Coronavirus tests at the University of Tübingen

Circular to all employees (except Medical Faculty)

Dear colleagues,

University employees can undergo a free Coronavirus quick test starting next Monday, April 19. For this purpose, test stations will be set up in the Neue Aula (first floor) and in the Hörsaalzentrum Morgenstelle (foyer) in cooperation with CeGaT GmbH. The test stations are open from Monday to Friday between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm. You do not need to register for it.

The University of Tübingen is supporting the efforts of the city and district to counter the spread of Covid-19 by consistently testing the population. Therefore, I urge you to make use of this new service. Employees may go to a testing stations during their work hours. A negative test result is confirmed by the issue of a day certificate. This day certificate can also be used on the same day as part of the Tübingen model project "Opening in safety."

The first and last names of all persons taking part in a rapid test are recorded before the test. This is done exclusively for documentation and billing purposes. There is no electronic data processing. Likewise, neither the names nor the test results are passed on to the university.

In light of the media coverage in recent days, I would like to reiterate that testing for University employees is not mandatory. Taking the test is voluntary. As an employee of the university, you are neither requested nor obliged to present a negative test result to your superiors.

If the result of the rapid test is positive, a second test is carried out immediately using the PCR method. The sample is taken immediately on site. In addition, those affected will be asked to sign out at the workplace, immediately make their way home without any detour, and self-isolate there as a precaution. As soon as the result of the PCR test is available (usually on the same day), the person concerned is informed by telephone and subsequently again in writing. If the positive result is confirmed, the public health department is informed and decides on the next steps.

The representatives of the university management and the staff council in the university's crisis team have agreed on these key points in order not to delay the rapid start of testing.

Please note that a negative test is not a license for careless behavior in the workplace or in public. According to all available data, rapid tests do not provide absolute safety. Therefore, even persons who have a negative test result are obliged to comply with the hygiene rules in force at the university.

Allow me to make one more comment on the use of rapid tests in the area of study and teaching: Our students have a legal right to participate in classes and examinations, provided they meet the relevant requirements. I therefore ask all teachers not to make participation in classes or examinations conditional on the presentation of a negative Coronavirus test. Such an approach would currently have no legal basis.

Sincerely yours,

Professor Dr. Bernd Engler