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FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Corona

On this page, we would like to inform you about the current measures at Chemnitz University of Technology regarding the coronavirus. The development of the current situation is very dynamic. We therefore ask you to always check the homepage of Chemnitz University of Technology and this FAQ page from the Office for Security at Work and Environment Protection (BfAU). Here you will find a list of numerous questions and answers as well as contact persons on the topic. The page is continuously supplemented and updated.

Information about the coronavirus in easy German language as well as in sign language can be found on the website of the Representative of the Government of Saxony for the Interests of People with Disabilities:

As of July 5, 2021, restricted normal operations are in effect at Chemnitz University of Technology, especially for those tested, vaccinated, and recovering - in accordance with 21st Open Letter from the President regarding the corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) from 30 June 2021. Detailed information about this can be found as an answer to the question: What is the current status of Chemnitz University of Technology? (last update: July 5, 2021)

Important Information at a Glance

Hygiene Guidelines

The basis for this is the strict adherence to

Furthermore, additional hygiene guidelines apply for

Please also adhere to the guidance for

Forms for Collecting Contact Data

For on-site courses, exams, and events, the form for the documentation of contact chains (last update: January 26, 2022) must be used.

To supplement the shift and occupancy plans, the form for the documentation of contact chains for attendance times (last update: January 26, 2022) has to be used.

Guidelines for action in the event of suspected cases, quarantine cases and cases of infection

All members and associates of Chemnitz University of Technology are required to inform the university about suspected cases, infection, and quarantine. They are requested to heed the following guidelines:

Self-tests
A form is available for employees and students to certify the presence of a positive or negative antigen self-test for SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Obligatory testing for approved in-person classes and examinations

Teachers and examiners are required to check for a rapid test or self-test result (or alternatively proof of vaccination or recovery) prior to each in-person class or examination, taking into account data protection concerns (last updated: November 9, 2021) (visual inspection of the certificate or the completed form; the certificate itself remains with the students).

On November 5, 2021, the Saxon state government passed a new Saxon Corona Protection Ordinance to further contain the dynamics of the Corona pandemic. It applies from November 8 to November 25, 2021, inclusive.

In response to the current infection situation as well as the continued dynamic infection events, adjustments were made to the provisions that apply in the pre-warning and overload stages. In the pre-warning stage, the 3G rule will no longer be sufficient as an access requirement for some facilities. In indoor dining, for participation in indoor events and festivities, indoors in cultural and leisure facilities, clubs, bars and discotheques, and for participation in large-scale events, the 2G regulation is now mandatory. However, in both the pre-warning and overload stages, those under 16 and those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons remain exempt from the 2G requirement, as before.

The effective and expiration dates for the pre-warning and overload stages have been adjusted: A shorter deadline, the "3+2 rule," replaces the previous "5+2 rule" here. This means that the respective thresholds must be exceeded or fallen short of on three consecutive days before the pre-warning or overload stage applies or no longer applies two days thereafter.

An FFP-2 mask requirement applies to local and long-distance public transportation. Schoolchildren are exempt from this requirement; they only need medical mouth-nose protection.

Definition of pre-warning and overload stage:

According to the regulation, hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients in the normal or intensive care units combined with the so-called seven-day incidence hospitalizations mark the pre-warning and overload stage:

  • If the threshold value for the seven-day incidence hospitalizations of 7.00 is reached or exceeded for three consecutive days, as well as an occupancy of 650 hospital beds in the normal wards or 180 hospital beds in the intensive care units is reached in the Free State of Saxony, or the load value of 650 hospital beds in the normal ward or 180 hospital beds in the intensive care unit is reached or exceeded for three consecutive days, the " pre-warning stage" applies. In this case, private gatherings in public and private spaces are permitted only up to a maximum of ten people. The number of households is not taken into account and vaccinated as well as convalescents are excluded from the count, as are children up to the age of 16.
  • If the seven-day incidence hospitalizations for three consecutive days is at or above 12.00 and the number of COVID-19 patients treated in the hospital in the Free State of Saxony exceeds 1,300 regular ward hospital beds or 420 intensive care unit hospital beds, or if the burden level of 1,300 regular ward hospital beds or 420 intensive care unit hospital beds is reached or exceeded for three consecutive days, the "overload stage" is reached. Private gatherings are limited to members of one's household and one other person in the overload level. Vaccinated, convalescent, and children up to age 16 need not be included in the count.

Principles that continue to apply:

The principles already in place, such as contact restrictions and compliance with hygiene and distance rules, continue to apply. The obligation to wear a mouth-nose covering remains in place wherever people meet. There is an obligation to wear medical mouth-nose protection where people come in contact with each other. The regulation that employees who have not worked for at least five working days in a row due to vacation or comparable leave of absence from duty or work must submit a daily updated test to the employer on the first working day after this interruption of work or carry out a documented supervised test in the course of the first working day remains. For employees who initially resume work from home after their vacation, etc., this requirement applies to the first day that work occurs at the office or at other work sites away from the employee's home.

Violations of the regulations are considered administrative offenses and are punishable by fines. In order to intensify checks on compliance with the protective measures, the counties and independent cities are each required to deploy at least three inspection teams daily. The teams consist of one representative each from the public health department, the public order department and the police enforcement service.

All relevant information as well as translations of the official announcements into other languages can be found on the coronavirus website of the Free State of Saxony.

An overview of all coronavirus hotlines and public hotlines in Saxony can be found on the Free State's website (German).

Note on the 2G rule: Asymptomatic persons are considered vaccinated if they have been administered all necessary vaccine doses of a vaccine listed by the Paul Ehrlich Institute, whereby at least 14 days must have passed since the last dose. An exception is made for recovered vaccinated persons, who need only one vaccine dose. Asymptomatic persons who can show a positive PCR test at least 28 days and no more than six months ago are considered recovered.

On September 30, 2021, the current Corona Virus Entry Regulation (CoronaEinreiseV) of the Federal Government came into force for entering and returning travelers. It was extended by amending regulation on November 8, 2021, and will expire at the end of January 15, 2022. The ordinance regulates the registration, testing and verification obligations as well as the post-entry quarantine regulations in a uniform manner throughout Germany.

It includes a general proof requirement for entrants regardless of the mode of transportation and regardless of whether a prior stay in a high-risk or virus variant area has occurred. Persons 12 years of age and older must have a negative test result, proof of vaccination, or proof of recovery upon entry.

Persons who have been in an area classified as a high-risk or virus variant area at the time of entry at any time in the ten days prior to entry must also comply with special proof requirements and a quarantine obligation. In the case of entry from so-called virus variant areas, there is a ban on travel by train, bus, ship and flight from these areas - subject to very narrowly defined exceptions.

Entry Quarantine in Case of Previous Stay in High-Risk or Virus Variant Area

According to the regulations, persons who enter the Federal Republic of Germany from abroad and have stayed in an international risk area or virus variant area within ten days prior to entry are required to go directly to their home immediately after entry, to seclude themselves there permanently for a period of ten days (or 14 days in the case of entry from a virus variant area) after entry (domestic quarantine), and to notify the health office responsible for them prior to entry via digital entry registration at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de as well as when symptoms of illness occur (Chemnitz City Health Department: telephone: 0371 488-5302 (Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) or e-mail: (Stadt Chemnitz)). In the event that symptoms such as cough, cold, fever or loss of smell and taste occur within the ten- or 14-day quarantine period, these persons are required to visit a doctor or a testing center for a test.

If a digital entry notification is not possible, a fully completed substitute form must be carried (e.g., in case of police checks when crossing the border). If no request to submit the replacement notification is made (by the carrier or in the event of a police check), entrants are obliged to either make up the digital entry notification or send the completed replacement notification by post to the following address no later than 24 hours after entry: Deutsche Post E-POST Solutions GmbH, 69990 Mannheim, Germany.

Obligation to Test or Provide Proof

Persons entering the country from high-risk or virus variant areas must already have a negative test result at the time of entry (paper or electronic proof in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish). In each case, the test proof must refer to a test that was performed a maximum of 48 hours (for antigen tests) or 72 hours (for PCR tests) ago. For the calculation of these periods, the time of entry (crossing the border of the Federal Republic of Germany or planned first arrival with possibility of exit in the Federal Republic of Germany) is decisive. For virus variant areas, the time limit is reduced to 24 hours for antigen tests.

The obligation to provide proof can also be met by presenting proof of vaccination or proof of recovery. Persons entering the country must present the appropriate proof to the carrier, for example the airline, before departure.

All persons entering from a virus variant area are subject to a general testing requirement prior to entry; presentation of proof of vaccination or convalescence is not sufficient.

Early End of Quarantine and Exceptions

Persons arriving from international high-risk areas may end the mandatory ten-day quarantine early upon presentation of a medical report that shows no evidence of infection with the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) if the negative test evidence is submitted through the Federal Republic's entry portal at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de. The quarantine can then be terminated from the time of transmission, but no earlier than five days after entry. If proof of vaccination or convalescent status is transmitted prior to entry, quarantine is not required. Isolation also ends if the high-risk area concerned is no longer classified as a high-risk area after entry into the Federal Republic of Germany and before the end of the isolation period.

After a stay in high-risk areas, testing can be carried out at the earliest five days after entry.

For persons entering from virus variant areas, early termination of quarantine (e.g. via testing) is not possible unless.

  • the affected virus variant area is downgraded to a high-risk area after entry into the Federal Republic of Germany and before the 14 days have elapsed (in this case, the regulations for high-risk areas apply to the termination of isolation) or
  • the person entering the country has been fully vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus with a vaccine for which the Robert Koch Institute has determined and published on its website that this vaccine is sufficient and effective against the virus variant for which the classification as a virus variant area was made. Currently, however, there is no such determination pursuant to Section 4 (2) sentence 5 of the Corona Entry Ordinance, which is why there is currently no exemption from the quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated persons after prior stay in a virus variant area.

If the described cases do not apply, the quarantine period lasts 14 days.

Violations are regarded as administrative offences and will be punished with fines.

An overview of the Corona entry regulations (PDF document) is published on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health, from which the regulations currently in force can be taken.

Up-to-date warnings on the current entry and quarantine requirements can be found on the websites of the following institutions:

Please also take note of the Free State of Saxony and the City of Chemnitz’s official announcements:

In order to combat the pandemic and to enforce the Infection Protection Act (IfSG), the city of Chemnitz issued the Twelfth General Decree on the isolation of close contacts, suspected persons and persons tested positive for the coronavirus on October 25, 2021. It regulates the rules for isolation (quarantine) and termination of the measures. The order went into effect October 30, 2021, and is effective through December 5, 2021.

Due to renewed increases in the number of infections, the regulations for exceeding the pre-warning level according to the Saxon Corona Protection Order currently apply in Chemnitz, as in the entire Free State of Saxony. The currently most important regulations can be found on the websites of the city of Chemnitz.

There have already been relaxations for vaccinated and recovered persons since May 9, 2021. They are not counted as "another person" by a federal regulation of May 8, 2021 (COVID-19-Schutzmaßnahmen-Ausnahmverordnung - SchAusnahmV), among other things, at private gatherings and are exempt from the isolation obligation, e.g. as a close contact person to infectious cases or when entering from a high-risk area.

You can find the German version of the announcement, an FAQ about the rules, and daily updated information about the situation on the City of Chemnitz’s Corona website (German). The city’s coronavirus hotline at 0371 488-5302 may be reached from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday as well as 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Fridays.

The city of Chemnitz has published a list of rapid testing locations in Chemnitz on their website.

The primary goal of Chemnitz University of Technology is to protect the health of all employees, members, students and guests of the university. For this reason, Chemnitz University of Technology has set up a crisis management team which is in close coordination with the internal departments and at the same time maintains a regular exchange with external bodies, such as the City of Chemnitz Health Department.

All previous measures and changes in this regard can be found in the following publications:

The university crisis management team with regard to the coronavirus consists of the following persons:

  • Prof. Dr. Gerd Strohmeier, President of Chemnitz University of Technology (Chairman)
  • Prof. Dr. Uwe Götze, Vice President for Transfer and Academic Qualification
  • Prof. Dr. Maximilian Eibl, Vice President for Academic and International Affairs
  • Prof. Dr. Jörn Ihlemann, Vice President for Research and Junior Researchers
  • Thomas Lang, Provisional Chancellor
  • Frank Hohaus/Dr. Philipp Cain, Representative of the Staff Council
  • Michael Schmischke, Commissioner of the University Management for Junior Researchers
  • Marius Hirschfeld, Commissioner of the University Management for Students/Representative of the Student Council (StuRa) in the crisis management team
  • Lothar Kempe, Head of the University Computer Center (URZ)
  • Monique Kautz, Head of the Office for Security at Work and Environment Protection (BfAU)
  • Diana Schreiterer, Assistant of the President/contact person of the university management on the topic of coronavirus

As of July 5, 2021, restricted normal operations are in effect at Chemnitz University of Technology, in particular for those tested, vaccinated, and recovered - in accordance with 21st Open Letter from the President regarding the corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) from 30 July 2021 This means:

Quota Principle

The quota principle and the requirement to visit the campus of Chemnitz University of Technology only for urgent work and work that can only be carried out in-person are lifted if the hygiene and protection regulations (individual office regulation or square meter key for laboratories, workshops, etc.) can be complied with. If necessary, compliance with hygiene and protection regulations must be ensured by shift work, mobile work, etc. Employees who do not yet have full vaccination protection and do not wish to perform activities in the presence of others until they have obtained full vaccination protection should find appropriate individual solutions in consultation with their supervisor. To enable advance planning, including compliance with room occupancy and possible contact tracing, it is necessary to maintain occupancy and, if necessary, shift schedules and to send them regularly (by e-mail to ) even after the quota regulation has been discontinued.

There is still the possibility to work from home as well as making shift arrangements without a separate application - if practical - in coordination with the supervisor. The use of mobile work and shift arrangements is also expressly desired in order to reduce the total number of employees, to equalize the proportion of attendance, and to enable staggered working and break times.

In-person (teaching) events

Teaching in the winter semester 2021/2022 began on October 11 and differs significantly from the previous winter semester, as more courses will be offered in presence and hybrid presence.

Current hygiene and safety regulations, including the need to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters, remain in effect to protect students and teachers, which means that room capacities are still limited. As a result, approved face-to-face and hybrid courses can only be held with the maximum number of people allowed according to room capacity, while maintaining the spacing rules and adhering to the masking requirement. For courses in hybrid format, teachers are provided with the necessary technology (mobile microphone, camera if necessary) by the university and a comprehensive training program is offered. Teachers can always find information on the TU website on the subject of e-learning about current further training offers and read useful tips, e.g. on group allocation via OPAL for the realization of hybrid teaching. In addition to face-to-face and hybrid formats, there will also be digital courses in the winter semester 2021/2022. Students can find out in the course catalog which courses are offered in presence, as hybrid formats and purely digitally.

In addition, the following applies: Participation in approved face-to-face courses and examinations is only permitted upon presentation of a negative Corona test result for the current day (compulsory testing). As an alternative to compulsory testing, it is possible to present proof of vaccination or convalescent status. Please also note the hygiene guidelines for conducting courses as well as for conducting written examinations in-person.

Other in-person events such as committee meetings, discussions, doctoral defenses, interviews, and job presentations in the context of appointment procedures, as well as subject studies and surveys (if an evaluated hygiene plan is available) can be conducted in-person or partially in-person up to a maximum of 20 persons (including vaccinated and convalescent persons) - without separate approval by the crisis team or the president's office. Testing is mandatory for all persons present, i.e. participation in the above-mentioned presence events as well as other meetings in buildings of at least two persons lasting longer than ten minutes is only permitted upon presentation of a daily negative Corona test result. As an alternative to compulsory testing, it is possible to present proof of vaccination or convalescent status. Please refer to the hygiene guidelines for conducting meetings for more details.

Building Usage

Access to the University is permitted to all members and affiliates of Chemnitz University of Technology. The buildings and facilities are currently accessible to students for participation in approved in-person lectures and examinations, to employees (and auxiliary staff) and - in authorized cases - also to external parties (service providers, etc.) during opening hours. For students, however, it is still not possible to remain indoors apart from taking part in classroom teaching and examinations, with a few exceptions.

Testing and verification obligation

In the winter semester 2021/2022, students are required to comply with the testing and verification obligation in order to participate in courses in (hybrid) attendance, i.e. access is only granted to those who have tested negative (the results of rapid antigen tests are valid for a maximum of 24 hours), those who have been fully vaccinated and those who have recovered. For quick processing of the checks, it is recommended to carry the proofs in digital form, preferably via Corona-Warn-App (in combination with the TUC card).

Teachers are instructed to carry out an appropriate visual check of the proofs of all students on site before the start of each course unit (also by means of support by auxiliary staff). Information on what to look out for when checking evidence can be found under the question What are the particularities of visual inspection?. To ease the burden on teachers, there is also a central access control for checking test, vaccination or convalescent certificates in the entrance area of the Central Lecture Hall and Seminar Building, Reichenhainer Straße 90. This means instructors of events at the ZHSG are exempt from verification. You can find more information about this under the question How is the so-called 3G control for participation in lectures carried out? in the tab Teachers.

In order to comply with the testing obligation, Corona self-tests can still be carried out at the university under the supervision of the lecturer and by using the TU-internal form.

Since July 26, 2021, according to § 9 para. 1a of the Saxon Corona Protection Ordinance, it also applies that all employees including auxiliary staff who have not worked for at least five working days in a row due to vacation or a comparable leave of absence from duty or work are from now on obliged to present a daily negative test proof on the first working day after the work interruption before or at the beginning of the activity at Chemnitz University of Technology. Acceptable tests are those performed by medically trained personnel or under supervision at Chemnitz University of Technology and documented accordingly per internal form. Alternatively, proof of vaccination or convalescence must be provided. If work is started in the home office, the testing obligation applies to the first day on which the work takes place in person at Chemnitz University of Technology or, in the case of business trips, etc., at other work locations outside of one's own home. According to information from the SMWK, the above regulation does not apply if the absence is due solely to illness, child sickness, home office, business trips, or training.

Employees and auxiliary staff are instructed to comply with this regulation and, on the day of taking up duty, according to the SMWK's implementation proposal, "then optionally provide proof of

a) of a complete vaccination protection against SARS-CoV-2 (vaccination card or digital proof),

b) a recovery (corresponding PCR test result or medical certificate) or

c) a daily updated test from a recognized testing facility to be presented in person for inspection; or

d) perform an antigen self-test under the supervision of a trust agency official at the agency."

The notification of the return as well as the provision of the above-mentioned proof (incl. documentation with the internal form) shall be made to the specialist superiors or persons appointed by them or, if they are not on site or available, to the higher-level structural unit (dean's office, department, etc.) or, if this is also not possible, to the Personnel Department.

Analogous to the regulations already in force regarding the obligation to test, in this case too only a visual inspection may be carried out and no data processing beyond merely taking note may take place (no scanning, copying, noting or similar). The certificate remains with the employees and assistants and should be kept by them for at least four weeks for their own documentation. Internal ordering of self-tests is also available for this purpose; see the question Do employees receive Corona self-tests from the University? for more information.

University Library

The University Library has been open since July 5, 2021 as a study space for those tested, immunized, or recovered. Use has been expanded in additional increments:

  • Since August 2, 2021, users who have booked space in the University Library by advance reservation will have access to open access collections.
  • Since August 16, 2021, 50 additional people (including external users) can visit the University Library without pre-booking to select and borrow books on site.

The access requirement is a daily negative test result or alternatively proof of vaccination or convalescence (The testing or verification requirement does not apply to stays in the university library of less than 10 minutes, e.g. to pick up or drop off media). Online pre-ordering for the holdings will continue. More details can be found in the FAQ entry Can I use the University Library as a study space? and the updated University Library hygiene guidelines.

In addition, the University Library is still open for borrowing and interlibrary loan of media (by advance order).

Computer Centre Training Pools

The URZ training pools in the Rühlmann Building (the Turmbau) are open for independent use by students, subject to compliance with hygiene and protection regulations. Pre-registration (by e-mail to ) is also required for this. Access is also only permitted after checking the required proof of testing, vaccination, or convalescence and submitting the contact details form to the URZ user service. In addition, laptops may be borrowed on a temporary basis outside of the central exam period for the preparation of term papers, research papers, and theses.

Outdoor sports offered by the Centre for Sports and Health Promotion (ZfSG) and ZFG as well as other facilities

Since October 18, 2021, selected university sports courses are once again taking place in the sports hall at Thüringer Weg. Students and employees can choose from twenty different course offerings. Registration is possible via the ZfSG website. To participate, the specific hygiene guidelines must be adhered to.

The ZFG university gym is also open again for equipment training. For the time being, use is only possible with monthly passes and under the observance of specific hygiene rules. More information and the link to book can be found on thewebsite.

Since August 2, 2021, the outdoor sports facilities are open for individual sports for employees and students at Chemnitz University of Technology. From November until February the facilities can be accessed from Monday to Friday from 4 pm to 9 pm. Access is via the entrance to the sports hall. The security service provider is required to monitor compliance with testing or verification requirements and to ensure that contact information is recorded. The showers and locker rooms will remain closed.

The Registrar's Office, Central Academic Advising, Central Examination Office, International University Center, and Patent Information Center may allow one-on-one consultations for those tested, vaccinated, and recovered by appointment and in compliance with hygiene and protection regulations.

The Creative Center will be closed.

Business Trips

For business trips, the regulations according to Rector Circular 59/2020 continue to apply, but are supplemented by the possibility to travel abroad - provided that these are not risk areas. Please also refer to the question “How are business trips handled during selective and limited presence operation?” in this FAQ (Employees tab).

Mail Receipt

Parcel/mail acceptance will remain as previously mention in the Coronavirus FAQ.

Since July 5, 2021, the restricted normal operation has been in effect at Chemnitz University of Technology, in particular for tested, vaccinated, and recovered persons - in accordance with the 21st Open Letter from the President regarding the corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) from 30 July 2021.

The quota principle and rules limiting on-site work at Chemnitz University of Technology to urgent work as well as work that could only be carried out in-person are lifted under the condition that the hygiene and protection regulations (individual door regulation or square meter key for laboratories, workshops, etc.) can be observed. If necessary, compliance with hygiene and protection regulations must be ensured by shift work, mobile work, etc.

It is also possible to work from home as well as making shift arrangements without a separate application - if practicable - in coordination with the specialist supervisor. In addition, the use of mobile work and shift arrangements is expressly desired in order to reduce the overall number of employees, to equalize the proportion of employees present, and to enable staggered work and break times.

In order to enable advance planning of presence, including compliance with room occupancy and possible contact tracing, it is necessary to maintain occupancy and, if necessary, shift schedules and to send them regularly via the dean’s offices, central institutions, and departments (by e-mail to ).

Preparation and central transmission of shift and occupancy plans

The management of the faculties, central facilities, and the central university administration are also required to ensure compliance with hygiene guidelines on their own responsibility and to draw up shift and occupancy plans and send them regularly to the crisis team (by e-mail to ). On the one hand, the plans serve as an organizational basis for the areas, and on the other hand, they are used for contact tracing in the event of infection and suspected cases.

The published form (Excel file) is to be used to complete the shift and occupancy plans. The responsible persons (faculty management, facility management, department heads via the chancellor) are required to provide information on the day, time, room, and the respective employees as well as other persons present in the area on this form for in-person activities taking place at Chemnitz University of Technology. However, the schedules may not be used for attendance and behavior control. It is also specifically noted that the testing, immunization, or convalescent status of those named therein should NOT be documented.

Shift and occupancy schedules are to be prepared in a bundled format, i.e., one Excel file per faculty, etc., and should always include all organizational units. For this purpose, the table should be divided into several tabs - e.g. one tab per professorship, designation: "Structure number_name of professorship holder." If individual organizational units are exclusively working from home (home office), an error message is required. If permanent plans exist for individual units, these must be marked accordingly and regularly checked for up-to-dateness or adjusted if necessary. They must therefore also always be included in the faculty’s current overview.

The sending of shift and occupancy schedules by the dean's offices, offices of the central institutions, the chancellor's secretariat, and the president's secretariat is to be carried out exclusively by e-mail to . A weekly rhythm is to be observed for the transmission, i.e. on or by the first working day of the week, the plans for the current calendar week (early submission) as well as - if required - the updated plans of the previous calendar week are to be submitted. This is to allow for any changes that may occur at short notice and a certain degree of flexibility. If there is a need for adjustments within a week, the plans must be updated in the respective areas and kept available in such a way that they can be used to trace contact chains if required (occurrence of infection and suspected cases). For data protection reasons, it is pointed out that only the data from the last four weeks may be transmitted and that it is therefore necessary to delete the plans in the areas on time or to adjust/update permanent plans accordingly. In principle, however, one representation per calendar week is sufficient for the transmission.

Handling of contact data

(Private) employee, student, etc. contact information should generally be known in the dean's offices, offices of the central institutions, etc. and remain there in written or digital form. However, they should be kept in such a way that allows immediate transmission to university management for forwarding to health authorities upon request. In addition to the shift and occupancy schedules (spreadsheet 3 of the sample form), contact data for those present can also be transmitted centrally – as a way to shorten information paths. In this case, it is requested that employees' contact data already submitted be continuously checked to ensure that they are up to date and, if necessary, adjusted or resubmitted.

In order to record contact data of employees at Chemnitz University of Technology in connection with the shift and occupation schedules, a corresponding form for the documentation of contact chains for attendance times (last update: October 27, 2021) was also developed.

The form for the documentation of contact chains (last update: October 27, 2021) is to be used to record contact data of students, visitors, etc. in the context of in-person events, classes, and examinations.

The contact data or completed forms are to be treated as strictly confidential, stored for a period of four weeks and then destroyed in accordance with data protection regulations (e.g. using a shredder of at least security level P-4). Until then, the data must be stored so that it is protected against access by third parties or possible disclosure. The completed forms remain in the respective area (dean's office, office of the central institution, department, etc.) until they are destroyed. Access or inspection is only permitted in the case of a (possible) infection with the coronavirus by explicitly authorized persons from university management for the purpose of rapidly informing those involved as well as for transmitting data to the responsible authorities upon request. In this case, the responsible person (or the dean, head of the central institution, department head, etc.) must ensure that it is possible to inspect the forms without delay (granting accessibility, substitution arrangements if necessary). If the forms are provided digitally, the procedure described above must be followed.

Currently, there are nine employees of Chemnitz University of Technology who have tested positive for the corona virus and are in quarantine. Three other employess are subject to quarantine orders as close contacts or because their entry from a high-risk area.

One student also tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and is under officially ordered isolation.

Employees and students who have been in contact with the cases of infection and quarantine have been informed and some of them have been advised not to visit Chemnitz University of Technology until further notice as a preventive measure. The responsible health authorities have been informed.

At midnight on January 28, 2022, 37.844 people in Chemnitz (+143 to January 27, 2022) have tested positive for the corona virus. 73 people are currently being treated in hospitals, 12 of them are in the intensive care unit. 775 people have died. The 7-day incidence in Chemnitz is currently 259,4 and in the Freestate of Saxony 546,4.

Every person at Chemnitz University of Technology is obliged to wear a medical mask or FFP2 mask or mask with a comparable standard (e.g. KN95 or N95) in the outdoor area and in open spaces, if the minimum distance of 1.5 m cannot be maintained, as well as in all publicly accessible rooms with regular public traffic (mask mandate). Everyday masks or reusable fabric masks may no longer be used. In principle, wearers are free to choose whether to wear an FFP2 mask (or a mask with a comparable standard) or a surgical mask - subject to any more stringent specifications of the respective area or specific hygiene guidelines that rely exclusively on FFP2 masks.

Consequently, a medical mask or FFP2 mask is mandatory for lecturers, examiners, and students in all face-to-face lectures and examinations in addition to maintaining the minimum distance of 1.5 meters - with the exception of the person speaking, provided that the minimum distance of 1.5 m from others can be maintained at all times. Students will be provided with medical masks or FFP2 masks by instructors, examiners, or supervisors prior to the start of a face-to-face course or examination.

The obligation to wear medical masks or FFP2 masks also applies to employees, but not to individual work stations or at the workplace, provided that the minimum distance of 1.5 meters or the minimum area of 10 square meters can be maintained at all times for each person in the room and no risk from increased aerosol exchange is to be expected. Employees are provided with medical masks and FFP2 masks.

The obligation to wear medical masks or FFP2 masks also exists for the conduct of other in-person events such as committee meetings, discussions, etc., doctoral defenses, job interviews, job presentations in the context of appointment procedures, as well as subject studies and surveys, which may currently take place in presence or partial presence up to a maximum of max. 20 persons - provided that the hygiene regulations can be observed. The person speaking may - provided that the minimum distance of 1.5 meters from others can be maintained at all times - be exempted from the obligation to wear a medical mask or FFP2 mask during the lecture etc.

Ordering and Shipping

Medical masks and FFP2 masks are provided by Chemnitz University of Technology through central distribution by internal mail to the faculties, central facilities and departments for further distribution to employees and students. Additional orders (e.g. for classroom teaching and examinations) are to be sent by order form to . This ordering procedure may only be utilized by university employees. Orders will be filled via internal mail.

Attention must be paid to the proper handling of medical mouth-nose protection or FFP2 masks (putting on and taking off, no mask movement during usage, recommendations for usage time). For information on correct handling, please refer to the question: What should I pay attention to while wearing a medical or FFP2 mask?

Correct handling and proper use are particularly important while using medical and FFP2 masks (putting on and taking off, not moving them during usage, observance of the maximum use time).

Putting On and Taking Off a Medical Mask Correctly

  • Keep a minimum distance of at least 1.5 m from other persons before putting on and taking off the mask.
  • Wash or disinfect your hands before putting a mask on or taking one off.
  • Hold the mask by the ear loops and first check the mask for defects (holes, tears, ...).
  • Select the correct side to put on: The blue/colored side faces out, the nose clip is at the top.
  • Place the upper part of the mask centrally on the bridge of the nose.
  • Grasp the mask by the loops and place it around one ear at a time.
  • Adjust the nose clip to fit your nose.
  • Pull the mask apart vertically so that it completely covers the nose and mouth and the bottom edge sits under the chin.
  • To remove the mask, pull the ear loops from the ears without touching the front and inside of the mask (mask body).

Putting On and Taking Off an FFP2 Mask With Ear Loops Correctly

  • Keep a minimum distance of at least 1.5 m from other persons before putting on and taking off the mask.
  • Wash or disinfect your hands before putting a mask on or taking one off.
  • Contamination of the inside must be avoided.
  • Hold the mask by the ear loops and first check the mask for defects (holes, tears, ...).
  • Open the mask with the nose clip pointing upwards and pull the ear loops with both hands.
  • Hold the mask against your chin to completely cover your nose and mouth.
  • Place the ear loops behind your ears and also adjust the mask at the nose clip so that the mask fits comfortably but tightly.
  • If the mask does not fit tightly (e.g., if you have a beard or the nose clip is not adjusted), it will not provide protection.
  • To remove, simply pull the ear straps from the ears without touching the mask body.

Maximum Usage Time for Medical Masks

Mouth-nose protection or medical masks are disposable products. As the wearing time increases, the mask becomes damp. If it becomes soaked, it must be changed, at the latest every working day. The recommended usage time limit (uninterrupted wearing) for medical face masks is three hours for light work and two hours for medium work, followed by a 30-minute break.

Maximum Usage Time for FFP2 masks

The maximum continuous usage time for an FFP2 mask is 75 minutes for moderately heavy physical work; for light physical work such as office work or in-person examinations, the maximum usage time can be extended by a factor of 1.5 to 112 minutes. This must be followed by a minimum recovery period of 30 minutes (without FFP2 mask). FFP2 masks are suitable for a work shift of eight hours with a maximum of five uses. If an FFP2 mask becomes damp, it may also have to be disposed of prematurely.

In operational practice, it is often possible to remove the mask for a short time, depending on the situation, without endangering oneself or others. In these cases, adequate recovery time is possible.

Storage and Disposal of Medical Masks and FFP2 Masks

Masks should be stored according to the manufacturer's instructions. The original packaging should be used for storage and transport. Alternatively, a clean plastic bag with a zip closure may be used.

Contaminated/soiled, damaged, or used masks must be disposed of in the residual waste (Restmüll) after use.

Reuse of FFP2 Masks for Private Use

FFP2 masks must be disposed of as after use because they are single-use products. Since in private use (e.g. when shopping) a low pathogen load is assumed, reuse of FFP2 masks for private use can be a sensible alternative. The Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM), Münster University of Applied Sciences and the WWU Münster have recommended procedures for this, which are summarized in a brochure (German).

Additional Information

Additional information on the subject of mask-wearing can also be found on the websites of

the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) (German)

the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) (German)

The basis for wearing FFP2 masks is DGUV regulation 112-190 on the use of respiratory protective equipment. The German Social Accident Insurance’s publication can be found using the following link (German).

Every person at Chemnitz University of Technology is obliged to wear a medical mask or FFP2 mask or mask with a comparable standard (e.g. KN95 or N95) in the outdoor area and in open spaces, if the minimum distance of 1.5 m cannot be maintained, as well as in all publicly accessible rooms with regular public traffic (mask mandate). Consequently, in addition to maintaining the minimum distance of 1.5 meters, such a mask is mandatory in all face-to-face teaching events and examinations as well as all other face-to-face events (meetings, etc.) - with the exception of the person speaking, provided that the minimum distance of 1.5 meters from others can be maintained at all times.

People with disabilities are exempt from the obligation to wear a medical mask or FFP2 mask or mask of comparable standard if they are unable to do so. The presentation of a severely disabled person's ID card is sufficient to substantiate this.

Furthermore, persons with health restrictions may waive the right to wear a medical mask or FFP2 mask or mask of comparable standard if they are unable to do so (e.g. due to lung diseases such as bronchial asthma). A doctor's certificate serves as proof of this. A separate justification by the physician is not required.

To implement this regulation, the Saxon State Ministry for Social Affairs and Social Cohesion has drawn up four important key messages:

  1. People with disabilities should wear a mask. No one has to meet requirements that cannot objectively be met.
  2. If people with disabilities or persons with health impairments do not wear a mask, the severely disabled person's ID card or a medical certificate is sufficient as a clear means of proof.
  3. A declaration beyond this must not be demanded from the person with disabilities or the health-impaired person.
  4. In the hygiene guidelines and/or in the daily handling [...] the admission of alternative infection protection measures (e.g. distance regulations and/or running direction control, supply of disinfection) is to be examined and implemented in the best case.

As far as it is necessary for the purpose of communication with people with hearing impairments and people with speech impairments, masks may also be removed.

Citizens are entitled to one free rapid test per week. There are now a number of testing centers in Chemnitz. The city has published an overview of rapid test providers (German) in Chemnitz on its website. Among them are pharmacies, companies, and initiatives. Please note that testing is sometimes only possible by prior appointment. Please ask the respective provider about possible costs.

LeVita Ambulance offers rapid tests at the Rathaus Einsiedel, Einsiedler Hauptstraße 79, 09123 Chemnitz. It is not necessary to make an appointment in advance; there may be a wait. You only need to bring the your health insurance card or an official identity document. In addition, it is requested that the consent form for the performance of a rapid antigen test be completed and brought along in advance in order to save additional time and effort. The test takes only a few minutes to perform. After about 15 to 20 minutes the result is available and can be retrieved e.g. by e-mail. It is pointed out that while waiting, it is essential to observe the mask requirement, distance markings and other notices posted on site.

Testing hours at the Rathaus Einsiedel:

  • Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

One provider of rapid tests in the city center area is Modl Medical Testcenter, which can be found at Jakobikirchplatz, 09111 Chemnitz. It is not necessary to make an appointment. Please note that no testing will be done for pre-existing symptoms of illness.

Testing hours:

  • Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

BE.SAFE also offers free rapid tests in the downtown area of Chemnitz, among other places, such as at Galerie Roter Turm, Am Neumarkt 2, 09111 Chemnitz. It is not necessary to make an appointment, but it can be arranged in advance via the provider's web app. To use the program, a customer account must be created on the BE.SAFE website to receive a QR code for check-in and all other functions, including, for example, notification of the test result. No testing will be done for pre-existing disease symptoms.

Testing hours at the Galerie Roter Turm (see BE.SAFE website for additional locations and testing times):

  • Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Kassenärztlichen Vereinigung Sachsen’s outpatient testing clinic is also still open. It is located at Hermann-Pöge-Strasse 6, 09120 Chemnitz, in the former Praktiker home improvement store. On site, there are no separate times for patients with symptoms or patients without symptoms, i.e. anyone who wants to be tested can do so during the specified time.

Note: As of Monday, 27 September 2021, the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Sachsen’s testing centre, Hermann-Pöge-Straße 6 will be closed.

Hours for Testing:

  • Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sunday, and holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

It is not necessary to register in advance, there may be a wait.

In addition, it is possible for your primary care physician to arrange for a test at another laboratory.

Please also refer to the patient guide for Chemnitz citizens for testing for the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (German). More information is available on the city of Chemnitz’s website (German).


Note: If you have traveled from a risk area and want to have a test performed in Chemnitz or at your place of residence, then you may not use public transport, car pools, etc. for the journey to the family doctor or to the test center due to the quarantine to which you are subject, but must use your own vehicle, walk, bicycle, etc. to reach your testing site.

In addition, self-tests are now available over the counter, including in branches of drugstore chains. Chemnitz University of Technology also makes employees who are present at their workplace an offer to carry out a free self-test at least twice a week. For more information, see the question "Do employees receive Corona self-tests from the university?" in the Employees tab.

If you take a self-test due to symptoms, please note that a negative result is always a snapshot in time. It should not lead to false security and the neglect of protective measures. If symptoms typical of corona are present (e.g., cough, fever, cold, loss of smell and/or taste, diarrhea, vomiting), you should first contact a physician or the public health department responsible for your place of residence by telephone and seek advice. In addition, you should immediately isolate yourself at home of your own volition.

According to the President's Open Letter 55/2020 from November 9, 2020, members of Chemnitz University of Technology, i.e. employees and students, may not automatically return to Chemnitz University of Technology after the end of the quarantine or a subsequent possible sick leave for on-site activities and stays (permitted in selective and limited presence operation). Such return is only possible after central approval by the Office for Occupational Safety and Environmental Protection. For this purpose, a new test with a negative test result is mandatory.

After the end of the quarantine period (or a possible subsequent sick leave) and after the symptoms have subsided (typical cold and/or corona symptoms), the affected person contacts the Office for Occupational Safety and Environmental Protection (BfAU) to arrange a date for a test. With a lead time of two to three days, the testing can be carried out at the company medical service (with simultaneous cost coverage by the university). The test result is available about two working days later. Until the suspicion of an infectiousness of the employee is cleared by a negative test result, the employee is still required to make use of mobile work and not to come to Chemnitz University of Technology. Students can also only be present at Chemnitz University of Technology after a negative test result has been obtained.

The test result should then be sent to the BfAU by the tested person. If the test result is negative, it is possible to return to the office in coordination with the BfAU and the line manager. If the test result is positive, attendance at the university is still not possible.

All members of Chemnitz University of Technology are obliged to contact the Office for Occupational Safety and Environmental Protection (BfAU), if affected.

The named procedure is to be applied with immediate effect and also applies to all members of Chemnitz University of Technology who have been tested verifiably positive for the coronavirus as of October 2020.

Note: If the affected person does not attend the university for at least two months after the end of the officially ordered quarantine following a survived Covid 19 infection, the testing requirement (PCR test) can be waived before a renewed attendance.

Currently, enough vaccines are available in the Free State of Saxony, so that all those willing to be vaccinated can be vaccinated with a Corona vaccine. The previous preferential vaccination eligibility of particularly at-risk population groups (vaccination prioritization) has been lifted nationwide. Since September 2021, certain groups of people have also been offered booster vaccinations. In particular, people whose vaccination was given more than six months ago and who are older than 60 or have an underlying disease that impairs the immune system should be vaccinated again. Even those who have been fully vaccinated with vaccines from AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson should be boosted - even if six months have not yet passed. Beyond this recommendation, as of Nov. 1, 2021, anyone 18 years of age or older can receive a booster vaccination six months after their second vaccination. Only mRNA vaccines (Biontech, Moderna) are used for booster vaccinations. If the basic immunization was already performed with an mRNA vaccine, the same vaccine should be used if possible.

Vaccination Possibilities in Chemnitz

A central vaccination center has been set up by the Chemnitz City Health Department and the Chemnitz Clinic at the Küchwald Clinic location. The vaccination center is situated in the Clinic for Infectious and Tropical Medicine at the Küchwald location, Bürgerstraße 2, house 11. Access is via the main entrance of the Küchwald location, Bürgerstraße 2, house 10. Vaccinations are given on Tuesdays and Fridays between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. First and second vaccinations as well as booster vaccinations with mRNA vaccines (Biontech/Pfizer and Moderna) are carried out in all groups of people according to the recommendations of the Saxon Vaccination Commission.

The city of Chemnitz also offers Corona vaccinations in cooperation with the DRK Saxony. The vaccinations are made possible by mobile vaccination teams. Where and when a mobile vaccination team is located can be found on the website of the city of Chemnitz. Vaccines from Biontech and Johnson & Johnson are available.

Students and employees of the TU Chemnitz can also get vaccinated, for example, in the cafeteria on the Reichenhainer Straße campus on the following dates from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 1:00 to 4:00 pm:

  • November 23/24
  • December 7/8
  • December 21/22(subject to the opening hours of the cafeteria before Christmas)

Prior registration or appointment is not necessary/possible. There may be waiting times. Biontech and Moderna vaccines will be used; those over 60 will receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Vaccinations are also administered by family doctors and other medical practices. The "Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Sachsen" provides an overview of practices that vaccinate. Please contact the respective practice in advance to arrange a vaccination appointment.

Always bring the following documents with you to your vaccination appointments:

  • official photo ID (e.g. identity card, passport, visa, residence permit, etc.)
  • vaccination card/book (if available)
  • health insurance card or number
  • signed information sheet (GER)/ (EN) (PDF document)
  • completed and signed medical history and consent form (PDF document)
  • proof of previous COVID-19 infection, if applicable.

Only the vaccinator decides on the execution of the vaccination after a detailed educational interview.


More detailed information about the Corona vaccination is published on the website of the Free State of Saxony; frequently asked questions about possible side effects and the vaccines themselves can be found in a separate FAQ. The most important information about the Corona vaccination can also be found on the overview page Together against Corona of the Federal Ministry of Health.

Four vaccines are currently approved: Comirnaty® from BioNTech/Pfizer, Spikevax® from Moderna, Vaxzevria® from AstraZeneca and Janssen® from Johnson & Johnson. Vaccination with the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines is primarily used in individuals over the age of 60. For persons under 30, the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) recommends the use of the vaccine from BioNTech/Pfizer.

Since August 9, 2021, children aged 12 and older can also be vaccinated. The background to this is the recommendation of the Saxon Vaccination Commission (SIKO) and a resolution of the Conference of Health Ministers. The Standing Commission on Vaccination (STIKO) has also advocated corona vaccination of previously unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated pregnant women from the second trimester of pregnancy and of unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated breastfeeding women with two doses of an mRNA vaccine.

Members of Chemnitz University of Technology can contact the Chair of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy's Psychosocial Counseling Center in case of acute psychological stress or problems by calling +49 371 531-28404.

The counseling center is a contact point:

  • for people seeking advice with problems below the threshold of a mental disorder or
  • for people seeking help with very urgent acute stress and psychological crises.

Counselling in the Psychosocial Counselling Centre is provided by two academic staff members, some of whom are in training to become psychological psychotherapists and some of whom are in training to become child and youth psychotherapists.

If it becomes clear during the telephone call that you need further discussion or treatment, you can be admitted as a patient by the Psychotherapeutic University Outpatient Clinic (PHA-TUC GmbH) and receive psychotherapeutic care during consultation hours.

Additionally, students of Chemnitz University of Technology can contact the psychological counselling service of the Studentenwerk Chemnitz-Zwickau (e-mail: (Studentenwerk Chemnitz-Zwickau), phone: +49 371 5628-120).

The central contact person at Chemnitz University of Technology is Ms Diana Schreiterer (phone +49 371 531-35267, e-mail: ). In addition, Ms Monique Kautz (phone +49 371 531-34254, e-mail: ) is your contact person in the Office for Security at Work and Environment Protection (BfAU) at Chemnitz University of Technology.

You can reach the office of the President with questions

The office of the Vice Presidents can be contacted

In addition, you can also contact specific persons by telephone and/or e-mail. The staff of the President's office is largely working from home office. Please note that in the current situation there may be delays in responding to your request.

Since July 5, 2021, restricted normal operations are in effect at Chemnitz University of Technology, in particular for tested, vaccinated, and recovered persons. Access to the university is permitted to all members and affiliates of Chemnitz University of Technology. The buildings and facilities are currently accessible to students in the case of participation in approved classroom lectures and examinations, to employees (and auxiliary staff) and - in authorized cases - also to external parties (service providers, etc.) during the known opening hours. For students, however, it is still not possible to stay indoors apart from taking part in classroom teaching and examinations, with a few exceptions. The collection point principle has been abolished i.e. a transponder loan by lecturers for building access is generally not required.

With the university's entry into restricted normal operation, in particular for tested, vaccinated, and convalescent persons starting July 5, 2021, building access is permitted to all members and affiliates of the university. The buildings and facilities are accessible to students in the case of participation in approved classroom lectures and examinations, to employees (and auxiliary staff) and - in authorized cases - also to external parties (service providers, etc.) during the known hours of operation.

External persons are to be informed of the specific, currently valid hygiene measures. The contact details as well as the times of entry and exit of these persons are to be documented in the corresponding form for the purpose of tracing contact chains.

Students are still not permitted to be indoors apart from attending face-to-face classes and exams, with a few exceptions. However, students who are unable to move from the university to their homes due to the rapid succession of face-to-face courses and digital formats can use designated rooms at Chemnitz University of Technology in the winter semester 2021/2022 after prior reservation and in compliance with hygiene and protection measures. The possibility to book a room has been available since October 4, 2021 under the following direct link: https://mytuc.org/alternativraum.

Note for employees and support staff:

Since July 26, 2021, according to the regulations of the Saxon Corona Protection Ordinance, all employees incl. auxiliary staff who have not worked for at least five working days in a row due to vacations and comparable leaves of absence from duty or work are required with immediate effect to present a daily negative test certificate on the first working day after the work interruption before or at the beginning of the activity at the TU Chemnitz. Acceptable tests are those performed by medically trained personnel or under supervision at TU Chemnitz and documented accordingly per internal form. Alternatively, proof of vaccination or convalescence must be provided. If work is started in the home office, the testing obligation applies to the first day on which the work takes place in presence at the TU Chemnitz or, in the case of business trips, etc., at other work locations outside of one's own home. According to information from the SMWK, the above regulation does not apply if the absence is due solely to illness, "child sickness", home office, business trips or further training.

Employees and auxiliary staff are instructed to comply with this regulation and, on the day of taking up duty, according to the SMWK's implementation proposal, "then optionally provide proof of

a) of a complete vaccination protection against SARS-CoV-2 (vaccination card or digital proof),

b) a recovery (corresponding PCR test result or medical certificate) or

c) a daily updated test from a recognized testing facility to be presented in person for inspection; or

d) perform an antigen self-test under the supervision of a trust agency official at the agency."

The notification of the return as well as the provision of the above-mentioned proof (incl. documentation with the internal form) shall be made to the specialist superiors or persons appointed by them or, if they are not on site or available, to the higher-level structural unit (dean's office, department, etc.) or, if this is also not possible, to the Personnel Department.

Analogous to the regulations already in force regarding the obligation to test, in this case too only a visual inspection may be carried out and no data processing beyond merely taking note may take place (no scanning, copying, noting or similar). The certificate remains with the employees and assistants and should be kept by them for at least four weeks for their own documentation. Internal ordering of self-tests is also possible for this purpose; for more information, see the question Do employees receive Corona self-tests from the university?

In principle, the existing IT services provided by the University Computer Center (URZ) will remain available. However, in the current situation, there may be isolated restrictions or delays in the provision of URZ services.

Current IT recommendations for mobile work can be found on the URZ blog. The blog entries are constantly updated.

Online courses will continue to take place. For further information please visit the URZ website.

Both the user service and the computer pools maintained by the URZ are currently closed until further notice. The URZ dispatchers work in the home office and can be reached via the e-mail address .

If you want to address questions or problems to the URZ, please use only the service address (send your request by e-mail to ). Please include a short, concise keyword about your problem or question in the subject of the e-mail and we will process it promptly.

Since 25 March 2020, parcel/mail acceptance and distribution has been handled as follows:

I. The Central Post Office in Straße der Nationen 62 will remain open for the time being.

Opening Hours
Monday to Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
 
Friday
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Individual arrangements for the collection of mail by the different branches are possible within the opening hours.

II. Internal mail courier service by DATA

There will be a daily tour between 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. to the usual stations, the previous second tour is cancelled.

The post office at Reichenhainer Straße 70 is open daily from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Erfenschlag will be covered in the first tour.

III. Parcel acceptance

All parcels are accepted at Straße der Nationen and from there they are forwarded by DATA Kurier to Reichenhainer Straße 70 (Post Office).

Note: As a precaution you can wear gloves when handling mail. If necessary, these can be obtained from the postal office at Straße der Nationen 62.

Starting July 5, 2021, committee meetings, discussions, etc. can once again be held (partially) in-person up to a maximum of 20 participants (including vaccinated and recovered persons) without a separate application to the crisis management team or the president's office, provided they cannot be held online for valid reasons, such as the required infrastructure on site or the scope of the topic, and the hygiene and protection regulations and the additional instructions for holding meetings, etc., can be fully complied with.

There is a testing obligation for all those present, i.e. participation in the aforementioned presence events as well as other meetings in buildings of at least two people that last longer than ten minutes is only permitted upon presentation of a daily negative Corona test result. In order to substantiate the performance of the test and the test result, the participants are requested to provide either proof of testing by medically trained personnel in a test center, etc. (visual inspection by the person responsible for the event, taking into account data protection concerns) or alternatively a self-test under the supervision of the person responsible for the meeting, session, etc. before or at the beginning of the event. The test must be carried out before or at the beginning of the event. If the test result is positive, access or participation is prohibited, the meeting, session, etc. must be terminated immediately and the university must be notified (by e-mail to ) in order to coordinate further action. As an alternative to mandatory testing, there is an option to present proof of vaccination or convalescent status. For more details, please refer to the hygiene guidelines for on-site meetings.

External participants are to be informed of the applicable hygiene guidelines at Chemnitz University of Technoogy in advance of the event. In addition, forms with the contact data of all persons present are to be kept independently in order to be able to trace contact chains if necessary. These are to be kept in the respective areas for a period of four weeks after the event and are to be kept in such a way that a prompt transmission to the university management for forwarding contact data to the health authorities is possible after a corresponding request.

The Saxon Act on Freedom of Higher Education (SächsHSFG) does not oppose virtual meetings. According to Dr. Georg Brüggen, author of the Handbook of Saxon University Law, "[t]he constituent elements 'meeting', 'present' and 'attendees' […] can be based on a virtual understanding of a meeting, provided that this form of meeting is used as a subsidiary possibility and not as an arbitrary alternative". He also points out that elections "can only be held within the framework of such virtual meetings if the secrecy of the vote can be guaranteed by digital techniques". In this context, it should be pointed out that at Chemnitz University of Technology, virtual meetings of university bodies are not used as an arbitrary alternative, but exclusively to contain the corona pandemic and to comply with hygiene and protection regulations. On the other hand, it should be noted that the URZ at Chemnitz University of Technology has developed a voting tool for elections within the framework of digital sessions, which guarantees the secrecy of the vote.

Steps to be Observed for Virtual Meetings

According to the SMWK, in the context of digital sessions it is important to ensure that…

  • meetings by videoconference should be limited “only to the absolutely important points”.
  • in the case of meetings by videoconference, a situation “similar to a face-to-face meeting” should be created where possible. This would mean that all participants could see each other and ensure and assure that no unauthorised participants are present. In addition, the meeting should be carefully recorded in minutes.
  • a possible requirement of openness to the public should also be observed in the case of video conferences (since according to § 56 SächsHSFG the Senate and the Extended Senate meet publicly at the university level and the Faculty Councils meet publicly at the faculty level). In doing so, either the respective public could be established with technical support or, according to § 56 para. 1 sentence 2 SächsHSFG, the public could be excluded – for which purpose a balancing of interests is necessary: “between the weighty interest in leaving the formation of opinion transparent and open” and “the weighty interests which argue for exclusion”, whereby reasons of health protection can be taken into account.

Please continue to ensure that …

  • it is pointed out that due to the current situation (specifically: to contain the corona pandemic and comply with hygiene and protection regulations) the meeting is held as a video conference.
  • all those who must have de jure access to the session, also have de facto access to the session, and all those who must not have de jure access to the session, also have de facto no access to the session.
  • all participants in the meeting can be seen and heard clearly.
  • at the beginning of the meeting it is established who of the committee members is present (if necessary, written confirmations of the participants' presence at the video conference can be obtained by e-mail)
  • all legal requirements (proper convening of the meeting, quorum, majority requirements for resolutions, need for secret voting, rules on public or non-public voting, etc.) continue to apply and must be complied with.

Systems for Virtual Meetings

BigBlueButton

In order to enable university committees to hold meetings via video conference during selective and limited presence operation, the University Computer Center (URZ) has installed a server cluster for the BigBlueButton videoconferencing system. It is possible to create virtual rooms individually and to provide them with password protection for specific publics or partial publics in order to realize committee meetings via video conferencing.

On the URZ web pages you will find a step-by-step guide as well as a FAQ section on the most frequently asked questions about using BigBlueButton.

Zoom

In September 2020, University Management leased 500 Zoom educational licenses for one year. For more information on how to use Zoom, please visit the website of the URZ.

Voting-Tool of the URZ

The URZ has developed a special voting tool for voting in virtual university committee meetings (classified as “secret” or “by name”): voting tool – you will also find detailed instructions for the tool. Access is only possible from the campus network. From outside, dial-in via VPN (Virtual Private Network is required. The voting system is currently being transferred from the test system to the production system. The URZ is happy to receive suggestions for improvement by e-mail to . External committee members who do not have an account can apply for an account before the first meeting using the form. The chairperson of the committee must be indicated as the supervisor. Since personal documents may have to be checked when processing the application and access data may have to be sent by post, the application should be submitted 14 days in advance.

The system is only designed for temporary use during (extended) stand-by operation and is not intended as a permanent solution for later normal operation. In the tool, sessions can be created (e.g. a committee meeting). Several votes can be taken for each session. You should also manually maintain a list of persons authorized to vote for a session before starting.

The procedure works as follows:

  1. The voting manager enters a title and a text for the vote. If necessary, he or she adjusts the voters for this vote, for example, by excluding participants if they are biased or by adding additional participants to the list.
  2. The decision options are determined (e.g. yes/no/abstention).
  3. The voting manager determines whether the vote is to be secret or by name.
  4. The voting manager opens the vote. Each participant now receives an e-mail containing the subject of the vote, the decision options and a link to the vote. For secret votes, this e-mail also contains a secret voting code. This code is generated automatically and cannot be associated with any of the persons entitled to vote.
  5. Each participant casts his vote. To do so, he or she may have to enter the secret code. Everyone can only vote once. Only participants with voting rights can vote.
  6. When the voting manager ends the voting process, the preliminary result is determined. For secret votes, a list appears showing which code (but not which person) voted in what way. This allows all participants to verify that their vote has been correctly registered and has not been tampered with, without seeing who voted how.
  7. If there are no objections, the voting manager finally determines the result.

For questions regarding the creation of secret votes, the URZ now offers telephone support. Please announce the meetings until one week before the meeting date via e-mail to . You will then receive the necessary contact details. In case the committee members have not yet used the voting tool, we recommend a test run before the first committee meeting. This will allow all participants to familiarize themselves with the tool and you will avoid unnecessary delays.

Please note that, for technical reasons, each participant must first have accessed the voting portal so that he or she can be entered as being entitled to vote by the voting manager. If you provide the URZ with the user IDs of the committee members in advance, the data can be entered in advance so that the additional step is not necessary.

As of the winter semester 2021/2022, it will be possible for students to use the federal Corona-Warn-App for contact tracing instead of the form for documenting contact data in paper form for participation in face-to-face teaching events and examinations as well as for all other participants in face-to-face events (e.g. meetings). To do this, download the latest version of the Corona-Warn-App to your smartphone or tablet. If the app is already installed, ensure that the most current version is used. In addition, the app should be fully set up prior to first use to allow for quick "Check-In" on site if possible.

To check in at the lecture hall, seminar room, etc., the Corona-Warn-App must first be opened, the "Check-In" function selected (third icon at the bottom of the display) and then the "Scan QR Code" button pressed; now the QR code can be scanned on site. When scanning the code, particular care must be taken to ensure that the distance rules to others are observed. Subsequently, a new window opens with the question whether to check into the room for the next two hours. For courses, meetings, etc. at Chemnitz University of Technology, this time period is preset as the default. You should therefore confirm the question by pressing the "Check-In" button. This activates the digital contact tracing.

If the event ends much earlier than after the specified two hours, the app can be opened again for manual check-out in the same way as for scanning a QR code. The active entry is still there. You can now digitally exit this by confirming the "Check out now" button. Insofar as the slider "Enter in my Contact Journal after checking out?" was not deactivated during check-in, the event is now entered in the Contact Journal (fourth icon at the bottom of the screen), specifying the room.

It should be noted that the use of the Corona-Warn-App does not relieve you from compliance with hygiene regulations or the obligation to provide proof of a current-day negative test result or vaccination or convalescent status. Use of the app is for the sole purpose of contact tracing and replaces documentation of contact information via form; however, one of the two contact tracing options must be used.

The Corona-Warn-App notifies the user if he or she has been in the vicinity of a Corona-positive person for a certain time in the past. Depending on the type of risk encounter with a Corona-positive person, the user is shown a risk of infection. The app distinguishes between low and increased risk and simultaneously provides recommendations for action.

If the status indicator shows a "low risk", the status indicator remains green and the user is informed that no risk encounters have been recorded with persons who have been proven to test positive for Corona or that any risk encounters were not above the defined threshold. The user is informed about the general applicable distance rules and hygiene recommendations.

Should the status display indicate an "increased risk", the status display will also turn red. The user is now informed that there is an increased risk of infection because he or she has had risk encounters with at least one Corona-positive tested person within the past 14 days. With the "increased risk" warning from the app, in addition to the recommendation to reduce social contacts and follow the AHA+L rules particularly well, the user may receive an offer for PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2 after a counseling session. PCR testing can be performed, for example, by the contract physician, the on-call health insurance service, or the local health department. It is important to note that a negative test does not rule out transmission or even previous (recent) infection.

A PCR test can be performed at the test outpatient clinic of the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Sachsen. Further information on this can be found in the question Where can I currently be tested in Chemnitz for an infection with the coronavirus?

If the status indicator shows "increased risk", proceed according to the behavioral recommendations of the Corona warning app. In the case of a positive test for Corona by means of a PCR test, employees and students must follow the action guidelines of the Chemnitz University of Technoloy, i.e. the University must be informed immediately (by e-mail: ).

No, students, employees and visitors of Chemnitz University of Technology are explicitly not obliged to use the Federal Government's Corona Warn App. The use of the app is voluntary and serves the personal protection of the user as well as his or her fellow human beings by promptly informing about encounters with corona-positive tested persons using the app.

The use of the Corona-Warn-App is therefore strongly recommended to improve contact tracing to infected persons (cf. e.g. § 1 para. 2 Saxon Corona Protection Regulation - SächsCoronaSchVO of February 12, 2021). However, "[t]he access to official facilities, workplaces, commercial businesses, catering establishments and places of accommodation, sports facilities, etc. […] must not be made dependent on the presentation of the app" (press release of the Conference of the Independent Data Protection Supervisory Authorities of the Federal and State Governments of June 16, 2020).

Detailed information as well as links for the free download of the Corona-Warn-App can be found on the website of the Federal Government. The app is designed barrier-free and is available in the following languages so far: German, English, Romanian, Bulgarian, Polish and Turkish.

If the Corona-Warn-App is to be offered as an alternative to paper contact tracking, a QR code will be required for use. The centrally managed rooms and lecture halls are equipped with a QR code by the staff of the Department of Building and Technology, which can be used for so-called check-in. All other rooms that are administered decentrally by e.g. faculties or central facilities usually still require such a QR code. Such a QR code for laboratories, research halls, decentralized meeting rooms and other rooms used for courses or other meetings must be created via the Corona-Warn-App website.

The following entries are to be made for the creation of the QR code via the website:

  • Name: TU Chemnitz (if necessary, the room type can be added to this entry, such as "electrotechnical laboratory").
  • Location: Room number (the new designation nomenclature must be used, e.g. C33.210.2)
  • Typical length of stay: 02:00 hrs. (usually already pre-filled)

Then click on the "Create" button; the QR code already appears as a template on the right-hand side. This template can now be printed directly or downloaded as a PNG image file.

Once the QR code has been created, send it to for further processing with the following information:

  • unique designation of the submitted PNG file: "Date_Faculty/Central Facility/Area_C33.210.2" (e.g. 20210922_MB_...).

Afterwards, several copies in DIN A4 or DIN A3 format should be printed out and attached together with the explanatory accompanying sheet in German and English at different places on site in such a way that the code can be scanned by several people at the same time, but while keeping the distance or avoiding crowds of people when entering the room. Possible places to place the printouts include the inside and outside of the door, next to the whiteboard, or at the location (e.g., table in the entryway) where disinfectant wipes or similar are available for use.

Event attendees or students should be actively made aware of the use of the Corona-Warn-App including the requirement to provide proof of a current-day negative test or vaccination or convalescent status. Sending the QR code, e.g. via OPAL, should be refrained from. The QR code is only valid for a specific room and is not transferable. If a meeting is held in a different room, the QR code for the new room must be used or, if necessary, a new QR code must be created for this room in accordance with the above instructions.

The use of the Corona-Warn-App is voluntary for all participants. For this reason, the contact tracing form for face-to-face events must continue to be provided in sufficient quantity to ensure contact tracing in all cases. For contact tracing in the context of excursions and courses outside the premises or responsibility of the Chemnitz University of Technology (e.g. indoor swimming pool), the form must be provided in paper form in sufficient quantity. In these cases, no use can be made of the Corona-Warn-App.

Furthermore, it should be noted that the use of the Corona-Warn-App does not release the user from compliance with hygiene regulations or the obligation to provide proof of a current-day negative test result or vaccination or convalescent status. Use of the app is for the sole purpose of contact tracing and replaces documentation of contact information via form; however, one of the two contact tracing options must be used.

Work protection, work medicine

  1. Avoid direct contact with colleagues and other people. Use e-mail or telephone as means of communication.
  2. Keep a distance to other people (min. 1.5 to 2 metres).
  3. Keep the greatest possible distance when coughing or sneezing. Cough and sneeze into the crook of your arm or into a paper handkerchief, which you then dispose of.
  4. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  5. Keep your hands away from your face, avoid touching your mouth, eyes, or nose with your hands.
  6. Do not share objects such as work materials with other people if possible. As a precaution, you can wear gloves when handling mail. If necessary, these can be obtained from the postal office at Straße der Nationen 62.
  7. Clean your workplace thoroughly, especially when leaving or entering the office if you have to share it with other people (e.g. keyboards). However, try to carry out absolutely necessary work only at individual workstations in separate rooms as best as you can.
  8. Ventilate the work areas about every 30 minutes, or more often depending on the size of the window, for about ten minutes. Ventilation and air conditioning systems can continue to be operated, as the risk of virus transmission is considered low.
  9. Do not use small elevators or staircases at the same time as others. In addition, there is a strict right-side walking rule.
  10. Wear a medical mask or FFP2 mask (or a mask with a comparable standard such as KN95 or N95) if contact with other people is unavoidable. Employees can obtain these masks by request (please state delivery address and cost centre) via e-mail to .

Chemnitz University of Technology employees can order hygiene and protective items (masks, gloves, disinfectants, etc.) by selecting the desired items in the order form (PDF document), entering the required quantity, any comments, and their delivery details (on page two of the form) and then sending it via e-mail to .

The shipment will then take place as soon as possible (by internal mail). The best possible fulfillment will always be strived for. However, the order can only be processed, executed, and shipped subject to item availability. When receiving and distributing the items, please also observe the manufacturer's specifications and, if applicable, additional instructions enclosed with the delivery.

Important documents at a glance

Xiamen Boson Biotech brand "Rapid SARS-CoV2-Antigentest" self-tests are available for employees. Please follow the manufacturer's instructions on the packaging and the instructions for use of the test.

Employees can use a form for their own documentation and storage to substantiate the performance and the corresponding result.

According to § 4 para. 1 of the Saxon Corona Protection Ordinance of the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs from June 25, 2021, employers are obliged to offer employees who are present at their workplace a free self-test at least twice a week.

Chemnitz University of Technology receives self-tests from central procurement from the Free State of Saxony. Thus, employees and support staff who are present at their workplace are offered the opportunity to voluntarily perform self-tests twice a week. The tests are also available to employees and support staff for fulfilling the testing obligation for presence meetings in buildings of at least two people that last longer than ten minutes, as well as when no work has been done for at least five working days in a row due to vacation or a comparable duty or work release, and a documented supervised test must be performed on the first working day.

Central distribution and disbursement

The self-tests are initially distributed centrally to the faculties, central institutions, and departments, which can then pass them on independently to individual organizational units if necessary. The number of self-tests provided is based on the attendance times at the university as communicated by shift and occupancy schedules and is basically oriented towards weekly availability, i.e. two tests should be issued per employee and pick-up. In case of (renewed) need for self-tests, an order via order form can be placed by the management of the faculties, central institutions, departments, etc. via e-mail to .

The following information must be recorded by the responsible persons when issuing the tests to employees and assistants:

  • Name of employee or assistant
  • Date of issue
  • Name of the issuing person

The collection of further personal data or even the collection of health data or test results is not permitted. The data protection-compliant use and storage of the lists per calendar week must be ensured at the respective issuing points and only serves to record the weekly requirements and to maintain proportionality (two tests per employee and week). The data must therefore be deleted or destroyed in accordance with data protection regulations at the end of the respective issue week - with a simultaneous transfer of the stock still available to the list for the following week.

Please note: The execution of the tests is voluntary. There is no obligation to perform them. It is also not permitted to check the performance of the self-tests offered (except in the case of compulsory testing, e.g. in the case of gatherings in buildings of at least two people that last longer than ten minutes).

Important information on conducting self-tests

The tests are available at least twice a week to all employees working in-person, including support staff, regardless of the duration of their weekly attendance. It is recommended to perform the tests shortly before or immediately before starting the presence activity and - if possible - outside of the university. The use of the self-tests outside of official purposes is prohibited.

Improper sample collection is one of the most frequent sources of error and can lead to a false test result. Therefore, the smear test must be performed with special care. The manufacturer's instructions on the packaging and the instructions for use of the test must be read in advance.

In addition to correct testing, the reading and subsequent interpretation of the result is particularly important. If the test is positive, it is very likely that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has been detected. This could mean that you are suffering from an acute infection and could possibly infect other people.

In the event of a positive rapid test result, do the following:

  • Avoid all contact, go directly into home isolation, and do not come to the university.
  • You are required to have a PCR test performed immediately. Contact your family doctor or a testing center immediately for this.
  • Also inform your household members (family, roommates) and urge them to reduce their contacts.
  • If the PCR test confirms the infection (i.e. is positive), the regulations for positively tested persons apply, in particular the obligation to report to the health department, 14 days of isolation from the time of testing, and immediate isolation of members of the household.
  • If the PCR test does not confirm the infection (i.e. is negative), the obligation to isolate is immediately lifted.

In case of suspicion (rapid test is positive) as well as confirmation of positive self-test result by PCR test, the affected employee should immediately inform the Personnel Office via e-mail and cc .

Please also note that the result of a self-test is only a snapshot that is valid at the time it is carried out and is not 100% reliable. Therefore, even a negative result does not release you from compliance with the hygiene guidelines applicable at Chemnitz University of Technology (e.g. distance requirement, mask mandate, hand hygiene, etc.) and should not lull anyone into a false sense of security.

Employees can use an internal university form for their own documentation and storage (recommendation: four weeks) to substantiate the performance and the corresponding result.

The self-tests to be provided by the employer are part of the national testing strategy. For more information on testing, the various testing options, the procedure and test centers near you, visit the Federal Ministry of Health's website.

Note on the special approval of self-tests

In February 2021, the Federal Ministry of Health amended the legal framework to allow rapid tests for self-testing to be dispensed and sold. CE certification is usually required for the use of such medical devices by laypersons, but since this is very time-consuming, the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) granted a special approval for a limited period of three months, which temporarily replaced the CE marking and thus enabled the tests to be used at short notice. The date printed on the packaging of the self-test "temporarily approved for self-testing according to §11 MPG in Germany until ... without completed conformity assessment procedure" refers to this special approval.

The special approval of the BfArM and its time limit regulates the first placing on the market, i.e. the first distribution by the manufacturer to a third party. This means that manufacturers are not allowed to sell their tests to further distributors such as pharmacies or supermarkets after the expiration date. However, the further supply chain is not affected by this time limit. This means that the tests can continue to be sold and used for self-testing until the best-before date indicated on the packaging.


Use of self-tests for completion of or participation in approved classroom instruction and testing

The crisis management team and the president’s office have decided to procure self-tests and to hand them out to teachers and students for the performance of or participation in approved classroom teaching events and examinations. The presentation of a daily negative test is obligatory for all participants of these attendance events.

Instructors or examiners will receive self-tests for distribution to students from the university.

For more information on the testing obligation and the procedure, see the questions

Please contact the health authority responsible for your place of residence without delay, e.g. the City of Chemnitz’s Health Department (Citizens' Hotline) at 0371 488-5321 or 0371 488-5302 (Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.). The health department will decide on the further course of action. Please also observe any ordinances that may apply to your place of residence regarding the isolation of Category I contact persons, suspected persons and persons who have tested positive for the coronavirus, such as those of the city of Chemnitz.

In this case, please also immediately contact the Personnel Office (phone: +49 371 531-12200, e-mail: CC: ) immediately and also observe the action guide Actions and Responsibilities for Employee Covid-19 Infections.

Under the title "Self-isolation at home with confirmed COVID-19" the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has also published an orientation guide for citizens with advice on the correct behavior when COVID-19-typical disease symptoms occur.

Tenth Open Letter from the President regarding the corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) from 1 October 2020 states:

"Violations of the hygiene concept are not tolerable regarding the protection of our employees, students, and guests and must be punished with the means available. In appropriate cases, this includes notification to the City of Chemnitz to initiate fine proceedings in accordance with § 8 paragraph 2 of the Sächsische Corona-Schutz-Verordnung (Saxon Corona Protection Ordinance), disciplinary measures in accordance with § 17 paragraph 2 of the house rules of Chemnitz University of Technology (admonition, expulsion from the buildings and open spaces, house ban) and, with regard to employees, disciplinary measures (admonitions, formal warnings and – in particularly serious individual cases – extraordinary dismissals)."

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Information and offers on special questions about the coronavirus can be obtained from the hotline of the Medical Service IAS phone: +49 371 53362-0 or via the Staff Office for Occupational Safety and Environmental Protection (BfAU)

Labour law

Yes, if you return from trips in a risk area (see definition below) or if you have had contact with a person who is known to be infected with the coronavirus or if there is any other possibility that you may have been infected with the virus, please avoid contact with other people, do not come to work and first contact a doctor by telephone and seek advice. In this case, please contact the Human Resources Department (phone: +49 371 531-12200, e-mail: CC: ) immediately by telephone and do not come to work until an infection has been ruled out. Please also take heed of the action guide Measures and Responsibilities for Covid-19 Infections of Employees.


The Free State of Saxony and the Federal Ministry of Health also issued special rules for entry and return travelers from international risk areas. Please refer to the entry "What quarantine measures currently apply to incoming and returning travelers?" in the General tab.

Up-to-date warnings on the current entry and quarantine requirements can be found on the websites of the following institutions:

Federal Foreign Office

Federal Ministry of the Interior

Please also take note of the Free State of Saxony and the City of Chemnitz’s official announcements:

Free State of Saxony Website (German)

City of Chemnitz Website (German)

Note: A high-risk or virus variant area is a state or region outside of Germany that is at increased risk for coronavirus infection. The quarantine obligation applies to travelers when they enter Germany from an area that is considered a high-risk or virus variant area at the time of entry. On the websites of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) you can find a list of high-risk or virus variant areas. The overview is constantly updated. Therefore, please inform yourself continuously whether the country you are entering from is declared as a risk area.

If the health authority responsible for your place of residence orders that you are subject to a ban on professional activities or that you should remain in domestic isolation, please inform the Human Resources Department (phone: +49 371 531-12200, e-mail: CC: ) immediately and send them the relevant decision letter ordering domestic isolation. The same applies to the lifting of the ban on professional activities or domestic isolation.

Please also refer to the ordinances applicable to your place of residence for the isolation of Category I contacts, suspected contacts, and persons who have tested positive for the coronavirus, such as those from the city of Chemnitz, as well as the Action Guide on Measures and Responsibilities for Covid-19 Infections of University Employees.

As of November 1, 2021, in accordance with the resolution of the Conference of Health Ministers under Section 56 (1) sentence 4 IfSG, compensation benefits will no longer be granted to persons who, as a contact person or as a travel returnee from a risk area, are unable to present complete vaccination protection against COVID-19 in the event of an officially ordered ban on activities or officially ordered isolation (quarantine) due to COVID-19.

For employees of the Free State of Saxony who have so far received continued payment of wages instead of compensation, this means the following:

Collectively bargained employees

As of November 1, 2021 - as well as in the event of an official order for isolation prior to this date - no further continued compensation will be paid in the aforementioned cases. This does not apply if, in agreement with the line manager, the work performance is performed on a mobile basis.

In the case of a domestic quarantine, it will therefore be necessary in the future for employees to provide information on their vaccination status to the Human Resources Department. If vaccination was not possible due to a medical contraindication, a medical certificate stating this must be submitted, but a specific diagnosis is not required. Employees are obliged to provide the relevant information if continued compensation is to be paid. Regardless of this, continued compensation is also paid during a period of quarantine at home, provided that a certificate of incapacity for work due to illness is available

Civil Servants

Under the current legal situation, civil servants generally continue to receive their salaries in these cases. However, insofar as they are also able to perform their work in a home office and have the necessary work equipment in the event of quarantine, they are also obliged to perform their work in quarantine

In cases where civil servants cannot perform their work in quarantine, e.g. because there is no possibility of mobile working due to the nature of the activity, there may be a loss of remuneration if the civil servant has culpably caused his absence (Section 14 SächsBesG). However, non-vaccination alone does not constitute a breach of duty, as there is no obligation to vaccinate against the coronavirus. However, the civil servant may be at fault if further risky behavior is added - e.g. by traveling to a corona high-risk area without good reason. This behavior may be incompatible with the civil servant's duty of full personal commitment, which presupposes a duty to maintain good health (Section 34 sentence 1 BeamtStG).

The quota principle and the requirement to visit campus only for urgent work as well as work that can only be carried out in presence have been lifted as of July 5, 2021 under the condition that the hygiene and protection regulations (individual office regulation or square meter key for laboratories, workshops, etc.) can be observed. Accordingly, on-site work is permitted in agreement with the specialist supervisor and in compliance with the applicable hygiene guidelines.

If necessary, compliance with hygiene and protection regulations must be ensured through shift work, mobile work, etc. Employees who do not yet have full vaccination protection and do not wish to perform activities in person until they have obtained full vaccination protection should find appropriate individual solutions in consultation with their supervisor.

For reasons of advance planning of presence, including compliance with room occupancy and possible contact tracking, it is necessary to maintain occupancy and, if necessary, shift schedules and to send them regularly (by e-mail to ) even after the quota regulation has been discontinued.

However, it is still possible to make use of mobile work and shift arrangements without a separate application - as far as practicable - in coordination with the specialist superior. In addition, the use of mobile work and shift arrangements is expressly desired in order to reduce the overall number of employees, to equalize the proportion of employees present, and to enable staggered work and break times.

According to the current Saxon Corona Protection Ordinance, the counties and independent cities of the Free State are required under certain conditions (exceeding certain incidence values) to issue or extend exit restrictions by general decree. According to this, leaving domestic accommodation is only permitted for a valid reason, such as the pursuit of professional activities.

In the event of checks on the way to or from the university due to the performance of urgently required attendance activities or participation in approved in-person lectures or examinations, it is strongly recommended that employees and students carry their TUC card with them (in addition to a valid personal document) for the purpose of establishing credibility, if necessary. The issuance of a separate certificate by Chemnitz University of Technology is currently not planned.

For fixed-term employment contracts which are based on § 2 para. 1 WissZeitVG (qualification time limitation, so-called “6+6 year rule“) and which are in effect between March 1 and September 30, 2020, the maximum duration for a fixed term employment is extended by twelve months. For employment contracts based on § 2 para. 1 WissZeitVG in the period from October 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021, the maximum duration for a fixed-term employment is extended by six months.

This new regulation - contained in the Science and Student Support Act and supplemented by the WissZeitVG fixed-term extension regulation - WissBdVV of September 23, 2020 - introduces a compensation for the period of limitations caused by the corona pandemic for scientists who are employed on a temporary basis to promote their own scientific qualification.

However, it should be noted that this new legal regulation merely extends the legal framework for setting time limits for qualifications in accordance with § 2 para. 1 WissZeitVG (not for third-party funding in accordance with § 2 para. 2 WissZeitVG!). This is neither an automated extension nor a financing commitment.

In order to take advantage of the above-mentioned extension option for employees whose current employment relationship would end as a result of reaching the (previous) maximum fixed-term limit in accordance with § 2 para. 1 WissZeitVG, the respective line manager can apply to the Human Resources Department for an extension of up to six months (reasoning employment contract in the period from October 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021) or an extension of up to twelve months (continuation employment contract in the period from March 1 to September 30, 2020) using the usual procedure and stating the financing details. The relevant qualification certificate must briefly describe the restrictions caused by the pandemic and the intended achievement of the qualification goal during the period of continued employment applied for.

For employees whose current employment relationship does not yet extend to the (previous) maximum fixed-term employment limit, the extended fixed-term framework can be adopted in the course of a future application for further employment.

If you have any questions, please consult the contact persons for your faculty in section 2.3.1 of the Human Resources Department.

As a matter of principle, primary use should be made of the option of mobile working, including the use of flexible working time arrangements.

Regulations for employees

In addition, the federal legislature has for the first time created a social security entitlement for so-called children's sick pay for insured persons in the statutory health insurance system - and thus also for most employees working for the Free State of Saxony - for the calendar year 2021 and retroactively from January 5, 2021, among other things, if a child (provided that he or she has not yet reached the age of 12 or is disabled and dependent on assistance) has to be cared for at home due to school closures or limited childcare options.

Note: Against the backdrop of the newly created statutory entitlement to children's sick pay pursuant to Section 45 (2a) of the German Social Code, Book V, the previous regulations on the possibility of (above-standard) continued payment of remuneration (leave from work with continued payment of remuneration pursuant to Section 29 (6) of the TV-L or comparable collective bargaining agreements for the purpose of childcare for a "one-time" total of up to ten working days) only applied until January 31, 2021.

These new regulations on child sick pay, which apply from January 5, 2021 to December 31, 2021, also affect - in addition to the actual illness of the child - cases in which...

  • facilities for the care of children, schools or facilities for persons with disabilities are temporarily closed by the competent authority to prevent the spread of infections or communicable diseases on the basis of the Infection Protection Act
  • their entry is prohibited due to isolation (quarantine)
  • the competent authority has ordered or extended school or company vacations for reasons of infection protection
  • compulsory attendance at a school is suspended
  • access to childcare is restricted
  • the child does not attend the facility due to an official recommendation.

The entitlement to child sick pay for the calendar year 2021 is a maximum of 30 working days for each child and a maximum of 60 working days for single insured persons. The entitlement is for insured persons for no more than 65 working days, and for single-parent insured persons for no more than 130 working days (see newly inserted provision: Section 45 (2a) and (b) SGB V). As with regular sick pay, 90 percent of the net salary is reimbursed. However, this entitlement only applies to parents with statutory health insurance. The child must also be covered by statutory health insurance. Parents can file a claim with their health insurers to be reimbursed for part of their lost wages. A suitable certificate, e.g. a certificate from the school or daycare center, is sufficient for this purpose. A doctor's certificate, as for regular children's sick days, is not required.

If this option is used, the employee must inform the supervisor immediately. For this purpose, it is sufficient (in contrast to the usual children's sick leave certificate) to submit a copy of the certificate to the respective health insurance company or the application to the health insurance company. During the selective as well as restricted attendance operation, you can send this proof by e-mail to the secretary's office responsible for you. The notification will be sent from there to the Human Resources Department.

Please also refer to the "Questions and Answers on Children's Sick Days and Children's Sick Pay" published by the relevant federal ministries.

After exhausting the aforementioned options for claiming children's sick pay, employees - in addition to the general option of granting leave or flexitime reduction - can in principle still take time off work without continued pay. In this case, i.e. in the event of loss of earnings due to necessary childcare due to closure of the facility, etc., the employer must pay compensation (which is reimbursable for the employer) amounting to 67 percent of the loss of earnings incurred by the working parent or guardian in accordance with Section 56 (1a) IfSG, provided that the further factual requirements specified therein are met. The prerequisite for this, however, is that there is no possibility of mobile work.

Regulations for civil servants

On the basis of a circular from the SMI dated May 10, 2021, file no. 13-0301/4721-2021/40756, civil servants may be granted special leave with continued payment of remuneration for a total of up to 30 working days, or up to 60 working days in the case of single-parent civil servants, for the purpose of necessary childcare in the event of the closure or prohibition of entry to communal facilities, as a supplement to the regulation in place since January 1, 2021, pursuant to Section 14 (2) sentence 2 SächsUrlMuEltVO. If the weekly working time is distributed other than over five working days, the proportion shall be increased or decreased accordingly.

Prerequisites for the granting are:

1a. the closure of facilities for the care of children, schools, or facilities for persons with disabilities due to the spread of coronavirus

or

1b. the prohibition of entering such a facility - also on the basis of isolation as a sick person, a person suspected of being sick, a person suspected of being infected or an excretor in the sense of the Infection Protection Act

and

2. the child to be cared for has not yet reached the age of twelve or is disabled and dependent on assistance

and

3. the supervision, care or nursing of the child cannot otherwise be ensured (care situation).

A care situation is to be assumed if

  • there is no other possibility of child care, such as emergency care or family care (persons in the risk group are not taken into account),
  • the possibility of using flextime for childcare is ruled out, whereby working time credits must be balanced out before time off is taken, and
  • there is no possibility of mobile working, teleworking or working from home (home office). This requirement may also apply if care during the home office is not possible for actual reasons.

Special leave can only be granted if official matters do not conflict with this. In cases of hardship, special leave may be granted in excess of the maximum amount.

Note: The previous joint regulation of the SMI and SMF dated March 30, 2020 on the granting of special leave or time off from work expired for civil servants at the end of December 31, 2020; special leave already granted on the basis of this regulation will not be counted.

Leave pursuant to Section 12 (2) SächsUrlMuEltVO (so-called child sick days) remains unaffected.

Please note that the inability to work and its expected duration must be reported immediately and, if the inability to work lasts longer than three calendar days, a medical certificate confirming the existence of the inability to work and its expected duration must be submitted - regardless of whether you are working in mobile work or not during selective and limited presence operation. During selective and limited presence operation, you can send a copy of the medical certificate in advance by e-mail to the secretariat responsible for you. From there, the medical certificate will be sent to the Human Resources Department.

Even during the restricted normal operation at Chemnitz University of Technology, the respective departmental supervisor is responsible for approving vacation and compensatory working time, as well as for changes to already approved vacation and compensatory working time. This means that no special regulations have been created for the period of current operation and that the decision remains the responsibility of the respective departmental superiors. However, these are requested to ensure that the maintenance of the currently necessary operation and the full working capacity of the Chemnitz University of Technology are guaranteed after the restricted normal operation.

Since the beginning of the corona pandemic, the Free State of Saxony has published several notices for employees of the state administration. Current information was most recently announced in a PDF document dated May 21, 2021.

In addition, please be sure to read the specific or concretizing university regulations in this FAQ section. These are in the following:

On the subject of the 1st question in the notes from the Free State of Saxony:

  • Should I inform the university if I was last in a high-risk or virus variant area or had contact with infected persons?
  • What should I do if I am placed "under quarantine" (domestic isolation)?
  • Do I receive continued salary payments in the event of a precautionary quarantine (domestic isolation)? Is a quarantine basically the same as a sick leave?

in each case under the tab Employees, sub-item Labour Law.

On the subject of the 2nd question in the notes from the Free State of Saxony:

  • Are continued wage payments made in the event of a precautionary quarantine (domestic isolation)? Is a quarantine basically the same as a sick leave?

In the tab Employees, sub-item Labour Law.

On the subject of the 3rd question in the notes from the Free State of Saxony:

  • Am I required to use the federal government's Corona warning app?

In the General tab.

On the subject of the 4th question in the notes from the Free State of Saxony:

  • What are the consequences for employees of the stand-by operation or the selective as well as restricted presence operation at Chemnitz University of Technology?

In the tab Employees, sub-item Labour Law.

For questions 5-7 in the notes from the Free State of Saxony:

  • What happens if my child's daycare center or school is (possibly only partially) quarantined, closed for other reasons, or my child is prohibited from entering this facility and care is required?

In the tab Employees, sub-item Labour Law.

Regarding the issue of business trips (No. 10 in the instructions of the Free State of Saxony), the regulations of the following FAQ entry of the Chemnitz University of Technology must be read and followed:

  • How to deal with business trips in selective as well as restricted attendance mode?

in the tab Employees, subitem Travel, business trips, stays abroad.

Travel, business trips, stays abroad

  1. General requirements

The approval of business trips, provided that the business is urgent and absolutely necessary and cannot be carried out in any other way (e.g., by telephone or video conference), is possible upon presentation of compelling business reasons

  • from September 20, 2021 within Germany as well as abroad, provided it is not a high-risk or virus variant area (according to the classification of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on the day before the start of the business trip*),

    provided that the following regulations and criteria are observed and complied with.

A) Business trips within Germany in the case of a ...

  1. rolling weekly incidence at the travel destination of less than 50:

    These business trips are approved and arranged in accordance with the current rules of responsibility, which can be viewed on the Human Resources Department's website.
  2. rolling weekly incidence at the travel destination over 50:

    Prior to approval of the business trips, the form for confirmation of urgent official necessity for the performance of a business trip must be completed in full and signed by both the business traveler and the authorizing officer**. Subsequently, the business trips can be approved and ordered in accordance with the current rules of responsibility, which can be viewed on the Human Resources Department's website.

B) Business travel abroad in the event that ...

  1. the travel destination is not designated as a high-risk or virus-variant area:

    Prior to approval of the business travel, the form for confirmation of urgent official necessity for the performance of a business trip must be completed in full and signed by both the business traveler and the authorizing officer**. Subsequently, the business trip can be approved and ordered in accordance with the current rules of responsibility, which can be viewed on the Human Resources Department's website.
  2. the travel destination is designated as a high-risk or virus-variant area:

    Business trips to destinations that are designated as high-risk or virus variant areas (according to the classification of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on the day before the start of the business trip) can only be made possible in exceptional cases. This requires an exceptional approval by the crisis management team or the president's office. Further information on this can be found under point 2.

Please note that the current situation is subject to strong dynamics. Therefore, it is advisable to check the current development on the websites of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) as well as of the respective federal state, district, etc. before starting a trip, even if it is to be carried out in the near future.

In the case of planned (foreign) business trips, the authorizing officer must also carry out a comprehensive risk assessment.

* Corresponding research (e.g. printout RKI Dashboard) is to be attached to the accounting documents as proof.

** The form must be submitted to the travel cost center (Human Resources Department) together with all other relevant documents when the business trip is settled. If this is missing, incomplete or not sufficiently plausibly filled out, proper accounting cannot be guaranteed.

  1. Exceptional approvals of business trips by the crisis management team or the president's office

If business trips are to be made outside of these regulations, i.e. to destinations abroad that are designated as high-risk or virus variant areas, it is possible for the crisis team or the president's office to approve exceptions in particularly justified cases. With reference to the Rector's Circular 59/2020, you are requested to submit the following documents or information in order to have your application for such a business trip permit considered:

  • Copy of the business trip application for all trip participants.
  • Invitation letter and, if applicable, agenda or corresponding e-mail correspondence
  • Detailed justification of the compelling necessity to carry out the business trip at the planned time
  • Hygiene concepts of the organizers, companies, hotels, etc.
  • Fully filled and signed form confirming the urgent business necessity of the business trip (table 1) for each travel participant.

Please note that the crisis team or the president's office can only reach a decision on your application for business trip approval if all the above-mentioned documents are submitted in full, taking into account a possible deterioration of the rolling weekly incidence at the travel destination.

Please send the above documents and information to and to two weeks before the start of the business trip.

If the announced business trip is in connection with the organization and execution of an event outside the place of work, the current regulations for the execution of such events, e.g. with regard to the permitted number of persons, must be observed in addition to the possible exceptional approval for the business trip. More detailed information on holding events can be found in the General tab and in the Employees tab.

 

  1. General information on planning and carrying out business trips
  • Business trips are to take place only in exceptional, particularly justified cases and are to be kept to an absolute minimum overall.
  • The planning and preparation of business trips can begin if no costs are incurred for it in the planning phase or if a cancellation of travel services free of charge or a cost-neutral postponement of the business trip is possible.
  • The duration of the business trip is to be limited to the absolute minimum necessary, taking into account the travel cost reasonableness regulations. The approval of business trips in conjunction with private trips is not permitted.
  • The business traveler is obligated to strictly observe the hygiene and protection regulations and also to inform himself/herself about the locally applicable specific ordinances regulated by the respective federal state or territory and also to comply with these accordingly.
  • The use of a private motor vehicle or a rental car may be preferred to regularly scheduled public transportation in order to comply with hygiene and protection regulations. Recognition as good cause is possible.
  • Employees who are authorized to drive a company vehicle are required to use a company vehicle for business travel, subject to availability.
  • Joint journeys in a vehicle as well as passenger transports are possible, provided that all vehicle occupants can optionally present a daily negative test result or are considered to be vaccinated or recovered. Corresponding proof (test, vaccination or convalescent proof) must be carried in writing or digitally and will be accepted in combination with an official identification document or the TUC card in the event of a visual inspection. Acceptable are tests that have been performed by medically trained personnel or under supervision (at Chemnitz University of Technology). In accordance with the current regulations, the requirement that rapid tests must be carried out on the same day means that the test must not have been carried out more than 24 hours before the start of the business trip. It should also be noted that only the driver of the vehicle is exempt from the mask requirement.
  • Reimbursement of costs incurred in connection with the entry and exit regulations of the country of travel and entry into Germany (including tests, provision of evidence of convalescent or vaccination status) are billable and reimbursable in accordance with 9 SächsRKG as part of the travel expense claim.
  • If an infection with the coronavirus is detected at the place of the business trip or during the business trip, the business traveler is required to contact the office immediately (by e-mail to: as well as ) and to follow the official instructions on site. The same applies to the existence of a quarantine obligation. In addition, when planning the business trip for this case, the additional costs in connection with a possible quarantine etc. at the business location away from home must also be taken into account. Also to be taken into account are any additional expenses in the event of an early departure (e.g. if the business trip location is classified as a risk area).
  1. Special considerations when planning and carrying out business trips abroad

In this case, please contact the contact person in the responsible DAAD department directly, as the decision on how to deal with expenses already incurred can be made solely by the DAAD. The DAAD provides information on its website as well as a list of FAQs and gives advice for scholarship holders and those receiving funding. Please contact your international partners and inform them about the information provided by the DAAD. In order to avoid unnecessary costs, please take the decision to carry out measures together with your international partners in such a way that cancellations, especially of hotels, can still be made free of charge if possible. For measures that you plan to take in the course of this year, it is recommended that you book flights and accommodation that can be cancelled.

The DAAD has compiled information for project managers on how to proceed in the current situation with regard to the funding of persons and events and has sent it by e-mail to all project managers. A list of FAQs regarding project funding is also available on the DAAD website. If you have any questions, please consult the contact persons for the respective funding programmes at the DAAD.

In general, it is advisable to book cancelable flights and accommodations for measures you are planning during this year, if possible. Furthermore, the International Office at Chemnitz University of Technology recommends documenting the reasons for the cancellation of trips and/or events, i.e. official orders, travel warnings of the German Foreign Office and entry restrictions of the destination countries, in order to prevent possible difficulties with the settlement of accounts.

Mobile Work

Yes, all employees of Chemnitz University of Technology are instructed to make use of mobile work as far as possible. Employees who are unable to make use of mobile work, or cannot make use of it to the full extent, may only return to their workplace - after consultation with their supervisor - if they are absolutely necessary for second stage of the selective and restricted presence operation and if infection protection is fully guaranteed.

Employees who are not required to maintain the second stage of the selective and restricted presence operation must, unless they have taken leave etc. or are on sick leave, be reachable by telephone and/or e-mail, make use of mobile work if this appears possible and reasonable, and must always be prepared to work on site. The definition of tasks is still the responsibility of the respective line managers, subject to the restrictions described above.

In principle, mobile work does not release you from your work contract obligations. In this respect, the time sheet must be completed in the usual form. If you cannot access your previously prepared time sheet while working mobile, please enter your working time in a new form (Download from the website of the Human Resources Department). If it is impossible to work fully in mobile work, the contractually owed working time is considered to be fulfilled according to the reverse conclusion of the Fourth Open President's Letter and can be noted accordingly.

The University Computer Centre (URZ) offers comprehensive information and work recommendations for users on its blog. There you will find, among other things, instructions for the digital access to the TU workstations as well as for accessing project directories from home, recommendations for secure connections via VPN as well as information on mobile communication and availability.

If you have questions or problems that you would like to send to the URZ, please use only the ticket function (send your request by e-mail to ) and include a short, concise keyword about your problem or question in the subject of the e-mail.

In order to be available via telephone at the mobile workplace, the VoIP system offers various solutions:

  1. Call forwarding (German only)

    Call forwarding can be set up on the office telephone or in the IdM portal. (Please, add a “0” before!)

  2. Parallel call (“Mobile Connect”) (German only)

    Requests for parallel calls can be made in the VoIP area of the IdM portal.

  3. Use of the communication software Cisco Jabber (German only)
    • Use of the personal TU number for incoming and outgoing calls
    • Available for desktop systems and up-to-date, powerful mobile devices
    • Stable internet connection required
    • Due to the heterogeneous conditions only limited support by the URZ

    Requests can be made via e-mail to .

Provided that the prerequisites for mobile work are generally met (see also Works Agreement Mobile Work; German only) and there are problems regarding telephone and/or Internet connection, a mobile connection may be provided for a limited period of time for the period of mobile work. Please contact section 3.2.1 - Procurement/CallCenter/IT via telephone (0371/531-12320) or e-mail.

If required and on request, employees receive a confirmation of the duration and performance of their mobile work from TU Chemnitz for the preparation of their tax return for the year 2020. The supervisor is entitled to issue the confirmation.

The confirmation shall be worded as follows:

Confirmation on the duration and exercise of the activity in mobile work for Mr/Ms/Mrs …
"From … to … [date] no workstation/no workstation on an average of … [number] days per week* was available to the employee at the premises of TU Chemnitz due to the protective measures to contain the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
* due to possible need for a differentiated assessment over time, please delete as appropriate

A copy of the confirmation should be sent to the Human Resources Department for the personal file.

The following requirements for the recognition of a home office must be observed:
The tax office recognises a home office in two cases:

  • If no other workplace is available for the professional activity, costs for the home office can be assessed up to 1,250 EUR.
  • If the home office is the centre of the entire professional activity, the expenses for the home office can be taken into account in unlimited amounts.

Spatial requirements:
It must be a separate room. Apartment and home office must be physically separated from each other. A desk in the bedroom or living room does not make these rooms into a home office in the fiscal sense. Even a room that serves as a guest room in addition to its function as a home office is not recognised by the tax office as a home office. The Federal Fiscal Court (BFH) decided in 2016 that expenses for "a room that is integrated into the domestic sphere and a not inconsiderable part of its area is also used privately" are not considered as business expenses or income-related expenses (Ref.: X R 32/11).

Requirements time-wise:

If the employee works exclusively from home and no other workplace is available to him at the employer's, this is the center of the professional activity. If the employee works qualitatively in the same way in the home office and in the employer's office, it is decisive for the tax assessment where the predominant working time is performed. If the employer and the employee have agreed that the employee will work in the home office on one or two days, the employee will quantitatively work predominantly in the employer's office. In this case, no unlimited deduction of the expenses for the home office attributable to the period of the agreement can be considered. Rather, the employee may claim a deduction of up to EUR 1,250 at the most if the employee does not have a workplace at the employer's for reasons of infection protection at least on the days concerned.

If these requirements are not met, a home office cannot be claimed under tax law. In these cases, the only option is to claim the new home office allowance. This was introduced with the Annual Tax Act 2020. This allows taxpayers to claim a home office even if they voluntarily decided to work from home during the Corona pandemic or did not visit the workplace for health protection reasons on the orders of their employer.

The home office per diem is explicitly available even if no separate workroom is available, but work is done from the kitchen or living room.

This covers the following costs:

  • pro rata rental costs
  • costs for water, electricity, and heating incurred as a result of the professional activity,
  • pro rata cleaning costs,
  • pro rata building depreciation (AfA), if applicable.

These costs are not covered by the home office flat rate, but can be additionally declared as income-related expenses in the tax return:

  • Work equipment,
  • Telecommunication expenses (work-related costs for landline telephone, cell phone/smartphone, Internet, fax, if applicable).

The home office allowance is available for 2020 and 2021. The tax office recognizes a flat rate of five euros for each day worked exclusively from home during the Corona pandemic. However, the amount is capped, meaning that more than 600 euros may not be entered.

Events

Classes for the 2021 summer semester began on April 6 and have since been conducted digitally for the most part. Given the current situation and the very dynamic development of the Covid 19 pandemic, the crisis team and the president's office have agreed that only courses that cannot be held digitally (e.g. due to required laboratory or technical equipment) can be held (partially) in-person. According to the 18th Open Letter of the Rector on the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) from April 24, 2021, and in view of the amendment of the Infection Protection Act, lecturers are also not required to hold approved in-person courses if they do not (or no longer) consider this justifiable for infection protection reasons. Furthermore, it should be noted that participation in approved classroom classes is only permitted upon presentation of a daily negative Corona test result (compulsory testing) or presentation of proof of vaccination or convalescence. Appropriate proof must be carried in writing or digitally and will be accepted in combination with an official identification document or the TUC Card. Prior to the start of the respective course, a visual inspection of the test, vaccination or convalescent evidence must be made by the instructor. Acceptable are tests that have been performed by medically trained personnel or under supervision at Chemnitz University of Technology. In accordance with the current regulations, the requirement that rapid tests must be up-to-date is that the test must not have been taken more than 24 hours before the start of the course.

The prerequisite for the implementation of on-site teaching is the mandatory observance and compliance with the hygiene guidelines for the implementation of on-site courses. This gives instructions on correct behaviour and refers to the form for the collection of contact data of students participating in on-site courses and its handling (storage in the respective dean's office, office of the central institution, etc.). Should mouth-nose masks, disinfectants, etc. be required on site in the faculties, central institutions, or the central university administration in order to implement the hygiene guidelines for on-site courses, etc., please contact using the order form for hygiene articles.

In addition, within the framework of the limited normal operation, other in-person events such as committee meetings, meetings, etc. can be held in person or patially in person up to a maximum of 20 persons upon presentation of proof of testing, vaccination, or convalescence. Please also refer to the questionCan committee sessions, meetings, project partner meetings etc. currently take place on site? in the General tab.


Notes on room booking/renting rooms for events:

Due to the necessary measures with regard to the coronavirus, the room utilization options at Chemnitz University of Technology are currently severely limited. Requests from external prospective tenants can therefore not be considered for the time being until August 14, 2021 (end of the central examination period in the summer semester 2021).

There are also currently restrictions on the allocation and use of rooms for internal requests. No rooms can currently be made available for appointments with more than 20 people. Events (except for courses approved after central prioritization and approval) such as meetings, workshops, etc. with more than 20 participants should therefore be planned digitally if possible.

In general, the planning of events at Chemnitz University of Technology can only continued under the condition that, depending on the development of the spread of the coronavirus, a cancellation at short notice cannot be ruled out.

Digital media (video conferencing) should also be used when conducting job interviews in the interests of protecting the health of all those involved. However, the consent of the applicants in question must be obtained in advance.

If individual applicants do not give their consent, if the selection or filling of a position cannot be postponed for official reasons, or if it is deemed imperative that the interview be conducted in person, interviews may be held on site up to a maximum of 20 participants (included vaccianted and recovered persons). However, the general conditions of the hygiene guidelines must be observed.

Testing is mandatory for all those present, i.e. in this case participation is only permitted if a negative Corona test result is presented for the day or, alternatively, presentation of proof of vaccination or convalescence. In order to substantiate the performance of the test and the test result, participants are required either to provide proof that a test has been performed by medically trained personnel at a test center, etc. (visual inspection by the person responsible for the event, taking into account data protection concerns) or alternatively to perform a self-test under the supervision of the person responsible for the event before or at the beginning of the event. In accordance with the current regulations, the requirement for rapid tests to be up-to-date on a daily basis means that the test must not have been performed more than 24 hours before the start of the event. If the test result is positive, participation is prohibited, the appointment must be terminated immediately, and the university must be notified (by e-mail to ) to coordinate further action. For more details, please refer to the Hygiene Guidelines for Conducting Meetings On Site, etc.

External participants are to be informed of the applicable hygiene guidelines at Chemnitz University of Technology in advance of the interview. In addition, forms with the contact data of all persons present are to be kept independently in order to be able to trace contact chains if necessary. These are to be kept in the respective areas for a period of four weeks after the appointment and are to be kept in such a way that a prompt transmission to the university management for forwarding contact data to the health authorities is possible after a corresponding request.

Yes, introductory lectures (including the interview with the appointment committee) during the meetings of appointment committees may be held (partially) in-person, provided that the existing hygiene and safety regulations can be fully observed. The strict upper limit of 20 participants (e.g. members of the appointment committee, applicants) on site must be observed. For the lecture part, an online transmission can be offered for the university public.

In this case, the preparation and execution of the introductory lectures in attendance can be carried out independently at the respective faculty/central institution. Approval by the crisis management team is not required. Between the individual presentations, there should be sufficient time to air out extensively and to independently disinfect tables, work equipment, etc. that have been used by several persons.

The participants are to be informed in advance of the event about the applicable hygiene guidelines at Chemnitz University of Technology. In addition, forms with the contact data of those present are to be kept independently in order to be able to trace contact chains if necessary. These are to be kept in the respective areas for a period of four weeks after the event and are to be stored so that a prompt transmission to the university management for forwarding contact data to the health authorities is possible upon request.

Testing is mandatory for all present, i.e., in this case, participation is permitted only upon presentation of a negative Corona test result that is current for the day or, alternatively, presentation of proof of vaccination or convalescence. Corresponding proof must be carried in written or digital form and will be accepted in combination with an official identification document (or the TUC-Card) (visual inspection by the person responsible for the event, taking into account data protection concerns) or alternatively to perform a self-test under the supervision of the person responsible for the event before or at the beginning of the event. Tests performed by medically trained personnel or under supervision at the TU Chemnitz are accepted. In accordance with the current regulations, the requirement for rapid tests to be up-to-date on a daily basis means that the test must not have been performed more than 24 hours before the start of the event. If the test result is positive, participation is prohibited, the appointment must be terminated immediately and the university must be notified (by e-mail to ) to coordinate further action. For more details, please refer to the Hygiene Guidelines for Conducting Meetings On Site, etc.

Doctoral defences may, if necessary, be carried out (partially) in-person (“mixed form”), i.e. the doctoral candidate, the members of the doctoral committee and the person taking the minutes (and, if necessary, an additional person for technical support) may be physically present, provided that the hygiene and protection regulations are observed. Also the strict upper limit of 20 participants (e.g., doctoral candidate, members of the doctoral committee, protocolist, technical support) on site must be observed. The (university) public is only to be involved digitally, e.g. via video conference.

In this case, the preparation and execution of the doctoral defence in attendance can take place independently at the respective faculty. Approval by the crisis management team is not required. Those involved are to be made aware of the current hygiene guidelines at Chemnitz University of Technology in advance of the event. The room used is to be ventilated extensively and tables, work equipment etc. used by several people must be disinfected independently.

In addition, forms with the contact data of the persons present are to be kept independently in order to be able to trace contact chains if necessary. These are to be kept in the respective areas for a period of four weeks after the appointment and are to be kept in such a way that prompt transmission to the university management for forwarding contact data to the health authorities is possible after an appropriate request.

Testing is mandatory for all present, i.e., in this case, participation is permitted only upon presentation of a negative Corona test result that is current for the day or, alternatively, presentation of proof of vaccination or convalescence. Corresponding proof must be carried in written or digital form and will be accepted in combination with an official identification document (or the TUC-Card) (visual inspection by the person responsible for the event, taking into account data protection concerns) or alternatively to perform a self-test under the supervision of the person responsible for the event before or at the beginning of the event. Tests performed by medically trained personnel or under supervision at the TU Chemnitz are accepted. In accordance with the current regulations, the requirement for rapid tests to be up-to-date on a daily basis means that the test must not have been performed more than 24 hours before the start of the event. If the test result is positive, participation is prohibited, the appointment must be terminated immediately and the university must be notified (by e-mail to ) to coordinate further action. For more details, please refer to the Hygiene Guidelines for Conducting Meetings On Site, etc.

Research

Information on externally funded research during the corona crisis can be found on the website of the Finance Department.

If you have any further questions, please contact those responsible from section 3.2.2 via telephone.

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has extended its financial support for research projects and scientists affected by the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing restrictions on public life in order to provide those receiving funding and those working on projects with as much certainty as possible regarding the continuation of their project work. Currently, in a number of funding procedures, for example, additional funds can be applied for so that research work that could not be carried out in the planned manner and productivity due to the current situation can be continued and successfully completed.

For detailed information on extending the funding period and additional measures for specific program areas, please refer to the DFG's Information for Science No. 25 from March 26, 2021 (German).

In addition, the DFG has published additional information for applicants and grantees on its website.

In view of the impact of the corona pandemic on the sciences and humanities, the DFG has extended the deadlines for participation in a number of its current calls for proposals. Further extensions will be granted should the need arise.

Interested scientists can find continuously updated information on this subject at the DFG website and there in the entries for the respective call for proposals.

For time sheets and activity reports in ESF- and EFRE-funded projects, due to the continuing requirements of the project sponsor, the Sächsische Aufbaubank, the original documents must be submitted with the required signatures. This also applies in particular to the proof of activities in ESF-funded doctoral projects. For direct EU research funding (HORIZON 2020), however, a list of the respective working hours is sufficient for the time being. However, the signed original timesheets must be kept and submitted in good time.

Studies with test persons and surveys can currently take place in person, if this is necessary, if the hygiene and protection regulations can be fully complied with and additional, and if special hygiene concepts are prepared and clarified with the company medical service (for this, please send an e-mail to ). In this case and after approval of the special hygiene guidelines by the company medical service, the preparation and implementation of in-person studies can be carried out independently at the respective faculty. In addition, the strict upper limit of 20 participants on site must be observed at all times during the planning and implementation of the studies in presence.

The implementation of the required hygiene measures must be ensured for the performance of the studies. In addition, forms with the contact data of those present are to be kept independently in order to be able to trace contact chains if necessary. These are to be kept in the respective areas for a period of four weeks after an appointment and are to be kept in such a way that prompt transmission to the university management for forwarding contact data to the health authorities is possible upon request.

Testing is mandatory for all present, i.e., in this case, participation is permitted only upon presentation of a negative Corona test result that is current for the day or, alternatively, presentation of proof of vaccination or convalescence. Corresponding proof must be carried in written or digital form and will be accepted in combination with an official identification document (or the TUC-Card) (visual inspection by the person responsible for the event, taking into account data protection concerns) or alternatively to perform a self-test under the supervision of the person responsible for the event before or at the beginning of the event. Tests performed by medically trained personnel or under supervision at the TU Chemnitz are accepted. In accordance with the current regulations, the requirement for rapid tests to be up-to-date on a daily basis means that the test must not have been performed more than 24 hours before the start of the event. If the test result is positive, participation is prohibited, the appointment must be terminated immediately and the university must be notified (by e-mail to ) to coordinate further action. For more details, please refer to the Hygiene Guidelines for Conducting Meetings On Site, etc.

The first day of classes for the 2021 summer semester was April 6. Classes are being carried out digitally for the most part. Given the current situation and the very dynamic development of the Covid-19 pandemic, the crisis team and the president's office have agreed that only courses that cannot be taught digitally (e.g. due to the required laboratory or technical equipment) can be held (partially) in-person. This means that all courses for first-year students that do not fall into this category can unfortunately not be held (partially) in-person. The course catalog has been adjusted accordingly. Students are asked to find out which courses are offered (partially) in person and which are offered digitally.

In accordance with the 18th Open Letter from the President Regarding the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) from April 24, 2021, and in light of the amendment to the Infection Protection Act, lecturers are not required to hold approved face-to-face lectures if they do not (or no longer) consider this to be justifiable for infection protection reasons. Furthermore, it should be noted that participation in released face-to-face teaching events and examinations is only permitted upon presentation of a daily negative Corona test result (testing requirement) or presentation of proof of vaccination or convalescence. Appropriate proof must be carried in writing or digitally and will be accepted in combination with an official identification document or the TUC Card. Prior to the start of the respective course, a visual inspection of the test, vaccination, or convalescent certificate will be made by the instructor. Tests taken by medically trained personnel or under supervision at Chemnitz University of Technology will be accepted. In accordance with the current regulations, the requirement that rapid tests must be up-to-date on a daily basis means that the test must not have been taken more than 24 hours before the start of the event, etc. For more information, please refer to the question Is there a testing requirement for students to participate in face-to-face courses and exams? in the Students tab.

A prerequisite for the implementation of face-to-face teaching is the mandatory observance of and compliance with the hygiene guidelines for the implementation of face-to-face teaching. This regulates access to buildings during the lecture period, provides instructions on correct behavior, and refers to the form for recording contact data of students participating in face-to-face courses.

In the coming winter semester, if the situation continues to develop positively, it will once again be possible to hold more face-to-face courses. However, as things stand at present, it can be assumed that the AHA+L rules will continue to apply and that room capacities will be restricted accordingly. Furthermore, many foreign students with visa requirements will not yet have the opportunity to be on site. Therefore, it is planned that a large part of the events will take place partially in-person (in addition to purely in-person events and digital events).

In the 2020 summer semester there were no general changes to the lecture period. The lecture period also ran as planned in the 2020/2021 winter semester.

Classes began as planned on April 6, 2021 for the 2021 summer semester. They are taking place mostly digitally. However, classes that cannot be taught digitally (e.g. due to the need for laboratory equipment) and some practical sports courses are taking place (partially) in-person. Students are asked to inform themselves about which courses are offered (partially) in-person and which are offered digitally in the course catalog.

Here, direct clarification is provided by the faculties or the Zentrum für Lehrerbildung (ZLB, Centre for Teacher Training). In consultation with the deans or deans of studies as well as the Central Examination Office, accommodating solutions, such as a postponement, are being considered.

Note for the teaching profession: Up-to-date information can be found on the website of the ZLB.

The Student Service Point is temporarily closed to the public. However, the Student Service Point's team is available via telephone and e-mail through their common contact information. The Student Service Point may also facilitate one-on-one consultations for those tested, vaccinated, and recovered by appointment and in compliance with sanitary and protective regulations. You can find more information on the Student Service Point's contact page.

Advice from the Central Student Advisory Office and the International University Centre is available by telephone during office hours and by e-mail outside office hours. The Student_innenrat (StuRa, Student Council of Chemnitz University of Technology) also offers advice and maintains a FAQ with additional information.

More advice and support services at Chemnitz University of Technology as well as a FAQ area with more than 120 frequently asked questions about studying can be found online.

Important information regarding the IT infrastructure can be found on the blog of the URZ. If you have questions or problems, please use only the ticket function (send your request by e-mail to and include a short, concise keyword about your problem or question in the subject of the e-mail.

The URZ training pools in the Rühlmann Building (so-called Turmbau) will be opened for independent use by students starting August 2, 2021, in compliance with hygiene and protection regulations. Pre-registration (by email to ) is required for this purpose. In addition, access will only be permitted after checking the required proof of testing, vaccination, or recovery and submitting the contact information form to URZ User Services. In addition, laptops can be borrowed for a limited time in the future outside of the central examination period for the preparation of term papers, research papers, and theses.

The University Library has been open as a study space for tested, vaccinated, or recovered persons on a limited basis since July 5, 2021. Students and employees can book a workstation on the premises in compliance with the specific hygiene concept for the use of the University Library as a study space (without separate proof regarding the preparation of a thesis). This requires prior registration via the reservation form of the University Library. The total number of seats that can be booked is 92.

In addition, the use of the University Library is now being gradually expanded:

  • Starting August 2, 2021, all users who have booked a workstation via advance reservation at the University Library will have access to the open access holdings.
  • Beginning August 16, 2021, 50 additional individuals will be able to visit the University Library without making an advance reservation to select and borrow books on the spot

Workstations can be booked by the day or by the week starting approximately two weeks in advance. The necessary technology has to be brought along independently. Only the workstation and Internet access via WLAN are provided. In addition, the use and lending of the open access holdings (from August 2, 2021) as well as the use of selected research screen workstations and multifunction devices is possible for students and employees using disposable gloves.

When in the University Library, it is mandatory to wear a medical mask or FFP2 mask. Students will receive a mask at registration in the lobby of the building. Use of the University Library is also permitted only with proof of a daily negative test result or proof of vaccination or convalescence. Appropriate proof must be carried in writing or digitally and presented for visual inspection upon entering the University Library in combination with an official identification document or TUC card. Accepted are tests that have been taken by medically trained staff or under supervision at Chemnitz University of Technology, e.g. in the context of a face-to-face course on the same day (TUC-internal use of the corresponding form).

The collection of pre-ordered media or their return is possible independently of a seat reservation in the university library. Please refer to the University Library's hygiene guidelines for borrowing and interlibrary loan.

No, unrestricted usage is not possible until further notice. However, the University Library may be used for borrowing and interlibrary loan (with an advance order). Please take notice of the university’s hygiene guidelines as well as the special instructions for checking books out of the University Library and interlibrary loan. Electronic services remain available as usual.

Students and employees can also book a workstation on the premises in compliance with the specific hygiene concept for the use of the University Library as a study space. This requires prior registration via the University Library reservation form. Starting August 16, 2021, 50 additional people are able to visit the University Library without prior registration in order to select and borrow books on site; online pre-ordering for the holdings will continue. Please see the question “Can I use the library to write my thesis?”

Additional information can be found on the University Library’s website.

As of August 16, 2021, selected university sports courses will once again be held outdoors. Students and employees can choose between five different courses. Enrollment is starting on August 9, 2021 at 12:00. Interested parties can register for the courses via the following website. Further information regarding the specific hygiene guideliens for the ZfSG must be adhered to.

The ZFG university gym will reopen for equipment training on August 9, 2021. For the time being, use is only possible with monthly passes and under the observance of specific hygiene rules. More information and the link to book can be found here.

However, starting August 2, 2021, the outdoor sports facilities will be open for individual sports by university employees and students from Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Access will be via the entrance to the sports hall. The security service provider is required to monitor compliance with the testing or verification requirement and to ensure that contact details are recorded. The showers and locker rooms remain closed.

 

Since May 15, 2020, from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., students will be given access to the foyer of the B-Building, Reichenhainer Straße 70 (“Turmbau”) for the purpose of updating their TUC-Card at the terminals. The hygiene concept of Chemnitz University of Technology must be strictly adhered to. Please also observe the notices posted in front of and inside the building and observe the distance markings while waiting. The building access for students to participate in approved classroom courses and exams (as mentioned in the hygiene concept) remains unaffected.

On the website of the Student_innenrat (StuRa) of Chemnitz University of Technology you will find further information on this topic.

Yes, time sheets can also be submitted electronically with the signature of the supervisor to the Human Resources Department, Department 2.2 by e-mail .

The Human Resources Department makes every effort to realize all legally possible further employment. In consultation with the respective supervisor, the monthly number of hours agreed in the employment contract is to be performed in mobile work.

See also: “Is it possible to extend my fixed-term employment contract as an academic assistant or research assistant due to the corona pandemic?” in the tab “Employees”.

Testing is currently mandatory for all approved in-person courses and examinations (both indoors and outdoors), i.e. in order to take part in approved in-person courses and examinations, both students and teachers are required to submit a negative test result for the day in question.

In order to substantiate the test and its result, students must either provide proof that a test has been carried out by medically trained personnel in a test center, etc. and show this to the lecturer before entering the premises or participating in the approved classroom teaching event or examination (visual inspection - see supplementary data protection policy) or alternatively carry out a self-test under the supervision of the lecturer before or at the beginning of the classroom teaching event. In this case, students receive self-tests from the lecturer. The concrete organization of the distribution of the tests is determined by the responsible lecturers in individual consultation with the students.

If the test result is invalid or positive, admission or participation is prohibited, the course is terminated immediately, and the university must be notified in order to coordinate the further procedure. If students require proof of the completion or result of a self-test taken under supervision, e.g. for participation in a second face-to-face course on the same day, a form (for internal university use only) can be used, which in this case should be signed off by the respective supervising teacher.

Please also refer to the following question for detailed information on the topics of self-testing and compulsory testing: Is there a testing requirement for students taking part in in-person courses and exams?

Notes on the special approval for self-tests

In February 2021, the Federal Ministry of Health changed the legal framework so that rapid tests for self-testing could be dispensed and sold. CE certification is usually required for the use of such medical devices by laypersons, but since this is very time-consuming, the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) granted a special approval for a limited period of three months, which temporarily replaced the CE marking and thus allowed the tests to be used at short notice. The date printed on the packaging of the self-test "temporarily approved for self-testing according to §11 MPG in Germany until ... without completed conformity assessment procedure" refers to this special approval.

The special approval of the BfArM and its time limit regulates the first placing on the market, i.e. the first distribution by the manufacturer to a third party. This means that manufacturers are not allowed to sell their tests to further distributors such as pharmacies or supermarkets after the expiration date. However, the further supply chain is not affected by this time limit. This means that the tests can continue to be sold and used for self-testing until the best-before date indicated on the packaging.

Yes, participation in approved face-to-face teaching events and examinations is only permitted with the presentation of a daily negative Corona quick or self-test result (compulsory testing). Proof must be provided either by certification from a testing center (either in digital, printed, or handwritten form) or alternatively by self-testing under instructor supervision prior to or at the beginning of the face-to-face course.

Students receive free self-tests from instructors exclusively for the aforementioned purpose. The concrete organization of the distribution of the tests is determined by the responsible teachers in individual consultation with the students. Students must take the tests before or at the beginning of the face-to-face course or examination (and may therefore take them on the university premises). If students require proof of the performance or result of a self-test taken under supervision, e.g. for participation in a second face-to-face course on the same day, a form (for internal university use only) can be used, which in this case should be signed off by the supervising teacher.

Teachers or examiners are required to check this access requirement before or at the beginning of each in-person course, taking into account data protection concerns (visual inspection of the certificate from the test center or the form after self-testing in the context of a previous course; the certificate itself remains with the student). If the test result is positive or invalid, admission to or participation in the course is prohibited.

The phrase "daily" means that the test must be taken on the weekday of attendance at the course or exam in question.

Hotgen-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) antigen tests and Nasocheck self-tests are available for distribution to students.

As an alternative to the aforementioned testing requirement, students may present proof of vaccination or convalescent status. Corresponding proof must be carried in writing or digitally and presented before or at the beginning of the respective classroom teaching event or examination for visual inspection in combination with an official identification document or the TUC card.

Please refer to the following instructions for use of self-tests:

Failure to properly perform specimen collection is one of the most common sources of error and can lead to an incorrect test result. Therefore, the smear test should be performed with special care, and the manufacturer's instructions on the packaging and the instructions for use of the test should be read in advance.

In addition to correct performance, the reading and subsequent interpretation of the result is particularly important. If the test is positive, it is very likely that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus has been detected. This could mean that you are suffering from an acute infection and may be able to infect others.

In the event of a positive rapid test result, do the following:

  • Avoid all contact, go directly into home isolation, and do not come to the university.
  • You are required to have a PCR test performed immediately. Contact your family doctor or a testing center immediately for this.
  • Also inform your household members (family, roommates) and urge them to reduce their contacts.
  • If the PCR test confirms the infection (i.e. is positive), the regulations for positively tested persons apply, in particular the obligation to report to the health department, 14 days of isolation from the time of testing, and immediate isolation of members of the household.
  • If the PCR test does not confirm the infection (i.e. is negative), the obligation to isolate is immediately lifted. Participation in the (next) face-to-face course or examination is possible in coordination with the instructor or examiner.

In case of suspicion (test is positive) as well as in case of confirmation of a positive result by means of a PCR test, the student concerned should inform the lecturer or examiner as well as immediately.

If the test result is invalid or - as described above - positive, access to the university or participation in the course or attendance examination is prohibited.

It is also important to note that the result of a quick test or self-test is only a snapshot that is valid at the time it is taken and is not 100% reliable. Therefore, even a negative result does not exempt from compliance with the hygiene regulations applicable at Chemnitz University of Technology (e.g. distance requirement, mask requirement, hand hygiene, etc.) and should not lull anyone into a false sense of security. In addition, specific hygiene regulations apply to the implementation of some approved in-person lectures and examinations, which are communicated to the students by the respective lecturer or examiner before the start of the event.

The lecturer or examiner is required to check the document (certificate from the testing center or the form after self-testing in the context of a previous course) that is brought along to substantiate the test taking and the result. However, it remains with the student after the visual inspection. Any further documentation in connection with the collection of personal data or even the collection of health data or test results by the instructor is not permitted.

To comply with the test obligation, the possibility of free citizen testing can also be used. For more information, please refer to the question: Where can I currently be tested for coronavirus infection in Chemnitz?

From October 11, 2021, 08:30 a.m., until presumably February 4, 2022, a central access control will take place in the central lecture and seminar building for the verification of test, vaccination or convalescent certificates of students in the entrance area by the security guard. For a speedy implementation of the access control (only visual inspection), the entrances will be divided according to the type of proof carried (naming in each case like view from the outside of the building):

  • Middle entrance: proof by Corona-Warn-App or CovPass-App
  • left entrance: proof in other digital or paper form
  • right entrance - left door: access for employees
  • right entrance - right door: access to test station.

Proof will be accepted in conjunction with the TUC-Card or an official identification document. The side doors of the building on the first floor are used as exits only. Please observe the signage posted on site accordingly.

Central access control will take place during the following time windows:

  • Monday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Outside of these hours, 3G access control is to be ensured by the instructors before entering the respective rooms.

In other parts of the campus and buildings, 3G control (visual inspection) is also carried out by the lecturers. Therefore, please be on site in good time (approx. 20 minutes before the start of the event).

There is a free testing opportunity for students and employees (external test provider) in room N002 in the central lecture and seminar building. Access is possible via the right-hand door of the right-hand building entrance.

Please note the following opening hours:

  • Monday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The testing opportunity will initially be available from October 11, 2021 through and including December 16, 2021.

In addition, another free testing opportunity, but for supervised self-testing only, is available in Room 208 (A10.208) in the university part of Straße der Nationen 62. The testing facility can be visited at the following times:

  • Monday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and
  • Friday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Supervision and issuance of TU-internal forms confirming test completion and the corresponding result will be done by BfAU employees.

Students can also - if this option is offered by teachers - make use of the possibility for self-testing under supervision by teachers before the start of a course. For this purpose, they receive tests from teachers who also sign the TU-internal formconfirming the test performance and the corresponding result.

For contact tracing, all premises (seminar rooms, lecture halls, laboratories, etc.) of the TU Chemnitz with potential public traffic were equipped with QR codes. Via Corona-Warn-App a paperless contact tracing is so possible. Please check in for this in the room before the start of the respective course. For more information, see the post I would like to use the Corona-Warn-App for contact tracing. What do I need to consider? in the General tab.

In addition to the digital check-in option, current regulations require lecturers to also have the TU Chemnitz contact form available for those who want paper-based contact tracing. The forms are stored in the respective dean's office for four weeks after the course in accordance with data protection regulations. Contact tracing must be done for each course unit.

In order to facilitate the respective controls, international students who have received a vaccine outside the EU, which is approved in Germany but was vaccinated under a different name, should have their proof of vaccination confirmed. For this purpose, the affected students should fill out an appropriate TU-internal form and send it together with the respective proof (as scan/copy/photograph) to the Student Service Point under the e-mail address . You can also find more information on this under the question I was vaccinated outside the European Union or the European Economic Area. How can I prove my vaccination status accordingly in order to enter the premises of the Chemnitz University of Technology and participate in internal university activities? Students can then show this proof accordingly at the access controls and the visual inspection can thus take place quickly.

If you have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute outside the European Union or the European Economic Area and have proof of this, you can apply for a substitute form at the Student Service Point, which will considerably simplify access to the campus and all premises or for participation in internal university activities. If possible, the proof should be in German or English. However, according to the regulations, proof in French, Italian and Spanish is also accepted.

In order to receive a corresponding substitute form, it must first be filled out truthfully in advance and sent with the corresponding evidence (as a scan/copy/photograph) to the Student Service Point at the e-mail address . Afterwards the form including the proofs will be checked. If the correctness of all data can be confirmed, the form will be completed by the employees of the Student Service Point and returned to the TU e-mail address of the student.

There are different forms depending on the prerequisite:

  • There is a complete vaccination with the appropriate number of vaccinations (proof must be provided for both vaccinations; for Janssen® by Johnson & Johnson, a complete vaccination consists of only one dose of vaccine).
  • There is a complete vaccination after recovery (evidence of recovery by PCR testing as well as evidence of vaccination must be provided).

It should be noted that incomplete or untraceable documentation cannot be processed. Furthermore, the substitute form is only valid for access to the Chemnitz University of Technology or for courses and examinations of the Chemnitz University of Technology, which take place, for example, as an excursion off campus. The use of the substitute form for access to other facilities (e.g. indoor dining, swimming pools, theaters, cinemas, etc.) is not possible.

Vaccinations made with vaccines other than those approved by the Paul Ehrlich Institute are not accepted in the Federal Republic of Germany, the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). These individuals are considered unvaccinated under European law and are therefore required to undergo testing. If there is a wish to be vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the EU, this possibility can be taken advantage of free of charge with proof of a longer-term stay (longer than 90 days by visa or residence permit). For more information, please see the FAQ question What are the current options for receiving a Corona vaccination? in the General tab.

Digital Learning

Tips for structured work, hints on digital tools as well as on learning together in virtual rooms are summarized on the e-learning websites of Chemnitz University of Technology.

In addition, the TU4U team offers support for self-studying and studying online. In order to master the summer semester 2020 in a well-organized and motivated way, the team has put together a lot of valuable information on its website on the topics of online learning from home, dealing with procrastination, and support with writing projects.

The Chair of Personality Psychology and Diagnostics has published a short and compact “Survival Kit” (PDF) for successful digital learning.

General information on how to participate in courses using the BigBlueButton videoconferencing system is published on the website of the University Computing Centre. On YouTube you will find a video explaining how to use BigBlueButton.

General information on how to participate in courses which are realized with the teaching and learning platform OPAL can be found on the e-learning websites of Chemnitz University of Technology. Among other information, video tutorials for the use of the learning platform are available there.

In the OPAL teaching and learning platform there are various ways to contact the lecturers of a course via e-mail. You can find detailed information on the blog of the URZ.

Examinations

In order to best protect students and employees at Chemnitz University of Technology, the crisis management team and the president’s office have decided that all exams for the 2020/2021 winter semester will take place during the central examination period (including the exams moved up to January 2021). These exams will take place digitally or in a manner that does not require in-person events, such as final papers. All students and lecturers will be comprehensively supported in this.

For exams that cannot take place online, the crisis management team and the president’s office have decided on exceptions that run parallel to the decision regarding classes that (due to necessary laboratories or technical equipment) cannot take place online.

In light of the ongoing infection situation, it was announced in the President’s 16th Open Letter on the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) from March 31, 2021 that it will also be possible and possibly necessary to conduct examinations digitally during the 2021 summer semester. As a result, examiners can already decide on a digital form and prepare it accordingly.

Students can always view currently scheduled examinations on the Central Examination Office’s website.

For the 2020 summer semester, on June 9, 2020, the Senate unanimously determined:

“Examiners may deviate from the form of examination specified in the module description. In the case that teaching or examination formats deviate from the module description, students will be granted nonrecognition of an exam taken in the 2020 summer semester if the application for nonrecognition (without stating reasons) is submitted before re-enrolment for this exam, at the latest on 31 March 2021 in the ZPA.”

This means that students can still refuse credit for an exam even after receiving their grade. This must be done by the end of the following winter semester 2020/21 at the latest or before registering for the repeat examination - whichever comes first. An informal application to the ZPA is sufficient. But to simplify and speed up the process, we ask you to use the form Antrag auf Annullierung einer Prüfung (Request for Cancellation of an Exam) prepared by the ZPA. Reasons do not have to be given. The prerequisite for non-credit is that the examination form or the teaching form deviates from the module description, which should affect most courses in the summer semester, since digital teaching forms are specified in very few module descriptions.

For the 2020/2021 winter semester, on November 3, 2020, the Senate unanimously determined:

"Examiners could in the 2020 summer semester and may in the 2020/2021 winter semester deviate from the form of teaching and examination specified in the module description. If the form of teaching or examination differs from the module description, students will be granted nonrecognition of an exam taken in the winter semester 2020/2021 if the application for nonrecognition (without stating reasons) is submitted to the ZPA by September 30, 2021 at the latest or before reenrolling for the exam (whichever comes first). The request for nonrecognition should be filed using the form provided by the ZPA. The resolution passed in the Senate deliberations on June 9, 2020 […] remains unaffected.“

This menas that students can still refuse to have an exam credited even after you have received the grade. This must be done by the end of the 2021 summer semester at the latest or before registering for the repeat examination - whichever comes first. To simplify and speed up the process, please use the form Antrag auf Annullierung einer Prüfung ( Request for Cancellation of an Exam) created by the ZPA. It is not necessary to give a reason. A prerequisite for nonrecognition is that the form of examination or the form of teaching differs from the module description, which should again affect most courses in the winter semester.

For the 2021 summer semester, the Senate unanimously decided on April 20, 2021 that:

"Examiners could deviate from the form of teaching and examination provided for in the module description in the summer semester 2020 as well as in the winter semester 2020/2021 and may do so in the summer semester 2021. If the form of teaching or examination deviates from the module description, students will be granted non-credit for an examination taken in the summer semester 2021 if the application (without giving reasons) for non-credit is submitted to the ZPA by the time of re-registration for this examination, at the latest by 31.03.2022 (whichever is earlier). The request for non-credit should be made using the form provided by the ZPA. The decisions made in the Senate deliberations on 09.06.2020 [...] as well as on 03.11.2020 [...] remain unaffected."

Students can refuse credit for an exam after receiving the evaluation during the 2021 summer semester. This must be done no later than the end of the 2021/2022 winter semester or before registering for the repeat examination - whichever comes first. In order to simplify and speed up the process, we ask you to use please use the form Antrag auf Annullierung einer Prüfung ( Request for Cancellation of an Exam) prepared by the ZPA. Reasons do not need to be given. The prerequisite for non-credit is that the form of examination or the form of teaching deviates from the module description, which should again affect most courses in the summer semester.

Due to the extended accessibility of the University Library, the computer pools as well as the laboratories, students may withdraw from examinations without notice and without giving reasons even for third attempts only until March 31, 2022.

The extension or deadline suspension for submitting homework and thesis papers will also end on March 31, 2022.

This means:

  • The deadlines for all homework and thesis papers submitted before March 11, 2020, will continue to run regularly as of April 1, 2022. This means that you will have the same amount of time, beginning April 1, 2022, as you would have had if the deadlines had not been suspended as of March 11, 2020.
  • The deadlines for all thesis and homework papers registered or to be registered between March 11, 2020, and March 31, 2022, will begin on/count from April 1, 2022, at which time you will have the processing time provided in the student documents.

This does not affect students' normal rights, such as extending deadlines for thesis papers.

For students who must retake an examination in the 2021/2022 winter semester (expiration date of one year for 1st repeat; next possible date for 2nd repeat, deadline extension from the 2020/2021 winter semester and 2021 summer semester), the deadline for the repeat is extended to the next possible date (usually during the 2022 summer semester). This applies regardless of whether or not the exam is offered during the 2021/2022 winter semester. If a student decides to take an examination during the 2021/2022 winter semester - registers for it or takes it - the performance achieved will be treated as a regular attempt, unless the student has the examination cancelled in accordance with the Senate resolution from November 2, 2021.

Students can borrow a laptop temporarily and for a limited period of time for participation for digital exams during the 2021 summer semester if they do not have the necessary/suitable hardware themselves. A drawing tablet (graphics tablet) with pen and/or a USB webcam can also be borrowed in addition to the laptop or individually. Borrowing is only possible via the centrally specified registration and confirmation process. More detailed information is published on the URZ website.

Lending of laptops, drawing tablets, and USB webcams is exclusively available for participation in online examinations and subject to availability of the devices. The prerequisite for application is enrollment in an electronic exam at the Central Examination Office (ZPA). Collection and return are only possible in person at the University Library, Straße der Nationen 33 (Alte Aktienspinnerei), in compliance with the university’s hygiene regulations.

Students who have no stable internet connection at home can take their written online exams in the rooms of the university library in compliance with the specific hygiene guidelines for taking written online exams during the 2021 summer semester. This requires prior registration via the reservation form of the university library.

Taking oral online exams is not allowed. Students are only provided with a workstation and internet access via wifi according to prior reservation. The technology required for the examination must be brought along independently. If students do not have the necessary/suitable hardware themselves, it is possible to borrow it. Please refer to the entry on the question “Can I borrow hardware from the university to take online exams? How are reservations and loans made?”.

A medical mask or FFP2 mask must be worn to take written online exams at the University Library. Therefore, students who are authorized to take online written examinations in the University Library rooms after successful reservation will receive such a mask when they register in the foyer of the building. In addition, use of the University Library is permitted only with proof of a current-day negative test result or proof of immunization or convalescence. Appropriate proof must be carried in writing or digitally and presented for visual inspection upon entering the University Library in combination with an official identification document or TUC card. Accepted are tests that have been performed by medically trained staff or under supervision at Chemnitz University of Technology, e.g. in the context of a classroom teaching event on the same day (TUC-internal use of the form).

  1. Take your right to non-credit an examination if the teaching or examination form deviates from the module description. For this purpose, use the form Request for cancellation of an examination prepared by the Central Examination Office (ZPA).
  2. If the examination supervisor restricts your privacy too much, then use the possibility of a workstation for taking digital exams in the university library. You can find more information on this under the question “I do not have a stable internet connection at home. Can I go to the university rooms to use the wifi there to take online exams?”.
  3. If your internet connection is not sufficient, you can use rooms with a stable internet connection, for example the university library: reservation form of the university library.
  4. If your own technology is not sufficient, then use hardware from the university. For more information see question “Can I borrow hardware from the university to take online exams? How are reservations and loans made?”.
  • The Central Examination Office (ZPA) is temporarily closed to the public. However, contact persons can be reached by phone during office hours. Outside office hours you can also contact the Central Examination Office with your request by e-mail. However, only a limited work capacity can be guaranteed. You can find more information on the contact page of the ZPA.

Application, enrollment, feedback

The Central Course Guidance Service (ZSB) is temporarily closed to the public. However, the team will be available via telephone and e-mail through their usual contact details. The Central Course Guidance Service can also provide one-on-one consultations for those who have been tested, vaccinated, or recovered by appointment and in compliance with hygiene and protection regulations. The team helps students with problems concerning the course of study and prospective students with questions about the more than 100 courses offered by Chemnitz University of Technology, about study requirements, application and admission deadlines as well as the enrollment process. You can find more information on the contact page of the ZSB.

Further advice and support services at Chemnitz University of Technology as well as a FAQ area with more than 120 frequently asked questions about studying can be found online. An overview of studying at Chemnitz University of Technology can also be found on the landing page Studying in Chemnitz.

Please send your documents by mail to the Student Service Point (address: TU Chemnitz, Studentensekretariat, 09107 Chemnitz). Your documents, even if they arrive late, will then be processed further. Please also use the postal service for other written correspondence concerning the organisation of your studies, such as applications for exmatriculation. You can find more information on the website of the Student Service Point.

For the 2020 summer semester, the University Management of Chemnitz University of Technology following a vote in the State Rectors’ Conference, already agreed in April last year, not to count the semester towards the standard period of study for all students in accordance with § 20 para. 5 of the Sächsisches Hochschulfreiheitsgesetz (SächsHSFG). This non-crediting of the summer semester has already been carried out for all students who were enrolled at Chemnitz University of Technology and were not on leave of absence in the 2020 summer semester.

A change of the law as part of the management of the COVID-19 pandemic provides for an extension of the standard period of study (individual standard period of study). For the 2020/2021 winter semester, this has already been noted on the matriculation certificate of all enrolled (and not suspended) students.

Since the change in the law has also come into force retroactively for the 2020 summer semester, students can have the non-credit for the 2020 summer semester that has already taken place converted into an extension of the individual standard period of study by applying to the Student Service Point. The exact regulations can be found in the President’s Newsletter 04/2021 from February 1, 2021 [German only].

A distinction must be made between contributions and fees.

The regular semester contribution must continue to be paid - irrespective of the regulation on the extension of the standard period of study or non-credit of the semester - and cannot be refunded/credited. The semester contribution consists of the student union contribution, the student culture ticket, the student annual ticket and the contribution for the Studentenwerk. These contributions are solidarity contributions and must be paid by all students. Payment of the semester contribution is also a prerequisite for enrolment and re-registration.

The suspension of the obligation to pay fees in connection with the extension of the standard period of study therefore only applies to long-term and second-study fees. Long-term study fees may be incurred if the standard period of study is exceeded by more than four semesters. Second-study fees are payable if a first study leading to a Diplom, Magister, Master’s or Staatsprüfung degree has been successfully completed at a German university or higher education institution and the total duration of the study exceeds the standard period of study of the previous study by six semesters.

More information on contributions and fees can also be found on the website of the Student Service Point.

BAföG

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has issued a decree that BAföG recipients should not suffer any disadvantages from the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that even if schools or universities are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, those receiving BAföG will continue to receive their funding. BAföG will therefore continue to be paid even if the university closes due to the pandemic and lectures or examination dates are cancelled. Unavoidable interruptions in training due to the pandemic also constitute a serious reason within the meaning of § 15 section 3 BAföG. This also applies when, for example, exams are postponed until after the standard duration of study. According to § 48 para. 2 BAföG, the submission date for certificates of achievement may also be postponed accordingly.

In current funding periods, this usually does not require any action to be taken. The funding will continue to be paid despite university closure. If a funding period has expired, students should simply continue to submit BAföG applications in a timely manner.

The Rectorate of Chemnitz University of Technology has also agreed, following a vote in the State Rectors' Conference, not to count the summer semester 2020 towards the standard period of study for all students (also for registered doctoral students) in accordance with § 20 para. 5 SächsHSFG.

Up-to-date information can be found on the BMBF website.

If it is not possible to provide proof in any other way, it may be necessary to submit proof that the study achievements remaining open at the end of the standard duration of study, for example, could not be provided due to the pandemic-related closures. In case of doubt, the Studentenwerk Chemnitz-Zwickau requires information on the period of closure and which academic achievements could not be completed as a result.

Further information and contact persons can be found on the website of the Studentenwerk Chemnitz-Zwickau.

The general obligation to present proof of performance has not been lifted. Rather, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has clarified that delays in studies due to pandemic-related closures are a reason that may justify a delayed submission of the certificate of achievement. However, this is no general rule, but rather requires a dedicated application. Therefore, applicants must submit a certificate of achievement with their application for the 5th semester. If it is negative, an application according to § 48 para. 2 BAföG must be made. If it can be plausibly explained that no positive proof of performance can be presented because certain achievements could not be made due to the pandemic-related closures, the application is then granted without further ado. The applicant then has a certain period of additional time to provide evidence of the performance of the 4th semester.

If the non-submission of the proof of performance required according to § 48 paragraph 1 BAföG is based on the fact that these could not be issued by the responsible office due to restrictions/discontinuation of the university operation or with a delay, this is also not damaging for the receipt of BAföG benefits. In this case, funding can also be granted without the certificate as an exception. The applicant must submit a declaration that he/she has actually performed/completed the relevant examination.

Up-to-date information can be found on the BMBF website.

Semester abroad, travel and information for international students

It is currently not possible to assess whether currently planned stays abroad at partner universities in the near future can be started regularly, as the situation and protective regulations regarding the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) are also constantly changing in other countries. However, the International Office (IUZ) is in constant contact with the foreign partner universities and can provide information on the current status if required. If you have any questions, please contact the IUZ (e-mail: , phone +49 371 531-13500). In principle, Chemnitz University of Technology advises against spending a semester abroad in one of the towns and regions classified as risk areas. Before leaving the country, students should in any case find out whether their host university is located in one of the current risk areas.

In the case that you have already started your semester abroad, please contact the IUZ (e-mail: , phone +49 371 531-13500) should your status, the status of your host university or your local situation change.

On August 1, 2021, the new amendment to the Corona Virus Entry Ordinance (CoronaEinreiseV) of the federal government came into force for entering and returning travelers. It uniformly regulates the registration, testing, and verification obligations as well as the post-entry quarantine regulations throughout Germany, which were previously the responsibility of the federal states. The Saxon Corona Quarantine Ordinance was repealed. The regulations of the federal ordinance continue to apply until the German Bundestag repeals the determination of the epidemic situation of national scope in accordance with Section 5 (1) sentence 2 of the Infection Protection Act (IfSG).

According to the regulations, persons who enter the Federal Republic of Germany from abroad and have stayed in an international high-risk area or virus variant area within ten days prior to entry are required to go directly to their home immediately after entry, to seclude themselves there permanently for a period of ten days (or 14 days in the case of entry from a virus variant area) after entry (domestic quarantine), and to notify the health office responsible for them prior to entry via digital entry registration at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de as well as when symptoms of illness occur (Chemnitz City Health Department: telephone 0371 488-5302 (Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) or e-mail (Stadt Chemnitz)). In the event of the occurrence of symptoms such as cough, cold, fever, or loss of smell and taste within the ten- or 14-day quarantine period, these persons are required to visit a doctor or a testing center for a test. If a digital entry notification is not possible, a fully completed substitute form must be carried (e.g., in case of police checks when crossing the border) and transmitted to the responsible health department immediately after entry by the person entering the country.

In addition, a negative test result must be presented no later than 48 hours after entry. The responsible public health department may ask persons entering from high-risk areas to submit the test within ten days of entry. In each case, the proof of testing must refer to a test that was performed no more than 48 hours (for antigen tests) or 72 hours (for PCR tests) ago. For the calculation of these periods, the time of entry (crossing the border of the Federal Republic of Germany or planned first arrival with possibility of exit in the Federal Republic of Germany) is decisive.

Persons entering Germany from high-risk or virus variant areas must already have a negative test result at the time of entry (paper or electronic proof in German, English, French, Italian, or Spanish). The underlying smear test must have been taken no more than 48 hours prior to entry in the case of entry from a high incidence area. For virus variant areas, the time limit is reduced to 24 hours for antigen testing.

For air travelers from a high-risk area, a general testing requirement applies prior to departure for Germany; for all travelers from a virus variant area, a general testing requirement applies prior to entry. All passengers who wish to enter the Federal Republic of Germany by air must undergo mandatory testing prior to departure. The test result must be available before departure in order to present it to the carrier. Proof of vaccination and convalescence can replace a negative test result. However, this does not apply in the case of prior stay in a virus variant area.

Early lifting of quarantine and exceptions

Persons entering the country from international risk areas may terminate the mandatory ten-day quarantine early upon presentation of a medical report that has shown no evidence of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) infection if the negative test evidence is submitted through the Federal Republic's entry portal at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de. The quarantine can then be terminated from the time of transmission, but no earlier than five days after entry. If proof of vaccination or convalescent status is transmitted prior to entry, quarantine is not required. Isolation also ends if the high-risk area concerned is no longer classified as a high-risk area after entry into the Federal Republic of Germany and before the end of the isolation period.

After a stay in high incidence areas, testing can be carried out at the earliest five days after entry.

For persons entering from virus variant areas, early termination of quarantine (e.g. via testing) is not possible unless

  • the affected virus variant area is classified as a high-risk area after entry into the Federal Republic of Germany and before the 14 days have expired, or
  • the person entering the country has been fully vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus with a vaccine for which the Robert Koch Institute has determined and published on its website that this vaccine is sufficient and effective against the virus variant for which the classification as a virus variant area was made.

If this is not the case, the quarantine lasts 14 days.

According to § 10 of the COVID-19 Protective Measures Exemption Ordinance (SchAusnahmV) of the Federal Government from May 8, 2021, the regulation on isolation or domestic quarantine also does not apply to vaccinated persons who have already received their second vaccination at least 14 days ago. The same applies to convalescents whose confirmed positive PCR test result was at least 28 days, but not more than six months ago, and to convalescents who have received their first vaccination.


In these cases, the domestic quarantine can be terminated prematurely if a vaccination certificate or a genetic certificate is transmitted via the entry portal at https://www.einreiseanmeldung.de. The quarantine can then be terminated from the time of transmission. If the proof is transmitted prior to entry, no quarantine is required. This rule applies to all entrants after prior stay in a high incidence area or simple risk area. However, the exception does not apply if entry is from a virus variant area.

Violations are regarded as administrative offences and will be punished with fines. The Saxony Quarantine Regulation is in effect until further notice.

Up-to-date warnings on the current entry and quarantine requirements can be found on the websites of the following institutions:

Please also take note of the Free State of Saxony and the City of Chemnitz’s official announcements:

We are working on an agreement with the Foreigner's Registration Office in this regard. If there are any changes, you will receive more detailed information here.

During the Corona pandemic, severe restrictions on entering Germany were introduced. Until 15 June 2020, entry restrictions for travellers from the EU (member states, Schengen-associated states, Great Britain) were in force. They were only allowed to enter the country with compelling reasons. This restriction has since been lifted for travellers within the EU.

Since 1 July 2020 these restrictions have also been lifted for some non-EU countries. An up-to-date list can be found on the website of the Federal Foreign Office. Entry restrictions still exist for all other non-EU countries. Depending on developments in the coming weeks, changes for individual states may occur.

If entry restrictions apply to travellers from a non-EU country, entry to Germany is only possible if proof of a compelling reason is provided. This is the case for “foreign students whose studies cannot be carried out entirely from abroad” (according to the website of the Federal Foreign Office). This is necessary, for example, for enrolment when taking up studies or for taking exams which are conducted in attendance. The Student Service Point can provide you with a corresponding certificate: As the current situation is very dynamic, please contact your local diplomatic mission (embassy, consulate) for detailed information before planning and starting your trip. In addition, you can find information on entry requirements on the websites of the (https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/covid-19/2296762) Foreign Office and the (https://www.bundespolizei.de/Web/DE/04Aktuelles/01Meldungen/2020/03/200317_faq.html) Federal Police. The currently valid travel regulations may change at any time – therefore check them regularly. If you are travelling from a risk area, please note the question "What do I have to do if I am travelling from a risk area?

If your arrival for the 2020/2021 winter semester is delayed, for example because your home country is in lockdown for an indefinite period of time or your entry documents have already expired and have to be reapplied for, please contact the Student Service Point in this case via e-mail: .

If you have applied for the extension of your residence title at the Foreigners' Registration Office in time before your current residence title expires, your current residence title will remain valid until the application is reviewed. The Foreigners' Registration Office issues a corresponding certificate (Fiktionsbescheinigung) as proof. This certificate is mandatory for re-entry to Germany after expiry of your current residence title (border control). The certificate must be collected in person - it cannot be sent via mail to your residential address by the Foreigners' Registration Office. If you are currently in your home country and have not yet picked up your certificate, it may be necessary for you to apply for a new visa. Please discuss the necessary steps with the local diplomatic mission (embassy, consulate) and the Foreigners' Registration Office in Chemnitz as soon as possible and describe your situation in detail.

If you have not yet submitted an application for the extension of your currently still valid residence title, you can do so without particular form by sending an e-mail to the Foreigners' Registration Office: (Stadt Chemnitz)

If possible, in the current uncertain situation, travel to the home country should be avoided, as short-term and unforeseeable changes could cause problems when re-entering Germany. In addition, a two-week quarantine may be necessary when returning from a then possibly declared risk area. If the trip is absolutely necessary, make an appointment in good time with the Foreigners' Registration Office by telephone under 0371 488-3371 and apply for an extension of your residence permit if necessary. If you need an appointment at short notice, please describe the reason for the urgency and, if necessary, send proof of the urgency (e.g. a copy of the flight ticket) via e-mail to (Stadt Chemnitz). This will be taken into account accordingly when making the appointment.

If your residence permit or visa has expired during your stay in your home country and you have not submitted an application for an extension before expiry (not even by e-mail), you must apply for a new visa. Please contact the diplomatic mission (embassy, consulate) responsible for you. If the office is closed due to the Corona pandemic, it is not possible to make an appointment. You should therefore check the status of your local office regularly. If this causes delays in your studies, please contact your academic advisor or your examination board well in advance to find joint solutions.

If the diplomatic mission (embassy, consulate) responsible for you in your home country refers you to the Foreigners' Registration Office in Chemnitz, please send an e-mail to (Stadt Chemnitz) and describe your concern in detail, stating the request of the diplomatic mission.

The City of Chemnitz'sForeigners' Registration Office is open for personal appointments. In order to prevent infections, it is always necessary to make an appointment by telephone at 0371 488-3371 beforehand. When visiting the authority, medical mouth-nose protection is to be worn.

If you have any questions, you can also contact the Foreigners' Registration Office by e-mail - please describe your concerns in detail and expect a longer response time due to the current situation: (Stadt Chemnitz).

Examiners were free to determine how examinations are conducted during the 2020 summer semester and the 2020/2021 winter semester. This also applies to the 2021 summer semester. If you are unable to enter Germany to take exams due to circumstances arising from the Corona pandemic, please contact the responsible examiners in good time and describe your situation in detail. Together you can discuss alternative forms and times of examinations.

If you do not have the necessary technical requirements in your home country to take part in a digital examination, please also contact the responsible examiners.

FAQ - Virtualization of Teaching

The following FAQ provides answers to the most important questions regarding a fast – not perfect – virtualization of teaching in response to the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Even though some of the proposed solutions can be used permanently, this is not the case with all of them: A video recording of a lecture, for example, is better than no lecture at all, but this is still not e-learning.

The FAQ will be continuously updated. It also lives on your assistance. If you have a question that should be answered here, or content that should be referred to here, please write an e-mail to Ms. Sandra Rechenberg: .

In order to make direct contact between lecturers and students possible - like in in-person classes - the URZ installed a server cluster for the video conferencing system BigBlueButton. This allows virtual conference rooms to be individually created and password protected in order to easily carry out classes, oral exams, group meetings, and other meetings via video conference.

The URZ website has step-by-step instructions for using the system as well as an FAQ about BigBlueButton.

In order to best support lecturers who have educational, conceptual, or technical questions, a series of programs, available on the teaching section of the university website, has been created. The website contains a list of important links and contact information.

Current procedures and tools as well as examples of best practices for virtual teaching are summarized on the university's e-learning websites.

When creating digital teaching and learning formats, you should also consider students with chronic illnesses, disabilities or in special situations, e.g. students with children and relatives in need of care.

In general, online formats are very welcome, as they can make it easier to reconcile the individual situation with studying. Students with hearing and visual impairments are particularly dependent on digital accessibility. However, in order to ensure that no students are excluded (albeit certainly unintentionally), a number of organisational aspects need to be considered when designing digital courses in times of the corona crisis: If the following requirements cannot yet be fully met due to the current workload and time pressure when redesigning courses, reference should be made to compensation of disadvantages for students with disabilities and chronic illnesses during their studies in accordance with § 5 no. 12 Saxon Law on Freedom of Higher Education (Sächsisches Hochschulfreiheitsgesetz) and with regard to exams in accordance with § 34 paragraph 3 Saxon Law on Freedom of Higher Education (with reference to § 5 paragraph 2 of all examination regulations of Chemnitz University of Technology).

Concrete possibilities of support and further information can be found in a PDF document of the coordinator for inclusion and contact person for students with disabilities at Chemnitz University of Technology.

The Information and Counselling Centre for Studying and Disability (IBS) of the Deutsches Studentenwerk e. V. has published a guide (German only) that contains numerous best practices on this topic.

In order to protect the employees and students at Chemnitz University of Technology in the best possible way and at the same time to provide long-term planning security, the crisis team and the president's office agreed that all examinations within the scope of the examination period (incl. examinations brought forward to January 2021) during the 2020/2021 winter semester would in principle be conducted in digital form or in a form that does not require presence (final paper or similar). Extensive support has been provided to teachers and students for this purpose.

For examinations that were demonstrably not digitally feasible, the crisis team or the president's office approved exceptions - analogous to the procedure for courses that were not digitally feasible (e.g., due to required laboratory or technical equipment). Corresponding applications with details of the examination number, title and type of the associated course and detailed reasons could be sent to by December 4, 2020 (application by tabular submission).

In view of the ongoing infection, the 16th Open Letter from the President Regarding the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) from March 31, 2021, already pointed out that it will also be possible and possibly necessary to conduct examinations digitally in the summer semester of 2021. Examiners can consequently already decide on a digital form and prepare it accordingly.

In 9 June 2020, the Senate unanimously decided with regard to the exams for the current semester: “Examiners may deviate from the form of examination specified in the module description.”

No regulations are made as to which examination form should be offered as an alternative, i.e. you as an examiner are free to decide which alternative is appropriate for the competences to be assessed. We recommend that you test the chosen alternative in advance with, for example, student assistants, employees or advanced students. We ask you to communicate the chosen alternative to the students clearly and as early as possible.

Examples of possible alternative forms of examination to the written exam are, but are not limited to the following:

Oral exams:
At least if the number of participants is not too large, oral individual or group exams can be a good alternative.
Take-Home exams:
This is a kind of mixture between exam and homework: You give the students tasks at a specified time via e-mail or OPAL, which have to be completed in a comparatively tight time frame of a few hours.
Online exams:
The e-learning team is currently setting up technical procedures enabling online exams. Online exams are closer to the usual on-site exams than take-home exams, but place significantly higher demands on the existing technology on the part of students and examiners, since exam supervision is carried out via video.
Portfolio exams:
Here a portfolio is created, consisting for example of homework spread over the semester and a final oral examination.

Further information can be found here:

  1. It is best to avoid digital examination proctoring through alternative forms of examination.
  2. Use the video conference tool BigBlueButton (BBB) for examination proctoring and follow the recommendations of the e-learning team.
  3. Refrain from video recordings during the examination supervision. If it is necessary, then use screenshots to document the authentication, if applicable, cheating attempts or handwritten documents of the examinees before uploading. Delete this personal data immediately after the necessary analysis of this data. Also inform students about the use of their personal data.

Both students and instructors or examiners are currently required to take a test, i.e. a daily negative quick test or self-test result must be provided as a prerequisite for taking or participating in approved in-person courses or examinations. To establish credibility of performance and test result, students must either submit certification from a testing center (either in digital, printed, or handwritten form) as part of the free citizen testing process or, alternatively, may self-test under instructor supervision prior to or at the beginning of the face-to-face course or examination (and therefore also on university premises).

In this case, teachers or examiners receive self-tests from the university for distribution to students. Corresponding orders can be placed by emailing this form to stating the name of the course or examination, the course or examination number and the number of participants. and should - in the case of e.g. weekly courses - be based on a demand for up to four weeks in advance.

The concrete organization of the distribution of the tests is determined by the responsible lecturers or examiners in individual consultation with the students. When self-tests are handed out to students by teachers or examiners, the following information must be provided

  • the name of the student
  • the date of distribution
  • the name of the person issuing the test

If students require proof of the completion or result of a self-test taken under supervision, e.g. for participation in a second face-to-face course on the same day, a form (for internal TUC use only) can be used, which in this case should be signed off by the supervising teacher.

Teachers are required to check this admission requirement (proof of negative test result) before each face-to-face course or examination, taking into account data protection issues (visual inspection of the certificate or the completed form; the proof itself remains with the student). Any further documentation in connection with the collection of personal data or even the recording of health data or test results by the lecturer is not permitted.

If the test result is positive, access to or participation in the course is prohibited.

Note: The word "daily" means that the test must not have been taken more than 24 hours before the start of the face-to-face course or examination.

As an alternative to the aforementioned testing requirement, there is the option of submitting proof of vaccination or convalescent status. Corresponding proof is to be carried in writing or digitally and presented before or at the beginning of the respective classroom teaching event or examination for visual inspection in combination with an official identification document or the TUC card.

The existing hygiene guidelines must be observed at all times - even with extended mandatory testing - in the interest of the health of all employees and students at Chemnitz University of Technology during in-person events.

For more information, please refer to the question "Is there a testing requirment for students taking part in in-person courses and exams?" in the Students tab.

Information on the possibility of free citizen testing in Chemnitz can be found under the question "Where can I currently be tested for coronavirus infection in Chemnitz?" in the General tab.

From October 11, 2021, 08:30 a.m., until presumably February 4, 2022, a central access control will take place in the central lecture and seminar building for the verification of test, vaccination or convalescent certificates of students in the entrance area by the security guard. For a speedy implementation of the access control (only visual inspection), the entrances will be divided according to the type of proof carried (naming in each case like view from the outside of the building):

  • Middle entrance: proof by Corona-Warn-App or CovPass-App
  • left entrance: proof in other digital or paper form
  • right entrance - left door: access for employees
  • right entrance - right door: access to test station.

Proof will be accepted in conjunction with the TUC-Card or an official identification document. This also applies to external lecturers. Employees are instructed to comply with the 3G rule. The side doors of the building on the first floor are used as exits only. Please observe the signage posted on site accordingly. A contact person at Chemnitz University of Technology is available for on-site queries.

Central access control will take place during the following time windows:

  • Monday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Outside of these hours, as well as basically in all other campus parts and buildings, the 3G control (visual control) is carried out by the lecturers. Please meet the students on site in time (calculate max. approx. 20 sec. per person).

Proof of vaccination

Proof of vaccination status can be provided digitally via the Corona-Warn-App or CovPass-App, or it can be provided by a vaccination card in paper form, a printout of the Digital EU Vaccination Certificate, or a Vaccination Replacement Certificate. Be sure to include the student's name, completeness of vaccination coverage or number of vaccinations, and the name of the vaccine(s), if applicable.

International students who have received a vaccination outside the EU also have the option of having their proof of vaccination confirmed if they have been vaccinated with a vaccine that is approved in Germany but is listed under a different name in their home country. For this purpose, students should fill out an appropriate TU-internal form and send it together with the respective proof (as scan/copy/photograph) to the Student Service Point at the e-mail address . Students can find more information on this under the question I was vaccinated outside the European Union or the European Economic Area. How can I prove my vaccination status in order to enter the premises of the Chemnitz University of Technology and participate in internal university activities? Students can then show this proof accordingly at the access controls and the visual inspection can thus be carried out quickly.

The combination of a vaccination and proof of convalescence is also recognized. In this case, it is important that the vaccination must have taken place within seven months of the positive PCR test or the proven infection.

Proof of Convalescence

The proof of convalescence already differs within Germany depending on the municipality. In particular, in addition to the name of the student, attention must be paid to the period of time specified therein: At least 28 days and a maximum of six months must have passed since the PCR test with a positive result.

Proof via test

Valid are negative PCR tests (48 hours) as well as negative Corona rapid tests (24 hours). The test result is accepted in both digital (e.g., via the Corona-Warn-App) and paper form. The proof should either be confirmed by a third party (e.g. test provider) or alternatively be or have been performed under supervision at the university (use of the TU internal form). For more information, please also refer to the question Which testing options are currently available at Chemnitz University of Technology?.

There is a free testing opportunity for students and employees (external test provider) in room N002 in the central lecture and seminar building. Access is possible via the right-hand door of the right-hand building entrance.

Please note the following opening hours:

  • Monday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The testing opportunity will initially be available from October 11, 2021 through and including December 16, 2021.

In addition, another free testing opportunity, but for supervised self-testing only, is available in Room 208 (A10.208) in the university part of Straße der Nationen 62. The testing facility can be visited at the following times:

  • Monday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and
  • Friday 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Supervision and issuance of TU-internal forms confirming test completion and the corresponding result will be done by BfAU employees.

In order to conduct tests under supervision before the start of a lecture, you as a teacher can also continue to internally order quick tests, hand them out to students and acknowledge the TU-internal form accordingly. In addition, or if it seems impossible to offer this option, e.g. for organizational reasons, you are welcome to refer to the above-mentioned testing facilities in the central lecture and seminar building or in the university part of Straße der Nationen.

For contact tracing, all premises (seminar rooms, lecture halls, laboratories, etc.) of the TU Chemnitz with potential public traffic were equipped with QR codes. Via Corona-Warn-App a paperless contact tracing is so possible. In addition, we ask you to use the learning platform OPAL for the transmission of organizational information as well as for the quick information of students and to set up a course for each lecture. For more information, see the post I would like to use the Corona-Warn-App for contact tracing. What do I need to consider? in the General tab.

In addition to the digital check-in option, current regulations require you as a lecturer to also have the TU Chemnitz contact form available for those who want paper-based contact tracing. The forms are to be stored in the respective dean's office for four weeks after the course in accordance with data protection regulations. Contact tracing must be done for each course unit.