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Oct 29, 2020 | University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland


The FHNW is taking these organisational and distancing measures to protect its employees, students and participants in continuing education.

  • With immediate effect, visits to the FHNW must be kept to an operational minimum.
  • As a matter of principle, degree and continuing education programmes are now taking place online in the virtual domain. Exceptions to this are a matter for the relevant director.
  • Working from home is recommended and must be discussed with the line manager on a case-by-case basis.
  • Access to FHNW premises is possible only with an FH-Card or by means of a guest list.
  • Persons whose presence in FHNW buildings is unavoidable must observe the relevant protective measures.

FHNW protection concept from 2 November 2020

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the “special situation” as defined by the Epidemics Act of (EpG) has been in force in Switzerland since 19 June 2020. Based on this act, the Federal Council issued the Covid-19 Ordinance and amended it on 28 October 2020.

The FHNW’s Covid-19 protection concept contains the following key protective measures:

  • Restricted presence at the FHNW
  • Virtual teaching
  • Working from home recommended in consultation with line managers
  • Access restrictions
  • Protective measures to be observed when on FHNW premises

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

Working from home during the corona pandemic

The FHNW recommends working from home. Working from home must be discussed with the line manager on a case-by-case basis.

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 advice for working from home (in German)

Obligation to wear a face covering at the FHNW

The number of new infections in Switzerland has risen sharply in recent weeks. The general obligation to wear a face covering has applied at the FHNW since 1 September 2020 (see FHNW protection concept).

This measure finds the FHNW signalling its intention to protect its employees and students as best it can from Covid-19 infection, and in so doing meeting its duty of care obligations as an employer and educational institution.


The FHNW has a hotline for questions on dealing with the coronavirus.
Tel:           056 202 75 75
E-Mail:     Y29yb25hQGZobncuY2g=

Current situation in Switzerland

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

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