Information for Teaching Staff

Status: 14 April 2021

On 14 April 2021 the Federal Council decided that face-to-face teaching will be permitted at universities to a greater extent. UZH will inform everyone about the next steps in the course of next week.

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)

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).

All Information for Staff

Planning for Spring Semester 2021

Approved by the Executive Board on 13 October 2020. Please note the currently applicable government regulations.

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.