University Under Emergency Conditions

From 12:00 noon on Friday, 20 March 2020, the University will be operating under emergency conditions until 19 April 2020 at the earliest.

  • Teaching in attendance on campus will be suspended until the start of lectures in the new semester on 4 May 2020.
  • Until at least 19 April there will be no examinations at the University of Jena (unless ordered otherwise by the federal state, e.g. state examinations in Medicine or Pharmacy).
  • No conferences, workshops or other public events will be held. All committees have been suspended. All appointment committees have been suspended. Essential work meetings of small numbers of people are only permitted if participants comply strictly with the hygiene rules of the University of Jena.
  • All employees of the University of Jena are requested, in consultation with their supervisors, to do their work from home. Supervisors are instructed to apply a broad interpretation of working from home so that it includes further and professional education courses. This rule applies for all employees. Staff must ensure that they can be contacted by their supervisor (e.g. through their landline or mobile telephone number) and should be on call. In case of a call-off, the necessary care of children must be guaranteed.
  • Telephone redirection to landline or business mobile can be set up in agreement with the supervisor. Please take note of the relevant instructions before setting up.
  • Working from home should also be the rule in research. Research in university buildings is only permitted if the hygiene rules of the University of Jena are followed.
  • In exceptional cases, the presence of individuals will be permitted. These are mainly people who maintain the University’s emergency operations in administration and research. They include staff working in the psychotherapeutic outpatient departments, animal care, plant care, the maintenance of cultures, staff maintaining long-term scientific experiments and specialist equipment, technical staff as well as external service providers.
  • Consultations (Sprechzeiten) will take place by e-mail, chat or, by arrangement, by telephone, and will be extended throughout working hours.
  • For parents, the current situation is accompanied by the challenges of childcare. Flexible working times are necessary when working from home with children, which hopefully will help to ease the situation.
  • Buildings will be accessible for employees until further notice. The University Main Building remains open to students through the Schlossgasse entrance, to allow continued validation of the thoska card.
  • The Thuringian State and University Library is closed, but all digital services are available as usual. Information services will be available by telephone, e-mail and chat. You can find further information on the ThULB homepage.
  • The dining halls and cafeterias of the University of Jena run by the student services organisation remain closed. You can find further information on the student services organisation websites. The cafeteria on the Beutenberg Campus will also remain closed.

These provisions must be strictly observed for reasons of health protection.

Current information about the status and adjustments of the emergency operation can be found on the FAQ website of the University: www.uni-jena.de/en/FAQ_Coronavirus_EN. Contact persons for further questions are also listed there.