in accordance with current situation regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Slovakia all teaching activities (lectures, meetings, consultations) and events based on direct contact with teachers at STU have been suspended until 21 March 2020.
The educational process will take place in the distance form based of self-study, electronic communication or other appropriate methods. Students are advised to communicate with teachers via email. Teachers will provide materials to students for self- study.
Despite the break of lectures all foreign students may remain in dormitories (recommendation for leaving dormitories is valid for Slovak students).
Foreign students are recommended not to travel to Europe or in Slovakia during the time of the break of lectures. Students should remain in dormitories and study remotely.
Official statement of the rector STU and safety measures:
Given the reports on the spread of covid-19 and the peak epidemic of influenza, the rectors of Comenius University and the Slovak University of Technology have decided to take preventive measures to prevent further spread of the virus. Since we are the two largest universities with more than 30,000 students and run the largest Slovak student city in Mlynská dolina, we take the current situation extremely seriously and feel responsible for the health of our students and employees. The measures were adopted by the crisis management team, which the chief expert of the Ministry of health for epidemiology also attended, and also with the consultation of the chief hygienist of the Slovak republic.
- From Monday, March 9, 2020 to Saturday, March 21, 2020, we are interrupting full-time classes for the duration of two weeks. The educational process will take place in the form of self-study or other appropriate methods. Details shall be laid down by the Deans of the Faculties and the persons issued necessary authorization by them.
- We hereby invite all staff involved in the education process to provide students with all the necessary information and background material so that they can attend the self-study during the specified break period pertaining to full-time classes.
- The Rectors of both universities, after consulting the public authorities' decision of the Crisis Management Team, strongly recommend students staying in dormitories to leave for home during the break of full-time classes. Please note that in the event of an infection within the dormitories, accommodation will have to be quarantined. If the dormitories are not left by a critical number of students by March, 11 2020, the Rectors may be forced to order the closure of the dormitories.
- The Deans of the individual Faculties and the Directors of additional units, based on the orders of the Rectors, will determine the capacity of work of individual employees, in order to protect their health.
- At the same time, we are cancelling all meetings of self-governing academic bodies, such as scientific boards or academic senates, and all collective events at the premises of both universities.
Students, please read and follow your university mailboxes and university websites. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will be promptly informing about further reports.
- Wash your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
- Maintain social distancing at least 1 metre distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Practice respiratory hygiene: That means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- If you feel unwell stay home. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. (0800 221 234)
- Avoid crowded places if possible (shopping centres, public transportation, cinemas, theatres, gyms, swimming pools, sport events, etc.)
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