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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:

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

Form for applying for face-to-face events

For the application of face-to-face events, please use the form Antrag auf Durchführung einer Präsenzveranstaltung ggü. dem Krisenstab bzw. Rektorat der TU Chemnitz.

Forms for Collecting Contact Data

To supplement the shift and occupancy plans, the form for the documentation of contact chains for attendance times (last update: February 28, 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:

Current situation on coronavirus

On September 27, 2022, the Saxon state government passed a new Corona Protection Ordinance. The Regulation applies from October 1 until and including April 7, 2023. The basis for the Saxon regulations is the amended Infection Protection Act (IfSG), which the federal government passed in mid-September 2022.

In addition to the IfSG, the current regulation provides for an FFP2 mask requirement in hospitals, medical practices and other health and social care facilities (e.g. care facilities). At least one medical mask must be worn when traveling in local public transport within Saxony; An FFP2 mask must be worn in long-distance public transport.

The IfSG and the Saxon ordinance also regulate the obligation to test and provide evidence when entering certain medical and nursing facilities. According to this, visitors, for example, only have access to hospitals and inpatient and semi-inpatient care facilities after presenting a negative test certificate.

In addition, caution is still advised and it is strongly recommended to wear a mouth and nose cover (preferably an FFP2 mask or comparable respirator) in publicly accessible indoor spaces and when there are large crowds, wherever possible a minimum distance of 1.5 meters from other people adhere to and reduce personal contacts.

The official announcements and detailed information can be found on the websites of the Free State of Saxony on coronavirus [in German]. You can also find an overview of all coronavirus hotlines and public telephones in Saxony on the websites of the Free State [in German].

In order to control the pandemic and to enforce the Infection Protection Act (IfSG), the city of Chemnitz issued the 24. General Order for the segregation of close contacts, of suspected persons and of persons tested positive for coronavirus (in German) on September 29, 2022 to isolate suspected persons and persons tested positive for the coronavirus. The order regulates the rules for isolation and the termination of the measures. It is valid from September 29 to November 30, 2022 inclusive. It is an extension of the 23. general decree without any changes to the content.

Since the compulsory isolation of people who have tested positive and its duration are no longer ordered in writing by means of a personalised notice, those affected should use the quarantine calculator published on the website of the city of Chemnitz to independently determine the individual duration of isolation.

In Chemnitz, as in the entire Free State of Saxony, the regulations of the Saxon Corona Protection Ordinance of September 29, 2022 also currently apply. The most important provisions can be found on the websites of the city of Chemnitz.

The wording of the publications, an FAQ section on the regulations as well as current information on the situation can be found on the corona virus web pages of the City of Chemnitz’s Corona website (German). The coronavirus hotline of the City of Chemnitz 0371 488-5302 is staffed from Monday to Friday 8:00–18:00.

The city of Chemnitz has also published on its websites an overview of providers of rapid tests in Chemnitz as well as information on the three vaccination centers and the deployment of mobile vaccination teams in the city area.

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
  • Dr. Anne Wesemann, Head of the President's Office
  • Frank Hohaus/Dr. Philipp Cain, Representative of the Staff Council
  • 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

Since July 5, 2021, restricted normal operation especially for tested, vaccinated and recovered persons applies at Chemnitz University of Technology. However, in accordance with the 22nd to 31st Open Letter of the President regarding the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), some adjustments to the existing regulations have been made since then. On October 1, 2022, Chemnitz University of Technology returned to full occupancy for classroom teaching.

Mobile work and face-to-face work

The obligation to use mobile work no longer applies. However, the rectorate strongly recommends to continue using mobile work in coordination with the supervisor, if this is possible and practicable according to the job profile. In-person activities may only be carried out in compliance with the existing hygiene and protection regulations (including individual office regulations or square meter keys for laboratories, workshops, etc.). Although the individual office rule is generally continued, it is possible to deviate from it in justified exceptional cases, provided that all employees concerned wish to do so, the line manager agrees and the following additional requirements are met:

  • A square meter ratio of one person per ten square meters of office space is observed.
  • A minimum distance of 1.5 meters between desks/workstations located opposite or next to each other can be maintained.
  • Regular, intensive ventilation is carried out.
  • Multi-person use is to be indicated in the occupancy plan and, if applicable, the shift schedule.

If necessary, compliance with hygiene and protection regulations must be ensured by shift work, etc. For reasons of advance planning of presence, including compliance with room occupancy and possible contact tracking, it is still necessary to maintain independent occupancy and, if necessary, shift schedules in the individual organizational units. However, these no longer have to be transmitted centrally to the rectorate or the crisis team (by e-mail to ), but only upon request.

Teaching operation

With the exception of a few courses released in digital or hybrid form, teaching in the 2022/2023 winter semester will again take place in attendance. Students can keep themselves informed about the respective courses in the course catalogue.

Due to the full presence in teaching, there has been a general obligation to wear masks in all university buildings since October 1, 2022: Every person at Chemnitz University of Technology is obliged to wear a medical mask or FFP2 mask or a mask in publicly accessible rooms with regular public traffic comparable standard (e.g. KN95 or N95). Consequently, such a mask is mandatory in all face-to-face courses.

For the implementation of courses, the respective rooms can be used in normal capacity, i. H. 100 percent, occupied/used. Overcrowding is not permitted. If fewer people are present than the maximum number of places available, the space capacity must be used as best as possible to maintain distances between each other. For teaching in laboratories, workshops, etc., normal occupancy is possible in accordance with workplace regulations (one person on 8 m² or 6 m² for each additional person).

The 3G obligation for courses in (partial) attendance has been lifted. However, teachers and students are strongly recommended to be tested or to be tested regularly for the presence of a COVID-19 infection. Students receive self-tests from teachers. Lecturers can order self-tests to be issued to students.

One-day excursions in teaching can be carried out up to a maximum of 20 persons in compliance with the hygiene regulations of the Chemnitz University of Technology without a separate application to the Rectorate or the Crisis Management.

Please also note the hygiene concepts for conducting courses and conducting written examinations in person.

In-person events

Other in-person events such as meetings, committee sessions, etc., job interviews, doctoral defenses, job presentations in the context of the meeting of appointment committees, as well as other events (including room bookings), including doctoral and post-doctoral seminars, consultations, exam reviews, etc., in indoor rooms are possible up to an upper limit of 100 persons in (partial) attendance without a separate application to the crisis team or the rectorate under the following conditions and in compliance with the hygiene regulations of Chemnitz University of Technology (including the obligation to wear a mask). However, no one may be forced to attend in person, so participation in a hybrid form should be made possible if necessary.

For events and meetings with a number of more than 100 people indoors, a permit from the Rectorate or the Crisis Management Team is required. In addition, a specific hygiene concept must be submitted to the Office for Occupational Safety and Environmental Protection (BfAU) and, if applicable, the company medical service for examination.

Events on outdoor areas can be held without limiting the number of people in compliance with the hygiene regulations of the Chemnitz University of Technology. The same applies to outdoor community events (such as “hiking days”). For this purpose too, however, if the number of participants exceeds 100, a specific hygiene concept must be submitted to the BfAU and, if applicable, to the occupational medical service for examination in advance of the event.

For more details, please refer to the hygiene guidelines for conducting meetings, etc.

The above-mentioned regulations also apply to test subjects and surveys. However, prior to the beginning of the respective project and regardless of the number of participants, a separate hygiene concept has to be drawn up and submitted to the BfAU and the company medical service for examination. The BfAU and the occupational medical service may establish an access regulation as a prerequisite for conducting or participating in test person studies and surveys (e.g. mandatory testing of all participants regardless of individual G-status), if the examination reveals this need.

Building access

Access to the University is permitted to all members and members of TU Chemnitz. The buildings and facilities are also open for students to take part in approved classroom courses and examinations as well as – in justified cases – for external students (service providers etc. ) at the known opening hours. All employees, students and visitors are urgently requested to be tested regularly for the presence of a COVID-19 infection.

Testing and verification obligation

The previously applicable 3G requirement for courses in (partial) attendance is no longer applicable. However, there is an urgent recommendation to adhere to the 3G rule independently and thus to carry out rapid and self-testing if there is no complete vaccination or recovery. Teachers can still order self-tests to be issued to students. Employees and auxiliaries present at their workplaces will also continue to be offered voluntary Corona self-testing. You will receive appropriate tests from the faculties, central institutions and departments.

University Library

The University Library is open to users from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (where on weekdays from 7:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from noon only the security staff is on site).

The respective rooms (including the „IdeenReichs") can be occupied/used at normal capacity, i.e. 100 percent. If fewer people are present than the maximum number of places available, the space capacity must be used as best as possible to maintain distances between one another.

Users can independently search for free, unlocked workstations and use them during the building opening hours. The cleaning frequency of workstations has been increased; freshly cleaned workstations are marked accordingly. The free-hand stocks are also available. It is possible to borrow media independently via vending machines or via the counter on the first floor. The use of disposable gloves provided or the disinfecting of the hands is recommended both when using free-hand stocks and when operating multifunctional devices and self-booking machines. The University Library is also open for loan and interlibrary loan of media (on advance order).

More details can be found in the FAQ entry Can I use the University Library without restrictions? and the updated University Library hygiene guidelines.

Computer Centre Training Pools

The URZ training pools at all locations are approved for independent use by students in compliance with the hygiene and protection regulations . A pre-registration (by e-mail to ) is required. Independent compliance with the 3G rule and check-in using the Corona Warning app are strongly recommended. The use of disposable gloves is also recommended. These are made available.

In addition, laptops can be borrowed for a limited time (also outside the central examination period) for the preparation of term papers, research papers and theses.

University sports

For university sports and health courses of the Center for Sports and Health Promotion (ZfSG) in indoor rooms, the so-called level 1 of the hygiene guidelines for the resumption of university sports and health courses of the ZfSG for the different operating conditions of Chemnitz University of Technology applies. According to this, a participation of a maximum of 20 persons in corresponding courses - with a compliance of 10 m² per person - is possible.

The use of changing rooms is permitted in compliance with the mask requirement and a maximum occupancy rate of 50 percent of normal operation, the showers may be used with limited restrictions.

The outdoor sports facilities can be visited independently by employees and students of Chemnitz University of Technology in the afternoon/evening hours for individual sports. Access is via the entrance of the sports hall (security gard).

For sports events at designated outdoor sports areas of Chemnitz University of Technology, the upper limit of persons is waived. Corresponding events can be permitted by the ZfSG and the Department of Civil Engineering and Technology without a separate application to the rectorate or crisis team, but by using the request form for rooms and areas, provided that the areas are not occupied by courses, university sports courses, etc. For events of 100 persons or more, a specific hygiene plan must also be submitted for review by the BfAU and, if applicable, the occupational health service, as part of the application or space allocation process.

The above regulations also apply to requests from external users of the sports hall. Up to an upper limit of 100 persons, these can be permitted by the ZfSG and the Department of Construction and Technology without a separate application to the rectorate or crisis team.

Business Trips

Business trips are generally possible - 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 - if there are appropriate business reasons or if the employee is expressly invited to attend the meeting. The requirement for a separate application to the rectorate or the crisis management team, as was recently necessary for business trips abroad, is eliminated, as is the requirement to submit the form confirming the urgent business necessity of the business trip. The rules of responsibility already known before the pandemic, which are published on the homepage of the Human Resources department, apply to the authority to order/approve business trips. 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.

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.

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.

Coronavirus infection

At midnight on November 30, 2022, since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2022 104,748 people in Chemnitz (+64 to November 29, 2022) have tested positive for the corona virus. Further information on the current caseload in Chemnitz can be found on the homepage of the city of Chemnitz. The 7-day incidence in Chemnitz is currently 160.8 and in the Freestate of Saxony 164.7.

Currently, there are six employees of Chemnitz University of Technology who have tested positive for the corona virus and are in isolation.

Employees and students who have been in contact with the cases of infection 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.

If you have been found to be infected with coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (by a PCR test), your local health authority will be notified of the positive test result. They then have to go into domestic isolation (isolation). Please also note the regulations applicable to your place of residence regarding the secretion of suspects and persons who have tested positive for coronavirus, such as those of the city of Chemnitz and, if applicable, also the recommendation of your doctor.

Students and employees should inform the University immediately in the event of suspected or confirmed coronavirus infection (telephone: 0371 531-35267, mail: kontakt-corona@...). Employees also contact the Human Resources Department immediately (Telefon: 0371 531-12200, E-Mail: dezernat2@...).

Please also note the guidelines for action:

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.

If you have been found to be infected with coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (by a PCR test), your local health authority will be notified of the positive test result. They then have to go into domestic isolation (isolation).

Please inform the university immediately in the event of suspected or confirmed coronavirus infection (telephone: 0371 531-35267, mail: kontakt-corona@.... Employees also immediately contact the Human Resources Department (phone: +49 371 531-12200, e-mail: CC: ) and send the result of the PCR test as a scan/copy. The finding/result then serves as proof of your isolation, since you are not likely to receive a personalised notification for secretion from a health authority.

Please also note the regulations applicable to your place of residence regarding the secretion of suspects and persons who tested positive for the coronavirus, such as those from the city of Chemnitz, as well as the Action Guides of the Uniersity:

Yes. If you are returning from travel to risk areas (see definition below) or if you have had contact with a person who has been proven to be infected with the coronavirus or if there is any other suspicion that you have been infected with the virus, please avoid contact with other persons, do not come on duty and first contact a doctor or the health office responsible for your place of residence by telephone and seek advice.

Please inform the university immediately in the event of suspected or confirmed coronavirus infection (telephone: 0371 531-36267, mail: kontakt-corona@...). Employees also contact the Human Resources Department immediately (telephone. 0371 531-12200, mail: ).

Please also note the guidelines for action:

Don’t come back to the university until an infection has been ruled out.


The federal government has issued instructions for people entering and returning from international risk areas. Please refer to the entry on the question “What quarantine measures currently apply to incoming and returning travellers?” in the General tab.

Current information on the regulations can also be found on the websites of the following institutions:

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

Note: The latest amendment of the Coronavirus Entry Ordinance (CoronaEinreiseV) removed the category of high risk areas. Since March 3, 2022, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has no longer designated countries/regions as high-risk areas. There is now only the category of virus variant regions.

Virus variant regions may be areas in which a virus variant (mutation) of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has occurred widely, which does not occur at the same time in Germany and is likely to pose a particular risk. Such particular risks may arise, inter alia, from:

  • that the virus variant increases the severity of the disease
  • or that vaccines or previous coronavirus infection have no or only limited protection against this variant.

The quarantine obligation applies to travellers when they enter Germany from an area that is considered as such at the time of entry. You can find a list of high-risk or virus variant areas on the website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

According to President's Newsletter 55/2020 of November 9, 2020, members and associates of Chemnitz University of Technology, i.e. employees and students, may not automatically return to Chemnitz University of Technology for in-person activities and stays after the end of the quarantine period or a subsequent possible sick leave. A corresponding return is only possible after central release by the Office for Occupational Safety and Environmental Protection (BfAU). For this, a new test with a negative test result is always required.

However, in infection and quarantine cases, in accordance with the 29th President's Open Letter on Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) dated May 2, 2022, a PCR test is no longer required to be submitted for clearance, but a rapid antigen test (performed by a health care provider) is sufficient and must continue to be submitted or transmitted to the Bureau of Occupational Safety and Environmental Health (BfAU) for physical presence clearance. For students, attendance at Chemnitz University of Technology is also only possible after a negative antigen rapid test result has been submitted to the BfAU.

If the test result is negative, attendance is possible again from this point on in consultation with the BfAU and the supervisor. If the test result is positive, attendance at the university continues to be excluded.

All members and associates of Chemnitz University of Technology, if affected, are required to contact the Office for Occupational Safety and Environmental Protection (BfAU) accordingly prior to returning to the university.

In addition, the guidelines for action in the event of suspected cases, quarantine cases and cases of infection for employees and students must be observed.

Testing and vaccination

There are now a large number of test centres in Chemnitz. The city has published an overview of providers of rapid tests (in German) in Chemnitz on its website. Among them are pharmacies, companies and initiatives.

Since January 29, 2022, a testing facility (free citizen testing) will be located on the forecourt of the Central Lecture Hall and Seminar Building (in a container), Reichenhainer Straße 90. The testing facility is open from Monday to Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and from Saturday to Sunday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and is available to all interested parties without the need of an appointment.

An external test provider (PNB Pandemic Solutions GmbH) carries out the rapid tests, medically trained staff take a nasopharyngeal swab. The test results are available within 15 minutes. A certificate is provided in writing directly on site or by e-mail. In addition, the test result can also be accessed via the Corona warning app, for which a quick test profile should be created in the app.

Since October 1, 2022, students who attend a course on the same day or introductory events as part of the "O-Phase" in person have the opportunity to test themselves free of charge at the test site on the forecourt of the lecture hall and seminar building to let. The prerequisite for this is the presentation of the student ID or the enrollment or admission certificate in connection with an official photo ID (e.g. identity card or passport). A prior appointment is not necessary. The free test offer for students is available Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Chemnitz University of Technology also offers all employees and auxiliary staff who are present at their workplace the opportunity to take a free self-test at least three times a week. You can find more information on this under the question Do employees receive Corona self-tests from the university? in the Employees tab.

To conduct tests under supervision before the start of a course, teachers can also order quick tests internally and thus obtain them free of charge through the university and hand them out to students.


Since June 30, 2022, citizens are only entitled to free citizen tests under certain conditions, including e.g.:

  • children under 5 years of age,
  • persons who are medically unable to be vaccinated,
  • persons for whom a test is required to end quarantine (“freetest”), and
  • Family members of proven infected persons.

A complete list can be found in the FAQ section of the Federal Ministry of Health [German]. If you want to take advantage of a free test, you must identify yourself to the testing body and provide proof: In the case of small children, this is the birth certificate or the children’s passport. Those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons must present an original medical certificate stating the medical contraindication. If you want to be freer, you must submit the positive PCR test, the same applies to household members of infected persons, who also need proof of the corresponding residential address.

The following persons receive rapid tests for an own contribution of 3 euros:

  • People who want to attend an indoor event on the day of the test
  • People who, on the day of testing, will have contact with people who are at high risk of developing severe COVID-19 (i.e. people over 60 years of age, people with disabilities, people with pre-existing conditions)
  • People who have been notified of an increased risk through the Corona Warning app (“red tile”).

Evidence to the test site is also required for these tests. This can be done, for example, by showing the Corona Warning app with the “increased risk” status display or the ticket to an event, a reservation confirmation, an invitation to a party or other proof, which can be used to deduce participation on the same day. Contact with a vulnerable person on the same day can be documented by means of a self-report.

In the meantime, there is sufficient vaccine available in the Free State of Saxony so that all those willing to be vaccinated can be vaccinated with a Corona vaccination. There are a large number of vaccination offers with and without appointment: at family doctors, at fixed vaccination bases, by mobile teams for on-site vaccinations, at paediatricians, specialists and company doctors as well as in hospitals. Booster vaccinations have also been offered since September 2021. In particular, people who have been vaccinated more than three months ago should be re-vaccinated.

A fourth vaccination against coronavirus is possible for certain groups of people. The Saxon Vaccination Commission (SIKO) recommends it for people from 70 years of age, people who have been vaccinated exclusively with vector vaccines, and people with a weak immune system from 5 years of age (e.g. severe autoimmune diseases). Only mRNA vaccines (BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna) are used for booster vaccinations.

In all fixed vaccination centers of the DRK Saxony, those willing to be vaccinated can still be vaccinated until December 30, 2022 (in the district-free cities) or until December 20, 2022 (in the districts).

Furthermore, it is possible to make an appointment for vaccination. Appointments can still be booked via the central appointment booking portal of the Free State of Saxony until December 20, 2022. In the period until the closure of the last three vaccination centers in Chemnitz, Dresden and Leipzig on December 30, 2022, vaccinations will be carried out without an appointment.

Update: The Saxon vaccination centers also offer the vaccine adapted to different Omikron variants (BA.4/5) from BionNTech/Pfizer since October 4, 2022. Note: The adapted vaccines are only approved for booster vaccinations.

Vaccination Possibilities in Chemnitz

The following vaccination centres have been set up in the city of Chemnitz:

  • DRK Vaccination centre Innere Klosterstraße 1, 09111 Chemnitz (only until December 30, 2022!)

The vaccination centre is open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The vaccination centre offers, among other things, the vaccine (BA.4/5) from BioNTech/Pfizer, which is adapted to different Omikron variants.

  • Vaccination centre Chemnitz Hospital, Küchwald, Bürgerstraße 2, 09113 Chemnitz

Vaccinations are carried out at this vaccination center on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. by prior appointment. The vaccination centre is located in the Clinic for Infectious and Tropical Medicine at the Küchwald site, Bürgerstraße 2, building 11. Access is via the main entrance of the Küchwald site, Bürgerstraße 2, building 10.

Update: From October 4th, 2022, the new vaccines, which have been adapted to the so-called Omicron variants 4 and 5, will also be offered at the Vaccination centre Chemnitz Hospital with these vaccines is only possible by prior appointment at www.chemnitz.de/impfen. The opening hours of the vaccination center are Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

First and second vaccinations as well as booster vaccinations with mRNA vaccines (Biontech/Pfizer and Moderna) are carried out at these vaccination centres for all groups of people according to the recommendations of the Saxon Vaccination Commission (SIKO). There are special vaccination offers for children.

Vaccinations are also given by general practitioners and other medical practices. The Saxony Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians 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/booklet (if available)
  • Health insurance card or number
  • completed and signed medical history and consent form (PDF document)
  • Proof of previous COVID-19 infection, if applicable.

The information sheet and the medical history and consent form are also available in easy language and foreign languages.

Only the vaccinator decides on the vaccination after a detailed consultation.


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

Five vaccines are currently approved: Comirnaty® from BioNTech/Pfizer, Spikevax® from Moderna, Vaxzevria® from AstraZeneca, Janssen® from Johnson & Johnson and Nuvaxovid® from Novavax CZ. Vaccination with the vaccines from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson is primarily used in people who have reached the age of 60. For people under 30, the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) recommends the use of the vaccine from BioNTech/Pfizer.

Since August 9, 2021, children aged 12 years and older can also be vaccinated; since December 13, 2021, the vaccine from BioNTech/Pfizer has also been vaccinated to 5- to 11-year-olds. The Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) has also advocated the 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.

The requirements for the vaccination certificate are regulated in § 22a IfSG [in German] with effect from 19 March 2022.

All currently available vaccines are administered in two doses according to the recommendation of the Standing Commission on Vaccination (STIKO) at the RKI. On the 15th day after the 2nd vaccination, basic immunization is achieved. Even individuals who have been vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson's vaccine must receive a 2nd vaccination to be considered primary immunized. For this, the 2nd vaccination with an mRNA vaccine is recommended.

Currently, therefore, in principle, 2 doses of vaccine are necessary in order to be considered “fully vaccinated.”

By way of derogation, a single dose of vaccine is sufficient,

  • if the person concerned is able to demonstrate a positive antibody test (in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish) in paper or digital form and this test has been carried out before vaccination against COVID-19. This person shall be considered to have been fully vaccinated from the date of the dose of vaccine administered.
  • if the affected person has a history of infection with coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and has not received vaccination against COVID-19 at the time of detection. The infection must be detected by a PCR, PoC-PCR test, etc. From the date of the dose of vaccine administered, that person shall be considered to have been fully vaccinated.
  • if the affected person has been infected with coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 after receiving a single dose of vaccine. A PCR, PoC-PCR test etc. is necessary to detect the infection. This person shall be considered to have been fully vaccinated from the 29th day following the acceptance of the positive test.

From October 1, 2022, a booster vaccination (i.e. a third vaccination) is required to qualify as “fully vaccinated.” In the cases listed above, 2 individual vaccinations are sufficient.

Further information can also be found in the FAQ section of the Federal Ministry of Health on Covid-19 vaccination [in German].

Full protection against coronavirus is available if the underlying individual vaccinations have been carried out with one or more vaccines authorised by the European Union (EU) or authorised abroad and whose formulation is identical to that of a vaccine authorised in the EU (see also: Paul Ehrlich Institute).

Vaccinations made with vaccines other than those approved by the EU are not accepted in the Federal Republic of Germany, the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA). According to European law, these persons are considered to be unvaccinated and are therefore obliged to undergo tests. 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 refer to the FAQ question What are the current options for receiving a Corona vaccination? in the General tab.

AHA+L rules

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 witThe President’s Open Letter on Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) dated October 1, 2020 stated that:h 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).”

Graphic templates for printing:

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).

Since October 1, 2022, there has again been a general obligation to wear masks in all university buildings, specifically in all interior rooms such as stairs, corridors and other shared rooms as well as in all face-to-face (teaching) events. The freedom of choice of the mask type remains. Consequently, both medical masks and FFP2 masks or masks with a comparable standard (e.g. KN95 or N95) can be worn (freedom of choice of mask type).

Students receive masks from teachers, examiners or supervisors before the beginning of the respective classroom course or examination. Employees are also provided with appropriate masks on request. Care must be taken to ensure that the masks are properly handled (put on and off, do not move during wearing, recommendations for wearing time).

For information on correct handling, please refer to the question: What should I pay attention to while wearing a medical or FFP2 mask?

Ordering and Shipping

Medical masks or FFP2 masks are provided by the TU Chemnitz. Requirements within the faculties, central institutions and departments for further distribution to employees and students (e.g. for conducting classroom teaching and examinations) are to be sent by order form to for further distribution to employees and students. Orders via this procedure can only be placed by employees of the TU Chemnitz. They are then sent by internal post.

Persons who can demonstrate that it is impossible or unreasonable for them to wear the prescribed medical mask or FFP2 mask or mask of equivalent standard due to disability or health reasons are exempted from wearing the required medical mask or FFP2 mask or mask of equivalent standard. In the case of health reasons, authentication shall be made in particular by means of an original medical certificate stating that it is not possible to wear a mask due to a health impairment, pregnancy, a chronic illness or a disability. A separate reasoning from the doctor is not required. In addition, exceptionally, the severely disabled person’s ID card may be sufficient as proof of credence if the severe disability indicates that it is not possible to wear a medical mask or FFP2 mask or a mask with a comparable standard.

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.

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.

Furthermore, it should be noted that the use of the Corona-Warn-App does not release the user from compliance with hygiene regulations.

Students are advised to use the federal Corona-Warn-App for contact tracking if they wish to participate in on-site courses and exams as well as all other participants in on-site 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.

Please note that using the Corona Warning App does not exempt you from compliance with hygiene regulations.

Further information on the Corona Warning App can be found on the website of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

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 (see on this: 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: ). In addition, the positive PCR test result should be shared via the app to alert others. A poster of the Robert Koch Institute (PDF document) provides instructions on how to do this.

Regulations at Chemnitz University of Technology

Events and meetings indoors are up to a limit of 100 people in (partial) presence without a separate application to the Crisis Management Team or Rectorate, taking into account and complying with the hygiene regulations of Chemnitz University of Technology and the respective room capacities (max. 50 percent room occupancy - as far as feasible in a “chessboard pattern”) is possible. However, no one may be forced to attend in person, so participation in a hybrid form should be made possible if necessary.

Meetings with more than 100 persons in indoor rooms of Chemnitz University of Technology require the approval of the crisis management team or the rectorate. The application via form Antrag auf Durchführung einer Präsenzveranstaltung ggü. dem Krisenstab bzw. Rektorat der TU Chemnitz has to be submitted at least 14 days in advance by e-mail to kontakt-corona@... and should contain a short description of the plan (who, when, what, why, where, how many participants, ...), the importance/relevance of the event or the consequences that would result from a non-implementation, postponement or purely digital implementation, as well as information on the planned hygiene regulations. If the number of persons exceeds 100, a specific hygiene plan must also be submitted to the Office for Occupational Safety and Environmental Protection (BfAU) and, if applicable, to the occupational health service for review as part of the application process.

Events on outdoor areas can be held without limiting the number of people in compliance with the hygiene regulations of Chemnitz University of Technology. However, if there are more than 100 participants, a specific hygiene concept must also be submitted to the BfAU and, if necessary, the company medical service for examination in the run-up to the event.

It is strongly recommended that all members of the university, as well as visitors, are regularly tested for COVID-19 infection, especially before meetings. If the test result is positive, participation is prohibited, the meeting must be terminated immediately if necessary, and the university must be notified (by e-mail to kontakt-corona@...) in order to coordinate further action.

For more details, please refer to the hygiene and protection regulations and the additional special guidance for conducting meetings, etc. on site. External participants are to be informed of the applicable hygiene guidelines of Chemnitz University of Technology in advance of the event.

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.

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.

Work protection, work medicine

  1. It is strongly recommended to keep a sufficient distance (at least 1.5 metres) from other people, especially indoors. Contact of any kind (e.g. handshaking or hugging) should be avoided.
  2. Keep as much distance as possible when coughing or sneezing. Cough and sneeze into the crook of your arm or into a paper handkerchief, which you dispose of afterwards.
  3. Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 30 seconds.
  4. Keep your hands away from your face, avoid touching your mouth, eyes, or nose with your hands.
  5. If possible, do not share items such as work materials with other people. For post processing etc. it is recommended to wear (disposable) gloves. If necessary, these will be sent to the Post Office, Straße der Nationen 62.
  6. Clean or disinfect your workplace thoroughly, especially when leaving or when you start work if you have to share it with other people (e.g. keyboards). However, if possible, try to carry out your work exclusively at individual workplaces in separate rooms.
  7. Rooms should be ventilated regularly (every 20 minutes, or more frequently depending on the size of the window). Ventilation systems (RLT) should continue to be operated if they have suitable filters or supply a high proportion of fresh air, as the risk of virus transmission is considered to be low. RLT systems should not be switched off during operating or working hours, as this can lead to an increase in the concentration of viruses in the room air and thus to an increase in the risk of infection. If air handling units are not operated permanently, their operating times shall be extended before and after the time of use of the rooms.
  8. Narrow lifts and stairways should not be used at the same time as others, if possible. Irrespective of the above, a right-hand run requirement applies.
  9. Wear a medical mask or an FFP2 mask or a mask of equivalent standard (e. g. KN95 or N95) in publicly accessible premises where the minimum distance of 1.5 metres is not possible. Appropriate masks are available to employees on order by 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

Self-tests of the brand XIAMEN BOSON BIOTECH “Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Test”, the brand SAFECARE BIO-TECH “COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Kit” and the brand NEWGENE Bioengineering “COVID-19 Antigen Detection Kit” are available for employees. Please follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the packaging and the respective instructions for use of the test.

Employees may use an internal university form for their own documentation and storage in order to confirm the implementation and the corresponding result.

According to the SARS-CoV-2 Occupational Health and Safety Ordinance (Corona-ArbSchV) of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, employers are obliged to make employees present at their workplace an offer to perform a free self-test at least once per calendar week.

Chemnitz University of Technology receives self-tests from central procurement by the Free State of Saxony. This means that employees and support staff who are present at their workplace can be offered this opportunity to voluntarily carry out self-tests three times a week—especially for the purpose of self-monitoring before entering and, if possible, outside the premises of the University.

Central distribution and disbursement

The self-tests are issued by central distribution to the faculties, central institutions and departments (according to their order), which can make independent distribution to individual organisational areas if required. The number of required self-tests is to be based on the attendance times at the university as communicated by shift and occupancy schedules and should basically aim for an approximate weekly availability. If there is a (renewed) need for self-tests, the heads of the faculties, central institutions, departments, etc. can place an order via a form sent by e-mail to can place an order.

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 in the context of test distribution. 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 needs and to maintain proportionality. The data must therefore be deleted or destroyed in accordance with data protection regulations at the end of the respective week of issue, with a simultaneous transfer of the stock still available to the list for the following week.

Please note: The execution of the tests is basically voluntary. There is no obligation to take the tests.

Important information on conducting self-tests

The tests are available to all staff working in attendance, including support staff, at least three times a week, regardless of the duration of their weekly attendance. It is recommended that the tests be taken shortly before or immediately before the start of the presence activity and - if possible - outside the TU Chemnitz. The use of the self-tests outside of official purposes is prohibited.

Improper performance of the 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 carried out with special care, and the manufacturer's instructions on the packaging and the instructions for use of the test must 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 could possibly infect other people.

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

  • Avoid all contact, go directly into domestic isolation and do not come to the university or leave Chemnitz University of Technology immediately.
  • You are obliged to have a PCR test carried out immediately. Contact your family doctor or a test centre immediately for this.
  • Also inform your household members (family, flat-sharing community) and urge them to reduce their contacts.
  • If the PCR test confirms the infection (i.e. is positive), the rules apply for positive test subjects, in particular a mandatory secretion of at least five days.
  • If the PCR test does not confirm the infection (i.e. is negative), the obligation to segregate is immediately lifted.

In case of suspicion (rapid test is positive) as well as confirmation of a positive self-test result by means of a PCR test, the employee concerned should be informed immediately to the Human Resources Department and CC to .

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 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.

Employees may voluntarily use an internal university form for their own documentation and storage (recommendation: approx. four weeks).

The self-tests to be provided by the employer are part of the national testing strategy. For further information on testing, the various testing options, the procedure and test centres in your area, please visit the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.

Information on the special approval of 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 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 after the expiry date, manufacturers are no longer allowed to sell their tests to other distributors such as pharmacies or supermarkets. However, the further supply chain is not affected by this time limit. This means that the tests can be resold and used for self-testing until the best-before date indicated on the packaging.


Use of self-tests for the performance of or participation in approved classroom teaching and examinations

The crisis management team and the rectorate have decided to give self-tests also to teachers and students for voluntary testing (there is no obligation to do so) before participating in approved classroom courses and examinations. Teachers and examiners can order self-tests to be issued to students by the university.

For more information on compulsory testing and the procedure, please see the questions:

Information and offers on special questions on the topic of coronavirus can be obtained from the hotline of the company medical service IAS Telephone: +49 371 53362-0 or via the Staff Office for Occupational Safety and Environmental Protection (BfAU).

The following offer is also available for employees:

In connection with the wearing of an FFP2 mask, employees can take advantage of a preventive medical check-up or a preventive medical check-up on offer at the company medical service. This screening usually consists of an intensive medical consultation. If necessary, employees can contact the BfAU. In consultation with the occupational health service, an appointment will then be made for preventive care on offer or on request.

Labour law

According to President’s Letter 21/2022 of April 1, 2022, with regard to the abolition of § 28b para. 1 Infection Protection Act and the entry into force of the Saxon Corona Protection Ordinance (SächsCoronaSchVO), which has been in force since April 3, 2022, abolished the 3G regulation for employees of Chemnitz University of Technology at work. Nevertheless, there is an urgent request to continue testing for the presence of a COVID-19 infection or to have it tested.

Since July 5, 2021, the restricted normal operation applies at Chemnitz University of Technology. The quota principle for in-person activities has thus been lifted under the condition that the hygiene and protection regulations (individual office regulation or square meter key for laboratories, workshops, etc.) can be complied with.

For reasons of advance planning of attendance, including compliance with room occupancy and possible contact tracking, occupancy plans and, if necessary, shift schedules are to be maintained independently in the individual organizational units. However, these no longer have to be transmitted in principle, but only after request centrally to the rectorate or the crisis team (by e-mail to ).

Update as per the 28th President's Open Letter on Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) dated April 8, 2022:

Although the individual office rule will generally be continued, it is possible to deviate from it in justified exceptional cases, provided that all affected employees wish to do so, the line manager agrees, and the following additional requirements are met:

  • A square meter ratio of one person per ten square meters of office space is maintained.
  • A minimum distance of 1.5 meters between desks/workstations located opposite or next to each other can be maintained.
  • Regular, intensive ventilation is carried out.
  • The occupancy schedule and shift schedule, if applicable, shall indicate multi-person use.

Preparation (and central transmission, if necessary) of shift and occupancy schedules

The published form (Excel file) is to be used to prepare the shift and occupancy schedules. The responsible persons in the individual organizational units are required to provide information on the day, time, room and the respective employees as well as other persons present in the respective area in this form for the attendance activities taking place at Chemnitz University of Technology. However, the plans may not be used for attendance and behavior control.

If permanent plans exist, they must be regularly checked to ensure that they are up to date and adjusted if necessary.

The plans must be prepared on a weekly basis, i.e. the plans for the current calendar week must be prepared on or before the first working day of the week. If there is a need for adjustment within a calendar 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 necessary (occurrence of infections and suspected cases). For data protection reasons, it is pointed out that only a transmission of the data of the last four weeks at maximum may take place and consequently a timely deletion of the plans in the areas or a corresponding adjustment/update of permanent plans is necessary.

Handling contact data

(Private) contact data of employees, students, etc. should generally be known in the dean's offices, offices of the central institutions, etc. and remain there in written or digital form.

To record contact data of employees of Chemnitz University of Technology in connection with the shift and occupancy schedules, a corresponding form for the documentation of contact chains during attendance times was developed.

The use of the Corona Warn app is recommended for digital contact tracking in the case of students, visitors, etc. during face-to-face events, classroom teaching, and classroom exams.

According to the 28th President's OpenLetter on Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) dated April 8, 2022, the obligation for mobile work is cancelled at TU Chemnitz. However, the rectorate strongly recommends continuing to use mobile work in consultation with the supervisor, if this is possible and practicable according to the activity profile. Presence activities may only be carried out in compliance with the existing hygiene and protection regulations (e. g. individual office regulations or square metre keys in laboratories, workshops, etc. ) and in coordination with the specialist supervisor. If necessary, compliance with hygiene and protection regulations must be ensured by shift operation, etc.

Although the individual office system will continue in principle, it is possible to deviate from it in exceptional and justified cases, provided that all employees concerned so wish, the supervisor or supervisors agree and that the following additional conditions are met:

  • A square meter ratio of one person per ten square meters of office space is maintained.
  • A minimum distance of 1,5 metres between opposite or adjacent desks/workstations may be maintained.
  • Regular, intensive shock ventilation is carried out.
  • Multi-person use shall be indicated in the allocation plan and, where applicable, shift plan.

For reasons of advance planning of the presence including adherence to room occupancy and possible follow-up of contacts, occupancy and, if necessary, shift plans must be kept independently in the individual organizational units. However, these no longer have to be transmitted centrally to the rectorate or the crisis management team as a matter of principle, but only upon request (by e-mail to ).

Since 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. Note: Currently, contact persons are not required to segregate.

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 and student/scientific assistants

Since 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).

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.

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.

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

I General requirements

Business trips within Germany as well as abroad - if the business is urgent and absolutely necessary and cannot be carried out otherwise, e.g. by telephone or video conference - will be possible again from May 2, 2022 without a separate application to the crisis management team or the rectorate (cf. 29th Open Letter of the President on the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) dated May 2, 2022).

We ask you to observe the following instructions:

The approval and arrangement of business trips is carried out in accordance with the current rules of responsibility, which can be viewed on the web pages of the Human Resources department.

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 journey, even if it is to be carried out in the near future.

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

If the planned business trip is related to the organization and implementation of an event, the current regulations on the implementation of events, e.g. with regard to the permitted number of persons, must be observed. You will find more detailed information on the organization of events in the General tab and in the Employees tab.

II General information on planning and carrying out business trips

  • It is recommended that business trips be limited to the necessary travel time, taking into account the reasonable travel expenses regulations.
  • In the event of concerns on the part of the business traveler with regard to the execution of business trips that have already been approved, a decision should be made in consultation with the line manager or the person authorized to issue the order as to whether this should be adhered to or, if necessary, whether the order can be dispensed with. In general, there is no obligation to carry out a business trip that has already been approved or ordered, if carrying it out does not appear reasonable due to the development of the infection situation. If, in an individual case, it is decided to withdraw from a business trip that has already been approved, travel services that can no longer be cancelled can be claimed as part of the normal travel expense claim.
  • The business traveler is obligated to strictly follow the hygiene and protection regulations and also obtain information about the locally applicable specific ordinances regulated by the respective federal state or territory and also comply with these accordingly.
  • The use of a private motor vehicle (in accordance with the SMF decree until June 30, 2022) or a rental car is preferable to public, regularly scheduled means of transportation and is recognized as a valid reason. The use of the private car is still recommended as single use.
  • Employees who are entitled to drive a company car are recommended to use a company car for business trips if available.
  • Joint journeys in a vehicle and the transport of persons are possible, provided that all vehicle occupants can produce a negative test result that is up to date (max. 24 hours old at the start of the business trip). It should also be noted that only the driver of the vehicle is exempt from the FFP2 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 proof of recovery or vaccination status) are billable and reimbursable in accordance with § 9 SächsRKG as part of the travel expense settlement.
  • If an infection with the coronavirus is detected at the place of the business trip or in the course of 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 possible isolation, 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 early departure (e.g. if the business trip location is classified as a high-risk or virus variant area).

III. 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.

The current Coronavirus Entry Ordinance (CoronaEinreiseV) for incoming and returning travelers regulates the registration, proof and quarantine requirements as well as the ban on transport from virus variant areas nationwide. The previously existing regulations were extended by an amending ordinance of September 28, 2022 and are initially valid up to and including January 31, 2023.

With the last adaptation of the regulation, the category of high-risk areas was deleted. As of March 3, 2022, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) no longer designates any states/regions as high-risk areas and currently also no virus variant areas. However, if states/regions are again categorized as virus variant areas, the following must be observed by persons entering the country:

The current coronavirus entry regulation includes special registration and documentation requirements and a quarantine requirement for persons who have been in an area classified as a virus variant area at the time of entry at any time in the ten days prior to entry. Subject to very narrow exceptions, entry from these areas is subject to a ban on the movement of persons by train, bus, boat, and air from these areas.

Obligation to test or provide evidence in case of prior stay in virus variant areas

Persons entering from virus variant areas are required to have test proof based on testing by nucleic acid detection (PCR, PoC-NAT, or other methods of nucleic acid amplification technology; paper or electronic proof in English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish). The test evidence must refer to a test that was performed a maximum of 48 hours ago. For the purpose of calculating this period, the date of entry or the scheduled date of commencement of transportation shall be the relevant date. Proof of recovery or proof of vaccination is not sufficient in this case. Proof may be requested by the Federal Police or by the competent authority for the purpose of random checks during inspections of cross-border traffic to Germany. Air travelers must present proof of testing to the carrier at the carrier's request even before departure. Proof may also be required when the Federal Police inspect cross-border traffic to Germany. Transport without proof is not permitted at any time. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the obligation to provide proof.

Obligation to register and entry quarantine in case of previous stay in virus variant areas

According to the regulations, persons entering from international virus variant areas are required to go directly to their homes immediately after entry, to isolate themselves there for a period of 14 days after entry (domestic quarantine) and to inform the health office responsible for them prior to entry via digital entry registration at www.einreiseanmeldung.de as well as to inform the health office responsible for the city of Chemnitz in case of the occurrence of disease symptoms (Health Office of the City of Chemnitz: telephone 0371 488-5302 (Monday to Thursday 8:00-14:00, Friday 8:00-12:00) or e-mail gesundheitsamt-hotline@... (Stadt Chemnitz) (City of Chemnitz)). If symptoms such as cough, cold, fever or loss of smell and taste occur within the 14-day quarantine period, these persons are required to visit a doctor or a testing center for testing.

If a digital entry registration is not possible, a fully completed replacement form must be carried (e.g. in the event 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 complete the digital entry registration at the latest 24 hours after entry or to send the completed replacement notification by post to the following address: Deutsche Post E-POST Solutions GmbH, 69990 Mannheim, Germany.

Children under the age of 12 are also subject to registration. The quarantine for them is 14 days.

Early lifting of quarantine and exceptions

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

  • the affected virus variant area is no longer classified as such after entry into the Federal Republic of Germany, 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 has been made. It should be noted that a person is considered fully vaccinated if he or she has already received three vaccinations or if no more than 270 days have passed since the second vaccination. 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.

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:

Mobile Work

The obligation to mobile work is waived (cf. 28th Open Letter from the President regarding the corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) from April 8, 2022). However, the rectorate strongly recommends continuing to use mobile work in consultation with the supervisor, if this is possible and practicable according to the activity profile.

Employees who make use of mobile work in consultation with their supervisor must, unless they have taken leave of absence, etc. or are registered as sick, be reachable by phone and/or e-mail and, in principle, be available for work on site. The definition of the tasks remains the responsibility of the respective supervisors.

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 2021. 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

With the exception of a few courses released in digital or hybrid form, teaching in the 2022/2023 winter semester will again take place in attendance. Students can keep themselves informed about the respective courses in the course catalogue.

Due to the full presence in teaching, there has been a general obligation to wear masks in all university buildings since October 1, 2022: Every person at Chemnitz University of Technology is obliged to wear a medical mask or FFP2 mask or a mask in publicly accessible rooms with regular public traffic comparable standard (e.g. KN95 or N95). Consequently, such a mask is mandatory in all face-to-face courses.

For the implementation of courses, the respective rooms can be used in normal capacity, i. H. 100 percent, occupied/used. Overcrowding is not permitted. If fewer people are present than the maximum number of places available, the space capacity must be used as best as possible to maintain distances between each other.

The previously applicable 3G obligation in the context of courses in (partial) attendance is no longer applicable. However, teachers and students are strongly recommended to independently comply with the 3G rule and to test themselves or have them tested on a daily basis, insofar as there is neither a complete vaccination nor a recovery. Lecturers can order self-tests to be issued to students.

Please also note the hygiene concepts for conducting courses and conducting written examinations in person.


Other face-to-face events such as meetings, committee meetings, etc., job interviews, doctoral defences, presentations at meetings of appointment committees and other events (including room bookings) indoors are up to a maximum of 100 people in (partial) presence without a separate application to the crisis management team or Rectorate possible in compliance with the hygiene regulations of Chemnitz University of Technology and the respective room capacities (max. 50 percent room occupancy - as far as feasible in a "checkerboard pattern"). However, no one may be forced to attend in person, so participation in a hybrid form should be made possible if necessary. Face-to-face meetings with more than 100 people in the buildings of Chemnitz University of Technology require the approval of the crisis management team or rectorate. You can find more information in the hygiene concept for holding meetings etc.

The above-mentioned regulations also apply to test person studies and surveys. However, before the start of the respective project and always regardless of the number of participants, a separate hygiene concept must be drawn up and submitted to the Office for Occupational Safety and Environmental Protection (BfAU) and the company medical service for examination. The BfAU and the company medical service can define an access regulation as a prerequisite for carrying out or participating in trials and surveys (e.g. mandatory testing of all participants regardless of their individual G status), if the test should reveal this necessity.

Please also refer to the question Can committee meetings, meetings, project partner meetings etc. currently take place in presence? in the General tab.


Notes on room booking/renting rooms for events:

Due to the necessary measures with regard to the coronavirus, the room usage possibilities at Chemnitz University of Technology are currently severely limited. In general, the following also applies: The planning of events at Chemnitz University of Technology can currently only be continued under the condition that, depending on the development of the spread of the coronavirus, a cancellation at short notice cannot be ruled out.

Interviews are up to a maximum of 100 people in (partial) presence without a separate application to the crisis management team or rectorate, taking into account and complying with the hygiene regulations of Chemnitz University of Technology (including compliance with the mask requirement) possible. However, no one may be forced to attend in person, so participation in a hybrid form should be made possible if necessary.

Should digital media (video conferencing) be used for the conduct of job interviews in the interest of the health protection of all participants, the consent of the prospective applicants must be obtained in advance. Further information can be found in the hygiene concept for holding meetings, etc.

There is a recommendation for all participants to take a COVID-19 rapid test prior to the interview. If the test result is positive, participation is prohibited, if necessary immediately terminate the appointment and notify the university to coordinate the further procedure (per e-mail kontakt-corona@…).

Introductory lectures at the meeting of appointment committees are up to a maximum of 100 people in (partial) presence without a separate application to the crisis management team or rectorate, taking into account and complying with the hygiene regulations of Chemnitz University of Technology (including compliance with the mask requirement). However, no one may be forced to attend in person, so participation in a hybrid form should be made possible if necessary.

Introductory lectures with more than 100 people in the interiors of TU Chemnitz require the approval of the crisis management team or rectorate. The application must be submitted via form Antrag auf Durchführung einer Präsenzveranstaltung ggü. dem Krisenstab bzw. Rektorat der TU Chemnitz by e-mail to kontakt-corona@… 14 days in advance. For more than 100 persons, a specific hygiene concept must also be submitted to the Office for Occupational Safety and Environmental Protection (BfAU) and, if applicable, to the company medical service for examination.

Further information can be found in the hygiene concept for holding meetings, etc.

There is a recommendation for all participants to take a COVID-19 rapid test prior to the introductory lecture. If the test result is positive, participation is prohibited, if necessary immediately terminate the appointment and notify the university to coordinate the further procedure (per e-mail kontakt-corona@…).

Doctoral defenses are up to a limit of 100 people in (partial) presence without a separate application to the crisis management team or rectorate, taking into account and complying with the hygiene regulations of Chemnitz University of Technology (including compliance with the mask requirement) possible. However, no one may be forced to attend in person, so participation in a hybrid form should be made possible if necessary.

In this case, the preparation and implementation of the doctoral defence in presence can take place independently at the respective faculty. Approval by the crisis team is not required. The participants are to be informed of the applicable hygiene concept of Chemnitz University of Technology in advance of the event. The room used must be thoroughly ventilated and the tables, work equipment etc. used by the persons present on site must be disinfected independently. Further information can be found in the hygiene concept for holding meetings, etc.

Doctoral defences with more than 100 people in the interiors of TU Chemnitz require the approval of the crisis management team or the rectorate. The application must be submitted via form Antrag auf Durchführung einer Präsenzveranstaltung ggü. dem Krisenstab bzw. Rektorat der TU Chemnitz by e-mail to kontakt-corona@… 14 days in advance. For more than 100 persons, a specific hygiene concept must also be submitted to the Office for Occupational Safety and Environmental Protection (BfAU) and, if applicable, to the company medical service for examination.

There is a recommendation for all participants to take a COVID-19 rapid test prior to the doctoral defence. If the test result is positive, participation is prohibited, if necessary immediately terminate the appointment and notify the university to coordinate the further procedure (per e-mail kontakt-corona@…).

Research

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.

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.

Subject studies and surveys indoors are up to a limit of 100 people in (partial) presence without a separate application to the crisis management team or rectorate, taking into account and complying with the hygiene regulations of Chemnitz University of Technology (including compliance with the mask requirement) possible.

There is also an obligation to draw up a separate hygiene concept and submit it to or check it by the Office for Occupational Safety and Environmental Protection (BfAU) and the company medical service before the start of the respective project (please send it to kontakt-corona@... and bfau@...). The BfAU and the occupational medical service may establish an access regulation as a prerequisite for conducting or participating in test person studies and surveys (e.g. mandatory testing of all participants regardless of individual G-status), if the examination reveals this need.

In addition, there is a general recommendation for all stakeholders to perform a COVID-19 rapid test prior to conducting test subjects and surveys. If the test result of one of the participants is positive, the participation is prohibited, if necessary terminate the appointment immediately and notify the university to coordinate the further procedure (kontakt-corona@…).

Internal university activities and life at the university

The University Library is open to users from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to to 10:00 p.m (where on weekdays from 7:00 p.m. and on Saturdays from noon only the security staff is on site).

The respective rooms (including the "Realm of Ideas") can be occupied/used at normal capacity, i.e. 100 percent. If fewer people are present than the maximum number of places available, the space capacity must be used as best as possible to maintain distances between one another.

Users can independently search for free, unlocked workstations and use them during the building opening hours. The cleaning frequency of workstations has been increased; freshly cleaned workstations are marked accordingly. The free-hand stocks are also available. It is possible to borrow media independently via vending machines or via the counter on the first floor. The use of disposable gloves provided or the disinfecting of the hands is recommended both when using free-hand stocks and when operating multifunctional devices and self-booking machines. The University Library is also open for loan and interlibrary loan of media (on advance order).

The URZ training pools are released at all known locations for independent use by students in compliance with the hygiene and protection regulations. No pre-registration is required for this. Independent compliance with the test recommendation and check-in via Corona-Warn-App are strongly recommended. The use of disposable gloves is also recommended. These will be provided.

In addition, laptops can be borrowed for a limited period of time (also outside the central examination period) for writing term papers, research papers and theses.

For university sports and health courses of the Center for Sports and Health Promotion (ZfSG) in indoor rooms, the so-called level 1 of the hygiene guidelines for the resumption of university sports and health courses of the ZfSG for the different operating conditions of Chemnitz University of Technology applies. According to this, a participation of a maximum of 20 persons in corresponding courses - with a compliance of 10 m² per person - is possible.

The use of the changing rooms is permitted subject to the obligation to wear masks and a maximum occupancy of 50 percent of normal operation, the showers can be used to a limited extent.

The outdoor sports facilities can be visited independently in the afternoons/evenings for individual sports by employees and students of Chemnitz University of Technology. Access is via the entrance to the sports hall (security guard).

For sports events on designated outdoor sports areas of Chemnitz University of Technology, the upper limit of persons is lifted. Corresponding events can be permitted by the ZfSG and the Department of Civil Engineering and Technology without a separate application to the rectorate or crisis team, but by using the request form for rooms and areas, provided that the areas are not occupied by courses, university sports courses, etc. For events of 100 persons or more, a specific hygiene plan must also be submitted for review by the BfAU and, if applicable, the occupational health service, as part of the application or space allocation process.

The above regulations also apply to requests from external users of the sports hall. Up to an upper limit of 100 persons, these can be permitted by the ZfSG and the Department of Civil Engineering and Technology without a separate application to the rectorate or crisis team.

Since August 1, 2022, the student service and central student advisory service have again been offering advice, information and services during regular opening hours. Staff are available at the following times:

  • Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays: from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (registration of foreign applicants by 2:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday and Friday: closed
  • as well as by appointment (to avoid waiting times and especially in the area of Central Course Guidance Service, an appointment is recommended)

However, the staff can still be reached by telephone and e-mail using the usual contact details. You can find more information on the contact page of the Student Service.

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.

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.

On-site courses in (partial) attendance

Since the 2020 summer semester, there has been no general reduction in the lecture period.

Teaching in the summer semester 2022 also began regularly on April 4. However, it differs significantly from the previous winter semester because more courses will be offered in presence and hybrid presence. There are also digital courses. Students can find out in the course catalogue which courses are offered in presence, as hybrid formats and purely digitally.

With the exception of a few courses released in digital or hybrid form, teaching in the 2022/2023 winter semester will again take place in attendance. Students can keep themselves informed about the respective courses in the course catalogue.

Due to the full presence in teaching, there has been a general obligation to wear masks in all university buildings since October 1, 2022: Every person at Chemnitz University of Technology is obliged to wear a medical mask or FFP2 mask or a mask in publicly accessible rooms with regular public traffic comparable standard (e.g. KN95 or N95). Consequently, such a mask is mandatory in all face-to-face courses.

For the implementation of courses, the respective rooms can be used in normal capacity, i. H. 100 percent, occupied/used. Overcrowding is not permitted. If fewer people are present than the maximum number of places available, the space capacity must be used as best as possible to maintain distances between each other.

The previously applicable 3G obligation in the context of courses in (partial) attendance is no longer applicable. However, teachers and students are strongly recommended to independently comply with the 3G rule and to test themselves or have them tested on a daily basis, insofar as there is neither a complete vaccination nor a recovery. Lecturers can order self-tests to be issued to students.

Please also note the hygiene concepts for conducting courses and conducting written examinations in person.

The previously applicable 3G obligation in the context of courses in (partial) attendance is no longer applicable. However, teachers and students are strongly recommended to independently comply with the 3G rule and to test themselves or have them tested on a daily basis, insofar as there is neither a complete vaccination nor a recovery. (Note: The wording “up-to-date” means that the test must not have been more than 24 hours before the start of the face-to-face course or exam.)

Students receive free self-tests from teachers. The responsible teachers determine the specific organization of the assignment of the tests in individual consultation with the students. However, other test options can also be used to implement the test obligation. The execution of tests or the test results are not checked by teachers and examination invigilators. Any documentation associated with the collection of personal data or even the collection of health data or test results by teachers or examination supervisors is also not permitted.

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

Please note the following instructions on the use of self-tests:

Improper performance of the 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 carried out with special care, and the manufacturer's instructions on the packaging and the instructions for use of the test must 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 could possibly infect other people.

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

  • Avoid all contact, go directly into domestic isolation and do not come to the university.
  • You are obliged to have a PCR test carried out immediately. Contact your GP or a testing centre immediately for this.
  • Also inform your household members (family, shared apartment) and urge them to reduce their contacts.
  • If the PCR test confirms the infection (i.e. is positive), the regulations for people who test positive apply, in particular the obligation to report to the health department (by the testing agency) and mandatory isolation for at least 5 and max. 10 days.
  • If the PCR test does not confirm the infection (i.e. is negative), the obligation to segregate is immediately lifted. Participation in the (next) face-to-face course or examination is possible in consultation with the lecturer or examiner.

In the case of a suspicion (test is positive) as well as in the 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 kontakt-corona@... immediately.

It is also important to note that the result of a quick or self-test is only a snapshot that is valid at the time of the test 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 classroom lectures and examinations, which are communicated to the students by the respective lecturer or examiner before the start of the event.

The previously applicable 3G requirement for courses in (partial) attendance is no longer applicable (cf. 30. Open letter from the Rector on the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) of 22 June 2022). Supervision of the execution of tests or test results by instructors and examination supervisors is therefore no longer carried out. Any documentation associated with the collection of personal data or even the collection of health data or test results by teachers or examination supervisors is also not permitted.

Teachers and students are, however, strongly advised to adhere to the 3G rule independently and to test themselves or to have them tested on a daily basis, as long as there is no complete vaccination or recovery. Students receive free self-tests from teachers.

The previously applicable 3G obligation in the context of courses in (partial) attendance is no longer applicable. However, teachers and students are strongly recommended to independently comply with the 3G rule and to test themselves or have them tested on a daily basis, insofar as there is neither a complete vaccination nor a recovery.

Students receive self-tests from teachers. The specific organization of the issuing of the tests is determined by the responsible lecturers in individual consultation with the students. If the test result is positive, entry or participation is prohibited, the course may be ended immediately and the university notified to coordinate further action.

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.

There is a test facility on the forecourt of the Central Lecture Hall and Seminar Building (in a container).

Please note the following opening hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday to Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

An external test provider (PNB Pandemic Solutions GmbH) will carry out the rapid tests; medically trained staff will take a nasopharyngeal swab. The test results are available within 15 minutes. A certificate is provided in writing directly on site or by e-mail. In addition, the test result can also be accessed via the Corona warning app, for which a quick test profile should be created in the app.

Since June 30, 2022, citizens are only entitled to free citizen tests under certain conditions. For more information, please refer to the question Where can I currently get tested for coronavirus infection in Chemnitz? in the General tab.

Update: Since October 1, 2022, students who attend a course on the same day or introductory events as part of the "O-Phase" in person have the opportunity to test themselves free of charge at the test site on the forecourt of the lecture hall and seminar building allow. The prerequisite for this is the presentation of the student ID or the enrollment or admission certificate in connection with an official photo ID (e.g. identity card or passport). A prior appointment is not necessary. The free test offer for students is available Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Students can also, if this option is offered by lecturers, make use of the possibility for self-testing under supervision by lecturers before the start of a course. For this purpose, they receive tests from teachers who also acknowledge the internal form confirming 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.

Examinations

Yes, examinations will be held at TU Chemnitz in the winter semester 2022/2023. It is up to the examiners to determine how they carry out the tests. However, they were asked to take into account that students, especially international students, are not able to be there for various reasons.

Students can view the respective digital examination rooms via a central overview page and can always find out about currently scheduled examinations on the website of the Central Examinations Office (ZPA).

For the 2022 summer semester, the Senate unanimously decided on April 26, 2022 that:

“Examiners could deviate from the form of teaching and examination provided for in the module description in the summer semester 2020, in the winter semester 2020/2021, in the summer semester 2021 as well as in the winter semester 2021/2022 and may do so in the summer semester 2022. 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 2022 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 31.03.2023 (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 [...], on 03.11.2020 […], on 20.04.2021 […] as well as on 02.11.2021 [...] remain unaffected.”

This means for students: Even in the summer semester 2022, you can still refuse credit for an examination after receiving the assessment. This must be done by the end of the following winter semester 2022/2023 at the latest or before registering for the repeat examination—whichever comes first. In order to simplify and accelerate the processes, we ask you to use the application for cancellation of an examination prepared by the ZPA. Reasons do not have 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 winter semester.

In addition, on July 5, 2022, the Senate unanimously resolved:

“With reference to the decision of the Senate of 26.04.2022 [...] it is decided that an additional offer of teaching and/or examination forms beyond those described in the study regulations does not trigger the cancellation case.”

This means that examinations can only be cancelled if the form of instruction or examination described in the regulations is not offered but is replaced by an alternative form. This is the case, for example, when an exam is replaced by an online exam. If, however, another form is offered in addition to the form of instruction or examination described in the regulations, the possibility of cancellation does not apply. This is the case, for example, when an exam and an online exam are offered and students can choose between the two.

For the winter semester 2021/2022, the Senate unanimously decided on November 29, 2021 for examinations:

“Examiners could deviate from the form of teaching and examination provided for in the module description in the summer semester 2020, in the winter semester 2020/2021 as well as in the summer semester 2021 and can deviate in the winter semester 2021/2022. In the case of a form of teaching and examination that deviates from the module description, students will be granted non-credit for an examination that was taken in the winter semester 2021/2022 if the application (without giving reasons) for non-credit is submitted to the ZPA by the time of a renewed registration for this examination, at the latest by September 30, 2022 (whichever is earlier). The application for non-credit should be made using the form provided by the ZPA. The decisions taken in the Senate deliberations on June 9, 2020 [...] as well as on April 20, 2022 [...] remain unaffected.”

This means for students: Even in the winter semester 2021/2022, you can still refuse credit for an examination after receiving the assessment. This must be done by the end of the following summer semester 2022 at the latest or before registering for the repeat examination—whichever comes first. In order to simplify and accelerate the processes, we ask you to use the application for cancellation of an examination prepared by the ZPA. Reasons do not have 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 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.

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 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.

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. From April 1, 2022, you will have the time that would have been available to you even without suspension of the deadlines from March 11, 2020.
  • The deadlines for all thesis and homework papers registered or to be registered between March 11, 2020, and March 31, 2022, has begun 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 to take part in digital examinations within the central examination period if they did 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. Lending is only possible via the centrally specified registration and confirmation process.

Laptops, drawing tablets and USB webcams are borrowed primarily for participation in online examinations and depending on the availability of the devices. Prerequisite for the application is the enrolment for an electronic examination 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 hygiene regulations of the TU Chemnitz.

In addition, laptops can also be borrowed for a limited period outside the central examination period for the preparation of term papers, research papers and theses.

More information is available on the URZ website.

Students who do not have a stable internet connection at home can take their written online exam in compliance with the hygiene rules applicable in the university library. Prior registration via the e-mail service@... is required for this.

Participation in oral online examinations is not permitted. Examinees are only provided with a workstation and internet access via WLAN 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 exactly do I reserve and borrow hardware?

  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?”.

Since August 1, 2022, the Central Examination Office (ZPA) has been offering its advice, information and services again during regular opening hours. Staff are available at the following times:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday: closed
  • as well as by appointment

However, contact persons can be reached by phone during office hours. You can find more information on the contact page of the ZPA.

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 [German] of Chemnitz University of Technology.

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.

Application, enrolment, re-registration

Since August 1, 2022, the Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) has been offering its advice, information and services again during regular opening hours. Staff are available at the following times:

  • Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays: from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (registration of foreign applicants by 2:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday and Friday: closed
  • as well as by appointment (to avoid waiting times and especially in the area of Central Course Guidance Service, an appointment is recommended)

However, the team will still be available via telephone and e-mail through their usual contact details. 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, Studierendenservice, 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.

For the summer semester 2020, the Rectorate of Chemnitz University of Technology, following a vote in the State Rectors' Conference, agreed as early as April last year not to count the semester towards the standard period of study for all students in accordance with § 20 Paragraph 5 of the Saxon Higher Education Freedom Act (SächsHSFG). This non-crediting of the summer semester has already been carried out for all students who were enrolled at Chemnitz University of Technology in the summer semester 2020 and were not on leave of absence.

Due to the insertion of § 114a of the SächsHSFG and the Sächsische Regelstudienzeitverordnung (Saxon Regulation on Standard Periods of Study) issued as a result, an individual standard period of study applies for the winter semester 2020/2021 and for the summer semester 2021 for all students enrolled in these semesters and not on leave of absence.

With the First Ordinance of the Saxon State Ministry of Science, Culture and Tourism amending the Saxon Ordinance on Standard Periods of Study, the validity of an individual standard period of study has now also been extended retroactively to the winter semester 2021/2022. This means that an individual standard period of study applies to all students enrolled in the winter semester 2021/2022 and not on leave of absence for the third semester in a row.

For further information, also on the subject of the suspension of the fee obligation for long-term study and second study fees in the winter semester 2021/2022, please refer to the Rector's Open Letter 06/2022 dated 31 January 2022.

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.

Semester abroad, travel and information for international students

Planned semesters abroad may be carried out depending on the current situation in the host country. 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 taking up semesters abroad in one of the places and regions classified as virus variant regions. Before leaving, students should check whether their host university is located in one of the current virus variant regions.

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.

The current Coronavirus Entry Ordinance (CoronaEinreiseV) for incoming and returning travelers regulates the registration, proof and quarantine requirements as well as the ban on transport from virus variant areas nationwide. The previously existing regulations were extended by an amending ordinance of September 28, 2022 and are initially valid up to and including January 31, 2023.

With the last adaptation of the regulation, the category of high-risk areas was deleted. As of March 3, 2022, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) no longer designates any states/regions as high-risk areas and currently also no virus variant areas. However, if states/regions are again categorized as virus variant areas, the following must be observed by persons entering the country:

The current coronavirus entry regulation includes special registration and documentation requirements and a quarantine requirement for persons who have been in an area classified as a virus variant area at the time of entry at any time in the ten days prior to entry. Subject to very narrow exceptions, entry from these areas is subject to a ban on the movement of persons by train, bus, boat, and air from these areas.

Obligation to test or provide evidence in case of prior stay in virus variant areas

Persons entering from virus variant areas are required to have test proof based on testing by nucleic acid detection (PCR, PoC-NAT, or other methods of nucleic acid amplification technology; paper or electronic proof in English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish). The test evidence must refer to a test that was performed a maximum of 48 hours ago. For the purpose of calculating this period, the date of entry or the scheduled date of commencement of transportation shall be the relevant date. Proof of recovery or proof of vaccination is not sufficient in this case. Proof may be requested by the Federal Police or by the competent authority for the purpose of random checks during inspections of cross-border traffic to Germany. Air travelers must present proof of testing to the carrier at the carrier's request even before departure. Proof may also be required when the Federal Police inspect cross-border traffic to Germany. Transport without proof is not permitted at any time. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the obligation to provide proof.

Obligation to register and entry quarantine in case of previous stay in virus variant areas

According to the regulations, persons entering from international virus variant areas are required to go directly to their homes immediately after entry, to isolate themselves there for a period of 14 days after entry (domestic quarantine) and to inform the health office responsible for them prior to entry via digital entry registration at www.einreiseanmeldung.de as well as to inform the health office responsible for the city of Chemnitz in case of the occurrence of disease symptoms (Health Office of the City of Chemnitz: telephone 0371 488-5302 (Monday to Thursday 8:00-14:00, Friday 8:00-12:00) or e-mail gesundheitsamt-hotline@... (Stadt Chemnitz) (City of Chemnitz)). If symptoms such as cough, cold, fever or loss of smell and taste occur within the 14-day quarantine period, these persons are required to visit a doctor or a testing center for testing.

If a digital entry registration is not possible, a fully completed replacement form must be carried (e.g. in the event 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 complete the digital entry registration at the latest 24 hours after entry or to send the completed replacement notification by post to the following address: Deutsche Post E-POST Solutions GmbH, 69990 Mannheim, Germany.

Children under the age of 12 are also subject to registration. The quarantine for them is 14 days.

Early lifting of quarantine and exceptions

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

  • the affected virus variant area is no longer classified as such after entry into the Federal Republic of Germany, 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 has been made. It should be noted that a person is considered fully vaccinated if he or she has already received three vaccinations or if no more than 270 days have passed since the second vaccination. 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.

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:

Entries are again possible without coronal-related entry restrictions, subject to compliance with the general residence law and other border police entry regulations. (Source: BMI [in German], website access 10.08.2022)

Corona-related entry restrictions are now only available for entry from virus variant regions.

In addition, you can find information on entry requirements on the websites of the Federal Foreign Office [in German] and the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community. The currently valid travel regulations may change at any time – so check them regularly.

If you are travelling from a virus-variant area, please note the question What do I have to do if I am travelling from a virus-variant area (abroad)?

If your entry is delayed for the winter semester 2022/2023, for example due to pending visa issuance or if your entry documents have already expired and need to be re-applied, please contact the student service by e-mail at studierendenservice@...

As soon as you suspect a delay in the course of your studies and an extension of your visa might be at risk, we recommend that you contact the immigration office (auslaenderbehoerde@... (City of Chemnitz)) promptly to inquire about the necessary steps. If necessary, a discussion with the academic advisor and the examination committee of your degree programme may also be helpful.

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)

Departure from Germany and entry into Germany are currently possible without coronal restrictions. However, if the region in which you are staying is declared a virus variant region [in German], a quarantine is necessary upon re-entry to Germany.

If your visa for Germany expires during your stay in your home country, please make an effort to renew your visa before departure. If you need an appointment at short notice, please explain the reason for the short notice and, if necessary, send proof of the short notice (e.g. a copy of the airline ticket) by e-mail to auslaenderbehoerde@... (City of Chemnitz). This is taken into account when scheduling appointments.

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 Foreigners' Registration Office of the city of Chemnitz can be reached. To avoid waiting times, an appointment is recommended (by telephone at 0371 488-3371 or by mail: auslaenderbehoerde@... (City of Chemnitz)).

It is up to the examiners themselves how they carry out their examinations. However, they were asked to take into account that students, especially international students, are unable to be there for various reasons. If you are unable to enter Germany to take part in examinations due to circumstances arising from the Corona pandemic, please contact the competent examiners in good time and describe your situation in detail. Together you can talk about alternative exam forms and times.

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: .

On-site courses in (partial) attendance

The previously applicable 3G requirement for courses in (partial) attendance is no longer applicable (cf. 30. Open letter from the Rector on the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) of 22 June 2022). Supervision of the execution of tests or test results by instructors and examination supervisors is therefore no longer carried out. Any documentation associated with the collection of personal data or even the collection of health data or test results by teachers or examination supervisors is also not permitted.

Teachers and students are, however, strongly advised to adhere to the 3G rule independently and to test themselves or to have them tested on a daily basis. Students receive free self-tests from teachers. Employees and auxiliaries present at their workplaces will also continue to be offered voluntary Corona self-testing. Corresponding orders can be placed by e-mail to kontakt-corona@… 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 organisation of the distribution of the tests is determined by the responsible lecturers or examiners in individual consultation with the students.

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

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.

The previously applicable 3G requirement for courses in (partial) attendance is no longer applicable (cf. 30. Open letter from the Rector on the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) of 22 June 2022). Supervision of the execution of tests or test results by instructors and examination supervisors is therefore no longer carried out. Any documentation associated with the collection of personal data or even the collection of health data or test results by teachers or examination supervisors is also not permitted.

There is a test facility on the forecourt of the Central Lecture Hall and Seminar Building (in a container).

Please note the following opening hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday to Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

An external test provider (PNB Pandemic Solutions GmbH) will carry out the rapid tests; medically trained staff will take a nasopharyngeal swab. The test results are available within 15 minutes. A certificate is provided in writing directly on site or by e-mail. In addition, the test result can also be accessed via the Corona warning app, for which a quick test profile should be created in the app.

Since June 30, 2022, citizens are only entitled to free citizen tests under certain conditions. For more information, please refer to the question Where can I currently get tested for coronavirus infection in Chemnitz? in the General tab.

New: Since October 1, 2022, students who attend a course or introductory courses on the same day in person as part of the “O-Phase” have the opportunity to be tested free of charge at the test point in the forecourt of the lecture hall and seminar building. The prerequisite for this is the presentation of the student ID or the matriculation or admission certificate together with an official photo ID (e.g. identity card or passport). A prior appointment is not necessary. The free test offer for students is available Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

To carry out tests under supervision before the beginning of a course, you as a lecturer can also order quick tests internally and issue them to students.

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.

Digital courses etc.

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.

Examinations

It is up to the examiners themselves how they carry out their examinations. However, they should take into account that students, especially international students, are unable to be there for various reasons.

Students could view the respective digital examination rooms via a central overview page and always find out about currently scheduled examinations on the website of the Central Examinations Office.

For the summer semester 2022, the Senate unanimously decided on April 26, 2022 for examinations:

“In the summer semester 2020, in the winter semester 2020/2021, in the summer semester 2021 and in the winter semester 2021/2022, and in the summer semester 2022 examiners may deviate from the form of instruction and examination specified in the module description.”

No regulations are made as to which form of examination should be offered as an alternative, i.e. you as the examiner are free to decide which alternative makes sense for the competences to be assessed. We recommend testing the chosen alternative in advance with, for example, assistants, staff or older students. We ask you to communicate the chosen alternative to the students clearly and as early as possible.

Possible alternative forms of examination to the written exam include, but are not limited to:

Digital oral examination:
At least if the number of participants is not too large, individual or group oral exams in digital form can be a good alternative.

Take-home exams:
This is a kind of mixture between a written exam and a term paper: you give students tasks via e-mail or OPAL at a specific time, which have to be worked on in a comparatively tight time allotment of a few hours.

Online exams:
The e-learning team has set up technical procedures that enable online exams. Online examinations are closer to the usual face-to-face examinations than take-home examinations, but place significantly higher demands on the available technology on the student and examiner side, since the examination supervision is done via video.

Portfolio examinations:
Here, a portfolio is created, consisting for example of homework distributed 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.

Further information