Information on the coronavirus and its impact on FAU

Information for students and members of staff at FAU

Stay informed

The coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on all areas of university life at FAU. In order to help you keep abreast of everything that is going on, we have provided all the relevant information on our website, sorted according to topic and kept up to date at all times. Please check this website regularly for updates, and listen to the President’s podcasts to keep yourself up to date.

The Directive for the implementation of the Bavarian Regulation on Infection Prevention and Control Measures (BayIfSMV) at the Bavarian universities aims to protect university members by breaking the chain of infection, to preserve the health of students and staff during examinations and practical courses and to contribute to the containment of the pandemic.

For the time being, universities are not offering face-to-face teaching. This applies in particular to all forms of instruction that require attendance in person, e.g. lectures, seminars, tutorials, further training, courses and other events.

Events, public gatherings and demonstrations at universities, in particular festivals, celebrations, concerts, theatre performances, information days, education fairs and public lectures are still prohibited.

Information on face-to-face events at FAU related to studying and teaching is given under Studying and teaching and Hygiene guidelines.

Meetings may be held providing that the general measures for infection prevention are observed. Please use video or telephone conferences for board or committee meetings and all other meetings wherever possible.

The Executive Board agrees with the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) that health concerns ought to take absolute priority when planning the coming winter semester. There is no doubt that FAU is and intends to be a university which requires students to attend in person now and in the future. We will continue to be true to the guiding principle we have followed throughout the pandemic of offering as much face-to-face teaching as possible, whilst always taking care to follow a responsible course of action.

As of Monday, 20 April 2020, it will be possible to borrow and return printed media in the Main Library and the branch libraries. Further information is available on the website of the University Library. The CIP pools at FAU are still closed, and we are currently checking whether they can re-open.

The University as a whole is closed to the public until further notice. In other words, the Student Advice and Career Service, the Student Records Office and the Examinations Office (Offices L3–L6), the Office for International Affairs and further facilities are closed to the public. The offices can still be reached by e-mail or telephone.

Students are only allowed to enter buildings with good reason (e.g. for pre-arranged individual appointments, to carry out research at their department, or to work in a laboratory as part of their Bachelor’s or Master’s thesis). If stopped and checked, students must explicitly explain their reasons. Students are not allowed to enter buildings for unofficial reasons such as self-study.

The Schlossgarten and the Scented Garden are open to the public again. The Botanical Garden will initially remain closed.

The student restaurants at Langemarckplatz and the southern campus (Südmensa) as well as some of the student restaurants in Nuremberg are open and offer outside seating. Inside seating may be reserved online and in advance from Tuesday 2 June. Takeaway services will remain open. Other offices run by Student Services offering support and advice shall remain closed to the public until further notice.

Although many of FAU’s staff are currently working from home, some of them are still coming to the University to work, research and teach.

Managers and teaching staff can complete a form online to inform Department G – Facility Management which rooms are currently being used in which buildings. This will enable us to ensure these rooms are being used in the best way possible during the corona pandemic. Further information

Link to the online form (only available within the University network)

Information about quarantine after arrival in Germany is available on the website of the Bavarian State Ministry of Public Health and Care Services. Information about entering Germany is available on the website of the Federal Police Force.

The FAU crisis team meets regularly to monitor and assess the situation and prepares all relevant decisions taken by FAU. Please check this website regularly for updates.


German information