Information on Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)
On this page, the management of the German Sport University Cologne informs about current measures and information in connection with the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
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Updated on 27.05.2020 (Newsticker, "Application, Studies, Teaching & Examinations" FAQ 6.5 - List of events with classroom teaching)
Updated on 26.05.2020 (Newsticker, Further regulations III)
Updated on 20.05.2020 (Newsticker, "Application, Studies, Teaching & Examinations" FAQ 6.5 - List of events with classroom teaching, FAQ 8.2 updated, FAQ 8.3 newly inserted, "Information for Employees" FAQ 19 newly inserted)
Updated on 20.05.2020 ("Application, Studies, Teaching & Examinations" FAQ 6.5 - List of courses with classroom teaching)
+++ 27.05.2020 - 16:00: Update of the list of events with classroom teaching +++
Further information under "Application, Studies, Teaching & Examinations" - FAQ 6.5.
+++ 26.05.2020 - 17:00: Regulation home office +++
The regulations regarding home office have been extended for another week until 07.06.2020. As of 08.06.2020, the university-wide home office regulations specified by the President´s Office will be terminated.
+++ 20.05.2020 - 16:30: Current information for university applicants
Due to the current situation, the German Sport University Cologne is changing its application and admission procedure for the coming winter semester. Further information here and under "Application, Studies, Apprenticeship & Exams" - FAQ 8.3).
+++ 20.05.2020 - 8:30 am: Update of the list of events with classroom teaching +++
Further information under "Application, Studies, Teaching & Examinations" - FAQ 6.5.
+++ 15.05.2020 - 12:30 pm: Regulations for classroom teaching from 8 June 2020 +++
In principle, all events at the German Sport University are online events (e-learning) until the end of the semester. Exceptions are most practical sports courses and a few exercises or seminars. In the current information letter from the Rectorate, the university management provides information about attendance teaching from 8 June 2020 including an up-to-date list of events. ("Application, Studies, Teaching & Examinations" - FAQ 6.5).
+++ 12.05.2020 - 13:30: Closures of buildings and facilities +++
The following facilities will initially remain closed until 31.05.2020 inclusive Central Library of Sports Science, all halls and sports facilities, indoor and outdoor facilities (e.g. swimming centre, athletics centre, track and field facility, gymnasiums, tennis courts).
+++ 08.05.2020 - 12:00: Weekly overview for the planned catch-up examinations published +++
The catch-up examinations will take place from 8 June 2020 in the form of presence examinations. The weekly overview is currently published. The exact examination dates will probably be available on 15 May. Further information is available under "Application, Studies, Teaching & Exams", FAQ 3.4.
+++ 05.05.2020 - 10:30: Closures of buildings and facilities +++
The following facilities will initially remain closed until 17.05.2020 inclusive Central Library of Sports Science, all halls and sports facilities, indoor and outdoor facilities (e.g. swimming centre, athletics centre, track and field facility, gymnasiums, tennis courts).
+++ 02.05.2020 - 15:00: Date for catch-up examinations fixed +++
The backlog examinations will take place from 8 June 2020, probably until mid/end July 2020, in the form of presence examinations. All students who were registered for these examinations are affected (regardless of any subsequent deregistration). Further information can be found under "Application, Studies, Teaching & Exams", FAQ 3.4.
+++ 16.04.2020 - 15:00: ZBSport offers contactless pickup service for books +++
From Monday, April 20, 2020, you can order books online and pick them up contactlessly at the Central Library of Sports Sciences, provided you have an already registered student or service card. Further information can be found under "Information for Employees" FAQ no. 17. and "Study, Teaching & Examinations" FAQ no. 5.10 and on this website)
+++ 09.04.2020 - 11:40 a.m.: Registration period for exams in SoSe 2020 +++
The registration period for examinations in the summer semester 2020 is expected to open on 15 June 2020 (see "Study, Teaching & Examinations", FAQ No. 3.18)
+++ 08.04.2020 - 9 am: New Corona Mail Hotline for teachers +++
The German Sport University Cologne has set up a mail hotline for lecturers to answer general questions about corona-related uncertainties or problems in teaching for the summer semester 2020 (see "Information for employees, "New Corona mail hotline for lecturers").
+++ 06.04.2020 - 13:00: Regulations for practical elements +++
Currently (as of 04.04.2020), the Ministry and the universities are working out specific regulations on practical elements of the teaching profession (e.g. practical semesters, internships) in consultation with each other (see "Studies, Teaching & Exams", "Current note")
+++ 02.04.2020 - 13:00: Information paper for students +++
The university management provides an information paper for students, which summarizes "Strategic framework and key points for study and teaching in the summer semester 2020 at the German Sport University Cologne" (see "Studies, Teaching & Exams", No 6)
+++ 01.04.2020 - 13:10: New corona mail hotline for general questions about summer semester 2020 +++
The German Sport University Cologne has set up a mail hotline to deal with general questions regarding corona-related uncertainties or problems in the summer semester 2020 (see "Studies, Teaching & Exams", New Corona Hotline & Compilation of contact persons for specific questions).
+++ 30.03.2020 - 14:50: Electronic submission of final theses via Sciebo +++
From now on, the submission of final theses is possible in digital form via Sciebo as well as by post. Further information can be found here.
+++ 27.03.2020- 13:20: Advance notice: Transmission of final papers/thesis to the Examination Office +++
From Monday, 30.03.2020 onward, it will be possible to submit final papers/thesis to the Examination Office by uploading them to Sciebo. Postal delivery is for the time being then no longer necessary. Information on the concrete procedure will be published. Please refrain from individual requests until then.
+++ 26.03.2020 - 15:00: Extension of deadline for final theses +++
The period from 16.3. to 20.4. does not count towards the processing time of the final papers. The processing time is extended by the corresponding time. In the period from 16.3. to 20.4. you can withdraw from your Bachelor or Master thesis without giving reasons. If minor subject modifications should become necessary due to social and public restrictions, your examiners can informally inform the Examinations Office of these modifications with your consent (for detailed information please refer to "Studies, Teaching & Examinations, FAQ No. 3.12).
+++ 24.03.2020 - 15:50: Onlinebased communication tools +++
Cisco Webex was purchased for the German Sport University Cologne to support online-based communication. The use of this videoconferencing software is recommended, since questions of technology, function, data protection and network resources were already checked at the university before the corona pandemic. Connection possibilities for Cisco products in Moodle are available on a permanent basis (see "Information for employees", FAQ No. 1, paragraphs 2+3)
+++ 23.03.2020 - 10:00: Special study programme colleges this week +++
From 23 to 27 March, all study programmes will hold special study programme colleges (programme directors, module representatives, programme spokespersons). In these colleges, a 15-point list of the current and future situation is to be discussed. The points concern the handling of failed exams and the planning of teaching in the summer semester 2020. The results of the colleges will help to prepare decisions of the university management.
+++ 20.03.2020 - 15:20: Restricted access to the examination office | Current procedure for registration and submission of theses +++
The Examination Office can only be contacted by e-mail or telephone. Postal availability is currently not reliable. Exception: Submission of the thesis (also to meet the deadline). An online procedure has been developed for applications to register the thesis. You will find information on this on the Examinations Office website (see "Studies, Teaching & Examinations", FAQ no. 2.2, no. 3.6, no. 3.12, no. 3.17).
+++ 20.03.2020 - 15:10: Form of a proof of employment +++
In the event of a possible curfew, employees of the German Sport University Cologne, who are required to work on site, would have to be able to present proof of employment. In preparation for such a contingency, the university management provides such a form as a purely precautionary measure (see "Information for Employees", FAQ No. 15)
+++ 19.03.2020 - 16:10 pm: Current information for scientists +++
Many third-party funders have also changed their submission deadlines or provided other important information on projects already underway. For this reason, the Research and Young Scientists Division has collected up-to-date information on these matters and makes it available centrally (see "Information for Employees", FAQ No. 13).
+++ 19.03.2020 - 12:10 pm: Cancellation of the congress promotion of young talents +++
The State Chancellery of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, co-organiser of the NRW Congress on Promoting Young Talent, which was planned for 27 and 28 April 2020 at the Sport University, has announced that the congress will not take place this year and must be cancelled.
+++ 18.03.2020 - 15:00: Concretisation of the ban on housing +++
The university management would like to point out that if a house ban exists (see II. Preventive Measures to Prevent Infections), the premises of the German Sport University may not be entered under any circumstances, not even for a short time.
+++ 17.03.2020 - 13:30: Closure of the canteen on 18 March 2020 +++
All catering facilities of the Cologne Student Union will close on Wednesday, 18 March 2020.
+++ 17.03.2020 - 11:30: Reachability AStA, Copy-Shop +++
The General Students' Committee (AStA) of the German Sport University Cologne can be reached online. The Copy Shop at the German Sport University Cologne is currently still open (opening hours: 8:00 to 16:30). Please find out before a planned visit whether the opening hours still apply (Tel.: +49 221 4982-3080).
+++ 16.03.2020 - 17:30: Maximum implementation of Home Office +++
The university management asks all employees - in coordination with the personnel manager(s) - to implement Home Office as much as possible with immediate effect. Contact with the facilities is possible by e-mail and telephone; office hours are only available by telephone or e-mail.
+++ 16.03.2020 - 15:30: Closure of buildings and facilities +++
From 17.03.2020 inclusive until 19.04.2020 provisionally inclusive, the following facilities are closed: Central Library of Sports Science, all halls and sports facilities, indoor and outdoor facilities (e.g. swimming centre, athletics centre, track and field facility, gymnasiums, tennis courts).
+++ 16.03.2020 - 15:00: New information, especially on examination and study achievements +++
The university management provides detailed information on studies, teaching and examinations (see: FAQ "Studies, teaching & examinations").
+++ 16.03.2020 - 14:30: Further events cancelled +++
+++ 14.03.2020 - 18:00: Another person infected +++
One employee of the administration was tested positive. Contact persons were identified and informed. The further procedure will be coordinated with the public health department. In accordance with the RKI guidelines, no further house bans beyond the person concerned are currently necessary.
+++ 14.03.2020 - 12:45: House ban for participants* in Arosa excursions +++
The university management issues a two-week ban on the participants (teachers and students) in the excursions in Arosa (CH) from the time of their return home and recommends self-isolation for this period.
+++ 13.03.2020 - 18:45: First proven infection at the GSU +++
The first GSU researcher tested positive for the coronavirus, COVID-19. He has no symptoms of infection and is in domestic quarantine, as are the staff in contact with him (see FAQ No. 16)
+++ 13.03.2020 - 16:15: Cancellation of events +++
Some events have already had to be definitely cancelled, including the introductory week for freshmen, the freshman welcome, the campus day and the orientation tutorials (see: V.)
+++ 13.03.2020 - 16:00 hours: Home Office +++
From now on, managers can enable employees to work from home in all task areas that are suitable for working from home. This regulation is initially valid up to and including 17 April 2020 (for further information, see: III. Further regulations)
+++ 13.03.2020 - 15:30: Start of the semester, examinations +++
According to a decision of the Ministry, the start of the semester will be postponed to 20 April 2020. All examinations from and including 16.03.2020 will be cancelled (For further information, see: I. General information)
+++ 13.03.2020 - 15:00: Press conference Prime Minister Armin Laschet +++
In a press conference, Minister President Armin Laschet informs about current precautionary measures to be taken to contain COVID-19 in NRW. In response to this, the German Sport University Cologne provides its staff and students on this page with updated information on how the measures are being implemented at the Sport University.
The management of the German Sport University Cologne asks for level-headedness in dealing with the current situation as well as a prudent and non-discriminatory approach to the topic and among each other. According to the information available today, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) estimates the risk to the health of the population in Germany to be high, and very high for risk groups.
In its assessment and recommendations, the Sports University follows the publications of the RKI, exchanges information with the Health Department of the City of Cologne and continuously assesses the spread of the corona virus.
Summer semester 2020: According to a decision of the Ministry, the start of the digital summer semester has been postponed to 20.4.2020. The end of the lecture period of the summer semester 2020 is set for July 17, 2020.
Examinations in the examination period starting on 16 March 2020: After careful consideration of the risks, all examinations in the current examination period have been postponed. In the meantime, the Rectorate of the German Sport University Cologne has approved a concept for the making up of these examinations from March 2020. This affects all students who were registered for these examinations (even if they subsequently cancelled their registration). The examinations will take place from 8 June 2020. Further information can be found under "Application, Studies, Teaching & Exams", FAQ 3.4.
Further up-to-date information on examination matters can be found here (under 3.)
Risk regions and return from abroad
Since 10 April 2020, the Robert Koch Institute has no longer identified any international risk areas or particularly affected areas in Germany. COVID-19 is now in use worldwide. Outbreaks have occurred in a considerable number of countries, some of them with large case numbers; the exact case numbers of other countries are not known. There is therefore a risk of transmission both in Germany and in a vast number of regions worldwide. The Federal Foreign Office's worldwide travel warning is currently valid until 15 June 2020.
According to the Ordinance on Protection against New Infections with the Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 with regard to Entry and Return Travel of 09.04.2020, persons who had previously spent more than 72 hours abroad were obliged to go directly to their own home immediately after entry and not to leave this place of residence for a period of 14 days after entering the Federal Republic of Germany, not to receive visits from persons not belonging to the household of the place of residence and to inform the Health Office immediately. This quarantine obligation was lifted for NRW on 15 May 2020.
Further information can be found here.
Travel and safety information from the AA can be found here.
Central Library of Sport Science at GSU
The library will be closed until 20th of April. In urgent cases an autonomous self-checkout for material is possible.
The German Sport University is taking preventive measures to prevent the further spread of infections.
Generally speaking, in the case of acutely infectious diseases, it is not allowed to enter the German Sport University (grounds and buildings).
All persons suspected of having contracted COVID-19 are requested to consult a doctor after having made an appointment via phone. They should point out the (possible) contact with sick persons.
In addition, the German Sport University is taking the following measures:
Persons (employees, students, guest researchers and other guests such as relatives or craftsmen of external companies) who are infected with the coronavirus are not allowed to enter the area of the German Sport University (grounds and buildings) until it has been proven that the disease has healed or is no longer contagious. They are prohibited from entering the premises as a preventive measure for third parties.
Persons who have been or are still in contact with persons suffering from the virus, e.g. because they have been in face-to-face contact for ≥15 minutes, are also prohibited from entering the premises of the German Sport University (grounds and buildings) for the duration of the contact and for 14 days beyond that. All further measures are coordinated by the public health department.
In addition, the regulations for daily work and study operations will be adapted:
- Until further notice, the university management will not authorise any business trips. The existing delegation of the right to authorise business trips to the decentral office or direct managers is hereby revoked for all destinations. In addition, travel authorisations already granted are initially revoked until 31 May 2020.
- Work at home: Due to the current exceptional situation and in order to maintain the ability to work at the German Sport University Cologne while at the same time ensuring the highest possible level of health protection for the employees, the employees should be given maximum home office space for all tasks that are suitable for working from home. This regulation is initially valid up to and including June 7, 2020. Employees in the technical and administrative departments will be credited with their individual planned working time for the days indicated. Celebration of overtime, flexitime or holidays should be made possible in a flexible manner.
You can find information on medical aspects under the following links:
- World Health Organization WHO
- Robert-Koch-Institute (FAQ)
- Federal Ministry of Health
- Federal Centre for Health Education
The city of Cologne has created an information page and set up a citizens' telephone line.
- + 49 221 / 221 33500 (Mo-Fr, 7-18)
If you have further questions that are not answered in the FAQs, please contact the InfoPoint via email: email@example.com. Reachability by telephone is limited: +49 221 4982 2229. Your request will be forwarded to the appropriate contact person.
Please note: The International Office is currently only available by e-mail from non-EU countries.
In case of illness, the family doctor or the private emergency service (Tel.: +49 116117) should be contacted.
The President's Office has decided to close the following facilities until 31 May 2020 inclusive:
- Central Library of Sports Sciences
- all halls and sports facilities, indoor and outdoor facilities (e.g. swimming centre, athletics centre, track and field facility, sports halls, tennis courts); the closure also affects the usage times of the beach sports facility ("Playa") (weekdays until 5 p.m. as well as field 6 after 5 p.m.); this applies regardless of the operator's other opening hours
- All catering facilities of the Cologne Student Union have been closed since 18 March 2020 until further notice.
Please see the german version of the GSU website (Corona) to see all documents (only in German).