Information on Coronavirus for international students

Last updated: December 1, 2020

This page is currently being updated. Please check back regularly.

 

In the period from December 1, 2020 to January 10, 2021 Anhalt University conducts restricted teaching operations in accordance with safety and hygiene regulations. The framework plan for restrictons affecting teaching provides an overview of the regulations that apply at the university. An updated version will be added soon.

Courses will be run as follows:

December 1, 2020 - December 13, 2020: All courses will be run as either online or hybrid courses - with the exception of: laboratory work, practical classes, practical and arts classes run in workshops, project work, practical classes working with IT software and language instruction classes.

December 14, 2020 - December 22, 2020: All courses will be run as online courses only. Anhalt University is closed for on campus classes (Präsenzlehrveranstaltungen).

December 23, 2020 - January 6, 2021: As per the University's academic calendar, this is a non-teaching period.

January 7, 2021 - January 10, 2021: All courses will be run as online courses only. Anhalt University is closed for on campus classes (Präsenzlehrveranstaltungen).

Examiners are asked to avoid scheduling exams requiring students to be physically present on university premises between December 14, 2020 and January 10, 2021.

Career-integrated degree programs (berufsbegleitende Studiengänge): On campus classes are suspended for the period between December 1, 2020 and January 10, 2021. Courses will be run as online courses only.

At the Preparatory College (Landesstudienkolleg) courses take place as on-campus classes until December 16, 2020. Examinations take place on-campus between December 4, 2020 and December 18, 2020. From January 4, 2021 to January 8, 2021 classes only take place online.

It is mandatory to wear a mask covering mouth and nose on all university premises, in all buildings including classrooms. The maximum number of participants per individual class/session is 50 persons or is limited based on the maximum number specified for a particular location. Only the designated seats (marked with a green sticker) may be used. All participants are obliged to register via the QR code system before entering a classroom. Examinations where students have to be present should be avoided between December 14, 2020 and January 10, 2021. You will soon find more details in the "What you need to know" section of this webpage under "Lectures, seminars & internships". 

This winter semester, degree programs taught in English have set up a hybrid semester, which means degree programs will hold their classes in both forms, simultaneously as classes held on-campus (if possible) and as online classes. International students who have been able to enter Germany will take on-campus classes when those are offered. International students who are unable to enter Germany can follow their courses online. Please inform your degree program advisor (Studienfachberater) if you are participating online. If your visa is issued and entry is granted during the semester, switching from online to on-campus classes is possible without any problems.

Details on courses in your degree program are available on the University's timetabling software WebUntis.

Please note that when entering Germany from some countries a visa is required. We may be able to postpone your admission to a subsequent semester (summer semester 2021 or winter semester 2021/22) and will consult with you if you are unable to enter the Federal Republic of Germany or if personal circumstances stand in the way of starting your studies at Anhalt University. Please contact us if you are having problems starting your studies and please do not simply cancel your application. 

Please use our contact form to inform our International Office regarding your arrival. For additional queries related to entering Germany, please contact the International Office at internationaloffice(at)hs-anhalt.de. For queries related to your application or enrollment, please contact our Student Service Center on studienberatung(at)hs-anhalt.de.

We recommend that students and staff at Anhalt University regularly consult the websites of the Federal Ministry of Health, the Saxony-Anhalt State Government and the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for up-to-date information. The Saxony-Anhalt Public Health Offices (Gesundheitsämter) have also set up telephone hotlines. (cf. contact details on the right)

Detailed information and measures taken by the university in dealing with the pandemic are available in the "What you need to know" section of this webpage; answers to important questions are provided in this FAQ.

Please note:

If a person has tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, he or she is not allowed to enter the premies of the university. A person who has tested positive has to follow the instructions mandated by the Public Health Office (Gesundheitsamt).

If 

  • you have had contact with a person infected with the coronavirus,
  • there is a suspicion that you could be a carrier of the virus
  • or if you have been tested positive for the virus,

please inform your degree program advisor (Studienfachberater) and the dean's office of your department by telephone or e-mail.

In order to avoid infection of students and staff, the university management decides on the further procedure in each individual case. For further information also see the "Health related measures"-section on this webpage.   

News

What you need to know:

  • Health related measures

    After you have had contact with a person infected with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, contact the responsible Public Health Office/Gesundheitsamt (see column to the right) or a doctor or call 116 117, stay at home and follow the instructions given to you by the authorities.

    If a person has tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, he or she is not allowed to enter the premies of the university. A person who has tested positive has to follow the instructions mandated by the Public Health Office (Gesundheitsamt).

    In addition, please inform the degree program advisor (Studienfachberater) of your degree program and the dean's office of your department by telephone or e-mail.

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    The Federal Ministry of Health (Bundesgesundheitsministerium) describes the first signs of illness and recommends the following:

    "The first signs of illness are cough, runny nose, sore throat and fever Some affected persons also suffer from diarrhea. If the infection is severe, breathing problems or pneumonia may occur. After becoming infected, symptoms can appear up to 14 days later.If you experience any of the symptoms described above, avoid unnecessary contact with other people and stay at home if possible. Contact your family doctor by phone or call 116117 and discuss the next course of action before you go to the doctor's office. Have you had contact with anyone infected with Covid-19? Contact your local health department."

    (Source: Bundesgesundheitsministerium, September 21, 2020)

    For further information see the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

     

    Local Public Health Offices (Gesundheitsämter):

    Public Health Office / district office - Anhalt-Bitterfeld

    phone: +49 (0)3496 601234

    e-mail: buergertelefon(at)anhalt-bitterfeld.de

     

    Public Health Office / district office - Salzlandkreis

    phone: +49 (0)3471 684-2684

     

    Public Health Office / district office - Dessau-Roßlau

    phone: +49 (0)340 2041753

  • Academic calendar & teaching

    This section is currently being updated. Please check back regularly.

     

    In the period from December 1, 2020 to January 10, 2021 Anhalt University conducts restricted teaching operations in accordance with safety and hygiene regulations. The framework plan for restrictons affecting teaching provides an overview of the regulations that apply at the university. An updated version will be added soon.

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    The way the university operates depends on the regional infection rate. Adistinction has been made regarding the stages of managing teaching operations:

    1. Regular operation (stage 1),
    2. Restricted operation (stage 2),
    3. Online instruction - campus closure (stage 3).

    The respective measures are determined by the local or regional rates of infection. This allows for a local targeted response without compromising on-campus instruction in unaffected areas. The three campuses of Anhalt University in Bernburg, Köthen and Dessau are evaluated separately with regard to the rate of infections. Find more information on the three stages of teaching operations in the "Framework plan for the implementation of the winter semester 2020/21".

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    In the academic year 2020-21, teaching and examinations follow a flexible schedule; students will be able to attend and complete all courses scheduled for the entire academic year (both the summer and winter semester).

    This may affect the following

    • Courses originally scheduled for the summer semester may have to be moved to the winter semester, and vice versa. Courses suitable for online teaching and scheduled at a later stage in the curriculum may also be brought forward.
    • The period between July 26 and September 13, 2020, designated as non-teaching weeks in the current academic calendar, was used for classes and/or examinations.
    • A flexible approach to course types may be applied, i.e. regarding stipulations in the respective degree program and examination regulations (lecture/Vorlesung, practical course/Übung, seminar, lab/studio class/Praktikum, independent study/Selbststudium).


    During the winter semester 2020/21, for international students all courses are offered as hybrid classes. International students who have been able to enter Germany for the start of the semester will attend classes on campus, those who have not will follow the classes online. Should the VISA application process result in students entering Germany after the start of the semester, they may easily switch from following classes online to attending classes on-campus.

  • Enrollment procedures

    Please note that enrollment can only take place if Anhalt University has received all of the required documents. Documents may be submitted until March 31, 2021. If you have any questions please get in touch the with Student Service Center.

    Required enrollment documentation:

    • Signed application form
    • Copy of identity card or passport (if not yet submitted; ID number may be blacked out)
    • Proof of health insurance
    • Deposit slip for semester fees (proof of fees having been paid)
    • Passport-sized photo (35 x 45mm, 300 dpi)
    • Stamped and self-addressed envelope (C6 size)
  • Entering Germany

    As of November 8, 2020, all travellers from international risk areas are required by law to submit the following online form - at the earliest 3 days and at the latest 1 day - before entering Germany in order to report their entry to the locally competent health authority: www.einreiseanmeldung.de. Proof thereof needs to supplied during entry into Germany (confirmation e-mail, print-out). Anhalt University furthermore requests such travellers to indicate their entry to the university using our Contact Form for International Students as well.

    Please note that in case of short-notice arrivals, or notifications of your arrival within 5 working days prior to your arrival, Anhalt University cannot guarantee any assistance.

    Anhalt University will be closed over the festive season and will thus be unable to assist in any way with your arrival. We recommend that your arrival is scheduled before December 7, 2020 or after January 11, 2021.

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    On October 27, 2020 the State of Saxony-Anhalt has issued a new Quarantine Ordinance.

    All travellers from designated international risk areas are required to quarantine themselves for 10 days, irrespective of negative COVID-19 test results (PCR-RT or Antigene tests) from either their country of origin, country of departure or taken after arrival in Germany.

    This means that even with a negative test result you are required to quarantine yourself for 10 days. Please note that transgressions thereof carry hefty fines (up to €10.000) and can have direct consequences for the continuation of your studies. Anhalt University recommends a strict adherence to the rules.

    An early termination of your quarantine is possible at the earliest on day 6 (day of entry + 5 day quarantine period) of your entry into Germany through a negative test result (PCR-RT or antigene test) done at the local testing sites as follows:

    Salzlandkreis/Campus Bernburg

    Test- und Fieberzentrum Bernburg

    Thomas-Müntzer-Str. 41

    06406 Bernburg (Saale)

    Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    No appointment is needed. Students may have themselves tested during the opening hours.

     

    Anhalt-Bitterfeld/Campus Köthen

    Fieberambulanz Bitterfeld

    Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Str. 2

    06749 Bitterfeld-Wolfen

    An appoinment needs to be requested beforehand by contacting 03496 60 1234 or reiserueckkehr(at)anhalt-bitterfeld.de.

     

    Stadt Dessau-Roßlau/Campus Dessau

    Fieberambulanz Dessau (inside Dessau hospital)

    Auenweg 38

    06847 Dessau-Roßlau

    An appoinment needs to be requested beforehand by contacting 0340 204 2222 or hygieneaufsicht(at)dessau-rosslau.de.

     

    Your quarantine is lifted for the duration of the test only and can only be lifted after confirmation through the locally competent health authority. For confirmation of the termination of your quarantine period please contact the health authority as follows:

     

    Local Public Health Offices (Gesundheitsämter)

    Public Health Office / district office - Anhalt-Bitterfeld

    Ph.: +49 (0) 3496 601234

    email: reiserueckkehr(at)anhalt-bitterfeld.de

     

    Public Health Office / district office - Salzlandkreis

    Ph.: +49 (0) 3471 6842684

    email: praktikant34-1(at)kreis-slk.de

     

    Public Health Office / district office - Dessau-Roßlau

    Ph.: +40 (0) 340 204 2222

    email: hygieneaufsicht(at)dessau-rosslau.de

     

    The local Public Health Office (Gesundheitsamt), as well as your study advisors/organizers, must be informed immediately if typical COVID-19 symptoms (shortness of breath, a recently developed cough, fever or loss of smell or taste) occur.

     

    For entry specific queries please contact the International Office at internationaloffice@hs-anhalt.de.

    If you have any questions regarding student applications, please contact our Student Service Center at studienberatung@hs-anhalt.de.

  • Health insurance

    International students enrolled in degree programs, which are held completely as online programs and those students who follow their classes from outside Germany are generally not subject to Germany's mandatory statutory health insurance scheme.

    If you

    • have not yet arrived in Germany,
    • intend to do so before October 1, 2020,
    • have not yet taken out health insurance for Germany,
    • or are covered by statutory health insurance, but your contribution payments have been temporarily suspended,

    you may be required - should you indeed arrive before October 1, 2020 - to pay a substantial additional contribution to your health insurance backdated to the date of your enrollment.

  • Lectures, seminars & internships

    This section is currently being updated. Please check back regularly.

     

    In the period from November 2 to November 30, 2020 the regulations specified in the framework plan for restrictions affecting teaching apply at Anhalt University.

    Classes

    The maximum number of participants per individual class/session is 50 persons or is limited based on the maximum number specified for a particular location. Only the designated seats (marked with a green sticker) may be used.

    All participants are obligated to register via the QR Code system before entering a classroom. Before the start of the course, the lecturer/instructor must check that the number of people in the room is identical to the number of registrations indicated on the QR code. Anyone who has not registered electronically must provide in writing his or her data (name, telephone number, address) to the instructor.

    It is mandatory to wear a mask covering your mouth and nose on all university premises, in all buildings including classrooms (even if distance of more than 1.5 m is kept). Lecturers/teaching staff may remove their masks during the course of a teaching session, when necessary from a teaching and instructional standpoint, as long as the minimum distance can be maintained. In seminars which require explanations at workstations, a mask must be worn. Offices are excluded from the rule as long as there is only one or up to two people in a room. If anyone is exempt from wearing a mask, he/she must have a medical certificate stating that for medical reasons he or she is exempt.

    Regulations for career-integrated degree programs

    Classroom teaching for career-integrated degree programs will be suspended or carried out online for the above-mentioned period. Examinations are generally to be carried out online.

    Examinations where students have to be present should be avoided as far as possible during this period. If this type of examination cannot be postponed, it must be carried out in accordance with a mandated hygiene concepts. The respective dean must approve of the hygiene concepts.

  • Examinations & required coursework

    This section is currently being updated. Please check back regularly.

     

    The regular winter semester examinations for degree programs with regular attendance (Direktstudium) should be scheduled according to the academic calendar's two examination periods: February 1 - February 13, 2021 and March 15 - March 27, 2021.

    Regarding career-integrated degree programs (berufsbegleitende Studiengänge), the winter semester examinations will take place as scheduled and will follow course-specific arrangements agreed with the teaching staff and students. If individual examinations for winter semester courses are held after March 31, 2021, the provisions of the following guidelines shall apply as well. From November 2 to November 30, 2020 Anhalt University conducts restricted teaching operations. During that period examinations where students have to be present should be avoided as far as possible. If this type of examination cannot be postponed, it must be carried out in accordance with a mandated hygiene concepts. 

    In the event of restrictions and in order to avoid re-scheduling examinations, a change of examination type may be agreed for winter semester examinations. This is subject to consent by the respective department's examinations committee (Prüfungsausschuss). Unless such a change has already been decided by the examinations committee and published in the degree program's examination schedule, students are required to declare their consent in writing to having the examination type changed and to taking such examinations (see respective form in Student Portal).

    Examiners are entitled to conduct oral examinations as well as ungraded assessments (Leistungsnachweise) or examinations with a colloquium using electronic media. With regard to examinations conducted using electronic media, students are required to complete a declaration of academic integrity (see the appropriate form in the Student Portal) and send it completed to the examiner via email before the examination date.

    The candidate/student is required to submit the final thesis (Bachelor's, Master's or Diploma) electronically (email). The thesis is to be sent to all assessors and to the respective Office of the Registrar (Prüfungsamt) using a single email addressed jointly to all those listed above. This regulation is an exception to the stipulations of the respective degree program and examination regulations. The date of receipt of the submitted thesis is the date the email was sent. However, the candidate is required to sign the declaration of independence (Selbstständigkeitserklärung) and send this document by post to the thesis supervisor (first assessor). The declaration must bear the candidate's original signature and state the thesis title.

    In order to implement these guidelines, the Board of Management (Präsidium), the departments' dean's offices (Dekanate) and examinations committees (Prüfungsausschüsse) may adopt additional decisions.

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    Any oral and written examinations (Klausuren) that students failed during the summer semester 2020 examination period are considered as not having been taken and will not be counted towards the number of examination attempts (i.e. regarded as a free attempt). This also applies to examinations which were initially scheduled for the second examination period of the winter semester 2019/2020 and which had to be cancelled following the Special Regulations for Teaching Operations passed by Anhalt University's Board of Management on March 16, 2020 including its supplements (1 | 2). This does not apply to final theses and the colloquium. Attempts to commit fraud will not be counted as free attempts.

  • Landesstudienkolleg/Preparatory College

    This section is currently being updated. Please check back regularly.

     

    For classes at the Preparatory College (Studienkolleg) the regulations specified in the framework plan for restrictions affecting teaching apply from November 2 to November 30, 2020.

    The regulations for on-campus classes are as follows:

    It is mandatory to wear a mask covering your mouth and nose on all university premises, in all buildings including classrooms (even if distance of more than 1.5 m is kept). Lecturers/teaching staff may remove their masks during the course of a teaching session, when necessary from a teaching and instructional standpoint, as long as the minimum distance can be maintained. In seminars which require explanations at workstations, a mask must be worn. Offices are excluded from the rule as long as there is only one or up to two people in a room. If anyone is exempt from wearing a mask, he/she must have a medical certificate stating that for medical reasons he or she is exempt.

    In classrooms, students may only use the designated seats (marked by a green sticker).

    Before entering classrooms, hands must be sanitized using the disinfectant provided.

    When entering a classroom, participants must record their presence in this room by scanning the QR code attached to the door/near the entrance area or by filling in their name etc. on a participant list.

  • SSC, IO, WZA, ISC

    Visits to the Student Service Center (SSC), the International Office (IO), the Anhalt Center for Continuing Education (WZA) or the IT Service Centre (ISC) are only possible with an appointment and only when the the matter cannot be dealt with through an email, a telephone call or any other way not requiring face-to-face contact.

    A minimum distance of 1.5 meters to others is to be kept at all times and a mask must be worn covering the nose and mouth.

  • Computer pools and student workrooms

    Students may use the computer pools. Please take note of the times these rooms are available. A maximum number of users (simultaneous use) has been set for each room.

    Before entering classrooms, hands must be sanitized using the disinfectant provided.

    Only use the designated seats (marked by green stickers).

    Participants in classes/users must record using the pool by scanning the QR code attached near/on the door when entering the room. Alternatively, a participant list may be used to record who has used a room.

  • University libraries

    The university's campus libraries are open to university students and staff as well as to the general public during the usual semester opening hours:

    Mon-Thu: 9:30 - 19:00

    Fri: 9:30 - 15:00.

    The campus libraries may only be used after a visitor's data has been recorded.

    Depending on the size and layout of the room, a maximum number of people using a room at a time has been set.

    Visitors are requested to keep a minimum distance of 2.0 m to others and to wear a mask covering the nose and mouth. When entering the campus libraries, hands must be disinfected.

    For more information see university's campus libraries' webpage.

  • University sports

    From December 1, 2020 to January 10, 2021 the university's sports facilities are closed. University sporting events do not take place. Online offers can be used.

    Further information is available here.

  • Excursions

    No excursions take place between December 1, 2020 and January 10, 2021.

  • Leisure Activities

    Any events that serve purely as entertainment or are part of any leisure activities cannot take place from December 1, 2020 to January 10, 2021. This affects any events that student clubs will be holding.

  • Mensa/Student cafeterias

    With regards to the student cafeterias, the regulations of the Studentenwerk Halle must be observed. Please find further information on this website.

  • Travelling for private reasons/outside Germany

    When travelling privately, the regulations of the German Federal Government, the state governments of the Länder as well as the statements issued by the Federal Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt) and the Robert Koch Institute must be observed.

    Returning from an international high-risk area:

    Anyone who has stayed in a high-risk area outside the Federal Republic of Germany within 10 days prior to entering Germany must go directly to his or her own residence or another suitable accommodation immediately after entering Germany and remain there under quarantine for a period of 10 days. You must contact the relevant Public Health Office (Gesundheitsamt). Please also inform your degree program advisor and the dean's office of your department.

    Your period of quarantine/seclusion may end at the earliest on the fifth day after you have entered Germany, only if you have a negative test result confirming that you are not infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (coronavirus). This test result (either in paper form or as an an electronic document) must be written in German, English or French and immediately presented to the relevant Public Health Office (Gesundheitsamt) on request within ten days after entry.

    The coronavirus test result will only be accepted if the test was taken no earlier than five days after entering the Federal Republic of Germany. The test must meet the requirements of the Robert Koch Institute, which are published on this website.

    You must keep the medical certificate stating your coronavirus test result for at least ten days after entering the Federal Republic of Germany.

    Quarantine/seclusion is suspended for the time necessary to have a coronavirus test taken.

    If you have symptoms (which indicate a COVID-19 infection according to the current criteria of the Robert Koch Institute), the responsible Public Health Office (Gesundheitsamt) must be informed. Please also inform your degree program advisor and the dean's office of your department. See a doctor immediately in cases of unclear symptoms - even if your test result was negative. The Robert Koch Institute provides this orientation guide.

  • Financial Support

    If you have not received BAföG in the past, but your parents' income has now fallen sharply, you may be entitled to BAföG. You can apply for BAföG or, if you have already received BAföG, you can apply for a reassessment in order to receive a higher BAföG benefit for the current year. Please visit the website of Studentenwerk Halle.

    In addition, students who are having financial difficulties because of the pandemic may apply online for interim financial aid in the winter semester 2020/21 from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung): www.ueberbrueckungshilfe-studierende.de

    International students are now also able to apply for a KfW student loan. Applications must be submitted until March 31, 2021.

Framework plan for the implementation of the winter semester 2020/21

The way the university operates depends on the regional infection rate. A distinction has been made regarding the stages of managing teaching operations:

  1. Regular operation (stage 1),
  2. Restricted operation (stage 2),
  3. Online instruction - campus closure (stage 3).

The respective measures are determined by the local or regional rates of infection. This allows for a local targeted response without compromising on-campus instruction in unaffected areas. The three campuses of Anhalt University in Bernburg, Köthen and Dessau are evaluated separately with regard to the rate of infection.

The following applies to all three stages: Additional or necessary regulations will be announced by the university management on a case-by-case basis. The university management will announce that a Stage 2 or Stage 3 order has come into force and will also announce its cancellation.

Find details on the three stages of teaching operations in the framework plan for the implementation of the winter semester 2020/21.

COVID 19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants reported in the last seven days for Anhalt-Bitterfeld district, Salzlandkreis district and the City of Dessau-Roßlau

Protection against infection

1. Anyone who has been in contact with persons confirmed infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus within the last 14 days is not permitted on university premises.
2. Anyone who displays the typical symptoms of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (fever, cough, shortness of breath) is not permitted to enter any university facilities or take part in any university events/courses.
3. After entering a university building, wash/disinfect your hands thoroughly. Wash your hands thoroughly several times a day (for at least 30 seconds with soap and water). Please take note of the signs on hand hygiene that have been put up in facilities.
4. It is mandatory to wear a mask covering your mouth and nose on all university premises, in all buildings including classrooms (even if distance of more than 1.5 m is kept). If anyone is exempt from wearing a mask, he/she must have a medical certificate stating that for medical reasons he or she is exempt.
5. Students and staff are obliged to record the rooms they use for professional purposes on university premises by scanning the room-related QR code upon entering the room. This QR code is attached to doors/entrances (printed on A4-sized pieces of paper). By scanning the QR code, you are confirming that you feel well and do not show any of the symptoms which are typical for a SARS-CoV-2 infection. This recording of people’s presence in rooms on university premises is based on the current Saxony-Anhalt State Ordinance on containing the pandemic and, if necessary, will serve as a way of tracking contacts. Before the start of the course, the lecturer/instructor must check that the number of people in the room is identical to the number of registrations indicated by the QR Code system. Anyone who has not registered electronically must provide in writing his or her data (name, telephone number, address) to the instructor.
6. In classrooms and lecture halls, only sit at the designated places marked by a green sticker. Ensure that the minimum distance of 1.5 m to other persons is kept. A mask covering the nose and mouth must be worn if this minimum distance cannot be kept. Do not rearrange tables, chairs etc.
7. Sufficient supply of fresh air must be ensured in rooms during classes/events. Rooms must be aired thoroughly several times every 60 minutes (by fully opening the windows).
8. Use the available disinfectants to clean tables and work surfaces regularly.
9. Maintain appropriate cough and sneeze etiquette. With regard to personal contact, avoid physical contact (e.g. shaking hands). Hands should be kept away from the face.
10. In case of non-compliance with the regulaitons, teaching staff and other university staff are permitted to remove students for non-compliance from a building. Furthermore, a non-compliance violation can lead to being banned from the premises.