Coronavirus Safety Protocols and Protective Measures at the JKU

Current Guidelines;
Last update: October 12, 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 sick leave notice if you have any symptoms.

The JKU Coronavirus Hotline: 0732 2468 1450
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Friday: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Information for Students

 

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.
 

Given the current situation, the JKU can begin the upcoming semester on-site and according to regular operations, without having to enforce any restrictions in lieu of the pandemic. However, following discussions with the Coronavirus Advisory Board, and in agreement with the Works Councils and the Austrian Student Union, there is currently a mask mandate for those taking written examinations, as well as during classes requiring on-site attendance in order to progress with studies (when in the lab, etc.). Oral examinations are excluded from the mandate.

Please note: To avoid compromising the medical school's infrastructure - and in an effort to protect those who come into contact with Covid-infected patients - the mask mandate (FFP2) at the Faculty of Medicine is in place and mandatory when in the classroom and when taking examinations!
Students, examiners, and other involved individuals (such as supervisors), are required to wear a face mask at the MED campus upon entering the classroom. Exemptions: Course instructors when lecturing, as well as students giving a presentation.

 

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.

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.

Students who have tested positive for Covid-19 and are subject to the Ordinance Restricting Free Movement are, according to the law, permitted to come to campus and cannot therefore be excluded from attending a course or taking an exam. In the event of a Coronavirus infection, we urge students to stay away from campus! Please be considerate toward fellow classmates and faculty members who may be particularly at risk.

A positive Covid-19 test is generally considered a legitimate excuse to be absent from class and/or from taking an examination. The standard procedures to schedule alternate dates/course-required assignment, and absences apply. Official verification for students includes official proof of a positive Covid-19 test or a sick note; official notifications is no longer being issued.

Information 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.

 

Based on the current conditions, the JKU can begin the upcoming semester on-site and according to regular operations, without having to enforce any restrictions in lieu of the pandemic. However, following discussions with the Coronavirus Advisory Board, and in agreement with the Works Councils and the Austrian Student Union, up to there is a mask mandate for those taking written examinations, as well as during classes requiring on-site attendance in order to progress with studies (when in the lab, etc.). Oral examinations are excluded from the mandate.

Please note: To avoid compromising the medical school's infrastructure - and in an effort to protect those who come into contact with Covid-infected patients - the mask mandate (FFP2) at the Faculty of Medicine is in place and mandatory when in the classroom and when taking examinations!
Students, examiners, and other involved individuals (such as supervisors), are required to wear a face mask at the MED campus upon entering the classroom. Exemptions: Course instructors when lecturing, as well as students giving a presentation.
 

In accordance with the University Rules & Regulations, the Rectorate can choose to impose a temporary mask mandate to apply in other individual areas or for certain occasions in which employees are involved or concerned. In this event, information will be provided accordingly.

 

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.

Despite loosening the ordinance that restricts free movement, the JKU asks that - in consultation with a supervisor - any employee testing positive for the Coronavirus work from the home. In these cases, the immediate supervisor can - and should – permit the employees to work from home for a period of 10 days on account of the Coronavirus (calculated starting at the test result date; without offsetting the quota for the days employees may work from home and to which employees are entitled to under the corresponding company agreements). There are exceptions to this rule in order to safeguard critical infrastructure.

As before, those unable to work on account of symptoms of the illness are, of course, entitled to take sick leave. If you have any quiestions, please the internal Corona hotline (JKU extension 1450). Please use the same number to report any Coronavirus-related cases.

The standard Work From Home agreement is available at: Company Agreement - Working from Home, opens a file

 

The current COVID-19 Ordinance Restricting Free Movement repeals prior quarantine rules related to the Coronavirus pandemic. As a rule, anyone now testing positive for the Coronavirus is only be subject to certain restrictions in regard to movement (in particular a mandatory FFP2 mask mandate).

The JKU will continue to make every effort possible to protect employees and students from any Coronavirus infection.

Despite loosening the ordinance that restricts free movement, the JKU asks that - in consultation with a supervisor - any employee testing positive for the Coronavirus work from the home. In these cases, the immediate supervisor can - and should – permit the employees to work from home for a period of 10 days on account of the Coronavirus (calculated starting at the test result date; without offsetting the quota for the days employees may work from home and to which employees are entitled to under the corresponding company agreements). There are exceptions to this rule in order to safeguard critical infrastructure.

As before, those unable to work on account of symptoms of the illness are, of course, entitled to take sick leave.

General Information

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