FAQ for Teaching Staff

Status: 26 October 2021

Certificate Requirement:

Which certificates are accepted at UZH?

The following documents are accepted:

  • Swiss Covid Certificate
  • Official certificates from EU/EFTA countries
  • UZH Covidpass

plus other certificates that are recognized under Swiss law.

People who do not have one of the above documents may have their foreign Covid certificate converted or request a Swiss Covid Certificate (see below), provided certain conditions are met. In the meantime they must get tested to obtain a pass. In this case they are entitled to use the free UZH testing service.

People who have been vaccinated abroad with Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Janssen/Johnson&Johnson or AstraZeneca can apply for an official Swiss Covid Certificate, whatever their country of origin. If certain conditions are met, those vaccinated with Sinovac or Sinopharm can also apply for a certificate. Please request the Swiss Covid Certificate via your canton of residence.
Canton Zurich: Covid certificate for persons vaccinated abroad

Does UZH also recognize certificates for vaccines that aren’t used in Switzerland?

The following documents are accepted:

  • Swiss Covid Certificate
  • Official certificates from EU/EFTA countries
  • UZH Covidpass

plus other certificates that are recognized under Swiss law.

People who do not have one of the above documents may have their foreign Covid certificate converted or request a Swiss Covid Certificate (see below), provided certain conditions are met. In the meantime they must get tested to obtain a pass. In this case they are entitled to use the free UZH testing service.

People who have been vaccinated abroad with Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Janssen/Johnson&Johnson or AstraZeneca can apply for an official Swiss Covid Certificate, whatever their country of origin. If certain conditions are met, those vaccinated with Sinovac or Sinopharm can also apply for a certificate. Please request the Swiss Covid Certificate via your canton of residence.
Canton Zurich: Covid certificate for persons vaccinated abroad

How will UZH check whether students have a Covid certificate or a Covidpass?

Sufficient and regular spot checks will be carried out to ensure compliance with the certificate requirement. The pandemic management team is currently determining how these checks will be carried out. Teaching staff are not responsible for carrying out spot checks, but may do so if they believe it is necessary.

May teaching staff check the Covid certificates or Covidpass of their students?

Sufficient and regular spot checks will be carried out to ensure compliance with the certificate or Covidpass requirement. Teaching staff are not responsible for carrying out checks, but may do so if they believe it is necessary.

What happens if I can’t show a valid Covid certificate when asked?

If someone who requires a Covid certificate or Covidpass can’t show a valid certificate, they will normally be asked to leave and told that they will only be allowed to attend UZH courses/events that are subject to mandatory Covid certificates or Covidpass once they can show a valid certificate. Further sanctions according to the House Regulations of the University of Zurich may be issued if required. 

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 or Covidpass; teaching may resume once the situation is resolved.

Exams:

Which examination software is recommended?

You can find a list of recommended software on the relevant Teaching Tools Website: Comparison of different tools for digital assessment (in German)
The recommended procedure for written examinations, especially with large numbers of participants, is to use the OLAT assessment tool. For more information on this, go to: Central IT: Online Examinations

Where can I get support with planning and holding digital exams?

You can find support materials for the switchover to digital examination formats at the Teaching Tools pages. Individual advice can be obtained on the teaching website "Lehre und Lehrentwicklung":
Lehre und Lehrentwicklung: Kurs- und Beratungsangebote (in German)


Teaching:

Do instructors have to wear masks during face-to-face teaching?

In principle, no. According to Art 6 para. 2 lit. e of COVID-19 Regulation 1 special situation, speakers do not have to wear a mask while speaking. However, this only applies if a large distance is maintained (well over 1.5 meters), in well-ventilated rooms and with a seated audience. Where ventilation is insufficient and the distance cannot be maintained, the mask must be worn.

Which video call software can I use at UZH for my course?

The tools currently supported by UZH are: Online meetings via Microsoft Teams, ZH Video Meeting and ZOOM. UZH provides a license for all these services. You can find further information at:
Overview of video call software providers (in German)
Microsoft Teams
ZOOM (in German)
UZH Video Meeting

Information on online collaboration and video conferencing tools:
Department of Data Protection: Online Collaboration and Video Conferencing Tools

How can courses be held digitally?

Go to Teaching Tools for information and tips &tricks with a current spotlight on the subject of digital teaching. The platform is being expanded all the time.


Infrastructure:

Which protective equipment is available in UZH buildings?

UZH has set up hand disinfectant stations at the main entrances of its properties/buildings. These stations will be managed by Facility Management. People may wash their hands in the public toilet facilities.

Will there be checks to make sure that safety measures are adhered to inside buildings? Who is responsible?

Following the measures described in the safety concept is the responsibility of management/leadership as well as of each employee (individual responsibility). The relevant managers/leaders can and should check that the measures are adhered to. In public areas (e.g. waiting areas in front of cafeterias) or at the designated study spaces, UZH reserves the right to carry out spot checks and dismiss people who don’t follow UZH’s rules of hygiene and conduct.

Will cleaning services come by more frequently as a precaution against coronavirus?

The frequency and scope of cleaning will be the same as before the pandemic in accordance with the relevant cleaning standards (“Leistungen Service Level BDI/BDZ”).

In addition, however, special attention will now be paid to objects and surfaces that are touched frequently in shared rooms. Users are responsible for any additional cleaning. Cleaning agents are available from UZH’s Procurement and Logistics office.

Will additional cleaning materials be made available for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces?

Using an all-purpose cleaning agent will generally suffice. Only where this is not possible, 70% alcohol or something similar can be used to clean small surfaces such as buttons on the copier, shared keyboards, etc. The relevant cleaning sets are available from UZH’s Procurement and Logistics office.

Do I need to clean the desks in lecture halls and seminar rooms myself after using them?

There are dispensers with disinfectant wipes at the entrance of lecture halls and seminar rooms used for general teaching which users can take to clean surfaces. Offices of the Deans, institutes, departments, etc. can obtain disinfectant and cleaning materials for use in their own lecture halls and seminar rooms from the UZH department Materials and Logistics (Material und Logistik). The Offices of the Deans, institutes and departments are responsible for procurement and management.
Material und Logistik (in German)