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Coronavirus: Immediate measures, rules, information

Information for:
students staff (in German)

Latest information added: 30th March 2020

The following preventive safety measures and rules apply for the European University Viadrina and have been reached in consultation with the Ministry for Science, Research and Culture and with all higher education institutions in the State of Brandenburg as well as the City of Frankfurt (Oder) in view of the spread of the new coronavirus:

Emergency mode (Präsenznotbetrieb)
From Tuesday, 24th March 2020, Viadrina will limit its operations to an emergency mode (Präsenznotbetrieb).
This meanst hat all buildings are closed, employees work in home office with some exceptions, do research and ensure all administrative processes. At the same time, preparations for online teaching in the summer semester are underway.

Until at least 19th April 2020, all conferences, meetings and other public events will be cancelled. This also applies to events organized by third parties. Committee meetings and other working meetings can only take place as telephone or video conferences.
No classroom teaching until and including 19th April 2020: online teaching from 14th April 2020 
Online teaching starts on 14th April 2020. There will be no classroom teaching until at least 19th April 2020.
  • All tests and examinations that require presence on site are cancelled.
  • The carrying out of oral examinations will be decided on a case by case basis.
Research and administrative operations
Research and administrative operations at the European University continue.
Viadrina employees are working from home.
Current information for employees can be found at the website for staff (only in German)
Access for persons from risk areas
As determined by the Brandenburg Ministry for Health (in German):
If you have visited a risk area or an area of Germany that is especially affected (Landkreis Heinsberg, North Rhine Westphalia), you are not permitted to enter the European University for 14 days  (beginning from the time of your return from such an area). What counts as a risk area and especially affected areas is established by the Robert Koch Institute (in German).
General hygiene instructions
We ask you to follow the current hygiene tips of the Federal Centre for Health Education (in German):
  • Keep your distance
  • Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly
  • Keep your hands off your face
  • Follow proper hygiene when coughing and sneezing
Above all, if somehow possible, stay at home and only make the most necessary trips to work, the doctor or to the groceries.

The government of the State of Brandenburg provides up-to-date information on preventive measures in Brandenburg.

Please address questions and concerns regarding the coronavirus to:

Useful link:
The Robert-Koch Institute answers frequently asked questions related to the coronavirus.