Information on How to Deal with the Coronavirus

Update 81: 21 October 2021

After three virtual semesters, the winter semester 2021/2022 will again take place as an attendance semester. This is made possible by a framework concept for all Bavarian universities, in which rules are defined that must be followed by all university members in the winter semester 2021/2022. These are essentially the combination of mandatory masks and distance rules as well as the application of the 3G rule.

Based on this framework concept, OTH Regensburg will conduct the winter semester 2021/2022 as an attendance semester.

OTH Regensburg attaches great importance to this transition semester. It requires the cohesion and joint action of all university members. The framework conditions are extremely complex, as the Corona pandemic still requires teaching situations adapted to the specific conditions of the students, faculties and degree programmes. At the same time, it is the declared goal of our university to preserve and expand the positive findings and achievements in digital teaching from the pandemic-related digitalisation surge. Digital elements should therefore continue to be used didactically in a meaningful way.

We are currently preparing detailed hygiene concepts for the winter semester 2021/2022, which we are constantly updating on these websites. Therefore, please check these webpages regularly for the current regulations at OTH Regensburg.

In the following cases you are not allowed to enter the buildings and areas of OTH Regensburg:

  • Persons with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection
  • Persons with COVID-19 associated symptoms (acute, non-specific general symptoms, loss of smell and taste, respiratory symptoms of any severity)
  • Persons for whom a quarantine order exists

Visitors shall be appropriately informed of these exclusion criteria in advance.

Persons who have stayed in a risk area designated according to the Robert Koch Institute in the last 10 days before entering the Federal Republic of Germany must observe certain rules. These can be found on the website of the Robert Koch Institute (only available in Germany).

If persons develop symptoms typical of SARS-CoV-2 infection during an event, they must immediately leave the event and the university premises and take up an offer of testing.

Persons with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection should in any case report to gesundheitsschutz(at)oth-regensburg.de. You can also contact gesundheitsschutz@oth-regensburg.de if you have any questions.

In the event of a home quarantine, all official or student duties must first be performed from home. Staff members should agree on the further procedure and the exact modalities with their respective superiors.

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Access to university buildings may only be granted to persons who have been vaccinated, recovered or tested. This does not apply to staff and not during examinations.

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

You can still access the remaining CIP Pool computers remotely, i. e. via another computer (e. g. at your home) and use the software installed there that you need for exercises and practical training remotely. Instructions for remote access and current information can be found in the support wiki of OTH Regensburg (only available in German).

Please use remote access to the CIP pool computers exclusively for your studies and release your connection when you are finished.

According to the current Infection Protection Measures Ordinance, a test certificate is now also required at universities for employees who cannot provide proof of vaccination or convalescence and who have direct customer contact. Employees in this context are employees, civil servants and lecturers.

Accordingly, all affected employees without proof of vaccination or convalescence are obliged to carry out a self-test at least twice a week and to document this in a comprehensible manner so that information can be provided on request.

Staff and lecturers of OTH Regensburg have the opportunity to carry out supervised self-tests free of charge. You will receive a confirmation of the result.

The following testing facilities are available:

  • On campus (Seybothstraße/Galgenbergstraße), room E 009 has been set up as a test centre in the lecture hall building at the Forum. Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 7:30 to 10 am and from 11 am to 1 pm.
  • At the Prüfeninger Straße location, room P 068 has been set up as a test centre. Opening hours are from Monday to Friday from 7:30 to 9:30 am.

In addition, self-tests are still available at OTH Regensburg facilities or can be collected free of charge from the post offices. Quick tests at your own expense are also permitted.

Under the 3G rule, you need written or electronic negative test evidence of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection based on

  • a PCR test, a PoC-PCR test or a test using other nucleic acid amplification techniques, carried out within 48 hours
  • a PoC antigen test (so-called rapid test) performed 24 hours or less ago

in each case with a valid proof of identity (student card or identity card or passport).

Free rapid tests for students are currently available at the Medicare Bayern test centre in the campus car park on Universitätsstraße. You can make appointments for this online (only available in German). For verification, you need to bring a valid ID document and your smartphone.

The question frequently put to us as to whether the test offer for students will continue to be available free of charge is a political decision that is not at the discretion of the university. In a joint press release dated 1 October 2021 (only avaibable in German), Health Minister Klaus Holetschek and Science Minister Bernd Sibler inform us that tests will be free of charge for students until 30 November 2021.

This does not affect the (further) exemption from costs of tests within the framework of "citizen testing", insofar as their costs continue to be covered. This applies to certain groups of people, in particular those who cannot be vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus at the time of testing and who prove this by means of a medical certificate. However, this also applies until 31 December 2021 to students at the time of testing who have been vaccinated with vaccines other than those listed by the Paul Ehrlich Institute on the Internet and who are therefore not considered immunised in the EU. In detail, reference is made to § 4a of the Coronavirus Test Ordinance (TestV) of the Federal Government of 21 September 2021 (only available in German), which names asymptomatic persons who are entitled to testing by means of PoC antigen tests.

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.

Please refer to your respective timetable in WebUntis to find out which courses take place in presence or digitally.

All information on reading room use and registration as well as on borrowing is available online.

In buildings and marked outdoor areas, the wearing of a medical face mask is generally mandatory. Exceptions to this are regulated in the currently valid version of the Bavarian Infection Protection Measures Ordinance. At a fixed sitting, standing or working place, the mask may be removed as long as a minimum distance of 1.5 m to other persons is reliably maintained.

You can find information about the services of the Mensa and cafeteria on the website of the Student Union for Niederbayern/Oberpfalz.

Public traffic that is not essential for the presence of staff (research, teaching and administration) should be reduced as much as possible. If possible, it should be replaced by telephone, postal or electronic (e. g. email) communication. This applies in particular to enrolments, applications, submission of work, etc.

For services offered by the university that require personal contact, organisational measures should be taken to avoid crowds. For example, appointments should be timed in such a way that there are no waiting times or crowds in waiting areas.

The validity of the pandemic-related regulations concerning the individual standard period of study (Regelstudienzeit) and examinations in the Bavarian Higher Education Act (BayHSchG) for the summer semester 2020 has been extended for the winter semester 2020/21 and the summer semester 2021.

This means that deadlines that are bound to the standard period of study will automatically be postponed or extended by one semester. This gives students time leeway to take exams and a correspondingly longer maximum BAföG entitlement period.

Example: In a Bachelor's degree programme with a standard period of study of seven semesters, students who were enrolled in the summer semester 2020, winter semester 2020/21, and summer semester 2021 and were not granted leave of absence have an individual standard period of study of ten semesters instead of seven semesters.

The Student Advisory Service or the Academic Counselling can provide you with guidance in this regard. Legally-binding information on your individual course of studies and your deadlines can be obtained from the Examinations and Internships Office. For general information on your individual standard period of study, please refer to your matriculation certificate, which you can download from the Student Service Portal.

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