Gradual plan of the university

To review the current incidence of infection in Magdeburg and the resulting actions for the University of Magdeburg, the tier plan has been updated and reduced to three tiers. Currently, the University of Magdeburg is in Tier 1.

Grafik Grade 1 Level Plan

Changes to the tiers and their duration until a further review will be communicated via the regular channels within the University of Magdeburg. Please ensure that in all tiers you adhere strictly to the Hygiene Plan, which was enacted by the President’s Office and updated on 11 October 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.

Procedure for moving to another tier

The transition to a new tier - be it higher or lower - is not automatic, but instead takes place in close coordination with 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.

For as long as there is a national pandemic, at least Tier 1 will remain in force.

Support for measures through the 3G rule and OVGU pass

All face-to-face teaching at the university during the 2021/22 winter semester will take place in compliance with what is known as the 3G rule. This means that only individuals who have been vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 virus or who have recovered from it or have tested negative may take part in the classes, irrespective of the size of the group. This applies both to students and teaching staff irrespective of whether they are employed full-time or part-time.

In turn, the provisions of the Control Ordinance concerning gatherings of people and the requirement to maintain a minimum distance no longer apply. It is not necessary to register upon entering classrooms or lecture halls.

For digital verification purposes, OVGU is utilizing a university pass (OVGU pass) internally. Each participating person must carry the OVGU pass (or another proof of 3G status) on their person in printed or digital form. An overview of the issuing offices is available here. Proof that an individual is negative for COVID-19 may be obtained through an antigen test (rapid test or self-test) carried out at an official testing center and must have taken place within the previous 48 hours, or a PCR test, which may not be older than 72 hours. The university provides some testing capacity (only by prior appointment). An overview of the pharmacies in Saxony-Anhalt offering tests can be found here. Positive rapid antigen test results must be reported.

International students and visiting academics who have proof of having been fully vaccinated with a vaccine that is not approved in the EU (e.g. Sputnik V, CoronaVac or BBIBP-CorV) may register this on the OVGU pass. The evidence of an alternative Covid-19 vaccination must be available at least in English in digital or paper form (e.g. yellow WHO vaccination pass).

Upon activating the pass, the holder declares that they personally meet the requirements of the 3G rule and that they accept the non-internal rules.

In-person consultations in the service departments are also subject to the 3G rules. This applies to students and employees and in particular concerns the examination offices, the CSC, Departments K 2, K 3 & K 6, and the library. The employees are entitled to check the 3G status of their internal contacts (e.g. students).

Further information and updates can be found on OVGU’s website.

 

Tier 1:

(restricted regular operation with the focus on face-to-face teaching)

 

Teaching

  • Regular operation with full utilization of the teaching rooms.
  • 3G check with OVGU pass (or other 3G status proof).
  • Medical mouth and nose covering for all members of the university in teaching rooms, as soon as it is not possible to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters.
  • In-person examinations are possible without restriction of the room capacities but in compliance with the 3G rule and the requirement to wear medical mouth and nose coverings (see above) if it is not possible to adhere to a minimum distance of 1.5 m.

Service Facilities

  • Regular opening hours
  • Current information on access can be found on the service facility web pages.
  • Employees in service departments must provide evidence of their 3G status.

Access to Buildings

  • The buildings of the university are open without restrictions (for all groups of people).
  • In communal areas, distance rules and the requirement to wear a medical mouth and nose covering apply.

Board / Committee Meetings

  • Meetings may be held in person.
  • Medical mouth and nose coverings, as soon as it is not possible to adhere to a minimum distance of 1.5 m.

Meetings / Consultations

  • Meetings can take place in person, provided that the size of the room is suitable for the number of participants. The size of the meeting should not exceed the room capacity under any circumstances.
  • If the minimum distances cannot be adhered to, medical mouth and nose coverings must be worn, or the meeting should be switched to an online format.
  • Recommendation: the 3G status of all participants should be verified.

Presence Rules for Employees

  • As a general rule, employees are required to be present in the workplace.
  • This applies especially to individuals who hold consultations or provide advisory services; the consultation hours must be extended if the workload dictates.
  • If it is possible to adhere to the minimum distances, several people may work in one room; if necessary additional equipment must be used (mouth and nose coverings, glass partitions).
  • For groups at risk, the possibility of working from home must be assessed as a priority.
  • All other employees may make use of working from home even outside of their contractual agreements if the task permits it, presence on site is not required and this is not to the detriment of third parties in terms of division of work.

Business Travel

  • Business trips may be undertaken in compliance with the applicable hygiene regulations.
  • If there is a risk of having to comply with quarantine regulations, the business case for traveling must be carefully evaluated.
  • High risk and virus variant areas should be avoided.

3G Check

  • Students and teaching staff must be fully vaccinated or have recovered from coronavirus or be able to provide proof of a negative antigen test (taken no longer ago than 48 hours) or a negative PCR test (not older than 72 hours). An individual’s 3G status can be verified by the OVGU pass and must be presented upon request. An overview of the issuing offices is availablehere.

 

 

Tier  2:

(restricted regular operation with the focus on online/hybrid teaching)

 

Teaching

  • Restriction to maximum capacity in the teaching rooms.
  • Classes are, where possible, switched to online formats / hybrid teaching.
  • 3G check with OVGU pass (or other 3G status proof).
  • Medical mouth and nose covering for all members of the university in teaching rooms.
  • Examinations are, where possible, switched to online formats; in-person examinations may be held with restrictions and capacity limits.

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.
  • Face-to-face consultations can only take place if all participants can provide evidence of their 3G status. If this cannot be ensured, electronic options should be used instead.

Access to Buildings

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

Board / Committee Meetings

  • Meetings should preferably be held online.
  • Face-to-face meetings may be held if the 3G rules and hygiene rules from the Hygiene Plan currently in force are adhered to.

Meetings / Consultations

  • Meetings of up to 5 people may take place in person, if it is possible to adhere to the minimum distances and medical mouth and nose coverings must be worn.
  • Meetings must be held in compliance with the guideline value of 10m2 per person.
  • If it is not possible to adhere to the minimum distances: switch to an online format.
  • The 3G status of all participants must be verified.

Presence Rules for Employees

  • Consultations must generally be carried out face-to-face in compliance with the hygiene rules; staff may ask for proof of the 3G status of the individual seeking their assistance.
  • If the employee’s tasks allow it, they should be permitted to work from home.
  • If necessary, organizational changes may be made in order to minimize multiple occupancy of offices and workrooms.

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).

Business Travel

  • Business trips may be undertaken in compliance with the applicable hygiene regulations.
  • If there is a risk of having to comply with quarantine regulations, the business case for traveling must be carefully evaluated.
  • Business trips to high risk and virus variant areas should not be approved.
  • Prior to approval, the possibility of being able to achieve the purpose of the business trip in another manner (i.e. digitally) should be evaluated.

3G Check

  • Students and teaching staff must be fully vaccinated or have recovered from coronavirus or be able to provide proof of a negative antigen test (taken no longer ago than 48 hours) or a negative PCR test (not older than 72 hours). An individual’s 3G status can be verified by the OVGU pass and must be presented upon request. An overview of the issuing offices is availablehere.

   

Tier 3:

(complete switch to online teaching)

 

Teaching

  • Teaching is switched to online formats.
  • Exceptions for laboratory practicals or practical sports classes are possible (in compliance with the measures in the Hygiene Plan and 3G rules).
  • Examinations are switched to digital formats.

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.
  • Consultations only possible digitally and/or by telephone.

Access to Buildings

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

Board / Committee Meetings

  • Meetings should be held online.

Meetings / Consultations

  • Meetings are held digitally.

Presence Rules for Employees

  • To ensure a low-contact operation, procedures and tasks must be organized in such a way that working from home is possible.
  • Fundamentally, this only applies if the tasks can be completed from home.
  • All other groups of employees must ensure that they adhere strictly to the hygiene regulations.

Business Travel

  • Only absolutely essential business trips should be undertaken.
  • Business trips to high risk and virus variant areas should not be approved.
  • If quarantine requirements are in place either upon arrival or departure, as a rule the business trip should not take place.

3G Check

  • Students and teaching staff must be fully vaccinated or have recovered from coronavirus or be able to provide proof of a negative antigen test (taken no longer ago than 48 hours) or a negative PCR test (not older than 72 hours). An individual’s 3G status can be verified by the OVGU pass and must be presented upon request. An overview of the issuing offices is availablehere.

 

 

Last Modification: 15.10.2021 - Contact Person: Dr.rer.nat. Volker-Uwe Kirbs