Current Information on How to Deal With the Coronavirus Crisis


The Crisis Management Team and the Rectorate of RWTH is providing regular updates on the coronavirus pandemic, adapting possible measures in dealing with this special situation. We are asking our staff and students to be considerate towards each other and take a cautious approach to the topic.


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News for Students

RWTH is in close talks with AStA when it comes to issues related to studies.


Information for University Staff

Regulations on working from home and business meetings



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The summer semester is held as a digital semester, and due to the State Government’s relaxing of some of the coronavirus-related restrictions, RWTH has also gradually eased some restrictions for University members, such as affecting the use of the University Library as well as University sports.

The ordinance of the Federal Ministry of Culture and Science has defined the 2020 summer semester as an optional semester. RWTH, however, continues to operate, with a few exceptions, for example concerning excursions. “We are doing everything possible to avoid extending the period of study for our students,” explains Professor Aloys Krieg, RWTH Vice-Rector of Teaching. In principle, as agreed by the universities in North Rhine-Westphalia, all courses that can be offered remotely will take place online for the entire summer semester.

Based on the regulations mandated by the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and in agreement with the faculties, the Rectorate has decided to issue a supplementary regulation to the general examination regulations. Oral exams will continue to be held by video conferencing only. A general decree of the NRW Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs allows RWTH to hold written exams as long as hygiene and social distancing requirements are observed. Lab courses can also be held under in compliance with these requirements.

The University is asking all university members to pay very close attention to any cold symptoms they might be experiencing.

If you do have cold symptoms, please call a health care provider to clarify whether you should come to work on campus, particularly in light of the current pandemic. You can also contact the for advice via email. We can include an interpreter, if the need arises. If you need to go to the University Medical Center, please make sure you contact them ahead of your visit.

If you are unable to consult with a healthcare practitioner, we advise you to call in sick instead of going to work, attending lectures, or visiting any Campus facilities. Please heed the regulations concerning self-quarantine.

Answers to frequently asked questions about the coronavirus have been compiled for you on our FAQ page. Information on current regulations and effective dates is available online.

The General Students' Committee AStA answers questions on how the current situation affects your studies at: