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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.

Letter from the Rectorate (PDF) 15 March 2020

Address of the Rector

Prof. Dr. Axel Freimuth


Changes as of 03 April 2020, 10 a.m.

  • The hazard assessment and risk areas of the RKI have been updated.

Changes as of 01 April 2020, 2 p.m.

  • The hazard assessment and risk areas of the RKI have been updated.
  • The FAQs have been updated in the area of employees as well as on business trips and travel expense reports



General information: Hazard situation and risk areas

Preventive measures

  • All planned examinations that require physical attendance in the responsibility of the university will be cancelled with immediate effect until at least 20 April 2020.
  • Courses of the summer semester 2020 can begin as online formats as early as April 6, 2020
  • Libraries and other university institutions are closed from 16 March until at least 20 April 2020 for all users.
  • Counselling and advice is only available by email of phone.
  • House bans to stop the spread of infections.
  • Supervisors are asked to make it possible for employees to work from home.
  • Until further notice, working from home is the norm. Physical presence at the university is only possible if urgently necessary
  • Potential face-to-face contacts will be minimized for employees who have to come to the university
  • Until further notice, no business trips or excursions will be authorized.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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:

Questions that cannot be clarified on these Internet pages will be included here and a coordinated response will be prepared, involving all available forces in the university. Please note that no medical consultation can take place in this process.

Information of the Faculties

To ensure that students do not suffer any disadvantages in examinations, the Faculties are offering alternative examination formats and individual examinations before 20 April 2020, especially for students due to graduate and in other very urgent cases. Further information is available on the websites of the Faculties: