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Important Guidance From the Crisis Management Team on the Regulations Effective From April 4, 2022

April 1st, 2022 | by

The previously effective legal regulations regarding access to teaching and exam activities (3G rule), distancing, and masks cease to apply from April 3.

General Information

Due to the current infection rates, the Crisis Management Team and the Rectorate strongly recommend that the AHA-L rules (distancing-hygiene-mask+ventilating) be observed wherever possible. I would like to point out the RWTH campaign here: We Are Still Wearing Our Masks.

Appropriate templates for rooms, entrances but also presentations are available at https://www.rwth-aachen.de/go/id/ujbed

Please note that any individuals with cold symptoms that have not been clarified by a doctor are still not allowed to enter the RWTH premises. In this case, please first have the symptoms clarified by a doctor. Correspondingly, chronically ill persons are recommended to keep a medical certificate on them for their own convenience, if necessary.

If individuals have a coronavirus infection, they are asked to familiarize themselves with the relevant isolation rules (see also https://www.mags.nrw/sites/default/files/asset/document/corona_schaubild.pdf). Here, of course, the ban on entering RWTH premises also applies. Information on the duration of required isolation periods can be obtained from the local health department.

Notes on Working On Site

  • The recommendations of the Occupational Safety and Radiation Protection Staff Unit have been updated. The new versions of the documents are available at: https://www.rwth-aachen.de/go/id/uebzi
  • Partly as a result of the changed legal framework and partly due to the increase in on-site work, supervisors must review and once again adjust risk assessments for working on site. The templates for the risk assessments are available here: https://www9.rwth-aachen.de/go/id/crga. Please note that measures resulting from the risk assessments (e.g. wearing a face mask) are binding for all employees.
  • Last year, the so-called “2G” option (not to be confused with the 2G rule) was introduced. Employees who wish to use this option can find further information here: https://www9.rwth-aachen.de/go/id/crga

Further, supervisors may grant remote working as an appropriate infection control measure. The regulations in force from April 1, 2022, regarding working from home and situational mobile work can be found here: https://blog.rwth-aachen.de/corona/2022/03/11/home-office-regelung-ab-1-april-2022/?lang=en

The Crisis Management Team and the Rectorate are aware that at this stage of the pandemic, it is even more important than before that all of us in the university community act responsibly not only on our own behalf but to protect others as well. RWTH has come through the pandemic so well so far because University staff has been very conscientious when it comes to implementing the existing regulations, thus demonstrating a special sense of community and solidarity. The Crisis Management Team and the Rectorate would like to appeal to everyone to continue in this spirit and act responsibly!

The University Sports Center Asks Participants to Continue to Take Safety Precautions

March 31st, 2022 | by

Starting Monday, April 4, 2022, the 3G rule will no longer apply at the University Sports Center, HSZ for short. “Nevertheless, we urge all participants to continue to get tested before attending classes and to wear a mask on their way to and from the indoor sports facilities as well as in the waiting area to further minimize potential infections,” said Peter Lynen, director of the HSZ.

For more information, go to the HSZ website.

RWTH Is Counting on Community Spirit: “We Are Still Wearing Our Masks”

March 31st, 2022 | by

The new University Ordinance on the Coronavirus Epidemic enters into effect on April 1. Starting April 3, with the beginning of the new semester, RWTH will no longer have a legal basis to compel everyone to wear masks, maintain minimum distances, and comply with the 3G rule. However, in the spirit of solidarity, RWTH is committed to keeping everyone in the university community safe. For this reason, the Rectorate and AStA have agreed to launch a campaign at RWTH: We Are Still Wearing Our Masks. This campaign will require everyone to still wear masks in the hallways, study spaces, and lecture halls. Instructors are asked to urge their students to wear masks in class and to make the best use of the space available in the lecture halls. “We hope we can count on everyone’s community spirit,“ emphasizes Professor Aloys Krieg, Vice-Rector for Teaching and Learning.

Adjustments of COVID-19 regulations at RWTH

March 23rd, 2022 | by

The amendments to the Infection Protection Act have led to the following adjustments of COVID-19 regulations at RWTH:

  • The 3G rule at the workplace has been dropped. The building-related 3G rule thus also no longer applies. Please note, however, that until April 2, 2022, participating in courses and exams will continue to be possible only if the 3G rule is observed. The previous offers or obligations to check for 3G-compliance remain in place.
  • Employers are no longer obligated to make a home office offer to their staff. However, home office arrangements can still be implemented as an appropriate infection control measure. The regulations in force from April 1, 2022 regarding working from home and situational mobile work can be found here [https://blog.rwth-aachen.de/corona/2022/03/11/home-office-regelung-ab-1-april-2022/].
  • When working on site, employees must be offered at least one self-test per week. These tests can still be obtained free of charge from the RWTH Purchasing Portal. [ https://rwth-kaufhaus.de/ ]
  • The recommendations of the Occupational Safety and Radiation Protection Staff Unit for working on site have been updated. Please find the updated version here [ https://www.rwth-aachen.de/go/id/uebzi/lidx/1 ]

The previous regulations continue to apply in all other respects. As soon as the state of North Rhine-Westphalia has come to a decision about the COVID-19 regulations effective from April 3, we will inform you in a timely manner. This applies in particular to regulations that may affect teaching activities and exams. Currently, however, more far-reaching regulations (such as not continuing the 3G rule, etc.) are not expected as of this date.

Work-from-Home Arrangements

March 11th, 2022 | by

Until March 19, 2022, the statutory obligation to make a home office offer continues to apply. Until the end of the winter semester (March 31, 2022), up to 100% home office can be granted by mutual agreement based on a regulation at RWTH. The legal regulations around the pandemic situation that will apply as of March 20, 2022, are currently still under political discussion. Nevertheless, we are already receiving increased inquiries as to which home office regulations will apply at RWTH from April 1, 2022 onwards.

Unless further legislation is brought into force by the federal or state government, the Crisis Management Team and the University Management have agreed to implement the following work-from-home policy from April 1, 2022 until the end of the summer vacation (August 9, 2022):

Employees and supervisors may mutually agree to implement home office for up to 60% of their weekly working hours. No involvement of the HR department or further documentation is required for such a consensual agreement. In addition, the new “Agreement on Working from Home and Situational Mobile Work” (in German) can be used as an alternative or in addition to the options for situational mobile work.

On the one hand, this regulation is intended to continue to protect us from infection and, on the other hand, it serves to enable a smooth transition to the framework conditions of the new “Agreement on Working from Home and Situational Mobile Work”.

Proof Requirement 3G in University Sports

March 10th, 2022 | by

Current corona-related regulations for participation in university sports classes (Access to University Sports Indoor and Outdoor).

  • Two Vaccinations –> no test needed
  • Recovery and Vaccination –> no test needed
  • Recovery –> no test needed
  • No Immunization –> test is obligatory

Participation in our classes is subject to the presentation of the following proofs:

1. Presentation of proof of recovery

whereby the proof of infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has to date back at least 28 days as well as a maximum of 3 months.

or

2. Presentation of proof of vaccination

A complete immunization record consists of:

  • vaccination certificate (digital or paper certificate of a vaccination facility) with a vaccine approved in Germany. Proof of a complete protective vaccination against the coronavirus-SARS-CoV-2 for which the administration of the last prescribed or recommended vaccination dose took place at least 14 days ago. In case of vaccination with a non-approved vaccine, the University Medical Center offers to provide an appropriate certificate for vaccinations with an equivalent vaccine to support a smooth process of the 3G examinations at RWTH Aachen University.

or

or

3. Proof of a Negative Test

Tested persons, as defined by the Coronavirus Protection Ordinance, are persons who have a negative result certified in accordance with the Coronavirus Test and Quarantine Ordinance from a rapid antigen test performed no more than 24 hours ago or a PCR test certified by an accepted laboratory no more than 48 hours ago. A Corona self-test carried out under the supervision of a person instructed in this regard can also be used to issue a test certificate under special conditions. Currently, this only applies to Corona self-tests for RWTH employees.

General information

The proofs must be presented in either German or English and in conjunction with an identification document. If you have any questions regarding the recognition of your vaccination certificate, please visit the FAQ page of RWTH Aachen University. For example, under the heading “I got my Covid-19 vaccination outside of Europe. Will it be recognized as proof of a 3G option here?”

All regulations are based on the current Coronavirus Protection Ordinance NRW. In order to further minimize the incidence of infection, the regulations of Aachen University Sports may go beyond the current legal regulations in coordination with the crisis management team of RWTH Aachen University.

Since checking the documents takes more time than the usual access controls, we ask you to arrive at the sports facility at least 15 minutes before the start of your sports class. You should also expect a corresponding waiting time.

Summer Semester: Classes Predominantly Held Face-to-Face

March 9th, 2022 | by

Although the University Ordinance on the Coronavirus Epidemic has not been extended or updated yet, the University is attempting to determine rules for the summer semester after consultation at a special meeting of the Rectorate’s Commission for Teaching, as all parties will need some notice.

In line with the assessment of the Ministry of Culture and Science, the summer semester will be predominantly face-to-face: According to the Rectorate, courses and events will generally be held in person. Professor Aloys Krieg, Vice-Rector for Teaching and Learning, adds: “We currently do not have any information on regulations regarding checks, distancing and mask requirements, etc.”

Instructors are encouraged to continue the flipped classroom format that had already proven to be effective prior to the pandemic. If instructors would like to offer their courses in an exclusively remote format for justifiable reasons, please clarify this with the respective Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs or Dean’s Office. In such cases, instructors are urged to inform students via announcements on the relevant websites or the virtual classroom well ahead of time.

According to information from the health department of Städteregion Aachen, the facility-based vaccination requirement at Uniklinik RWTH Aachen only applies to students who are directly in contact with patients. The Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs or Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Medicine will discuss the exact arrangement directly with the students concerned.

RWTH asks for your understanding that regulations are subject to change due to the unforeseeable pandemic developments during the summer semester.

Vaccinations Without Appointment

February 16th, 2022 | by

The University Medical Center is offering vaccinations (first, second, and booster) on February 17 and February 24, 2022, between 8:30am and 2pm, even without prior appointment bookings. The vaccinations are administered at Uniklinik RWTH Aachen (Spiegelsaal, elevator B2, floor E, corridor 03, room 01). Please also check our FAQ for more information about vaccinations.

New Guidelines on Holding Exams

February 11th, 2022 | by

In coordination with the Crisis Management Team, Division 1.1 has published an updated version of the “Guidelines on Holding Exams in the 2021/2022 Winter Semester”.

These guidelines are available for download.

Exam Period

February 2nd, 2022 | by

Rectorate, Crisis Management Team, the Deans of Academic Affairs, and the Chairpersons of the Examination Boards have strongly urged all instructors to hold any written exams remotely this upcoming exam period. Unfortunately, ZuseLab may not be used for occupational safety reasons. On the other hand, it is the instructors’ constitutionally protected right to decide whether to hold their exams in person or remotely. Therefore, all instructors had the opportunity to submit a request if they wanted to offer their students in-person written exams. Accordingly, about 70 of the approximately 1,500 exams will be conducted in person. However, all instructors should still offer an alternative format for those who cannot come to RWTH due to quarantine and isolation orders.

Exam dates will generally remain the same, although we will move some weekend dates to the beginning of the following week. Your instructors will have the most current information about when and in what form your written exams will take place. Please get in touch with them if you need more information.