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COVID-19 pandemic - information and annoucements

COVID-19 pandemic - information and annoucements

Due to the SARS-CoV-19 pandemic, the Jagiellonian University authorities have placed restrictions on some forms of activity at the University. Following the decision of JU Rector Prof. Jacek Popiel, all courses and classes will be conducted on-line, with the exception of some practical classes, to be scheduled individually by the Deans of the Faculties. Moreover, additional safety measures are introduced on the Jagiellonian University premises to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Functioning of the Jagiellonian University from 26 March to 25 April 2021

In response to the significant rise of COVID-19 infections and government regulations aimed to restrict the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, Rector of the Jagiellonian University Prof. Jacek Popiel has issued an ordinance on the functioning of the Jagiellonian University in the next few weeks. These special security measures will be enforced in addition to those currently in effect and supersede them wherever applicable.

  • Jagiellonian University premises may only be accessed by staff working on-site and persons providing services to the University. Students and PhD candidates can enter the buildings by scheduled appointment only.
  • Wherever possible, staff should work remotely. Employees should contact one another by means of electronic communication (phone, e-mail, MS Teams).
  • All on-site events and conferences are cancelled. Student and staff mobility is restricted only to essential domestic trips. Students and staff may only attend on-line events.
  • All JU museums and the Botanical Garden are closed to visitors.
  • No new students may be accommodated in JU student dormitories. No outside visitors are allowed on the premises of these facilities.
  • All research projects should be carried out in a safe environment, with focus on health and well-being of students, PhD candidates and staff.

Restrictions introduced by JU Rector's ordinance on teaching and learning arrangements in the spring semester 2020/2021 (described below) are still in effect.

JU Rector's address to the Jagiellonian University academic community, 19 October 2020 (English subtitles available).

Preventive measures at the Jagiellonian University

Teaching facilities

Students and staff should distance themselves from one another when waiting for their classes or entering rooms. When entering rooms, every person needs to cover their mouth and nose; throughout the duration of the class, taking off face masks is permitted. Doors to all facilities should remain open at all times; if this is impossible for safety reasons, door handles should be disinfected at least once every two hours. Every teaching room should have a supply of disinfectant as well as a sign in Polish and English informing about the maximum number of people allowed inside. Chairs in these rooms should be arranged in such a way that allows 1.5–2 metre spaces between every participant. There should be at least 30 minute breaks between classes, during which time the room should be ventilated. After every class, rooms should be thoroughly disinfected. Classes can only be attended by Jagiellonian University students and staff.

Administration offices

In office spaces, staff members should sit at least 1.5–2 metres from one another. In places where this is not possible, it is necessary to use plastic screens. Employees that have any contact with people outside of the Jagiellonian University should have access to face masks and disinfectant. Offices should be thoroughly disinfected every morning before they open, with particular emphasis on desks, computer equipment and telephones.

General areas

All doors should remain open at all times; if this is impossible for safety reasons, door handles should be disinfected at least once every two hours. Disinfectant should be available next to every entrance to all facilities. Non-Jagiellonian University staff should cover their mouth and nose while on the University premises. Wherever possible, a register of all people entering a building, with the exception of JU staff and students, should be kept next to the building’s entrance. All surfaces likely to cause SARS-CoV-19 coronavirus infection should be regularly disinfected.  Chairs should be spaced out so that they are at least 1.5 metre away from one another. Every toilet should be disinfected at least once every hour. Toilets should be provided with a steady supply of soap and disinfectant as well as instructions on proper hand-washing. Using elevators is strongly discouraged; if it is necessary, up to two people may enter an elevator at any given time. Elevator buttons should be disinfected at least once every two hours.

Isolation rooms

Wherever possible, every JU facility should have a dedicated isolation room for people who display symptoms of COVID-19, where they will be able to wait for transport or medical professionals. These rooms should be supplied with personal safety measures and disinfectant.


Pursuant to the rules set by the Ministry of Education and Science, the academic teachers and other people teaching courses at the Jagiellonian University have the opportunity to be vaccinated against COVID-19. More information regarding the vaccination programme is available in the JU Chancellor's announcement.

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List of documents related to COVID-19 prevention

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