Information on University Operation during the Corona Pandemic

30 March 2021


Easter Greetings


Dear students,
Dear colleagues,
Dear Madam or Sir,

Easter is approaching and we still have to live with many restrictions more than a year after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which also affects our University. I would have liked to offer you the prospect of relaxations of measurements here on campus for the coming spring term, but due to the situation in the country this is not possible at the moment as I am sure you will understand. Infection numbers are rising again significantly, increasingly so with even more dangerous mutated viruses.

Our University will work hand in hand with the Federal Ministry of Defense, the Bundeswehr and the Free State of Bavaria to support and implement the federal government's testing and vaccination strategy. I ask for your understanding and patience that this will take some time. We all know that there are currently major shortages of corona test kits and vaccines in Germany. While the university administration has no influence on the allocation of vaccines, it is doing its best to procure selftests for all students and staff in sufficient numbers for the period after Easter.

In view of the current situation, the Commander of the Barracks and I have therefore decided to extend until further notice the regulations in force at level III of the measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic at the Universität der Bundeswehr München property, of which you are all aware.

An exception to this are cautious relaxations of regulations at our sports facilities with a valid hygiene concept. The Sports Center will inform you about there separately. If an improved situation and the requirements of the federal or state government should allow it, the current regulations will of course be revoked or adjusted at any time.

Please continue to take all measures seriously and take care of yourself and those around you. Stay healthy!

 

I wish you all a happy Easter as well as a good, successful spring trimester!

 

With best regards,
Merith Niehuss

 

President
Universität der Bundeswehr München

More Information

20 January 2021: Cancellation of all Foreign Travel in 2021 in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic >>


15 January 2021: New Year's Greetings and Information about Corona Measures at our University during the Upcoming Months >>


16 December 2020: Important Additions to the Regulations in Place to Contain the COVID-19 Pandemic at UniBw M


28 November 2020: Switch to Online Teaching >>


5 November 2020: Maintaining Presence at UniBw M in view of the Covid-19 Pandemic >>


29 October 2020: Implementation of Protective Measures for Classroom Teaching [...] >>


23 October 2020: President's Update on the Corona Situation >>


24 September 2020: Start of the Autumn Term 2020 in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic >>


Reporting a Suspected Infection or Illness >>


21 July 2020: Hybrid Start of the Autumn Term on 1 October 2020 With Online and Classroom Teaching >>


30 June 2020: Information from President Prof. Merith Niehuss >>


30 May 2020: Guidelines of the Fifth Bavarian Infection Control Ordinance >>


20 April 2020: Important Information on University Operations >>


17 April 2020: Important Information on the Start of the Spring Term 2020 >>


8 April 2020: Easter Greetings in Times of Crisis – Letter from the President >>


24 March 2020: Current Information in the Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic >>


18 March 2020: Limited on-Campus Operation as of 19 March 2020 >>


16 March 2020: Current Measures and Decisions in View of the COVID-19 Pandemic >>


13 March 2020: Coronavirus – Teaching in Classroom Form Will be Suspended until Further Notice >>


Information on University Operation during the Corona Pandemic

Overview

20 January 2021


Cancellation of all Foreign Travel in 2021 in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic


Dear colleagues,
dear Madam or Sir,

In view of the global development of the COVID-19 pandemic and having considered the risks for all involved, the university governance has decided for the time being to cancel all planned stays abroad (incoming and outgoing) in 2021 for students and researchers for security reasons.

In the hope of your understanding I remain

with best regards,

Merith Niehuss

 

President
Universität der Bundeswehr München

Overview

15 January 2021


New Year's Greetings and Information about Corona Measures at our University during the Upcoming Months


Dear students,
dear colleagues,
dear Sir or Madam,

I wish you a happy, successful and first and foremost a healthy new year!

I hope you were able to enjoy Christmas and the holidays despite all the restrictions and could recover a little. Unfortunately, based on what we know today about the Corona pandemic, we are probably in for some tough times in the upcoming winter months. However, due to the hard lockdown and the vaccinations that have already begun, there is at least light at the end of the tunnel.

This week, the governance committee of our university decided to extend the current level III regulations of the COVID-19 pandemic containment measures at the property of the Universität der Bundeswehr München, of which you are all aware, until 31 March 2021.

In doing so, the following points which I ask you to consider have been added:

  • All courses take place exclusively online. Normal seminar rooms cannot be booked via the central lecture hall allocation system currently. The only exception is exams, which are still allowed to be taken in person for legal reasons. The Vice President for Teaching has already communicated the details of this and the exception rules for special internships to the departments’ deans and deans of studies.
  • Nevertheless, the albeit very limited possibility of conducting electronic distance examinations shall soon be included in the ABaMaPO as a further form of examination analogous to the regulations on the testing of electronic distance examinations at universities in Bavaria (Bayerische Fernprüfungserprobungsverordnung - BayFEV) of 16 September 2020.
  • The use of home office/remote working is to be expanded even more in all areas if possible.
  • In each department of the Central Administration, only one-third of the employees will work on-site in their offices on campus. As far as possible, procurement, budgeting, and hiring will be ensured. However, please understand that certain restrictions cannot always be avoided due to the current situation.
  • The duty of care to employees is always paramount. As supervisors, please take your leadership role and responsibility to your employees seriously!
  • Criteria for on-campus presence that must be weighed against each other are office occupancy, travel to the University via public transport, securing of childcare, care of dependents, and maintenance of service (systemic relevance).
  • Committee Meetings: the governance committee will continue to meet in attendance; meetings of the extended university governance will now only take place as videoconferences via BBB. The senate will continue to meet in person, but will be limited to a maximum meeting duration of two hours.
  • In principle, a higher number of matters are to be decided by circulation procedure via e-mail.
  • Sports are now only allowed for official or academic purposes, i.e. an official or academic necessity is required in each case. Appropriate schedules for use of athletic facilities are to be made by the respective supervisors/officers.
  • The University Library opens for four hours per day; pre-registration required (see their circular email).
  • All workplace health management classes/events in attendance will be cancelled (see their circular email).
  • IGF (Individual Basic Skills) will be suspended.
  • Catering facilities: in accordance with the applicable hygiene concepts, the catering facilities Restaurant Brandl and the canteen are open during the week. The UniCasino has extended its closure until the end of March.

 

In accordance with the nationwide tightened and extended lockdown, the declared goal of all measures is to achieve an even greater avoidance of social contacts and encounters and to limit these only to the most necessary. All provisions/measures/regulations mentioned here for the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic at UniBw M are valid until 31 March 2021, but may be revoked before this date if an improved situation as well as the requirements of the federal or state government should allow it.

In order to be able to conclusively answer the question of wearing FFP2 masks on campus, we must await the decisions of the next federal/state round of talks between the chancellor and the Minister-Presidents, which has been announced for 18 January.

 

Please take care of yourself and those around you. Stay healthy!

 

In the hope of your understanding I remain

with best regards and wishes for a good winter trimester,
Merith Niehuss

 

President
Universität der Bundeswehr München

Overview

16 December 2020


Important Additions to the Regulations in Place to Contain the COVID-19 Pandemic at UniBw M


Dear students,
dear colleagues,
dear Sir or Madam,

In order to accommodate the nationwide lockdown as of December 16, 2020, the Commander of the Barracks has – in consultation with the University administration – issued some additions to the applicable regulations at Level III of the COVID-19 pandemic containment measures at the Universität der Bundeswehr München property, which I ask you to observe.

In addition, the following measures will come into effect:

  • Lectures, exercises and seminars will only take place online (exception: exams take place in presence!);
  • Sports facilities within the property of UniBw M will be closed from 16 December 2020 to 10 January; use of the sports facilities by the Sportfördergruppe München will still be possible until 18 December 2020 for training purposes;
  • Brandl restaurant and the Casino will be closed from 23 December 2020 to 10 January 2021;
  • The hairdresser on campus will be closed from 19 December 2020 through 10 January 2021;
  • Face mask are to be worn from 16 December 2020 to 10 January 2021 whenever the minimum distance of 1.5 meters between persons cannot be maintained, this also applies to outdoor areas.

 

You can find the corresponding document of the Commander of the Barracks under the established section in inhouse.unibw >> (exclusively for university members, login required, information only available in German)

 

Despite the pandemic-related restrictions, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Take care and stay healthy!

 

With best regards,
Merith Niehuss

 

President
Universität der Bundeswehr München

Overview

28 November 2020


Switch to online teaching


Dear Sir or Madam,

the responsible Minister of State Sibler today announced the provisional end of classroom teaching at Bavarian universities and colleges. We are also affected by this announcement. From Monday onwards, there will only be online lectures at UniBw M. Practical courses and examinations may continue to be held in class. We do not yet have more detailed information about the permitted group sizes.

As soon as we have detailed information about the new corona protection measures, you will be informed immediately.

Stay healthy!

 

With best regards,
Prof. Dr. Christian Thienel

Vice President for Teaching and Internationalization
Universität der Bundeswehr München

Overview

5 November 2020


Maintaining presence at UniBw M in view of the Covid-19 pandemic


Dear students,
Dear colleagues,
Dear Sir or Madam,

I am aware that many of you are very concerned about the rising infection rates in the Covid-19 pandemic and with good reason pay attention to reducing social contacts. Nevertheless, it is important for all of us to maintain the daily work and study routine on our campus as far as possible while observing all necessary rules of distance and hygiene.
In the meantime, a great deal of time and money has been spent on the development and implementation of effective hygiene concepts.

Therefore, I would like to explicitly ask for your understanding for the hybrid autumn term 2020.
Especially for the first-year students of the year 2020, classroom teaching is of immense importance. Through physical presence, students can get to know the university and its teachers much better. In this way they experience the culture of academic discourse, experience science in practice and in the laboratory, read and learn in the library and much more. For this reason, the sports and care facilities will remain largely open.

In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, it goes without saying that classroom teaching can only take place to a limited extent at present, because only a few people can fit into the rooms while abiding by all the necessary rules of distance and hygiene. In order to remedy this situation at least to some extent, a large heatable tent with space for almost 100 students will soon be erected.

At the same time, students are obliged to be present at the place of study and are required to participate in the respective classroom lectures. This also and especially applies to the studium plus events, which take place on weekends in block courses. The obligatory participation in classroom lectures is regulated by the study and examination regulations.

Against this background, I rely on your insight and your solidarity towards the colleagues who usually work at the university and who thus ensure the course of teaching and research at our university in a special way.
On behalf of the University Governance, I would like to thank all those involved once again for their untiring commitment in difficult times!

In order to further improve the situation in the lecture halls and seminar rooms, our administration is working in close cooperation with Prof. Dr. Kähler to procure suitable air filters. This process will not take as much time as the procurement of a helicopter, but it will still take some time. I ask for your understanding, even if some of you find it difficult.

As far as the ventilation of the rooms is concerned, teachers may need to coordinate with the students depending on the outside temperature and room conditions; after all, we are all concerned with our health.

In the next few days, the Commander of the barracks will once again post the currently valid regulations for the property of the Universität der Bundeswehr München on our homepage in the form of a brief overview.

Take care of yourself and stay healthy!


With best regards,
Merith Niehuss

President
Universität der Bundeswehr München

Overview

29 October 2020


Implementation of Protective Measures for Classroom Teaching at the Universität der Bundeswehr München in Accordance with the Guidelines for the Implementation of the Seventh Bavarian Infection Control Ordinance11 at Bavarian Universities (as of October 22, 2020)


Guideline for Organization of Processes of presence teaching under consideration of protective measures with regard to COVID-19

 

Introduction

In accordance with the decision of the Bavarian State Government of July 28, 2020 and on the basis of the Seventh Bavarian Infection Control Ordinance2, the Universität der Bundeswehr München will be allowed to operate in presence. In principle, face-to-face events are possible up to a maximum number of 200 persons, as far as the incidence of infection and the premises permit. Adapted to the general infection control measures and the occurrence of infections, digital teaching formats will continue to be used within a framework and scope to be defined by the University in order to enable students to fully achieve their qualification goals. The University should prioritize the following groups of students in particular when conducting face-to-face courses:

  • first-year students
  • Students in the final phase of their studies
  • Students with a high demand for face-to-face events, e.g. events in the laboratory, project work or events with a high proportion of practical sports activities.

The basis for the implementation of classroom operations and classroom events at the Universität der Bundeswehr is the observance of the general regulations of infection protection as well as the framework concept developed by the Universität Bayern e.V. in cooperation with the Bavarian State Ministries of Science and Art and Health and Care:


COVID-19 Hygienic Concept (in German) >>>


The framework concept applies subject to stricter, higher-ranking regulations or orders from the local authorities.

The measures described below aim at protecting the members of the University by interrupting the chains of infection, to preserve the health of students and employees in the course of the presence operation and to contribute to the containment of the pandemic.

All members of the University and thus all professors, scientific staff, civil servants, employees and students are responsible for ensuring that the protective measures for presence teaching at the Universität der Bundeswehr München are actually implemented in the areas for which they are responsible. With regard to classroom teaching, this applies in particular to superiors and teaching staff. This also includes the responsibility to inform the relevant persons (e.g. participants of classroom teaching) within their own area in an appropriate manner about the applicable rules for infection protection.

Teachers are responsible in the lecture halls and rooms of the teaching operations for adhering to the rules of distance and hygiene, as well as for complying with the mask obligation/wear a mask (German: AHA-Regeln) and for participating in the concept of contact person tracking.

 

Realization of Events in Presence

Requirement of Distance/ Compulsory Community Masks / Occupancy of Seats

All courses take place in rooms in which the applicable distance and hygiene rules are to be observed. The seating arrangement or arrangement of the participants shall be such that a minimum distance of 1.5 m is maintained. Wherever possible, tables and chairs are placed in such a way that a minimum distance of 1.5 m is guaranteed. Where this is not possible (lecture halls with fixed seating), the seats that can be occupied are marked with seat numbers in accordance with the safety precautions for maintaining the minimum distance in the lecture halls. The unnumbered seats may not be occupied. Thus, a minimum distance of 1.5 m is guaranteed also in these rooms. At the same time, corresponding seat allocation plans are available on the desk in all centrally managed lecture halls, seminar rooms, etc. An overview of all centrally managed rooms (by ZV I 4) with the respective maximum capacity is attached as an appendix.


Seating Capacity Overview (in German) >>>


All decentrally managed rooms that are used for courses have to be adapted accordingly by the respective user (faculty, central institution, etc.) on his own responsibility

The person responsible for teaching is responsible for the observance of seat occupancy (the maximum capacity of the respective room must not be exceeded) and the registration of participants.

In ALL public and meeting areas of the university buildings as well as when entering and leaving the event rooms, a face mask must be worn (mask obligation). This can be taken off at the seating area provided that it guarantees the minimum distance. Standing together in groups is to be omitted.

As far as participants of presence events move around in the room or as far as an unavoidable physical interaction within the framework of the event leads to the fact that the safety distance of 1.5 m cannot be kept safely, a face mask must be worn also during the presence event.

 

Regulations in Case of Locally Increased Risk of Infection:

The State Ministry of Health and Care publishes daily on its Internet site3 the districts and independent cities in which, according to the Robert Koch Institute or the State Office for Health and Food Safety, a number of new infections with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 of 35 per 100,000 inhabitants is exceeded within seven days or was exceeded less than six days ago. In these districts and cities, the following applies from the day following the day of the first entry until the end of the day of the last entry at universities:

At face-to-face events, a face mask must also be worn at the seat (compulsory mask), regardless of whether the minimum distance of 1.5 m can be maintained. This also applies to lecturers and supervisors of classroom events.

More specific regulations in accordance with the Bavarian Infection Control Ordinance in their current version remain unaffected by this regulation.

 

Hygiene / Ventilation / Ventilation Systems

Everyone is required to help reduce the risk of infection by washing their hands regularly and by adhering to the coughing and sneezing etiquette (coughing and sneezing only in the crook of the arm).

In the centrally managed lecture halls there are wash basins and soap dispensers, so that regular hand washing (especially when entering the room) is possible.

The centrally managed lecture halls (including the work tables of the seats released for occupancy) are cleaned by a cleaning company on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

According to the technical guideline of the Inspector of the Medical Service of the German Armed Forces dated 26 August 2020, no surface disinfection is required.4

"Instead, the training or examination rooms, including the table and seating surfaces when in use on working days, and the direct contact surfaces (tables, work surfaces, etc.) should also be thoroughly cleaned with commercially available cleaning agents before each change of training groups". Water, liquid soap and paper towels are available for this purpose.

Nevertheless, within the framework of the possibilities additionally surface disinfectant is made available, so that the participants can disinfect the workplace in own responsibility.

During the course, sufficient ventilation must be ensured in the lecture halls, but cross-ventilation (open windows and doors) must be provided at least every 30 minutes for five minutes. All given possibilities for ventilation must be used. In general, attention should be paid to increased breaks for ventilation. After the course, the person in charge of the course must ensure that the windows and doors are closed again.

The ventilation systems in the Audimax (Building 33 - Room 0161), the physics lecture hall (Building 36 - Room 0221), the chemistry lecture hall (Building 36 - Room 0231) and all head lecture halls in Building 33 are set to 100% outside air. The heat recovery is deactivated, as otherwise a mixing of exhaust air and fresh air could occur. All other systems are currently also operated with maximum outside air.

 

Lists of Participants / Tracing of Infection Chains

In order to trace chains of infection, the data of all participants in each classroom teaching event must be documented. For this purpose, all centrally managed lecture halls, seminar rooms, etc. are numbered with the available seats and corresponding seating plans have been created and laid out.

The legal basis for data processing is Art. 6 Par. 1 letter d GDPR (processing of personal data to protect vital interests of the data subject or another natural person). This also includes the processing of personal data for the monitoring of epidemics and their spread. Another legal basis for data processing is Art. 6 Par. 1 letter c GDPR in conjunction with Article 4 Paragraphs 1 and 3 of the Seventh Bavarian Infection Control Ordinance. Further information on data protection, including information on your further rights, the possibility of making complaints and other contact details can be found here >>> (DATAV No. 10061016S).

In order to ensure that contact data is available as quickly and securely as possible, a type of procedure is selected that is based on electronic recording and evaluation of the contacts. For each classroom teaching event the accoding form (in German)>>> is to be filled out and within 24 hours after the end of the session sent by e-mail (subject: list of participants "event number", "date") to the following address: zv14@unibw.de. The participant lists will be kept there for one month and then be destroyed in accordance with data protection regulations (according to DIN 66399). The data collected may only be passed on to the responsible health authorities at their request in order to trace possible infection paths.

The responsibility and liability for the preparation and timely transmission of the list of participants lies with the person responsible for teaching / performing the course. The Universität der Bundeswehr Munich checks this randomly.

The participation of everyone in the collection of contact data is obligatory and a prerequisite for participation in classroom training.

Furthermore, all members of the university are recommended to use the RKI's Corona-Warn-App.

 

Original signed by

Prof. Dr. Merith Niehuss

President
Universität der Bundeswehr München


1 https://www.gesetze-bayern.de/Content/Document/BayIfSMV_7 (in German)

2 § 21 Universities

  1. classroom lectures at universities are permitted under the following conditions:
  •     The university shall take suitable measures to ensure that a minimum distance of 1.5 m is maintained between all participants; if the minimum distance cannot be reliably maintained, especially in traffic and meeting areas, masks must be worn.
  •     In compliance with the requirements according to No. 1, a maximum of 200 persons are admitted to face-to-face meetings.
  •     The university must draw up a protection and hygiene concept and submit it to the responsible district administrative authority on request.
  •     In this concept, the university must also provide suitable measures to enable contact persons to be tracked.
  1. in the case of practical exercises within the framework of studies for medical and dental professions, those involved must wear masks and must maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 m throughout; sentence 1 no. 3 applies accordingly to the respective institution.
  2. more specific regulations according to this regulation remain unaffected (https://www.gesetze-bayern.de/Content/Document/BayIfSMV_7-21).

3 https://www.stmgp.bayern.de (in German)

4 Inspector Medical Service Bw – Guideline (in German) >>>

Overview

23 October 2020


President's Update on the Corona Situation


Dear students,
dear colleagues,
dear Madam or Sir,

Even though we have the situation on campus well under control and the autumn trimester is running in compliance with all the necessary distance and hygiene rules, the dynamic development of the infection incidence is a cause for great concern. Within 24 hours, the RKI has reported an unprecedented high of over 11,000 new infections in Germany!

I therefore strongly appeal to you to always behave sensibly and in solidarity, to observe the AHA principle and to sufficiently ventilate all rooms on a regular basis. Professors and all supervisors have a special responsibility for the health of their employees and students in their areas.

For the time being, we do not want to completely do without face-to-face events on campus. In its regulations, UniBw M basically follows the corona measures that apply to the Bavarian state universities and colleges. In the increased risk of infection we are currently facing (number of new infections with the corona virus SARS-CoV-2 of 35 per 100,000 inhabitants is exceeded within seven days or was exceeded less than six days ago), the following applies with immediate effect until further notice:

At face-to-face events and internships, a mouth-nose cover must also be worn at the seat (mask obligation), regardless of whether the minimum distance of 1.5 m can be maintained. This also applies to instructors and supervisors of the classroom event or internship.

Otherwise, the corona rules you are familiar with and the hygiene concept published on the homepage apply (implementation of protective measures for classroom teaching at the Universität der Bundeswehr München in accordance with the guidelines for the implementation of the Sixth Bavarian Infection Control Ordinance at Bavarian universities).

Regarding the use of air filters in lecture halls and seminar rooms, the department I4 of the ZV is in exchange with our expert, Prof. Dr. Kähler. However, the use of such devices is not possible without further ado, since the Bundeswehr Service Center Munich, the technical operator of our campus, has to make interventions in the ventilation systems of the buildings in parallel. A test is planned for the first week of November (week 45).

At the professorships and institutes, in the central administration and in the central facilities, the superiors may continue to grant generous "home office"/mobile work as far as work permits. Please pay special attention to risk groups and persons who have to care for their children and/or relatives in need of care.

 

For the sometimes considerable restrictions in daily operations due to the Corona regulations, I ask you once again for your understanding.

Take care of yourself and stay healthy!


With best regards,
Merith Niehuss

President of the Universität der Bundeswehr München

Overview

24 September 2020


Start of the Autumn Term 2020 in Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic


Dear students,
dear colleagues,
dear Madam or Sir,

The intensification of the corona situation in Germany, especially in Munich, also affects our university and directly affects all of us. Since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, the university management, in close cooperation with the military sector, has taken targeted measures to ensure that the required distance and hygiene rules are observed in order to guarantee teaching and research to the greatest possible extent and to prevent a shutdown. This remains our goal.

Your health always comes first!

From now on it is important to counteract the "habituation effect". We have to realize again that the pandemic is not yet over – on the contrary: the rising numbers of infections are a cause of great concern. The Bavarian state capital was recently declared a "Corona hotspot" because the critical 7-day incidence value of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants was exceeded. As a result, the city's crisis management team has decided on further measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic and issued a general order to this effect, which is valid as of today. You can find further information here (in German only) >>>

With the beginning of the new term, the risk of infection at our university, located on the outskirts of Munich, also increases. We can only counter this risk by doing much of our teaching digitally and otherwise reliably adhering to the rules of distance and hygiene. In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the implementation of classroom teaching is an organizational tour de force. Here I would like to express my special thanks to the staff of the Examination Office and the Department ZV I 4 (responsible for the infrastructure and thus for the equipment and allocation of the lecture halls, laboratories, offices, etc.) Updated rules will be announced in the next few days in order to ensure the safest possible operation.

I ask all of you to follow these rules and to accept the associated restrictions calmly and with understanding. Remain cautious at all times and everywhere!

The principle of generously granting the permission to work from home to research, central administration and central facilities continues to apply, as far as work permits. The Human Resources Department will also announce updated instructions next week.

 

I wish you a good and, above all, healthy autumn term!

 

With best regards,
Prof. Dr. Merith Niehuss

President of the Universität der Bundeswehr München

 

Overview


COVID-19: Reporting of suspected illness


If you suspect that you have been infected with COVID-19 or show symptoms of illness, please follow the reporting channel communicated on 21 July 2020, which is shown schematically here:


Reporting path graphic COVID-19: Reporting of suspected illness

Overview

21 July 2020


Hybrid Start of the Autumn Term on 1 October 2020 With Online and Classroom Teaching


Please note the following basic information on presence operation at UniBw M in view of the COVID-19 pandemic:

In accordance with the regulations of the currently valid Sixth Bavarian Infection Control Ordinance (dated 19 June 2020), only practical events/exercises requiring special laboratories or work rooms on campus as well as smaller seminars with a maximum of 30 participants are permitted in classroom form.

In addition, examinations may be conducted in classroom form.

A minimum distance of 1.5 meters must always be maintained between participants and sufficient, regular ventilation of the rooms must be ensured! This is the personal responsibility of teachers and superiors.

At all departments, priority in the allocation of lecture halls and seminar rooms is given to courses for the academic year 2020, as new students should get to know the teachers and the campus personally, if possible.

Information for Risk Groups

If you belong to one of the risk groups for COVID-19 infection defined by the Robert Koch Institute (see https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogruppen.html) and you would like to take part in a test or course in classroom form, you are required to take the necessary measures for self-protection or, under certain circumstances, to refrain from participating. If in doubt, please contact your lecturer and your attending physician.

In principle, it is possible for expectant mothers to take part in examinations and seminars, provided that they observe the designated protective and hygienic measures. For practical courses (e.g. laboratory courses with handling of hazardous substances) the assessment of the responsible lecturer is decisive.

Notification of Suspected Infection or Illness

Stay at home or in your barracks!

Under no circumstances should you come to the course or exam or to your workplace on campus!

In this case, please contact your superior and the Corona contact point by phone and email only!

Phone: +49 89 6004-6070 (KasOffz), or after hours: OffzFü UniBw M, cellphone +49 151 14625866.
Email: kasernenoffizier@unibw.de, kanzler@unibw.de and markus.dimpfl@unibw.de

If you have symptoms of illness, please call your general practitioner or the on-call service of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (phone: +49 116117) or, if you are a soldier, the medical care center in Neubiberg (phone: +49 89 6004-2222 from 8:00 to 16:00). You can reach the Bundeswehr on-call medical service after hours by telephone under +49 800 9726378, the Bundeswehr crisis service under +49 180 655300.

Persons who meet one of the following criteria are initially prohibited from entering UniBw M:

- Contact with a person provably infected with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 within the last 14 days

- COVID-19 specific symptoms

- respiratory symptoms of any kind

- unspecific symptoms

Distance and Hygiene Rules to Obey in Face-to-Face Meetings/Classroom Teaching

According to the hygiene concept for the maintenance of the basic operation of the Command Medical Service of the Bundeswehr (dated 26 June 2020), the principle Distance - Hygiene Rules - Community Masks applies.

The following points in particular must always be taken into account:

- Thoroughly wash hands with soap before and after the attendance of a test or course.

- At all times (including on arrival and in the waiting area in front of the lecture hall or other rooms, toilets, etc.) a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between two persons must be maintained.

- There will be no handshakes or hugs for greetings or goodbyes.

If the minimum distance cannot be maintained safely for a short period of time due to the situation, a community mask covering mouth and nose is to be worn, i.e. especially when entering and leaving the lecture hall or other rooms, as long as not all participants or persons to be examined have taken their seats sufficiently far away from each other. Persons supervising examinations or internships must always wear a community mask. For safety reasons, always have a community mask with you!    

Behavior Following Events and Examinations in Classroom Form

Accumulations of persons or celebrations after events and examinations in classroom form on campus are explicitly prohibited. Do not stay in groups inside buildings or on the premises of UniBw M, unless this is necessary for official or study-related reasons.

Meetings/Events on Campus

Conferences, symposia and workshops are prohibited on UniBw M campus until the end of October 2020, regardless of the number of participants, as these are not meetings within the scope of direct service. The only exceptions to this rule are those events whose realization is indispensable and cannot be postponed for legal reasons. In this case, permission from the chancellor is required.

External Meetings/Business Trips

All members of UniBw M are strongly recommended to make prudent and restrained decisions about participation in external events.

Please bear in mind that it may not be in your interest to travel to countries for which a travel warning has been issued by the Federal Foreign Office due to the COVID-19 pandemic or if quarantine is necessary after returning to Germany. Although such private travel cannot be prohibited, it is considered irresponsible by the responsible state ministry. In the event of quarantine measures abroad or difficulties in returning home after travel, paid leave from duty cannot be granted.

Before Arrival at UniBw M Please Note:

Please inform yourself before your arrival at UniBw M in any case about the current regional infection situation that is relevant for you (https://corona.rki.de/ under Landkreise).

In the event of an infection rate of more than 50 newly infected persons per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days, which is considered critical, participation in any attendance events should be refrained from.

In case of doubt, please contact the responsible health authority or the Corona contact point at kasernenoffizier@unibw.de, kanzler@unibw.de and markus.dimpfl@unibw.de (if necessary, you’ll receive advice from occupational safety specialists and company doctors).

Information for People Returning from Areas at Risk

Due to the currently valid entry quarantine regulation (as of 15 July 2020), persons must go into domestic quarantine for 14 days if they have been in a risk area for more than 48 hours in a period of 14 days before entering Bavaria.

Risk areas according to RKI definition: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Risikogebiete_neu.html

Accessibility of Important Facilities (University Library, Central Administration, Examination Office, IT Center etc.)

The University Library will be opened to the public step by step and partially again. In addition to lending on site, users can also access digital services online. Here we’d like to mention to the scan service. Please refer to the website of the University Library.

For all other central services (examination office, IT center, etc.) consultation takes place by phone or email as far as possible. If a personal audition is necessary, please make an appointment in advance.

The sports rooms remain closed until further notice.

Further Information for Employees

It is the responsibility of superiors to ensure that distance and hygiene rules between their employees are observed in their areas of responsibility. For the time being, only alternating attendance times may be possible. In addition, further consideration should be given to risk groups and persons who have to care for their children or relatives. Superiors should continue to generously grant these people mobile working in their home office.

 

Prof. Dr. Merith Niehuss

President
Universität der Bundeswehr München

Overview

30 June 2020


Information from President Prof. Merith Niehuss


On 30 June, President Prof. Merith Niehuss adressed the members of the Universität der Bundeswehr München in a video message. As this video is only available in German, you will find the English translation of the President's message here:

Dear students,
dear colleagues,
dear Madam or Sir,

Today, at the end of this extraordinary spring term, I would like to take the opportunity to address you via video message to review the past months and give you a glimpse of the time ahead.

The corona crisis undoubtedly presents us with great challenges in both our working and private lives. I am aware of how difficult the numerous restrictions are for you.
Many of you have had to take on the additional care of your children; others have had to organize the care of relatives. Everyone was and is confronted with major problems.

In all areas - studies, teaching, research, university management and administration - we had to break new ground. Due to the corona pandemic, we shut down the entire university to limited operation as of 19 March 2020, and switched the spring term to digital teaching, which worked surprisingly well overall.

For this achievement, for your understanding and your patience I would like to thank everyone involved!

Thanks to the measures taken at an early stage, it has so far been possible to largely keep the incidence of infection away from our campus. However, despite the recent easing of restrictions in Bavaria and Germany, it is important to continue to observe all necessary rules of distance and hygiene in order to minimize the risk of the COVID-19 pandemic spreading again.

Of course, we all hope that we will soon be able to return to our accustomed studies and campus life. Unfortunately, we do not yet know exactly when this will happen. It is to be hoped that the new "Corona-Warn-App" of the German government will help us step by step to get back to normality. The university management is closely monitoring the development of the situation and is in constant communication with the responsible state and federal authorities.

Over the summer, when many of you are on well-earned holidays anyway, we will slowly bring the university back up to speed. Here I would ask all supervisors in particular to make sure that their employees in the offices and laboratories are kept at the correct distance from each other everywhere. For the time being, it may only be possible to alternate attendance times. In addition, I would also like to ask that further consideration be given to risk groups and people who have to look after their children or care for relatives. Supervisors should continue to grant these people generous mobile work in their home office.

As things stand at present, we are holding to 1 October 2020 as the regular start of the autumn term. This means that, as always, the initiation week for the new students will take place at the end of September.
In teaching, there will be a hybrid start: Only small groups will be allowed to attend classes, otherwise we will continue to teach digitally. Please take this into account in your planning.


Dear students, especially in these turbulent times, the obligation to study on your own responsibility is more important than ever. In your own interest: please keep it rolling and do not let any subject slip!
Last, but not least, I would like to wish you good luck for the upcoming exams!

Have a nice and hopefully relaxing time without lectures and stay healthy!
I look forward to seeing you again soon on campus.

Thank you very much for your attention.

 

Prof. Dr. Merith Niehuss

President of the Universität der Bundeswehr München

Overview

30 May 2020


Guidelines of the Fifth Bavarian Infection Control Ordinance


Dear colleagues,

dear students,

dear Madam or Sir,

The Universität der Bundeswehr Munich agrees with the Fifth Bavarian Infection Control Ordinance (5th BayIfSMV), adopted on 29.05.2020.

You will find the fuidelines (in German) here.


With best regards,
Universität der Bundeswehr München

Overview

20 April 2020, 17:23


Important Information on University Operations


Dear colleagues,

dear students,

dear Madam or Sir,

Following today's decisions of the steering committee and in coordination with the Federal Ministry of Defence, I would like to inform you briefly about the further action of the UNiversität der Bundeswehr München in view of the COVID 19 pandemic:

  1. The entire spring term 2020 will remain digital in teaching (e-learning, online courses, etc.).
  2. The possibility for students to apply for exemption from attendance will be continued until revoked. The Stud Offz/OA is responsible for interrupting the exemption from attendance in an orderly manner (after informing the responsible disciplinary superior/head of department), if necessary academic attendance appointments are due (see below) or if there are technical problems with the use of online teaching (e.g. due to a poor Internet connection at home). Students must then return to campus immediately in order to participate in digital teaching.
  3. Examinations take place exclusively in classroom form. From Monday, 27 April 2020, the outstanding exams from the winter trimester will first be made good for. All necessary precautions will be taken to minimise the risk of further spread of the corona virus.
  4. The presence of the students is temporarily required for academic reasons (e.g. examinations, internships, use of laboratory/equipment).
    In this case, the Deans of Studies must first reach agreement with the Vice President for Teaching or the Chair of the Examination Board of the HAW Department (via email) if the presence of students on campus is considered absolutely necessary. The demand for students' presence exclusively for didactic reasons or similar is excluded; only for examinations or if experiments have to be carried out in the laboratory and/or special laboratory equipment has to be used, permission is possible. In the event of approval, students will be informed in good time by the respective lecturers. It goes without saying that the required distance and hygiene regulations must always be observed.
  5. From now on, the presence of the scientists should be made possible again step by step. Priority is given to the start-up of the laboratories required for research, of course in compliance with the obligatory distance and hygiene conditions and always under the responsibility of the respective heads of institutes or professors.
  6. The central administration, the computer centre and the presidential department work, as far as the fulfilment of their tasks allows, as before, largely from the home office.
  7. All superiors are asked to continue to grant their employees generous mobile work/home office space within the framework of the applicable regulations, especially taking into account the respective domestic situation (childcare) and the health situation of the employees (risk patients) as well as the conditions at the workplace.
  8. The sports facilities on campus will remain closed until further notice.
  9. The University Library will also remain closed. From 4 May 2020, however, there will again be a possibility to borrow media on site. The exact conditions for this will be announced in good time. The University Library already offers a wide range of online services.


I hope you understand that we can only slowly and carefully return to normality on our campus and I wish you all a good and above all healthy spring term.

Up-to-date information on the further development of the situation can be found at any time on the start homepage of the Universität der Bundeswehr München.

With best regards,
Prof. Dr. Merith Niehuss

President
Universität der Bundeswehr München

Overview

17 April, 10:04


Important Information on the Start of the Spring Term 2020


Dear colleagues,
dear students,
dear Madam or Sir,

Next Monday, April 20, the spring term 2020 will begin - for the first time in the history of the Universität der Bundeswehr München, initially without classroom operation and exclusively with digital courses.

Of course we all hope that campus life will gradually return to normality as soon as possible. Unfortunately, however, in view of the COVID 19 pandemic, nobody can predict when exactly the usual classroom operation will be possible again.

As you can see from my latest newsletters, the restricted operation at the UniBw M will continue until further notice. In concrete terms, this means that you are kindly requested to continue working according to the current work regulations, i.e. working in home office as much as possible, etc.
The automated recording of working hours will remain suspended.

On Monday (20 April), a crisis meeting of the university governance committee will take place to discuss and decide on the further procedure. After that I will coordinate with the responsible head of department in the Federal Ministry of Defence and inform you about the next steps as soon as possible.

In the meantime, I continue to ask for your patience and understanding and remain

With best regards,
Prof. Dr. Merith Niehuss

President
Universität der Bundeswehr München

Overview

8 April 2020, 9:23


Easter Greetings in Times of Crisis – Letter from the President


Dear colleagues,
dear students,
dear Madam or Sir,

the restrictions imposed by the COVID 19 pandemic are not easy for any of us.
This time of crisis presents us with great challenges in both our work and private lives.

I would therefore like to thank you once again for your understanding and prudent action in the Corona crisis. In this way, we at UniBw M are making a contribution to ensuring that fewer people are infected and thus preventing our health system from becoming overloaded.
I ask you to continue to deal responsibly with this extraordinary situation in your professional and private life.

Of course, we all hope that the restrictions can soon be gradually lifted. Unfortunately, however, I am not able to give you any information today as to when we can slowly return to normal operations on our campus.
I would therefore ask you to be patient as we have to wait and see how the overall situation develops.
Rest assured that we are in constant communication with the Federal Ministry of Defense and the relevant authorities in Bavaria and are working intensively on easing conditions.

I hope that we can make a good start to the spring trimester with digital teaching on 20 April 2020 and I would like to thank all teachers for their great commitment in switching to a corresponding online teaching system at short notice.

Despite the crisis, I wish you a happy Easter and relaxing days.
Take care of yourself and stay healthy!

With best regards,
Prof. Dr. Merith Niehuss

President
Universität der Bundeswehr München

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
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
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
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