Gradual plan of the university

To evaluate the current infection situation in Magdeburg and the resulting actions for the University of Magdeburg, a five level plan will be introduced. Currently the university is in Level 2.

Grafik Grade 2 Level Plan

Changes to the grades and their duration until a new assessment are communicated via the regular channels within the University of Magdeburg. Please ensure that in all levels you adhere strictly to the Hygiene Plan, which was enacted by the President’s Office and updated on 7 April 2021. Our Hygiene Plan and the measures it contains follow the stipulations of the Federal Government and state of Saxony-Anhalt as well as the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute. Please continue to observe the reporting chain for corona infections!

Procedure for moving to another grade

The transition to a new level - be it higher or lower - is not automatic, but instead takes place in close coordination with the Faculties and the crisis management group of the University on the basis of the local incidence of infection and in accordance with the stipulations of the authorities. A transition to a higher stage may occur if the relevant 7-day incidence value is reached in Magdeburg. The transition into a higher level will be announced with one week's notice.

The transition to a lower level may take place if the relevant 7-day incidence rate in Magdeburg has been stable for 5 days.

For as long as the national pandemic conditions persist, the university will remain in level 1 if the 7-day incidence is <35.

Support for the measures through rapid antigen testing

OVGU has established a self-testing center that can be used by the members of OVGU and that forms part of the Gradual plan.

All members of OVGU whose presence on campus is required due to their role may make use of this program. The testing program is above all intended for those persons who are unable to work remotely or are taking part in face-to-face classes. In the case of laboratory practicals or practical classes, it is mandatory to present a negative rapid antigen test result that is no more than 24 hours old.

Please also make use of the testing program in the city’s test centers or your place of residence. An overview of the rapid testing centers in Magdeburg can be found onwww.schnelltest-magdeburg.de/#drivein and/or http://www.med.uni-magdeburg.de/testzentrum.html .

Equally, pharmacies offer rapid antigen tests without the need for an advance appointment. An overview of the pharmacies offering tests in Saxony-Anhalt can be found here: www.ak-sa.de/aktuelles-presse/covid-19/test-apotheken.html.

In accordance with the rules of the Federal Government, proof of being fully vaccinated against covid or of having recovered from covid equates to a negative rapid antigen/PCR test.

Level 1:

(local incidence in Magdeburg: <35
(7 days/100,000 inhabitants)

 

General hygiene rules to be observed

  • General HFS+V (hands - face - space plus ventilation) and the current OVGU hygiene plan must be adhered to.

  • The use of the Corona-Warn App is recommended

Face-to-Face Teaching

  • Theoretical and practical face-to-face and hybrid teaching may take place under the applicable hygiene conditions in the hygiene plan.

  • Authorization of digital forms of examination possible as in the 2021 winter semester.

Mask obligation

  • In the buildings (sanitary facilities and common areas) it is mandatory to wear a medical face mask (FFP2 or surgical mask). Outdoors, the requirement to wear a mask applies on the campus premises if the minimum distance of 1.50 meters cannot be adhered to.

  • In seminar rooms and laboratories, it is mandatory to wear an FFP2 mask. More information can be found in the Hygiene Plan.

Presence Rules for Employees

  • Academic and non-academic staff with work that needs to be done in an office or an activity that has to be done in a fixed location may, in agreement with their manager, work remotely (from home) to the extent that this is possible with regard to job content, technology and organization. Furthermore, employees may apply to work remotely if they belong to an at-risk group (with occupational physician’s certificate) and an individual workstation cannot be provided.In these cases, where necessary, work procedures may be the restructured in order to facilitate remote working or create individual workstations. Staff availability must be ensured, and duties must be fulfilled without significant change.

  • If presence in the workplace is necessary, functional groups should be formed that have no contact with one another, in order to secure the ability of departments to carry out their work. To this end, alternating service (presence and remote working or staggered start and finish times) may be arranged.  Rapid antigen self-tests can be taken on campus (OVGU test center).
  • Virtual meetings should be preferred if minimum distances and ventilation cannot be adhered to.

Regulations for business trips

  • Business trips to domestic or foreign risk areas or hotspots are only permissible if they are essential for business reasons. The manager of the person wishing to travel will judge the necessity of the trip, where applicable depending on the destination.

Regulations for (academic) further education

  • Continuing education courses may take place face-to-face with up to 25 participants under the applicable hygiene rules.

 

 

Level 2:

(local incidence in Magdeburg over 35
(7 days/100,000 inhabitants)

 

Face-to-Face-Teaching

  • Face-to-face and hybrid teaching may take place with reduced numbers of participants (to be stipulated by the university management) in compliance with the measures in the Hygiene Plan.  Rapid antigen self-tests can be taken (valid for 24 hrs) on campus (OVGU test center).

Requirement to Wear a Mask

  • The requirement to wear a mask continues as per Level 1.

Classroom activities outside of teaching and research

  • Virtual activities outside of teaching and research should be preferred.

  • Face-to-face classes are permissible in compliance with the applicable hygiene rules from the Hygiene Plan (testing strategy).

Allocation of university rooms

  • Rooms may be made available for external events upon presentation of a negative rapid antigen test (not older than 24 hours) and in compliance with the applicable hygiene rules from the Hygiene Plan.

Committee meetings / commission meetings

  • Meetings should preferably be held online.

  • Face-to-face meetings may be held if the applicable hygiene rules from the Hygiene Plan are adhered to.

Regulations concerning meetings

  • Meetings (including, for example, meetings in the context of research activities or meetings of groups of students, employee meetings) may only take place if all participants are wearing FFP2 masks and they maintain a minimum distance of 1.50 meters. If there are 10 or more participants, the meetings must take place virtually.

Presence Rules for Employees

  • Remote working should be facilitated for all academic and non-academic staff with work that needs to be done in an office or an activity that has to be done in a fixed location. This should limit contacts in corridors and common rooms. To this end, where possible, technical capacities over and above the usual workplace facilities should be put in place

  • If presence in the workplace is necessary, functional groups should be formed that have no contact with one another, in order to secure the ability of departments to carry out their work. To this end, alternating service (presence and remote working or staggered start and finish times) may be arranged. Rapid antigen self-tests can be taken on campus (OVGU test center).

Regulations for business trips

  • Domestic and foreign business trips shall only be approved if they have to be carried out for important and absolutely necessary business reasons.

Regulations for (academic) further education

  • Professional development courses must take place digitally (including continuing education for academic staff). Participation in face-to-face statutory training may be possible with authorization.

   

Level 3:

(local incidence in Magdeburg over 50
(7 days/100,000 inhabitants)

 

Face-to-Face-Teaching

  • Face-to-face teaching will be strongly reduced and limited to hybrid learning formats (simultaneous transmission of face-to-face classes).
  • Laboratory practicals and practical classes in sport will continue to be possible (in compliance with the measures in the Hygiene Plan).  If it is not possible to adhere to the prescribed minimum distances, a documented negative rapid antigen test taken no more than 24 hours previously (e.g. in the OVGU test center) or an antigen self-test is mandatory for both teachers and students.

Requirement to Wear a Mask

  • The requirement to wear a mask continues as per Level 1.

Classroom activities outside of teaching and research

  • Activities outside of teaching and research operations will be heavily restricted and can only take place in combination with a documented negative rapid antigen test taken no more than 24 hours previously.
  • Organized sporting events (e.g. through the sports center) may take place outdoors, in combination with a documented negative rapid antigen test taken no more than 24 hours previously by the trainer (in accordance with the current control ordinance).

Service Facilities

  • There will be changes to opening times and access restrictions (e.g. library, campus service center, student secretariat).  Current information on access can be found on the service facility web pages.

Access to Buildings

  • The buildings of the university will have altered opening hours.

Presence Rules for Employees

  • Mobile working* or staggered working hours, as in Level 2.

  • For groups unable to work from home, it must be ensured that individual workstations continue to be made available.
  • If this is not possible, the proviso applies that a high concentration of infectious aerosols in the room must be prevented. It is essential that minimum distances and ventilation rules are adhered to. The wearing of an FFP2 mask is mandatory. FFP2 masks are supplied by the employer. To facilitate remote working, if necessary, workflows should be reorganized.
  • Rapid antigen self-tests can be taken on campus (OVGU test center)

Regulations concerning meetings

  • It continues to be the case that business meetings should take place online wherever possible (this includes, for example, meetings in the context of research activities or meetings of groups of students, staff meetings).

  • If a face-to-face meeting does take place, all participants must wear an FFP2 mask and comply with the minimum distance of 1.50 meters, as well as the ventilation rules. The choice of room must be made in such a way that at least 10 square meters are available to each person.
  • Rapid antigen self-tests can be taken on campus (OVGU test center)

Regulations for business trips

  • Similar to Level 2

Regulations for (academic) further education

  • Similar to Level 2

 

 

Level 4:

(local incidence in Magdeburg over 100
(7 days/100,000 inhabitants)

 

Face-to-Face-Teaching

  • Teaching will be switched to online formats.

  • Exceptions for laboratory practicals or practical sports classes are possible (in compliance with the measures in the Hygiene Plan).
  • For these classes, documented negative rapid antigen tests for both teachers and students are mandatory (e.g. in the OVGU test center).

Requirement to Wear a Mask

  • The requirement to wear a mask continues as per Level 3.

University Operation

  • Transition of the university to low-contact basic operation.

Service Facilities

  • There will be changes to opening times and access restrictions (e.g. library, campus service center, student secretariat).  Current information on access can be found on the service facility web pages.

Access to buildings

  • Additional access restrictions will come into force (e.g. closure of teaching rooms for student groups).

Presence Rules for Employees

  • As per Level 3.

Regulations concerning meetings

  •  As per Level 3.

Regulations for business trips

  • As per Level 2.

   

Level 5:

(Transition to level 5
by agreement in the university management)

 

University operation

  • Further operation takes place in "Shutdown".

  • Only essential areas that are required for order, security and compliance with essential deadlines will be maintained.

Examination forms

  • Only alternative forms of examination to in-person examinations will be permissible.

Access to buildings

  • All buildings are closed (access only via issued access authorizations)

Presence rules for Employees

  • Essentially work will continue from home.

Regulations for business trips

  • Fundamental business travel ban.

* Requirement to be contactable and to carry out one’s duties remains in force when working from home (exception: paid leave).

 

Last Modification: 04.06.2021 - Contact Person: Dr.rer.nat. Volker-Uwe Kirbs