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University of Basel

Information about the new coronavirus

3d rendering of a microscope close-up of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
3d rendering of a microscope close-up of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. (Image: Creativeneko/123rf)

The Federal Council has decreed that no classroom teaching may take place until further notice. The measures adopted by the university management are in line with the Federal Council’s instructions and are aimed at slowing down the spread of the coronavirus. The University of Basel is thus contributing to the protection of the population in Switzerland.

Monday, 16 March 2020, 7pm: This afternoon the Federal Council declared the "extraordinary situation" and issued a decree enacting far-reaching measures. As a result, restaurants, cinemas, shops and places of leisure character will be closed throughout Switzerland. Libraries are also explicitly mentioned.

University libraries remain closed until further notice

Unfortunately, the solution for university libraries, which was developed by the University of Basel and communicated yesterday, cannot be implemented in this way due to this new regulation. The university libraries will therefore remain closed for the time being. We are working on a solution and will communicate it as soon as it is available.

Tightened travel regulations

The university management has tightened travel regulations and guest regulations. The new rule is that the University Management instructs its members not to travel for work-related reasons and not to receive guests at the University of Basel.

Sunday, 15 March 2020, 8pm: Based on the news of the last few hours, the university management has decided this evening on further measures this evening. 

Home Office whenever possible - effective immediately

The university management instructs all superiors to implement Home Office whenever possible, and to do so with immediate effect!  The superiors will work out the solutions together with the employees.  In the case of positions that are indispensable for maintaining operations, superiors are requested to discuss this specific situation with employees.  Their health comes first.

Building closed

  • All university buildings are closed to students.
  • Students who need urgent access to the buildings should contact their faculty or department.

Course registration deadline extended

Due to the extraordinary situation, the course registration deadline in the spring semester 2020 will be extended by two weeks until 30.3.2020.  We ask all students to cancel their existing bookings that cannot be taken up and to make new bookings quickly so that lecturers can access reliable lists of bookings as quickly as possible.

Access to the ADAM workspace of the course will be available on the following day after the course has been booked. 

General information and guidelines

Implementation of events

Friday, 3 April 2020

  • Until 31.05.2020 all events in the rooms of the university will be cancelled.
  • Until 31.10.2020, no new room reservations for events outside of teaching will be made.
  • Already confirmed room reservations for non-teaching events will remain in place subject to feasibility (instructions from the Federal Council, the FOPH, the Canton of Basel-Stadt, as well as personal requirements for teaching and availability of own staff).

These regulations will be adapted according to current developments.

Friday, 13 March 2020, 8pm: The university management has decided the following measures based on the Federal Council’s guidelines:

  • Classroom teaching will be discontinued until the end of the spring semester 2020, and courses will be offered exclusively via digital channels from now on.
  • The libraries of the University of Basel will be closed on the weekend of 14-15 March 2020. Together with the cantonal authorities, we will examine as soon as possible whether and in what form our libraries can remain accessible. This also applies to the learning rooms.
  • The catering facilities at the University will remain closed until further notice.
  • All offers of university sports will be discontinued, and the fitness centre will remain closed until further notice.

Inquiries by email

Questions about study and research in the context of the spread of the new coronavirus can be asked at the e-mail address corona@unibas.ch.

Please send questions about online teaching in the context of the spread of the new coronavirus to corona-teaching@unibas.ch.

Current situation – Switzerland and international

Information on the current situation, federal government measures, recommendations for workplace and for travellers, and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the website of the Federal Office of Public Health FOPH.

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