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The university Mensa cafeteria is reopening

From Monday, September 14, 2020, there will be 250 places available for students and staff between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Payment is only possible with a Mensa card.

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University of Bremen Offers Learning Islands

Students in need of a place to revise, can do so at the University of Bremen from Monday, July 20, 2020, onwards. They have the chance to book a working space for themselves or their revision group at varying locations on campus. Hygiene regulations must be adhered to.

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Academic Senate for More Face-to-Face Teaching in Winter

The university wishes to offer as many face-to-face lessons as possible in the winter semester. After comprehensive discussions, the Academic Senate members decided the following on June 17: Face-to-face lessons should have priority over digital teaching, as far as is possible regarding the pandemic

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Library and University Open Learning Spaces

The university library is offering individual working spaces in its headquarters and at the Juridicum with immediate effect. Visiting to find literature, borrow media, and make copies has been possible since the beginning of May. Learning spaces at the university are also to be made available soon.

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Winter Semester Will Be Taught Digitally and Face-to-Face

The winter semester 2020/21 will take the form of a “hybrid semester”. The department for science has agreed on this in talks with the executive boards of the university, the City University of Applied Sciences, the University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven, and the University of the Arts Bremen.

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Bremen State and University Library Offers On-Site Services Again

Students can borrow literature for the digital summer semester from the SuUB headquarters again. There and at the Juridicum library, essays can be copied and scanned. The Bremen and Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences and the University of the Arts Bremen offer a collection service.

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Bremen Scientists Coordinate COVID-19 Public Health Competence Network

The coronavirus is keeping Germany and the whole world on its toes and politicians must make quick decisions that affect many people. A network of around 20 specialist associations, including the University of Bremen, is aiming to help improve the basis for such decisions.

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Digital Summer Semester Starts on April 20

The summer semester 2020 will begin with lectures on April 20. The classes offered will mainly take place digitally. The students can find out more about the digital formats available from April 14 onwards.

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Universities in Bremen State Enter Emergency Operation Mode

University of Bremen, Bremen and Bremerhaven Universities of Applied Sciences, and University of the Arts Bremen are entering into emergency operation mode. Only the most necessary areas will be maintained on site. That is what the management teams and the senator for science and ports agreed on.

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Bremen State and University Library: All Locations Closed

Due to the threat posed by coronavirus, all locations of the Bremen State and University Library (SuUB) will remain closed until and on April 18, 2020. Digital services remain available. No fees will be charged for the overrunning of lending periods of borrowed books.

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Rulings and announcements from the University Executive Board during the corona pandemic

Amendment of Hygiene Regulations for Winter Semester 2020/21

Dear staff,
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

Corona Pandemic: Lifting of General Work Trip Prohibition

To whom it may concern,

Experience has shown that mobility leads to a significant spreading of the virus. The University Executive Board has reassessed the decision to prohibit all types of work trips in light of the available infection risk. The decision is based on the reduction in the number of people infected at the current point in time.

Based on the risks connected to the corona pandemic, which currently seem manageable, I hereby lift the general work trip prohibition.

As was the case beforehand, the number of work trips is to be kept as low as possible. If said trips are unavoidable and cannot be replaced by video conferences then they may be carried out. It generally applies that the risk of becoming infected with the corona virus may not be higher than it is with regard to your work at the University of Bremen.

Work Trip Locations

Currently, work trips to the following areas may be generally authorized and carried out:

  • Work trip is within Germany
  • Work trip is to a Member State of the European Union, Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, or the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Authorization of work trips to the above-mentioned areas is possible if the number of new coronavirus infections in the host country has not exceeded 50 cases per 100,000 residents within the last 7 days.

You can find current information on new cases of infection here:

A further requirement for a work trip is that there are no entry restrictions when travelling from Germany to the respective country/area and that it is possible to return to Germany or Bremen without any quarantine and entry restrictions. You can find the relevant information regarding this on the website of the Federal Foreign Office: https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/covid-19/2296762 (in German only).

Please take note of the country-specific safety recommendations (in German only) from the Federal Foreign Office.

Short Notice Cancellations of Work Trips

The above-stated requirements for the authorization of work trips must be fulfilled at both the time of submitting the travel request form and shortly before going on the trip. If you need to cancel a work trip at short notice, we will cover all possibly incurred cancellation costs centrally as an exception.

If you need to cancel a work trip at short notice, please follow this process:

  • After the short notice cancellation of the work trip, please send the travel expenses report to the Travel Management Office within Administrative Department 3 as usual.
  • Please add documents/information regarding the short notice cancellation and receipts for all costs already incurred in connection to the planned work trip to the travel expenses report.
  • The Travel Management Office will then calculate the reimbursable part of the costs and will then pay said amount directly or will credit it to the relevant account.

Please contact the Travel Management Office by email if you have any questions.

Risk Assessment

When applying for and authorizing work trips, I ask that you pay attention to the fact that the risk posed by the corona virus may not be higher during the work trip than it is in your usual working situation at the University of Bremen. That means that the general work safety standards of the university must be adhered to. I therefore assume that the planned protective measures to reduce the risk of infection are explained in the risk assessment for a work trip.

International Risk Areas

As a precaution I would also like to make you aware that work trips to international risk areas (in German only), as determined by the Robert Koch Institute since June 15, 2020, are not possible.

Take care and kind regards,

Dr. Martin Mehrtens
Director of Finance and Administration

Dear staff members,

I would like to inform you that the university’s General Work Safety Standards have been updated.

Firstly, work trips may generally be authorized and carried out again under consideration of the current safety regulations and the general development of the infection. You can find current information on this in the Corona Update FAQs on the university website.

Secondly, I would like to let you know that the period of validity of the General Work Safety Standards regarding the coronavirus has been extended and that said standards now apply until August 31, 2020.

I am sure that these measures are contributing to minimizing the risk within university operations and that they are promoting responsible behavior at the University of Bremen.

I ask for your understanding and support and thank you for your great dedication.

I wish you good health and all the best,
Martin Mehrtens
Director of Finance and Administration

Dear staff members,

Today, I would like to make you aware of the university’s general work safety standards. Even if a great deal of the standards may already seem familiar to you, I hope that with these regulations we are able to create conditions at the University of Bremen that keep the risk of infection for us all as low as possible.

I know which addition efforts and strains I am expecting of you with these new regulations and would have liked to spare you. In light of our aim to attain lesser measures in our lives, I ask for your understanding in adhering to and implementing the standards so that the university remains functional in teaching, research, administration, and operations.

At the same time, it is possible that these measures may not protect us against future risks, which may also lead to new restrictions. We must adapt to this in the coming period.

I would like to thank you for your support and hope that we can all curb the infection risks with the measures that we have initiated.

Take care and kind regards,

Martin Mehrtens
Director of Finance and Administration

Dear students, dear staff members,

Yesterday, the federal chancellor together with the state prime ministers decided on initial measures to ease the restrictions that have been ruling our lives for weeks. Several of said measures relate to the universities. It is intended that alongside examinations, practical classes that require special laboratories/working space at the university can be undertaken once more in the future in the frame of face-to-face operations under the application of special hygiene and protection measures. Libraries and archives can be opened again if regulations pertaining to hygiene, controlled access, and avoidance of queues are in place.

These decisions obviously affect the University of Bremen. For the time being, there are no changes to the general regulations. The University of Bremen still remains in emergency operation mode. However, under the adherence to strict regulations, successive opportunities for teaching and examinations that require presence on campus will be created from May 4 onwards. This step will be implemented with the required care, as the protection of health remains our top priority.

In the coming weeks, we, the University Executive Board, will consult with the deans on how we can specifically realize the new decisions at the University of Bremen. Not all of the easing measures will be directly available from May 4. They will require time and we ask that you have the necessary patience. We are currently able to foresee that access to the university buildings will not generally be granted but rather that the access will remain highly restricted. The general distancing and hygiene regulations still need to be adhered to.

We know that this period poses big challenges for many of you. That is why we are doing our best to find clear and effective solutions for you. Our main priorities are still curbing the spread of the pandemic and the best possible realization of the study operations under the given conditions.

We thank you for your support in dealing with this crisis and for the trust you have placed in the University of Bremen.

I wish you good health and all the best,

Bernd Scholz-Reiter
President

Dear teaching staff, dear students,

In the days before the start of the digital lecture period in the summer semester, we will be regularly informing you of the latest news via email or the Corona Update area on the university website. I find this to be extremely important as many factors in the coming weeks cannot be planned and determined.

While I am writing this message, the German chancellor is in negotiations with the state prime ministers regarding possible first steps to reduce the corona measures. We will repeatedly face such appointments in the coming weeks and some of them will influence the frameworks for teaching and studying.

Before I address the most recent Rapid Decision Document from the president concerning examinations in the summer semester, I, as vice president academic, would like to thank all of you: The teaching staff, who in the past weeks have worked with great dedication on planning classes for the coming semester, who communicate with their colleagues about said classes and how they can realize their ideas in the best way, and who are learning about new tools and software so that they can master the digital semester at short notice. I want to also thank the students who are going along with new learning and teaching scenarios, who must deal with their uncertainty regarding how everything will develop and have in some cases turned to the president or myself for advice. I hope I have been able to answer most of your questions.

Now I come to the president’s Rapid Decision Document on examinations: We currently do not know if we will be able to carry out face-to-face examinations at the end of the semester and if so, in which form the examinations will take place under the given conditions. You, dear students, do however have the right to find out which examinations you face. The examination types (module examinations, partial examinations, combined examinations) and examination forms (e.g. written examinations, term papers, oral examinations) are stated in the Examination Regulations. If we are unable to hold face-to-face examinations then we may have to implement a new examination form such as e-term papers or open-book examinations, or instead of written examinations we may have to introduce portfolio examinations with formative (ungraded) and summative (graded) parts, and maybe oral video-based examinations. In order to make that possible, the president made the rapid decisions stated in the linked document. I hope that this document will help us all – the teaching staff in displaying the competence aims that are to be examined in the examination scenarios that are currently possible, and the students in enabling you not only to study within modules but to also acquire the credit points. I hope you all have a successful start to the digital lecture period.

Thomas Hoffmeister
Vice President Academic

Dear students,

you probably have a great deal of questions regarding the learning/teaching situation in the coming summer semester. Maybe you have childcare responsibilities and it is not yet foreseeable when and if childcare will be available again. We would like to provide with the most important points for the coming semester, even if a lot of things are uncertain right now.

  1. We will begin the summer semester in a solely digital manner.
     
  2. Not all learning formats, for example laboratory courses and excursions, can be carried out. Therefore, either replacement formats will be found or the affected class forms will be postponed.
     
  3. The digital teaching and learning forms will change from module to module and you should use the time after Easter until the start of the lecture period on April 20, 2020, to find out more about the teaching offers on Stud.IP. Internet access with a good connection and a computer/tablet are also important.
     
  4. There will be learning scenarios that are time-independent, for example screencasts, exercises on Stud.IP etc., and also time-dependent learning scenarios such as streamed lectures, which may also include interactive surveys or web seminars, during which you have to participate in the timeframe stated in the class catalogue.
     
  5. It is currently not foreseeable if and when face-to-face learning/teaching situations will take place in the summer semester. Some of the classes that are now being digitally prepared will not be able to change back to being face-to-face classes. In other cases it will be possible. The acute situation surrounding the pandemic will be decisive in terms of which scenarios are possible.
     
  6. We will try to offer adequate exams. It may be the case that we have to make changes to the exam types and formats stated in the exam regulations and module descriptions. However, not all exams will be able to take place without face-to-face interaction and there is still great uncertainty concerning when and how face-to-face exams will be able to be carried out. We will inform you as soon as we know more.

Kind regards and take care,
Thomas Hoffmeister
Vice President Academic

Dear students, dear teaching staff,

You have surely been asking yourselves when the lecture period will now begin. It was intended that it begin on April 14, but the senatorial authority then made the decision to cancel all face-to-face classes up to and including April 17. During a telephone conference of the state councilors for the state departments of science yesterday, it was decided that all states would begin the summer semester on April 20 with digital teaching (https://www.sueddeutsche.de/gesundheit/gesundheit-hannover-thuemler-das-sommersemester-2020-wird-digital-dpa.urn-newsml-dpa-com-20090101-200402-99-570642).

A great deal of the teaching staff, myself included, will be spending the time until then preparing their digital lessons. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who is involved in making studying with digital tools possible for the students at such short notice. We are currently purchasing comprehensible licenses for the Zoom online conference software in order to enable synchronized teaching formats such as seminars or streamed lectures. Asynchronous learning/teaching types will also be used. The ZMML’s virtual teaching page (https://www.uni-bremen.de/zmml/lehre-digital/virtuelle-lehre/) not only offers inspiration and tips for digital learning/teaching formats for teaching staff but also gives students the chance to take a look at what types of formats are being proposed and how to prepare for these. Both teaching staff and students should use the week between the planned lecture period begin on April 14, and the actual begin on April 20, to use our Stud.IP learning management system to communicate with each other regarding the learning/teaching formats and clarify how classes will be held.

I wish you all the best for your preparations and a great start to the digital summer semester 2020,

Thomas Hoffmeister
Vice President Academic

Dear applicants and students,

Based on the federal measures put in place in order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the University of Bremen entered emergency operation mode last week.  Despite these circumstances, we still want to make enrolling, applying, and re-enrolling for a degree at the University of Bremen possible for you, successful applicants and persons interested in studying.

By means of the following changes made to the student administration practices, which are stated in the rapid decision document, we hope to provide you with clarity and relieve you of your worries. We want to create the best possible conditions for your degree and also minimize possible personal disadvantages that may arise due to the current situation. Our first priority is obviously to protect your health and the health of all university staff members.

Deadlines concerning the enrolment of new students for the summer semester 2020 will be generally extended until April 30, 2020. Additionally, certified copies of documents that must be submitted, e.g. the certificate of qualification for university entrance, may be replaced with simple copies. Special skills that are required in order to be accepted for a degree are still necessary but proof of said skills does not need to be submitted until April 30, 2020. Should you not be able to adhere to this new deadline, you may make use of preferential admission for the winter semester 2020/21. We were also able to create new regulations for Erasmus and other exchange students, students of preparatory studies, and doctoral students.

We are not able to free you from the obligatory fee for the semester ticket despite no face-to-face classes taking place. This is due to the contracts entered into by the transport companies and the student body. The Fee Regulation Order remains valid. You are still able to re-enroll for the summer semester 2020 even if you are unable to provide documents that must be submitted due to the protective measures against coronavirus.  The application portals for all degrees with an application deadline of July 15, 2020, will open on June 1, 2020.

Please read the changes made in the rapid decision document carefully. You can, of course, contact us directly if you have enquiries regarding your own situation.

Despite the complex situation, I wish you all the best for your studies at the University of Bremen.

Kind regards and take care,
Thomas Hoffmeister
Vice President Academic

Dear University of Bremen members,

It is with great sadness that I must inform you that Dr. Andreas Hilboll passed away yesterday (March 25, 2020) in a hospital in Crete as the result of COVID-19. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family and friends and also to his colleagues at the Institute of Environmental Physics in Faculty 1. Andreas Hilboll was a postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratory for Modeling and Observation of the Earth System working group led by Professor Mihalis Vrekoussis. He also worked closely together with MARUM – Center for Marine Environmental Sciences. The death of Mr. Hilboll is a great loss for us all. The University of Bremen will not forget him.

Kind regards,
Bernd Scholz-Reiter
President

Closure of University Buildings

Dear colleagues,

Yesterday, the president informed you that the university will enter into emergency operation mode, which will initially apply until April 19, 2020. We view this as an opportunity to further restrict personal contact on campus. Our joint aim is to contribute to the reduction of the number of people infected.

I would have not taken this step if there were an alternative. However, there is not one and we must now try to make sure that the university can fully operate under restricted circumstances as best as is possible.

Time Schedule for Closures

All buildings will be closed by the end of the week. The closures will happen in accordance with this strict schedule:

Wednesday     March 25, 2020
Closure of the buildings that are mainly used by faculty 2, faculty 5, faculty 6, faculty 7, and MARUM, therefore:
NW 2, UFT, Geo I and II, all MARUM buildings, FVG, GW 1, WiWi 1 and 2

Thursday         March 26, 2020
Closure of the buildings that are mainly used by faculty 3, faculty 8, faculty 10, faculty 11, faculty 12, and the central administration, therefore:
MZH, Cartesium, buildings on Grazer Straße, Cognium, GW 2, SFG, VWG, the Maintenance Depot (Betriebshof), and the Power Supply Center (Energiezentrale)

Friday              March 27, 2020
Closure of central campus buildings and the buildings that are mainly used by faculty 9 and faculty 4, therefore:
Sports Tower (Sportturm), FZ building, IW building, AIB, ZARM

The stated closure dates naturally also apply to the organizational units that have not been explicitly named.

You can find information regarding access to buildings, handling of rented buildings, staff required for service operations, and other matters in the document linked here.

In connection with the closure of the buildings, I have received enquiries as to whether the obligation to work no longer needs to be fulfilled. This is not the case. Every person is still required to complete their tasks to the best of their ability in this situation. This does not apply if you have leave, are ill etc.

I would like to thank you all for your support and wish you good health for the coming weeks.

Kind regards,
Martin Mehrtens
Director of Finance and Administration

Dear students,

As announced last Friday, the president of the University of Bremen, Professor Bernd Scholz-Reiter, has made comprehensive decisions today in order to safeguard you, our students, in the times of the coronavirus, during which a great deal of work and examinations can no longer be carried out. Naturally, your health and further measures to break the chain of infection are our highest priority at the moment. However, we are aware what this means for you. You have now heard that we have cancelled all face-to-face examinations in the period up to April 20, 2020. We have now decided that you will be automatically withdrawn from said examinations in our PABO examination system. The examiners have the possibility of offering you alternative examination formats.

You asked us many questions regarding term papers in the past days. We have created several options for you. For example, in consultation with your examiners, you can extend the writing time. You may also withdraw from an examination/graded written assignment and register for a make-up examination/graded written assignment, which will count as having taken place in the winter semester 2019/2020.

You also have the option to register for the usual examination in the summer semester 2020.

It is also possible for you to take the class with the term paper once more in the following winter semester. Those who are able to complete their term papers can now submit them electronically.

We are also aware that students working on their bachelor’s or master’s theses are affected greatly, whether this be due to practical work no longer taking place, or because the SuUB is closed and you no longer have access to sources. We have extended the thesis period by the duration for which face-to-face teaching has been cancelled at the university. We will amend this period if the official authorities cancel face-to-face teaching for a continued period. You also now have the chance to withdraw your thesis topics until April 20, 2020. You will then be able to start a new thesis at a time specified by yourself and will have no disadvantages from the withdrawal from the current thesis.

We hope that we can offer you the best possible conditions during this difficult time so that you are able to successfully continue your studies. Above all, we hope that we have provided you with options so that you are able to cope with the individual circumstances that have arisen. We wish you all the best.

Kind regards and take care,
Thomas Hoffmeister
Vice President Academic

University of Bremen Enters Emergency Operation Mode

Dear colleagues, dear students,

On Sunday, March 22, 2020, the federal and state governments decided on comprehensive measures to limit social contact. We are taking this decision seriously and the university will enter into emergency operation mode during the course of this week. With this further step, we want to stop the spread of the virus at the university at the earliest moment in time.

What does emergency operation mode mean for us? After having already employed extensive measures, such as special leave and the extension of working from home regulations for staff members and the cancellation of face-to-face classes and exams and written assessments with mandatory presence for students, we will now limit the presence of all university members on the campus as much as is possible. We will successively shut all university buildings this week. We are currently working on a list that will state the order in which the closures are to take place. Only a previously agreed upon group of staff members will have access to the buildings after the closures have taken place. These persons must hold a function that is required to maintain the university’s full operability. This ruling is initially valid until April 19, 2020. Staff members will receive detailed information concerning the closure procedure and the related regulations from Mr. Mehrtens, the university’s director of finance and administration, in a timely manner.

We are currently experiencing the most difficult situation since the university’s founding. By taking this step, we want to fulfill our responsibility towards the whole of society and also limit personal contact on campus, in our offices, and in our laboratories as best as is possible. We will not, of course, cease all operations but are working intensely on being able to offer outstanding teaching for you, dear students, in the coming summer semester – in digital form. I would therefore like to thank everyone who is working for the university, both on campus and from home. We can overcome the challenges of the coming weeks together. I appreciate the efforts of all staff members and the understanding of students and staff members for the measures that we have had to take due to this situation.

Kind regards and take care,
Bernd Scholz-Reiter
President

Dear students,

For many of you the corona crisis not only poses health risks but also creates great uncertainty regarding how your studies will continue. We are aware that the quick decisions of which we inform you and which we must make in this highly dynamic and developing situation are continually leading to new uncertainty and open questions. You can be sure that our actions are taken in order to minimize the risk of a further spread of Sars-CoV-2 but also to make it possible for you to continue studying.

You have many questions regarding exams and the submission of term papers, bachelor’s theses, and master’s theses. The University Executive Board will be making comprehensive decisions on Monday concerning the submission of papers in PDF format, how we will deal with submission deadlines, the possible case that you cannot continue your work due to the closure of libraries or other circumstances based on the regulations made by Bremen Senate, the postponement of exams, the registration for and withdrawal from exams, alternative exam formats, and how postponed exams can still be recognized for the winter semester 19/20. These decisions for you, our students, will be based on us making sure that legal certainty is given and that you are not exposed to hardship. We will communicate the results on Monday.

Finally, I would also like to ask you to take care of yourselves and others. Adhere to the physical aspect of social distancing and use social media to stay in contact with each other. Please think about your own actions and how a further immense spread of CoVid-19 seriously endangers your own generation of grandparents. Stay healthy and regularly check the information on our website.

Kind regards,
Thomas Hoffmeister
Vice President Academic
University of Bremen

Working from Home regulations at the University of Bremen

Dear staff members,

In coordination with the senator for science and ports, we would like to inform you of the following working from home regulations that shall come into force with immediate effect:

With regard to persons belonging to a risk group due to relevant pre-existing conditions (primary diseases, suppressed immune system, according to the Robert Koch Institute), compulsory presence is suspended with immediate effect and you may work from home. The same applies to staff members who live together with another person in a familial context who belongs to a risk group due to a pre-existing condition.

Please provide your direct superior with brief information including a short explanation of the reasons for which the compulsory presence is suspended.

Moreover, in consultation with your direct superior, working from home options are to be utilized as much as is possible. The administrative department heads, faculty heads, etc. must make the final decision on this.

Independently of the above, working teams who work at different times and alternately should be formed in the core units that are required to keep the university operational. This should be decided on with your direct superior. The administrative department heads, faculty heads, etc. must make the final decision on this.

Personal contact is to be reduced to only unavoidable and entirely necessary situations.

Kind regards and stay healthy,
Martin Mehrtens
Director of Finance and Administration

Dear staff members, dear students,

We would like to give you an update of the current situation and how the University of Bremen is dealing with the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

In order to document all suspected cases, the University of Bremen has introduced a registration system via the following email address: corona-schutzprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de. There are currently two members of the university that have tested positive. With regard to one case, the contact persons have been identified and are self-isolating. We are working on reconstructing the chain of contact for the second case at the moment. As soon as we have any more information, the affected people will be immediately informed. A 14-day isolation period will then begin for these contact persons. Said isolation period is linked with a ban on coming onto campus and into the university buildings. Said persons are required to contact their doctor as soon as symptoms of a COVID-19 infection appear. 

In addition to the two people who tested positive, a further 67 people are currently in self-isolation. These people are those who have returned from risk areas (for example from holiday), but also university members who have had category 1 contact to an infected person (information regarding the Robert Koch Institute’s contact classification system can be found here: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Kontaktperson/Management.html#doc13516162bodyText3).

We are very aware that this situation is connected with uncertainty and fear for many of you. This is why we want to ensure that you continue to feel safe at the University of Bremen by communicating in a transparent manner. We will regularly inform you of the current situation via email and on our website https://www.uni-bremen.de/en/information-on-the-novel-coronavirus/.

Please be assured that we are reassessing the situation each day together with the university’s crisis committee and that we are making decisions in order to ensure your safety at work.

We also want to ask you to contribute to slowing down the spread of the virus. Wash your hands regularly and for a sufficiently long time with soap. Adhere to coughing and sneezing etiquette. As soon as you display symptoms of a COVID-19 infection, please contact you doctor by telephone in order to clarify the next steps. You should also inform your direct superior at the university. Do not come to work and stay at home. We can only curb the spread of the virus if we work together.

Many thanks for your help.
Kind regards and stay healthy!

Bernd Scholz-Reiter     and      Martin Mehrtens
President                                 Director of Finance and Administration

Dear students,

Due to the current development of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Bremen is cancelling all written examinations and other types of face-to-face examinations with immediate effect. This measure applies to all aforementioned examinations that were scheduled to take place before April 20, 2020. The university is currently investigating other formats in order to enable the acquisition of credit points for students.

Kind regards,
Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoffmeister
Vice President Academic

Dear students,

As stated in the email from Friday, the University of Bremen wishes to ensure that you can still complete examinations despite the coronavirus-related restrictions. This should save you from having to repeatedly prepare for exams and from extending your degree duration.

As many students currently only have restricted mobility and this will continue in the coming weeks, all students will be able to withdraw from their examinations without providing a reason, should they wish to do so. This is valid from now until the end of April 2020 and means the following:

  • You can withdraw from examinations registered in PABO until the examination date and without providing a reason. This is valid for all examination types. Withdrawal will function much like registration in PABO. This is currently being made technologically possible and will be available in the coming days.
  • If you withdraw from an exam via PABO, a doctor’s note is no longer needed, as a failure to take the examination cannot be registered if you have withdrawn previously.
  • If you have arranged examination dates bilaterally with your examiner (colloquium, oral examination), please inform the examiner via email of your withdrawal early enough – this means on the day of the examination at the latest.

The withdrawal from an examination as described above will not create any disadvantage for you. The examination registration will be withdrawn and must be carried out at a later point in time.

The University of Bremen is making efforts to ensure the highest possible hygiene/safety standards for the examinations that will take place. However, some examinations will be cancelled by the university – please check your mails from the University of Bremen carefully in the coming days.

Kind regards,
Bernd Scholz-Reiter
President

Dear staff members, dear students,

In light of the increasing number of infected persons and the further spreading of the coronavirus in Germany, the Bremen Senate has made decisions that also have an effect on the operations at the University of Bremen.

We are in discussions with the other state universities in Bremen, much like we are in regular contact with the Bremen State Department of Science. A crisis committee has begun their work at the University of Bremen. The University Executive Board will make the necessary decisions together with said crisis committee in order to realize the state decisions at the university.

We will continually inform you. Even if the dynamics of the further developments cannot be foreseen, the information regarding the operations at the university will be provided to you as quickly as possible. This also means the quickest possible provision of English translations.

Based on the rulings currently in effect, the university is officially cancelling all face-to-face classes in the period up to and including April 17, 2020. Examinations will generally take place, provided that additional infection protection measures can be adhered to.

The general university operations will remain unchanged and will continue. In the frame of prevention, all staff members are required to restrict personal contact and to make use of alternative communication types.
With regard to at-risk staff members as stated here we ask that all superiors make them especially aware of the protective measures and that said measures be realized together. Deans, institute directors, administrative department heads, and other superiors are to decide if working from home should be made possible as a precautionary measure for certain individuals within their area of responsibility.

Should you have any questions regarding coronavirus, please contact us via the following central email address, which will be active from Monday onwards:
corona-schutzprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de.

Kind regards,
Bernd Scholz-Reiter
President