General information about Corona

Until 8 October 2021, a new Coronavirus Protection Ordinance applies in NRW. This affects the upcoming exam period and work routines at RUB. It is based on the idea that as many restrictions as possible should be dropped for people who have been vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19. Non-immunised persons are obliged to regularly get tested for the virus.

In the coming weeks, RUB will keep up the current home office regulations. Furthermore the winter semester 2021/22 is being planned. The goal is to provide a more or less normal semester with many in-person classes. While planning the winter semester, RUB also takes on first-year and second-year students who haven’t been able to access the campus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Students who will be starting their studies in October 2021 are also being considered.

RUB will react to the course of the pandemic and the requirements of politics and make appropriate adjustments and changes.

Important general questions and answers are compiled on this page. Moreover, detailed regulations, information and forms are provided in the “Serviceportal”.

How do operations under Covid 19 conditions work in practice?

Last update: 20 September 2021

3G proof

Access restrictions for events depends on several incidences. Participation in the events is then only possible with a so-called 3G proof (vaccinated, recovered or tested – German: geimpft, genesen, getestet). The university is obliged to check the proofs and must exclude other persons from participation.

During staff meetings, the obligation to wear a mask and to keep the minimum distance still applies. These protective measures may only be waived if the 3G status of all participants is known. Disclosure of one's own status remains voluntary. Further Details in the “Serviceportal”.


In the Coronavirus Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance from 1 July 2021 some of the rules had been relaxed. In the coming weeks, RUB will nevertheless keep up the current home office regulations: Employees who want to and for whom it is possible can continue to work from home. However, it is also possible to work on campus once again – while maintaining social distancing and airing the rooms frequently.

In order to meet all health and safety requirements, ongoing vaccination is crucial. Since 18 August 2021, all employees who wished to be vaccinated have received their second dose. Since 13 September, employees spend at least 50 per cent of their working hours on campus once again.

Mandatory tests after five-day absence

Employees who have been absent from work for at least five consecutive working days (for holidays or equivalent business trips) must show a negative test result from a test centre (“citizen test” or PCR test) on the first day of working after the break. A proof of recovery from Covid 19 or a proof of complete immunization is also valid. Detailed regulations can be found in the “Serviceportal” or on the page "Questions and answers for employees".

Face mask

A surgical face mask or a FFP2 mask must be worn everywhere inside all RUB buildings.

Lectures, seminars, exams

In the current summer semester, most courses at RUB take place online, but the plans for the winter semester 2021/22 are taking shape. The goal is to provide a more or less normal semester with many in-person classes. While planning the winter semester, RUB also takes on first-year and second-year students who haven’t been able to access the campus due to the coronavirus pandemic. Students who will be starting their studies in October 2021 are also being considered. The aim is to provide as many introductory and basic courses as possible on campus.

University library and learning rooms

There are various places for students to learn on campus. The page places of learning provides an up-to-date overview. The University Library has been open again since 6 September 2021.

Excursions and business trips

The current regulations on business and research trips are available on a fact sheet in the “Serviceportal”.

Key rules for operations under Covid-19 conditions

  • Reducing contacts: Reduce meetings with other persons to the absolute minimum. Work from home, where possible.
  • For necessary contacts: Keep at least 1.5 m distance to others. Protective measures: proper ventilation (see below), where appropriate use additional plexiglass shields. At least a surgical face mask must be worn (see below).
  • Corona tests: Employees who do not work exclusively from home are entitled to two Corona self-test kits per week.
  • Keep your distance! At least 1.5 meters (5 feet). If that’s not possible, use plexiglass partition or cover your mouth and nose with a mask or cloth.
  • Face masks: A surgical face mask or a FFP2 mask must be worn everywhere inside all RUB buildings.
  • Communication: If possible always communicate by phone, email or video conference. In-person meetings are possible if appropriate hygiene measures are ensured.
  • Greetings: Avoid at all cost! No handshakes! No hugs!
  • Rooms in general: Air all rooms regularly or leave ventilation/air conditioning switched on.
  • Confined spaces: (e.g. lifts, toilets, changing rooms, photocopy rooms, tea kitchens) should be used by one person at a time.
  • Social rooms: Should be used only by persons who are not allowed to eat and drink at the workplace (e.g. laboratory, workshop). Only one or a few persons at a time. Seats at a distance of at least 1.5 m (5 feet) next to each other (not facing each other).
  • Office workstations: Use office space individually if possible. In this case, the face mask can be taken off. If offices have to be used by more than one person at the same time: chairs have to be at least 1.5 m apart and are placed next to each other, not opposite each other. Additionally plexiglass shields may be used as a protective measure.
  • Workshops and labs: Follow the distancing rules. Don’t share any personal protective equipment with others. If possible, don’t share any tools with others, clean them regularly and wear gloves when tools are used by more than one person.

Key rules for Covid-19 infection, symptoms, contact, international travel

  • Covid-19 infection verified: Patients who have tested positive for Covid-19 are not allowed to enter the RUB campus and facilities until the responsible public health department has lifted the quarantine.
  • Symptoms present: Persons with symptoms of a respiratory tract infection (cough, sniffles, sore throat with/without fever) and/or suffering from newly occurring odour or taste disorders are not allowed to enter their workplace; please contact your doctor instead (if necessary Covid-19 test, sick leave).
  • Contact with a patient: Immunised (i.e. fully vaccinated or recovered) employees who have had contact with people who have tested positive should avoid close contact in the workplace to protect colleagues and wear an FFP2 mask when having personal contact with others. If it is possible on official business, work can also be done in a home office. In consultation with superiors, home office is also possible in order to be able to fulfil care responsibilities more easily (for example, in the case of children who have tested positive). Persons, who are not immunised, who have had direct contact with a Covid-19 patient may only enter the RUB campus and facilities after the quarantine imposed by the health department has ended (at the earliest 14 days after contact).
  • International travel: During quarantine periods, RUB campus and facilities may not be entered. Please see the “Corona Einreiseverordnung NRW” (i.e. entry regulations NRW) for detailed information.
  • Current information sheet as PDF.


How long will the Mensa remain closed? (19 August 2021)

The Mensa remains closed at least until the end of October 2021. Information about that and about the other offers of the Akafö can be found on the Akafö website.

Is the Botanical Garden open? (22 June 2021)

Yes, since 26 June 2021 the Botanical Garden is open to visitors again. Further details can be found on the website of the garden.

Where can I get help in cause of mental health problems triggered by the measures implemented due to coronavirus? (6 April 2020)

LWL-Universitätsklinikum Bochum has opened a hotline for Bochum citizens to help them overcome mental-health crises. The Corona hotline is available Monday to Friday between 8 am and 4 pm under 0234 50774567.

Moreover, the RUB Mental Health Research and Treatment Center offers an anonymous hotline for RUB members and citizens of Bochum who suffer from mental stress or family stress due to the current corona crisis.

  • For adults: Monday to Friday, 6pm to 8pm, Hotline: 0234 3221100
  • For children, adolescents and parents: Monday to Friday, 4pm to 6pm, Hotline: 0234 3221101

Who coordinates the measures at RUB? (23 March 2020)

RUB has set up a crisis management team. It coordinates with the relevant authorities what measures need to be taken. The university management, the student and staff administration, the company medical office, the occupational safety unit and the corporate communications department are represented in the crisis committee.

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