Information for Teaching Staff

Status: 13 November 2020

On-Site Teaching Suspended / General Obligation to Wear Masks

The Federal Council has announced new measures to contain and curb the second wave of the pandemic. As a result of these measures, UZH must further reduce its on-site presence. The following points now 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 except for in offices that are only occupied by one person and in which the minimum distance of 1.5 meters can be maintained.

The following still applies:

  • The buildings will remain open in principle.
  • Services (e.g. libraries, advisory services, cafeterias) will continue to be provided as far as possible. More information about the opening hours of the cafeterias can be found on the cafeterias website.
  • UZH employees should continue to work on site with as limited a presence as possible.
  • Study spaces in libraries, public areas and selected lecture halls continue to be available for students to use.
  • Research continues to be permitted on-site provided the applicable protective measures are observed.

Planning for Spring Semester 2021

In the coming semester, classroom teaching will also only be able to take place if the social distancing and hygiene measures continue to be observed, unless instructed otherwise. Seating capacity at all UZH sites will thus remain significantly limited. The planning principles for the Spring Semester 2021 are therefore largely the same as for the current Fall Semester. Formally, the regulations are shorter and the significance of digital teaching has been given more emphasis.

1. Digital Teaching Whenever Possible

Teaching will take place digitally whenever possible.
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2. Classroom Teaching Only If Requirements Met

Classroom teaching is also possible in principle. Government/cantonal and operational requirements as well as the specified maximum seating capacity must be observed. For all classroom sessions, it must be ensured that they can also be followed through digital means. That is to say, all teaching materials must, at the least, be made available to course participants online (e.g. OLAT), as far as permissible under copyright law.

3. On-Site Teaching for Practical Courses

Courses focusing on practical skills (e.g. lab courses, clinical courses) should in principle be held as on-site teaching sessions. If the applicable social distancing rules cannot be observed, protective measures must be taken.

4. Classes Synchronous or Asynchronous

Teaching can be synchronous (happening live, e.g. via online sessions) or asynchronous (not occurring live, e.g. through podcasts). Please note that all synchronous teaching activities must take place during the allotted teaching hours.

5. Course Format in Course Catalogue

The format in which courses will be held and assessed must be defined and documented in the course catalogue before module booking becomes available in January 2021.

6. Online or In-Person Assessments

Assessments can be held online or in person. When assessments are held in person,
government/cantonal and operational requirements as well as the specified maximum seating capacity must be observed. With the exception of assessing practical skills, it must also be possible for assessments to be completed digitally using suitable formats.