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The University of Bremen Is Organizing In-Person Classes in the Winter Semester

Der Universitäts-Boulevard mit dem GW 2 und der Bibliothek im Hintergrund.

What exactly is planned? Thomas Hoffmeister, Vice President Academic, reveals all in this interview.

Many students and teaching staff have a great desire to return to campus. To finally sit together in a lecture hall, to revise together instead of alone in front of the computer at home. The University of Bremen is currently planning on a face-to-face semester. Thomas Hoffmeister, Vice President Academic, has a clear opinion on the matter: “Come to the University of Bremen. We’re offering the opportunity to study in the best way - together on campus!”



The 3G rule applies on campus. This means that you have to be vaccinated, recovered, or tested (“geimpft, genesen oder getestet”) in order to gain access to buildings on campus. 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 and 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. These regulations apply to all persons visiting the campus, including students and staff.

Your status will be checked by security staff upon entering the buildings. This check will only take place when you are entering a building and your status will not be recorded or saved. Those who are vaccinated or recovered in accordance with the above must not be additionally tested. Proof of full vaccination or recovery suffice.

The University of Bremen is working with a level plan for teaching, which is based on the state corona ordinance. However, the levels of the teaching plan do not necessarily have to correspond with those of the state’s warning levels. The University of Bremen crisis team determines and decides the currently valid level of the level plan for teaching.

At the moment, level 1 of our plan applies, whilst warning level 0 applies in Bremen State. It remains obligatory to wear a mask in buildings, learning spaces, and classrooms when social distancing of 1.5 m cannot be adhered to.

The obligation to wear a medical-grade mask applies to all persons aged 16 or above It remains unchanged that children and youths up to 15 years of age are obliged to wear a mouth-nose covering. Surgery masks, FFP2-standard masks, or comparable masks are considered medical-grade masks.

The current state corona regulations explain that the mandatory wearing of 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).

Recommendations on how long the different masks should be worn:

For the textile mouth-nose covering, the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) recommends to wear masks no longer than three hours during light physical activity (e.g. office work).

Surgical masks should not be worn longer than two hours during moderate physical activity (e.g. janitorial exercises). This time period can be extended to three hours during light physical activity, provided that the mask has not yet become wet. After that, a break of 30 minutes should be adhered to, after which the mask can be worn again for the same duration as before. For FFP2 masks without an exhalation valve,  masks should be worn no longer than 75 minutes, followed by a 30-minute break with a maximum of five uses per work shift.

You can find more information on mouth-nose coverings, medical-grade masks, and particle-filtering partial masks here (in German only).

Whilst on campus please adhere to the regulations stated in the Hygiene Concept of the University of Bremen dated October 05, 2021.

In agreement with the Staff Council, the adopted VC policy will  initially remain valid until the end of the winter semester 2021/2022. This means you can continue to use Zoom in your teaching. Please note, the restrictions also remain valid, for example regarding cloud storage, which we can organize centrally.

Furthermore, the open source product BigBlueButton (within Stud.IP and via the ZfN) is also available for teaching and for student learning groups.

For confidential communication, the University of Bremen continues to provide StarLeaf.

We would like to draw your attention once again to the ZMML's handouts on digitally supported teaching.

Another general note:
The requirement of data economy derived from data protection law means that as little personal data as possible should be collected, processed, and used. For this reason, you will also find information on how to use Zoom in the most data-saving manner possible in the handouts.


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