The Rector of the Jagiellonian University decided to change the mode of operation of the university. This is the result of the growing number of coronavirus infections. Distance learning will be valid until the end of the winter semester.
Rector Jacek Popiel informed about the decision in a letter addressed to the academic community. This year’s winter semester ends on February 24. “Due to the growing number of COVID-19 infections, I made a decision to change the university’s work mode by the end of the winter semester” – reads the letter.
Remote exams or in the sanitary regime
The Rector recommended distance learning and conducting credits and examinations with the use of information technology. He emphasized that the decision of deans and heads of units on remote mode of work must take into account the specificity of a given field of study.
“It is allowed to conduct contact classes requiring research and laboratory infrastructure or developing practical skills, as well as necessary research as part of the preparation of semester tests, diploma theses” – wrote the rector.
If classes and exams have to be held in a full-time mode, university employees must pay special attention to sanitary regulations.
According to the rector’s letter, “the number of people providing stationary work has been minimized as much as possible”.
Prof. Popiel reminded that an employee, doctoral student, student is obliged to immediately inform about falling ill with COVID-19.
Remote teaching at other universities
The Ministry of Health informed on Sunday at 34,088 new confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection. The ministry said that 25 people suffering from COVID-19 have died. 4 518 218 infections have been confirmed in Poland since the beginning of the pandemic. 103,844 people died.
The latest information on the scale of infections means that decisions about distance learning are also made by the authorities of other universities in Poland. At the Opole University of Technology, remote teaching will be in force from the next Monday, i.e. January 24, until February 20, i.e. the inter-semester break.
“In particularly justified cases, if the form or specificity of given classes or credits, exams at the end of classes, diploma examinations does not allow for their implementation with the use of methods and techniques of distance learning (including if the end of credit or exam at the end of classes includes the verification of acquired practical skills), take place stationary. The decision in this matter is made by the dean or an authorized vice-dean, in consultation with the dean of a given Faculty “- explains Dr. Anida Stanik-Besler, vice-rector for education and didactics at the Civic Platform.
Classes in the summer semester are planned in a hybrid form, i.e. lectures in the online version, and the remaining classes – within the walls of the university. The university reserves, however, that the final decisions in this matter will depend on the epidemic situation in the country and the region.
Students of the Silesian University of Technology will study remotely at least until February 28, and Wrocław University of Technology until February 22. It is different at the University of Warsaw. The organization of education in the academic year 2021/2022, as a rule, takes place stationary. – However, due to the epidemic situation, faculty authorities or heads of the teaching unit may decide to conduct classes temporarily in a hybrid or remote form – said the spokeswoman for the University of Warsaw, Anna Modzelewska.
The transition to the remote mode was also announced by the University of Silesia in Katowice and the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań.
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