The spread of the Coronavirus: information for the SUPSI community
08 June 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.

Protection Plan

With the aim of ensuring the protection of the health of the entire SUPSI academic community and external visitors who will be called to attend our offices in the coming months, the SUPSI Directorship has formalised a Protection Plan, that will be constantly updated in relation to the evolution of the impacts of the pandemic and the decisions of the federal and cantonal authorities.

Specific Activity Sheets, which will be drawn up by the managers, appointed by the Directorship, for their respective Departments and Management Services, will regulate the application of the Plan for the diversified activities that we are called to carry out within our institutional mandates.

You can also find a self-declaration form (in italian), if required or necessary for external activities.

Hygiene regulations and social distancing

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.

Hand sanitiser is to be made available at counters and in meeting rooms.

In individual offices and in other situations where social distancing is guaranteed and the absence of prolonged contact, there is no obligation to wear a mask. In common areas, if the safety distance of at least 2 metres cannot be maintained, and in all other situations in which the use of the mask is considered potentially useful, it is necessary to wear a CE surgical mask (Directive 93/42/EEC). In these cases, SUPSI makes the masks available to staff, students and external visitors. Please refer to the general indications concerning the use of the masks.
The preventive use of gloves is not recommended, except for cleaning or waste disposal.

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:

  • your family doctor;
  • 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 active every day from 07.00 to 20.00.

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.

Didactic activity - Information for students

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. The lessons and associated certification sessions are, as a rule, held remotely. All with the aim of being able to complete the academic year with the expected quality.
The Department Directors can however authorise the performance in the presence of certain training and / or certification activities, in compliance with the conditions of hygiene, social distance and other provisions issued by the authorities. In these particular cases, students will be informed in advance and will receive clear indications directly from their teachers and reference managers.
The provisions remain valid until at least 30 June, at the end of the spring semester 2020 (spring certification session included).

Moreover SUPSI premises will be accessible to students for activities related to a library loan.

On the other hand, continuing education activities will proceed as defined within the respective departments.

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.

Document concerning the distance learning of degree courses

The SUPSI Directorship has approved an important document concerning the distance learning of degree courses throughout the School. The Executive Decision is available at the following link: https://www.supsi.ch/home_en/supsi/documenti-ufficiali.html

Information for employees

Until at least August 30 2020, SUPSI recommends, when possible, teleworking for all employees. Where necessary the presence on site, flexible working hours and shifts are organised in order to limit the number of people present at the same time.
Teachers can access the premises to record streaming lessons that require demonstrations with laboratory equipment.
Activities that require on-site presence must be authorised by the member of the relevant SUPSI Department.

It is recommended, if possible, to go to work on foot, by bicycle, scooter or motorcycle; if you use a private car we recommend travelling alone. If public transport is used, it is recommended to avoid, if possible, peak times and to comply with the behavioural recommendations issued by the authorities and transport companies.
If possible, meetings should be held by video conferencing instead of face-to-face. Face-to-face meetings must be held in accordance to social distancing and to the hygiene regulations of the Protection Plan.

For employees who reside in Italy, and, if necessary, must go to a SUPSI office, it is recommended that they carry a work permit or a document attesting their work with SUPSI.

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 recommends to limit travel to the minimum and aligns itself with the recommendations of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH).

For employees, business trips abroad may be made in accordance with Swiss federal regulations and those in force in the country of destination or origin. The same also applies to outgoing and incoming mobility via the Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP).

  • In case of mobility before the beginning of the 2020/2021 academic year, you must inform your department mobility coordinator in case of SEMP mobility, while for other trips (business trips, conferences, projects, ...) the Human Resources Service.
  • For students, both SEMP and international mobility can be carried out, according to Swiss federal regulations and those in force in the country of destination or origin, but must be agreed with your department mobility coordinator in case of outgoing mobility or the International Office in case of incoming mobility.

A dedicated infoline for travellers is available at: +41 (0)58 464 44 88.

Conferences and events

Public events of academic or institutional interest, up to a maximum of 300 people, may be organised, with the authorisation of the relevant member of the SUPSI Management, in strict compliance with the protection plan, including the guarantee of traceability through attendance records.

No conference and event space shall be made available to third parties.

Counters and reception

As far as possible, the services shall be provided remotely, alternatively an appointment shall be made.

More information

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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