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Coronavirus - in focus

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​This web page serves as a platform for the Board of Management of Hochschule Düsseldorf – University of Applied Sciences to advise all university and staff members of current measures and information related to the coronavirus pandemic. Studying, teaching and working at HSD is currently affected by a large number of federal and state regulations that are reified by the university where necessary. They all aim to ensure the greatest possible protection against an infection with the virus while facilitating studying, teaching and research as well as administration as much as possible for everyone.

The FAQ and explanations on this page are updated regularly.

The Board of Management calls upon all university and staff members to handle the situation responsibly and be considerate of one another.

If you have any questions that have not been answered by this web page, please feel free to contact us via info.corona@hs-duesseldorf.de.
    
For information regarding the handling of personal data in accordance with the requirements of the GDPR (available in German only)​, please click here​.
 

The link below takes you to an MS Excel sheet on HSD’s intranet showing the room capacities applicable for the winter semester:
http://intern.fh-duesseldorf.de/a_startseite​

General information

 
In which cases do I need proof of my immunity to COVID-19 or proof of a negative coronavirus test result (according to the “3G rule”)? (5 October 2021)

Find out in advance which of the university buildings you will need access to.
You need a 3G certificate to use the canteen in building 2 and to gain access to buildings 3–7 and 9.

As a sign that you are allowed to enter these buildings, you will receive an appropriate wristband after presenting your proof of immunity or a negative coronavirus test result.

The university only recognises PCR tests and rapid tests carried out by recognised test centres.​

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Is it still mandatory to wear a mask at HSD? (5 October 2021)

Yes. Please always wear a medical face mask or an FFP2 mask inside all university facilities.

Exceptions apply

  • to children below school age,
  • to lecturers or speakers,
  • to examiners and examinees during examinations, provided they keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres,
  • if all individuals present keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres to one another,
  • to staff members receiving guests as long as they take alternative, equally effective protective measures (e.g. setting up acrylic glass partitions),
  • to staff members working, provided they keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres to one another,
  • if exclusively immunised staff members gather without engaging in activities with high aerosol emissions.

(Committee meetings are subject to separate conditions.)

Wearing a mask is also mandatory when visiting our service points. With explicit permission, you may be allowed to take off your mask in situations where the minimum distance between everyone present is maintained and exclusively immunised individuals or people who tested negative come together.

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In which cases are students allowed inside the university facilities? (5 October 2021)

Students may enter the university buildings to

  • attend courses or examinations held on campus,
  • visit the University Library,
  • use the approved study and lounging areas/spaces,
  • go to scheduled counselling appointments or use other services offered on campus.
  • go to scheduled appointments offered by the faculties to inspect graded examinations, or
  • use the services offered by Düsseldorf Student Services.

You need a 3G certificate to use the canteen in building 2 and to gain access to buildings 3–7 and 9 as well as to courses that take place in building 10 (Rather Straße 23b).

Please reduce the time you spend inside the buildings to a necessary minimum.

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Do I have access to the university as a staff member? (5 October 2021)

Staff members have access to all university facilities to pursue their work. For all indoor activities and breaks taken indoors, you must follow the infection control guidelines at all times.

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Do I have access to the university as an external person, guest or contractor? (5 October 2021)

Third parties are granted access to the university facilities if they are attending events, have an appointment or would like to visit the University Library. You need a 3G certificate to use the canteen in building 2 and to gain access to buildings 3–7 and 9.

If you are a contractor, please get in touch with your personal point of contact or the Department of Facility Management at HSD. The reception/porter’s lodge in building 4 serves as a central point of contact before entering the HSD campus.

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For Students: What do I need to do if I have been infected or suspect to have been infected with COVID-19? (5 October 2021)

If you suspect an infection, please contact the person responsible for your course or the respective member of the teaching staff.
Do not enter the university. Do not attend any courses. You are not allowed to move around the HSD campus.

Contact a doctor by telephone

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For teaching staff: What do I have to do if a student reports their COVID-19 infection or suspected COVID-19 infection to me? (5 October 2021)

Please do not allow them to attend your course. The person is not permitted to enter the university facilities.

Advise the person to contact a doctor by telephone.

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For staff members: What do I have to observe if I have been infected or suspect to have been infected with COVID-19? (5 October 2021)

If you are showing symptoms, are infected or are a close-contact individual of an infected person, please take the following steps:

  • Contact your superior.
  • Do not enter the university. Do not work inside HSD facilities. Do not attend any courses, meetings or conferences.
  • Contact a doctor by telephone.​

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Information for international students & international applicants

1. Access to the university and 3G verification​

 

Do I have access to the university again?

Yes. Students may enter the university buildings to

  • attend courses or examinations held on campus,
  • visit the University Library,
  • use the approved study and lounging areas/spaces,
  • go to scheduled counselling appointments or use other services offered on campus.
  • go to scheduled appointments offered by the faculties to inspect graded examinations, or
  • use the services offered by Düsseldorf Student Services.
Please reduce the time you spend inside the buildings to a necessary minimum.
 
You need a 3G certificate to use the canteen in building 2 and to gain access to buildings 3–7 and 9.

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How do I meet the 3G requirements?

You meet the 3G requirements if…

 
…you have been vaccinated.
 
You must be fully vaccinated and must have received the final dose at least 14 days previously.
 
The vaccine(s) you received must be one or more of the following:
 

  • Comirnaty by BioNTech Manufacturing GmbH
  • Spikevax by Moderna Biotech Spain, S.L.
  • Vaxzevria by AstraZeneca AB, Sweden or
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen by Janssen-Cilag International N.V.
 
…you have recovered from COVID-19.
 
You have recovered status if
  • the infection occurred at least 28 days and no more than 6 months ago, or
  • you have recovered from the illness and have been vaccinated once.
Please note that you must have received a vaccine that is approved in Germany (see above).

 
…you have been tested.
 
You are considered tested if you can present a certified negative test result from a rapid antigen test or a PCR test certified by a recognised laboratory, either of which must have been conducted no more than 48 hours previously.
 
Individuals who do not wish to be vaccinated are required to pay for testing themselves. The university does not cover testing costs or offer supervised self-testing.
 
A self-test you have taken will not be recognised.
 
A PCR test or a rapid antigen test conducted no more than six hours previously is only required in cases where people come together to sing without wearing masks.
 
If you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, you still need proof of testing. For the time being, free rapid antigen tests funded by the Federal Government will continue to be available to you.

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I received a vaccine that is not approved in Germany. What can I do?

​We recommend seeking medical advice regarding a booster vaccination.
Until you have received such a booster vaccination, you are required to provide proof of testing. If you have been administered a vaccine other than the four kinds approved in Germany, certified rapid antigen tests will continue to be free of charge for you until 31 December 2021.​

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Where can I find the central 3G checkpoint and what are its opening hours?

Verification of the required 3G certificate takes place Monday to Friday from 7:30 to 17:00 in building 7.

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What do I need to remember with regard to the 3G checks?

Please present your 3G certificate at the central 3G checkpoint before your first course or appointment of the day and be prepared for random identity checks. You will then receive a wristband coloured according to the day of the week (“day wristband”), which is valid from the time it is handed out to the end of the same day as long as you wear it on your arm. Please note that once removed, the wristband loses its validity.

If you have been fully vaccinated or have recovered status, you can choose between a day wristband and a permanent immunisation wristband (recognisable by its special colouring). The immunisation wristband is also valid only for as long as you wear it on your arm.
 
You may conceal the wristband if you like, unless it is being checked. If you would like to conceal it, you can do so by covering it with clothing or other wristbands.
 
We recommend carrying the evidence with you as a digital certificate in the CovPass app, the Corona-Warn-App or as a QR code in paper form. However, it is of course also possible to present your vaccination record or other suitable paper-based proof.
 
Please make sure to bring official proof of identity (ID card or passport). Random identity checks will be carried out as part of the verification process, especially in the run-up to courses and examinations as well as to events open to the public.
 
In buildings with restricted access, you are required show your wristband to security or university staff members upon request; please also present it to the person in charge of your course without being asked when entering the room. Please make sure to keep the minimum distance to everyone around you during admission.
 
If you do not present a wristband and/or proof of identity, we will have no choice but to exclude you from the course.

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2. Courses and examinations​


Are courses and examinations in winter semester 2021/22 held on campus again?

Yes, faculties have started teaching and conducting examinations on campus again. Alongside our bachelor’s and master’s programmes, this also applies to the continuing education opportunities we offer. However, some courses are still held in digital format. Please refer to the information provided by your faculty.

Please note that you need a 3G certificate to attend courses on campus.

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Am I required to wear a mask during courses and examinations held on campus?

Yes, you are required to continuously wear a mask during courses and examinations.

This does not apply to lecturers or individuals giving presentations nor to examiners and examinees during oral examinations, provided they keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres to one another.
If it is possible for all participants of a course to maintain the minimum distance of 1.5 metres to one another, the person in charge may allow everyone to take off their masks.
 
The person in charge may allow participants to take off their masks if required for physical exercise.
 
The person in charge may allow participants to take off their masks if required for playing wind instruments.
 
Singing without wearing a mask may only be permitted by the person in charge if all participants are either immunised or have taken a PCR test or rapid antigen test conducted no more than six hours previously.

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What do I need to keep in mind with regard to the minimum distance during courses and examinations held on campus?

Since only individuals who have presented a 3G certificate are allowed to attend courses and examinations, you do not necessarily have to keep the usual minimum distance. Nevertheless, wherever possible, please observe the commonly known rule on social distancing and spread out in the room as much as possible.​

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Is the information regarding on-campus courses and examinations that is relevant to me available at a glance?
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3. Facilities for students


What regulations apply inside the University Library?

You do not need a 3G certificate to use the University Library. For more information on the services offered by the University Library, please click here.

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Are counselling services for students available?

Information on counselling services can be found here (German only).

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Are AStA (student union) and the faculty student committees offering their services on campus again?

Please check the respective websites of AStA  (German only) and the faculty student committees (German only).

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Is the canteen open again?

The canteen has been open since 4 October. It offers a limited range of meals.

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Does university sports take place?

Yes, university sports takes place again. For more information, please click here (German only).

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