At our university, a crisis management has been established under the leadership of the full-time Vice President and the staff unit Occupational Safety and Medical Service, which initiates and implements the necessary measures and monitors and evaluates the current situation. In all activities we are in close contact with the public health department as well as with the Land Niedersachsten and all other responsible institutions.
It is possible that the situation may change very quickly. In this case we will send you current information by e-mail. Please also inform yourself regularly via this website and the news ticker.
Apart from that, all instructions of the health authorities and the Robert Koch Institute apply: Pay attention to the hygiene rules and observe the general requirements for travellers and returnees as well as for participation in major events.
In order to have a shared knowledge of the current situation as well as clarity in communication, the Presidency has defined three further levels for restricted operating levels in addition to the regular operating level. In this respect, we are guided by the criteria of the Robert Koch Institut, the regional health authorities and the evaluation of regional curfews in Germany. Broad information is provided on both putting the operating level up or down.
1. Standard operating level
Characteristic: "Standard operation, no restrictions".
Lectures are in progress
Examinations take place as scheduled
Events take place
all facilities are open
Working without additional safety instructions
Attendance work is normal
International guests are on the campus and our scientists travel internationally
2. Massively restricted operating level
Characteristic: "Process sequences largely as during normal operational level, avoid group formation, keep distance and reduce contacts, home office where reasonable"
Presence teaching suspended, events in some cases no longer possible
Some facilities are closed for security reasons (library, etc.), other facilities are still in full operation
special security requirements and org. frameworks, monitoring by crisis team
Home office recommended, where technically possible and reasonable in terms of content, each facility remains accessible
enough work available for everyone, reduction of flextime surpluses
Travel considerably restricted (basic ban on business trips)
Meetings, committee work, etc. via telephone or video conferencing
3. Emergency operating level1
Characteristic: "Strong limitations compared to normal operational level, but core processes are maintained, ensure availability, emergency and work organisation as a challenge for all facilities".
Lectures suspended, events restricted / no longer possible
No presence tests (if necessary, hardship regulations under safety regulations apply)
special security requirements and organizational framework, monitoring by crisis management team
basic travel ban
first buildings closed to the public, further access restrictions
a significant number of facilities closed or restricted in operation
in the overall view of the university, work in a home office and on-call duty is the norm2
Core processes must continue to operate without restrictions, possibly with longer processing times
Cancellation of core working hours; availability within the framework working hours (6-20 hrs) is to be agreed on an individual basis with superiors
excess capacity, reduction of flextime surpluses on a broad basis, alternating shifts
1Criteria for upgrading: further tightening of general infection prevention measures; RKI risk assessment "very high"; specific development in the region (e.g. burden on the health care system or considerable number of other facilities in emergency operation), increasing number of general curfews
²Duty to be available and to work remains in the home office (exception: holidays)
4. Continued operations in "shutdown mode"
Characteristic feature: "buildings closed, even core functions only guaranteed to a limited extent".
Lectures suspended, events no longer possible
No presence tests (no more hardship regulations under security regulations)
special security requirements and organizational framework, monitoring by crisis management team
basic travel ban
Excess capacity, reduction of flexitime surpluses on a broad basis
Cancellation of core working hours; availability within the framework working hours (6-20 hrs) is to be agreed on an individual basis with superiors
all buildings closed (access only via issued access authorizations)
only the most important functions are executed, i.e. even core processes are only operated to a limited extent
Emergency staffing, presence limited to a minimum*
Objective of the present operation: to avoid substantial damage to the Federal State of Niedersachsen
*Duty to be available and work performance remains (exception: vacation)
Anyone who has been in a corona risk area is no longer allowed to enter the university with immediate effect. This also applies to other facilities, including schools, daycare centres, retirement homes and clinics. In each case, the period of the past 14 days is decisive. This was decided by the state of Lower Saxony. The city of Braunschweig is implementing this requirement for the city area with a general ruling. The current risk areas can be found in the overview of the Robert Koch Institute.
Gauss IT Centre The GITZ building and the office on the 1st floor of the old building will be closed from Monday 16 March 2020. As a result, neither the PC pools nor the printing service or the local advice in the IT-Service-Desk will be available. However, internal operations will continue. You can still reach the Gauss IT Centre via the IT-Service-Desk by telephone (0531 391-55555), e-mail and ticket system.
Study Service Centre, Admissions Office and Student Advisory Service The Student Service Centre, the Enrolment Office and the Central Academic Advisory Service will probably remain closed until the beginning of the lecture period. For the submission of applications or, for example, the validation of your TU-Card, there are partly changed procedures. You will find all important information on the German version of this page. The information on the procedures will be kept up-to-date and supplemented. You can still reach the institutions by e-mail or telephone. The contact addresses can be found on the websites of the respective institutions: Student Advice Centre,Enrolment Office and Central Student Advisory Office.
International House The services we offer will be maintained to the greatest possible extent. For questions and advice, please contact our staff by e-mail. Concrete solutions for bottlenecks and service failures will be worked on and communicated continuously. To the website of the International House
The regulation, which has so far been applied to returnees from risk areas, will be extensively expanded with immediate effect. The university management has issued a general ban on gatherings in its facilities with immediately. All rooms in which more than five people are present are to be closed. Unfortunately, this also applies to the study rooms at the university.
In a recent letter, the Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur has made an urgent recommendation "to postpone the start of lectures and teaching in attendance form at universities and equivalent institutions of higher education under state responsibility until 20 April 2020". The university board has complied with this recommendation in an urgent resolution. Lectures will therefore - pending further updates - not begin until April 20, 2020. We will take care that examinations can continue to take place as explained below.
The start of lectures has already been postponed to 20.04.2020. Up to this date there will be no more lectures in attendance. This applies to all forms of teaching, including practicals, seminars, field exercises, excursions and block courses. Current practicals will be cancelled. Exceptions are possible in individual cases in consultation with the responsible lecturers and with the approval of the responsible examination board.
In some courses, digital teaching and learning methods will be used to carry out or continue courses. The faculties will inform you via mail, Stud.IP and other suitable platforms as soon as such possibilities are available. Please note that this information is currently being worked on.
With regard to examinations, the examination boards are the legal decision-making bodies. The Presidium strongly recommends to the examination boards that no more examinations requiring the presence of participants should be held. In particular, no more examinations will be held until further notice.
Examinations in the form of handing in documents prepared in the home office (homework, minutes) may continue to take place. The submission of the corresponding examination documents is done digitally. Please contact your examiners about the form.
In the case of individual examinations, the possibilities of digital media can be used, i.e. oral individual examinations are possible if examiners and candidates agree on a virtual session (DFNconf, webEX, Skype for business etc.). This also applies to the defence of final theses.
In cases of hardship, where individual students suffer considerable disadvantages due to the delay of an examination, the agreement of bilateral solutions between examiners* and candidates should be made possible.
Disadvantages that arise for students as a result of delayed examinations should be avoided as far as possible. Please understand that we are not able to answer all detailed questions in this regard at this point in time. However, you can assume that we will do everything possible to minimize disadvantages of any kind (e.g. admission and enrollment in the Master's program) for students.
The further procedure for postponing examinations (registration/deregistration, alternative dates, etc.) is decided by the examination boards in the faculties. Please check the websites of your faculty and your degree programme regularly in the near future. There you will find the most important information about the further procedure. The coordinators of the study programme are also available by e-mail and, if necessary, by telephone to answer any questions.
Final papers can usually be continued, if they are created in the home office. In order to meet the deadline for submission of a written thesis, electronic submission to the examiner or, in some faculties, via a portal is accepted. If such a portal does not exist, it is sufficient to submit the paper in PDF format to the two examiners. They confirm the submission to the Examination Office. For experimental theses, they will only be continued if they do not contradict the general prohibition of assembly, which was issued by the Presidium today (prohibition of more than five persons in the same room). If the final thesis consists of one work (architecture), the delay from today's date until the measures are lifted (according to the current status 20.4.2020) will be added to the deadline for submission, regardless of the maximum regulations for the submission extension in the examination regulations. More detailed information on this can be obtained from the faculties if necessary.
Due to the difficulties in supervising and approving extensions for theses, a new registration of theses is currently not considered useful in most cases. However, due to the different subject cultures and content requirements, there are different decisions by examination boards. Contact persons are the faculties and examination boards.
The Admissions Office continues to process inquiries and applications even during the closing of lectures and remains available by telephone, fax, e-mail and post. An unrestricted maintenance of the services is unfortunately not possible under the current threat of the corona virus. However, we will try to keep the inconvenience for all students as low as possible. You can find more detailed information on the submission of documents, adherence to deadlines, de-registration, withdrawal of leave of absence etc. when you turn to the German version of this page.
Bookings for planned excursions, for example during the excursion week, should not be made at this time and should be postponed until the travel warnings are lifted. Overall, we recommend that you refrain from all unnecessary travel, whether for study or private purposes. If you have any questions, please get in touch with the responsible contact persons in your courses.
Your safety and well-being are our top priority, regardless of whether you are abroad or are returning to Germany now. We are in close contact with our partner universities, which have taken a variety of measures to ensure this. Please contact International House with all questions and problems! The staff is available for you by e-mail at any time. You can find the contact details of International House and additional important information on the
Your safety and well-being are our highest priority. If you are not yet abroad, we strongly advise you not to take up international mobility at this time. The Auswärtige Amt has issued a worldwide travel warning in the course of the spread of the coronavirus. You can find further information on the
The courses will probably start with a week's delay on 20.04.2020. The Orientation Meetings and enrolments will also be postponed and can only take place when the International House is open to the public again. We will inform you by e-mail as soon as the new dates are fixed. We will do our best to ensure that you have no disadvantages from this regulation.
The International House team will continue to be available by e-mail during this period. Please contact the staff if you have any questions or need information. Your request will be dealt with as soon as possible.
f lectures can be resumed, the faculties will make plans for the cancelled courses and examinations. The aim is to make up for the missed dates so that you will not suffer any disadvantages in your studies. We ask for your understanding that at this point in time no alternative dates can be given.
Information for employees
FAQs and additional information from the HR department concerning the coronavirus outbreak
With the introduction of the emergency operation at the Technical University of Braunschweig, the mailroom will also be present with only 50% of the employees at the same time to prevent colleagues from infecting each other. The colleagues will be deployed in shifts to prevent a complete breakdown of the mailroom.
Therefore, with the introduction of the emergency operation at the Technical University, the mail flow at our university will also change. From Wednesday, 25.03.2020 the mailroom will no longer deliver or distribute mail. All incoming mail will continue to be distributed in the mailroom to the university facilities and can be collected by the facilities. For those facilities that have a mailbox accessible from outside, mail can be collected during normal building opening hours. For those facilities that do not have such a post office box, mail can be collected from the counter between 09:30 and 12:30 every working day. Any necessary pick-ups outside these hours should be arranged in advance by telephone (391-4137) with the colleagues in the post office. During normal building opening hours, return mail can be deposited in the return mail slot at the post office counter or outside these hours in the mailbox of the Forum building (Universitätsplatz 2).
Please note that the decentralized return mailboxes will be emptied for the last time in the early morning of Tuesday, 24.03.2020.
All employees of the TU Braunschweig are obliged to observe the rules of conduct of the Robert Koch Institute, the federal government and the state government, which means, among other things, to keep their distance from other people, to observe hygiene rules and to stay at home if possible.
This applies equally to all employees of the TU Braunschweig both in their working hours and in their free time, on the premises of the TU Braunschweig, in mobile working, at home and on call.
For all employees and members of the TU Braunschweig, a hotline has been set up (0531-391) 888812, which is manned on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Your questions and problems, if they cannot be answered directly, will be recorded and forwarded to the responsible office of the crisis management. You will receive a callback or information by email as soon as possible.
In order to keep the risk of infection for all employees, students and guests of TU Braunschweig as low as possible, the number of persons staying on the premises of TU Braunschweig is to be reduced to a minimum with immediate effect.
The buildings of our university are therefore closed to the public until further notice. We ask for the understanding of all those interested in university and science and of all guests.
If you are interested, please arrange an appointment with the respective institutes and facilities.
Expressly excluded are persons who require access in the course of their official duties. Also excluded are craftsmen and suppliers. The institutes and facilities are still required to accept deliveries.
The facilities are requested to announce the restriction of access rights with the print templates provided by posting them in clearly visible places in the entrance areas of the buildings (German and English).
In the event that the access rights to the buildings of the TU Braunschweig should be restricted even further in the future ("Shutdown"), special access authorisations for persons required for operations can already be applied for now at abt12(at)tu-braunschweig.de. The special access authorization can only be considered for persons who, in the event of a "shutdown
have to take security measures, or
have to ensure emergency operation of the university as ordered by the university management.
After approval by the university management, certificates will be issued for the special access authorisation [access authorisation for personnel important to the university]. These documents shall be kept by the authorised persons at all times in case of access controls.
Please note: A closure of the university ("Shutdown") requires an explicit resolution of the executive committee! So far there is no such resolution. Should such a decision be taken, it will be announced to the university immediately.
The extensive deployment of employees to mobile work and on-call duty is intended to significantly reduce the density of people on TU Braunschweig premises in order to reduce the risk of infection for everyone.
Please pay special attention to our colleagues who are hit even harder by the crisis than others: to single parents, to colleagues in so-called risk groups and to colleagues who have relatives in the risk groups and look after them.
Single parents should be given preferential consideration when granting mobile work. Parents with small children aged 0 - 6 years are also to be considered. Otherwise, we ask that working hours be coordinated within the team and that the interests of all those concerned be taken into account as far as possible.
Employees who belong to a so-called risk group (chronically ill persons, persons with previous illnesses and weakened immune systems) are asked to obtain a medical recommendation from their family doctor regarding the type and scope of their employment during the Corona pandemic and to present this recommendation to their superior. We ask the supervisors to observe the medical recommendations.
The same applies to employees who live with or personally care for members of a risk group. In this regard, we also ask the supervisors to consider the employment opportunities in accordance with the medical recommendations regarding the type and scope of the employee(s) providing care.
But please note: Continued payment of remuneration with release from work is only possible on presentation of a medical certificate of incapacity to work.
The situation during the corona pandemic requires short-term arrangements also for the technical staff of the university. For the duration of the corona pandemic proclaimed by the WHO on 11.03.2020, on-call duty is ordered for all technical staff. The Staff Council approved this measure on 19.03.2020.
The following general conditions apply to on-call duty:
It is the responsibility of the institutions to draw up on-call plans on their own responsibility in consultation with the persons concerned, carefully weighing up the official concerns and health protection of the assigned personnel.
The presence of technical personnel in the facilities of the TU Braunschweig should be reduced to the necessary minimum with the aim of reducing the risk of infection. The remaining times up to the amount of the individual planned working time should be performed on call at home. The availability of the technical personnel is to be ensured.
On-call duty and attendance times must be within the flextime limits of DV 36 (6.00 to 20.00 hours). Night and weekend work is not permitted. The time spent on call counts as working time. Collective wage supplements or additional other remunerated services shall not be granted. In the on-call duty plans, it shall be taken into account that already existing flexitime credits shall be reduced to zero by means of flex days. Already approved leave must be taken. Overtime is not permitted.
The on-call duty order serves exclusively to protect all employees and is only valid for the duration of the corona pandemic declared by the WHO on 11.03.2020.
Service operations shall be maintained. This also includes short periods of presence in the service building.
Important information and FAQ for student and research assistants:
1. How can student and research assistants perform their working hours based on the current situation? If a working time account has been introduced under the service agreement (DV No 42) between the institution and the student assistants, student assistants may work their contractual average monthly working hours flexibly over the entire contractual period, provided that the total number of contractual hours is maintained at the end. Plus and minus hours are to be noted on the working time account and carried over to the next month. Plus hours may not exceed 50 % of the contractually agreed working time per month. Minus hours should not exceed 20 hours. The working time account must be balanced at the end of the respective employment contract. A transfer to a possible subsequent contractual relationship as a student assistant is not permitted.
What must be taken into account when documenting the working hours? Student and research assistants are not subject to any specific working time model and are predominantly employed at a low hourly rate per month; they are not, in principle, equal to research assistants. It is the responsibility of the respective authorising officer to determine the corresponding working hours together with the assistant. In individual cases, mobile working is only possible for student assistants after consultation with their superior, provided that the activities to be performed are suitable (research, statistics).
2. Who is responsible for checking the time sheets for correctness and completeness? The facility managers are responsible for checking that the records are complete and correct.
3. Are new contracts still being concluded? Due to the current situation, it cannot be guaranteed by the respective facility management that the student assistants will be able to perform the agreed work. Our primary goal is to make suitable use of student assistants already employed. This may also mean that they are assigned other crisis-related tasks.
New student assistant contracts can currently only be concluded if it can be justified how the respective student assistant can also be used appropriately during the Corona pandemic. Please check whether student assistants can also take on crisis-relevant tasks on a proportional basis (patrols, ensuring mail delivery, etc.).
In the case of contracts already concluded, the hours not worked must be reworked in accordance with the service agreement (Dienstvereinbarung). As soon as lectures are resumed, new contracts can be concluded to the required, then possibly increased, extent.
Vacation that has already been approved must be taken and granted. Should crisis-related, operational circumstances make it absolutely necessary for the person concerned to remain in service, the leave permit can be revoked in accordance with the existing principles. The revocation must be justified in writing and, if necessary, requires the consent of the Staff Council.
What are the general conditions for mobile working?
In principle, we expect reduced service operations in many areas as a result of the corona pandemic. The following therefore applies to both the presence and home office: Please reduce your flexitime credit with priority. We currently assume that overtime will be necessary at the end of the pandemic in order to resume regular business operations and to work off unavoidable backlogs.
We ask for your understanding and consideration for the special operational situation.
After the flexitime credit has been reduced, you will be credited with the regular working day's target working time in the event of under-utilisation both at the presence workstation and in the home office. This applies until the resumption of regular business operations.
However, it is also possible that you are particularly challenged by the Corona pandemic and have to work overtime, for example because you have to perform crisis-related tasks or have to maintain the TU Braunschweig's business operations from the home office that has been set up and approved, which is no longer possible for your colleagues without a home office. In this case, please discuss any overtime with your supervisor.
Please note that even during mobile working and in the home office the obligation to completely and correctly record working hours does not lapse.
Any leave already applied for and approved must be taken. Anything else applies only if the leave is revoked for operational reasons due to a pandemic, e.g. to maintain a mandatory emergency operation.
Please coordinate with your*supervisor and within your team who will come to the office at regular intervals to sort incoming mail and distribute or forward it within the team. The ongoing processes are to be ensured decentrally and centrally.
In the event of the closure of the TU Braunschweig or individual buildings in the context of a pandemic, the facilities must establish a safe condition under their own responsibility. It is particularly important to note that it may not always be possible to ensure 100% security of supply with electricity and other media or that supply failures cannot be detected immediately. The facilities are therefore required to take at least the measures listed below. Some of these measures should be prepared in advance of an impending closure so that they can be implemented directly in the event of a specific closure. Depending on the local conditions, it may be necessary to draw up a clear emergency plan with allocation of responsibilities, a clear declaration of ongoing experiments including shutdown instructions, concrete written instructions for securing important or hazardous materials (safe storage, disposal). Whether such an emergency plan is necessary and, if so, how it is carried out, is decided by the facility managers on their own responsibility.
When planning your measures, please assume that, in the worst case, in the event of a real closure due to infection, nobody will be able to enter the affected buildings.
Exemplary non-exhaustive list:
Switch off all electrical devices that are not absolutely necessary. This also includes laboratory equipment such as fermenters, reactors, shakers, cryogenic equipment, pumps
Cut off the gas supply by closing the taps
Close water taps
Turn off gas bottles, even if they are in special gas bottle cabinets
Controlled termination of all experiments
Lock valuables and cash safely away
Secure the supply of animals, plants and, if necessary, cell cultures
Protection of hazardous substances, such as chemicals
Due to the closure of schools and childcare facilities, ensuring childcare will become a major challenge for some of you. In such cases, we ask you as employees to find pragmatic solutions together with your superiors. In principle, we assume that childcare for children under the age of 12 must be ensured, in line with the provisions of collective bargaining and civil service law. Of course, this applies in particular to children who are in need of special help. Further information can be found in the FAQs on the HR department's website. You will find more information on this in the next tab:
If care facilities in which your children or close relatives are cared for during your working hours, close due to the risk of a coronavirus infection
it is not possible to ensure that other family members can look after them
or special health conditions of your relative require the presence of you at home,
please notify your supervisor in written form immediately, stating the reasons and enclose appropriate notifications (notification or publication about the closure of the facility, medical certificate).
If you cannot or only to a limited extent be available at work due to your above mentioned care duties, please make use of the existing options for flexible and family-friendly working hours at the TU Braunschweig in coordination with your supervisor. These are in detail:
Utilization of compensatory time from flextime credits in accordance with the employment agreements concerning the working time applicable to you
Authorization of working from home in accordance to §17 subparagraph 5 of the employment agreement 36 (DV36)
short-dated authorization of vacation leave.
If care duties towards close relatives exist, who are counted among a so called high-risk group (people with chronic diseases, weakened immune system, patients in chemotherapy, etc.), we kindly suggest to consult the doctor in charge. On the basis of a doctoral advice the HR department supports you with the development and arrangement of temporary solutions to help you in your special privat situation and to ensure the special health interests of your relative as a member of the high-risk group.
In all cases in which you have to work differently to your contractual stated conditions please document this as well as the approval of your supervisor in written form.
This also increases the number of requests for call forwarding to an external telephone connection. The TU Braunschweig has only a limited number of telephone channels. Even in emergency operation, the university has to maintain security-relevant functions and thus also important telephone connections. We therefore ask for your understanding that no more releases for further telephone forwarding can be given and that the already existing ones may have to be temporarily deactivated. You can contribute to a resource-saving handling of the existing capacities by checking the possibility of setting up telephone announcements for your institutes and facilities, if necessary with reference to other communication channels. These include, in particular, e-mail traffic and the increased use of mobile phones.
Meetings within the team should be avoided as far as possible. Here too, please ensure that safety distances are as large as possible and that hygiene rules are observed. If possible, use telephone and video conferencing facilities, as the Presidency and the crisis management team do.
The Presidium has issued a general ban on business trips for all domestic and foreign business trips today. This applies up to and including 19 April. Exceptions to this rule may be decided by the Presidium in specially justified individual cases, after consulting the crisis management team.
It is possible after the current level of knowledge that the corona pandemic will be resolved at the end of April to the extent that travel warnings issued by the responsible institutions can be withdrawn.
If a business trip in a currently declared high risk area is planned after the 1st of May 2020, these trips are initially subject to approval by the president. In addition to that, these business trips have to be carefully planned that in the case of cancellation of travel remaining financial liabilities can be minimized.
Please immediately undertake all possibilities to minimize accruing costs in the case of a travel ban. Existing liabilities are to be cancelled as far as possible. The absorption of cancellation charges will be reviewed in accordance with the generally applicable rules of travel expenses if the cancellation is due to the fact of the issue of a travel ban (§13 NRKVO). In case of the absorption of refunding costs the in the business trip authorization stated financing will be used. Overall only the traveling expenses can be refunded though, which would have been reimbursed if the business trip had been executed as planned.
Please also consider: the expenses for travel arrangements can only be reimbursed if the business trip has been authorized and delegated.
A quarantine order is issued by the local health department. If you have received such an order, please forward a copy as soon as possible to the HR department and follow the instructions of the local health department. Only if an official quarantine order has been issued, claims of continued payment of remuneration can be reviewed.
Access only for personnel, suppliers and other persons with official concerns! Admission for students and prospective students only after prior appointment with the responsible office!
The buildings of our university are closed to the public until further notice. We ask for the understanding of all those interested in the university and science and of our guests. If you are interested, please arrange an appointment with the respective institutes and facilities.
Explicitly excluded are persons who require access in the course of their official duties. Also excluded are craftsmen and suppliers. The institutes and facilities accept deliveries.
In order to contain the coronavirus, all major events in the sense of the general decree of the city of Braunschweig with more than 100 persons are currently suspended until the end of May 2020. A re-evaluation of the situation may be made on the basis of the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and other official institutions.