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May 28, 2020 | University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland


FHNW's handling of coronavirus

Federal Council approves easing of public health measures for universities

In the wake of the corona epidemic, the Federal Council declared a state of emergency on 16 March 2020 and enforced public health measures accordingly. On 16 March 2020, the FHNW discontinued face-to-face teaching and instructed its staff to work from home as of 17 March 2020. On 27 May 2020, the Federal Council announced an easing of its public health measures for universities from 6 June 2020 and declared a recategorisation of the "extraordinary" situation in Switzerland to a "special" situation from 19 June 2020. The FHNW will apply the measures described below for a transitional period from 8 June to 12 September 2020.
(The FHNW will provide information on the measures applicable to the "new normal" operations from 14 September 2020 in time for the start of the 2020/21 academic year.)

FHNW measures for the transitional period 8 June to 12 September 2020

The aim of the measures during the transition period is to protect the FHNW's staff, students and participants in continuing education from infection with the coronavirus in their workspaces, and at the same time to provide the university's mandated activities in the best possible way. The FHNW is pursuing a shared responsibility concept: the institutional responsibility of the University, and the individual responsibility of staff, students and participants in continuing education.

Information for students and staff:

  • From 8 June onwards, contact tuition – and, in particular, exams and tests requiring the physical presence of candidates – will be resumed at the FHNW, provided that the protective measures described in the protection concept can be observed.
  • In consultation with the FHNW's board of directors, the President has announced a protection concept that sets out the organisational and distancing measures aimed at protecting the University's members; it is binding on the FHNW's Schools and campuses.
  • Students, participants in continuing education and staff are responsible for observing the hygiene and distancing rules on the premises of the FHNW, in and out of the classroom setting.
  • Additional individual protective measures are to be agreed for persons deemed at particular risk.
  • The campus restaurants/canteens will reopen on 8 June 2020 for members of the FHNW, including continuing education participants, subject to the special protective measures and with a limited range of catering and restricted opening hours (exception: members of the FHNW Academy of Art and Design may visit the SV restaurant in the Spengler Park).
  • The libraries will reopen their doors on 8 June 2020 to members of the FHNW and those attending continuing education courses, subject to the special protective measures and with shorter opening hours. Visit for up-to-the-minute details of the individual campus libraries.
  • Commencing 8 June, FHNW Sports is offering a limited range of activities and training sessions. The gyms at Brugg-Windisch and Muttenz will remain closed until further notice. For up-to-the-minute information visit:

Information for staff:

  • If staff are able to perform their mandated activities by working from home, they should continue to do so until further notice. This recommendation is dependent on the needs of the relevant department, etc. and is subject to consultation between the heads of those departments, etc. and the staff concerned.
  • The FHNW has provided lecturers with an Inside platform to assist them in their realisation of alternatives to classroom teaching. In addition to guidance on the most common scenarios and tools, it also offers a forum area for questions and sharing experiences. The Schools remain the first point of contact for teaching and technical support. >> Distance Learning platform (only for FHNW employees)

Information on specific implementation measures concerning the Schools and Services is provided by the Schools and Services. Queries regarding implementation of the aforementioned measures should be directed to the relevant persons at your School or in Services.

Working from home during the corona pandemic

The imposed and indefinite situation of working from home is difficult for everyone. Specialists in occupational and organisational psychology at the FHNW School of Applied Psychology have put together the most important tips and advice for social-distanced working during the corona pandemic.
>> Tips and advicefor working from home (in German)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The FHNW has prepared a FAQ for its staff and students on how to deal with the coronavirus at the FHNW, which will be continuously updated.
>> To the FAQ


For questions on how to deal with the coronavirus the FHNW has created a hotline.
Tel:           056 202 75 75
E-Mail:     Y29yb25hQGZobncuY2g=

Actual Situation in Switzerland

>> Latest information on the coronavirus by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) 

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