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The current situation at the University
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Update 07.01.2021:

By the end of the lecture period on 12 February 2021, teaching has basically been converted to digital formats. Until 31 January 2021, all attendance events (including internships and practical exercises) are suspended. The only exceptions to this rule are examinations that must be taken in person.

At the same time, the Presidential Board appeals to examiners to convert examinations that are planned to take place in person to digital formats if possible. All face-to-face examinations take place within the framework of the legal provisions in accordance with the applicable infection control concept.

The movement restriction for hotspots with a radius of 15 km does not apply to the way to work. Travelling from neighbouring federal states is therefore possible. Certificates for employees or students to come to the university are not necessary.

Library (ThULB)

Opening hours of our libraries for book lending in the sub-libraries from Monday 11 January 2021

Sub-library humanities, sub-libraries law, economics and social sciences:
Mon – Sat: noon – 6 p.m.

Sub-library natural sciences, sub-library medicine (all sites):
Mon – Fri: noon – 6 p.m.

Sub-library chemistry + physics:
Tue + Thu: noon – 4 p.m.

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Teaching and Examinations

Since Monday, 14 December 2020, a new general decree of the city of Jena* has entered into force.

This also regulates face-to-face teaching and presence for research purposes at the University of Jena:

"There will no longer be any presence teaching at the universities. Practical educational sections that cannot be postponed or research work that requires special laboratory or work rooms are permitted. This also applies to the use of academic libraries. Likewise, necessary examinations shall be made possible."

The university management decides, over and above the general decree of the city, that all face-to-face teaching will be suspended from Wednesday 16 December 2020. The only exceptions to this are examinations that must necessarily be conducted in presence. 


From now on, faculty members will work on a mobile basis wherever possible ("flexible home office") in order to reduce contacts as much as possible. The only exceptions to this are research work that requires special laboratory or work spaces. Committee meetings are to be held digitally. Meetings of appointment committees, insofar as these are not possible digitally, are to be dispensed with. This shall apply with immediate effect and initially until 31 January 2021.


Activities in the administration are in principle not affected by the aforementioned restrictions and may continue to be carried out in compliance with the applicable framework hygiene plan. However, where work organisation permits, the possibility of mobile working ("flexible home office") shall be used with immediate effect and in particular until 31 January 2021. The decision on this is up to the respective superiors.

Dining halls and ThULB

You can find information on the opening hours on the respective websites.

The ThULB is still closed (as of 07.01.2021), but the loans will reopen from 11 January 2021 with special hours.

The dining halls and cafeterias in Jena are closed (as of 07.01.21). Exceptions are the dining hall at Carl-Zeiß-Promenade and from Monday, 11.01.21, the dining hall at Ernst-Abbe-Platz.


At their joint meeting on 25 November 2020, the Federal Chancellor and the heads of government of the Länder decided that higher education institutions and universities should in principle switch to digital teaching. For our university, this means that from 1 December there will be no classroom teaching activities. Excluded from this regulation are laboratory and device trainings, practical sports exercises, practical training phases and supervisions with medical indication. Also excluded are tests and exams that cannot be converted to digital formats. The regulation applies until the end of the lecture period on 12 February 2021.

Current regulations include:

- Wearing a face covering is mandatory at the University, also outdoors if the distance of 1.5 m to others is less than 1.5 m;
- In public, only contact with members of one's own household and one other household is permitted (max. 5 persons in total);
- Persons who use university facilities must register via the digital contact person registration QRoniton using the QR code of the respective room;
- Persons in contact with anyone who has tested positive for the corona virus, who comes from a corona risk area abroad or who shows COVID-19 symptoms are not allowed to enter the university;
- It is not permitted to consume alcoholic beverages on the university ground as well as inside the university buildings. This also applies to the Ernst-Abbe-Platz campus;
- When working on-site, you need to comply with the hygiene rules of the University (Hygiene framework [pdf 602KB] [pdf, 298 kb] de). 

Please also visit our information page about the current semester​ and our blog for the newest developments.

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1. Where can I find information on the current coronavirus situation in Jena? Show content

In case of questions regarding the current situation in Jena, the number of cases, general rulings, as well as advisory and information services provided by the City of Jena, please visit

For up-to-date information on the situation at the University, please see this overview of FAQs and visit our blog.

2. What do I have to consider if I return to Jena from a risk area? Show content

For those returning from a corona risk area abroad there is an obligation to register. Before arriving in Germany, travellers must register at and carry proof of registration with them on entry. Those entering or returning from abroad who have stayed in a risk area within the last ten days prior to entry are also obliged to enter a ten-day quarantine immediately after entry. After five days of quarantine at the earliest, travellers can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 to end the quarantine obligation with a negative test result. Please visit the website of the Robert Koch Institute for up-to-date information on further regulations and exceptions.

If you return to Jena from a risk area, you are obliged to immediately report to the Public Health Department by phone at +49 3641 49 2222 or online at In addition, you must immediately self-isolate. If you show symptoms of illness, you must call the hotline +49 3641 49 3333 in addition to calling your general practitioner or the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (Kassenärztliche Vereinigung). The designation of risk areas can be found at:

Travellers from areas within Germany who report 7 days incidence per 100,000 of more than 50 do not need to be tested and are not required to undergo isolation.

For residents of Saxony who require proof of their employment outside of Saxony due to the Corona Protection Regulation there, the Thoska is regarded as a university service card. Employees who do not yet have a Thoska can obtain a card from the Thoska office de.

3. There is a suspected case of the coronavirus in my social circle. What should I do? Show content

Please wait and see whether the suspicion is confirmed by laboratory tests. If this is the case and you are considered to be a first-degree contact person, you will be informed by the responsible health authority.

4. I feel unwell and have symptoms of a cold. What should I do? Show content

If you have symptoms like fever, cough, headaches, sore throat, or limb pain, please call your general practitioner or the emergency service for patients with statutory health insurance at 116 117. They will discuss the further course of action with you and will let you know if testing for SARS-CoV-2 is indicated.

If you need to take sick leave, notify your superior as usual.

5. What should I do if I had contact with a person who has been tested positive for coronavirus SARS-CoV-2? Show content

If you have had contact with a person who has been proven to be positive for coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, report this immediately to the public health department at or +49 (0)3641 492222. Go into domestic quarantine until the public health department has made a decision. In the e-mail, please be sure to include your personal details and contact information, especially a telephone number. Please include "Contact to persons tested positive" in the subject line.

6. What should I do if a person in my household has been quarantined but there is still no test result? Show content

Family members or persons living in the household are not automatically quarantined. Please try to limit contact with these people or to separate from them. As far as no symptoms are present and no measures have been ordered by the public health department, the activity at the University of Jena can be continued.

Please follow these rules at all times: maintain a distance from other people, practice good hand hygiene, wear a face covering, use the coronavirus warning App and ensure sufficient ventilation of rooms.

7. What do I have to do if the Corona Warning App reports a risk contact? Show content

The "Increased risk" alert in the Corona Warning App only informs the user that there is an increased risk of infection due to the proximity and duration of a contact with a person who has reported a positive test result via the App, and recommends that the user contact their physician, the medical on-call service 116 117 or the health authority by telephone. The decision on a sick leave or the order of a home isolation (quarantine) is made by the treating physician or the responsible public health department based on their own assessment.

8. How can I contribute to preventing the spread of coronavirus infections in my working environment? Show content

Comply with the hygiene rules [pdf, 298 kb] de currently in force.

Take the following simple actions: maintain a distance from other people, practice good hand hygiene, wear a face covering, use the coronavirus warning App and ensure sufficient ventilation of rooms.


  • enclosed spaces with insufficient ventilation
  • gatherings of people
  • conversations with others without keeping distance
9. Where can I find further information on the coronavirus? Show content
10. Which rules apply to on-site events? Show content

On-site events without reference to research and teaching are not allowed.

Room occupancy is based on the specifications of Lecture Hall Management in the Division for Construction and Facility Management on the possible occupancy density under pandemic conditions (application for rooms via

The lecturers or organizers of the event are to inform the participants in advance about the applicable distance and hygiene rules [pdf, 298 kb] de and ensure that they are observed.

Participants of on-site events are obliged to register via the digital contact person registration QRoniton using the QR code of the specific room at the beginning of the event. For external attendance events, attendance lists with contact data are maintained in order to facilitate contact tracing in case of an infection.

By registering via QR code or at external events, participants declare in writing that they are free of corona symptoms and risk contacts and that they will adhere to the rules of distance and hygiene.

Everyone must wear a facemask covering the nose and mouth when moving around inside university buildings and also when seated during lectures, seminars, etc., and at computer workstations. During teaching attended by students in person (e.g. language teaching), teaching staff are not obliged to wear a facemask if they maintain a distance of 3 m.

Manual ventilation is mandatory in rooms without mechanical ventilation. As a basic rule for office rooms: ventilate hourly over the entire window area for 3 minutes (in winter) or 10 minutes (in summer); meeting and seminar rooms, as well as lecture halls without mechanical ventilation should be ventilated every 20 minutes. In addition, ventilation should be provided for 15 minutes after each course (but at least every 90 minutes).

The offering of drinks and open meals in the form of buffets or similar is prohibited.

11. Do I have to wear a face covering at the University? Show content

All University members and guests are obliged to wear a facemask covering their mouth and nose inside the buildings and on the premises of Friedrich Schiller University

  • irrespective of the distance, in all areas generally accessible within University buildings (such as corridors, washrooms, entrances and exits, tea kitchens and social rooms, shared printers, and open access areas / bookshelves in the ThULB; it also applies on the way to or when leaving seats in lecture halls, seminar rooms and PC pools).
  • when the minimum distance of 1.5 m cannot be maintained;
  • also in lecture halls, seminar rooms, PC pools and during examinations

Exceptions: A face covering only has to be worn in offices and outdoors if the distance between people is less than 1.5 m.

12. Which canteens and cafeterias are open? Show content

From Monday, 11 January 2021, the dining hall Ernst-Abbe-Platz will reopen. Opening hours and details will be announced on the Studierendenwerk website.

However, changes may occur at short notice, so please check the Studierendenwerk website for more information.

13. Where will be restrictions in January 2021? Show content

At present it is known that there will be changes in the following university facilities until 31 January 2021:

The Botanical Garden and the University's museums and collections are already closed.

14. How can I help? Show content

The Corona pandemic has led to such an overload of work in some areas, especially in the social sector, that volunteers are needed. If you would like to volunteer, you can find opportunities worthy of support here (this list will be updated continuously).

1.) You can also register as a volunteer with the Corona Engagement Finder, so that institutions seeking help can become aware of you, or you can search there yourself for institutions that have registered a need: 

Enquiries to:
Heidi Scheller, Head of Volunteer Agency
Telephone: 03641 6392923

2.) Medical students or people with previous medical training who would like to get involved can contact Karsten Krohn at the University Hospital Jena He coordinates the assignments of these volunteers with medical training.


Important for student volunteers: In principle, they can take leave from their studies as a "pandemic-related special reason". All you need to do is submit a written agreement (contract, etc.) to the Student Service Centre.

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