INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS ON THE CORONAVIRUS SARS-COV-2 PROTECTION AND PROCEDURE

Travel

Reception of guests or visitors from risk areas

If you are expecting visitors, guests or international students from risk areas or particularly affected areas, please contact the university management. Guests and visitors of the University who have been in a risk area or a particularly affected area as defined by the Robert Koch Institute in the last 14 days are not allowed to enter the University until further notice. Please ask guests and visitors who have been in a risk area or particularly affected area, show signs of illness or have had contact with a person in whom the novel coronavirus has been detected to refrain from visiting the university.

Definition of risk areas

Further behavioral advice

 

Travel to risk areas

The university management asks all members of the Leuphana University of Lüneburg to postpone travel as well as research and study visits to the risk areas defined by the Robert Koch Institute until further notice and to refrain from participating in meetings and conferences in these areas. Please click here for a current overview of risk areas.

 

Travel to other areas

The university management asks all university members to check whether travel is currently mandatory. If they are not absolutely necessary, it is generally recommended until further notice to refrain from travelling and to replace travel with, for example, a telephone or video conference. Information on video conferencing at Leuphana can be found at www.leuphana.de/services/miz/service-support/videouebertragung.html.

The university management also asks all members of the university who are planning a trip in the near future to regularly check the website of the Federal Foreign Office for information on travel and safety instructions for the destination country of the trip, to keep up to date and to follow the instructions there:

Travel and safety information

Information for travellers on the coronavirus

Travel warnings

 

Further information

If you have symptoms or other questions about your own health, call your family doctor or contact the medical on-call service on 116 117.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) continuously monitors the situation, assesses the risk to the population in Germany and answers frequently asked questions.

The RKI also offers a risk assessment of events.

The Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) offers leaflets on important hygiene measures in German and English for downloading and printing in DIN A4 and DIN A3 format.

Current information on Lower Saxony can be found on the website of the Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Equality (MSGG).

The Lower Saxony State Health Office also maintains a telephone hotline for questions about coronavirus on 0511-4505555 (Mondays to Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon).

The Federal Foreign Office provides up-to-date information for travellers.

 

Infection protection

How can I protect myself from infection?

The most important measures to prevent infection are the hygiene measures recommended by the Robert Koch Institute. These include above all

  • regular hand washing (with soap, at least 20 seconds, also between the fingers)
  • adherence to the coughing etiquette (coughing/sneezing in a paper handkerchief that is to be disposed of immediately afterwards, if not in the crook of your arm)
  • keeping a distance of at least 1-2m from coughing or sneezing persons
  • the waiver of handshakes as a greeting.

Detailed hygiene recommendations can also be found here or here.

Mouthguard

For healthy people, the wearing of a simple mouth and nose protector is not recommended by health authorities. This protection should only be worn by people who are already ill to prevent further spread of viruses. For healthy people, on the other hand, an increased risk is feared, as people wearing a mouth-and-nose protector are more likely to put their hands on their face and soaking the protector could be an additional risk of virus infection.

Disinfectants

The use of disinfectants outside medical work areas is not recommended by health authorities due to the risk of improper application. Disinfectants are often applied incorrectly (e.g. exposure time is not observed), so that in the worst case they do not have the desired effect and lull users into a false sense of security. Instead, frequent and thorough hand washing is recommended as the preferred alternative.

Of course you can use disinfectants that you have brought with you privately at your workplace. In principle, however, appropriate products should be reserved for those facilities, especially those in the health care sector, which require them in a special way.

Further information on disinfectants.

 

Personal behaviour in case of infection or suspected infection

Behaviour in case of confirmed infection

Please follow the instructions of the health authorities or the recommendations of your doctor. Please do not come to the university. Please contact Student Services if you are unable to take planned examinations in this situation.

Please also make sure to inform the Occupational Safety Department of the university and contact Mr. Jörg Seeba and Ms. Antje Dietrich.

Behaviour in case of contacts with persons with confirmed infections

Please contact the responsible public health department immediately and regardless of symptoms, if you have had personal contact (regardless of travel) with a person who has had the SARS-CoV-2 virus detected in the laboratory. Please observe the rules for proper coughing and sneezing and good hand hygiene. Please do not come to the university. Please contact Student Services if you are unable to take scheduled exams in this situation.

Please also make sure to inform the Occupational Safety Department and contact Mr. Jörg Seeba and Ms. Antje Dietrich.

Behaviour in case of a previous stay in a risk area

Please stay at home and avoid unnecessary contact if you have stayed in a risk area or particularly affected area designated by the Robert Koch Institute in the past 14 days. Please observe the rules for proper coughing and sneezing and good hand hygiene. Please do not come to the university. Please contact Student Services if you are unable to take planned examinations in this situation.

Behaviour in case of symptoms of illness

In spring, waves of common flu-like infections occur frequently. Please stay at home if you develop symptoms of a flu-like infection and, if necessary, contact Student Services if you are unable to take scheduled exams in this situation.

In case of fever, cough, shortness of breath or other acute respiratory symptoms, you should - after making an appointment by phone - contact a doctor. In addition, you should avoid unnecessary contact, stay at home if possible and observe the rules for proper coughing and sneezing as well as good hand hygiene.

Behaviour in case of official quarantine orders

A quarantine order is issued by the local health authority. If you or members of your household receive such an order, please forward a copy of it to the student services department if you are unable to take the examinations planned as a result of the quarantine.

Access to the university

The university is currently open for business as usual. An exception is made for persons who have stayed in a risk area or a particularly affected area within the last 14 days according to the current definition by the Robert Koch Institute or who have had contact with a person with confirmed infection. These persons may not enter Leuphana University Lüneburg for a period of 14 days after returning from the risk area or the particularly affected area until further notice. The decisive factor here is that the Robert Koch Institute determines the areas within the 14-day period. A stay does not include only short-term contact, for example during a refueling, a normal coffee break or a visit to the toilet. A daily updated overview of risk areas and particularly affected areas can be found here.

Studies and courses

Implementation of courses

Courses currently take place within the normal course of study and teaching until further notice. This applies to courses and block courses as well as to university sports courses.

Organisation of excursions

The organisation of excursions is at the discretion of the organisers. However, should an excursion lead to a risk area or a particularly affected area according to the instructions of the Robert Koch Institute, the excursion must be cancelled.

Examinations

At present, the university management assumes that examinations, internships or the like will take place, unless the health authorities issue instructions to the contrary. Please observe the general rules of hygiene and conduct. The university management will inform you immediately if anything changes in this situation.

Should individual tests fail in the event of further developments, the University will ensure that suitable solutions are sought that take account of the special situation. The University relies on your understanding and flexibility. How a solution might look like (new dates, different type of examination, postponement of submission deadlines, etc.) is the responsibility of the respective examination boards and examiners*.

Stays abroad

For advice on study-related stays abroad - whether to carry out or to terminate a stay - the International Office is available on request.

The University currently assumes that interruptions to the study visit are not eligible for Erasmus+ funding - if this is possible, the International Office will contact you. In any case, please inform the International Office if you decide to interrupt your studies abroad, and also inform the host university of this and the exact dates. Please keep proof/receipts for costs incurred by the interruption in case these costs can be (partially) reimbursed.

For Erasmus students in countries that the Robert Koch Institute has classified as a risk area or particularly affected area with regard to coronavirus (www.rki.de/ncov-risikogebiete), the "force majeure" (see also grant agreement) applies in the event of premature termination of the stay, i.e. you can either settle actual costs incurred in connection with the stay abroad or daily rates according to the grant agreement. Please contact the International Office if necessary.