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University of Basel

Coronavirus – Vaccination strongly recommended

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

Teaching in the fall semester 2021 - certificate requirement as of November 1

September 14, 2021. The President's Office of the University of Basel decided in its meeting of September 14, 2021 to introduce a Covid certificate requirement for all face-to-face courses as of November 1, 2021. The University of Basel thus enables those students and lecturers who decide to be vaccinated now to obtain a certificate in good time. Until the introduction of the compulsory certificate, the currently valid protection concept applies, which provides for the obligation to wear a mask in the publicly accessible rooms of the University of Basel as well as protective distances in the lecture halls (only every 2nd seat is occupied).

As a matter of principle, the lecturers stick to the form of lecture announced in the course catalog (presence, online, hybrid). However, when switching to the certificate requirement, the lecturers strive to enable as many students with a certificate as possible to attend a face-to-face class. The University of Basel also strives to make classes digitally accessible when necessary: For students without a Covid certificate, a simple digital offering is provided whenever possible. 

For students who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or for whom vaccination does not lead to the desired immunization, the service office "Students Without Barriers – StoB” will work out a special solution together with the experts at the University Hospital.

For the catering facilities of the University of Basel, the requirements of the FOPH for catering establishments apply (Covid certificate obligation).

Certificate requirement: Questions & answers

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

    There are no plans for the University of Basel to contribute to the cost of tests. The University of Basel will ask lecturers to provide low-threshold digital services for those who do not want to be tested regularly

  • I cannot get vaccinated for medical reasons. What do I need to do to attend the face-to-face class?

    If you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or have a poor prognosis for the vaccination effect, contact our STOB advice center. This specialist unit is in close contact with the University Hospital Vaccination 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 generally stick to the form of lecture announced in the course catalog (face-to-face, online, hybrid). However, when switching to the certificate requirement, lecturers strive to make face-to-face classes available to as many students with a certificate as possible. The University of Basel also strives to make classes additionally digitally accessible if necessary: For students without a Covid certificate, a low-threshold digital offering is provided whenever possible. Where participation and interaction are part of the face-to-face course, compensatory assignments can be provided.

  • Are all courses available in digital format?

    It will not be possible to offer all courses in digital form. Certain events take place in third-party rooms where there is a certificate requirement (e.g. art museums or private clinics).

  • Do I need a certificate to take the exams?

    A protection concept is being developed for the exams. We currently assume that there will be no certificate requirement for exams.

  • 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?

    The question of a certificate requirement for working in the various libraries also depends on local circumstances and is still under review. Lending will be guaranteed for all where this is provided for.

  • What relaxations will be implemented as of November 1? Will the masking requirement also be lifted then?

    The university would like to allow as much normality as possible in teaching as of November 1. The mask requirement will basically be retained.

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.

New home office regulation from May 31, 2021

As of Monday, May 31, 2021, in addition to those persons who must be on site for operational reasons, other employees will also be allowed to return to work, provided that the distance and hygiene measures recommended by the FOPH can be observed. More information on the website Corona – for Employees.

Comprehensive mask obligation

As part of the safety concepts to contain the corona pandemic, the University of Basel has issued a general obligation to wear masks. In exceptional cases, the University of Basel can exempt students from the obligation to wear masks in university buildings. Applications are examined by the Students Without Barriers (StoB) service, which obtains the expertise of its specialists and committees. The decision lies with the head of Student Services. Applications from students for exemption from the general obligation to wear masks at the University of Basel should be submitted to the StoB

In addition to the new measures announced by the Federal Council October 18 2020, the President’s Board after consulting with our experts at the University Hospital, has decided the same day to tighten the university safety concept as follows

Duty to wear masks in class

  • A mask must always be worn in all publicly accessible rooms. The mask may not be taken off while seated. The obligation to wear a mask also applies immediately before and after lessons.
  • Eating and drinking during the lessons is prohibited. 
  • Lecturers must, whenever possible, teach with a mask and use microphones.
  • The mask may only be taken off in the cafeterias, refectories and public areas of the University of Basel while food and drink are being consumed and while sitting down.

April 14, 2021: The Federal Council announced that universities will again be allowed to hold courses with up to 50 participants as of April 19. A capacity limit of one third of the room will apply, as well as masking and spacing requirements. In order for all parties involved to prepare for this step, we will implement the new regulation of the Federal Council at the University of Basel from Monday, April 26, 2021.
 
In this opening step, the health of students and lecturers has top priority. For this reason, the following guidelines apply to the return to face-to-face classes:

  • Face-to-face classes are only available if a room is already listed in the course catalog under "Dates and Rooms." Events that have been announced as online for the entire semester will therefore remain online.
  • The University of Basel strives to offer face-to-face events hybrid (live broadcast) or additionally in recorded form if required. The aim is to ensure that students who are in quarantine, belong to a risk group or are prevented from attending due to directly preceding or following online events can also participate. If this is not possible, the course should be continued online until the end of the semester. Lecturers are encouraged to work with students to find a mutually agreeable solution for the mode of delivery.
  • Lecturers may decide to continue their teaching online, even if the course was announced in presence. In this case, lecturers are asked to notify the Course Coordination in a timely manner.
  • On the campus of the University of Basel, the same protective measures and space numbers apply as communicated in Fall 2020 and posted on the doors: A mask must be worn in the buildings and rooms. This also applies to students and lecturers during classes. It is mandatory that the protective distances be observed.
  • In any case, the examinations will be implemented as announced.

As early as Monday, April 19, the learning rooms in the Kollegienhaus on Petersplatz will be accessible to students again. The decentralized learning rooms should also be reopened soon - as far as organizationally possible. Details can be found on the websites of the faculties and departments. In addition, it will be examined in the next few days whether the relaxations announced today will have an impact on offers such as catering or university sports. Any adjustments will be communicated immediately.
Finally, we ask all members of the University of Basel to promptly fill out the designated notification form in the event of a positive Corona test result or quarantine. This information will help us to monitor the impact of the opening steps and to adjust our measures if necessary.

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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