The spread of the Coronavirus: information for the SUPSI community
25 March 2020
Manno
Following the spread of Coronavirus infections, SUPSI - for the protection of its students and staff – is carefully monitoring the development of the situation and the recommendations issued by the competent cantonal and federal offices.

As far as didactic activity is concerned, the degree course lessons resumed on Monday 23 March in online mode, after a two-week suspension period necessary to organize distance learning activities. All with the aim of being able to complete the academic year with the expected quality. Access to SUPSI premises remains prohibited for students until 19 April.
 
With regard to staff protection, SUPSI has introduced the teleworking method. Access to the premises is authorised only in case of necessity and is to be agreed with the direct superior and the member of the relevant Services or Departmental Management.

SUPSI has also equipped all the toilets with disinfectants and has closed waste bins at various points around its premises.

As a precautionary measure, we invite everyone to observe the main hygiene regulations (wash your hands frequently, do not touch your mouth, nose and eyes with your hands, etc.) and to respect social distancing, which are explained in detail in the Flyer of the Cantonal Medical Office (italian) and in the information campaign "Protect yourself and others" (english) by the Swiss Confederation.

It is important to remember that anyone who develops flu-like symptoms must stay at home, limit contact with other people and, if in doubt, contact by phone:

  • the Ticino infoline on 0800 144 144 active every day from 07.00 to 22.00;
  • the national infoline on +41 (0)58 463 00 00 on a daily basis, 24 hours a day;
  • your family doctor.

If self-isolation or self-quarantine measures need to be taken, please follow the recommendations issued by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH): https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/selbst-isolierung-und-selbst-quarantaene.html.

Further information

Information for students
The Bachelor and Master courses resumed on 23 March in online mode, after two weeks of suspension necessary to organize distance learning activities. Access to SUPSI premises remains prohibited for students until 19 April.
On the other hand, continuing education activities will proceed as defined within the respective departments.
All study and educational trips abroad are cancelled until 30 April 2020.
If you have any questions regarding the carrying out of didactic activities, please contact the secretariat or the person responsible for your degree course through the usual channels.
 
Information for employees
SUPSI asks its staff to adopt the teleworking method, to be defined and agreed with their direct superior and the member of the relevant Services or Departmental Management. With the latter, access to the premises must also be agreed and only in case of absolute necessity.
For employees who reside in Italy, and, if necessary, must go to a SUPSI office, please note that, following the Italian government decree which imposed restrictions on the movement of people in Lombardy and 3 provinces in Northern Italy until 14 April, it is recommended that they carry a work permit or a document attesting their work with SUPSI in the event of border or checkpoint detention in Italy.
For all employees who, due to flu-like symptoms, are unable to carry out their work, the current provisions of the Staff Regulations apply (Art. 52) and the CCL SUPSI. However, following the recommendations issued on 6 March 2020 by the Federal Council, in order to avoid overburdening healthcare institutions, the medical certificate is required from the fifth day of illness (derogation until further notice).

Travel information
SUPSI calls on its staff to refrain from any travel and aligns itself with the recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).
Outbound and inbound travellers are required to comply with the recommendations issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Further information is available at: https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende.html.
A dedicated infoline for travellers is available at: +41 (0)58 464 44 88.

Events information
SUPSI prohibits all public and private events in person. In addition to the events organised by SUPSI, this measure also applies to third party events planned on its premises.

Libraries and common areas
SUPSI's premises in Ticino remain formally closed to students until 19 April.

Mobility information

Temporary suspension of visas and recommendations for Swiss nationals abroad
The Federal Council has issued extraordinary entry restrictions at the border with Italy, France, Germany and Austria. The restrictions also affect all Schengen states, with the exception of Liechtenstein, and all Non-EU states outside the Schengen area.
Schengen visas and national visas are also suspended until 15 June 2020, again by decision of the Federal Council.
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) recommends that all Swiss citizens, including mobility students, return home.
More details in the document in italian from the State Secretariat for Migration SEM and the link.

Student mobility arrivals at SUPSI
Students who are spending a mobility period at SUPSI during the spring semester have been clearly informed by the International Office and SUPSI and are constantly updated on the precautions to be taken and the possible dangers they may incur. Any new arrival of students from abroad is suspended from this day until 30 April. SUPSI has given all students in Switzerland the opportunity to take distance learning lessons online. SUPSI facilities remain closed until further notice.

SUPSI student mobility
SUPSI students who are on mobility during the spring semester have been clearly informed by the International Office and SUPSI and are constantly updated on the precautions to be taken and the possible dangers they may face. Mobility and destinations are carefully assessed from case to case on the basis of the situation in the host countries and in accordance with cantonal and federal regulations. Until 30 April, OUT mobility departures are no longer activated, in particular relating to potential quarantine and/or isolation upon arrival in the host countries.
Students who wish to return to Switzerland and attend online classes at host universities can do so. The scholarship is guaranteed in this case. All host universities have equipped themselves with or are gearing up to offer distance learning online.

Incoming and outgoing SUPSI mobility staff and teachers
At the moment, neither staff nor teachers are on mobility during the spring period and they have all been clearly informed by SUPSI and are constantly updated on the precautions to be taken and the possible dangers they may incur. Until 30 April, OUT mobility departures are no longer activated, in particular relating to potential quarantine and/or isolation upon arrival in the host countries.
The International Office is in constant contact with SUPSI's Universities and partner organisations to be able to adapt the planned mobility in order to protect the health and safety of our students and collaborators, if required.

For more information, please refer to the communications issued by the Cantonal Medical Office and the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).
The SUPSI Executive Secretariat is available to answer any questions from students and staff on +41 (0)58 666 60 14 or at segreteria@supsi.ch.

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