News from Rheinbach Campus

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Last updated 14 September 2021

weibliche Studierende im Ausweichquartier: Stadttheater in Rheinbach, frontal Halbtotale

After the severe flood damage at Rheinbach Campus of H-BRS in July, the repair work is in full progress. Due to the work, all buildings are generally closed to the public until further notice.

Nevertheless, all courses will take place in the winter semester 2021/22, with as many as possible being held in attendance. The Departments of Natural Sciences and Management Sciences will move to alternative facilites. It was possible to rent a 5000 square metre building at Heisenbergstraße 16, which is only a few minutes' walk from the campus. The university is setting up laboratory space for research and teaching there.

At the Institute for Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Bonn, the Department of Natural Sciences can also use laboratory space for very important basic work in chemistry practicals during certain time windows. Further premises at the university in Bonn are on the horizon. Furthermore the university can co-use the city theatre and the city hall during the winter semester. There is also the possibility of temporarily using the Woki in Bonn. Other options are currently being examined.

Information on examinations

The departments will provide information on the further procedure regarding examinations.

Contact details

Marco Winzker, Vice President for Studies, Teaching and Continuing Education, informed students in an e-mail on 21 July about further regulations regarding examinations. Individual passages of the e-mail can be found in the news Regulations for examinations due to the flooding (updated: 21 July)

Information on final theses

Students who are currently working on their theses are also affected by the storm. There are regulations for them as well. In his letter to students dated 21 July, Marco Winzker informs them: "Please note that due to the Corona pandemic, in several departments the deadline for all final theses has already been extended by one month. If this is not sufficient due to the heavy rainfall disaster, you can additionally interrupt your thesis by up to four weeks or one month. More details are regulated by the departments." (updated: 21 July)

Information for staff

Until further notice, it will not be possible to work on the Rheinbach campus. The university management asks that you only visit the campus in urgent, exceptional cases and after consultation with the head of the department or division. Anyone entering the buildings does so at their own risk.

Staff at the Rheinbach site will work on a mobile basis if possible. In addition, it is currently being examined whether alternative workplaces can be made available at the Sankt Augustin location. Further information from the Human Resources and Legal Affairs Department on the work situation in Rheinbach and the possibility of time off work for those affected by the flood disaster is available to logged-in users on the intranet. (updated: 20 July, 17.30)

Clean-up has begun

The university has begun to clean up the massive storm damage at the Rheinbach campus. In coordination with the fire brigade, it is having the surface water on the outdoor campus pumped out. At present, the rooms in the basement are being pumped empty.

The technical infrastructure of the campus was completely paralysed by the flooding on 14 July 2021, as all systems - for example, the electrical distributions - are located in the basement. In the meantime, the laboratory building (F) and the BusinessCampus (E) are being supplied with electricity again.

The extent of the total damage caused by the flooding cannot yet be estimated. It is to be assumed that the removal of the damage and the restoration will take a longer period of time. (updated: 30 July, 18.30)

Content Delivery Platform (CDP) down

Due to flooding at the Rheinbach campus, the university's Content Delivery Platform (CDP) is down. "Due to the extent of the damage, it must be assumed that it will not be available for a longer period of time," the library's e-learning team informs. Instructors who want to provide material for current exam preparation can contact support in the central e-learning team. The Institute for IT Service is working on providing the platform from Sankt Augustin on a transitional basis. (updated 16 July, 18.00)


Porträt Hartmut Ihne
University President Hartmut Ihne

In a letter to the university staff, President Hartmut Ihne expresses his sympathy and explains the situation and the measures. Letter from the President dated 23 July 2021

Flooding and cleaning pictures

Contact persons for confidential matters

For students
Psychotherapeutic Counselling Centre of the Bonn Student Union
Phone: +49228737106

For staff
Workplace Social Counselling at the University of Bonn
Phone +4922828716455

For all university staff
HELP Beratungsstelle
Phone +492241865652

Telephone counselling (staffed around the clock)
Counselling by phone, e-mail or online