ETH Zurich switches to emergency operations
On 16 March, the Swiss Federal Council declared a national state of emergency. The entire population is being urgently called upon to minimise human contact for their own protection and the protection of others. ETH Zurich is doing everything in its power to help fight this pandemic and is therefore adapting its measures. Starting immediately and currently planned to continue until the end of May, all research and administrative activities must be carried out with as little human contact as possible. This is in addition to the suspension of classroom teaching that is already in place.
This means that until further notice, all members of ETH must work from home unless their physical presence at ETH is absolutely necessary.
Exceptions to this general requirement to work from home are:
- Teaching staff who are recording or streaming lectures and the relevant support staff
- Employees of ETH IT Services and Educational Development and Technology (LET) who support IT systems with high and highest availability requirements
- Staff members of research institutes which must be kept in operation (approval by the Vice President for Research)
- Staff members who are coming to pick up the documents and IT equipment they need to work from home
- People in charge of research systems that cannot be shut down (approval by the Vice President for Research)
- People in charge of shutting down experiments and the corresponding documentation (approval by the Vice President for Research)
- Operating and security staff with a mandatory presence on site
- Employees of ETH partner companies that will remain open
- Other technical and administrative staff as defined by the organisational units