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Starting the new academic year with confidence: Covid-19 measures for the 2020/21 academic year

Predominantly online mode with strict protective measures in place at the university

Our primary goal for the 2020/21 academic 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 academic year. 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.

Outlook for the academic year 2021/22

Our aim is to be able to offer regular face-to-face lectures again in the winter semester 2021/22. However, it depends on the current situation whether or not there will be a return to virtual classrooms.

Compulsory testing for students, lecturers and the IMC team

From April 6, 2021 until further notice, students, lecturers and the IMC team are only permitted to participate in any face-to-face teaching events, face-to-face exams and face-to-face admission
procedures at all locations of IMC FH Krems if they comply with the mandatory testing requirement on COVID-19.

Important: Testing is an additional safety measure and does not replace other applicable hygiene guidelines, measures, and house rules. 

Which tests are recognised?

For entry and participation you will need a valid negative SARS-CoV-2 test, which must not be older than 48h (in case of antigen tests) and not older than 72h (in case of PCR tests) (calculated from the time of sample collection). Tests which have been taken at IMC Krems or in any public test lane or pharmacies etc. by an authorised person are recognised as valid. Home self test kits ("Living room tests") or similar tests taken by oneself will not be recognised.

In addition to the test result, the certificate must show the name and date of birth, as well as the place and time of sampling. This proof of negative testing can be produced either electronically or in paper form and can be checked at any time by IMC personnel.

Where can you take the tests?

At the moment, the following testing facilities are available in the Krems area:

Important: If you use the test lane of IMC Krems, please come ONLY at the booked time. If you arrive before or after your booked timeslot, testing is not possible due to high demand and you will be turned away.

The most important hygiene measures and guidelines at a glance

In this section, we would like to give you an overview of the general regulations that apply in all buildings of IMC Krems. These hygiene measures must be strictly respected and are controlled by employees of IMC Krems. Furthermore, we have established additional recommendations and hygiene guidelines for specific groups of people.

Please protect yourself and everyone else on campus by following the guidelines and measures set out below.

Complete hygiene measures and guidelines

Always wear a FFP2 face mask within the IMC premises

Important: FFP2 masks are compulsory within the IMC premises. This also applies at your own seat in seminar rooms or lecture halls. All persons must bring their own FFP2 mask.

Keep the minimum distance

Pay attention to social distancing: Keep the minimum distance of 2 metres during courses, breaks and in all public areas.

Wash your hands regularly & sanitise them several times a day

Disinfectant dispensers are available in all public areas and in the seminar rooms of IMC Krems. Please make sure you use them when coming and going and also during the day. Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth and pay attention to your respiratory hygiene.

Avoid gatherings and group formations

Also refrain from shaking hands or hugging.

Ventilate regularly

Regular airing (ideally every 20 minutes) helps to minimise the risk of transmission. This means that you should air the room regularly – whether at your workplace or in a seminar room. During courses, the students whose seat is next to the window are responsible for airing.

Protect yourself and your colleagues

Disinfect all used objects and materials as well as tables and chairs before every room change. This step is particularly important for seminar rooms after the end of the respective courses and for meeting rooms after the end of the meetings.

What should you do if you have symptoms, have been classified as a suspected case or have tested positive?

If you have any questions, please contact the general COVID-19 contact point of IMC FH Krems at info(at)fh-krems.ac.at.

The COVID-19 contact point at IMC Krems is available via email from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When are you considered a suspected case of COVID-19?

By definition of the Ministry of Health, you are considered a suspected case of COVID-19 if

  • you have had contact with a confirmed case.
  • you have a respiratory infection with at least one of the following symptoms (for which there is no other plausible cause): cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, catarrh of the upper respiratory tract and/or sudden loss of sense of taste or smell.
Report your symptoms

If any of these points apply to you, call the emergency number 1450 and follow the instructions of the authorities.

In addition, immediately contact the general COVID-19 contact point of IMC FH Krems at info(at)fh-krems.ac.at and inform your programme director or your head of department. We will report your case to the authorities and start contact tracing. Please keep us informed about further developments and test results even after the initial notification.

Important: Under no circumstances should you come to Campus Krems under these circumstances.

Checklist: What information does our COVID-19 contact point need?

Please answer the following questions when reporting to the COVID-19 contact point at info(at)fh-krems.ac.at:

  • Have you already contacted the health hotline (1450)? (yes/no)
  • Have you already been tested on COVID-19 or are you being tested? (If yes: date and place of testing; please send the test results to info(at)fh-krems.ac.at)
  • When did you notice the first symptoms? Which symptoms do you have?
  • Have you had contact with a person who tested positive? (If yes: date and place of contact)
  • When was the last time you were at IMC Krems?
  • During your last visit, did you have contact with IMC students, IMC lecturers or IMC staff?

This information enables us to react quickly to your report and take the necessary steps as soon as possible. Your documents will of course be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

Important: Your test result and the official notice will determine when you can return to IMC Krems.

What happens if you test positive for COVID-19?

As soon as you have received a positive result from the authorities, you should immediately contact the general COVID-19 contact point of IMC FH Krems at  info(at)fh-krems.ac.at.

Good preparation for a professional COVID-19 management

Our COVID-19 coordinators decide on further necessary steps in consultation with the authorities. Existing processes and customised technical solutions help to ensure that the measures are implemented quickly.

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:

  • Compulsory COVID-19 tests for all those students and lecturers who have lectures on campus
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Sanitise your hands using the dispensers provided throughout the day
  • Maintain a social distance of at least two metres
  • FFP2-masks 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 FFP2 mask 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. Shift work is still possible on site, subject to 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.

    Important: From Tuesday, 6 April 2021 until further notice, the IMC team will have to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing when working from one of the locations of IMC Krems.

    Virtual info events

    The Bachelor Info Day in March 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.

    Outlook for the academic year 2021/22

    Our aim is to be able to offer regular face-to-face lectures again in the winter semester 2021/22. However, it depends on the current situation whether or not there will be a return to virtual classrooms.

    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.

    Venue hires

    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.

    Online-Beratung

    Mental health support

    Anxiety, worry and isolation – the Coronavirus pandemic as well as the associated quarantine orders and self-isolation recommendations mean that people in Austria are having to cope with a whole new set of challenges. Visit the eDesktop for an outline of the all the key information concerning this issue.

    If you need help urgently, you can contact:

    • AKUTteam Niederösterreich by calling the 144 emergency number, who can quickly provide psychological assistance, and have a pool of translators
    • The PSD’s emergency mental health assistance service (Psychiatrische Soforthilfe) in Vienna on 01 31 330, who will help you to quickly and easily access help

    More information

    Additional information

    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.