Corona FAQ FH Upper Austria Regular update on the current situation
On 1 October 2020, the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria will be back in full operation. We are very pleased about that! In order to be able to take the appropriate precautions in the light of current developments, we would like to inform you about the extended measures that have been decided upon by the FH Upper Austria crisis management team:
From 01.10.2020 all students are obliged to wear a mouth and nose protection mask. However, it is strongly recommended to wear the MNS before 1.10! Wearing it is obligatory from the moment you enter a FH Upper Austria building and on the school corridors until you reach your seat/workstation, even if the safety distance of 1 metre can be maintained. It is still mandatory to wear a mouth and nose protection mask even at workplaces where the 1 metre safety distance is not reached (e.g. in laboratories).
Employees are recommended to wear a mouth and nose protection masks when entering FH Upper Austria buildings and in the corridors.
For this purpose, FH branded MNP masks made of fabric for the staff and students will be provided - however, for production reasons, not until a few days after 1 October.
As a general rule, if you feel ill or show Covid-19 symptoms, stay at home and contact your GP and call 1450.
However, if you suddenly feel unwell during your stay at the FH Upper Austria and develop symptoms, inform the class representative immediately and keep distance from other people. The class representative will coordinate with the lecturer/teacher to pass on the relevant information to the dean.
For these cases we have provided contactless clinical thermometers at the schools, which can be used voluntarily for an initial clarification regarding fever.
You can find the thermometers:
Hagenberg Campus: room FH1.105 (Administration)
Linz Campus: Building A: ground floor, room A-011c ("Postkammerl") / Building B: 3rd floor (cabinet next to printing area)
Steyr Campus: FHI: ground floor, room 2002 (Info Point) / FHII: ground floor, room 1003 (first aid room) / FH III: 2nd floor, room 5207 (Office ILM/SCM/DTLM)
Wels Campus: Building A, O2-021 (Office LTE/SES/EE) / Building A, O2-049 (Office AMM/IPM/Mewi) / Building A, O2-048 (Office AT/BI/MB)
Headquarter Wels: 3rd floor, office 3.002 (PM&PE)
The following hygiene regulations apply when using the clinical thermometer:
- The person taking the temperature must wear disposable gloves
- All participants have to wear a mouth and nose protection masks
- 1 metre safety distance must be maintained
- Disinfect the clinical thermometer after use
We ask each of you to follow the applicable measures and regulations for the containment of Covid-19 spread in order to protect you, your fellow students, your colleagues and of course your private environment and not to unnecessarily endanger the study programme at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austrian.
Let's keep physical distance and stay connected in mutual responsibility for each other!
For the crisis management team of the FH Upper Austria
I would like to take the opportunity of yesterday's press conference by State Governor of Upper Austria Thomas Stelzer and the repeated announcement of the obligation to protect the mouth and nose in official buildings, in public spaces, for service providers, etc. to inform you about the relevant arrangements at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria.
Basically, how to and further
o maintaining the appropriate minimum distance of one meter
o in laboratories, due to the spatial conditions, the obligation to protect the mouth and nose
o the use of existing disinfection dispensers at the sites
o the observance of all previous hygiene measures: Washing hands etc.
and thus the currently running presence operation can be handled at the locations without any changes.
The use of the Stop Corona App helps with any contact tracing and can be installed on a voluntary basis (also on company mobile phones).
If we are all attentive and consider ourselves and our colleagues, we can together master the current situation in a proven way.
Best regards and all the best!
Dr. Gerald Reisinger
Dear students of the FH OÖ!
First of all I would like to thank you for your active cooperation in coping with the circumstances caused by COVID-19.
The University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria plans to conduct the winter semester 2020/21 in regular operation with a higher proportion of distance learning (depending on the general conditions). The concrete arrangements of the courses will be decided by the faculties.
From today's point of view, the 1m distance regulation or, in case of undercutting, the obligation to protect the mouth and nose will continue to apply.
Please make your private arrangements accordingly.
More information about the graduation ceremonies:
They will be handled decentrally in compliance with certain requirements (e.g. obligation to register, possible restriction of the number of visitors inside the building etc.) Detailed information will follow.
These plans are based on the current state of knowledge, subject to changes in the specifications by the Austrian federal government.
I wish you a relaxing summer and enjoy your holiday!
With best regards
Dr. Gerald Reisinger
Fortunately, the general conditions are developing in such a way that we can return to normality synchronously with social life.
As of June 15, 2020, we will therefore return to the state BEFORE Covid 19 - with the exception of the regulations listed below. In preparation for the return to normal operations, all those employees and teachers - who are still in the home office - will be able to resume their work at the site as early as Monday 8 June 2020.
The locations of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria are once again fully accessible to all authorised persons (visitors by appointment only).
This means in concrete terms and applies to the entire FH Upper Austria:
- A safety distance of at least 1m must be maintained!
- The disinfectant dispensers provided are to be used and regular hand washing is still
- Regular exchange of air must be ensured by appropriate ventilation.
- By sensible temporal arrangement, crowds of people should be avoided as far as
All courses that are possible in a distance mode will continue to be held in this form. Courses, examinations, exercises, etc. that are held in attendance continue to be subject to the above-mentioned safety regulations.
Examinations can be viewed again after prior registration and in compliance with the above-mentioned regulations.
Libraries are also reopened under the above-mentioned conditions (including the reading area).
R & D
R&D is a regular operation. The above-mentioned specifications are to be applied accordingly.
Regular cleaning is ensured by the facility management.
Furthermore, it is recommended to regularly clean the work equipment with the help of the cloths and cleaning agents provided. The utensils already provided at the locations should be used for this purpose. If you wish to fill liquid agents in your own containers for this purpose, make sure that they are clearly marked so that there is no serious confusion (e.g. disinfectant in a supposed water bottle).
Currently there are no events planned by the FH Upper Austria. In principle, the general regulations of the Federal Government apply to events.
At this point I would like to inform you that the administrative processing of the last three months with regard to time recording in the home office takes some time. We are working on it with high pressure and I ask you for a little patience.
In conclusion, I would like to thank you all once again for the great achievement that we as FH Upper Austria have managed to get through these difficult times so unscathed and I wish us all that we can start into a regular winter semester 2020/21 after a hopefully relaxing summer.
Dr. Gerald Reisinger
Information for students, employees and lecturers by Mr. Gerald Reisinger:
The Austrian Federal Government has only implemented the general obligation to wear mouth and nose protection announced for after Easter to a limited extent, therefore the relevant passage of the letter of 8 April (obligation to wear mouth and nose protection at the locations of the FH OOE) is not relevant.
The Upper Austrian University of Applied Sciences intends to gradually move towards normal operation as of Monday, 4 May 2020 go. Information letter of FH OOE Management
The minimum operation at universities has been extended by the Federal Ministry to 30 April 2020. Therefore, lectures will continue to be held in distance learning mode.
We are in close contact and coordination with the authorities. The next information from our side regarding possible changes will be given as soon as the new legal framework is clear and can be communicated - as things stand at the beginning of next week. We will inform you immediately via all our online channels.
Due to a directive of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research and in order to counteract a possible spread of the coronavirus, no classroom lectures have been held at the FH Upper Austria since Wednesday, 11.3.2020 until further notice.
The University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria will keep you informed about current developments and changes via its channels. Please take a look here regularly.
Here, too, it applies that these are to be carried out - if at all possible - by telephone or electronic media.
Returning and borrowing books is generally possible. The reading zones in the libraries are closed, and the length of stay in the libraries must be kept to a minimum. We would ask you to make use of the large online offer of books and magazines.
If any questions cannot be answered from the information provided (FAQs, etc.), please contact the Dean's office of the respective faculty in the first instance or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note the current information on the FH Upper Austria website www.fhooe.at (https://www.fh-ooe.at/ueber-uns/news/news/informationen-zum-coronavirus/) with the links provided to the Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Care and Consumer Protection and the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research.
Suspected cases or infections must be reported immediately to the Dean's Office or, in the case of the Holding, to Bernadette Spiesberger (Head of HR). Any official information and notifications issued by the authorities must also be forwarded immediately to the Dean's Office / HR. This group of persons decides and coordinates the further procedure according to the instructions of the medical authority.
This information is based on the current state of knowledge as of 12. March 2020 and will of course be adapted promptly if necessary.
In view of the seriousness of the situation, we would once again urge you to keep social contacts to an absolute minimum and to comply with the announced hygiene standards in the private sphere as well.