we would like to inform you of the decisions made by the government and states regarding the corona pandemic and the consequences for the University of Bremen.
The valid regulations for University of Bremen staff will be extended until January 31, 2021. This means that all tasks that can be completed whilst working from home should be done as such. This excludes tasks that must be carried out on site in order to maintain university operations, e.g. human resource and finance processes, student and examination administration, IT and technical operations, and test series or other processes that cannot be interrupted.
The current regulations for students will also be extended. All teaching formats that can be digitalized will only take place online until the end of the semester. Formats that cannot be digitalized, e.g. laboratory sessions and similar, will not take place face-to-face in the period until January 31, 2021. Face-to-face examinations that were to take place in January will be postponed or be replaced with digital formats. It will not be possible for students to work in bookable spaces on campus until the end of January. This also applies to learning spaces in Bremen State and University Library (SuUB). The loaning of books and other basic services can be used from January 13, onwards. The Central Library and Juridicum Library will also be open to a restricted numbers of users. Detailed information on the emergency operation mode can be found on the SuUB website. Please make sure you gather all the relevant information prior to going to the library. All catering offers from Bremen Student Services Organization will remain closed in January.
We are aware, dear students and teaching staff, what hardship these regulations cause for you. In the discussions with the Senator’s Office, we therefore advocated for being able to offer examinations and classes that cannot be digitalized in face-to-face formats as soon as is possible. We will continue to do this is future meetings and hope that laboratory sessions and other aforementioned teaching formats that cannot be digitalized can take place again under consideration of the general corona regulations from February 1. We ask for your flexibility so that we can catch up with the examinations and internships that are cancelled in January as soon as possible.
We were able to attain an exception to the regulations for final bachelor’s and master’s theses that are dependent on university resources (laboratories etc.). On a case-to-case basis, such work is possible again with immediate effect. Please contact your supervisor to discuss the details.
On January 25, the German Chancellor and the Chief State Ministers will meet again. Should their negotiations end in regulations that affect the university, we will, as usual, inform you promptly.
We have been confronted with the corona pandemic for nearly 10 months now. We know that the situation is asking a lot of you, which is why we once more wish to explicitly thank you for you persistence, understanding, and solidarity.
Take care of yourselves and those around you.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernd Scholz-Reiter Frauke Meyer Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoffmeister
President Director of Finance Vice President Academic