Dear Students, dear Teaching Staff, dear Employees,
In view of the extremely tense Coronavirus infection situation, amendments to the Infection Protection Act are expected to come into force from Wednesday, 24 November 2021, which will have an impact on university operations. In addition, the University Executive Board, with the participation of the Staff Council, has decided on further adjustments and measures in the interest of health protection in study and work operations. The new regulations listed below mean additional work, but this is necessary so that we as a university can continue to run our teaching operations in the presence of our students. The fact that we have had almost no spread of infection at the HsH so far is due to our hygiene concept and, above all, our disciplined adherence to the rules. We will continue to rely on our employees and students to deal responsibly with the Corona pandemic in the future.
Information for students and employees
Presence under 3G
Despite the extremely tense Corona situation, the University Executive Board is maintaining attendance for students at HsH under 3G conditions. However, it cannot be ruled out that there may be restrictions during the current semester depending on the further infection situation due to mandatory legal requirements.
The 3G rule applies to all university events. We ask students to prove their vaccination status with the QR code of the CovPass app and to carry their identification documents with them.
Application of the 2G rule in events of a non-official nature does not justify any relaxation of the valid hygiene measures such as distance rules, mask obligation or the obligation to document attendance via QR tracing or recording in lists.
Extended mask obligation
The hygiene concept of the HsH will be adapted to the effect that, with immediate effect, a general mask obligation will apply in all events and on circulation areas of the HsH, irrespective of the distance rules that continue to apply. This also applies to teachers if they are unable to maintain the minimum distance in teaching situations.
The extended mask obligation does not apply to examinations or office workplaces, insofar as the minimum distance of 1.5 metres between employees or students can be permanently maintained.
Exemptions from the obligation to wear a mask are only possible for medical reasons, which must be supported by a medical certificate with compelling wording.
Limitation of the number of participants for meetings outside of courses
For meetings outside of courses, the number of participants is limited to a maximum of 25 persons. This applies to any kind of meeting or gathering.
Information for employees
Home office or mobile working
The new version of the Infection Protection Act again provides for reducing the presence of employees at the workplace as far as possible. The HsH as employer must therefore offer that employees work from home if there are no compelling operational reasons against this. Compelling operational reasons may arise in particular from the nature of the activity and the work to be performed. The employees of the HsH are generally obliged to accept an offer to work from home if there are no reasons for them not to do so.
We ask supervisors to discuss this with their employees. The aim is to once again find regulations that make it possible to work from home as far as possible.
3G rule at the workplace
From 24 November 2021, the 3G rule will apply to all employees entering HsH buildings. This means that only employees who have been vaccinated, recovered or tested against the SARS-CoV-2 virus will be allowed to enter.
Entry into the buildings without carrying proof is only allowed to take advantage of an HsH test offer immediately before starting work.
There is no 3G check of employees at the central building entrances. However, a company or student ID card must be shown.
Only the following are valid as proof of testing:
- Tests taken at medical care centres or test centres and pharmacies ("citizen tests"). The test must not be older than 24 hours (rapid test) or 48 hours (PCR test).
- Self-tests under supervision at one of the university's test locations:
- Kleefeld campus: café next to the refectory (building 3I),
- Ahlem Campus: Foyer Building 4A,
- Linden Campus: Foyer Building 1A,
- Campus Expo Plaza: Atrium Building 2E.
All test locations are available from Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Saturday from
8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Employees are to bring the test kits provided by the HsH.
- Self-tests conducted under the supervision of a volunteer employed at HsH ("employer tests"). Supervision should be carried out at greater distance between the persons. The state of Lower Saxony has provided a form as a certificate.
The self-tests carried out under supervision must not be older than 24 hours.
Non-vaccinated employees are provided with at least two free rapid tests per week by the HsH via their supervisors. Vaccinated or recovered employees who wish to be tested will also continue to receive two rapid tests.
Tests other than those previously mentioned will not be recognised. The occupational health service does not test for coronavirus. Attendance at a test appointment does not count as working time.
Employees must show their credentials (vaccinated, recovered or tested) to their supervisors. The proofs can also be sent in digital form to the supervisors or the persons or functional e-mail addresses designated by them. The supervisors are responsible for ensuring the 3G rule and must check this. According to the Infection Protection Act, they have the right to inquire about the status of their employees. The proofs must therefore be kept available by the employees for checks. Proof of vaccination can be provided by the CovPass app, the EU COVID certificate or the vaccination certificate. Supervisors can delegate the checks to suitable employees, taking into account the requirements for employee data protection.
It is sufficient to "tick off" the first and last names of the employees on a list on the respective day of the check if the respective proof has been provided by the employee. In the case of vaccinated and recovered employees, the existence of valid proof only has to be recorded and documented once. In this case, the end date of the convalescent status must also be documented for convalescents. In the case of vaccinated persons, the date of full vaccination protection may only be documented if they agree to this. D1 shall provide supervisors with a list of those employed there, if required. The data shall be deleted no later than six months after it has been collected.
Employees who cannot provide 3G proof and do not wish to be tested are prohibited from entering.
The Infection Protection Act provides for a fine of up to 25,000 euros for violations of obligations to check and carry 3G evidence.
You will find all the information for the HsH collected on the following website: https://hs-h.de/corona. This website is updated on a regular basis. This is where you will find the HsH Hygiene Concept, the attendance form and FAQs.
Your University Executive Board