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Where can I find general information about the spread of the coronavirus?

The "World Health Organization", the "Robert Koch Institute", one of the most important bodies for the safeguarding of public health in Germany, the German Federal Ministry of Health, and the "Gesundheitsamt Bremen” (Bremen’s Health Office) all provide very valuable information on the current development regarding COVID-19. If you are looking for Bremen-specific information, we recommend following the website of Bremen’s senate, where you can find all relevant phone numbers, information on COVID-19 ambulances as well as the latest measures taken by Bremen’s Senate. Jacobs University also provides information on the coronavirus and measures the university takes on its website. This information is frequently updated.

Where can I get coronavirus updates about Jacobs University?

For information on Jacobs University’s status and practices regarding COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 information page

An overview of the current corona regulations on campus is available here.

Will Jacobs University remain open or is it possible for the colleges (halls of residence) to close in the future due to restrictions by the German government? If so, does the University have a plan for this?

With regard to accommodation and food services for our students, the university has no intention and no plans of closing the campus and its colleges (halls of residence). Since the start of the pandemic in early 2020, Jacobs University has maintained both accommodation and food services available for all students.
Our overriding principle is to protect the health and safety of our employees AND our students – who not only study, and do research here, but also live on campus.
For about 1,000 students the Jacobs campus is their home during the semester. They all have both, a study and rental contract with Jacobs University, which all remain valid during the regular period of a semester.

Given this, Jacobs University has all intentions of continuing to keep the residential colleges open during semester, as the majority of the students have an ongoing need of accommodation, catering and community support.
The University is making all necessary arrangements to maintain all operations in this domain, even inthe event of students needing to be quarantined. Moreover, our contact with the Bremen health authorities and with the State of Bremen indicates that we need not expect them to force closure of the campus and its colleges.

Is it safe to stay on Jacobs University’s campus?

The spread and the risk situation regarding COVID-19 changes daily. Therefore, it is not possible to make any verifiable or reliable statement about where, in which area, city or country it is safer to stay and live, today or in the future. In addition, personal circumstances such as social environment, previous illnesses, necessity to work etc. must always be taken into account.

We kindly ask students and their parents to take into account that we are dealing with a global pandemic affecting an increasingly larger number of people in countries all over the world, including many of our students’ home countries.

Jacobs University is taking all possible measures to not only slow down the further spread of the virus in society as a whole – but also on the campus of Jacobs University.

Although Corona-related restrictions and rules are still in place with the ongoing pandemic, we have seen a number of positive developments since the start of the last academic year in September 2020 – worldwide, in Germany, and on the Jacobs University campus.

At Jacobs University, extensive vaccination of staff has taken place, our comprehensive hygiene concept has worked extremely well, members of the Jacobs community have adjusted to studying, living and working under Corona rules – and by the start of the fall semester 2021/22, a significant number of our students will also have been vaccinated.

Jacobs University developed its hygiene, safety, health and supply concepts for students and employees early on. With only a few Corona cases on campus over the last year and exclusively among returning travelers, these measures have proven to be extraordinarily successful, reliable, and sustainable.

What are the current guidelines for social behavior on campus?

With the aim of curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, and also depending on current developments, the Federal Government and the Federal States (including the State of Bremen) agreed to adapt the respective guidelines for behavior and for freedom of movement and mobility. These are binding for all people staying in Germany.

  • You can find the latest information and regulations from the German government on COVID-19 here (GERMAN only).
  • The latest information on the situation in Bremen (number of current COVID-19 cases, recommended precaution measures and links to the offices and departments in charge) is available here.

Accordingly, Jacobs University regularly adapts its guidelines for social behavior on the campus to the legal requirements. Appropriate changes and adjustments are communicated to students, staff and faculty members, partners and guests on campus as required.

The common basis for learning, teaching, working and living together on campus is the “3G Rule”: all members of the Jacobs Community being on campus must either be vaccinated, recovered or tested (in German: geimpft, genesen, getestet – hence, 3G) in order to participate in in-perso
n events (this includes lectures, laboratory sessions, workshops, and any other indoor gatherings) on campus.

The wearing of masks and social distancing is required in all indoor areas unless advised otherwise by a university official.

An overview of current corona regulations on the campus of Jacobs University can be accessed here.

All regulations and guidelines must be respected and will be enforced by campus and local authorities..

What is the 3G Rule and how does it apply to the learning environment at Jacobs University?

In order to assure framework conditions for in-presence teaching that ensure the health and wellbeing of students and staff on campus, the Germany wide established “3G Rule” (in German: geimpft, genesen, getestet – hence, 3G) will form the common basis for learning, teaching, working and living on campus.
All members of the Jacobs Community must either be vaccinated, recovered or tested to participate in in-person events (this includes lectures, laboratory sessions, workshops, and any other indoor gatherings) on campus. Any violation of the 3G Rule will lead to serious consequences. To enter any public space on campus for an event – this applies to academic and non-academic events – you need to have either proof of full vaccination, a physician's certification of a COVID-19 recovery, or official proof of negative testing from a regular testing center. Please note that self-tests are not accepted as proof.
For all in-person academic events, it is required to “check-in” with the Luca App. This app will track the time of arrival and time of departure from the event. For more information on how to download this widely used app, please see question below “How can I check-in to academic and non-academic events on campus? Tell me about Luca App usage on campus.

In all indoor areas on campus, members of the Jacobs community are expected to wear a mask and maintain social distancing unless advised otherwise by a university official.

How can I present proof of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19?

Presenting proof of recovery
All persons who have been infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus are entitled to a certificate of recovery. The prerequisite is proof of a positive PCR test result. The PCR test must be no more than six months old and at least 28 days old. If the test is no longer available, one can have the evidence reissued by a healthcare physician. The certificate of recovery can be issued by the person who is authorized to perform or monitor a test.

Positive corona test can be stored in various apps used for control (i.e. the CovPass app).

Presenting proof of vaccination
Proof of vaccination must meet the following requirements:

  1. It must prove a full course of vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was completed.
  2. The vaccination on which it is based must be comprised of one or more of the vaccines listed by the Paul Ehrlich Institute at www.pei.de/impfstoffe/covid-19 and either comprise the number of vaccine doses necessary to provide full protection as published online by the Paul Ehrlich Institute at https://www.pei.de/impfstoffe/covid-19 , and no less than 14 days may have elapsed since the last required single vaccination, or for recovered persons, consist of the administration of one vaccine dose. To prove they are fully vaccinated, recovered persons must prove that they had had COVID-19 before they were vaccinated. Proof is provided by submitting a positive PCR test.
  3. To certify vaccination, the proof must include the following data:
    1. The personal data of the vaccinated person (at least surname, first name and date of birth or number of passport/identity card/ID card)
    2. Date of vaccination, number of vaccinations,
    3. Vaccine name,
    4. Name of the disease vaccinated against and
    5. Distinguishing marks that indicate which person or institution is responsible for performing the vaccination or issuing the certificate, such as an official emblem or the issuer’s name.
  4. Proof of full vaccination must be provided in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish.

Non-German vaccination certificates in the aforementioned languages can be digitized in various local pharmacies and uploaded on Luca-App, and other corona apps for entry into 3G regulated areas.

Will there be opportunities to get officially tested for the COVID-19 virus at Jacobs University?

On-campus test center, hosted by Apotheke Fischbach

There is a daily on-campus opportunity for both students and employees to be tested for COVID-19 infection. The testing center is operated by an external certified specialist, whose certificates will also be recognized for the purpose of fulfilling teaching and other events on and off campus. If you have any questions about this offer, please write to healthinfo@jacobs-university.de

Tests will be free of chargefor students and employees until October 10th 20201.

Opening times: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Make a reservation by visiting the test center website.

For instructions on using the test center website, please click here.

What are the current guidelines for teaching?

The latest information regarding the teaching and examination guidelines can be found on the Registrar Services website.

What do the current corona rules and regulations mean for life on campus?

The common basis for learning, teaching, working and living together on campus is the “3G Rule”: all members of the Jacobs Community on campus must either be vaccinated, recovered or tested (in German: geimpft, genesen, getestet – hence, 3G) in order to participate in in-person events (this includes lectures, laboratory sessions, workshops, and any other organized indoor gatherings) on campus.

For information from the German Bundestag on the 3G Rule, please visit their website. Please note that changes are subject to occur based on the fluctuation of incidence rate and partially based on the discretion of individual states.

In all situations where the 3G Rule applies, and in the college serveries on campus, it is required to “check-in” with the Luca App. This will be required for all academic events (lectures, workshops, seminars), as well as university-organized events (for example, those organized together with Campus Life). For more information on how to download this widely used app, please see question below “How can I check-in to academic and non-academic events on campus? Tell me about Luca App usage on campus.

In all indoor areas on campus, members of the Jacobs community are expected to wear a mask and maintain social distancing unless advised otherwise by a university official.

Contact restrictions for private gatherings inside and outside

Reducing private and professional contacts is the most effective way of slowing down the number of new cases. But nobody should be lonely, so it will still be possible for people to meet. The regulations in Bremen allow for meetings of:

  • Ten persons, indoors or outdoors

In general, this also applies to the campus of Jacobs University, including student flats. We recommend you stay up to date on all corona information and updates on regulations in our region by visiting the State of Bremen website (English version linked).

What individual precautionary measures does Jacobs University recommend its community members to follow?

Jacobs University is taking all measures to slow down the further spread of the virus in the whole society – this is a question of solidarity within a society as a whole.

Therefore, Jacobs University recommends its community members to take all precautionary measures available to stay healthy. An overview of current corona regulations on the campus of Jacobs University can be accessed here.

What are the current regulations for using or visiting the library/IRC on campus?

When visiting the library/IRC, it is required of all individuals to use the Luca App to check-in upon entry and check out upon leaving.
Furthermore, the 3G Rule is observed for entry into the library/IRC, which means all individuals must either be vaccinated, recovered or tested (in German: geimpft, genesen, getestet – hence, 3G). For further information on the 3G Rule, please see the question “What is the 3G Rule and how does it apply to the learning environment at Jacobs University
Masks must be worn when walking around the library at all times and can only be removed upon taking a seat/working at a desk.
Please be ready at all time to be checked for the 3G Rule. The security team will be conducting periodical checks to make sure all rules in the library are being observed.

What are the current regulations for using the serveries on campus?

When using the serveries on campus, we require all individuals to use the Luca App to check-in when entering the serveries and check-out when exiting. For more information on the Luca App, please see the point below “Luca App usage on campus”.

Kindly note that the usage of masks and social distancing is mandatory upon moving through the servery.

What sports activities are allowed on campus?

For all official and registered sports events on campus, and to practice indoor sports in the Sports and Convention Center or the gym, the 3G Rule will apply for all participants (athletes and audience members). For information on the 3G Rule, please see question above "What is the 3G Rule and how does it apply to the learning environment at Jacobs University?”

Outdoor sports can be practiced without further barriers.

Germany has decided to make surgical masks or masks of the standards FFP2 or KN95/N95 compulsory in specific areas. What does that mean for me?

You have to cover your mouth and nose with a surgical mask or a mask of the standards FFP2 or KN95/N95 while using public transport, entering shops and grocery stores, as well as in certain public spaces in Bremen – for example inside buildings of public service institutions and authorities, when visiting indoor markets and shopping areas in the city of Bremen or Bremen Vegesack, or at the different train station forecourts. Please, pay attention to the respective signs!

According to the Infection Protection Act, if the "seven-day incidence" (new infections per 100,000 population) threshold of 100 is exceeded on three consecutive days in a county or a city, the wearing of FFP2 / KN95/N95 masks - instead of a surgical mask – may be mandatory especially in public transport. Please refer to the regulations in your region.

On campus the wearing of a face mask covering your mouth and nose is compulsory for all indoor areas of public access at all times unless officially advised otherwise in a particular room or setting. Examples of areas of public access include, but are not limited to, the library, administration buildings, college common rooms and hallways, and research buildings. All members of the Jacobs community must adhere to this rule.

Please remember, that although wearing a mask or a mouth nose cover is not required everywhere and under all circumstance for practical reasons, it nonetheless does constitute an additional layer of protection, which some of us may consider important, others less so. In other words, some JUB members may generally prefer masks or mouth nose covers to be worn at all times, even though this is not required – if you decide not to wear a mask or a mouth nose cover (except in the cases defined above), please be sensitive to the concerns this may raise for other members of our community. We have to work together to reduce the risk of the pandemic to activities on campus, and this requires being sensible about what we do, working within the applicable rules, and being respectful of each other while doing so.

Which rooms and facilities on the campus are open?

Corresponding to protecting our community by promoting social distancing, following regulations are valid:

  • Colleges Serveries: the serveries will of course remain open during the semester.
  • Sports: the SCC, the gym and the pool will be open during the Fall 2021 semester with strict corona regulations in place.
  • Events: gatherings officially organized by the University containing a health and security concept correlating with official state regulations are allowed and will follow the 3G Rule.
  • Club activities: official club meetings or activities are allowed, however they and must be registered with Campus Life and the 3G Rule must apply for activities of more than ten people.
  • Social gatherings:ten people are allowed to meet in person without further measures applying (test taking, vaccination checks, etc.).

We recognize that these actions are disruptive but the health and safety of our community and our society as a whole is our top priority at this extraordinary time. These regulations apply to everybody. Together we can contribute to prevent the virus from further spreading.

What safety measures are taken regarding the catering facilities?

Our longstanding and trustful catering provider “apetito catering” has taken different and comprehensive measures in order to help prevent the ongoing spread of COVID-19 and to protect all students, guests, and staff/faculty members. We ask for support from the whole Jacobs community in order to support and respect all these measures, and any further measures as circumstances demand.

In addition to all adjustments in the offer and procedure, apetito catering will take additional hygienic precautions for all members of their staff.

The respective current measures and regulations are extensively communicated and published at the appropriate time and place on campus.

All regulations have been approved by the local authorities and are valid until further notice. All regulations must be respected and will be enforced by campus and local authorities accordingly.

I have COVID-19 symptoms and would like to get tested. What should I do?

In case you suffer from fever, cough or respiratory symptoms OR have had direct contact with people who are demonstrably ill showing COVID-19 symptoms

  • First contact your primary care physician by telephone! Do not go directly to the doctor's practice or the corona ambulance!
  • Outside the regular office hours of your doctor's practice – like in the evening/night and during the weekend – you can call the Central Health Service of Bremen: CALL 0421-116 117
  • Calls may take a while to get answered. And the Central Health Service of Bremen is running a German language telephone information service, so please wait until a contact person answers directly. Stay on the line and answer all the questions.
  • Follow the instructions provided!
  • Under no circumstances should the doctor's office or the Corona Ambulance be visited directly!

Be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • General Information: name, last name, mailing address, your health insurance number and provider
  • Symptoms: what kind of symptoms like fever, cough, breathing difficulties, or any other respiratory symptoms do you experience? Since when? Have you already sought medical advice?
  • Travel History: what is your travel history in the last 2 months? In which cities, regions, and countries have you been, when and how long?
  • Contact History: have you been in contact with people infected with coronavirus? (When, where, who?)

IMPORTANT: In case a student gets tested positive for COVID-19, we ask him/her to inform Jacobs University immediately by e-mail: healthinfo@jacobs-university.de. We urge all students to follow this process since an immediate information flow is of the utmost importance in taking all precautions to contain a further spread of the virus on campus. The same process applies if you are in an ordered quarantine by the Bremen Public Health Office.
In case you are in mandatory quarantine ordered by the Bremen Public Health Office as a result of a positive test for COVID-19, or by direct contact with a positive-tested person, and need urgent medical assistance:

  • Call your primary care physician, the Bremen Central Health Service or the Emergency Number 112 - and ALWAYS state clearly that you are in quarantine!

Support from your Health Insurance Provider

For students who are insured by the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), there are two "TK-MediCall" phone numbers of the medical advisory center available. The callers can speak directly with doctors:

  • German speaking hotline: 040-46 06 - 61 91 60
  • English speaking hotline: 040 - 46 06 61 91 40

For students who are insured by the AOK, there are two German-language hotlines of the “AOK-Clarimedis” service:

  • Free of Charge for AOL members: 0800 1 265 265
  • Phone number from abroad (charges apply): 0049 3085614293

The city of Bremen has set up a general information hotline: under the telephone number 0049 421 115 you can get information (in German) about the coronavirus in Bremen.

I don’t have COVID-19 symptoms but would still like to get tested. What should I do?

Jacobs University is hosting a test center for students to have easy access to corona tests. For detailed information on the testing center, please see question above “Will there be opportunities to get officially tested for the COVID-19 virus at Jacobs University?”

Tests will be offered free of charge for students and employees until October 10th.

In case you are not located on campus, but are still looking for opportunities to get tested, the Senator for Health Bremen websiteprovides an overview of testing opportunities in Bremen. Some doctor’s offices also offer corona rapid tests. A daily updated list is available here.

As a student, what happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

In case a student gets tested positive for COVID-19, we ask him/her/they to inform Jacobs University immediately by e-mail: healthinfo@jacobs-university.de.

We urge all students to follow this process since an immediate information flow is of the utmost importance in taking all precautions to contain a further spread of the virus on campus. The same process applies if you are in an ordered quarantine by the Bremen Public Health Office.

Whom can I contact in case I have individual health questions related to the Corona virus?

Please call your private physician or in case your physician is out of office Bremen’s Central Health Service at 0421-116117. Please keep in mind, calls may take a while to get answered. And the Central Health Service of Bremen is running a German language telephone information service, so please wait until a contact person is answering directly. Stay in the line and answer all the questions.

You may also call your respective Health Insurance.

For students who are insured by the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK), there are two "TK-MediCall" phone numbers of the medical advisory center available. The callers can speak directly with doctors:

  • German speaking hotline: 040-46 06 - 61 91 60
  • English speaking hotline: 040 - 46 06 61 91 40

For students who are insured by the AOK, there are two German-language hotlines of the “AOK-Clarimedis” service:

  • Free of Charge for AOL members: 0800 1 265 265
  • Phone number from abroad (charges apply): 0049 3085614293

Whom can students contact if they have health and mental health related concerns during the corona crisis?

For corona related concerns, please, contact: healthinfo@jacobs-university.de. This mailbox is occupied 7 days a week (but not 24/7). However, we have an on-campus emergency support, which is available to our students 24/7, also on weekends. In each college, a Resident Associate on duty is reachable day and night, whenever our students have any questions, concerns, and needs.

If you need mental advice, please, contact: counseling@jacobs-university.de

How does the university keep the students up-to-date with regard to COVID-19? Do they have direct contact people on campus?

Jacobs University’s primary commitment, besides offering a first-class education, is to keep its community safe and healthy.
The well-being of our students is a top priority. For years, Jacobs University has installed an on-campus emergency support, which is available to our students 24/7, also on weekends. In each college, a Resident Associate or Resident Mentor is reachable day and night, whenever our students have any questions, concerns and needs.

Additionally, our campus also has its own professional security team. It is always available to our students. Our security team safeguards the well-being of our community members.

We also host an email address for personal health inquiries (healthinfo@jacobs-university.de), which is occupied 7 days a week.

Furthermore, we have a quarantine support system. Every person who is suspected to be COVID-19 positive is quarantined immediately and provided with testing, food and social support.

Regarding the spread of the coronavirus our students receive frequent and regular information through:

  • Jacobs University’s intranet – where an information page on corona was set up
  • Posters, which were put up in all residential colleges and common rooms of our university
  • Update emails from the university’s leadership
  • Peer group and individual communication
  • Internal social media channels
  • Video conferences

ENTERING GERMANY & JUB CAMPUS

What countries are considered high-risk?

Please, click here for the latest list of high-risk countries named by the Robert Koch-Institute. Please note that this list can change on a daily basis.

What are the COVID-19 regulations for entering Germany?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions are in place for entering Germany from a large number of countries. Moreover, individuals are often obliged to quarantine for a specific period and / or present a medical certificate stating that they are COVID-19 negative.

Different regulations apply to persons entering Germany after staying in regions with a particularly high risk of infection. These include regions with particularly high numbers of cases (high incidence areas) and regions in which virus variants of concern (areas of variant of concern) have spread. Details are available here.

For more information on the designation of international risk areas check out this RKI information page.

Please check here for up-to-date entry requirements into Germany.

You can find the latest official Q&A from the Federal Ministry of Health here.

Bremen specific information is available here.

I got tested for COVID-19. How will I receive the result?

There are currently no nationwide standards for the transmission of test results. Therefore, it may vary from region to region. If you did a rapid test in an official test center, you generally receive the result directly at the test center with the appropriate certificate. Test results may also be transmitted via e-mail, SMS, personal phone calls, via the official Website https://www.mein-laborergebnis.de.

Generally, test results are transmitted after a short waiting time. You can retrieve the test result as a digital certificate in German/English/French via app or alternatively as a printout.

We therefore recommend installing both of these two free apps on your smartphone:

  • the Luca app – which also serves as registration tool for entering an event room on campus
  • the official "Corona-Warn-App" of the German government

IMPORTANT: In case a student gets tested positive for COVID-19, we ask him/her to inform Jacobs University immediately by e-mail: healthinfo@jacobs-university.de. We urge all students to follow this process since an immediate information flow is of the utmost importance in taking all precautions to contain a further spread of the virus on campus. The same process applies if you are in an ordered quarantine by the Bremen Public Health Office.

How can I check-in to academic and non-academic events on campus? Tell me about Luca App usage on campus?

In order to access public indoor areas on campus and during events, we request that students use the “Luca App” for contact tracing. The app will track your arrival and departure from an event/location and the duration of your stay.

Students will be asked to “check-in” to all indoor area gatherings (lectures, workshops, events)- both academic and extracurricular. This works by scanning a QR code while using the app and selecting the option to check-in. At the end of your stay, you would be required to check-out.

The Luca App is also used widely in the city of Bremen, and most other cities in Germany, for visiting indoor public spaces. To download the Luca App, click on the embedded link.

For instructions on how to download and use the Luca App, please click here.

CORONA-WARN-APP

We recommend the entire Jacobs Community to use the official "Corona-Warn-App" to fight the further spread of COVID-19.

The Corona-Warn-App helps us to determine whether we have had any contact with an infected person which could result in a risk of catching the virus. This way, we can interrupt chains of infection more quickly. The app is a service by the Federal Government. Download and use of the app are entirely voluntary and free of charge. It is available as download in the Apple App Store as well as in Google Play. The app is supporting German, English and Turkish language settings. It is expected to be available in five other languages shortly: Arabic, Polish, Bulgarian, Romanian and Russian are currently under development. The respective language of the app is based on the system language setting of your smartphone.

Country availability

Currently, most corona apps are only available in the respective app stores of each country. This is due to the fact that the users mostly live in the respective country. Also, the processes behind the app, including those related to testing, are based on the respective national health structures.

The official “Corona-Warn-App” for Germany is available to download in all national app stores in the European Union, as well as in Switzerland, Norway, Great Britain and Turkey (see RKI list of countries here.

If your Apple Store or your Google Play is set to another than these countries you will have to switch your country settings manually in order to download and use the Corona-Warn-App.

The Bremen Health Office is recommending the following procedure:

Official "Corona-Warn-App"

  • Download the official “Corona-Warn-App
  • During the COVID-19 test you will receive a written confirmation with an individual QR code. This is directly linked to your test sample and is also sent to the laboratory.
  • By scanning the QR code with the official "Corona-Warn-App" (see below) you can set up an automatic notification when your test result is available.
  • Official Website “mein-laborergebnis.de“
  • Enter the multi-digit QR number you received during the COVID-19 test on the website www.mein-laborergebnis.de
  • Check if your test result is already available.

It will take about 24-72 hours until the test result is available. Your data will only be transmitted if you have agreed to this.

The Bremen Health Office will only contact you in case of a positive test result.