Today, the university begins the so-called emergency on-site operations. This means that the activities and presence on site will be restricted even further in order to reduce the risk of infection. Operations will be restricted as a consequence. Office hours are to be suspended or held over the phone. Appointments and meetings are to be replaced with conference calls or video conferences. Personal contact must be avoided as far as possible because of the risk of infection; communication is to take place by e-mail and telephone.
However, university operations are not to be completely suspended. In some organizational areas, home office will be used even more than before, while in other areas, teams will be split up and employed in shifts from week to week.
Regulations regarding the presence of academic staff will be established by the faculties and central institutions. Laboratory operations will be scaled down considerably.
A limited amount of administrative services will be provided in order to keep the buildings operational, make urgent payments, advance time-critical procurements, deal with urgent HR matters and keep the student and examination administration stable.
From Tuesday on, the University of Potsdam will scale back operations even further and transition to so-called emergency on-site operations. “We have to do our part to slow the spread of the corona pandemic,” Prof. Oliver Günther said in a video message for university members. He added that the health of employees, students and scientists at our institutions of higher education was a top priority. “We have established a crisis management team at the University of Potsdam and the Senate has approved a pandemic plan. This way, we are prepared for the worst,” the President underlined. He considers emergency on-site operations to be a necessary tool. “Since students and faculty have many social contacts, the potential risks are high. Nevertheless, digital teaching and research with a systemic relevance remain possible.”
The institutions of higher education in Brandenburg and the Ministry of Science have agreed to limit operations at the universities and other institutions of higher education and transition to emergency on-site operations until further notice starting in the coming week. The Wildau Technical University of Applied Sciences and the Potsdam University of Applied Sciences will begin emergency operations on Monday, March 23, and the other institutions will follow on Tuesday, March 24.
In the course of intensified preventive measures against the spread of the corona virus, the libraries and PC pools of the University of Potsdam will also be closed from 15.03.2020 until further notice. Further information is available here.