In the last few weeks, we have received a lot of questions about the current winter semester and examinations. We have compiled a list of FAQs for you based on these questions. The list is updated periodically to reflect changes to the rules and laws.
Translation of the German version from 10 December 2021.
Please note that only the German version of this page is binding and it may be more up to date.
- Rules on taking examinations under pandemic conditions.
- From 13 December to 20 December 2021 and from 3 to 9 January 2022, most taught courses will switch back to digital formats.
Which Rules Apply From 13 to 20 December 2021 and 3 to 9 January 2022?
Which rules apply from 13 to 20 December 2021 and from 3 to 9 January 2022?
Most teaching will take place online. Exceptions are possible for practical courses (Praktika), practical classes, laboratory work, preparatory courses (e.g. Studienkolleg Sachsen) as well as artistic training phases.
In justified cases, regular teaching may also take place in small groups in consultation with the institute management. Compulsory testing will be expanded for these in-person activities, with people who have recovered from coronavirus and those who are vaccinated now also required to take a test (in addition to unvaccinated people).
Facilities that support research and teaching, such as the libraries and the computer pools, will remain open.
Leipzig University buildings will remain open.
Please carry your UniCard with you at all times.
You can provide proof that you are fully vaccinated against coronavirus in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish (e.g. by showing your yellow vaccination record or in digital form via the Corona-Warn-App). You are required to have been vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). At least 14 days must have passed since the last required individual vaccination. Those who are recovered only need to have one dose of vaccine. We recommend you have proof in the form of an electronic certificate on the Corona-Warn-App. Alternatively, the original import certificate on paper is also valid.
Proof of recovery from coronavirus can be a laboratory result of a PCR test, a medical certificate documenting that you had coronavirus based on a PCR test or a quarantine order in which the PCR test is listed as the reason. The day you tested positive must be at least 28 days before but not be more than a maximum of six months prior. You must present the test result either as an original on paper or in the Corona-Warn-App.
- We accept proof of a negative test for coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 taken at a certified testing centre. You can also submit this to us in analogue (original on paper) and digital form (Corona-Warn-App). Furthermore, a test certificate from an employer is also valid (e.g. schools in the case of teaching degree students).
You must present test results either as an original on paper or in the Corona-Warn-App.
We accept the following tests:
- Rapid test from an official testing point (partly available free of charge).
- PCR test from an official testing point (available free of charge).
- Test certificate from an employer (e.g. schools in the case of teaching degree students).
- Test certificate from a testing point at Leipzig University (available free of charge).
You must bring proof of your current status to each class – fully vaccinated, recovered from coronavirus or a valid negative test (paper original or in the Corona-Warn-App). We consider a test to be valid for 48 hours. As a rule, you should test yourself on Monday and Wednesday. The frequency of testing will therefore depend on your particular schedule and how often you use other University facilities such as the libraries and sports facilities.
The “3G rule” also apples in University Library branches. It is now obligatory to wear face masks (preferably FFP2/KN95 or surgical masks) in University Library branches, even when seated at reading places. The University Library has detailed information about its separate coronavirus rules on its website: https://www.ub.uni-leipzig.de
Yes. Here, too, you must wear a medical face mask until you are seated and also make sure that you can maintain a distance of 1.5 metres. If you would like more information about the services available and hygiene rules, go to the Studentenwerk Leipzig website: https://www.studentenwerk-leipzig.de
If you are cannot get the vaccine or if you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to get tested and, if the test result is negative, you may attend in-person teaching subject to 3G rule.
Students with a contraindication as well as pregnant students in the first trimester of pregnancy who are not fully vaccinated are entitled to free POC antigen tests at testing centres. If in doubt, ask your GP for advice.
A service provider will check “3G” proof and identity documents on a random basis at the building entrances. We are trusting you. It’s about protecting yourself and others. Teaching staff can decide on their own to check whether students have proof. Under the House Rules, they have the authority to grant and deny access to the rooms they use for teaching. The faculties will also set their own guidelines regarding the frequency of checks. Go to your faculty website to find out what the conditions are for attending classes.
We will use the Corona-Warn-App for this, which is free of charge. The QR codes will be displayed at the entrance to all rooms used for teaching purposes. Make sure to install the app from the App Store or Play Store and have Bluetooth turned on while you are in class.
Analogue contact registration will also be possible.
The standard examination regulations have applied again since 1 October 2021. Examinations will be carried out according to these regulations and will therefore as a general rule be held in person. Examination boards have made further arrangements in some cases. Please check with your module coordinators for information about current plans for conducting examinations.
No, the only approved vaccines are those which have been approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The physician administering vaccines will decide whether or not you can be vaccinated again with an approved vaccine. International students who have been vaccinated with a vaccine which is not approved in the EU can continue to be tested free of charge at a testing point until 31 December 2021.
From 14 December 2021 to 25 February 2022, Leipzig University Hospital will offer a vaccination centre at the Paulinum (Augustusplatz= in cooperation with Leipzig University’s Faculty of Medicine. Please check our coronavirus website regularly to stay up to date: uni-leipzig.de/en/vaccinationdates
Procedure for Dealing with Suspected or Confirmed Cases of Infection
1. With Which Symptoms Are Staff and Students Allowed to Come to Leipzig University?
In line with legal provisions and the SARS-CoV-2 rules, the following regulations have been established for Leipzig University students:
- Students with a mild head cold can still visit Leipzig University while observing all hygiene-based safety measures. If the head cold worsens or if further symptoms appear (see point 3), the person will no longer be permitted to visit the University.
- Students with symptoms that indicate COVID-19 are not permitted to come to Leipzig University. One of the following symptoms is sufficient for this:
Fever of 38 °C or higher
General feeling of illness (fatigue, headache)
Changes in sense of smell or taste.
- Students suffering from any of the above symptoms (especially if they are worsening) are asked to consult their GP or contact the medical service on 116 117.
- Students who have a history of symptoms such as coughing and who have a non-infectious underlying disease such as asthma can also continue to visit the University premises.
- Students who exhibit general symptoms without any obvious suspicion of COVID-19, should stay at home for at least two days. They should have been fever-free for at least 24 hours and in good overall health before returning to Leipzig University.
- We ask each and every individual to deal with this situation responsibly.
2. What Happens if a Student Is Infected, Placed Under Observation or Told to Quarantine, Minimise Contacts or Similar?
- Individuals who test positive after taking a rapid test or self-test must immediately book a PCR test with their GP or at a testing point to confirm the test result. If the PCR test is negative, the individual and any household members are no longer required to self-isolate. The individual must notify the Health Office immediately of the negative test result. They should keep proof of the positive PCR test result so that, if desired, they can be issued a certificate of recovery.
- If a student is infected (confirmed by a PCR test), or if the Health Office orders them to quarantine or similar, they should notify the University by emailing coronastud(at)uni-leipzig.de. The email address is managed by the Central Study Office in the Department of Academic Administration.
When you notify the University, you should follow these guidelines:
- Please only use your student email address.
- Please indicate attendance/contacts in the last ten days: modules (only in modular study programmes), classes and lectures (including room and time) and lecturers.
- Please indicate whether lecturers have already been informed or whether anonymous forwarding of the infection information is desired.
- Official orders (e.g. observation, quarantine, and minimising contact with others) are issued exclusively by the Health Office.
- Students who work for the University as student assistants must also report their infection to their immediate superior (applies to all members of staff). The orders above are issued exclusively by the Health Office.
- You must comply with the instructions of the Health Office.
- Students are urged to report a positive PCR test via the Corona-Warn-App. To do this, simply scan the code on the positive PCR test result using your own Corona-Warn-App. (Help break chains of infection and inform others.)
4. What Constitutes Close Contact With Someone Who Tested Positive for COVID-19 and What Should You Do?
- According to the applicable criteria of the RKI, people who have had close contact with a person infected with coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 are considered close contacts. This includes in particular persons living in the same household as the person who tested positive (household members). The following also constitute close contacts:
- Having been close to the person (distance of less than 1.5 metres) for more than ten minutes without adequate protection. Adequate protection means that both persons correctly wear medical or FFP2/KN95 masks for the entire time.
- Conversation (distance of less than 1.5 metres) without adequate protection, regardless of duration, or direct contact with respiratory secretions (for example kissing)
- Further cases according to the RKI: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Kontaktperson/Management.html
- If the student has not yet been contacted by the City of Leipzig Health Office, then they must report the suspected case to it. The Health Office will decide whether the student may continue to visit Leipzig University.
- Indirect contact (for example, contact with a person who has been in contact with a person who has tested positive) is not considered contact. No action is required.
5. What If Someone Has Had Close Contact With Someone Who Tested Positive for COVID-19?
Following a red “elevated risk” alert in the Corona-Warn-App
- If you have received an alert via the Corona-Warn-App, you can get tested free of charge at a testing point (Sect. 2 of the Federal Government’s Coronavirus Testing Ordinance (TestV)).
- Students are not allowed to enter the University for five days following the day that the contact took place. Exact contact time and location information is provided by the Corona-Warn-App in the Contact Journal feature. The Health Office is responsible for further restrictions such as placing individuals under observation or quarantine. Before returning to the University, you must take a rapid test on the same day. Your vaccination status is not relevant. Exceptions apply to participation in examinations (separate item).
- Starting on the sixth day, you may return to the University. However, you should self-monitor until the tenth day after contact and pay attention to any symptoms you might have. You must perform self-tests regularly. Your vaccination status is not relevant.
Close contact with a person infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus outside of your household
- Students are not allowed to enter the University for five days following the day that the contact took place.
- The Health Office is responsible for further restrictions such as placing individuals under observation or quarantine. Students must contact the Health Office on their own and discuss the further measures that must be taken.
- If the student has contacted the Health Office, they may return to the University starting on the sixth day.
- Before returning to the University, you must take a rapid test on the same day. Your vaccination status is not relevant.
- However, you should self-monitor until the tenth day after contact and pay attention to any symptoms you might have. You must perform self-tests regularly. Your vaccination status is not relevant.
Close contact with a person infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in your household
- Even without an order from the Health Office, all unvaccinated members of a household must go into isolation immediately after learning that a person living in their household has tested positive.
- Students are not allowed to enter the University for five days following the day they receive the information.
- The Health Office is responsible for further restrictions such as placing individuals under observation or quarantine. You must contact the Health Office on your own and discuss the further measures that must be taken.
- If you are a household member and you develop symptoms typical of COVID-19, you must self-isolate and arrange a test soon.
- When the no-entry period ends, you may return to the University.
- Before returning to the University, you must take a rapid test on the same day. Your vaccination status is not relevant.
What About Taking In-Person Exams After Contact With Someone Who Tested Positive or After a Positive Test Result?
The following requirements are based on the rules passed by the City of Leipzig.
Red Corona-Warn-App notification and close contact with infected person outside your own household
A red Corona-Warn-App notification is not a reason for withdrawing from an examination. The same applies – subject to a different decision by the Health Office – in the case of close contact with a person from outside their own household who is infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
Infected person in your own household
If people in the same household have a positive PCR test result, you must self-isolate, without being ordered to do so by the Health Office, after becoming aware of the positive test result, and may not take part in the examination.
This obligation to self-isolate and ban on taking part in the examination do not apply to:
- Household members who have had no contact with this person since the time of testing or from the onset of the first typical symptoms of the source case and in the two days prior to this time and who themselves do not exhibit any typical symptoms.
- People who are fully vaccinated at the time of contact, or recovered persons who are symptom-free at the time of contact.
However, this exemption does not apply if there is suspicion or evidence that the source case involves one of the SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern for which the RKI recommendations still do not provide for exemptions from the requirement to self-isolate (point 2.1.1 of the above general rules passed by the City of Leipzig).
The student must inform the examination office without undue delay and explain the reason for not participating in the examination. The student must submit the quarantine order from the Health Office as proof upon receipt. Irrespective of the general “3G” rule, it is strongly recommended that all persons who have had contact with a person who has tested positive and who are not self-isolating should take a rapid antigen or PCR test (on the 4th or 5th day after contact).
Positive rapid test (unsupervised self-test or rapid antigen test)
After a positive rapid test (unsupervised self-test or rapid antigen test), the requirement to self-isolate means that it is not possible to take part in an examination in person, as long as a negative test result has not been presented by a subsequent PCR test; see point 2.1.2 in conjunction with 1.3 and point 2.1.3 of the above general rules passed by the City of Leipzig. The student must therefore inform the examination office without undue delay about the positive rapid test (by telephone or email) and thus explain their compelling reason for not taking part in the examination. It is essential to keep the positive test result in order to be able to prove this reason later on.
A PCR test must be carried out without undue delay. If the positive result is confirmed, the student must send the PCR test certificate to the examination office in order to prove their reason for withdrawing from the examination.
In the case of a negative PCR test result, the student must submit a photo of the positive rapid test and the negative proof of the PCR test to the examination office without undue delay in order to substantiate their compelling reason for not taking part in the examination, provided that the examination date has already passed, otherwise the student must take the examination.
Symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection
If you yourself show symptoms that suggest an infection with SARS-CoV-2 and you have undergone testing for SARS-CoV-2 on medical advice due to the symptoms, you must self-isolate until you receive the test result and are not allowed to take part in the examination. You must inform the examination office without undue delay and explain the reason for not participating in the examination. You must send the PCR test certificate to the examination office in order to prove your reason for withdrawing from the examination.
Testing ordered by the Health Office
If the Health Office has ordered testing for SARS-CoV-2, you must self-isolate until you receive the test result and are not allowed to take part in the examination. You must inform the examination office without undue delay and explain the reason for not participating in the examination. You must submit the order from the Health Office as proof upon receipt.