11/03/2020: Corona-Virus: No Lectures at JKU and at RISC

Dear Faculty and Staff,
Dear Students,

to protect JKU employees and students and increase precautionary measures
to help in reducing further spread of the SARS CoV-2 (COVID-19) infection
in the best way possible, the Johannes Kepler University Linz has made the
following decisions:

Starting March 11, 2020, the Johannes Kepler University is suspending
in-person classes and examinations for all degree programs. Wherever
possible, we will offer online options via e-learning at home. If there
are courses in which online options are not available, university courses
and operations will be suspended until further notice. In addition, we ask
students stay away from JKU facilities (laboratories, libraries, study
zones, the Dept. of Examinations and Recognition Services, the Admissions
Office, the university cafeteria, etc.) until further notice. The library
reading rooms will be closed until further notice. We ask that you contact
these departments by phone or by sending an e-mail.

The Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs will send detailed information to all
faculty members and instructors in a separate e-mail. Faculty members and
instructors will send students information about the procedure regarding
individual courses and examinations.

In regards to the scope of legalities, we will make every attempt to act
with the greatest gesture of goodwill possible in order to avoid negative
effects regarding studies or the timeframe for the duration of your
studies. In regards to courses being held at other institutions for JKU
students (i.e. at the Medical University of Graz), please observe the
regulations as stated by the institution.

Beginning March 11, 2020, the courses offered by the University Sports
Institute (USI) will be suspended until further notice.

Other university operations are currently not affected by this measure. It
is imperative that the university maintains daily operations and keeps our
services running. JKU employees can only work from home under this
premise. The decision is to be rendered by the respective department head
after being informed by the Rectorate. Until then, university operations
will continue without any restrictions.

We ask you to be vigilant and request that you restrict social contact
(such as in common areas, at the library, at the university cafeteria,
etc.) and meetings as much as you can. If possible, please communicate
using the phone or via video conferencing. The JKU is also suspending
on-campus conferences, symposia and other public events until further

We would also like to inform you that in regards to your personal and home
life, there is also a high-risk of transmission and we strongly advise you
to avoid private events, celebrations, and festivities.

If you have any questions, please contact the internal JKU Coronavirus
Hotline (0732 2468)-1450 and your request will be forwarded to the
responsible department.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Best regards,

Meinhard Lukas