The spread of the Coronavirus: information for the SUPSI community
08 October 2021
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.

What is involved in registering for repeat tests

  1. Perform the test twice a week continuously.
  2. Choose the timing of the tests: Monday and Thursday / Tuesday and Friday.
  3. Register on the platform of the laboratory performing the test.
  4. Take the test at the testing locations, remembering to bring a form of identification (mySUPSI card or ID).
  5. The Department Management will provide specific information for those whose study/work schedule does not include regular attendance on the premises on the days indicated.

 Document link: SUPSI Salivary Test Procedures (18 October 2021)

Tests may be taken at the following locations at the following times:
 
Head Office Locarno - DFA (Building A)
Classroom A-009
MO: 7.30-10.00 e 12.00-13.00
TUE-FRI: 7.30-9.00 WED: closed
 
Headquarters Lugano-Viganello - DTI
Atrium room on the ground floor (Sector A)
MO-FR: 7:30-9:00 and 11:45-12:15
 
Mendrisio Head Office - DACD
Classroom A0.07
Hours MO-FRI: 7:30-9:30 and 12:30-13:30
 
Headquarters Manno (Building E) - DEASS and Management
Room 105 until 22.10, from 25.10 Room 008
MO-THR: 7:45-10:00 and 16:45-17:45 / WED: closed
FRI:  7:45-10:00 e 12.30-13.15
 
Headquarters Manno (Piazzetta) - DEASS
Classroom 217
MO-THR: 7:45-10:00 and 16:45-17:45 / WED: closed
FRI:  7:45-10:00 e 12.30-13.15

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 Management 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 SUPSI Management, 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.

An integral part of the Protection Plan is the attached Protocol to be followed in the event of COVID-19 contagion or close contact with a COVID-19 positive person, which contains the provisions and procedures to be scrupulously applied by all staff and students.

COVID certificate requirement

As of 20 September 2021, students, academic staff and administrative personnel must be in possession of a valid COVID certificate (obtained through complete vaccination, recovery from illness or negative result to a rapid antigenic test or PCR) each time they enter SUPSI premises, together with a valid photo ID. In accordance with current regulations, only Swiss COVID certificates and European (digital) COVID certificates with a QR code are recognised as valid (see point 3.4.1 Recognition of foreign COVID certificates).
Only mandated employees and students of continuing education courses/activities with a stable class composition and fewer than 30 participants are exempt from the COVID certificate requirement (see Section 5.1.2).

Self-declaration
Each staff member and student shall be sent a self-declaration attesting to having read and understood the COVID rules in force at SUPSI (in particular concerning the obligation to present a valid COVID certificate), with the request that the same be signed and sent electronically. The self-declaration is aimed at ascertaining that everyone has acknowledged the situation and that they are committed to respecting the rules. It represents an important act of responsibility towards the entire SUPSI community.

Checks and controls

Checks and controls are carried out by appropriately trained SUPSI personnel.
Control systems will be based on individual accountability, self-declaration certificates and regular spot checks that respect the protection of privacy, carried out by appropriately trained staff.
The checks will be carried out via the "COVID Certificate App". Whoever checks your personal COVID certificate may ask for a photo ID (e.g., identity card, passport, driving licence, residence permit, student ID, SwissPass).
In order to verify the authenticity and validity of the COVID certificate, the QR code on the paper certificate or via the "COVID Certificate" app is scanned and the electronic signature contained therein is verified. With this procedure, the person verifying the certificate sees in the "COVID Certificate Check" app the name and date of birth of the COVID certificate holder and whether it is valid. The request for a photo ID is only necessary to ensure that the certificate was actually issued in the person's name. During the verification process, the app does not save any data on central systems or in the "COVID Certificate Check" app.

Sanctions
The control and verification systems are based on the principle of trust and individual responsibility, as well as on approaches based on dialogue, and on raising awareness of compliance with the rules in force. However, in order to protect the health and safety of the entire SUPSI community, it is necessary to provide for sanctions which will vary according to the seriousness and repetition of the infringement:

Mask mandatory

A face mask must be worn in all areas inside the premises (classrooms, open spaces, offices shared with several people, meeting rooms, corridors, halls, bathrooms, etc.).
It is advisable to maintain safe distances as a precaution.

Please refer to the general indications concerning the use and the type of masks.

Behaviour in case of flu-like symptoms and isolation and quarantine measures

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.

Increased hygiene measures must be respected also by those who have already received their COVID-19 vaccine.

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 17.00;
  • the national infoline on +41 (0)58 463 00 00 active every day from 07.00 to 23.00.

If it is necessary to adopt compulsory isolation and quarantine measures adopted and communicated by the Cantonal Medical Office (CMO) or in case of return from countries at risk, we invite you to follow the recommendations issued by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and by the cantonal authorities.

As from March 15 also all those with no symptoms can undergo antigen rapid tests at the expense of the Confederation. More information

Tests for symptomatic persons and for persons who have had close contact with an infected person, as well as confirmatory PCR tests, will no longer, in principle, allow a COVID certificate to be issued. Self-diagnostic tests will also no longer be reimbursed by the Confederation.
Please find the following links to the pharmacies and the medical practices authorised to perform rapid antigenic tests.

Undergraduate and Graduate Studies - Information for students

Teaching activities
From September 2021, SUPSI provides teaching activities mainly in attendance with a targeted integration of activities to be carried out remotely (see Plan A Italian Version Guidelines for carrying out Undergraduate and Graduate teaching activities from September 2021, following the new provisions of the Federal Council).
From Monday 20 September, the COVID certificate requirement applies to all Basic Training activities (Bachelor, Master, SMS Diploma), together with the requirement to present a valid identity document.

Continuing education events with less than 30 people are exempt from the certificate requirement as long as they are "stable composition" groups and known to the training provider (SUPSI), see Section 5.1.2.

A face mask must be worn in all areas inside the premises (classrooms, open spaces, offices shared with several people, meeting rooms, corridors, halls, bathrooms, etc.).

In the event of notification of COVID-19 contagion or of mandatory quarantine ordered by the CMO (Cantonal Medical Office), access to the SUPSI buildings for the recovery of any personal materials is absolutely prohibited (see Protocol in case of notification).

Procedure to be followed in the event of a report of contagion or a direct contact with a COVID-19 positive-tested person for students

Students who test positive or who are made aware that they have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive must immediately notify their Head of the degree course or Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning course and simultaneously send an email to:

  • Department of Environment Constructions and Design: covid.dacd@supsi.ch
  • Department of Business Economics, Health and Social Care: covid.deass@supsi.ch
  • Department of Education and Learning: covid.dfa@supsi.ch
  • Department of Innovative Technologies: covid.dti@supsi.ch
  • SUPSI Direction: covid.dir@supsi.ch

providing the following information:

  • Name and surname.
  • Mobile phone number.
  • Name of degree course or Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning course.
  • Name and surname of the Course Manager.
  • Department of reference.
  • Last date of presence in SUPSI.

The result of a positive test carried out abroad must immediately be reported by the student concerned to the Cantonal Medical Office so that the latter can assess, by means of investigation, whether quarantine measures are necessary for those people the student has been in contact with in SUPSI. The student must send a copy of the positive result of the COVID-19 test and provide a valid and current telephone number to dss-umc@ti.ch.

In the event of notification of Covid-19 contagion or quarantine ordered by the UMC, access to the SUPSI buildings for the recovery of any personal materials is absolutely prohibited.

Information for employees

SUPSI applies the principles of Directive 10 C Flexibility of the workplace and working hours (Art. 3.2.2.2 Participation in costs during teleworking) provided for in the SUPSI Internal Directives (Italian version). The introduction of the latter will take place gradually in order to guarantee an effective organization of work by SUPSI staff with management responsibilities.

As of 20 September 2021, academic staff and administrative personnel must be in possession of a valid COVID certificate (obtained through complete vaccination, recovery from illness or negative result to a rapid antigenic test or PCR) each time they enter SUPSI premises, together with a valid photo ID.

In workplaces, as in all spaces on the premises, the wearing of mask is mandatory. The 1.5 meter distance rule applies between work or study stations.

In the event of notification of COVID-19 contagion or of quarantine ordered by the UMC, access to the SUPSI buildings for the recovery of any personal materials is absolutely prohibited.

Reporting illness
People who are ill, regardless of sickness, must report their illness to their line manager and the administration. The medical certificate is required for periods of illness longer than 5 working days.

Surgical masks
Staff may request from the General Secretariat and the Departmental Secretariat a pack of 50 certified disposable surgical masks for a period of 10 weeks. The provision for staff is scheduled between next 13 September to 21 November.

Procedure to be followed in the event of a report of contagion or a direct contact with a COVID-19 positive-tested person for staff

In the event that a staff member tests positive for COVID-19 or has come into close contact with a COVID-19 positive person, they must follow the indications of the Protocol and ensure the prompt flow of information.

You are requested in particular to pay special attention if it is a case of COVID-19 positivity ascribable to a (suspect or confirmed) new virus version, such as for example the so called “UK” variant, and to inform us at soonest by sending in the (medical or lab) certificate.

It is part of the employee's contractual obligations to immediately and actively report the result of a positive test carried out abroad to the CMO so that the CMO can assess, by means of an investigation, the possible need for quarantine measures for persons who have had close contact. The employee must send a copy of the positive result of the COVID-19 test, with a valid and current telephone number, to dss-umc@ti.ch.

During office hours, Human Resources are to be contacted via the following numbers:

In the event of notification of Covid-19 contagion or quarantine ordered by the UMC, access to the SUPSI buildings for the recovery of any personal materials is absolutely prohibited.

Travel information

The Federal Council has decided to further relax border health regulations and measures for entry into Switzerland. It is strongly recommended that you inform yourself about the regulations in your country of destination or origin. Please refer to the FOPH website "Coronavirus: Travel".

Please note that those who are required to self-quarantine since they have been in a state or area with an increased risk of infection must register within 48 hours from their re-entry with the competent cantonal authority, by filling in the following form. For specific requests, please contact the cantonal hotline COVID-19 (tel.: 0800 144 144; e-mail: hotline@fctsa.ch).

Business trips and Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP).
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).

Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP):

  • For students: both SEMP and international mobility can be carried out, according to the federal provisions and those in force in the country of destination or origin, but must be agreed with the mobility coordinator of their Department in case of outgoing mobility or the International Office in case of incoming mobility.
  • Staff mobility: it is necessary to inform the mobility coordinator of your Department, while for other trips (business trips, conferences, projects, ...) the Human Resource Service will be informed through the insertion of the trip in the REXX system, using the item "Business trip". Teachers will inform the relevant Human Resources contact person of their movements by e-mail.

Conferences and events

Conferences and indoor events
The COVID certificate must be presented for access to events held in enclosed spaces, regardless of the number of participants (whether more or less than 30).
In addition to the audience and organisers, speakers are also required to present a valid COVID certificate.
During events held indoors with a COVID certificate, the use of a mask remains mandatory at SUPSI.

Conferences and outdoor events
At SUPSI, open-air events may be held for up to 500 participants, using a maximum of two thirds of the facilities' capacity, with no obligation to sit and no COVID certificate.
There is no requirement to wear a mask outdoors.

In general
Refreshments associated with events may only be organised by delegating the organisation of the refreshments to catering establishments and giving them responsibility for protective measures.
For all types of SUPSI events, it is recommended that a specific protection sheet be developed and implemented.

Events organized by third parties
Events organised by third parties within SUPSI premises (autonomously and not in collaboration with SUPSI) must take place in compliance with the dispositions issued by the competent authorities, and therefore do not refer to the present Protection Plan. The organiser is obliged to confirm to SUPSI that he/she has a specific protection plan for the event, and that it complies with the normative framework of reference.

Libraries

A COVID certificate must be presented together with a valid ID for all libraries. The return of previously ordered/reserved books or materials is still possible for people without a COVID certificate. A mask must be worn.

Sports activity

A COVID certificate and a valid identity document are required for access to gym (Campus Est) and indoor sports activities. Training in outdoor groups is possible without restrictions.

SUPSI students and employees have the opportunity to participate in sporting activities offered by the CEO Service and the USI Sport Service in compliance with the regulations in force.

External visitors

External visitors must abide to compliance with the protective measures.

Suppliers who enter sites outside of business hours or who are only in the area for a short time are not required to present a COVID certificate. However, they are required to wear a face mask on the premises and must maintain a safe distance.

External visitors who need to access SUPSI premises for study reasons (e.g., requesting information Career service, experience and orientation) or professional reasons (e.g., business meetings) are required to present a COVID certificate. However, the possibility of derogation is given by the relevant members of Management to guests who stay on the premises for a short time and occasionally. In such cases, guests are required to wear a mask on the premises and to maintain a safe distance.

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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