Last update 01 April 2020

Information on the coronavirus provided by the Rectorate of the WWU

Dear Students, Staff and Guests of the University of Münster,

In view of the rapid developments regarding the coronavirus and the recommendations for reducing the rate of infection, the University of Münster sees itself faced with constantly changing circumstances and challenges.

On 13 March the state government of NRW announced its decision to postpone the beginning of the summer semester at universities in North Rhine-Westphalia until 20 April in response to the coronavirus. In order to slow the spread of the virus and safeguard the health of all, we believe this step is sensible and necessary.

We will continue to keep you updated on the latest developments on this page.

The crisis management team under the direction of Rector Prof. Wessels and the two central administrative staff units "Study and Teaching" and "University Operation" are closely following the developments and coordinating their response in cooperation with the responsible external and internal representatives. You can rest assured that all necessary measures are being taken to protect the well-being of our students, employees and guests as best as possible.

Below you will find important information on current measures and recommendations on courses of action. As developments arise and new information becomes available, these pages will be continually updated with further instructions and recommendations. Please check this website regularly as all information regarding the coronavirus response at the University of Münster will be available here.

Sincerely yours,
The Rectorate

Last update: 23 March 2020

General questions about the coronavirus

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Last update: 01 April 2020

Regulations at the University of Münster

  • Consequences of the decision of the NRW state government of 13 March and its subsequent directives

    • The NRW state government decided on 13 March that teaching at NRW universities will not begin until 20 April 2020.
    • As things currently stand, the summer semester will end on 17 July as scheduled.
    • In response to the coronavirus pandemic, all WWU buildings including the University Library (ULB) and faculty libraries are closed. For more information, visit the website of the ULB.
    • The Bible Museum, the Archaeological Museum and the Botanical Garden will remain closed until 20 April.
    • No courses and events offered by University Sports may take place before 20 April.
    • At the beginning of March, the WWU cancelled all public events that do not form part of the regular teaching schedule until the end of the month. This ruling has now been extended until the end of May.
    • The WWU will offer its staff flexible options to help them combine familial duties such as childcare with their work in the best possible way and reduce the risk of infection. IT measures are being developed that will enable researchers and other members of staff to work from home.

    Please note the special information for students, employees and instructors on this page to help you stay abreast of the current developments.

  • General Information for members of the University of Münster:

    • University staff must follow the recommendations issued by the In-house Medical Service [de]
    • Effective immediately, all persons who have spent any time abroad in the past two weeks are not permitted to enter University buildings for 14 days. This rule applies regardless of whether they visited a RKI-designated risk area or show symptoms of illness.
      Employees affected by this rule are obliged to notify the HR department by email (corona.personal@uni-muenster.de) regarding the location of their visit abroad, how long they stayed there and the date they returned. Naturally, this information will be treated confidentially.
    • For persons with no symptoms who have visited an RKI-designated risk area within the past 14 days and/or had contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, should – in consultation with the public health department – self-quarantine for 14 days at home after returning and are not permitted to enter the University.
    • Students, staff and guests of the University of Münster who exhibit typical symptoms of the disease, or who have been in areas frequented by those who have fallen ill, or who have had direct contact with afflicted individuals, are instructed to remain at home and contact their general practitioner.
    • All business trips are generally prohibited until 31 May 2020.

    Students who are currently on exchange programmes can contact the International Office if they have any questions.

  • Information on reimbursement of expenses resulting from cancelled events

    In order to reduce the risk of infection through the coronavirus, the Rectorate of the WWU has cancelled all public events which are not integral to the academic operations of the University until 1 June. This directive applies to events like research conferences and meetings which would have involved persons outside the University, e.g. academic conferences and regular meetings of partners in EU consortia.

    The University management is aware that cancelling long-planned events can result in expenses which are not always covered by external funding providers. Therefore, the Rectorate requests that all researchers and academics who are currently preparing for an upcoming event affected by this general cancellation try to negotiate the terms of payment with their third-party funding providers. Depending on the funding provider, funding contracts sometimes contain provisions concerning “acts of God” or “force majeure”. Some external funding providers agree to cover the costs resulting from “force majeure”.

    If this is not the case, or if your event is being organised and carried out with your own resources, the Rectorate asks for a description of the expenses which may be eligible for reimbursement through the University’s central administration following an internal review. The responsible contact person for reimbursement matters related to this topic is Ms. Susanne Zurstegge; Department of Research Affairs, External Funds Accounting Dept. 6.3, susanne.zurstegge@uni-muenster.de.

Last update: 8 April 2020

Information for students

Regulations for studies at the University of Münster to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Last update: 6 April 2020

Information for employees

In addition to the information and regulations presented here regarding the University's measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, employees can find further information, instructions and decisions by the University management in MyWWU.

Information for employees on the coronavirus