General information about Corona

The new Infection Protection Act means that extensive measures to reduce contact in the workplace will once again apply in Germany from 24 November 2021. For example, compliance with the so-called 3G regulations (i.e. employees must be vaccinated, recovered from or tested for Covid-19) will be monitored and documented. If possible, employees should work from home.

In the current winter semester 2021/22, the number of in-person classes will also be reduced.

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” (partly German).

How do operations under Covid 19 conditions work in practice?

Last update: 14 January 2022

Working

Employees should work from home as long as there is no valid reason why they need to be at their workplace on campus. In-person courses are not affected by this rule. Employees whose jobs require them to work on campus must always carry their 3G proof (i.e. proof of Covid-19 vaccination, recovery or certified test result, such as the so-called Bürgertest, which can’t be more than 24 hours old). Compliance with 3G regulations must be monitored and documented in the respective areas. Detailed regulations can be found in the “Serviceportal” (German)

Face mask

Within the buildings of RUB there is an obligation to wear a mouth-nose protection (OP mask or FFP2 mask). Only when using a room alone for a longer period of time, the mask obligation does not apply. Until now, the NRW Corona Protection Ordinance also provided for exceptions to the mask obligation when several persons meet in a room – depending on the observance of distances and the immunization status. These have been deleted from the ordinance due to the higher infectivity of the omicron variant. Mouth-nose protection should therefore now be worn when several people come together at the workplace

Events

There are access restrictions for events. Participation in the events is only possible with a so-called 3G proof (vaccinated, recovered or tested – German: geimpft, genesen, getestet). Some events are even open only to vaccinated and recovered persons. 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 on an exceptional and voluntary basis if the minimum distance of 1.5 m is safely maintained and all persons present are immunised. Further Details in the “Serviceportal” (partly German).

Lectures, seminars, exams

In the winter semester 2021/22, students have the opportunity to attend a few discourse-oriented courses in person and thereby study and interact with each other on campus; at the same time, we prevent large crowds from gathering on campus by offering large lectures online.

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” (German).

Key rules for operations under Covid-19 conditions

  • Reduce contacts: Reduce meetings with other persons to the necessary minimum (Federal „Occupational Health and Safety Corona Ordinance“, Corona-ArbeitsschutzVO Bund, valid until March, 19rd 2022). If possible, work form home.
  • Proof of the 3G status at the workplace (for detailed regulations see RUB Serviceportal/Corona).
  • For necessary contacts: Keep at least 1.5 m distance to others. Wear a face mask (“surgical mask”).
  • 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.
  • Ventilation: Ventilate regularly / leave technical ventilation switched on.
  • Confined spaces: (e.g. elevators, restrooms, changing rooms, rooms with printers, kitchenettes): individual use where possible.
  • Staff rooms (used for breaks, etc.): Seating distance at least 1,5 m.
  • Offices: Use office space individually if possible. In this case, a face mask is not required. 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.
  • Meetings: If possible, conduct online. If on site: Keep a minimum distance of 1.5 m. Wear a face mask. For details please refer to “Muster-Gefährdungsbeurteilung Corona” (“Corona risk assessment”, English version available).
  • Events (committee meetings, conferences, congresses, teaching events, etc.): Proof of 3G status required: Participation only when immunized (vaccinated or recovered) or tested. Minimum distance of 1.5 m. Wear a face mask.
  • Workshops and laboratories: Do not share personal protective equipment with others. If possible, use tools individually, clean them regularly and, if possible, wear gloves when tools have to be used by more than one person.

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

  • All rules aplying in the case of Covid-19 infection, contact with infected persons and international travel can be found here.
  • Information sheet: Covid-19 case at RUB – what to do? All information as PDF.

FAQ

How long will the Mensa remain closed? (14 January 2022)

The Akafö is currently gradually expanding its range of services. Thus, dishes will continue to be served in the Mensafoyer. The bistro on the same level has reopened since 11 January 2022: under the name Rote Bete and as a purely vegan restaurant. Information about all the 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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