Information on How to Deal with the Coronavirus

Update 23: May 14, 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.

The university management explicitly refers to the general disposition announced by Minister President Dr. Markus Söder on March 20, 2020 and asks all university members to comply with it in their own interest and for their own protection. The current exit restrictions also have an indirect and far-reaching effect on access to the buildings of OTH Regensburg. For employees of OTH Regensburg, the details were regulated in a separate written announcement on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

In accordance with the general decision, access to the buildings of OTH Regensburg is therefore regulated as follows, with effect from March 21, 2020, midnight onwards:

  • 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 ask you to use the access responsibly and to observe the hygiene measures recommended by the Robert Koch Institute.
  • 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 building, but should only use it in urgent and justified cases. We ask you to use the access responsibly and to observe the hygiene measures recommended by the Robert Koch Institute.
  • 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.

Please note the announcement of the Bavarian State Ministry of Health and Care of March 20, 2020 (only available in German).

Due to the general decision on exit restrictions in Bavaria, the basic opening hours will be changed with effect from March 21, 2020 for the duration of the exit restrictions:

  • The buildings are only open on weekdays (Mon - Fri) between 6 and 20 o'clock.

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. Keep at least a two-metre distance from people who visibly suffer from a respiratory disease
  6. Ventilate rooms regularly
  7. Generally stay at home when you experience respiratory symptoms (common cold etc.)
  8. Follow orders from authorities (e.g. exit restriction in Bavaria (only available in German))
  9. Keep a distance from other people (at least one to two metres); in addition, the RKI recommends:
  • Reduce contact with other people to a minimum
  • Cancel appointments with friends, relatives, and acquaintances, postpone large birthday or wedding celebrations
  • Keep your distance when walking outside (at least one to two metres)
  • Avoid rush hours when shopping
  • Rather use your own car and bicycle than the bus and train
  • Restrict absolutely necessary contacts, e.g. professionally, to a few known people so that infections can be traced
  • Observe additional precautions at work: Hold team meetings via telephone or video conference or postpone them

According to the RKI and WHO, disinfecting measures are not necessary in the current situation.

Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) (only in German) or the WHO.

Behaviour in Case of Illness, Suspected Illness, or Return from a Risk Area (new information)

  1. University members who, in the past 14 days, have stayed in a region the Robert Koch Institute defines as a risk area must report their stay - regardless of whether symptoms of illness are present - to the following email address: gesundheitsschutz(at)oth-regensburg.de. This also applies if the region was not yet declared a risk area at the time of the stay.
  2. University members who have been tested for the coronavirus or are planning to take such a test, are also requested to report this to the following email address - even if the test result is not yet available: Gesundheitsschutz@oth-regensburg.de.
  3. In order to avoid a potential infection of other members of the university, in the cases mentioned under points 1 and 2, all professional and student duties must initially be performed from home. Further proceedings and the exact modalities will be centrally decided upon on an individual basis in consultation with the people concerned, the faculties or the respective superiors.
  4. People who have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient within the past 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.
  5. People who
  • show non-specific general symptoms or respiratory problems of any severity and have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient in the14 days before the onset of the disease, or
  • show non-specific general symptoms or respiratory problems of any severity and have stayed in a risk area in the 14 days before the onset of the disease

please contact us at gesundheitsschutz(at)oth-regensburg.de

In these cases, you must stay at home and contact your general practitioner by telephone and inform the public health authorities.

In addition, the following applies to all employees of OTH Regensburg:
Affected staff members are to be treated as unfit for work and duty, and therefore may not come to work until the presence of a coronavirus infection has been clarified.

The list of risk areas by the Robert Koch Institute is constantly updated. We kindly ask you to always get an overview of the latest version.

FAQ

The schedule of OTH Regensburg is currently being updated due to the shift of the lecture period. Please check the homepage for the changed dates.

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.

The following facilities are closed until further notice:

  • All CIP pools (computer rooms)
  • Architecture workshop
  • Library (Further information can be found here)
  • Mensa (main dining hall) and cafeterias
  • Student house (“Studierendenhaus”)

 

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.

The examination period of the summer term 2020 will take place from August 3, 2020 to August 24, 2020, with the first three examination days reserved for centrally-planned general academic credits and centrally-planned academic credits. Lectures will be held until and including August 5, 2020.

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.

The daily access to workplaces in the reading rooms (main and sub-library), which was previously only possible for students writing their final thesis, will be extended from Monday, May 18, 2020 so that students from the 5th semester and Master students can now also apply for workplaces.

We ask for your understanding that due to the hygiene regulations to be observed, only a limited number of workstations can be provided and the reading rooms must remain closed to all other users.

In addition, since April 20, 2020, contactless lending has been possible at both locations on advance order. For more information, please contact the OTH Regensburg Library.

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.

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 attendance tutorials. Online tutorials will be organized for some online offers. Please check the courses offered in GRIPS (Moodle)!