Coronavirus

Updates from the University of Verona
12 November 2020

A message from the Rector

Dear Students,

as you all know, this is one of the most challenging times of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic, caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, continues to spread through countries all over the world, causing thousands of hospital admissions and deaths. In Italy as well the pandemic curve is worrying, and our National Health System is facing serious difficulties in delivering the necessary care. We must all do our part to prevent the spread of the virus by strictly complying with the recommended hygiene and public health measures.

The rules to be followed within University’s facilities and premises have been repeatedly announced by the University’s Covid-19 Task-Force. However, I have received reports of inappropriate behaviours, such as non-use or incorrect use of face masks, gatherings, consumption of food at the University, non-compliance with social distancing measures in study spaces, etc. Needless to say, these behaviours not only lead to an increased risk of contagion, but also go against the educational and cultural values of the University, which must be upheld not only by our professors and lecturers, but also by our students.

I am not in favour of total university closures, and as a University we have been determined to ensure that lectures, as well as access to libraries, practicals and internships, can take place as far as possible ‘on site’ with students physically attending, provided that national public health regulations are always complied with. Indeed, all activities taking place at the University must be carried out in compliance with the public health measures in place to tackle the spread of the virus. I regret to inform you that, should these reports of misconduct continue, I will need to announce a closure of the University for the sake of public health.

Therefore, I strongly recommend that you follow the rules set out by the University’s Covid-19 Task-Force and behave in a manner appropriate to university students. I also invite my colleagues to set an example and continue to carry out their educational and supervisory functions, which are part of their institutional duties.

The Rector
Pier Francesco Nocini

 

5 November 2020

Update from the University’s Covid-19 Task Force - Prime Ministerial Decree of 4 November 2020

In the light of Prime Ministerial Decree of 4 November 2020, the Covid-19 Task Force of the University of Verona hereby announces that:

  1. teaching and curricular activities for all the University’s courses - Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degree programmes, Professional Master's programmes, professional development courses - including exams and any extra-curricular activities, shall be held remotely only (via Distance Learning). Only teaching activities and exams for Bachelor’s, Master’s and Single cycle/Combined Bachelor+Master’s students in their first year shall take place on-site with students physically attending, provided that students are given the opportunity to attend remotely if they wish so. Likewise, practical activities (e.g. lab activities and practicals, including internships requiring practical work) for students in any year of study shall take place on-site; however, should the number of attending students be less than 10, each Teaching Committee shall decide to hold such activities via Distance Learning only, upon agreement with the Rector; the Programme Director of each Degree programme will be able to take action if emergencies arise, in agreement with the relevant offices, promptly notifying the Rector of any measures taken; should a University of Verona location/campus be in a region classified as a RED area (zone rosse, Covid-19 high-risk areas), all teaching activities scheduled to take place in that specific location/campus must continue online only, via Distance Learning;
  2. courses for doctors in specialist training and courses for trainees in the health professions can in any case continue to be held both on site and remotely, also in the event that the relevant University’s location/campus is in a region classified as a RED area (zona rossa, Covid-19 high-risk area);
  3. study spaces and rooms must be made available only to first-year students, and must only be used between lectures, should in-person teaching activities continue. This opportunity will be granted to students as long as they comply with the relevant social distancing measures, and wear a face mask at all times. Students are advised that smoking and eating while at the University shall not be permitted;
  4. graduation and final exams - for Bachelor’s/Master’s degree programmes, PhD programmes, Postgraduate specialisation programmes, Professional Master’s programmes, and advanced courses, etc. - may only be held remotely; 
  5. university and exchange trips and initiatives, guided and educational tours are now suspended;
  6. conferences, seminars, and any other kind of event may only be held remotely;
  7. meetings may only be held remotely, unless there are compelling reasons for doing otherwise; meetings of collegial bodies must only be held remotely;
  8. Libraries at the University of Verona shall remain open by complying with the current rules on access. However, opening times shall be reduced in compliance with the overnight ‘curfew’ (coprifuoco) introduced by the latest Prime Ministerial Decree. In the light of this provision, study spaces and rooms at the Frinzi and Meneghetti Libraries shall remain open every day from 8.30 am to 7.30 pm; 
  9. all Department Directors and Heads of Directorates shall organise work in their structures in such a way as to ensure that no more than 50% of people working in any capacity whatsoever are ever physically present on site (e.g. lecturers, technical-administrative staff, language lecturers, scholarship and research grant holders, PhD students, students taking part in 'Student-work scheme’ activities, i.e. ‘150 ore’, contractors). Should the Veneto region be classified as an ORANGE area (Covid-19 medium-risk area), since it will be forbidden to move in and out of the region except for proven work reasons, exceptional necessity, or to attend in-person teaching activities, people who do not have a working relationship with the University will not be allowed to access the University’s facilities;
  10. anyone living in a RED area (zona rossa, Covid-19 high-risk area) will be allowed to reach the University’s locations and facilities only for proven work reasons, exceptional necessity, or to attend in-person teaching activities (if applicable).

Please keep up-to-date with official guidance on Covid-19 risk areas, and any updates from the University’s Covid-19 Task Force.

These provisions shall enter into force from Friday 6 November 2020 until further notice.


The University’s Task Force on Covid-19

 

28 October 2020

Update from the University’s Covid-19 Task Force  

The Covid-19 Task Force of the University of Verona, in the light of Prime Ministerial Decree of 25 October and the outcomes of the CORECO meeting of the Veneto Region held on Tuesday 26 October, hereby announces that:

1. at the present time it is not necessary to change what has been established by the University as regards curricular teaching activities. Each Teaching Committee may agree with the Rector on specific adjustments in relation to the specific needs of each teaching activity, and on the relevant student attendance requirements. The Programme Director of each Degree programme will be able to take action if emergencies arise, in agreement with the relevant offices, promptly notifying the Rector of any measures taken;

2. conference, seminars, and any other kind of event may only be held remotely;

3. non-curricular cultural and teaching initiatives must be approved and authorised in advance by the University’s Covid-19 Task Force on the basis of the evolution of the epidemiological situation and ensuring that adequate public health measures are in place. Requests must be submitted to Dr. Debora Brocco;

4. Students and teaching staff must strictly comply with the Covid-19 guidelines of the University of Verona;

5. it is strictly forbidden to eat while in the University’s facilities, including outdoor areas; it is also recommended to avoid meals with other people or any other close contact in the workplace (i.e. at a distance of less than two metres from other people for 15 minutes or more, without wearing a face mask);

6. classrooms and study spaces shall remain available to students for study only, and respecting the places allocated in agreement with the University’s provisions on social distancing. In all study spaces, as inside the other University facilities and buildings, it is mandatory to wear face mask at all times;

7. with regard to access to Frinzi, Meneghetti and Santa Marta libraries, please note that access to study spaces is allowed to University of Verona teaching staff, students, technical-administrative staff, students working on their dissertation, PhD students, and scholarship and research grant holders, upon reservation via the Affluences app, following the instructions set out in the relevant Library’s web pages. Please also note that your booking is personal to you, then you are advised not to change or give up your seat. In the event that, following random ID checks, it is found that a student has given their booking to someone else, the student who made the booking will be reported to the University’s disciplinary board. Such conduct not only constitutes a disciplinary offence that can be punished by the University, but may also constitute a criminal offence pursuant to Article 615quater (unauthorised possession and dissemination of access codes via computer or telematic systems) and 494 (fraud of impersonation) of the Italian Criminal Code;

8. meetings must be held remotely, unless there are compelling reasons for doing otherwise, and on condition that physical distance and, consequently, the safety of the staff summoned is ensured.

In addition, it is specified that, according to the clarifications provided by INPS on 9 October 2020, in the event of quarantine and precautionary self-isolation, the University’s staff, including teaching staff, may work at a distance. In the case of a confirmed Covid-19 case (certified by the relevant GP/family doctor in the usual manner), the employee in question is regarded as ‘temporarily unable to work’, therefore they shall not be required to work.

Finally, we regret to inform you that the University of Verona is experiencing difficulties in obtaining seasonal flu vaccine doses; for this reason, we suggest that you contact your GP/family doctor.

The University’s Task Force on Covid-19

 

9 October 2020

Update from the University’s Covid-19 Task Force on the use of face masks

In implementing Decree Law no. 125 of 07/10/2020, it is hereby announced, as a partial amendment to the “Academic year 2020/21: Covid-19 guidelines for students and teaching staff”, that face masks must be worn at all times in all University premises and facilities.

It is therefore specified that:

  • all students arriving at the University must bring a face mask with them, and keep it on at all times while in the University’s indoor and outdoor spaces;
  • also in line with no-smoking regulations, it is not allowed to linger and smoke in the University’s outdoor spaces (courtyards, gardens, car parks, etc.);
  • teaching staff must also wear a face mask during lessons;
  • all staff must keep their face mask on at all times, except when working alone in a room.

Please also note that the use of ‘community’ face coverings is also permitted, i.e. disposable or washable masks, including home-made masks in multilayer materials, that are large enough to securely cover the mouth, chin and nose, suitable to provide an adequate barrier while ensuring comfort and breathability.

 

18 September 2020

Update from the University’s Task Force on Covid-19

The University’s Task Force on Covid-19, in order to comply with the requirements set out in the latest documents issued by the Italian government and the Ministry of University and Research, during the meeting of 11/09/2020 has issued the "Covid-19 guidelines for students and teaching staff” for the a.y. 2020/2021 (see Update of 14 September below), and has appointed Dr. Debora Brocco, Head of the University Prevention and Protection Service, as University’s Covid-19 Officer (RUC), a position required by the Protocol for the management of confirmed and suspected cases of Covid-19 at the University (pursuant to DPCM of 7 September 2020, annex e).

In addition, the Task Force has established the following:

- conferences and Events may be held in the University’s spaces, provided the rules set out in the Guidelines on conferences and events to be held at the University are complied with;

- with regard to Professional Master’s programmes, advanced and professional development courses, the same hygiene and social distancing rules applied to degree programmes must be respected, with the following recommendations:

  • since students enrolled in these courses will not be able to book a place via the UNIVR Lezioni app, it is up to the responsible lecturer to record attendance and number of seat chosen by each student in the classroom;
  • as priority must be given to degree programmes when allocating classrooms, if classes are to be held on Saturday afternoons or Sundays, provided that a classroom large enough to accommodate all participating students at 50% of the classroom capacity is available, any costs relating to reception and cleaning services must be borne by the relevant course.

- Graduation exams, or exams that are part of Postgraduate Specialisation programmes, PhD programmes, Professional Master’s programmes or similar, may be held in all University’s buildings, in compliance with the hygiene, health and social distancing rules adopted by the University, provided that the spaces identified are large enough to allow social distancing of at least 1 metre in consideration of the number of attending students, both inside and outside the facility in question. For more information, please see the Guidelines on graduation and final exams - degree programmes, PhD programmes, postgraduate specialisation programmes, Professional Master's programmes, and advanced courses.

- In light of the current epidemiological situation and in anticipation of the coming winter, it is strongly recommended that everyone gets vaccinated against the seasonal flu. To this end, the University is taking steps to be able to offer the vaccine free of charge to those of its staff who request it, and who are not already entitled to a free Italian National Health Service  flu vaccination.

The University’s Task Force on Covid-19

 

14 September 2020

Academic year 2020/21: Covid-19 guidelines for students and teaching staff

General rules

Students and teaching staff can access the University’s premises and its facilities, provided that:

- they do not display the following symptoms: body temperature above 37.5°, cough, difficult breathing, severe sore throat, colds and conjunctivitis, loss of taste and smell, diarrhea;

- they have declared by means of a self-declaration - submitted at the beginning of the new academic year and with the resumption of in-person teaching activities - that they comply with the requirements for a safe return to University (i.e. not showing the above symptoms, not having been placed in quarantine, not having been in contact with a positive case of Covid-19). Details on how to submit the self-declaration form will be made available soon;

- they wear a face covering, at least a surgical face mask. If they wish to use a more protective mask, this must be without exhalation valve. Those not complying with these rules will be asked to leave;

- they follow the entrance and exit routes while in the University's internal areas, and follow the displayed signs;

- their body temperature - taken with an infrared thermometer - is not above 37.5°.

If a person displays Covid-19-like symptoms outside the university facilities, they must immediately notify their family doctor, or GP and follow their instructions. If a person starts feeling unwell while at the University, the following procedures must be followed. In order to facilitate contact tracing, students and teaching staff are strongly encouraged to download and use the Immuni app, ensuring that it is switched on at all times while at the University.

Additional rules for students

Students:

- can access the classroom only after booking a place through the UNIVR Lezioni app. The app is not only for organisational purposes, but also for contact tracing; therefore, the student must sit in the seat allocated to them at the time of booking (please see seat number), and must cancel the booking if unable to attend the lesson. Details on how to record your attendance online will be made available soon;

- if they are in a classroom adjacent to the main classroom where the lecturer is present, and notice another student is showing Covid-19-like symptoms, they must immediately inform the lecturer;

- while inside University buildings or facilities, they must respect the public health and hygiene regulations in place. Specifically: they must always wear a face mask, wash their hands frequently with soap and water, or using the special hand sanitiser dispensers available, and keep a distance of at least 1 metre from other people;

- when entering and leaving the classroom, they must clean their hands using the special hand sanitiser dispensers available in the classroom or in the surrounding areas;

- must avoid gatherings, in particular at the entrance and exit of buildings, classrooms and toilets;

- inside the University’s building and facilities (classrooms, study areas, libraries and common areas), it shall be forbidden to sit in some seats (these will be duly marked off), or move chairs;

- when taking part in a lab session, they must follow the lecturer’s instructions, keep a distance of at least 1 metre from other people, keep their face mask on, sanitise their hands, use gloves if needed to carry out the laboratory activities in question. If necessary, once the lab session has been completed, students will need to clean the surfaces of the instruments used with wipes and neutral cleaning agents;

- must be punctual when arriving at a University’s administrative office or a lecturer’s office for office hours, showing up at the scheduled time for their appointment;

- in the case of in-person exams, they must arrive at the time communicated by the lecturer, on the basis of the lesson calendar and the time schedule set;

- must follow the instructions given by lecturers, tutors and technical-administrative staff in order to ensure compliance with the health and hygiene regulations aimed at containing the outbreak;

- until further notice, they can access the University's central libraries only by booking via the Affluences app, while they can access Departmental libraries by appointment, to be agreed by e-mail with the relevant library staff, and only after authorisation signed by their thesis Supervisor. Book loan service at all libraries is available by appointment. For further information, please check the libraries' web pages.

Additional rules for teaching staff

The lecturer is a fundamental part of the system of prevention and supervision in the workplace, as they are in charge of these aspects pursuant to the current regulations on health and safety in the workplace. Lecturers are therefore required not only to comply with these rules, but also to enforce them, ensuring that students follow them, if necessary by taking action.

Specifically, each lecturer must:

- wear a surgical face mask while in the common spaces of the University and inside the classroom, when they are not delivering the lecture. During the lessons the face mask should be worn if, due to necessity, it is not possible to keep a distance of at least two metres from other people;

- ensure that the hygiene measures in place are complied with, in particular the frequent washing of hands, preferably using soap and water or the available hand sanitiser dispensers;

- make sure the classroom is well ventilated by opening the windows at the end of each lesson wherever possible; if possible, keep windows open or partially open (as in the case of ‘vasistas’ or tilt and turn windows) during the entire lesson;

- make sure that no gatherings of students take place inside and outside the classroom, and if necessary, ask students to keep a distance of one metre between themselves and keep their face masks on;

- invite students to sit in the seat allocated to them at the time of booking via the UNIVR Lezioni app, and to respect the hygiene rules in place (i.e. wearing a face mask, maintaining social distancing measures and cleaning their hands on entering and leaving the classroom);

- be actively vigilant while at the University, even outside of class hours, and, where necessary, remind students to maintain social distancing by keeping at least one metre between themselves and wear face masks (e.g. in the corridors, common areas, study areas, toilets, etc.);

- if they intend to hold a teaching lab or practical, they should plan the activity by dividing the students so that they can always keep a distance of at least one metre between themselves. Once the lab practical has been completed, ensure that students clean the surfaces of any instruments used with wipes and neutral cleaning agents made available by the Department. At the end of each session, leave the windows open to air the room.

The written/oral exams may be administered in person or remotely at the lecturer’s discretion. However, students who wish to take the exam remotely must always be given the opportunity to do so. Moreover, in relation to students with disabilities, lecturers will be able to choose to hold office hours and exams either on site or remotely, based on the students’ needs.

In the case of on-site written exams, the number of participating students must not exceed the available seats in the classroom (about ½ of the normal room capacity), given some seats will be marked ‘out of use’.

In the case of on-site oral exams, these will have to be organised on the basis of a calendar and a schedule that ensures that the room capacity is respected on the basis of the available seats, and that the risks of gatherings are avoided. In any case, the lecturer must ensure that the classroom is well ventilated by opening windows at least twice a day where possible; if possible, windows should also be kept open or partially open (‘vasistas’ or tilt and turn windows) during the exams.

How to deal with suspected or confirmed Covid-19 cases

If during curricular activities (exams, graduation ceremonies, etc.) or while in the classroom a lecturer identifies a suspected Covid-19 case (i.e. a person with body temperature above 37.5°C, or showing Covid-19-like symptoms), they will need to accompany the student to the reception desk, so that the reception staff can check their body temperature. If the student showing Covid-19-like symptoms is in a classroom not supervised by a lecturer and adjacent to the main classroom, those who are present in that classroom are recommended that they should inform the lecturer in the main classroom. Where the body temperature is above 37.5°C, the staff at the reception desk will provide the student with a new surgical face mask and will isolate them in a dedicated room. Only those persons who are strictly necessary to provide assistance to the person may remain in the room, provided they wear surgical masks and, as far as possible, keep a distance of at least one metre from the person concerned.

It is necessary to ensure that the student can return home as soon as possible, inviting them to contact their family doctor, or GP or, in their absence, the USCA or the Department of Prevention, for the necessary clinical evaluation and a possible prescription to get a Covid-19 test. In addition, the student must promptly get in touch with the University’s Covid-19 Officer – RUC (tel. +39 045-8027683; mob. +39 348-7337833; email: debora.brocco@univr.it) who will notify SISP ULSS-9 Scaligera (tel. +39 045-8075511; prevenzione.aulss9@pecveneto.it). Please note that in this case the lecturer shall not suspend their on-site teaching activities: however, a suspension will be ordered in case the suspected Covid-19 student is confirmed as a Covid-19 case. In such a case, the lecturer will need to undertake preventive isolation, pending the outcome of the epidemiological investigation by the competent Health Authority.

- In order to allow for contact tracing, if the University or the University’s Covid-19 Officer (RUC) becomes aware, through the competent Health Authority, of a confirmed case of Covid-19 among students, lecturers, tutors or or technical-administrative staff (e.g. IT technicians) who were in the classroom on a given day, the relevant lecturer is expected to provide the University and, in particular, the University’s Covid-19 Officer – RUC (tel. +39 045-8027683; mob. +39 348-7337833; email: debora.brocco@univr.it) with information relating to attendance (booking list and assigned seats).

- In agreement with the Department of Prevention, the University Offices shall notify the individuals present in the classroom of the confirmed case, thus recommending that they self-isolate at home, stay alert about the Covid-19-like symptoms that they might show, and follow the instructions of the competent Health Authority. In fact, it is up to the competent Health Authority to carry out the epidemiological investigation and identify any measures to be implemented (e.g. quarantine, isolation, surveillance, etc.). During the preventive isolation phase and pending the outcome of the epidemiological investigation by the competent Health Authority, the teaching activity of the lecturer concerned shall only continue via distance learning. The resumption of on-site teaching activities is subject to the outcome of the epidemiological investigation and the recommendations of the Prevention Department. In any case, unless otherwise communicated and ordered by the competent Health Authority, it is advisable for students, lecturers and staff involved to resume on-site teaching activities only after a period of fifteen days. The same procedure shall apply to curricular activities (exams, graduation exams, etc.).

- If, as a result of the epidemiological investigation, the competent Health Authority places the lecturer in quarantine, their entire teaching activities, including teaching delivered via distance learning, will be suspended for the entire duration of the quarantine. It is up to the Chair of the Teaching Committee concerned to make up for the lost teaching activities, choosing the most appropriate methods, in accordance with the relevant educational objectives.

- Should a lecturer show Covid-19-like symptoms and a body temperature above 37.5° (to be checked at the reception desk) while at the University, they must quickly self-isolate and leave the workplace, promptly and responsibly notifying the Human Resources Office (presenze@ateneo.univr.it; tel. +39 045 802- 8666, 8433, 8556) and the University’s Covid-19 Officer – RUC (tel. +39 045-8027683; mob. +39 348-7337833; email: debora.brocco@univr.it), which will immediately notify the competent Health Authorities (SISP ULSS-9 Scaligera: tel. +39 045-8075511; email: prevenzione.aulss9@pecveneto.it), and be available to provide them with information to allow contact tracing.

Special cases – ‘workers at risk’ and teaching staff with children placed in quarantine, University’s governing bodies, opening hours for students

The lecturer who is required to carry out in-person teaching and collegiate activities, may request to carry them out remotely in the following two cases, and in any case after notifying the relevant Teaching Committee:

  • if the lecturer is a ‘worker at risk’, or ‘fragile worker’ pursuant to INPS circular no. 13 of 4 September 2020, and following assessment in accordance with the relevant University’s regulations;
  • if the lecturer has children under the age of 14 who were placed in quarantine by order of the competent Health Authority, provided that there is no other parent in the household who in any capacity carries out work from home, or does not perform any work activity. In this case, the person concerned must submit the documentation relating to the quarantine order of the child, together with a self-declaration on the existence of the other conditions.

- The meetings of the University’s governing bodies (including Teaching Committees, Departmental Council and any other collegiate bodies) may take place both on-site and in blended mode, depending on the availability of classrooms, based on the number of participants and compliance with social distancing requirements (keeping at least 1 metre apart from others). Teaching staff may participate remotely only if so arranged in advance for that specific meeting. In the case of in-person participation, face masks must always be kept on. At the end of the meeting, where possible, windows must be opened to air the room.

- Office hours for students can be carried out both remotely and in person, by appointment. It is up to the relevant lecturer to arrange their office hours so as to avoid gatherings of students outside their office or room. To that end, and if deemed necessary, where two or more lecturers are to hold office hours in adjacent offices or rooms, it is recommended that they make arrangements to ensure that office hours are held at different times. Teaching staff should make sure that their office or room is aired frequently, and that everyone wears a face covering, especially if it is not possible to keep a distance of 1 metre from other people. It is not necessary to clean surfaces after each meeting: cleaning will be carried out daily by the appointed cleaning services provider.

 

7 September 2020

Update from the University’s Covid-19 Task Force

During the meeting of the University’s Covid-19 Task Force of 31 August 2020 the following points were addressed:

  • Admission Tests for degree programmes: procedures in place to ensure safety;
  • University libraries opening times;
  • start of the academic year 2020/2021;
  • teaching staff office hours for students;
  • use of study rooms and spaces;
  • rules on access to University premises for scholarship and research grant holders, PhDs and students working on their dissertation;
  • workers ‘at risk’ and special health surveillance. 

Please find below the updates that may be of interest to the members of the University community:


•    Libraries

From Monday 7 September the libraries Frinzi, Meneghetti, and Santa Marta will reopen with extended opening hours. Until further notice, University libraries will remain open to university users only (i.e. the University’s students, teaching staff and technical-administrative staff, and staff of the University Hospital of Verona - AOUI).

Please note that all public health measures remain in place. In order to access the library, users will need to book their place in advance via the App Affluences — our book borrowing services remain by reservation and appointment only.

From 7 September, the opening times at Departmental libraries will be extended as follows: from Monday to Friday, 9 am to 3 pm. Please note that Departmental libraries will remain open to University users only (i.e. the University’s students, teaching staff and technical-administrative staff, and staff of the University Hospital of Verona - AOUI). Scholarship and research grant holders, PhDs and students working on their dissertation will be allowed to access Departmental libraries, provided they have the authorisation form signed by their thesis or research Supervisor. The individuals concerned are advised that they should contact their Supervisor by email to make an appointment. Access is only allowed for the purpose of consulting library materials if these are not otherwise available.


•    Academic Year 2020/2021 – Guidelines for teaching staff

Guidelines for teaching staff will soon be made available. These will include the following:

  • classroom management and surveillance in common spaces;
  • instructions to be followed in case there is a positive case; 
  • delivery of lectures and modules via distance learning. 

•    Office hours for students

Office hours for students can be carried out both remotely and in person, by appointment. It is up to the relevant lecturer to arrange their office hours so as to avoid gatherings of students outside their office or room. To that end, and if deemed necessary, where two or more lecturers are to hold office hours in adjacent offices or rooms, it is recommended that they make arrangements to ensure that office hours are held at different times.

Teaching staff should make sure that their office or room is aired frequently, and that everyone wears a face covering, especially if it is not possible to keep a distance of 1 metre from other people. It is not necessary to clean surfaces after each meeting: cleaning will be carried out daily by the appointed cleaning services provider.


•     Study spaces

With the beginning of the new academic year, from 28 September 2020, study spaces at the University will reopen to students, and the following rules will apply:

  • a limited number of seats will be made available to students, therefore, it will be forbidden to sit in some seats (these will be duly marked off), or move chairs;
  • a social distance of at least 1 metre must be maintained from other individuals; 
  • everyone must wear face coverings (preferably surgical face masks, while masks with exhalation valve should not be used) when on site. These must cover nose and mouth; 
  • frequent hand hygiene is recommended; 
  • students are advised that they should use and download the Immuni app, which allows contact tracing in case of proximity with possible Covid-19 positive individuals;  
  • gatherings will not be permitted.

Please note that study spaces will be kept under surveillance: any transgressor will be asked to leave the University premises immediately.


•    Rules on access to University premises for Scholarship and research grant holders, PhDs and students working on their dissertation

From 28 September 2020, Scholarship and research grant holders, PhDs, students working on their dissertation and staff involved in any capacity in research activities, may attend University premises without needing to have the authorisation form signed by their research Supervisor. Nevertheless, the research Supervisor will continue to be responsible for ensuring that social distancing measures and preventive measures in the relevant study spaces are always complied with.

Concerning access to Departmental libraries, Scholarship and research grant holders, PhDs and students working on their dissertation who wish to access their premises will still be required to provide the authorisation form signed by their thesis or research Supervisor.

 

•    Rules on workers ‘at risk’ and special health surveillance

What was discussed during the meeting of 31 August 2020 on the return to work of workers at risk (‘fragile workers’) and special health surveillance, has been partially amended following the Circular of the Ministry of Health of 4 September 2020. Therefore, these issues will be fully addressed in the next Update, in the light of regulatory developments.


7 September 2020

University libraries to reopen with extended opening hours from 7 September. Public health measures remain unchanged

From Monday 7 September the libraries Frinzi, Meneghetti, and Santa Marta will reopen with extended opening hours.

Until further notice, University libraries will remain open to university users only (i.e. the University’s students, teaching staff and technical-administrative staff).

Please note that all public health measures remain in place. In order to access the library, users will need to book their place in advance via the App Affluences — our book borrowing services remain by reservation and appointment only.

From 7 September, the opening times at Departmental libraries will be extended as follows: from Monday to Friday, 9 am to 3 pm. Please note that all the procedures adopted as a result of the Covid-19 emergency, including the authorisation form to be signed by thesis supervisors for students working on their dissertation, remain in place.

University libraries opening hours and details 


  

3 August 2020

Update from the University’s Covid-19 Task Force

The University’s Covid-19 Task Force, in order to ensure the adoption of the Memorandum of Understanding concerning the implementation of the provisions on flexible working and the ‘Working from home’ scheme for public employees pursuant to Art. 263 of Law no. 77/20, agreed with the social partners and in force at the University of Verona since 17/08/2020, in compliance with the safety provisions provided for in the Framework Protocol ‘Rientro in sicurezza’, signed between the Minister for Public Administration and the Trade Unions on 24 July 2020, in addition to what was previously established, hereby announces that:

  • at the moment of reaching their workplace, all University employees, teaching and technical-administrative staff alike, must be wearing a face mask and go to the reception desk to have their body temperature checked by the relevant staff, who will be appropriately trained and equipped with thermometers for remote temperature measurement. .• Should the temperature be over 37.5°, the person concerned must immediately isolate from other people and leave the workplace, as well as inform the Human Resources Office (presenze@ateneo.univr.it; tel. +39 045 802- 8666, 8433, 8556), who will be responsible for notifying SISP ULSS-9 Scaligera (tel. +39 045-8075511; prevenzione.aulss9@pecveneto.it).

Concerning the resumption of teaching activities for the a.y. 2020/2021, pursuant to what was set out in the CRUI document of 24 July 2020 and endorsed by the University’s Covid-19 Task Force:

  • students will not have their body temperature taken at the time of entering the University, and they will be responsible for staying at home if they experience symptoms such as fever above 37.5°, cough, breathing difficulties, severe sore throat, colds and conjunctivitis, loss of taste and smell, diarrhoea;
  • should the student show the above symptoms whilst at the University, they will be able to go to the nearest reception desk to have their body temperature checked. If above 37.5°, the student must promptly and responsibly contact the responsible professor/tutor/staff, who will be responsible for notifying SISP ULSS-9 Scaligera (tel. +39 045-8075511; prevenzione.aulss9@pecveneto.it). The person concerned must immediately isolate from other people and leave the workplace, and always wear a surgical mask;
  • it will be compulsory to wear a face covering whilst at the University and on all its premises;
  • hand sanitiser dispensers (hydroalcoholic disinfectants) will be installed in each classroom to ensure students have the opportunity to clean their hands at the time of reaching the classroom. However, washing hands using water and neutral soap should be the preferred solution;
  • special signs and posters will be set up to indicate the access and exit routes, the available seats in the classrooms and the necessary safety measures;
  • daily cleaning of all classrooms, toilets and common areas (including lifts) will be guaranteed.

Finally, with regard to requests to resume conferences and seminars from September 2020, the University’s Task Force on Covid-19 has expressed a favourable opinion, provided the following conditions are met:

  • that holding conferences and seminars is not explicitly prohibited by regional or national regulations;
  • that there is an available classroom at the University (priority will always be given to teaching activities);
  • that the preventive and social distancing measures in place at the University of Verona are always complied with.


Updates

23 July 2020 Library consultation rooms now open to university users only. Book borrowing services by reservation and appointment only
4 July 2020
22 June 2020 Update on the summer exam session
22 June 2020 Library consultation rooms to reopen from 23 June to university users. Book borrowing services by reservation and appointment only
18 June 2020 ‘Phase two - Operative guidelines’ updates from 18 June 2020
11 June 2020 Teaching activities - updates on teaching modes for the a.y. 2020/2021
4 June 2020 ‘Phase two - Operative guidelines’ updates from 3 June 2020
19 May 2020 Extracurricular internships
19 May 2020 ‘Phase two’: updates from the University libraries — book borrowing by online reservation only 
5 May 2020 Library services updates - ‘phase two’ about to begin  
30 April 2020 'Phase two' guidelines
14 April 2020 Prime Ministerial Decree (DPCM)  on 'Urgent measures to tackle the Covid-19 emergency'
10 April 2020 Scholarships, early payment of the second instalment 
2 April 2020DPCM of 1 April 2020: emergency measures to be extended until 13 April 2020
27 March 2020, 3.50 PMDoctors in specialist training - clarification
27 March, 8.30 AMRepatriation flights to Italy: updates from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Updates from the Covid-19 Task Force of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, consulted by Crui
23 March 2020, 7.15 PMRegulations governing access to labs for PhDs, scholarship and research grant holders
23 March 2020Counselling Services for staff
20 March 2020, 2.00 PM Press Conference at the Municipality of Verona
20 March 2020, 12 noonUniversity’s provisions pursuant to Decree Law no. 18 of 17 March 2020
19 March 2020, 4 pm Professional Master’s programmes, advanced and professional development courses – Deadlines for the payment of tuition fees to be extended
16 March 2020, 5.40 pmRector’s recommendations for the safety of PhD students
16 March 2020, 2.40 pmSpanish Erasmus+ students in Verona
16 March 2020, 2.30 pmCovid-19 Task Force
13 marzo, ore 9.00Messaggio inviato ai nostri studenti attualmente in Spagna
13 March, 2020Message for Spanish Erasmus students in Verona
12 march 2020, 12.00 AM Rector's statement – Tuition fee payment deadlines to be extented
12 march 2020, 11.00 AM"Working form home" scheme. New guidelines
10 March 2020 Rector's statement to Doctors in specialist training
10 March 2020 Rector's statement to the University community
10 March 2020‘Smart-work’ (Working from home) scheme for all employees of the University
6 March, 5 pm Note from Minister Gaetano manfredi
6 March, 1 pmUniversity’s seminars, conferences, and events open to the general public to be suspended until 3 April 2020
5 March, 6.30 pm'Smart work' (Working from home) scheme for technical and administrative staff to be extended until 15 March
4 March, 7.15 PMThe Italian government has suspended all university teaching activities in Italy until Sunday 15 March
4 march, 7.00 PM State examinations for the professional qualification to practise as a doctor/surgeon: new date for the second session released
2 march, 4.45 pm Further information on traineeships, lectures, exams, and graduations
2 march, 2.30 PM Doctors in specialist training, practical training as a prerequisite for State examinations for the qualification to practise as a doctor/surgeon, and traineeships in the health professions
1 March, 9 am University’s Libraries and Study halls
29 February, 4 pmThe closure of universities in Veneto, Lombardy and Emilia Romagna has been confirmed
28 February 2020 Updates
28 February 2020Dissertation submission – updated deadlines
26 February 2020Guidelines on the ‘Smart work’ (Working from home) scheme for technical and administrative staff
25 February 2020Lectures and internships to be rescheduled - Dates of exams and dissertation submission to be postponed
24 February 2020Further information for PhD students, scholarship and research grant holders, doctors in specialist training, and trainees in the health professions.
23 february, 3.25 PM Rectors' announcement on suspension of activities
22 February, 9:56 PM Suspension of activities