FAQs for teacher

What happens if students 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 health authorities? 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 and 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 Public Health Office, 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.


Are students who belong to a risk group (cf. risk groups according to Robert Koch Institute (RKI)) to be provided with alternative offers?
Students who belong to a risk group according to RKI standards can be given opportunities to participate in teaching and examinations from home. This does not entitle them to equivalent services, but students are entitled to a dutiful examination as to whether equivalent services can be offered. The submission of a medical certificate may be requested.


How can students with minor children be supported if their childcare facilities are closed?
Students who demonstrably have to look after their minor children at home through closed childcare facilities can be given opportunities to participate in teaching and examinations from home, for example through the generous use of equivalence services. This does not mean that there is an entitlement to equivalence services. However, students are entitled to a dutiful examination as to whether equivalence services can be offered. The submission of proof of closed childcare facilities may be requested. Lecturers are requested to proceed unbureaucratically.


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 continue to be 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 will 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/


Where can lecturers go if they have questions or are uncertain about their rights and obligations?
The colleagues in the deaneries are the first points of contact for questions. If you have any uncertainties or queries regarding the rights and duties of lecturers with regard to the return to face-to-face teaching in semester 22, you can contact the central functional address lehre-corona@uni-frankfurt.de at any time.


What do I have to do if I test positive?
After a positive layman’s self-test, there is an obligation to confirm the result immediately at a test centre and, in the event of another positive result, to immediately (i.e. without detours!) go into domestic contact restriction. The test centre reports the result to the competent health authority. In addition, the respective supervisor and infektionsschutz@uni-frankfurt.de) must be contacted immediately. Further information can be found on the Corona information website for employees. After expiry of the isolation/quarantine order, a negative test must be submitted to ensure that there is no infection (either RT-PCR or antigen test from a test centre).


When do I have to go into 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 be quarantined or are excluded from attendance work or participation in attendance events at Goethe University.


What do I have to do if a person in my household is in quarantine?
Persons in whose household a member is subject to official isolation/quarantine are not permitted to work in attendance. Please contact the respective supervisor and infektionsschutz@uni-frankfurt.de immediately and fill in the GU registration form (information website for employees _forms). After expiry of the isolation/quarantine order, a negative test must be submitted to ensure that there is no infection (either RT-PCR or antigen test from a test centre).


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 the official area.


I was recently abroad. Do I have to go into quarantine before I can take part in the classroom events?
If persons coming from abroad intend to participate 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.


What infection control measures apply?
Please observe the known hygiene rules such as spacing (wherever possible), washing hands, sneezing into the crook of the arm. More info e.g. here: www.infektionsschutz.de/coronavirus/alltag-in-zeiten-von-corona.html

With regard to the amendment to the Infection Protection Act (IfSG) and the SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance (Corona-ArbSchV) with effect from 2 April 2022, employees of Goethe University and therefore also lecturers are required to wear a medical mask (surgical masks or protective masks of the FFP2, KN95, N95 or comparable standards without an exhalation valve) wherever the minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be safely maintained. Lecturers/lecturers may remove the mask during (teaching) events as long as a permanent distance of at least 4 m from the first row of the auditorium can be maintained.

Students and visitors to Goethe University are not required to wear masks in accordance with the regulations of the IfSG. However, Goethe University urgently appeals to all students, staff and visitors to continue wearing a medical mask in the buildings in order to protect themselves and others.


Can I require students to wear a mouth/nose protection in my lectures?
No. As the mask requirement has been removed by 2 April 2022, lecturers can only specifically recommend that students wear a mouth/nose mask to protect their own health and that of others. Students cannot be required to wear masks.


Why do lecturers still have to wear a mask in (teaching) events?
Goethe University employees are subject to the SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance (Corona-ArbSchV) and this continues to require the wearing of a medical mask where the minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be safely maintained.


Why do different regulations apply to lecturers and students? Why are students and externs not also required to wear a medical mask?
After the amendment of the Infection Protection Act (IfSG), according to the CoBa-SchuV the obligation to wear medical masks only exists for the institutions named in § 28a para. 7 sentence 1 no. 1 IfSG.

In terms of the duty of care for its employees, 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.


Do the rules of 3 also apply at Goethe University during the summer semester?
No, from 02.04.2022 access to all Goethe University buildings will again be possible without restrictions and for everyone. Students, employees and external persons no longer have to show proof of 3G rule for access to the buildings.

For employees and students of FB16 at the Niederrad Campus (areas of health care, outpatient clinics, etc.), the more extensive regulations according to the IfSG and the University Hospital apply.


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


Do distance rules apply in the teaching rooms?
In view of the amendment to the Infection Protection Act (IfSG) and the SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance (Corona-ArbSchV) with effect from 2 April 2022, employees of Goethe University and thus also lecturers are required to wear a medical mask (surgical masks or protective masks of the FFP2, KN95, N95 or comparable standards without an exhalation valve) wherever the minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be safely maintained.


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.


Am I allowed to demand/check negative proof from students in my course?
No, as of 2 April 2022, all access restrictions at Goethe University will be abolished and with them the negative proof checks.


Am I allowed to insist on compliance with the 3G rules myself in my course and/or check corresponding proofs (if necessary on a random basis)?
Lecturers are not allowed to demand that students comply with the 3G rules as a prerequisite for participation in their courses, nor are they allowed to ask students to submit negative proofs or vaccination or recovery certificates.


What happens to my course if one or more students test positive for Covid-19?
For students who have participated in a course and subsequently tested positive, the relevant health authority will determine the measures to be taken: either only for the individual person concerned or for the contact group he/she has indicated.

However, this has no direct effect on the continuation of the course. Lecturers can therefore continue their courses without restrictions. In terms of the duty of care towards the students, however, it is advisable to inform them that there has been a positive Corona case in this course (without naming the person(s)) and to advise the students to watch out for symptoms in the coming days and to take a lay self-test for personal protection and for the protection of their immediate environment.


Can excursions (e.g. excavations, field trips, etc.) be held again?
(Multi-day) excursions at home and abroad can be carried out in principle, but it should be checked whether the study objective cannot be achieved in another way.

Excursions, including those lasting several days, and field exercises can take place like all other courses.

Excursions abroad lasting several days (excavations etc.) are again possible on condition that no warning has been issued by the Foreign Office for the destination or that the area has been designated as a virus variant area by the Robert Koch Institute. The event or excursion leader is responsible for regularly checking the classification of the travel area. Should the status change by the day of departure, i.e. should the destination country or transit countries to be passed on the journey there be declared a virus variant area by the Federal Foreign Office or the RKI, or should a corresponding travel warning exist, the trip/excursion must be cancelled.


May external guests (e.g. for guest lectures in courses) be invited and how do they gain access to the buildings?
There are no longer any access restrictions to the Goethe University buildings. External guests can also enter the premises without restriction.


Is there a general attendance requirement for students in the courses?
Regular attendance as proof of participation is suspended in summer semester 22, unless a different regulation is made for face-to-face courses. In virtual courses, the suspension of the verification of regular attendance as proof of participation applies without restriction. 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, supervisory obligations, technical equipment, etc.), lecturers are requested to provide appropriate self-study material.


What should be done if the course offered is oversubscribed/overbooked?
The procedure is regulated accordingly in §16 Para. 5 of the framework regulations for graded and modularised study programmes at Goethe University. It is possible to carry out a registration and selection procedure.


What regulations apply with regard to the Teaching Obligations Ordinance (LVVO)?
The previous regulations continue to apply. The teaching load can be carried out on average over three academic years, but at least 50 percent must be carried out in the current semester. Digital teaching will continue to be counted towards the teaching load. For the creation and supervision of e-learning courses, up to 25% of the teaching load can be credited (§ 2 Para. 3 Sentence 4 LVVO). However, this only applies in cases where the preparation is particularly labour-intensive and innovative and has an effect across several courses. Corresponding agreements are made with the deans of the departments in accordance with § 51 Para. 4 S. 3, 4 HessHG. A teaching load credit is to be distinguished from a teaching load reduction.


Is there an obligation to offer only face-to-face courses in the 2022 semester?
Without prejudice to the duties of the president, the dean ensures that the persons obliged to teach properly fulfil their teaching and examination obligations. He or she has the right to issue instructions in this respect. According to the Hesse Higher Education Act HHG, instructions can also be given by the President (§ 44 Paragraph 1 Sentence 3 HHG).

The Presidential Board has decided that purely digital courses can only be counted towards teaching duties in the following exceptional cases:

  • Conducting courses within the framework of international and national cooperation with other universities, e.g. within the framework of virtual exchange;
  • Conducting courses within the framework of an appropriately approved funding project in teaching;
  • implementation of subject-specific formats and exceptions that can be offered in consultation with the dean of studies or the person responsible for the degree programme. The aspect of studyability can be taken into account at this point (e.g. teaching profession).

For reasons of studyability, these courses should take place outside of core hours (or asynchronously), analogous to block courses. In the case of compulsory courses in particular, care should be taken to ensure that there are no overlaps.

Hybrid courses: If simultaneous digital teaching takes place in courses in addition to classroom teaching, this is credited in the same way as classroom teaching. This does not apply to courses that are based on on-site implementation and participation by the students. The information from the study and examination regulations is authoritative.


Are there possibilities for students to participate in digital courses from campus?
In order to be able to follow virtual lectures from campus, for example, workrooms will continue to be made available for students at all campus 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 WAN network of the university can be used free of charge: https://www.rz.uni-frankfurt.de/50948965/WLAN


Are the service and counselling centres for students (e.g. Student Counselling, Student Secretariat, Examination Offices, International Office, psychological counselling centres) available 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 available. However, students are asked to check the homepages of the respective institutions in advance if they are in any doubt. An overview of the counselling and support services for students can be found on the following website: https://tinygu.de/beratung-unterstuetzung.


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