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

*** Updated on January 7, 2022 ***

As announced before Christmas, we have evaluated the existing measures at BOKU with regard to the currently massively increasing Covid19 case numbers due to the spread of the Omikron variant, as well as taking into account the current requirements of the federal government. BOKU's very cautious course so far makes it possible to start 2022 with a few changes. However, these measures and changes described below, especially with regard to presence at BOKU, are absolutely necessary in order to get through the 5th Corona wave as well and safely as possible.

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For the time being, the following will be maintained at BOKU as before 

  • Access and stay at BOKU only with valid 2.5G proof

  • FFP2 mask requirement applies as before in all shared locations (e.g. hallways, etc.).

  • FFP2 masks must also be worn outdoors if a distance of at least 2 meters is not maintained.

  • If there is more than one person in the room: FFP2 masks must also be worn by all persons in the room (e.g. in offices, seminar rooms, etc.).

  • Minimum distance 2 meters, wherever feasible.

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

     

General

  • Admission and stay at BOKU only with valid 2.5G proof (fully vaccinated or recovered or PCR-tested), at all BOKU locations without exception:

    Vaccinated:

    • Vaccines with 2 partial vaccinations (centrally licensed vaccine against COVID-19 ):

      • After the 2nd partial vaccination, the vaccination certificate is valid for 360 days. From 29.11. only for 270 days. After that, a 3rd dose is needed for validity.

    • Vaccines with one vaccination (for example Johnson & Johnson): 

      • From the 22nd day after vaccination (current regulation expiring Jan. 3, 2022), proof of vaccination is valid for 270 days. At the latest, the booster vaccination must have been given. 

Recovered:

    • You are exempt from testing for 180 days from the date of recovery. The certificate of isolation issued for a person who is demonstrably infected, proof of recovery or medical confirmation of infection with SARS-CoV-2 in the last 180 days, which has been confirmed by molecular biology, are valid.

    • For recovered individuals who have been vaccinated once, the vaccination is valid for 270 days from the date of vaccination.

Tested:

    • PCR tests are valid for 48 hours.

    • Antigen tests as proof are no longer valid!

  • FFP2 mask obligation applies in all public places (e.g. corridors, etc.)

  • Compliance with the 2.5G rule and the FFP2 mask requirement is checked on a random basis by BOKU control teams authorized for this purpose by the Rectorate. 

  • Proof must be provided upon request. If no valid proof is provided, the authorized person is authorized to issue an expulsion from the building. 

  • Furthermore, the authorized person is authorized to stop persons in public areas inside the building who are not wearing an FFP2 mask and to demand that they wear the FFP2 mask. In case of refusal, the person will also be expelled from the building.

  • The authorized person is instructed to report incidents to the Rectorate.

Teaching & Examinations

  • The 2.5G rule applies to all courses and examinations in presence (see above).

  • As before: For all courses in the lecture hall, seminar room, etc., as well as for examinations in attendance, FFP2 masks are mandatory (since Nov 10, 2021), the lecturer is exempt from the mask requirement during the lecture. In any case, a sufficient safety distance to the students during the lecture must be ensured!

  • Classroom lectures should - where necessary and possible - be held in the current mode, unless a change to online mode is deemed necessary and preferred by the lecturers in consultation with the students.

  • For examinations, the lecturers should also offer the possibility of online examinations if they are planned to be held in person.

  • Examination dates that have already been announced should be retained.

  • If teachers need support for online processing, please contact didaktik@boku.ac.at  or e-learning@boku.ac.at.

  • Business trips or excursions with PWK / BOKU bus can be made under the following conditions: Car and BOKU bus: use of all seats possible, all persons have certificates according to the 2.5G rule, FFP2 mask obligation.

  • For excursions (teaching) with transport companies, the transport conditions of the company apply.

  • Library remains open as before (www.boku.ac.at/bib)

  • 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 with proof according to the 2.5G rule, FFP2 mask obligation.

  • Study and reading places: Access and use only with proof according to the 2.5G rule, FFP2 mask obligation.

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 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Wednesday  from 9 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 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday  from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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: 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!