Access to University premises and facilities, and Green Pass checking procedures
Following the introduction of the Green Pass requirement for anyone wishing to access University premises and facilities, established by Law Decree no. 122 of 10/09/2021, and the experience gained from 1 September to date, it is hereby established that Green Pass checking procedures may be carried out by:
- reception staff in relation to the following categories: University staff of any type; staff from external companies carrying out activities at the University; all graduation and final examination participants and attendees (candidates, Graduation Committee members, any accompanying person, professional photographers), for Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, as well as for Single cycle/Combined Bachelor+Master’s degrees, PhD programmes, postgraduate specialisation programmes, Professional Master’s programmes, advanced and professional development courses. Moreover, students and all visitors accessing the University will be checked on a random basis;
- members of specific units established with the aim of checking Green Pass requirements in all the University facilities and structures (teaching facilities, offices and labs in all campuses and facilities of the University of Verona, including those outside Verona) in relation to all users, regardless of their role;
- library reception staff of the University Library System at all libraries (Frinzi, Meneghetti and Santa Marta libraries) in relation to all users, upon prior booking;
- lecturers and teaching staff delegated by the Rector will be able to check, on a random basis, the Green Pass requirement in relation to students accessing the University premises to attend lectures and lab activities, take exams, or take part in Office Hours with lecturers and teaching staff. In particular, it will be up to the relevant lecturers to carry out random checking procedures in their classroom if the University facility in question does not have a dedicated reception area/staff at the entrance;
- Department Managers/Directors or other individuals appointed by them (Area or Unit managers, Department Supervisors, etc.) and delegated by the Rector may carry out random checks on the relevant members of staff, both teaching and technical-administrative staff;
- Department Managers/Directors or other individuals appointed by them and delegated by the Rector in the University facilities outside Verona, where the facility in question does not have a dedicated reception area/staff at the entrance, may carry out random checks on the relevant members of staff and users accessing the University facility;
- members of staff appointed by seminar/event organisers delegated by the Rector may carry out checks on all the participants concerned.
Those who are unable to receive the vaccine according to the Ministry of Health Notice of 4 August 2021, will have to show, instead of the Covid-19 Green Pass, the exemption certificate issued by their General Practitioner or by the Vaccination Services of the Regional Health Authorities and Bodies; as set out in the Ministry of Health Notice no. 43366 of 25 September 2021, the exemption certificate will be valid until 30 November 2021.
Eating/drinking while at the University
In light of the current epidemiological situation, the number of vaccinated people and the Green Pass requirement for anyone accessing University premises and facilities, the University’s Covid-19 Task Force hereby suspends the ban on drinking and eating on and off University premises and facilities - established on 28 October 2020 -, provided that the following public health measures are always complied with:
- no gatherings are permitted at the University;
- people must keep at least a one-metre distance from others at all times, and must sit in the alternate seats that are marked out with numbers to ensure ‘social distancing’; chairs must not be moved from their location;
- people must wear a face mask (preferably a surgical one, without exhalation valve) to cover their mouth and nose at all times, except when drinking or eating;
- if possible, it is advisable to meet the same people when eating or drinking, so as to restrict the possibility of contagion to a small group of individuals, which makes things easier for contact tracing purposes. It is also advisable to keep a record of the names of these people for at least 14 days: should a person test positive for Covid-19, or be put in quarantine for having being in close contact with a positive person, please contact the University’s Covid-19 Contact Person, Dr. Debora Brocco (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; tel. 045/8027683 or 348/7337833) as soon as possible, and send her the list of the people you have been in close contact during the last 14 days;
- people must clean their hands frequently;
- people should bring sanitising wipes with them, and clean the table on which they have eaten and all the objects they have used at the end of the meal.
Please note that the ESU Verona canteen service is now open; for further information, please see the relevant web page: https://www.esu.vr.it/servizi/servizio-di-ristorazione/#ristoranti
As far as the Borgo Roma Campus is concerned, where the canteen service was suspended, we hereby inform you that a canteen service is currently available at the Borgo Roma Hospital canteen, at the Ca' Vignal cafeteria, and at the ESU cafeteria at Strada Le Grazie; the possibility of reopening the large canteen hall at the Biological Institutes is being assessed, provided that a sufficient number of users to make the service sustainable can actually be accommodated in the venue.
Attendance records for students attending lectures
With the beginning of classes for the new academic year, the performance of Easy Lesson bookings and seat occupancy registrations is being monitored to ensure that as many students as possible can safely return to attend lectures on site. Unfortunately, there were considerably fewer registrations of occupied seats in the classroom than the total number of bookings, so the importance of using Easy Lesson correctly is recalled for the following reasons:
- booking is required in order to sit in the classroom; should you become unable to attend, please cancel your booking as soon as possible, so that other students can attend, and for contact tracing purposes. Moreover, if you have booked your seat and did not show up without cancelling, you may
still be asked to self-isolate in the case of a positive case in the room;
- seat booking is fundamental for contact tracing. In the case of a positive case, whether confirmed or not, knowing the position occupied by each person allows the authorities to assess whether and for whom to order quarantine measures, without having to involve individuals who have not had close contact with the positive person, or who were not even in the classroom.
Please note: should you test positive for Covid-19, or be put in quarantine for having being in close contact with a positive person, please contact the University’s Covid-19 Contact Person, Dr. Debora Brocco (e-mail: email@example.com; tel. 045/8027683 or 348/7337833) as soon as possible.
Working from home
Pending a new national legislation on Public Administration, the University is now considering the organisational steps to be taken in order to enable all the University’s employees to gradually coming back to the office, while ensuring their safety.
For further information, please find attached the draft of the Decree of the Minister for Public Administration and the draft of the Green Pass guidelines for public employees (“Linee guida in materia di condotta delle pubbliche amministrazioni per l’applicazione della disciplina in materia di obbligo di possesso e di esibizione della certificazione verde covid-19 da parte del personale attualmente disponibile”), which are subject to change until officially adopted.
The University’s Covid-19 Task Force