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