COVID19 NEW FAQs

Approved by the official Italian Unit Crisis

1) DOES THE UNIVERSITY CLOSE?

The University of Pavia is open, but, until April 3rd , face-to-face teaching is suspended and all public meetings will be rescheduled. Online teaching began on Monday March 2nd , with online lessons and exams.

2) ARE THE OFFICES, LIBRARIES AND MUSEUMS OPEN?

Access to offices will be limited to urgent cases that cannot be managed remotely using online services. Before going to the front office, it is therefore necessary to call or e-mail to the staff in order to check the best ways to handle the request.

Based on the new recommendation of the Prime Minister’s decree of March 8th, 2020, the University Museums are closed until April 3rd .

For precaution, Libraries (including loan, return and xeros services) are closed to the public until April 3rd.

3) ARE THE CAFETERIAS OPEN?

Yes, but not all of them. The cafeterias open are Fraccaro (from Monday to Saturday, lunch and dinner), Cravino (every day including Sunday, for lunch only), Central Cafeteria – ground floor (from Monday to Friday, for lunch only). Regulated entrances will be adopted.

From March 10th 2020 until further notice, at the Fraccaro and Cravino cafeterias the students at lunch time will be able to collect a takeaway “bag” for their dinner by using the identification card twice at lunch time.

4) ARE THE CLASSROOMS AND OTHER SPACES TO STUDY OPEN?

No: in order to avoid assemblies of people, the University’s study rooms are closed. For the same reason, library spaces cannot be used to study.

5) HOW DO THE DISTANCE LESSONS WORK?

All activities have been postponed for a week: on Monday March 2nd the lessons which should have started on February 24th are therefore started; these are mainly degree programs related to the humanities area. The remaining degree courses will begin on March 9th . Any change to this timetable will be directly advertise by the responsible for the degree courses.

The professors will upload the lesson to Kiro, with the possible support of slides and other teaching materials. The University has created a tutorial aimed at students and teachers, to explain how the platform works.

In addition, as anticipated by the Rector, the University will begin to try, for some lessons, an innovative platform for “streaming” lessons, which will be extended once the good functioning of the system will be verified.

6) HOW DO THE EXAMS WORK?

Oral exams are postponed for a week, unless otherwise indicated. These are taking place remotely (e.g. via Skype), without requiring the physical presence of the student. The student may be required to present an identification document. You must be registered for the exam through your own private area, as usual. The professors will contact the students to provide all the necessary information regarding the test modality.

The discussion of the written exams may also take place remotely, even by telephone, in order to allow the mark to be recorded.

Written exams are postponed until a later date. When face-to-face activities will start again, the University will be likely opened also on Saturday, to limit the inconvenience and recover the lost exams. The candidates of the Jewish religion will be allowed to request the exam reschedule in a day other than Saturday.

7) WHAT HAPPENS TO THE DEGREE EXAMS?

The graduation exams take place, starting from the week of March 2nd by online mode (e.g. via Skype). The Commission will meet and communicate the modality and times of the online connection to the graduating student. The possibility of a proclamation ceremony when teaching activities will restart is being considered.

In these days the degree sessions of Engineering and Biology are already taking place electronically; the Medicine degree sessions will be held on March 11th , 12th and 13th and they will be carried out remotely, with the commission of the professors meeting in the Aula Magna and the students connected via Skype. Online psychology degrees will follow on March17th and 18th .

8) WHAT ABOUT THE DEGREE EXAMS AND STATE EXAMS?

State exams and qualifying degree exams will be rescheduled according to the decisions issued by the competent bodies. The Ministry has postponed the date for submitting applications for the next state exam of July (April 30th instead of March 6th ).

The date of the second session of the state examinations for the practice of the profession of doctor-surgeon has been set for April 7th , 2020.

9) WHAT HAPPENS TO POST DEGREE ACTIVITIES?

The postgraduate activities are suspended.

10) ARE THE TRAINEES STILL SUSPENDED?

Yes: curricular and professionalized internships are suspended until a later date since they are considered as teaching activity. In particular, for the internships of the health professions (including those carried out at the General Practitioners) and for physical sciences, the stop is also motivated by the fact that these could take place in environments at risk of infection.

The only internships that can be carried out are extra-curricular ones, i.e. those carried out by people with the degree. Graduates are instead considered as workers and will comply with the decisions communicated by the School Directors.

In all cases, adequate conditions of personal safety and hygiene will need to be guaranteed, in particular to the prescribed Personal Protective Equipment.

11) CAN GRADUATES (THESISTS), DOCTORAL STUDENTS, FELLOW AND RESEARCH FELLOW PERFORM THEIR ACTIVITIES AT THE UNIVERSITY?

Graduating students (even if they are graduate students) are students and, therefore, their teaching activity in presence is fully suspended until April 3rd . For this reason, a graduating student cannot carry out the thesis internship in the laboratory or any consultation activity within the libraries.

Based on the epidemic spreading risk, this prohibition is currently valid also for the activity in presence of all not permanent employees of the University. Thus, PhD students, fellows and research fellows cannot enter and work in laboratories, libraries and offices at the University of Pavia.

12) ARE THERE CHANGES FOR THE ERASMUS LANGUAGE TEST?

Yes: the language tests remain fixed as scheduled, but they will take place online between March 9th and 13th 2020, as reported in the update published on the website https://web.unipv.it/coronavirus/ Wednesday March 4th and promptly communicated to the interested students. It should be remembered that all the ECTS relating to tests taken by March 9th are considered valid, if the marks are final and loaded in the career by March 15th.

13) WHAT OTHER MEASURES COULD THE UNIVERSITY ADOPT?

The University is aware of the complicated economic situation following the health emergency that has affected many enrolled students; it is therefore considering extending the third fee, currently expiring on March 23rd.

14) WHICH WORK-STUDY RELATED MISSIONS ARE AUTHORIZED?

The only work-study related missions authorized will be the ones motivated by necessary and urgent reasons. Only the use of personal motor vehicle will be allowed, and the hygiene and safety requirements of the dCPM March 8th 2020 must be guaranteed. No missions involving the use of public transport will be allowed.

15) WILL BE POSSIBLE FOR STUDENTS TO HAVE OFFICE-HOURS WITH THE PROFESSORS?

The office-hours for students, including graduating students, will be substituted by online discussion (for example via skype or by telephone). The student will agree day and time with the professor by email.

16) IS THE POLICE STATION HELPDESK FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS STILL OPEN?

No the Police Station HelpDesk for International Students located in Via Rismondo 68 (Questura) is suspended unitl April 3.

In order to ensure the service for the request or the renewals of the permit of stay, students can email permesso.soggiorno@unipv.it and attach their passport with study visa or (in case of renewal) their permit of stay.

All appointments set by the post office will be rescheduled and users will receive a new appointment via sms.

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