Coronavirus Safety Protocols and Protective Measures at the JKU

Current Code of Conduct;
Last update: May 7, 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

Limited Hybrid Operations in regard to On-Site Courses and Testing

Recently announced rules and regulations mean the following measures for the Johannes Kepler University Linz.

1. Teaching and Examinations

To a large extent, holding courses and examinations on campus depends on whether or not we can ensure everyone’s safety in regard to the rate of infection. In an effort to prevent the spread of Covid-19, legislation has now been passed to require a recent negative Covid-19 test for those on campus attending on-site classes, taking examinations as well as those on campus for admissions procedures or other tests.

This applies to everyone involved, particularly students, faculty members, as well as other examination supervisors, etc.  These actions will be implemented accordingly by the JKU as of Monday, April 19, 2021, to ensure the safety of everyone involved and maintain (or slightly extend) on-site operations despite the increase in the rate of infection, (the ordinance text will be published in the official bulletin, the Mitteilungsblatt).

We aim to make this possible as simply as we can. In this regard and to the furthest extent possible, when it comes to testing for Covid-19, the JKU will accept antigen test results from the on-campus screening station as well as from other locations (an antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 no older than 48 hours, a molecular biological test for SARS-CoV-2 no older than 72 hours). In addition, in exceptional cases, there is an option to take a rapid self-test on site at the JKU in the Kepler Hall and have it confirmed (bring the test yourself; if necessary, some will be available at the Kepler Hall at cost. The confirmation, however, is only acceptable as part of operations at the JKU and cannot be used, for example, as confirmation to seek personal services (at the moment, you are still responsible for these types of tests). Click here to learn more.

A general comparability applies to either having the vaccination, having already had the illness, or having the presence of antibodies pertains to:

  • any Covid-19 infection that occurred within the past six-month period and has expired
  • verification that one possesses neutralizing antibodies for a period of three months
  • notification of having had to quarantine providing this type of notification was issued to an individual who undeniably had COVID-19 in the last six months prior to the intended testing period.

If there are individuals unable to take tests for medical reasons and/or provide proof of such, they will be considered exempt. Corresponding verification must be presented upon request.

Providing general developments are not disrupted in any way, the option now means that we can carefully proceed to expand on-site operations for courses that cannot be digitally substituted and/or provide authorization for select courses and examinations to be held on campus, particularly courses for first and second semester students.

Nonetheless, everyone on campus must continue to adhere to all social distancing rules and maintain distance of 2 meters from others, wear an FFP2 (N-95) face mask, and adhere to all hygiene regulations. In regard to all cases, 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.

At the moment, on-site operations are possible under corresponding safety protocols such as maintaining distance, wearing an FFP2 (N-95) face mask, and adhering to hygiene regulations as outlined in the university rules and regulations or in the lab:

  • Courses that have non-substitutable digital components providing a timely negative Covid-19 test can be shown.
  • Courses taught during the first and second semester of the program as outlined in the curriculum according to the recommended study plan in accordance with the course instructor and providing a timely negative Covid-19 test.
  • Other courses with approval issued by the Vice-Rectorate for Academic Affairs and providing a timely negative Covid-19 test can be shown.
  • Examinations, if required according to the subject area, providing a timely negative Covid-19 test is shown.

2. Working from Home

Limiting physical contact remains the highest priority, particularly in a workplace environment. In this regard, the institute/department head may, and should, enable and permit their employees to work from home – as before - due reasons regarding the spread of coronavirus and under the following conditions:

· 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, please inform the Department of Human Resources by sending an information e-mail to: personalmanagement@jku.at. Upon receiving notification, working from home is considered approved..

In areas that meet the regulations as outlined in the “Covid-19 Mandates”, such as maintaining a minimum of one-meter distance from others, etc., or in areas that include individual offices, the option to work from home will remain at the discretion of the institute/department head. Currently, authorization to work from home or authorizing permission to work from home will, of course, remain in effect.

In general, the Department of Facilities Management (info@jku.at) can continue providing additional, suitable protective measures to minimize the risk of infection

3. Office Hours / Library Services

Beginning November 17, 2020, foot traffic on campus and in-person services at administrative offices will be suspended until further notice. The Learning Center and the Juridicum Library are open. The reading areas at the Main Library and at the other subject-area campus libraries remain closed. Books and materials may be checked out but services are limited. Use lisss.jku.at to order books and after receiving notification that your order is ready, pick your books up at the Circulation Desk (located on the ground floor once again since March). If you have any questions, please contact the following e-mail address: bibliothek@jku.at

4. 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.

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.