Practicalities for the USI community

COVID-19 Protection provisions

Updated on: 26.02.2021

 

INTRODUCTION

The Covid-19 protection provisions (issued by the Rectorate on 25.5.20) are the measures introduced by USI that comply with federal and cantonal regulations to combat and continue to contain the novel coronavirus. They are constantly updated and remain in force until otherwise announced, for both the Lugano and Mendrisio Campuses. IRB and IOR are subject to the provisions indicated on the respective websites. >>>Annex 1 is an essential part of this document and contains the USI checklist defining the specific measures and controls.

 

RESPONSIBILITY

The provisions draw on the concepts of individual responsibility and solidarity among the members of the USI community, which are essential for protecting vulnerable individuals, among colleagues and towards the public.

Every supervisor (middle and senior management for administrative staff, study programme and Institute directors for academic staff) is responsible for enforcing these provisions and measures.

 

GENERAL RULES IN SWITZERLAND AND IN CANTON TICINO

1. Individual responsibility is important. Protect yourself by regularly washing your hands with soap and keeping your distance (1.5 m). Follow the >>> federal recommendations regarding hygiene and behaviours.

2. Please note the following 3 rules:

  1. wash regularly and sanitise hands and work surfaces. Maintain the minimum distance between people of 1.5 m;
  2. if it is not possible to respect this distance, adopt appropriate protective measures: wear sanitary masks or use protective dividers;
  3. if neither spacing nor protection measures can be observed, contact tracing must be performed by recording the data of the persons present. Tracing does not prevent transmission on site and is therefore not a priority measure.

3. The sanitary facial mask is mandatory in Switzerland in many different places and situations:

  • on the public transport services for the entire travel time, on the platforms and stops;
  • in all publicly accessible areas of businesses and establishments, both indoor and outdoor (stores, shopping malls, museums, theaters, cinemas, places of worship, stations, administrative building counters, catering facilities, markets, etc.);
  • in busy pedestrian areas in town and village centres, and also in all public spaces (streets, sidewalks, parks, etc.) where it is not possible to maintain the minimum distance between people of 1.5 m;
  • on the workplace as soon as two people are in contact with each other (open space offices, multi-person offices, meeting rooms, jointly used rooms, shared workspaces, corridors, lifts, toilets, break rooms, etc.);
  • in secondary schools: high schools, professional or vocational schools.

4. Anyone entering Switzerland after having stayed in a State or region with a high risk of infection shall be quarantined >>> in accordance with the provisions of the authorities. Please refer to the relevant >>> list, which is constantly updated according to the epidemiological situation.

5. Spontaneous gatherings of more than 5 people in public areas, especially on footpaths and parks, are prohibited. Organised events may reach a maximum number of 5 participants in compliance with the protection measures. 

6. Installing the >>> SwissCovid application for cell phones on one's own digital device is recommended.

 

DETAILED INFORMATION:

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  • Students

    1. General shift to online teaching

    The decision taken on October 28, 2020 by the Federal government remains in force: all univerisities in Switzerland shall no longer be allowed to give lessons in attendance. Exceptions for certain specific training activities are foreseen.

    • As a general rule, all classroom courses are held entirely online.
    • Lessons will be held according to the time schedule and all detailed information will be available on the iCorsi platform.
    • A number of specific training activities in attendance will be permitted for certain learning situations with a limited number of students or of particular relevance within individual programmes. Those directly concerned will be contacted by the respective Faculty Deans.

    The campuses, despite the current special arrangements, remain partially open for a few study rooms (see details below). The libraries are accessible for borrowing and reference services only.​

     

    2. Access to campuses

    Access to university campuses is allowed to students using their own personal USI student badge.

     

    3. Classroms

    For specific learning activities in attendance, in the classrooms it is mandatory for everyone to wear a sanitary mask. In general, classrooms are arranged to respect the minimum distance between people of 1.5 m. It is not allowed to change this setting.

    Lecturers and students are invited to take the initiative - where possible - to ventilate the classrooms after each lesson by opening the windows during breaks.

    The cleaning shifts have been increased, and lecturers and students are invited to take care of their material (desk, equipment) and to disinfect it, as appropriate.

     

    4. Protection measures

    4.1 Masks: It is mandatory to wear a sanitary mask in all classrooms and in all common indoor areas of USI: study areas, open spaces, corridors, stairs, bathrooms, elevators, halls, entrances, etc., in particular for close-up activities involving interaction and discussion, such as workshops, laboratories, group work and in crowded situations. It is mandatory to wear a sanitary mask even in outdoor areas accessible to the public, when the minimum distance between people of 1.5 m is not possible.

    4.2 Movement: where possible, pathways will be created to to ensure that the minimum distance is respected. It is however important to avoid lingering or creating groups in the transit areas: corridors, stairs, elevators, bathrooms, entrances, access to classrooms, in front of vending machines, in the areas used for breaks, etc. Maintain a minimum distance even when queuing, pausing or waiting, entering and leaving classrooms. Observe signs and protective barriers.

    4.3 Sanitising: when entering the campus buildings, everyone has to disinfect their hands; there are disinfectant dispensers at the main accesses to the campuses.

     

    5. Self-isolation and quarantine

    Students who are ill or have symptoms of illness (fever, cough, sore throat, diarrhea, cold, respiratory distress, muscle pain, sudden loss of sense of smell and/or taste, etc.) are required not to go to USI or return home immediately, following >>> the instructions of the authority on self-isolation.
    Students with symptoms must contact their doctor or the medical guard and follow the instructions of the health authorities. If placed in isolation or quarantine they must report the case immediately to safety@usi.ch. If tested and found positive for the new coronavirus, they must proceed as explained in chapter 6 below.

    6. Positive cases
    Students tested positive for the novel coronavirus, in addition to carefully following the instructions they will receive from the health authorities concerning themselves and their contacts, must:

    1) (if the test was taken outside of Switzerland) immediately report the case to the Office of the Cantonal Doctor of Canton Ticino: dss-umc@ti.ch, attaching a copy of the COVID-19 test with positive result together with a telephone number where you can always be reached.

    2) immediately report the case to safety@usi.ch. In addition to your name and surname, please indicate your place of residence during the study, your place of residence at the time of the positive test (if different), and the telephone number and email where you can always be reached.

    This will allow, in strict observance of individual privacy, the optimal management of the situation by the Faculty Dean's offices and by the cantonal health authorities.

     

    7. Mandatory quarantine

    1) Quarantine for (re)entering Switzerland:
    Students arriving from a State or region considered by the Swiss authorities to be at high risk of infection and included in >>> the constantly updated list, are obliged to remain in quarantine for 10 days. This means foreseeing (re)entry into Switzerland well in advance. This is the required behaviour:
    a) go directly to your home immediately after entering Switzerland;
    b) report the case to safety@usi.ch and inform your Faculty Dean’s office (see below in the "Contacts" section);
    c) stay at your home continuously for 10 days after entering Switzerland and strictly follow >>> quarantine instructions;
    d) you must notify your entry in Switzerland to the Cantonal authorities within two days by calling the number +41 800 144 144 and following the instructions that will be given to you;
    e) you must refrain from personal contact with other persons and not leave your home;
    f) important: if you live in the same household with other people, inform your roomate(s) about your situtation and follow the procedures on quarantine behaviour listed >>> in this document under “If you live in the same household with other people…”.

    2) Quarantine at the request of the Office of the Cantonal Doctor of Canton Ticino:
    Students who receive a special injunction from the Office of the Cantonal Doctor, are obliged to remain in quarantine for the period indicated. This is the required behaviour:
    a) report the case to safety@usi.ch and inform your Faculty Dean’s office (see below in the "Contacts" section);
    b) stay at your home continuously and strictly follow >>> quarantine instructions;
    c) you must refrain from personal contact with other persons and not leave your home;
    d) important: if you live in the same household with other people, inform your roomate(s) about your situtation and follow the procedures on quarantine behaviour listed >>> in this document under “If you live in the same household with other people…”.

    If you need any kind of help or support please see under "Contacts".

     

    8. Quarantine in the same household

    If you are living in the same household with someone who is under quarantine, avoid all direct contact and refer to the listed procedures >>> in this document under “If you live in the same household with other people…”.

     

    9. Risk cases and special cases

    As a university concerned about the fair treatment of all members of its community, USI is committed to finding solutions that avoid discrimination against students belonging to categories at risk or with proven difficulties.

    Issues and questions in this regard will be treated with due confidentiality and can be addressed either to the relevant study programme Director or to the Equal Opportunities Service (see also the section "Contacts" below).

     

    10. Real-time updates on lectures and courses

    To keep up to date on the progress of the semester programme you are attending, please refer to the website >>> www.usi.ch and >>> the courses schedules.

     

    11. Study areas

    In the study areas it is mandatory to wear a sanitary mask. A number of common study areas have been set up for the students:

    • Lugano, West Campus, study areas and classrooms in the Main building (only if there are no classes in progress):
      - group work: 128;
      - individual study: 156, 157, 159, 250, 251, 253, 254, 355;
    • Lugano, East Campus, study areas for Informatics students:
      - Bachelor students, quiet room for individual study: D0.03;
      - Master students, quiet room for individual study: D0.06;
      - Bachelor & Master students, group work area: D0.10.
    • Mendrisio: all common study areas are accessible with a reservation system according to the Accademia COVID guidelines available here;
    • the university libraries are open from Monday to Friday, from 9 AM to 6 PM, for further information please visit the respective sites:
      University Library Lugano: https://en.bul.sbu.usi.ch/
      Academy of Architecture Library: http://biblio.arc.usi.ch/en/

    The correct use of workspaces is constantly monitored, those persons that after a warning still don't respect the provisions shall be sent away. Each user is obliged to wear a sanitary mask and is required to disinfect the used desks on arrival and departure. The maximum number of people allowed, clearly indicated on the access doors, is given by the number of chairs and seats available. Group work with more than 5 people is not allowed.

     

    12. Common areas

    It is mandatory to wear a sanitary mask in all common indoor areas of USI: classrooms, study areas, open spaces, corridors, stairs, study areas, bathrooms, elevators, halls, entrances, etc. as well as in break rooms and dressing rooms. Also in outdoor areas accessible to the public where it is not possible to maintain the minimum distance between people of 1.5 m. The recommendation to avoid crowding remains valid. Group works with more than 5 people are forbidden.

     

    13. Services and front desk

    It is recommended to refer to all USI internal services through digital systems (e.g. e-mail, videocall, etc.) or make an appointment in a specific area in compliance with the USI Provisions.

     

    14. Travel

    Students are recommended not to travel or stay in States or regions considered by the Swiss authorities to be at high risk of infection and included in >>> the constantly updated list, even when not studying. USI is not responsible for the consequences arising from the obligation to quarantine students from countries for which it is necessary.

     

  • Staff

    1. Responsibility

    It is the precise duty of the employer to protect the health of its employees by adopting the protection  measures set out in the USI Provisions. It is the precise duty of each manager (middle and senior managers for administrative staff, program and institute directors for academic staff) to enforce these measures and the USI Provisions.

     

    2. General shift to online teaching

    The decision taken on October 28, 2020 by the Federal government remains in force: all univerisities in Switzerland shall no longer be allowed to give lessons in attendance. Exceptions for certain specific training activities are foreseen.

    • As a general rule, all classroom courses are held entirely online.
    • Lessons will be held according to the time schedule and all detailed information will be available on the iCorsi platform.
    • A number of specific training activities in attendance will be permitted for certain learning situations with a limited number of students or of particular relevance within individual programmes. Those directly concerned will be contacted by the respective Faculty Deans.

    The campuses, despite the current special arrangements, remain partially open: a few study rooms and open spaces for researchers will remain accessible, as long as these provisions are strictly adhered to. The libraries are accessible for borrowing and reference services only.​

    >>> See also: Teaching and learning in the age of Coronavirus

     

    3. Self-isolation and quarantine

    People who are ill or have symptoms of illness (fever, cough, sore throat, diarrhea, cold, respiratory distress, muscle pain, sudden loss of sense of smell and/or taste, etc.) are not authorised to come to the workplace, shall stay at home and follow >>> the instructions of the authority on self-isolation, and call a doctor. Likewise, employees who present symptoms at the workplace must return home wearing a sanitary mask and follow the aforementioned instructions.
    Employees with symptoms must contact their doctor or the medical guard and follow the instructions of the health authorities. If placed in isolation or quarantine they must report the case immediately to safety@usi.ch. If tested and found positive for the new coronavirus, they must proceed as explained in section 4 below.

     

    4. Positive cases

    Employees tested positive for the novel coronavirus, in addition to carefully following the instructions they will receive from the health authorities concerning themselves and their contacts, must:

    1) (if the test was taken outside of Switzerland) immediately report the case to the Office of the Cantonal Doctor of Canton Ticino: dss-umc@ti.ch, attaching a copy of the COVID-19 test with positive result together with a telephone number where you can always be reached;

    2) immediately report the case to safety@usi.ch. In addition to your name and surname, please indicate your place of residence at the time of the positive test, and the telephone number and email where you can always be reached.

    This will allow, in strict respect of individual privacy, the optimal management of the situation by the cantonal health authorities and by the HR administration in order to adjust the way of working with their direct supervisor according to the circumstances.

     

    5. Risk cases and special cases

    As a university concerned about the fair treatment of all members of its community, USI is committed to finding solutions that avoid discrimination against employees belonging to categories at risk or with proven difficulties.

    Employees belonging to at-risk categories are allowed to fulfill their work obligations from home by teleworking according to the instructions of the direct supervisor and submitting a medical certificate to the HR office.

    Employees with proven work-family balance issues (caring for children under the age of 12 or caring for vulnerable and needy relatives) should contact their direct supervisor and HR administration to organise working arrangements adapted to their own needs and those of the University. Issues and questions in this regard can also be addressed to the Equal Opportunities Service and will be treated with due confidentiality.

     

    6. Access to campuses

    Access to university campuses is allowed using a USI personal ID badge.

     

    6. Working modes and office organisation

    Working from home is considered to be the norm and employees should, in principle, carry out their activities remotely, in consultation with their supervisors, with the goal not to interrupt or unduly compromise the very quality of the work itself.

    For necessary working in attendance, the individual managers define spaces and working modes for their employees, and must be prepared to justify the reasons for this, as well as ensuring that all protective measures are adhered to. It is mandatory to wear a proper sanitary mask if more than one person is present in the same workspace or office, even if the workstations are widely spaced. If possible, offices should be ventilated regularly (at least 3 times a day).

     

    8. Protection measures

    8.1 Masks: it is mandatory to wear a sanitary mask in all classrooms and in all common indoor areas of USI: study areas, open workspaces for doctoral students and researchers, corridors, stairs, bathrooms, elevators, halls, entrances, etc. in particular for activities involving interaction and discussion, such as workshops, ateliers, seminars, laboratories, meetings, group work and in crowded situations. It is mandatory to wear a sanitary mask even in outdoor areas accessible to the public, when the minimum distance between people of 1.5 m is not possible.

    8.2 Movement: where possible, pathways will be created to to ensure that the minimum distance is respected. It is however important to avoid lingering or creating groups in the transit areas: corridors, stairs, elevators, bathrooms, entrances, access to classrooms, in front of vending machines, in the areas used for breaks, etc. Maintain a minimum distance even when queuing, pausing or waiting, entering and leaving classrooms. Observe signs and protective barriers.

    8.3 Sanitising: when entering the campus buildings, everyone is required to disinfect their hands; there are dispensers at the main accesses to the campuses.

     

    9. Common areas

    It is mandatory to wear a sanitary mask in all common indoor areas of USI: classrooms, study areas, open workspaces for doctoral students and researchers, corridors, stairs, bathrooms, elevators, halls, entrances, etc. and also in all study and work places as well as in break rooms, dressing rooms and staff spaces. Also in outdoor areas accessible to the public where it is not possible to maintain the minimum distance between people of 1.5 m. The recommendation to avoid crowding remains valid.

     

    10. Sanitising surfaces

    It is important to maintain regular and thorough hand hygiene and the cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces. It is therefore everyone's responsibility to regularly clean and disinfect surfaces and objects used (worktops, desks, printers, telephones, keyboards, mice and work utensils, tableware, etc.) as appropriate, especially when shared, as well as to keep common areas (kitchens, meeting rooms, etc.) clean and sanitised. Disinfectants are distributed to offices by the Logistics Service staff and disinfectant dispensers are present in the corridors and at the building entrances.

     

    11. Meetings

    It is strongly recommended to hold meetings digitally. Meetings of the Faculty Councils, the Academic Senate and the University Council must be held online. In the exceptional case that a meeting should be held in attendance, before starting it is important to ensure that all materials and spaces that will be used are cleaned properly. At meetings in attendance the minimum distance must be observed and it is mandatory to wear a sanitary mask.

     

    12. Classrooms

    Per le specifiche attività didattiche In the classrooms it is mandatory to wear a sanitary mask. Exception to this rule: lecturers have the choice to wear the mask or not, on condition that there is agreement in the classroom and only where there is a clear and wide distance between the lecturer and the participants.

    The classrooms are generally arranged to observe the minimum distance requirement between people of 1.5 m. It is not allowed to change this setting.

    Lecturers and students are invited to take the initiative - where possible - to ventilate the classrooms after each lesson by opening the windows during breaks.

    The cleaning shifts have been increased, and teachers and students are invited to take care of their material (desk, equipment) and to disinfect it when deemed necessary.

     

    13. Services and appointments at a distance

    Where possible, it is recommended to provide services to persons at a distance (by e-mail or telephone) and/or to make appointments in spaces that can guarantee the minimum distance or provide protection measures (sanitary masks, dividers, etc.).

     

    14. Travel

    Travel or business trips to States or regions considered by the Swiss authorities to be at high risk of infection and included in >>> the constantly updated list are prohibited.  Likewise, it is forbidden to invite persons living or residing in the listed States or regions to USI. All employees are recommended not to travel or reside in these States or regions even while away from work. USI shall not bear the costs resulting from the obligation to quarantine employees or guests invited to events or meetings and coming from countries for which it is required.

     

    15. Mandatory quarantine

    1) Quarantine for (re)entering Switzerland:
    Staff arriving from a State or region considered by the Swiss authorities to be at high risk of infection and included in >>> the constantly updated list are obliged to remain in quarantine for 10 days. This means foreseeing (re)entry into Switzerland well in advance. This is the required behaviour:
    a) go directly to your home immediately after entering Switzerland;
    b) report the case to safety@usi.ch and inform your supervisor, HR, and the your Faculty Dean’s office (see below in the “Contacts” section);
    c) stay at your home continuously for 10 days after entering Switzerland and strictly follow the >>> quarantine instructions;
    d) you must notify your entry in Switzerland to the Cantonal authorities within two days by calling the number +41 800 144 144 and following the instructions that will be given to you;
    e) you must refrain from personal contact with other persons and not leave your home;
    f) important: if you live in the same household with other people, inform your roomate(s) about your situtation and follow the procedures on quarantine behaviour listed >>> in this document under “If you live in the same household with other people…”.

    2) Quarantine at the request of the Office of the Cantonal Doctor of Canton Ticino:
    Staff who receive a special injunction from the Office of the Cantonal Doctor, are obliged to remain in quarantine for the period indicated. This is the required behaviour:
    a) report the case to safety@usi.ch and inform your supervisor, HR, and the your Faculty Dean’s office (see below in the “Contacts” section);
    b) stay at your home continuously and strictly follow the >>> quarantine instructions;
    c) you must refrain from personal contact with other persons and not leave your home;
    d) important: if you live in the same household with other people, inform your roomate(s) about your situtation and follow the procedures on quarantine behaviour listed >>> in this document under “If you live in the same household with other people…”.

    If you need any kind of help or support please refer to the "Contacts" section below.

     

  • Visitors and guests

    1. Access to campuses

    USI is accessible to the public by contacting a staff member or for official public events. Visitors and guests shall be received, as far as possible, only by appointment and in compliance with protection measures, i.e. the minimum distance of 1.5 m between individuals and protective measures (sanitary mask, dividers). Visitors must be informed of the protective measures adopted by USI.

     

    2. People with symptoms

    People who are ill or have symptoms of illness (fever, cough, sore throat, diarrhea, cold, respiratory distress, muscle pain, sudden loss of sense of smell and/or taste, etc.) are not allowed to enter the USI buildings.

     

    3. Protection measures

    3.1 Masks: It is mandatory to wear a sanitary mask in all classrooms and in all common indoor areas of USI: visited offices, study areas, open spaces, corridors, stairs, bathrooms, elevators, halls, access lanes, etc. in particular for activities involving interaction and discussion and in crowded situations. It is mandatory to wear a sanitary mask even in outdoor areas accessible to the public, when the minimum distance between people of 1.5 m is not possible.

    3.2 Movement: where possible, pathways will be created to ensure that the minimum distance is observed. It is however important to avoid lingering or creating groups in the transit areas: corridors, stairs, elevators, bathrooms, entrances, access to classrooms, in front of vending machines, in the areas used for breaks, etc. Maintain a minimum distance even when queuing, pausing or waiting, entering and leaving classrooms. Pay attention to signs and protection barriers.

    3.3 Sanitising: when entering the campus buildings, everyone is required to disinfect their hands; there are dispensers at the main accesses to the campuses.

     

    4. Public events

    For guests of public events that take place at USI, see the following section.

     

  • Events

    1. Special arrangements

    During the entire academic year 2020-21, due to the exceptional situation caused by Covid-19, public events at USI (both external and from members of the academic community) must be organised by observing the special rules, i.e. with a limited number of participants, only at certain times and in certain classrooms. For the availability and booking of classrooms or other rooms for events please refer to the Classroom management services (Lugano: gestioneaule@usi.ch; Mendrisio: aule.me@usi.ch), by filling out and submitting the relevant request form.

    Please note that, by decision of the federal and cantonal authorities the limit of participants in public events is set at a maximum of 5 people.

     

    1.1 Available spaces

    Lugano, West Campus:

    • Aula magna;
    • Auditorium (subject to prior agreement with USI).

    Lugano, East Campus:

    • Multi-purpose hall (subject to prior agreement with USI).

    Mendrisio:

    • Aula magna Canavée.

    1.2 Time schedules

    Lugano:

    • Monday-Friday: from 7 p.m.;
    • Saturday: from 2 p.m.;
    • Sunday: all day.

    Mendrisio:

    • Saturday and Sunday: all day.

     

    2. Responsibility

    The organiser or a person in charge of the event organisation is the official contact and the responsible for the application and oversight of these Provisions. (S)He must provide USI with the full name and the telephone number where (s)he can be reached before, during and after the event. USI shall bear no responsibility for the organiser's failure to comply with these Provisions. Failure to comply with these Provisions may result in USI not being available for further leases.

     

    3. Fees

    Due to the increased requirements for cleaning and logistics, in addition to the usual rental fees, additional CHF 500 will be requested.

    Lugano:

    • all day: 1000 + 500 CHF;
    • half day: 500 + 500 CHF;
    • evenings: 300 + 500 CHF.

    Mendrisio:

    • by request.

     

    4. Mandatory registration of contacts

    The organiser must record the contact details (name, surname, home address, current telephone number) of all persons present at the event: participants, organisers, and other service personnel. It is recommended to provide for mandatory registration prior to the event, allowing easier collection of the required data. In any case, registration must be organised at the opening of the event. The purpose is to enable contact tracing in case participant is found Covid-19 positive. The organiser is required to inform the persons present about the registration and use of the contact data, transmit the data to the cantonal authorities if explicitly requested, keep the contact data for 14 days, and then destroy it.

     

    5. Disclosure

    Each participant must be informed of these Provisions and must comply with Federal and Cantonal recommendations regarding hygiene and proper conduct during the relevant period.

     

    6. Entry and exit

    Separate entry and exit paths must be followed, and sufficient hand sanitising material must be available at the entrances.

     

    7. Protection measures

    7.1 Masks: It is mandatory to wear a sanitary mask in all classrooms and in all common indoor areas of USI: events rooms, study areas, open spaces, corridors, stairs, bathrooms, elevators, halls, entrances, etc. in particular for activities involving interaction and discussion, and in case of crowding due to entry or exit from buildings. It is mandatory to wear a sanitary mask even in outdoor areas accessible to the public, when the minimum distance between people of 1.5 m is not possible.

    7.2 Movement: it is important to avoid lingering or creating groups in the transit areas (corridors, stairs, elevators, bathrooms, entrances, access to classrooms, in front of vending machines, in the areas used for breaks, etc.); maintain minimum distance even when queuing, pausing or waiting, entering and leaving classrooms; and observe signs and protective barriers.

    7.3 Sanitising: when entering the campus buildings, everyone is required to disinfect their hands; there are dispensers at the main accesses to the campuses.

     

    8. Microphones

    In case of repeated use of the conference stand by different persons, or frequent passing of a microphone between participants, the organiser shall take care of the correct disinfection at each change of hand. It is recommended to avoid these movements and passing of microphones during the event.

     

    9. Catering

    The Federal and Cantonal rules for the catering sector shall be respected and the minimum distance between persons shall also be observed during catering services.

     

  • Tracing

    1. SwissCovid App

    It is recommended to install the >>> SwissCovid application for cell phones on your own devices.

     

    2. Registration of contact data

    In case of events or similar activities, it is necessary to provide for the registration of the contact details of the persons present: name, surname, home address and current telephone number. The contact data can be recorded by means of reservation or registration systems or by means of a contact form (see template). They do not have to be recorded separately if they can be obtained through existing data collections, however, it must be ensured that they actually contain all the required information. The recording of contact data serves the purpose of contact tracing, but does not prevent transmission on site and should therefore not be given priority. The choice of this option must therefore be clearly justified, especially with regard to the persons affected by the data collection. The registration must guarantee the confidentiality of personal data. Finally, there is an obligation to transmit the contact data of suspected infected individuals for identification and information to the competent cantonal services only at their request.

     

    3. Data protection

    In the event of having to register contact data or having to use data already available for tracking purposes, all persons concerned will be duly informed about their use. The data collected may not be used for any other purpose and will only be kept for 14 days after which it will be deleted or, in the case of internal data, no longer associated with such purposes. Otherwise, the relevant provisions of the Legge sulla protezione dei dati personali (LPDP) of 9 March 1987 shall apply.

     

     

  • Training

    General shift to online teaching

    The decision taken on October 28, 2020 by the Federal government remains in force: all univerisities in Switzerland shall no longer be allowed to give lessons in attendance. Exceptions for certain specific training activities are foreseen.

    • As a general rule, all classroom courses are held entirely online.
    • Lessons will be held according to the time schedule and all detailed information will be available on the iCorsi platform.
    • A number of specific training activities in attendance will be permitted for certain learning situations with a limited number of students or of particular relevance within individual programmes. Those directly concerned will be contacted by the respective Faculty Deans.

    The campuses, despite the current special arrangements, remain partially open for a few study rooms and workplaces. The libraries are accessible for borrowing and reference services only.​

     

    >>> See also: Teaching and learning in the age of Coronavirus

  • Special situation management

    1. The Covid-19 Management Group is formed by the USI Management Committee and meets together with other members. The Provisions are issued by the Rectorate.

    2. The person in charge at USI for the application of these Provisions and contacts with the competent authorities is Michele Balmelli, Quality Service Manager. Reports concerning these Provisions and their application should be addressed to him.

    3. Internal and external communication regarding the exceptional measures related to the management of the pandemic and the amendments to the present Provisions is duly performed through institutional communication channels of USI and, in special cases, through communications from the Rector.

    4. USI keeps track of voluntary reports (to be sent to the HR office) of Covid-19 positivity or quarantine received following requests from the Ticino Cantonal Doctor's Office. Data protection is guaranteed: under no circumstances will information regarding the health status of students, faculty or employees be disclosed to third parties, even anonymously, without the explicit consent of the Covid-19 positive or quarantined person or his or her legal representative, in particular if they are unverified reports from third parties.

    5. The central departments of USI as well as the Services are equipped with plans to replace employees in case of illness or absence due to force majeure.

     

  • Contacts

     

    Reference for protection provisions michele.balmelli@usi.ch +41 58 666 4199
    Lugano Administration cristina.largader@usi.ch +41 58 666 4949
    Mendrisio Administration antoine.turner@usi.ch +41 58 666 5856
    Secretary General giovanni.zavaritt@usi.ch +41 58 666 4338
    Lugano HR administration personale.lu@usi.ch +41 58 666 4748
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