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FAQ Corona

Updated on September 29th, 2021

University Applications

The deadline for applications (complete and in paper form) to the Mechatronics and Electrical Engineering & Embedded Systems master's degree programs is April 15th, 2022. This deadline cannot be extended and applications which are sent digitally will not be considered.

Studies & Examinations

  • Students and lecturers must either be vaccinated, recently tested, or have previously recovered from COVID to participate in classroom events in person. Please note once again that this immunity/testing requirement applies to all students, professors, lecturers, and staff members who participate in teaching or laboratory activities. As to masking protocol, faculty and students who have questions can contact the academic advisor, Mrs. Heigle, at studienberatung@rwu.de to make an appointment for consultation. The university is obligated to conduct random spot checks during the school day for proof of vaccination, prior COVID recovery, or recent COVID testing. These checks will be conducted by an external service provider. Violation of the policy is a legal infraction punishable by monetary fine.

  • Individuals with symptoms consistent with a COVID-19 infection, such as shortness of breath, cough, fever, and loss of taste or smell, may not participate in in-person university activities. Should you experience even mild symptoms of the disease (regardless of vaccination status), the Robert Koch Institute recommends that you stay home, contact your primary care physician, and get tested.

  • Masks (surgical or FFP2) are mandatory while indoors on the university campus. This precaution will allow lecture halls to be filled to capacity without social distancing. Lecturers and students who are giving a presentation are not required to wear a mask if they maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from others. Masks must be worn outdoors only if a minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be consistently maintained.

  • Students are required to log in to all campus buildings via the RecoverApp to allow for contact tracing if necessary. QR codes can be found at all entrances.

  • Campus facilities are open to students, staff, and faculty.

Semesterplan Wintersemester 2021/22

In order to attend in-person lectures, both students and teachers must either 1) be fully vaccinated against COVID, 2) have recovered from a COVID infection, or 3) have recently tested negative for COVID.

  • The university is required to verify proof of vaccination, recovery, or testing. Accordingly, an external service provider will be using random spot checks to ensure that students and teachers have proof of vaccination, recovery, or testing. Violation of the policy is a legal infraction punishable by monetary fine.
  • A QR code at the door must be scanned before entering RWU buildings. The contact data is transmitted in encrypted form to the app developer's servers, where it is stored and automatically deleted after four weeks. Those who log in to a building are typically logged out automatically after six hours or at the end of every day at 11 PM.

  • The university buildings are only open to staff and those who are enrolled at the university. In addition to building entrances, students are also required to scan the QR codes at the entrances of lecture halls and log in via the RecoverApp to facilitate contact tracing. If a student does not have a smartphone, they should ask a fellow student to help them submit their contact info via the RecoverApp. The health department is able to trace professors via the class schedule in LSF, so logging in via the RecoverApp is not necessary for instructors.

In the event of a request by the health department to trace a chain of infection, RWU will request the encrypted data from the app developer for the time period in question. This encrypted data is then decrypted by RWU and forwarded to the health department.

The results from a negative rapid antigen test should be from that same day and must not be older than 24 hours. The results from a PCR test may not be older than 48 hours. An exception to this timeframe is made for those who get tested twice per week- in which case test results are valid for up to 72 hours (Section 6, Paragraph 1 of the Corona Ordinance for Academic Institutions).

As of Monday, October 11th, COVID rapid antigen tests are no longer universally free of charge. Starting October 11th:

  • The GnW (Gemeinsam neue Wege GmbH) COVID testing station in the parking lot below the main building is open on Mondays & Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:30 A.M.
  • The cost for a test at the GnW station on the RWU campus is approximately 15 Euros.
  • The following people can continue to get tested for free:
    • Those under the age of 18 (at least until December 31st of this year) 
    • Those with documentation verifying that they cannot be vaccinated or for whom the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) at the Robert Koch Institute has not recommended vaccination (medical contraindications, children under twelve years of age, pregnant women in the first trimester, etc.)
    • Those who can show that they have been vaccinated, but with a vaccine that has not been approved for use in the EU (at least until December 31st of this year)
    • Those who have enrolled in a COVID-related clinical trial

Despite vaccination and RWU's health guidelines & protocols, pregnant students as well as those with chronic illnesses or disabilities can sometimes face a significantly higher COVID-related risk when attending lectures. Solutions must be found together on a case-by-case basis to ensure that these students can still participate safely, for example by organizing a special seating arrangement in the lecture halls, airing out the rooms more frequently, livestreaming or recording the in-person lecture, etc. Students who are at higher risk of severe COVID illness should talk directly to their teachers. In addition, student advisor Mrs. Heigle is available to consult, support, and help both students and faculty find solutions. Questions and appointments for consultation with Mrs. Heigle can be made at studienberatung@rwu.de.
 

COVID guidelines, health & safety protocols, and mandatory masking will continue to apply during in-person lectures.

  • Everyone is required to wear a surgical or FFP2 mask on university premises and in rooms and areas designated for study purposes. 
  • Students giving a presentation are not required to wear a mask if they maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from others.
  • Masks must also be worn outdoors if a minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be reliably maintained.

Regular and adequate ventilation of lecture rooms, hand sanitation, disinfection of work surfaces and common-use items, and the minimization of interpersonal contact must continue as before.

 

Student parents can find information relating to the Corona pandemic here (currently only available in German).

Independent of the pandemic, special study and examination regulations apply for students who care for a child up to the age of nine or who have other family care obligations. These special accommodations (currently only available in German) allow students with caregiving responsibilities to extend the duration of their studies.

The Weingarten University Library is open again. You can find information about opening times and COVID health & safety guidelines on the University of Education Weingarten website.

The RWU Dining Hall is open from 11.20 am to 2 pm.

Please observe the following rules to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 when visiting the dining facilities:

  • Wear a mask which covers the nose and mouth
  • Observe the signs which guide the flow of foot traffic
  • Maintain a minimum distance of 2 meters from others
  • Avoid clustering in groups
  • Pay by card if possible

 

The cafeteria in building NZ is open from

Mo – Tu   8 am – 3 pm

Fr            8 am – 2 pm

Dinner
Mo – Fr    11.30 am – 2:30 pm

 

The coffee bar in the main building is open from 9 am to 12 am.

 

Students who travel to Germany from a region designated as a "risk area" by the Robert Koch Institute must enter quarantine immediately upon arrival, per current regulations (CoronaVO EQ). The quarantine period can be reduced from ten days to the five-day minimum if a COVID-19 test is taken which meets the RKI's testing standards and the result is negative (§ 3).

digital entry registration form must also be filled out before arriving in Germany.

Those who live close to a national border or those who commute across a national border to work or study are not required to quarantine, just as before (see § 2, paragraph 2, number 1 as well as 3a and 3b).

New BAFöG policies: You can now update your application in the event of a change in financial circumstances, e.g. because parents are earning less due to reduced hours at work. It is also possible to exclude income if it is earned by working in critical industries during the pandemic.  

The social counseling service at Seezeit-Nothilfe supports students who find themselves in acute financial hardship that cannot be alleviated by other welfare benefits or social programs (like BAFöG). The maximum amount that can be applied for is 300 euros, for up to three months in a row. You can find the application form and guidelines at: seezeit.com/geld/finanzierungshilfen

Students can receive an interest-free loan of up to 650 euros per month from the KfW (Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau). If approved, this money is paid out every month for the entire year of 2021. The online application process is simple and requires little paperwork. Foreign students living in Germany can also apply for the loan until March, 2021. Visit kfw.de/studienkredit-coronahilfe for more information.

You can set up an appointment to submit an application or for consultation with the Studierendenwerk Seezeit Service Center in Weingarten by writing to: servicecenter-wgt@seezeit.com

Click here for more information about financial support.

The Student Administration Office can be contacted by telephone during office hours.

Please drop applications and documents into the Admissions Office or Examination Office mailbox, send them by post, or send them via email to the staff member responsible for your degree program.

Student IDs for the 2021 Summer Semester can be validated every Monday and Friday between 8:00 and 10:00 AM. Please ring the doorbell at the entrance of the main building during the hours specified above.

An application for deregistration after successfully completing your studies must be accompanied by an additional affidavit of disenrollment. You can find the form in the downloads section of the Student Examination Office web page. It replaces the disenrollment signatures that were formerly required from the respective university department.

Theses can be dropped into the mailbox in front of the main building or sent by post. Please inform your supervisor concerning the submission of the thesis.

Please address questions pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic to info_corona@rwu.de

Employees

Most courses will take place in person.

Two free weekly rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen tests are provided for university employees. The tests can be obtained from the respective faculty administration offices. Employees of the central administration and facilities should contact the Facility Management department.

Professors and employees who are either involved with teaching or who have regular contact with students or visitors must either 1) be vaccinated against COVID, 2) have natural immunity from a prior COVID infection, or 3) be tested regularly. Self-testing does suffice as long as the tests are conducted correctly and under supervision. Self-testing is organized by the university.

Tests results may be up to 72 hours old provided the tests are conducted regularly (2x/week) and a history of consistent testing can be demonstrated.

The following people can continue to get tested for free at COVID test stations after October 11th:

  • Those under the age of 18 (at least until December 31st of this year) 
  • Those with documentation verifying that they cannot be vaccinated or for whom the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) at the Robert Koch Institute has not recommended vaccination (medical contraindications, children under twelve years of age, pregnant women in the first trimester, etc.)
  • Those who can show that they have been vaccinated, but with a vaccine that has not been approved for use in the EU (at least until December 31st of this year)
  • Those who have enrolled in a COVID-related clinical trial

Test station on the RWU campus: open on Mondays and Thursdays from 7:00 - 9:30 in the parking lot below the main building.

 

The RWU Dining Hall is open from 11.20 am to 2 pm.

Please observe the following rules to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 when visiting the dining facilities:

  • Wear a mask which covers the nose and mouth
  • Observe the signs which guide the flow of foot traffic
  • Maintain a minimum distance of 2 meters from others
  • Avoid clustering in groups
  • Pay by card if possible

 

The cafeteria in building NZ is open from

Mo – Tu   8 am – 3 pm

Fr            8 am – 2 pm

Dinner
Mo – Fr    11.30 am – 2:30 pm

 

The coffee bar in the main building is open from 9 am to 12 am.

 

  • Everyone is required to wear a surgical or FFP2 mask while in university buildings. 
  • Masks must also be worn outdoors if a minimum distance of 1.5 meters cannot be consistently maintained.

The following rules currently apply:

  • Faculty are required to wear masks while teaching.
  • A minimum distance of 1.5 meters must always be maintained between individuals both inside and outside the university premises. The regulations do allow for some exceptions- courses with a fixed group of up to 35 students, for example. 
  • Lecture rooms without ventilation systems must be aired out for 10 minutes every 40 minutes. Room ventilation should be organized by the lecturer with the support of the students. Rooms C004, H061, and the NZ rooms are equipped with automatic HVAC systems.
  • Data will be collected at the university for the purposes of contact tracing. Further details about this data collection are provided in the Corona Ordinance for Academic Institutions.
  • Continue to comply with all protocols and policies in the Baden-Württemberg Corona Ordinance.

Everyone must wear masks when traversing hallways, corridors, lobbies, and other public foot traffic areas. This also applies to the RWU Dining Hall.

You can read the current Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science Corona Ordinance for Academic Institutions here (German).

 

 

The extension of the permitted working hours from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM has been continued.

Social distancing restrictions continue to apply, which is why meetings, etc. should not be held in person, but instead using the online conferencing tool, "BigBlueButton".

University buildings are only accessible with a key.

Masks must be worn in all hallways, corridors, lobbies, and other indoor common areas.

Business travel will only be approved if it is absolutely necessary.

Business trips or excursions to high-risk areas or regions particularly affected by the coronavirus pandemic are prohibited; if they were already approved, authorization for those business trips should be revoked.

Please take the "Corona Ordinance Returning Traveller Quarantine" into account when planning your vacation. §1 of the ordinance includes guidelines for those returning from a high-risk area (home quarantine; monitoring).

A list of countries classified as high-risk areas is posted and updated regularly here: Robert-Koch-Institut

Please do not knowingly travel to a high-risk area and be sure to check the regulations and the list of high-risk regions again on the day of your departure. If the requirement to quarantine is foreseeable before the start your journey and you still want to travel to that destination, please clarify how quarantine arrangements will be made with the HR department prior to your trip.

If your destination is declared a high-risk area during your stay or shortly thereafter, please also contact the HR Department immediately.

Employees must communicate the result of a positive coronavirus test to their department immediately.

Employees who suffer from a weakened immune system due to chronic illness or for other reasons should talk to their supervisors. In such cases, immunocompromised individuals should be given the opportunity to work from home for the time being. If home office is not possible or only possible to a very limited extent, the possibility of taking paid leave should also be considered. When in doubt, please contact the HR department.

For 2021, the number of sick days per parent has been raised to 30 days per child up to 65 days in total, and to 60 days per child up to 130 days in total for single parents. The entitlement also exists if the child is not ill but has to be cared for at home due to the pandemic. Parents who work from home are also eligible. Prerequisites: The child has not yet reached the age of 12 or is dependent on assistance due to a disability, parents and child have statutory health insurance and no other person living in the household can supervise the child. More information can be found here. Information and support is available from the Human Resources Department.

Acute care assistance for family caregivers in Corona crisis has been extended through December 31, 2021. Specifically, this means: Those who are caring for relatives due to corona and are employed have the right to stay away from work for up to 20 working days per acute case and claim caregiver support benefits until December 31, 2021. For more information, click here. Information and support is available from the Human Resources department.

For further advice during the Corona pandemic, please read more about RWU's special accommodations for parents (in German only). There you will find, among other things, a compilation made by the Human Resources Department of all legal and internal university regulations that can facilitate the compatibility of work and family during the Corona pandemic.

In the event that the Health Department needs to conduct contact tracing to follow a chain of infection, teachers' whereabouts can be determined by referring to the class schedules in LSF. For this reason instructors are not required to log in via RecoverApp.

General Information & Rules of Conduct

  • Distance requirement: Keep at least 1.50 m distance. This does not apply to activities where close physical proximity cannot be avoided; in such cases, appropriate protective measures such as wearing a mouth-nose cover are required.
  • Thorough hand hygiene: (e.g. after blowing the nose, coughing or sneezing; after using public transport; after contact with stair rails, door handles, handholds, etc., before and after eating; before putting on and taking off a mouth-nose cover, after going to the toilet).
  • Coughing and sneezing guideline: Coughing and sneezing in the crook of your arm are among the most important preventive measures! When coughing or sneezing, keep the greatest possible distance from other people, preferably turn away.
  • Wear a mouth-nose-cover: The risk of infecting another person by coughing, sneezing or speaking can be reduced in this way (protection of others). It is not necessary to wear a mouth-nose-cover during lessons, provided that a safe distance is maintained, but it is nevertheless permissible.
  • Regular and correct ventilation: Several times a day, at least once an hour, cross-ventilation or intermittent ventilation must be carried out for several (at least five) minutes with windows and, if necessary, door(s) fully open. If possible, do not touch window handles with your full hand or fingers; if necessary, use a disposable handkerchief or towel.
  • Cleaning of surfaces: Door handles, grips, handrails, light switches, tables, telephones, copiers, tools and all other grip areas, such as the upper part of chair backs in lecture halls etc., should be cleaned particularly thoroughly and in heavily frequented areas at least daily, if necessary several times a day, with a surfactant-containing cleaning agent.
  • Obligation to report: Due to the Coronavirus Reporting Obligation Ordinance in conjunction with § 8 and § 36 of the Infection Protection Act, both the suspicion of illness and the occurrence of COVID-19 cases in the university must be reported to the public health department.

 
 
 
More detailed infection protection measures can be found under "Contacts" in the download area under "2021-02-01-Hygienekonzept-RWU" and "Betriebsanweisung-Corona"

Hygieneverordnung englisch

Employees who exhibit cold and flu symptoms are encouraged to stay at home. The general sick leave policy remains unchanged.

The incubation period for a coronavirus infection is 5-6 days on average (although a period of 1 to 14 days is possible). Visitors, students, and people returning to Germany who have spent the last few weeks in high-risk areas should look out for the following symptoms:

  • fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose
  • sore throat, body ache
  • general malaise
  • State Health Office Baden-Württemberg
    0711 904-39555 (telephone hotline: weekdays from 9 AM to 4 PM)

     
  • District Administration Ravensburg - Public Health Department
    Gartenstrasse 107, 88212 Ravensburg
    0751 85-5311
    ges@landkreis-ravensburg.de

     
  • District Administration Ravensburg - Branch Office Leutkirch
    Ottmannshoferstraße 46
    0751/85 50 50
    ge@rv.de
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Avoid hugs and shaking hands
  • Cough and sneeze into a tissue or the crook of your arm. Wash your hands afterwards
  • Use only disposable tissues instead of handkerchiefs and dispose of the tissues in a trashcan after use
  • Ventilate rooms regularly
  • Make use of the hand sanitizer dispensers which the university has stationed at various central locations around the university