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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 22/07/2021 11.00 a.m.

22/07/2021: Question 1 under Travel, Work-Related Travel and Excursions was updated.
19/07/2021: Question 4 under Studies and Teaching and question 4 under Work Situation were updated.
10/07/2021: Question 1 under Studies and Teaching was updated.
02/07/2021: The testing strategy for on-site teaching and examination (questions 1,4 and 5 under Studies and Teaching) was updated. Question 1 under Studies and Teaching was updated.
29/06/2021: Questions 1,3,4,and 5 under Studies and Teaching and questions 3 and 4 under Work Situation were updated.
11/06/2021: Questions 1,2,3, 4 and 5 under Studies and Teaching were updated. Questions 1 and 3 under Conferences and Events and question 3 under Travel and Work-Related Travel were updated.
07/06/2021: Question 1 under General Health and Guidelines for Persons Who Have Tested Positive for COVID-19 and Suspected Cases was updated.

Studies and Teaching

How will teaching take place in winter semester 2021/22 - i.e. will it be on site or digital?

Teaching at the University of Greifswald takes place on site. Therefore, as a general rule of principle, face-to-face teaching remains the form of teaching we would like to provide. At this point in time (as of 01.07.2021), it is unfortunately not possible to clearly predict how the current situation will develop by the start of the lecture period. We are therefore expecting three scenarios at the university:

Scenario 1: Face-to-face teaching
Comprehensive face-to-face teaching can be implemented when the pandemic-related contact and distancing regulations are no longer in place. The scenario is based on appropriate legal foundations for face-to-face teaching and alternative examination formats, the vaccination quota, and a practicable testing strategy. It is an open format for the integration of proven digital teaching/learning and examination forms.

Scenario 2: Focus on central attendance events and examinations
If the pandemic-related contact and distancing regulations are still in place, significantly fewer students can be admitted to the lecture halls and seminar rooms. Accordingly, not all courses can take place on site. When allocating the rooms, preference will therefore be given to face-to-face courses for first-year students from 2020/2021 and 2021/2022. This scenario is also based on corresponding legal foundations for face-to-face teaching and alternative examination formats and a practicable testing strategy.

Scenario 3: Digital semester
Of course, we all wish that the pandemic does not make another digital semester necessary, but we must take it into consideration when planning for the winter semester. If necessary, this scenario will be based on corresponding legal foundations for digital courses and examination formats.

We are very much looking forward to you coming (back) to Greifswald!

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

According to the decree by the Ministry of Education [de] dated 31.05.2021 (extended until 31/08/2021 [de]), studies and teaching at the University of Greifswald will be completed digitally in the summer semester 2021. The lecturers decide on their own responsibility whether they offer or take teaching and examinations in presence within the framework of the decree.
Please also note the Rector's video message [de] on this topic from 1 June 2021 on the Rectorate Forum page.

When conducting face-to-face teaching and practical courses, the testing strategy [de] (last revised on 30/06/21) must be observed in addition to the hygiene regulations that continue to apply.

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.

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.

How is campus life currently restricted?

It is obligatory to wear a face mask (medical face mask (for example surgical masks according to EN 14683) or respirator (according to the annex of the Coronavirus Protective Masks Ordinance - SchutzmV in its current version, for example FFP2 masks)) in all university buildings unless explicit exceptions have been made.
Face coverings are not compulsory

  • for 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 medical certificate (in the form of a qualifiziertes Attest); these persons must keep a minimum distance of 2m between themselves and others;
  • for lecturers and persons holding presentations during classes/courses as long as they are able to keep a minimum distance of at least 3m between themselves and the other participants;
  • for members of staff who are in an office by themselves;
  • for members of staff, who work in offices with several workstations, as long as there is a minimum distance of 1.5m between the workstations and it is made sure that the rooms are aired regularly.
  • at the seat, as long as the minimum distance of 1.5 metres between all participating persons can be maintained.

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 mask.

Teaching and examinations are taking place in digital formats

The computer rooms are closed until further notice.

The 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.

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 (last revised 13/04/2021).

Furthermore, the current testing strategy [de] (last revised 30/06/2021) must be observed.

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 - what can I do?

Surgical 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
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].

I would like to get advice from the Students' Registration Office on all application and enrolment matters. Are personal appointments currently possible?

For clarification of your request, please reach out to our contact persons via phone or email. You can find all contact details here.

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 As a result of this, conferences, congresses, ceremonies, colloquia and symposia can only take place at the university until 15 September under the applicable hygiene conditions if teaching and examinations, research and committee activities are not negatively affected. In particular, reservations of lecture halls and other teaching rooms must be subject to cancellation at short noticethe 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.

Is the Botanical Garden open to the public?

From 5 June 2021, the Botanical Garden's outdoor areas and the Arboretum will be open to visitors again. Please note the current access rules, which are posted in the entrance areas.

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

The Kustodie's guided tours can take place until the end of September for the time being.
Please contact the Kustodie for information on the applicable hygiene rules.

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, Work-Related Travel and Excursions

Which regulations apply to work-related travel and excursions as well as entry into MV?

Which regulations apply to work-related travel and excursions as well as entry into MV?

Please decide for yourself whether a business trip or excursion to the targeted area is necessary, or whether technical alternatives such as telephone or video conferences can be used.

For work-related travel and excursions, please note the designation of international risk, high-risk and virus variant areas by the RKI [de] and the entry regulations for Germany that apply to travel to the corresponding areas, in particular the quarantine regulations on the website of the Federal Foreign Office (AA). The state government also answers questions about entering MV on an FAQ page [de]. In addition, special distance rules apply to vehicles from the university's fleet, more information is available here.

University members and visiting scientists who are subject to quarantine after their arrival or return to Greifswald, please report this to the University’s Coronavirus Crisis Team via e-mail to corona@uni-greifswald.de stating the date of arrival.

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. Provided that all occupants are fully vaccinated, recovered or tested on the day, vehicles may be occupied with the maximum number of persons permitted.
  • 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

What occupational health and safety standards apply during the coronavirus pandemic?

The coronavirus pandemic requires all university employees to comply with the hygiene measures and rules of conduct specified by the Robert Koch Institute as well as further protective measures at work. The Health and Safety Officers provide regular information on the current health and safety standards and protective measures [de].

Where do I get an exemption from work certificate (Unabkömmlichkeitsbescheinigung) for the emergency childcare of my children?

Please fill out the form in advance and send it to the Human Resources and Appointments Department (persdezuni-greifswaldde). Please also include a brief description of your work and its relevance to the University as a critical infrastructure. You will then receive the signed form back as a scan.

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

Committee meetings can take place on site, in compliance with the current hygiene regulations [de] (last revised 24/06/2021).

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

It is obligatory to wear a face mask (medical face mask (for example surgical masks according to EN 14683) or respirator (according to the annex of the Coronavirus Protective Masks Ordinance - SchutzmV in its current version, for example FFP2 masks)) in all university buildings unless explicit exceptions have been made.

Face coverings are not compulsory

  • for 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 medical certificate (in the form of a qualifiziertes Attest); these persons must keep a minimum distance of 2m between themselves and others;
  • for lecturers and persons holding presentations during classes/courses as long as they are able to keep a minimum distance of at least 3m between themselves and the other participants;
  • for members of staff who are in an office by themselves;
  • for members of staff, who work in offices with several workstations, as long as there is a minimum distance of 1.5m between the workstations and it is made sure that the rooms are aired regularly.
  • at the seat, as long as the minimum distance of 1.5 metres between all participating persons can be maintained.

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

Who is considered to be the contact person of a person who has had a positive test result for COVID-19 of the District of Vorpommern-Greifswald, and who is required to follow quarantine measures immediately?

After being in contact with a person who has had a positive test result for COVID-19, you must observe quarantine measures in the following cases:

  • if you had close contact (1.5 m, close range) for over 10 minutes without adequate protection (adequate protection = person who has a positive test result for COVID-19 and contact person wear medical-grade face masks (surgical masks or FFP2 masks) correctly and for the whole time;
  • if you had a conversation with a person who has a positive test result for COVID-19 (face-to-face contact, <1.5 m, irrespective of the duration of the conversation) without adequate protection (adequate protection = person who has a positive test result for COVID-19 and contact person wear medical-grade face masks (surgical masks or FFP2 masks);
  • If you spend over 10 minutes with a person who has a positive test result for COVID-19 in the same room, irrespective of the distance between you, if a high concentration of aerosols is likely, even though you both wore medical-grade face masks (surgical masks or FFP2 masks) correctly and for the whole time.

At this link, you will find the entire text of the currently valid general decree of the District [de] on the obligation of persons who have a positive test result for COVID-19 and their contacts.

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

You can get tested with a rapid test for COVID-19 at the following locations in Greifswald (source [de]: District of Vorpommern-Greifswald).

  • Greifen-Apotheke, Mühlenstraße 30, Tel.: +49 3834 2456, Mon. – Fri. 7.00 a.m. – 8.00 a.m. You need to book an appointment in advance by phone.
  • Rapid test centre Alte Mensa, Am Schießwall 1, Mon. – Sat. 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m., On Thursdays: 10.00 a.m. – 6 p.m., You need to book an appointment [de] in advance.

  • Elisenpark, Anklamer Landstraße 1, On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m., You do not need to book an appointment in advance.
  • SoPHi Greifswald GmbH, Heinrich-Hertz-Straße 20 B (Schönwalde I), Tel.: +49 3834 8040 150, Mon. – Fri. 11.00 a.m. – 7. p.m., Sat. 10.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m. You do not need to book an appointment in advance.
  • Rapid test centre Am Fischmarkt, Mon. – Fri. 2.00 a.m. – 7.00 p.m., You should book an appointment [de] in advance.
  • DER SPORTCLUB, An den Bäckerwiesen 5, Tel.: +49 3834 7713133, Mon. – Fri. 8.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. as well as Sat. 9.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m., You can book an appointment in advance.

If you show typical Covid-19 symptoms, please contact your general practitioner.

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.