Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz will go into emergency mode

JGU will be closed for public business and switched from regular operation to emergency operation starting March 24

23 March 2020

On March 24, 2020, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) will go into emergency mode. The JGU University Authorities have 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. "We have decided to temporarily shut down JGU operations to the necessary minimum to do everything possible to break the chain of infection and slow down the exponential growth of infection rates," said JGU President Professor Georg Krausch. "I would like to thank all JGU employees for their highly professional work and their dedication and commitment as well as the constructive and responsible coopeation during the last couple of days."

From March 24, 2020, JGU will be 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 will be closed. Regular teaching and research at JGU will be 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.

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.

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.