Last week you received a letter from us about the progress of classes this winter semester. With the announced Omicron wave in mind, we’ve decided to take a cautious stance on presence. This wave has already hit the north and west of Germany and the first major cities. In Thuringia, however, it is spreading more slowly than expected.
We remain cautious, but after an intensive exchange of views in the Senate, we would like to allow a greater presence of teachers and students in the final weeks, if the course of the pandemic allows it in a responsible way, in view of the upcoming exam preparation.
If teachers and students mutually agree on the attendance form, the established and still recommended maximum number of participants can be increased from 15 to twice the number of participants. The prerequisite is the continuous obligation to wear an FFP2 mask and the observance of a minimum distance of 1.5 meters a infection protection concept.
These general conditions apply to all courses, regardless of their type, including lectures. Internships and practical exercises as well as supervision with health indications can continue face-to-face as before.
On-site exams only with a quick test beforehand
It is still recommended to do the exams digitally. If it is necessary from a didactic point of view, exams with a maximum of 100 participants can be held in one room in the winter semester. The requirement remains the continuous obligation to wear an FFP2 mask and the observance of a minimum distance of 1.5 meters and the concept of protection against infection. If your medical certificate exempts you from wearing an FFP2 mask or masks in general, please contact the examiner in advance so that they allow you to sit at a greater distance to protect against infection.
Because Omikron often leads to asymptomatic vaccination breakthroughs, all participants are also required to submit a current negative rapid antigen test before taking the test in person. This can be done, for example, at the self-test center on campus (Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) or at one of the public test centers made and must not be older than 24 hours.
More information – Proof of recovery and quarantine/isolation
In principle, it still applies: Compliance with the 3G regulation is a prerequisite for access to university buildings. Please note the changed requirements of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for evidence of recovery. Accordingly, the date on which the positive test was performed must be at least 28 days and no more than 90 days in the past. More information can be found on the company’s website RKI.
If you have become infected yourself or have had contact with a person who has tested positive for the coronavirus, please note Requirements for the duration of isolation (infection) or quarantine (contact persons) of RKI.
You can also find this and other information at the headquarters Corona FAQ and Frequently asked questions for students. If your questions are not answered there, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have not yet been vaccinated, you can get advice and get vaccinated at the vaccination center on campus with or without an appointment until the end of February. There is more information here.
Thanks for your support and stay healthy!
Prof. Dr. Walter Rosenthal
President of the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
Prof. Dr. Kim Siebenhuener
Vice President for Studies and Instruction