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Coronavirus – Update: Current Measures

Current measures concerning safety, contact person management, events, labour law and teaching.

COVID-19 Update 17.09.2020

The past months have been very challenging in many aspects for all members of the TU Wien regarding the handling of research, teaching and administration. From today's perspective, it can be assumed that the number of Covid-19 cases will continue to increase, which is why measures will continue to be taken at TU Wien to ensure the health of all TUW members.

Updated safety and protection measures:

The safety and protective measures were updated to the effect that, as of 21 September 2020, in particular, compliance with the minimum safety distance, the wearing of an MNS mask in the public areas of the TU Wien and the general hygiene requirements, are to be complied with by all members of TU Wien in any case.

At coLAB, opens an external URL in a new window you will find information on how to behave in general premises, such as entrance areas, courtyards and open spaces, staircases, lifts, corridors, meeting, social and sanitary rooms, as well as for institute-specific work areas and rooms, such as offices, warehouses, laboratories and workshops, and for other workplaces.

Contact person management:

In order to enable fast, coordinated and effective action in the event of a Covid-19 (suspected) case, the access of employees and students to TUW-buildings will be registered by scanning a QR code from the start of the winter semester 2020/2021.Further information will be available in coLAB, opens an external URL in a new window by the end of September 2020.  Until then, the knowledge about the persons present is the personal responsibility of the respective executives.


Events can continue to be held in compliance with the applicable Covid-19 Relaxation Ordinance of the Federal Minister for Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection, opens an external URL in a new window. If you have any further questions, please contact the GuT Service Unit of Event Services, opens an external URL in a new window.

Information relevant to labour law:

Home office is still possible, it is the responsibility of the executives to plan the design of home office according to the respective university requirements. Agreements for home office must be reported to the personnel administration.

A new home office directive will become effective on 1 October 2020, which will also include home offices for special reasons (such as lockdown, illness prevention).

Instructions on how to proceed in different situations in Covid-19 suspected cases or cases of illness can be found in the internal section of the TU Wien website, opens an external URL in a new window.

Information for studies and teaching:

The winter semester 2020/21 will start in "hybrid mode". This means that courses for first-semester students will be offered both in attendance mode and in distance learning format (e.g. in the form that they are streamed or recorded simultaneously). Due to the increasing number of cases, courses in higher semesters should, where possible, be held exclusively in distance learning mode. For classroom teaching in higher semesters the approval of the Dean of Academic Affairs is required.Information on teaching in the winter semester 2020/21 as well as corresponding support offers can be found on the coLAB page "Guide to digital teaching & learning at the TU Vienna in the winter semester 2020/21", opens an external URL in a new window.

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Thank you very much for your support,
The Rectorate of TU Wien