Coronavirus Information

Remote teaching continues / first steps towards loosening of lockdown

Instructions

These instructions are based on the decrees of the Ministry of Education M-V of 13 March 2020 and of 9 March 2020 (see pdf files)

Suspension of teaching and examination activities

On the basis of the decree of 13.3.20 (see files list), our university will suspend teaching and examination activities, which cannot be offered online, until 20 April 2020.

The university library and the sports hall will also remain closed to the public.

The Studierendenwerk Rostock-Wismar has closed its refectories, including the cafeteria on the Wismar campus, and the student house in Rostock until further notice.

In justified cases, the locally responsible authorities shall decide on a possible closure of the entire university as the most far-reaching measure, or on a temporary closure of individual university departments. The ordering of protective measures in accordance with the Infection Protection Act is the sole responsibility of the Health Inspectorate of the District of North West Mecklenburg (in close consultation with the Rector and the Ministry of Education). The authority will also determine the extent to which a closure will be implemented.

Events/conferences

All events that were to take place on the university campus or should have been offered externally by university staff within the period until 30 June 2020 will be cancelled or postponed.

Work-related travel

Work-related travel is not permitted and approved trips must not be undertaken.

Domestic travel is reduced to the absolute minimum. Rather than undertaking a work-related trip, the option of telephone or video conferences should be considered, as should postponements or a reduction in the number of participants.

Any travel expenses which may already have been incurred will be borne by the respective department.

Further training does not count as a compulsory corporate activity, unless it results from contractual obligations or an instruction of the employer. Insofar as work-related travel for multi-part further training courses has already been approved or has already partly taken place because the courses take place over a period of time and have not yet been completed, these are to be looked at on a case-to-case basis according to the standards described above.

What to do if you suspect you might be ill

1. Stay calm at all time.

2. All members of the university community (staff and students)

  • who have been to a risk area (see the information provided by the Robert-Koch-Institute)
  • or who, within the past 14 days, have been in contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and show signs of illness such as a high temperature, muscle pain, cough, runny nose, diarrhoea, etc. (defined "justified suspected case" by the RKI),

must avoid any unnecessary contact to other persons and stay at home.

These persons should call their general practitioner immediately (do not, under any circumstances, go to the GP’s practice without calling them first!) or get in touch with the on-call emergency service (tel: 116117). They must also immediately contact the responsible Public Health Office (Gesundheitsamt).

Furthermore, these persons must immediately notify the University’s Crisis Management Team using the notification form (or by e-mail: krisenstab@hs-wismar.de).

  • Members of staff or students who have tested positive for the coronavirus, please inform the Crisis Management Team immediately using the notification form (or by e-mail: krisenstab@hs-wismar.de).

3. Members of the university community,

  • who have been to a risk area
  • and/or have been in contact with a person who has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19 the last 14 days,
  • but who show no signs of illness,

must inform the University’s Crisis Management Team using the notification form (or by e-mail: krisenstab@hs-wismar.de) and must contact the responsible Public Health Office (Gesundheitsamt) immediately. Furthermore, they must avoid any unnecessary contact to other persons.

These persons must  avoid accessing the university premises until they have been checked by a doctor and medical clarification has been obtained.
 

The Hochschule Wismar will allow members of staff to work more flexibly and independently, e.g. in telework or remote work/work-from-home, if this arrangement is suitable for the corresponding tasks. Please discuss this with your superior. If this is not possible, the University can consider granting a leave of absence.

Quarantine measures can only be imposed by the responsible Public Health Office (Gesundheitsamt).

No doctor’s certificate shall be issued if no illness has been diagnosed. Please refer to the Infektionssschutzgesetz (lfSG, German Law for Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) regarding the legal consequences for employees.

4. Members of the university community

  • who have not been to a risk area
  • and have not been in contact with a person who has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19 the last 14 days,
  • but who show sign of illness such as a high temperature, muscle pain, cough, runny nose, diarrhoea, etc.

must avoid accessing the university premises of the Hochschule Wismar until they have been checked over by a doctor.

In the event of a positive test for the coronavirus, please inform the Crisis Management Team immediately using the notification form (or by e-mail: krisenstab@hs-wismar.de).

5. For university members,

  • who have not been to a risk area,
  • who have not been in contact with a person who has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • and who show no signs of illness,

no specific safety precautions are necessary.  ????

6. Guests

at the Hochschule Wismar (e.g. guest lecturers, members of external teaching staff or students),

  • who have come from risk areas
  • or have been in contact with a person who has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19 the last 14 days,

must contact the Hochschule Wismar via the e-mail address krisenstab@hs-wismar.de prior to commencing their activities at the university and should then refrain from accessing the university premises or meeting up with members of the university community for two weeks..

Information Management University – Ministry of Education (MBWK)

These instructions are based on the information sent out by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on 9 March 2020 (see PDF file)

  • The Ministry of Education must be informed immediately if the University has been notified by students or members of staff who have been to risk areas or in contact with a person who has been diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • Furthermore, the Ministry of Education must be informed immediately about any measures that have been taken by the University to counteract the spread of the coronavirus (such as the cancellation of events/lectures etc.)
  • Additionally, the universities must provide the Ministry of Education with a general update every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until further notice
  • The Ministry of Education will inform the respective university of any confirmations of suspected cases that are sent to the Ministry of Education via the Situation Centre at Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s Ministry of the Interior.

for university members

reporting form and information from the crisis team on the intranet

Teaching, Examination, Library ...

1. In the summer semester 2020, teaching will continue to take place remotely as a matter of principle. I.e. distance/online teaching will be conducted exclusively.

2. From 27 April onwards, only laboratories and workshops may again be used for teaching and examination activities. Distance and hygiene rules must be followed. In the coming week, the university management will draft a list of laboratories and workshops approved for this purpose and the concrete conditions to be complied with, and will communicate this as soon as possible.

3. From 20 April onwards, face-to-face examinations may again be held on campus.

that means
  • For colloquia, rooms large enough to allow for them to be open to the public arena need to be provided. Guests not actively involved in the procedure must be registered by name by the examiners. It must be ensured that the 1.5 m-distancing guideline can be followed; if necessary, interested parties need to be excluded.
  • Alternative formats of assessment (APL), i.e. examinations held during the semester (e.g. presentations; NO classes) can also be conducted if hygiene and distancing guidelines are followed. However, a restrictive approach must be taken. The aim remains for as few people as possible to be on campus at any one time, and for their attendance to be as brief as possible. The rooms in which examinations are conducted during the semester are to be registered with the faculty administrations; these ensure that a minimum number of people meet in the buildings. This means that no examinations should take place in the same building at the same time. Teachers are requested to urge all participants before and after the event to follow hygiene and distancing rules.
  • As things stand, examinations can also be held during the regular examination period at the end of the summer semester. Details of the organisational structure will be communicated in due course. Early exams (e.g. at the Faculty of Engineering) are also allowed but details of implementation (room, number of participants, hygiene measures) must be approved by the university management prior to the exam.

4. The university library will resume limited public access as of 27 April. Details will be communicated in the upcoming week.

5. These regulations apply to all locations of Wismar University in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Possibilities for teaching and examination activities at locations that are used for distance learning in other federal states are based on the respective regulations valid there.