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University of Basel

Coronavirus – Vaccination strongly recommended

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These stickers are affixed to the UNIcard. Silver for a certificate valid at least until 24.12.2021; Gold for a certificate valid at least until 3.6.2022.

The university management strongly recommends that all students, faculty and staff get vaccinated

Extension of the mask requirement

December 3, 2021: Today, the Federal Council has decided on additional measures to fight the Covid 19 epidemic. For the University of Basel, these new measures have the following consequences:

  • Mask requirement for all courses - regardless of the number of participants or their health status (vaccinated, recovered or tested), a mask must be worn in all courses at the University of Basel. This abolishes the previous regulation that for courses with a maximum of 30 participants, the participants are allowed to take off their masks if all participants have a valid certificate or a valid negative test result. Lecturers and speakers are exempt from the mask requirement.
  • In all libraries, including the UB Main Library, a mask must be worn indoors, even if a Covid-19 certificate requirement applies there.
  • All employees working indoors where more than one person is present must now wear a face mask in addition to the certificate requirement.
  • Food and beverages must be consumed while seated at tables. As of now, food and drink consumption while standing (such as aperitifs) is no longer permitted.
  • Non-academic events (such as graduation ceremonies or conventions) with more than 300 people must be submitted to the Corona Task Force for approval. This applies to all university events, even if they are not held in facilities of the University of Basel.

Nov 25, 2021. The President's Board approved the implementation of certificate requirements for employees on November 23, 2021. The university accepts Covid 19 certificates and the university's own Covid test certificate. The adopted safety concept can be viewed here. Teaching is not affected by these new measures.

University Covid test and control of certificates

Employees without a Covid-19 certificate who have to perform their work on site or on university premises are instructed to get tested by means of a saliva PCR test (serial testing) carried out by the Canton of Basel-Stadt at the beginning of each week. The test is free of charge for them. 

The test kits (4 tests for the period December 6, 2021 until the end of the year) can be obtained from Tuesday, November 30, 2021 until Thursday, December 16, 2021, on Tuesday and Thursday between 11 am and 2 pm at the Back on Campus Center. Test kits for January 2022 can be obtained from Tuesday, December 21, 2021. 

Non-vaccinated and non-recovered employees must test themselves on the first workday of each week - beginning Monday, December 6, 2021. In subsequent weeks, testing should be done on the same day of the week. Beginning Thursday, December 9, 2021, all employees must have a university-approved certificate to enter the workplace.

A negative test result will result in a Covid test certificate from the University of Basel. However, the test result does not lead to a generally valid certificate, i.e. it does not entitle the holder to visit restaurants, cinemas, etc. Information on how to register for testing, obtain the tests, and take the tests is provided further down this page.

Supervisors are required to ensure compliance with the safety measures and carry out the control of valid certificates. They are bound to secrecy. Guests to university premises must be made aware of the certificate requirement.

Conduct in workplace

Employees and visitors must wear a protective mask in all indoor areas of the university. Office rooms must be aired several times a day. In addition, the recommendations on hand hygiene from the FOPH must be complied with. The University of Basel has installed hand hygiene stations with disinfectant at the entrances to all university buildings. 

Even with a valid certificate, a person is not permitted to be on university premises if:

  • he or she is infected with Covid-19
  • he or she has symptoms that could be caused by the coronavirus and does not have a negative PCR result 
  • he or she lives in the same household with a person with Covid-19.

Home office and meetings via videoconference

To limit contact, the President's Board recommends working in the home office after consultation with the supervisor and when operationally feasible. It is also recommended that meetings should be held online via videoconference.

Certificate requirement: Questions & answers

  • Are there now more hybrid offers due to the introduction of the requirement for certificates?

    No. Since the University of Basel offers a free test to unvaccinated students and lecturers, systematic offers for hybrid classes are now only offered in special cases.

  • Where can I get the hologram sticker for the UNIcard?

    Vaccinated and recovered members of the University of Basel can obtain a hologram sticker to be stuck on the UNIcard. This sticker will facilitate the certificate control in the university everyday life. These stickers can be obtained upon presentation of the UNIcard and a certificate valid at least until December 24, 2021.

    The hologram stickers for vaccinated or recovered people can still be obtained at the Back on Campus Center at Petersgraben 52 as follows: Until December 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on both Tuesday and Thursday.

  • Who will receive a silver hologram sticker - who a golden one?

    The silver hologram stickers will be given to those members of the University whose certificate is valid until at least December 24, 2021 (end of lecture period fall semester 2021). The gold sticker will be given to those whose certificate is valid until at least June 3, 2022 (end of lecture period spring semester 2022).

  • How can persons with limited mobility obtain the stickers or test kits?

    Access to the "Back on Campus Center" is not handicapped accessible. Therefore, persons with limited mobility can obtain the hologram stickers and the test kits from the STOB office in the Kollegienhaus.

  • Do I have to show an ID card and the certificate at every check?

    If you have a hologram sticker on your UNIcard, you can move around more easily in everyday university life: For the certificate control it is sufficient to show the UNIcard with hologram sticker. This also gives access to the UB main library and to the catering facilities.

  • I cannot get vaccinated for medical reasons. What do I have to do in order to participate in the face-to-face classes?

    If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons or have a poor prognosis for vaccination effectiveness, contact our STOB Counseling Center. This specialized office is in close contact with the University Hospital Immunization Clinic, which will review your medical situation and advise you.

    • If your request for additional measures to the Covid-19 protection concept is approved, the StoB will support you in implementing the measures to protect you in the best possible way.
    • Even with an approved application, you are still subject to the certificate obligation. Persons who are neither recovering nor vaccinated must therefore be tested regularly. 
    • If you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, the federal government will cover the costs of testing.
  • What is the digital offer that the lecturers make available to those students who do not have a certificate?

    Lecturers are requested to stick to the form of lecture announced in the course catalogue (presence, online, hybrid etc.). At the same time, the University of Basel strives to supplement teaching with digital offerings where this is necessary or possible. Where participation and interaction are part of the face-to-face course, compensation tasks will be provided to replace the face-to-face portion if needed.

  • Do I need a certificate to take exams?

    There is no need for a Covid certificate for exams. Mask wearing requirements and protective distances apply there.

  • Can I enter the libraries of the University of Basel without a certificate as of November 1? If not: What alternatives are available to me?

    Due to the national Covid regulation, access to the UB main library building is only possible with a valid Covid certificate. Since December 1, masks have also been mandatory there.

    Persons without a certificate can order literature from the Main Library free of charge via courier to any of the university libraries for pick-up or by mail delivery to their home for a fee. See the University Library website for details.

Pooling Test: Questions & answers

  • How do employees register for these pooling tests?

    Registration for employees is done online via this link or the QR code shown. Participants must register with their Unibas e-mail address. Furthermore, it must be marked that the participation should take place via e-mail (see above). Please do not enter a cell phone number - this will cause transmission problems.

  • How do students register for these pooling tests?

    Registration for students is done online via this link or the QR code shown. Participants must register with their Unibas e-mail address. Furthermore, it must be marked that the participation should take place via e-mail (see above). Please do not enter a cell phone number - this will cause transmission problems.

    This does not apply to participants of the university continuing education (CAS, MAS, etc.) who do not have a Unibas e-mail address. They are allowed to use a private mail address.

  • How often can I participate in a pooling test?

    Testing is only possible 1x per calendar week: After scanning the barcode or entering the sample number (under the barcode), testing can only be repeated in the following calendar week (starting Monday).

  • Do I receive a Covid certificate if I participate in pooling tests?

    Participants in the pooling test of the University of Basel receive their test result by e-mail and can (in case of a negative result) use it to attend courses of the University of Basel. These tests do not qualify for a Covid 19 certificate.

  • I have received a positive test result by e-mail - will I now receive official confirmation that I have recovered?

    Please note that in the context of repetitive testing, no laboratory results are subsequently sent for the test results received. This is partly due to the fact that testing is anonymous and no personal data is available to the laboratory.
    Therefore, anyone who has a positive result from a pooling test must also take a PCR test in order to subsequently be officially considered recovered. 

  • Can I participate in the pooling test program even if I am vaccinated or recovered?

    No. The University of basel has only a limited number of test kits available. That is why the pooling test offer is reserved for the unvaccinated.

  • How do these pooling tests work?

    The test kits (4 tests for the period December 6, 2021 until the end of the year) can be obtained from Tuesday, November 30, 2021 until Thursday, December 16, 2021, on Tuesday and Thursday between 11 am and 2 pm at the Back on Campus Center. Test kits for January 2022 can be obtained from Tuesday, December 21, 2021.

    With these, one can do a weekly self-test. The instructions on how to perform the saliva test can be found here.

  • Where can I drop off the saliva samples?

    Saliva samples should always be handed in at the Kollegienhaus on Petersplatz (at the main entrance on the corner of Petersgraben/Petersplatz - collection container by the spiral staircase). 

    If the samples are handed in from Monday to Friday by 3 p.m. at the latest, the results will be reported within 48 hours. No samples will be analyzed over the weekend.

    Samples can exceptionally also be handed in at these post offices. In this case, however, it cannot be guaranteed that the result will be transmitted within 48 hours.

  • How do I find out the test result - and how long does it take?

    If the samples are handed in from Monday to Friday by 3 p.m. at the latest, the results will be reported within 48 hours. No samples will be analyzed over the weekend.

    If you want to participate in a course, you have to carry this test result in printed form with you.

    If you have not received a result by email after 48h, please report this to corona-test@unibas.ch.

  • Can I also obtain test kits for my colleagues?

    A maximum of two sets of 4 test kits will be given per person, i.e. a maximum of two people.

  • Who can use this test offer?

    The offer is designed for members of the University of Basel who are neither vaccinated nor recovered.

  • Do participants of these pooling tests get an official Covid certificate?

    No, a negative test result only entitles the student to participate in teaching at the University of Basel. 

  • Does the test result also apply in buildings outside the University of Basel?

    This question cannot be answered conclusively. For access to certain buildings (such as the ZLF, which belongs to the University Hospital), a certificate is currently required - access with a negative test certificate is not possible. Likewise, certain institutions such as the Kunstmuseum Basel or the Basel Zoo require an official Covid certificate - even if it is a University of Basel course.

  • How long are these test results valid?

    A negative test result will entitle you to attend classes or perform on-the-job work for seven days (from saliva collection).

  • Do I have to show the test result to attend a course?

    Yes. When attending courses, you must bring a hard copy of this confirmation with you.

  • How long does the university offer for pooling tests?

    Until further notice, the University of Basel offers these pooling tests to those members who are neither vaccinated nor recovered.

  • Will Covid tests be paid for by the University of Basel from November 1?

    The University of Basel offers its students and lecturers tests free of charge until the end of the fall semester. These are evaluated in a so-called pooling procedure. The negative test result entitles the student to attend courses for seven days (after providing a saliva sample).

  • Who can I contact if I have questions about the pooling tests at the University of Basel?

    Please send your questions to corona-test@unibas.ch

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.

More face-to-face teaching and normality in teaching

Oct. 26, 2021.The President's Office approved the Covid 19 safety concept of the University of Basel on Oct. 26, 2021, valid as of Nov. 1, 2021 (document available only in German). With the introduction of the certificate requirement for teaching on November 1, 2021, the University of Basel is striving for as much face-to-face teaching and normality as possible. The certificate requirement applies to both students and lecturers. For face-to-face courses, full occupancy of the rooms is now permitted. The basic obligation to wear a mask is maintained, since a comprehensive control of certificates is not possible.

Lecturers are requested to stick to the form of lecture announced in the course catalogue (presence, online, hybrid etc.). At the same time, the University of Basel strives to supplement teaching with digital offerings where this is necessary or possible. Where participation and interaction are part of the face-to-face course, compensation tasks will be provided to replace the face-to-face portion if needed. No Covid certificate is required for exams. The obligation to wear a mask and maintaining the protective distance applies in the examination venue.

Certificate check

The University of Basel has organized an external provider (Securitas) to carry out regular, systematic certificate checks. Violations of the certificate obligation will be punished according to the Student Regulations, §11, and may result in disciplinary measures up to and including a temporary ban from the University of Basel.

Facilitated certificate control

Vaccinated and recovered students and lecturers can obtain a hologram sticker to be affixed to their UNIcard. This sticker will facilitate certificate control in everyday university life. These stickers can be obtained upon presentation of the UNIcard and a certificate valid at least until the end of the semester.

Vaccinate and test

The University of Basel strongly recommends that all university members get vaccinated. Students who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or for whom the vaccination effect will be reduced should contact the STOB advice center. This specialized office is in close contact with the University Hospital's Immunization Clinic and seeks individual solutions for the affected students.

Students and lecturers who do not yet have a certificate are offered the opportunity to be tested free of charge. To do so, students and lecturers must register via an online form. Registration details are listed below - see "How do I register for these pooling tests?".

Libraries

Due to the national Covid regulation, access to the UB main library building is only possible with a valid Covid certificate. In return, the wearing of the mask can be waived there.

Persons without a certificate can order literature from the Main Library free of charge via courier to any of the university libraries for pick-up or by mail delivery to their home for a fee. See the University Library website for details.

Food Service Facilities

For the catering facilities of the University of Basel, a certificate obligation applies in accordance with the specifications of the FOPH for catering establishments. The University of Basel will create special zones in which drinks and food brought in may be consumed. Mask obligation and social distancing rules apply here. The mask may only be removed briefly for the consumption of food and beverages.

Vaccination strongly recommended

August 24, 2021: The health of students and staff is a top priority for the University administration. Therefore, we strongly recommend that all students get vaccinated if they have not already done so. Vaccination best protects students and faculty from a severe course of Covid-19 infection; likewise, vaccination significantly reduces transmission.

At the start of the semester, we also offer members of the University of Basel the opportunity to be vaccinated spontaneously on campus in a vaccination mobile. More about the organization of teaching in the fall semester on the page Corona - for Students.

Room use for externals possible from January 2022 at the earliest

June 1, 2021: In order to ensure the greatest possible flexibility to enable face-to-face teaching in the run-up to the fall semester 2021, the President's Office has decided that external organizers will not be able to request rooms again until Monday, September 20, 2021. If the Corona situation permits, rooms can be booked from then on for the period after January 2, 2022.

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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