Information for Students

Status: 3 June 2021

Planning Principles for Teaching in the 2021 Fall Semester

Approved by the Executive Board on 1 June 2021. Please note the currently applicable government regulations.

Based on current federal government information and forecasts on the pandemic as well as planned measures by the UZH pandemic management team, teaching at UZH in the 2021 Fall Semester is expected to be able to take place in a mostly regular fashion, i.e. without significant restrictions and distancing rules. The following planning principles thus apply for the 2021 Fall Semester:

  1. Classroom teaching is again possible in principle. Online teaching or elements thereof can and should continue to be used where possible and reasonable.
  2. Assessments can be held online or on site.
  3. Course and assessment formats are based on the needs of students and the requirements of the relevant study programs. When it comes to classes for new students, interactive teaching formats and practical/clinical courses, on-site teaching and partial on-site teaching formats are to be preferred in principle. Large courses that do not feature significant interaction (in particular, lectures aimed at more advanced students) can continue to be held online only or with online elements. Details will be defined by the faculties.
  4. Vulnerable students and instructors who cannot be vaccinated against coronavirus for justifiable reasons must be able to continue their studies/their teaching without suffering disproportionate disadvantages. The UZH pandemic management team will define and coordinate the relevant safety measures based on federal regulations and cantonal provisions.
  5. The course catalogue represents the binding planning basis for students. Course and assessment formats must therefore be defined and documented in the course catalogue before module booking becomes available in August 2021.

Please note that adverse epidemiological developments, delays in Switzerland’s vaccination rollout and similar issues cannot be ruled out. Teaching at UZH must be able to adapt to changes in government/cantonal and operational provisions at all times. The relevant considerations must thus always be taken into account by all involved parties.

University Operations in the Current Spring Semester 2021

The decisions taken by the Federal Council yesterday do not directly affect current university operations. UZH will complete the 2021 Spring Semester with the measures that are currently in place.

Current Opening Hours and Services for UZH Members

  • Study Spaces can still be used. Please only use the spaces if there is no suitable space for learning at your home.
  • 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 are open again.

Use of Study Spaces by Students

This is how we protect ourselves at UZH:

  • Masks must be worn when using study spaces.
  • Masks may only be removed in order to eat or drink.
  • Desks/chairs may not be moved.
  • Empty lecture halls/classrooms may be used for studying at any time at the students’ own responsibility, provided the room is available ("Frei" shown on the room display or in the digital room occupancy plan at rooms.uzh.ch). Rooms are primarily availabe in the main building, Campus Nord and Irchel Campus. Here too, the applicable rules must be adhered to (masks, 1.5  meters distance, disinfection of surfaces).
  • Eating is not permitted in lecture halls/classrooms.

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.

Safety Concepts for the University of Zurich

Procedure for (Suspected) Cases of COVID-19

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 at UZH, all students 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 new fact sheet on how to proceed in case of a (suspected) COVID-19 infection:
Fact Sheet: Procedure for COVID-19 Infections

Further Information