In the winter semester, the University may offer extensive on-site teaching again for the first time in the Corona pandemic. Here, students learn what they should be prepared for.
After three semesters with severe restrictions due to the Corona pandemic, Julius-Maximilians-Universität (JMU) Würzburg is to become a place once again where students and lecturers can meet directly. The basis for this is provided by the Free State of Bavaria’s framework concept for its universities of 21 September 2021.
"We are looking forward to a winter semester 2021/22 that can take place with a lot of on-site teaching," says JMU President Paul Pauli. "At the same time, however, innovative digital formats that have been developed and optimised in previous semesters can be continued - teaching after Corona should be better and more diverse than before the pandemic."
Depending on the requirements of the various subjects, the ideal teaching format can thus be chosen in most courses. Students can find out which courses take place in which way from their lecturers.
Teaching according to the 3G rule
Unfortunately, on-site teaching cannot be carried out completely without restrictions: the corona incidence values in the city of Würzburg currently exceed the 35 mark and are expected to do so in the coming weeks as well. As long as this is the case, JMU will observe the 3G rule in on-site teaching.
Students are therefore only allowed to access closed rooms of the university if they can prove that they have been fully vaccinated, recovered or tested negative for Corona (3G).
Although the recently amended Bavarian Infection Protection Measures Ordinance (BayIfSMV), which has been in force since 6 October 2021, allows for the option of 2G or 3G plus (vaccinated, recovered and tested by PCR test), the University will start the winter semester uniformly with the 3G rule.
Free tests until the end of November
Corona tests will be subject to a charge nationwide from 11 October 2021. For students in Bavaria, the tests will remain free of charge until 30 November.
Since a number of test centres in Würzburg are reducing or completely discontinuing their services with the end of the free citizenship tests, the University is making efforts to set up two test stations of its own for the period from 11 October to 30 November, in building Z6 (Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg) and in the Studentenhaus (Am Studentenhaus 1, 97072 Würzburg). In this way, the University wants to ensure that students can actually take advantage of the free test offer.
"For those who have not yet had a vaccination, we highly recommend that they take up an offer of vaccination", says the JMU President. The University is again offering a vaccination appointment on 15 October at the Mensateria on the North Campus (11.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m., no registration necessary, bring ID and, if available, the vaccination card).
Medical masks in teaching
In the buildings and rooms of the university, it is still compulsory to wear a medical face mask (surgical mask or FFP2 mask without outlet valve).
At fixed seats, standing places or work places - for example, in lecture halls and seminar rooms - the obligation to wear a mask does not apply unconditionally. There, lecturers have the choice
- of observing a minimum distance of 1.5 m between fixed places if the obligation to wear a mask at the place is waived, or
- of waiving the minimum distance of 1.5 m if the obligation to wear a mask is observed throughout, or
- of observing both the minimum distance and the mask obligation.
In general, the minimum distance should be observed wherever possible.
Collection of contact data
If infections occur despite all precautionary measures, it must be possible to quickly clarify chains of infection and inform potential contacts. For this reason, students’ contact details are recorded in on-site teaching.
As before, students can register via the UniNow app of JMU as well as via paper forms that are available at the entrances to the teaching rooms. By registering, students will in future be making a self-commitment to comply with the 3G rule within the scope of university operations.
Checks on compliance with the 3G rule
The university is obliged to check compliance with the 3G rule. This will take the form of regular, close-meshed and consistent spot checks.
Students should therefore expect to be asked for their 3G proof at any time by security staff outside and inside JMU buildings. It is advisable to have a photo ID with you as well. Lecturers and library staff may also carry out checks.
Those who cannot show 3G proof will not be allowed to participate in on-site teaching and will have to leave the university buildings. The university is obliged to report violations of the 3G rule to the authorities - for example, if students are found in a lecture hall who have neither been vaccinated, recovered nor tested negative. As a result, the regulatory authorities can impose fines on students.
The infection protection concept for university operations can be found on JMU’s Corona info pages.
If you have any questions, employees and students can contact the University’s Office of Occupational Safety, Health, Animal Welfare and Environmental Protection at firstname.lastname@example.orgContact
Phone: +49 931 31-0
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