Status: 30 June 2020 - information for students
An eventful summer semester 2020 is coming to an end. COVID-19 caused unprecedented situations and many challenges; nevertheless, digital teaching was able to be carried out in almost all curricula. Not only the long-time experience of Danube University Krems with blended learning formats but also thanks to the exemplary cooperation of our lecturers and the commitment of our students, this was made possible. We would therefore like to take this opportunity to congratulate you warmly as well thank you for the numerous positive feedbacks you expressed.
The results of an evaluation our Office for Quality Management and Teaching Enhancement conducted showed that about 80 per cent of you rated the preliminary switchover from classroom teaching to digital teaching as very good or good (source: internal evaluation of 125 courses). The positive aspects given range from "additional learning effects" to "new methodological skills".
Apart from digital teaching and exams taken digitally, it has been possible for some time now to maintain classroom teaching in compliance with all safety regulations concerning individual courses and exams that are not able to be carried out digitally (e.g. practical exercises).
Danube University Krems was able to provide its services seamlessly and will of course continue to do so: as to reopening the library (except for the reading rooms) or for example inviting to virtual events of our Alumni Club. Furthermore, the building of Danube University Krems will be reopened on 6 July 2020.
We are planning to implement the regular operation or on-campus operations in compliance with COVID-19-relevant safety regulations for the winter semester 2020.
However, should dynamic developments occur, we are, as you know, well prepared regarding digital teaching and online exams.
With this in mind, we wish you every success for the remaining exams and theses, relaxing summer holidays you all have deserved, and we are looking forward in particular to seeing you again on-campus in the new semester.
Additionally to the regular on-site-operation for the staff, the building will be reopened as of 6 July 2020 in compliance with COVID-19-relevant safety regulations and the security measures taken.
However, classroom teaching and exams for the summer semester 2020 exams are yet to be taken digitally until the end of September 2020 (except for existing possibilities for digitally non-substitutable lessons and exams as well as the PhD Summer School).
In addition, until the end of September 2020, conferences and events of Danube University Krems can only be held digitally. Complete normal operation of the Danube University Krems is planned for October 2020 - in compliance with the safety regulations and official recommendations relevant at that time.
Furthermore, teleworking in connection with COVID-19 is possible in certain cases for persons with a COVID-19 risk certificate or if a secure adaptation of multiple occupancy offices is not possible (details on the procedure).
At the same time it is hereby noted that Danube University Krems will proactively shape the subject matter of teleworking in the future - in addition to the already existing regulations and possibilities - and we refer to the relevant measure of the key strategy "Stronger consideration of digital transformation processes", which also expresses this stance.
You will find all arrangements and information summarized in our Infowiki or on the website. Concerning the regulations, the current information is always valid.
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As the Austrian Federal Government has lifted the restrictions and in view of the developments, also particularly in the public sector (i.a. resumption of regular operations in the public administration/federal service on 6 July 2020, etc.) and in coordination with the "Management Team COVID-19 Operations" and the responsible areas at the university, the following new specifications were made:
As of 6 July 2020, the regular on-site operation for staff at Danube University Krems will resume.
A prerequisite for this is compliance with new and adjusted safety regulations (e.g. safe occupancy in offices, conducting meetings safely, external persons visiting, etc.). In accordance with the nation-wide valid regulations, wearing a facemask at the university will no longer be compulsory as of 15 June 2020. However, the health of all university members remains an absolute priority and this stance will of course be consistently pursued. Separate information on the new and adapted safety regulations will again be provided our Employment Protection and Safety.
Simultaneously, teleworking continues to be possible and necessary in certain areas. The relevant conditions are being prepared and will be announced. The general online mode of operation (teleworking) for the staff is extended until 6 July 2020.
Until further notice, the arrangements for digital teaching and exam operations remain in force beyond June 30, 2020 (see information 8.5.2020). Conferences and events are still not possible. In this context, we would like to inform you that the Austrian Federal Government has noted to announce new measures on 10 June 2020 for the summer and autumn of 2020. Based on these measures, the Rectorate, in coordination with the "Management Team COVID-19 Operations" and the responsible areas at the university, will reassess the situation and inform you again.
Concerning the possibilities to travel, we would like to give notice that as of 15 June 2020 business trips in Austria and as of 6 July 2020 business trips abroad are possible in compliance with the general regulations on prevention and taking special care. This does not apply to areas which are subject to travel warnings or where regional quarantine regulations may lead to adverse circumstances. Please find currently valid travel warnings here: https://www.bmeia.gv.at/reise-aufenthalt/reisewarnungen/ (german version)
With regard to the expanding operations on campus, the library's loan desk will be open and generally accessible as of 15 June 2020. The reading rooms remain closed.
At the same time, we would like to point to the next staff information event to be held online on 24 June 2020 from 10:00-12:00. (Before the event, you will be sent an email containing the zoom link).
The arrangements made so far remain in force. You will find all arrangements and information summarized in our Infowiki or on the website. Concerning the regulations, the current information is always valid.
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Status: May 8 2020 – Information
On May 1 2020 the “COVID-19 Lockerungsverordnung” came into force in Austria. The Austrian universities are explicitly excluded from this regulation. Thus, the universities can operate without special restrictions, apart from generally complying with the following basic prevention rules according to the current recommendation issued by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research:
- Keep a distance of at least 1m,
- Wear a mechanical protective device covering the mouth and nose area, in any case except during exams
- Maintain other appropriate protective measures to minimize the risk of infection if, due to the nature of the activity or situation, the rules of distance or mouth and nose protection cannot be observed.
On this basis and in coordination with the "Management Team COVID-19 Operations” and the responsible areas at the university the following specifications are made and developments initiated.
First, it is important to emphasize that Danube University Krems continues to act with great care, treating the health of its entire staff as an absolute priority and will continue to assume this stance consistently.
At the same time, we would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude explicitly for the exemplary performance in teaching, research and administration and the great commitment: Danube University Krems is particularly well geared up and has been on a particularly good and proactive course since the COVID-19 situation and its challenges.
Specifications, developments and perspectives:
From the current point of view, Danube University Krems will continue the online mode of operation (teleworking) until June 30 2020. At the same time, we give you the opportunity to work on-campus again from May 18 2020 onwards - where necessary and reasonable. This is only possible in strict compliance with the safety precautions (such as the mandatory wearing of a facemask outside of your own office, keeping distance of at least 1 meter from other people, maximum 1 person working per office), and after prior approval and coordination with the respective superior.
Generally, superiors are required to ensure the general online mode of Danube University Krems in terms of teleworking and to ensure and organize that all safety regulations are complied with during on-campus activities. Separate updated information on the safety regulations will be provided next week by our Employment Protection and Safety. You will find updated information on teleworking and other special leave of absence (previously valid until April 30 2020) in the PDF.
Prior made arrangements for digital teaching and exam operations remain in force. At the same time, it is possible to conduct digitally non-substitutable lessons or exams (e.g. practical exercises) on-campus where individual cases justify such action. The deans have to give their prior approval, which may only be granted with the involvement of Employment Protection and Safety and in compliance with all safety regulations.
Furthermore, the operation of Campus Kids shall be expanded; therefore, general conditions are being examined in coordination with the authorities and will be communicated directly to the colleagues concerned.
Events, conferences and business trips are still not possible.
For the implementation of university courses in the academic year 2020/21, we recommend to plan accordingly to the respective curricula, yet to consider simultaneously a possible online implementation.
The time period end of July to end of August should be kept free for any classroom courses including virtual ones for the students to catch up. (see information to all students from 8 April 2020).
Please direct any questions to email@example.com. We will keep you updated as before.
You will find all information summarized in our Infowiki or on the website. Concerning the regulations, the current information is always valid.
Status: 16 April 2020 – information
For about four weeks Danube University Krems has now been operating online. Last week our students were informed that on-campus lectures will be held in online settings until 30 June 2020. In this respect, we would like to particularly appreciate the positive developments and the encouraging feedback: most of the on-campus lectures are now carried out online and Danube University Krems is on an excellent proactive-adopted course with regard to the general conditions.
The Rectorate planned to re-evaluate the situation for mid-April and is hereby making the following new arrangements in coordination with the "Management Team COVID-19 Operations" and the responsible areas at the university in accordance with the official framework conditions:
Generally, the online mode of Danube University Krems (teleworking) will be extended until 30 June 2020. If feasible and reasonable scheduled events shall continue to be held only online up to this period. For instance, the next internal information event for our staff will take place online. The interviews for prospective students as well as job applicants in the course recruitment procedures should continue to be conducted online until 30 June 2020.
So far, Danube University Krems has acted with special care and will continue to assume this stance consistently. Until further notice, the measures already taken will therefore apply (see website and infowiki).
At the same time, the possibility of the physical on campus presence is gradually being prepared in accordance with the stipulations issued by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research:
As of 4 May it will again be possible for employees to be present on campus for necessary and only locally physically feasible activities (e.g. laboratory operations, support of colleagues in teleworking, etc.), in strict compliance with safety precautions such as mandatory wearing of a mouth and nose mask outside of the personal office, keeping the distance of at least 1 meter from other persons, maximum one person per office, and with the respective superior's prior approval, who is required to ensure the general online mode of Danube University Krems in terms of teleworking. Separate information on the safety regulations will be provided next week by our Employment Protection and Safety.
Furthermore, we would like to announce that the University Library will offer the inter-library loan services again starting 4 May 2020. In consultation with the authorities we are currently examining the general conditions and when to re-open Campus Kids. Involved parents will be informed directly at the appropriate time.
Finally, we would like to give you an update regarding the analysis of COVID-19 samples carried out in the biomedical laboratories of Danube University Krems: the preparations have been completed and if required by the central laboratory of the University Hospital St. Pölten the tests can be started at any time.
Please continue to address any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will keep you informed as before.
Status: 8 April 2020 – information for students
In accordance with the current stipulations made by the Federal Government, Danube University Krems - like other public universities – will convert classroom teachings to online settings until 30 June 2020.
The support to continue your study course in the best possible way remains our defined goal. Danube University Krems is particularly well geared up for e-learning due to its long-standing expertise and acquired strengths in the "blended learning" format. Hence, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the positive feedback. The majority of the attendance courses have switched to e-learning and we will certainly continue this active pursuit. Cases in which the attendance units could not be converted into online will be made up for after presumably 30 June (the objective is to keep the time periods end of July/August clear).
In the meantime it has been ensured, that exams can be held online. Likewise, the submission of seminar and final papers still continues to be possible as usual. In principle, submission deadlines can be extended should the COVID-19 situation make it necessary.
Although the premises of Danube University Krems remain inaccessible, we would like to assure at this point that all important services and contact persons are available for you either online or by phone. The library is closed due to regulatory requirements, but we are working on finding an alternative solution for borrowings. Until then, we would like to point out that a large amount of scientific literature is available via our online databases. Selected articles, which are not online can be scanned and send via e-mail for you.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your respective course director. Further you will also find more information on individual topics in the appendix (special problems with COVID-19, continuation reports,..) as needed (german version, english version will be online soon).
We would like to express our gratitude for your commitment, your understanding and your valuable contributions as well as your cooperation during this challenging time. It is our conviction that the current situation also opens different positive aspects, spanning from new methodological skills to additional learning effects.
Status: 30 March 2020 – information
Danube University Krems has been teleworking for about 14 days now. Once more, we would like to take this opportunity to express explicitly our gratitude for your considerable achievements. You have demonstrated impressively how the implementation and development of existing and new solutions were carried out very quickly and how Danube University Krems immediately switched to teleworking. Whether in teaching, such as the shift from classroom to online courses, in research or in the administration: the commitment and performance are exemplary. Even events, such as the EDUdays or the Administrative Law Forum 2020 (update 9.4.: will probably not take place until next year), will be held online this year.
With this background, but especially in view of the still challenging developments regarding COVID-19 and in order to support the respective planning additionally, the Rectorate has decided today that Danube University Krems will continue to operate in teleworking mode for the time being until 30 April 2020 and a reassessment of the situation will take place mid of April.
Special leave of absence will comply with the stipulations and fully apply for the time being (see PDF file). This ongoing shift to teleworking Danube Universität Krems consistently pursues implies that it is not possible to carry out your work in the full extent of the respective job descriptions in all areas equally. Therefore, the Rectorate will support to reduce existing time credits and to take already approved or planned holidays in consultation with your superior, wherever reasonable and feasible, following the spirit of solidarity and overall responsibility. In principle, special leave of absence is also applicable in areas in which care responsibilities exist.
Furthermore, we would like to inform you that the biomedical laboratories of Danube University Krems are analyzing COVID-19 samples in the cause of our overall societal responsibility. The tests complied with the necessary safety regulations are carried in close cooperation with the central laboratory of the University Hospital St. Pölten and make a valuable contribution to expanding the testing capacities. Relevant preparations are underway.
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Further organizational measures (e.g. additional solutions for mail processing, contactless book collection in the library, ...) are in preparation.
Status: 20 March 2020 – information
Danube University Krems is also in a special and challenging situation. However, it is our declared ambition to support you, dear students, in your progress of studies in the best possible way and to keep possible delays as small as possible, or to avoid them by innovative or even individual solutions.
As you know, Danube University Krems has suspended all courses with attendance until April 14th due to official regulations. However, where possible and reasonable, these are partly carried out in online teaching, a catch-up of failed attendance units is of course planned. For further information please contact your course director.
Status: 17 March 2020 – information
Within a very short time Danube University Krems has now switched to teleworking.
In order to manage the coming next weeks in the best possible way, the Rectorate of Danube University Krems has decided to establish a “Management Team COVID-19 Operations".
Members of this team are:
Friedrich Faulhammer, Viktoria Weber, Thomas Ratka
Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medicine
Dean of the Faculty of Business and Globalization
Dean of the Faculty of Education, Arts and Architecture
Head of Infrastructure Division
Head of Communication, Marketing and PR Division
In the period ahead, this team will, supported by all responsible areas within the university and in coordination with the authorities, assess the current situation from various perspectives and prepare measures and decisions so that our employees and students can continue to cope with the special situation in a good manner.
Please continue to direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will keep you updated as we did before.
Status: 15 March 2020 – information
In regard to the current development and the procedures that have just been decided by the National Council and in addition to the measures already taken on Friday at Danube University Krems the Rectorate implemented the following measures as of today:
- With immediate effect, teleworking is approved for all employees of Danube University Krems until further notice.
- In preparation for telework you do not need to come to the university on Monday. First preparations for medium-term business via telework can be done from home. If direct telework, even limited telework, is not possible, please stay at home anyway.
- Should a physical presence be necessary due to absolutely necessary tasks that cannot be postponed, these tasks should be carried out with the lowest personal presence as possible and in strict compliance with the protective measures.
- Executives staff members of the University are asked to contact their respective teams by telephone, if possible today, about the measures taken and to ensure that they are implemented.
Danube University Krems will change over to telework to the greatest possible extent until 14 April 2020. Teleworking or limited teleworking is also possible without the availability of a business laptop. The Rectorate strongly supports a situation-adapted procedure within the university in this regard.
It is the declared aim of the Rectorate to keep the personal presence of the staff at Danube University Krems as low as possible. Delays resulting from this - as already communicated - will be represented by the Rectorate to third parties.
As in the time before questions can be directed to email@example.com at any time. These will be answered as soon as possible.
In these challenging times, we as a university have a great responsibility and act as a role model. We thank you for your help in the current situation and for the exemplary role you and we as a university will take in the coming weeks.
Status: 13 March 2020 – information
Due to the special situation regarding the topic "Coronavirus", the Rectorate, after consultation with the Chairperson of the Works Council, has stipulated further measures, which are valid until 14 April 2020:
- Personal contacts with students are to be discontinued. This also applies to all exams on campus, admission interviews etc.
- As of Monday, 16 March, the old building will only be freely accessible via the entrance at Café Virginier (Wing K). Entering to the old and new buildings are only possible with a staff card or chip.
- The library and the Academic Service Center will be closed.
- Business trips are prohibited without exception.
- Internal meetings are to be reduced to the bare necessities.
- In regards of limiting social contacts as far as possible, teleworking should be implemented to the largest possible extent, primarily targeting the following groups of people (see PDF)
- Persons with serious previous illnesses, chronic diseases and immune deficiency (at their own request)
- Persons over the age of 60
- Persons with care responsibilities, unless the care service can be organized otherwise. Accommodation in kindergartens, schools and with grandparents is not an option!
- Persons travelling by public transport
- If teleworking cannot be implemented, special exemptions are possible (see PDF).
- The regulation that children should not be brought to campus if possible, applies to Campus Kids. Restricted operation of Campus Kids will be maintained.
- For dealing with flu-like symptoms and similar suspected cases, please see PDF.
Today, these additional measures were taken to maintain the operation of Danube University Krems, which, however, must be reduced to the bare necessities. Any resulting delays shall be documented. The Rectorate will represent the university in dealings with funding agencies and other bodies.
As in the time before questions regarding these measures can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
We ask you to support all measures in the best possible way and to implement them in the sense of a joint mastering of the current challenges.
Status: 11 March 2020 – information
The Rectorate of the Danube University Krems is in constant exchange with the authorities as well as in coordination with organizational units about the "coronavirus" and informs as follows:
- The reading rooms of the library will be closed from 12 March 2020 until 4 April 2020. The lending desk will remain open. Borrowing is possible.
- Campus Sport and Workplace Health Courses: From 12 March 2020, the courses will be suspended until 4 April 2020.
At the same time, general research activities are to be maintained irrespective of the measures taken. Business trips are still possible, but please note the current travel warnings.
Following the communication of 4 March 2020, employees with care responsibilities can stay at home if needed. In this case, please clarify the next steps (dependant care leave, home office etc.) with your superior by telephone.
The measures already implemented on 4 March 2020 and 10 March 2020 (see information below) remain to be applied.
Status: 10 March 2020 – information
As the latest media reports unfold (today`s press conference of the Federal Government at noon), higher education institutions will have to cancel classroom teaching and restrict events from Monday, 16 March 2020 at the latest - for the time being, until 3 April 2020.
More detailed official requirements have not yet been communicated. In any case, the Rectorate has decided that as of tomorrow, 11 March 2020, no classroom teaching will be held at the Danube University Krems and that no more events with external guests will be held or should be cancelled - also until 3 April 2020. Ongoing classroom courses at the university can be completed by the end of the week, Sunday 15 March 2020.
Scheduled exams can still be held - in case of cancellations by students, fairness should be exercised.
We will keep you informed about further measures and administrative information.
Of course, all measures that have already come into force will continue to apply - see below:
Status: 4 March 2020 – information
In coordination with the authorities, we ask our staff and students to take the following measures:
- Persons, who experience typical symptoms of coronavirus or who have been to any by the WHO designated risk regions are asked to voluntarily reduce their social contacts considerably and to stay away from the university during the first 14 days after returning from these areas. Classified risk regions by the WHO are currently Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Iran, Singapore, China, and the Italian regions of Lombardy, Veneto, Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna.
- Affected students are asked to contact the respective course director via telephone or e-mail for this period.
- Affected employees should contact their superior by telephone or e-mail. Employees with care responsibilities can stay at home if needed. In this case, please clarify the next steps (dependant care leave, home office etc.) with your superior by telephone. Due to the special situation a confirmation of illness is not required in the case of absences; a presentation of plausible reason for non-attendance is enough.
- In case of a suspected infection with COVID-19 please follow the instructions of NOTRUF NÖ GMBH: http://notrufnoe.com/coronavirus/ - please contact the number 1450
- Please inform us about all (suspected) cases of coronavirus by sending an e-mail to: email@example.com.
- Please note the current travel warnings issued by the Ministry of European and International Affairs (https://www.bmeia.gv.at/reise-aufenthalt/reisewarnungen/).
- You will find detailed information on the coronavirus (symptoms, procedure and prevention) on the website of the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety GmbH (AGES): https://www.ages.at/themen/krankheitserreger/coronavirus
- Please follow the general recommendations by the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior (see Pdf Protective Measures Corona).
More information for employees can be found in Infowiki (https://wiki.donau-uni.ac.at/display/infowiki/Aktuelles+Internationales).
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