COVID-19 Rules and Updates

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.

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

Staff members may remove the masks only at their own workplaces and only if the minimum distance of 1.5 meters from others can be maintained.

In lectures and meetings, the masks must stay on throughout, as of new regulations starting 22 November 2021.

If you are legitimately exempt from wearing a medical mouth-nose protection, have the medical certificate for this with you at all times. Staff members to whom this applies please send an email to keshia.juerck@hs-offenburg.de.

Contact data and times must be recorded in classrooms, study areas and work areas, in the library (except for collection and/or return of media) and for meetings with non-university members. 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 2G rule (i. e. you must be fully vaccinated or recently recovered from COVID-19) also applies to using study spaces on campus; in addition, contact registration ("Raum Check-in") must be done each time. The respective QR codes can be found at each seat.

Reservations are no longer necessary. A current overview of learning spaces/rooms can be found at: bwsyncandshare.kit.edu/s/5j6ABTCrGnqJsB8

As an exception to the 2G rule, learning spaces in the library may also be accessed with proof of a negative COVID-19 test result from within the past 24 hours.

Currently, "alert level II" of Baden-Württemberg's COVID-19 regulation is in effect. The university management has decided to maintain attendance classes for applied laboratories and internships and filmmaking classes of the Media department. Lectures and seminars, on the other hand, will temporarily be offered online. This decision is guided by the need to limit social contacts in the current pandemic situation on the one hand and the mission of the University as an institution of applied learning on the other. We strive to preserve students' presence on campus as best as possible within the legal framework conditions.

The following rules for students apply through the end of the year 2021:

Using study spaces and study room (except for the library): 2G
For a current overview of available spaces, go to: https://bwsyncandshare.kit.edu/s/5j6ABTCrGnqJsB8

Using the library and using study spaces at the library: 3G

Using the cafeteria/Mensa as a study space after 1:30 pm: 2G
Access is only allowed using the assigned study places!

Attending practical classes/labs on campus: 3G

Attending non-practical classes which are still offered on campus as an exception: 2G
A list of these classes can be accessed using the link which was contained in the 28 November email by Professor Schäfer; the list is updated on a regular basis.
 

Controls and penalties

The University is required by law to check the 2G/3G status of anyone present on campus. Students who cannot prove their 2G or 3G status will be expelled from university premises. Students who are vaccinated or recovered and have a 2G ID card but forgot to bring it with them can present it and have it receipted at the library (Offenburg or Gengenbach) by 12:00 noon on the next working day (Monday through Friday) at the latest. The subsequent submission of a test result is not possible.

For students who are unable to provide appropriate 2G/3G proof, a two-week ban on entering university premises will be issued for the first violation. On the second violation, the ban will be extend through the end of the semester. The ban does not however apply to participation in examinations for which the student is duly registered, but it does apply to laboratories with compulsory attendance.

Any violation of these regulations (especially concerning the 2G/3G rules) constitutes a misdemeanor punishable by a fine and will be reported to the police. In addition, criminal charges and criminal complaints will be filed for violations of the ban on entering campus.

The University campus remains to be only open to university members (students, faculty and staff). If you are planning to hold an event outside the scheduled courses listed in the official lecture plan, approval must first be obtained from the Rector's office. Please contact rektorat@hs-offenburg.de and describe your plans as specifically as possible to receive a quick response. Do not proceed before you have this response from the Rector's office.

 

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

 

Questions and answers on isolation and quarantine can be found at the following link:

https://www.baden-wuerttemberg.de/de/service/aktuelle-infos-zu-corona/fragen-und-antworten-rund-um-corona/faq-quarantaene/ (in German only)

 

If you need assistance during your quarantine period, please contact your program coordinator or write an email to gs@hs-offenburg.de.

 

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.

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 – 11:30 (last appointment at 11:15)
Superviser: Mr. Walter (sub. Ms. Heuberger)

 

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.

As of November 24, 2021, a "teleworking obligation" is in place, meaning that staff members' teleworking is advisable and preferable wherever operational processes allow for it. Please discuss and coordinate this with your superior.

We hope that our faculty members and instructors understand that lectures and lab classes are excluded from this new obligation and are hoped to continue being held in person, on campus.

Regardless of this, University Management has expanded the options for flexible working working hours and teleworking in a new agreement, effective since October 1, 2021. The previous application process for "alternating telework" has been greatly simplified and largely structured at department/division level. The agreement will first run for two years and then be reviewed.

The general agreement and a template for the individual agreement with the supervisor can be found in the staff "A-Z" pages under "Mobiles Arbeiten."

Regarding the nationwide 3G-at-work regulation and the teleworking obligation, please refer to the information you received by mail from the Rector's Office on November 23, 2021.

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.

  • You are not principally required to go into quarantine, unless you share a household with the person suspected of being infected
  • You are recommended, however, to reduce all personal contacts and closely watch your symptoms for twenty days after the contact occurred, even if you’re fully vaccinated or recently recovered from COVID-19
  • If you show possible COVID-19 symptoms, you’re required to get tested
  • It is unlikely that you get informed by the Health Office or the University about the contact, so you should act proactively and self-responsibly

Detailed information (in German only): https://www.ortenaukreis.de/Informationen-zu-CORONA-Impfzentrum/Sie-sind-enge-Kontaktperson-zu-einer-positiv-auf-das-Coronavirus-getesteten-Person-/

At the University:

If you share a household with someone who has tested positive or themselves had close contact with an infected person, you are asked to work from at home for seven days since the last contact (or seven days after the positive PCR test of the household member) after consultation with your superior, even if you don't show symptoms of a COVID-19 infection yourself.

If working from at home is not possible, a rapid self-test must be completed on the days of attendance at the University before  or at the start of work. Reduce your work contacts to the absolute minimum and use a single office if possible.