Coronavirus: Impact on Trier University

Trier University will provide up to date information via  this website and answer important questions concerning the effects of the coronavirus on University operations.
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The Corona test center (offering lateral flow tests, not PCR tests) on Campus I operates 7 days a week. More information can be found here.

The mobile vaccination clinic will visit again on Friday February 4 and Tuesday February 8, 2022. More information can be found here.

Information regarding winter semester 2021/22

  • During the winter semester 2021/22 it is planned that approximately 4 out of 5 lectures will be offered on-site and face-to-face, mainly exercises, pro-seminars, seminars, reading courses, experimental courses and laboratory courses. Lectures will mainly be held online.
  • For lectures and courses the "3G rule" applies: access is granted for those who are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 or can present a negative test. Unvaccinated individuals need to present a lateral flow (poC) test certificate from an official Corona center, which is not older than 24 hours; or a PCR test, which is not older than 48 hours. Self tests, which can be done at home, cannot be accepted. 
  • For non-curricular lectures and events (conferences, workshops etc.) the "2G plus rule" applies. As a result only people who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid-19, and who present a test certificate in addition, can take part on site. Only a lateral flow (poC) test certificate from an official Corona center, which is not older than 24 hours; or a PCR test, which is not older than 48 hours, will be accepted. Self tests, which can be done at home, cannot be accepted. People who have received a third vaccination (booster) do not need to provide a negative test. 
  • Examinations, both written and oral, can be performed on site. The "3G rule" applies and it is mandatory to wear a facial mask (FFP2 standard or medical mask), regardless of the observance of social distancing rules.
  • Spot checks of the 3G status will be performed. Contact tracing will be in place for lectures and courses. Organisers of lectures and courses are encouraged to check the 3G status of students. Self tests, which can be done at home, cannot be accepted.
  • The obligation to wear a facial mask (FFP2 standard or medical mask) applies inside buildings and it is mandatory to wear a mask at the seat during courses and examinations. The mask can be removed by the lecturer when presenting, or when the teaching activity requires this.
  • All buildings at Trier University operate regular opening times.
  • For the library the "3G rule" applies. The library on Campus I and Campus II operates regular opening times.
  • Inside Mensa Tarforst the "3G rule" applies. The cafeteria in Building A/B and the cafe in Building C remain closed.
  • Unisport offers access to its studio and classes have resumed. For indoor classes the "2G plus rule" applies.
  • For employees the "3G rule" applies at their workplace. Staff working in an office environment or in a comparable position can work from home from November 24, 2021 until March 19, 2022 provided university operations and services can be maintained without disruption. Regulations on core working hours do not apply during this period of time.

Further information can be found in the FAQ following and via the links below

FAQ - General questions for members of Trier University

What do I do if a Corona case occurs at a course, lecture or event?

If a participant of a course, lecture or event has contracted COVID-19, the organiser is asked to discontinue the event on site. If possible, the course or lecture should be continued online.

It is not necessary to contact the local health authority as this will be done via communication channels outside the university. There is no obligation to notify the university. However, it is important to inform participants of the event about the issue. Any consequences for participants may be decided by the local health authority.

If the local health authority does not send an order to quarantine within a few days, the course or lecture can be offered/continued on site again. In case the local health authority does issue an order to quarantine for all participants, the course or lecture needs to be offerend in an online format until the quarante restrictions are lifted.

What should I do if I suspect to have been infected by coronavirus?

In case of a suspected infection please contact one of the institutions listed on the website of the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

What do I do if I have been tested positive for Coronavirus?

If you are a student, lecturer or employee at Trier University and have been tested positive for Corona virus, please do not enter Campus! Decisions regarding quarantine or self-isolation can only be made and will be issued by the local health authority. However, Trier University would like to enable fast and transparent information and therefore recommends the following actions:

Students should immediatly contact those lectureres, whose courses or lectures they have attended the week before the positive test result. The lecturer informs all participants of the course about the positive case without revealing any names. The lecturer also decides whether the lecture or course can be continued due to the observance of social distancing and hygiene rules, or if the course needs to temporarily be offered in an online format. There are no additional obligations to notify the university.

In case a lecturer has been tested positive, he or she needs to inform their students immediately. In addition the dean's office needs to be informed to coordinate any further actions. 

Emloyees should immediately inform their supervisor in order to advise any direct colleagues and coordinate possible further actions.

Where can I get help if I am concerned regarding the return to campus?

The programme „Beyond Covid“ offers students and employees who feel left alone a chance to talk to trained volunteers about concerns regarding the return to campus.


Where can I get vaccinated?

The vaccination center in Trier has reopend. More information can be found on the website of the city of Trier, including information regarding mobile vaccination clinics. General information regarding Corona vaccinations can be found on the website of the federal state of Rhineland-Palatinate.

Where can I get tested?

Lateral flow test
There is a test center on Campus I. More information can be found here.

PCR test
A list of PCR test stations in Trier can be found here.

Which opening hours apply for buildings on Campus?

The opening times for most buildings are:

Mon to Fri: 07.00 until 22.00
Sat: depening on occupancy
Sun: closed

Please note the following exceptions:

Building V
Mon to Thu: 06.30 until 20.00
Fri: 06.30 until 18.00
Sat and Sun: closed

Building DM
Mon to Fri: 06.30 until 19.00
Sat and Sun: closed

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Are disinfection materials and/or masks provided?

The university does not provide disinfection material during the current corona pandemic. The observance of the rules of conduct and hygiene have been deemed sufficient (see above). A specific request for disinfection materials to be made available, must be made to Mr. Kasel (kaseluni-trierde), stating the reasons for this request (e.g. why the minimum distances cannot be observed, etc.). These requests will be dealt with on an individual basis.

Medical facial masks or facial masks of KN95/N95 or FFP2 need to be brought along when visiting the campus and need to be worn according to current regulations. Trier University does not provide facial masks. Trier University only supplies FFP2 masks to employees, whose job naturally requires them to undermine social distancing rules or if the employee’s tasks are associated with a higher output of aerosols. In these exceptional cases please contact Mr. Kasel via email.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

If you have additional questions regarding the measures being taken or the current situation at Trier University that are not answered above, please contact coronauni-trierde. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding if there is a delay in responding. Your question will be answered as soon as possible.

[Translate to Englisch:] Corona & Studium


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[Translate to Englisch:] Corona & Mitarbeitende


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Information from the president of Trier University

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Status: 17.1.2022