The spread of the Coronavirus: information for the SUPSI community
30 April 2021
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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 and outside the premises (classrooms, open plan, shared offices with several people, in meeting rooms, corridors, atria, bathrooms, courtyards, etc.) masks are mandatory.
The mask should therefore be worn even when maintaining social distance is possible.

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

Starting from 1 May, SUPSI adopts a partially face-to-face teaching model in line with the relaxation defined by the competent authority to allow the resumption and intensification of exchange and interaction between students and with teachers, which are an essential part of learning and university life, and to implement presidential activities to support the achievement of the educational objectives set for the current semester. Attendance activities can be carried out in groups of a maximum of 40 students. For more information please refer to the Guidelines for carrying out Undergraduate and Graduate teaching activities (21/04/2021).

Examination session
The spring examination session 2021 is made up of both remote and in attendance examinations, in full compliance with the Plan. The exams in attendance are organized in groups of a maximum of 40 students.
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 permitted to carry out the educational activities scheduled by the degree course. As a rule, students are not granted access to the premises when they are not involved in face-to-face activities or study. As a rule, the premises are closed from 18.30 to 07.30.
Library reading rooms are accessible in compliance with the current regulations (protection mask and social distancing).

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

Teleworking is required for those who can fulfil their work obligations from home, in accordance with the specific federal provision, until it is revoked. In accordance with the agreements made between States pursuant to the extraordinary measures adopted in the context of the fight against the spread of COVID-19, the period of teleworking (remote working from home-office), carried out by staff residing abroad (EU, EFTA States), is regularly subject with regard to social security contributions and income taxation.

Work permises
Activities requiring presence on site must be organised in compliance with the provisions of this Plan.
In workplaces, as in all spaces on and off 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.

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:

Contact number for urgent reports to Human Resources outside office hours: 058 666 69 50.

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

Where possible, the Federal Council advises against making non-urgent trips abroad.
It is therefore recommended to limit travel and trips, particularly abroad, to the absolute minimum.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic there are special rules for people entering Switzerland.
Persons entering Switzerland from a State or a region with a high risk of contagion must:

  • certify that they have undergone a molecular biology test for SARS-CoV-2 within the last 72 hours and that the test result is negative;
  • before entry, register their contact details and obligatorily place themselves in quarantine for ten days.

People entering Switzerland from states or regions without a high risk of contagion must:

  • register their contact details, only if entering by train, bus, ship or air;
  • if entering by air, you must certify that you have undergone a molecular biology analysis for SARS-CoV-2 in the last 72 hours and that the test result is negative.

Persons entering Switzerland from regions bordering Switzerland with which there is a close economic, social and cultural exchange are exempt from the obligation to register their data. Students from Lombardy/Piedmont and workers residing in border regions are therefore exempt from the obligation.

Please refer to the Federal Council's Ordinance on Measures to Combat the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in International Passenger Transport and the FOPH website Coronavirus: Entering Switzerland for more detailed information and to register their contact details to the federal authority.
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).


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 15 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, only one seat out of three (minimum 1.5 meters distance) may be occupied in rows of chairs or similarly arranged seats or only seats that are at an equivalent distance can be occupied. It is forbidden to organise refreshments during events.

Counters and reception

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

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 is allowed only outdoor with a maximum of 15 participants (supervisor excluded). Wearing a mask is not compulsory during outdoor training, provided that adequate distance is maintained during the whole time. For indoor activities, however, it is mandatory to wear a mask and maintain distance. For more information please refer to the Protection Plan.

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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