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Amendment of Hygiene Regulations for Winter Semester 2020/21

Dear students,

Due to the increase in infections in the frame of the corona pandemic, we must amend the current hygiene measures at the University of Bremen. This will affect the conditions under which you work and study. We have decided to continue with a hybrid winter semester together with the senator’s office. Our step-by-step plan allows us to continually change the conditions to suit the situation.

The obligatory wearing of masks now also extends to all classes. Thus, also for students and teaching staff after they have taken a seat.

The wearing of a mask is also obligatory for staff in administration, the faculties, and deaneries when seated – if said staff work in a shared office. The ruling also applies to all meetings. This conforms with the joint decision made by the universities in Bremen State and the Senator for Science and Ports.

It is possible for hybrid lectures, seminars, practical classes, and tutorials to take place face-to-face under adherence to the current hygiene regulations.

It is possible for laboratory sessions and face-to-face examinations to take place on campus. It also remains possible for students to book learning spaces on campus.

If you or someone from your household has contracted COVID-19, you must inform us immediately. Send an email to “your” faculty or the faculty administration and let the university administration know (personalprotect me ?!vw.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de). 

It remains the case that protecting health is our top priority. At the same time, we are doing everything to create optimum study and work conditions for you – as far as is possible within the pandemic restrictions.

We thank you all for your solidarity.

Kind regards,
Dr. Martin Mehrtens – Director of Finance and Administration
Prof. Thomas Hoffmeister – Vice President Academic

General Safety and Hygiene Standards on Campus

Studying on campus in face-to-face classes is to be made possible under special hygienic conditions adapted to the corona pandemic. Hygiene regulations apply, which may have to be adapted on an on-going basis. You can find the current document here.

You can read and download the updated General Safety and Hygiene Standards for the winter semester 2020/2021 here.

The University of Bremen has implemented a general ruling from the Public Order Office of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. This regulation means that you are obliged to wear a mouth-nose covering (mask) in all university building – including the Glashalle Building. According to the corona ruling, the mouth-nose covering must be a “textile barrier”, thus plastic visors or similar items are not permitted.

Students and teaching staff are now also obliged to wear a mask – even when they are seated. The wearing of a mask is also obligatory for staff in administration, the faculties, and deaneries when seated – if said staff work in a shared office. The ruling also applies to all meetings.

If all other safety measures are met (distance regulation, spit protection, regular ventilation, etc.), it is possible to refrain from the wearing of masks in shared offices, if all parties involved agreed to this.

Under the above stated conditions, the use of masks can also be refrained from during face-to-face interviews (appointment and job application proceedings).

For the textile mouth-nose covering, the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) recommends a 30-minute break from mask wearing after every three hours for light physical activity, and for moderate physical activity after every two hours.

In addition, the currently valid Corona Ordinance of the Bremen State specifies that the obligation to wear a mask may be waived under the following conditions:

You might not be obligated to wear a mask due to a medical indication or due to pregnancy. Please always carry your medical certificate with you to the university so that you can present this when someone asks you about your missing mask.

Additionally, the obligation to wear a mask does not apply for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, those accompanying them, and, for persons who communicate with them.

(Additions/changes are to be expected).

Yes, the university has done so. You can find the tabular overview here.

Even if the regulations appear complex, we ask that you very carefully adhere to the correct ventilation of the individual rooms.

All state universities in Bremen are continually in contact with the Senator for Science in order to react quickly to a change in situation, if required.

We ask that you help to reduce the number of infections by behaving appropriately and taking the known hygiene regulations into consideration.

If you had contact to a person now confirmed as having coronavirus, immediately contact your doctor or the after-hours service of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians of the City of Bremen (https://www.kvhb.de/bereitschaftsdienst) by phone. Do not go to a doctor’s practice in order to reduce the risk of infection.

You will receive further instructions from your doctor or the after-hours service of the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians of the City of Bremen.

Further information.

If you are a contact person of the first class (close family or domestic contact or similar), you must enter isolation for 10 days. You are not allowed to come onto campus during this time.

Please fill out the linked form and send it by email to the Administrative Department for Human Resources (personal@vw.uni-bremen.de). Please also inform “your” faculty. 

During classroom sessions, the university takes appropriate hygiene precautions to prevent the spread of infections: the seats are far apart, all rooms have either technical ventilation or sufficient windows to allow regular ventilation. Sanitizing wipes are provided so that the table tops can be cleaned before use. In addition, teaching staff and students are required to wear masks during classes.

When you enter a building, you must log in with your QR code (see “How do I find out if I have a face-to-face class and what do i need to know?”). Therefore, in case of an infection we can determine who else was present in the same course. All participants will be informed by email and will receive further information.

Most importantly: Adhere to the hygiene regulations and contact “your” faculty and personal@vw.uni-bremen.de if you have tested positive for the coronavirus.

For detailed information, please refer to the pages of the Administrative Department for Human Resources: www.uni-bremen.de/dezernat2/aktuelles (in German)

Please adhere to the self-isolation requirements.

During the isolation period, it is not possible for you to leave your home or receive guests that do not live with you without prior authorization from the Health Department (general ruling by the Pubic Order Office of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen based on §28 German Infection Protection Act – IfSG). Only the Health Department may decide on exceptions.

You may not come onto the university campus.

Please contact your examination office or student advisory office if you have questions concerning examination or consequences for the course of your degree.

Please fill out the linked form and send it by email to the Administrative Department for Human Resources (personalprotect me ?!vw.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de). Please also inform “your” faculty. 

You must adhere to the Health Department’s guidelines. This especially applies with regard to the point in time when the isolation/quarantine period is over and you may enter the university campus, for example.

Please contact your examination office or student advisory office if you have questions concerning examination or consequences for the course of your degree.

Please fill out the linked form and send it by email to the Administrative Department for Human Resources (personalprotect me ?!vw.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de). Please also inform “your” faculty. 

All about Studying

The university strives to offer as many face-to-face classes as possible. This also means that some courses are only offered online and not in attendance. You can check the student learning platform StudIP whether you are registered for a face-to-face class.

The University of Bremen is continuously monitoring the rate of infections. If the number of infections rises, it is absolutely essential that face-to-face events are cancelled and then offered as online events. For this reason, the university has developed a step-by-step plan with the necessary measures for teaching in order to be able to react quickly to changes in the number of infections. The step-by-step plan for reducing the risk of infection can be found here.

You can check the student learning platform StudIP whether you are registered for an in-classroom event. In order to trace chains of infection, it is necessary that you log in with your personal QR code using a QR scanner when entering the respective building. Here you will find detailed instructions.

Examinations: Regulations and Contact Persons

Yes, the general Part of the Examination Regulations have been changed and amended to suit the current situation. You can find the relevant regulation in the download area (AeO-AT_BPO_MPO_Probestud-06-2020). There is also another document that provides additional information regarding the counting of semesters (Erklärung der Änderung der Allgemeinen Teile_Unterbrechung Semesterzählung).

In light of the comprehensive restrictions at the end of the winter semester 2019/20 and at the beginning of the summer semester, immediate measures were put into place in order to avoid the passing of deadlines. These measures also intended to ensure the required level of decisions to be made by teaching staff, students, and administrative examination staff. During the course of the summer semester, said decisions were either replaced or expanded on by decisions from Bremen parliament and the Academic Senate. These were made to initiate measures for quality assurance when studying and to avoid there being disadvantages for students. In the download area on the right, you can find the decisions made, which also apply to the winter semester 2020/21.

Examinations will either be carried out face-to-face under adherence to protective measures against the coronavirus in specially prepared university rooms, including the e-testing center or they will be held as online or portfolio examinations. Examinations in the e-testing center will be carried out from May 11, 2020 onwards. Written examinations still require a further planning phase. Please note that there will be a longer planning phase and also a longer examination phase due to the corona protection regulations and the smaller examination participation groups.The summer semester 2020 and winter semester 2020/21 will not be counted in terms of the valid repeat examination deadline for failed attempts at the University of Bremen.

You can find explanations in the information on semester counting.

Please contact your lecturers and your examination office with any questions that you may have regarding your own examinations. You can find the contact details here: https://www.uni-bremen.de/en/zpa. This especially applies to registration for and withdrawal from examinations, examination dates, extended submission deadlines, and the consequences of a cancelled examination.

The University of Bremen has thought a great deal about how to reduce the risk of infection during face-to-face examinations: The distance between tables has been increased, regular ventilation will be carried out, the furniture will be cleaned in intervals, you will find hand disinfectant at entryways.

However, none of this works if you do not support us. Please adhere to the distancing regulations, even if you are extremely happy to have completed the exam.

Also keep your distance when you enter the examination room, wait there, or exit the university building.

Don’t forget: These measures are in place for you and your health!

You can find the hygiene concept for the test center (only in German) and the other examination rooms in the download area.

Stays abroad and international students

As the closure of German embassies due to corona is threatening the degree starts of freshmen, the University of Bremen has implemented two important measures:

Generally, distance-learning is possible for the internationally oriented degree programs. Please speak to the responsible person for your degree about the online teaching on offer and the examination regulations. Distance students will be enrolled as usual – please send us the required documents after admission and transfer the semester fee. The usually obligatory proof of health insurance in German is waived as long as you reside abroad.

Please note that you must pay the fee retroactively for the whole of the semester if you travel to Germany during the semester.

If your embassy is currently not producing certified copies of the required documents and there is a chance that your submission deadline for the enrollment documents may pass, please initially send us simple copies and submit the certified ones at a later day.

You can find out more about the details in the Rapid Decision Certified Copies document.

If you return from a private or work trip abroad, varied rules apply, depending on in which country you stayed:

Returning from a risk area

If you have spent time within the past 10 days in a risk region, the following applies:

 

  • Please immediately return, by direct means, to your “own home or another suitable accommodation option,” after your return.
  • You must now self-isolate for 10 days (starting from entry into Germany).
  • It is not allowed that people who do not live in your household visit you in this time.
  • Please fill out the linked form and send it by email to the Administrative Department for Human Resources (personal@vw.uni-bremen.de). Please also inform “your” faculty.  
  • Please inform the responsible local authority and register via https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de/#/. For further information on digital registration on entry visit https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/coronavirus-infos-reisende/merkblatt-dea/faq-dea.html.
  • Should you take a corona test after entry, it is obligatory that the test may only be carried out five days after entry into Germany, at the earliest. Additional information and information on testing options for Bremen citizens can be found here. Here, you can find out which Health Department is responsible for you. It is not possible to submit a negative test to the university, as only the Health Department has the authority to end the isolation period earlier than planned.

You may provide a test result to the Health Department for this. Said test must fulfil certain requirements (test result in German on English, molecular-biological test, test must have taken place no longer than 48 hours prior to entry into Germany).

Additional information and information on testing options for Bremen citizens can be found here.

Here, you can find out which Health Department is responsible for you.

It is not possible to submit a negative test to the university, as only the Health Department has the authority to end the isolation period earlier than planned.

The regulations for returning from a risk region apply whether you have travelled to Germany on land, by air, or by boat.

Entering from a region that is not deemed a risk region is uncritical and no isolation measures must be met.

Please contact Barbara Hasenmüller at the International Office. Alternatively, you can find more information here.

International students who are already in Bremen have general questions regarding their stay, financing etc. should contact Jutta Paul and Claudia Pellegrina at the International Office.

Working and Financial Aid

Generally, the German National Association for Student Affairs provides advice and information on social matters and working whilst studying. Please note that the information on working and internships applies to enrolled students. Those who have taken a semester’s leave cannot receive a BAföG loan, a scholarship, or discounts for taxes, health insurance etc.

Flyer on working alongside your studies: https://www.studentenwerke.de/de/content/jobben

FAQs on studying during the corona pandemic: https://www.studentenwerke.de/de/content/corona-faqs-der-studenten-und and welfare advice from the Bremen Student Services Organization: https://www.stw-bremen.de/de/beratung-soziales/sozialberatung. Information on the social fund from the German student funds can be found under the question “Can I apply for financial aid?”

You can find more information on job and internship advertisements, as well as other information regarding your career and career start here: https://www.uni-bremen.de/en/career-center

The loan fund of the Bremen Student Services Organization has been increased by the Bremen Senate to 500,000 Euro so that students in need of help can be financially supported. Students who have come into financial difficulties due to the corona crisis can apply for an interest-free loan of up to 550 euros each month from the Bremen Student Services Organization. The loan will be paid with retrospective effect from April 1, 2020 and for up to three months. Furthermore, the acceptance criteria for such a loan will be reduced.

Students in need who are enrolled at the University of Bremen or another university in Bremen State can apply. Foreign students may also apply for a loan.

Information on the application process

Students, who have already applied for BAföG in the past, only have to submit an informal application with the missing documents. Old details should be updated. This also applies if the BAföG application was rejected. The Bremen Student Services Organization provides more detailed information. Further documents are required if the student has never applied for BAföG. Information on this is also available from the Bremen Student Services Organization.

This loan is not intended for those who already receive BAföG. There is another way in such cases: If a student’s situation has changed due to the corona crisis, for example if their parents are now in the short-time working system and can no longer support them as usual, the student can submit a BAföG amendment application.

There is additional help for international students: The charitable organization XENOS provides financial aid especially to foreign students in difficult situations. More information can be found on the XENOS website.

 

Students who were not able to attain the required number of credit points in the winter semester 2019/2020 or summer semester 2020 due to the corona pandemic and are thus unable to provide proof of a positive credit point balance after the end of the 4th semester as per § 48 BAföG (form 5), can submit proof of a negative credit point balance with reference to the situation for the winter semester 2020/2021. The students will then receive a form, with which they can provide an explanation of the circumstances in order for the examination office at their place of education to confirm this. The same procedure applies if students were not able to complete their degree within the maximum duration of funding due to the corona pandemic. Further information can be found here: https://www.stw-bremen.de/en/node/19009

 

More Informations:

Unfortunately, it is not possible to currently offer open office hours. Please use this opportunity to pose your question via email or phone. You will receive information here and via a circular as soon as it is possible once more to attend an office hour or make an appointment.

 

Currently, Café Central and the GW2 Building cafeteria on campus are open and offer food to take away.

From September 14, 2020, the Mensa cafeteria on the Boulevard is opening with seating. There are special procedures in place if you wish to go to the Mensa cafeteria. You can find the relevant information here: www.stw-bremen.de/de/news/wiedereroeffnung

 

From now on, the University of Bremen and also the Bremen State and University Library offer study spaces on campus to all students again.

The study spaces on campus will be available from July 20, 2020. The university is currently planning on extending the offer of learning spaces.You can use the study spaces between the time of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. after previously booking a two-hour time slot. In order to maintain hygiene requirements, we unfortunately had to limit the number of workplaces.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer any seminar or meeting rooms, as every room is needed for the upcoming examinations in order to maintain the hygiene standards during the examinations for your protection.

Please note:

The booking of the learning islands can be made via Stud.IP as before. Your booking confirmation is also the right of access to the respective building, which must be presented to the security guards. The link to the Terms of Use and Hygiene Regulations can be found in the booking section and the booking confirmation as well as here. We ask of you that you adhere to the concept and that you especially disinfect the table before and after usage with the available cleaning wipes. The number of people allowed in the individual rooms is also restricted in order to protect you against the virus. Thus, it is not possible that more people are in the room than have been registered for the time slot. Think of your own health and the health of those around you and adhere strictly to the hygiene concept.

We have a further request based on various complaints: The university is providing the rooms in order to enable peaceful learning for our students. Please behave in such a manner that undisturbed learning is possible.

For more informationen, you can contact infoprotect me ?!lernraum.uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de

We are currently working on enabling you to use your personal QR code when booking study spaces. This will ensure greater security (see “What happens if it turns out that someone with whom I was in a classroom session has tested positive for the coronavirus?”)

For information on the offer of the Bremen State and University Library visit https://www.suub.uni-bremen.de/home-english/info-en/corona-emergency-service/

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