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Information on the Corona Pandemic

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    Current information on life, studies, and work at the University of Bremen during the corona pandemic.

The University of Bremen is working with the Level Plan for Teaching, which is based on the warning level determined in the Bremen State Corona Ordinance, the incidence rate in Bremen city, and the situation on campus. This means that the state warning level may not be the same as the level of the Level Plan for Teaching. The University of Bremen crisis team determines and decides which level of the Level Plan for Teaching applies on campus.

At the moment, we are on level four of the Level Plan for Teaching. In light of the spread of the Omicron variant in Bremen, the current regulations for digital classes have been extended and will apply up to and including February 4. With this decision, we want to ensure that you can continue to study this semester and that you should be able to take your exams in the scheduled period and on the scheduled days.

Level four of the Level Plan for Teaching means that all lectures and the majority of seminars will take place digitally. Laboratory sessions, exam preparation / final theses, and further class formats that cannot be digitalized will continue to take place in person, as will classes in degree courses that contain laboratory sessions, of which the face-to-face continuation is important to ensure the ability to study.

The university will be providing more learning spaces for exam preparation. In the GW1, GW 2, SFG, and MZH buildings, all teaching rooms will function as working spaces for students between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. from January 17, 2022, onwards. Reservation is not required. Please adhere to the applicable hygiene measures. Learning spaces are also now available in Bremen State and University Library (SuUB) on Sundays with immediate effect. Further information can be found on the SuUB website.

It remains obligatory to wear a mask in all areas of university buildings that are open to the public, in classrooms, and learning spaces. This also includes classes where social distancing can be complied with. It is also urgently recommended that those teaching / presenting wear a mask. Please take care to ensure that the rooms you are in are regularly ventilated should they not be fitted with a technical ventilation system.

Please wear an FFP2 mask whenever possible. The protection offered by these masks is significantly higher than that of other medical-grade masks. Security staff at buildings entryways can provide you with an FFP2 mask.

Proof of 3G status (vaccinated, recovered, tested) needs to be shown at building entryways.

Please take note of the “AHA+L” regulation, which stands for social distancing, personal hygiene, masks, and regular ventilation of rooms, as well as the Hygiene Concept of the University of Bremen.

The following applies to university staff: Tasks that can be completed without restrictions whilst working from home should be carried out as such. Superiors must clarify with their staff which tasks this includes and how operations can be organized under these circumstances. 

As there will surely be infection cases among university members in the coming weeks and there may be related staff shortages, superiors must organize tasks in such a manner that operations can be maintained at all times. This also applies to exams. The planning details for emergencies must be decided upon by the individual areas.

Generally, the university management asks for caution to be applied in terms of work trips.

The 3G regulation applies on campus. This means you must be either vaccinated, recovered, or tested in order to gain access to buildings. It is required that you are fully vaccinated, thus 14 days must have passed since your second vaccination (14 days after your first vaccination if you received Johnson & Johnson and 14 days after your first vaccination if you are a vaccinated, recovered person). Persons who have recovered from COVID-19 and have not been vaccinated require proof of a positive PCR test, which is valid in the period from 28 days after said test to a maximum of six months after the test. Current corona tests must be official rapid tests or PCR tests - self-tests are not sufficient. Proof of a negative test result may not be older than 24 hours if it a PoC antigen test (an antigen test carried out by an official third party) or not older than 48 hours if it is a PCR test.

Security staff will check your status at building entryways. This may be done by means of the CovPassCheck app on business phones. The smartphones belong to the University of Bremen, are not fitted with a SIM card, and have no internet access. Vaccination certificates are scanned at building entryways and authenticity is checked in this way. Certificates are neither photographed nor saved.

Please also bring proof of ID (personal ID card or passport) along with your proof of 3G status.

The university may request and document the vaccination status of staff in university buildings where no access checks are carried out by security staff. This is done in accordance with the relevant circular from the Senator of Finance dated November 23, 2021 (information on work related issues in the frame of coronavirus.

The so-called “citizen tests” are once more being offered by test centers in Bremen State. On the Senator for Health’s website, you can find a list of the test centers offering free-of-charge testing: www.gesundheit.bremen.de/corona/corona/corona-testmoeglichkeiten-32720

If you receive a red warning in the corona warning app, thus there is a higher risk of you having caught corona, please, if possible, go home or stay there until you have a negative test result. Generally, you should get tested if you have a red warning - even if you have no symptoms. It is usually the case that a rapid antigen test is carried out. If the result is positive it is then confirmed with a PCR test. You can find information on the further procedure if you receive a positive test result here.

In the frame of occupational safety, the University of Bremen is providing free-of-charge tests at the university’s own test center to unvaccinated and non-recovered staff. This offer includes student assistants. Appointment can be made by calling +49 421 218-60135 or 60137.

However, the testing time no longer counts as working time.

Please immediately inform the university by sending an email to coronatrackingprotect me ?!vw.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de. This applies to both students and staff. Please do not wait until the Health Department has contacted you.

You are prohibited from coming onto campus until you have recovered. If there is a founded suspicion that you have COVID-19, for example if your antigen test is positive, you are also prohibited from coming onto campus until you have tested negative.

The following applies for staff: A quarantine letter does not function as a doctor’s note stating your inability to work. Should you for health reasons not be able to carry out your tasks from home, you require a doctor’s note in addition to the quarantine letter.

In order to make the contact chain reconstruction as simple and quick as possible, the University of Bremen has decided to use the Gast-Bremen app for the digital reconstruction. The use of this app is voluntary. It is possible to check in via the app or the website.

You can find the data protection terms here.

In each university building, one entryway will be open. Here security staff will check your 3G status. The emergency exits function as usual and are not affected by the closures. The entryways and exits of several buildings are now separated. Opening times may also differ. The stated opening times only apply from Monday to Friday.

BuildingOpening HoursEntryway
Cartesium7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
Cognium7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.Main door on Hochschulring
FVG7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.Middle door
FVG Ost8:00 a.m. to 6:oo p.m.East Door
FZB7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
GEO I and II7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.Door on Boulevard
GW 1 A, B and C7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.Door between A and B
GW 2 A and B6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.Courtyard door, door on Boulevard closed
IW 1 and 27:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.FZB main door, Badgasteinstr. 1
IW 36:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.Main door on Hochschulring
MARUM (1 and 2), access to MARUM 2 via bridge7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Main door
MZH7:00 a.m.to 6:30 p.m.Main door, rear building door closed
NW17:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.Main door, south entrance closed
NW 28:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Main door on Boulevard
NW 2 A and B8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.Entrance A and B
NW 2 C7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.Door on Leobener Straße
SFG6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.Main door
Sportturm7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.Door on Boulevard
TAB / ECO 58:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.Main door, door on entrance A
UFT7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Main door
Unicom 38:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.Main door
VWG6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.Main door
WiWi 17:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.Door on Universitätsallee

It is not possible to currently offer open, face-to-face office hours. Individual consultation facilities offer office hours via video and phone and you can contact offices that are unable to offer office hours via email. More information is available from the respective offices.

Please direct any specific inquiries to the person responsible for the matter concerned. Please send general inquiries to coronaschutzprotect me ?!vw.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de.

Examinations

Degree Duration

  • Extension of individual degree duration (GBl 36/2021 and GBl 52/2021 for law)
  • Extended trial studies and preparatory studies (AS-Ruling 9079)
  • Waiving of obligatory degree consultation upon exceeding of standard degree duration (GBl 36/2021)
  • Further semester of leave without provision of reasons (AS-Ruling 9064)

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