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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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At the moment, new rules are constantly coming into force and older information is no longer valid.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: 27 May, 12.30pm.

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

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

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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Support for start-ups shifts online

The SMILE start-up initiative cannot escape restrictions brought in due to the coronavirus. This is why it will offer its courses and start-up coaching sessions exclusively online in the summer semester 2020. The range of subjects include brand-new offerings such as “Financial planning in times of crisis”, but also firm favourites like “Time management” and webinars on writing business plans.
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Summer semester to remain digital

Teaching will continue to take place online for the rest of the summer semester. As a rule, all face-to-face teaching is cancelled. Face-to-face teaching can only be offered where it is clearly essential for the study programme in question. Digital teaching is therefore the rule, while face-to-face teaching may be possible in exceptional, properly justified cases (please contact the relevant Dean’s Office for the necessary request form). For further information, students should contact their programme coordinator and Study Office. Information about internships is also available from their faculty or, if they are enrolled on a teacher training degree, from the Centre for Teacher Training and School Research (ZLS). All students will receive an email with more information shortly.

Best practice examples of digital teaching (information from 17 April 2020)

The University’s media team have compiled a selection of examples of digital teaching in practice (in German). If you have already had a particularly good experience of digital teaching, we would love to hear from you. You can email us at presse@uni-leipzig.de.
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Services for teaching staff (information from 30 March 2020)

As a lecturer, you are currently facing the challenge of starting the coming semester using distance learning. You will need to think about how to communicate with your students, but also plan inputs, learning instructions and any required group work. Our website, which is regularly updated, provides an overview of important information.
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Information from the University Computing Centre (information from 30 March 2020)

Please also note the information provided (in German) by the University Computing Centre (URZ) on digital teaching.
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Organising examinations

Binding guidelines have been adopted for organising traineeships and examinations. Detailed information is available in the following announcement:
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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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Notification of quarantine/infection (information from 1 April 2020)

Please note the following in cases of quarantine or illness: all University students and staff are obliged to report to corona(at)uni-leipzig.de – and employees must additionally report to their direct superior – if they are diagnosed with coronavirus or sent into quarantine by the public health authorities.  This email address is being monitored by the Office for University Communications. All members of staff who have access to it have been instructed on data protection. Once emails have been forwarded to the relevant departments, they are deleted. When notifying the University, please ensure that:

  • You specify your faculty and the duration of the quarantine.
  • No documents (certificates) are attached to your quarantine notification.
  • You only use this email address to notify the University of your quarantine.
  • The only information to be reported is whether your case involves a confirmed infection (quarantine with infection) or quarantine without infection.
  • You refrain from explaining the reason for your quarantine.

Advisory service (information from 26 March 2020)

Everything is suddenly different: normal work routines have changed, many of us are working from home, perhaps also home schooling, or performing lab work in isolation in “emergency mode”; many are worried about their own health and that of their relatives, and there are new challenges in digital teaching or administration...

It is quite normal for us all to be feeling insecure at the moment. To begin with, we need to understand these changed requirements and know what our options are for coping with them.
This is a difficult time, both professionally and personally. If you would like to talk about your worries, requirements and possible solutions, you are welcome to get in touch with our health administration expert Dr Sabine Korek.

Since Ms Korek is also trying to juggle working from home and childcare herself, we ask you to contact her via email or telephone (redirected) to make an appointment.

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+493419735941

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

University Staff Council (information from 26 March 2020)

The University Staff Council is not currently offering consultations in person or by telephone. However, it can be reached by emailing prhsb(at)uni-leipzig.de.
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Office hours of the Central Examination Office for the Humanities and Lehramt programmes (information from 17 March 2020)

The Central Examination Office has suspended its office hours until further notice. Find out about further arrangements and the submission of documents of the website.
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Please note that the German version of this page may be more up to date. Some information is not yet available in English.

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.

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

Libraries (information from 20 April 2020)

The libraries can start to reopen. In the first phase, which begins on 21 April, contactless borrowing of open-access and closed-stack items will be possible at some locations. Books will be returned via machines. The libraries will trial the use of self-checkout machines. However, face-to-face consultations can still not take place. The new rules apply to the following locations:

  • Bibliotheca Albertina
  • Campus Library
  • Library of Medicine and Sciences
  • Education and Sport Science Library
  • Veterinary Medicine Library

Special arrangement for law students:
For the time being, the library will be open exclusively to the approximately 250 exam candidates. A maximum of 120 persons will be admitted in two time slots. Among other arrangements, the Faculty of Law has announced that it will grant students compensation for disadvantages when assessing coursework. In addition, the assignment of coursework topics has been adapted to the available electronic resources, with assessment criteria modified accordingly. 

Study Centre and Central Research Building of the Faculty of Medicine closed to visitors (information from 20 March 2020)

The Study Centre at Liebigstraße 27 and the Central Research Building at Liebigstraße 19–21 will be closed to visitors from Monday, 23 March 2020. Employees can still enter the buildings as normal using their transponders.

Humanities Centre (GWZ) closed to the public (information from 19 March 2020)

From Monday, 23 March, the University’s Humanities Centre (GWZ) on Beethovenstraße will be closed to visitors. Employees will still have access to their offices. This decision serves to reduce the use of the building to a minimum and to reduce contact between individuals. All staff who use the building will still be able to enter using their transponders. The entrance is still manned by the porter. In absolutely necessary cases, the doors can therefore be opened to visitors. The porter’s telephone number will be posted on the doors to the GWZ.

Facilities open to the public closed (information from 16 March 2020)

  • Lernwerkstatt and Testotek at the Faculty of Education
  • PC pools
  • Paulinum assembly hall and altar area

Student Service Centre (SSZ) (information from 16 March 2020)

The Student Service Centre is closed. You can still get in touch by email and phone.
Student Service Centre

Courses and lectures cancelled (information from 16 March 2020)

All courses and lectures offered by the following institutions are cancelled:

  • Leipzig University Language Center
  • Centre for University Sport
  • Seniors’ Programme
  • University for Kids
  • Studium universale

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

Some refectories and cafés to reopen

The Studentenwerk Leipzig will open selected refectories and cafés from 25 May 2020, with special hygiene measures and restrictions in place.

The following facilities will open:

  • Mensa am Elsterbecken
  • Mensa am Medizincampus
  • Mensa Peterssteinweg
  • Mensa an den Tierkliniken
  • Mensa Schönauer Straße
  • Cafeteria Mensa am Park 
  • Cafeteria im Musikviertel

The refectories will usually open from 11am until 2pm, and the cafés from 9am until 2pm. Please visit the Studentenwerk Leipzig website for more information on the arrangements and what’s on the menu.
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Studentenwerk Leipzig

Information about all services currently offered by the Studentenwerk Leipzig are available on its website.
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Please note that the German version of this page may be more up to date. Some information is not yet available in English.

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). 
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Infographics

The Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) provides infographics on protecting against infection and appropriate hygiene measures.

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