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Information about the 3-level, colour-coded system

Until May 1: COVID-19 3-level system: level 3 high infection rate

Compliance with the General Health and Hygiene Regulations (AHA-L); other current regulations, general conditions and guidelines of the University as well as the agreed responsibilities of faculties and institutions or the crisis management team apply here.

  • Obligation to wear a face mask: All people (including visitors) in all buildings of the University are obliged to wear face masks until they reach their place of work, seat, etc. whatever route they choose to reach their destination, whether via stairs, lifts, toilets, photocopy rooms, etc. In lecture halls and seminar rooms, the obligation to wear a face mask applies until sitting in the seat, but continues to apply even when sitting if the minimum distance of 1.5m between people cannot be ensured. In lecture halls and seminar rooms, it is in any case recommended to wear a face mask. Face masks are also required when seated in seminar rooms, lecture halls, meeting rooms, etc. A face mask should be worn outdoors on campus and wherever the minimum distance cannot be maintained. There may be additional constraints set by regulations and laws set by the City or the state.
  • Research: Research limited to long-term projects and projects which are at risk of significant damage if abandoned: form smaller, if necessary “back-up” groups
  • Laboratory work (research): Research limited to long-term projects and projects which are at risk of significant damage if abandoned: form smaller, if necessary “back-up” groups
  • Technical personel in research: Limiting research support to long-term projects and projects that are at risk of significant damage if abandoned; form smaller, possibly “back-up” groups
  • Business trips: No business trips (exception: maintenance and care of animals; essential maintenance for experiments only with specific approval from the HR Department)
  • Central Administration
  • Limited onsite presence: Working from home/in the office in consultation with supervisors, working from home can be a further measure to support infection control. Use of multiple-occupancy offices, only allowed in exceptional cases. Ppossible expansion of home office as decided by the PM within the then current infection and prescription situation.
  • Accepting guests: Not allowed
  • Teaching: No classroom teaching
  • Excursions: No excursions (exceptions via the crisis management team)
  • Laboratory internships (and comparable internships): Not allowed onsite (exceptions via the crisis management team)
  • Other internships: No internships for which the University is responsible (exceptions via the crisis management team); External internships must follow the rules of the host institution.
  • Examinations: Normally not in person (exceptions via the crisis management team)
  • Libraries: online, book collection/borrowing possible
  • University Sports: Sports online
  • Events/Conferences/ Workshops: Suspended
  • Committee meetings: Normally not in person (exceptions via the crisis management team)
  • Theatre in OP: Not allowed in person
  • Music: Not allowed in person
3-level, colour-coded system (Stufenplan) as PDF | All regulations during the pandemic

About the 3-level, colour-coded system

This 3-level, colour-coded system serves to simplify communication about the infection situation. It provides an overview of the arrangements made by the Krisenstab (crisis management team) and the Presidential Board.

In their assessment of the relevant risk, the leadership of the crisis management team, takes various factors into account, such as: the local and regional incidence values; the development of the number and rate of infections at the University; developments at state and national level; as well as the assessments from the City and the Göttingen Gesundheitsamt (public health department).

The Presidential Board has delegated the task of determining the appropriate level to the crisis management team. It requires a careful analysis of the above-mentioned factors. The crisis management team will, as far as the occurrence of infection permits, announce any potential change of a level in advance and communicate the reasons for its decision.

The 3-level system will be reviewed every 14 days and on a weekly basis should the need arise.

The University of Göttingen’s continuing aim is to run the semester to best serve the interests of students, teaching and research, while at the same time protecting both students and staff from infection. This will be done in a potentially changing environment of onsite and online services.

The 3-level system was approved by the Presidential Board on 25 November 2020.

About the 3-levels

  • Level1 (yellow): stable, low infection rate
  • Level2 (orange): increased infection rate
  • Level3 (red): high infection rate

3-level, colour-coded system (Stufenplan) as PDF