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Regulations effective from 11 January 2021

Lockdown extended

  • von Thomas Wittek
  • 11.01.2021

With the most recent Corovirus Protection Ordinance (CoronaSchVO), the stricter regulations for controlling the spread of infections in North Rhine-Westphalia have been extended, including slight modifications.

In accordance with these regulations, UDE is bound to continue keeping presence at the university at reduced levels. The university will not be closed; essential operations are to be upheld wherever possible. However, studies and teaching, research, and work duties should only be conducted on campus if your presence is absolutely necessary.

Teaching and learning

In most cases, it is not permissible to hold face-to-face classes. Exemptions are only permitted if the classes cannot be conducted without presence on campus or postponed without causing significant disadvantages to students. Such exemptions may be considered, for example, in the case of laboratory practicals and similar classes that require specific premises or technical infrastructure and that students need to complete soon in order to be able to successfully pursue their studies. The same applies to sports instruction that is part of study programmes. Reasons must be given for such exemptions.

Face-to-face examinations and corresponding preparatory activities are only permissible if they cannot be postponed for legal or factual reasons or if a postponement would be unacceptable to the candidates (Section 6 (1) of the CoronaSchVO).
In particular, ongoing thesis-related experimental projects may be exempt from the above regulation if pausing the project would make it impossible to continue the work in a way that allows the candidates to complete their studies in a timely and successful manner. The responsible supervisors must document compelling reasons for the continuation of projects and a confirmation that all required hygiene and infection control measures are adhered to.

University Library

The University Library will remain open for pick-up and delivery of previously ordered media and for returning media. Please find information about current regulations on the library’s website:


University management appeals to all line managers in research and administration to allow staff to work from home wherever possible up until further notice. We would like to request that, in consultation with their line managers, all staff make use of the established work-from-home regulations.
Staff with family care duties will be faced with particular challenges once again. If any questions arise with regard to the distribution of working hours in cases where staff have to care for children, please do not hesitate to contact the Human Resources Department for advice. Please find basic information in the FAQs on the internal action plan:
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