Overview

24 March 2020, 15:17


Current Information in the Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic


Dear colleagues,
dear students,
dear Madam or Sir,

thank you for your understanding and considerate conduct in the Corona crisis.

As things stand at present, there are unfortunately two confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection among members of the Universität der Bundeswehr München who are receiving medical care and are doing well according to the circumstances. You do not need to worry about a possible risk of infection as the persons concerned did not return to the campus after returning from their skiing holiday in corona risk areas, but have gone directly to domestic quarantine.

There is therefore no reason for concern – the service management and the barracks commander respectively the head of the student area have, in consultation and agreement with the BMVg, BAPersBw and the responsible monitoring office for tasks subject to public law of the Bundeswehr Medical Service, taken all necessary precautions to reduce the risk of infection or spread and are adapting them at any time in accordance with the constantly changing overall situation.

In addition to the already issued directive no. 1 and the continuously updated information on the homepage of the Universität der Bundeswehr München, I would ask you today to please observe the following points:

  1. The currently prevailing limited operation of the Universität der Bundeswehr München will be continued until further notice.
  2. The lecture-free period from 14 to 17 April 2020 (Easter week), as scheduled in our calendar, will be an e-learning-free period, i.e. teachers are requested not to set deadlines for students to submit homework or similar via email during this period.
  3. According to the current assessment of the situation, it is planned that the spring term officially begins on Monday, 20 April 2020, analogous to the beginning of the summer term at the state universities in Bavaria.
  4. As it is highly probable that it will not yet be possible to teach in classroom form at this time either, lecturers are asked to provide digital courses in line with the respective module requirements. The contact person in the University Management is the Vice President for Teaching, who is already in close contact with the Deans of Studies of the departments.
  5. The examination boards of the departments are looking for subject-specific solutions to the examination problems, always in the interest of the students.
  6. Studium plus will only be able to offer a small selection of courses as digital teaching in the spring trimester; most courses and seminars will have to be postponed to the autumn trimester.
  7. The academic committee meetings (EHL, Senate, Department Councils) will be cancelled until further notice. Important information is provided by the University Management via email and on the homepage of the university. Meetings of the Department Councils can be held on the departments' own initiative as telephone conferences.
  8. The catering facilities Mensa and Restaurant Brandl are still open, taking into account all necessary safety and hygiene measures, as there are still about 1200 students on campus who have their main residence here. The UniCasino will remain closed until further notice.
  9. The Federal Minister of Defence has cancelled the Tag der Bundeswehr on 13 June 2020.


Despite all the restrictions, I wish you a good time, take care of yourself and stay healthy.

With best regards
Prof. Dr. Merith Niehuss

President of the Universität der Bundeswehr München

Overview

18 March 2020, 16:28


Limited on-Campus Operation as of 19 March 2020


Dear colleagues,
dear students,
dear Madam or Sir,

Even though there is no confirmed case of COVID-19 infection on campus according to the current status, the University Management has made new decisions in coordination with the Head of the Human Resources Department at the Federal Ministry of Defence responsible for the Universität der Bundeswehr München in order to reduce the risk of a further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The entire campus of the Universität der Bundeswehr München will be shut down to limited operation as of tomorrow, 19 March 2020 until probably 14 April 2020. In addition to the measures already effective (see my directive no. 1 and the urgent circular emails sent out so far), this means:

  1. In research, in the central institutions, in the Central Administration and in the Presidential Department, only a small number of staff will perform system-relevant functions on-site in consultation with their respective superiors and by reporting to the Human Resources Department.
  2. For all other employees, mobile working in the home office is the rule.
  3. The libraries remain closed.
  4. The datacenter will restrict its services (see a separate email from the head of the datacenter).
  5. The head of StudBer shall lift the obligation of presence of students on campus under certain conditions and on request. Therefore, one can expect a significantly reduced number of students on our campus until 14 April 2020.
  6. All students are still obliged to study on their own – under the guidance of the teachers via email and available online tools, so that they are able to study and take exams without any loss of time when they return to normal academic life. For this purpose, a far-reaching conversion to e-learning and digital teaching is planned. The Vice President for Teaching is already in contact and coordination with the department teachers in this regard.
  7. The catering facilities (Mensa, Restaurant Brandl and UniCasino) will remain open with a smaller selection of meals, but Brandl and Casino will only be open until 14.30.

 

The University Management will continue to inform you promptly via email and on the homepage of UniBw M about any changes in the situation.

I wish you much strength in these difficult times and stay healthy!

With best regards,
Prof. Dr. Merith Niehuss

President of the Universität der Bundeswehr München

 

 

Overview

16 March 2020, 16:12


Current Measures and Decisions in View of the COVID-19 Pandemic


Dear colleagues,
dear students,
dear Madam or Sir,

This morning, the Bavarian Minister President declared a disaster situation for the Free State of Bavaria in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Even though there is no confirmed case of COVID-19 infection on campus according to the current status, the Universität der Bundeswehr München must react appropriately to the latest developments.

There is no reason to panic – the department head and the barracks commander respectively the head of the student area have, in consultation and coordination with the BMVg, BAPersBw and the responsible monitoring office for tasks subject to public law of the Medical Service of the Bundeswehr, taken all necessary precautions to reduce the risk of infection or spread of COVID-19 and are adapting them at any time in accordance with the constantly changing overall situation.

 

In addition to the already issued directive no. 1 and the continuously updated information on the homepage of the UniBw M, I have taken the following important measures and decisions today, which I ask you to observe:

  1. Unfortunately, the auditing business must now be discontinued until further notice. All examinations are hereby cancelled. The chairmen of the examination board are working intensively together with the examination office to find a solution that will minimize the negative effects on the progress scheme and the duration of studies.
  2. The other functions such as research, administration or libraries will continue to be maintained for the time being.
  3. The academic committee meetings (EHL, Senate, Department Councils) will be cancelled until further notice. Meetings of the faculty councils can be held as video conferences on the faculties' own initiative.
  4. It goes without saying that, despite the fact that teaching has already been discontinued, students are obliged to study on their own until 14 April 2020 - under the guidance of the teachers via e-mail and available online tools.
  5. All indoor sports facilities and the indoor swimming pools will be closed with immediate effect until further notice. Outdoor sports will continue to be permitted provided that the required distances to other people are maintained.
  6. The catering facilities (Mensa, Restaurant Brandl and UniCasino) remain open. In accordance with the regulations for disaster situations in the Free State of Bavaria, a distance of 1.5 metres between guests must be maintained in the restaurants. A maximum of 30 people may be in one room.
  7. If possible, superiors (including professors!) should generously grant home office/mobile work to all employees. The Human Resources Department must always be informed via email (civil servants, SHK/WHK via zv21@unibw.de, employees according to the tariff via zv22@unibw.de)
  8. If an employee suspects that they are infected with the corona virus or have had close contact with an infected person, please do not visit the workplace at UniBw M, but inform your superiors first.


Depending on the individual case, the Human Resources Department will then decide on the further procedure:

  • If a doctor is consulted, their assessment is of decisive importance.
  • In the event of an actual infection with the virus, you will certainly be put on sick leave. Please then inform your superiors and, if possible, also directly the Human Resources Department according to the usual procedure (phone call, presentation of a doctor's certificate, etc.).

 

Please do not be unsettled by the rumours and false reports that are unfortunately circulating more frequently, especially in the social networks! The University Management will always inform you promptly via email and on the homepage of UniBw M about any changes in the situation.

In the hope of your understanding I remain with

Kindest regards,
Prof. Dr. Merith Niehuss

President of the Universität der Bundeswehr München

 

Overview

13 March 2020, 13:30


Coronavirus – Teaching in Classroom Form Will be Suspended until Further Notice


In the course of the Corona crisis, important decisions were taken to reduce risk of a further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The spread of the Corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) has far-reaching consequences for public life and the entire university landscape, including the Universität der Bundeswehr München.

 

The most important and up-to-date information and preventive precautions are:

  1. Teaching in classroom form at the Universität der Bundeswehr München will be immediately suspended until further notice (currently until 14 April 2020). Courses are understood to be all teaching operations, in particular lectures, exercises, seminars, internal practical training, laboratory practicals, excursions and block courses.
  2. Other functions such as research, administration or libraries will remain open for the time being.
  3. Access to the grounds of the Universität der Bundeswehr München is not possible for external users of the infrastructure without a compelling official interest, such as the sports facilities or the library, until further notice.

 

The University Management is keeping a close eye on the situation and is in constant communication with the responsible authorities. Please inform yourself regularly about the latest developments on our homepage. We are all aware of the great dynamics of this development.

We hope for your understanding and support and are convinced that with these measures we are making an important contribution to the containment of the coronavirus.

University Management
Universität der Bundeswehr München