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Coronavirus: Further actions

All courses at the University of Innsbruck are being switched from classroom teaching to distance learning. All facilities of the University Library will remain closed for students and users, courses of the University Sports Institute (USI) will be discontinued until further notice.

Update (March 27 2020): 

  • A further employee was tested positive for the new coronavirus. Now 39 members of the university are infected. 

Update (March 26 2020): 

  • Since yesterday, three more students in student residences have tested positive for the new coronavirus.

Update (March 25 2020): 

  • Since yesterday, the number of infected university members has jumped from 21 to 35. This disproportionate increase is due to the fact that the health authorities have now tested all residents of those student residences where ill students have been staying in the past two weeks. The results showed that 12 other students of the University of Innsbruck were infected. Further student residences are currently being tested, so further increases could occur in the coming days.
    This means that 31 students are currently infected, 2 of whom are also working as employees, and 4 other employees of the university. The number of infected employees is still very low due to the measures taken (Minimum operation resp. home office).

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Current measures

The University of Innsbruck has taken a number of precautions to curb the further spread of the new coronavirus:

All courses at the University of Innsbruck are being converted from classroom teaching to distance learning. This means that since March 10th no more courses will be held on the university premises, but will be conducted using digital technologies as far as possible.

All employees who do not have urgently needed tasks to perform at the university will stay at home and work from there during the week till Aril 13th due to traffic restrictions in Tyrol.

All facilities of the University Library are closed. Take advantage of the comprehensive range of electronic media. At the moment further procedures for the lending of books etc. are under review. Further information can be found in the FAQs.

Courses of the University Sports Institute (USI) will be discontinued. The outdoor facilities and the sauna will remain closed.

Courses of the Language Center (ISI) will be offered digitally if possible and otherwise also suspended.

The Study Office, the Faculty Service Office/Examination Office and IT-Services are temporarily only available via e-mail and telephone.

Until further notice, the post rooms on Innrain, Sowi and Technik will remain open daily from 07.30 - 12.00 hours to accept and issue mail items.

All Mensa facilities are closed.

These measures will apply until further notice; the situation will be evaluated daily and reassessed accordingly.

Any questions? Then please contact the coronavirus hotline:

FAQ on coronavirus and current measures

How is the coronavirus transmitted?

According to the information available to date, there is a possibility of human-to-human transmission through an infection by droplets or smears. The risk of transmission from person to person is relatively low and, according to the current state of information, is somewhat higher than that of influenza. Common signs of infection with the novel coronavirus include fever, sore throat, cough and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, kidney failure and, above all, if serious other diseases already exist, death. The mildest forms (symptoms of a cold) are most common.

When is an infection suspected?

Disease is suspected in persons with acute symptoms of respiratory infection (sudden appearance of at least one of the following symptoms: cough, fever, shortness of breath)

and close contact with a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case during the 14 days before the onset of symptoms,

or stay in a region in which transmission of SARS-CoV-2 can be assumed (risk areas see below).

Likely case: Person who has not been diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 by a laboratory diagnostic procedure, but has a clear clinical picture (acute symptoms of respiratory infection),

and close contact with a confirmed or suspected case,

or stay in a region in which persistent transmission of SARS-CoV-2 must be assumed.

Confirmed case: Person with laboratory diagnostic evidence of SARS-CoV-2, regardless of symptoms.

Risk areas (regions in which persistent transmission of SARS-CoV-2 must be assumed, as of 20 03 2020):

  • China
  • South Korea
  • Iran
  • Hongkong
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • Italy
  • In France: Region Grand Est (Alsace, Lorraine und Champagne-Ardenne)
  • In Spain: Madrid
  • In the US: California, Washington and New York
  • In Germany: Landkreis Heinsberg (North Rhine-Westfalia)
  • In Austria:
    • Tirol: alle 279 Gemeinden;
    • Vorarlberg: Arlberg-Region with Lech, Warth, Schröcken, Stuben;
    • Kärnten: Heiligenblut;
    • Salzburg: Flachau, Gasteinertal with Bad Gastein, Bad Hofgastein and Dorfgastein as well as the Großarltal with Großarl und Hüttschlag.

With the online questionnaire of the Leitstelle Tirol, it is possible to clarify with just a few questions whether or not someone is classified as a suspicious case according to the current definition of the Austrian Ministry of Health.

Whom should one contact?

Persons with symptoms should contact the health advice centre on 1450 (without area code from all networks). If you have been diagnosed with a compulsorily notifiable disease or if there is a strong suspicion, please inform Dr. Elisabeth Oberrauch-Genser, medical officer at the University of Innsbruck:, +43 664 3206062 and the Coronavirus Hotline of the University

With the online questionnaire of the Leitstelle Tirol, it is possible to clarify with just a few questions whether or not someone is classified as a suspicious case according to the current definition of the Austrian Ministry of Health. In case of uncertainties or questions, you can also contact the Coronavirus Hotline of the province of Tyrol at +43 800 80 80 30 or the 24-hour Infoline of the AGES at +43 800 555 621. Between 8 and 20 o'clock psychologists and counselors are available on the Corona Helpline 0800 400 120. 

If I am infected with the coronavirus or have had contact with infected people, do I have to report it?

In accordance with the university's duty of care, all persons who have been in contact with a SARS-CoV-2 infected person or who have been diagnosed with an infection are asked to contact the university's physician by email ( with the following information: First and last name, telephone number, address, brief key data on the contact (when, how long, contact in which form).

I'm returning from a risk area. What do I have to know?

Individuals returning from the high-risk areas designated by the regional health authorities are asked to voluntarily reduce their social contacts substantially and not to attend classes during the first 14 days after returning from the affected areas. For courses with compulsory attendance, students concerned are asked to inform the lecturers of their absence stating this reason.

Additionally, the regional health authorities requests in its information sheet for universities (PDF) that returning travelers from risk areas disclose their contact details, especially their phone number, so that they can inform them directly about further measures, if necessary. If you are concerned, we therefore ask for voluntary and informal disclosure via an online form.

Is South Tyrol considered a risk area?

On March 10th Italy has declared the whole country a red zone. Since March 9th, the Austrian Ministry of Health has listed South Tyrol as a risk area, the Tyrolean Health Directorate has done the same on March 10th.

May I currently leave my communal territory?

Comprehensive traffic restrictions came into force on 19 March 2020. You can find up-to-date information in the FAQ on the quarantine regulations of the province of Tyrol.

How can one protect oneself against the coronavirus?

As a general protective measure against infection, please wash your hands thoroughly several times a day and avoid shaking hands as a greeting. To support these measures, it has also been arranged that now all door handles in the university buildings will be cleaned more frequently.

Will there be public events at the university in the near future?

All events organized by the Universität Innsbruck, will be canceled until April 20.

Which regulations apply at the University Library?

All ULB Tirol facilities are closed until further notice. Please take advantage of the comprehensive range of digital media. The further procedure for lending physical media is currently being reviewed. Until a final solution is found, the following regulations apply:

  • Borrowed media (including preregistered media) will be extended for the entire closing time.
  • Reservations for borrowed media will be retained.
  • Reservations remain in place until one week after resumption of operations.
  • Inter-library lending is currently not possible.
  • No new reminder and overdraft fees will be charged during the closing time.
  • Expiring library cards will be renewed (first day of opening + 1 month) if titles are on loan.
  • Please do not return any media to us by mail.
  • All guided tours and training courses are cancelled until further notice.
  • Due to the corona crisis, many publishers are offering e-books and e-journals free of charge.
  • Online tutorials for literature research

Please check your library account continuously. In case of discrepancies please contact customer service. The ULB TIrol web pages are constantly updated. The customer service is available by telephone and e-mail from Mon-Fri 8-17 hrs: +512 507 2410,

Are mail rooms still open?

Until further notice, the post rooms on the Innrain, Sowi and Campus Technik will remain open daily from 07.30 - 12 noon to accept and deliver mail. Individual deliveries are unfortunately not possible at present. Please keep a safe distance when collecting or delivering mail. Please order only the really necessary items at the moment!



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Statement Vice-Rector Bernhard Fügenschuh

Vice-Rector for Student Affairs and Teaching Bernhard Fügenschuh addresses our students (English subtitles available).

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