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.

Seminargebäude, Foto: Universität Leipzig
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Teaching Action Plan for the Winter Semester 2021/22

Version 1.0
according to the resolution passed by the Rectorate on 9 September 2021

Using Rooms

  • Lecture halls and seminar rooms with fixed seating or tables that can’t be moved and a ventilation system (e.g. lecture halls with fixed seats, microscope rooms with fixed seats, seminar rooms with tables that are screwed down and can’t be moved, and computer labs) can be occupied as follows (based on regular seating):
    • Up to 200 seats: 100 per cent occupancy
    • Between 200 and 400 seats: 200 persons permitted
    • More than 400 seats: 50 per cent occupancy (every 2nd seat or every 2nd row unoccupied)
  • Seminar rooms with movable seating and seminar rooms without a ventilation system (based on regular seating):
    • Up to 50 seats: 100 per cent occupancy
    • More than 50 seats: as a general rule, maximum occupancy of 50 persons
  • Laboratories for biology or chemistry courses:
    • Measures should be determined case by case based on the risk assessment.
  • Teaching spaces not previously listed (e.g. sport halls, media rooms, interpreting facilities and dissecting rooms):
    • Measures should be determined case by case based on the risk assessment.

Risk Assessments

  • For all rooms that are used for teaching purposes, the institutions responsible for the rooms must prepare appropriate risk assessments. For similar rooms or groups of rooms, a joint risk assessment is also sufficient.
  • The Office for Environmental Protection and Occupational Safety is available to provide advice on preparing risk assessments.
  • Information on ventilation systems can be requested from Department 4.

Medical Face Masks

  • For in-person teaching, participants must generally wear medical face masks (surgical masks) or higher-quality respirators (KN95, FFP masks) without exhalation valves. If the minimum distance of 1.5 metres is maintained, students can take off their face mask when seated (depends on COVID-19 incidence; observe applicable legal regulations).
  • Students can take off their face masks when seated during examinations.
  • If the minimum distance of 2 metres is maintained, lecturers and speakers (e.g. students giving presentations) can take off their face masks so that they can be better understood.
  • The risk assessment must define rules for wearing masks in laboratories and similar facilities.

“3G” Rule

  • Pursuant to the updated coronavirus rules applicable in Saxony (SächsCoronaSchVO), the German “3G” rule applies to all participants of all in-person classes at Leipzig University. Participation is only permitted with proof of full vaccination, recovery from coronavirus, or a valid negative test.
  • For legal reasons, it is currently not possible to tighten the “3G” rule to the “2G” rule.
  • It will be necessary to carry proof with you at all times and to retain it for 4 weeks.
  • The University does not plan to provide any university-wide testing. Individual faculties can implement their own testing strategies. For this purpose, the University can provide rapid tests on a limited basis.
  • A “3G rule” sign must be displayed at the entrance to all rooms that are used for teaching purposes. The institutions responsible for the rooms are responsible for this (“3G” rule poster).
  • Department 4 is responsible for displaying “3G” signs at all building entrances (“3G” rule poster).
  • The “3G” proof will not be checked at the University level and this is not necessary.
  • However, the faculties can decide on their own to check whether students have proof for specific classes held in person. The faculties and central institutions can set their own procedures for checking that the “3G” rule is being followed. Documentation that makes it possible to identify that a specific person is vaccinated, recovered or tested is not permitted.
  • Students must produce the relevant “3G” proof at the request of the lecturer or a designated person.
  • For in-person teaching, lecturers have the right and are required to expel students from the classroom if the student is not able to show “3G” proof.
  • It is not yet clear what rule will apply for conducting rapid tests when individuals are required to pay for their own rapid tests. The Free State of Saxony is currently drafting rules in this regard.

Contact Registration

  • The CoronaWarnApp recommended by the Free State of Saxony will be used for digital contact registration from 1 October 2021. The licence for the Darfichrein app will not be renewed.
  • The sign at the entrance to all rooms used for teaching purposes must be changed by the institutions responsible for these rooms.
  • Contact registration is automatic with the CoronaWarnApp.
  • If the COVID-19 incidence is in excess of 35, analogue contact registration is still mandatory for students who do not have a digital device (applies only to in-person teaching).

Dealing With Infections Among Students

  • The current recommendations will be reviewed and adjusted by 1 October 2021. In general, the University is not required to conduct contact tracing. This is the responsibility of the relevant health office.

Academic Events (e.g. Conferences, Workshops and Congresses)

  • Academic events will be possible again from 1 October 2021.
  • The “3G” rule will apply and it must be checked that all participants have appropriate proof.
  • Organisers must create a dedicated hygiene concept for each academic event.
  • The event area may not overlap with areas normally accessible to all students. For example, catering or exhibition areas may not be set up in the foyer of the lecture hall building, the foyer of the chemistry institute building or in the foyer of the Felix Klein lecture hall during busy University times, usually Monday–Friday (9am–5 pm).
  • Academic events with a total of up to 200 participants can be planned and carried out under the responsibility of the respective institution. Approval must be granted by the head of the institution. Academic events with a total of 200 or more participants must be approved by the Rector (as a general rule, 4 weeks before the planned date).

Further 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: 10 September 2021

Please note that the German version of this page may be more up to date. Some information is not yet available in English.

FAQs for Staff

To make your daily work a little easier, we have compiled answers to frequently asked questions about enforcing Leipzig University’s hygiene concept.

Read more in the FAQs

Room Planning

For the winter semester, seminar rooms and lecture halls on the Augustusplatz and Jahnallee campuses have been equipped for hybrid teaching (cameras, speakers and microphones). Information on the individual rooms can be found in the overviews, which we update regularly:

In-Person Teaching Planned for Winter Semester

On 29 July 2021, the Rectorate passed a resolution concerning plans for in-person teaching in the winter semester 2021/22. Any restrictions on in-person teaching will only be the result of corresponding legal requirements. As a precautionary measure, digital alternatives should be made possible in the event that face-to-face teaching has to be restricted or discontinued locally or across the University.

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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.

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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.

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.
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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.
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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.

Overview

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.

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All Coronavirus News

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Information for Students

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