‘Yellow Area’ public health measures in the Veneto Region
Following Decree Law no. 52 of 22 April 2021, and the decisions agreed at the Regional University Committee meeting on Monday 26 April afternoon, in the light of the ‘Yellow Area’ being established in the Veneto Region, the University’s Covid-19 Task Force hereby announces the public health measures currently in force:
Teaching activities for Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Single cycle/Combined Bachelor+Master’s degrees
As regards lectures taught as part of Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Single cycle/Combined Bachelor+Master’s degrees, in view of the need to continue to ensure social distancing (at least 1 metre between the attending people), the methods and provisions set out in the "General guidelines for the provision of teaching - A.Y. 2020-2021" (resolution of the Academic Senate of 27 July 2020) adopted for Semester 2 are hereby confirmed, provided that the number of attending people does not exceed 50% of the normal room capacity, and that the previously communicated safety measures on devices, social distancing and hand hygiene measures are always complied with.
Teaching activities will therefore be carried out following the guidelines set out in the University’s Covid-19 Task Force Update of 1 February 2021. All practical teaching activities shall continue to be held on site.
Students wishing to attend in-person lectures at the University are hereby advised that they will need to book their place in advance via the UNIVR Lezioni app, or through the relevant online platform (please see: https://www.univr.it/it/app-univr-lezioni). Once you have booked your seat in the classroom via the UNIVR Lezioni app or on the web, you can sit on any available place (please only take numbered seats). Once you have taken your seat, please remember to register your seat number via the app or on the web. Please note that entering the correct seat number is important to enable contact tracing, should a person on site test positive.
Students with special needs (e.g. students with disabilities and/or Specific Learning Disorder - SLD/learning disabilities) shall always be supported in their learning. The Inclusion and Accessibility Unit shall therefore continue to organise in-person activities for these students, including with the support of tutors, on its premises.
Professional Master’s programmes, advanced and professional development courses
Concerning these courses, the same rules of hygiene and social distancing apply as for Degree programmes, subject to the following additional requirement: since these students will not be able to access the UNIVR Lezioni App to book their place in the classroom, it will be up to the responsible lecturer to carefully record each attending student and their seat number.
Exams may be held on site (in-person exams) for students in all years of study. However, they must be able to take exams at a distance if they wish to do so, upon providing the responsible lecturer with a valid Covid-related reason. Special attention should be given to students with disabilities and/or Specific Learning Disorder - SLD/learning disabilities, as well as to international students. In the case of in-person written examinations, the maximum possible number of students should be allowed to attend, provided that the total number of attending people does not exceed 50% of the normal room capacity. In the case of in-person oral examinations, these must be organised on the basis of a timetable and a schedule that ensures compliance with the room capacity, on the basis of the number of seats available, and avoids gatherings. In both cases, the responsible lecturer must ensure that the classroom is properly aired, opening windows at least twice a day where possible; if possible, windows should be kept open or half-open during the exams.
Off-site visits and guided tours
Off-site visits and guided tours are permitted, as they are regarded as workshop activities.
When organising these activities, the responsible lecturer must take all necessary steps to prevent the virus from spreading. If compliance with these measures cannot be ensured, the activity in question shall not take place.
Internships (University- or company internships, in progress or about to be started) for students in all years of study, including extracurricular ones, may be carried out on site, without the need to obtain authorisation from the tutor (Academic Tutor in the case of University internships, or Company Tutor in the case of company internships), in accordance with the protocols set out in Annexes 18 and 22 of the Prime Ministerial Decree of 2 March 2021, for University internships, and based on company protocols in accordance with Annex 12 of the Prime Ministerial Decree of 2 March 2021, in the case of external internships.
Graduation and final exams (for Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, PhD programmes, Professional Master’s programmes, advanced and professional development courses, and Postgraduate specialisation courses)
Graduation and final exams for these courses shall take place on site on all the University’s premises, provided that the relevant health measures and social distancing rules are always complied with. As a result, the room or exam venue in question and the relevant external spaces must be large enough to ensure social distancing (at least 1 metre between the attending people), based on the number of people on site. Graduation and final exams shall be held following the relevant University’s guidelines (“VADEMECUM PER LE SESSIONI DI LAUREA/DIPLOMA”). Students wishing to take the exam remotely should be allowed to do so, as long as they provide the Chair of the Graduation Committee with a valid Covid-related reason for doing so.
Classrooms and study spaces at the University shall be made available to all students for study purposes only. Students will be able to use these spaces on condition that they comply with the following rules:
- they sit in the alternate seats that are marked out with numbers to ensure ‘social distancing’; chairs must not be moved from their location;
- they keep at least a one-metre distance from others at all times;
- they wear a face mask (preferably a surgical one, without exhalation valve) to cover their mouth and nose;
- they clean their hands frequently;
- eating food and smoking are not allowed at the University;
- no gatherings are permitted at the University.
Please note that study spaces will be closely monitored by staff to ensure compliance with the above rules: anyone in breach will be asked to leave immediately.
University users only will be allowed to access the University Libraries’ premises, upon reservation, and up to the maximum number of attending people allowed. Please note that the available room capacity in our libraries has been reduced, so as to ensure social distancing (please see: https://www.univr.it/it/avviso/-/avviso/149902).
Seminars and events
Seminars and events shall take place at the University from 1 July 2021, in accordance with the relevant University guidelines (“VADEMECUM PER L’ORGANIZZAZIONE DI CONVEGNI ED EVENTI ALL’INTERNO DEGLI SPAZI UNIVERSITARI”) or subsequent amendments and additions arising from updated guidelines to be issued by the Committee of Regions.
As of 26 April 2021, events open to the general public may be organised within university premises only with pre-assigned seating, and provided that a one-metre distance between people who are not from the same household, and between staff is ensured. The room/event venue capacity where the show is to take place must be considered 50% of the "normal" capacity, with a maximum limit of 1,000 people outdoors and 500 indoors. Public events must be organised in compliance with the rules set out in the relevant University guidelines (“VADEMECUM PER L’ORGANIZZAZIONE DI CONVEGNI ED EVENTI ALL’INTERNO DEGLI SPAZI UNIVERSITARI”) or subsequent amendments and additions arising from updated guidelines to be issued by the Committee of Regions.
Working from home
The ‘Working from home’ scheme shall be extended until 31 July 2021, in the absence of an individual contract, with the same rules and procedures currently in force, as already communicated by the Directorate-General.
It should be noted that the pandemic is unfortunately not yet declining rapidly, so the University's effort to resume in-person teaching activities, as far as possible, and to allow students to use study spaces, albeit with the appropriate restrictions, must go hand in hand with a great sense of responsibility - from students and members of staff - in following the public health measures that were frequently recommended to reduce the risk of infection (wearing a face mask, ensuring social distancing, cleaning hands, booking a place in the classroom and recording the seat number, etc..), both inside and outside the University’s premises and buildings. Please note: this also applies to vaccinated people.
Finally, we hereby remind all the members of the University community (teaching staff, technical-administrative staff, any other type of staff, and students) that they are strongly advised to notify the University’s Covid-19 contact person (RUC), Dr. Debora Brocco (tel: +39 045-8027683; mob.348-7337833; email: firstname.lastname@example.org), of any quarantine due to close contact with a confirmed case, or isolation for confirmed cases. Please stay at home if you experience any symptoms related to Covid-19.
The University’s Covid-19 Task Force