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New Measures to Prevent the Spread of Covid-19

News from Oct 20, 2020

The Senate Chancellery – Higher Education and Research and the Landeskonferenz der Rektoren und Präsidenten der Berliner Hochschulen (LKRP) have agreed upon new measures to prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2 that will impact research, science, and education in Berlin. On October 20, 2020, the Executive Board of Freie Universität decided to adopt the following regulations in order to protect employees and students and to contribute to wider efforts across society to contain the spread of the pandemic:

  • As of November 2, 2020, and until further notice, courses may only be held in person where absolutely essential– for example, courses with laboratory work – and are limited to a maximum of 25 participants.
  • As of November 2, 2020, events for new students, such as orientation programs and introductions for first-semester students or international students, can still be held on campus, but are also limited to a maximum of 25 participants.
  • From December 14, 2020 to January 8, 2021, there will be no classes or examinations in person on campus. Any classes or exams scheduled during this time must be conducted remotely. State examinations (“Staatsexamen”) are subject to special regulations.
  • From November 2, 2020, to initially January 10, 2021, Freie Universität will not host any events organized by outside groups on its premises. Any exceptions must be handled individually.
  • Academic events, such as workshops or meetings organized by Freie Universität Berlin, can take place in person, but are limited to a maximum of 25 people.
  • Freie Universität Berlin committee meetings can take place in person under observation of the required health and safety measures.
  • Freie Universität Berlin’s various departments, divisions, and units should take the necessary organizational steps to ensure that essential university operations are able to continue.

The Executive Board’s decisions are based on an agreement reached by the State of Berlin’s coronavirus taskforce, which has decided to implement phase 2 precautions from Berlin’s phased plan for university operations with pandemic-related protective measures.

The official press release issued by the Senate Chancellery – Higher Education and Research and LKRP provides further general information and regulations in German.

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