FAQs for Students

What happens if I cannot take part in a registered examination due to infection with the SARS-CoV2 virus and/or the ordering of isolation/quarantine measures by the public health department? What effects does this have on processing deadlines or examination dates?
In the case of an official quarantine order or a proven infection with the SARS-Cov2 virus, the procedure is the same as for a sickness notification with a corresponding extension of the deadline.
Students should report to their responsible examination office and to the course administration. If an official quarantine order has been issued by the health authority, proof of this must be submitted. If the order for official quarantine measures is issued late (e.g. due to the overload of the health offices), the proven infection and/or necessary duration of the quarantine must be certified by a doctor's sick note. If examination and/or submission deadlines cannot be met or adhered to, there is a right to attend a catch-up appointment or an extension of the processing deadline for the duration of the isolation measure.

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How is access to the libraries regulated and is it possible to work in the libraries?
Access to the libraries has been possible for all users without restrictions since 2 April2022. Workstations are available in the libraries for students. Opening hours and access rules can be found on the following website: https://www.ub.uni-frankfurt.de/corona/

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How long are the Goethe University buildings generally open?
The regular opening hours of the individual buildings apply. 

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Where can I get tested or where can I find information on testing centres?
The Corona-Warn app can be used to quickly and easily locate certified testing centres in the immediate vicinity. A search function for test centres is also available as a browser-based application at https://map.schnelltestportal.de/ or https://www.corona-test-hessen.de.

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What should I do if I test positive?
After a positive Layman’s self-test, there is an obligation to immediately confirm the result at a test centre and to immediately (i.e. without detours!) go into domestic contact restriction in case of another positive result. The test centre reports the result to the competent health authority.

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Where can I get vaccinated? Does Goethe University offer vaccinations against the Corona virus for students and staff?
Based on current demand, regular vaccination appointments are offered at the Westend, Riedberg and Niederrad campuses:

  • Westend campus: Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz, Law and Economics (RuW) building, ground floor, room number 214 (company doctor's office).
  • Riedberg Campus: Max-von-Laue-Straße 9, Biozentrum Building N100, ground floor, room number 0.24 (company doctor's office)
  • Niederrad Campus: University Hospital Building 9B, 2nd floor, Outpatient Clinic of the Institute of Occupational Medicine

Vaccinations at the Westend and Riedberg campuses only take place at the times indicated on the online appointment portal.
Please register in advance via the online appointment portal: https://goethe-termine.as.me/

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What do I do if I was vaccinated abroad but my vaccination is not recognised in Germany?
In Germany (according to CoSchuV, COVID19--SchAusnahmV and CoronaEinreiseV) only the five vaccines approved by the EMA in the EU (https://tinyurl.com/cn565rn6) as well as other vaccines produced under licence in third countries (as of 29.07.2021, https://tinyurl.com/4a9ec66k) are recognised.
Vaccinations with recognised vaccines are offered at our Westend, Riedberg and Niederrad campuses. Please register via the online appointment portal: https://goethe-termine.as.me/
At Goethe University, proof of vaccination is no longer required to enter the buildings and attend events.

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What infection control measures apply?
Please observe the familiar hygiene rules such as spacing (wherever possible), washing hands, sneezing into the crook of your arm. More info e.g. here: www.infektionsschutz.de/coronavirus/alltag-in-zeiten-von-corona.html
For Goethe University employees and thus also for lecturers, with regard to the amendment of the Infection Protection Act (IfSG) and the SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance (Corona-ArbSchV) with effect from 2 April 2022, one of the requirements is that wherever the minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be safely maintained. Lecturers are allowed to remove the mask in (teaching) events as long as a permanent distance of at least 4 m to the first row of the auditorium can be maintained.

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Do I have to wear a medical mask in the university buildings?
With the abolition of the corona restrictions, the obligation for students and external persons to wear a mask also ceases to apply (exception: university hospital; see below). At the same time, it remains of great importance that we protect ourselves and others as best we can - in view of the continuing very high incidences - even after the end of the legally defined pandemic situation.
We therefore urge you to continue to wear mouth-nose protection in the buildings and at courses at Goethe University. Even though this is a voluntary decision, each and every one of us bears responsibility for others. FFP-2 masks in particular have proven to be effective basic protection against corona infection.
Please note: Different regulations apply at the university hospital on the Niederrad campus, as according to the Infection Protection Act (IfSG), among other things, hospitals are still obliged to wear medical masks.

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Why do lecturers continue to wear a mask at the event?The SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance (Corona-ArbSchV) applies to Goethe University employees. This continues to prescribe the wearing of a medical mask where the minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be safely maintained. 

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Why do different regulations apply to lecturers and students?
After the amendment of the Infection Protection Act (IfSG), the CoBa-SchuV stipulates that the obligation to wear medical masks only applies to the institutions named in Section 28a, Paragraph 7, Sentence 1, No. 1 IfSG.
In terms of the duty of care for its employees, the Goethe University as an employer can, however, continue to make regulations on infection protection for its employees on the basis of the Corona-ArbschV. For all employees, it therefore continues to apply that wherever the minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be safely maintained, the wearing of a medical mask is obligatory.

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When am I not allowed to be in the Goethe University buildings?
- Persons suffering from an acute respiratory / febrile illness. (In the case of allergy-related symptoms, proof of this must be provided: an allergy passport or a current doctor's certificate).
- Persons who are subject to official isolation / quarantine or in whose household a member is subject to official isolation / quarantine.

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When do I have to be in quarantine as a contact person?
Contact persons (according to the Robert Koch Institute RKI: https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/Kontaktperson/Management.html;jsessionid=9F2CF1A7E34C10A0BBB4E48D8D451501.internet051?nn=13490888#doc13516162bodyText11 3.1. Definition of close contact persons) no longer automatically have to go into quarantine. Neither are they excluded from attendance work or participation in courses at Goethe University.

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How do I deal with warning messages from the Corona app?
The Corona app is exclusively informal in nature, so a warning message has no effect on official matters.

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I was recently abroad. Do I have to go into quarantine before I can take part in the classroom events?

When it comes to participation in events at Goethe University, the regulations according to the Corona Virus Entry Ordinance (CoronaEinreiseV: https://www.bundesgesundheitsministerium.de/service/gesetze-und-verordnungen/guv-19-lp/coronaeinreisev.html) apply for persons coming from abroad.

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Do I have to get vaccinated to attend courses?
You do not have to get vaccinated, but we recommend it to protect yourself and others. Vaccinations at the Westend, Riedberg and Niederrad campuses are still offered. Please register in advance via the online appointment portal: https://goethe-termine.as.me/

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I don't live in Frankfurt (yet), what does that mean for my studies?
For your studies, you should at least live within commuting distance of Goethe University. Since the housing market in Frankfurt is tight, we recommend that you start looking for a room early. Information is also available from the Studentenwerk Frankfurt am Main, among others: https://www.studentenwerkfrankfurt.de/wohnen/uebersicht

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I feel uncomfortable going to attendance events/using public transport to get to the university. Why can't I continue to study digitally?
Goethe University sees itself as a face-to-face university and understands this as its mission. Accordingly, the degree programmes are designed and organised as teaching programmes with corresponding infrastructural and staffing facilities on site. Lecturers and students have chosen Goethe University as their place of work and study on this basis. There is therefore a reciprocal claim to presence. After several semesters with corona-related restrictions, it has become abundantly clear that the educational and training mission of the university cannot be fully realised without presence. Since there is no substitute for intellectual and social exchange and recent studies clearly indicate that the increased stress situations among students are related to the lack of a social space at the university, Goethe University is particularly challenged on this point.

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Why doesn't Goethe University simply keep the previous Corona regulations?
The regulations that apply at Goethe University for students, employees and externals are based on the respective valid legal regulations/ordinances.

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The new framework conditions are causing me problems. Where can I go with my re-registration?
If you have difficulties with the organisation of your studies, you can get help from the student advisory services for your degree programme. You can find the contact persons here:
https://www.uni-frankfurt.de/100534147
Please submit applications for a modification of course formats or their conditions of participation to the examination board for your degree programme after consulting the course director.
General and fundamental feedback on the organisation of the attendance semester should be addressed to the Feedback and Complaints Office at Goethe University. E-mail address: febe@uni-frankfurt.de

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Do I have to have a vaccination, convalescent or daily negative test certificate to enter the Goethe University buildings?
With effect from 2 April 2022, access controls in terms of the 3G rule will no longer apply. Students, employees of the university as well as external persons will no longer have to show a corresponding proof in order to gain access to the buildings.
Attention, exception: This does not apply to students, employees and visitors of the FB16 at the Niederrad Campus (areas of health care, outpatient clinics, etc.), where the more far-reaching regulations according to the IfSG and the University Hospital apply.
Goethe University expressly recommends that you continue to take advantage of the available vaccination offers and thus protect yourself and others.

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Can people who have been vaccinated with Sinovac, Sinopharm, Sputnik etc., for example, be vaccinated again with a vaccine approved in the EU? (cf.: https://www.rki.de/SharedDocs/FAQ/COVID-Impfen/gesamt.html)

  1. persons who have already been vaccinated abroad with COVID-19 vaccines not licensed in the EU need a renewed vaccination series in order to obtain the status of vaccinated persons in the EU, according to the current legal situation and taking into account the age-appropriate vaccination recommendations. For this classification, persons (currently) need a complete vaccination series with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). A current list of EU-approved COVID-19 vaccines as well as information on the required number of vaccine doses can be found on the website of the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI).
  2. The vaccination series should be started at a minimum interval of ≥28 days. In such cases, the persons to be vaccinated should be informed that increased local and systemic reactions may occur. The vaccinating physicians*

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Are the rooms disinfected before and between courses?
Regular cleaning of all event rooms takes place.

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Is the ventilation in the teaching rooms designed for Corona conditions?
There is a ventilation concept for all courses and rooms in which courses are held.
Many teaching rooms have efficient ventilation and air-conditioning systems that are equipped with air filters and exchange the room air several times per hour. Teaching rooms that do not have an air-conditioning system must be ventilated manually on a regular basis (at least every 20 minutes for at least 5 minutes) and many of these rooms are also equipped with CO2 sensors. The sensors are used to check the indoor air quality: If the limit value is exceeded, an alarm is triggered, whereupon additional manual ventilation is mandatory.

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Can student organisations/initiatives now hold their events again?
Events can be held as usual.

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Can I bring friends or family members to the campus/cafeteria?
Yes, all Goethe University buildings are accessible without restrictions.

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Are parties, campus cinema and other events possible for students on campus?
Yes, there are no longer any restrictions in this regard.

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What will the course offerings at Goethe University be like in the summer semester of 2022?
After we were able to return at least partially to face-to-face teaching last semester, on-campus teaching will be the norm again in the 2022 summer semester. Virtual formats will no longer replace on-site learning, but will complement it in a meaningful way. Information on all courses can be found in the course catalogue (https://tinygu.de/vorlesungsverzeichnis).

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Will there still be digital events?
Classroom-based courses will be the norm again in the summer semester of 2022. Virtual formats will no longer replace on-site learning, but will complement it in a meaningful way. Information on all courses can be found in the course catalogue (https://tinygu.de/vorlesungsverzeichnis).

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Are there possibilities to participate in digital courses from campus?
In order to be able to follow virtual lectures from campus, for example, workspaces will continue to be made available for students at all locations (Westend Campus, Riedberg Campus, Bockenheim Campus).
These workstations can be found in the electronic course catalogue (LSF): Under "Suche nach Veranstaltungen” (Search for events), "studentische Arbeitsplätze” (student workstations) must be entered in the field "Titel der Veranstaltung” (Title of event). With the HRZ (=university computer centre) account, the university's WAN network can be used free of charge: https://www.rz.uni-frankfurt.de/50948965/WLAN
Further student workstations - mainly as quiet workstations - are available in the Central Library and the Departmental Libraries (https://www.ub.uni-frankfurt.de/so_alle.html as well as https://www.ub.uni-frankfurt.de/corona/monitor18.html. In addition, computer workstations are available through the HRZ (https://www.rz.uni-frankfurt.de/97284452/Virtuelle_Arbeitspl%C3%A4tze_f%C3%BCr_Studierende as well as https://www.rz.uni-frankfurt.de/65385822/HRZ_Flyer_Poolr%C3%A4ume_09_2016.pdf).

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Am I entitled to the provision of alternative or equivalent courses to classroom lectures if I belong to a risk group?
Students who belong to a risk group according to RKI standards (https://tinyurl.com/w3xjsv8) can be granted the opportunity to participate in teaching and examinations from home. This does not entitle them to equivalent benefits. However, students are entitled to a dutiful examination by the university as to whether they can be offered equivalent services. Please contact the respective course director or the chairperson of the examination board. A medical certificate may be required.

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Do I have a general obligation to attend courses?
Regular attendance as proof of participation is suspended in summer semester 22, unless a different regulation is made for attendance courses. In virtual courses, regular attendance as proof of participation is not checked. Regular attendance can be replaced in the respective course by the requirement of "active participation". These decisions are made by the lecturer in consultation with the person responsible for the module. If students are unable to attend all sessions of the course for personal reasons (risk group/risk household, care obligations, technical equipment, etc.), lecturers are requested to provide appropriate self-study material.

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What happens to my attendance sessions if the childcare facility is closed?
Students who demonstrably have to look after their minor children at home through closed childcare facilities may be given opportunities to participate in teaching and examinations from home, for example through the generous use of equivalence services. This means that there is no entitlement to equivalence services, but students are entitled to a dutiful examination as to whether equivalence services can be offered. The submission of proof of the closed childcare facility may be requested. Lecturers are requested to proceed unbureaucratically.

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Can I use the service and counselling centres for students (e.g. Student Counselling, Student Secretariat, Examination Offices, International Office, psychological counselling centres) on campus again?
The services will generally be offered on site again from the start of the lecture period. However, digital services will continue to be offered. If in doubt, please inform yourself in advance on the homepages of the respective institutions. Here you can find an overview of the counselling and support services for students: https://tinygu.de/beratung-unterstuetzung.

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