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Information for Teaching Staff

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.

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

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.

Hygiene Regulations for In-Classroom Examinations

There are special hygiene measures for the in-classroom examinations at the university. The number of places in the examination rooms has been significantly limited so that the social-distance regulations can be adhered to. The university also ensures that all surfaces after each examination block are being cleaned again. You will find the complete Hygiene Regulations for In-Classroom Examinations here.

Recent articles from the Online magazine up2date.

Why did the University of Bremen decide on a Zoom campus license?

Statement of the decision by Chief Digital Officer Professor Andreas Breiter

In the current situation and based on intense consultations and the weighing up of functionality and data protection, the University of Bremen has decided to acquire a campus license for Zoom.

This decision is founded on recommendations from external advisors and the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). In their opinion there are no general data protection issues with the usage of the Zoom video communication service. However, we want to assess the situation after the coming semester. The reported security loopholes are changing nearly every day and counteracting measures are being implemented just as quickly. We are keeping an eye on this at all times.

We also evaluated other services (that you suggested) and they are either prohibited as per a decision made by the senate of the free hanseatic city of Bremen (Teams and Office365), are problematic in terms of data protection, or are unsuitable for large groups and virtual learning/teaching situations. Unfortunately, the services offered by the German National Research and Education Network (DFN) cannot be used with any surety for classes due to the capacity constraints. We will reconsider it if significant improvements are made.

It is important that you are aware that the usage is generally voluntary. This applies to both teaching staff and students. The university has made further services available, namely  jitsi via the Zentrum für Netze and BigBlueButton in Studi.IP via the ZMML. You can also use these.

With regard to the didactical usage of Zoom (or other video conference tools), we will provide assistance, for example regarding the expressly recommended security settings that can be decided upon by each user.

I hope that this explains our decision. A Germany or Europewide secure cloud solution would have been preferable. Yet such a service is currently unavailable.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Breiter
Chief Digital Officer