Measures regarding the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and the COVID-19 disease

16 October 2020

Currently valid restrictions

All courses can only be taught remotely.

  • The general Principles for Distance Education at the MFF UK in the winter semester 2020/21, published on September 25, 2020, remain in force.
  • Teaching of laboratory and experimental courses is either discontinued or switched to a distance form for the duration of the government's measures.
  • No individual consultations may be held in person.
  • Examinations may now be held with presence of maximum 10 people. However, with respect to the quick development of the situation we do not recommend to organize any in-person examinations these days.
  • Students engaged in teaching or scientific activities on the basis of an employment relationship with the Faculty may, even during this period, be present in the buildings of MFF UK and carry out such activities under strict hygienic measures.
  • Internships of students of pedagogical programs in kindergartens, primary and secondary schools are allowed.
  • Entry to libraries is allowed only for the purpose of lending or returning literature. Library of MFF UK however offers the possibility of distance lending of the literature. See the pages of the library (in Czech)
  • The computer labs remain closed.
  • Operation of dormitories is limited.

As usual, the current status of the measures in force can be found in this document (in Czech).

The Crisis Management Team of the MFF UK for emergencies connected with the increased incidence of COVID-19 in the Czech Republic


13 October 2020

The CU crisis team appeals to students accommodated at CU dormitories


9 October 2020

Restrictions valid from October 12, 2020

On October 9, 2020, the Crisis Management Team COV-MFF approved the text below.

According to the decision of the Government of the Czech Republic from October 8, in-person teaching is prohibited from October 12 till October 25, 2020. Exemptions apply only for medical study programmes.

For the period of validity of this measure, the Principles for Distance Education at the MFF UK in the winter semester 2020/21, published on September 25, 2020, remain in force, with the following modifications:

  • no in-person examinations or defenses may be held
  • no individual consultations may be held in person
  • entry to libraries is allowed only for the purpose of lending or returning literature
  • courses that were allowed in-person instruction can only be taught remotely

Examinations and defenses in PhD programmes can take place in a distance form according to Act No. 188/2020 Coll.; the Charles University Methodology can be used to guide the exact procedures. Teaching of laboratory and experimental courses will either be discontinued or switched to a distance form for the duration of the government's measures. The form of teaching of these courses will be determined by the programme coordinators in cooperation with the respective teachers.

Students engaged in teaching or scientific activities on the basis of an employment relationship with the Faculty may, even during this period, be present in the buildings of MFF UK and carry out such activities under strict hygienic measures.

As usual, the current status of the measures in force can be found in this document (in Czech).

We believe that you will accept these restrictions with understanding.

The Crisis Management Team of the MFF UK for emergencies connected with the increased incidence of COVID-19 in the Czech Republic


25 September 2020

Principles for distance education at MFF UK in winter semester 2020/21

On September 23, 2020, the Crisis Management Team COV-MFF approved the text below, specifying principles and rules of distance teaching at MFF UK. More detailed technical information about the organization of teaching, the operation of lecture halls and buildings will be published in the right-hand section of this web.

According to the Order No. 12/2020 of the Prague City Health Station, there is a ban on the personal presence of students in classes in Prague. The ban does not apply to:

  • individual visits to libraries and study rooms;
  • individual consultations;
  • examinations with no more than 10 participants;
  • laboratory, experimental or artistic work with no more than 15 participants;
  • clinical and practical classes and practice.

For this reason, teaching at MFF UK from September 29, 2020 will be conducted in a distance form until further notice. Only laboratory and experimental courses (based on permission of the vice-dean for student affairs), individual consultations (with a maximum of 2 students) and examinations may be performed in-class, with a limit of participants as indicated above.

Obligatory measures

  1. The faculty does not specify the form of distance teaching. Options for its implementation include:
    • direct online transmission of lectures held in a lecture hall
    • direct online transmission of a presentation held elsewhere
    • shared audio/video recording of presentation
    • interactive discussion or consultation
    • instruction via learning software (Moodle etc.)
    • supervised reading from university textbooks or literature
    • any other reasonable form
  2. Each teacher chooses a technically feasible form of distance teaching so that it fits the course topic and style of teaching and allows students to participate and interact.
  3. As soon as possible, each teacher announces the form of distance teaching and pointers to the study materials either directly via the SIS or on another web linked from the SIS.
  4. During the first two weeks of the semester, each teacher will adapt the requirements for obtaining the course credit and for passing the exam, with respect to the chosen form of distance teaching. The teacher will also inform students about the requirements and the deadlines.
  5. Online classes usually take place at the time specified in the schedule. Exceptions are possible if there is no schedule conflict for the teacher, the students and the lecture rooms. Permanent changes to the regular teaching time must be recorded in the schedule in SIS.
  6. Live broadcast of lectures and classes should be recorded; the recording has to be available to the enrolled students until the end of the academic year (in case of exercise classes, not all parallel sections need to be recorded). The requirement of recording does not apply to free discussions. Students may be recorded only with their consent, following the GDPR rules.
  7. Recommended online teaching platforms at MFF UK include Zoom, MS Teams, Adobe Connect and Moodle. Other platforms may be used in justified cases. The technical details will be published in the right-hand section of the MFF UK's Covid web.
  8. Offline forms of distance teaching (audio/video recordings, supervised reading) have to be accompanied by an interactive component (regular discussions, consultations, tests).
  9. The allowed forms of distance teaching and software platforms can be further specified by schools' vice-deans, department heads, and study programme coordinators within their authority.
  10. The computer labs will be closed. In justified cases, the schools' vice dean may decide to partially open some labs subject to appropriate hygienic measures.

Recommendations for teachers

  • inform students in time on when, where, and how the teaching information and study materials will be provided
  • remember that it might be difficult for students to search for and follow information about all enrolled courses; try to make it as easy as possible for them
  • require at least some form of regular activity from students
  • try to keep the assigned work within manageable limits (taking into account that students have also other courses)
  • maintain adequate contact with all enrolled students, encourage students to give you feedback on the quality of distance learning and the volume of required work
  • plan in advance the distance forms for credit requirements and exams
  • educate yourself in the use of online learning platforms and in pedagogical methods of distance learning

Advice for students

  • develop a system for following and compiling information on organisation of all your courses, recording deadlines, etc.
  • try to study all your courses as regularly as possible to avoid accumulating of too much work
  • stay in touch with your classmates and help each other with studying (but do not copy each other's homework solutions)
  • if you have concerns about the quality of distance learning in some course, let your teacher, programme coordinator or appropriate department head know; we would like to solve the problems as soon as possible, however, first we need to be aware of them

The Crisis Management Team of the MFF UK for emergencies connected with the increased incidence of COVID-19 in the Czech Republic


15 September 2020

At the meeting held on September 11, 2020, the Faculty Management agreed to publish the following text, reflecting the current hygienic situation in the Czech Republic.

Organizational matters

  • The management of the MFF UK prohibits people with symptoms of respiratory disease or fever from entering the faculty buildings. The doorkeper is entitled to measure the temperature of the entering people and, if necessary, to prohibit entry to the building. Non-contact thermometers will also be available for borrowing in the entrance area of the buildings for faculty members. In connection with this measure, the management of the faculty cancels the obligation to sign a statement concerning no symptoms of a viral disease upon entrance to the buildings.
  • It is obligatory to disinfect your hands upon entering the MFF UK buildings (this applies to all public buildings in Prague as of September 14); disinfection dispensers are installed in the entrances of the buildings.
  • It is obligatory to wear a mask or other mouth and nose cover in the building. This is not necessary in offices if you are alone or at a sufficient distance from your regular co-workers. Please limit the greetings by shaking hands.
  • Proven COVID-19 disease or a positive test for SARS CoV-2 or the beginning or termination of quarantine, which was ordered by the hygienic station, should be reported to the nearest supervisor, who will inform the faculty contact person, the head of administration Ing. A. Líska, liska@dekanat.mff.cuni.cz .
  • The faculty management extends the recommendation that travel to countries with a high risk of infection and to countries outside the Schengen area should be limited to the minimum; the exemptions have to be approved by the dean of the faculty. Analogous measures apply to foreign visitors. In the case of holiday travel, the faculty management recommends to avoid trips to high-risk countries. All employees going abroad are recommended to register in the DROZD system.
  • In a few days, the Crisis Management Team of the MFF UK will be appointed as the Dean's advisory body for matters related to COVID-19.

Study

  • The form of teaching for all or some courses will be decided and announced by the Crisis Management Team of the MFF UK no later than one week before the beginning of standard teaching, that is, by September 22. No epidemiological measure or regulation from the level of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, or the Charles University has yet limited the start of full-time teaching in the winter semester. The Rectorate of Charles University plans to issue general university-wide measures by September 18, and faculty-level measures will follow.
  • The management of the faculty still considers an advantage to start contact teaching in classes, at least in part, especially in the freshman year. For those students, distance learning from the first day of the semester could be a major complication for their successful study.
  • Due to the development of the number of infections in the Czech Republic, it is possible to expect tightening of hygienic measures and possibly an early decision on changing the form of teaching at Charles University and the MFF UK.
  • Already at this moment, the management of the faculty decided to cancel some activities: Lifelong courses are cancelled; Matfyzák, the student association, also decided to postpone the student celebration "Beánie". Also, the Matriculation of freshmen year was cancelled; Students will be notified by the department of student affairs about an alternate procedure for the matriculation.

Remarks for the teachers

  • Please be prepared that teaching in the winter semester can take in-class, hybrid or fully distance form, and that the announcement of a change in the form of teaching can happen at any time. The school is ready for the transition to distance teaching, the new hardware allows remote teaching from dozens of classrooms, educational software is available at the university level (MS Teams, Zoom, Moodle, etc.). You can find more information at https://dl.cuni.cz/ or from IT system administrators in the individual buildings.
  • Please be aware that even in the case of in-class teaching, it will be necessary to prepare and make available good study materials for students who are unable to attend, due to illness, quarantine or travel restrictions.
  • Please adjust the requirements for course credits (zápočet) so that they do not require a personal presence in class, consider the amount of these requirements so that even if it is necessary to reduce teaching in case of more serious or longer difficulties, they can be reasonably met. Think in advance about the most suitable way of potential distance teaching and prepare for it. (Plan distribution of study materials, communication with students, recording of lectures, use of software platforms for teaching, etc.)
  • Prepare for possible remote examinations during the examination period of the winter semester and consider adjusting the examination requirements in this context.

Remarks for the program coordinators and department heads

  • Please plan adequate means and time for communication with teachers during the semester, consider alternative teaching options in case of the teacher’s unavailability.
  • Prepare a list of courses for which distance teaching will not be feasible or would be feasible only with large difficulties and with a significant negative impact on the quality of teaching, and provide it to the vice-dean for student affairs.

The second wave of COVID-19 is here and we have to deal with it. Teaching and scientific mobility, as well as the operation of the faculty administration, will be significantly hampered. However, we already have our experience with running the faculty in difficult conditions caused by the first wave. We believe that we will cope with the upcoming semester as well.

Mirko Rokyta, the dean
on behalf of the faculty management


9 September 2020

Dear friends,

the situation both in Prague and in the whole Czech Republic concerning the Covid-19 disease is not developing quite well these days. It is not clear at this point whether there will be any restrictions on face-to-face teaching. The first meeting of the new Management of the Faculty, that has been in charge since September 6, will take place on this Friday, September 11, and the discussion of measures related to the teaching and operation of the MFF UK in general will be one of the main points of the meeting. More detailed information could be therefore expected at the end of the week.

At this point, however, I would like to ask you to obey government regulations effective from September 10, aksing everyone to wear a mask or other suitable mouth-and-nose cover in all interiors of all the buildings [not only] of the Faculty. Of course, this obligation does not apply in cases when persons sit in their own offices, but it does apply when one visits other offices. It also turns out that strict adherence to the so-called "rule of HMS" (not to be confused with hours-minutes-seconds), which reads: "hands (i.e their thorough hygiene), masks, spacing", significantly reduces the risk of infection not only for you, but also for people around you.

During the spring, thanks to the efforts of all our staff and students, we managed to successfully continue our teaching, and maintain the normal operation of the Faculty. Thank you all for that. I believe that we will manage the same also in the fall, in whatever restrictive conditions may come, as healthy as possible and with a positive attitude.

In the name of the Management of the Faculty
Mirko Rokyta, Dean


5 August 2020

Coronavirus testing for students and employees of Charles University at 1. LF UK


30 July 2020

Tuition of first year Bachelor's and Master's Computer Science students in academic year 2020/2021

We will deliver as much face-to-face teaching as we safely can according to current health conditions and regulations. We want to ensure that you get the maximum benefit from face-to-face contact with lecturers.

For those of you who are accepted on one of our programmes but won't be able to make it to Prague in time due to health issues or related visa problems (as some of our embassies are closed for visa applications and may remain so for the next weeks or months) we will stream or record all lectures that are recommended for first year students on Bachelor's and Master's programmes and will make them available online. The means of tuition in the complementary exercise classes (tutorials) will be decided on an individual basis by the tutors concerned.

We look forward to welcoming you in Prague in autumn, be it face-to-face or online!


Archive: March – June 2020

Special Rules of Study at Charles University

Faculty contacts

In the case of a suspicion of the disease or if you are already facing health issues, please contact the following personnel (by email or phone):

Contact for faculty employees:
Ing. Antonín Líska

For students in English Programme:
petracchi@dekanat.mff.cuni.cz

Dear students,

If you get a positive test on SARS-CoV-2 or are officially put into quarantine please send the following information to petracchi@dekanat.mff.cuni.cz: Your full name, the study program you are enrolled in, the date of the positive test (or the start/end dates of quarantine).

The information you send will be considered strictly confidential; it will only be used to assess the spread of the virus among MFF students.

With best wishes,
Michal Kulich
Vice-Dean for Study Affairs

University contacts

E-mail emergency@cuni.cz
(even during weekends)

Info line 224 491 850
(Mon - Thu 9am – 5pm, Fri 9am – 4pm)

The National Institute of Public Health (Státní zdravotní ústav)

Nonstop help-lines 724 810 106 and 725 191 367

Counceling Services (Alivio)

 

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