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15 June 2021

Organisation of teaching and study (14. 6. 2021)

Charles University (CU) is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and is keeping the academic community continually informed with up-to-date information. CU is following, and will follow, the recommendations of the relevant state bodies and is prepared to react promptly to developments.

Basic information – Exam period and teaching

Based on the extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health of 7 June 2021, which constitutes Appendix no. 7 to Government Resolution no. 532, and governs restrictions in the field of education with effect from 8 June 2021 until further notice, the following restrictions are in place:

  1. the operation of higher education institutions under Act no. 111/1998 Coll., on higher education institutions and amending other acts (the Universities Act), as amended, including branches of foreign higher education institutions operating in the Czech Republic ("universities") is restricted such that: 

      a. 

    participation in lifelong learning courses is possible under the conditions laid down by another extraordinary measure for in-person educational events and examinations (see below for further information)

      b. 

    during education, with the exception of clinical and practical teaching and work experience, and student examinations, a distance of no less than 1.5 metres must be maintained between individual persons, and

      c. 

    participation in academic ceremonies shall be permitted provided that the maximum number of persons present does not exceed 50% of the total seating capacity; and at the same time, the total number of persons present may not exceed 2,000 if the event takes place outdoors or 1,000 persons in if the event takes place indoors, provided that:

    1. all persons present prove that they meet the conditions laid down in point 8, 

    2. all participants are seated in such a way that, with the exception of persons from a common household, at least one unoccupied seat is left between participants at all times and, if possible, they are seated in alternate rows, whereby the distance between seated attendees and the place designated for participants in the ceremony must be at least 2 m 


Conditions for participation in education or related events - Art. I, point 8:

  a. 

the person has taken a RT-PCR test for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, with a negative result, no later than 7 days prior to the event, or

  b. 

the person has taken a POC test for the presence of antigens of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, with a negative result, no later than 72 hours prior to the event, or

  c. 

the person has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and proves that

  1. in the case of a two-dose schedule under the SPC, no less than 22 days has elapsed since administration of the first dose of vaccine, but not more than 90 days if the second dose has not been administered,

  2. in the case of a two-dose schedule under the SPC, no less than 22 days has elapsed since administration of the first dose of vaccine, but not more than 9 months if the second dose has been administered, or 

  3. in the case of a single dose schedule under the SPC, no less than 14 days, but no more than 9 months, has elapsed since administration of the vaccine, or

  d. 

the person has had COVID-19, and this has been confirmed in a laboratory, and they have completed the period of isolation as mandated by the valid extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health, and no more than 180 days have elapsed since their first positive POC antigen test for the presence of antigens of the SARS-CoV-2 virus or RT-PCR test for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, or

  e. 

the person has, on the spot, taken a preventive antigen test for the presence of antigens of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that is intended for self-testing or approved by the Ministry of Health for use by lay persons, with a negative result, or

  f. 

the person has taken a test for the presence of antigens of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that is intended for self-testing or approved by the Ministry of Health for use by a lay person and was provided to the person by their employer no more than 72 hours prior to the event as part of the obligatory testing of employees as mandated by another extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health, with a negative result; this fact is substantiated by a certificate provided by the employer or through a statutory declaration, or

  g. 

the person attending school or educational facility has, as mandated by another extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health, taken a test for the presence of antigens of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that is intended for self-testing or approved by the Ministry of Health for use by a lay person no more than 72 hours prior to the event, with a negative result; this fact is substantiated through a statutory declaration and/or statutory declaration provided by the legal guardian of the person, or confirmation issued by the school or educational facility;


A participant or pupil who does not meet these conditions shall not be allowed to participate in education by the school or educational facility. In the case of regular activities carried out by a fixed team, the meeting of conditions shall be demonstrated once every 7 days; if the event lasts continuously for more than 1 day, the meeting of conditions shall be demonstrated on the first day of the event and every 7 days thereafter.


This means that:

All options for demonstrating a negative test for COVID -19 or its replacement are unified, so that even universities can accept all confirmations of test results, vaccinations and having had COVID-19.

A deadline of 72 hours from the performance of a test must be observed in order to submit statutory declarations and confirmations of antigen tests. Statutory declarations and confirmations of negative test results that have been submitted on time are valid for 7 days from the performance of a test.


A university may accept the following self-testing variants:            

  • preventive antigen self-test performed by a person on site 

  • antigen self-test taken as part of the compulsory testing of employees and provided by the employer no more than 72 hours prior to the start of the event. This can be demonstrated by the presentation of: confirmation from the employer or a statutory declaration

  • antigen self-test taken as part of the compulsory testing of pupils at schools or educational facilities no more than 72 hours prior to the start of the event. This can be demonstrated by the presentation of: a statutory declaration, and/or a statutory declaration provided by the legal guardian of the person, or confirmation issued by the school or educational facility.


In the case of regular activities carried out by a fixed team, it is possible to extend the deadline for demonstrating the meeting of conditions once per 7 days.


From 1 June it is possible to include singing as a key part of study programmes with the personal presence of no more than 30 students in a room.


Sports activities - Art. I 6)

Sports activities that form a key part of study programme can be performed outdoors and indoors without restrictions.

Sports activity as a part of education is permitted without restriction in outdoor areas and indoors in the presence of a maximum of 30 people.

Respiratory protection

Based on the extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health of 7 June 2021, which constitutes Appendix no. 2 to Government Resolution no. 532, the obligation to wear respiratory protection on the premises of universities, which remains in effect from 00:00 (midnight) on 8 June 2021 until further notice, does not apply to:

  • students and academic staff under Act no. 111/1998 Coll., on universities, during educational activities, the nature of which does not permit the wearing of a protective device (especially gymnastics, singing, the playing of wind instruments), 

  • pupils and students in education who sit on a bench or are otherwise seated (spacing 1.5 metres), with the exception of the South Bohemian Region, the Liberec Region and the Zlín Region,

  • pedagogical staff or academic staff during the provision of education, with the exception of the South Bohemian Region, the Liberec Region and the Zlín Region,

  • exam subjects and examiners during examinations at school or university, if all persons maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from one another,


This means that:

It is permitted to not wear respiratory protection during teaching and testing at universities under the specific conditions laid out in point 3 of the MO ref. no. MZDR 15757/2020-53/MIN/KAN, with exceptions for the South Bohemian Region, the Liberec Region and the Zlín Region), while all persons participating in teaching and examination can be deemed members of academic staff in this sense.

In-person enrolment in study

Under the  extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health of 7 June 2021, which constitutes Appendix no. 1 to Government Resolution no. 532, in-person enrolment in studies may take place provided that the following conditions are met:

  • presence of a maximum of 200 persons in indoor areas,

  • respirators are used at all times,

  • if more than 10 persons are present, the persons concerned must prove that they meet the following conditions (point I/16):


  a. 

the person has taken a RT-PCR test for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, with a negative result, no later than 7 days prior to the event, or

  b. 

the person has taken a POC test for the presence of antigens of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, with a negative result, no later than 72 hours prior to the event, or  

  c. 

the person has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and proves that

  1. in the case of a two-dose schedule under the SPC, at least 22 days have elapsed since administration of the first dose of vaccine, but not more than 90 days, if the second dose has not yet been administered,

  2. in the case of a two-dose schedule under the SPC, at least 22 days have elapsed since administration of the first dose of vaccine, but not more than 9 months, if the second dose has been administered, or

  3. in the case of a single dose schedule under the SPC, at least 14 days, but not more than 9 months, have elapsed since administration of the vaccine dose, 

or

  d. 

the person has had COVID-19, and this has been confirmed in a laboratory, have completed the period of isolation as mandated by the extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health, and no more than 180 days have elapsed since their first positive POC antigen test for the presence of antigens of the SARS-CoV-2 virus or RT-PCR test for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

  e. 

the person has, on the spot, taken a preventive antigen test for the presence of antigens of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that is intended for self-testing or approved by the Ministry of Health for use by lay persons, with a negative result, or 

  f. 

the person has taken a test for the presence of antigens of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that is intended for self-testing or approved by the Ministry of Health for use by a lay person and was provided to the person by their employer no more than 72 hours prior to the event as part of the obligatory testing of employees as mandated by another extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health, with a negative result; this fact is substantiated by a certificate provided by the employer or through a statutory declaration, or 

  g. 

the person attending school or educational facility has, as mandated by another extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health, taken a test for the presence of antigens of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that is intended for self-testing or approved by the Ministry of Health for use by a lay person no more than 72 hours prior to the event, with a negative result; this fact is substantiated through a statutory declaration and/or statutory declaration provided by the legal guardian of the person, or confirmation issued by the school ​


Academic ceremonies

From 1 June the holding of graduation ceremonies has commenced in accordance with the current extraordinary measures issued by the government.


Students on foreign-language degree programmes

In order to allow all students to start their studies, we have facilitated remote registration through the Study Information System for applicants who have been accepted for study and cannot, for demonstrable, objective reasons, be physically present for registration. Applicants will be informed of this by their faculties.


Charles University shall issue the newly required document “Confirmation by entity from the Czech Republic receiving third-country nationals for the purpose of economic or educational activity”, which has been required of new applicants for study visas as of 13 July 2020, to successful applicants and send it together with other documents so that applicants have them prior to their interview at Czech embassies.


Lifelong learning courses

Based on the   extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health of 7 June 2021, which constitutes Appendix no. 1 to Government Resolution no. 532it is possible to hold congressional events, courses and examinations with the presence of participants, whereby the maximum permitted number of present participants must not exceed 50% of the total seated capacity and the total number of persons present (including speakers, stewards, examiners etc. must not exceed 1,000.


The conditions for participation in a lifelong learning course are identical to the conditions for participation and full-time enrolment in study (see point I/16 above).​


Dormitories and canteens

Dormitories

Based on Government Resolution no. 433 of 3 May 2021 in connection with the extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health, which constitutes Appendix no. 1 to this Resolution, with effect from 00:00 (midnight) 10 May 2021 until the revocation of the extraordinary measure, the provision of accommodation in university accommodation facilities to university students who have another place of residence in the Czech Republic continues to be prohibited with effect from 00:00 (midnight) on 10 May 2021 until the cancellation of the extraordinary measure. However, students who are able to participate in education as detailed above are exempt from this prohibition.


Preventive testing at dormitories continues to be provided, as has been the case since 24 April 2021. Preventive tests are performed once every 7 days.


Students who are accommodated at dormitories are obliged to take a test on arrival at such facilities if they are present there prior to tuition at university.


If, due to other extraordinary measures, a student accommodated at an accommodation facility is not permitted to be present in person at courses, or a student does not participate in courses in person for a period of 7 days, such a student is required to take a preventive test at that facility or at the university. (NB: The obligation to undergo testing also applies to students who are accommodated at dormitories but do not participate in in-person tuition, including all international students (Erasmus and exchange visits). This obligation does not apply to students who have exercised the right to have their rooms ‘sealed’, i.e. they are not personally present at dormitories; however, they are required to take a test as soon as they return to their dormitory.


The obligation to take tests does not apply to students who: 


  • have had COVID-19, and this has been confirmed in a laboratory, have completed the period of isolation as mandated by the extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health, and no more than 90 days have elapsed since their first positive POC antigen test for the presence of antigens of the SARS-CoV-2 virus or RT-PCR test for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, or

  • hold a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 issued by the Czech Ministry of Health, and, in the case of two-dose schemas according to information about the medication, at least 14 days have elapsed since application of the second dose of the vaccine, or, in the case of single-dose regimens according to information about the medication, at least 14 days have elapsed since application, or

  • can present a negative result from a POC antigen test for the presence of antigens of the SARS-CoV-2 virus or from a RT-PCR test for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that is not older than 48 hours, and which was carried out by a healthcare provider according to the current valid extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health on the performance of tests.


Negative test results shall be checked by an authorized person on entry to the dormitory. 


If a student accommodated at a dormitory refuses to take a test, or fails to produce relevant documentation allowing their entry to the dormitory, he/she shall not be admitted to the premises of the dormitory and shall be requested to end his/her personal presence at the dormitory (until such a time as the relevant conditions have been met), or to exercise the right to have his/her room ‘sealed’ (50% discount), or to end his/her accommodation contract without sanction or cancellation fees.


Students accommodated at dormitories may return on multiple occasions following presentation of a negative antigen test result if they meet the conditions for an exemption, or following expiry of the relevant Government Directive.


Visits to dormitories remain prohibited.


Canteens

Starting on 10 May 2021 warm meals shall be distributed to the Albertov, Kajetánka, FHS, Faculty of Law, Hvězda and Sport (FTVS) canteens. The number of portions sold shall subsequently be reviewed and future distribution adjusted accordingly.


Issuing of CU ID cards

CU card issue centres continue to operate without restriction. The current opening hours of all centres are listed on the website. The main issuing centre at Celetná 13 has the option of a queuing ticket. The progress of the queue can then be followed online and outside the building premises at https://cuni.cz/UK-3249.html. The form of consultation depends on agreement between the advisor and the student.


CU Point Chill out zone

The Chill out zone at Celetná 13 is currently closed to visitors.


Carolina Centre advisory centres

The psychological, social, legal and career advisory centres at the Carolina Centre continue to operate without restriction.


Training centres

The Charles University Training Centres shall be open from 10 May 2021.


Hostivař Sports Centre

The Hostivař Sports Center will open for practical tuition on 10 May, conditional on compliance with the relevant hygiene measures.


In the event of any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the University at .


Rigorosum examination = changes from 1. 1. 2021

On 1 January 2021 the amended Rigorosum Examination Code of Charles University came into effect:


(link to Czech and English version):


The amendment explicitly permits the remote sitting of a state rigorosum exam, either in whole or in part, and further extends the deadline for the sitting of a state rigorosum exam until 1 July 2021 for all candidates whose deadline was to expire between 1 January 2021 and 30 June 2021.



Changes in connection with the amended Universities Act (5. 1. 2021)

On 1 January 2021 an amendment to the Universities Act (no. 495/2020 Coll.) came into effect that permitted universities to deviate from normal practice in emergency situations. For example, universities can conduct tuition and exams remotely, as well as modify the timetable of the academic year and conditions for acceptance procedures.


In the year just past, universities were permitted to make changes to tuition, acceptance procedures and the organisation of the academic year by a special law (no. 188/2020 Coll.); however, this law was applicable in 2020 only. The new amendment to the law brings changes that can be applied in the future within the framework of crisis measures under the Crisis Act, in the event of emergency measures, or in cases in which the presence of students at the university is restricted. However, this is conditional on the issuing of a resolution by the Ministry of Education (MEYS) to determine the scope and period of time for which such deviations can be applied.


The MEYS issued such a resolution for Charles University on 4 January 2021. The University can fully apply its authority in this regard until 31 March 2021, assuming that crisis or emergency measures remain in force.


Based on this decision, universities can transfer to remote learning, remote exams, state exams and state rigorosum exams irrespective of the accredited form of study for the degree programme. In the event that state exams cannot be held publicly, their holding shall remain conditional on an audio-visual record being made of them. This record shall be retained for a period of 5 years.


In emergency situations faculties shall have the authority to change the method, criteria and date for the acceptance of applicants. Under normal conditions applicants must know the conditions for their acceptance no less than four months before the deadline for the submission of applications, and at times of crisis this can change up until the 15th day before the holding of exams. Due to possible changes in secondary school leaving exams or state exams and delays in the recognition of prior qualifications from abroad, the amendment gives the option of setting, in the resolution for adoption, a deadline of 90 days from registration for study for the submission of evidence of qualifications achieved.


Current conditions for entry of our successful applicants and students to the territory of the Czechia (14. 6. 2021)

With effect from Friday 5 February 2021 a new category of ‘dark red’ (very high risk) countries has been introduced. Arrivals from these countries will be subject to the very strictest epidemiological measures. Incoming travellers must submit a mandatory PCR test not older than 72 hours prior to the start of their journey, and following arrival they must take a second PCR test no less than five days after they have entered the country. They must self-isolate until a second negative result is submitted.


Travellers coming from orange and red countries must submit either an antigen test not older than 24 hours or a PCR test not older than 72 hours prior to departure. Following arrival from a red country, travellers must take a second PCR test in the Czech Republic (this can be taken earlier than the fifth day following arrival). They must self-isolate until a second negative result is submitted.


Test results must be submitted the the local public health office. Tests can be taken at Václav Havel Airport; see here for further information. Charles University staff and students can use the testing point at the CU 1st Faculty of Medicine, where tests also cost less. For a list of other testing points in Prague, see here. If no result is submitted within 7 days of arrival, travellers are subject to further quarantine measures.​






Contacts

Testing

CU staff and students can go to the sampling point at the CU 1st Faculty of Medicine, where the price of testing is also lower. A list of other sampling points in Prague can be found here.


Important contacts

The e-mail address and +420 224 491 850 phone line (university infoline open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. have been set up for queries related to the coronavirus epidemic.


In the event of a significant deterioration of the situation in the Czech Republic, Charles University will follow the instructions and directives of the relevant state bodies.


Persons to contact at individual faculties and related offices at Charles University

Faculty

Name

Email

Phone (+ 420)

KTF

Eva Procházková

737 272 242

ETF

Eva Svobodová

604 535 193

HTF

Jiří Navrátil

773 791 542

PF

David Kohout

221 005 334

1.LF

Eva Žáková

606 248 810

2.LF

Milan Trojánek

728 417 055

3.LF

Jiří Beneš

603 479 070

LF PL

Dana Müllerová

606 369 999

LF HK

Jiří Manďák

777 602 677

FaF

Hana Krieglerová

495 067 429

FaF

Kateřina Duspivová

Lenka Vlčková  

Lenka Doová

495 067 641

495 067 300

495 067 241

FF

PřF

Karel Mozr

602 740 635

MFF

Tomáš Jančák

Dana Macharová

Dana Lanková

951 551 298

951 551 254

951 551 414

PedF

Tomáš Bederka

607 860 106

PedF

Ivana Kočová

725 243 170

FSV

Ondřej Blažek

Lukáš Budín

222 112 136

222 112 254

FTVS

Radim Zelenka

603 170 774

FHS

Pavla Šínová

251 080 212

ÚJOP

N Karolinum

Petr Valo

602 450 191

ÚDAUK

C Krystal

Renáta Sluková

slukova@krystal.cuni.cz

603 385 146

Ú knihovna

Radka Římanová

603 912 002

CERGE

Ondřej Rydval

601 301 247


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