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Information on the novel coronavirus

  • Corona Update

    Current information from the University Executive Board

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

Contact

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

Technical Setup for Working from Home

You can find the current information regarding the answering of technical questions on working from home, telephones etc. on the Administrative Department 5 homepage.

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Staff Members

FAQs (status on 31.03.2020)

A novel coronavirus infection can lead to symptoms such as fever or coughing. Some people have also reported having a cold, shortness of breath, muscle and joint pain, a sore throat, and headaches. Some of the affected have also suffered with nausea and diarrhea.

(Source: Federal Centre for Health Education)

As is the case with the flu and other respiratory illnesses, adherence to general coughing and sneezing etiquette, good hand hygiene, and keeping a distance of around 1 to 2 meters between yourself and the sick are protective measures against the novel coronavirus. Try to avoid touching your face so that possible bacteria cannot come into contact with you eye, nose, and mouth mucosa. You should not shake hands.

(Source: Federal Centre for Health Education)

There are currently five members of the university that have tested positive. We have reconstructed the work-based chain of contact for each case as far as is possible. As soon as we have more information, all affected university members will be informed immediately. A 14-day isolation period will then immediately 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 five people who tested positive, a further 75 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.

One person has died as a result of COVID-19.

If you are returning from a risk area (https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete.html), then you must adhere to a 14-day isolation period, during which you may not come onto campus.

If this is the case, please fill out the linked form and send it via email to the Administrative Department for Human Resources. You will, of course, receive your usual salary during this time, as the university assumes that you will continue to complete the tasks stated in your contract to the best of your abilities. We ask that you ask to your direct superior and assess whether your tasks can be organized differently and be carried out by the day or by the hour. Only teleworking and mobile working are allowed. You may not come onto the university campus. Discussions regarding teleworking or mobile working should be carried out with your direct superior. Decisions will be made by the relevant head (deans, administrative department heads, institute directors, and relevant superiors).

Superiors can consult with the Administrative Department 2 for Human Resources.

Please also fill out the linked form and send it via email to the Administrative Department for Human Resources in such a case.

Should you develop symptoms during a period of isolation, please follow the instructions under the questions “What should I do if I had contact to a person infected with coronavirus?”

It may be the case that you are planning to no longer take already authorized holiday or are intending to end said already authorized holiday early because you will now receive special leave as stated above. The university can only accept such a change if you can then complete your work tasks at the university. Thus, holiday cannot be cancelled due to special leave becoming possible. It is unfortunately not possible for the University of Bremen to deviate from the regulations made by the senator for finance.

 

If you are to return from these areas, you are obliged to inform your employer by email of your planned return and the date on which you intend to go back to work. Please send said email to your direct superior.

Should you develop flu-like symptoms, you should self-isolate (for the remaining period of the 14-day period after departure from the stated area). Your direct superior is authorized to release you from your working duties and send you home.

You will be granted special leave with continuation of full payment during the isolation period, as the university assumes that you will continue to complete the tasks stated in your contract to the best of your abilities. We ask that you ask to your direct superior and assess whether your tasks can be organized differently and be carried out by the day or by the hour. Only teleworking and mobile working are allowed. You may not come onto the university campus. Discussions regarding teleworking or mobile working should be carried out with your direct superior. Decisions will be made by the relevant head (deans, administrative department heads, institute directors, and relevant superiors).

Superiors can consult with the Administrative Department 2 for Human Resources.

Please fill out the linked form and send it to the Administrative Department for Human Resources in such a case.

Should you develop symptoms during a period of isolation, please follow the instructions under the questions “What should I do if I had contact to a person infected with coronavirus?”

It may be the case that you are planning to no longer take already authorized holiday or are intending to end said already authorized holiday early because you will now receive special leave as stated above. The university can only accept such a change if you can then complete your work tasks at the university. Thus, holiday cannot be cancelled due to special leave becoming possible. It is unfortunately not possible for the University of Bremen to deviate from the regulations made by the senator for finance.

Work trips will generally no longer be authorized. They will only be authorized if the work trip is unavoidable and is necessary in order to enable the full operability of the university.

Costs due to cancellation are also travel costs that must be immediately accounted for and will be generally reimbursed from the fund / cost center from with which it was intended to pay for the travel.

Please contact the Travel Management Office in order to clarify details.

Please send an email to corona-schutzprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.de. We will collect all cases and decide how the university will handle these. The university will align itself with the practices of other universities.

In order to ensure necessary childcare for your children, you will be granted special leave with continuation of full payment.

This means that we ask you to initially clarify if there is an alternative childcare option available. It is often the case the constant parental supervision is not required for minor children of a certain age. Alternative childcare is possible. If only one parent takes on childcare, parents may split childcare between them by the day or by the hour. Childcare provision by grandparents is not an option as grandparents are often part of a high-risk group.

In some cases, going to work or working from home by the day or by the hour may be possible. It is recommended that you discuss this with your direct superior. Decisions will be made by the relevant head (deans, administrative department heads, institute directors, and relevant superiors).

Superiors can consult with the Administrative Department 2 for Human Resources.

Please fill out the linked form and send it to the Administrative Department for Human Resources in such a case.

It may be the case that you are planning to no longer take already authorized holiday or are intending to end said already authorized holiday early because you will now receive special leave as stated above. The university can only accept such a change if you can then complete your work tasks at the university and there is a need for your work at the university. Thus, holiday cannot be cancelled due to special leave becoming possible. It is unfortunately not possible for the University of Bremen to deviate from the regulations made by the senator for finance.

The senator for finance has decided the following with regard to the Easter holidays: Special leave can be granted for the Easter holidays based on the school and daycare center closures if the relevant requirements are fulfilled. However, it is not possible to cancel already authorized recreational leave or a leave period for the exact same period in connection to this.

Normally, the following ruling is valid: https://www.uni-bremen.de/dezernat2/service-a-z/a/arbeitsunfaehigkeit/

This changed ruling is in effect until March 31, 2020: Should you display flu-like symptoms, a doctor’s note must only be handed in on the sixth day that you are unable to work. The date 31.03.2020 indicates that the illness ends on this date at the latest.

Please initially inform your direct superior.

If you had contact to a person now confirmed as having coronavirus or a person suspected of 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. You must follow said instructions.

Further information: https://www.gesundheitsamt.bremen.de/corona_ambulanz-24779

Due to the current situation, enquiries are increasing. Therefore, it is unlikely that you will reach your contact person with your first call.

If you are told to contact the university with your question, the following classification of risk groups is valid: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Kontaktperson/Management.html#doc13516162bodyText8

If you are a contact person of the first class (close family contact or similar), the following is valid at the University of Bremen: Please inform your direct superior and self-isolate for 14 days.

You will be granted special leave with continuation of full payment during the isolation period, as the university assumes that you will continue to complete the tasks stated in your contract to the best of your abilities. We ask that you ask to your direct superior and assess whether your tasks can be organized differently and be carried out by the day or by the hour. Only teleworking and mobile working are allowed. You may not come onto the university campus. Discussions regarding teleworking or mobile working should be carried out with your direct superior. Decisions will be made by the relevant head (deans, administrative department heads, institute directors, and relevant superiors).

Superiors can consult with the Administrative Department 2 for Human Resources.

Please fill out the linked form and send it to the Administrative Department for Human Resources in such a case.

It may be the case that you are planning to no longer take already authorized holiday or are intending to end said already authorized holiday early because you will now receive special leave as stated above. The university can only accept such a change if you can then complete your work tasks at the university. Thus, holiday cannot be cancelled due to special leave becoming possible. It is unfortunately not possible for the University of Bremen to deviate from the regulations made by the senator for finance.

Please inform your direct superior and self-isolate as ordered. 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). Exceptions are made if they are “necessary for the protection of life and health.”

You will be granted special leave with continuation of full payment during the isolation period, as the university assumes that you will continue to complete the tasks stated in your contract to the best of your abilities. We ask that you ask to your direct superior and assess whether your tasks can be organized differently and be carried out by the day or by the hour. Only teleworking and mobile working are allowed. You may not come onto the university campus. Discussions regarding teleworking or mobile working should be carried out with your direct superior. Decisions will be made by the relevant head (deans, administrative department heads, institute directors, and relevant superiors).

Superiors can consult with the Administrative Department 2 for Human Resources.

Please fill out the linked form and send it to the Administrative Department for Human Resources in such a case.

Please inform your direct superior via email or telephone. Send your doctor’s note to the Administrative Department for Human Resources. Please also fill out the linked form and send it to the Administrative Department for Human Resources.

You will receive your usual salary during this time, as the university assumes that you will continue to complete the tasks stated in your contract to the best of your abilities.

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 - https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogruppen.html), 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.

Generally, yes. However, it is recommended that video conference systems be used. The University of Bremen currently has four available options:

  • StarLeaf
  • DFNConf
  • Zoom (additional information will be provided shortly)
  • Jitsi Meet

You can find further information here: https://www.medienstelle.uni-bremen.de/videokonferenz/index.php

Should persons not be able to come to an interview due to isolation measures, required childcare, or other comprehensible reasons, it is proposed that a replacement appointment be found. Severely disabled applicants have a right to a replacement appointment.

Please contact the Administrative Unit for Legal Affairs with enquiries regarding hearings, e.g. for appointment processes.

As of immediately, no public office hours will take place. Please pose your questions by email or telephone.

Due to the university entering emergency operation mode (see below), it has been necessary to modify work processes. It is therefore easier for you if you contact your contact person via email.

We really need everyone to respect these measures even if there are close working relationships under normal conditions and questions are usually quickly and personally clarified.

It is still remains possible to arrange special appointments.

The university has a high-performance firewall, which is being updated this year as a matter of course. It is also importance that the systems that run non-centrally are also secure. Everyone can contribute to such attacks not taking place.

Please do not open any email attachments/links that make strange promises:

  • How I can immunize myself.
  • How I can see who is infected in my area.
  • How the corona crisis can be solved in a short space of time.

Prior to travelling, please gather information on the situation here:
https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete.html
https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/10.2.8Reisewarnungen

We ask all staff members that they handle their own health and the health of others with responsibility and ask that they make informed decisions regarding whether travel at this point in time is unavoidable. 

However, should you decided to travel, you must inform your immediate working area and your superior. After your return from a previously known risk area or an area for which there is a coronavirus travel warning, you must remain in isolation for 14 days. It has not yet been clarified if salary payment will continue in this specific case.

Should you develop symptoms during this time, please contact your doctor.

Students / Scholarship Holders / Guest Scientists

FAQs (status on 19.03.2020)

A novel coronavirus infection can lead to symptoms such as fever or coughing. Some people have also reported having a cold, shortness of breath, muscle and joint pain, a sore throat, and headaches. Some of the affected have also suffered with nausea and diarrhea.

(Source: Federal Centre for Health Education)

As is the case with the flu and other respiratory illnesses, adherence to general coughing and sneezing etiquette, good hand hygiene, and keeping a distance of around 1 to 2 meters between yourself and the sick are protective measures against the novel coronavirus. Try to avoid touching your face so that possible bacteria cannot come into contact with you eye, nose, and mouth mucosa. You should not shake hands.

(Source: Federal Centre for Health Education)

There are currently five members of the university that have tested positive. We have reconstructed the work-based chain of contact for each case as far as is possible. As soon as we have more information, all affected university members will be informed immediately. A 14-day isolation period will then immediately 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 five people who tested positive, a further 75 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.

One person has died as a result of COVID-19.

If you are returning from a risk area (https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete.html), then you must adhere to a 14-day isolation period, during which you may not come onto campus.

If this is the case, please fill out the linked form and send it via email to the Administrative Department for Human Resources.

You will, of course, receive your usual salary during this time, as the university assumes that you will continue to complete the tasks stated in your contract to the best of your abilities.

Should you develop symptoms during a period of isolation, please follow the instructions under the questions “What should I do if I had contact to a person infected with coronavirus?”

Face-to-face examinations

Face-to-face examinations have been cancelled for the period up to April 20, 2020. The related measures are currently being clarified and decisions will be made by the University Executive Board on March 23, 2020. You will find further information on this matter here after said date.

Written work

Please send written work (i.e. term papers, bachelor’s or master’s theses) to the responsible persons via post or place the work in the relevant university postboxes.

Face-to-face examinations have been cancelled for the period up to April 20, 2020.

If you have questions regarding your exams, please contact the responsible Examination Office. You can find the contact details at www.uni-bremen.de/zpa. This especially applies to registration and withdrawal from exams, exam dates, extended submission deadlines, and the consequences of an exam being cancelled. Many such questions have already been answered in the downloadable “Rapid decision applications, admissions, enrollment, and student administration” document on this page.

 

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: https://www.gesundheitsamt.bremen.de/corona_ambulanz-24779

Due to the current situation, enquiries are increasing. Therefore, it is unlikely that you will reach your contact person with your first call.

If you are told to contact the university with your question, the following classification of risk groups is valid:

https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Kontaktperson/Management.html#doc13516162bodyText8

If you are a contact person of the first class (close family contact or similar), you must enter isolation for 14 days. You are not allowed to come onto campus during this time.

Information on Emergency Operation Mode and Building Closures

FAQs (status on 31.03.2020)

In order to reduce the number of Covid-19 infections, it is necessary to restrict human contact. One of the measures taken involved the closure of the universities in the state of Bremen and the further extension of working from home regulations. This decision was made by the senator for science in agreement with the public universities in the state of Bremen.

Emergency operation mode is currently planned for the period up to and including April 19, 2020.

Emergency operation mode means that the university continues its work, especially in order to maintain the areas of

  • student affairs,
  • human resource affairs,
  • financial affairs.

Alongside the face-to-face classes, which were cancelled a while ago (status update on March 13, 2020), the senator for science and the presidents of the public universities in the state of Bremen agreed that the research activities in the university buildings should be put on hold. This does not include activities that are unable to be suspended, e.g. certain tests that have a long-term duration.

The entryways to the university buildings are open between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Entry is supervised by security staff and will only be granted to people with access authorization. The emergency exits function as usual and are not affected by the closures.

Here are the entryways for university building:

CogniumMain entrance on Hochschulring
FVGMiddle entrance
GEO I und IIHandicapped accessible entryway at Maintenance Depot
GW 1 A, B und CEntryway between A und B, Universitätsallee
GW 2 A und BCourtyard entryway
IW 1 und 2Via the boulevard, left door
IW 3Entryway on Hochschulring
MARUM (1 und 2), Zugang MARUM 2 über BrückeMain entrance
MZHMain entrance
NW 1 
NW 2 A und BEntryway on level 0 near to goods elevator
NW 2 CMain entrance Leobener Straße
SportturmEntrance on boulevard
UFTMain entrance
VWGMain entrance
WiWi1Entryway on Universitätsallee

 

The lists of access authorization are recreated each day. It is therefore possible that you may be put on that list for a particular day. In such a case, please send an email to corona-schutzprotect me ?!uni-bremenprotect me ?!.deby 10 a.m. on the day prior to desired access, include your faculty dean in said email loop, and explain your request in a few words. It is generally the case that we will then put you on the list for the desired day. Please take proof of identity (with a photo) with you to the university so that you can prove your identity to the security staff when asked.

The university post office distributes the post that is delivered to the central office as usual.

Packages will be accepted by the security staff at each building. However, it is not possible that the security staff inform your when a package has arrived. They are also not liable for your package in any manner.

The central administration is doing its best and is attempting to deal with all important administrative issues despite the restrictions.

Several main IT systems cannot be reached when working from home. Thus, many areas of central administration are working in two teams: One team is on site and is working on the issues that cannot be completed from home due to the technical restrictions. The second team is working from home. The central administration is aiming to reduce the infection risk so that continual work is ensured.

This means that each area must prioritize tasks.

In order support the two-teams system, please pose any questions via email.

Video to Teaching Staff: Challenges of Online Teaching

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Video by Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoffmeister, vice president academic, for teaching staff at the University of Bremen.

The summer semester that we face will be one that entirely changes teaching. We assume that face-to-face teaching will generally not be possible and that we will need to face the challenges that online-based teaching and online learning scenarios bring with them. Vice President Academic Thomas Hoffmeister explains where you can receive support for creating your lessons in this video.
 

Virtual Teaching Website from ZMML

The Center for Multimedia in Teaching (ZMML) has published media-didactic action recommendations, a decision-making aid for choosing digital tools, and a growing list of digital tools on its virtual teaching page.