Coronavirus Safety Protocols and Protective Measures at the JKU

Current Guidelines;
Last update: May 20, 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.

 

Report a COVID-19 Infection

Report any COVID-19 infection (employees and students) by sending an e-mail to: corona@jku.at

 

Employees are required to report a COVID-19 infection to the Department of Human Resource Management by sending an e-mail to: personalmanagement@jku.at and sending a copy of the quarantine notificatoion..

JKU Coronavirus Hotline: 0732 2468 1450
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 AM - 17:00 Uhr5:00 PM | Friday: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Information for Students

Teaching and Examinations

In regards to teaching and research, the JKU is currently operating on-site and in-person, meaning on-site operations are the rule once again (aside from corresponding distance learning programs such as MMJUS or MUSSS). Course instructors can, of course, opt to continue additional streaming or class recordings and hold exams digitally as well.
 

The mask mandate has been lifted at the JKU. However, we continue to recommend wearing a face mask, particularly indoors and on any occasion when several people are together in a smaller, more confined space.  In accordance with the university rules & regulations, university management can opt to impose a temporary face mask mandate in individual areas or on certain occasions where employees are involved. The university will communicate this information accordingly.
 

If a student is verifiably absent due to a COVID-19 infection, the absence will not count towards the number of times the student can take an examination.
 

The Main Campus Library and the Learning Center have resumed regular operation hours.

2.5G Check-In Points

On account of the sharp drop in the rate of infection, access to buildings on campus in adherence to Austria's 3G-rule (vaccinated, recovered, tested) has now been suspended.

Information for Employees

"3 G" Requirements for Employees

On account of the sharp drop in the rate incidence, access to buildings on campus in adherence to Austria's 3G-rule (vaccinated, recovered, tested) have now been suspended.
 

The mask mandate has been lifted at the JKU. However, we continue to recommend wearing a face mask, particularly indoors and on any occasion when several people are together in a smaller, more confined space.  In accordance with the university rules & regulations, university management can opt to impose a temporary face mask mandate in individual areas or on certain occasions where employees are involved. The university will communicate this information accordingly.

Employee Monitoring - The "Oral Rinse Testing Program"

The JKU and the JKU Faculty of Medicine have organized a voluntary program for JKU employees to take oral rinse tests on a regular basis. Those interested are asked to sign up in advance. Employees in the program can take oral rinse tests (PCR tests) twice a week for an unlimited time. Tests results are available on the same day. The program is optional and anonymous.

Sign up for the Coronavirus oral rinse monitoring program by sending an e-mail to: corona@jku.at. If you are already registered in the program but no longer wish to take part, please withdraw from the program so others who are interested may sign up.

Central Pick-Up/Drop-Off Point: In-house services (Portier) located in the Kopfgebäude Bldg. at the JKU, or Science Park 5, 3rd floor, in the corridor by Rm. 301.

Distribution Times:

    In-House Services (Portier): Monday and Wednesday between 7:00 AM and 8:00 PM (on the same day as the return; there will be no more separate issue days)
    Science Park: Monday and Wednesday between 7:00 – 9.00 AM.

Return times: Monday and Wednesday between 6.00 - 9.00 AM

Test results: Results are available the next day online, no later than 8:00 AM

The new, streamlined procedure:
• DO NOT brush your teeth, eat or drink before the test as this can potentially skew the result. We recommend testing right after after getting up in the morning.

• Simply pour the contents into your mouth, tilt your head back and gargle at the back of your throat for approximately one minute.

• Spit the solution into the tube and close the lid tightly. Place the tube in the sealable plastic bag and drop it off at a drop-off point.

While the tests are completely anonymous, we ask all of those taking part in the program to practice a sense of personal responsibility and call the official "1450" number in the event the test comes back positive. In addition, we would like to point out that in all but exceptional cases, only one test can be picked up per date of issue and only one test can be returned on each return date.

Working from Home Quarantine

Having received official notification to quarantine is considered similar to sick leave. In this regard, employees cannot be asked to work while in quarantine. However, if those required to quarantine do not show any symptoms, in agreement with the employer and supervisor, he/she may voluntarily work from home. Working from home cannot be mandated or take place on a unilateral basis.

Colleagues who, in accordance with current rules to restrict their movement if required, can be officially released from quarantine after only 5 days of quarantining and after being symptom-free for 48 hours, are not encouraged to return to work but rather work from home if necessary. You can, however, test yourself 'free'. Those who continue to show symptoms can - and should - of course, call in sick.

 

Company/Business Travel

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