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Last updated: 19 April 2023

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Central risk assessment for COVID-19

The central risk assessment for COVID-19 replaces the university’s general hygiene plan previously published here. OHS officer Joachim Gallhoff is available to answer questions and provide advice on implementation of the COVID-19 rules: joachim.gallhoff(at)

Teaching, Learning and Application:
For general questions about Teaching, Learning and Application, please contact studienberatung(at)

The current relevant regulations:

Only come to campus if you are healthy and have no symptoms

Only persons not infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and who do not display any symptoms typical of SARS-CoV-2 are permitted to enter the grounds of the Folkwang University of the Arts.

What should you do if you are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19?

Information on what to do if you are suspected or confirmed to be infected with SARS-CoV-2 is available here.

Follow the ‘AHA-L’ rules

All university members and guests are advised to follow the general rules of conduct on distance, hygiene and ventilation (AHA-L rules) appropriately and in solidarity ('AHA-L' rules poster | DGUV)

Mask-wearing recommended

The wearing of medical-grade masks, preferably FFP2 masks, is recommended in all buildings and outdoor areas of the Folkwang University of the Arts if physical-distancing of at least 1.5 metres is not possible.

Test recommendation when wearing a mask is impossible and there is no physical distancing

A test is recommendes for artistic activities where it is impossible to wear a mask and physically distance. The university will provide the tests at the gates.

Cleaning equipment

Where possible, equipment must only be used by one person. Otherwise, any equipment used by multiple persons must be cleaned thoroughly after use, just like for crockery in common areas and similar items. This particularly applies to appliances and instruments involving contact with the mouth (e.g. flutes and microphones).

Please note the instructions for holdings subject seminars, examinations and other formats

Special rules may apply for specific events, examinations, subject seminars, including outside of the Folkwang University of the Arts, or excursions. These may include mandatory wearing of medical-grade or FFP2 masks, which is why it is important to follow the instructions of the respective teacher or person responsible regarding differing COVID-19 protocols.

Folkwang Regulations on Rule Exceptions governs studies, teaching and applications

The President’s Office of the Folkwang University of the Arts uses the Folkwang Regulations on Rule Exceptions to establish rule exceptions regarding implementation of the Coronavirus Epidemic Higher Education Ordinance. All resulting information concerning studies, teaching & applications can be found here.

High-risk persons

Persons classified as particularly high-risk due to a pre-existing condition can consult the university’s medical officers regarding safety measures at their workplace. Please contact the OHS unit for this (joachim.gallhoff(at) Anyone in a high-risk group can report this to their supervisor. Work in-person will only be required if this can be done in a medically feasible manner and if the tasks cannot be performed remotely using information technology.

Get vaccinated!

Staff are able to get vaccinated with an RKI-recommended COVID-19 vaccine from an accredited vaccination centre during working hours. Further information is available here:

The following additional rules apply to employees
Working from home

In consultation with supervisors, suitable tasks should be undertaken from home unless there are compelling operational reasons against this. Employees are not obliged to work from home.

Digital formats

Meetings, business trips and similar activities are recommendes in digital format, insofar as this does not result in any disadvantage.

Business trips

Individuals undertaking business trips must take responsibility for reading up on and adhering to the applicable COVID-19 rules for travelling and when at their destination. The university’s internal regulations also apply when using company vehicles.