Information and FAQ for Teaching Staff

Status: 16 September 2021

Covid Certificate Details

From 20 September, attendees will be required to have Covid certificates for on-site courses at all levels (Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD). This applies to students, teaching staff and anyone else involved. The Department of Education supports this approach by UZH. Employees who are not subject to special provisions to the contrary (e.g. when teaching a course) are not required to show Covid certificates.

On-Site Teaching and Mask Requirement

Masks will no longer be mandatory in classrooms due to the certificate requirement. However, the Executive Board of the University continues to strongly recommend that all attendees continue to wear masks in classrooms. Otherwise, masks continue to be mandatory in all indoor public spaces at UZH.

Courses will generally be held as published in the course catalogue. Exceptions may be approved by the faculties. The faculties will ensure that students who do not have a Covid certificate are given an appropriate alternative to on-site teaching, e.g. by providing digital materials. 

Compliance with the Certificate Requirement

Sufficient and regular spot checks will be carried out to ensure compliance with the certificate requirement. The pandemic management team is currently determining how these checks will be carried out. Teaching staff are not responsible for carrying out spot checks, but may do so if they believe it is necessary.

Free Covid Tests

UZH does not want to contribute to the polarization of society with regard to vaccinations. People who are not vaccinated should not be disadvantaged. UZH will thus offer free tests (until the end of October) to students and staff subject to mandatory Covid certificates who do not have a Covid certificate. Covid tests are free-of-charge until 30 September in any case.

Recognition of Vaccination Certificates from Abroad

In addition to the Swiss Covid certificate, other vaccination certificates from abroad will also be recognized if the vaccine used is approved in the EU or listed in the WHO’s Emergency Use Listing. This includes certificates issued for vaccinations with the Chinese Sinovac and Sinopharm, but not for the Russian vaccine Sputnik. Students whose certificate is not recognized can get tested for free.