The spread of the Coronavirus: information for the SUPSI community
05 July 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.

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.

Mask mandatory

In all spaces inside the premises masks are mandatory.
It is advisable to maintain safe distances as a precaution.

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

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.

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

Undergraduate and Graduate Studies - Information for students

Teaching activities
The limitation of the number of people and the capacity for attendance activities is lifted. The obligation to wear a mask inside SUPSI premises remains in force.
From September 2021 SUPSI foresees two possible plans for teaching activities (see Italian Version Guidelines for carrying out Undergraduate and Graduate teaching activities from September 2021, following the new provisions of the Federal Council).

Examination session
The spring examination session 2021 is made up of both remote and in attendance examinations, in full compliance with the Plan.
Please refer to the Executive Decision of the SUPSI Directorate of 21 April 2021, following the measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

Accessibility of the premises
Access to the premises is granted without particular restrictions from 7.30 to 18.30. The premises are closed from 18.30 to 07.30.
The obligation to wear a mask inside premises remains in force.

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.
  • Last close contacts in SUPSI (names and surnames).
  • Have there been situations in which you have been unable to comply with the protective measures? If so, please specify the names.
  • In case of a COVID-19: positive result: do you have symptoms (yes / no) and if so, since when.

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

The obligation for teleworking is lifted for those who can fulfill their work obligations from home.
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.

Work permises
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. It is strongly recommended that all meetings be conducted online.
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 July 5 to September 12.

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

It is prohibited to hold events (conferences, graduation ceremonies, etc.) with more than 50 participants in closed and open spaces. Everyone involved in the organisation of the event (e.g. journalists, photographers, speakers, etc.) are not included in the number of participants. During events it is obligatory to wear a mask.

For all types of SUPSI events, it is recommended that a specific protection sheet be drafted and implemented. Please refer to the Protection Plan.

Events organised by third parties inside SUPSI premises (autonomously and not in collaboration with SUPSI) must take place in compliance with the provisions issued by the competent authorities, and therefore do not apply to this 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 relevant regulatory framework.

External visitors

External visitors must abide to compliance with the protective measures.

Sports activity

SUPSI students and employees have the possibility to join the sporting activities promoted by the Career, Experience and Study Advisory and USI Sport Services, if abiding by the current rules.
Outdoor group training activities are possible without restrictions.  
For indoor sports activities there is an obligation to register contact details.  
For all activities, it is advisable to maintain safe distances as a precaution and wherever possible.

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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