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Basic guidelines for the prevention of corona infections at Philipps-Universität Marburg


In spring 2020, the in-person teaching and work at the Philipps-Universität was initially greatly reduced due to the appearance of the first COVID-19 infection wave. Since early summer, the Philipps-Universität has again realized a significantly increased presence in all areas of the university.

The goal was and is to enable research, studies and university operations in hybrid work formats with the highest possible attendance rate. Digital formats and targeted mobile working are indispensable components for this, but work and interaction in presence are equally important. They facilitate and stimulate collaboration in a way that cannot be achieved digitally alone. This is especially true for students and employees who are new to the university. Their integration into the university structures and forms of work as well as getting to know their fellow students and colleagues is made much easier through presence. Moreover, certain skills can only be taught in classroom courses such as internships.

In order to enable a hybrid semester with work forms in attendance, the university began early on to develop general regulations as well as specific concepts for courses and work areas, which should prevent the spread of infections within the university. In order to achieve a high level of security, strict standards were applied from the outset in the development, testing and approval of these regulations and concepts. They are generally designed to ensure that infected students or employees who study or work at the university without being aware of their infection do not infect other people at the university. Therefore, a high infection rate is not in itself a reason to make significant changes to the infection prevention regulations. Notwithstanding this, the regulations are continuously adapted and further developed taking into account the current infection situation, the current state of research on SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19, the respective political guidelines and the experiences at Philipps-Universität.

A decisive factor for the success of the hybrid approach with a significant presence component is that the regulations of the university are consistently adhered to. This is difficult. The longer the restrictions imposed by the infection control regulations last, the more they are perceived as burdensome or even hardly bearable. The corona pandemic makes us feel more and more every day that direct social interactions are an essential part of our quality of life. It is therefore understandable that even employees and students who consider the restrictions to be fundamentally justified do not adhere to them in everyday life, forget them or allow themselves exceptions for short activities.

Nevertheless: Consistent adherence to infection-preventing regulations is the decisive prerequisite for maintaining hybrid research, study and work with the highest possible presence rate at the Philipps-Universität. This requires constant attention and discipline.

The Presidium also considers freedom of opinion to be a valuable asset in questions of infection control. However, it cannot shirk its responsibility, on the basis of a thorough analysis of all information available to it and in compliance with the applicable legal requirements, to lay down binding regulations and implementing provisions for the Philipps-Universität that are equally appropriate to the university's tasks and to the protection of students and employees.

The Presidential Board expects all members, relatives and guests of the University to consistently adhere to the following principles as well as all other regulations based on them and the associated implementation regulations. This also applies in the event that a university member or guest does not consider them appropriate.

Basic obligations for members and guests of the Philipps-Universität

All members as well as members of the Philipps-Universität and their guests, including employees of external companies, are obligated

  • to comply with the following basic regulations of the Philipps-Universität as well as regulations based on them and extending beyond them for specific buildings, facilities, departments or events;
  • to observe further implementation regulations and information on the regulations at Philipps-Universität or on the requirements of the country;
  • to keep informed on an ongoing basis about the currently valid regulations and implementation rules at Philipps-Universität for dealing with the Corona Pandemic;
    to actively work towards compliance with the valid regulations and implementing provisions.
  • On the Corona pages of the Philipps-Universität the binding implementation regulations for the organization of work and studies are compiled. There you will also find implementation regulations as well as information on relevant state regulations and on specific regulations for offers and events of the institutions and departments.

Failure to comply with the regulations and the binding implementation rules and information of the Philipps-Universität can result in consequences under service or labor law or study law.

The pandemic organization team is available for questions and suggestions via the e-mail

Basic regulations of the Philipps-Universität

The regulations apply within the scope of the official activity and study as well as for the entire time of the stay of members, relatives and guests on the premises of the Philipps-Universität. Further details are laid down in the implementation regulations for the organization of work and study.

Obligatory presence for employees

In principle, employees of the Philipps-Universität are required to be present. For reasons of infection control, flexible working is used depending on the situation. Detailed information on this can be found in the implementation regulations (under the item "General regulations" - "Special infection-preventing work specifications for the period January 22, 2021 to June 30, 2021").

Duty of conduct in case of occurrence of relevant COVID-19 disease symptoms

Entering buildings and traffic areas of Philipps-University with unexplained relevant COVID-19 disease symptoms is prohibited until clarification has been obtained. This obligation to behave applies analogously to persons who, according to the definition of the Robert Koch Institute, are very likely to be considered close contact persons, even if the health authority has not yet contacted them.

Obligation to keep distance

In the buildings and on the traffic areas of the Philipps-Universität, a distance of at least 1.5 meters to other people must be maintained. Wearing a mask does not release from this obligation. Exceptions apply to approved work which, due to its nature, does not allow for keeping a distance, and special courses with correspondingly approved infection protection concepts.

Duty to cover the mouth and nose (medical mask)

In the buildings of the Philipps-Universität, a mouth-nose covering (medical mask) is to be worn as a matter of principle. A face visor is not an acceptable alternative. If no further rules for the organizational units or events have been issued, the obligation applies at least until one's own work or seat is taken.

If no further rules for the organizational units or events have been issued and the minimum distances can be observed, the mask may be taken off briefly for the immediate duration of drinking.

If no further rules for the organizational units or events have been issued and the minimum distances can be observed, small meals may be eaten in public areas of Philipps-Universität which are specially designated for this purpose and the minimum distances are observed. In doing so, the mask may only be removed for the time of active eating, but not for longer than 10 minutes

Obligation to observe hygiene measures

When coughing or sneezing, keep a maximum distance to other people. Persons standing around must turn away and hold a handkerchief in front of their mouth, which is then disposed of in the trash can. As an alternative to the handkerchief, mouth and nose must be covered with the crook of your arm.

Everyone must wash their hands regularly and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.

Furthermore, it is to be avoided to touch your face with your hands.

Obligation to ventilate rooms

Rooms must be ventilated for several minutes at least every 30 minutes during their use. This applies regardless of the duration of the stay or any environmental influences such as cold, draught, noise, and may also necessitate a brief interruption of the work or event. Such interruptions must be planned for when preparing the event. If the rooms have a ventilation system, this must be used.

Further urgent recommendations

The corona warning app of the German government should be used to interrupt chains of infection more quickly.

If not already regulated by state regulations or instructions, everyone should assume social responsibility in the private sector and contribute to reducing infections and thus to the common good through their own behavior. To this end, it is necessary to regularly inform oneself about the current regulations and recommendations of the state and the relevant cities and municipalities.

The development of the pandemic clearly shows that the behavior and responsibility of each and every one of us is essential to support the well-being of society. It is essential that all members, relatives and guests of Philipps-Universität consciously take responsibility for themselves and others.