Coronavirus Safety Protocols and Protective Measures at the JKU

Current Code of Conduct;
Last update: June 11, 2021
 

At the JKU, the health and safety of our students and employees is of utmost priority. We have put together information about the university's safety and precautionary protocols designed to combat the spread of Covid-19.

This page will be updated regularly. You can also find additional, helpful information by clicking the links in the Info Box.

In following recommendations as outlined by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (bmbwf), we advise you to closely monitor the state of your health. If your body temperature exceeds 37.5°C, we strongly urge you to refrain from coming to the university. This COVID 19 self-monitoring check put together by the Red Cross is particularly helpful. If you believe you have Coronavirus symptoms, please call the official 1450 Hotline number immediately. We kindly ask you to also report any suspected cases and infections to the internal extension 1450. You can also send an e-mail to: corona@jku.at.

Important Information

If you have symptoms, the government hotline is 1450.
Please also inform the JKU by calling the internal hotline 1450 or by sending an e-mail to: corona@jku.at

Hybrid Operations with On-Site Sections and Examinations

Based on regulations announced by the government, the following applies at the Johannes Kepler University Linz.
 

1. Testing and Teaching Operations

a. Adjusting to Proof of Testing

Over the past month, the JKU has been required to conduct a negative test for COVID-19 in a timely manner in regards to teaching and examinations. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our students and employees for their cooperation and exemplary compliance with all of the safety protocols and mandates. Since May 19, both proof of a negative SARS-CoV-2 antigen test recorded in an official data processing system (self-test - 24 hours) and proof of a negative SARS-CoV-2 antigen test recorded in an official data processing system (self-test - 24 hours) now permit participation in the classroom and/or to take examinations, an antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 (test station - 48 hours), or a molecular biology test for SARS-CoV-2 ("PCR test" - 72 hours), and proof of a first dose of the vaccination with a centrally licensed vaccine against COVID-19 after Day 22 (three months), or the second dose of the vaccination with a centrally licensed vaccine against COVID-19 after Day 22 (three months). Day (three months), or second vaccination (nine months), or vaccination after Day 22 for vaccines where only one vaccination is scheduled (nine months), as well as medical confirmation of infection of SARS-CoV-2 (recovered) in the past six months or proof of neutralizing antibodies (three months).

Students will continue to have the option to conduct a SARS-CoV-2 antigen self-test (for self-monitoring purposes) on-site and in a controlled manner to receive confirmation of a negative test result that will only be valid at the JKU and for the duration of the student’s time spend on campus. There are no changes in regard to employees and the admissibility of a self-monitoring SARS-CoV-2 antigen tests or taking part in the oral-rinse program.

 

b. Expanding On-Site Operations during Summer Semester 2021

The current situation and safety mandates mean that the university can consider continuing to expand on-site operations.

Therefore, in principle, courses can now be held on-site or hybrid. As of June 14, 2021, the rule to maintain 1 meter of distance from others applies. Face masks are still required and rules regarding frequent hand-washing also. Similarly, written examinations can generally be held on-site if conducting exams in person is necessary and works out from an operational perspective

As always, we ask all faculty members and course instructors to contact students as soon as possible and inform them of any resulting changes. Also, please refrain from making any changes at short notice and kindly take students' particular situations into account, such as if it is difficult to travel to campus

Any absences due to a COVID-19 illness, having tested positive for Covid-19, holding notification to quarantine, or similar reasons do not count toward the number of times a student is permitted to take an examination.

FFP2 (N-95) face masks are mandatory for both on-site classroom instruction and examinations!

Exceptions:

  • During class, course instructors are able to maintain minimum distance of 2 meters and appropriate safety protocols can be adhered to (particularly being able to air the room out regularly)
  • Examiners and those taking examinations - particularly oral examinations - can both agree to maintain a minimum distance of 2 meters from others and adhere to additional safety protocols (particularly being able to air a room out regularly).

2. Working from Home

Similar to other public institutions (i.e. the Upper Austrian government), coronavirus-related regulation to work from home will expire on July 9. All department heads are asked to use the time up until then to return to on-site operations at their departments. The basis is positive developments pertaining to the rate of infection, the option to get the vaccine at the JKU, and the Austria-wide status of vaccinations by the beginning of July.

3. Workspace

Wearing an FFP2 (N-95) face mask is mandatory when in your work area. Exceptions include when a minimum distance of two meters can be maintained from others and appropriate safety protocols can be adhered to (regularly airing out rooms, in particular). Additional safety measures include items to ensure spatial separation, such as the use of partition walls. The Dept. of Facilities Management has a limited number of these types of walls available (service-gut@jku.at). Contact the Dept. of Facilities Management to obtain additional items to help minimize the risk of infection by sending an e-mail to info@jku.at.
 

4. On-Site Services/Library Services

Beginning November 17, 2020, foot traffic on campus and in-person services at administrative offices will be suspended until further notice. Online services are available to students and employees.

Library operations resume on May 25, 2021 (under COVID-19 safety mandates and protocols):

The Learning Center, the Main Campus Library, and the Juridicum Law Library are open. Reserve study spaces in advance. The subject area libraries have also re-opened (reading areas remain closed). Regular check-out services are now available.

Additional information is available at: https://www.jku.at/bibliothek
If you have any questions, please contact the library by sending an e-mail to: bibliothek@jku.at

5. Company Travel on behalf of the University

Business travel on behalf of the university will not be authorized at this time. If travel is necessary in order to maintain university operations, the Vice-Rector for Innovation and Researchers may issue special authorization.

6. Events

As we slowly return to being able to once again hold events on campus, we ask that any events or meetings that include external individuals include voluntarily adhering to the Austrian “3G rule” (vaccinated, tested, or recovered)! Please note that Event Management may outline other rules and regulations for events.

Adhere to all University rules and regulations when on campus.

Current Report Cases at the JKU Current information regarding those who have tested positive at the JKU Linz is available here.

See Coronavirus Case Numbers

Frequently Asked Questions

What is important to know in regard to mandatory attendance in class and for exams?

Hybrid operations are currently permitted. On-site courses and testing is limited. See details above.

How can I best plan my semester?

Plan your semester as you normally would. For the time being, the situation beginning Tuesday , November 17, is that courses will not take place on campus.

Will there be another complete lockdown? Will class dates or
exams be cancelled at short notice?

Hybrid operations are currently permitted, however on-site courses and examinations are limited.

When do facilities - such as the university cafeteria (Mensa)
and the Learning Center - close?

Current rules and regulations for these facilities and others will be available on the JKU homepage.

Can I use the Study Zones, the Mensa, library, etc. to wait in,
between classes, for example?

While the cafeteria (the "Mensa") may be used for study purposes, students are asked to strictly adhere to all safety protocols currently in place. The Learning Center and the reading areas at the Juridicum Law Library are open. Please note: Study spaces must be reserved in advance. Click here to learn more

Will the University Sports Institute (USI) stay closed?

The rules of the current lockdown apply here as well.

Can I eat at the university cafeteria right now? What are the rules?

Food may only be ordered in advance and picked up to-go. Food may not be consumed in the cafeteria. Please observe the face mask mandate.

I work in an open-plan office - are there any special rules and regulations?

In agreement with the respective department head, employees are being asked to work from home providing

  • the employee's responsibilities and job duties can be carried out from home,
  • current university operations are not affected/hindered when working from home, and
  • the equipment at the employee's disposal allows him/her to work from outside of the JKU campus.

There is a suspected case of Covid in my family and/or I believe
I have contracted Covid. What should I do?

In the event of either of these scenarios, please call the JKU's in-house Coronavirus hotline at extension 1450. If you have been in close contact with someone who believes they have the virus or with someone who has tested positive, you must work/study from home until an official test result (from the affected person or your own test) is available. This rule applies to "Contact Person 1" cases.

Why do I have to follow safety protocols and measures,
even when outdoors?

According to what we know about the virus and how it is transmitted, aside from a risk of infection when coming into physical contact with others, the virus is airborne. This means droplet and aerosol dynamics are different indoors as opposed to outdoors so in general, there is a lower probability of being infected when outdoors. The probability is higher, however, once people are closer together. This why it is important to also maintain distance when outside.