FAQ for teaching staff (Corona-Virus)

The FAQ answers frequently asked questions from teaching staff.

General information

You can access the current regulations of the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg to cope with the challenges posed by the Corona virus-Sars-CoV-2 epidemic in teaching and studying in the actual version via the following link:

Amtliche Bekanntmachungen und Ordnungen (German only)

The university has suspended face-to-face teaching at H-BRS since mid-December 2020. Since then and until the end of the winter semester 2020/21, courses and examinations are held exclusively online.

For the protection of staff and students and in the case that face-to-face teaching should be possible again, the university has already put into force in May 2020 the university's Measures and Hygiene Plan that defines hygiene specifications and safety precautions.

The plan was developed by of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee, the staff representatives and the President’s Office and is continuously adapted to current requirements. It is based on the requirements of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the occupational safety regulations of the federal government.

A mouth-and-nose covering is not only to be worn within the public areas in the buildings, but also on the grounds of the university. It is also important to ensure that the minimum distance of 1.5 metres is observed. Shaking hands is not permitted. The cough and sneeze etiquette must be observed (in the crook of your arm instead of your hand). Hands must be washed regularly and thoroughly. Anyone who has a cough or fever must stay at home.

The ban on entering the university’s facilities applies to people who have been proven to have a corona infection. Only when they can prove that the illness has been cured e.g. by means of a medical certificate may they re-enter the university. A 14-day house ban applies to persons who have health problems that refer to Covid-19, as well as to persons who knowingly had or still have contact with people suffering from Covid-19. The ban also applies to people who have stayed in a risk area according to the classification of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) (14 days after return). The only exception to this rule is if they provide a medical certificate stating that they do not have a viral infection with SARS-CoV-2.

If an infection is suspected, the employee should be sent home immediately. The working environment should then be thoroughly cleaned. The further procedure must be agreed upon with the employee's doctor. This and other information is provided by the „Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung“ (German statutory accident insurance), which has published a guide for dealing with suspected cases of infection and illness. (Publications of the DGUV)

Anyone who has stayed in a risk area according to the classification of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is not allowed to enter the university for 14 days after returning home - unless it is confirmed by a medical certificate that there is no infection.

A risk area, according to the Corona Travel Regulations NRW, is a state or region outside the Federal Republic of Germany for which there is an increased risk of infection with the corona virus. The German federal states or individual cities in Germany are not covered by this regulation.

The RKI provides a permanent overview of risk areas

Since mid-December and until the end of the winter semester 2020/21, there will be no face-to-face lectures and exams. Teaching will be held exclusively online.

In the summer semester 2021, fully digital teaching for students must also be ensured.  However, if the infection situation in the summer semester permits, additional courses may be held face to face. However, students who do not take part in these face-to-face courses must not suffer any disadvantage as a result. The decision on face-to-face examinations in the summer semester is still pending. The President' s Office intends to make and announce a decision on this matter in good time.

Frequently asked questions about digital teaching

The general conditions are specified in the regulations of the President's Office of the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University for coping with the challenges posed by the corona virus SARS-CoV2 epidemic in studying and teaching, meanwhile in the version of the third amendment.

In addition to the regulations based on the Corona Epidemic University Ordinance, in particular the Corona Protection Ordinance and the general decree of the Ministry of Labor, Health and Social Affairs for the conduct of teaching and practical courses as well as examinations at universities in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, as amended from time to time, contain essential specifications for teaching.




E-learning team and ZIEL, in close cooperation with the Vice President for Teaching, Learning and Further Education have developed comprehensive information, handouts, and examples for online courses and exams and published them in LEA in the section Online Teaching Toolbox WS 2020/21.

Also on LEA, we offer an exchange area and a forum for digital teaching. In the forum you can also find useful information or post it yourself.

E-learning team and ZIEL also offer online training courses for teachers to learn (or get to know) tools, tricks and procedures for designing digital courses and exams. Please note the relevant announcements by mail and on the Compass Digital Teaching website.

Contact the members of the e-learning team in the library and of  the Centre for Teaching Development and Innovation (ZIEL). They will be happy to advise you.

Yes, you may. In agreement with the university's data protection officer, Zoom can also be used for teaching in the winter semester. Alternatively, the university provides Webex as software for video conferencing.

If you are planning a video conference which is not related to digital teaching, please use Webex for data protection reasons. The same applies to examinations which are held using video conferencing software.

Participation in external video conference enquiries on topics outside of digital teaching via Zoom is still permitted, however, those involved should be aware that there may be a data protection problem, which may have undesirable effects in various areas, for example in research, for which those involved take responsibility.

Please contact the Institute for IT-Service (ITS) if you do not yet have access to Webex. Contact ITS

For access to Zoom please contact the E-Learning-Support.

You can find more information on video conference systems in the Kompass digitale Lehre (German)

Yes, there are. The President’s Office has decided on and published corresponding rules of conduct for digital courses for orientation purposes, to ensure we also treat each other with respect and appreciation in a digital seminar room.

These rules can also be understood as an establishment of the university's virtual house rules and offer you as a teacher the possibility to suspend students from video conferences if this should become necessary due to inappropriate behaviour.

If you have any questions, please contact the staff of the Centre for Innovation and Development in Teaching (ZIEL).

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