Starting the new academic year with confidence: Covid-19 measures for the 2020/21 winter semester
Predominantly online mode with strict protective measures in place at the university
Our primary goal for the 2020/21 study year is to be able to offer our students high-quality education without any postponements, while ensuring the safety of everyone involved.
Welcome back to campus
To achieve our objective of enabling students to complete their courses and programmes on schedule without compromising educational quality, and while protecting all of our stakeholders, we have drawn up the following plan for the 2020/21 winter semester. Please note that we may be required to adapt our plans at any time to introduce stricter measures in response to a rise in infection rates.
Pointers to protect and support our stakeholders
Due to the increasing number of cases throughout Austria, the majority of courses were converted from face-to-face learning to distance learning. The laboratories and practical exercises will continue to take place on site in order to avoid delays in studies. We evaluate the situation on an ongoing basis and plan all courses according to the applicable safety and hygiene measures.
Covid-19 measures on campus
Please observe the university’s safety-first policy and follow these hygiene measures when you come to IMC Krems:
- We recommend that you take your temperature before setting off for university
- Wash your hands regularly
- Sanitise your hands using the dispensers provided throughout the day
- Maintain a social distance of at least one metre
- A face covering must be used in all parts of the university buildings (please handle your face covering with clean hands)
- Do not shake hands
- Do not crowd around entrances etc. or gather in groups
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth, and practice good hygiene when you cough or sneeze
- Access to buildings will only be granted with a student, teaching staff or employee ID card, and after electronically confirming acceptance of the hygiene measures
- A special set of measures is in place for the laboratories in Wing D
Behaviour in case of possible infection
The safety of our teachers, students and the entire IMC team is our top priority. If you are experiencing symptoms or have had contact with a person who has tested positive, please call the emergency number 1450 (if you have not already been notified) and follow the instructions of the authorities. In addition, please contact the general COVID-19 contact point of IMC FH Krems immediately at info(at)fh-krems.ac.at and inform your programme director or your department head. Do not come to Campus Krems.
Face-to-face learning in Krems
Practical sessions are being spread across the semester according to room availability in order to be able to comply with the required hygiene standards in the laboratories and during practical exercises. The university is reducing group sizes for these sessions, and making arrangements for holding practical courses in larger spaces.
Distance and virtual learning
Where feasible, courses will be taught in virtual classrooms or using asynchronous learning. Attendance at courses taught in virtual classrooms is compulsory, and the set timetable published in the respective curriculum applies. These courses will be taught within core times which correspond to the degree programme format (i.e. full or part-time).
Asynchronous learning (also termed e-learning) refers to self-directed learning or a package of learning tasks which the learner works on when they wish and completes by a given deadline. In most cases, the respective deadline is stated in the curriculum.
Please e-mail Study Services if you have any questions to do with curriculums.
Campus Krems library
The library is open with a temporarily reduced service. Visit the library website for full details.
We recommend that you take advantage of IMC Krems’ comprehensive online collections. Visit the eDesktop for further information.
Eating and drinking at Campus Krems
Check the websites of the onsite catering providers to find out if they will be open (information in German only):
Even more flexibility for staff
A dedicated safety and hygiene policy also applies to the entire IMC team to ensure that our employees get through the academic year safe and sound. Social distancing, regular disinfection of hands and wearing a mouth and nose protector in public areas are just a few of the measures that serve to protect the entire IMC team.
In order to protect the IMC team, the courses and the entire office operation has been switched to an online mode. Research operations can still be carried out in shifts, subject to compliance with very strict hygiene regulations. In addition, we offer our employees the possibility of arranging special care time for their children if kindergartens or schools close or have limited opening hours.
Virtual info events
The Bachelor Info Day in December and the Master Lounge in January as well as the Open House in February will be held online. Prospective students can get to know our university of applied sciences, the degree programmes and our programme directors in a virtual environment.
Virtual admission interviews
Admission interviews and tests are held exclusively online. Our applicants will of course receive further information via e-mail.
IMC Krems: a responsible event venue
The health and safety of our visitors, students and staff is of the highest priority at IMC Krems. Ensuring that events are planned to be as safe as possible is an important part of this.
At the moment, no events take place at IMC Krems. Upcoming info events, fairs and graduations are converted into an online format.
Covid-19 safety officers
For the protection of our visitors, the university has appointed Covid-19 safety officers who have completed intensive online training provided by the Red Cross. These officers are responsible for ensuring that safety guidelines and Covid-19 control measures are in place for events, and that they are complied with.
Autumn Graduations 2020
For the first time in the history of IMC, we had to cancelled the summer graduation ceremonies due to COVID-19 and switch to alternative formats this year. Also the planned autumn graduations with an COVID-19 prevention concept and COVID-19 representatives had to be changed to online ceremonies. Our graduates were invited to the virtual graduation ceremonies in October by MS Teams. In November we will also offer a virtual format for our graduates.
Bachelor Info Day 2020
The Bachelor Info Day will be offered as an online format this year in December. Interested parties will be informed, get insights into the IMC and get in personal contact with our programme directors and students by an virtual exhibition tool.
Due to the current situation, increased safety regulations apply at our university of applied sciences. For this reason, we regret that we are not able to offer venue hires at IMC Krems until the end of June 2021.
If you would like to hold an event at IMC Krems in summer, please contact us at events(at)fh-krems.ac.at. We will work together with you to organise a safe event. As compliance with Covid-19 hygiene measures is a key aspect of hosting a successful event, we will assist you with the preparation of your Covid-19 prevention plan.
At the moment, no external visitors are allowed into the buildings of IMC Krems.
Please see the Coronavirus FAQs on the eDesktop for additional information. Students, teaching staff and university employees should also check their university e-mail regularly for updates.
If you have any questions not covered by the information provided, please e-mail info(at)fh-krems.ac.at. We are happy to answer your requests from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.