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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

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.

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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