Here you can find the current information regarding COVID-19 for lecturers and employees at the University of Basel.

In principle, masks must be worn on campus. In the university buildings where courses take place, as well as in the university libraries, masks must be worn in the foyers, corridors, staircases and elevators, as well as in the study rooms as of September 14, 2020. The University of Basel has had so-called community masks manufactured for its members. The first delivery arrives this week and will be sent to the new students. The second delivery will follow in the second half of September, with which we will supply the remaining students, staff and lecturers. The masks are TESTEX tested, based on recommendations of the Swiss National COVID-19 Science Task Force and will also be available at the SV-Service sales points from the end of September.

Persons at particular risk should contact their direct supervisors so that any measures can be discussed. The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) defines on its website who belongs to the particularly endangered persons.

Starting with the fall semester 2020, an A/V media set will be available for hybrid courses (face-to-face and online). The A/V media set (Logitec Meetup model) is a professional webcam with a wide-angle lens, microphone and speakers that can capture - almost - the entire seminar room due to its wide-angle setting. The A/V media set is connected to a laptop via USB and enables transmission of the seminar session conducted in presence mode via Zoom, Webex, Camtasia, etc. to participants who are connected online. The media sets are also suitable for online lectures (as recording or in presence mode).

The media sets are not fixed to the ceiling. They are set up in the room by means of a tripod, so that their location can be adapted to the respective needs if necessary. Nevertheless, we will mark possible locations on the floor before the beginning of the semester, so that the lecturers do not have to search for a new suitable location for the set-up in every course. The operation of the media sets is (almost) self-explanatory. By means of a remote control, the sections can be zoomed and the object can be aligned up and down, right and left. Further descriptions can be found on the intranet of the University of Basel (VPN connection required) under as well as under


General Information

  • The University of Basel has compiled an"A-Z for lecturers". Here you will find the most important information
  • When a teaching assignment is granted, a University of Basel email account is set up (or reactivated) and represents the official correspondence address for lecturers with students and university institutions.
    The login data of the mail account is used to access various portals and services of the University of Basel (such as Services; ADAM).

Semester planning

Teaching materials

Teaching materials can either be deposited digitally via ADAM: or a semester apparatus can be compiled in the subject library.

  • PDFs of the texts can either be uploaded by the students themselves or ordered free of charge on ADAM via the function "Add new object" > "DigiLit" via the library service. It should be noted that orders may take a few days to process, especially at the beginning of the semester.
  • For ordering books outside the local holdings of the departmental library, the following form is available.

Equipment of the seminar rooms at Holbeinstrasse 12

All seminar rooms are equipped with filpcharts, blackboards and projectors (with audio system). Lecturers bring their own laptops and adapters for mini-HDMI, DVI, USB-C, VGA, etc.

To connect to the W-LAN, eduroam can be used. This also applies to members of the University of Basel. For some services, an additional connection to the VPN of the University of Basel must be established.

Grading and deadlines

  • Performance is graded according to the following guidelines (according to § 11 of the Regulations for Bachelor's and Master's Programs at the Faculty of Humanities and Natural Sciences of the University of Basel).
    Student performance is evaluated by the lecturers according to the principle "pass"/"fail" (pass/fail) or with a grade. The grading scale ranges from 6 to 1, with a minimum grade of 4 required for passing. Grading of a performance review is in whole or half grades. The following grading scale is used:

    6 "excellent"; 5.5 "very good"; 5 "good"; 4.5 "satisfactory"; 4 "sufficient"; 3.5-1 "insufficient".

    Grade point averages are rounded to two decimal places. Half hundredths are rounded up. An average less than 4 is unsatisfactory. The calculation of the final grade of the program is regulated in the respective study regulations. The final grade is rounded to one decimal place. Half tenths are rounded up. Examinations may only be repeated in the case of unsatisfactory grades. In the case of repeated examinations in accordance with § 12 Para. 9, § 15 Para. 5 and § 16 Para. 4, the better grade shall count.
  • Clear cases of plagiarism must be reported to the Head of Student Administration. Student work can be checked for plagiarism on ADAM. More information on plagiarism and academic honesty.
  • The entry of assessments (pass/fail or grade) is done via the services platform of the University of Basel (instructions are stored there as PDF documents). The evaluation of the performance review is done in 4 steps; the automatically generated checklists (PDF) have to be signed and dated and sent to the pre-printed address of the study administration of the Faculty of Phil.-Hist. or deposited at the secretary's office Media Science.
  • The deadlines for the submission of written work within the framework of courses as well as their evaluation in the system are regularly 6 weeks each; for free written work via Learning Contract 10 weeks. Exceptions are possible by mutual agreement.