Information for staff in teaching and research

General information

Due to the spreading of COVID-19 in the region all members of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg as well as guests are only allowed to enter and stay at the buildings of the university with a mouth-nose cover (community mask). In all rooms (teaching rooms, offices, etc.) and general circulation areas (such as corridors, foyers, sanitary facilities, copy rooms, elevators) the mouth-nose cover must be worn.

Exceptions are:

  • Teachers in lectures, seminars, etc., who ensure a minimum distance of 3 m or wear an appropriate face mask with visor.
  • Individual offices or offices where the minimum distance can be maintained.

Please protect yourself and others by avoiding contacts, by adhering to the AHA+L formula (which stands for keeping distance, hygiene, everyday mask and ventilation) and by acting prudently (e.g. wearing your mask outside of the buildings, no personal face-to-face meetings). Please do not try to improve the predefined rules in the sense of alleged "Greater Liberties”, but rather revise your personal behaviour to protect yourself and others.

Rector's information and service agreements


Closure of the campus from 19.12. to 10.01.

  • The campus of the TU Bergakademie is closed for teaching from 18 December 2020 (20:00 hrs) until 11 January 2021 (06:00 hrs). All areas, buildings and facilities are affected by the closure. This does not include the rooms of the cafeteria, the student residences of the Studentenwerk3 and their respective accesses via the campus. Students and teaching staff have no access to the central university administration, the library, sports halls, lecture halls, offices, and seminar rooms. Special lending conditions apply to users of the library during the period of campus closure. For example, researchers and students may exceptionally lend available literature, which usually is not allowed to take away. In any case, please refer to the library's website for additional information. If your thesis is particularly affected by the closure, please contact your respective examiner. Until 18 December 2020, no new regulations apply to teaching. Teaching staff and students will however be re-quested to give preference to digital or hybrid formats wherever possible and appropriate.
  • The non-lecture period during the time of campus closure applies from 23 December 2020 until 5 January 2021. No classroom teaching will take place on 21 and 22 December 2020 as well as on 6 to 8 January 2021. Teaching staff are advised to offer digital or other teaching formats, preferably asynchronously, outside the classrooms.
  • After 18 December 2020, laboratory work, student work placements (internships), etc. will be offered again from 11 January 2021.
  • As far as possible, mobile work is recommended for employees during the period of campus closure. The respective decision is in the responsibility of the respective supervisor(s). Supervisors are called upon to allow the physical presence of employees in exceptional cases only. This does not affect the closure of the university during 24 December 2020 up to and including 1 January 2021 as agreed with the university’s Staff Council. Work that is urgently required in university buildings is still permitted. In all cases, the "SARS-CoV-2 Hygiene Concept" must be observed.

Information on teaching (Status as of January 20)

  • With effect from December 10, 2020, until the end of the lecture period of the winter semester 2020/21 on February 12, 2021, attendance courses will be suspended without exception and replaced as far as possible by (possibly asynchronous) online courses.
  • Teachers are requested to offer replacement options for internships
  • Written examinations (face-to-face examinations) will be held under special hygiene conditions until further notice. In individual cases, examinations may be conducted in digital format. If examinations are carried out via the digital format with the examination platform "OPAL Exam" and the examination monitoring and/or the assessment tool is used for this purpose, the regulation of the Rector's circular PB/03/2011 on anonymity for examinations will be suspended for the winter semester 2020/21 and the summer semester 2021. This is done because the decoupling of the user data with the name information on the examination platform OPAL Exam is not possible according to the current technical status.
  • Any future classroom teaching will take place under the condition that distance, hygiene and mouth-and-nose protection regulations continue to apply, as does the obligation to comply with the ban on admission and participation in the case of typical symptoms/contact with infected persons, to ventilate and clean the rooms and to collect data from event participants as stipulated in the current hygiene regulations.

Information on working (Status as of November 10)

For employees a shift of activities to mobile work can be made in coordination with the supervisor. Likewise, the extended flextime should be used to equalize the simultaneous presence of several people in university rooms.

Research activities in university buildings are still permitted under strict compliance with the "SARS-CoV-2- Hygiene Concept".

Suspect cases

Persons who have had contact with a person infected with the coronavirus or who are reasonably suspected of this should report immediately to the Central Saxony Health Office (Gesundheitsamt Mittelsachsen, Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tel.: 03731/7996437, email: coronaatlandkreis-mittelachsen [dot] de). There it is checked whether quarantine is required. Please also contact your family doctor by phone and clarify the further procedure.

Persons who have had contact with a person infected with the coronavirus or who have reasonable grounds to suspect this and who additionally have flu-like symptoms with cough, fever and shortness of breath up to 14 days later should also immediately contact the Freiberg District Hospital by telephone (Tel .: 03731/ / 77 2312). The local doctors will then tell you how to proceed.

In any case, stay away from the university rooms and call the HR department at 03731 39-2631 or email personaleinzelatzuv [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de. If you have difficulty contacting a doctor or the Central Saxony Health Department, particularly due to language barriers, contact persons are available at the International University Centre (IUZ) from Monday to Friday (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) for support (tel. : 0176/ 76428076).

Regardless of this, the following applies: You must submit certificates of incapacity for work (medical certificates) electronically (photographed or scanned) or by post and do not hand them in personally at the university!

Should a 14-day hospital or domestic quarantine be ordered or highly recommended to you.

Inpatient quarantine (hospitalization): in such a case, patients receive a certificate of incapacity for work or a residence certificate from the hospital; Employees of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg receive continued payment.

Domestic quarantine: a check is carried out to determine whether employees of the TU Bergakademie Freiberg can continue to perform their duties under the employment contract within the scope of the possibilities, even with domestic quarantine; during this time the salary or the remuneration continued to be paid unchanged. Students in domestic isolation are considered to be on sick leave for this period.

In any case, the TU Bergakademie Freiberg must be informed as quickly as possible about quarantine measures (personaleinzelatzuv [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de). Students should inform the admissions or student office by telephone or in writing (zulassungsbueroatzuv [dot] tu-freiberg [dot] de).

Using digital tools for teaching

Please consult the E-Learning Blog for advice on means provided for the digitalisation of your teaching (in German).



Further information