Please note:

3G Rule:   OL    WHV

At the university locations in Oldenburg and Wilhelmshaven, the 3G rule currently applies to all persons inside all buildings and rooms, thus including all events (especially lectures and courses) regardless of the number of participants.

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Information provided by the university regarding the coronavirus pandemic

Current announcements of the Presidential Board

Protective measures during the in-person semester

Dear students,
dear instructors,

The first few weeks of a summer semester taking place on site and in person are now behind us. It has been wonderful to experience a lively campus bustling with students and staff, whether it is around the auditorium, outside the dining hall, on Wechloy campus or in other places. Two years into the pandemic, we are pleased to be able to enjoy much more personal interaction again, and would like to thank everyone who is contributing to the current in-person semester’s success.

Our hygiene and protective measures remain essential for face-to-face teaching and learning. They have proven effective in keeping the risk of infection low. This applies particularly to the mask mandate inside buildings as well as during lectures, courses and exams. Therefore, we would like to ask you once again to continue to observe these measures consistently.

To reduce the risk of spreading the virus, we also recommend that you get tested regularly, even if you are fully vaccinated. Thanks to the testing centre located near campus, we have easy access to testing at no cost.

We are truly delighted by the in-person semester. Of course, we continue to monitor the pandemic situation, reviewing the need for protective measures accordingly.

Kind regards,

Prof. Dr. Ralph Bruder
President

Jörg Stahlmann
Vice President for Administration and Finance

Prof. Dr. Karsten Speck
Vice President für Instruction and International Affairs

Prof. Dr. Christiane Thiel
Vice President for Research and Transfer

Prof. Dr. Annett Thiele
Vice President for Early Career Researchers, Equal Opportunities and Diversity

Current information regarding summer semester 2022

Dear Sir or Madam,
dear colleagues,
dear students,

as summer semester begins, we intend for it to be marked by greater physical presence on campus for all of us. Although the current pandemic situation with its high case numbers continues to call for special protective measures, the coming semester is to proceed as “normally” as possible. We have been working intensively towards this goal – especially the return to in-person instruction.

In order to make studying and working on campus as safe as possible, the hygiene concept laid out in the “Framework Concept for Responsible In-Person Attendance” (PDF, German) and the “Mandatory Hygiene Rules of the University of Oldenburg” (PDF, German) has been revised based on previous federal and state regulations as well as the pandemic’s recent development.

The framework and hygiene concepts contain the relevant regulations, effective immediately, for university operations during summer semester.

Despite the persisting pandemic situation, physical presence in all areas of the university will be of great importance. In particular, returning to in-person instruction during summer semester takes high priority. For this purpose, classrooms, lecture halls, meeting and conference rooms will be available again at full capacity.

Essential cornerstones of the framework concept:

Masks are mandatory inside all of the university’s rooms and buildings.

The 3G rule (vaccination, recovery or a negative test result) applies to students, guest students and other participants in lectures, courses, exams and continuing education programmes.

Registration points for students in buildings A14 and W32 are staffed on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You as students can agree to have your 3G status stored. In the case of 2G, consent to storage does not extend past the end of summer semester. In addition, you as students of the University of Oldenburg may pick up a one-time allotment of 25 FFP2 masks for this semester. Please observe the FFP2 mask mandate in all lectures, courses and exams.

Coronavirus self-tests, medical masks and FFP2 masks will continue to be issued to employees using the procedure already in place. As employees, please also refer to the guidelines on the option of mobile work as well as the updated guidelines on the option of telework.

The aforementioned rules form the foundation of hygiene protection at the university during summer semester. Please be aware that supplemental or adapted rules may apply in some areas. They can be found in both concepts and on the university’s central coronavirus web pages. If your questions are not yet answered there, please contact .

We sincerely hope that we will all experience improved working, teaching and studying conditions this summer, and wish you a good start into the new semester.

Kind regards,

Prof. Dr. Ralph Bruder
President

Jörg Stahlmann
Vice President for Administration and Finance

Prof. Dr. Karsten Speck
Vice President für Instruction and International Affairs

Prof. Dr. Christiane Thiel
Vice President for Research and Transfer

Prof. Dr. Annett Thiele
Vice President for Early Career Researchers, Equal Opportunities and Diversity

Instruction during summer semester 2022

Dear students, dear instructors:

Below, we would like to provide you with some information about our plans for the upcoming summer semester 2022. These plans are founded on intensive consultation, consideration and decision-making processes as well as a strong desire for in-person teaching at the university while at the same time providing a high level of protection for students and teaching staff.

1. Review and current situation assessment

We have all had to show a great deal of flexibility in studying and teaching over the past two years. Due to the pandemic, we have had to accept significant concerns and restrictions. During this time, many students and instructors did not have the opportunity to use the campus of our university with its diverse teaching and leisure activities and to get to know fellow students and teaching staff directly, to engage in personal exchange and face-to-face academic discourse. 

As a result of its framework for responsible in-person attendance, the University of Oldenburg has at no time been a hotspot for infections. Once again, we would like to express our gratitude to all students and teachers for their compliance. It is true that infection rates remain very high in Germany. However, current model calculations on the incidence of infection, scientific forecasts by virologists and tendencies towards lifting restrictions in all areas of public life make us confident that the pandemic situation in Germany is slowly easing, allowing summer semester 2022 at the University of Oldenburg to once again take place in person with lectures beginning on April 19. Under these conditions, teaching is planned to take place on site and in person. 

2. Planning for a semester of in-person courses

The University of Oldenburg sees itself as an in-person university. We are therefore planning summer semester 2022 as a normal semester of in-person courses, i.e. with full physical presence, fully occupied rooms and as complete a range of teaching and leisure activities as possible. We would like to provide you with an academic life featuring a variety of opportunities for personal contact. Therefore, we request of our students and instructors to please plan accordingly and be prepared for a summer semester 2022 of in-person courses. For those who do not have a place of residence in Oldenburg, we ask you to make appropriate arrangements in time.

Comprehensive, hybrid teaching cannot be guaranteed by the instructors of the University of Oldenburg, as nice as this kind of flexibility would certainly be for some students. It will not be possible to offer both in-person and online courses at the same time - not least due to the above-average time and personal commitment of the teaching staff in the last two years.

3. Digital elements to enrich in-person teaching

We have learned a lot in the area of digital teaching during the pandemic and want to continue to benefit from the experience, knowledge and skills we have gained. Our understanding of in-person teaching explicitly includes that on-site teaching in the summer semester of 2022 and beyond will be enriched in part by methodologically-didactically suitable, digital elements. In addition, recordings of presentations can be made available. However, personal exchange and academic discourse as well as methodological-didactic considerations for the use of digital elements will be given priority.

In the coming months, we will intensively discuss with all status groups the quality of higher education teaching after the pandemic, the sustainable anchoring of digital elements in study and teaching as well as the possibilities and limits of digital teaching at an in-person university such as the University of Oldenburg. The evaluation results and feedback from students and instructors will be an important basis for this.

4. Responsible decisions: General mask mandate and hygiene concept

Of course, we as the University of Oldenburg will continue to closely monitor the infection situation in our effort to plan and realize studies and teaching while also observing federal and state legal developments and regulations. We will react responsibly to possible changes and plan alternatives if necessary.

To ensure that in-person teaching can be offered, social distancing rules will be lifted in the summer semester of 2022. However, established protective measures will be maintained. For the protection of students and teaching staff, a general mask mandate will continue to apply . Students and instructors must wear a mask inside all buildings and classrooms of the University Oldenburg, as masks have been scientifically proven to reduce the risk of a coronavirus infection very effectively and efficiently. This applies especially to FFP-2 masks. Therefore, we recommend that all students and instructors wear an FFP-2 mask. Needs-based compliance checks will take place. If it is not possible to wear a mask during practical courses and exams, proven protective measures and procedures will be used in the schools.

5. Further information for summer semester 2022

We will continue to update you in the coming weeks and months. Therefore, please watch for messages that reach you via email or Stud.IP. Also, inform yourself regularly on the university's central coronavirus information pages

We hope you will be able to complete your current exams and winter semester successfully. We also wish you a good start into the upcoming summer semester 2022; we look forward to meeting you again on campus for personal conversations and academic discourse. Be in Oldenburg. We look forward to seeing you!

Yours,

Prof. Dr. Ralph Bruder
President

Jörg Stahlmann
Vice President for Administration and Finance

Prof. Dr. Karsten Speck
Vice President for Instruction and International Affairs 

Prof. Dr. Christiane Thiel
Vice President for Research and Transfer

Prof. Dr. Annett Thiele
Vice President for Early Career Researchers, Equal Opportunities and Diversity

FAQ - questions and answers

These FAQs provide an overview of the coronavirus-related protections in place at the university. The list of questions and answers is continuously updated.

(05/16/2022)