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Masks make in-person classes possible
For the first time since 2019, RUB has started a winter semester with in-person classes. At the same time, the number of Covid-19 infections and seasonal colds is on the rise. Therefore, the Rectorate once again appeals to all students to wear a mask covering the mouth and nose indoors, even if this is no longer mandatory. Employees are obliged to wear masks again as of 1 October 2022 in accordance with the Corona Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance, if it’s not possible to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres to others.
A mask covering the mouth and nose helps to ensure that we can continue in-person classes in the upcoming weeks.
“A mask covering the mouth and nose helps to ensure that in-classroom teaching can be continued in the upcoming weeks. We ask our students to do their part, because we are aware how important it is to experience academic exchange and study on campus,” says the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, Professor Kornelia Freitag.
As a campus university, RUB ensures that most courses are taught in the classroom. In accordance with RUB’s digitalisation strategy, digital courses are offered in addition to in-person classes whenever they are a sensible option. Digital courses replace in-person classes if they are at least of equal value, as is the case with some lectures, or if they bring fundamental advantages, as is the case with the virtual exchange.
No cutbacks in classroom teaching
Despite the energy crisis, universities are determined not to cut back on classroom teaching due to high energy costs. Rector Professor Martin Paul points out: “Many RUB students attended courses on campus for the first time in the summer semester, enjoying all opportunities and advantages associated with in-person classes. We’ll do everything we can to ensure that academic life can continue in this form in the winter semester and appeal to all members of our community to do their part.”
25 October 2022