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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 is taking measures to reduce the risk of infections

  • 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.
  • The hygiene and infection prevention measures of the University of Cologne apply to all planned face-to-face events as well as working 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 at the University. Physical presence at the University is only possible for important reasons and in agreement with supervisors. Hygiene and infection prevention measures must be observed.
  • In all cases of physical presence at the University, the legal regulations regarding contact tracing according to Section 2a of the Corona Protection Ordinance (Coronaschutzverordnung) apply.
  • Business trips and excursions within Germany can be approved by the Dean or the management of the central institution. Business trips and excursions abroad will not be approved until further notice. The Dean or the head of the central institution will decide on exceptions. The Chancellor decides for all cases in the central administration.
  • Consultations will continue to take place only by email or phone.

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: