Update: Challenges of the winter semester
Update: Coronavirus regulations for employees
Update: University Library: expansion of on-site services starting Thursday, 24 June 2021
Update: Winter semester 2021/22: On-site teaching will be the norm
Update: Seventh SARS-CoV-2 Containment Ordinance allows for more courses with on-site attendance
Positively minded: University employees are now eligible to be vaccinated
Uni Potsdam expects campus life to return in summer
Update: Increased vaccination priority for university employees
Current COVID-19 regulations by the federal government:
For information on the consequences of the amendments to the Infection Protection Act on teaching, please refer to the e-mail from the Vice President for Teaching and Studies, Prof. Dr. Andreas Musil:
Digital is still the norm, for the time being – rapid tests are possible at the UP
The summer semester 2021 will also start digitally. Over time, we hope for a gradual return to on-site attendance.
Thanks to a cooperation between Johanniter and a Potsdam pharmacy, Covid-19 rapid tests will also be available on the campuses of the University of Potsdam starting next week as part of the so-called “Citizen Testing”.
Current COVID-19 regulations by the federal government and the state of Brandenburg:
The seventh SARS-CoV-2 Containment Ordinance (EindV), published over the weekend, removed attendance limitations for courses that “absolutely require on-site attendance” ( Section 19 subsection 1 no. 2 EindV).
Digital end of semester - UP hopes for relaxation from end of March
The updated Hygiene and Safety Rules for University Operations (as of 2/15/2021) can be found here.
The new, sixth coronavirus containment ordinance that came into effect this week brings hardly any changes for the university. For the most part, regulations have been extended until March 7, 2021. In his e-mail, Chancellor Karsten Gerlof reminds university employees of the regulations in force and merely provides some additional information:
For the latest information on the procedures and rules of conduct for the upcoming examinations – both on-site and online – please refer to the e-mail from the Vice President for Teaching and Studies, Prof. Dr. Andreas Musil:
Regarding the implementation of the new Coronavirus Containment Ordinance and the implementation of the ordinance of the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS) on the so-called “home office obligation” (Corona-ArbSchV), please read the e-mail of the Chancellor, Karsten Gerlof:
Digital mode at the University of Potsdam extended until 14 February
More home office and more medical masks
The Studentenwerk has compiled current information and guidance on its services and facilities under the changing conditions of the Corona pandemic here: https://www.studentenwerk-potsdam.de/en/about-us/news/news-detail/hinweise-zum-corona-virus/
Winter semester ends digitally
Pandemic continues to grip university operations
Courses will not take place in on-site attendance formats until the end of the instructional period (February 12).
More in the following messages:
The new containment ordinance will have consequences for the University of Potsdam: On-site teaching will be suspended - with a few exceptions - until at least January 10. Wherever possible, teaching should be transferred to digital formats. The University Library will remain open with all its services available until and including December18.
Until further notice it is mandatory to cover your mouth and nose in all buildings of the University of Potsdam. This also applies to lecture halls, seminar rooms (also during the course), libraries and PC pools. Teachers are exempt from the mask mandate in lecture halls or seminar rooms as long as they teach at their desk and a distance of 2.5 meters between them and the students is maintained. During meetings and conferences, the mask can be taken off as soon as attendees have taken a fixed seat and a distance of at least 1.5 meters, preferably 2 meters, is maintained to others. If distance rules can be observed in outdoor spaces, the mask does not have to be worn.
For further details, please refer to the “Hygiene/Safety Regulations for University Operations as of November 2, 2020”.
Some in-person courses remain!
The winter semester starts under difficult conditions. Masks are mandatory inside university buildings – even in the lecture halls. Libraries and dining halls will remain open.
Operation at the universities will continue as planned as a hybrid semester.
From the MWFK press release: "Brandenburg's universities and the Ministry of Science have jointly decided to continue operations at the universities as planned as a hybrid semester and at the same time to take all measures to ensure the health of students, scientists and employees at the institutions".
What do students expect from their university in times of Corona?
University President Günther is in discussion with Jonathan Wiegers, who represents the students.
From November 02, 2020, wearing a mask is mandatory during the courses until further notice.
You can find the Hygiene/Safety Regulations for University Operations here.
Until further notice, please wear a community mask covering your mouth and nose in the hallways, corridors, elevators and staircases of the University of Potsdam. This also applies when you are entering or leaving lecture halls or seminar rooms. Inside meeting rooms, lecture halls, seminar rooms or offices, the mask can be removed once you are at your desk or seat, provided that you can keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters to other people.
Finally, I would like to inform you that the University Library will be extending its opening hours again starting next week. For more information please visit the website of the University Library: https://www.ub.uni-potsdam.de/en/user-service/locations-opening-hours/opening-and-service-hours.
You can find the complete list mail here:
The Division of Human Resources and Legal Affairs provides information on the handling of returnees from COVID19 risk areas in the form of a leaflet on employment law and civil service law issues in connection with mandatory quarantine after returning from risk areas for employees under collective bargaining agreements and civil servants.
The university management and the staff council for academic and artistic staff members have published an “Explanatory Leaflet by the University of Potsdam on the Recognition of Pandemic-Related Burdens on Academic Staff Members.” You can find it here.
Continuing at a distance! Normal operations not possible yet at the University of Potsdam
With the distance and hygiene regulations still in place, no more than a quarter of the courses in the winter semester can be offered in face-to-face formats. This is the realistic assessment of the room planning experts, who are currently making the most of the available capacities.
Space planning for the winter semester in full swing
Survey on the digital summer semester offers valuable results. They are to be incorporated into any further planning.
Celebratory, but digital: A different kind of graduation ceremony!
The plans for the winter semester 2020/21 are also taking shape. The President of the University of Potsdam announces that there is to be considerably more on-site teaching.
Debate on the digital semester in full swing
University of Potsdam launches survey to gather information on experiences with online teaching. Only after the evaluation is completed will the combination of digital and on-site formats for the coming winter semester be determined.
Looking to the future: UP is searching for a smart hybrid model for teaching and studying
What is the right balance between digital and face-to-face formats? What will be possible in the winter semester? UP is preparing for various scenarios.
Limited operations on campus
The easing process continues cautiously. But teaching will remain digital. And for the double burden of having to reconcile work and childcare, the President of the University of Potsdam announces support.
Gradual easing! But the semester will remain digital.
The UP will be in limited operation from 4 May.
Libraries and laboratories will open with some restrictions. Delayed examinations are going to take place with due regard to the applicable hygiene and distance regulations.
Starting next week, some cafeterias will be offering their products to go.
The summer semester has started!
The library in Golm will re-open on May 4. The President of the University of Potsdam announces a further gradual easing of restrictions in his video blog (episode 6).
The University Library would like to gradually re-establish its services for students and researchers of the University of Potsdam. In the first phase, starting on Monday, May 4, 2020, the University Library plans to make it possible to order, borrow and return media in a restricted format in the Departmental Library Golm in the IKMZ.
Information on further details (e.g. opening hours from May 4, 2020) will soon be available at https://www.ub.uni-potsdam.de/en/user-service/current-library-services.
For the time being, emergency on-site operations will continue at the UP until May 3, 2020.
Start of the digital summer semester! The President of the University of Potsdam says chances for a possible easing of restrictions are good.
Easing corona restrictions – when and how? The President of the University of Potsdam talks about the next steps in episode 4 of his video blog.
In his video blog (episode 3), the President of the University of Potsdam, Prof. Oliver Günther, calls on students to take advantage of the digital courses to be offered. The summer semester is taking place, just in a different way. Important deadlines will be extended. School students can also prepare for enrollment in the winter semester 2020/21. The University President thanks everyone for their adaptability, flexibility and support in this unfortunate situation.
New information for international students, regulations for the use of the PUCK and the obligation to register can be found under "Studies and Teaching".
What happens next with examinations, the semester and online teaching? University President Oliver Günther provides information in his video blog (episode 2):
The UP has been running emergency on-site operations for a week now. Meanwhile, alternatives are being developed in order to make it possible for students to complete the remaining on-site examinations for the winter semester 2019/20. The summer semester 2020 is scheduled to take place. For this purpose, most of the courses will be offered digitally. The University of Potsdam is increasing its storage capacity and the library is improving its structures so that students will be able to participate in enough courses despite presence on site being reduced.
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.