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20 October 2020

Organisation of teaching and study - current (21. 10. 2020)

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

In accordance with Resolution of the Government of the Czech Republic no. 1074 of 19 October 2020, the personal presence of students at in-class teaching at universities is prohibited with effect from 00:00 (midnight) on 21 October 2020.


This prohibition does not apply to the personal presence of students at clinical and practical classes and the practical components of degree courses in general medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and other degree programmes related to healthcare, as well as students on the practical components of courses in education and on work placements at nursery, primary and secondary schools, or educational facilities for institutional and protective care.


Face masks

Please be aware that, in accordance with the emergency measure of the Ministry of Health of 19 October, from 21 October 2020 face masks are mandatory in all interior areas of universities, with the exception of educational activities whose nature does not permit the wearing of PPE (chiefly physical exercise, singing, playing on brass or woodwind instruments). The obligation to wear a face mask does not apply to those giving a lecture. At the same time, this obligation applies in built-up areas of municipalities where at least 2 people are present and at a distance of less than 2 metres from one another at the same place and time.


The measures concerning dormitories (the requirement to wear a face mask in common areas) and canteens remain in force.


Academic ceremonies

Due to the exceptional conditions, matriculation and graduation has been cancelled until the end of the 2020 calendar year.


Matriculation

In the event of cancellation of a matriculation ceremony, students shall sign their matriculation oath at the Student Registry of their faculty, without the necessity of a formal matriculation ceremony.


Graduation

In the event of the cancellation of graduation ceremonies, graduates shall receive their diplomas from faculties’ student registries and replacement dates for graduation ceremonies shall be realised as soon as possible according to the development of the epidemiological situation, but no earlier than in January 2021. Graduates will be notified of the replacement date in good time.


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

In accordance with Resolution of the Government of the Czech Republic no. 1022 of 12 October 2020, the personal presence of students at lifelong learning courses at universities is prohibited from 00:00 (midnight) on 14 October 2020 until 23:59 (11:59 p.m.) on 1 November 2020.


Dormitories and canteens

Based on Decree of the Prague Public Health Office no. 12/2020 of 18 September 2020 (the “Decree”), as of 21 September 2020 restrictions are in place on face-to-face teaching at universities in Prague until 31 October 2020. In Pilsen, restrictions on face-to-face teaching are in place from 24 September 2020 until 31 October 2020 under Emergency Measure of the Pilsen Regional Public Health Office no. 5/2020. This Decree does not apply to faculties of Charles University outside Prague and Pilsen, and therefore not student dormitories. Dormitories remain in operation despite this Decree.


In light of the currently applicable Decree, it will not be possible to move into dormitories in Prague and Pilsen until 1 November 2020. Applicants for accommodation can move into their dormitory at any time after the postponed date. Reservations shall not be cancelled and shall remain valid until 1 November 2020. Dormitory fees shall not be payable until the day on which the student moves into the dormitory and signs the Accommodation Contract. Students who have already reserved a date for moving into their dormitory can also do this at a later date. The reservation system for reserving dates for moving into dormitories shall be re-opened at the end of October.


If students have already paid their dormitory fees for September and October, but not yet moved into their accommodation, this payment shall be carried over to the next accounting period.


Students who moved into their accommodation before 14 September 2020, but are not attending practical teaching due to the restrictions on face-to-face teaching in Prague and Pilsen, may end their accommodation, i.e. terminate their Accommodation Contract, with immediate effect and without sanction. If they do this, a new reservation at their existing dormitory will be created for them from 1 November 2020. The long-term deposit, or any dormitory fees, that they have already paid will be transferred to the new reservation. Accommodation Contracts may only be terminated on condition that all outstanding payments to DaC CU have been settled.


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 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

Training centres for sports courses, training camps, induction courses and other forms of teaching and activities shall be closed while the directives (measures) remain in force.


Hostivař Sports Centre

The Hostivař Sports Centre remains opens for individual sporting activities. In line with the directive (measure), the face-to-face teaching of physical education is cancelled.


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


General rules of teaching + FAQ taking into account the impacts of covid-19 on the organization of teaching (September 14, 2020)

General rules of teaching

  • Remote instruction is possible only in cases where objective external circumstances do not allow implementation of a study programme in accordance with the granted accreditation (external circumstances are, for example, restricting the attendance of students in a course, inability to carry out practical training, teaching in risk groups, etc.).

  • The dean decides on introducing the option of remote learning at the faculty.

  • The guarantor of a course decides on introducing remote learning for a specific course following consultation with study programme guarantor.

  • The study programme guarantor decides which courses (or parts thereof) can be fully implemented via remote learning in the case of objective external circumstances preventing in-person instruction; for courses where remote learning is not possible (e.g. laboratory work, special workplaces), the faculty ensures that the student will be able to fulfil the requirement until the end of the academic year.

  • Use appropriate tools for remote learning (contacts: Centre for the Support of E-learning, https://dl.cuni.cz, , ), including methods that allow students to communicate with the instructors and allow instructors to provide students with feedback.

  • Ensure equal terms and conditions for students when taking exams (including state final exams).

  • Students must be thoroughly and promptly informed about the conditions and processes for state final exams.

  • Monitor and regularly assess remote learning (from the perspective of the students and instructors).

  • With respect to the requirement of the National Accreditation Bureau to report the scope of remote learning, study programme guarantors must inform the Rector’s Office of implementing instruction. The guarantor will be asked to provide information via a brief questionnaire in the student information system. The provided information will serve as a basis for informing the National Accreditation Bureau, which will be the responsibility of the Department for the Quality of Education and Accreditation at the Rector’s Office.


FAQ regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the organization of instruction

1. What are the objective reasons for organizing instruction remotely?

  • It involves, for example, situations where the instructor is in quarantine, has contracted COVID-19, or where student are in quarantine or are ill, where there are students in the group that cannot physically attend the course because they are abroad, or similar circumstances.

  • However, you must always assess the cases and form of study individually – e.g. if the course guarantor can arrange another instructor for in-person instruction or replace the instruction so that this solution always has priority over switching to remote learning.


2. The study programme prepares students for a regulated profession. How will it be with practical training?

  • Maintaining in-person instruction should be a priority. If the nature of the practical training allows it, we recommend trying to implement it remotely (e.g. using video recordings, etc.) or individually (instead of group training). If, due to external circumstances, it is not possible to carry out the practical training in the required scope, the guarantor will inform the Department for the Quality of Education and Accreditation at the Rector’s Office about these circumstances, which will ensure possible cooperation with the relevant regulatory body regarding possible modifications to the requirements.


3. A student is in quarantine. Is it necessary to provide the student with remoting learning for a course that is otherwise organized in-person?

  • Yes. In the case of quarantined students, it is up to the instructor to create conditions enabling the student’s further involvement in the course, such as using hybrid or remote learning forms and informing the student about the conditions for completing the course, provided there has been a change. The student is obliged to maintain contact with the instructor, and the instructor is obliged to respond to the student suggestions. For example, if a course has more than one parallel, the student may participate in one that takes place in a remote or hybrid form.


4. The course instructor has returned from quarantine and again starts to teach in person, or a group of students ended quarantine, and they may once again attend the course in person – can you change the established remote form of instruction back to in-person instruction?

  • Yes. This change is possible after consultation with the study programme guarantor. However, you must demonstrably inform students about this fact, including any change in the terms for completing the course. In the case of quarantined students, the remote or hybrid form of instruction must also be maintained. With respect to the requirement of the National Accreditation Bureau to inform about the scope of remote learning, study programme guarantors must inform the Rector’s Office of implementing instruction. The guarantor will be asked to provide information via a brief questionnaire in the student information system. The provided information will serve as a basis for informing the National Accreditation Bureau, which will be the responsibility of the Department for the Quality of Education and Accreditation at the Rector’s Office.


5. From a group of 20 students, 10 are in quarantine. Is this the limit for switching the entire instruction over to remote learning?

  • There is no limit for the proportion of student in quarantine. The decisive factor is the opinion of the responsible person – the instructor – with respect to the nature of the specific course.


6. Can you still take the state final exam and the thesis defence remotely?

  • State final exams may be organized remotely with the consent of the dean, in accordance with Act no. 188/2020 Sb. only if there are objective external circumstances that do not allow exams to be held in person (e.g. for students who are foreign nationals). Thus, organizing state final exams remotely is exceptional and unique.

  • According to the opinion of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Act no. 111/1998 Sb., the Higher Education Act, does not pose major obstacles to taking the state final exam remotely, provided that the commissional nature and public rule are complied with.

  • The Department for the Quality of Education and Accreditation at the Rector’s Office must be informed of the remote organization of a state exam as a part of providing information for the purpose of collecting data for the National Accreditation Bureau, to which the guarantors will be invited.


7. A new student announces that they cannot come to enrolment due to objective reasons.

  • In such case, remote enrolment can be used. If they are not able to participate in


Information for students - Before the start of the semester (9. 9. 2020)

  • Make sure your contact information in SIS is updated (phone number, e-mail address, account number).

  • Find out who your student affairs officer is and the office hours of the student affairs office.

  • Find out the terms for fulfilling the courses you enrolled in and whether there is an alternative for changing over to distance learning. If such an alternative is not included in the syllabus, ask the instructor or study programme guarantor about this possibility


Information for students - During the semester – when changing over to a distance or hybrid form of instruction (9. 9. 2020)

  • If you do not have a computer or sufficient technical equipment at home, contact your faculty or the Carolina Centre (the Carolina Centre loans technical equipment out to economically disadvantaged students or students with special needs).

  • Check that you have updated contacts for all of your instructors and officers (usually e-mail addresses). If an instructor does not provide their contact information, ask during the first class of the semester which platform or which e-mail address you can use to communicate with them remotely.

  • Check that you have access to all platforms used by the instructors to organize your lectures and seminars.

  • Check whether the manner of completing the courses you enrolled in has not changed.

  • Visit the web pages or the university and your faculty on a regular basis, where you can find updated information.

  • Should you have questions, do not be afraid to contact your instructors and the student affairs office.

  • Provide feedback to you instructors – this is the only way they will know whether their instruction is meaningful and effective.

  • Discuss all problems as soon as possible (illness or possible illness, quarantine, technical problems, problems contacting instructors, problems with fulfilling course requirements, etc.) with your instructors, study programme guarantors, or the student affairs office until a solution can be found.

  • Should you experience psychological problems, please contact the faculty or university counselling services.

  • Should you test positive for COVID-19, report this to your faculty, and if you live in a dormitory, also the head of your dormitory so that they can take additional measures for protecting the students and employees of the university.


Please keep in mind that we are all in this together, and together we can handle everything that comes our way.


Current conditions for entry of our successful applicants and students to the territory of the Czechia (5. 10. 2020)

Effective from October 2nd, 2020 all persons travelling from countries that are not on the list of the countries with a low risk of contagion have the obligation to contact the regional hygienic station according to the place of stay before their arrival. Electronic form is available here. This form has to be submitted also during the border control or the controls during the stay in the territory. Arriving persons are obliged to undergo a PCR test in the Czech Republic within 5 days from the arrival. The test may be taken at the Vaclav Havel Airport. For more information, click here. Employees and students of Charles University may also take advantage of the less expensive testing location at the 1st Faculty of Medicine of Charles University. More information about the covid-19 epidemic in the Czech Republic including a list of additional testing locations in Prague can be found here.If the persons do not submit a PCR test result to the respective hygienic station within 7 days from the arrival, a necessary quarantine measure shall be ordered.


It will also be possible to submit a PCR test result that was issued by other EU member country. This document have to be delivered to the respective hygienic station immediately after the arrival and cannot be older than 72 hours. This rule applies to the Czech citizens, EU citizens and third-country nationals with a long-term or permanent residence permit in the Czech Republic or other EU country.


Third-country nationals with a proven long-lasting relationship with the EU citizen (who must have a certificate of temporary residence or permanent residence permit in CZE) will be allowed to enter the CZE. For obtaining an authorisation of the Ministry of Foreign affairs it is necessary to submit a declaration of honour of partnership download here.




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

Ú knihovna

Radka Římanová

603 912 002

CERGE

Ondřej Rydval

601 301 247


Obligation to work

Charles University is providing maximum cooperation with regard to the obligation to work that has been placed on university students by the Government of the Czech Republic in order to secure the provision of healthcare services and care in social services facilities for the duration of the state of emergency in relation to the occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Czech Republic


Dear Students,


Please be informed that the obligation to work applies to those of you in:

  • full-time study in subjects under Section 110 (4) a) and b) of Act no. 108/2006 Coll., on social services, as amended, with the exception of legal subjects (Resolution of the Government of the Czech Republic no. 1027 of 12 October 2020),

  • fourth and fifth year of the full-time study programme in general medicine at medical faculties,

  • fifth year of the full-time study programme in dentistry,

  • fifth year of the full-time study programme in pharmacy,

  • the final year of full-time bachelor’s and five-year master’s study programmes providing preparations for non-medical healthcare professions under Act no. 96/2004 Coll., on conditions for gaining and recognition of qualifications for practising non-medical healthcare professions and activities related to the provision of healthcare, and amending some related Acts (the Non-Medical Healthcare Professions Act), as amended, and the single-subject bachelor’s or five-year master’s programme in psychology,

  • any year of full-time master’s study programmes in healthcare, following on from the bachelor’s programme in healthcare and the single-subject master’s programme in psychology, following on from the bachelor’s programme (Resolution of the Government of the Czech Republic no. 1023 of 12 October 2020), Any year of full-time study of master’s degree programmes related to healthcare following on from the bachelor’s programme and single-subject master’s programme in psychology following on from the bachelor’s programme, (Resolution of the Government of the Czech Republic no. 1048 of 16 October 2020),…


in order to secure the provision of:

  a. 

social services and care in institutions for children requiring immediate assistance

  b. 

healthcare services by providers of healthcare services and assist the activities of public health protection bodies for the duration of the state of emergency.


Legal framework:

The obligation of school pupils and students is governed by Act no. 240/2000 Sb., the Crisis Act.

Under this Act, students between the ages of 18 and 62 on degree programmes in the above fields are obliged to:

  • obey notifications to register for mandatory work at the stipulated location, and perform mandatory work.


The content, scope and place of work to be performed by students is stipulated by a work order of the governor of a region or the lord mayor of the City of Prague. Following the conclusion of mandatory work, students will be issued with confirmation which must contain, inter alia, information about financial compensation.


Students in the following categories are not subject to the obligation to work:

  • persons unfit to perform the required types of work due to health reasons, stage three invalids, members of the Chamber of Deputies or the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, members of the Government, and other persons for whom mandatory work would jeopardise themselves or their loved ones;

  • employees of organisations that constitute part of critical infrastructure and who ensure the functioning of those elements of critical infrastructure;

  • women and single men caring for children up to the age of 15 years, pregnant women, women up to the end of the third month following childbirth if the child was stillborn, deceased, or the woman is not caring for it.


The crisis management body may also grant a student an exemption if they are prevented from performing mandatory work due to an important circumstance, the absence of which could lead to the endangerment of life, limb or property. The seriousness of the important circumstance shall be assessed by the crisis management body.

Students are entitled to refuse the performance of manual work if it would result in the endangerment of their own life, limb or property, or that of others, or if the imposition of that obligation is in breach of the law.

If a student is unable to perform mandatory work, they are obliged to prove this through a medical assessment, which shall be issued by a medical services provider appointed by the body that issued the work order (regional governor or Lord Mayor of Prague).

In exchange for the performance of mandatory work students shall be entitled to financial compensation, which shall be paid by the body that imposed the obligation. Financial compensation shall be paid within 6 months of the end or cancellation of the state of emergency. In the event that it is not possible to determine the amount of financial compensation by agreement or the procedure under the Civil Code, compensation shall be set to an amount that corresponds to the usual wage for the same or similar work.


Penalties for failure by natural persons to perform mandatory work:

  • failure to obey notification by authorised crisis management bodies to register oneself at the stipulated place in order to perform mandatory work is subject to a possible fine of up to 20,000 CZK.

  • failure to perform mandatory work is subject to a possible fine of up to 50,000 CZK.


List of fields – Government Resolution no. 1023

Faculty

Degree programme

Field of study

1.LF, 2.LF, 3.LF, LF HK, LFP

General Medicine

General Medicine

1.LF

Specialisation in Healthcare

Addictology

3.LF

Specialisation in Healthcare

Dental Hygiene

1.LF

Specialisation in Healthcare

Ergotherapy

1.LF, 2.LF, 3.LF, FTVS

Specialisation in Healthcare

Physiotherapy

3.LF

Intensive Care

Intensive Care

1.LF

Specialisation in Healthcare

Nutrition Specialist

1.LF

Specialisation in Healthcare

Nutritional Therapist

1.LF

Obstetrics

Midwife

FF, PedF

Psychology

Psychology

PedF

Psychology

Psychology and Special Pedagogy

PedF

Psychology

Psychology with Special Pedagogy

1.LF, LF HK, LFP

Dentistry

Stomatology

3.LF

Specialisation in healthcare

Public health

3.LF. LF HK

Nursing

General Nurse

FaF

Bioanalytics in Healthcare

Laboratory Assistant in Healthcare

FaF

Bioanalytics in Healthcare

Researcher in Laboratory Methods

FaF

Pharmacy

Pharmacy

FaF

Bioanalytical Laboratory Diagnostics in Healthcare

Bioanalytical Laboratory Diagnostics in Healthcare


List of fields – Government Resolution no. 1027

Faculty

Degree programme

Field of study

PedF

Specialisation in Pedagogy

Czech Language with Focus on Education – Special Pedagogy with Focus on Education

PřF

Demography

Demography with Public and Social Policy

ETF

Social Work

Pastoral and Social Work

PedF

Psychology

Psychology with Special Pedagogy

FHS

Management and Supervision in Social and Healthcare Organisations

Management and Supervision in Social and Healthcare Organisations

FHS

Social Policy and Social Work

Management and Supervision in Social and Healthcare Organisations

ETF

Social and Pastoral Work

Social and Pastoral Work

HTF

Social and Charity Work

Social and Charity Work

HTF

Social Work

Social and Charitable Work

HTF

Social Pedagogy

Social Pedagogy

FF

Pedagogy

Social Pedagogy

HTF

Specialisation in Pedagogy

Social Pedagogy

FF

Social Work

Social Work

FF

Social Policy and Social Work

Social Work

FF

Psychology

Social Psychology

FF

Social Psychology and the Psychology of Work

Social Psychology and the Psychology of Work

FSV

Sociology and Social Policy

Sociology and Social Policy

FSV

Sociology

Sociology and Social Policy

PedF

Special Pedagogy

Special Pedagogy

PedF

Pedagogy

Special Pedagogy

PedF

Specialisation in Pedagogy

Special Pedagogy with Focus on Education – Art Education with Focus on Education

PedF

Special Pedagogy/Speech Therapy

Special Pedagogy/Speech Therapy

FSV

Public and Social Policy

Public and Social Policy

FSV

Sociology

Public and Social Policy

FSV

Public and Social Policy

Public and Social Policy

FSV

Sociology

Public and Social Policy


The students listed above can remain in dormitory accommodation and await their possible involvement in the performance of work in healthcare or social facilities.

A list of all students to whom the obligation to perform work applies has been conveyed to the Lord Mayor of Prague and the governors of the Pilsen and Hradec Králové Regions.


We request that students be available if required.

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