Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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The FernUniversität in Hagen has formulated rules and guidelines for university operations in the current situation. These regulations are dependent on the current situation and government regulations, therefore we are continually monitoring the situation, and may adjust these measures as necessary.

FernUniversität students and staff can find more detailed information in German on the FernUniversität's German-language site.

Coronavirus information for FernUniversität staff (German)

Coronavirus information for FernUniversität students (German)

Important Topics in Detail

  • The FernUniversität's service center, regional and study centers, and library are closed to the public until 31 January 2021. They remain available via telephone or email.

    All students, staff, and visitors on the FernUniversität's campus and in its regional and study centers should bear in mind the following general rules for health and safety:

    • Please ensure a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between yourself and other people.
    • We recommend you wash your hands regularly. Additionally, you will find disinfectant dispensers near the entrances of FernUni buildings, which we recommend using when entering and leaving the building.
    • A face mask or other protective covering for your mouth and nose (for example, a scarf) is required in all FernUniversität buildings, including the regional and study centers.
    • Please observe proper coughing/sneezing etiquette and avoid sharing objects such as drinking glasses, water bottles, etc.

    If you are coming to the FernUniversität from abroad, please take note of the current entry regulations for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. If you are arriving from a high-risk area and cannot provide a recent negative test result (no older than 48 hours), you may not enter the campus or regional centers for 14 days following your entry into Germany.

    Current regulations in NRW (German)

    Brief information for travelers in English

    If you are visiting one of the regional centers outside of NRW, please take note of the relevant local regulations. Be aware that in some areas of Germany, restrictions on accomodation of travelers in hotels, guesthouses, and similar establishments may apply. Please inform yourself of the situation in your intended destination in advance.

    FernUniversität staff will be informed of further relevant measures in their working areas via the usual channels.

    The FernUniversität in Hagen’s cafeteria is closed until further notice.

  • The university library is closed to the public until 31 January 2021. The library's electronic resources remain available. FernUniversität students and staff may order necessary literature from the library and have it shipped to them. Please note that in order to ensure their safety, the library is currently operating with a minimal number of staff. We therefore ask that you only order what is necessary, and ask your understanding that the processing of orders may take longer than usual.

    More information (German)

  • In-person public events at the FernUniversität are suspended through January 31, 2021.

    In the event that in-person teaching seminars and mentoring sessions cannot feasibly be carried out in digital form, these may take place in person under strict observance of standardized conditions to ensure participants' safety. However, due to current regulations, no events will take place between 16 December 2020 and 31 January 2021. Details about specific events will be provided by the relevant faculty.

  • No in-person exams or preparatory events may take place between 16 December 2020 and 31 January 2021. This also applies to video exams for which students visit a regional center. Only very limited exceptions are possible in individual cases. If you have questions, please contact the relevant examination office.

    Outside of these dates, the following rules apply: In-person oral and written examinations are permissible under strict obervance of the appropriate conditions to ensure participants' safety. All participating individuals must consent to carrying out an oral exam in person. The examination offices will provide the appropriate consent forms. Whenever possible, oral examinations should be carried out as video exams.

    Information about the possibility of in-person written examinations will be provided by the examination offices of the individual faculties.

    Please note: Anyone with symptoms of the COVID-19 illness is not permitted to particpate in exams, in-person events, committee meetings, etc. Third parties are not permitted to observe or attend examinations which take place in person.

    The FernUniversität's faculties have provided more information and answers to frequently asked questions on their websites:

  • The FernUniversität advises all students, staff, and guests to observe the safety and travel recommendations and information provided by public health authorities and other official entities:

    Current information in English from the Federal Ministry of Health

    Recommendations and situation reports from the Robert Koch Institute (German)

    Information for travellers in multiple languanges from the Robert Koch Institute

    Guidance and information from the World Health Organization