COVID-19: Current information on teaching in the summer semester 2021 and winter semester 2021/2022

*** Updated on June 30, 2021 ***

Thankfully, many of you have already been vaccinated or have taken advantage of the opportunity to register for vaccination.

The City of Vienna has informed us that vaccination appointments are now also available for students. Appointments can be booked online at https://impfservice.wien/ or via 1450 and the vaccination campaign will take place at the Austria Center Vienna, Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1, 1220 Vienna. Please bring your photo ID, e-card, vaccination card, completed vaccination questionnaire (https://impfservice.wien/corona/wp-content/uploads/Corona-Aufklaerungs-Dokumentationsbogen.pdf) and FFP-2 mouth and nose protection.

For those of you who have not yet been vaccinated, we urge you to take advantage of every opportunity to do so.

By doing so, you will not only protect yourself, but also help to promote responsible cooperation among all BOKU members and to take care of mutual protection, so that we can hopefully soon return to normal operation.
 

The following measures are valid from July 1, 2021 at all BOKU locations and for all BOKU members.

  • With regard to protection and hygiene regulations, the following rules apply:

  • FFP2 masks are mandatory in public areas (MNS or face/chin visors or shields are not allowed!).

  • Keep 2 m distance in all areas where feasible!

  • Disinfection, hand washing, etc. as already in place.

    In case of more than one person in a room (e.g. office, laboratory, workshop) applies:

  • 2 m minimum distance when working together in one room

  • If the 3G rule is observed for all persons in the room, the obligation to wear FFP2 masks can be waived here. If no proof is available, the FFP2 mask must still be worn! For courses and examinations, the regulations according to the announcement of April 15, 2021 (FFP2 mask requirement, etc.) still apply for the current summer semester.

  • Regular ventilation (5-10 minutes per hour).

  • When wearing FFP2 masks, please make sure to take regular breaks (recommended max. 75 minutes wearing time for FFP masks, 30 minutes break without mask).

  •  Hygiene and distance rules must also be observed during breaks. Eating together is possible if all persons present observe the 3G rule.
     

3G-RULE: Convalescent, Tested, Vaccinated. The following options are equally acceptable:

  • Proof of vaccination with a centrally licensed vaccine against COVID19:

a.    First vaccination from the 22nd day after the first vaccination, whereby this must not be more than three months ago, or

b.    Second vaccination, in which case the first vaccination must not have occurred more than 9 months previously, or

c.    Vaccination beginning on the 22nd day after vaccination for vaccines for which only one vaccination is scheduled, in which case the vaccination may not have been given more than 9 months previously, or

d.    Vaccination, provided there was a positive molecular biology test for Sars Cov2 at least 21 days prior to vaccination or a test for neutralizing antibodies prior to vaccination, not to exceed 9 months.

  • Proof of infection in the last 6 months (certificate, antibody detection, etc.).

  • Proof of an antigen test (valid for 48 hours) or PCR test (valid for 72 hours).
     

Please respect the Code of conduct and hygiene standards that must be complied with during your visit to BOKU premises.

BOKU Staff

BOKU staff can find comprehensive information on the general safety rules and code of conduct, as well as hygiene standards on here: 

https://boku.ac.at/en/universitaetsleitung/rectorate/staff-units/staff-unit-employee-protection-health/corona-virus-information-and-recommendation ;

With regard to teaching, the following applies as of July 1, 2021:

  • Excursions / business trips can be made under the following conditions as of July 1, 2021: Car and BOKU bus: use of all seats possible, all persons have proof according to the "3G rule", FFP2 mask obligation not applicable. For excursions with transportation companies, the transportation conditions of the company apply.

  • Opening hours of the buildings: The current opening hours of the buildings can be found at https://boku.ac.at/fm/oeffnungszeiten-der-gebaeude.

  • PC workstations are available in the BOKU-IT PC rooms. Details can be found at https://short.boku.ac.at/it-pc-raum. Access and use only possible with proof according to the "3G rule", FFP2 mask requirement remains in place.

  • Libraries are still open for borrowing. The current opening hours can be found at https://boku.ac.at/bib.

  • Learning and reading spaces are available by appointment reservation (see https://boku.ac.at/bib). Access and use only possible with proof according to the "3G rule", FFP2 mask requirement remains in place.

Teaching for the winter semester 2021/2022

Due to the current low number of cases and the progressing vaccination coverage, we hope to be able to provide significantly more attendance in fall than last year. In any case, our primary goal is the health and safety of our students and faculty. In the interest of planning, the following guidelines apply:

The WS 2021/2022 will generally be held as a hybrid semester. In some areas, we may provide for relaxations in order to gradually return to "normal" study operations.

Information about courses and exams will be provided by the course administration via BOKUonline. For better planning, ALL dates must be published in BOKUonline at the beginning of the semester.
 

For face-to-face courses and face-to-face examinations - as described below - the following applies:

  • Proof according to the 3G-rule is obligatory for all persons participating in the course or exam.

  • The presence of the proofs according to the 3G-rule is to be controlled by the course management/examination supervisor.

  • Compliance with safety and hygiene measures (hand washing, disinfection, ventilation, distance).

Courses:

  • "Large" lectures and parts of lectures that can be held online must be held online, since due to the availability of space attendance will not yet be possible here by observing distance rules in the lecture halls.

  • Smaller" lectures and courses or parts of courses that are immanent to examinations (especially exercises in the laboratory and practical exercises) with a number of up to 40 participants can be held in presence. In this case, the room capacity must be taken into account when booking the room (https://boku.ac.at/studienservices/themen/lehrorganisation/lv-planung-und-lehrbetrauung/aktuelle-updates).

  • For travel to participate in courses, the applicable entry regulations (see www.bmeia.gv.at) and possible quarantine regulations for personal appointment scheduling must be observed.

Examinations:

  • Examinations and parts of examinations can take place in presence under observance of the 3G rule and FFP2 mask obligation according to the occupancy figures for the respective rooms (https://boku.ac.at/studienservices/themen/lehrorganisation/lv-planung-und-lehrbetrauung/aktuelle-updates.

  • If presence exams are not possible due to room capacities, they will be held online.

  • Face-to-face examinations may not last longer than a maximum of 90 minutes, so an FFP2 mask wearing break is not required in this case.

  • According to the Ordinance on Alternative Forms of Assessment in Distance Learning and Substitute Services, alternatives to a face-to-face examination must be provided for members of at-risk groups or persons living in a household with members of at-risk groups, as well as for students who cannot enter the country with reasonable effort or whose entry would inevitably result in an officially ordered quarantine. For this purpose, we ask the students to contact the respective course instructors directly.

Study Services:

As in the past, you can make an appointment to pick up your graduation documents, recognition certificates, etc. at Study Services. For more information, please visit https://boku.ac.at/studienservices/terminbuchung-studienservices

The following e-mail addresses are available for further inquiries:

regarding courses: vr-lehre(at)boku.ac.at

for examinations: studienservices(at)boku.ac.at

COVID test stations

Türkenschanze

Test times:

  • Mondays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

(BOKU members without registration. Please bring photo ID and e-card with you)

Location: Türkenwirt (ground floor), Peter Jordanstraße 76

Muthgasse

Test times:

  • Mondays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

(The timeslot 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. is reserved for BOKU members without registration)

Location: Muthgasse 18 in the cafeteria (ground floor)

No registration is required in the BOKU timeslot. Please bring photo ID and e-card with you (first come, first serve). A one-time registration in advance at oesterreich-testet.at helps to save time on site.

You can register and reserve an appointment at apotheken.oesterreich-testet.at. (18th district, Cottage Pharmacy or 19th District Albarelli Pharmacy)

We would like to point out that all employees / students who live, work or study in Vienna can take advantage of free and uncomplicated gargle tests from the City of Vienna as part of the "Alles gurgelt!" campaign Barcode can be picked up in all BIPA branches in Vienna and offer the opportunity to be regularly tested for the Corona virus by means of a PCR gargle test free of charge. Details can be found at allesgurgelt.at. Please also use this option To conduct COVID tests.

Opening times of BOKU premises:

  • PC workstations are available in the BOKU-IT PC rooms. Details can be found at https://short.boku.ac.at/it-pc-raum.

  • Opening hours of the buildings: The current opening hours of the buildings can be found at https://boku.ac.at/fm/oeffnungszeiten-der-gebaeude.

  • Libraries are still open for borrowing. The current opening hours can be found at https://boku.ac.at/bib.

  • The reading rooms/learning spaces will be open on a limited basis under strict conditions. Details can be found at https://boku.ac.at/bib.

Catering options

The canteens at the BOKU locations have reopened. It can also be eaten on site again.
Current opening times can be found on
https://www.mensen.at

For the supply in the UFT in Tulln on the website of EVA's Bistro
https://sites.google.com/view/evasbistro?fbclid=IwAR0aPWjJPI_jO59y8sWw18ihaaaNmqVZkEVyO2rX4iLixad9jcNLB3qHVEw

Tüwi-Hofladen: Opening hours 09:00-15:00 h, take-away Bio-Lunch available (from 12:00 h, bring your own food-boxes or use the glas container-deposit system)

 

Please support us in our obligation to report to the Ministry regarding all COVID-19 health and safety issues concerning the current situation at BOKU and continue to use the corona(at)boku.ac.at mail address for all reports and questions regarding all aspects of health and safety in COVID-19 times. In case of a positive test result, please also inform the university at corona(at)boku.ac.at.

For all BOKU members there is still the possibility for testing opportunities at all three BOKU locations (due to the vacation season, only as long as these are sufficiently utilized). Current opening hours can be found on the BOKU homepage (https://short.boku.ac.at/5o6mk3).

If there are any changes in the near future, we will inform you immediately!

Let's continue to help together to reduce the risk of infection at BOKU to a minimum!