Protection against infection
In connection with the new type of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), Frankfurt UAS provides information on preventive health care. We refer to recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute and the German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt).
Information on the current risk assessment for corona infections, on hygiene measures and an overview with questions and answers can be found on the website of the Robert Koch Institute and that of the Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA).
The state of Hessen has set up a citizens' hotline to answer pressing questions regarding the coronavirus.
Tel.: 0800 5554666, Monday to Friday from 08:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
For answers to questions regarding labor law, please visit the Website of Techniker Krankenkasse. Additional information is available on the website of the Frankfurt Public Health Authority (Gesundheitsamt Frankfurt).
Preventative measures at Frankfurt UAS
To prevent the coronavirus from spreading further, Frankfurt UAS has implemented guidelines and provision measures. The protection of our staff and students is of top priority to us. We strictly act according to the latest recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute, the public health department of the City of Frankfurt, and the Hessen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts.
Latest information: March 16th 2020 | 10:00am
Until further notice Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences will stay open. Administration and services are operating.
Until further notice the university canteen and cafés on campus will be closed from today on (March 18th 2020).
The university administration and services will work with reduced staff on campus to maintain critical infrastructure. All other staff is working from home. Communication will be ensured via phone, video conferences and use of online facilities to hold office hours.
People who feel initial symptoms similar to a flu/influenza including fever, or have had contact with a person affected by the Corona virus, are requested to stay at home.
Please contact the local public health department. Public Health Office Frankfurt (website currently only available in German): +49 (0)69 212 33970, search by zip code: https://tools.rki.de/PLZTool/en-GB.
Exams are still taking place. Compliance of necessary security and hygiene regulations is required. Should this be not possible, Faculties and lecturers are called upon to offer alternative examination formats (for example online). Should this not be possible either due to specific competencies that need to be assessed, the examination will be postponed to a later date.
All university and public events, as well as trainings and course offerings at our campus for continuous education are cancelled.
This also pertains to pre-semester courses and semester orientation for our new students (ESE).
There will be an online event as introduction for new students this semester. This event is currently being planned.
Internal university offers are allowed to take place on a small scale. Compliance of necessary security and hygiene regulations is required on-site. We request the assessment of our internal work security previous to the realization of the respective training. Conferences on campus with external participants and not related to teaching units of the summer semester program shall be postponed to the winter semester, if possible.
Visits to national and international partner institutions as well as relevant national and international fairs are requested to be postponed if participation is not mandatory.
The participation in events and trainings as well as business trips which require travelling to an area at risk (consider the official definition by the Robert Koch Institute) are not allowed. Official approvals are cancelled with immediate effect.
Please also consider the travel and safety instructions of the German Foreign Office which also contain information on health and medical precautions, as well as on those issued by the authorities of the respective country.
People with an increased health risk(as defined by theMinistry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts) are allowed to work from home. This definition also applies to persons who are 60+ years of age.
Parents with children younger than 12 years who have to organize child care are allowed to work from home. This also applies for persons who have to organize care of other dependent persons.
Frankfurt UAS has set up a crisis center, which is led by the persons in charge of our health and safety regulations at work. The persons in charge assess the current situation on a daily basis and take further decisions and adjustment of measures in accordance with the University leadership and the regional authorities.
In everyday life we encounter many pathogens such as viruses and bacteria, most of which are harmless to humans. Nevertheless, it is advisable, especially in the winter months, to protect yourself and others from contagious infectious diseases such as influenza or the coronavirus. The Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) provides regular information on their website https://www.infektionsschutz.de regarding hygiene tips that can easily be implemented in everyday life. Many tips can also be implemented in the office.
To avoid the risk of infection with the coronavirus as far as possible, the same recommendations apply as for influenza and other respiratory diseases, especially:
- Good hand hygiene (soaping your hands for a longer duration of time when washing them; if possible do not touch your face), Advices from the Robert-Koch-Institute.
- Cough and sneeze etiquette (do not cough into your hand, but into the crook of your arm)
- Distance to people who are affected (about 1 to 2 meters)
- No shaking hands
- Stay at home when sick
Events and travel
The European Commission has updated its guidelines on the use of force majeure in response to the coronavirus pandemic (SARS-Cov-2), which has spread throughout the world since the beginning of the year and now has hit a large number of countries. Erasmus and Promos stays can be cancelled or not taken up due to the coronavirus pandemic. Affected university members are kindly advised to contact the International Office.
In accordance with the recommendation of the President of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) from the press conference on 3 March 2020, the university has cancelled business trips and exchanges to areas identified by the RKI as particularly affected.
Events are currently being evaluated individually for impact, benefit and risk. The key function and health status of the persons involved are also factors that the recently established Situation Center in Hessen takes into account.
Persons who have been in a COVID-19 risk area (according to the daily re-evaluation by the RKI) within the last 14 days are hereby requested not to enter the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences and its facilities for at least 14 days after their return. This applies to all persons, regardless of whether they are teaching staff, employees, students, guests, lecturers or incoming students (students from abroad). This measure is intended to minimize the risk of infection. If you have symptoms typical of the coronavirus or influenza and were in a risk area within the last 14 days, please phone the nearest general practitioner or the newly created testing centres for coronavirus immediately and discuss next steps.
If you have any questions, please contact the medical emergency service at 116/ 117 or the Hessian Situation Center with hotline for questions about coronavirus at 0800-5554666 (daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.).
University operations will take place as scheduled, individual events will be postponed or canceled. The Situation Center will follow the recommendations of the RKI, the specific venue and the type of event.