Coronavirus: What to expect in the winter semester
On campus and online - Courses in the winter semester
The Bavarian state government has assured the Bavarian universities that on-campus teaching will be possible in the winter semester. The elimination of the previous distance rules in lecture halls and teaching rooms enables us to have more on-campus courses. "This will give students, teachers and staff at universities more perspective and planning security for on-campus activities," says Science Minister Bernd Sibler.
The University Management at the KU would like as much teaching as possible to take place on campus - but of course we will continue responsibly. “After three semesters ruled by the pandemic, we are doing everything to enable students and faculty to enjoy our usual campus life of studying and teaching, “says Prof. Dr. Klaus Meier, Vice President for Studies and Teaching at the KU. Especially with the first-semester students in mind, who are just beginning this new journey, the KU wants to make it possible for students to really experience the University, to get to know new people and to acquire life skills. Meeting people on campus is an integral part of the character of a university: "You can impart knowledge digitally, but research-oriented learning, such as we offer our students, develops knowledge through direct discourse."
Some courses will nevertheless take place in a digital or hybrid format, e.g. large lectures. The form, in which a course is held, is decided on by the respective faculty or lecturer. Students who have already been studying at the KU for more than one semester can obtain information about the format in which Vorlesungen, Seminare and Übungen are held via KU.Campus or from their lecturers or faculty.
3-G rule on campus - vaccinated, recovered, tested
The 3-G rule is becoming more and more established in public life: Admission to events, facilities and public spaces only for vaccinated, recovered or tested persons. The Bavarian state government has now also incorporated this 3-G rule in its regulations for universities. For the KU, this represents an important component of our responsible teaching concept. Students who are fully vaccinated protect themselves and others from infection, or at least from a severe course of illness. Students who are not (able to be) vaccinated do their part to ensure responsible university life through regularly undergoing COVID tests. The university administration is asking students: Please get vaccinated!
There are still some details to be worked out between the universities and the state government regarding the implementation of the 3-G rule in the winter semester - you will get more information here in due course. Regarding the COVID tests for students who are not vaccinated, the Bavarian government has announced this week: "We will continue to provide tests free of charge to all students with a student ID." In addition to the existing rapid test centers in Eichstätt and Ingolstadt, students with a valid student ID will get a possibility to test free of charge on or nearer to campus. More information to follow.
Current rules at the KU: At a 7-day incidence of 35 or more in the city in which the University campus is located, access to buildings is restricted to those who have been vaccinated, have recovered or have been tested and who can show appropriate proof. A written or electronic proof of a PCR test (taken max. 48 hours prior to submission at the KU) or a PoC antigen test (rapid test in the pharmacy or in a test center; taken max. 24 hours prior to submission at the KU) is considered as appropriate confirmation. You can make proof of your vaccination status or recovery from a COVID-19 infection with the appropriate evidence (preferably QR code as a certificate in the Corona app).
In classes, there will be regular, thorough and consequent random checks. Therefore, students will have to bring along a 3-G proof and their KU.Card to every on-campus event.
Obligation to wear a face mask in KU buildings
The requirement to wear mouth-to-nose masking continues to apply in KU buildings. Medical (surgical) masks are sufficient. FFP2 masks continue to offer the best protection from infection. In classes, students have to keep wearing masks at their desk. Lecturers may take off their mask in lectures or courses, if they keep a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other persons. Students giving a presentation may take off their mask for the duration of the presentation, if they maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters. In written and oral exams, students may remove their mask at their desk, as long as the minimum distance of 1.5 meters between all persons can be guaranteed. The KU does, however, recommend students to wear a mask. You do not have to wear a mask out of doors on the campus.
Specific Regulations for KU facilities
University Library: Access to the reading room is only possible upon presentation of a 3-G proof together with the KU card/library card. Until further notice, it is not necessary to wear a mask in the library when sitting at a workstation (but only there), because currently the workstations can be occupied in such a way that a minimum distance of 1.5 meters can always be ensured. For more information, please visit https://www.ku.de/en/university-library/
Canteen/cafeteria: 3-G proof must be provided when dining in the canteen/refectory. For more information, please see www.werkswelt.de.
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