Information and FAQ for Teaching Staff

Status: 8 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.
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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.

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.

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