Home office in times of Covid-19

The following rules currently apply:

  • Home office remains compulsory in principle. However, organisational units of the university that test once a week can relax this obligation somewhat.
  • Masks are compulsory on the entire premises of the University of Bern. This applies to the entire perimeter of the institution, i.e. not only the buildings but also their outdoor areas.
  • Face-to-face events in continuing education are possible, provided that the measures specified in the protection concept can be observed.
  • Meetings are held virtually.


All work that does not by necessity have to be carried out on site is to be done from home. Research meetings, data sessions, etc. are always to be held virtually.

Special situation for young researchers

The effects of the corona crisis on young people are challenging in various ways and in many cases also burdensome. The university management asks superiors and managers to regularly exchange information with young researchers and to support them as much as possible.

In particular, it should be avoided that ongoing qualification work (doctorates, habilitations) cannot be completed. Particular attention should be paid to the fact that persons with supervision obligations or other aggravating constellations have been or are in some cases severely restricted in their research and publication activities.

The university management will accept delays in research projects due to Covid-19 as a reason for extending employment contracts beyond the maximum period of employment, if this has been agreed with the supervisors and the institutes involved and can sufficiently be demonstrated.

Information can be found here: Coronavirus: Information for researchers

For the universities, larger attendance events are only possible if a test concept approved by the canton is available. In addition, masking and distance requirements (1.5m) continue to apply. Fundamental changes are therefore not possible and short-term adjustments would also impair planning security.

The SNSF wants to consider the effects on researchers with supervisory duties. Appropriately justified applications for additional contributions should generally be granted.

Separate regulations apply to recipients of a mobility grant to finance a research stay abroad.