Archive for December, 2020

Updated Regulations on Travelers Returning from Abroad – Netherlands Designate Germany as a Risk Area

December 28th, 2020 | by

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia has updated the regulations of the Corona Einreiseverordnung (Coronavirus Entry Ordinance).

For travelers returning from a risk area, the requirements of the Federal Ministry of Health regarding the reporting obligation still apply.

In addition, travelers must be tested within 24 hours of their return at the latest.

The special regulations for travelers from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Republic of South Africa regarding mandatory testing and a quarantine order also  continue to apply.

Exemptions to these regulations apply to cross-border commuters who are not subject to mandatory testing. In case of doubt, please contact the responsible health department.

Individuals who are subject to testing are prohibited from entering RWTH until the (negative) test result is announced.

The Netherlands have designated Germany as a risk area. Travelers entering the Netherlands from Germany must immediately enter a ten-day quarantine. Exemptions for cross-border commuters (for example employees or students of RWTH) apply.

Students who need a certificate should contact the Registrar’s Office. Employees should contact the respective divisions of the human resources department.

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Closure and Ban on Entering the Sports Facilities

December 16th, 2020 | by

As a consequence of the new Coronavirus Protection Ordinance (Coronaschutzverordnung), all sports facilities at the University Sports Center (HSZ) will be closed from December 16, 2020, to at least January 10, 2021. “We regret that we have had to impose these restrictions, but these measures support the efforts to drastically reduce the rate of infection. Despite these restrictions, everyone can continue to keep fit with our virtual offerings!” explains Peter Lynen, director of the HSZ.

All facilities of the University Sports Center are affected by the closure with absolutely no exceptions. At the same time, a ban on entering the facilities will apply for the specified period. The reopening of the sports facilities and the resumption of sports operations will depend on future developments and will be communicated on the HSZ website at short notice.

The HSZ is offering on-demand and live workouts for everyone. The workouts will pause over the Christmas Break from December 18. The next round of “Digital Workouts Live” will then resume on January 6, 2021. The varied offerings can be booked from January 5. All participants will then be able to start their day in a sporty way again with the “Early Bird”, get moving at lunchtime, or take part in a wide variety of individual course offerings in the evening. All offerings remain free of charge and will be broadcast live via Zoom.

The HSZ would like to point out that the Service Point is currently only available by telephone, email, or upon prior appointment. All measures taken to close the center are based on the instructions of the Federal Ministry of Health, the requirements of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, and the Crisis Management Teams of the Aachen city region and RWTH Aachen University.

Dining Halls Closed From Wednesday

December 15th, 2020 | by

The Crisis Management Team of Studierendenwerk has decided that as of tomorrow, Wednesday, December 16, all dining halls, cafeterias, and coffee bars will be closed until further notice. This also applies to the administration area at Pontwall, which will only be accessible by telephone and email.

The Studierendenwerk Infopoint at Pontwall 3 will be open for students daily from 11 am to 12 noon, up to and including December 22. However, students should refrain from showing up in person, unless they have an urgent case.

The Crisis Management Team will decide how operations will continue in the new year in January, taking into account the current situation.

Further Offers for Service Operations and Vacation Arrangements During Lockdown (December 16, 2020 to January 8, 2021)

December 14th, 2020 | by

In order to reduce the need for transportation to and from the workplace as much as possible, we have created the following offers or arrangements. Read the rest of this entry »

Updated Regulations on Travel

December 7th, 2020 | by

Due to the updated legal specifications and out of concern for all University members, University Management, in consultation with the Crisis Management Team of RWTH Aachen University, has updated the following regulations regarding travel. In principle, the following still applies: As soon as anyone exhibits COVID-19 symptoms, they are expressly prohibited from entering the RWTH premises. In addition, the following regulations apply to travel to risk areas at present.

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Quarantine Ordinance of the Federal State of NRW

December 7th, 2020 | by

The federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia has published a quarantine regulation, which, among other things, is intended to relieve the burden on the local health authorities. Aachen Städteregion has announced that: Read the rest of this entry »

“Free Attempt Regulation” Applies to Winter Semester Exams

December 7th, 2020 | by

The RWTH rectorate has decided to extend the “free attempt regulation” to apply to the 2020/21 winter semester as well. According to the regulation, exams taken in winter semester which are graded as “failed” or “insufficient” are considered ‘not taken’. However, this regulation does not apply to exams that have been graded as failed due to non-attendance without providing a good reason, due to a cheating attempt, or due to a breach of regulations.

Please also note that in the 2020/21 winter semester, it is no longer possible or to withdraw from an exam until five minutes before the start of the exam. According to the new regulation, in the winter semester, you can withdraw from an exam via RWTHonline up until 24 hours before the exam.