Organization of teaching forms: winter term 2021/22
Dear students of the Environmental Studies Certificate Program,
here is an update for you concerning the teaching units of LMU and the Rachel Carson Center for WiSe 21/22:
Access to LMU buildings
LMU buildings are currently opened for in-person classes and library services only with partially reduced hours of operation. In addition, employees may enter the buildings individually with transponders (e.g., for access to laboratories for research purposes). The procedure for requesting a locking authorization can be found for employees in the service portal. Locking authorizations issued during the spring 2020 building closure will continue to function. In addition, further exemptions apply in special cases, e.g. for areas with tasks in human and veterinary patient care and research.
Depending on how the pandemic and the legal guidelines for infection control develop LMU buildings will re-open for the winter semester, so that regular in person classes will be possible
Based on the current legal franework effective and depending on the further development of the situation in the winter semester 2021/22, the following is in effect: If the 7-day-incidence exceeds 35 students and visitors are only allowed to enter LMU buildings if they are fully vaccinated, have recovered from a COVID-19 infection or can provide a negative COVID-19 test result (3G-rule). Controls will be conducted by the LMU security staff at the entrances of the buildings. Faculty may also conduct controls. Organizers of events outside of the regular teaching program and university operations are required to ensure that the 3G is obliged by.
You can provide an electronic or hard-copy proof of either of the three exceptions. A negative COVID-19 test result is valid if not older than 48 hours in case of a PCR test or 24 hours in case of an Antigen test (“Schnelltest”). Results from a selftest are not valid.
Expected from 11. November 2021 onwards, LMU will provide two test centers:
- Test center in the building Schellingstr. 3, back premises (first floor).
- Test center at the Biocenter Martinsried, Großhaderner Str. 4 (tent at the forecourt).
Appointments can be made online only. The selftest is free of charge for students upon presenting the LMUcard (student ID card).
Please note that rapid tests for students will only be free of charge until November 30th 2021. After November 30th 2021, rapid tests will only be free of charge for those students who – independent of their students status – qualify for an exception due to e.g. a medical condition that prevents them from getting vaccinated. The rapid tests will also remain free of charge for foreign students who were previously vaccinated with a vaccine that has not been approved by the European Medicines Agency and hence are not considered vaccinated by the EU but who can also not be vaccinated again.
The 3G rule does not apply in cases of examinations or to employees. The 3G rule also does not apply to those people accessing LMU buildings for professional/business reasons. These groups of people must provide proof of their status upon control.
Entering university buildings without the necessary proof of being fully vaccinated, having recovered from a COVID-19 infection or a negative COVID-19 test result is an administrative offence. LMU reserves the right for to report this violation. Those without the necessary 3G proof will be expelled from the building and are not entitled to any compensation, if for example they miss a class or a meeting.
Persons are also not allowed to enter the university if they
1. have knowingly had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient (close contact according to RKI) within the last 14 days, unless otherwise directed by the public health department
2. show symptoms that may indicate COVID-19 disease, such as respiratory symptoms of any severity, unspecific general symptoms, and olfactory or gustatory disturbances;
3. are obliged to be placed in domestic quarantine in accordance with the currently valid entry regulation.
According to the RKI, close contact (with increased risk of infection) is given, for example, in the following situations:
- Close contact (<1.5 m, near field) longer than 10 minutes without adequate protection (adequate protection = case person and contact person wear MNS [mouth-nose protection] or FFP2 mask throughout and correctly).
- Conversation with case person (face-to-face contact, <1.5 m, regardless of duration of conversation) without adequate protection# (adequate protection = case and contact person consistently and correctly wear MNS [mouth-nose protection] or FFP2 mask) or direct contact (with respiratory secretions).
- Simultaneous presence of contact person and case person in the same room with likely high concentration of infectious aerosols regardless of distance for > 10 minutes, even if MNS [oral-nasal protection] or FFP2 mask was worn consistently and correctly.
Further example constellations can be found on the RKI page.
Only indirect contacts (i.e. contact with a person who has had contact with a returnee from a risk area, etc.) do not constitute "contact" within the meaning of the above requirements. In cases of doubt, please contact the company medical service (Betriebsärtlicher Dienst). Furthermore, in the event of a suspected COVID-19 illness, please contact a physician or the medical on-call service (116 117) immediately by telephone and discuss the further course of action.
Excluded from case no. 1 are fully vaccinated individuals, recovered individuals within the first six months of previous SARS-CoV-2 infection, and recovered individuals who have been vaccinated with one dose of vaccine. However, contact with unvaccinated at-risk groups should be avoided for 14 days if possible.
Self-monitoring (body temperature, symptoms) should be performed until day 14 after exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 case. If the contact person develops symptoms despite previous vaccination or recovery, he or she must go into self-isolation and arrange for prompt testing.
If the laboratory-confirmed source case is suspected of being infected with any of the SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, except variant B.1.1.7 (British variant), re-quarantine of the fully vaccinated or recovered contact person is always recommended.
Exempt from case no. 2 are those individuals who have a medical certificate in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish or in an electronic document confirming that there is no evidence of infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and who present this certificate to the university. The medical certificate must be based on a molecular biological test (PCR) for the presence of an infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which was carried out in a member state of the European Union or in another state that the RKI has included in a list of states with a sufficient quality standard for this purpose. The test must have been carried out no more than 48 hours prior to submission to the university. Please note that a so-called antibody test or a rapid test (antigen test) is not sufficient.
Regarding no 3: Upon entry, certain proof obligations exist (proof of vaccination, proof of convalescence or proof of testing). For entry from high-risk and virus variant areas, there is also a digital registration obligation and, if necessary, a quarantine obligation. Well-prepared information on the details is provided, for example, by the Federal Ministry of Health. If all official requirements have been met or a quarantine has been lifted by the authorities, LMU can be re-entered without further testing.
Measures to reduce contact
Supervisors shall take appropriate technical and organizational measures to reduce operationally necessary interpersonal contact. This includes e,g, keeping minimum social distance at the work place (if possible) and reducing the number of people per room and in-person meetings.
Face masks - Mask-wearing compulsory at LMU
It is mandatory to wear a medical face mask (surgical mask) in any LMU building.
If the minimum social distance of 1,5 meters can be kept, the mask may be removed at the desk or when standing in one spot.
Visitors and staff at the libraries and in fron desks areas are required to wear a medical mask (surgical mask). If there are suitable partitions between visitors and staff, the staff does not need to wear a face mask. If no mask is worn by the staff, special attention must be paid to good ventilation.
When dealing openly with hazardous, bio- and radioactive materials, masks must not be worn. However, respiratory protection must still be used for special activities requiring respiratory protection.
FFP2 masks without an exhalation valve may be worn for a maximum of 75 min at a time (up to 110 min for light, predominantly sedentary work). Thereafter, a break of 30 min is to be provided for each time the mask is worn.
Employees who have to wear an FFP2 mask for longer than 75 or 110 min per working day during the Corona pandemic due to their work must be offered an occupational medical check-up by their supervisors at the occupational medical service (Betriebsärztlicher Dienst).
The occupational medical check-up includes a medical consultation in conjunction with a medical history. If the occupational medical service (Betriebsärztlicher Dienst) considers an additional physical and/or clinical examination to be necessary, it offers this to the employees; they can agree to the examination.
Well will keep you posted about any new regulations coming from LMU.
Dr. Gesa Lüdecke
Environmental Studies Certificate Program
Rachel Carson Center, LMU