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

*** Updated on Oktober 15, 2021 ***

The corona crisis is not over yet but we will gradually switch to more face-to-face teaching in the 2021/2022 academic year. In the summer semester of 2022, all teaching will be in attendance. The BOKU starts the winter semester with an attendance share in teaching of approx. 60 percent which also includes courses that contain at least one attendance share as well as all hybrid events.

Further relaxations and thus an increase in the attendance rate can be expected shortly, and appropriate security concepts are currently being examined. The primary goal is still the safety and health of all BOKU members.

In terms of planning, the following rules apply:

  • BOKU generally applies the 3G rule to protect everybody
  • It applies to all BOKU locations without exception.
  • FFP2 masks are mandatory in all public places (e.g.: corridors, etc.)

Current COVID19-Measures at a glance

Teaching

  • The 3G rule applies to all face-to-face lectures, exercises, examinations etc.
  • Compliance with the 3G rule in courses will be carried out on a random basis by BOKU control teams onwards. The course leaders can (additionally) carry out the complete control as before.
  • Failure to comply will result in appropriate sanctions (e.g. admonishment, expulsion from the building...). 
  • Wearing of an FFP2 mask is recommended for all courses in the lecture hall, seminar room, etc. as well as for examinations.
  • Exercises, excursions and laboratories take place in presence. Safety concepts are worked out by the course management and, if necessary, the measures will be adapted (e.g. FFP2 mask obligation).
  • Other courses (lectures, seminars…) are held in presence, hybrid or online. 
  • The number of attendance places will be increased by filling every 2nd place in lecture halls and seminar rooms. The information about the possible number of participants in presence will be communicated to the students by the course instructors.
  • The availability of study and reading places according to appointment reservation (see https://boku.ac.at/en/bib).
  • Please check the type of examination in BOKUonline.

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

     

3G-rule

Vaccinated (with a centrally licensed vaccine against COVID19)

In Austria, a proof of Corona vaccination in terms of the 3G rules is only valid with a completed vaccination series.

  • In the case of two necessary partial vaccinations (BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca), the vaccination certificate is valid from the 2nd vaccination date; in the case of Janssen/Johnson&Johnson, the vaccination certificate is valid from the 22nd day after the vaccination date.
  • For convalescents with partial vaccination, the vaccination certificate is valid from the vaccination date.
  • The second vaccination is valid for a maximum of 360 days from the date of the second vaccination.
  • Vaccines where only one vaccination is scheduled (Janssen/Johnson&Johnson) are valid from the 22nd day after vaccination for a total of 270 days from the date of vaccination.
  •  For previously recovered individuals who have been previously vaccinated once, the vaccination is valid for 360 days from the date of vaccination.
  • The third vaccination (or second vaccination in the case of single-use vaccines and convalescents) is valid for 360 days.
  • There must be at least 14 days between the first and second vaccination, and at least 120 days between the second and third vaccination."

Convalescent

  • Segregation certificate, not older than 6 months, issued by the authority.
    Important: The person for whom the notice was issued was proven to be SARS-COV2 positive, or
  • Proof of neutralizing antibodies, not older than 3 months, issued by a certified laboratory!

Tested (from 1.9.2021, in analogy to the requirements of the city of Vienna)

Negative Covid19 test result

  • of an antigen test not older than 24 hours (performed and issued by an approved authrotity). Antigen self-tests are not accepted! Or
  • of a PCR test not older than 48 hours (issued by an approved authority).

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

  • Excursions / business trips can be made under the following conditions: Car and BOKU bus: use of all seats possible, all persons have proof according to the 3G-rule, FFP2 mask is recommended. 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 is recommended.

  • 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 is recommended.

Teaching for the winter semester 2021/2022

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 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.

  • 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!