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 May 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 medical face mask which covers your mouth and nose 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 traveling to the FernUniversität's campus or regional centers in NRW from abroad, please take note of the current entry regulations for Germany and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

    Multilingual information about coronavirus in North Rhine-Westphalia

    Information in German about current regulations in NRW

    English-language information for travellers from the Federal Ministry of Health

    If you are visiting one of the regional centers outside of NRW, please refer to 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 May 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 about access to library resources (German)

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

  • Due to the current pandemic situation, in-person exams and preparatory events will not be possible through at least May 31st. This also applies to video exams for which students visit a regional center. Exceptions will likely only be possible in very limited individual cases.

    The FernUniversität's faculties will do everything possible to enable their students to complete their planned exams by the end of the winter semester 2020/21 despite these limitations. For current information about specific exams and study programs, please consult the relevant faculty's website:

  • 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 languages from the Robert Koch Institute

    Guidance and information from the World Health Organization