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14 January 2022

  1. Regular employee testing (29. 11. 2021)

  2. Distance learning - karlovkaonline.cz/en/

  3. Recommended rules for teaching (Hybrid Autumn 21/22)

  4. Rigorosum examination = changes from 1. 1. 2021

  5. Current conditions for entry of our successful applicants and students to the territory of the Czechia (27. 12. 2021)

  6. Contacts


No graduation ceremonies will take place before the end of the year (with the exception of one ceremony for international students at the 1st Faculty of Medicine). The University still expects to hold graduation ceremonies at a time when the situation allows it. All participants will be informed of new dates in good time.

Organisation of teaching and study (14. 1. 2022)

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.

Examinations, educational events, congresses, graduations

In-person teaching

Teaching continues to be carried out in accordance with the valid rules in place for the form of study accredited for the relevant study programme. An overall transition to distance learning under § 95c of the Higher Education Act would be possible only in the event that both of the conditions stated in this provision are met, namely:

  • restriction on the personal presence of students at classes (i.e. through an extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health or a government resolution) and

  • issuing of a decision of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS) permitting the University to apply procedure under § 95c (not currently planned due to a lack of support for the activation of this regulation in current measures – information of the MEYS from 19.11.).

Individual elements of the transfer to distance learning can be implemented in justified cases and while ensuring the quality and effectiveness of study. These decisions remain within the competency of the guarantors of study programmes, who are best able to assess the impact of such measures.


With effect from 00:00 (midnight) on 3 January 2021 until the revocation of the Extraordinary Measure of the Ministry of Health, file no. MZDR 14601/2021-34 of 29 December 2021, examinations, educational events, congresses, graduations (point I/3):


under § 2 (2) e) of Act no. 94/2021 Coll., the conditions are stipulated for the holding of concerts and other musical, theatrical, film and other artistic performances, including circuses and variety shows, sports matches, matches, competitions, etc. ("sports matches"), congresses, educational events and full-time rehearsals, with the exception of educational events and examinations that constitute a component of education under Act no. 561/2004 Coll., on pre-school, primary, secondary, higher vocational and other education (the Schools Act), as amended, or Act no. 111/1998 Coll., on higher education institutions and amending other acts (the Universities Act), as amended, unless it is an academic ceremony, such that

  a. 

the event organizer is not permitted to allow the presence of more than 1,000 spectators, visitors, listeners or examinees ("spectators"),

  b. 

persons are prohibited from participating in events as spectators if they show clinical signs of Covid-19 or if more than 20 spectators are to be present at the event at the same time, or, with the exception of children under the age of 12, do not meet the conditions set out in point I/15; the conditions set out in point I/15 need not be met if the relevant educational event is attended exclusively by pupils or students of a single school and the supervisor or operator ensures the separation of premises so that pupils or students of a single school and persons supervising them use different areas to other persons participating in these events,

  c. 

using the "čTečka" mobile app of the Ministry of Health, event organizers are instructed to check, on admission to an event, persons who are required to meet the conditions under point I/15 for their fulfilment of these conditions, and the person is obliged to prove their fulfilment of the conditions under point I/15; in the event that a person fails to prove fulfilment of the conditions under point I/15, the organizer is prohibited from admitting such a person to that event,

  d. 

the distance of spectators from the stage or other place designated for performing or sports areas must be at least 2 m and all spectators must be seated; this does not apply to practical training and examinations,


This means that:

  • students receiving education are no longer required to demonstrate their Covid status for education at faculties,

  • students, graduates and others involved in matriculation and graduation can demonstrate their Covid status in the ways listed below. When entering premises for graduation, etc., the Covid status of participants and attendees must be checked using the čTečka application. 


Under point I/15, Covid status is demonstrated in the following ways:

The following conditions are set out for the entry of persons into certain indoor and outdoor areas or for participation in mass events or other activities, if required by this Extraordinary Measure:


  a. 

the person has taken a n RT-PCR test for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, with a negative result, no later than 72 hours prior to the event, if

  1. the person is under the age of 18, or

  2. the person who cannot be vaccinated against Covid-19 due to a contraindication; the fact that a person cannot be vaccinated against Covid-19 due to a contraindication is demonstrated by presenting a record from the Information System of Infectious Diseases (ISIN) containing explicit information that the person cannot undergo vaccination against Covid-19 for health reasons, or a medical certificate stating explicitly that the person cannot be vaccinated against Covid-19 for health reasons and that this is stated in the Infectious Diseases Information System (ISIN); or

  3. the person has been vaccinated against Covid-19, if

      a. 

    14 days have elapsed from the application of the first dose of vaccine in the case of a single-dose schedule according to the Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC) as of the date of demonstration of this fact for the purposes of this emergency measure; or 

      b. 

    in the case of a two-dose SPC schedule, they have not yet received a second dose of vaccine and the maximum time set for the second dose of SPC vaccine has not elapsed since the first dose of vaccine was demonstrated for the purposes of this emergency measure; or

      c. 

    a period of 14 days has not elapsed since the application of the second dose of vaccine in the case of a two-dose schedule under the SPC as of the date of proof of this fact for the purposes of this emergency measure; or

  b. 

the person has been vaccinated against Covid-19 and demonstrates this through a national vaccination certificate or a certificate issued in accordance with the European Union Regulation on the EU Digital COVID Certificate, provided that at least 14 days have elapsed since the completed vaccination schedule; a national certificate of vaccination is defined as written confirmation issued in at least the English language by an authorized entity operating in a third country, a specimen of which is published in the list of recognized national certificates on the website of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic; the written confirmation must include details of the vaccinated person, the type of vaccine administered, the date the vaccine was administered, and identification of the entity that issued the certificate. This data must be verifiable by remote access directly from the written confirmation, provided that the vaccination: 

  1. used a medicinal product containing a Covid-19 vaccine which has been granted a marketing authorization in accordance with Regulation (EC) no.726/2004, or

  2. used a medicinal product whose manufacture was compliant with the patent of the medicinal product referred to in point i), provided that the medicinal product is also approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization; or

  c. 

the person has recovered from Covid-19, with laboratory confirmation of the same, whereby the person has completed the period of mandatory isolation , and no more than 180 days have elapsed since their first positive rapid antigen test (RAT) for the presence of antigens of the SARS-CoV-2 virus or RT-PCR test for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.


Testing at student dormitories - with effect from 3. 1. 2022


The same regime applies as before - point XV of the Extraordinary Measure, methods of proving Covid status in point XV (2) of the Extraordinary Measure.


Students accommodated in dormitories have received all information (about the conditions of admission to the dormitories, testing options, etc.) by e-mail.​​


Respiratory protection

The wearing of respirators is mandatory in indoor areas at the University. Based on the change of Extraordinary Measure of the Ministry of Health, the obligation to wear respirators on the premises of the university with effect from 00:00 (midnight) on 15 November 2021 until further notice does not apply to:

  a. 

children who have not yet started compulsory schooling; this does not apply to children in the preparatory class of a primary school and children in the preparatory stage of a special primary school,

  b. 

children, pupils and students in the course of educational activities whose nature does not allow the wearing of a protective device (in particular physical exercise, singing, and the playing of wind instruments),

  c. 

pedagogical staff or in the course of educational activities whose nature does not allow the wearing of a protective device (in particular physical exercise, singing, and the playing of wind instruments), provided that they maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters from others,

  d. 

children in the preparatory class of a primary school, children in the preparatory stage of a special primary school, and pupils and students in education who are sitting at a table or are otherwise seated, and if a maximum of 50 children, pupils or students are present at the same time,

  e. 

pedagogical staff or academic staff who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 and at least 14 days have elapsed since the completion of their vaccination schedule according to the summary of product characteristics, when providing education,

  f. 

examiners and those sitting examinations during examinations at school or university, if all persons maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres from one another,



This means that:

  • for students, there are mandatory respirators in the corridors, in classrooms, if they are seated at a desk, the obligation is not, if 50 or more students are not present at the same time,

  • academic staff may do without a respirator if they have been vaccinated against Covid-19 or during educational activities that do not permit the wearing of a respirator.



NOTE - Quarantine measures:

Unvaccinated persons may be quarantined under the protection rules if Covid is detected in their immediate vicinity.


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

The conditions for participation in a lifelong learning course are identical to the conditions for participation in education, (point I/13) see above.


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 open 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 .


Regular employee testing (29. 11. 2021)

All persons employed by Charles University are obliged to fill in the internal ONT form, the purpose of which is to identify those who have not recovered from Covid-19 in the past 180 days and those who have not been vaccinated, as ordered by the extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health (file no.: MZDR 42085/2021-1/MIN/KAN). We therefore request that all CU employees fill in the form at https://testovani.cuni.cz/FormONT. Thank you for your cooperation!


In accordance with the extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health employee testing then only concerns those employees who state in the ONT form, that they are neither vaccinated, nor have they recovered from COVID-19 in the last 180 days.


Unless stipulated otherwise by the faculty, special-purpose facility of constituent part, tests can be carried out only at the central test point at Celetná 13, where tests are available only after prior reservation (only those without access to CAS can be tested without a reservation). All employees required to be present in person at a workplace must undergo testing.* Negative confirmations for these purposes are valid for a period of 7 days.


*If an employee is working from home or is in isolation and has no contact with others, regular testing in accordance with the aforementioned extraordinary measure of the Ministry of Health is not required.



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.



Current conditions for entry of our successful applicants and students to the territory of the Czechia (27. 12. 2021)

All persons over the age of 12 are obliged to fill out an online passenger locator form before their arrival in the Czech Republic. By filling out and sending the form they automatically inform the relevant public health office of their arrival. The form is available here. Evidence of filling out the form must additionally be presented in the event of checks at borders or on arrival at accommodation. Forms can be printed out or displayed on a mobile device. For further information on the locator form, see here. Persons whose entire journey is carried out by means of private transport are not required to fill out a form.


From 27 December the conditions for the entry of foreign nationals to the Czech Republic have been tightened. Prior to their entry to the Czech Republic, foreign nationals who are otherwise permitted to enter the Czech Republic must present a negative PCR test; this includes those who have been vaccinated against or recovered from Covid-19. This obligation applies to all countries irrespective of risk level. Unvaccinated persons or those who have not recovered from Covid-19 in the last six months must then take a further PCR test on the fifth to seventh day after their arrival in the Czech Republic. An exemption from this obligation is granted to those who have received a booster, children up to the age of 12, and children between the ages of 12 and 18 who are fully vaccinated (no booster).


Tests can be taken at Václav Havel Airport. For further information, see here. For a list of other test centres in Prague, see here.


For information in the recognition of vaccination certificates from other countries, see here.​


  • Rules of entry and return to the Czech Republic (effective from 27. 12. 2021)

    • citizens of the Czech Republic and foreign nationals with a residence permit issued by the Czech Republic

    • EU+ citizens and foreign nationals who hold a long-term or permanent residence permit in EU+ countries

  • Rules of entry and return to the Czech Republic (effective from 27. 12. 2021)

    • third-country nationals who do not hold a residence permit issued by the Czech Republic or do not have a long-term or permanent residence permit in another EU+ country

    • third-country nationals who hold a short-stay visa issued by the Czech Republic before 11 May 2020 and who hold a short-term or long-stay visa issued in another EU+ country





Contacts

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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