Information on teaching and campus life

How is the 2G / 3G rule and contact tracing implemented in in-person teaching and in-person examinations?

(updated 03.12.2021)

In accordance with current state regulations on Corona pandemic control, UdS sites can only be entered with proven compliance with the 3G rule, i.e. either full vaccination, recovery or a negative test. Proof of this must be carried at all times. A negative test is valid for a maximum of 24 hours (rapid antigen test) or 48 hours (PCR test). Exceptions to the testing are mentioned in the state regulation Land Ordinance.

From 13 December 2021, the 2G rule applies to all in-person teaching activities for both students and teaching staff, with exceptions defined in the pandemic plan (for which the 3G rule applies). The university recommends implementing the 2G rule in the area of in-person teaching activities as early as 6 December 2021.

The presence of proof of vaccination, convalescence or testing will be randomly checked for the safety of all participants; this will be organised by the crisis team. Teachers are asked to urgently and regularly remind their students of compliance with the rules, but are not themselves responsible for checking the rules. Teachers can, however, check the presentation of the 3G proof before an event. 

Unfortunately, there need to be consequences for students who are not able to provide proof of their G status upon request. If a student fails to provide proof of his/her 3G status for the first time, he/she must leave the university site immediately and his/her personal details will be recorded. In case of refusal, the competent authorities will be called in. If a student repeatedly fails to provide proof, an exclusion order prohibiting him/her from entering university property will be issued. The period of exclusion depends on the severity of the respective breach of the duty to comply with the 3G rule. If he/she chooses to ignore the exclusion order, the violation will be reported to the competent authorities and the individual will have to pay a fine. The breach of the duty to comply with the 3G rule is also subject to a fine pursuant to Section 15(1) of the Verordnung zur Änderung infektionsrechtlicher Verordnungen zur Bekämpfung der Corona-Pandemie which came into force on 12 November 2021 and will be brought to the attention of the competent authorities.

The University informs students that random checks may be conducted at any time and that failure to comply will result in immediate expulsion from the premises. There is an urgent request to comply with the 3G regulation on timely and complete vaccination.

Members of staff are also subject to compliance with the 3G rule when accessing Saarland University sites. Pursuant to Section 28b(3) Sentence 1 of the German Protection against Infection Act (IfSG, version: 22 November 2021), from 24 November 2021 until 19 March 2022, Saarland University is obliged to monitor the 3G status of employees who perform their work at Saarland University workplaces on a daily basis and to regularly document their status. In accordance with Section 28b(3) Sentence 2 of the German Protection against Infection Act, the members of staff are obliged to present a corresponding proof of their 3G status upon request. If a member of staff fails to provide proof of his/her 3G status, the university reserves the right to take steps under labour and employment law. 

To facilitate and speed up the checks, the university offers the possibility for vaccinated or recovered persons to obtain a so-called 2G vignette, which is attached to the student or employee ID card. This proof is then sufficient for the controls (further information).

As in the entire Saarland, the stricter 2G or 2G+ rule also applies to some of the service areas on Saarland University sites, more specifically to all service areas that are not related to university work and teaching duties. For example, if you wish to participate in an indoor course offered by the University Sports Center, you will need to provide proof that you are vaccinated against COVID-19 or that you have recovered from an infection with COVID-19. The urgent recommendation to comply with the 2G rule also applies to university-related social events (e.g. Christmas parties). The Saarland state government recommends occasion-based tests also for people with 2G-status (2G+). The individual risk assessment displayed in the Corona-Warn-App also serves as an indicator.

Contact tracing is ensured by the Staysio app; for this purpose, all premises used for attendance events must be mapped in the Staysio app. Should participants not be able to register themselves via smartphone, they are obliged to submit their contact details and 3G proof to the event management immediately at the beginning of the event using the following form. data protection declaration). Participants should send the completed form via email to the responsible persons (i.e. meeting convener / course instructor / lecturer) at the beginning of the event. If the form is used, it must be collected by the lecturers, kept in accordance with data protection regulations and destroyed after a period of four weeks.

Where will 2G vignettes be issued for faster verification of 3G regulation?

(Published 12-10-21)

In order to facilitate and speed up the checks, the University offers the possibility for vaccinated or recovered persons to obtain a so-called 2G vignette, which is attached to the student or employee ID card. This proof will then be sufficient for the controls. The vignettes will still be distributed at these issuing points until the holidays.

Please carry your proof of vaccination / recovery, your personal identity card (Personalausweis) and your student or employee ID card with you. Please note that only an identity card is accepted, not a driving licence. In the case of persons without German citizenship, an officially recognized identification document such as the national passport must be presented. Furthermore, the 2G vignettes are only valid at Saarland University and not at htw saar.  For non-German vaccination certificates, the EU COVID certificate is also required.Also, a 25-pack of mouth-nose protection will be given out to all who get the sticker (while stocks last).

In the case of the recovery proof, the length of status will be taken into account when it is handed out.

The vignettes are valid until February 2022. 

To speed up the distribution of the stickers, areas can contact the crisis team (krisenstab(at)uni-saarland.de) if they would like to support the campaign, are already currently checking 3G proofs due to direct customer contact and are willing to hand out the 2G stickers as well.

Information on the distribution at the Homburg location will be provided as soon as the location and time window have been determined.

Where must a medical face mask be worn at university?

Update: 03 December 21

It is mandatory to wear a medical face mask. The wearing of a medical face mask is obligatory in the movement traffic also outside of buildings always if no safety distance can be kept. Likewise, the wearing of a medical face mask is obligatory in buildings, i.e. also in the presence instruction, in examinations and pre-sence situations outside of the teaching. Due to the correspondingly applicable exception in § 4 para. 2 no. 5 VO-CP, lecturers do not have to wear mouth-nose protection even during lectures, as long as a minimum distance of one and a half meters to other persons is guaranteed at all times. 

Hygiene rules, called 'AHA-L' (short for “Abstand halten, Hygiene beachten, im Alltag Maske tragen, regelmäßig lüften”), are valid until further notice just as well. Please also keep yourself informed about Saarland University news regarding the vaccinated, recovered (or tested negative) (‘3G or 2G’) rules as well as those regarding the documentation of potential chains of infection and dealing with infections with COVID-19.

The obligation to wear a medical face mask remains in place for the university buildings at the Homburg campus. In addition, the guidance issued by the Saarland University Medical Center must also be complied with.

What hygiene rules must be observed?

“Coughing and sneezing etiquette”: Sneeze or cough into the crook of your arm or into a disposable paper tissue held in front of your nose and mouth. Dispose of used tissue and wash your hands thoroughly with soap.

Room ventilation: Rooms with mechanical ventilation systems will be supplied with fresh air only. Rooms where only natural ventilation is possible should be kept as well ventilated as possible without creating a health risk for users (see guidance on   office use and on events with in-person attendance .

Washing hands: Wash your hands regularly with soap for 20–30 seconds. If you have to leave your desk or workplace, wash you hands before returning.

Wherever possible, please use the stairs. Lifts should only be used if the building is too high for you to walk up or down via the stairs, or if you are physically incapacitated or are transporting a heavy load. Lifts should be occupied by no more than one person at a time. Ensure that you maintain the minimum physical distance to others when entering or exiting the lift.

Which distance regulations apply during face-to-face events?

(Updated on 03 December 2021)

From the 13 December forward, classroom events can take place in classrooms without special seating arrangements, as long as all participants can prove that they have been vaccinated or have recovered (2G, in the case of classroom events where the exceptions do not apply). It is strongly recommended that the previous pandemic-related seating restrictions be reinstated. 

Hygiene rules, called 'AHA-L' (short for “Abstand halten, Hygiene beachten, im Alltag Maske tragen, regelmäßig lüften”), are valid until further notice just as well. Please also keep yourself informed about Saarland University news regarding the vaccinated, recovered (or tested negative) (‘3G or 2G’) rules as well as those regarding the documentation of potential chains of infection and dealing with infections with COVID-19.

What is Staysio app?

The Staysio app can be downloaded free of charge on any smartphone and offers contact tracking via QR code. In many of the university's buildings, QR codes have already been installed in the meeting and lecture rooms, which only need to be scanned in the app when attending an event in the rooms. If participants are unable to register themselves via smartphone, they are required to submit their contact details to the event management immediately at the start of the event using the form below (data protection declaration). If the form is used, it must be collected by the lecturers, kept in accordance with data protection regulations and destroyed after a period of four weeks.

International students in particular have problems installing the Staysio app on their smartphones. This is due to their foreign Google or Apple accounts. Alternatively, you can register via the web application (English version) described here in the lower part. Otherwise, a German Apple/Google account can also be used for the download.

Would you like to equip more rooms for your meetings and events with QR codes from the Staysio app? Feel free to contact the Crisis Management Team with the following information, and they will arrange for the codes to be created and installed in collaboration with the Occupational Safety and Health Staff Office:

  • Location (which campus)
  • exact building and room number
  • Contact person with telephone number
  • Maximum number of participants in the room (if you do not know this information, please contact the Occupational Safety and Health Office).

Please note that adding more rooms can be time-consuming; for time-sensitive events, you can still use other types of contact tracking, subject to privacy regulations.

What’s happening about classes, courses and examinations in winter semester 2021/22?

The Education and Quality Assurance Unit has set up a webpage containing information on the teaching activities and examination arrangements for the winter semester 2021/22.

What do I have to take into account for events that are not teaching or study-related activities?

(Update: 03 Dedember 21)

For events outside of teaching, 3G applies if these are professional events in which only university employees participate. For all other events outside of teaching (access by third parties, sales booths, etc.), 2G applies in accordance with § 6 para. 1 no. 6 VO-CP; for some service events inside buildings (including cafés, university sports), 2G+ applies in accordance with § 6 para. 2 no. 12 VO-CP. It is urgently recommended that service events such as Christmas parties also be held under 2G conditions.

The Staysio app is to be used for contact tracking for event formats in attendance outside teaching and learning. If participants are unable to register themselves via smartphone, they are required to submit their contact details to the event management immediately at the start of the event using the form below.Further info.

Where can I find information and tips about the e-learning tools ?

The Digital Learning project webpage offers instruction on how to create short videos of PowerPoint presentations, how to digitally record conventional ‘chalk and talk’ presentations and how to use more advanced tools for online lectures.

Where can international students get help if they have problems or questions regarding the coronavirus crisis? Are persons who are not members of the university currently allowed to access university sites?

(Updated on 14.10.2021)

The following regulations apply to external persons who wish to visit one of the Saarland University campuses.

What are the regulations governing the use of laboratories?

(updated: 14.10.21)

The laboratory areas can largely be occupied again in normal operation. The details on staying in the laboratory, including safety regulations, are described in the handouts of the Occupational Safety and Health Unit and are currently being adapted to the current pandemic plan. Hygiene plans for events must still be available and adhered to. Further information.

What are the rules on work in offices on campus?

Work in offices is subject to the rules set out in the guidance document on office use.

How to properly ventilate a room - Fresh air is healthy and helps to avoid catching a virus

If good ventilation can help prevent the transmission of SARS-SCoV-2 is a subject that is being discussed repeatedly. So far, it is unclear to what extent fresh air actually contributes to infection prevention. However, we should consider that proper ventilation might have positive effects.

Therefore, we have compiled five tips for ventilation:

You should air the rooms with the windows entirely open for a couple of minutes to allow an efficient air exchange. There are no universal time limits for this, the amount of time necessary to ventilate a room depends on the following aspects:

- the size of the rooms.

- the temperature gradient between the air outside and inside, which has an impact on how well the outside and inside air mix or on how well the air exchange works. If the difference in temperature is significant (cold outside, warm inside), the air exchange happens more quickly.

- on how big the window in the respective room is.

- if you create draught (open windows and/or doors on opposite sides), this additionally accelerates the air exchange.

These are all physical variables indicating that the amount of time necessary to thoroughly ventilate a room varies from day to day as well as from room to room. There is a very simple general rule to determine when you need to air the room and for how long: When you feel it getting colder in the room, the fresh air has logically filled the room. You should close the window before you start to feel cold. Usually, a few minutes are enough.

These are the most common mistakes:

  • Keeping the window tilted open for a longer period of time
  • Airing until you freeze
  • Not airing frequently enough

Ideally, you should open a window entirely

  • when you leave your room for a short amount of time, e.g. to use the bathroom, to go to the post office or to use the coffee machine
  • shortly before and after a meeting

 

Rules on vaccinations, testing and infection cases

Where can university members in Saarland get vaccinated?

(Update: 17.01.22)

The mobile vaccination team administers first, second and booster vaccinations on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 12 pm to 5 pm in the auditorium of the university on the Saarbrücken campus (building A3 3, site plan). In addition, there are currently special vaccination offers at many other places. Students and university employees can also get vaccinated there.

Exceptionally, no vaccinations will be offered in the auditorium from 24 to 26 January.

There will continue to be special vaccinations in Saarland, information here. The Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (Kassenärztliche Vereinigung) provides an overview of medical practices that offer Corona vaccinations here. Further up-to-date information on Corona vaccinations is published by the state government here.

International students can get vaccinated without having to provide proof that they have a domicile in Germany or health insurance in Germany. If you have previously received a first dose of a vaccine that has not been approved in the European Union, you may receive a booster shot of a second type of vaccine which is approved in the EU after having been given all relevant medical information regarding the vaccination by a medical doctor . In addition, vaccination appointments can also be made with general practitioners and specialists (Fachärzte).

Where can university members get tested for Covid-19?

(updated on 12/16/21)

As decided by the university management and Saarland state government, university members who wish to do a screening test should do so at one of test centres set up for citizens in the districts, or pharmacies and doctors' surgeries. Since 13 November, tests are again free of charge. 

Saarland University staff has the possibility of getting tested twice a week in the test centre on Saarbrücken campus (Aula, building A3 3). Employees at the Homburg campus please use the tests offered by their supervisors which are distributed by the medical faculty dean for testing twice a week (no official certification, only admissible for the specific working day on site in the office) and also refer to Saarbrücken Campus test centre or use test centres at their locations if more than two days present in a working week.

Particularly quickly accessible to university members is the test center for citizens on the Saarbrücken campus, which can be used by all citizens. An appointment must be booked in advance on the website.

In accordance with the current state ordinance on the control of the Corona pandemic, only persons who can present a negative test may participate in the classroom training, if they fail to provide a proof of vaccination or recovery (24 h for antigen rapid tests, 48 hours for PCR tests) .

The citizen test center on the Saarbrücken campus is now available for this purpose. Please use the following link: test-saarland.de/uds_buerger. Please note that these tests are subject to a fee (certain exceptions apply).

Furthermore, the university fulfills its obligation to test its employees. For this purpose, please use the link to the university's own test center as before. The university currently has to bear the test costs itself. Please use the following link: test-saarland.de/uds

Testing facility on Saarbrücken campus

The test centre is located in the Künstleratelier in the Aula (Building A3 3), follow the signs.

For opening hours, please check the websites.

For testing as part of a testing opportunity offered to all citizens please register on this website.

For employees of the university, please register on this website.

 

Testing:

When tested in the Saarland University test centre, the test result is available after 30 minutes. If you are planning to participate in an in-person meeting/event please schedule your test appointment accordingly. The test result is valid for 24 hours. The university has the right to determine who may access university premises. Therefore, if your rapid test result is positive, you are obliged to leave university premises immediately.

According to Section 4b of the Coronavirus Test Ordinance (TestV3), the following applies: Obligation to carry out confirmatory diagnostic and variant-specific PCR testing. This includes notifying the competent health authority of positive test results.

How does the university implement the amendment to the Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance on the obligation to test?

(updated on 10/12/21)

According to the current state regulation for the fight against the corona pandemic, only persons who are tested twice a week for an infection with the corona virus SARS-CoV-2 by means of a recognized test may participate in the classroom training. The citizen test center on the Saarbrücken campus is now available for this purpose. Please use the following link: test-saarland.de/uds_buerger. 

Furthermore, the university fulfills its obligation to test its employees. For this purpose, please use the link to the university's own test center as before. The university currently has to bear the test costs itself. Please use the following link: test-saarland.de/uds

For University employees at the Homburg site the obligation to test emplyees twice a week is also fulfilled by offering free of cost rapid tests twice per week which are available at the supervisor and must be done under her or his supervision.

The time spent testing for COVID-19 cannot be considered working time.

Who do I report a positive corona test to as a university member?

(Update: 08.11.2021)

University members who have received a positive result of a corona test should please report this immediately at the e-mail address coronafall(at)uni-saarland.de. Please indicate which contacts you had at the university last (e.g. classroom teaching, practical project, etc.) Your report will of course be treated confidentially! The university will then inform your contact persons immediately and anonymously in order to prevent further infections as far as possible. Please note that this is not a substitute for reporting to the health authorities; if you are given any requirements / orders from this side, please follow them thoroughly.

Further information is available here: Action to be taken if someone becomes infected with COVID-19

 

What happens if a person with an officially registered COVID-19 infection took part in an in-person event or was physically present on campus?

(Update: 08.11.21)

If you are working or studying at Saarland University and have tested positive for COVID-19 or if you have been notified that another member of the university is infected, please refer to this information page  to find out what to do.

In principle, only the competent authority issues a quarantine. If someone is confirmed to be infected with coronavirus, the authority identifies all contacts and determines the personal risk of infection. If a high risk of infection is determined, one is defined as a "close contact person". All information on contact persons and the rest of the process can be found on the Regional Board's page.

If you have been issued a quarantine by the health authorities, please follow the order in any case and do not enter the university campus during this time. In case you have had (confirmed or still unclear) contact with an infected person, but no quarantine is ordered (yet), the university strongly recommends to avoid social contacts in presence for at least five days for the safety of all.

What should I do if I have had contact with an infected person?

Please refer to the  guide provided by the Saarland Ministry of Health to find out which steps you are required to take.

If you have been issued a quarantine by the health authorities, please follow the order in any case and do not enter the university campus during this time. In case you have had (confirmed or still unclear) contact with an infected person, but no quarantine is ordered (yet), the university strongly recommends to avoid social contacts in presence for at least five days for the safety of all.

For university employees, as for all employees, there is an obligation to inform the employer if he/she has had contact with a person infected with the coronavirus. Contact your supervisor or the Personnel Department by phone or email (Personnel Department )

Here you find the Abwesenheitsanzeige aufgrund von häuslicher Quarantäne, Infektionsfall im Umfeld oder grippeähnlicher Symptome

Further information is available here:https://www.regionalverband-saarbruecken.de/corona/kontaktpersonen/

 

What do I have to do if the Coronavirus warning app displays an ‘increased risk’ warning?

If you have installed the Coronavirus warning app provided by the German government on your smartphone and it displays an “increased risk” warning, you will receive the following information:

The ‘increased risk’ warning informs a user that, during the preceding 14 days, they have been in contact with at least one person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. This means that the risk of the user being infected is increased.

The user is asked to, if possible, return home immediately or stay at home, and to contact their doctor, the medical assistance hotline (tel.: 116 117) or the local health authorities who will decide on the steps to be taken.
(Source: Coronavirus warning app or at the english webpage of the RKI (Robert-Koch-Institute))

As a precautionary measure, please log out of the university with the following  notification of absence.

As a precautionary measure, please complete the   absence notification form and submit it to the Personnel Department via your supervisor or line manager.


Do I need to notify my employer if I am or have been in close contact with a person infected with the coronavirus?

Yes! As an employee you are contractually obliged to report the fact that you have had contact with a person infected with the coronavirus. Contact your supervisor or line manager or the Personnel Department either by phone or by email.
(Personnel Department).

This diagram  of the Saarland Ministry of Health provides further information.

A case of an infection with COVID-19 has been reported. Who will have access to my personal data?

(Update: 10.11.20)

The local health authority will decide on the steps to be taken. The health authorities in Saarbrücken provide information on how to identify who has been in contact with an infected person.

Only if a public health authority explicitly requests the University's crisis management team to do so will the registration lists of participants in in-person events be passed on to the authorities. In this case, the participants will also be informed that they have been in close contact with an infected person. If the infected person attended a course in person, the course registration list will be generated via the course registration function in the HIS-LSF portal. For all other on-campus activities, e. g. personal meetings, lists of attended must be kept and sent to the crisis management team.

The university is currently examining whether to introduce a contact tracing app for in-person events that are not teaching- or study-related, which will be subject to data protection regulations. The health authorities request that contacts should be traced; all data will only be disclosed to the respective local health authority. Your data will not be disclosed to any other third parties and will be erased after 30 days. A data processing agreement will be concluded between the University and the provider company.

You can find more information on this page: Reporting corona infection cases.

Who is authorized to impose quarantine restrictions?

The local health authority will impose home quarantine (self-isolation) for the maximum incubation period (14 days) on any employee who has been in contact with the virus. Furthermore, the university can, in its role as employer, order an employee to stay away from their workplace without the will or consent of the employee. This supposes that the employer has grounds for assuming that the employee is unable to work due to illness or that the employee poses a health hazard for other employees or members of the university. It is sufficient that the employee poses a plausible risk of infecting others with the coronavirus. Additional grounds supporting the order to exclude the employee from the workplace may be asserted if the employee spent time in a higher-risk area or in a location with a significantly increased risk of infection.

The University Board has mandated that all persons who were in the same room as the infected person may no longer enter university premises for the period provided for in the quarantine regulations in force at that time (currently 14 days or five days if a negative test result can be presented). The University Board has the right to determine who may access university premises. Its decision, which aims to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases in humans, facilitate the early detection of infections and prevent their further spread, was reached after examining whether it is proportionate within the meaning of German Protection against Infection Act (IfSG).

The health authorities in Saarbrücken provide detailed information for individuals who have been in direct contact with a person with an infected person: https://www.regionalverband-saarbruecken.de/corona/kontaktpersonen/

 

What do I have to consider if I have flu-like symptoms?

In light of the current infection rates in Saarland, persons who have not recently come into contact with someone with a known or suspected SARS-CoV-2 infection and who are showing only mild signs of illness (e.g. a runny nose and feeling only mildly incapacitated) may visit Saarland University sites. The same applies to people who have a known history of exhibiting similar symptoms due to a pre-existing condition, such as hay fever or a pollen allergy. Please refer to the check list for flu-like symptoms

If, however, a person is feeling seriously unwell, particularly if they are displaying respiratory and/or flu symptoms or other symptoms relevant to COVID-19, they must stay at home and, when necessary, consult a doctor (initially by phone).

If a doctor is consulted, the doctor will decide whether the patient may continue to visit Saarland University premises or whether a SARS-CoV-2 test is required. If the symptoms occur in persons who are present on Saarland University premises, the affected persons must leave the premises and contact a doctor (initially by phone).

Employees who leave because they are showing symptoms, must complete the absence notification form (Reporting an illness) and submit it to the Personnel Department via their supervisor or line manager.

 

Labour law aspects concerning the largely operational phase

What about time tracking during the largely operational phase?

(updated on 14.10.21)

In the largely normal operational phase in winter semester 2021/22 the following regulations for time tracking apply. If you work on site is on site and usually record working hours electronically, please use the time recording devices for time tracking. When working from home, the time tracking data will be updated according to the contractually stipulated working hours by the employee responsible for time tracking (‘Zeiterfassungsbeauftragte’). You do not need to document when you started and finished working. If an employee works more hours than contractually agreed or fewer hours than contractually agreed, this must be reported to the responsible supervisor or line manager who will inform the employee responsible for time tracking. Please also inform your supervisor / line manager of your work schedule: which days of the week will you spend working remotely from home? Employees who do not record working hours electronically but have to track their hours in a different way are required do so to the same extent as before the pandemic and regardless of whether the activities were carried out at the office on campus or remotely from home.

If my child is sick, may I stay at home on paid sick leave to care for him/her?

If the child is sick, parents are allowed to stay at home and care for him or her. Due to the Corona crisis, the number of child sick days was also increased for 2021. The entitlement to child sickness benefit increased from 20 days per parent and child to 30 days in 2021, and thus to 60 days per child for parent couples. For single parents, too, the entitlement per child doubles from 30 to now 60 days. If there are several children, the entitlement is a maximum of 65 days, and for single parents a maximum of 130 days.

 

Am I allowed to refuse to follow precautionary or safeguarding measures ordered by my employer?

No. Your employer has the right to issue directives and instructions to employees. To prevent the spread of the coronavirus, an employer may therefore instruct employees to follow specific instructions, e.g. to wear a face mask and to wash or disinfect their hands regularly. Employers are required to ensure that the risk of injury or the risk of becoming ill at work are kept as low as possible and they must therefore take the necessary steps.

I am unvaccinated and the authorities have ordered me to be quarantined. What do I have to observe?

(Kopie 11)

(published on 04.10.21)

According to the GMK decision of 22 September (press release via the Saarland Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Women and Family), workers (only employees, no civil servants) who cannot or can only partially perform their work due to an ordered quarantine and who are avoidably unvaccinated are no longer entitled to compensation.

Possible reasons for an officially ordered quarantine can be:

  •  Returning from a high-risk / virus-variant area.
  •  Close contact of a person who has tested positive for Corona
  •  Own positive Corona test result

If you have not been vaccinated, although there is no health contraindication against it, and if you have been ordered by the local authorities to undergo quarantine, you can generally carry out your work activities in your home office (exception: return from a high-risk / virus variant area known before the start of the journey). If this is not possible due to your job, there are the following further options:

  •  Certificate of incapacity for work in case of illness (also in case of Corona).
  •  Holiday
  •  Flexitime (before / after work, overtime reduction) - only in prior agreement with the supervisor!
  •  Unpaid leave / time off

If none of these options apply to you, the quarantine period is considered as self-inflicted non-performance of work. There is no longer any provision for time off with pay, as compensation for loss of earnings will only be paid to those who have already been vaccinated against COVID-19 or have a contraindication to the vaccination or a convalescent status.

As part of these changes, the employer is permitted to request the vaccination status of employees. Proof is provided by means of a copy of the vaccination card.


Information on hygiene measures

Which of the hygiene products that can be used to contain the spread of the coronavirus can be obtained from the Central Procurement Division ("Chemicals Store")?

(update 09.08.2021)

To implement the hygiene measures prescribed in the pandemic response plan, the following items and personal protective equipment can be obtained from the university’s chemical store (Central Procurement Division - Section: Hazardous Materials and Laboratory Supplies): medical face masks, FFP2-masks, self rapid tests, disinfectants and other Corona protection products.

To enable the practical skills and lab classes run by the faculties M (Medicine) and NT (Natural Science and Technology) to take place, disposal face coverings that meet the relevant standard are available from the Occupational Safety Unit (Stabsstelle Arbeitsschutz). These items are currently held in sufficient quantities and can be ordered either via the webshop or by using the relevant purchase order form.

Due to the continuing, severely limited availability of coronavirus protective equipment and the lengthy or uncertain delivery times, please understand that the Central Purchasing Unit cannot process individual requests for masks and protective equipment. You may wish to make use of the departmental procurement option that permits departments to place orders themselves for goods whose net value does not exceed €1000.

The purchase order forms for goods in stock and the current price list, the opening hours of the chemical store and the latest information about procuring masks, personal protective equipment and disinfectants can all be found at: https://www.zchl.uni-sb.de/leistungen/schutzprodukte

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please contact the customer service department of the Hazardous Materials and Laboratory Supplies Section:

Service telephone: +49 681 302 70902
Service mail: labor-einkauf(at)univw.univw.uni-saarland.de

 

How are buildings being cleaned and what disinfection procedures are used?

Buildings are being cleaned according to an agreed cleaning schedule. The rooms within a building can therefore be used by one or more persons in accordance with the university’s pandemic response plan. If the general hygiene rules are complied with (washing hands regularly in accordance with the anti-coronavirus hygiene rules) no further disinfection of the surfaces need to be performed.

In those spaces where larger numbers of people may be expected to be present (service areas for students, libraries, etc.), additional disinfection measures may be appropriate. The necessary disinfectants, cleaning agents and hand sanitizers can be obtained from the Central Purchasing Unit - Section: Hazardous Materials and Laboratory Supplies (https://www.zchl.uni-sb.de/aktuelles/beschaffung-von-masken-schutzausruestung-und-desinfektionsmitteln).

Medical issues and psychological support

Coronavirus telephone hotline for university employees and students

The Institute for Sport Medicine and the occupational medical officer at Saarland University have set up a coronavirus telephone hotline for members of the university. University employees and students can call the hotline if they have coronavirus health questions. Tel. 0681 302-70400, Monday to Thursday 8.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m., Friday 8.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.

Medical questions can also still be sent by email to: krisenstab(at)uni-saarland.de

 

I am a student or an employee of Saarland University. Who can I contact if I need psychological support?

The Psychological-Psychotherapeutic Counselling Centre of the Studentenwerk im Saarland e.V. is open to all students and staff of Saarland University for free and confidential use. Appointments can be made via the secretary's office by telephone or e-mail. In addition to individual conversations, the counselling centre also offers groups on various topics.

In case of urgent concerns, students and staff can contact the open consultation hours without making an appointment. Current details can be found on the homepage.

Current information

For more information on the latest developments, please go to the university’s staff portal: Neuigkeiten für Uni-Beschäftigte (available in German only) or Saarland University‘s coronavirus information webpage.