Rules and Updates on the COVID-19 Pandemic

Find out on this page what regulations are currently in place at Offenburg University in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have any questions that this page does not answer, please send an email to hotline@hs-offenburg.de, unless stated otherwise.

A medical mouth/nose protection (surgical/OP mask, FFP2 or KN95 each without exhalation valve) must be worn in all buildings of the university of applied science Offenburg and outside if you cannot keep a distance of 1.5 meters to others.

Staff members may remove the masks at their own office/laboratory/workshop workplaces if the minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other persons can be maintained.

In lectures and meetings, etc., the mask can be removed at the workplace if the minimum distance to other persons can be maintained and the lecturer expressly permits this. Please note the individual instructions in the respective rooms.

Lecturers who can maintain the minimum distance to the auditorium may also remove the masks during the lecture.

If you are exempt from wearing a medical mouth-nose protection, please bring the medical certificate for this with you. Staff members to whom this applies should report this by e-mail to keshia.juerck@hs-offenburg.de.

Contact data and times must be recorded in areas of study operation incl. use of study areas and workrooms, in the library (except for collection and/or return of media) and for meetings with external persons. Please only use the room check-in system https://checkin.hs-offenburg.de for this purpose. You will also find further information there. Registration is also possible for guests.

The so-called 3G rule applies to all students, lecturers, assistants and tutors who are involved in teaching classes and laboratories: only those who have been vaccinated, have proof of an COVID-19 infection within the last six months, or have tested negative within the past 24 hours (old antigen rapid test) or 48 hours (PCR test), are allowed to attend classes and use the library and study areas. Random checks are carried out on campus premises throughout the day. Every lecturer also has the right to check the 3G status in their own class. Proof of a completed vaccination or recovering status is provided by the 2G-OSKAR card. Proof of a current negative test must be in accordance with §5 para. 4 no. 3 CoronaVO Studienbetrieb.

Testing options will be offered on campus through October 10. An overview of further local testing options can be found here [in German only].

Whether testing will be offered to students once other options are no longer free of charge, and at what price, has not yet been decided conclusively.


Controls and sanctions

We are required by law to monitor 3G statuses on campus. Students who cannot prove their 3G status will be expelled from  campus. If you have a valid 2G ID card but don't have it with you when checked, you can present it to the library staff at Offenburg or Gengenbach by 12:00 noon on the next working day at the latest and have it receipted. Note that subsequent submission of a negative test result is not possible in that case.

For students who fail to provide appropriate 3G proof, a two-week ban on entering the university premises will be issued for the first violation as part of the house rules. At the second violation, such a ban on entering campus will be issued for rest of the semester. The ban does not apply to attendance at examinations for which the student is duly registered, but it does apply to laboratories with required attendance.

Any violation of these regulations constitutes a misdemeanor punishable by a fine and will be reported to the police. In addition, criminal charges and criminal complaints will be filed in the event of unauthorized presence on campus as described above.

To facilitate the "3G" control checks for everyone involved, a university-issued 2G-OSKAR card with name, photograph and expiration date will be issued to all immunized persons upon presentation of a valid European Vaccination Certificate in the Corona Warning App, CovPass App, or in paper form (EU COVID-19 VACCINATION CERTIFICATE) or respective printout provided by a pharmacy.

Location: Room B027 (Offenburg Campus)

Opening hours (until further notice): Monday through Friday, 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

Appointments: Currently, students are served on a first come, first served basis. A booking system is in the making and will probably be ready to use by October 13. The link will be provided here.

Cost: 2 euros per test (please bring exact cash - payment by OSKAR card is not possible)

Result: Tests results are issued in paper form after a waiting period of around 15 minutes

Please understand that our resources are limited and demand may exceed supply at times. The testing station is offered by the AStA student association on a volunteer basis!

Students from abroad who have been vaccinated with vaccines not recognized in the EU continue to be eligible for free rapid testing at the public testing centers through December 31, 2021. They are still required to undergo testing. Please clarify details directly with the testing center and take appropriate proof with you. For the list of COVID-19 vaccines recognized in the EU, see www.pei.de/DE/arzneimittel/impfstoffe/covid-19/covid-19-node.html.

The 3G-rule must also be adhered to at learning spaces and contact registration by means of room check-in must be carried out in all cases. The QR-codes for this can be found at each learning space. A reservation is no longer necessary.

 

It is still the case that the university buildings are only open to university members and university staff. If you are planning events in attendance outside the approved courses in the lecture timetable, approval must be obtained from the Rectorate. Please contact rektorat@hs-offenburg.de and describe your plans as specifically as possible in order to receive a quick response.

 

If you need assistance during your quarantine period and cannot organize it in any other way, please contact your program coordinator or write an e-mail to gs@hs-offenburg.de.

 

For students who were enrolled in the summer semester 2020 and/or in the winter semester 2020/21 and/or in the summer semester 2021 and who have not otherwise lost their right to take examinations, an individual standard period of study that deviates from the standard period of study and is extended by one semester for each of these semesters applies. Accordingly, for the Bachelor's degree programs, the prescribed period for the completion of the required credits of the first two semesters (so-called 60-credit-regulation) is extended accordingly for students who were enrolled at Offenburg University of Applied Sciences in the summer semester 2020 and/or winter semester 2020/21, if they have not otherwise lost the right to take the examination.

 

currently in clarification

 

The testing offerings for staff members and lecturers will remain in place throughout the winter semester. All employees may be tested there daily, free of charge.

The tests will continue to be supervised self-tests (spit tests). After a 15-minute wait, you will receive your test certificate as a print-out.

You may use the following three testing sites at the following times without an appointment, although waiting times may apply:

Offenburg Campus

Location: A301
Hours: Mon – Fri, 9:00 – 13:00
Superviser: Ms. Graf

 

Gengenbach (Monastery)

Location: 1.03
Hours: Tue, Do., 8:00 – 12:00
Fri, 8:00 – 11:00
Superviser: Ms. Plüschke

 

Gengenbach (Bildungscampus)

Location: 2.2.13
Registration in 2.2.19
Hours: Mon, 7:30 – 13:00
Wed, 8:30 – 13:00
Superviser: Ms. Burgert

 

Instructions by the manufacturer on how to perform the test are available at the test sites. To familiarize yourself with the test procedure, watch the video tutorial: Videoanleitung.

In addition, all university employees (including those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered) continue to have the opportunity to pick up up to two self-tests per week and perform them independently (without certification).

Issuing points:

Offenburg Campus : A004, "Wareneingang"

Gengenbach: 1.08, Ms. Niklaus

Bildungscampus: 2.2.20, Mr. Litterst

If your test result is positive, leave campus immediately and have a PCR test performed; please also report the result of your PCR test to hotline@hs-offenburg.de. This helps us to take further action if necessary and also serves quality control of the tests in use.

The corona-related regulations communicated on 29.06.2021 with regard to mobile working will be extended until 30.09.2021.

Please check whether you are entering from a country/territory listed here and whether you are subject to entry registration, testing or quarantine requirements. Information on this can be found in the information sheet and the faq's for travellers of the Federal Ministry of Health.

Persons with shortness of breath, new-onset cough, fever, and loss of smell or taste are not permitted to participate in the presence study operation regardless of immunization status.

Outside of the attendance study operation, the following applies: Employees with symptoms of a cold should make use of the possibilities of mobile working If this is not possible, they must be tested on all attendance days with symptoms of a cold. They can use the test station for this, self-testing is not sufficient.