Risk groups, quarantine, entry restriction

Applicable regulations if students cannot attend courses/exams on site

During the COVID-19 pandemic or due to war in Ukraine, several student groups cannot attend on-site courses or take exams on site.

Regardless of this special rule, students with impairments are still entitled to request an alternative mode of assessment.

Groups affected

If you belong to one of the following groups, you can request digital alternatives or substitute achievements to on-site exams and on-site courses.

  • With regard to war in Ukraine: Students who are subject to legal or factual travel restrictions due to the war in Ukraine and can therefore not participate on site.
  • COVID-19-related reasons:
    • Students who have to self-isolate (are in quarantine) by way of official order due to COVID-19 at the date of the exam/partial achievement;
    • Students having childcare obligations who cannot participate on site due to the closure of schools or kindergartens, etc. due to COVID-19 on the date of the exam/partial achievement;
    • Students who have a medical COVID-19 risk certificate according to section 735 of the Austrian general social security act (Allgemeines Sozialversicherungsgesetz, ASVG), which was issued after 1 April 2022.

Please note: Old medical COVID-19 risk certificates (issued before 1 April 2022 - section 735 of the ASVG) are no longer valid.

How to proceed?

You contact the examiner/lecturer directly by sending an e-mail from your u:account e-mail address.

When do I have to contact the examiner/lecturer?

  • You have to notify the examiner/lecturer immediately, but not later than seven days before the examination date/date of the completion of the partial achievement if there are foreseeable reasons that prevent you from participating on site.
  • If the reason for non-attendance was unforeseeable, this notification can be made no later than three days before the exam date/date of the completion of the partial achievement (e.g. if tested positive for COVID-19 or due to closure of the childcare facility).
  • If you contact us at short notice, we cannot guarantee due to organisational reasons, that an adaptation of the exam/partial achievement for the planned partial achievement/exam date is possible.

Do I have to present proof?

You have to credibly demonstrate that you meet the requirements. If examiners/lecturers or the director of studies have doubts, they can request students to provide proof.

How is the decision taken?

First, the lecturers and the directorate of studies assess whether a deviating alternative mode or a substitute achievement and a quality-based performance assessment are possible based on the learning outcomes.

Adaptations are, in particular:

  • take-home exam
  • online participation in the course or
  • oral exam in a digital format instead of a written exam on site.

What are the next steps?

Yes, an adaptation is possible:

  • You receive an e-mail informing you about the new modes of assessment.
  • The adapted exam/adapted partial achievement takes place closely to the original date of the completion of the partial achievement/exam date. This allows you and the lecturers to prepare for the new conditions.

No, adaptations are not possible due to the learning outcomes/quality assurance or notification at short notice:

  • If the lecturer in agreement with the director of studies finds that an adaptation to a deviating digital mode is not possible and the exam/partial achievement thus must be held on site, you will receive an information e-mail via your u:account e-mail address.
  • You are entitled to de-register from the exam/course with continuous assessment.

This rule applies until 31 October 2022.