22 February 2021 marks the beginning of the second semester of the 2020-21 academic year and we are preparing intensively for a partial resumption of face-to-face teaching. Following the local and national regulations that are currently in force and that have relaxed the health safety requirements in certain areas, please find below an overview of the measures that will apply from the start of the new year, provided that the pandemic situation and the legal requirements will not make further adjustments necessary.
The teaching activities in the second semester 2020-21 will be carried out in compliance with the modalities established at the beginning of the winter semester. The Faculties of Education, Design and Arts as well as Science and Technology will have the additional option of bringing forward the start of face-to-face lectures to 7 January 2021. In this case, students will receive direct information from their faculties about the possibility of attending face-to-face lectures.
All the exams, including those at the Language Center, will take place exclusively online until the end of the first semester.
The intensive language courses scheduled in February will be carried out in blended form: the courses for the lower levels will be held face-to-face while those for the higher levels will be offered as online courses. Exact details will follow with a separate communication from the Language Center.
The University Library will re-open on 4 January 2021 with restrictions.
The canteen is scheduled to re-open at the beginning of February, depending on the pandemic situation.
The Fablab will re-open on 7 January from 12:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. for unibz members and the general public. Each day, up to twelve interested people can register online and access the services.
If you have any questions about the measures adopted to prevent and manage the epidemiological emergency, please refer to the Task Force (e-mail: email@example.com; phone: +39 0471 011 119) that will be available to provide support.
All lectures and teaching activities take place only online, including those that have taken place on campus at the beginning of the semester.
Teaching activities also include the preparation of the final thesis, laboratories and practical exercises which must also be carried out online.
Field trips can take place provided that
All exams are held online, regardless of whether the lectures were on campus or online, in accordance with the methods and rules laid down in the attached annex.
Admission exams are also held online.
Graduation exams and the awarding of the titles take place online.
Bachelor graduation exams of the Faculty of Science and Technology take place, in deviation from the current regulations, without discussion of the final theses.
Internships take place in teleworking, in mixed form or on site.
Internships can take place on site provided that
For those internships which are intended for teacher training, the type and content of possible substitute activities are determined by the respective study course councils.
All language courses and all language tests take place exclusively online.
Office hours take place exclusively online.
The provisions in question, which differ from those currently in force at unibz, will come into force on 4 November 2020 and replace those of Rector's Decree no. 1132/2020 of 25 September 2020 and will be effective for the duration of the aggravated Covid 19 health emergency, on the basis of the relevant legal provisions at national and local level (the so-called "red zone"). In any case, they are in force until 13 February 2021 at the latest (duration of Rector's Decree No. 1132/2020).
At the end of the aggravated health emergency of Covid-19, the provisions of Rector's Decree No. 1132/2020 shall again apply with regard to classroom teaching, as defined in the previous paragraph, with the exception of Articles 5 - Exams, 7 - Internships and 8 - Language courses and language exams of the said Decree, which shall be replaced in full by Articles 2 - Exams, 4 - Internships and 5 - Language courses and language exams of the present Decree.
unibz is preparing to resume in-presence teaching activities for the first semester of the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year, in compliance with the directions provided by the public health authorities and in line with the instructions given by the provincial authorities and by the ministry of health, in accordance with the procedures provided by the CRUI and with the internal security protocols designed for containing and preventing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus.
These measures will cover the winter semester 2020-2021 and might be adapted to epidemiological developments and the relevant legal requirements.
unibz has identified three fundamental principles for the planning and organization of the next academic year:
In phase 3, that covers the first semester of the academic year 2020-2021, lectures will be offered in presence, online or in blended form (in university classrooms and simultaneously online). All students will thus have the opportunity to follow the lectures, even if they cannot be physically present at the university. Particular attention is paid to international students who cannot travel and to students from other regions as well as to students with special health conditions, for whom resuming of in-presence activities is not recommended.
Please find below the operational safety instructions for the students' return to the classroom.
In order to ensure that the activities can be carried out safely and in view of the limited number of available seats, priority for in-presence lectures is given to freshmen as they most need it in order to best profit from the study and to laboratory activities as well as to exercises and experiential activities. As for the other students, in order to reduce the risk of large gatherings of people, distance learning will be carried out through innovative communication and e-learning systems specifically designed for lecturers.
To this purpose, unibz is arranging for appropriate logistic measures and shifts systems in order to ensure that safety distances are respected. In order to attain these results, the University is working to improve the technological equipment of the classrooms and laboratories so that the new teaching methods can best be supported. At the same time unibz has planned special training courses for lecturers to foster the development of innovative high-quality teaching.
A sign will be hung on each classroom’s door, showing the maximum number of allowed occupants. If that number is reached, no one else will be allowed into the classroom unless someone leaves.
The classrooms are arranged in such a way as to allow to orderly access and occupy only the "permitted seats/stations", which are marked by appropriate signs; thus, students will be able to keep a minimum distance of 1 meter from one another.
Information on the necessary measures concerning personal hygiene and behavior is posted in the classrooms or near the doors.
A dispenser of hydro-alcoholic sanitising solution is available in each classroom to allow for the hygiene of hands upon entering; nevertheless, unibz above all recommends washing your hands with water and neutral soap.
Specific entrance and exit routes as well as internal room-to-room routes have been evaluated and identified for each building, so that large gatherings of people can be most effectively prevented.
All internal spaces have been provided with special posters and signs with specific information:
These measures, together with the scheduling of lecture times and of possible different entrance and exit times and with the organization of cleaning and sanitization of the rooms, will allow for the students to safely resume in-presence learning.
For the university classrooms to be used in compliance with safety regulations, all users must:
Protective visors will be available to lecturers at the Welcome Desk upon request.
During their lectures, lecturers are required to comply to the following instructions:
During the tests as well as before and after the exams, the members of the Commission will keep a safety distance of 1 meter from one another whenever possible and will wear a mask.
Gloves shall be worn only for handing out the materials to the candidates and for the subsequent collection; for all other activities the members of the Commission shall sanitize their hands with the sanitizing solutions.
Examination papers must be kept in quarantine for 48 hours before they can be corrected. If the Commissioners must correct the examination documents any earlier, they must wear masks and gloves all the time.
During the exams as well as before and after them, members of the Commission must possibly keep a safe distance of 1 meter between one another and wear the mask. During the exams, a minimum distance of 2 meters must be maintained between the Commissioners and the candidate. Each one of the participants may take off his/her mask while speaking. Those who do not speak should wear the mask during the interview.
If a blackboard or another shared device must be used during the exam, for which disinfection at the end of each use is not provided for or is not possible, disposable gloves will be available and these must be disposed of at the end of the test.
During the interview the student and the teacher will keep a safety distance of at least 2 meters from each other and will wear a mask. They may take off their mask while speaking.
For safety reasons printers and copiers are not in operation.