Information and FAQ for Staff

Status: 14 October 2021

Covid Pooltesting at UZH

UZH is offering free Covid tests for students and staff such as teaching personnel with certificate requirement from Sunday, 10 October 2021 until the end of the February 2022 exam period. Testing facilities are located in front of the Dozierendenfoyer on Campus Irchel and the Foyer West of the Main Building of the City Campus.

UZH Covidpass for Events with Certificate Requirement at UZH

In the case of a negative test result, a UZH Covid Pass is issued. NB. this is not a Covid Certificate valid throughout Switzerland; it is an electronic certificate valid only for events subject to mandatory Covid certificates, libraries and museums at UZH. It is also valid for courses at other Zurich higher education institutions and the UniversityHospital Zurich USZ. It will be sent by e-mail and is valid for 72 hours after the test was done. Thus, for a normal week of university attendance, two tests would be required.
All Information on Testing at UZH
FAQ on Testing at UZH

New Directive: "Adapted On-Site Operations with Partial Certificate Requirement"

The Covid certificate requirement applies to students as well as to employees who are often or always present in on-site courses or continuing education classes for which Covid certificates are required. From 20 September 2021, the new directive on adapted on-site operations with partial certificate requirement replaces the previous directive of 24 August 2021.

UZH for Staff: Working Hours and Absences

Covid Requirement in Cafeterias, Libraries, Museums and ASVZ

In UZH cafeterias, a valid Covid certificate is required. Excluded are locations that are operated entirely as take-aways. The certificate requirement is based on the operator's safety concept. The UZH Covidpass is not accepted.
UZH Cafeterias

UZH libraries are accessible with certificate and mask. Loan and return are excluded from certificate requirement.
Services UZH Libraries during Corona Restrictions

In UZH  museums and collections, a valid Covid certificate is required in all public indoor areas. The UZH Covidpass is accepted. 
UZH Museums and Collections

In university sports, a valid Covid certificate is required for indoor sports (as well as outdoor offerings for 200 or more people). The certificate requirement is based on the safety concept of the ASVZ. The UZH Covidpass is not accepted.
ASVZ: Safety Concept (in German)

Covid Certificate Requirement in Teaching

From 20 September, attendees will be required to have Covid certificates (official Swiss Certificate or UZH Covidpass) for on-site courses at all levels (Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD, continuing education). This requirement applies to students, teaching staff and anyone else involved in on-site courses at UZH. UZH staff are subject to mandatory Covid certificates if they are mostly or always involved in on-site courses or non-curricular on-site events that require participants to have a Covid certificate.

Mask Recommendation

Masks will no longer be mandatory in classrooms due to the certificate requirement. However, the Executive Board of the University continues to strongly recommend that all attendees continue to wear masks in classrooms. Otherwise, masks continue to be mandatory in all indoor public spaces at UZH.

Courses Held as Published

Courses will generally be held as published in the course catalogue. Exceptions may be approved by the faculties. The faculties will ensure that students who do not have a Covid certificate are given an appropriate alternative to on-site teaching, e.g. by providing digital materials. 

Compliance with the Certificate Requirement

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

Recognition of Vaccination Certificates from Abroad

In addition to the Swiss Covid certificate, other vaccination certificates from abroad will also be recognized if the vaccine used is approved in the EU or listed in the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing. This includes certificates issued for vaccinations with the Chinese Sinovac and Sinopharm, but not for the Russian vaccine Sputnik. Students whose certificate is not recognized can get tested for free.

Vaccinations at UZH

UZH supports the vaccination campaign of the Federal Office of Public Health. By getting vaccinated, we can help to contain the pandemic so that we can all go back to researching and working without restrictions. UZH will not exclude anyone based on their personal decision whether or not to get vaccinated against Covid-19. This also means that a person’s vaccination status is not relevant when it comes to determining whether they work on site.

You can find all of the information about vaccinations at UZH on our Website: 
Have a Heart for UZH

Mask Duty

Masks are mandatory in all publicly accessible indoor rooms at UZH.

Masks are not required in classrooms due to the certificate requirement. However, the Executive Board of the University continues to strongly recommend that all attendees continue to wear masks in classrooms. Masks are also not required in outdoor areas and in all workplaces (offices, laboratories, workshops, etc.) in indoor areas not accessible to the public, provided that the safety concepts are observed and the distance of 1.5m from other people can be maintained.

New Directive on Repetitive Testing

At the end of January 2021, the Federal Council passed a resolution on covering the costs of tests for persons without symptoms. The Department of Health of the Canton of Zurich recommends repetitive testing for “situations in which protective measures can only be implemented to a limited extent and there is an increased risk of transmission.”

At UZH, the Executive Board of the University has issued a new directive for the implementation of the resolution listing the criteria for requesting repetitive testing and explaining the process in detail. In case of questions in this regard please contact the UZH Occupational Medicine team.
Directive on Repetitive Testing (PDF, 41 KB)
arbeitsmedizin@su.uzh.ch

New Directive on Shortening Quarantine

The Federal Council has permitted a shortening of quarantine after close contact with a person infected with COVID-19 or after a stay in a state or territory with an increased risk of infection (return quarantine). The decision to shorten the quarantine is made in each individual case through the cantonal authority. At UZH, the Executive Board of the University has issued a new directive for the implementation of the resolution setting out the exact criteria and procedure for such a shortening of quarantine.
Directive on Shortening Quarantine (PDF, 35 KB)

Further information can be found on the website of the Department of Health of the Canton of Zurich.
www.zh.ch/de/gesundheit/coronavirus/contact-tracing (in German)

Directive for Parents with Children Requiring Care

In view of the special situation, the Executive Board of the University has issued a 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

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)