Information on the coronavirus

The current version of the Coronavirus Protection Regulations for North Rhine-Westphalia (CoronaSchVO) [de] calls for normalisation of all social, cultural and economic areas of life as much as possible, while taking into account increasing infection rates and specifying protective measures as necessary.

Over the last several weeks, the University of Münster has implemented a growing number of rules and measures that would allow more in-person instruction to take place in preparation for the winter semester 2021/22 with in-person courses and examinations. At the same time, the University continues to take all necessary measures to protect its employees and students in accordance with the Coronavirus Protection Regulations and Occupational Safety Regulations.

Update

  • 09 September 2021: The Vaccination campaign for students continues: dates are planned for 1, 7 and 13 October in cooperation with the ASB, and the City of Münster provides information on further offers on the page "Vaccination in Münster [de]".
  • 30 August 2021: The previous coronavirus FAQs have been replaced by the rules/regulations provided below. These correspond to the current Coronavirus Protection Regulations (incl. the "SARS-CoV-2-Arbeitsschutzverordnung") for North Rhine-Westphalia.

Rules

Updated: 9 Sep. 2021

Teaching and examination activities

Starting in the winter semester 2021/22, the WWU will become a place where instructors and students have the possibility to interact in person once again. To this end, the following rules apply:

  1. As of 1 October 2021, courses and examinations may be conducted in person without restriction. All instructors and staff should be present on campus to such an extent that all courses can be conducted in person. For certain subjects and disciplines, instructors are permitted to supplement their in-person teaching activities with well-established digital elements from past semesters.
  2. Only those students who have immunity to Covid-19 (through vaccination or convalescence) or can present a negative test result obtained from a certified testing centre test within the last 48 hours (3G rule) are allowed to attend in-person courses or participate in in-person examinations. During the lecture-free period, instructors and examiners are required to confirm the participants’ immunisation status and test results at the beginning of the respective course or examination. More detailed information on the 3G rule and confirmation modalities will be published before the start of the lecture period.
  3. Personal contact data will no longer be collected in accordance with the Coronavirus Protection Regulations (CoronaSchVO). Moreover, students are no longer required to use WWUPlatz (seat registration via QR code).
  4. As a rule, a minimum distance of 1.5 m from others must be maintained at all times. However, according to the CoronaSchVO hygiene and infection protection regulations, the minimum distance rule does not apply to those seated in classrooms and during examinations because all participants should be vaccinated or tested. Therefore, all available seats can now be used in classrooms as necessary.
  5. The WWU strongly recommends that all visitors and members of the University continue to wear masks inside buildings and rooms. At the very least, medical face masks (surgical masks) should be worn if the minimum distance of 1.5 m cannot be reliably maintained. Face masks need not be worn in courses and examinations, as all participants should be vaccinated or tested.
  6. Excursions may take place without restriction as long as compliance with the provisions of the Coronavirus Protection Regulations and the CoronaSchVO hygiene and infection protection rules [de] is assured.

Research and operations

All research and University operations may take place without restriction. However, staff are still required to follow the hygiene and infection protection rules (as provided in the appendix of CoronaSchVO). For specific rules on minimum distancing, face masks, etc., see below.

Courses and events

All courses and non-teaching-related events may take place without restriction. If the respective event is open to the general public, all participants are required to confirm their immunisation status (via vaccination or convalescence) or present a negative test result obtained from a certified testing centre within the last 48 hours (3G rule). The event organisers are responsible for monitoring compliance with these requirements. Office meetings and non-public committee meetings are not events as defined by CoronaSchVO and therefore are exempted from the 3G rule.

Minimum distancing

As a rule, a minimum distance of 1.5 m from others must be maintained at all times. Staff in administrative units are required to wear medical face masks (see below) if the minimum distance cannot be reliably maintained while working. For indoor meetings and events, to which the 3G rule applies, or when performing one’s job in the company of only immunised persons, the minimum distancing rule need not be followed.

Face masks

All staff and students are required to wear face masks inside WWU buildings. Employees are allowed to remove their masks at their workplace if minimum distancing is ensured or if in the company of only immunised persons (i.e. vaccinated or convalesced). Employees who cannot regularly maintain minimum distance at work will be provided with medical face masks from the Occupational Health and Environment Protection Office (StabAU). Face masks must be worn in all courses and events, in which minimum distancing is not observed.

Testing offers and obligations

Students

Unvaccinated students who require a negative test result to participate in courses should obtain tests at the public testing centres, a great number of which remain open and available in Münster. The University does not plan to offer free testing to students at the present time.

Employees

The University of Münster offers all employees up to two free self-tests per week as needed, which are distributed by the heads of the facilities (Dean’s Offices, departments, administrative offices). We recommend that all employees take advantage of this offer at their own discretion, e.g. after participating in courses or at the first symptoms of illness. There is no obligation to self-test, i.e. self-testing is absolutely voluntary.
Employees who are absent for holiday-related reasons on five consecutive working days (e.g. Monday to Friday, Tuesday to Monday of the following week), must present an unsolicited negative test result to their direct supervisor on their first day back at work. The confirmation of a negative test result need neither be saved nor verified by further documentation. The University will only accept results from rapid tests (resident tests) or PCR tests administered by certified testing centres; these may not be older than 48 hours. Personal self-tests conducted at home are insufficient and cannot be accepted. Holidays are defined as time off for recreational purposes, which includes flexidays, leaves of absence and special holidays. Absences due to business trips or illness are not recognised as reason for mandatory testing in accordance with § 7 CoronaSchVO. Fully vaccinated persons can present proof of vaccination (or convalescence) instead of a negative test result.

Compliance with the provisions of the Coronavirus Protection Regulations and the appended hygiene and infection protection rules [de] must be assured.

University buildings

All buildings of the University of Münster are open without restriction. Visitor contact data will no longer be collected.
Entry to University buildings is forbidden to anyone who suffers from typical symptoms of Covid-19 which cannot be attributed to other causes.

Contact

The planning staff of the WWU are available via the following central email accounts: corona.info@uni-muenster.de; corona.personal@uni-muenster.de; corona.lehre@uni-muenster.de; corona.studentinfo@uni-muenster.de.