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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.

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.

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 face mask within the IMC premises

Important: Masks are compulsory within the IMC premises. All persons must bring their own mouth and nose protection. At your own seat (in the seminar room or at your workplace) the mask can be removed as long as the minimum distance of one metre can be maintained.

Keep a minimum distance of one metre

Pay attention to social distancing: Keep a minimum distance of one metre during courses and breaks.

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.

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.

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

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.

    Venue hires

    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.

    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