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.

Update 06/04/2020 5.26 p.m.

General Arrangements for Summer Semester 2020 in MV

Bettina Martin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s Minister of Education, Science and Culture has written a letter to all members of the university communities [de] at Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s tertiary education institutions. This letter confirms that summer semester 2020 will take place and that teaching will at first be provided without the physical presence of the students, but rather in digital formats that make ‘distance learning’ possible. Furthermore, all of the coursework and examinations completed in summer semester 2020 will be recognised.

Information from the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture MV

The Minister of Education, Bettina Martin, has addressed the students and members of staff at the State's universities during the coronavirus pandemic.


Restricted Public Access to University Campus

Public access to the campus will be heavily restricted from 17 March 2020 up until and including 19 April 2020. After the cancellation of face-to-face teaching and all kinds of events, the postponement of scheduled examinations, and the closure of the University Library, public access to the campus shall also be heavily restricted. The facilities and institutions can only be contacted via email. University bodies shall also hold no further sessions.

University Library with Extended Online Resources due to Coronavirus

Campus Life and Current Work Situation

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.

My Primary Residence is outside of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and I Work/Study at the University of Greifswald. Am I Permitted Entry to M-V?

As a general rule of principle, persons whose primary residence is outside of M-V are not permitted entry to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern until further notice. This prohibition does not apply, for example, to:

  • Travel that is absolutely necessary for professional tasks;
  • Persons who are enrolled at one of the State’s tertiary education institutions;
  • Moves to M-V that cannot be postponed.

Employees and students of the University of Greifswald, whose primary residence is not in M-V, are thus permitted entry to M-V, but must make sure that they are carrying corresponding proof with them (e.g. student/staff ID card).

Persons who are taking up studies or a new job at the University and travelling to Greifswald to move there, should also carry corresponding documents with them that are sufficient for proving the purpose of the travel.

Furthermore, entry to M-V for the purpose of fulfilling work tasks is not permitted within 14 days after return from an international risk area as determined on a daily basis by the Robert Koch Institute. This does not apply to entry due to a move that cannot be postponed or to enrolled students.

A move is considered ‘non-postponable’ if notice has been given for the previous residence and the move has to take place at this time. When travelling to Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, it is essential that those persons wishing entry to M-V carry proof of having terminated their previous rental agreement, as well as the rental agreement for their new flat as the police might require proof if they doubt the reason for their travel.

Only helpers from the person who is moving’s domestic environment can help with the move. This means: Family members or flatmates can help, however, other friends and acquaintances can’t. There is no reason to prevent a move using a removal company that observes the hygiene regulations.  

How is campus life currently restricted?
  • In accordance with the decree passed by the Ministry of Education, all forms of teaching and kinds of events at the University are suspended for the period between 16 March up until and including 19 April 2020.
  • University examinations that were scheduled for this period are postponed. Further information on this topic can be found on the Central Examination Office’s website [de].
  • Libraries, Mensas (cafeterias) and cafés, as well as the computer rooms are also closed up until and including Sunday, 19 April 2020.
  • The public is no longer able to access the University premises, i.e. no consultation hours etc. are taking place. The University’s members of staff can still be contacted, preferably via email and – with restrictions – by phone.
  • Sports courses provided by University Sports are suspended. Sports halls and sports facilities are closed.
  • The Kustodie (University Collections) is currently providing no more tours. The daily public guided tours that were to start again on 1 April are on hold up until and including 19/04/2020.
Which services are provided by the Computer Centre for working from home and teaching over the internet?

The University Computer Centre provides remote access to university resources for teaching and administrative purposes [de]. In order for these services to run smoothly, computers and mobile devices (smartphone or tablet) require a stable and fast internet connection (with at least 2Mbit/s).

Guidelines (e.g. for Those Returning from Abroad, for Work-Related Travel, Conferences)

Why does the Rectorate ask members of the university community to inform them of confirmed cases of COVID-19? Which situations should be reported to the Rectorate?

The provision of such information makes it possible for the Rectorate to implement measures to counteract the spread of COVID-19 infections at the University. The Rectorate usually has no other way of receiving information about the spread of the coronavirus at the University than a notification from the person affected. In particular, the Gesundheitsämter (Public Health Offices) usually do not inform the University if a member of the university community is diagnosed with a confirmed case of the coronavirus.

The Rectorate therefore requires your help and asks you to notify them if you

  • have returned to Greifswald from abroad, in particular from an international risk area, within the last 14 days; 
  • have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for the virus within the last 14 days;
  • are experiencing symptoms of illness that are typical for COVID-19 (e.g. cough, high temperature, sore throat, in some cases diarrhoea), but have not been tested;
  • have tested positive for the coronavirus.

If one of these applies to you, please contact Ms. Hosemann as soon as possible by calling her at +49 3834 420 1104 or writing her an email to coronauni-greifswaldde. Of course we will handle corresponding notifications confidentially.

Thank you for your cooperation!

What should I do if I have returned from a risk area and/or after I have had contact to someone who has fallen ill with COVID-19 if I show signs of illness?

All members of the university community that have been to an ‘international risk area’, defined as such by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI),

  • and/or have had contact to a person who has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • and have symptoms such as a high temperature, muscle ache, cough, runny nose, diarrhoea etc. (defined by the RKI as a ‘justified suspected case’ that must be reported),

must avoid any unnecessary contact to other persons and stay at home. 

These persons should call their general practitioners immediately (do not, under any circumstances, go to your GP’s practice without calling them in advance) or call the on-call medical services (Tel.: 116117), immediately contact the responsible Public Health Office (Gesundheitsamt) and notify the Office of the Rectorate (contact: Ms. Hosemann, coronauni-greifswaldde; or via telephone: 420 1104).

Likewise, if you have tested positive for the coronavirus, please also inform the Office of the Rectorate (see above for contact details) immediately.

What should I do if I have returned from an international risk area but show no signs of illness?

If you have been to an 'international risk area’ defined as such by the RKI (see: www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete.html), but show no signs of illness,

  • after your return you must go into self-isolation at home for a period of 14 days. During this period those affected must refrain from contact to any third parties that is not absolutely necessary. During this period, these persons are not permitted, in particular, to access the university premises or use any of the University’s facilities (including the Mensas (cafeterias), libraries etc.).
  • Please notify your line manager/superior and the Office of the Rectorate immediately (contact: Ms. Hosemann, coronauni-greifswaldde; or via telephone: 420 1104).

If you have been in contact with a person who has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19, please contact the Public Health Office (Gesundheitsamt) immediately (tel.: +49 3834 8760 2300).

If you contract any signs of illness, please MAKE A PHONE CALL to your general practitioner or – depending on the severity of your symptoms – the accident and emergency departments at the hospitals. Whatever happens: DO NOT TURN UP AT A MEDICAL FACILITY WITHOUT CALLING THEM IN ADVANCE.

If you have tested positive for the coronavirus, please notify the Office of the Rectorate immediately (contact: Ms. Hosemann, coronauni-greifswaldde; or via telephone: 420 1104)

What should I do if I have typical signs of illness related to COVID-19, but have not been to an international risk area, nor have I, as far as I am aware, been in contact with a person who has COVID-19?
  • Members of the university community, who have not been to an ‘international risk area’, defined as such by the RKI, and who have not had contact to a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 during the last 14 days, but still show signs of illness such as a high temperature, muscle ache, cough, runny nose, diarrhoea etc., must avoid accessing the university premises until they have been checked over by a doctor.
  • If you have tested positive for the coronavirus, you must inform the Office of the Rectorate immediately (contact: Ms. Hosemann, coronauni-greifswaldde; or via telephone: 420 1104).
  • The first contact to your GP’s practice, or, in severe cases, the accident and emergency departments at the hospitals, should ONLY be made via TELEPHONE. Please also take note of the further information provided by the HR Department.
Can I still attend conferences and congresses?
  • Please refer to the information about the approval of work-related travel with regard to participation at external conferences, congresses and other events, which applies accordingly.
  • Until further notice, no conferences, congresses or similar events shall take place at the University of Greifswald. Events that were planned for the period up until and including 19/04/2020 must be cancelled. It cannot be ruled out that events that are planned for later dates will also need to be cancelled. Further information on this topic will be provided in due time.
Is the University currently approving work-related travel?
  • All work-related travel taking members of staff abroad or to areas in Germany that are particularly affected by the coronavirus (according to the current definition made by the Robert Koch Institute), is no longer permitted. This also applies to previously approved work-related travel; these approvals are hereby withdrawn. Exceptions to this rule will be decided upon by the Rector for the academic members of staff, and by the Registrar, Head of Administration and Finance, for the members of non-academic staff.
  • Work-related travel within Germany is to be reduced to the minimum amount necessary. Strict criteria must be used to check the necessity of work-related travel. Before going on work-related travel, members of staff must first check whether the business can be conducted via video conference, it can be postponed to a later date or the number of participants can be reduced. Previously approved work-related travel must be checked according to this criteria by the person travelling and, if necessary, they must meet the decision for the work-related travel with their line managers/superiors.
  • 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.
  • Please take note of the information provided by the HR Department with regard to the procedure for cancelling previously approved work-related travel.

Employment-Related Questions

For all questions related to working from home, childcare, cancellation of holiday etc., please refer to the HR Department’s website.

Information about Examinations and Teaching

Have there been any developments with regard to examinations?

In view of the press release issued by the Minister of Education Bettina Martin on the general conditions for summer semester 2020, the University has been granted permission to initiate the necessary steps for organising and realising examinations that can be held without the presence of the students, whilst maintaining certain quality standards. The subject areas have already been asked to clarify the detailed terms with the Central Examination Office. We will provide you with more detailed information as soon as the further procedure has been arranged. Until then we urge you to refrain from sending any further questions regarding this matter to the Central Examination Office or the faculties. Please also keep an eye on the Central Examination Office's webpages.
Thank you for your patience.

Coronavirus - general information, hygiene and precautionary measures

Which hygiene practices should be observed?
  • Wash your hands with soap regularly and thoroughly (for at least 20 seconds).
  • If you meet other persons, avoid personal contact (do not shake hands etc.)
  • Keep as far away from others as possible or turn away from them if you need to cough or sneeze; use your elbow or a disposable tissue.
  • If possible, use your elbow or make use of a disposable tissue to operate door handles, taps etc. Do not use pens, or drink from glasses etc. used by other persons.

This page was last revised on: 06/04/2020, 5.26 p.m.
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