In view of the further increase in the incidence of Corona in Thuringia and Jena, the Executive Board, the deans, the deans of studies, the Corona Senate task force and members of the crisis team discussed the situation in an extraordinary Zoom meeting last Wednesday.
As a result, the participants came to the conclusion that attendance studies at the university are relatively safe: this is not only due to the high vaccination rate among students and lecturers, which at over 90 % is far above the average in the population, but also to the 3-G regulation and the university's infection protection concept. So far, the university has only few and isolated cases of infection to report.
After three digital semesters, the majority of students and lecturers are asking for protected attendance. At the same time, some are asking for more flexibility, which is already possible when lecturers and students agree on a digital or hybrid format in face-to-face courses.
In order to continue to make attendance possible, it is not only important that you make use of the vaccination offers, but also that we reduce all of our contacts beyond the attendance courses and also ensure that we observe the rules on infection protection at all times in our private surroundings.
Measures to further increase your safety
- Stay at home if you have cold symptoms – even mild symptoms – regardless of your vaccination or convalescent status. Do not go to a test centre either, but first contact your general practioner, the health department responsible for you or the so called on-call health service (telephone: +49 116 117) to discuss how to proceed.
- As of Monday, 22.11.2021, a medical mask must be worn at all times in university buildings even if the distance is observed (also in lectures or when using the WiFi study spaces).
- The proof of a negative rapid test result will only be valid for 24 hours from Monday, 22.11.2021. This applies to attendance of face-to-face teaching as well as to the facilities of the ThULB and the dining halls and cafeterias of the Studierendenwerk. Students and lecturers can use the free citizen tests or test themselves under supervision in the self-test centre on campus without restriction. PCR tests are still valid for 48 hours. (Attention: As students of the Faculty of Medicine, please observe the 3-G-Plus rule according to the hygiene concept of the UKJ, which applies separately for the protection of patients).
- At the same time, we want to increase the number of tests for those who have been vaccinated and those who have recovered – take advantage of the offer of free citizen tests or test yourself under supervision in the test centre on campus.
- Registration via QRoniton is still compulsory for any face-to-face teaching. In other situations, too, e.g. when visiting the cafeterias or using the WLAN work stations, we ask you to register using the QR code displayed. This ensures that in the event of an infection occurring, we can forward contacts to the health department or inform you ourselves if the health department asks for this.
- From next week, the 3-G checks will be carried out for larger events at the university with 16 people. Lecturers can also check the 3-G verifications at any time or request a team to check.
- Please check our website for information on vaccination options in Jena and the region. A municipal vaccination centre on campus is being planned.
Health departments continue to need our support for rapid contact tracing in case of infection. If you have tested positive for the coronavirus, go into self-isolation immediately and inform as soon as possible:
- the health department of the city of Jena (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- close contacts (more information: https://gesundheit.jena.de/de/coronavirus)
- your lecturers, if you have attended face-to-face courses in the last two days before the test was taken or before the first symptoms occurred
- the university's crisis team (email@example.com), who will provide support if requested to do so by the health department. The following information is required:
- Date on which the positive test was taken or on which the first symptoms appeared.
- Telephone number and e-mail address used for registration via QRoniton.
- Exact details (date, time, place, lecturer if applicable) of the courses you attended – as well as other situations in which you were in university or Studierendenwerk buildings during this period (e.g. visits to the dining hall, university sports events).
If you are informed by your lecturers or the crisis team about contact with a person who has tested positive, this will be considered an excuse for absence from face-to-face teaching events should you go into self-isolation. This also applies if you are informed by the person concerned or if quarantine is ordered by the health department (also in the case of contacts in private). In this case, there is no right to online teaching.
Current information on the situation at the Friedrich Schiller University and answers to all important questions can always be found in our central Corona FAQ.
If your questions are not answered there, feel free to write an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support and stay healthy!
Prof. Dr Walter Rosenthal
President of the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
Prof. Dr Kim Siebenhüner
Vice-President for Learning and Teaching