Information on How to Deal with the Coronavirus

Update 30: July 31, 2020

The spreading of the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) raises questions and leads to uncertainty, also among students and employees of OTH Regensburg. We would like to keep you informed about the current situation. We refer in particular to the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as the specifications of the Bavarian State Government and the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts. Please also note the FAQ of the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts (only available in German).

We are aware that in individual cases the measures decided upon and described in the following may lead to organizational challenges for those affected and their departments/units. However, by shutting down the university's operations, contacts on campus are to be minimised, thus helping to contain the further spread of the coronavirus.

The welfare of the more than 12.000 members of OTH Regensburg must be the first priority for all of us. The university management thanks you for your support and understanding.

Due to contact restrictions, access to the buildings of OTH Regensburg is regulated as follows:

  • Access to buildings is permitted to those employees of OTH Regensburg whose work keeps the necessary basic operation of the university going.
  • Access to the buildings is generally possible for professors during opening hours. We kindly ask you to use the access responsibly and to observe the recommended hygiene measures.
  • Those employees who work in the home office and do not belong to the group of employees who are necessary for the basic operation of the university also have access to the buildings during opening hours, but should only use it in urgent and justified cases. We kindly ask you to use the access responsibly and to observe the recommended hygiene measures.
  • Access to all buildings of the university is prohibited for the public and all students. Exceptions are to be arranged separately with the university management, the faculty management, or the management of the departments and staff units, depending on the circumstances.
  • Access for external persons not belonging to OTH Regensburg is subject to approval. The form „Zutritt der Gebäude und Einrichtungen der OTH Regensburg von externen Personen“ (only available in German) must be completed and kept.
  • The buildings at Seybothstraße and Galgenbergstraße are only open on weekdays (Mon - Fri) between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. At the location in Prüfening, the opening hours on weekdays are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Effective protection includes a careful and considered use of general hygiene measures recommended by both the Robert Koch Institute and the WHO, especially

  1. Avoid shaking hands
  2. Comply with the coughing and sneezing etiquette
  3. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap
  4. Keep your hands out of your face as much as possible in order not to absorb pathogens through the mucous membranes of your eyes, nose, or mouth
  5. Ventilate rooms regularly
  6. Generally stay at home when you experience respiratory symptoms (common cold etc.)
  7. Keep a distance to other people (at least 1.5-2 meters)
  8. Wear an everyday mask or mouth-nose cover where it is prescribed. Stay informed about the current regulations.

You can find further information on Infektionsschutz.de (only available in German).

  1. University members who have spent the last 14 days in a risk area as defined by the RKI are requested not to enter the buildings and areas of OTH Regensburg, to contact the public health department and a general practitioner, and to report this information to gesundheitsschutz(at)oth-regensburg.de. The Robert Koch Institute's list of international risk areas and regions in Germany that are particularly affected is constantly updated.
  2. University members who have a positive result after a SARS-CoV-2 test are requested to report this to gesundheitsschutz(at)oth-regensburg.de.
  3. Persons who have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient within the last 14 days must immediately contact their local health authority. This must be done in any case – regardless of the occurrence of symptoms. In this case, please contact us at gesundheitsschutz(at)oth-regensburg.de.
  4. Persons who show unspecific general symptoms or respiratory problems of any severity must stay at home until a clarification by the attending physician or the exclusion of a COVID-19 disease is defined. A report should be sent to gesundheitsschutz(at)oth-regensburg.de. Affected employees are to be treated as unfit for duty or incapacitated for work and may therefore not appear on duty until the presence of a corona virus infection has been clarified.

In the event of a home quarantine, all official or student duties must be performed from home. Further proceedings and the exact modalities will be agreed upon individually and in consultation with the persons concerned and their respective supervisors.

Information from A to Z

The schedule for the winter semester 2020/2021 will be published online as soon as possible.

The registration and deregistration period for AW courses has been extended until April 8, 2020. Registration and deregistration for AW courses is done via WebUntis; here is the support, if needed. Places in the courses are expected to be allocated on April 9, 2020. The AW courses will also start on April 20, 2020. The AW Day (central examination day for language courses) will take place on August 3, 2020.

In addition, on the website of the AW programme, you can find out about possibilities to transfer credits of courses offered by the “vhb Virtuelle Hochschule Bayern” (only available in German) and to have them counted towards an AW module. Please inform yourself in time at the responsible examination office about the possible transfer of credits of additional study achievements in vhb courses. Please note that ECTS points can only be earned in "CLASSIC vhb" courses.

On the website of the Student Union for Niederbayern/Oberpfalz you will find more information about the bridging assistance.

The CIP pools are closed until further notice.

Students who need a deadline extension for the submission of final theses, term papers, or projects due to the closure and restrictions of the various institutions of OTH Regensburg, please contact the chairman of the examination board and your supervisor.

In accordance with current recommendations by “hochschule dual”, which is the umbrella brand for the dual study programmes of the Bavarian universities of applied sciences, the practical phase of the students in a dual study programme should be extended until the start of the lecture period on April 20, 2020. The end of this semester will be postponed and the practical phase between the summer term 2020 and the winter term 2020/21 will thus be shortened.

Students in a dual study programme are kindly requested to contact the responsible people in their companies, departments, or institutions in order to coordinate whether and how this recommended expansion of the practical phase can be guaranteed and how access to e-learning and other virtual courses at OTH Regensburg can be made possible in the period up to April 20, 2020.

Until further notice, all events at OTH Regensburg are cancelled.

In the summer semester 2020, the semester examination period covers the period from August 3, 2020 to August 24, 2020, with the first three examination days reserved for centrally planned course-related general academic credits and centrally planned course-related credits. In all other respects, lectures will continue to take place until and including August 5, 2020.

In the winter semester 2020/2021 the semester examination period ends on February 18, 2021.

In principle, working on a final thesis can be continued. If necessary, please contact your supervisor or the chairperson of the examination board by telephone or email.

Laboratory operation within the context of Bachelor and Master theses is only possible in exceptional cases upon application. The application is to be submitted by the supervisors or laboratory managers to the responsible dean. If necessary, the responsible head of occupational safety must be consulted in assessing the situation. For the application approved by the dean, the agreement of the university management must be obtained.

If you have any questions regarding your internship semester, please contact the people responsible for internships in your faculty or study programme.

Until 14 August 2020, the seminar rooms E 006 to E 009 will be offered as student learning places from Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. These can be booked for one day a week via WebUntis.

In addition, the main library in Seybothstraße offers day and half-day study places from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. and 2:20 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At the Prüfeninger Straße sub-library this is possible from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The lecture period begins for all students of OTH Regensburg on October 12, 2020 and ends on February 2, 2021.

From now on, ordered books can be collected from the main library in Seybothstraße from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the lending desk. Ordered books can be picked up at the Prüfeninger Straße sub-library Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The range of workplaces in the main library in Seybothstraße has been expanded to include additional daytime places and now also half-day places, which can be occupied from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 1:40 p.m. or 2:20 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At the Prüfeninger Strasse sub-library this is possible from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Workstations in the reading rooms of the university library can be reserved by all students of OTH Regensburg from the 1st semester onwards.

We ask for your understanding that only a limited number of workplaces can be provided due to the hygiene regulations to be observed.

You can find more detailed information on the website of the Student Union for Niederbayern/Oberpfalz.

Please note that the cafeteria in Prüfeninger Straße will remain closed.

For the time being, the lecturers do not offer face-to-face consultations, but are available by email, telephone, etc.

Opening hours for the public and office hours are suspended. Please make use of the possibilities of digital communication and submit your requests by email or telephone. If you wish to hand in documents, please send them as a file by email or by regular mail. Questions and concerns should be dealt with by telephone or email.

You can find out which courses are offered in attendance in the information channels of your faculty, on the website of your faculty under "Studierende"/"Präsenzveranstaltung im Wintersemester 2020/21"" and your timetable on WebUntis.

Project meetings – especially with external partners – are to be organized as a webcon or telcon (conference call). Meetings of more than 5 people are considered critical and should be avoided at all costs.

Research activities continue to a limited extent. Home office is the desired alternative, where the personal task allows it. However, it is pointed out that due to the initial restrictions, the possibility of being personally present in the research laboratories must be further restricted and is only possible in compelling exceptional cases in consultation with the Dean and with the permission of the President or the Chancellor.

If you have any questions regarding a planned academic semester abroad, please contact outgoing-studyabroad(at)oth-regensburg.de.

For the time being there will be no classroom tutorials. Online tutorials will be organized for some online offers. Please check the courses offered in GRIPS (moodle)!