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.
New arrangements from 11 January 2021
Please note the new arrangements that take effect from 11 January 2021. More information can be found in the latest staff email (after following the link, please scroll down for the English version).
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At the moment, new rules are constantly coming into force and older information is no longer valid.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: 8 January 2020
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, 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:
Instructions for Using Equipment in the Lecture Halls on the Augustusplatz Campus
The Department of Construction 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.
Contact the room allocation team (intranet)
Resumption of teaching from 11 January 2021
Teaching will resume from 11 January 2021, but courses will generally be held online. In-person teaching is only permitted in the case of practical courses (Praktika) and practical classes, laboratory work, and practical and artistic training phases, subject to the protective measures laid down in the Hygiene and Infectious Disease Concept.
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
Special arrangements at each faculty
Subject-specific arrangements apply to examinations and assessed work on your degree programme. All faculties will have introduced their own special pandemic-related arrangements by the end of January. You will receive more detailed information about this from your faculty, which conducts and is responsible for your examinations.
The special arrangements will allow students a certain organisational flexibility in the winter semester 2020/21, especially with regard to examinations. This includes the fact that most examinations will probably not take place in person. There will also be the possibility of extending submission deadlines and cancelling failed examinations.
For State Examinations, the regulations of the competent Landesprüfungsamt apply.
Examinations and not having this semester count: Senate resolution of 10 November 2020
- The Senate aims to ensure that the special circumstances in the winter semester 2020/21 will not result in any situation for students in which they feel compelled to exmatriculate or abandon their studies.
- The Senate therefore recommends that the faculties:
- cancel examinations failed during the crisis (exception: cheating).
- suspend the deadlines for resitting examinations.
- If requested by students, the Senate will seek to ensure that the winter semester 2020/21 will not count towards the standard period of study. Applications to that effect may be submitted from 1 April 2021.
- In addition to digital registration (posters with QR codes) in some cases, an analogue version (registration form) must be available for each class or event. The organiser is responsible for this. The organiser is responsible for this in each case.
- Meetings should not take place in personal office rooms if possible. It is recommended to use meeting rooms. At the very least, there should be a list of participants for each meeting, team meeting or other gathering so that contacts can be identified later on if necessary. Meetings should be as brief as possible. The contact details of persons from outside the University must be collected in accordance with the requirements of the SächsCoronaSchVO. This includes their name, telephone number or email address, postal code and the time and duration of the visit. The host is responsible for this in each case.
- Personal visits should be avoided. Use meeting rooms if possible. It is recommended to document each personal visit independently so that contacts can be traced later if necessary. Contact time must be limited. The contact details of visitors must be collected in accordance with the requirements of the SächsCoronaSchVO. This includes their name, telephone number or email address, postal code and the time and duration of the visit.
- The contact details of persons from external companies must be collected in accordance with the requirements of the SächsCoronaSchVO. This includes their name, telephone number or email address, postal code and the time and duration of the visit. This is the responsibility of the person who initiates and supervises the visit.
- It is not necessary to register brief visits, such as parcel deliveries, postal collections, dropping off coursework, etc.
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. 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. 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.
University buildings will remain closed to the public until further notice, although they are still accessible to members of staff who need to perform essential tasks.
- From 11 January 2021, the University Library will open its branches for borrowing and returning items (exception: Deutsches Literaturinstitut).
- They will all be open from Monday to Friday, from 10am until 4pm.
- The automatic renewal of borrowed items (except for recalls) will initially continue until the end of January.
- Please note the separate rules on loans at the Law Library.
It will not be possible to book workstations or spend longer periods in the libraries until further notice. If the incidence rate drops below 50, Leipzig University’s crisis management team will consider reopening the libraries for studying. For more information, please refer to the University Library website.
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.