There will be no sports courses in attendance in November 2020. The university sports team offers digital alternatives.
Since 1 August 2020, RUB has been operating under Covid 19 conditions. The rules are likely to remain in force until the end of the winter semester, i.e. until 31 March 2021 – to the extent that the epidemiological developments and political guidelines will permit. RUB is well equipped to deal with the current trend of rising infection rates. Among other things, the regulations on remote work have reduced the time employees spend on campus. Moreover, the winter semester is a mix of many online and a few classroom courses. Important general questions and answers are compiled on this page. Moreover, detailed regulations, information and forms are provided in the "Serviceportal".
(16 October 2020; sometimes there are adaptations to the rules listed here, about which we inform in our own FAQ)
On 29 October 2020 the mask obligation was extended and exists no longer only in the buildings, but also outside on the entire Campus. See also the FAQ dated 30 October 2020.
Since 1 August 2020, all employees have had the option to alternate between working from home and working on campus. In the process, at least 50% of the work is to be carried out at the respective university workplaces, in accordance with the relevant personnel deployment concepts and to the extent that it can be organised, that enough space is available and that the social context allows.
For lectures, seminars and other events, a maximum of 50 people are allowed in one room. A detailed information sheet is available in the "Serviceportal" (German). Lab internships and other practical classes can likewise take place with up to 50 participants, as well as sports training and exercises including university sports. Any events that are not absolutely necessary (parties, choir and theatre rehearsals etc.) are not permitted.
Written exams can once again be taken in lecture halls with fixed seating, subject to special traceability regulations (with seat registration). For exams of any kind (including doctoral and post-doctoral examinations), a handbook is provided in the service portal.
Note: The new regulations for events and meetings adopted by politicians in mid-October 2020 do not apply to teaching and examination operations, as these are regulated separately in the Allgemeinverfügung für Hochschulen.
The university library provides more space for studying and revisions for students writing term papers or theses.
Business trips within Germany are once again possible. Business and research trips abroad can be approved in urgent cases, subject to the Federal Government’s country-specific travel warnings and special regulations. Excursions within Germany are likewise once again possible. *
* Due to the current situation and increasing numbers of infections, the regulations for all business and research trips may change at short notice. The final decision is made by Department 3.
On November 2, 2020, the access regulations to the Mensa will change. Due to new political regulations, the Mensa may only be operated like a canteen. Therefore, only students and employees of Akafö and RUB have access. Everyone must show their student card or Dienstausweis when entering the building.
The Akafö recommends all other guests to take advantage of the to-go offers in Q-West and the cafeterias. Q-West and the restaurant at Beckmanns Hof will close from November 2, 2020 until further notice.
Masks are mandatory on the entire campus, including outdoors. A mouth-and-nose mask must be worn on all routes inside the buildings and in communal facilities (toilets, tea kitchens, etc.).
The following applies to courses: mouth-and-nose masks must also be worn at your seat during classes and lectures. Teachers may choose not to wear a mouth-and-nose mask if a minimum distance of four metres to the students is maintained, or alternatively a Plexiglas screen can be installed.
The following applies to study rooms: mouth-and-nose masks must also be worn at your seat.
The following applies to meetings, conferences, etc.: if a distance of at least 1.5 metres is maintained during meetings and conferences and the room is properly ventilated, masks are not mandatory. However, it is recommended to wear a mouth-and-nose mask if possible.
The following applies in offices: in offices used by several people at the same time, no mouth-and-nose mask needs to be worn if a distance of 1.5 metres is maintained and the room is properly ventilated. This also applies if the distance is less than 1.5 metres, provided that a Plexiglas screen is installed between the workplaces.
By covering the mouth and nose, infectious droplets that are emitted when speaking, coughing or sneezing can be intercepted. According to a recent study, the risk of Covid-19 infection can be reduced by up to 70 percent if the contact persons wear a mouth-nose cover. However, this does not apply to respiratory masks with an exhalation valve, as here the exhaled air passes through the valve unfiltered and even strikes other people in a direct jet. Therefore, to avoid Covid 19 infections, respirators with an exhalation valve are not suitable and should not be worn. Further information in the Serviceportal.
The Mensa will reopen on 20 October 2020: on weekdays from 10.45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Furthermore, Akafö operates to-go stores at several locations on campus. Some cafeterias and Q-West have opened, as well.Further information about the services and latest developments can be found on the Akafö website.
From 1 July 2020, people in all public areas within the RUB buildings will have to wear mouth and nose covers. Corresponding signs at the building entrances point this out. *
* See the current FAQ of 27. and 29.10.2020.
According to the Corona Protection Ordinance of the State of NRW, RUB is responsible for documenting all contacts in its buildings so that the public health department can identify all contact persons of the infected person(s) in the event of a Covid-19 infection. Therefore, it is currently not possible to use public seating areas in the RUB buildings to study or revise. However, we are developing concepts to ensure that some areas on campus may be used for this purpose. Please note that people are still not permitted to gather in corridors and public areas, as they can’t be reliably traced! Students need a good reason to enter the RUB buildings (e.g. to attend in-person classes, exams, library appointments, appointments with advisors/supervisors). For all courses, meetings etc., the person responsible resp. the organiser must ensure that all contacts are documented. Further information.
As of 1 August 2020, RUB will introduce operations under Covid-19 conditions: in order to effectively protect RUB members and visitors against infection, the curriculum in the winter semester 2020/21 will be for the most part digital; at the same time, this will enable us to gradually return back to normal at work, even as it’s impossible to say how long the pandemic will last.
Covid-19 operations will remain in effect until the university management announces a new phase. These rules will probably apply until the end of the 2020/2021 winter semester, i.e. until 31 March 2021, to the extent that the epidemiological development and official policies will allow.
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The Botanical Garden is open again since the end of June, but still with restrictions. There is only one access at the depot on the N-Südstraße. It is open Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Further details can be found on the website of the garden.
From 1 July 2020, most of the buildings will again be accessible via all entrances and within the usual building-specific opening hours. Details can be found in the "Serviceportal".
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.
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.