Last week you received a circular from us regarding the progress of teaching in this winter semester. In this letter, we decided to take a cautious approach with regard to face-to-face teaching, especially in view of the omicron wave that has been announced. This wave has already reached the north and west of Germany and the first metropolitan areas. In Thuringia, however, it is spreading more slowly than predicted.
We continue to exercise caution, but after an intense exchange in the Senate, we would like to allow both lecturers and students more attendance for the last few weeks in view of the upcoming exam preparation, provided that the course of the pandemic allows this responsibly.
If lecturers and students jointly agree on the face-to-face format, the fixed and still recommended maximum number of 15 participants can be increased up to twice the number of participants. The prerequisites that remain are the obligation to wear an FFP2 mask at all times, compliance with the minimum distance of 1.5 metres and adherence to the infection protection plan (German only).
These framework conditions apply to all teaching events regardless of their type, i.e. also to lectures. Labs and practical exercises as well as supervision with medical indication can be continued in attendance as before.
Face-to-face examinations only with prior rapid test
We continue to recommend that examinations be conducted digitally. If it is didactically necessary, face-to-face examinations with a maximum of 100 participants in one room can take place in the winter semester. The prerequisites that remain are the obligation to wear an FFP2 mask at all times, compliance with the minimum distance of 1.5 metres and adherence to the infection protection plan. If a medical certificate exempts you from wearing an FFP2 mask or masks in general, please contact the examiners in advance so that you can be allowed to take a seat farther away for infection protection reasons.
Since omicron frequently leads to symptomless vaccination breakthroughs, all participants are additionally required to present a recent negative antigen rapid test prior to an examination conducted face-to-face. This test can be taken, for example, at the self-testing centre on campus (Monday to Friday, 7 am to 3 pm) or at one of the public testing centres and must not be older than 24 hours.
Further information – proof of recovery and quarantine/isolation
In principle, the following still applies: The prerequisite for access to university buildings is compliance with the 3-G regulation. Please note the changed guidelines of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for proof of recovery. According to this, the date of the positive test must be at least 28 days and at most 90 days ago. Further information on this can be found on the RKI website (German only).
If you are infected yourself or have had contact with a person who has tested positive for the coronavirus, please observe the RKI guidelines on the duration of isolation (infected persons) or quarantine (contact persons) (German only).
If you have not yet been vaccinated, you can still get advice and vaccinated at the Vaccination Centre on campus with or without an appointment until the end of February. More information is available here.
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