The increasingly serious developments this week have led the Executive Board of the University to approve the introduction of unprecedented and radical measures for UZH. After consultation with the cantonal authorities, the Executive Board of the University has decided to switch all courses to a distance-learning format from Monday, 16 March 2020 until further notice. Our goal remains the same: to enable you to access teaching materials and to support you in dealing with your course content and in completing the relevant assessments.
In addition, the following steps will be taken, and we ask for your cooperation in this regard:
1. Teaching staff has been requested to provide courses available in a digital format
The Executive Board of the University has requested all teaching staff to make their courses available in a digital format – that does not always mean podcasts, there are also many other online options. We ask for your patience, as the process of moving all courses to digital platforms will take some time. It will not be possible to make all course content available online immediately. You will receive instructions directly from your course instructors about where and how to access the materials.
2. Cancellation window for modules and exams/assessments
In addition, the Executive Board of the University has decided to introduce a window for cancellations in the current semester (likely in the first two weeks of May). This will enable you to cancel your enrollment for modules and exams/assessments without giving a reason, should you feel unable to complete the requirements under the current circumstances.
3. Teaching staff has been requested to inform you in good time about exam contents or assessment requirements
Although we cannot predict how the situation will develop, the teaching staff have been requested to inform you in writing of the exam contents or assessment requirements in good time before the cancellation window opens. This should enable you to decide whether you want to sit the exam/complete the assessment requirements or not.
4. Libraries will be closed
Starting on Friday, 20 March 6 p.m., the university’s libraries will be closed. Students can order media online and have them delivered to their home free of charge. Individual students may request and be granted access to a library if they need library media/documents that cannot be copied or digitalized.
This extraordinary situation is presenting great challenges for all of us, and we are very aware of that. We are doing everything possible to support you as best we can, and to make sure you get all relevant information in good time. We greatly appreciate your cooperation.