De­a­­ling with the co­ro­­na­vi­­rus

0. Corona-Up­date (27.4.2021)

Dear ladies and gentlemen, dear teachers, dear students,
last Friday (23.4.2021), in view of the high incidence values in Kassel (>165) and against the background of the nationwide Corona regulations, the so-called "federal emergency brake", we had to inform you that classroom lectures may no longer take place. Now the state of Hesse has provided clarification of the text of the law, also with regard to universities, and clarified it in a "General Decree on Exceptions to the Prohibition of Classroom Instruction." It is expected that most of the face-to-face courses that were suspended yesterday will be able to take place again next week under these exceptions.
For students:
• You will be informed by your instructors whether your face-to-face course will be held again as of Monday, May 3, 2021.
• Students are only allowed to attend such face-to-face events that are necessary for their degree, as stipulated by the examination regulations of the degree program.
For instructors:
• As at the beginning of the summer semester, only those approved courses may take place in presence for which digital teaching is impossible. Courses that take place in presence are in particular laboratory and workshop practicals, art practice, music practice or supervised work on own works as well as courses with sports practical content.
• Only classroom courses that are directly relevant to the awarding of the degree according to the examination regulations of the degree program taken may be offered.
• New: Classroom courses must now be approved by the university administration.
• Face-to-face courses reported to the dean's offices/rector's office are submitted to the university administration. You will be informed as soon as possible via your dean's office/rector's office whether your course has been approved. Our goal is that face-to-face teaching can resume as of next Monday.
• Please inform your students accordingly.



This week, the Bundestag and Bundesrat passed a nationwide "emergency brake" with the amendments to the Infection Protection Act (https://www.bundesregierung.de/breg-de/aktuelles/bundesweite-notbremse-1888982). The legal requirements also affect university operations. Therefore, we currently have to implement further restrictions, especially in classroom teaching.

In addition to the existing rules for study, teaching and employees, the following now applies:

1) Classroom teaching as of next Monday 26.04.2021.
a) Locations in Kassel (Current 7-day incidence value > 165)
As of next Monday, 26.04.2021, face-to-face teaching events are generally no longer permitted. The previous approvals for face-to-face courses are hereby cancelled. According to the current status, the only exception is face-to-face teaching in laboratories. It will continue to be permitted under a narrow interpretation (for the time being). Laboratory courses must be newly approved by the dean's offices.
b) Witzenhausen site (current 7-day incidence value < 100)
Classroom teaching courses at the Witzenhausen location are still possible under the known narrowly interpreted necessities.

2) Examinations (all locations)
Examinations, as far as mandatory in presence, are no instruction in the sense of the law and are further permissible.
Required work in the context of examinations is only permissible in presence if it is necessary for scientific or artistic theses.

3) Employees
Mobile work: Existing regulations on mobile work will be strengthened. Supervisors must offer mobile work wherever possible. Employees now have a duty to take up the offer where operationally and privately possible.

7-day incidence value 100: If the seven-day incidence exceeds the threshold of 100 on three consecutive days, applies:
Output restrictions: During the period between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., only people with an important reason to leave the house - this includes going to work. Employees who have to perform mandatory work at the University of Kassel during this period (e.g. on-call duty) carry the already issued work certificates with them or contact the responsible personnel administrator or personalfragen@uni-kassel.de to have a work certificate issued.

Business trips: For business trips with more than one person in the car, the passengers must also wear FFP-2 masks.

We will inform you about current developments and changes to these regulations based on the 7-day incidence values.

1. Spe­cial hy­gie­ne and pro­tec­tive mea­su­res

Based on the current regulations dated 2 November 2020 (CoKoBeV), it is necessary to wear a face mask during units of instruction too – this goes beyond the area already stipulated in the addition to the house rules. The same applies to areas and rooms that are intended to be used by students outside units of instruction for study purposes.

The following rules apply to all university-owned and rented buildings, parts of buildings and the entire grounds of the University of Kassel.

The Hessen Ministry of Science and the Arts (HMWK) has defined the 2020/21 winter semester as a hybrid semester with a combination of digital teaching and attended meetings, where the individual universities are responsible for arranging the details.

In contrast to the previous summer semester, all types of university courses can therefore be held again during the winter semester, subject to the distance and hygiene rules, limited seating capacity and, if necessary, the creation of specific hygiene concepts. The responsibility for compliance with the rules lies with the respective lecturers.

In principle, all the teaching should be made available digitally. Exceptions apply in a manner similar to the summer semester (especially for laboratory sessions, excursions, sports, music). The digital services ensure that all students can continue their studies, even if they cannot or may not enter the university - either individually or as a group.

Below you will find information for planning and implementing the special hygiene and distance regulations in teaching sessions during the 2020/21 winter semester as well as documents for processing.


Documents for downloading
(only accessible from the university network)


Aids to protect against corona

We have summarised some information and purchase options for various protective items like masks, disinfectants, screens etc. in our portal entitled "Personal Protective Equipment". 

To the PPE portal: http://www.uni-kassel.de/intranet/themen/arbeits-und-umweltschutz/httpuni-kasselagu-hochschule/psa-produkt/hilfsmittel-zum-schutz-vor-corona.html

 

Offering the use of antigen self-tests is another component of our infection control efforts. In the face of more infectious viral mutants, we want to continue to minimize the risk of infection transmission. Antigen self-testing does not require trained personnel and can be done by anyone.

Just as in the past two semesters, only those courses may take place in presence where digital teaching is impossible, which rely on special teaching spaces (laboratory, workshop, studio), or where there are other - narrowly defined - necessities. These include practical physical education, laboratory practicals, music teaching, and studio work. Such events must be approved by the dean's offices/rector's office.


1. The hygiene concept remains important

We would like to assure you that the hygiene concept of the university with the distance and hygiene rules, low occupancy of well-ventilated lecture halls, seminar rooms and workplaces, as well as the mask requirement, has basically proven to be very effective. The infection figures among employees and students related to the university are very low and there have been no infection clusters. However, this also shows how important consistent adherence to the distance and hygiene rules in conjunction with the mask obligation is and remains.

Antigen self-tests are another protective measure, but also do not provide one hundred percent protection. The distance and hygiene rules (AHA+L) must therefore continue to be adhered to in a disciplined manner even if the test result is negative.


2. Field of application of antigen self-tests

Students:

Students are given self-tests for the above-mentioned indispensable face-to-face lectures and oral examinations. As far as possible, face-to-face courses should be held as block courses in order to minimize the risk of infection as well as the number of necessary tests.

Self-testing will not be used for examinations where distnace and hygiene rules can be safely maintained (e.g., lecture hall and seminar room with good ventilation).

Employees:

Employees are given self-tests whenever work cannot be done remote. The application is particularly necessary for activities in presence, where a closer and longer contact with other persons in closed rooms is unavoidable. This applies, for example, to manual work, activities with frequent contact with people, laboratory activities, etc.


3. Use of the antigen self-tests

The use of the tests is voluntary. However, their use is strongly recommended for the protection of others. Compared to rapid antigen tests, antigen self-tests are much easier to perform and can be performed by laypersons without prior medical knowledge. The sample is taken with a swab in the front area of the nostrils. The test is performed independently according to the manufacturer's instructions for use (see below). This is self-explanatory and allows independent use.

Students receive self-tests procured by the university as part of classroom teaching.

Teachers are advised to familiarize themselves with the instructions for use beforehand and to try them out for themselves. If necessary, teachers can be instructed by the "Arbeitssicherheit und Umweltschutz" Group.


4. Provision with antigen self-tests

Students:

For students, the antigen self-tests are handed out in connection with the above-mentioned attendance events via the lecturers. Please protect yourself and others and take advantage of the offer.

Deans' offices, rectorate and lecturers:

The above-mentioned face-to-face events must be approved in advance by the Dean's Office/Rector's Office, based on a strict examination of the necessity of face-to-face teaching. Faculty must register their need for approved courses by submitting a request form to arbeitssicherheit[at]uni-kassel[dot]de. A request form can be found below.

The number of test kits sent is based on the number of participants and frequency of the event. For approved events, self-tests will be sent via interoffice mail.

Employees:

For employees, the distribution of self-tests (similar to the distribution of FFP2 masks) is done through the dean's offices or facility and department heads. The deaneries/rector's office will receive quotas of antigen self-tests and will handle further distribution.


5. Testing cycles

Students:

For one-day or multi-day face-to-face teaching events, participating students, faculty, and supervisors will be tested immediately prior to the start of the event. For events lasting a work week, testing will occur at the beginning and a second time within the current week. A lead time of approximately 20-30 minutes prior to the start of the events should be allowed for testing.

Due to the limited availability of tests, students are asked to inform their instructors if you have already been tested at a previous event, if applicable.

Employees:

For employees who come to the office or workplace at least once per calendar week, one self-test per week is scheduled. For employees who work permanently in presence or who have frequent contacts due to their job, two self-tests per week are planned. In the latter case, the tests are to be performed at the beginning and a second time within the current working week.

 

Corona Test Box

We will provide a Corona test box for conducting antigen self-tests during face-to-face teaching sessions upon request. The box contains all materials for performing the self-tests:

1. instructions for conducting self-tests at face-to-face teaching events.

2. garbage bag with drawstring

3. disposable gloves for the caregivers

4. skin disinfectant

5. surface disinfectant

6. paper towels

7. FFP2 masks for positively tested persons

8. instruction sheet for safe handling of disposable gloves

9. operating instructions for carrying out surface disinfection

10. copy template "self-disclosure - participation in antigen self-testing

If required, please contact the "Arbeitssicherheit und Umweltschutz" Group: arbeitssicherheit[at]uni-kassel[dot]de.

 

6. Procedure in case of positive test result

A positive antigen self-test obligates affected persons according to the Corona Quarantine Ordinance of the State of Hesse to immediately segregate themselves and have a PCR test (Professional Molecular Biological Testing) performed.

Positively tested persons are given an FFP2 mask and go directly to the domestic segregation. From there, they contact their primary care physician or one of Corona's testing centers by phone to have a PCR test performed. If the positive test result is confirmed in this test, the testing laboratory informs the relevant public health department. Individuals are thus registered and followed up in the public health care system.

Positive test results are to be reported to the "Arbeitssicherheit und Umweltschutz" Group (arbeitssicherheit[at]uni-kassel[dot]de) for coordination of further action (applies to students and employees).

Positive tests of employees are additionally to be reported to the Human Resources and Organization Department at personalfragen[at]uni-kassel[dot]de. In this context, close contacts from the professional/student environment must also be notified (<1.5 m, close field, longer than 10 minutes).

Positively tested persons are not allowed to enter the campus and the rooms of the University of Kassel until a negative PCR test has been submitted or a quarantine period of 14 days has been completed.


7. Instructions for the disposal of used test kits

After performing the tests, all test kit components are to be collected in a garbage bag and the bag is to be closed tightly with the drawstring. The waste bag is to be disposed of in a suitably sized residual waste container with the household waste. Waste separation in this case (plastic) is not indicated.

 

Unterlagen zum Download (in German):

 

Weiterführende Informationen (Further Information, in German):

The wearing of masks to cover the mouth and nose is intended to prevent the unhindered spread of the "coronavirus" (SARS-CoV-2) and reduce the possibility of transmission of the virus from person to person.

Adapted to the current infection situation, there is now a two-part obligation to wear mouth-nose-coverings (MNB) on the one hand and to wear medical masks (surgical masks) on the other, depending on the intensity of unavoidable contacts:

  • Mouth-to-nose covering (MNB, everyday mask) must be worn as a matter of principle and at least on circulation areas in the buildings and in the meeting and conference rooms until the person takes his or her seat.
  • Medical masks (surgical masks) must also be worn wherever close and prolonged contact with other persons is unavoidable, particularly in enclosed spaces.

Mouth-nose-covering

On the traffic areas in the buildings of the University of Kassel and the meeting and conference rooms until taking the seat, a mouth-nose-covering (MNB, everyday mask) is generally mandatory to wear. Traffic areas in buildings are areas that provide access to rooms or buildings, such as corridors, entrance areas, stairways and elevators. Simultaneous use of elevators is to be limited to a maximum of two persons wearing mouth-to-nose masking.

In addition, the wearing obligation always applies if the distance requirement of 1.5 meters cannot be observed. This applies to all areas and activities at the university, in buildings, outdoors and in vehicles.


Medical masks (surgical masks)

In addition, the obligation to wear medical masks (surgical masks) is mandatory wherever close and prolonged contact with other persons is unavoidable, especially in enclosed spaces.

This applies to teaching (lecturers and students):

  • Internships and other face-to-face events with outside contact. 
  • Oral and written examinations in presence, also at the seat, for traffic routes, when entering and leaving the classroom, when moving between seats.
  • In areas and rooms intended to be used by students outside of classes for purposes of study, and for food and supply facilities.
  • When using the university library.

The wearing of medical masks (surgical masks) is equally mandatory in the aforementioned areas as it is already mandatory in public transportation and in stores. Mouth-to-nose coverings (everyday masks) and medical masks (surgical masks) are used to interrupt infection pathways and primarily to protect others. The medical masks are provided to students free of charge in connection with the above-mentioned attendance events and examinations via the lecturers.


Particle filtering masks (FFP2 masks)

In addition, the university provides FFP2 masks free of charge. FFP2 masks have a higher breathing resistance than OP masks, which means that, in contrast to the OP mask, self-protection is also achieved when they are worn close to the face. The use of FFP2 masks is voluntary for students and should be taken advantage of whenever possible.

For employees, the use of medical masks or FFP2 masks will be based on the outcome of the assessment of working conditions as specified in the SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Regulation dated 27/01/2021. The equipment with FFP2 masks for employees and the instruction in handling is carried out by the respective superiors.


Face shields

The use of face shields without wearing a mouth-nose covering in the buildings of the University of Kassel is only permitted in exceptional cases, upon presentation of a justified medical certificate.


Further information from the specialist institutions

There are various types of masks, some of which differ significantly in their design and protective effect.

Wearing masks is always just one part of a comprehensive protection concept with which we are working together to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Therefore, the "AHA+L" formula still applies: Keep your distance, pay attention to hygiene, wear an everyday mask, and ventilate.

Further information on the use of MNB, MNS and FFP masks is available from the following specialist institutions:


Wearing time of the masks

  • Medical masks (MNS, surgical masks) are disposable products that are normally used in everyday clinical practice, e.g. also during operations or in doctors' surgeries. Mouth-nose protection (MNS) is a disposable product that must be changed regularly. MNS may be worn for a maximum of the duration of a work shift, i.e. also for the duration of a longer practice event or examination. In addition, an MNS must be changed in the event of contamination or moisture penetration.
  • For FFP2 respirators or comparable respirators, a wearing time limit is recommended due to the physical strain; indications for a wearing time limit are described in DGUV regulation 112-190 "Use of respiratory protective devices" with 75 minutes, whereby the work severity influences the maximum wearing time.
  • The offer to use FFP2 masks is voluntary. Instructors will stock both types of masks. If students find during classroom sessions or exams that using an FFP2 mask creates too much breathing resistance, they may switch to a medical mask at any time.

Safety and occupational health advice on the use of MNB, MNS and FFP masks is available from the occupational safety specialists and the occupational health service.

  • Enquiries via: arbeitssicherheit[at]uni-kassel[dot]de

Preventive occupational medicine: Regardless of whether you have taken advantage of preventive occupational medicine in recent years, we would like to draw your attention to the possibility of preventive occupational medicine and offer it to you!

Further information on occupational health screening

Gathering contact data

Contact data must be registered for teaching and examination units and when using student workplaces in areas used for student operations from the start of the 2020/21 winter semester onwards.

Participation in gathering contact data is mandatory and a prerequisite for participation in attended units of instruction and when using other facilities.


Gathering contact data with the web application darfichrein.de

The contact data is recorded quickly and easily via a smartphone and a QR code with the darfichrein.de web-based application. You will find the necessary QR codes at the entrances and exits of the lecture halls and seminar rooms.

  • Initial registration: You do not need to download an app. You only have to scan the QR code and enter your contact information (name, address and phone number) once on the darfichrein.de website linked to it.
  • Further registration: For all further units of instruction, you only have to scan the QR code at the entrance and register with the four-digit PIN number that you selected during initial registration (please do not forget it!).
  • Logging out: After the end of the unit, simply click on the "Check-Out" button on the smartphone display. If it is no longer displayed, simply scan the barcode next to the exit door again.

Contact data must be gathered for each individual unit of instruction. The stored registration data cannot be seen by the lecturers!

The data is stored in encrypted form at the data centre of the Anstalt für Kommunale Datenverarbeitung in Bayern (AKDB). The AKDB is certified by the Federal Office for Information Security. The data is automatically deleted after 28 days and is only used if somebody suffers from the coronavirus so that the public health department can follow up contacts.

In order to avoid delays when attending your first unit of instruction, it is possible to store your contact data on your device in advance for use with darfichrein.de. Instructions can be found here:

https://www.uni-kassel.de/go/darfichrein-registrierung


Gathering contact data with a paper form

Students: For students who do not have a smartphone or who have forgotten it, it is also possible to register on a paper form. There are forms for this purpose in all lecture halls and seminar rooms.

Lecturers: The forms provided in the lecture halls and seminar rooms must be handed to students who could not register via a smartphone. At the end of the unit, the forms must be collected in DIN A5 envelopes, which are also available in the room, kept for four weeks and then destroyed in accordance with data protection regulations.

To reduce the risk of infection, general hygiene measures according to the above-mentioned AHA formula in German must be followed: Keep your distance, respect hygiene, wear a face mask.

Particular emphasis is placed on regular and thorough hand washing with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after the course.

In addition, disinfectant dispensers have also been installed at the building entrances to enable the chain of infection to be interrupted when entering a building, even without using the washing facilities.

Please also observe the rules for service instructions (No. 1.2) and the house rules (No. 1.1).

In the light of the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, various professional organisations and scientists have addressed the topic of "ventilation" and developed recommendations on ventilation behaviour. Please find enclosed studies and statements by the Commission for Indoor Air Hygiene at the Federal Environment Agency, the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), the Indoor Climate Section of the German Statutory Accident Insurance Organisation (DGUV) as well as the SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Safety and Health Regulation of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and we summarise the main findings on free ventilation, ventilation systems in rooms and mobile air circulation units.

In order to prevent infection, the air in rooms should be replaced as often as possible to increase the amount of fresh air. This is one of the most effective methods of removing potentially viral aerosols from indoor spaces.


Free ventilation

The simplest form of ventilation is window ventilation. Window ventilation must take place before or at the beginning of the unit of instruction and then at regular intervals. Windows should be fully opened to provide a rapid change of air. A ventilation period of 3 to 10 minutes is recommended. Cross-ventilation using opposite windows is even more effective (if possible). 

The time interval for ventilation depends on the size of the room, the number of people, activities (normal speaking or e.g. choir singing) and the available window area. The SARS-CoV-2 occupational safety rule from the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs recommends ventilation after 60 minutes for offices and after 20 minutes for meeting rooms.

The Commission for Indoor Air Hygiene at the Federal Environment Agency makes a recommendation for schools on ventilation behaviour that applies equally to seminar rooms at universities: "The following applies to room sizes of approx. 60-75 m³ and a number of pupils of usually 20-30 children per class. Here, intensive ventilation is to be provided in every (!) break in class with windows wide open, for teaching units lasting more than 45 minutes, i.e. in double lessons too or, if there is only a short break (5minutes) is provided between teaching units, during the lessons too. (...) If, during the lessons, individual students experience symptoms of illness such as repeated sneezing or coughing with the windows closed, the area should be ventilated immediately (a rapid change of air as described above). This also applies at home or in offices.”

The use of so-called CO2 traffic lights can provide a rough indication for sensitising users to ensure a sufficient change of air and is by no means a measure of the risk of infection. The use of CO2 measuring devices therefore does not replace the ventilation recommendations given above.


Building ventilation systems

Lecture halls and seminar rooms of the University of Kassel, which are equipped with a ventilation system, are currently being operated with a very high outside air volume flow and this will continue during the winter semester. This means that we have been complying with the recommendations of the professional organisations since the beginning of the last summer semester.

In its statement, the department for indoor climate of the German Statutory Accident Insurance Organisation (DGUV) states: "Technical ventilation enables filtered fresh air from outside to be continuously fed into the interior areas via central or local ventilation systems. (...) In contrast to free ventilation, ventilation systems, if correctly adjusted, guarantee a continuous and sufficient exchange of air, regardless of the external weather conditions. The risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 via properly maintained ventilation systems is therefore low. For this reason, air treatment systems should not be switched off, but on the contrary, the supply of fresh air via the air treatment system should be increased and recirculation operations should be avoided or reduced as far as possible. Only a sufficient supply of fresh air helps reduce the concentration of virus-contaminated aerosols.”

In rooms with recirculating air coolers, it is important to additionally ventilate extensively through the windows.


Mobile air circulation units

According to the Indoor Air Hygiene Commission (IRK) at the Federal Environment Agency, the most effective method of removing virus-containing aerosols from indoor spaces is to provide as much fresh air as possible. Mobile air filter units that recirculate air do not allow fresh air to enter the rooms. In the opinion of the IRK, the use of these air purifiers with integrated HEPA filters in rooms is not sufficient to effectively remove suspended particles (e.g. viruses) by filtering the indoor air for the entire period of use. Using these devices cannot replace ventilation.

The Indoor Air Hygiene Commission (IRK) also describes which requirements must be checked in advance in order to operate these devices: "This would require an exact recording of the air movement and air flow in the room as well as a specific placing of the mobile devices. The amount of the air flow rate would also have to be adapted exactly to the local conditions and room occupancy. The use of these devices can therefore not replace ventilation measures and should be a supporting measure (...) if necessary (...). Treatment of air pollutants with ozone or UV light is rejected by the IRK for both health and safety reasons.”


The aforementioned documents can be accessed via the following links: 

2. Qua­ran­ti­ne, re­porting ob­li­ga­ti­ons, Corona in­fec­tions, vac­ci­na­ti­on

(valid for business and private travel)

For up-to-date information on quarantine regulations for persons entering Germany, please visit the website of the Hessian Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration: Quarantine Regulations and Coronatests for Persons Entering Germany

Employees who return to Germany from a risk country must inform the Personnel and Organisation Department (personalfragen[at]uni-kassel[dot]de) about this without being requested to do so.

In addition, reference is made to the latest version of the Order to Control the Coronavirus dated 13 March 2020. For persons who are demonstrably infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and contact persons in category I with close contact ("fairly high" risk of infection) according to the RKI definition, any obligation to be physically present is cancelled for 14 days, provided that the public health department has not ordered isolation. During this time, the employees perform their service/work, if possible, from home using their mobile work PC. The affected employees must inform the departments immediately if quarantine has been ordered.

Upon confirmation of infection by a positive test result, the physician will report the result to the Health Department. Individuals with suspected Covid 19 or a confirmed positive coronary test shall stay away from the university/work site.
The Health Department will then contact the individual and, if necessary, the university to identify additional contacts. The following scheme will be used:
Contacts to a confirmed COVID-19 case are defined as close contacts (at increased risk of infection) if at least one of the following situations exists:
1. close contact (<1.5 m, longer than 10 minutes) without adequate protection (see below) (adequate protection = case and contact person consistently and correctly wearing MNS [mouth-nose protection] or FFP2 mask).
2. conversation with confirmed COVID-19 case (face-to-face contact, <1.5 m, regardless of duration of conversation) without adequate protection (adequate protection = case and contact person consistently and correctly wearing MNS [oral-nasal protection] or FFP2 mask).
3. Simultaneous presence of contact person and confirmed COVID-19 case in the same room with likely high concentration of infectious aerosols regardless of distance for > 10 minutes, even if MNS (mouth-nose protection) or FFP2 mask was worn consistently and correctly.
> Advanced protection: when the following conditions are met: (1) MNS as defined by BfArM or FFP2 mask AND (2) if worn continuously and correctly, i.e. tightly fitting and over both mouth and nose.
For possible inquiries on the part of the public health department for contact person tracing, participant lists must therefore always be kept and stored.

For persons who do not belong to the inner circle of contact persons, no officially ordered quarantine measures apply. As an additional and precautionary measure for these contact persons, we refer to the possibility of mobile working. Nevertheless, there are some behavioral instructions that should be observed for 14 days after the occurrence of the case of infection:

  • During this period, please continuously watch for symptoms of illness.
  • If signs of a respiratory infection such as cough, fever, chills, or a loss of taste sensation develop within the 14 days, please call your family doctor's office, ask for a sick note, and then contact the Health Department directly at 0561 787 1968.
  • Wash your hands regularly, adhere to cough and sneeze etiquette, and consistently wear mouth-to-nose coverings where distance is not possible.
  • During these 14 days, please reduce your social contacts with people belonging to risk groups (elderly, immunocompromised and chronically ill people) as much as possible.

 

The University strives to detect suspected Corona cases early so that protective measures can be taken as quickly as possible.
Employees are encouraged to immediately notify Human Resources of a confirmed Corona infection or domestic quarantine order if there was attendance and personal contact at the University during a two-day period prior to the onset of initial symptoms.

Faculty, students, and guests are encouraged to report a confirmed Corona infection or domestic quarantine order to the Occupational Health and Safety and Environmental Protection Group (arbeitssicherheit[at]uni-kassel[dot]de) if there was presence at the University during the relevant time period (two days prior to the onset of initial symptoms or a positive test).

If a confirmed Corona infection occurs and the person was present at the workplace during the two-day period prior to the onset of the first symptoms, the workplace should not be used for a period of at least 36 hours, followed by cleaning of contact surfaces with household cleaning agents. Cleaning of contact surfaces after Corona infections can be requested from the service department for maintenance cleaning (contact: reinigung[at]uni-kassel[dot]de).

In general, the infectivity of corona viruses on inanimate, dry surfaces decreases rapidly at room temperature or higher temperatures. According to current knowledge, there is no risk of infection from shared files and papers if the contamination occurred more than 24 hours ago.

Regardless of regular cleaning of surfaces, regular hand washing (20 sec with soap) and avoiding touching one's own face applies.
Precautionary surface disinfection, even of frequently used contact surfaces, is not considered necessary even in the current COVID-19 pandemic. Cleaning with common detergents is sufficiant.

Employees of the University of Kassel are assigned to vaccination priority group 3 and can register for a vaccination appointment immediately. This applies to all university employees, including academic and student assistants and lecturers. Vaccination entitlement certificates will be issued by the Department of Personnel and Organisation and sent by post to the private address without being requested during the week of 3 May - 7 May.

Make vaccination appointment

It is now possible to register online for a vaccination appointment without this certificate. Registration for a vaccination appointment is possible online as well as by telephone: https://impfterminservice.hessen.de. When registering online, please tick the affiliation to Priority Group 3 (with increased priority) and the selection field "Persons of Critical Infrastructure" when affiliation to the eligibility check. 

Employees residing outside of Hesse

For employees of the University who live outside Hesse, we recommend registering by telephone, which according to our information is also possible in these cases: 0611 505 92 888 (Daily from 08:00 - 20:00 - also on Sundays and public holidays). 

Working hours

If the vaccination appointment falls during working hours, any absences resulting from this may be credited to working hours.

 

3. Stu­dy and teaching

Digital teaching takes precedence in teaching. 
The teaching of presence is reduced to an absolutely necessary minimum for this period. It only takes place where digital teaching is impossible, where it is dependent on special classrooms (laboratory, workshop, studio) or where other – narrowly interpreted – necessities exist, such as in the field of musical or sports practice. Such courses must be released in advance by the Dean’s Office/Rectorate. 
Attendance tests will continue to take place in coordination with the lecturers. 
Excursions are suspended and do not take place. 
There is the obligation to wear mouth-nose covers/medical masks, see FAQ 1.4
Students in their final phase can be given access to special rooms such as laboratories, studios, workshops, etc. under strict hygiene measures. 
Attendance tests will continue to take place in coordination with the lecturers. 
Lecturers and audit committees are called upon to apply rules to compensate for disadvantages as generously as possible. 
The extended standard study period relevant to the BAFöG by another semester will also be available in the winter semester 2020/21. 
In addition/deviation to the university’s free trial regulation, the Ministry is determined by decree that in the summer semester 2020 and in the winter semester 2020/21 the final thesis and oral supplementary examinations may be repeated once again. 
Due to organisational reasons, examinations of the winter semester 2020/21 which have been postponed to the summer semester 2021 can be taken without further enrollment if the studies are not to be continued at the university. Until the end of the examination, the candidates concerned will be treated on an equal footing for the purposes of the examination administration and with regard to the use of the institutions of the university. 
Excursions are suspended until further notice and do not take place. 
The entrances to the building to reach the lecture halls and seminar rooms for exams are open again from 7:00 to 18:00 for general access. Other building entrances for students are to be organised by the respective areas themselves. All other university buildings remain closed for general public transport until further notice.

Students in their final phase can be given access to special rooms such as laboratories, studios, workshops, etc. under strict hygiene measures. 
Teachers are encouraged, where possible, to offer more digital alternatives to performance proofs instead of attendance tests. 
The possibilities for conducting electronic supervisory audits are explained in the “Handling for the conduct of electronic remote tests (online exams) of 4 February 2021”. As a document you can find the sample of data protection information here: PDF-Datei / Word-Datei
Lecturers and audit committees are called upon to apply rules to compensate for disadvantages as generously as possible. 
Excursions are suspended until further notice and do not take place. 
The entrances to the building to reach the lecture halls and seminar rooms for exams are open again from 7:00 to 18:00 for general access. Other building entrances for students are to be organised by the respective areas themselves. All other university buildings remain closed for general public transport until further notice.

Courses for the coming winter semester start on 2 November 2020. 
The period without any units of instruction begins on 19 December 2020 and ends on 3 January 2021.
The units of instruction end on 19 February 2021.

 

New rules for the period 2 – 30 November 2020:

  • Digital teaching is our priority.
  • Attended lectures will be reduced to an absolute minimum in November. They will only take place where digital teaching is impossible, where lectures depend on special classrooms (laboratories, workshops, studios) or where – strictly speaking – there are other needs, e.g. for music or sports practice. These courses must be approved in advance by the dean's office / the rector’s office.
  • As a new feature, face masks must be worn, even during units of instruction.
  • Face-to-face examinations will continue to take place in coordination with the lecturers.
  • Field trips are suspended for November and will not take place.
  • Due to the ongoing validity of the distance and hygiene rules, only about 20% of the seats at the university can be used.
  • The basic rule is that all modules have a digitally usable service so that students can study from home.
  • The basic rule is also that students are not obliged to use all attended services and teachers are not obliged to offer attended services in addition to their digital services.
  • The planning and implementation takes place in the departments and subjects. During planning, care is taken to ensure that classroom units and digital services are coordinated.
  • You must wear a face mask on the public passageways in the buildings at the University of Kassel and during units of instruction. They are areas in buildings that allow access to rooms and buildings, such as corridors, entrance areas, stairs and lifts. The obligation to wear a face mask also applies in areas and spaces that are intended to be used by students beyond units of instruction for the purpose of study, as well as to catering and supply centres. Face masks must also be worn if it is not possible to maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from other people. This applies to all areas of the university, in buildings, in the open air and in vehicles.

All excursions are suspended for November 2020 and will not take place.

Units of teaching such as laboratory sessions, excursions, etc., where attendance is an absolute prerequisite for achieving the learning objectives, e.g. due to the use of equipment on site, can be carried out provide that the hygiene concepts are used.

Please use the appropriate forms for this purpose:

For excursions, the usual approval procedure must still be followed (see www.uni-kassel.de/go/exkursion [internal]).

If necessary, the examining boards can determine alternative forms for the relevant study components.

Oral examinations are – provided that hygiene concepts are used - basically possible.

During the 2020/21winter semester, the examining boards of the departments may permit special forms of examination, such as video conferences. If they are used, guarantees must be provided, among other things, that all those involved agree to this form of examination, the identity of the candidate can be established by means of an identification card, he or she is alone in the room and no inadmissible aids are being used.

If examiners or students belong to a risk group or cannot be present due to supervision tasks or for other important reasons, it is possible (if approved by the responsible examination board) to conduct the oral examination as a video conference. Guarantees must be provided that all parties involved agree to this form of examination, the video conference is managed by the examiner(s) and conducted using a secure service, the identity of the examinee can be established by video image and the presentation of an official identification document, he/she is alone in the room and no unauthorised aids are being used, - and an examination protocol is drawn up in the usual manner. The explanation of the examination evaluation to the examinee will be given orally during the video conference. If the candidate fails, he/she must confirm orally that the evaluation has been explained to him/her. If the examination has to be cancelled for technical reasons, the examination will be deemed not to have been taken. This is determined by the examiner or the chairman of the examining board. If this procedure is not desired, the examination may have to be postponed to a later date.

Entrance, stay, exit in the e-assessment centre

  • Observe the hygiene regulations: wash your hands frequently, sneeze or cough in the crook of your arm, etc. After each examination, we disinfect table surfaces, input devices and screens.
  • Wear a face mask. Put on your face mask before entering the e-assessment centre. You can use a face mask in the same way as for shopping.
  • The lockers are not available. For this reason, do not bring any luggage. Only a small bag or daypack is allowed’ it must be placed on the outside walls or behind the examination places in the examination room. Switch off your cell phone or smartwatch immediately and stow it in your bag, this will save time. You are allowed to bring one drink. Make sure to use a sealable container (e.g. a bottle with a screw cap). You can then place the drink on the floor next to you.
  • There will be individual admission to the e-assessment centre. Only enter the e-assessment centre individually and when prompted. Please also observe the rules governing the distance to your fellow students and employees. If there are queues in the entrance area and in front of the building, maintain a distance of 1.5 - 2 meters, observe the markings on the floor.
  • In the e-assessment centre, take a paper label with your last name, first name and password at the counter. You will need the password later to register in the examination system. If your label is not available, although you have registered for the exam, please contact the exam supervisor.
  • Then go to the examination room. Every other place will be occupied in the examination room. You will be assigned a free place. Wait until you are requested to log on at the computer.
  • Put your certificate of enrolment or your student ID and your photo ID on your desk. These documents are required for the identity check during the exam.
  • A representative of your faculty will give an introduction to the content of your exam. You will then receive a short introduction to the use of the e-examination system by the staff from the Teaching Service Centre. You can then register and start your exam.
  • Remain seated even after having uploaded your exam. This also applies if you have completed your exam before the time limit expires.
  • People will be dismissed individually from the e-assessment centre. Do not leave the e-assessment centre until you are individually prompted to do so. You will always leave the e-assessment centre individually and be at least 1.5 metres away from the person in front of you. The exit is via a separate door.
  • The examination only starts when everyone is safely seated in their seat. You will not be put at a disadvantage by any queues that may form.

Logging in and writing the exam

You should only look into the examination system after you have been requested to do so. You will need your enrolment number and the password, which you will find on your label. You can now start the exam. Please note the following information:

  • It is possible that your lecturer has set a time limit for your exam, after which your exam will be sent off automatically. If an exam has a time limit, you will be informed about this at the beginning of the exam. You can check the remaining time on your exam computer at any time, as it is displayed on the screen.
  • You can change, complete or correct your answers at any time during the exam. Please note! There are e-exams that consist of several blocks. In these exams you can only change answers within one block. As soon as the task block is completed, you cannot change the answers that you have entered. If an exam consists of several completed blocks, this will be indicated at the beginning. The screen also shows which block you are currently in.
  • As with a paper exam, once you have handed in your exam, you cannot call it back. If you click on "Submit exam" in the exam system and have not yet answered all questions, a security question will appear which you must confirm first. If you confirm it with "yes", the exam will be sent and cannot be recalled.

Once you have handed in your exam, please log out of the system.

Examination results and post-examination review

Your lecturer will tell you whether you have passed and with what grade. Depending on the structure of the exam and the type of tasks used, this can take between a few days and a few weeks.

Your lecturer will also inform you about when and where you can view your exam.

Getting to know the e-examination environment

Here you have the opportunity to get to know the e-examination environment better and write a sample test.

Go to the following page: uni-kassel.de/go/self-assessment

Name: Guest
Password: Guest

Here you have the opportunity to watch a video about the e-assessment centre.

In addition to/deviation from our own free attempt regulations, the Ministry has determined that in the summer semester of 2020 and the winter semester of 2020/21, final theses and supplementary oral examinations that have been assessed as definitively failed may be repeated once again. For the coming summer semester 2021, a free attempt is already promised for all examinations taken in the last attempt. This does not apply to cheating. In detail, this means that a second important regulation in the ordinance is provided with regard to the repetition of examinations that cannot be repeated under 'normal' conditions according to the relevant examination regulations. This regulation will extend in a few areas the current comprehensive free attempt regulation of the University of Kassel, which came into force for the winter semester 2020/21. This regulation, which however only covers the repetition of failed final attempts and not the possibility of improving grades, will then also apply to examinations that have not been covered by the university-side regulations to date (theses including doctorates, oral supplementary examinations, artistic courses of study). The relevant restrictions of the university regulations will thus no longer apply. For corresponding failed examinations that have taken place in the summer semester 2020, the possibility of repetition will be created upon application, which must be submitted to the responsible examination office by March 31, 2021. Information about the entry into force of the relevant regulation will be provided on the FAQ pages. Examination offices and examination boards cannot become active before then, as they will also only be informed about the exact wording of the regulation then - questions to these institutions should therefore please only be submitted after the regulation has been announced.


The Senate issued a ruling on 8 July 2020 about making non-binding attempts at examinations for courses that lead to a bachelor’s or master’s degree or a teaching degree. Any examinations, which have not been passed during the summer semester in 2020 and the winter semester 20202/21, with the exception of final dissertations, will be regarded as having not been taken. Any examinations passed during the both semester may be repeated on one occasion so that candidates can improve their grades. If the exam is repeated, the better result will count. Any examinations, which were not passed on account of fraud or infringements, will not be covered by this rule. Any rules envisaged in the subject examination regulations, which go beyond these measures, will not be affected by this. The opportunity of making use of a supplementary examination according to Section 18a will not be affected by this either. Registration for an exam to improve grades in an examination that was passed during the summer semester in 2020 must be completed by 30 September 2021 at the very latest. For the winter semester 2020/21, the corresponding deadline is 31.03.2022. This option will lapse after this time. In the case of any examinations that are repeated according to these provisions in future, you will not have any right to insist that your chosen examination format is retained. 

The following explanations and information seem to be important in this regard: the starting point for this rule is the time when the examination is taken. It therefore also applies to any examinations that have been postponed to this period from the winter semester in 2019/20. The key period here is the summer semester period from 1 April 2020 until 31 October 2020 and the winter semester 2020/21 both for exams that have not been passed and repeating exams to improve grades. Any exams not taken (“non-appearance”) will not be treated like exams that have been passed. The supplementary oral examination according to Section 18a of the general rules for university courses leading to a bachelor’s or master’s degree is not governed by this rule; it cannot be repeated. ‘Final dissertations’ in the sense of these rules involve the dissertations written for a bachelor’s or master’s degree or academic dissertations on courses leading to state examinations.

The Senate will soon have to decide whether examinations for the 2020/21 winter semester that have been postponed to April 2021 should also be subject to this regulation.

The examination administration departments for the courses of study can be contacted in the faculties.

In the light of the fact that the summer semester in 2020 has not been taken into consideration in terms of the maximum period for BAFöG support (student loans), the State of Hesse has issued a ruling that “differs from the normal period of study laid down in the examination regulations according to Section 19 of the Hesse Higher Education Act […] and sets an individual normal study period that has been increased by one semester for students who have been enrolled for university courses during the summer semester of 2020 or are pursuing a course that is concluded by a state or church examination.” (Order to Handle the Effects of the SARSCoV2 Pandemic in the Higher Education Sector, dated 1 July 2020 and published in the Law and Ordinance Gazette on 14 July 2020, p. 499).

This rule also applies to students at the University of Kassel on leave of absence in the 2020 summer semester. It is now part of the certificate of study history, which students can access via the self-service function at the eCampus. This rule does not apply to questions of university statistics and university funding. The Student Services Organisation is responsible for issues related to BAFöG: (cf. www.studierendenwerk-kassel.de/info-covid19/)

Comprehensive information about Bafög and student funding is available at the website of the Student Services Organisation: www.studierendenwerk-kassel.de/info-covid19/

 

  • Time spent abroad is generally possible. In view of the pandemic, the situation is very dynamic and can lead to changes at short notice. It is therefore strongly recommended that, before beginning any time abroad, you should find out about the entry and residence conditions of the respective host country as well as the requirements and general conditions of the host institution.
  • Employees should also inform themselves about the university's guidelines on business trips.
  • In addition, we recommend that you regularly visit the websites of the German Foreign Ministry and the host institution for further information.
  • Students who have to complete mandatory time abroad, please contact the respective examining board.
  • It is possible to postpone your time in most cases. You must check whether an approved scholarship has to be repaid in case of early termination or non-appearance in each individual case or this will depend on the standards set by the respective scholarship provider.
  • If you have successfully applied for an exchange place, you can use the online services of the host university. In many cases, it is also possible to combine classroom and online teaching and obtain financial support.
  • If you have any questions, the team at the International Office will be happy to assist you.

4. Mee­tings, con­fe­ren­ces and non-cur­ri­cu­lar events

No events are authorised for the month of November.

 

Senate meetings are conducted via video conference and are open to the university public. Dial-in details can be obtained from Ms. Honig (email: yvonne.honig@uni-kassel.de).

 

5. Re­gu­la­ti­ons for em­ployees

The HMWK service instruction of 12.02.2021 replaces the previous service instruction of 28.10.2020.

The "mobile work" regulation agreement remains unaffected by this and applies initially until 30.09.2021. The scope of work in mobile work can exceed the 40% share. In addition, the regulatory agreement on mobile work shall continue to apply accordingly, initially until 30.09.2021.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has updated its information on risk groups that could suffer from the coronavirus seriously. It is not possible to generally make a final classification for a risk group. On the contrary coma a medical practitioner needs to make a personal risk assessment.

If work at home is not possible, work must be organised to take into account the hygiene and safety standards (maintaining a distance of at least 1.5 metres , if necessary, working when fewer people are around, or assignment to a different task).

If neither work at home or work at the office is possible, any overtime in the flexitime account or overtime hours need to be used.

If all of the above possibilities are exhausted or are not possible after consultation with superiors, paid leave of absence from work can be considered. In these cases, please contact the Personnel and Organisation Department (personalfragen[at]uni-kassel[dot]de)

As a rule, partial or complete exemption from compulsory service, with continued payment of remuneration, due to childcare is not an option.
If the crèche, kindergarten or school is closed due to infection control measures, employees with children under 12 years of age may be allowed to work mobile in case of home care. Agreements already made remain valid.
In cases of exceptional hardship, leave from work or duty may be granted with continued payment for periods outside school holidays or closing times if

  • the community childcare facility or school is actually partially or completely closed or in limited regular operation
  • the children have not yet reached the age of 12 or are dependent on assistance due to physical, mental or emotional handicap
  • mobile work is not possible
  • credit hours on the flexitime account, overtime and extra hours as well as annual leave have been used
  • alternative care options (e.g. emergency child care, another parent, family care community) are not available even on an hourly basis

If employees have to care for relatives in need of care (with a care degree according to SGB XI) because the care facility is temporarily closed due to the Corona pandemic or the care service is cancelled or foreign care workers cannot enter the country, or if they have to accompany a close person in a hospice or hospital during the dying process, employees with custody rights affected by this can be granted partial or complete fulfilment of the tasks in mobile work at their reasonable discretion. 
If all of the aforementioned options have been exhausted or are not possible after consultation with superiors, please contact personalfragen[at]uni-kassel[dot]de to review the individual case.

 

The Executive Board has agreed on principles for mobile work with the Staff Council in a so-called "regulatory agreement". This means that participation in mobile work is possible for administrative-technical employees if all the following points are fulfilled:

  • The tasks must be suitable for completion at home.
  • It is possible to maintain service operations.
  • Data protection and data security are guaranteed.
  • Any overload is avoided.
  • The participation is voluntary.

The regulation has been in effect since 1 August 2020 and is currently limited until 30 September 2021. Based on the experience gained by then, a permanent regulation is to be introduced.
The regulation agreement relates to administrative and technical staff - regardless of whether they are civil servants or employees covered by collective agreements. The regulations for academic staff are not affected by this and continue to apply. The instruction on dealing with the Corona virus in the business area of the HMWK of 12.02.2021 remains unaffected by this, i.e. applies in addition.

Student assistants and student workers with a first professional university degree please use the form Mobile Work Assistants (C090).

For research assistants, the individual home office agreements made with superiors before the corona pandemic can be used, provided that the tasks are still suitable for completion in a home office. A corresponding agreement can be found here: Vereinbarung Homeoffice

A new agreement is not necessary in the context of the corona pandemic if an individual home office agreement has already been concluded and has not yet been cancelled.

 

Here you will find further information about working from home, such as how to manage situations from a distance or conduct virtual meetings and conferences: Mobile Work

  • On days on which work at home continues all day, the employees independently re-enter their actual working time via a “correction” workflow (on the following working day) in tisoware®. Overtime and additional work are basically not possible on the days when people work from home. Deviations are only permissible in special individual cases.
  • On days when people partly work at the University of Kassel and partly at home, the employees enter their arrival and departure times on the time recording device for the attendance time at the University of Kassel. The employees re-enter their actual working time for working at home independently via a “correction” workflow (on the following working day) in tisoware®. Overtime and additional work are basically not possible on the days when people work from home. Deviations are only permissible in special individual cases.
  • On the days when employees work full-time at the University of Kassel, the employees enter their arrival and departure times on the time recording device On these days, flexitime plus hours or flexitime minus hours are recorded as usual and can be used within the scope of the flexitime employment agreement.
  • Travel time between the office and the mobile workplace is not working time.
  • Employees who are in quarantine as contact person according to 5.14 and who are able to complete their tasks in mobile work in coordination with their supervisor, record the working time after returning to the workplace using a correction workflow (see above).
    Employees who are in quarantine as a contact person according to 5.14 and if, in agreement with their supervisor, it is not possible to complete the task in mobile work, send a corresponding e-mail with the request for correction (please specify the time period) to the supervisor upon return to the workplace, who will forward it to zeiterfassung@uni-kassel.de

It is generally not possible to order overtime or additional work during telework / work at home; exceptions to this rule are only possible in individual cases of pandemic-related workloads.

Official discussions and committee meetings Should ideally take place without any personal contact. If personal attendance is necessary, the premises should be selected in such a way that a minimum distance of 1.5 metres can be followed. Please make use of the instructions at https://www.uni-kassel.de/its/startseite/homeoffice-und-mobile-arbeit

How can I protect myself and others during meetings?

  • The Federal Centre for Health Education has summarized the most important hygiene instructions in this diagram: Grafik 
  • Consider whether the meeting can be postponed or replaced by a conference call
  • Limit the group of participants to the required employees / participants
  • Limit topics and time to what is absolutely necessary
  • If possible, you should distribute the group of people in the room so that a certain safety distance (1-2m are recommended) is achieved
  • Do not shake hands
  • Before the beginning of the meeting, everyone should wash their hands thoroughly
  • Participants with cold symptoms should stay away from the event
  • Participants or returnees from risk areas should stay away from the event,; they can possibly be linked up by phone
  • Observe coughing and sneezing hygiene: do not cough or sneeze into your hand, but into the crook of your arm, or preferably leave the meeting room for a short time
  • Take any used handkerchiefs away with us, if relevant, and then dispose of them in a closed waste container
  • Keep your distance from each other during calls. A 15-minute intensive conversation without a safe distance in a room between two people is considered sufficient for transmission.
  • Keep a list of participants with names and contact details (telephone, e-mail) for possible inquiries and keep it safe

To reduce the risk of infection, children may still not to be brought into the offices.

The University of Kassel has reserved a quota of childcare hours for its employees in the flexible childcare program studykidscare from the Studierendenwerk. Children between the ages of 6 months and 12 years can be looked after there. If you are interested, please contact the Family Welcome Service, Mareike Schön (mareike.schoen@uni-kassel.de).

Discussions within the framework of conflict management should be primarily held online; if it is essential for all those involved to meet, compliance with the hygiene standards specified in the service instructions must be ensured.

Discussions within the framework of company integration management should be primarily held online in November 2020; if it is essential for all those involved to meet, compliance with the hygiene standards specified in the service instructions must be ensured.

In the event of sickness, all employees must report sick on the first day of illness, as in the past. Presenting a sick note is only required from the 4th calendar day onwards.

Employees who are in quarantine, especially as a Category 1 contact person after contact with an infected person, agree with their supervisor whether it is possible to carry out the service tasks in mobile work.

If this is not possible, please inform the Personnel and Organization Department and send an e-mail to personalfragen@uni-kassel.de.

 

  • In principle, any approved recovery holiday due to the corona pandemic and holiday trips that are possibly lost as a result vacation trips cannot be reclaimed.
  • As before, it is only possible to reclaim approved vacation in justified individual cases with the consent of your superior. This can be done in particular if, for urgent operational reasons, the individual employee is indispensable, e.g. to maintain business operations, despite any planned holiday.

Further training will primarily take place digitally.

Missions in risk areas: For the time being, travel abroad in risk areas remains strongly discouraged. Therefore, in principle, no official travel permits are granted for this purpose. The characteristics of the mandatory necessity or necessity shall be subject to the highest requirements by the superiors/authorising bodies. In view of the pandemic situation in Germany in recent months, missions within Germany should also be omitted and a high standard should be set for the compelling necessity. 
Missions to viral and high-incidence areas will not be authorised until further notice. 
Excursions will not be permitted until further notice. 
Participation in online conferences or the like is not a business trip. Costs incurred, such as participant fees, must be settled directly via the Finance Department.

 

For the time being, selection interviews in the context of job appointments will only take place digitally. Please note the information under Informationen zur Durch­füh­rung von Aus­wahl­ge­sprä­chen per Vi­deo­te­le­fo­nie 

It is not yet known whether proof of the reason (travel to the workplace) will be required in the context of possible checks by the security authorities.

The employer's certificate issued in March 2020 for a large number of employees or a certificate of employment can be used as proof - alternatively, an existing service card can be used.

In order to be prepared for possible checks, employees who live in areas where the movement radius is restricted to 15 km due to a corresponding incidence can contact the responsible personnel administrator or personalfragen[at]uni-kassel[dot]de to have a certificate of indispensability issued.

 

 

As a result of the current pandemic conditions, junior scientists in temporary qualification positions may experience impairments in the qualification process that make it necessary to extend the period of employment.

We have compiled information on the application requirements and the application procedure for you here:  www.uni-kassel.de/go/corona-vertragsverlaengerung

 

 

6. Information sour­ces and down­load

The Corona warning app has been available for downloading since 16 June 2020. If you have the app, you can be informed anonymously and quickly if you have been in the vicinity of an infected person. The more people use the corona warning app, the faster chains of infection can be broken in future. You can find the most important information about the app on the following website of the Federal Ministry of Health: https://www.zusammengegencorona.de/informieren/praevention