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Work from home as much as possible
Further far-reaching contact-reduction measures will come into force in Germany from 16 December 2020. What does that mean for RUB? “Our primary goal is to make our contribution as a university to reducing and avoiding contact between people in order to stop the further spread of the virus,” says Chancellor Dr. Christina Reinhardt. The University management is thus urging all supervisors in academia and administration to allow their employees to work from home wherever possible.
“Like the first lockdown back in the spring, working from home will once again be the norm. Those who can should work from home,” says Reinhardt. Those who need to work on campus because they have no other option should limit their contact with other people and, if possible, hold consultations or meetings with colleagues online.
Decision on in-person teaching on 15 December
The impact of the lockdown on in-person teaching is governed by the Coronavirus Epidemic Higher Education Regulation, which is expected to be adopted on Tuesday 15 December. We will inform you about the resulting changes here in good time.
Places of learning are being closed
From Wednesday 16 December, all places of learning will be closed – this applies to the places of learning on campus, such as in the Central Library (UB) and in the SSC cafeteria, as well as to the learning workstations in Blue Square in the centre of Bochum. In addition to their electronic offering, which has been widely expanded since the beginning of April 2020, UB and individual departmental libraries continue to offer their scanning and lending services.
The dining hall (Mensa) will also remain closed from 19 December 2020 to 10 January 2021.
Why is the University not being closed – as it was in March?
With the measures that have now been adopted, RUB aims to help interrupt chains of infection. Why, unlike in spring 2020, won’t the University be completely closed? “Because we have learned a great deal compared to last March and now have a better idea as to how we can maintain the University’s operations with the greatest possible infection protection,” explains the Chancellor.
14 December 2020