General information on how JGU deals with the COVID-19 pandemic

UPDATE April 6, 2020: In an e-mail sent to all students, the President and the Vice President for Learning and Teaching provide basicinformation on questions related to learning at JGU in the 2020 summer semester. There are FAQs for student applicants, first-year students, and all JGU students available at [in German]. In addition, a Moodle course on digital learning [in German] for all JGU students willl start on April 14, 2020. 

UPDATE April 3, 2020: The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder have agreed to hold the 2020 summer semester. It has not yet been decided when classroom teaching is to be resumed. The Länder are currently coordinating uniform regulations based on the health policy requirements.
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Since March 24, 2020, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) has been in emergency mode. The JGU University Authorities made this decision in view of the current regulations of the German Federal Government and the Rhineland-Palatinate state government as well as the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina for a temporary Germany-wide shutdown.

Since March 24, 2020, JGU has been closed for public business and switched from regular operation to emergency operation until further notice. This means that all buildings in central and decentralized management on the campus and in the branch offices are closed. Regular teaching and research at JGU is being suspended for the period of emergency operation. This does not apply to Faculty 04, for which the Mainz University Medical Center sets its own rules, since medical research and teaching in the context of patient care are of particular importance in these times. This also excludes research and application in other departments on campus that are related to health care.

Information for student applicants, first-year students, and students is available at the Learning website [in German].

The JGU teaching staff are called upon to prepare digital teaching materials for their students in the event that university classes cannot start regularly after April 20, 2020. A team of experts is ready to provide support. Further information for JGU the teaching staff is available at the Teaching website.

In administration, JGU offers limited services. Various offices and services are on-call duty to maintain emergency operation. All employees, whose presence on campus is not necessary to maintain emergency operation, swtich to home office. The JGU administration and other important service centers are available in home office by email or phone. Further information for JGU employees is available at the Human Resources website [in German].


UPDATE March 19, 2020: For reasons of COVID-19 prevention, the Botanic Garden on the Gutenberg campus is now closed to the public until further notice.

UPDATE March 19, 2020: The Vice President for Learning and Teaching informed the JGU teaching staff by e-mail about how to deal with digital learning and teaching opportunities. Detailed information on how to proceed and concrete options for implementing digital teaching will be available in the coming week.

UPDATE March 19, 2020: The University Authorities together with the JGU faculties and artistic schools have decided on university-wide regulations for extending deadlines and the possibility to withdraw from written study and examination papers. These regulations apply to all university courses for which the responsibility lies with JGU. The relevant state examination office (Landesprüfungsamt) is responsible for final assignments, papers and theses in state examination courses.
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UPDATE March 18, 2020: The libraries of the Mainz University Library will remain closed from March 19, 2020 until further notice.
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UPDATE March 17, 2020: Studierendenwerk Mainz has announced that the central cafeteria, the cafeteria and the Café Rewi on the Gutenberg campus will be closed from March 17, 2020.
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As of March 17, 2020 // Last updated: March 19, 2020, 5 p.m.

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz is closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus and takes the associated risks very seriously. For an assessment of the current situation and to determine preventive measures, we refer to the detailed information and recommendations provided by the Robert Koch Institute, the German Federal Ministry of Health, and the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of Social Affairs, Labor, Health, and Demography [in German].

On March 13, 2020, the Rhineland-Palatinate state government [in German] decided to postpone the start of the lecture period of the summer semester 2020 until April 20, 2020.


To help slow the spread of the virus, the University Authorities also announced the following measures and regulations:

 1.    All university events until April 20, 2020 are canceled.
 2.    Oral and written exams are canceled until further notice starting Monday, March 16, 2020. According to the Rhineland-Palatinate Ministry of Health, this does not apply to State Exams in Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Other exceptions are final theses (Bachelor, Master, and State Exam theses, dissertations etc.) as well as coursework and examinations not requiring on-campus presence. Further information regarding student affairs, teaching, and examinations, especially on extending deadlines or withdrawing from written coursework or examinations, is available at the JGU Learning and Teaching website. 
 3.    Services for students, such as the JGU Student Service Center (Studierendensekretariat), the Student Funding Office, the Central Student Advisory Center etc., will – at their own discretion – switch their advisory services to electronic media, telephone, and e-mail in order to minimize the risk of infection through direct contact for both students and staff.


We consider the following measures and routines to be particularly important:

a personal hand hygiene and practicing a good cough and sneeze etiquette: At [in German]the Federal Center for Health Education provides appropriate information and hygiene routines [in German]. JGU makes sure that soap and paper towel dispensers are restocked regularly. Our cleaning services have been instructed accordingly. Please direct any information about defective soap dispensers directly to the JGU Central Services. 
stay informed regularly about high-risk areas and possibilities for individual prevention. We refer to the Robert Koch Institute anf the German Federal Ministry of Health.

protection of employees belonging to high-risk groups, due to a previous illness or general immune deficiency: In coordination with their supervisor(s) and taking into account the specific requirements of their job, these employees may temporarily work at home until further notice.


If you are infected with the coronavirus, if you had contact with an infected person within the last 14 days, or if you were staying in a high-risk area:

If you are infected with the coronavirus, you must notify the .
If you had contact with an infected person within the last 14 days or if you were staying in a high-risk area and you have unspecific general symptoms,  you are required to inform the responsible health authority (e.g., Mainz-Bingen [in German]) as well as your family practitioner or the medical on-call service. Please follow the instruction of the responsible health authority. Please do not visit a clinic or your family practitioner without the instruction to do so.
If you had contact with an infected person within the last 14 days but do not have any general symptons, please contact the responsible health authority.
If you were in a high-risk area within the last 14 days but do not have any general symptons, you are requested to self-quarantine for 14 days. Furthermore, employees are required to inform their supervisors as welll as JGU's .

Further information for JGU employees is available at the Human Resources website [in German].


Handling digital learning and teaching – Digital teaching in the 2020 summer semester?

A team of experts from different areas of our university is currently working on prompt, simple, practical, and easily manageable solutions for questions concerning digital learning and teaching. The team addresses aspects like how distance learning and teaching can succeed, how we can – partially at least – compensate for the temporarily unfeasible in-person learning and teaching by communicating digitally, and models and best practices available for creating seminars, classes, and lectures using various elements.

Further information for the JGU teaching staff is available at the Teaching webseite.