Information on How to Deal With the Coronavirus Pandemic

 
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Coronavirus tests Coronavirus-Test Städteregion Aachen
(Suspected) infections with COVID-19 University Medical Center
Preventive measures Occupational and Radiation Protection Staff Unit
Coronavirus signage for buildings

Certificates for students Central Examination Office
Certificates for employees

Division 8.1 – Academic Employees and Assistants

Division 8.2 – Technical and Administrative Employees

Certificates for guests, visitors, service providers Division 2.2 – International Student and Scholar Services
Equipment for buildings – sanitation supplies
COVID-19 Vaccinations offered at RWTH www.rwth-aachen.de/coronaimpfung
 
Measures

Regulation

In Effect Until

Regulations Regarding Testing, Mask Obligation, and Proof of Immunization

Since the beginning of April, most mandatory regulations of the Coronavirus Protection Ordinance have ceased to apply. For reasons of infection prevention and control, however, it is recommended to continue to wear a mask in all RWTH buildings and during courses, exams and events. Further information: Instructions on Access, Tests and Face Masks

Until further notice

Travel and Visits from Abroad

The legal requirements relating to travel are being continuously updated. Currently, only the Coronaeinreiseverordnung (CoronaEinrVO for short, Coronavirus Entry Ordinance in English) of the German Ministry of Health applies in North-Rhine Westphalia. This Ordinance contains specifications on reporting, testing, and self-isolation obligations when entering Germany from abroad. From August 1, 2021, risk areas are now only designated as one of two categories: high-risk areas or areas of variants of concern. Further information is available on the website of the Robert Koch Institute, which is linked below.

The following still applies as a basic principle: As soon as an individual exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, they are banned from entering the RWTH premises with immediate effect.

If you are planning an international business trip, we are asking you to please find out if your destination falls under one of the two categories and what your obligations are regarding registering, testing, or quarantine well ahead of time. Division 8.3 will be happy to assist you on this matter. Please also refer to the “International Business Trips” entry among the intranet offers of Division 8.3, for which you can find the link below.

Before you start planning a business trip, the Crisis Management Team asks that you check whether video conferencing or other remote formats might not be used as an alternative to travelling to an in-person meeting. If, however, a business trip is absolutely necessary and cannot be postponed, this must be dicussed with Division 8.3 before you enter the business travel request in the system. The individual who is traveling must check the classification of the destination country both in advance and immediately before the start of the trip. Persons traveling on official business must permanently ensure their own protection and observe the valid regulations in the destination country as well as when re-entering Germany. After traveling to high-risk or virus-variant areas, it is strongly recommended to first work from home for several days or to make frequent use (ideally daily) of the self-testing offer for employees.

Exemptions for cross-border commuters and individuals entering the country from abroad for urgent work-related reasons or because of their training or studies continue to apply. In case of doubt, employees should contact the responsible health department. Individuals who are subject to mandatory testing are not allowed to enter the RWTH premises until they have received (negative) test results.

If a certificate is required for absolutely necessary and urgent travel to an employee’s country of origin, the following departments will be happy to help:

  • Division 2.1 for students
  • Human resources departments for employees
  • Division 2.2 for guests, visitors, service providers, etc.

Links:

RKI risk areas

Federal Ministry of Health website for travelers to Germany from abroad

Coronavirus Entry Regulations Overview (de)

International Business Trips (ZHV, Abteilung 8.3) (de)

Until further notice

Reporting of Infections of University Members

Cases of infection that might result in a spread of infections (for example, due to participation in a work meeting, a seminar, et cetera) should be reported to the University Medical Center at +49 0241 80 94444 ("Hochschulärztliche Einrichtung")

Until further notice

Work From Home

Employers are no longer required to offer working from home arrangements.

The Crisis Management Team and University Management have agreed to implement the following work-from-home policy from April 1, 2022 until the end of the summer vacation in NRW (August 9, 2022).

Employees and supervisors may mutually agree to implement home office for up to 60% of their weekly working hours. No involvement of the HR department or further documentation is required for such a consensual agreement. In addition, the new "Agreement on Working from Home and Situational Mobile Work” (in German) can be used as an alternative or in addition to the options for situational mobile work.

On the one hand, this regulation is intended to continue to protect us from infection and, on the other hand, it serves to enable a smooth transition to the framework conditions of the new "Agreement on Working from Home and Situational Mobile Work".

Home Office Guide (de)

Agreement on Working from Home and Situational Mobile Work

Until August 9, 2022

Study Spaces

  • Central and departmental study spaces have reopened.
  • For some study spaces, students must continue to book their spots via the familiar platform.
  • It is recommended to continue to wear a mask in all RWTH buildings and study spaces.

Until further notice

University Library

Since April 4, the University Library may be entered without providing evidence on 3G-compliant status. We recommend to continue to wear a face mask in the building in order protect users and staff from infection.

Further information is available here.

Until further notice

In-Person Advising Services

In principle, in-person advising services can be available again as long as the special hygiene measures are observed. We strongly recommend contacting the respective service point by phone or email beforehand to find out what the measures and conditions are and to then arrange an appointment if possible.

Until further notice

Written Exams

Regulations for written exams are outlined in this overview.

Until further notice

Work Meetings

Work meetings may only be held in person if necessary, and only absolutely essential participants may attend. The need for staff to attend meetings in person must be questioned regularly. Attendees are advised to wear a face mask and adhere to the known hygiene regulations throughout. Individuals who are required to attend necessary official meetings are to be offered coronavirus self-tests on a regular basis via their university institution.

The current applicable minimum distance between individuals must be maintained during all activities. If this is not possible, the activity may only be carried out under the application of compensation measures previously agreed with Occupational Safety.

Guidelines on how to conduct job interviews (de).

Protective Measures and Recommendations for In-Person Work

Instructions on Access, Tests and Face Masks

Until further notice

Events

It is now possible again to hold in-person events. In the summer semester, courses and events will generally be held in person.

Instructors are encouraged to continue the flipped classroom format that had already proven to be effective prior to the pandemic. If instructors would like to offer their courses in an exclusively remote format for justifiable reasons, they are asked to clarify this with the respective Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs or Dean's Office. In such cases, students are to be informed via announcements on the relevant website or the virtual classroom well ahead of time.

Due to the currently high infection rates, it is recommended to continue to wear a mask in all RWTH buildings and during courses, exams and events (see also: Recommendation to Wear a Mask).

Where possible, fixed seats are to be spaced at a minimum distance wherever space permits (e.g. a seating plan in a pattern akin to a checkerboard).

Until further notice

University Sports

Please refer to the University Sports website for detailed information.

Until further notice