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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 hygiene and infection protection measures for the winter semester 2020/21 are laid down in the Hygiene and Protection Directive of the University of Cologne.

Currently, some restrictions instituted by the state apply which go beyond the University’s Directive. See also:
Nationwide Lockdown until 31 January | Impact University of Cologne



At a glance:

  • At present, face-to-face teaching and examinations are largely prohibited by Section 6.1 of the Corona Protection Ordinance of North Rhine-Westphalia (CoronaSchV NRW) and are only permitted in narrowly defined exceptions. Even if the current regulation is relaxed at some point, teaching at the UoC should – whenever possible – be carried our virtually until the end of the winter semester 2020/2021 (31 March 2021).

  • In the winter semester 2020/21 and in the summer semester 20202021, a free shot attempt regulation (Freiversuchsregelung) applies. In addition, for the summer semester 2020 and the winter semester 2020/21, the standard period of study has been extended.

  • Regular library lending operations are permitted again under certain conditions. However, working in libraries remains prohibited.

  • Mouth-and-nose covers must be worn and the minimum safety distance observed in all buildings used by the University.

  • House bans are in effect to reduce the risk of infection.

  • Whenever possible, University employees should work from home and minimize their presence at the University. At the same time, work in research and administration continues.

  • Recreational activities, such as university sports, music rehearsals, or theatre, are not possible until further notice.

  • All business travel and face-to-face work meetings that are not absolutely necessary should be cancelled. In cases of compelling necessity, the dean or the head of the central institution is responsible for authorizing business trips and field trips/excursions. For the central administration, the chancellor decides. Business trips to high-risk areas are not permitted.

  • For every case of a person’s physical presence at the University, the Hygiene and Protection Directive as well as legal regulations for contact tracing according to Section 2a of the Corona Protection Ordinance must be observed. Employees are requested to provide their contact details.

  • Until the end of the winter semester (31 March 2021), the premises of the University remain reserved for face-to-face examinations and teaching as well as other events required for official purposes. Until then, no rooms within the University can be made available for other classroom events (especially those with external participants, e.g. conferences, meetings, workshops).


Information office

The University has set up an information office for students, faculty, and staff. It can be reached via the following e-mail address: