Due to the continued spread of the coronavirus, Bielefeld University will be put into reduced basic operation mode from Monday, 23 March 2020. The aim is to take the most far-reaching measures possible to reduce the risk of transmission while ensuring that university operations can continue on a necessary level. This decree summarizes some of the existing regulations once again while supplementing or correcting others.
Reduced basic operation mode means:
The library has switched to a reduced basic service for employees and students of Bielefeld University. The reduced opening hours are: Monday to Friday: 10.00 to 16.00; Saturdays and Sundays: closed. It is possible to borrow media that are absolutely essential for individual research activities or for theses; but only if these are not available electronically. Only the main library entrances D1 and U1 in the main university building and the departmental libraries in building X are open. Visitors must register (decree of the state of NRW dated 22 March 2020) by presenting their library card or UniCard. The central lending department is closed. The self-service terminals are to be used for borrowing or returning media. Personal consultations will only take place electronically (by email, chat, or telephone). All loan periods are generously extended. Interlibrary loan requests cannot be made at present. The University Library provides information about the details on its website: www.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/coronavirus/
For the time being, technical and administrative staff will work in their home offices as far as possible. In agreement with the staff councils, working hours are now trust-based. There are domains in which home office is not possible for various reasons and staff have to be physically present in the university buildings. These domains and activities are listed in a contingency plan that defines a minimum standard. The responsible superiors organize the necessary attendance in such a way that longer personal contacts between staff members are avoided as far as possible. One possible measure to ensure this is to use alternating teams. Offices and social lounges with an area of approximately 20 square metres are to be used by one single person only. A distance of two metres should be maintained even for shorter personal contacts. Staff are requested not to assemble in groups.
Persons whose activities are not covered by the contingency plan, but who are unable to perform their tasks in the home office, are not exempted from work but are on "stand-by" at home. All staff are requested to reduce their flexi-time credits and/or take their remaining leave from 2019 if possible as their workload decreases.
The university buildings are closed to the public. However, they are open for persons covered by the regulations for reduced basic operation mode and to students and researchers who are collecting or returning books from the library. The main entrance to the main building and the entrance to building X at the security control centre are open.