Increasing Number of Infections: Crisis Management Team and RWTH Rectorate Put New Measures in Place

October 19th, 2020 | by

Due to the increasing rate of infection in the City of Aachen and the Städteregion – the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days has exceeded 100 – the Crisis Management Team and the RWTH Rectorate have therefore agreed on the following additional measures to reduce the risk of infection at RWTH and thus slow down the spread of coronavirus:

  • The Rectorate and the Crisis Management Team urgently recommend the management of all university institutions to let their employees work from home as comprehensively as possible (i.e. up to 100%), wherever such an arrangement is feasible. If this is not the case, shift systems or other solutions that reduce the risk of infection in the long term should be implemented.
  • All teaching activities – with the exception of courses and events that require in-person attendance (lab practicals and excursions) – are to be held remotely until further notice. Courses and events for first-semester Bachelor’s students will initially begin virtually. The existing obligation to wear masks during all in-person teaching and exam sessions – with the exception of written exams – continues to apply.
  • Students now also have to wear masks at their desk in study spaces.
  • Work meetings may now only be held in person if absolutely necessary and only absolutely necessary participants may attend. All attendees must wear their masks and adhere to the known hygiene regulations throughout.
  • With regard to public events offered by RWTH or held on the RWTH premises that third parties are granted access to, the current regulations of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, City of Aachen, and Städteregion Aachen (compulsory mask-wearing, extended minimum distance of 2 m…) continue to apply.

The above restrictions shall be lifted again as soon as the rate of infection in the City of Aachen and Städteregion Aachen has fallen below 100 in a one-week period. The announcements of the City of Aachen and Städteregion Aachen provide the basis for these measures.

The university management urges all employees to support and consistently adhere to all the required measures for the sake of their own health and that of those around them. Thomas Trännapp, the head of the crisis management team, would like to thank all employees and students for their cooperation.

The guidelines on holding exams, courses, and exam reviews will be revised in due course and published on the respective websites.

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