Coronavirus Safety Protocols and Protective Measures at the JKU

Current Guidelines;
Last update: January 7, 2022

The health and safety of our students and employees is of utmost priority at the JKU. Here you can learn more about current regulations at the JKU to help play your part in combating the spread of COVID-19.

 

Important Information

In the event of experiencing symptoms, particularly those associated with the coronavirus, the government hotline is: 1450
Please also inform us at the JKU by calling Ext. 1450 or send an e-mail to: corona@jku.at

Beginning January 7: Mostly Remote Learning
Beginning January 10: Option to Work from Home in lieu of the Coronavirus Pandemic

1. Teaching and Examinations

 

The following applies beginning January 7, 2022, at the end of the Winter Break:

  • Courses will be held via remote (digital online) learning
    Exception: Non-substitutable courses (labs, etc.) can be held in-person.
  • Course examinations, including subject area and final examinations, should also be held online.
    Exception: If examinations must be held in-person, especially to avoid any delays for students in terms of progressing in their studies, please contact the Vice-Rectorate for Academic Affairs to request permission to hold an on-site examination.
  • The Main Campus Library and Learning Center will remain open

As before, in order to attend class or take an examination on campus, students must obtain a corresponding admission wristband (in adherence to the Austrian 2.5 G rule) and wear an FFP2 (KN-95) face covering.
However, please note that for greater safety, home PCR tests will no longer suffice in order to attend class or take exams on-site.

As before, wristbands can be obtained at the following 2.5 G check-in stations:

  • Kepler Hall: Monday – Friday between 7.45 AM- 6.00 PM. This check-in station is also opening between 8.00 AM and noon.
  • Med Campus I (aula in the education building): Monday – Friday between 7.45 AM- 5.00 PM

After 6:00 PM you can get a wristband at in-house services (Portier) in the Kopfgebäude Bldg. Please have your proof of being vaccinated, recently tested, or recovered from Covid-19 ready and at hand, either in paper or digital form, along with your student ID card (KeplerCard). No records will be kept. When in line, please adhere to social distancing rules.

There will only be one wristband of a specified color per day. At the start of class or the examination, the course instructor(s) and/or examiner(s) will only check the wristband and no other certificate or verification. If you remove the wristband, validity is then null and void. If you lose your wristband or accidentally remove it too soon, you can always get a new wristband.

2. Option for Employees to Work from Home

Beginning Monday, January 10, 2022, department heads may permit their employees to work from home in lieu of the coronavirus pandemic. Working from home is subject to the following:

  • The employees’ duties and responsibilities in question must be suitable for working from home.
  • Current, required operating procedures may not be impaired when approved to work from home.
  • A prerequisite to work from home is that the equipment the employee has at his/her disposal must enable him/her to perform his/her job duties outside of the JKU. Any additional technical infrastructure or equipment cannot be issued.

For insurance reasons, working from home is restricted to locations in the Austria or to locations considered close enough to the border that, for tax purposes, they qualify as cross-border commutes. If working from home, please notify HR by sending an e-mail to personalmanagement@jku.at. Once notification has been received, working from home is considered authorized. Authorization already issued at a prior date to grant working will, of course, remain in effect.

Adherence to Austria's 3. 2.5 G Rule is Mandatory for Employees

Similar to students and in accordance with the company agreement, employees are also required to present proof of adherence to Austria's 2.5 G rule when entering the work place. In general, the employee's supervisor can check at random.

Please note: Entering the workplace without proof of adherence to the 2.5 G rule is not permitted; any absence due to non-compliance will be considered as failing to perform the service for which the employee is responsible. The university and/or the supervisor will not maintain records of evidence.

As previously announced, in accordance with Pt. 1 there are plans to amend the company agreement in support of greater safety so that in the future, home PCR tests (Alles Gurgelt, OÖ-Gurgelt and the like) will no longer suffice as proof of adherence to the 2.5 G rule.

4. Mandatory Face Mask Mandate on Campus

The mandatory mask mandate is outlined in the university's rules and regulations. Students, staff and guests are required to wear FFP2 (KN-95) face masks when indoors. This also applies explicitly when teaching. There are exceptions for employees, particularly when seated at their respective workspace and when teaching classes.

What proof/verification and tests are considered valid and for how long?

The following will be considered as proof/verification of low epidemiological risk only:

1. Certificate(s) of vaccination against COVID-19 carried out with a centrally approved vaccine
a) Second vaccination, whereby it must be 270 days ago at the most and a minimum of 14 days must have elapsed between the first and the second vaccination,

b) Vaccination after the 22nd day of vaccination with a vaccine that is only intended to be given once (and in which the vaccination as given 270 days ago at most),
c) Vaccination, providing there has been a positive molecular biological test for SARS-CoV-2 a minimum of 21 days prior to having been vaccinated or proof of neutralizing antibodies prior to receiving the  vaccination, and not exceeding 270 days, or
d) An additional vaccination, whereby this vaccination cannot have been administered more than 270 days ago and between this and a vaccination in terms of

aa) lit. a or c a minimum of 120 days or
bb) lit. b a minimum of 14 days
must have elapsed;

2. Certificate of recovery from Covid-19 in accordance with § 4d of the 1950 Epidemic Act or by medical confirmation of having survived a SARS-CoV-2 infection in the last 180 days;
3. Medical confirmation of having had a SARSCoV- 2 infection in the last 180 days and confirmed by a molecular biological test;
4. Notification to quarantine, if issued to an individual proven to have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 in the past 180 days, or
5. Certificates issued by an authorized body confirming a negative result from a molecular biological SARS-CoV-2 test no older than 72 hours.


Please note: DIY SARS-CoV-2 tests to self-test (so-called 'at home' tests) are no longer accepted as proof of adherence to the "2.5 G Rule"!

The respective verification/proof must be valid for that day in order to get a wristband for that day and must remain in effect until the end of the day.


How to Handle a Quarantine Situation, etc.

Absence(s) due to a COVID-19 infection are not to count toward the number of times students are permitted to take an examination.

 

General Information

Based on a recommendation by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science & Research (Bmbwf), we advise you to monitor the state of health closely. If you have a body temperature of 37.5° Celcius (99.5°F) or higher, we urge you to refrain from coming to campus. Taking the Red Cross COVID-19 self test could be helpful in this case.  In order to clarify or confirm a Covid-19 infection, please call the official hotline 1450. We also ask that you report any suspected cases and infections to us at the university using the internal extension 1450. You can also send an e-mail to: corona@jku.at.

 

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