The spread of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in Germany is also causing uncertainty among Leipzig University’s teaching staff. Here we provide information about the most important current issues concerning the virus and its impact on University operations. Members of the crisis management team set up under the University’s pandemic plan are liaising on a daily basis.
Current Information for Teaching Staff
At the moment, new rules are constantly coming into force and older information is no longer valid. Below you will find the latest information divided by topic as well as all detailed news since we began providing coronavirus updates for teaching staff.
Last updated: 7 Oktober, 11am.
Please note that the German version of this page may be more up to date. Some information is not yet available in English.
For the winter semester, 38 seminar rooms on the Augustusplatz campus are to be equipped for hybrid teaching (camera, speakers and microphones). An overview in German, which will be updated regularly, provides details of which equipment is planned for which rooms on the Augustusplatz campus.
Room equipment plan, Augustusplatz campus (intranet)
Room equipment plan, Jahnallee campus (intranet)
Another 20 rooms on the Jahnallee campus and various rooms in other faculties could also be included. More information about this will be provided here in due course.
The Department of Planning and Technical Services has drawn up plans for all seminar rooms on the Augustusplatz campus. They show how chairs must be arranged in order to comply with social distancing requirements. Please contact the room allocation team for a copy of these plans.
How will the winter semester proceed?
- Semester dates: 1 October 2020–31 March 2021
- Extended orientation period: 12 October–23 October 2020
- Regular classes from: 26 October 2020
In consultation with the State Rectors’ Conference (LRK), there have been no changes to the basic semester dates (1 October 2020 until 31 March 2021). Taking into account the late arrival of first-semester students on central numerus clausus study programmes, the University plans to extend the opening and orientation phase at the beginning of the winter semester slightly (12 October until 23 October 2020), also to facilitate the induction of new students. Regular teaching can then commence on 26 October 2020, just like at our neighbouring university in Dresden.
Even if infection rates remain stable and there is no second wave of infections, it must still be assumed that at least face coverings and social distancing will remain part of everyday life for many months.
Due to the limited space available on campus, it will still not be possible to hold face-to-face lectures with large numbers of participants in the winter semester. Despite the huge effort involved and the inevitable difficult discussions about priorities and individual challenges, the University will endeavour to offer periods of on-campus teaching where possible. Some classes, for example, will start online and include a block seminar on campus.
Lecture period at Leipzig University’s Faculty of Medicine
Since the dates of state examinations are set externally and not by the University, the lecture period at the Faculty of Medicine will differ slightly:
- First semester of study: 26 October 2020–6 February 2021
- Second semester of study and above: 19 October 2020–6 February 2021.
Lecture period at Leipzig University’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
The lecture period at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine will differ slightly:
- First semester of study: 2 November 2020–6 February 2021
- Third semester of study and above: 12 October 2020–6 February 2021
Anyone who experiences the specified symptoms of illness or who has had close contact (>15 minutes) with infected persons in the last 14 days must stay at home. This applies to all employees, other people working at the University (such as visiting scholars and lecturers) and students. Employees and other people working at the University should inform their supervisor or the person responsible for them if they are diagnosed with coronavirus. From 15 October 2020, students should notify the University by emailing coronastud(at)uni-leipzig.de. Leipzig University has a duty of care towards all members of the University community, and this information is necessary so that we can protect all staff and students as well as possible. More specific instructions for what to do in confirmed cases of coronavirus will be announced by 15 October 2020. Detailed information can be found in the University’s Hygiene and Infectious Disease Concept.
Normal work routines have changed, many of us are working from home, many are worried about their own health and that of their relatives, and there are new challenges in digital teaching or administration...
If you would like to talk about your worries, needs and possible solutions in this difficult time, you are welcome to get in touch with our health administration expert Dr Sabine Korek. Please contact her by email or telephone to make an appointment.
Restriction of public access in Department 3 (Human Resources) (information from 17 March 2020)
General office hours are suspended. Appointments (e.g. to sign contracts) are only be possible by prior arrangement by telephone or email.
Please use the letter boxes on the 5th and 6th floor at Goethestraße 6 to submit documents.
Enquiries must be kept to a minimum. Please use only telephone and email for this purpose.
We maintain the maximum possible distance when dealing with others (e.g. when signing contracts).
Please use your own pens to sign contracts.
Please refrain from requesting an appointment if there are any indications that you might be infected with coronavirus, or if you have been in contact with an infected person or if you suffer from another potentially contagious respiratory disease.
We will start sending out more employment contracts by post in order to avoid the need for the person to be physically present to sign the contract. Given the written form requirement, additional time should be factored in to allow for postal delivery times.
Since the operation of Department 3 (Human Resources) will be considerably restricted, we particularly request that applications be processed in advance and prioritised appropriately.
Please check this website regularly for more information.
Opening: Most of the libraries are open. Please check the University Library website for details about the relevant hygiene arrangements.
Reading rooms: Most reading rooms are now open, but visitors are required to book a place in advance. Please check the University Library website for more information.
The following provisions apply:
- The entrances to the Neues Augusteum are open again during the usual opening hours (Monday to Friday: 7am until 10pm; Saturday: 7am until 3pm).
- The Paulinum and the Kustodie’s exhibition space will remain closed. One exception to this rule is the University’s church service at 11am every Sunday.
- The lecture hall building and the Neues Seminargebäude will remain closed until the beginning of the winter semester 2020/21. The same applies to the computer pools in these areas.
- Access to the Neues Augusteum will be possible both through the doors on the Leibniz Forum and the doors to Augustusplatz.
- This arrangement is subject to the standard safety and hygiene regulations applicable both at and outside Leipzig University. This decision does not affect the buildings on the Augustusplatz campus.
The entrances to the Leibniz Forum are open again during the usual opening hours.
Monday to Friday: 7am until 10pm
Saturday: 7am until 3pm
This arrangement is subject to the standard safety and hygiene regulations applicable both at and outside Leipzig University.
Most refectories are open. Please visit the Studentenwerk Leipzig website for information about the current hygiene arrangements and what’s on the menu.
Hygiene and Infectious Disease Concept
The Office for Environmental Protection and Occupational Safety has drawn up a hygiene and infectious disease concept that provides guidelines for dealing with the current coronavirus situation at our university.
What to do if you experience acute symptoms (information from 16 March 2020)
If you experience acute symptoms, you should consult a doctor after making an appointment by telephone and telling them about your trip. Please also use the hotline of the competent health authority (for Leipzig: +493411236852).
Federal Centre for Health Education
Funding situation: Information from the DAAD (information from 6 April 2020)
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is adapting its funding guidelines to suit this dynamic situation. If you are currently receiving DAAD funding for your projects or are planning to do so in the near future, please find out about the temporary arrangements.
People returning from risk areas
What is a risk area?
The RKI website has an overview of the areas which it currently classifies as COVID-19 risk areas.
What are the rules on entering Saxony from a designated risk area?
Please check the website of the Saxon State Government for information on entering Saxony from risk areas, compulsory testing, and quarantine.