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FAQs about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Members of the University Community,

This page provides the Rectorate’s answers to your questions with regard to measures taken at the University of Greifswald for dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19). Please keep an eye on the developments and the information provided below. The Rectorate will also inform you via email if any important changes have been made or any important information has been added.

Thank you for your willingness to cooperate and for your understanding.

Important information regarding the measures taken by the State Government to combat the spread of COVID-19 are available in German here [de].

Update 01/04/2021 1.05 p.m.

01/04/2021: The answers to questions 2 and 3 under Studies and Teaching were updated. 
24/03/2021: The answer to question 1 under General Health and Guidelines for Persons Who Have Tested Positive for COVID-19 and Suspected Cases was updated.
17/03/2021: The answer to question 1 under Travel and Work-Related Travel was updated.
10/03/2021: The answer to question 1 under Work Situation was updated.

Studies and Teaching

Which provisions apply to studies and teaching in summer semester?

The continued uncertainty with regard to the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, which will obviously be determined by the developments of the virus mutations, requires a high level of flexibility when it comes to the planning of studies and teaching in summer semester 2021, even if this contradicts the legitimate goal of providing reliable planning.

What are the current regulations with regard to teaching and the examinations of summer semester 2021?

All teaching at the University of Greifswald shall only be provided in digital formats, with the exception of:

  • On-site teaching for students of University Medicine
  • Courses to prepare students for examinations at the Studienkolleg (Preparatory Courses) and
  • Courses that require specialist laboratories or equipment that is only available at the University

These courses can 

Subject to strict observation of the University's hygiene regulations for on-site teaching, these courses can continue to take place on-site at the university. 

In general, and in accordance with the valid general examinations regulations, examinations shall be held via digital formats. If digital or alternative formats cannot be executed, examinations can be held on site in exceptional cases, subject to strict observation of the corresponding hygiene regulations for examinations.

Which regulations currently apply to the University Library?

As of Thursday, 14/01/2021, onwards, the Central University Library will be open every day from 9.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m. And, as of Monday, 18/01/2021, onwards, the Departmental Library on the Loefflerstraße Campus will be open again every day from 9.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m. For more information, please keep a close eye on the website of the Central University Library. Contactless borrowing of previously ordered literature and returns is still available.

It is compulsory to wear a face covering at all times in all of the University’s buildings as well as in front of them, please refer to the University's Hygiene Plan [de], last revised on 16/02/2021.

Which rules must students and lecturers observe when attending or holding classes on site at the University?

The following checklists (summarised information) apply for students attending and lecturers holding classes on site. More detailed information can be found in the Hygiene Plan for Holding Classes at the University.

Which hygiene plans and guidelines currently apply for teaching and studies?

If necessary, the hygiene plans and guidelines may be updated. An updated version will be marked correspondingly.
Please also take note of the information provided by the University’s Health and Safety Officer [de].

Help - I forgot my face mask and am unable to cover my face! What can I do?

Simple face masks can now be purchased at all of the snack vending machines located on the University's premises.

Which deadlines apply for summer semester 2021?
  • Summer semester starts on 1 April 2021. The lecture period shall start on 6 April 2021. 
  • The lecture period of winter semester 2020/21 shall end on 30 January 2021 for all degree courses.
  • Further deadlines (e.g. for applications, admissions to studies) can be found here
How is campus life currently restricted?
  • It is compulsory to wear a face covering at all times in all of the University’s buildings. Exceptions can only be made for offices with one single workstation or in rooms in which no more than two persons are present and a minimum distance of 1.5m is kept between persons at all times. Persons who are unable to wear a face covering must be able to prove this with a medical certificate (in the form of a qualifiziertes Attest).

  • In front of the University’s libraries and whenever you cannot keep a minimum distance of 1.5m, it is compulsory to wear a face covering.

  • Teaching and examinations are taking place in digital formats

  • The computer rooms are closed until further notice.

  • The University Library, Mensas (cafeterias) and cafés are open, but subject to restrictions.

  • Persons taking part in courses taught on site, in sessions held by University bodies etc. must leave their surname, first name(s), full address, and telephone number to enable the fast breaking of chains of infection in critical situations. For more information on data protection please click here.
Can excursions take place?
  • One-day excursions (excursions without overnight stay), for example, during field research, can take place in accordance with the current hygiene regulations.
  • From 1st July onwards, excursions lasting several days can take place in accordance with the general protective measures and pandemic-related regulations (e.g. restrictions on travelling to or from high risk areas) applicable at the relevant time. Hygiene concepts must be submitted to the respective Dean’s Office in advance.
Which regulations have been issued by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture Mecklenburg-Vorpommern?

The decrees issued by the Ministry of Education regarding studies and teaching at Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's higher education institutions during the coronavirus pandemic can be found here [de].

Conferences and Events

Can events other than courses that are part of the University’s teaching and sessions of University bodies currently be held at the University?

The University continues to be faced with immense organisational challenges due to its obligation to realise and make sure the safety and hygiene requirements that have been developed as a result of the pandemic are observed. Above all, this entails securing normal procedures for teaching, examinations and research, as well as the work of university bodies. Until further notice, the fulfilment of these key tasks requires a significantly larger number of rooms and administrative effort than usual. As a result of this, no conferences, congresses, ceremonies, colloquia, symposia etc. can take place at the University for the time being. Rooms shall not be provided for these kinds of events. This applies to events being organised by external parties as well as events organised by members of the university community with external participants.

Are guided tours being provided by the Kustodie (University Collections)?

All of the Kustodie’s guided tours are cancelled for the time being. 

Our school would like to organise a visit to the University of Greifswald, is this currently possible?

Unfortunately, due to the current restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic, we are unable to organise school visits to the University of Greifswald. However, we are able to provide customised virtual visits [de] to the University for interested schools.

Travel and Work-Related Travel

Am I permitted entry to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and when do I have to go into quarantine?

As a general rule of principle, travel to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (from other federal states or abroad) is prohibited unless one of the exceptions named in § 5(2-11) of the State’s coronavirus ordinance applies.

Exceptions to the ban on entry include

  • Persons who have a registered primary or secondary residence in M-V;
  • Students enrolled at the University of Greifswald;
  • Travel that is required for fulfilling work tasks;
  • Travel for private visits to family relatives (immediate family), who have their primary residence in M-V.

If you are entering Mecklenburg-Vorpommern/ returning from risk areas, high-risk areas, or areas in which virus variants or mutations have occurred, please observe the information provided by the District of Vorpommern-Greifswald [de].

Members of the university community and visiting academics, who have travelled to Greifswald from an international risk area, have been to one of these areas during the 10 days prior to entry, or have returned to Greifswald from high-risk areas within Germany and are subject to compulsory quarantine must please inform the University’s Coronavirus Crisis Team by sending an email to coronauni-greifswaldde indicating the date of arrival.

Can employees go on work-related travel?

Work-related travel to events and meetings being held in the following areas are not permitted:

  • international risk areas defined as such by RKI;
  • risk areas within Germany pursuant to RKI’s COVID-19 Dashboard [de] (= incidence rate of > 50 new coronavirus infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days)

This does not apply to persons whose function is indispensable for normal operations at the University.

Nonetheless, work-related travel even within Mecklenburg-Vorpommern should only be approved after careful consideration. It should only be approved if it is required to maintain the University’s normal operations or for fulfilling important university tasks. Wherever possible, technical alternatives such as telephone and video conferences should be used.

Persons who have permanent authorisation for work-related travel must independently consider the above-named criteria when planning travel and make a dutiful decision at their own discretion.

If work-related travel is required for taking part in events taking place elsewhere, members of staff must observe the valid COVID-19 regulations (keep your distance, observe personal hygiene, wear a face covering, let fresh air in regularly).

Which regulations apply for using (work) vehicles?

If private or work vehicles are to be used for work-related travel, please observe the following regulations:

  • Only the driver and two further passengers may travel in a car, minibuses can carry the driver and up to four passengers. Persons with a cough, runny nose etc. may not travel in the vehicle if the person affected is unable to prove the harmlessness of the symptoms through a medical certificate from a doctor.
  • Both the driver and possible passengers must disinfect their hands with the hand sanitiser in the vehicle prior to starting their journey.
  • If the vehicle has air conditioning, it must be turned off.
  • During the entire journey, all passengers (excluding the driver) must wear an FFP face mask without an exhalation valve.
  • If at all possible, and especially on longer journeys, the interior of the vehicle should be regularly aired for short periods of time.
  • If there is only a driver and one passenger in the vehicle, the passenger must sit in the back of the vehicle.

Work Situation

Which hygiene regulations currently apply to sessions being held for university bodies?

If sessions of university bodies are to take place on site, in accordance with the chairperson’s responsible decision, the current hygiene regulations [de] must be observed.  

When is it compulsory to wear a face covering and who does this apply to?

As a general rule of principle, all persons are obliged to wear a face covering (of any kind) at all times and in all university buildings. 

The following persons are exempt from this obligation:

  • Members of teaching staff whilst teaching classes/courses if it is possible for them to keep a minimum distance of 3m between themselves and the participants;
  • Persons taking exams
  • Members of staff who are in an office by themselves;
  • Members of staff, who work in offices with two workstations, as long as there is a minimum distance of 1.5m between the workstations and the rooms are aired on a regular basis; if more than 2 persons are in an office or other room at any time, they must wear a face covering;
  • Persons who are unable to cover their noses and mouths due to a medical or psychological impairment or a disability, and are able to prove this with a suitable medical certificate (qualifiziertes Attest).

Special regulations apply to persons working in laboratories, please refer to the corresponding guidelines.

Where can I find information about aspects related to labour law?

Questions and answers related to working from home, childcare, cancellation of holiday etc. have been put together on the HR Department’s website.

General Health and Guidelines for Persons Who Have Tested Positive for COVID-19 and Suspected Cases

Where can I get tested for Covid-19 through a rapid test?

Where can I get tested for Covid-19 through a rapid test?

From Wednesday, 24 March 2021, onwards, the Town of Greifswald and University Medicine Greifswald are providing persons who are not showing any typical Covid-19 symptoms with rapid Covid-19 tests in the Old Mensa (cafeteria) at the Schießwall. You can book a free rapid test online via the website of University Medicine [de] (you will also find further information on this website). You will also receive your results through this software. The test centre is open from Mondays to Saturdays, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Persons showing typical Covid-19 symptoms are not allowed to enter the test centre. Instead, they should contact their general practitioner as usual.

If you have received a positive rapid Covid-19 test, you must not access the University’s premises and buildings until you have received the results of the following PCR test. If the PCR test results confirm those of the rapid test, please observe the instructions under "I have tested positive for Covid-19".

Which situations must I report to the Crisis Team?

Please inform the University’s Coronavirus Crisis Team (coronauni-greifswaldde or over the phone under +49 3834 420 1104, Ms. Hosemann), if

  • you have tested positive for COVID-19;
  • the Gesundheitsamt (Public Health Office) has ordered you to go into quarantine/to self-isolate at home following contact to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19;
  • you have entered Mecklenburg-Vorpommern from an international risk area;
  • have entered Mecklenburg-Vorpommern from high-risk areas in other federal states (incidence of 200 and above) and are subject to compulsory quarantine. Persons who are subject to compulsory quarantine are those persons that
    • have a residence or usually reside in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
    • and who have travelled to a high-risk area for private reasons,
    • but, who have neither visited their immediate family nor spent time there due to joint custody of a child or visiting rights.

Corresponding notifications will of course be handled confidentially.

What should I do if I am showing acute signs of illness that could suggest I have fallen ill with COVID-19 (especially cough, sore throat, high temperature, runny nose...)?
  • please observe the guidelines for the general public issued by the Robert Koch Institute
  • the University’s premises and buildings must not be accessed until you have fully recovered
  • contact the on-call medical services (116 117) or your general practitioner over the phone to find out whether you ought to have a medical examination; this applies, in particular, if you have been to an international risk area in the last 14 days or have entered Mecklenburg-Vorpommern from a risk area within Germany.
  • inform the Crisis Team and, if applicable, your line manager/superior if you have tested positive for COVID-19 (coronauni-greifswaldde).
I have tested positive for COVID-19
  • Compulsory quarantine measures that have been issued by the competent Gesundheitsamt (Public Health Office) must be observed. If you are in the District of Vorpommern-Greifswald, please take note of the district’s information [de], in particular the regulations stipulated in the general ruling concerning the quarantine regulations and duty to cooperate for persons who are ill and the persons with whom they have been in direct contact. In accordance with this ruling, people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their direct contacts must observe compulsory quarantine measures. People who have tested positive for COVID-19 have to inform their contacts immediately; they also have to inform them of the above-mentioned obligation.
  • Inform the University's Crisis Team immediately of a positive test result (coronauni-greifswaldde). Please indicate whether you are a student or member of staff.
  • Members of staff: inform your line manager/superior and make sure you observe the steps detailed in the reporting chain. Who have you been in direct contact with at the University and how much contact did you have in the two days to these persons prior to the first signs of illness or prior to having the test taken?
  • Students: please inform the Crisis Team about the classes/courses, sessions of bodies, consultation hours etc. you attended in the two days prior to the first signs of illness or prior to having the test taken.
  • It is not possible to return to the University until the quarantine period has ended and there has been no further signs of illness for 48 hours.
I have been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days and show signs of respiratory illness
  • In the District of Vorpommern-Greifswald, please take note of the district’s information [de], in particular with regard to the compulsory 14-day period of quarantine for contact persons and the existing duty to cooperate.
  • Please inform the Coronavirus Crisis Team (coronauni-greifswaldde) about the compulsory quarantine pursuant to the General Ruling.
  • Contact your general practitioner over the phone immediately to find out whether it is necessary to have yourself tested.
  • Please inform the University’s Coronavirus Crisis Team (coronauni-greifswaldde) immediately if you have tested positive for the coronavirus. Please also take note of the further information under ‘I have tested positive for COVID-19’.
  • Should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Crisis Team (also possible by calling: +49 3834 420 1104, Ms. Hosemann).
I have been in direct contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days, however show no signs of respiratory illness (yet)
  • In the District of Vorpommern-Greifswald, please take note of the district’s information [de], in particular with regard to the compulsory 14-day period of quarantine for contact persons and the existing duty to cooperate.
  • Please inform the University's Coronavirus Crisis Team (coronauni-greifswaldde) if you are in quarantine, indicating whether you are an employee or student. Employees must also contact their line manager/superior to clarify the next steps.
  • The Coronavirus Crisis Team will be happy to answer any questions you might have, also over the phone (420 1104, Mrs. Hosemann).
My Corona-Warn-App has sent me a risk warning ‘elevated risk’. What should I do?

Please contact the District of Vorpommern-Greifswald’s public helpline under +49 3834 8760 2300 (Mon.-Fri. 8.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m., Sat./Sun. 10.00 a.m. - 2.00 p.m.) or via email to coronakreis-vgde
Alternatively, please contact your general practitioner. If have received any relevant orders, please inform your line manager/superior and the University's Crisis Team (coronauni-greifswaldde).

How can I protect myself and others from contracting the novel coronavirus?
  • If you show any signs of a respiratory illness, make sure you stay at home.
  • Observe at least 1.5 metres distance to others.
  • Practise good hand hygiene:
    • Regular and thorough washing of hands (for at least 20 seconds)
    • Thorough drying of hands with paper towels
    • No shaking of hands
  • Only cough or sneeze into your elbow (not into your hands or handkerchiefs/tissues)
  • Keep your hands away from your face as much as possible.
  • Avoid large gatherings of people
  • In addition to keeping your distance and practising good hand hygiene, wear a tight-fitting face mask to cover your mouth and nose (surgical mask made with barrier fabric)
Which reporting chain or which measures have been determined if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the University?
I feel strained by the isolation at home, quarantine or the restricted contact to others. Is the University providing any support that could help me come to terms with the current situation?

The Chairs of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, and Clinical and Physiological Psychology/Psychotherapy are providing psychological support to help those affected come to terms with these straining situations. Please visit the chairs’ specific webpages [de] to find out more about the support on offer.
Studierendenwerk's (Student Services) psychological counselling is still available to students.