COVID-19 - latest information

COVID-19 - latest information

If you have questions about the coronavirus, write to emergency@cuni.cz or call to +420 224 491 850 (Monday–Thursday 8:00–17:00, Friday 8:00–16:00). 

Official contact person for students is Lukas Budin +420 222 112 254 (lukas.budin@fsv.cuni.cz).

Information for exchange and visiting students can be found here. Please contact our international office's coordinators in case you wish to return home and cancel your mobility:

  • Erasmus students: incoming@fsv.cuni.cz
  • Inter-faculty, Inter-government, ICM etc.: exchange@fsv.cuni.cz

Read more on the international office page. 

 

Prolonged loan period in FSV UK libraries + overview of available e-resources

Loan period

Loans from FSV UK libraries are currently being extended until April 16, 2020, without overdue payment

Access to literature from home

Students (as well as other members of the academic community) have a wide range of electronic resources available outside the computer network of Charles University, for example, CUNI Electronic Information Resources Portal. To access online databases and collections of e-journals/e-books, you only need to know your credentials for the Central Authentication Service (CAS). 

Collection of e-books

In 2019, the FSV UK libraries purchased a number of new multi-discipline ebook titles now available to you. List of purchased e-books 

You can search for other ebooks that are accessible within the University through the CUNI E-Book Portal or the UKAŽ search engine.

 

Access to 5,000 book titles by Grada Publishing House

Grada publishing house and its collaborating publishers (eg. Portal, Galen, Jota, etc.) made the entire BOOKPORT collection available to students and staff of Charles University faculties free of charge. This multidisciplinary collection includes more than 5,000 Czech titles from both literature and fiction, including those that students are used to in the printed form. The collection also allows for offline reading.

BOOKPORT is the multidisciplinary database of Czech academic and popular science e-books.

Accessible until: 30.4.2020

The National Library of the CR Makes Digital Library Temporarily Available to All Students

The deputies of the National Library of the CR and the copyright collecting society DILIA have agreed to make the Digital Library of the NL temporarily (during the state of emergency) available to university students and lecturers.

206,000 digitalized books, magazines, and newspapers in total, approximately 59 million pages, can now read using the Kramerius on-line platform from anywhere.

New resources available for Charles University

These include the University of California Press JournalsBloomsbury e-books, and ProQuest One Literature.

University of California Press Journals

  • a multidisciplinary full-text platform of e-journals of University of California
  • Accessible until: 30.6.2020
  • More information

Bloomsbury

  • multidisciplinary full-text collections of e-books by Bloomsbury
  • Accessible until: 31.5.2020
  • More information

ProQuest One Literature

  • full-text database covering the fields of literature and literary science
  • Accessible until: 30.6.2020
  • More information

Electronic textbooks by Elsevier

Elsevier published all textbooks free of charge on the platform ScienceDirect for 60 days.

ScienceDirect

List of textbooks

How to contact libraries FSV UK

For more up-to-date information, check out the FSV UK Library website. Of course, you can also communicate electronically with libraries using e-mail:

knihovna@fsv.cuni.cz

knihovna_ies@fsv.cuni.cz

knihovnajin@ruk.cuni.cz

 

/ 6. 4. 2020 /

Support for Google Hangouts Meet remote learning

FSV UK users (both employees and students) have the option to use Google Hangouts Meet for video conferencing and content sharing to provide lectures while working from home.

The tool allows live video call sharing via webcam, combined with desktop content sharing, respectively. presentations for up to 100 participants. In addition, Google has added the possibility to temporarily use the virus threat

  • increased limit of 250 participants per video call
  • video call live streaming (for up to 100,000 viewers per domain)
  • video call recording capability.

Google Meet is available under the GSuite faculty license and is available directly from a web browser without installation. Videoconferencing participants do not need a Google Account to connect and can access any type of device from the computer, laptop to tablet, and mobile to access.

Google Meet training and help

/ 3. 4. 2020 /

Available accommodation capacity at dorms for Charles University students

Similarly as in previous years, in accordance with the foundation endowment  “The Talent of Josef, Marie and Zdeňky Hlávkových" and the relevant contract concluded between this foundation and Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU), 60 places will be reserved for CU students at Hlávkova dormitory this year.

These places are intended for students of doctoral study programs or young academic or research workers who, according to the above-mentioned contract, achieve excellent study or scientific and pedagogical results, are not wealthy, have no flat in Prague and are not entrepreneurs.

It is also possible to submit applications for accommodation concerning students of master's and bachelor's degree programs (in this case it is necessary to prove an excellent benefit by a statement of study obligations, including evaluation).

The number of foreign applicants must not exceed 10% of the number of submitted applications. The rationale (recommendation) of applications must be in line with the principles already mentioned.

Send applications until Friday, April 24, 2020, 12:00 (noon) to the Dean's Secretariat. 

/ 1. 4. 2020 /

Deadlines for submission of final theses and fulfillment of study obligations

Institute of Economic Studies (IES)

  • deadline for submission of bachelor's and master's theses remains on May 7, 2020,
  • deadline for fulfilling all the study obligations remains on May 29, 2020

Institute of Sociological Studies (ISS)

  • deadline for submission of bachelor's and master's theses is postponed to May 21, 2020,
  • deadline for fulfilling all the study obligations is postponed to June 12, 2020. 

Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism (IKSŽ)

  • deadline for submission of bachelor's and master's theses is postponed to May 21, 2020,
  • deadline for fulfilling all the study obligations is postponed to June 12, 2020. 

Institute of International Studies (IMS)

  • deadline for submission of bachelor's and master's theses is postponed to May 21, 2020,
  • deadline for fulfilling all the study obligations is postponed to June 12, 2020. 

Institute of Political Science (IPS)

  • deadline for submission of bachelor's and master's theses is postponed to May 21, 2020,
  • deadline for fulfilling all the study obligations is postponed to June 12, 2020. 

The range of summer exams for the state final examinations will be further specified in connection with the April decision of the Academic Senate of the Charles University regarding the proposed amendment of the Study and Examination Regulations of Charles University.

The date of submission of final theses and applications for the autumn state final examinations and the fulfillment of study obligations remains unchanged for all institutes (31 July 2020)

/ 26.3.2020 /

Current information for students and applicants by CU

Vice-Rector for Education Prof. MUDr. Milena Králíčková, PhD, and CU Rector Prof. MUDr. Tomáš Zima, DrSc., MBA would like to inform you about the most important measures and changes concerning your studies. Dates valid for our faculty will be published next week, please follow the FSV UK website. Thank you for your patience.

Academic year schedule

CU expect to extend the teaching period by 1 to 4 weeks depending on the faculty and the type of degree programme. At all faculties, the examination period will be modified so that it will last throughout the month of July, and then in September until at least until 18 September. As for the submission of final theses, all faculties can adjust (change or postpone) deadlines independently.

Long-distance examinations

Examinations and other checks for the subject of degree programmes can be set remotely. Number of credits for progress to the next stage of study. Due to ongoing distance learning, CU is not currently considering changing the rules on the number of credits that must be earned to advance to the next stage of study.

Final state exams

At present, CU do not allow the sitting of final exams in distance form (e.g. via video call). CU assumes that they will take place in a standard manner after the emergency measures have ended. If it is necessary to postpone the final state examinations, the new deadlines will be announced at least one month in advance.

In the event that the measures last for more than thirty days, CU will consider the possibility of holding state final examinations remotely.

Maximum duration of study

In the event that a student has completed the maximum period of study between the declaration of emergency and the end of the calendar year 2020, this maximum period is extended by 12 months from the date on which the maximum period of study was to have expired.

Scholarships

CU in not currently considering changes to scholarships.

Stays/scholarships abroad (Erasmus and other mobility)

In the event that a student has already travelled and mobility was terminated during the course of the crisis, the student will hand over documents on the use of funds after the crisis and will return only the remaining unused funds from the scholarship provided. If the student participating in the mobility has not yet travelled, he/she will be allowed to postpone the mobility to the next semester or year. Students returning from mobility now will be involved in distance learning and/or courses organised for the relevant degree programme.

Rigorous procedure

In general, the deadline for passing the state rigorous examination is four years from the announcement of the faculty to the applicant that his/her application has been approved. In the event that this period is due to expire in the period from the announcement of the state of emergency to the end of the calendar year 2020, this period shall be extended by twelve months from the date on which it was to have expired.

Read the letter from the Recor and Vice-Rector on CU website.

/ 20. 3. 2020 /

Dormitories and Refectories decisions on the current situation

 

According to the decision of the crisis team on March 19, 2020, KaM UK (Dormitories and Refectories CU) decided to terminate accommodation contracts and provide accommodation discounts as follows:

Due to the emergency measure adopted by the Ministry of Health of 11 March 2020 and the Government Declaration of Emergency, the Dormitory and Refectory of Charles University was adopted on 19 March 2020 on the issue of accommodation discounts and the possibility of terminating accommodation contracts without notice periods.

The decision was as follows:

1) A student staying at the Halls of Residence of the Charles University can immediately terminate the Accommodation Agreement without penalty until 31 March 2020 at the latest. For those who decide to terminate the Accommodation Agreement immediately, KaM UK (Dormitories and Refectories CU) will not guarantee a bed/accommodation in the event renewal of the school year 2019/2020 or for reservations for 2020/2021. Termination of the Accommodation Agreement means a proper termination of accommodation in accordance with the applicable accommodation regulations.

2) A student staying in a dormitory or staying outside the dormitory may physically leave the accommodation/dormitory by 31 March 2020 at the latest, leaving his / her personal belongings in the room. When leaving the dormitory, he/she will leave the keys in the accommodation office / if the key cannot be returned due to staying outside the dormitory or abroad, the room will be sealed. During this period, KaM UK (Dormitories and Refectories CU) will charge approximately 15% of the dormitory price until it is moved back to the dormitory.

During this period the student cannot enter the dormitory and abandoned accommodation capacity. Entering the room will be considered a particularly serious violation of ethical and KaM (Dormitories and Refectories CU) regulations. In case of breach of this measure, the Accommodation Agreement will be terminated immediately with the student. The student will be included on the Black List and his application for accommodation at the KaM UK dormitory will be automatically rejected.

3) Students staying in dormitories of Charles University pay the full price, ie standard price of accommodation according to valid accommodation conditions.

/ 20. 3. 2020 / 

GRADA publishing house publishes 5,000 book titles to UK students

 

Grada publishing house and its collaborating publishers made the whole BOOKPORT collection available to students and staff of faculties of Charles University free of charge.

This multidisciplinary database includes more than 5,000 Czech titles from both literature and fiction, including titles that students are used to in printed form. The collection also allows offline reading.

Academics and students can use BOOKPORT database until April,30,2020. 

/ 18. 3. 2020 /

Limited operation of the Cash Office and Mailroom in the Hollar building

The office hours of the FSV UK Cash Office (Hollar Building) are limited as follows until further notice:

Mon 10:00 – 11:30
Wed 10:00 – 11:30

 Payments will only be accepted through the contactless payment terminal (cash money won't be accepted). Thank you for your understanding.

Office hours of the FSV UK Mailroom (podatelna) in Hollar building are limited as follows:

Mon 9:00 – 12:00
Wed 9:00 – 12:00

More detailed information on the operation of the registry was sent to the secretaries of the institutes and heads of departments.

/ 16. 3. 2020 /

Current measures of CU and FSV UK on the current situation

In connection with Resolution of the Government of the Czech Republic no. 215/2020 Coll., dated 15 March 2020, on the adoption of crisis measures prohibiting the free movement of people on the territory of the Czech Republic, Charles University’s rector announces the following:

Teaching and presence in the workplace

All pedagogical activities are allowed only by distance form. With effect from Monday 16 March 2020 from 16.00 (4 PM) to Tuesday 24 March 2020 inclusive (or until the revocation of the crisis measures stated above), any form of individual instruction, including individual consultations, individual examinations, and state examinations, is prohibited (including rigorous and doctoral examinations).

With effect from 0.00 (midnight) on 17 March 2020 all CU buildings shall be closed and access shall be granted only to employees and students under conditions set by the dean of the relevant faculty of director of the CU constituent part with respect to ensuring the performance of tasks essential to the operation of CU. In the case of the continuation of activities at individual workplaces, we ask all employees to respect the increased hygiene requirements and to behave responsibly both to those around them and to themselves.

FSV UK students are not allowed to enter our buildings until Tuesday 24 March 2020 until further notice. The ban does not apply to doctoral students who are also employed at FSV UK. The staff of FSV UK is available on e-mails and telephones - office hours of individual departments will be gradually published. The directors of individual institutes are responsible for trouble-free contactless consultations and teaching.

International students and employees

The instructions contained in Rector's memorandum of 13 March 2020 remain in force. The arrival of students from abroad, or international students, if they are permitted to enter the Czech Republic, shall be dealt with on an individual basis. International students should contact the representative offices of their own countries for a possible exemption from travel bans.

Student residences

Student residences shall continue to operate.

Once again, we call on all students in accommodation at residences to not gather, to comply with strict hygiene rules, and to behave in a responsible manner both to themselves and to others. We realize that the situation faced by students in residences will be complicated in the next few days, but we believe that calm, conscious behaviour shall help us to manage the situation together.

In the event that quarantine measures are adopted in rooms or parts of residences, those who are in quarantine must strictly comply with all measures introduced and all conditions of quarantine.

Refectories

With effect from Tuesday, March 17, 2020, only the Kajetánka Refectory shall be in operation (they offer cooked food). 

Food shall be delivered to the following dispensing points:

  • Albertov
  • Sport
  • HTF
  • Jinonice
  • Hvězda
  • U Rotlevů

The Snídárna at the Komenského Student Residence shall remain in operation. Discussions on continuing the operation of refectories and dispensing points in Pilsen and Hradec Králové are ongoing. Operation in all buffets shall cease.

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the number of meals will be evaluated and further reductions can be made.

UK Point, Centrum Carolina advisory centre, Hostivař sport complex and training centres

UK Point, the Centrum Carolina advisory centre, the Hostivař sport centre and training centres are closed.

Card dispensing points

Card dispensing points are closed with effect from Monday, March 16, 2020 14.00 (2 PM) 

On-line support remains functional.

Should you have any issues concerning your password, please follow the instructions on the following website https://ldapuser.cuni.cz/. To contact online support office, click on the link “Resolve problem with Central Authentication Service” in the “Information and instructions” section. It is also possible to invalidate online or subsequently renew the card through Whois.cuni.cz and login cuni.cz/UK-5361.html.

Rectorate of CU

The operation of the Rectorate of Charles University remains secured by means of remote access (electronic communication, telephone connection). Selected fixed lines are redirected to mobile phones of contact staff of the Rectorate of Charles University. The list of redirected fixed lines for individual departments will be posted on Tuesday 17 March on the UK website.

/ 16. 3. 2020 /

Announcement by Charles University's Rector Tomáš Zima

Follow-up announcement by Charles University in response to the Czech government’s state of emergency declaration on Thursday, March 12, 2020, to counter the growing coronavirus threat.

Studies

Currently, there are no plans to alter the schedule of the 2019/2020 academic year. However, if extraordinary measures remain in place longer, changes will be taken to extend classes and the exam period to extend into June and July 2020. We are gauging what constitutes a standard study period (with regards to mandatory fees) and are preparing changes to internal regulations – should they prove necessary.

The Rector’s Sports Day (scheduled for 6 May 2020) has been canceled to allow more time for teaching (if classes resume).

Foreign trips

All Charles University students and staff are currently forbidden from traveling abroad, effective immediately and until further notice.

Erasmus +

Students returning from – or having travelled through – high-risk areas abroad are required to self-isolate for 14 days and to not come into contact with teachers, other university staff or fellow students. University faculties can modify this requirement in the case of medical students who want to volunteer to help during the crisis, providing they are not returning from a high-risk country where mandatory self-isolation/quarantine is required by the government under the state of emergency resolution.

Faculty deans will ensure that students returning from abroad will have the opportunity to complete the spring semester in the academic year of 2019/2020 so as to continue in their studies next year unhindered. In such cases, block study, or e-courses at partner universities abroad where students are already enrolled can count towards students’ successful completion of the semester.

The Foreign Relations office at the Charles University rectorate has contacted all foreign students studying at Charles University and informed them about developments. For now, foreign students on Erasmus exchange programmes are not required to return to their native countries.

Foreign students at Charles University wishing to end their stay early may apply the “Act of God” clause, which will allow them to draw their stipend from the day of arrival to the day of early departure. There is also the possibility, being discussed with the national bureau for the Erasmus programme in the Czech Republic, the Centre for International Cooperation in Education (DZS), for foreign students to be exempt from returning funds already spent, for example, on accommodation.

Foreign students already studying at Charles University or setting out, are required to respect the same requirements as all other students (described in the rector’s announcement of 10 March 2020).

Other forms of mobility

It will be negotiated that any students who qualified for mobility programmes on offer (Fond mobility, POINT, inter-university contracts, other) who have missed the opportunity to go abroad, will be able to do so at a later date after the state of emergency is lifted and conditions are suitable again.

Students already abroad under such mobility programmes are recommended to get in touch and remain in contact with the closest local representative office of the Czech Republic and to carefully consider the situation. We leave it up to these students to rationally weigh the risks of staying versus returning home (including the mandatory quarantine period) as well as potential risk represented for family members, partners, etc.)

Students who qualified for funding in internal university competitions but were unable to move ahead with their project because of current circumstances will be given priority and top the list next semester or next year once conditions are suitable. Students who began projects but were unable to complete them and already spent some funds, will not be required to return those to the university.

Charles University is ready to try and help any students and staff currently in the United States or other countries that have enacted travel bans with Europe, should they request it.

Foreign full-degree students 

In the case of foreign full-degree students, the situation is different as some of them can be expected to wish to return to their home countries. Charles University undertakes to provide all help and assistance required to enable foreign students to leave for their home countries. At the same time, however, those students who decide to travel to their home countries have to consider whether and when they will be able or allowed to return to the Czech Republic, especially in the event that the lectures are resumed.

Refectories

The following refectories remain open:

  • University canteens (menza): Albertov (Albertov street), Kajetánka (Radimova stret), Sport (J. Martího street), Na Kotli (Hradec Králové - Na Kotli street), Šafránkův pavilon (Plzeň/Pilsen - Ales Svobody street)
  • Counters (výdejna): HTF (Pacovska street), Jinonice building including “buffet” (shortened opening hours - from 8:00 – 14:00), Hvězda (Zvoníčkova street), Lidická (Plzeň/Pilsen - Ales Svobody street)
  • Buffet and counter LF (Plzeň/Pilsen)
  • Buffet UHK (Hradec Králové)
  • Bufet RUK – shortened hours 8:00 – 14:00
  • Brunch counter at Komenského dormitories
  • Coffee „U Rotlevů“ – standard opening hours 8:00 – 20:00

From March 16, 2020, the following sites will be closed until further notice:

  • University canteens (menza): Faculty of Law (Prague), Arnošta z Pardubic (Voršilská street), Budeč (Wenzigova street), 
  • Buffet Faculty of Law (Prague)
  • Student's Club Celetná (Prague,Celetna street)

Charles University ID cards

ID pick-up sites at the Faculty of Law and the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics were shut down on March 12.

Pick-up centres in Celetná Street and in Hradec Králové remain open but with modified opening hours: from 10h00 to 14h00. The site in Pilsen is operating without changes.

CU Point chill-out zone

The chill-out zone at CU Point (Celetná 13, Prague 1) will be closed from March 16 until further notice. Services offered by CU Point for students, applicants, staff, and graduates remain unaffected.

Carolinum Advisory Services

Carolinum Advisory Services are continuing unimpeded.

Hostivař Sports Centre

Hostivař Sports Centre is closed from March 13, 2020 until further notice. All planned events at the centre are hereby cancelled. Compensation for cancelled events will be discussed with the relevant parties next week.

Training Centres

The following training centres will be closed until further notice beginning on March 16, 2020.

• VS Patejdlova bouda

• VS Pec pod Sněžkou (chata VAK)

• VS Albeř

• VS Horní Poříčí

• VS Dobronice

All events planned at the sites named are hereby cancelled, whether training, pedagogical, recreational or otherwise. Booked and paid reservations, including pre-paid meals, will be refunded in full.

/ 14. 3. 2020 /

Library Services Updates

Please note that due to the Government Order FSV UK libraries are closed from 13.3.2020 until further notice. All loans will be extended until April 7, 2020.

In urgent cases, it is possible to borrow books remotely. If you need a book for your studies or research and you are our student or employee, please contact the selected library. 

Hollar + Opletalova 

Make a reservation online via the e-mail knihovna@fsv.cuni.cz nebo knihovna_ies@fsv.cuni.cz.

Please pay close attention to pick up times, also please note that the library at IES Opletalova 26 is relatively small and serves rather as a reference library. 

Hollar Library

Mon 9:00 - 12:00
Wed 9:00 - 12:00
Fri 9:00 - 12:00

Opletalova (IES) Library

Tu 9:00 - 12:00
Thu 9:00 - 12:00

 Jinonice Library

 

Po - Pá 10:00 - 15:00

During closure days you can reserve books using the library catalog - follow the instruction here. On-site book reservation restriction has been lifted; regular, short-term and in house books can be reserved.

If you experience any troubles or confusion on how to borrow a book, contat e-mail for Jinonice Library is knihovnajin@ruk.cuni.cz.

/ 13. 3. 2020 /

Information about remote access to e-sources

Information about remote access to e-sources 

Students (as well as other members of the academic community) have a wide range of electronic information resources (eResources Portal) available outside the computer network of Charles University. To access online databases and collections of e-journals/e-books you only need to know your login information to the Central Authentication Service (CAS) of Charles University.

Information about FSV UK Library - Scientific Information Centre

We would like to inform you that the decision to completely close or restrict the operations of individual CU libraries and study rooms depends on the management of faculties or other units. For up-to-date information, check out the websites of libraries and faculties/components.

In regards to the current situation, all loans from CU libraries will be extended until April 6, 2020, and overdue fees will not accrue during the period from March 11 to April 6, 2020.

For more information on the COVID-19 situation at Charles University, please visit the CU page.

/ 11. 3. 2020 /

The decision of the Rector of Charles University and the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University on the current situation

The decision of the Rector of Charles University and the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University on the current situation

The order is in accordance with a decision by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic in response to the threat of the Covid-19 coronavirus. Following this order, the personal presence of students and course participants at classes is prohibited with effect from Wednesday, 11/3/2020, regardless of the form of study.

  • With effect from 10/03/2020 from 6 PM (18:00) all ceremonial gatherings (graduations, etc.) in the UK are canceled.

  • With effect from 10/03/2020 from 6 PM (18:00) all meetings (conferences and symposia, sporting events and other events) with the expected participation of more than one hundred people are canceled.
  • Until further notice, the FSV UK library remains open according to temporary office hours 10:00 - 15:00.
  • Until further notice, the International Office remains open according to regular office hours. 

With regard to the above, the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University cancels all lessons starting today at 5 PM (17:00) onwards. 

However, despite the current measures, we do not want to resign from teaching and education and research activities at Charles University. Teachers and academics will ensure the continuity of the education process through distance learning. The teachers will contact you about the further possibilities of education after receiving the information from the Vice-Dean Krištoufek. We ask the students not to underestimate their studies under the current situation. Individual consultations and individual study controls are not generally canceled.

We will keep you informed about further developments. Please, pay attention to the faculty website and social networks. 

Erasmus +

The European Office of the Department of Foreign Relations of the RUK will contact the students preparing to leave for their Erasmus stay by telephone and asks them to cancel their stay at foreign universities. Foreign students already studying or currently planning to go on Erasmus at CU are subject to the preceding measures. 

Graduation

Graduations and other formal gatherings are canceled. The graduation ceremony will be organized in alternative terms as soon as the situation allows it. If the graduates need to physically receive their diploma before the graduation deadline, the diploma will be handed over to them by the study department of the faculty. 

Dormitories and refectories

Dormitories and refectories continue to operate under increased hygiene measures. Students and guests staying at the dormitories of Charles University are asked to closely monitor their health and in case of any complications immediately resolve the matter. At the same time, we ask all residents to comply with all safety and hygiene measures and to act responsibly towards their surroundings. Read more about recommendations here.

At the same time, we kindly ask you to maintain a calm approach in this situation. We will do our best to continue in the courses.

/ 11. 3. 2020 / 

University of the Third Age (U3V) canceled

In the context of emergency measures aimed at minimizing the spread of coronavirus infection and protecting at-risk population groups, all study programs belonging to the University of the Third Age (U3V) are withdrawn until further notice.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

/ 10. 3. 2020 /

Mandatory quarantine for employees and students of FSV UK returning from Italy

With respect to the provision issued by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic today (6 March 2020), effective immediately, all employees and students of FSV UK returning from Italy back to the Czech Republic (with the date of return 7 March 2020 onwards) must report the fact to their general practitioner (GP), specifically by phone or another distant method (mobile app, e-mail, Skype, etc.), i.e. no personal contact. The GP will, with respect to the above-mentioned provision, order a 14-day quarantine. Simultaneously, such employees and students will report the fact to the faculty by phone or e-mail - the contact person for students is Lukas Budin and the contact person for employees is Ondrej Blazek.

In addition, students in quarantine will also contact (by e-mail) their lecturers and discuss the alternative fulfillment of their study duties during the time of quarantine. The Dean of FSV UK will order employees in quarantine to work from home.

/ 6. 3. 2020 /

Recommendation of the Academic Senate of Charles University

Charles University is closely monitoring developments regarding the potential spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, following the latest reports and providing updates. In the event that the situation escalates in the Czech Republic, Charles University will promptly follow instructions issued by the authorities. Coronavirus infection has also started to spread in Italy in recent days, particularly in the regions of Veneto and Lombardy. Czech students and employees working in the area should stay in the home quarantine for two weeks after their return to the Czech Republic.

A total of 15 Charles University students are returning from Italy, while another 20 are expected to leave for Italy. Three CU students are in Italy for the whole year and do not plan to return early. The current recommendation is that students (both Czech and foreign) who were residents in the affected areas (ie not only passed through) upon arrival in the Czech Republic obey 14 days of quarantine. As for Czech students who have a choice, they should prefer to spend it at home, eg with their parents, not in a dormitory.

Recommendation of the Academic Senate of Charles University (AS CU):

The AS CU recommends that students or employees of Charles University who travel from China or who have come into close contact with persons infected with the coronavirus to limit any social contact, to stay at home, and not to participate in instruction or work at the university for a period of two weeks, even if they do not have any symptoms of the illness.

The AS CU recommends that, for the necessary period of time, the deans of all CU faculties:

  • grant study leave to affected students
  • grant work leave to affected employees, which will be assessed as an obstacle to work on the part of the employer, in accordance with Section 208 of the Labour Code.

Students may contact the student affairs department, and employees may contact the HR department of our Faculty. Please follow the instructions to maintain your health and the health of your surroundings.

General recommendations

  • The Czech Republic's Health Ministry has issued a set of basic guidelines in line with those set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as well as the ECDC in Europe and the CDC in the United States.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Use hand sanitizer as a disinfectant if coming into contact with anyone with respiratory illness.
  • Avoid crowded areas.
  • Individuals suffering from respiratory illnesses should take care when blowing their nose, and cover their mouth when sneezing, using tissues and disposing of those in the wastebasket.
  • Healthcare workers need to be diligent and protect themselves when treating others.

Source: WHO, Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic, ČT24

The decision of the Hygienic Station of Prague

On Friday, February 7, Charles University received the Decision of the Hygienic Station of the Capital City of Prague. Thresholds issued in relation to the risk of a coronavirus epidemic (2019-nCoV). This Decision was immediately distributed across Charles University, to the management of faculties and parts, to the attention of secretaries.

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/ 2. 3. 2020 / 

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