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Corona virus: Current measures

The Covid 19 pandemic has proven to be a great challenge for all of us, one which can only be met by our university if we work together. We will use this website to keep you up to date with the latest information on all precautionary measures and arrangements intended to protect the university and its members.
 

Current information

As of June, you can enter the university buildings without a mask. FFP2 masks must still be worn during courses and written examinations. In lectures, the mask requirement can be waived if all people in the room wish to do so. However, if many people are gathered in one place, the voluntary wearing of a mask is recommended. Proof of 3G status at the university is also waived as of June.

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Info especially for teaching staff

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Dear Students of Osnabrück University,

we try our best to keep you up to date with information and to answer some of the questions affecting many of you.  Should you require additional information about your department or about the university library or University Sports, please address your questions directly to those facilities.
 

Frequently asked questions

Studying in general

Yes, applications can be submitted via e-mail. If forms are available for the respective applications (e.g. for leave of absence) digitally, they must be used, signed and sent in pdf- format as an e-mail to studierendensekretariat@uni-osnabrueck.de.

Currently, the Campuscard can be validated or issued at the Student Service Center by prior appointment only. Appointments can be arranged by calling the Info Line (0541 969 7777).
Students must observe the safety measures in place in Student Service Center.

Since 13.11.2021, every citizen can again be tested for the coronavirus free of charge. There are two testing centers on the campus of Osnabrück University, one at the Schlossmensa and one at the Campus Westerberg.

To the city map of all test centers

You can find information on long-term study fees at the pageCosts of studying. If you have any further questions regarding studying with a disability or or serious illness, please get in contact.

The emergency childcare is a basic offer of the University's Equal Opportunities Office. During corona-related restrictions in daycare or school, the offer remains bookable for you (free of charge) while studying and attending online lectures.

While you are studying, the caregiver will come to your home and look after your child/children, in strict accordance with the current safety and hygiene measures. The emergency childcare can be booked up to two days in advance and be claimed of for a maximum of three consecutive days. Please note that you do not have a legal entitlement to obtain childcare, the caregivers are placed on a „first-come, first-served“ basis.

Should the current situation regarding the Corona-pandemic change or the measures be adjusted by the government, please note that the emergency childare service could be accordingly limited or stopped. 

Please understand that you will not be able to make use of emergency childcare, if you or your children have symptoms of illness. Furthermore, the childcare service cannot be offered if you or any family members are in quarantine. Please act responsibly.

If you are not registered yet, please feel free to register. In case of any questions or concerns, please contact the Equal Opportunity: christine.kammler@uni-osnabrueck.de, phone: +49 541 969 4686

As of June, you can enter the university buildings without a mask. FFP2 masks must still be worn during courses and written examinations. In lectures, the mask requirement can be waived if all people in the room wish to do so. However, if many people are gathered in one place, the voluntary wearing of a mask is recommended. Proof of 3G status at the university is also waived as of June.

Students who have a valid medical reason for not being vaccinated and who fear an increased risk to their health are not required to attend any face-to-face events in the WiSe 2021/22 and may arrange substitute services with their instructors. If you need more information, please feel free to contact Christine Kammler, the university’s representative for severely disabled and chronically ill students. (Tel.: +49 541 969 4686 / E-mail: christine.kammler@uni-osnabrueck.de).

Established medical practices offer vaccinations with a variety of vaccines. If you need assistance getting a vaccination or have any questions, please contact the university medical officer apl. Prof. Dr. med. Henning Allmers. (Tel.: +49 541 969-3329 / E-Mail: hallmers@uni-osnabrueck.de)

Detailed information regarding school internships is available on the website of the Center for Teacher Education (ZLB). The respective contact persons of the ZLB can also provide information.

As in the past three semesters, the individual standard period of study in Lower Saxony has been extended by one semester for WiSe 2021/22 in order to prevent pandemic-related disadvantages for students.

Since April 2022, the StudiOS ist open again. However, for appointments on site, the staff at the Info-Point and the administrators of the Student Secretariat still ask you to make an appointment in advance via the Info-Line (+49 541 969 7777).

More information

According to the regulations of the Corona Protection Ordinance (in German) of November 24, 2021, the 3G requirement applies to teaching until further notice. The university is obliged to check the 3G status of students without any gaps when they enter a course. Corresponding regular checks will be carried out at the building entrances or upon entry to courses. If you have any questions regarding the implementation or, if necessary, the adaptation of teaching formats and content, please contact the Dean of Studies of your department.

In all buildings of the university the obligation to wear a FFP2 mask applies.

Due to the necessary distance and hygiene requirements, the maximum number of attendance places in the courses is very limited and a trial course for prospective students is therefore unfortunately not possible. To gain an insight into studying and teaching at the UOS nevertheless, there are various alternative offers. The Study Counseling Service is available as a contact person for questions about studying and the choice of study courses.

The opening hours of the libraries can be found on the library website.

The 3G detection & masking requirements have been waived at the university since June 1. That also affects the library. However, the urgent recommendation to continue wearing effective mouth-nose protection applies to high-traffic areas such as service & information desks, booking machines, checkrooms. In the reading rooms at all locations, there will still be a manageable number of workstations with mandatory masks in place to provide a safe environment for individuals with increased protection needs. Mandatory FFP2 masks will also remain for participation in certain training and counseling formats.

 Further information

Examinations

According to §26a of the general examinations regulations, as well as the examination regulations regarding study programs not included in the general examinations regulations, particular regulations were decided in terms of the particular circumstances regarding examinations, concerning potential significant impediments of the university’s operations (currently until March 30, 2022). It was decided that the sole identification of a significant impediment constitutes a valid reason according to § 15 section 1 sentence 1, i. e. that the test performance will be assessed „insufficient performance“, if the student does not notify the examination commitee by the deadline about the withdrawal of the examination or if he/she does not appear on the designated examination date without valid reason, or if he/she withdraws from the examination without valid reason after the examination has officially started. Furthermore, it was decided that that the attendance of the examinaion is not counted in case of any arising technical difficulties during the examination resulting that it cannot be successfully finished. These attempts are not included in the total number of available attempts

A withdrawal after the examination has been finished, is not possible. The examination will be assessed and included in the total amount of previous attempts, even though the examination has been assessed „failed“. Consequently, there are not examination attempts possible that are not being included in the total number of available attempts (no matter if the examination was not attended or not successfully passed).

The summer semester 2022  will also be treated as a so-called "exceptional semester" (based on the General Examination Regulations APO, Section 26 a). This means that online teaching and examinations will also be possible. By complying with the face covering requirements examinations can once again take place in person.


Information by the university departments and institutes

At this point we have bundled up links leading to specific information by our university departments and institutes (in German). Is there some important bit of information missing? Please send a link via e-mail to the online editing team. 

 


 

Information and downloads especially for teaching staff

Teaching

As of June, you can enter the university buildings without a mask. FFP2 masks must still be worn during courses and written examinations. In lectures, the mask requirement can be waived if all people in the room wish to do so. However, if many people are gathered in one place, the voluntary wearing of a mask is recommended. Proof of 3G status at the university is also waived as of June.

Virtual courses can be continued in the summer semester of 2022, provided that they are a useful addition to classroom teaching. It is not possible to offer all courses both in person and digitally. The teaching formats will be bindingly defined at the beginning of the semester.

Notes on the use of digital teaching as an alternative to classroom teaching were communicated to teachers on March 13, 2020. You can find further advice and up-to-date information on the corresponding consulting and training offers on the websites of the University Computer Center and the Center for Digital Teaching, Information Management and Higher Education Didactics (virtUOS).

University Computer Center
Center for Digital Teaching, Information Management and Higher Education Didactics (virtUOS)
Online consultation hour digital teaching

The examinations of the current summer semester 2021 will take place as registered under the already approved conditions.

The winter semester 2021/22 will also be handled as a so-called "exception semester" (based on the General Examination Regulations APO, § 26 a). This means that digital teaching and examination will also be made possible. By applying the "three-G rule" and complying with the mask requirement, examinations can again take place in presence.

Information on conducting digital exams:

Handreichung für Fernprüfungen (PDF, 914 kB) (in German, February 8,2021)

Meldeliste bei Corona-Infektion (PDF, 163 kB) (in German)


Information for all university staff

Administration

The administrative buildings in which there are no teaching activities will remain closed until further notice. As of June 2022, you do not have to wear a mask anymore. If possible, employees working on-site shall be assigned individual offices as in the past.

If you have any questions about vaccination, employees and students can contact our company doctor, apl. Prof. Dr. med. Henning Allmers. (Tel.: +49 541 969-3329 / e-mail: hallmers@uni-osnabrueck.de).

The so-called "home office obligation" (Section 28b (4) IfSG) has ceased to apply as of 20.03.2022. Explicit reference is made to the service agreement on the regulation of mobile working dated 03.02.2022 and the resulting possibilities for mobile working outside the premises of the UOS.

For business trips and entry restrictions for guests of the university, the respective federal or state regulations as well as the service directive dated September 8, 2021 (PDF, 127 kB) (in German) apply until further notice.

Further information can be found at the:

Finanzdezernat (in German)

Personaldezernat (in German)

The University's administrative buildings will remain closed, subject to existing security precautions. Since June 2022 you do not have to wear a medical face covering anymore. You are required to observe regulations on social distancing and hygiene. Special information posters are available which provide information on specific codes of behavior in the rooms and corridors which can be used as required.

The state of Lower Saxony provides its employees with lay rapid tests twice a week free of charge as an occupational health and safety measure. Employees of Osnabrück University can order the kits for self-testing via Stud.IP. These are distributed by the management of the organizational units. This is a voluntary measure aimed at employees who carry out their work on site and are not exclusively in a home office. They can take the self-test at the University or at home before starting their commute.

There are two testing centers on the campus of Osnabrück University, one at the Schlossmensa and one at the Campus Westerberg.

To the city map of all test centers

In case of a positive test result, the information sheet Verhalten der Mitarbeitenden bei einem positiven SARS-CoV-2 Antigen-Selbsttest (PDF, 409 kB) must be observed.

Panel meetings may be held in a presence even if the distance requirement is less than 1.5m.

You have cold symptoms and are unsure how to proceed? Our graphic provides an overview (PDF, 62 kB).

From October 25, 2021 onwards, face-to-face job interviews can resume as long as they are conducted in accordance with the strict guidelines covering personnel selection procedures. Important information on the organization and conduct of job interviews during the coronavirus pandemic in both the online and face-to-face formats, together with relevant documentation, can be found here:

Hinweise zur Durchführung von Personalauswahlverfahren (25. Oktober 2021) (PDF, 837 kB) (in German)

Telefon-Vorabfragebogen UOS (PDF, 482 kB) (in German)

Dokumentation einzelner Vorstellungsgespräche (XLSX, 131 kB) (in German)

Young academics

National and international funding organizations have reacted to the coronavirus pandemic by taking a number of steps to account for the limitations young academics are facing with their research. Some donors have decided on blanket measures; other donor organizations will require decisions to be taken on a case-by-case basis. It is for this reason that cases will be examined and assessed individually. It is therefore recommended that young academics talk to their superiors and their project supervisors to identify the individual options available to them if their work has been delayed by the pandemic.  In addition, questions about extensions to externally funded projects can be addressed to the university’s research consultants.

Research consultants at Osnabrück University

Information on the regulations of funding organizations

The PhD/Postdoc Career Center (ZePrOs) provides support regarding all non-subject specific questions concerning the doctorate, PhD financing options, different qualification paths in the Postdoc phase, strategic career planning and further topics. Furthermore, the ZePrOs team offers information and consultation in the case of conflicts in the context of work or research or during doctoral examination procedures.

The Equal Opportunities Office offers comprehensive consultation services on equal opportunities and sexual harassment as well as on various forms of discrimination.

The team of the Organisational Development Division accompanies divisions and teams through change processes, helps build teams, advises employees on a wide range of topics related to their professional roles and responsibilities and offers trainings tailored to their needs as university employees. In addition the team supports and advises international members of staff on language, cultural and administrative issues arising from adapting to life and work in a new environment.

The International Office advises and takes care of international students, PhD students and visiting scholars.

The service of the Center for Information Management and Virtual Teaching (virtUOS) includes information and technical support regarding digital teaching.

The ombudsperson for good scientific practice is the contact person for questions concerning the safeguarding of good scientific practice.

The Staff Council (Personalrat) is the contact institution for all matters relating to employment relationships.

The upper time limit for academic and artistic employees who are in their qualification phase has been extended again by the length of time by which university and scholarly activity has been disrupted.

Information regarding the changes of the WissZeitVG

Additonal Services

If you have any questions about coronavirus and how to reconcile professional and family life, then please contact the Equal Opportunity Office which can also provide you with information about various programs and support services.

At regular intervals, staff members will receive an update in the form of a newsletter informing them about internal regulations and services as well as providing reports about people’s experiences and individual stories from the UOS. All members of the university are cordially invited to participate and to contribute their thoughts and ideas.

In order to provide university staff with constant updates on the work situation at the current time, the Office for Personnel and Organizational Development has developed a specialist program of continuing education and staff development as well as individual coaching sessions. It has also set up the #UOSMiteinanderReden program [#UOS-talktoeachother] for colleagues to share their experiences to help them deal with the many and varied challenges they face in the current circumstances.