Information for Staff

Status: 14 January 2021

Working from Home

From Monday, 18 January 2021, employees are working from home:

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.

Directive on Working from Home dated 13 January 2021, effective from 18 January 2021 (PDF, 53 KB)

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.

Exams, libraries, study spaces and courses are not substantially affected:

  • The ongoing exam session will go ahead as planned by the faculties (digitally as well as on-site). 
  • Library services will continue to be provided.
  • Study spaces will remain available to students.
  • Courses in the 2021 Spring Semester will be held using digital formats, as is currently the case. Classroom teaching remains suspended until further notice. As before, this does not apply to teaching activities that require on-site presence (e.g. teaching in labs or clinics) and one-on-one sessions (e.g. certain exam types).

Current Opening Hours and Services for UZH Members

  • Study Spaces can still be used, unless decided otherwise by the Zurich Government Council.
  • UZH buildings are accessible to UZH members until Monday to Friday, 7:00am to 7:00pm, exceptions are possible (e.g. libraries). Access thereafter will only be possible for those with a key or access badge: Opening Hours of UZH Buildings
  • The library services available for UZH members can be found on the libraries website:
    Services UZH Libraries
  • The cafeterias are offering a reduced service for UZH members:
    Opening Hours UZH Cafeterias
  • The ASVZ sports facilities (indoor and outdoor) are closed.

The Following Points Apply:

  • On-site teaching suspended: On-site events at UZH are prohibited until further notice. Courses (including continuing education programs) will be held entirely in digital formats. Exceptions are courses that require attendance in person (e.g. practical classes in a lab or clinic) and selected individual lessons (e.g. for certain forms of examinations). The faculties (or respective office of the vice president or directorate for some continuing education programs) are responsible for regulating such exceptions.
  • General obligation to wear masks: Masks are now obligatory in all indoor and outdoor areas of UZH. Masks must also be worn at your workstation or desk. This does not apply to employees who work in individual offices.
  • Employees shall perform their work duties from home where feasible.
  • Research continues to be permitted on-site provided the applicable protective measures are observed.

UZH Buildings, Museums, Libraries Closed to the Public

All UZH buildings, museums, libraries and the Botanical Garden are closed to the public until end of February 2021. Access is permitted for UZH students, employees and authorized people in research and teaching. UZH buildings will close at 7:00pm, and access thereafter will only be possible for those with a key or access badge.

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

Staying Fit and Healthy Working from Home

Tips and ideas for working from home from the Safety, Security and Environment Office:
Fact Sheet: Staying Fit and Healthy Working from Home

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 1.5 meters away 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.

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)