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16 March 2020

Announcement by Charles University's Rector Tomáš Zima in response to the Czech government’s adoption of additional crisis measures (March 16, 2020)

In connection with Resolution of the Government of the Czech Republic no. 215/2020 Coll., dated 15 March 2020, on the adoption of crisis measures prohibiting the free movement of people on the territory of the Czech Republic, Charles University’s rector announces the following:

Basic information

All teaching activity is permitted by remote means only. With effect from 16.00 (4 p.m.) on 16 March 2020 until 24 March 2020 inclusive (or until the revocation of the crisis measures stated above), I hereby prohibit any form of individual tuition, including the holding of individual consultation, and individual tests and state exams (including rigorous and doctoral exams).


With effect from 14.00 (2 p.m.) on 16 March 2020, the deans of CU faculties and directors of CU institutes must facilitate home office (“H/O”) for all employees to the maximum possible extent. At the same time it is necessary to ensure the uninterrupted meeting of work obligations and the performance of essential tasks for the operation of Charles University.


Opening hours of relevant workplaces (in particular study departments) must be secured to the extent of no more than 3 hours per day for two days per week. During the notified working hours, the greatest possible number of tasks must be resolved through remote communication; in individual cases it shall be possible to arrange contact (personal) meetings depending on the issue at hand.


With effect from 0.00 (midnight) on 17 March 2020 all CU buildings shall be closed and access shall be granted only to employees and students under conditions set by the dean of the relevant faculty of director of the CU constituent part with respect to ensuring the performance of tasks essential to the operation of CU. The continuity of science and research work (laboratory work, care for laboratory animals etc.) in particular must be ensured. With respect to the continuation of work at individual workplaces, I call on all employees to respect the increased hygiene requirements and to behave responsibly both to those around them and to themselves.

International students and employees

The instructions contained in my memorandum of 13 March 2020 remain in force. The arrival of students from abroad, or international students, if they are permitted to enter the Czech Republic, shall be dealt with on an individual basis. International students should contact the representative offices of their own countries for a possible exemption from travel bans.

Student residences

Student residences shall continue to operate.


I again call on all students in accommodation at residences to not gather, to comply with strict hygiene rules, and to behave in a responsible manner both to themselves and to others. While I realise that the situation faced by students in residences will be complicated in the next few days, I believe that calm, conscious behaviour shall help us to manage the situation together.


In the event that quarantine measures are adopted in rooms or parts of residences, those who are in quarantine must strictly comply with all measures introduced and all conditions of quarantine.

Refectories

With effect from 17 March 2020 only the Kajetánka Refectory shall be in operation (offer cooked food).


Food shall be delivered to the following dispensing points:

  • Albertov

  • Sport

  • HTF

  • Jinonice

  • Hvězda

  • U Rotlevů

The Snídárna at the Komenského Student Residence shall remain in operation.


Discussions on continuing the operation of refectories and dispensing points in Pilsen and Hradec Králové are ongoing.


Operation in all buffets shall cease.


The number of meals dispensed shall be assessed on Wednesday and further reduction may be adopted.

UK Point, Centrum Carolina advisory centre, Hostivař sport complex and training centres


UK Point, the Centrum Carolina advisory centre, the Hostivař sport centre and training centres are closed.

Card dispensing points

Card dispensing points shall be closed with effect from 14.00 (2 p.m.) on 16 March 2020.


Online support shall remain in operation.


Should you have any issues concerning your password, please follow the instructions on the following website: https://ldapuser.cuni.cz/


To contact our on-line support office, click on the link “Resolve problem with Central Authentication Service” in the “Information and instructions” section.


You can also invalidate or renew your pass after logging in at Whois.cuni.cz: https://cuni.cz/UK-5361.html

CU Rectorate

With effect from 14.00 (2 p.m.) on 16 March 2020, employees of the CU Rectorate shall transfer to H/O. Continued operation of the CU Rectorate shall be ensured through available means of remote communication (online, telephone). Selected land lines shall be redirected to the mobile telephones of contact employees of the CU Rectorate.


A list of redirected land lines for individual departments will be sent out separately tomorrow and will be displayed on the CU website.


In the event of doubt over the interpretation of the measures adopted, please contact the CU crisis team by e-mail at .


We shall take any further measures required according to the current development of the situation. We shall immediately inform you of such measures.


I would like to ask that you cooperate with the measures adopted, and maintain a calm, rational attitude.


Announcement from Rector Tomáš Zima (March 16, 2020)




Rector requests individual deanships to prepare coordinators as gov calls on med students to help in crisis


Charles University's Rector Tomáš Zima has requested individual deanships to prepare coordinators following the government requiring medical students to help in the crisis. In the case of medical students the rector recommended student assitance being recognised - if possible - as either practical teaching or a holiday internship. Students in various programmes are being called upon to help in crisis efforts per a govenment resolution from Sunday, March 15, 2020, following the state of emergency declaration last week.


You can read the text of the government resolution here:


RESOLUTION OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC


of 15 March 2020 no.


to ensure the provision of healthcare services by healthcare providers and to secure the activities of public health protection bodies for the duration of the state of emergency



In connection with government resolution no. 194 of 12 March 2020, through which the government, in accordance with art. 5 and 6 of constitutional act no. 110/1998 Coll., on the security of the Czech Republic, declared, due to the threat to health in connection with the establishment of the occurrence of the coronavirus, designated as SARS CoV-2, declared a state of emergency on the territory of the Czech Republic, and pursuant to Section 5 a) to e) of Act no. 240/2000 Coll., on crisis management and amending some acts (the Crisis Act), as amended, for the resolution of crisis situations, has decided to adopt crisis measures pursuant to Section 6 (1) c) of the Crisis Act



The government orders the following:


1. in order to secure of the provision of healthcare services by healthcare providers and secure the activities of public health protection bodies for the duration of the state of emergency in connection with the occurrence of the COVID-19 epidemic on the territory of the Czech Republic, the following groups of students are required to work:

• fifth- and sixth year full-time students on general medicine degree programmes at the medical faculties of publicly-funded universities;

• final years of day or full-time degree programmes or subjects providing preparation for the following professions:

• general nurses in bachelor’s degree programmes providing preparation for general nursing or in the field of general nursing with a diploma at vocational colleges,

• paediatric nurses in bachelor’s degree programmes providing preparation for general nursing or in the field of paediatric nursing with a diploma at vocational colleges,

• emergency workers in bachelor’s degree programmes providing preparation for emergency workers or in the field of emergency worker with a diploma at vocational colleges,

• assistant for the protection and support of public health in the bachelor’s study programme for the preparation of assistants for the protection and support of public health

• practical nurses in the field of practical nursing and healthcare assistant in secondary education.


2. the Ministry of Health is required to inform, using the prescribed methodology, persons listed in point 4 as part of the process to ensure the provision of care under point 1;


3. the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports is required to provide the Ministry of Health and persons listed in point 4 with all required cooperation;


4. all public health protection bodies, all providers of emergency healthcare and healthcare providers listed in the annex to this resolution are required to utilise the services of persons listed in point 1 on their areas of territorial responsibility, and inform the Ministry of Health of measures adopted towards this end.


To be enacted by the:


Minister for Health,

Minister for Education, Youth and Sport,

Directors of bodies listed in point 4.




Andrej Babiš (signed)

Prime Minister

Annex to the government resolution:


Bulovka Hospital

Motol University Hospital

Homolka Hospital

Central Military Hospital – Military University Hospital in Prague

České Budějovice Hospital

Pilsen University Hospital

Karlovy Vary Regional Hospital

Krajská zdravotní a. s. (Hospitals of the Ústí nad Labem Region)

Liberec Regional Hospital

Hradec Králové University Hospital

Hospitals of the Pardubice Region

Jihlava Hospital

Brno University Hospital

St. Anne’s University Hospital Brno

Olomouc University Hospital

Ostrava University Hospital

Tomáš Baťa Regional Hospital





This a follow-up announcement by Charles University's Rector Tomáš Zima in response to the Czech government’s state of emergency declaration on Thursday, March 12, 2020, to counter the growing coronavirus threat.


Studies

Currently there are no plans to alter the schedule of the 2019/2020 academic year. However, if extraordinary measures remain in place longer, changes will be taken to extend classes and the exam period to extend into June and July 2020. We are gauging what constitutes a standard study period (with regards to mandatory fees) and are preparing changes to internal regulations – should they prove necessary.

The Rector’s Sports Day (scheduled for 6 May 2020) has been cancelled to allow more time for teaching (if classes resume).

Foreign trips

All Charles University students and staff are currently forbidden from travelling abroad, effective immediately and until further notice.

Erasmus

Students returning from – or having travelled through – high-risk areas abroad are required to self-isolate for 14 days and to not come into contact with teachers, other university staff or fellow students. University faculties can modify this requirement in the case of medical students who want to volunteer to help during the crisis, providing they are not returning from a high-risk country where mandatory self-isolation/quarantine is required by the government under the state of emergency resolution.


Faculty deans will ensure that students returning from abroad will have the opportunity to complete the spring semester in the academic year of 2019/2020 so as to continue in their studies next year unhindered. In such cases, block study, or e-courses at partner universities abroad where students are already enrolled can count towards students’ successful completion of the semester.

The Foreign Relations office at the Charles University rectorate has contacted all foreign students studying at Charles University and informed them about developments. For now, foreign students on Erasmus exchange programmes are not required to return to their native countries.


Foreign students at Charles University wishing to end their stay early, may apply the “Act of God” clause, which will allow them to draw their stipend from the day of arrival to the day of early departure. There is also the possibility, being discussed with the national bureau for the Erasmus programme in the Czech Republic, the Centre for International Cooperation in Education (DZS), for foreign students to be exempt from returning funds already spent, for example, on accommodation.

Foreign students already studying at Charles University or setting out, are required to respect the same requirements as all other students (described in the rector’s announcement of 10 March 2020).

Other forms of mobility

It will be negotiated that any students who qualified for mobility programmes on offer (Fond mobility, POINT, inter-university contracts, other) who have missed the opportunity to go abroad, will be able to do so at a later date, after the state of emergency is lifted and conditions are suitable again.


Students already abroad under such mobility programmes are recommended to get in touch and remain in contact with the closest local representative office of the Czech Republic and to carefully consider the situation. We leave it up to these students to rationally weight the risks of staying versus returning home (including the mandatory quarantine period) as well as potential risk represented for family members, partners, etc.)


Students who qualified for funding in internal university competitions but were unable to move ahead with their project because of current circumstances will be given priority and top the list next semester or next year once conditions are suitable. Students who began projects but were unable to complete them and already spent some funds, will not be required to return those to the university.

Charles University is ready to try and help any students and staff currently in the United Stated or other countries that have enacted travel bans with Europe, should they request it.

Full-degree students abroad

While the situation for full-degree students abroad is different, Charles University is ready to provide all possible help to those wishing to return. Students in such circumstances must carefully consider whether they should return to the Czech Republic with regards to how it will affect their studies ie. when these will resume.

Refectories

The following refectories remain open:


  • Menza Albertov

  • Menza Kajetánka

  • Menza Sport

  • Menza Na Kotli (Hradec Králové)

  • Menza Šafránkův pavilon (Plzeň)

  • Výdejna HTF

  • Výdejna kavárna “U Rotlevů“

  • Výdejna Jinonice including “bufet”– shortened opening hours - from 8:00 – 14:00

  • Výdejna Hvězda

  • Bufet UHK (Hradec Králové)

  • Výdejna Lidická (Plzeň)

  • Bufet a výdejna LF (Plzeň)

  • Provoz Cateringu na menze Právnická

  • Bufet RUK – shortened hours 8:00 – 14:00

  • Snídárna na koleji Komenského

  • Kavárna „U Rotlevů“ – standard opening hours 8:00 – 20:00


From March 16, 2020, the following sites will be closed until further notice


  • Menza Právnická

  • Menza Arnošta z Pardubic

  • Menza Budeč

  • Bufet Právnická

  • Studentský klub Celetná - SKC

Charles University ID cards

ID pick-up sites at the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics were shut down on March 12.

Pick-up centres in Celetná Street and in Hradec Králové remain open but with modified opening hours: from 10h00 to 14h00. The site in Pilsen is operating without changes.

CU Point chill out zone

The chill out zone at CU Point (Celetná 13, Prague 1) will be closed from March 16 until further notice. Services offered by CU Point for students, applicants, staff, and graduates remain unaffected.

Information service:

  • tel.: +420 224 491 850

Carolinum Advisory Services

Carolinum Advisory Services are continuing unimpeded.

Hostivař Sports Centre

Hostivař Sports Centre is closed from March 13, 2020 until further notice. All planned events at the centre are hereby cancelled. Compensation for cancelled events will be discussed with the relevant parties next week.

Training Centres

The following training centres will be closed until further notice beginning on March 16, 2020.


  • VS Patejdlova bouda

  • VS Pec pod Sněžkou (chata VAK)

  • VS Albeř

  • VS Horní Poříčí

  • VS Dobronice


All events planned at the sites named are hereby cancelled, whether training, pedagogical, recreational or otherwise. Booked and paid reservations, including pre-paid meals, will be refunded in full.


Issued by Rector Tomáš Zima on March 13 at 13h00





Please read: An announcement from Rector Tomáš Zima (March 12, 2020)


This announcement follows the Czech government declaring a state of emergency on Thursday, March 12, 2020, beginning at 14h00 and to last 30 days, a response to the health crisis caused by the spread of the coronavirus (usnesení vlády České republiky č. 69/2020 Sb., ze dne 12. 3. 2020, kterým byl v souladu s čl. 5 a 6 ústavního zákona č. 110/1998 Sb., o bezpečnosti České republiky).

Studies

The conditions set within the state of emergency will not impact measures adopted by Charles University earlier this week concerning pedagogical, scientific and research activities. All three will continue uninterrupted – the only thing that is changing is the form of education and other activities (to distance study, self-education, etc).


Individual forms of teaching and education, such as consultations, individual laboratory work, and so on, are not affected. Likewise, individual and state exams will also continue. In terms of the state of emergency, care must be taken not to exceed a ban forbidding groups of more than 30 people meeting.


Deans of Charles University faculties may agree to exceptions for students or staff who volunteer to help in the face of the crisis. Currently, the university and the Health Ministry of the Czech Republic are negotiating the possibility of 5th and 6th year university medical students helping health care services during this period.

Students and staff abroad

Charles University is focussing on students and staff who are currently abroad for study or work reasons (including students and staff in the United States). The university will make an announcement about developments on Friday.

Dormitories and refectories

Dormitories remain unaffected but with lower demand or need, output at refectories will be lessened beginning next week. The university will release more details on Friday.


If you have questions about the coronavirus, write to  or call to +420 224 491 850 (Monday–Thursday 8:00–17:00, Friday 8:00–16:00).

Persons to contact at indiviudal faculties and related offices at Charles University.


We are continuing to monitor developments and will inform you without delay about new steps should the situation change.


March 12, 2020, 17h00




Charles University’s rector has issued an order prohibiting all students and other participants from attending class regardless of type of study or classes (presentational, long distance or combined) as of Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The order is in accordance with a decision by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic in response to the threat of the Covid-19 coronavirus.


The possibility of long-distance study is recommended.


  • As of 18h00 on Tuesday, March 10, ALL ceremonial activities at Charles University (including all degree or graduation ceremonies) are hereby cancelled.

  • As of 18h00 on Tuesday, March 10, ALL symposia, sports events and other gatherings where attendance is expected to be higher than 100 people, are cancelled.


Individual faculties as well as university bodies are advised to carefully consider the need for any event involving up to a maximum 100 participants.


This order was issued at 11:45 on March 10, 2020.


Additional important information for students as well as teaching and non-teaching staff

A message from Rector Tomáš Zima


Updated: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 7 pm



Studies

While all regular classes have been discontinued following the resolution issued on March 10 by the Health Ministry of the Czech Republic in the face of the coronavirus threat, I am asking teaching staff to maintain focus and to ensure the learning process and ongoing research continue at full strength albeit long distance. Pedagogues should electronically send information and study materials to students in the interim. At the same time, students are asked to remain in contact with teachers and lecturers and to maintain open communication. Individual consultation as well as checks on studies and study programmes have not been cancelled but are continuing.

The university workplace

It is paramount that all Charles University sites and workplaces remain open. Individual workplaces are not shutting down; simply, researchers and other staff are shifting the bulk of their pedagogical activities but will offer the same through distance learning. Individual forms of teaching, consultations, individual laboratory work can continue as before to meet goals set by individual faculties.


Currently, we are discussing the issue of student training at university hospitals with the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.

Erasmus

The International Relations Office at Charles University’s rectorate is contacting students preparing for studies abroad under the Erasmus programme to tell them they need to cancel under the current circumstances. Foreign students studying at Charles University are asked to respect the same conditions listed in the paragraph above.

Graduation ceremonies

All graduation ceremonies have been cancelled for the time being and will be rescheduled when appropriate. Students requiring their diploma before then will be able to pick it up from their faculty's student affairs office. Those who pick up their diplomas early will still be able to take part in the official ceremony later.

Study checks

Individual exams are continuing without change. Study checks ie. testing of large groups have been discontinued until further notice (for example, written exams) Individuals tests – such as state exams – have not been affected.

Dormitories and refectories

Dormitories and refectories are operating as normal but with heightened hygiene measures. We are asking students not to gather in larger groups and to focus on self-education. We are leaving it up to students to choose whether to return to their families’ homes but appeal to them to rationally consider the move so as not to put older relatives (grandparents or great grandparents) at risk.

Employees

I ask all of our faculties and their offices to allow all employees with children in pre- or elementary schools (which are now closed) - who can do so - to work from home (home office). The same applies for employees in higher-risk groups including anyone who is pregnant staff, suffering underlying health issues or who is 60 or older. Research and creative work at Charles University, meanwhile, continues.


If you have questions about the coronavirus, write to  or call to +420 224 491 850 (Monday–Thursday 8:00–17:00, Friday 8:00–16:00).

Persons to contact at indiviudal faculties and related offices at Charles University.


We are continuing to monitor developments and will inform you without delay about new steps should the situation change.


Thank you for your cooperation, continued dedication and a calm and rational approach.


Best regards,


Rector Tomáš Zima






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