Updated: 10 May 2022

The legal basis for the following rules is provided by the current version of the Coronavirus Protection Regulations and other regulations, general rulings and directives issued by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia [de].

In accordance with the applicable legal framework and the NRW Coronavirus Epidemic Higher Education Regulations (CEHVO) the following provisions take effect immediately:
(Different regulations [de] may apply to Faculty 05 and the Medical Campus in all of the following respects.)

Teaching activities

  • The summer semester will be conducted in person as planned. For courses in which attendance is normally compulsory, the CEHVO stipulates that the suspension of mandatory attendance rules remains in place in summer semester 2022.
  • Since 25 April 2022, students will no longer have the right to participate digitally in courses and examinations. Nonetheless, your instructors are free to continue offering supplementary digital teaching elements and hybrid teaching formats wherever this makes sense didactically. Moreover, we recommend that instructors live-stream or record their lectures if they are held in auditoriums equipped with the corresponding technical equipment.
  • The framework conditions stipulated in the regular examination regulations now apply to all courses.
  • For students with a disability or chronic illness who cannot participate in in-person courses due to substantiated health reasons, they and their respective instructors can agree on compensation for disadvantages in summer semester 2022. The rules on compensation for disadvantages for required coursework and degree-relevant examinations remain unchanged. Consequently, petitions to receive compensation for disadvantages must be forwarded as usual to the corresponding Examination Offices.

Examination activities

  • As a rule, all examinations will be administered in person in the summer semester 2022. For all examinations assigned to summer semester 2022, the requirements provided by the regular examination regulations apply accordingly.

  • For examinations assigned to one of the past four semesters (SS 2020 to WS 2021/22), e.g. retakes of exams administered in WS 2021/22, the exemptions implemented during the coronavirus pandemic by the CEHVO or by the respective Rectorate regulations for specific degree programmes remain in effect.

3G and 2G checks
3G and 2G checks are no longer legally required for participation in in-person courses and examinations.

Face masks
We strongly urge you to continue wearing medical face masks in all University buildings, at your workplace and wherever people congregate together, which includes all courses and examination situations. We firmly believe that face masks play an important role in protecting each other from infection. At the same time, we wish to show solidarity with those whose health and well-being depends on everyone’s mindful interaction in society. Please continue to do your part by wearing a mask!

Research and service operations
Research and service operations at WWU take place in full and without restrictions.

Service facilities
Since the beginning of the semester (01.04.2022), the WWU service facilities for teachers, students and researchers are fully reopened for normal operations (incl. on-site consultation hours, etc.).

Home office rules
For all non-academic staff, as well as academic staff at the ULB, WWU IT and University Sports, service agreements on flexible workplaces are in force.

For all other academic staff, it is still possible to make individual arrangements on working times and workplaces in coordination with one’s supervisor. Again, this exception applies to the transition period to a larger extent, provided it does not interfere with job-related tasks and regular business operations.

Events outside of teaching (conferences, congresses, etc.)
Events outside teaching hours can take place in attendance again from the beginning of the semester. The regulations in force at the time of the event for arrival and departure and on-site implementation must be taken into account.

All committees may meet by electronic communication. The decision on the mode of conducting the meeting (digital, hybrid or face-to-face) is taken by the chair of the committee.