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Information on and management of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

 
Gesichtszeichen Hochschule Augsburg
Apr 28, 2020

In light of the current situation, you can find information here regarding management of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2):

 

Exams: Hygiene and infection protection

 
Sicher & gesund durch die Prüfungen
 

Current Information from April 28th

This semester, very restricted attendance teaching will begin on Monday, 11 May 2020. Examinations requiring attendance will be conducted at the end of the semester. Special rules will apply here also.

Attendance teaching

If classes can be taught online, they will continue to be held online. Lectures, seminars, practical classes and tutorials with attendance will only be offered in a small number of exceptional cases. Please stay in contact with the educators so that you know which classes will take place with attendance and when.

Not only will there be less time in attendance at the University, but this time will also be different to how it was. The University remains closed for purposes other than attending classes. We need to adhere to social distancing during classes.

  • Firstly, classes may need to be conducted in smaller groups. This may result in changes to your timetable.
  • Secondly, social distancing means that we need to maintain a distance of at least 1.5 m from one another. This applies in all classes. If this distance has to be reduced – only in exceptional cases – masks need to be worn. (Masks serve primarily to protect other people. They do not need to comply with any specified medical quality standards.)
  • For the classes, the teaching staff will pick you up at the specified entrance and escort you to the exit again after the class. Mouth and nose coverings should be worn in the halls and corridors of the University.
  • Please adhere to the hygiene rules of the Robert Koch Institute: They offer the best protection against coronavirus. Keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters from other people, cough and sneeze into your elbow and wash your hands regularly. We have also installed hand sanitizer dispensers. However, hand sanitizer is not a substitute for washing your hands regularly.
  • For your own protection, pregnant women are asked to remain at home and are prohibited from entering the University. Please contact your professor to find a solution to make up for being unable to attend.
  • Likewise, students who have been abroad are prohibited from entering the University for a period of 14 days after their return. In this case also, please contact your professor to discuss how to make up for being unable to attend.

Risk groups:

According to the RKI, persons with the following conditions are considered risk groups:

  1. Cardiovascular diseases
  2. Diabetes
  3. Respiratory illnesses
  4. Liver diseases
  5. Kidney diseases
  6. Cancer
  7. Immune deficiencies

If you belong to one of these risk groups, you are exempt from attendance requirements. Ask your professor how you can acquire the necessary skills outside of attending the class. Perhaps you have an idea for how you could do this – we are counting on your creativity here, too.

Examinations requiring attendance

"Small" examinations with a maximum of 50 participants will be conducted on the University premises. Large examinations with more than 50 participants will take place in large leased spaces. The social distancing rules apply to all examinations: at least 4 meters squared per person, at least 1.5 meter distance between candidates. Each workstation (all desks and chairs) will be disinfected after each examination. Please adhere to the social distancing rules when entering and leaving the examination room. Please wear a mouth and nose covering if you cannot adhere to the minimum distance. Mouth and nose coverings should be worn in the halls and corridors of the University.

Risk groups:

Persons in risk groups are also permitted to attend the examinations. They will not sit the examination in a large group, but separately in smaller rooms. Because the individual requirements of persons in risk groups vary greatly, we want to address individual needs separately. If you belong to one of the risk groups listed above, please obtain a medical certificate that records your individual requirements for an examination. Please submit this certificate to the examiner AND to the secretary's office of the faculty by 21 May so that the faculty can take the necessary measures in good time and the examination committee can reach a decision on this. (You can use the following form for the appointment with your doctor.)

The examination period will be particularly challenging for all of us. While adhering to the specified rules, we want to enable you to make the greatest possible progress in your studies. We ask for your understanding that we cannot ensure the usual conditions in every aspect.

However, you can help us with the organization of the examinations: According to the examination regulations, you have the right to miss a scheduled examination without providing official notification. However, this rule makes planning more difficult for us. If we know in advance that far fewer candidates than are registered will show up to the examination, we are in a better position to plan the sizes of the rooms in which the examinations will take place. I therefore ask you a favor: Irrespective of your right as outlined above, if you know that you are not going to participate in an examination, please let your faculty's examination planners or professors know in good time. This will aid us greatly in our planning.

 

Current Information from April 9th

The health of our students, teaching staff and employees is our main priority. In view of the current situation, we will continue with and further expand our online teaching program. Contrary to what was originally planned, we will not resume the attendance phase on Monday 20 April 2020. The President’s Office decided today to postpone the start of the attendance phase by at least a further two weeks until Monday, 4 May 2020. This also means that our University will continue to function with only very limited operations until further notice.

 

Current Information from March 20th

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Current Information from March 19th

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Current Information from March 14th

We would like to give you an update today on the management of coronavirus:

The Robert Koch Institute today expanded the risk areas for the coronavirus by Tyrol and Madrid. We are taking this opportunity to adapt the reporting obligation:

The following now applies to students:
If you have tested positive for COVID-19, please report this to the following address: [Bitte aktivieren Sie Javascript]. We want to stay in contact with you. Students no longer need to report simply having been in risk areas! The reason for this is that lectures and classes have now been stopped on our campus.

For employees, the following still applies: If you were in a risk area or had contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or if you have a COVID-19 infection, please also report this to the following address: [Bitte aktivieren Sie Javascript]. This is irrespective of whether you have symptoms or not.

The risk areas are listed at the following link (in German):
https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete.html

We currently do not have any coronavirus cases directly affecting our University. We want it to stay that way. Therefore, we appeal again: If you feel ill, unwell, have symptoms of a cold – please stay at home as a precaution and telephone your doctor.

Stay healthy!

 

Current Information from March 12th

We would like to give you an update today on the management of coronavirus:

As we notified you yesterday, the extended university board will decide this Tuesday, 17 March, how the postponement of the start of lectures until 20 April 2020 will impact the course of the semester at the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences. Until then, we ask for your patience. We will provide you with detailed information next week.

We would like to make an important request relating to public access: Please use our digital and telephone consulting services. This applies in particular to the Office of Academic Affairs, the International Office, the Student Counseling Office, the Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication and the secretary's offices of the faculties. All of these offices can be reached by telephone or by email and many offer online consultations.  As far as possible, avoid attending these offices in person. If you require a personal consultation, please arrange an appointment first by telephone or email

At this time, one person has reported testing positive for the coronavirus. This person has already been in quarantine for ten days and is in contact with the health department. The person was not present at the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences in the time between infection and diagnosis and did not have personal contact with university members. This means that the situation still stands: There are no cases with a direct connection to the University as yet!

We want it to stay that way. If you feel ill, unwell, have symptoms of a cold – please stay at home and telephone your doctor.

Students and staff who were in the risk areas or had contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days must report this to the following address: [Bitte aktivieren Sie Javascript]. This is irrespective of whether they have symptoms or not. Reporting is mandatory. Students are requested to specify their faculty and course of study. We will advise you on the further procedure.

The risk areas are listed at the following link (in German):
https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete.html

Our particular focus is on staff who belong to the risk groups defined by the Robert Koch Institute and pregnant women:
https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogruppen.html (in German)

We will discuss with you the possibility of working from home. If required, please also contact [Bitte aktivieren Sie Javascript].

Don't forget: You can all help to minimize the spread of coronavirus by observing the hygiene measures recommended by the Robert Koch Institute:

1.) If possible, maintain a distance of 1 to 2 meters from persons unknown to you who are coughing and/or sneezing

2.) Practice hand hygiene (wash hands thoroughly with soap and water)

3.) Follow coughing etiquette: Cough/sneeze into your elbow, not your hand

Additional information:

The web pages of the Augsburg Health Authority provide continuously updated information on the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2):
https://www.augsburg.de/umwelt-soziales/gesundheit/coronavirus (in German)

Robert Koch Institute:
https://www.rki.de/SharedDocs/FAQ/NCOV2019/FAQ_Liste.html (in German)

Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety:
https://www.lgl.bayern.de/gesundheit/infektionsschutz/infektionskrankheiten_a_z/coronavirus/2019_ncov.htm (in German)

If you have further questions relating to the University's management of the coronavirus, please contact [Bitte aktivieren Sie Javascript].

We will keep you informed of important developments.

Stay healthy!

 

Current Information from March 9th 2020

We wish to inform you about current developments at the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences in relation to the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2):

At this time, there are NO cases here at the University. However, the beginning of the summer semester - i.e. the start of lectures and courses – has been postponed until April 20th .

Please refer regularly to the pages linked below for information on the current situation regarding the coronavirus, particularly on the risk areas currently designated by the Robert Koch Institute. The risk areas are listed here (in German):
https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/ N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/ Risikogebiete.html

Risk groups (pregnant women or those suffering from asthma, diabetes or chronic illnesses) are requested to discuss with their doctor whether they can continue working at the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences at this time. The RKI has compiled information on this topic here (in German): https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogruppen.html

For students:

Whether they have symptoms are not, students who have been to the risk areas must report this by sending an e-mail to the following address: [Bitte aktivieren Sie Javascript]. This is mandatory. Please specify your faculty and course of study. We will advise you on the further procedure.

For employees (academic staff and research assistants):

  • Suspected cases / reporting obligation on return from risk areas
    Employees who experience non-specific general symptoms or respiratory problems of any severity and
  1. Had contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days before symptoms began or
  2. Were in a risk area in the 14 days before symptoms began

should be regarded as unfit to work and are not permitted to return to work until the presence of a coronavirus infection has been clarified. They are obligated to contact their doctor or the on-call medical service (Tel. 116 117) by telephone immediately.

Employees who have had contact with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days must contact the responsible health department without delay. This is mandatory in every case – regardless of whether symptoms are present or not.

Employees who were in a risk area within the last 14 days are obliged to contact the Chancellor of the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences, Tatjana Dörfler, immediately.

If you do not have any symptoms, suspension of duties or from work is not necessary. However, we will discuss with you the possibility of working from home for the time being.

In all cases specified above, please send an e-mail to:

[Bitte aktivieren Sie Javascript].

  • Parents

Employees who need to remain at home to take care of their children who are not able to attend childcare facilities or school because of a possible infection with the coronavirus are released from their duties for a total of up to ten working days, in the continuing service of their employer and without being required to make up for the missed working hours (§ 10 Para. 1 Clause 2 UlrMV), if they are not able to secure alternative childcare.  However, solutions involving working from home are preferred. In this regard, please contact us at the e-mail address [Bitte aktivieren Sie Javascript].

  • Work trips and excursions

Work trips and excursions to risk areas as defined by the RKI are prohibited until further notice. The necessity of all other work trips and excursions should be individually assessed by the approving party with consideration of the risk, and they should be prohibited where appropriate. International work trips are approved by the President (academic staff) or the Chancellor (other personnel). Excursions are approved by the Dean.

Quarantine

Employees who

  1. Are quarantined in Germany by order of the health department or
  2. Are affected by an officially ordered quarantine in another country or are not able to travel back to Germany due to an official order

and are therefore unable to report for work/duties are released from their duties, in the continuing service of their employer and without being required to make up for the missed working hours (§ 10 Para. 1 Clause 2 UlrMV). Employees who are not subject to any of the measures specified above are generally required to report for duties – except in the cases outlined above.

General information:

For the population in Bavaria, the risk of being infected with the new coronavirus is currently assessed as high (updated March 17th) by the Infectiology Task Force of the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety and by the Robert Koch Institute. The coronavirus is transmitted from person to person. With your behavior, you can contribute to minimizing the risk of an infection.

The Robert Koch Institute recommends the following hygiene measures:

1.) If possible, maintain a distance of 1 to 2 meters from persons unknown to you who are coughing and/or sneezing

2.) Practice hand hygiene (wash hands thoroughly with soap and water)

3.) Follow coughing etiquette: Cough/sneeze into your elbow, not your hand

If you experience typical coronavirus symptoms, we would ask you to stay at home. If in doubt, telephone your doctor and discuss with them how to proceed. Important: Telephone your doctor, do not go to the doctor's practice unannounced!

Additional information:

The web pages of the Augsburg Health Authority provide continuously updated information on the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2):
https://www.augsburg.de/umwelt-soziales/gesundheit/coronavirus (in German)

https://www.augsburg.de/umwelt-soziales/gesundheit/coronavirus/englisch (in English)

Robert Koch Institute:
https://www.rki.de/SharedDocs/FAQ/NCOV2019/FAQ_Liste.html (in German)

Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety:
https://www.lgl.bayern.de/gesundheit/ infektionsschutz/infektionskrankheiten _a_z/coronavirus/2019_ncov.htm (in German)

If you have further questions relating to the University's management of the coronavirus, please contact [Bitte aktivieren Sie Javascript].

We will keep you informed of important developments.
Stay healthy!

Hygiene Measures

 

Management of the coronavirus