Risk groups, quarantine, entry restriction

Applicable regulations if students cannot attend courses/exams on site

During the COVID-19 pandemic several student groups cannot attend on-site courses or take exams on site. While members of groups at increased risk (according to the legal definition) are legally entitled to an alternative mode of assessment, other groups face the same problem. The following measures introduced by the University of Vienna aim to enable these groups to participate in courses/exams. These measures apply until the end of the winter semester of 2020/2021 (until 30 April 2021).

The measures taken depend on the contents of the relevant course/exam. For detailed information, please contact the responsible lecturer/examiner.

Affected groups of persons:

The following guidelines aim to enable persons belonging to one of the groups specified above to complete an exam/partial achievement. For detailed information, please contact the responsible lecturer/examiner.

  • Report your needs to your lecturer/examiner immediately, but no later than 7 days before the exam date. If the reason for non-attendance was unforeseeable (e.g. self-isolation), you have to report your needs no later than 3 days before the exam date (in this case an official proof is required).
  • The presentation of a plausible reason for belonging to one of the groups mentioned above is enough if you notified the lecturer/examiner in due time. The presentation of an official proof can be requested in case of suspected fraudulent use.
  • Possible alternative ways these groups can take an exam: The exam itself is held online, preferably as an oral exam or in the form of a take-home exam; partial achievements, such as presentations on site, can be replaced with live connections to the course; students can also record their presentations and submit them to the lecturer; etc.
  • The focus is on the process of determining the achievement of the learning outcomes. Therefore, the course of action has to be adequate to the subject. The (method of the) exam/partial achievement can diverge from the initially intended mode of assessment for the other students, if needed.
  • The exam or the partial achievement should be submitted around the time of the initially scheduled date, but it is not mandatory to complete them on the same day. Different questions can be asked.
  • The teacher documents the course of action and informs the students accordingly (by u:account e-mail).

Considered aspects for exams which mandatory on site attendance

If members of groups at increased risk or their relatives must attend exams on site because the exam cannot be held otherwise, the following aspects have to be considered:

  • They must be allocated to separate rooms in which a minimum distance of more than 2 metres can be kept from other persons.
  • Examiners, invigilators and students have to wear FFP2/KN95 masks during the exam.
  • The exam room is cleaned before the exam takes place.


Please contact the responsible lecturer/examiner as soon as possible, if you are a member of a group at increased risk and cannot attend an on-site course or take an exam on site.