Information on the Coronavirus

The emergency committee of Leibniz University Hannover evaluates the current situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and determines the best course of action for LUH. University management provides regular email updates to students and staff. Please check this website for new developments at LUH as well as following the news for provisions in Germany, Lower Saxony and Hannover.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Hygiene rules

  • 1.1 Do I need to wear a face mask at LUH?

    No. At the moment, face mask requirements inside of buildings or on the campus of LUH have been lifted. University management urges everyone to act responsibly - in particular with regard to demonstrating solidarity with vulnerable groups - and continue to wear face masks, especially in places were many people gather, where distancing is not possible or where ventilation is insufficient.

  • 1.2 Where can I find templates to be used for signs?
  • 1.3 How are suspected cases of coronavirus handled at LUH?

    Anyone experiencing symptoms of a respiratory disease (coughing, sore throat, shortness of breath, head cold) or a common cold with headaches, body aches or loss of smell and/or taste, as well as anyone experiencing symptoms of gastroenteritis with diarrhoea indicating a SARS-CoV-2 infection – especially if they might have had contact with someone (presumably) suffering from a coronavirus infection – must not enter LUH buildings and should seek medical advice immediately by calling their GP. In case of a positive test result, the Presidential Board asks you to voluntarily notify the university. Please also refer to FAQ sections 1.4.3 and 2.2.1 if applicable.

  • 1.4 What happens if I have tested positive for coronavirus?

    According to the law governing prevention of infection, COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus must be reported. Following the swab test conducted by a family doctor or a private test centre, positive test results are reported to the local health authority. If someone tests positive, they should self-isolate immediately. Anyone who has tested positive should not enter LUH buildings.

    In this case, the Presidential Board asks affected students and members of staff to also notify Dr. Ellen Aumüller, Occupational Health Officer (betriebsarzt@zuv.uni-hannover.de).

    If you spent time at Leibniz University Hannover two days before showing symptoms or two days before the swab was taken, please follow the instructions in section 1.4.1.

    The COVID-19 quarantine regulations of the state of Lower Saxony end on 31 January 2023. Among other measures, these regulations included a period of five days of self-isolation in the event of a COVID-19 infection as well as mandatory confirmation of self-conducted rapid-test results via PCR testing. Self-isolation requirements following a positive self-conducted test as well as PCR testing to confirm the result will no longer be mandatory after 31 January.

    Nevertheless, the Presidential Board urges all LUH members to continue testing in the event of any symptoms indicating a COVID-19 infection and – in the event of a positive test result that does not affect their ability to work – discuss options for working from home with their supervisor. These periods will not count towards the individual telecommuting quota. The university strives to prevent coronavirus infections among staff and their families as well as to maintain the working capacities of departments. These recommendations explicitly apply to COVID-19 infections and other infectious diseases.

  • 1.4.1 What is the correct procedure if someone tests positive for SARS-CoV-2 or realises that they have a COVID-19 infection after they have spent time at Leibniz University Hannover?

    The Presidential Board asks infected staff members to notify their supervisors. Infected students should notify the Department for Student and Academic Matters (Ms Lena Schulz, lena.schulz@zuv.uni-hannover.de) so that anyone at LUH who has had contact can be informed instantly. Please add Dr Ellen Aumüller, Occupational Health Officer (betriebsarzt@zuv.uni-hannover.de) to the Cc list of the email.

    Please indicate the following information:

    • Email subject: Reporting SARS-CoV-2 infection
    • I was tested on...
    • I have had symptoms for ...
    • Two days before showing symptoms/before the swab was taken, I spent time at Leibniz University Hannover from/to / I attended the following events/meetings (title, time, room, member of teaching staff/member of staff)
    • Enrolment number and LUH ID (students)
    • The following regulations on hygiene and distancing applied/were observed (minimum distance of 1.5 metres, wearing a face mask etc.)

    As soon as the Department for Student and Academic Matters (Dezernat 6, Lena Schulz) has been notified, the department notifies close contacts with the consent of the infected person.

    In order to facilitate contact tracing, affected persons are asked to notify any close contacts within the past 48 hours.

    In case of a positive PCR test, or if they are classified as a close contact, members of staff should notify their supervisor as soon as possible.

  • 1.4.2 What should I do if I had contact with someone suffering from a SARS-CoV-2 infection?

    Close contacts no longer have to quarantine. However, it is strongly recommended to limit contact to others – especially older people and groups at higher risk for more severe complications.

    A rapid antigen test should be performed daily for the five days following contact.

    Further measures can be found in FAQ section 1.4.1.

  • What do I do if a person living in my household experiences symptoms indicating a COVID-19 infection, but has not received a test result yet?

    As long as you do not experience any symptoms and your rapid test is negative, you may continue your duties at LUH under strict compliance with the hygiene measures. Contact with other people should be reduced. If possible, working from home or telecommuting is the safest option for members of staff.

    If you experience any symptoms or your rapid test is positive: see FAQ section 1.4.1

  • 1.5 Will members of staff receive free rapid tests?

    The state of Lower Saxony issues free rapid tests to LUH. Supervisors will issue available test kits to members of staff.

    If the antigen SARS-CoV-2 self-test is positive, please observe the procedure outlined in FAQ section 1.4.

    Anyone with a positive test result should not enter LUH buildings.

  • 1.7 Where can I be vaccinated?

    Currently, vaccinations are mostly available via family doctors.

  • 1.6.1 Are vaccination appointments considered as working hours?

    Yes, vaccination appointments are considered as working hours.

2. Teaching activities and events

  • 2.1 Will teaching activities in winter semester 2022/23 take place as normal?

    Winter semester 2022/23 is scheduled to take place on campus. Members of teaching staff have once again been urged to continue using the possibilities of online learning, such as streaming, hybrid formats and recorded lectures from previous semesters in addition to on-campus learning, or other alternative formats. In view of the current energy crisis, the Presidential Board proposes that teaching activities should be pooled further and, with appropriate compensation, should also include off-peak hours and Saturdays.

    On-campus learning is a binding requirement of the Presidential Board, based on the need to provide students with feasible study conditions.

    Purely online formats are therefore still possible, provided that they do not interfere with on-campus learning. If online teaching is necessary for academic reasons, this must be implemented in such a way that students can still participate if they subsequently have to attend sessions on campus. Online sessions must always be approved by the relevant head of faculty.

    Additional answers can be found in the document explaining the available teaching formats “Auf dem Weg zur Präsenzlehre 2.0”

  • 2.2 Are LUH events taking place?

    Events of a public nature with external guests (receptions, readings, conferences etc.) may be held in LUH buildings.

  • 2.2.1 I intend to conclude contracts for future events. What do I need to consider?

    Due to the uncertain development of the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on future events, legal certainty should be ensured in the case of cancellation when concluding new contracts. For specific contract clauses, please contact the Alumni, Fundraising and Event Management Department.

Further information on the Coronavirus

Contact Persons at LUH

Head of Communications and Marketing / Spokesperson

Mechtild Freiin von Münchhausen
Mechtild Freiin von Münchhausen

Occupational Health Officer

Dr. Ellen Aumüller
Dr. Ellen Aumüller

Queries regarding employment legislation: Head of the Personnel and Legal Department

Dr. Nicole Neuvians
Dr. Nicole Neuvians