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Measures adopted by the University - last updates

Dear colleagues,

Dear students,

Today the ordinance of the Ministry of Health was issued, in force from tomorrow 6 November on, which places Piedmont among the territories characterized by a scenario of maximum severity and high risk.

In relation to the Prime Ministerial Decree of November 3, 2020, whose prescriptions are also active starting from tomorrow November 6, 2020, the CORECO committee of Piedmont, as already communicated, has today deliberated what is in Annex 1.

With reference to our University, all teaching will continue in the "remote" mode only until the Collegi Dei Corsi di Studi have identified and communicated in the next few days those experiential curricular didactic activities that are going to be held in presence as they are difficult to substitute remotely (indicatively teaching laboratories, and experimental research laboratories aimed at the realization of the bachelor master and PhD theses, etc.).

It is understood that teachers will be able to carry out activities for the preparation and delivery of remote teaching lessons from their offices or computer labs, following the procedures currently in force.

Research activities that are considered non-postponable and that require the use of infrastructures, laboratories or equipment present in the Politecnico will also be allowed and in particular:

• research activities linked to grants or active research projects defined on a contractual basis;

• activities related to the final tests of a degree, master or PHD thesis;

• the execution of experimental test campaigns that seamlessly complete ongoing investigations;

• the execution of services for carrying out tests of public interest;

• students team activities aimed at developing prototypes or experimental systems.

Furthermore, with the aim of ensuring the continuation of the research activity, access to libraries and historical archives is permitted - upon reservation - to use the consultation and loan services.

The technical-administrative and library staff will carry out their activities in an agile mode (DPCM art 3. paragraph 4) with the exception of the staff involved in the activities that cannot be postponed and that require the service in presence (the list of which is published on the Politecnico website, in the section "coronavirus / for those who work at the university"). The personnel engaged in these last activities will therefore carry out part of the work performance in presence, as far as to the tasks that cannot be postponed are concerned, according to the planning of the activities, the organizational needs and in a shift logic.

Finally, a new Protocol was defined for the management of the COVID emergency in the University. It will be published as soon as it is approved by the members of the relevant Committee.

A self-certification (Annex 2) will be needed to reach the Politecnico indicating the reasons for entering our premises among those listed above. In any case, the usual methods of accessing the Politecnico facilities remain unchanged.

This message comes rather late after a very hectic day in which several meetings were required to come to this final communication. We thank you for your understanding and for your proactivity in respecting these requirements and nevertheless carrying out our missions in the best possible way.

 

Kind regards,

The Rector                                                     The Director General

Guido Saracco                                               Ilaria Adamo

 

ANNEXES

Dear colleagues,

Dear students,

 

the new Prime Ministerial Decree (DPCM) on the COVID-19 emergency issued today defines the new measures to contain the contagion which are differentiated according to specific areas on our national territory, characterised by scenarios of progressive severity.

Considering the epidemiological situation of Piedmont, it is expected that our Region may be included within the scenario of maximum severity, in accordance with what will be defined by our Ministry of Health by a specific ordinance shortly.

According to this DPCM, in such cases, in person teaching activities can only be maintained in nursery schools, primary schools and early middle schools.

As far as universities are concerned, in agreement with Minister Manfredi and the Rectors of the Universities of Piedmont, we believe that all teaching activities that have been carried out in classroom so far, starting from tomorrow, November 5, 2020, should be carried out remotely.

Other curricular activities that cannot be postponed or deferred and carried out “in person”, will be regulated in relation to the specific guidelines on which the Regional Committee for the Coordination of Piedmont (Comitato Regionale di Coordinamento del Piemonte -Co.Re.Co) has been working.

It will be necessary to plan that November/December final exam sessions and graduation ceremonies will be completely held remotely. 

Particular attention will be devoted to the needs of students with disabilities and with specific learning disorders.

Please note that, in order to carry out research activities and remote teaching activities, faculties, researchers, PhD candidates, research grant recipients, co- lecturers and part-time student workers will be allowed to keep on accessing and frequenting our university's premises according to the current procedures in force.

Our libraries and historical archives will remain accessible with the specific purpose to ensure the continuation of research activities through book consultation and lending, subject to prior booking; the study rooms will be closed, instead.

Tomorrow, we will plan to review with the Covid Committee the shared protocol for the management of the COVID emergency and to continue our dialogue with the university unions and the CUG – Equality Committee about the way in which working activities will be performed by technical, administrative and library staff. In relation to this specific aspect, it is recommended that the Heads of the offices/units/departments should organise working activities through the smart working model as much as possible, by limiting the physical presence of Polito staff at the University’s premises, while waiting for the guidelines to be updated.

 

Best Regards

Guido Saracco

Ilaria Adamo