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Current Regulations

  • Courses take place in presence.
  • The university is fully open again, also for the general public.
  • Masks must be worn in seminar rooms, lecture halls, the central university hall, on all circulation areas and in social rooms in the university buildings. Masks worn are required to be at least medical-grade masks (so-called surgical masks). Masks may be removed when eating food. However, care must be taken to keep a distance.

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Current Updates

Calender week 22 /2022

Dear Colleagues,

This semester – in person again, at long last – is in full swing. You are all now regularly working on campus once again. After nearly two and a half years of the pandemic, we are on a solid path towards resuming regular university operations.

There are now few restrictions anymore due to COVID-19 in most areas of society. The pandemic, however, is not over: people are still getting infected, and some people remain at risk due to pre-existing health conditions.

The Rectorate, in close cooperation with university faculties and staff councils, equal opportunity representatives, and the representative body of individuals with disabilities, has determined the current regulations for university operations, establishing the following:

  • The requirement to wear a mask during academic courses will remain in effect until the end of the lecture period on July 16th. This rule will help us to protect our instructors, who often remove their mask while teaching or discussing in order to be better understood, and who are sometimes unable to maintain social distancing in tight seminar spaces.
  • Masks must also continue to be worn in the University Hall, in areas of public traffic, and in elevators through the end of the lecture period.
  • Effective immediately, it is no longer required to wear a mask at the University Library or while working at student workstations. However, we recommend that students and staff continue to protect themselves and others by wearing a mask. If you do not wear a mask, make sure to maintain social distancing.
  • The mask requirement is also no longer in effect for tests and examinations. We also still recommend voluntary use of masks in these situations.
  • For business operations, we will continue to follow existing rules, i.e. observing social distancing, using office spaces by one person only wherever possible, and wearing a mask if neither is possible. At business-related meetings, social distancing must be maintained and the room must be regularly ventilated. If these two conditions are fulfilled, masks can be removed during meetings. More information on our hygiene concept is available online at: https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/themen/coronavirus/2022-06-01-Hygienekonzept_Mitarbeitende_final.pdf (in german).

With these regulations, we hope to have struck a good balance between protecting health and facilitating greater re-opening of the campus.

We wish you the best during these final weeks of the semester before the summer holidays.

Kind regards,

Dr. Stephan Becker, Chancellor

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer, Rector

Dear Students,

This semester is in full swing. After nearly two and a half years of the pandemic, we are finally back on campus for an in-person semester. There are now few restrictions anymore due to COVID-19 in most areas of society. The pandemic, however, is not over: people are still getting infected, and some people remain at risk due to pre-existing health conditions.

The Rectorate has been working closely with the faculties on the regulations for university operations, establishing the following rules:

  • The requirement to wear a mask during academic courses will remain in effect until the end of the lecture period on July 16th. With this, we are protecting our students so that you can hopefully end your semester in good health and get off to the right start for the examination period. This rule also helps us to protect the health of your instructors, who often remove their mask during class to be better understood, or for whom it is not possible to maintain social distancing in tight seminar spaces.
  • Masks must also continue to be worn in the University Hall, in areas of public traffic, and in elevators through the end of the lecture period.
  • Effective immediately, it is no longer required to wear a mask at the University Library or while working at student workstations. However, we strongly urge you to continue wearing a mask to protect yourself and others. If you do not wear a mask, make sure to maintain social distancing.
  • The mask requirement is also no longer in effect for tests and examinations. We also recommend voluntary use of mask wearing in these situations. Maintain social distancing.

With these regulations, we hope to have struck a good balance between protecting health and facilitating greater re-opening of the campus. We wish you the best during these last weeks of the semester and hope you stay healthy and well, especially during the upcoming test and examination period.

Kind regards,

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gerhard Sagerer, Rector

Prof. Dr. Birgit Lütje-Klose, Vice-Rector for Education and Teaching

Dr. Stephan Becker, Chancellor



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