On 22 November 2021, FAU introduced the 2G rule for face-to-face teaching at the University. On 23 November 2021, the Council of Ministers then decided to introduce the 2G rule for all universities across Bavaria, extending and making the rules stricter at the same time. The legal basis is stipulated in the 15th Bavarian Regulation on Infection Prevention and Control Measures BayIfSMV (Section 5 (1)(1)). The following changes now apply at FAU:
- 2G (vaccinated, recovered) for students and visitors (e.g. for participation in job interviews)
- 3G plus (vaccinated, recovered or PCR test) for all employees (information on 3G plus rule) and in examinations (information on examinations)
- 3G for anyone entering FAU for work purposes who is not actually employed by the University (i.e. tradespeople, service providers)
The 2G rule will not apply to individuals (students or members of staff) who cannot get a vaccine for medical reasons. Those to whom this applies must carry the original version of a written medical certificate stating their full name and date of birth as proof, as well as a valid negative PCR test. The 3G plus rule will apply to these individuals, and their employer will cover the costs for their PCR test.
Students entering buildings must follow the 2G rule (they must be vaccinated or recovered). Teaching staff must follow the 3G plus rule (vaccinated, recovered or PCR test).
Unfortunately, the stricter rules stipulated in the 15th Bavarian Regulation on Infection Prevention and Control Measures mean that the exceptions to the 2G rule communicated by FAU on 12 November 2021 no longer apply.
This means that the 2G rule applies when entering university buildings and therefore also to
- practical and artistic classes
- classes requiring special laboratories or workspaces
- in computer rooms, study rooms, self-study areas
- international students who have received a vaccine not approved in the EU
- in libraries and archives.
How does this affect teaching at FAU?
Classes in which all students can prove that they have been vaccinated or have recovered can and should take place face to face.
If any of the students registered for a course are neither vaccinated nor recovered, hybrid formats should be offered in order to ensure that our vaccinated students can continue to study without disruption. Those students who are neither vaccinated nor recovered can either keep up with course content via synchronous streaming or recordings (that are possibly already available). Technical support is available on the hybrid teaching page (ILI).
Moving a course online ought to be the last solution, and should only be reverted to if teaching staff cannot find a feasible hybrid solution.
We would explicitly ask all teaching staff not to take the move from 3G to 2G and the possible problems entailed by offering an interim solution for non-2G students as an excuse to move over entirely to online teaching. Many students got vaccinated especially in order to attend courses on campus and many explicitly want face-to-face teaching. Teaching staff who have not been vaccinated or have not recently recovered from coronavirus will hold their lectures online.
The 15th Bavarian Regulation on Infection Prevention and Control Measures introduced the 2G rule at universities on 24 November 2021.
Teaching staff who do not meet the 3G plus criteria will teach online as of 24 November 2021. Technological assistance is available. Deans of Studies will also be happy to help.
The heads of organisational units at the University and individual managers are responsible for checking that teaching staff comply with the 3G plus rule. They may delegate the task to suitable people from within their area of responsibility. However, the responsibility for ensuring that checks are conducted correctly remains with the head of the organisational unit or the manager. One check is sufficient for members of staff who are vaccinated or recovered.
All that is required is a note that the check has been carried out. There is no need to note whether the person is vaccinated or has recovered. However, it may be recorded whether the person has shown a test result. For documentation purposes, it is sufficient to record in writing the date of the check, the name of the person checked and the person carrying out the check.
The checks for 2G will follow the same pattern as 3G: In smaller classes, the teaching staff will check themselves, in larger classes we will only be able to check compliance on the basis of frequent spot checks. Students are aware that they must have the relevant documents available for inspection at all times. More extensive checks will be conducted once the new 2G rule comes into effect.
The 2G rule will not apply to students or members of staff who cannot get a vaccine for medical reasons. Those to whom this applies must carry the original version of a written medical certificate stating their full name and date of birth as proof, as well as a valid negative PCR test. As part of the Bavarian Testing Strategy, PCR tests at local testing centres are free of charge for these individuals until further notice.
Teaching staff are currently updating their entries in UniviS so that students can check what format their courses will take. Students should address any questions they have directly to teaching staff. We would ask teaching staff to proactively contact students to let them know.
If you have any general questions, please contact email@example.com. We will answer any sensible questions or queries that are not already covered in these FAQ’s.
Computer rooms may only be used by individuals with 2G status under the 15th Bavarian Regulation on Infection Prevention and Control Measures (BayIfSMV).
Unfortunately, due to the provisions stipulated in the Bavarian Regulation on Infection Prevention and Control Measures, FAU cannot continue the originally communicated transitional arrangement for international students. The 2G rule will now also apply to international students from this point on. The vaccination centre in Erlangen offers them the option of receiving an additional two vaccines with an mRNA vaccination, after which they will be considered fully vaccinated in Germany.
It is a prime concern for the Executive Board that all our students can continue to study their subject at FAU without interruption. As we started face-to-face teaching in the winter semester under the proviso that all teaching could be moved online at short notice if and when the pandemic made that necessary we do not expect any major problems in this respect. In the course of the transition to the 2G rule, FAU had intended to keep the 3G rule for practical courses such as laboratory practicals, which must necessarily be held on campus. However, this is no longer possible under the 15th Bavarian Regulation on Infection Prevention and Control Measures, and the 2G rule now also applies to practical courses.
Yes, it is true that vaccinated people can carry and transmit the virus, but if the 2G rule applies, then they will only be able to transmit the virus to other people who have either recovered or have been vaccinated, and it is proven that this significantly reduces the risk of suffering a severe form of the disease. Whilst it is true that it is rare for young people in the age range of our students to require intensive care, we are aware of enough cases of young people suffering extremely severe cases of the disease to make it clear that they must also be careful.
Detailed answers to this and a number of other topical questions concerning vaccination are available on our website https://www.fau.de/corona/testen-und-impfen/ from various experts including Prof. Christian Bogdan, member of the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) and holder of the Chair of Microbiology and Immunology of Infection at Universitätsklinikum Erlangen.
The 2G rule also applies with immediate effect to special internal events, in other words events that are not related to teaching or everyday operations at the university (conferences, congresses, symposia, ceremonies, student gatherings, graduation ceremonies, other parties etc.).
Events for external individuals in FAU premises that have already been planned and approved will also be subject to the 2G rule.
Approval can no longer be granted for external events with immediate effect.
In view of the now dramatic situation, we request that any get-togethers that may have been planned are cancelled.
Checks for teaching
The spot checks will be conducted at random by an external service provider (BB Facility Services GmbH). Checks will be carried out in at least 10% of all classes each day. These checks will either be carried out at the door at the beginning of the class or the service provider will enter the room in which the class is being held. The times the checks are carried out can vary. We would like to ask all teaching staff to provide their full support and interrupt the class briefly for these checks if necessary.
The session coordinator (usually the lecturer) or the person/s designated by the coordinator are responsible for conducting the spot checks.
The following rules apply in this case:
- Teaching staff are responsible for carrying out the checks during classes.
- Checks will be carried out on at least 10% of students in each class.
- The time at which the checks are carried out remains at the lecturer’s discretion and can vary.
- The person conducting the check will ask to see proof of compliance with the 3G rule and may use the CovPassCheck-App for this purpose.
Checks in any other rooms are carried out sporadically.
- Checks in student service centres and in consultations will be carried out by regular staff.
- The 3G rule also applies when entering the University Library. Checks will be carried out by staff at all locations, either for all users or at random, depending on the rooms in question.
Consequences for failure to comply: students
The authority to grant or deny access is conferred to persons checking compliance with the 2G and 3G rule, if they do not already have this authority (please refer to Sections 2, 4, 7 of the FAU House Rules). This means that persons carrying out these checks have the right and the obligation to prevent those who cannot provide proof of compliance from taking part in classes and to ensure they leave the building.
Any students who enter FAU buildings or participate in classes on campus without sufficient proof of compliance with the 2G rule are committing a regulatory offence, which can result in a fine of up to 250 euros.
The House Rules must be consistently enforced for persons who cannot or will not supply sufficient proof of their 3G status.
- These persons must be excluded immediately from the class and
- must leave the building immediately.
If an individual cannot provide proof on three occasions, they will be issued with a limited ban on entering University premises.
Teaching staff must report any cases where proof was not provided to firstname.lastname@example.org using the following form.
The police can also be called if necessary (Erlangen police station: phone +49 9131 760-0, Nürnberg Mitte police station: +49 911 2112-611).
FAQ Covid vaccination
What is the point of the 2G rule? Why should I bother getting a vaccine if those who are vaccinated can still get infected with Covid anyway? Prof. Christian Bogdan, Director of the Institute of Microbiology – Clinical Microbiology, Immunology and Hygiene at Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, holder of the Chair of Microbiology and Immunology of Infection, member of the Standing Committee on Vaccination (STIKO) and member of the FAU crisis team gives his assessment.