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Starting the new academic year with confidence: Covid-19 measures for the 2021/22 academic year

Mainly presence mode with additional hygiene measures

Our primary goal for the 2021/22 academic year is to be able to offer our students high-quality education without any postponements, while ensuring the safety of everyone involved.

Compliance with 3-G recommendation (tested, vaccinated, recovered)

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 3-G recommendation (tested, vaccinated, recovered) according to federal government guidelines.

Important: The 3-G regulation is an additional safety measure and does not replace other applicable hygiene guidelines, measures, and house rules.

Current information on the COVID-19 situation in Austria 

How long are the tests valid?

Valid are negative test certificates of COVID-19 antigen tests for 24h and PCR tests for 72h (also e.g. PCR gargle tests).

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:

At which point are you considered to be vaccinated?

A vaccination with the following vaccines is recognised: BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen/Johnson&Johnson.

As of 1st February 2022, the validity period of vaccination certificates in Austria has change:

  • Vaccination certificated (2/2 vaccinations or recovery + 1 vaccination) will be valid for 180 days in the future.
  • With a booster vaccination (3/3 vaccinations or recovery + 2 vaccinations) certificate will continue to be valid for 270 days.

You can check the validity of your vaccination certificate in the validity calculator:

To the validity calculator

This proof of vaccination can be produced either electronically or in paper form and can be checked at any time by IMC personnel.

Vaccination platform of Lower Austria

How long are you considered to be recovered?

The COVID-19 infection must not have occurred more than 180 days ago. Starting from the 11th day after the 1st positive PCR test.

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

We recommend to wear a FFP2 mask within the IMC premises

FFP2 masks are recommended within the IMC premises in all public areas and outdoors as well as in the lecture halls/seminar rooms and in the Study Lounges. All persons must bring their FFP2 mask.

Keep your distance

Pay attention to social distancing: Keep your distance 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 your programme director and study services as a student or HR services as an IMC team member or lecturer.

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 inform your programme director and study services or your head of department and HR services. 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 via mail)
  • 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 your programme director and study services as a student or HR services as an IMC team member or lecturer.

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

Covid-19 measures on campus

Please observe the university’s safety-first policy and follow these hygiene measures when you come to IMC Krems:

  • 3-G recommendation 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
  • Keep your distance
  • FFP2-masks are recommended to be used in all public parts of the university buildings (please handle your face covering with clean hands) and in the seminar rooms/lecture halls as well as in the Study Lounges
  • 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 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 your programme director and Study Services. Do not come to Campus Krems.

Distance and virtual learning

These lectures are 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 a recommendation to wear a FFP2 mask in all areas are just a few of the measures that serve to protect the entire IMC team.

    Currently, the IMC team is working from our premises in Krems, subject to the hygiene regulations. 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 7 March 2022 until further notice, the IMC team will have to comply with the 3-G recommendation when working from one of the locations of IMC Krems.

    Admission interviews

    Applicants have the choice between on-site and virutal admission interviews. Our applicants will of course receive further information after submitting their application.

    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, events take place at IMC Krems.

    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.

    If you would like to hold an event at IMC Krems in 2022, 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, external visits are allowed in the buildings of IMC Krems. Please contact your contact person for more information.

    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 contact your programme directors, study services or HR services.