Starting the new academic year with confidence: Covid-19 measures for the 2020/21 winter semester
Combination of distance and face-to-face learning with special protective measures in place at the university
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the entire staff at IMC Krems and the cooperation of our students, we managed to complete the summer semester with minimal postponements and without significant disadvantage to students. But it is now time to turn our attention to the upcoming semester. Our primary goal for the 2020/21 winter semester is to be able to offer our students high-quality education without any postponements, while ensuring the safety of everyone involved.
Pointers to protect and support our stakeholders
In the academic year 2020/21, we are focusing on a mix of distance and face-to-face learning - but with a strong virtual focus. 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.
Feel the IMC spirit: face-to-face learning in Krems
The face-to-face learning will be compressed into block weeks. 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
There is also a specific set of hygiene measures in place for staff. In order to further reduce social contacts, the home working model has also been reviewed and expanded.
This was in response to the findings of an internal survey carried out at IMC Krems, in which staff said they would like to continue to be able to take advantage of increased mobile working options after the crisis.
Virtual info events
The Bachelor Info Day in December and the Master Lounge in January 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.
For the Open House in February 2021, current developments will be closely monitored - detailed information will of course follow in good time.
Virtual admission interviews
Due to the current situation, admission interviews and tests will be held exclusively online until further notice. Our applicants will of course receive further information by 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.
IMC Induction in the academic year 2020/2021
The introductory events and information sessions for students in the first semester are divided into digital formats and classroom sessions. In the face-to-face sessions, hygiene measures have to be followed, mouth-and-nose protection has to be used and a safe distance has to be observed. In addition, disinfectants are provided on campus.
Autumn graduations 2020
This year, for the first time in the history of the FH, the summer graduations were cancelled due to COVID-19 and switched to an online format. In order to give the graduates the opportunity to celebrate their graduation in a festive way, autumn graduation ceremonies with a maximum of two guests per graduate are now to take place under strictest hygiene measures. Preventive measures were defined and summarised in a COVID-19 prevention concept. On site, the COVID-19 expert will ensure the correct implementation of the measures.
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.
Due to the current situation, increased safety regulations apply at our university of applied sciences. In addition, additional rooms are required for lectures and exams in order to ensure sufficient safety distance in face-to-face learning. For this reason, we regret that we are not able to offer venue hires at IMC Krems until the end of February 2021.
If you would like to hold an event at IMC Krems in spring, 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.
Since June 2020, visitors are once again permitted in the buildings of IMC Krems (with the exception of Campus Wing D) on condition that special hygiene regulations are observed. Visitors must confirm that they have taken note of the applicable hygiene measures in advance.
In order to further increase the safety of all groups of people on campus, the our employees maintain a list on the eDesktop containing the date, time, visited locations, etc. of all external visitors.