Information on Coronavirus COVID-19
Current Information on Coronavirus COVID-19
Last update on 09.07.2020
On-site teaching under "normal" conditions from the autumn semester onwards
In order to ensure that teaching can take place as far as possible and justifiable and, at the same time, in order to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19, the Rectorate adopted new guidelines for the organisation of courses in the autumn semester of 2020 and the Protection Plan.
Last update on 23.06.2020
In the light of and in accordance with the Federal Council's decisions of 27 May 2020 and 19 June 2020, the Rectorate has decided to continue the easing of prevention measures in connec-tion with COVID-19, with a view to normalising activities at the university as far as possible. Despite this, it is still necessary to remain cautious and vigilant.
Last update on 10.06.2020
Application for exemption from Tuition fee for AS 2020 in case of delayed end of studies
Due to the temporary closure of some university infrastructures (such as libraries and laboratories) in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic, some students were forced to postpone the end of their studies (from the spring semester 2020 to the autumn semester 2020).
If the closure of the infrastructure is the obvious reason for the delay, the students concerned may, with the confirmation of the responsible professor, apply for an exemption from the tuition fee at the Office for Admissions and Registration by 30 September 2020 at the latest. The basic registration fee is not affected and remains due.
Last update on 02.06.2020
Further easing of the rules on staff attendance and the organisation of events
Following the Federal Council's decisions of 27 May on the next steps in the easing of measures to combat the pandemic, the Rectorate has adopted new guidelines which enter into force on 8 June 2020. In particular, there is greater flexibility in terms of staff presence at the University, the opening of the premises to members of the academic community, internal meetings and the organisation of events.
Autumn semester 2020
With a view to the resumption of face-to-face teaching to the greatest possible extent, the Rectorate has set up a working group to draw up the basis for academic guidelines dealing with the organisation of teaching during autumn semester 2020.
Last update on 19.05.2020, 12:00
Claims of the AGEF for examinations
Response from the Rectorate and faculties to the demands sent out on May 13 by the Co-Chair of the Student Council. The Rectorate and the faculties would like to thank the student representatives in the various faculties who have contributed to finding solutions that take into account the different interests at stake.
Last update on 13.05.2020, 15:00
What should I do if an employee has symptoms of COVID-19?
As a supervisor of employees with symptoms, it is your duty to send them home immediately and ask them to complete the CoronaCheck online self-test. Depending on the result to the test, the person will be asked to contact a physician for a consultation. If the rules of the University attendance plan have been followed, the person with symptoms should not have been in close contact with colleagues. However, it is important to clarify the matter so that, if necessary, the colleagues concerned can also be asked to quarantine themselves until the test results are available.
Last update on 05.05.2020, 15:00
Easing of preventive measures and gradual reopening of University sites and activities
In view of and in compliance with the decisions of Federal Council taken on 29 April 2020, the Rectorate has decided a certain easing of the prevention measures in relation to COVID-19 and the opening respectively a gradual resumption of sites and activities at the University from 11 May 2020. It is nevertheless a question of remaining prudent and vigilant.
Teleworking remains the preferred way of working. However, activities that require the physical presence of staff members at the various university sites will be able to resume from 11 May 2020; all other work should continue to be carried out remotely. The objective here is to avoid a resurgence of the epidemic.
Last update on 30.04.2020, 18:00
The open day, Explora 2020, is postponed for one year
The current situation due to Covid-19 brings with it many uncertainties for the coming weeks and months, which will have a significant impact on the entire university community. Under these circumstances, it makes more sense to postpone the open day, Explora, by one year and not to hold it on 25 September 2020 as planned.
The start of the academic autumn semester 2020 will, in itself, represent a major organisational challenge with many concerns. Moreover, the distance and hygiene conditions would certainly be too restrictive to guarantee the convivial and festive spirit that the University is trying to give to this day. For all these reasons, it seems difficult to organise this festival in good conditions.
Last update on 29.04.2020, 09:00
Information of University’s libraries
Fribourg University’s libraries are aware of the difficulties surrounding certain Bachelor and Master projects, whose completion is being put at risk by the current crisis. They therefore offer a limited loan service for printed items in order to support the students who are working on the above-mentioned thesis.
In order to take advantage of this service, the students concerned are requested to follow the procedure below:
- They send their request to firstname.lastname@example.org and CC both the concerned library and their advisor, who must confirm that without the requested items the Bachelor or Master project is at risk.
- The request must contain the full bibliographical details of the items requested, including their shelfmarks, as well as the applicant’s library card number.
- email@example.com ensures that the request meets the necessary criteria. If this is the case, firstname.lastname@example.org will send a confirmation e-mail both to the library concerned and to the student who made the request.
- The library concerned will then contact the student and inform him/her of the arrangements for the delivery of the requested books (handover by appointment, scan, or package sent through the postal service).
- In view of current restrictions, please understand that the library may need up to one week to process your demands.
Last update on 22.04.2020, 09:00
Clarifications regarding the handling of requests for indispensable activities with regard to the implementation of the Rectorate's guidelines of 16 March 2020
The numerous requests for approval of indispensable activities received by email@example.com have meanwhile led to the development of a certain practice. This refers to the different types of activities and the applicable criteria for approval in the context of continuity plans. The documents below provide details and forms for the different types of activities in order to facilitate the procedures.
The clarifications are not exhaustive, but reflect the practice of implementing the rules in force, with a view to a certain standardisation. Continuity plans and other applications already adopted remain valid.
In this context, we would like to point out that the Federal Council has not planned any easing before 27 April and that the first measures will only affect personal services and certain shops. Thus, we intend to respect the Federal Council's determination to move forward in stages, validating decisions as and when the epidemiological situation evolves. In this sense, as things stand at present, we are planning the first easing and gradual resumption of activities on the University's premises from 11 May onwards.
Last update on 21.04.2020, 10:30
Press briefing on courses, IT and research
There will be no more classroom teaching at the University of Fribourg until the end of the spring semester 2020. Teaching and most exams will be conducted online. A large number of researchers are also working on projects related to the coronavirus and the damage it causes.
Link to the press release in French and German
The entire press briefing can be found on the State of Fribourg's YouTube channel.
Last update on 17.04.2020, 10:00
No classroom teaching until the end of the semester
In consideration of the decisions made yesterday by the Federal Council on COVID-19, the Rectorate has decided to continue the suspension of classroom teaching until the end of this semester. The regulations concerning examinations communicated last week are not affected by this decision and continue to apply.
Last update on 09.04.2020, 16:30
Information for State Personnel
At its meeting on 6 April 2020, the Government of Fribourg (Conseil d'Etat) adopted the guidelines on exemptions from the personnel regulations in the event of a coronavirus pandemic. This decree of the Government of Fribourg (Conseil d'Etat) replaces and consolidates the directives of 17 and 23 March 2020 concerning the derogations to the staff regulations during the coronavirus pandemic.
Last update on 08.04.2020, 10:00
Semester examinations will take place
On Monday, 6 April, the Rectorate approved the principles for all faculties regarding examinations and performance records for the spring semester 2020. The main points of this general framework can be summarised as follows:
- All students can take their examinations. The usual examination period of May/June will be maintained in principle, with the modalities of many examinations being adapted, although selective exceptions cannot be completely ruled out from today's perspective.
- The faculties will take into account the more difficult conditions of examination preparation and may also provide for alternative solutions for special constellations in individual cases. They will also consider the special situation of students who have been mobilised.
- Facilitated possibilities for the withdrawal of examinations will be provided for.
Last update on 08.04.2020, 10:00
MS Teams becomes Unifr’s institutional platform
The Directorate of IT Services (DIT) has deployed Microsoft Teams as the solution for the entire university community. MS Teams becomes the institutional platform for video conferencing and online collaboration.
MS Teams can be accessed from https://www3.unifr.ch/it/fr/ms-teams.html, or by connecting directly to teams.microsoft.com with your university login (email address @unifr.ch and password). A quick start guide (in three languages) is available on the corresponding page of the IT services catalogue.
Last update on 30.03.2020, 08:00
Organisation of the examinations
In close cooperation with the faculties, the Rectorate is currently discussing various issues concerning the organisation of the examinations in the spring semester 2020.
Last update on 27.03.2020
Organization of Unifr in times of the Coronavirus
Over the past two weeks many challenges have had to be met by the academic community.
Last update on 26.03.2020, 16:00
Army / Civil Protection
Applications for leave of absence submitted by students against the background of the Covid 19 pandemic for the spring semester 2020 due to a marching order of the Swiss Armed Forces, a draft of the civil protection or an official draft of another public institution will be handled as follows with immediate effect and until further notice.
Last update on 25.03.2020, 11:00
Information for State Personnel
Following various decisions by the Federal Council and the government of Fribourg (Conseil d'Etat), the Conseil d'Etat issued guidelines on 17 March 2020 on exemptions from the personnel regulations in the event of a coronavirus pandemic. On 23 March 2020, the Conseil d'Etat also adopted a supplement to the guidelines of 17 March 2020, which deals in particular with the consideration of hours during the coronavirus period.
Last update on 20.03.2020, 08:00
As the Covid-19 pandemic makes it more difficult to do research, the SNSF is supporting scientists in every way it can. For example, it has moved the submission deadline for project funding proposals to 8 April 2020.
Further information and ongoing updates are posted on the portal for researchers.
Last update on 17.03.2020, 17:00
Information for State Personnel
Following the decisions of the Federal Council on 16 March 2020 and the government of Fribourg (Conseil d'Etat) on 17 March 2020, the Conseil d'Etat has issued guidelines on exemptions from the personnel regulations in the event of the coronavirus pandemic.
Last update on 16.03.2020, 15:00
Telework is compulsory, access to the University premises prohibited
The University of Fribourg is introducing telework for all employees of the University. Access to the university buildings is prohibited. The following exceptions are reserved:
- specifically designated persons with a view to ensuring the absolutely necessary activities, in accordance with a pandemic or continuity plan submitted to the Administrative Directorate.
- those units which consider the presence of staff to be necessary for an activity they consider essential, but for which no pandemic or continuity plan has yet been drawn up. In such cases, firstname.lastname@example.org should be contacted to draw up such a plan and obtain permission to enter the university buildings.
- In addition, the following exceptions are granted:
- the presence of lecturers for the purpose of recordings in connection with e-learning in the rooms provided for this purpose;
- persons who, for compelling reasons, need access to their offices for a short period of time (in particular to obtain the materials necessary for teaching or teleworking). Prior registration via email@example.com is mandatory.
Last update on 13.03.2020, 16:00
Classroom teaching suspended as of Monday, 16 March
In view of current developments in connection with the coronavirus COVID-19, the authorities today decided on far-reaching measures. In particular, from Monday, 16 March 2020 and until the end of April, there will no longer be any attendance events in the area of university teaching.
Last update on 10.03.2020, 11:00
Amendment of 10 March 2020. Point F: Quarantine regulations and particularly affected areas.
Last update on 09.03.2020, 18:00
In connection with COVID-19, the Rectorate has issued guidelines on lectures, special offers (e.g. libraries), opening of counters, holding of internal university meetings and other events (especially conferences and meetings).
Last update on 06.03.2020, 18:00
The government of Fribourg (Conseil d'Etat) has presented a guideline on the criteria applicable to the organisers of events in the canton of Fribourg. In parallel, the canton has taken further measures to align its strategy with that of the Confederation.
Last update on 04.03.2020, 16:00
After careful analysis of the overall situation, the Rectorate has decided to continue offering the lectures without restriction until further notice. With regard to the organization of the administrative services of the University, the government of Fribourg (Conseil d’Etat) adopted measures to protect the health of staff on 3 March 2020, which the Rectorate specified on 4 March 2020 by means of an e-mail sent to employees and managers. However, no special measures regarding the organization are necessary at this time. Nonetheless, it would ask everyone to observe the recommendations and hygiene instructions of the Federal Office of Public Health, which are also prominently displayed throughout the campus.
The Rectorate will reassess the situation daily and immediately inform of any new measures that are decided upon. If you have any questions or uncertainties, you can contact the Cantonal permanent hotline (026 306 39 30) or the university via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last update on 03.03.2020, 17:00
Covid-19: the cantonal government takes measures to protect its personnel
At its meeting on 3 March 2020, the government of Fribourg (Conseil d’Etat) adopted a series of measures to ensure the best possible protection of the health of its staff in the context of the coronavirus 19 epidemic. These decisions complement the Federal Council's measures for the entire population.
The Rectorate is about to discuss the implementation of these measures at the university and will provide information in this regard.
Last update on 02.03.2020, 16:30
Communication of the Directorate for Health and Social Affairs (DSAS/GSD) to the members of the university community: Coronavirus, information from the Canton of Fribourg
In the canton of Fribourg, one person tested positive for the coronavirus Covid-19. It is a 30-year-old man from the Gruyère district. The Cantonal Medical Office (SMC/KAA) is closely monitoring the development of the situation and is in close contact with the federal health authorities. This first case does not require any additional measures.
Due to the new situation, the services of the hotline have been extended for the entire population of Fribourg, who have questions in the field of health regarding the coronavirus: 026 306 39 30 (24/24)
Schools, crèches, homes, institutions...
Currently, the canton has not taken any specific measures for schools, crèches, homes or other institutions. The most important measures are those that are also recommended for seasonal influenza. It is also recommended to remind people of the hygiene measures in the various institutions.
Isolation of persons returning from a trip to an affected area is not envisaged.
However, the situation is changing rapidly and the various partners will be informed should the measures change.
Last update on 27.02.2020 12:00
The Rectorate of the University of Fribourg and the local authorities are closely monitoring developments related to the coronavirus (Covid-19). They are in close contact with the responsible health services.
The University follows the recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). You can find more detailed information on this topic on the office’s website. According to the FOPH, universities do not have to implement any special measures at this time.
Given the situation, the University has decided to provide information on ongoing developments related to the coronavirus. If necessary, it will pass on any information from the competent authorities concerning tertiary educational institutions.