for a maximum of 10 minutes.
- After use, the table surface and the back of the chair are disinfected.
- The table is then released for re-assignment.
The current repeat and follow-up examinations can be carried out in attendance in compliance with the current hygiene regulations. The hygiene concepts valid for the summer semester 2021 will continue to apply for the time being.
Details on how examinations can be held and what has to be considered can be found on our page on examinations in times of Corona
The plans for the regular examinations for the winter semester 21/22 will be made in the next few weeks. Should any changes result from this, they will be communicated as soon as possible.
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 a surgical mask or an FFP2 mask. On the seats, wearing a mouth-nose cover (community-mask) is enough. Surgical masks or 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 does currenly extend to examinations.
- you are strongly requested to undergo a COVID-19 test (not a self-test) before the individual exams. The result of an antigen test should not be older than 48 hours, the result of a PCR test should not be older than 96 hours (in each case related to the time of testing). If individuals have been fully vaccinated and the last vaccination was more than 14 days ago, a test is not necessary.
- 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.
The 3G rule does not extend to exams.
Nevertheless, we ask all participants of in-person examinations to undergo a COVID-19 test before the individual examinations (no self-test). If as many examination participants as possible are tested negative, the protection against infection in the examinations will be further improved. We appeal to your sense of responsibility to have a test carried out beforehand if you take part in an attendance examination.
The result of an antigen test should not be older than 48 hours, the result of a PCR test should not be older than 96 hours (in each case related to the time of testing). If individuals have been fully vaccinated and the last vaccination was more than 14 days ago, a test is not necessary.
You can be tested in test centres, doctors' surgeries and pharmacies. You can find an overview for your place of residence here:
The University of Augsburg operates its own testing station, which students can also use by appointment. You can find more information on the page about the .
Please plan your test appointments well in advance of your in-person examinations so that the examinations can take place under good conditions and the health of all those taking part in the examinations can be protected as best as possible.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, special regulations continue to apply for the state examinations under LPO I.
These can be read on the homepage of the Ministry of Education for the state examination. Among others they concern the following topics:
- Written thesis
- Module performance and 30-LP regulation
- School internships
- Practical sports tests
- Other admission requirements
- Free attempt for all exam candidates
- Addition to the free trial regulation: Already occurred withdrawals
Further important information and forms for the state exams:
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.
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 email@example.com (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.
At Augsburg University, the winter semester 2021/22 is considered a transition semester towards regular operation from the summer semester 2022 onwards. For the most part, courses will take place in presence. At the same time, a certain flexibility is to be maintained so that in the event of the hospitalisation traffic light system turning to red it will be possible to work increasingly in digital format again.
The option to work at home can be offered to employees in the case of office work or comparable activities if there are no compelling operational reasons to the contrary. However, there is no general claim to home office.
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.
Please note that recording working hours for the non-scientific employees of the university is possible again since 01.08.2020. The time recording terminals, which are located in the respective buildings on campus, are released again. In addition, a web terminal function for online recording of working times is available for those employees who do their work in their home office. You need your personnel number to register.
To prepare for working from home, please read the tips and instructions of the computer center.
1. Employees with a positive corona test
For employees tested positive for the coronavirus, the announcement of the Bavarian State Ministry of Health and Care of 25 February 2021, ref. GZ6a-G8000-2021/505-8, published in BayMBl 2021 NR. 151 of 25.02.2021, on the enforcement of the Infection Protection Act (Infektionsschutzgesetz, short: IfSG), isolation of category I contacts, suspected contacts and persons tested positive for the coronavirus, must be applied.
Persons tested positive must immediately undergo isolation after becoming aware of the positive test result. The person tested positive is obliged to report to the competent health authority and inform them of the test result. (see also "Employees in quarantine").
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 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.
3. Suspected and contact cases
For contact persons of category I and for suspected persons, the announcement of the Bavarian State Ministry of Health and Care of 25 February 2021, ref. no. GZ6a-G8000-2021/505-8, published in BayMBl. 2021 no. 151 of 25.02.2021, on the enforcement of the Infection Protection Act (IfSG), isolation of contact persons of category I and of suspected persons, isolation of persons tested positive for the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, shall be applied. In the event of isolation, section 4 of this decree shall apply.
Category I contacts shall immediately go into isolation after notification by the public health department and at least until the end of the 14th day after the last contact with a confirmed COVID 19 case notified by the public health department, unless otherwise ordered by the public health department. The health department shall record the contact details and immediately instruct the contact persons in writing or electronically about the measures to be observed. (see also "Employees in quarantine").
The domestic quarantine ends when the close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case occurred at least 14 days ago, no typical signs of the disease have appeared and a test carried out at the earliest 14 days after the last close contact shows a negative result. Otherwise, the competent district administrative authority shall decide on the end of the quarantine.
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.
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 () 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Employees who are quarantined domestically by order of the Health Department must primarily work from home or from home (provided they are fit for duty or work). Leave of absence is only to be granted if no teleworking option is available.
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.
In all the above cases, please contact the Human Resources Department at the following e-mail address:
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).
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 email@example.com (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
Business trips are possible if they are absoluely necessary. The following examples showcae what is to be understood as "absolutely necessary“:
- Participation in committee meetings as an elected or appointed member
- Conference participation with an own lecture
- Meetings, if participation is required for your own training and qualification
- Trips to archives and libraries for research purposes
- Trips as a participant in examination procedures
- Trips for lecturers on excursions, which have been approved as a compulsory part of the curriculum
All business trips are subject to the provision that travel restrictions and warnings of the Federal Foreign Office are taken into account and do not conflict with the business trip. It is obligatory to comply with the infection prevention measures applicable at the respective location.
The following applies to all international business trips: Travel warnings issued by the Federal Foreign Office must always be observed. Please also bear in mind that travel restrictions may apply in your destination (e.g. quarantine for travellers). Therefore, please be sure to read all travel warnings and partial travel warnings issued by the Federal Foreign Office as well as the respective country-specific travel and safety instructions issued by the Federal Foreign Office for your destination country: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/
When planning your trip, please also bear in mind travel regulations can change at any time due to new developments.
We ask you to add a corresponding declaration on the absolute necessity of the trip and compliance with infection prevention measures to your travel authorization request. Sofern Ihre Dienstreise durch Ihre/n Vorgesetzte/n genehmigt werden muss, wird diese Erklärung vom/von der Vorgesetzten benötigt. If your business trip must be approved by your superior, this declaration is required by the superior.
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:
Further general information can be found on the pages of the BMBF under this link:
If you have any further questions, please contact the staff of the relevant human resources department (II/5 or II/6).
Events that are not courses are generally permissible in compliance with the current regulations. This applies in particular to conferences, congresses, lecture series, workshops, celebrations and comparable events:
- The general measures for infection control apply without restriction. In particular, the 3G rule and the obligation to wear masks apply to events in closed rooms.
- Only events with a fixed, definable group of participants are permitted indoors. Suitable measures, e.g. choice of location, access controls, etc., must be taken to ensure that there is no uncontrolled access or mixing with people from outside the event. Events with a walk-in audience, e.g. trade fairs, stands in foyers etc., are therefore not permitted.
- The person responsible for the event must ensure that a complete 3G control takes place. Spot checks are not permitted.
- When using teaching rooms, the seating arrangement applicable to the course is binding. The arrangement of tables and chairs may not be changed.
- Public celebrations are prohibited.
- A corresponding hygiene concept must be drawn up for each of these events and submitted to the responsible faculty.
As before, the broadcasting of events on the internet is suggested as a good alternative. The combination of presence and livestream increases the reach of the event.
In their own interest, it does not make sense for any employee of the Free State of Bavaria to travel abroad as long as the travel area is subject to a travel warning from the German Foreign Office with reference to Corona or if quarantine would be necessary due to the EQV upon return.
If, on the other hand, a trip is booked and undertaken during the period of validity of the travel warning issued by the Federal Foreign Office with reference to Corona or the EQV with quarantine order, this is to be regarded as irresponsible behavior on the part of an employee of the Free State of Bavaria. Exemptions from duty for quarantine measures abroad or return travel difficulties will then no longer be granted or only in exceptional cases. If a trip to a risk area is planned or you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The free test offer for students has been extended until Christmas
For those who have not yet been vaccinated, the Vaccination Centre of the City of Augsburg offers 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.
Further information on vaccination can be found at: https://www.augsburg.de/umwelt-soziales/gesundheit/coronavirus/impfzentrum
Inform and protect yourself
Information about the at-risk regions can be found on the Robert Koch Institute website:
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:
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
If you still have open questions after reading the FAQs, please contact our e-mail hotline.