Information and FAQ for Staff

Status: 24 September 2021

Covid Requirement in Cafeterias, Libraries, Museums and ASVZ

In UZH cafeterias, a valid Covid certificate is required. Excluded are locations that are operated entirely as take-aways. The certificate requirement is based on the operator's safety concept.
UZH Cafeterias

UZH libraries are accessible with certificate and mask. Loan and return are excluded from certificate requirement.
Services UZH Libraries during Corona Restrictions

In UZH  museums and collections, a valid Covid certificate is required in all public indoor areas.
UZH Museums and Collections

In university sports, a valid Covid certificate is required for indoor sports (as well as outdoor offerings for 200 or more people). The certificate requirement is based on the safety concept of the ASVZ.
ASVZ: Safety Concept (in German)

Covid Certificate Requirement in Teaching

From 20 September, attendees will be required to have Covid certificates for on-site courses at all levels (Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD, continuing education). This applies to students, teaching staff and anyone else involved in on-site courses at UZH. UZH staff are subject to mandatory Covid certificates if they are mostly or always involved in on-site courses or non-curricular on-site events that require participants to have a Covid certificate.

Mask Recommendation

Masks will no longer be mandatory in classrooms due to the certificate requirement. However, the Executive Board of the University continues to strongly recommend that all attendees continue to wear masks in classrooms. Otherwise, masks continue to be mandatory in all indoor public spaces at UZH.

Courses Held as Published

Courses will generally be held as published in the course catalogue. Exceptions may be approved by the faculties. The faculties will ensure that students who do not have a Covid certificate are given an appropriate alternative to on-site teaching, e.g. by providing digital materials. 

Compliance with the Certificate Requirement

Sufficient and regular spot checks will be carried out to ensure compliance with the certificate requirement. Teaching staff are not responsible for carrying out checks, but may do so if they believe it is necessary. The Executive Board of the University requires teaching staff to interrupt their teaching if they become aware that there are people in the room who don’t have a valid Covid certificate; teaching may resume once the situation is resolved.

Free Covid Tests

UZH does not want to contribute to the polarization of society with regard to vaccinations. People who are not vaccinated should not be disadvantaged. Covid tests are free until 10 October. After this date, UZH will offer free tests (until the end of October for now) to students and employees who do not have a valid Covid certificate but need one. Free tests are also available to people for whom exceptions may apply (e.g. incoming students, people who can’t get vaccinated for medical reasons).

Recognition of Vaccination Certificates from Abroad

In addition to the Swiss Covid certificate, other vaccination certificates from abroad will also be recognized if the vaccine used is approved in the EU or listed in the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing. This includes certificates issued for vaccinations with the Chinese Sinovac and Sinopharm, but not for the Russian vaccine Sputnik. Students whose certificate is not recognized can get tested for free.

Vaccinations at UZH

UZH supports the vaccination campaign of the Federal Office of Public Health. By getting vaccinated, we can help to contain the pandemic so that we can all go back to researching and working without restrictions. UZH will not exclude anyone based on their personal decision whether or not to get vaccinated against Covid-19. This also means that a person’s vaccination status is not relevant when it comes to determining whether they work on site.

You can find all of the information about vaccinations at UZH on our Website: 
Have a Heart for UZH

Working On-Site in Principle

From 23 August, UZH employees will go back to working on site in principle – in compliance with the relevant social distancing and hygiene rules. The details of on-site working will continue to be at the discretion of line managers in the organizational units. As before, the safety concepts, the Directive on Adapted On-Site Operations dated 29 June 2021 and the Directive on Staff with Children Requiring Care dated 27 October 2020 continue to apply.
Human Resources: Directives

Mask Duty

Masks are mandatory in all publicly accessible indoor rooms at UZH.

Masks are not required in classrooms due to the certificate requirement. However, the Executive Board of the University continues to strongly recommend that all attendees continue to wear masks in classrooms. Masks are also not required in outdoor areas and in all workplaces (offices, laboratories, workshops, etc.) in indoor areas not accessible to the public, provided that the safety concepts are observed and the distance of 1.5m from other people can be maintained.

New Directive on Repetitive Testing

At the end of January 2021, the Federal Council passed a resolution on covering the costs of tests for persons without symptoms. The Department of Health of the Canton of Zurich recommends repetitive testing for “situations in which protective measures can only be implemented to a limited extent and there is an increased risk of transmission.”

At UZH, the Executive Board of the University has issued a new directive for the implementation of the resolution listing the criteria for requesting repetitive testing and explaining the process in detail. In case of questions in this regard please contact the UZH Occupational Medicine team.
Directive on Repetitive Testing (PDF, 41 KB)
arbeitsmedizin@su.uzh.ch

New Directive on Shortening Quarantine

The Federal Council has permitted a shortening of quarantine after close contact with a person infected with COVID-19 or after a stay in a state or territory with an increased risk of infection (return quarantine). The decision to shorten the quarantine is made in each individual case through the cantonal authority. At UZH, the Executive Board of the University has issued a new directive for the implementation of the resolution setting out the exact criteria and procedure for such a shortening of quarantine.
Directive on Shortening Quarantine (PDF, 35 KB)

Further information can be found on the website of the Department of Health of the Canton of Zurich.
www.zh.ch/de/gesundheit/coronavirus/contact-tracing (in German)

Working from Home

From Monday, 18 January 2021, employees shall perform their work duties from home where feasible and where this can be implemented with proportionate effort and expense. This includes research activities. However, research activities requiring a physical presence on the premises of UZH are possible to a limited extent, provided the applicable protective measures are observed.

Directive on Working from Home dated 13 January 2021, effective from 18 January 2021 (PDF, 53 KB)
Detailed Provisions on the Directive on Working from Home (in German)

Line managers should decide which tasks must continue to be performed on site after consulting with their employees. UZH will take individually appropriate safety measures to protect its employees. People at especially high risk will now be provided with special protection. If this applies to you, please get in touch with your line managers to discuss possible solutions.It is therefore important that university units continue to be reachable by phone, e-mail and on Teams/Zoom during office hours.

New Directive for Parents with Children Requiring Care

In view of the special situation, the Executive Board of the University has issued a new Directive on Staff at UZH with Children Requiring Care. The directive corresponds to the statutory provisions of the Canton of Zurich. More detailed information can be found on the UZH for Staff website:
UZH for Staff Website: Directive Staff with Children Requiring Care, dated 27 Oct 20

This Is How We Protect Each Other at UZH

Everyone at UZH (UZH members as well as external service providers and visitors) must adhere to the following rules

  • We wear a mask in all indoor and outdoor areas of UZH.
  • We adhere to the hygiene and conduct rules of the FOPH.
  • We keep a safe distance from other people at all times.
  • We stay at home when we are ill or have returned from a high-risk area (according to the FOPH).
  • If we have symptoms we observe the current rules.
  • Students, employees and guests only come to the university when their presence on-site is required.
  • UZH recommends using the SwissCovid app.

Safety Concepts for the University of Zurich

Procedure for (Suspected) Cases of COVID-19

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 at UZH, all employees must immediately inform their line managers and are required to stay away from UZH if they become infected with coronavirus, develop symptoms that point to a infection or have been in close contact with someone infected with coronavirus. Please be sure to read the fact sheet on how to proceed in case of a (suspected) COVID-19 infection:
Fact Sheet: Procedure for COVID-19 Infections (Status: 29 September 2020)

Due to the planned gradual lifting of travel restrictions, the Executive Board of the University has decided to in principle allow work-related international travel and stays abroad on behalf of UZH. Members of UZH traveling abroad must follow the relevant travel recommendations of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the provisions issued by transport companies as well as the general rules of hygiene and conduct. International travel on UZH business will continue to be limited to urgent and important trips, which require the approval of the relevant dean or head of Central Services unit.

Approval form for work-related travel abroad (PDF, 124 KB) (Status: 1 July 2020)