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The fall semester 2021 starts in mid-September 2021. It is central for the universities that this coming semester can again take place under regular conditions and with the established quality. This is only possible if as many university members, students and employees as possible are vaccinated against Covid-19. All relevant information on Covid-19 vaccination is available on the FOPH website. The higher the vaccination rate among university students and employees, the shorter and easier the path back to a positive normalcy.

The past months have led to increased flexibility in teaching and learning. For the members of swissuniversities, face-to-face teaching remains the most important form of university teaching. With this in mind, teaching will, as far as possible, return to face-to-face teaching, and swissuniversities welcomes the fact that the Federal Council's protective measures, which currently remain in force, will allow teaching to resume as normal to a large extent. In this context, swissuniversities assumes that there will be no obligation to offer training courses in principle in both face-to-face and distance learning.

The universities have shown that they can ensure the health of students and staff even in this context with the protection concepts they have developed and implemented. Therefore, swissuniversities appeals to all university staff to behave responsibly and to the responsible political bodies to take all measures to ensure that no further restrictions on teaching or even closures are necessary.

On September 8, 2021, the Federal Council decided on more far-reaching measures that affect the universities:" The cantons or universities may introduce a certificate requirement for teaching at Bachelor and Master level. In such cases, students would not be required to wear a mask and there would be no restriction on classroom capacity. The general rules on events continue to apply for other events at universities and continuing education institutions."

The swissuniversities board has analyzed the consequences of the Federal Council's decision. It remains the goal of universities to offer students and university staff the best possible structures for teaching and research, depending on the circumstances.

For this reason, the swissuniversities Board recommends that universities introduce a Covid certificate requirement as a matter of principle for all activities that take place within the framework of the university. In doing so, they shall take local conditions into account, and a transitional period may be established. The control of the Covid certificate obligation is to be carried out appropriately and proportionately, for example with random checks.

Federal requirements applicable to universities

At his meeting on 8 september 2021, the Federal Council extends COVID certificate requirement.

At his meeting on 23 June 2021, the Federal Council decided that the measures in place to contain the coronavirus will be eased and simplified significantly from Saturday, 26 June. Restrictions on class sizes for face-to-face teaching at higher education institutions will be lifted, and there will be no requirement to conduct regular testing.

At its meeting on 26 May 2021, the Federal Council decided that the 50-person limit for face-to-face teaching will be lifted at higher education institutions, provided there is a testing plan in place and authorisation is obtained from the cantonal authorities. Capacity restrictions no longer apply. Face masks must be worn and social distancing rules still apply.

The Federal Council decides on 14 April 2021 that as of 19 April 2021, presential teaching is again permitted at universities. Attendance is limited to 50 people and one third of the room capacity, and the requirement to wear a mask and to maintain a distance.

At its meeting on 28 October, the Federal Council decided on the ban on face-to-face teaching at higher education institutions starting from Monday, 2 November. Excluded from this prohibition are teaching activities that are a necessary part of an educational program and for which a presence on site is required as well as individual lessons.

At its meeting on 11 September, the Federal Council decided on the quarantine rules for persons entering Switzerland from neighbouring countries: only those regions of neighbouring countries where the infection rate is over the limit will be added to the list of countries and areas with an increased rate of infection, not the entire country. Border regions may be exempted from inclusion on the list. In so doing, the Federal Council is responding to the rapid rise in infection numbers, while still taking account of the close interaction between Switzerland and neighbouring regions. The revised ordinance will come into force on 14 September. At the same time, the list of risk areas will be updated.

The Federal Council puts further easing into force on 22 June

Der Bund publiziert am 8. Juni 2020 die "COVID-19 Grundprinzipien für den Präsenzunterricht an Bildungseinrichtungen der Sekundarstufe II, der Tertiärstufe und der Weiterbildung
als Grundlage für die Ausarbeitung der Schutzkonzepte der Bildungseinrichtungen".

On 27 May 2020 the Federal Council decides on extensive easing of measures as of 6 June

On 29 April 2020 the Federal Council decided to to ease further measures from 11 May. The universities are affected by the reopening of the museums and libraries.

On 16 April 2020 the Federal Council decided  to gradually ease measures against the new coronavirus. In phase three, set to commence on 8 June, upper secondary schools, vocational schools and higher education institutions will be allowed to resume face-to-face teaching.

On 8 April 2020 the Federal Council extends measures by a week until 26 April 2020.

On 13 March 2020 the Federal Council has prohibited all face-to-face teaching in all schools and universities until 4 April 2020. On 16 March 2020 the measures were extended until 17 April 2020.

Am 18. März 2020 hat der Bund in den Erläuterungen die Massnahmen für die Hochschulen wie folgt präzisiert (nur auf Deutsch):

«Bei Lehrveranstaltungen und Unterricht an Schulen, Hochschtulen und übrigen Ausbildungsstätten (z.B. private Lehrinstitute) befinden sich zahlreiche Menschen auf engen Raum über längere Zeit dicht beieinander. Als Massnahme zur Eindämmung der Verbreitung des Coronavirus werden deshalb an solchen Orten Präsenzveranstaltungen verboten (Abs. 1). Die Institutionen an sich sollen aber nicht geschlossen werden, damit beispielsweise Professorinnen und Professoren und Assistentinnen und Assistenten weiterhin ihrer Arbeit nachgehen können. Denkbar ist auch, dass zum Beispiel eine Lehrveranstaltung via Internet aus einem Hörsaal übertragen wird, was bei einer Schliessung einer Schule, Hochschule oder Ausbildungsstätte kaum mehr möglich wäre. (…)  Prüfungen, für die zum Zeitpunkt des Inkrafttretens dieser Massnahme bereits ein Termin festgelegt worden ist, können durchgeführt werden (Abs. 2). Dies aber nur dann, wenn geeignete Schutzmassnahmen getroffen werden, um eine Verbreitung des Coronavirus zu verhindern (Hygienemassnahmen und social distancing).»

Am 18. März 2020 hat der Bundesrat folgende Einreisebeschränkungen erlassen (nur auf Deutsch und Französisch):

«Um den Schutz der Bevölkerung vor dem Coronavirus weiter zu verstärken, dehnt die Schweiz die Einreisebeschränkungen auf Spanien aus. Diese gelten zudem ab sofort auch für den Luftverkehr aus Italien, Frankreich, Deutschland und Österreich sowie aus allen Nicht-Schengen-Staaten. Zudem setzt der Bundesrat die Erteilung von Schengenvisa wie auch von nationalen Visa für Angehörige von Drittstaaten für vorerst drei Monate aus. Die Einreise in die Schweiz ist für diese nur noch in Ausnahmefällen möglich.»

On 25 March, the Federal Council was informed by the FDJP that entry restrictions have been extended to all Schengen States.

On 31 March, the Confederation appoints the Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force: Release, Website

Information about how the universities are implementing the measures decided by the Federal Council can be found on the institutions’ own websites.

Information from the universities on the coronavirus

The universities provide information on their websites on how to deal with the coronavirus. They inform students and staff about their current operations.

Berner Fachhochschule

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich

Fachhochschule Graubünden

Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz

Fachhochschule Ostschweiz

Haute Ecole pédagogique Berne-Jura-Neuchâtel

Haute Ecole pédagogique Fribourg

Haute Ecole pédagogique du Valais

Haute Ecole pédagogique Vaud

Haute Ecole spécialisée de Suisse occidentale

Hochschule für Heilpädagogik

Hochschule Luzern

Kalaidos Fachhochschule Schweiz

Pädagogische Hochschule Bern

Pädagogische Hochschule Graubünden

Pädagogische Hochschule Luzern

Pädagogische Hochschule Schaffhausen

Pädagogische Hochschule Schwyz

Pädagogische Hochschule St. Gallen

Pädagogische Hochschule Thurgau

Pädagogische Hochschule Zug

Pädagogische Hochschule Zürich

Scuola universitaria professionale della Svizzera italiana

Universität Basel

Universität Bern

Université de Fribourg

Université de Genève

Université de Lausanne

Universität Luzern

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Université de Neuchâtel

Universität St. Gallen

Università della Svizzera italiana

Universität Zürich

Zürcher Fachhochschule ZFH

 

Accredited institutions

IHEID

FernUni Schweiz

Eidg. Hochschulinstitut für Berufsbildung EHB

Facoltà di Teologia di Lugano (FTL)

Franklin University

Staatsunabhängige Theologische Hochschule Basel (STH)

Theologische Hochschule Chur (THC)

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