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COVID-19 - University of Liechtenstein restricts teaching

Update 11.3.2020

The Rectorate of the University of Liechtenstein has established a task force "Corona". This group meets regularly. It takes current developments into account and coordinates the measures taken with the recommendations of the Office of Public Health and the Federal Office of Public Health of Switzerland (FOPH). In addition, the task force is guided by the recommendations and measures of the Swiss universities and the German-speaking university area.

The Task Force is available for questions and advice at health@uni.li .

Students and lecturers can also contact the telephone number +423 265 13 46 (Study Service), staff members can contact the telephone number +423 265 11 11.

The website www.uni.li/corona provides continuous information on the current status.

The university management has taken measures and issued guidelines to reduce the risk of the coronavirus spreading:

University of Liechtenstein restricts teaching activities

The University of Liechtenstein is severely restricting its teaching activities on campus:

As of Monday, 16 March 2020, there will be no lectures on campus in the consecutive programs in economics (Bachelor's degree programme in Business Administration, Master's degree programs in Entrepreneurship and Management, Finance, and Information Systems), probably until the end of the lecture period of the summer semester 2020. Should the situation calm down earlier, the University of Liechtenstein will of course return to normal operations. Beginning on Monday, 23 March 2020, a step-by-step virtualization of consecutive teaching will be implemented as far as possible through online platforms. The details are currently being worked out by the "Corona" task force together with the persons responsible for the study programs. Students and lecturers will be informed about this in the coming days by their respective programme managers (online platforms, access data, teaching procedures, etc.)

For students and lecturers of the Bachelor's and Master's degree programs in Architecture, models for reducing attendance times on campus will also be developed and information will be provided directly by the program managers.

The University of Liechtenstein aims to ensure that students do not suffer any disadvantages in the course of their studies despite the special circumstances.

Teaching activities in continuing education will be maintained until further notice.

Research activities will be continued. The operation of the library and the cafeteria are still being clarified.

A large part of the staff of the University of Liechtenstein will increasingly work from home as of Monday next week. The basis for this will be either existing home office agreements or solutions set up at short notice (loan notebooks, Citrix on private devices). In the coming days, division-specific information will also be provided by the respective superiors.

University internal meetings, e.g. commissions, can be held if necessary, but online meetings are preferable.

Travel

The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) in Switzerland has now abandoned a definition of "affected areas". In view of current developments, the delimitation no longer appears to make sense, which is why the previously applicable regulations of the University of Liechtenstein regarding risk areas have been repealed.

Business trips abroad by students, lecturers and employees (e.g. study trips, participation in congresses, meetings) beyond the commuting distance are not permitted for the time being. Furthermore, no business travel bookings are currently permitted until the Rectorate communicates the lifting of this restriction.

We strongly advise against private travel abroad beyond one's own commute to and from work. Students, lecturers and staff members who nevertheless have to travel abroad for urgent personal reasons are requested to contact the Rectorate in advance with their contact details. This is because the areas concerned are constantly changing and, if necessary, a rapid traceability of contacts should be guaranteed.

The notification of private trips abroad should be made in advance to the Rectorate via health@uni.li , stating

> Destination and period of travel

> Mobile contact details

For notification in case of symptoms, health@uni.li is available.

Cost consequences for trip cancellations

In the case of business trips that have already been booked and are no longer possible due to the University of Liechtenstein's current regulations, the University will cover the cancellation costs (transport, accommodation, participation fees, etc.). The organizers of the trips are requested to check whether the cancellation costs are covered by the pandemic insurance when booking by credit card.

The Rectorate is currently examining the possibility of covering cancellation costs for study trips for students if the trips are part of the curriculum.

Events

In accordance with the recommendations of the Office of Public Health in Liechtenstein and the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) of Switzerland, as well as the practice of universities in the German-speaking area of higher education, the University of Liechtenstein will cancel or postpone all campus events up to and including April 13, 2020. This includes the diploma celebration, information events for prospective students, the children's university and the inauguration ceremony.

Collection of questions and answers

In this critical phase, the Rectorate is aware that a high degree of flexibility is required from all members of the university and that not every detailed question can be answered off the cuff. In the interest of transparency and to ensure that all parties involved are informed quickly, the Rectorate asks that any questions concerning coronavirus continue to be sent to health@uni.li so that a list of frequently asked questions and corresponding answers can be compiled. These questions and answers will be made available at www.uni.li/corona.

General recommendations

All general recommendations in line with the Office of Public Health in Liechtenstein and the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) of Switzerland remain valid. We ask all members of the University to take general precautions and hygiene measures:

Further information:

> Office of Public Health

> Dr. Ecki Hermann - Company doctor

> Federal Office of Public Health (Switzerland): Documents and links on hygiene measures and self-quarantine

 

Hotlines of the Department of Health:

> Hotline for the population: +41 (0)58 463 00 00

> Hotline for travellers: +41 (0)58 464 44 88