Corona Traffic Light Level 2 - Moderate Risk

26 August: Semester Start - Corona Risk Level “Yellow”

Dear students and lecturers, In the following we would like to share some information with you, regarding on-site courses at the Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt in the upcoming winter semester 2020.

We must maintain a minimum distance of one metre - in all classrooms as well - which means that courses are planned in a hybrid form, i.e. on-site as far as the reduced capacities allow, and beyond that as distance learning. Detailed information or, if applicable, diverging information for individual study programmes will be sent out by the relevant Heads of Programme.

Security measures have been adapted to their respective risk level with the help of a traffic light labelling system. This will be provided each day by the university management and posted at all entrances of FHWN sites. Should the risk level change, we will additionally inform you immediately via e-mail. We will also notify you if further measures or regulations become necessary. We therefore ask you to check your e-mails regularly.

The traffic light labelling system - how it works:

  • Green: Compliance with our general safety and hygiene rules (see below); in particular one metre safety distance, and where the distance is less than one metre, wearing mouth and nose protection (MNP) is obligatory (not necessary if a mechanical protective barrier such as a Plexiglas pane is available).
  • Yellow: The same as green, but additionally, wearing MNP is mandatory when entering the university and in all publicly accessible areas (hallway, aula, elevator, library, common and sanitary areas, etc.). Once in the lecture hall, seminar room, reading room or laboratory, as well as in the office and meeting room, you can remove MNP if the minimum distance of one metre can be maintained throughout.
  • Orange: Like yellow - additionally all activities (teaching, office work, etc.) are to be shifted to online/distance operation, if feasible without a major loss of quality or rescheduling effort.
  • Red: Lockdown - only those activities that cannot be replaced by other measures and which, if not carried out, would lead to a considerable disadvantage/damage for employees, students, or the FH as a whole, may continue.

The decision has been taken to start on all sites at risk level “YELLOW”. This is a precautionary decision, due to many holiday returnees and first semester students from abroad, and in the hope of soon being able to switch to "green".

General safety and hygiene regulations for students and external lecturers

  • If you suspect you are infected with COVID-19, you must inform Study Services immediately and stay away from the university until you have a negative test result.
  • Please check your contact data in the intranet and perform an update if anything has changed (visible immediately after accessing the intranet; your private e-mail address must be entered as "alternate" e-mail; telephone numbers can be checked from the beginning of September onwards). It is important that we can inform you quickly in case of a suspected infection!
  • It is your personal responsibility to monitor your own health status.
  • Keep a diary of personal contacts (so that in case of suspected illness, people you have been in contact with can be informed and tested very quickly to prevent a complete shutdown).
  • Make sure to always have mouth and nose protection with you - wearing MNP (or a face shield) may become obligatory depending on the risk level according to the traffic light labelling system, or if the one metre minimum distance cannot be maintained! Should you not have MNP with you, we have an emergency contingent available at the Service Point.
  • After entering the building, carry out hygienic hand disinfection (disinfectant dispensers are provided in the entrance areas). Wash your hands regularly with warm water and soap.
  • Please pay attention to respiratory hygiene: cover your mouth and nose either with your bent elbow or a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Teaching rooms are cleaned between courses if there is a change of groups. Disinfectant wipes are available if necessary.
  • Attendance lists, on which the lecturer notes the students present, must be kept for all courses (tick after calling the roll; no passing around of the list for reasons of hygiene!) Attendance lists must be deposited by lecturers after each session either in the lecturer’s pigeonhole (external lecturers) or the programme/institute/faculty’s pigeonhole (internal lecturers) (Lecturers’ Room). The attendance lists must remain at the FH at all times! The responsibility for submitting the lists lies with the respective lecturer as indicated in the database / timetable.
  • Please adhere to the seating plan: people present in teaching rooms must maintain the one metre distance throughout.
  • You are responsible for ensuring that the rooms are aired regularly, at least every hour. In rooms without windows or rooms with windows that cannot be opened, mechanical ventilation ensures an exchange of air.
  • While on campus before, between and after courses, a distance of one metre must always be maintained.

For additional information and any queries you might have, please contact the responsible Head of Programme!

Our goal for the upcoming winter semester remains to protect our health as best as possible and to enable our students’ successful progress in their studies.

5 May: First exams with students physically present at Arena Nova

Over the last few weeks, students across the country have slowly but surely become used to taking exams online. Due to the high degree of flexibility and adequate technical facilities, the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt has been able to ensure that students can continue to progress in their studies despite the restrictions on public life. Thanks to the excellent cooperation between the University of Applied Sciences and Arena Nova, the first exams with students physically present can now be held again.

An unusual sight will await the students on the Nursing Programme this Tuesday when they take their exam in "Anatomy & Physiology". It will be one of the first exams with students physically present since the lockdown of public life was decreed in Austria. A total of 90 students are expected to take the exams, spread out over several of Arena Nova’s halls, with each examinee being allocated a space of about 30 square metres. Thus, the distance between students is 2-3 times the minimum distance required in shops and public institutions. In the coming days and weeks, further examinations from all other faculties of the University of Applied Sciences will follow.

High level of safety precautions
In order to protect students and supervisors in the best possible way, the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt is taking a high level of safety precautions. All persons in Arena Nova are obliged to wear a mouth and nose protector - if someone does not have such a mask, they will be provided with one by the University of Applied Sciences once and free of charge. Before entering the building, hand disinfection is mandatory for everybody. Controlled access to the building is ensured by a special access system for entrance and exit areas. Students are sent the respective building and seating plans electronically before the examinations. Accordingly, each person is given precise access data with the exact seating position.

Event organising expertise for holding exams
"All of these measures are intended to achieve one thing above all else – the resumption of examinations with students being present while at the same time ensuring the highest possible level of safety and hygiene for all concerned. We hope that in this way we will achieve our goal of enabling students to progress without delay to their studies while at the same time doing our utmost to ensure everybody stays healthy," says Peter Erlacher, COO of the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt. When developing the concept for the upcoming examinations, the expertise of Arena Nova’s specialists was increasingly relied upon – valuable experience in event organisation gained over many years provided an excellent basis for assisting with the planning process. In cooperation with the University’s Heads of Faculty, a detailed examination concept has been developed that takes all potential risks and challenges into account. The valuable expertise of the public health department of the city of Wiener Neustadt was also drawn upon during the planning process.

28 April: Central Library - Open for lending again

Good news for students of the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt and everyone whose preferred way of passing time during the lockdown is reading: the borrowing of pre-ordered media from the Central Library at the University of Applied Sciences' City Campus will be possible again from 4 May.

At present, books and other media are a sought-after commodity not only for students writing seminar papers or final theses but also for people who want to spend their free time reading new books or consuming other media. In recent weeks, it has been impossible to borrow media because all libraries were closed - but in line with a number of new regulations decreed by the Austrian Federal Government aimed at easing the existing restrictions, the Central Library at City Campus will open its doors again on 4 May.

Media can be pre-ordered now either online (https://wn.on.worldcat.org) or by telephone (Monday to Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. via the ordering hotline 02622/89084/134). Pre-ordered media will be ready for collection from Monday to Friday, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Users can borrow these media via the self-checkout at the service point of the Central Library on the City Campus.

Increased protective measures continue
Since protecting people’s health still takes top priority, mouth and nose protection in the form of masks brought along by the user is obligatory when entering the library. In addition, access is only possible for one person at a time and in compliance with the recommended minimum distance of at least 1.5 metres. Detailed information on safety precautions is posted at the entrance to the library.

Borrowed media can be returned in the designated return boxes in front of the entrance - this ensures that there is no physical contact when returning media. Since all these are quarantined for one week before being passed on, confirmation of returned media will appear on the respective library account slightly later than normal.

Important information for those who wish to come to the Central Library in the coming days: until further notice, access to the Central Library is only possible via the entrance on Schlögelgasse.

15 March: Closure of all FH locations and libraries

Due to current developments, we have decided to reduce FH internal operations to the absolute minimum. The University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt will be closed at all locations from Monday 16.03.2020 onwards, but online and telephone services will of course remain in place. The library will be closed completely. Taking out books is no longer possible until further notice.

We offer an extensive online library and strongly recommend our students and colleagues to use the available e-media.

All e-media are accessible from home and can be researched here.

Our tip: Use the free digital offer of NOE-Books. As a supplement to the scientific media of the FH library, you will find fiction, thrillers, novels, cookbooks, audio books and many other media for relaxing and entertainment. If you do not have a NOE-Book account yet, just send an e-mail to bibliothek@fhwn.ac.at, and we will activate it for you.
Support for how to use e-media is available from Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. by phone at 02622/89084/134 or via e-mail at bibliothek@fhwn.ac.at.
Current information can be found at www.bibliothekimzentrum.at.

For news concerning teaching activities, students are kept up to date by their head of programmes. Students, prospective students and library users are also asked to regularly check the official FH channels (website and social media channels) for news.

These measures apply until further notice (from today's point of view at least until after Easter).

Let us try to show solidarity in this challenging time and support the measures of the Federal Government as well as the authorities. By following their directives, each of us can contribute significantly to the containment of the exponential spreading rate.

We wish you strength and confidence for the upcoming days,

Your University Management

14 March: Cancellation of all attendance appointments for admission procedures

Due to the current developments and decisions of the Federal Government, we have decided to suspend on campus appointments for admission procedures in the coming weeks until after Easter. Where possible, we would like to invite you to conduct your admission interview via Skype. With this measure we would like to fulfil our social responsibility and contribute to reducing social contacts. It will of course be possible to come to your admission interview at a later date on site - your application remains valid.

As soon as the situation changes and we can set new dates, we will inform all affected prospective students by e-mail in good time. We will continue to do everything in our power to provide everyone with the best possible service as far as circumstances allow. If you have any further questions, please contact the person responsible for admission in Study Services.

13 March: Courses requiring students to be physically present suspended as of today

Current information from FH Wiener Neustadt Management for students:

Due to current developments, we have decided to temporarily suspend all courses requiring students to be physically present as of 13 March.

There is still no confirmed case of the coronavirus disease at any of our sites. However, we want to give the authorities the best possible support in their efforts to contain the virus, and therefore ask you to stay at home from now on and keep your social contacts to an absolute minimum. Your head of programme will supply you with detailed instructions/recommendations on the further course of your studies in the next few days. We are concentrating all our efforts to ensure that you can achieve your academic goals in the time envisaged!

12 March: Information re: closure of the library

The University Library as well as the “Central Library” will be closed from next Friday, 13 March until 15 April. This applies to the whole area of the Central Library (i.e. the reading room, galleries, the learning booths etc.), as well as the library at Campus 1 and the library at the Wieselburg Campus. The loan period for items borrowed will be automatically extended during the period of closure.

In order to offer both students and staff at the FHWN the best possible service in the present circumstances, we will be maintaining a lending service via the Service Point at City Campus, the Library at Campus 1 and the Front desk at the Wieselburg Campus. Books must be pre-ordered online, and you will be informed by e-mail as soon as they are available.

Books can be picked up from Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Book transport between Wiener Neustadt and Wieselburg will be temporarily suspended during the period of closure. Please take this into account when ordering online.

As the coronavirus can survive for several days on paper, the books will be put into quarantine after being returned, until they may be borrowed again. We ask for your understanding should there be any delays in the lending process.

We have an extensive online library and strongly recommend using these e-media.

All users are asked to reduce the borrowing of books to the absolute minimum.

All e-media can be accessed from home and researched here: https://wn.on.worldcat.org or here https://www.fhwn.ac.at/hochschule/infrastruktur/bibliothek/online-recherche/datenbanken.

Support for online research is available Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.:

Wiener Neustadt: either by phone (02622/89084/134) or via e-mail to library@fhwn.ac.at.

Wieselburg: either by phone (07416/53000/242) or via e-mail to elke.gosch@amu.at.

12 March: Important information regarding the entrance tests in the upcoming weeks

Admission procedure Bachelor programmes:

The entrance tests will take place as planned. Desk surfaces and keyboards will be thoroughly disinfected by FHWN staff, and with increased standards of hygiene applied as part of personal meetings and presentations i.e. minimum distance between persons, no shaking of hands. In addition, groups sizes will be significantly reduced. Applicants are requested to attend tests only if they have a clean bill of health. Alternative test dates can be offered and as such you are politely requested to refrain from attending if you are unsure about your current state of health – if this is the case, please opt out from your assigned entrance test date.

Admission procedure Master programmes:

Admission interviews will be offered via Skype. In individual cases they can also be conducted by means of personal interview.

Should you have further questions, please contact the respective contact person in Study Services via e-mail.

Applicants to degree programmes in Wieselburg are requested to send an email to office@amu.at or call 07416/ 53000.

10 March: Current information from the university management

Due to an announced decree, we can assume that from Monday, 16 March onwards, classroom teaching will be temporarily suspended at all Austrian universities.

The University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt is currently in constant coordination with the authorities and responsible bodies, and will inform about further steps and measures (e.g. online teaching, entrance examinations, rescheduling etc.) as soon as possible.

All open-air events at FH Wiener Neustadt with more than 500 guests, as well as in-door events with more than 100 guests which were supposed to take place until the beginning of April, have been cancelled.

As usual, we will keep you up to date on current developments at this place.

3 March

the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Research (BMBWF) has issued further details regarding the procedure following stays abroad in "risk areas", these are to be implemented as follows:

Students, staff and external lecturers who return from the risk areas designated by WHO (currently: Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Iran, Singapore, China, and the Italian regions of Lombardy, Veneto, Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna) are encouraged to voluntarily reduce their social contacts significantly during the first 14 days after returning from these areas and not to attend classes during these 14 days.

For employees and external lecturers who have scheduled teaching duties during this period, this entails contacting the Study Services department and rescheduling the respective course dates.

The request not to hold any courses during this period does not affect other obligations arising from a current contract for teaching duties, provided that none of the below-mentioned symptoms of illness occur.

For courses with mandatory attendance, students who are affected are requested to inform the person responsible for the course, i.e. the lecturer. If necessary, the lecturer will prompt the Head of Programme to reschedule submission deadlines and examination dates.

For courses with continuous evaluation, please notify the person responsible for the course on these grounds. If necessary, the lecturer will prompt the Head of Programme to reschedule deadlines and examination dates.

Relevant questions for self-check:

  • Have you been in Iran, China, South Korea or any other state or region in the last two weeks for which the Austrian Foreign Ministry has issued a travel warning?
  • Have you developed symptoms or are you currently showing signs of illness?
  • If you have been in one of the aforementioned countries: when did you return to Austria? Have you been in Austria for two weeks or longer?
  • If you have not yet been in Austria for 14 days, please refrain from attending courses for the time being and pay close attention to any symptoms.
  • If you have any questions or are uncertain whether you are ill, please call the hotline 1450.
  • If you show symptoms, please do not see a doctor under any circumstances, but call 1450, where you will receive all further information on how to proceed.

3 March

The Sanitary Directorate of the Province of Lower Austria has now issued extended prevention measures:

Employees, students or part-time lecturers who have returned from risk areas within the last 14 days AND show symptoms (see Downloads: 20200303 Infosheet Land NÖ) should not participate in university activities, but stay at home and contact the telephone health advice service on 1450 for further clarification.

List of current risk areas

For affected employees: please send a corresponding sick note as usual to the superior and the personnel department, additionally with the information that a potential connection with corona virus symptoms is being checked.

For affected students and part-time lecturers: please send a short notification so that we can inform the authorities.

28 February

We are keeping in close contact with the authorities. If any additional measures are recommended, they will be published here.

The University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt is maintaining close contact with the authorities that evaluate the current situation. So far, we have not been advised to follow special measures. If this should change, information will be posted here.

The current understanding is that the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The risk of spreading person-to-person is relatively low - according to current data, the risk is only slightly higher than with the flu. Symptoms can include: fever, sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing. In severe cases, the infection can lead to pneumonia, kidney failure and can also lead to death, especially in combination with other illnesses. However, the most common course of the disease is mild and resembles a cold.

If you have any questions, please contact the Austrian health helpline on 1450 (no area code needed).

If you have fallen ill and your illness is subject to registration or you suspect it might be, please contact:

AGES Infoline Coronavirus: 0800 555 621 (7 days a week, 24 hours a day)