Coronavirus update 2-8 March

Dear students and colleagues,

following today’s DPCM (Prime Ministerial Decree), in accordance with the Ministry of University and Research, and with the Emilia-Romagna Region, all in-class teaching activities (courses, exams and graduation sessions, with the exception of courses for medical doctors in specialist training), in all the University's locations as well as all events of a non-ordinary nature are suspended until Sunday, 8 March.
As per my previous communication, from Monday March 2, many of our courses will resume via distance learning, following the timetable in force before the suspension. As regards methods of attendance, please refer to the communication you received which contains more detailed information, and any updates that will be published on the Online lessons webpage. Moreover, for issues and information about internships please refer once again to the instructions that were sent today via e-mail.
With reference to exam and graduation sessions, we are currently working on implementing remote procedures for carrying out these activities, as well as using the same tools already provided for online lessons. I hope to be able to give you more detailed information very soon. The deadlines specified in our internal Regulations will be rescheduled accordingly so that members of the student council will not be penalised. All other teaching or educational activities, including exams, which are currently suspended will be made up, following a new timetable.
In continuity with the previous week, the remaining activities of the Alma Mater as well as the university offices and structures will be up and running as usual. Museums, libraries, study rooms, student administration offices and services to the public will be open in such a way as to avoid large assemblies of people and so that visitors can keep a distance of at least one metre from each other, as indicated on Friday. As far as professional staff members are concerned, measures to allow for a better work-life balance during the suspension are currently undergoing the close examination by the Director General, who will communicate them on Monday.

I invite you to behave responsibly and to follow the hygiene guidelines already provided and, if you need further reliable information, I suggest you to visit the following websites:
Italian Ministry of Health
Istituto Superiore di Sanità
I would also like to remind you of some of the measures contained in the Prime Ministerial Decree with reference to the Municipalities listed in its Annex 1 (at the moment these are the Lombard Municipalities of Bertonico, Casalpusterlengo, Castelgerundo, Castiglione D'Adda, Codogno, Fombio, Maleo, San Fiorano, Somaglia, Terranova dei Passerini and the Veneto Municipality of Vò) and the areas at epidemiological risk, as identified by the World Health Organization:
- ban on leaving the municipal territory for all people present there;
- suspension of work activities for workers resident or domiciled, even de facto, in the municipality or area concerned, even if they are performed outside one of the municipalities listed in Annex 1of the DPCM;
- anyone who has entered Italy, starting from the fourteenth day prior to the date of publication of today’s Prime Ministerial Decree, after having stayed in areas at epidemiological risk, as identified by the World Health Organization, or has passed through or stayed in the municipalities listed in Annex 1 of this decree, must communicate this circumstance to the Prevention Department of the Health Authority with responsibility for the area in question, and to their general practitioner or paediatrician of free choice.
I would also like to remind you of the toll-free number 1500 of the Ministry of Health and the toll-free number 800.033.033 of the Emilia-Romagna Region.
Finally, I wish to thank you all for your great efforts and commitment in ensuring that our University is able to continue its important activities despite the difficult circumstances we are all facing.

My best regards

Francesco Ubertini

Published on: 01 March 2020