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Information on the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

Here you will find information provided by the Rectorate of the University of Cologne on current measures taken in regard to the coronavirus ( SARS CoV-2 ). This page is updated regularly.

The Rectorate urges you to take a reasonable approach to the current situation and to be sensible and non-discriminatory when addressing the topic and dealing with each other.


The University continues its measures unchanged

  • The summer semester 2020 will take place with online teaching. If necessary, attendance classes that can be held at a later date will supplement online teaching. However, they will not replace it.
  • As an exception, necessary attendance examinations, practical courses, especially laboratory training and research work in labs, may take place on campus. Also, some libraries have resumed their lending services.
  • Hygiene and infection prevention measures apply to all planned classroom events and work on campus.
  • All other attendance events planned to take place at the UoC (especially those with external participants, e.g. conferences, meetings, workshops, etc.) are cancelled until the end of September.
  • House bans apply to reduce the risk of infection
  • Working from home is the rule for the time being, and physical presence at the university is still only possible if absolutely necessary
  • Consultations will continue to take place only by email or phone
  • Business trips, short business trips and excursions will not be approved until further notice; exceptions will be decided by the Rector or the Chancellor

Information office

The university has set up an information office for university members and staff. It can be reached via the following e-mail address: