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Coronavirus - updated 22nd of January

COVID-19 graphic: CDC - Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

Please kindly guide your attention to a new measures by UCT Prague’s Rector, the purpose of which is to define and specify the organizational rules binding during the COVID-19 pandemic.

at an meeting on 22 January 2021, the Government of the Czech Republic extended the restrictions on the operation of universities according to the level 5 of the PES system until 14 February 2021. It still applies that the personal presence of students for instruction (including labs) is prohibited at all levels of study. Personal participation in the exams is possible if a maximum of 10 people take part in the exam at one time. Individual consultations at universities are possible.

At UCT Prague, it still applies that examinations will be possible in this period in-person (up to 10 people) as well as in distance form. The format and process of the exam/credit is fully in the competence and discretion of the subject guarantor, who is obliged to inform students about his or her decision well in advance. In all our auditoriums, of course, regular aerosol disinfection is being carried out and the obligation to observe distance between people applies. Hands must be disinfected immediately after entering a university building and mouth and nose protection must be worn.

As for individual consultations, they can take place in a “1 on 1” mode with prior agreement from an instructor. The instructor is obliged to keep a record of the place, time, and participants in the consultation if needed for possible contact tracing.

Students of all levels taking exams can continue to stay on campus during the exam period, since the full-time form of the exam is considered part of the educational process.

!According to information from the Minister of Health, the Czech government will discuss changes to the anti-epidemic system next week, with changes for universities being proposed. Among other things, limited full-time laboratory and practical instruction might be allowed for final year students even when the PES system level is still 5, and for all years of study once the PES system level is reduced to 4. If the government approves the changes (this depends on what will be changed and exact wording), they might enter into force at earliest on February 1, 2021. Therefore, please check your email inbox and the UCT Prague website next week; we will inform you immediately about the news using these channels! 

The following earlier measures are valid:

  • The two weeks’ extension of the winter semester’s examination period (January 4 to February 26, 2021) remains. The summer semester will start on March 1, 2021
  • In the case that laboratory instruction will not be able to be held by the end of the examination period (due to the PES Risk Level or other serious reasons), it is not the student’s fault, and thus the lab credit requirement will be reduced from the originally prescribed requirements. These will then be moved to the requirements for the following Summer Semester.
  • In the case that a student becomes ill with Covid-19 or is officially ordered into quarantine, he/she must immediately notify their subject guarantor. A substitute examination date will be communicated to the student by the subject guarantor/head of the laboratory.

 

In case of changes , we will inform you immediately. Regularly check your institutional e-mail and the UCT website.

 

Older information

  • Employees:  work in your university workplaces only in necessary cases and use this opportunity to work from home (of course, in agreement with your supervisor, who is in charge of ensuring basic operation of his or her entrusted organizational unit). Regardless of your place of work, please use electronic and telephone forms of communication as much as possible, including scanning of invoices, orders, and other documents. Regarding the in-person work-related meetings outside your workplace, please hold them only in the most urgent cases and by prior arrangement with the other party.
    • Any person that tests positive for COVID-19 must inform head of group, laboratory or their superior about this fact without unnecessary delay in order for the latter to be able to organize in cooperation with a university GP and the relevant hygiene station an epidemiological investigation or take other prevention measures to mitigate the impacts of this situation on the operation of the university.

      Information from January 8

      Information valid up to January 22

      At an emergency meeting on 7 January 2021, the Government of the Czech Republic extended the restrictions on the operation of universities according to the level 5 of the PES system until 22 January 2021. It still applies that the personal presence of students for instruction (including labs) is prohibited at all levels of study. However, personal participation in the exams is possible if a maximum of 10 people take part in the exam at one time. Individual consultations at universities are now possible.

      At UCT Prague, it still applies that examinations will be possible in this period in-person (up to 10 people) as well as in distance form. The format and process of the exam/credit is fully in the competence and discretion of the subject guarantor, who is obliged to inform students about his or her decision well in advance. In all our auditoriums, of course, regular aerosol disinfection is being carried out and the obligation to observe distance between people applies. Hands must be disinfected immediately after entering a university building and mouth and nose protection must be worn.

      As for individual consultations, they can take place in a “1 on 1” mode with prior agreement from an instructor. The instructor is obliged to keep a record of the place, time, and participants in the consultation if needed for possible contact tracing.

      Students of all levels taking exams can continue to stay on campus during the exam period, since the full-time form of the exam is considered part of the educational process.

      Information from December 7 

      Information valid from Decmber 7 to December 18

      Starting Monday, December 7, 2020, universities in the Czech Republic can implement the following:

      • Laboratory instruction for all levels in groups of up to 20 students,
      • Full-time, in-person instruction for the first year students (Bachelor and Master levels) in groups of up to 20 students,
      • Doctoral study program instruction,
      • Individual consultations, and
      • In-person exams for up to 10 students.

       

      Based on this, UCT Prague’s leadership has decided, effective December 7, 2020, that:

      • Theoretical instruction for the winter semester shall be completed in a distance format for all study levels,
      • Laboratory instruction will be enabled for all levels in the groups up to 20 attendees,
      • The permission of the limited, up to 20 attendees, in-person instruction for the first year students (Bachelor and Subsequent Master levels) shall be utilized for individual and group in-person consultations and progress tests/exams,
      • Individual consultations for students at all levels are allowed by prior arrangement,
      • The already-established regime for doctoral study programs shall continue as it is,
      • All students will be able to return to university dormitories.

      Students will receive information about individual subjects from subject guarantors/instructors. If relevant information is not provided, we ask students to take an active approach in relation to their guarantors (instructors).

      Procedure for exams and grades

      • The Winter Semester examination period will be extended by two weeks (January 4 to February 26, 2021).
      • UCT Prague’s leadership prefers the in-person form of examinations and final tests. In justified cases, it will be possible to complete an exam/final test in distance form. The form and procedure for an exam/final test lies fully within the discretion of the subject guarantor.

      Laboratories in the examination period

      • During the examination period, guarantors will be able to carry out laboratory instruction, which UCT Prague’s leadership recommends. All details (such as whether laboratory instruction will take place with attendance limitation, when they will be held, etc.) will be communicated to students in advance by guarantors/heads of laboratories.
      • In the event that laboratory instruction will not be able to be held by the end of the examination period due to capacity or other serious reasons, it is not the student’s fault, and thus the lab credit requirement will be reduced from the originally prescribed requirements. These will then be moved to the requirements for the following Summer Semester.
      • In the event that a student becomes ill with Covid-19 or is officially ordered into quarantine, he/she must immediately notify their subject guarantor. A substitute examination date will be communicated to the student by the subject guarantor/head of the laboratory.

       

      We are currently preparing a change in the organization of the academic year

      The clear priority for this is to facilitate laboratory instruction and to maintain sufficient time frame for exams and proper completion and defence of final theses.

      Main changes in the organization of the academic year:

      • Winter Semester: extension of the examination period by two weeks (January 4 through February 26, 2021),
      • Enabling instructors to carry out laboratory instruction during the examination period,
      • Postponing the beginning of the Summer Semester by two weeks (starting March 1, 2021),
      • Shortening of Summer Semester instruction down to 13 weeks (March 3 through May 28, 2021),
      • Summer Semester: postponing the first part of the examination period (May 31 to July 2, 2021),
      • Postponing, by a week, the deadline for submission of bachelor’s theses for the first term of the final examination (June 11, 2021),
      • State final exam for Bachelor studies: postponing the beginning of the Bachelor state final exam period (June 21 through June 30, 2021),
      • For the second term of the state final exam at the Bachelor level, dates will not change,
      • Postponing by a week the Master thesis submission deadline (May 17, 2021), and
      • The timing for the Master’s level state final exam will not change.

      Regarding the change of organization of the academic year, a supplement to Decree No. A/V/961/16/2020 will be issued.

      Instruction during the summer semester

      Possibilities for in-person instruction at universities will be directly dependent on the decision of the national ministries, i.e. the Government of the Czech Republic. These institutions are currently governed by PES, the anti-epidemic system of the Czech Republic, the current form of which (regarding the national education system) can be found HERE (Czech only).

      Information from september 2020

      Detailed information

      edited on 18 September, to be in line with city regulation

      We highlight the most important measures below. You can find the translation of the full decree  on the bottom of this webpage now. It is necessary to acquaint yourselves with the decree in its entirety.

      In all enclosed areas at the university, the wearing of masks or other face and nose coverings is mandatory. This does not apply to employees working in their own offices or to those consuming food and beverages in university catering facilities.

      Neither students nor instructors may attend in-person lectures or hybrid courses if they have symptoms of infectious diseases or if they know they have been in close contact (within the last 15 minutes) of someone waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test. In the case that a student exhibits any symptoms of COVID-19 while attending class in-person, an instructor is required to remove the student and instruct them to leave the university premises immediately.

      Lectures and non-laboratory clases must be provided in the form of pre-recorded instructional videos or online lectures

      Instructors are required to record attendance for in-person laboratory courses, minimally an attendance list of students in a class (including day, time). We recommend recording the locations of where students were working in the laboratory.

      University employees and students are required to follow current information and instruction bulletins published online at https://www.vscht.cz/koronavirus and via the UCT Prague “EMIL” application (https://emil.vscht.cz).

       


      Documents

      Updated: 22.1.2021 16:07, Author: Jan Kříž

      CodeASCDESC NameASCDESC Valid fromASCDESC ExpirationASCDESC
      A/V/961/16/2020 (EN)Organization of the academic year 2020/2021 (with Amendment No.1)07.09.202005.09.2021
      B/O/963/03/2020 (EN)Documentation for Covid-19 contact tracing14.09.2020
      A/V/961/21/2020 (EN)Organization of instruction and mass gatherings in the winter semester of the 2020/21 academic year in connection with COVID-1908.09.202031.12.2020

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