Measures adopted by the University

15 April 2021 - 15:36

Resumption of in-person classes at PoliTo

Dear colleagues and students,

 

Further to the decree of the President of the Regional Council of Piemonte which provides for the application of measures against the spread of Covid-19 for “orange zones” and in consideration of CORECO guidelines application/pdf (222.64 kB), I am pleased to announce you that in-person classes and activities will resume starting from Monday 19th April.

The calendar of classes has not changed and is available at https://www.swas.polito.it/dotnet/orari_lezione_pub/ . Students can also check it from their personal page of the Teaching Portal.

Students are allowed to attend in-person classes upon reservation only. The Booking Tool to reserve a place in the classroom is available on each student’s personal page – “My academic progress” tab.

I remind you that you should always respect the measures for the containment of the spread of COVID-19, available at https://www.coronavirus.polito.it/en/

I hope you can enjoy your classes.

 

The Rector

Guido Saracco     

Dear colleagues and students,

following the previous communication on the same subject, I would like to inform you that yesterday afternoon CORECO committee approved the new Guidelines (see in attachment) on the activities to be carried out at Piedmont universities, in accordance with the Decree  no. 33 of 5 March of the President of the Regional Council of Piedmont, in force from 7 to 20 March 2021.

Coreco 6 marzo  (302.87 kB), while suspending in person teaching/learning and curricular activities at universities and higher education institutions, has agreed to meet again by the end of next week to assess the epidemiological situation in order to plan any resumption of in person teaching activities for Bachelor’s first year students.

As a result of these provisions, we have updated the framework of our University’s main activities that may carried out with the related measures and details, as shown in the file Attività 8 marzo  (22.75 kB), also available on the website at www.coronavirus.polito.it.

With regard to experiential curricular laboratory activities, in the coming days, with the support of the Collegi dei Corsi di Studi, we will identify the specific activities that will continue to be held at Polito premises. Pending such clarifications, these activities are suspended.

Teaching staff will be allowed to attend our university facilities (offices and computer labs), even for remote teaching activities, according to the procedures for accessing Politecnico premises and in compliance with all measures for the prevention of contagion in force.

As for the technical, administrative, technician and librarian staff (PTAB,) a specific memorandum of understanding on the "guidelines for carrying out working activities for PTAB staff at Politecnico di Torino - Orange Zone" was defined yesterday between our University delegation for trade unions relations and the the trade unions representatives: it will be sent out soon by the Director-General to all PTAB staff.

We are sure that we will be able to proactively tackle this further challenge,

Kind regards

The Rector

Guido Saracco

The Director-General

Ilaria Adamo

Dear colleagues,

Dear students,

It is with regret that I have just learned of the decision taken by the Governor of the Piedmont Region which confirms that teaching activities at universities will be carried out exclusively in "remote" mode starting from March 6 and for a period of at least 15 days: however, it is likely that some exceptions that may apply for some specific activities, in accordance with paragraph 2 of Art. 44 of the Prime Minister's Decree,  will be defined during the CORECO committee’s meeting which will take place this evening. I will personally participate in this committee and submit our University’s requests (possibility of benefitting from study rooms for those with poor internet connectivity, possibility of attending experimental labs for both students working at their thesis projects and doctoral candidates, possibility to carry out student teams activities or “field activities” etc.).

This decision has unfortunately become necessary in view of the increasing number of cases of infection. I therefore invite you to exercise the utmost attention and caution and to comply with all necessary rules to contain the contagion.

As soon as they are defined, I will provide you with more details, but I thought it was appropriate to inform you of these circumstances right now.

 

The Rector

Guido Saracco

Dear colleagues,

as you know, the vaccination campaign launched by Piedmont Region for university staff living in the region began on 15 February. On the same date, in line with the guidelines included in the website https://www.ilpiemontetivaccina.it and with the instructions received from the regional offices in charge, our University took an active role in collecting all requests by all staff not resident in the Piedmont Region who wanted to join the campaign. Since many requests for clarification arose, I would like to inform you that through a joint letter from the Rectors of Politecnico, of the University of Turin and of the University of Eastern Piedmont, which I am attaching, the regional offices in charge have been asked for operational instructions regarding the time schedule and specific details on the administration of the vaccine by all staff not resident in the region, as well as the possibility of benefitting from the vaccine for all staff working in universities, although not formally belonging to them. As for the latter, the Director-General is currently carrying out some checks and analysis following a specific request by the MUR.

In this regard, I am pleased to inform you that the Piedmont Region has just announced, through its portal (https://www.regione.piemonte.it/web/pinforma/notizie/coronavirus-gli-aggiornamenti-contagi-vaccini) that from 10 March on also teaching and non-teaching staff who are not resident in Piedmont and do not have a General Practitioner in the region, can join the vaccination campaign through the website https://www.ilpiemontetivaccina.it.

I therefore invite all interested staff, including those who have already registered using the form provided by our University, to proceed by registering for the vaccination campaign on the regional website mentioned above.

For the purposes of certifying that you belong to the "university staff" category, I would also remind you that, on the day scheduled for vaccination, Polito staff, research fellows and PhD candidates with a doctoral scholarship may show their payslips, which can be downloaded from https://www.swas.polito.it/intra/infoindi/liquidato/ with the possibility of obscuring their salary data, together with their SMART CARD.

PhD candidates without a doctoral scholarship may present their SMART CARD together with their self-certification of enrolment in Politecnico, which can be downloaded from the Portale della Didattica -Teaching Portal.

External lecturers and co-lectures on contract for the academic year 2020/21 can request a declaration by writing to  dichiarazionevaccinoCOVID@polito.it .

Further updates will be made available here https://www.coronavirus.polito.it/, so please check the website regularly.

Finally, almost at the end of the first week after the resumption of II semester teaching activities at Politecnico premises, I would like to share a new moment of dialogue with all of you and invite you in a webinar conference on 8 March at 5 pm. However, before then I intend to update you on what our University is doing to strengthen distance learning sand teaching services.

Best Regards

The Rector

Guido Saracco

 

Dear Students,

Second semester classes will start on March 1st. We are aware that we are still experiencing a difficult period due to the pandemic and the socio-economic crisis we are going through, but we are ready to face the new semester with optimism and renewed enthusiasm. We are sure that we will find once again the collaboration of our entire community of students and faculty to ensure the optimal delivery of "blended" classes, i.e. we are going to offer students the opportunity to attend some classes in person at Politecnico, while ensuring for all students the possibility to attend their second semester courses entirely online.

Second semester classes will be delivered online but also partly in person at the university. Students are recommended to check the timetable of classes: if the activities of a certain day are marked in the timetable with "Virtual Classroom", it means that they are delivered online only; if the timetable shows a specific classroom, it means that the activity can be attended in person. As it happened in first semester, the number of seats in the classrooms is limited. Fort this reason, students who wish
to attend classes in person are required to book their place using the Booking Tool on their personal page of the Teaching Portal.

These organizational rules are based on the containment measures that are currently in force. They are subject to possible new measures that may be adopted as a consequence of the evolution of the health crisis and to the new laws that will be imposed by the Government.

As classes begin, the University has also planned to increase in-person support services in the next few weeks.

 

Computer laboratories – LAIBs

The only Computer laboratory (LAIB) that is currently open is LAIB 1. Students can use the LAIB in order to take exams (exclusively for students who do not have the technical requirements to take the their exams online): to book a place students must send a ticket to the Office of Student Services well in advance of the exam date. The Office of Student Services will check if there are places available in the LAIB and inform the student on the procedures to access the laboratory.
PLEASE NOTE: exams that require students to connect to a VLAIB workstation cannot be taken at the LAIBs for technical reasons.

 

Study Rooms

As of 1st March, students will be allowed to use also the following Study Rooms (in addition to the Study Rooms that are already open at the main campus - Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24):

  • Mirafiori:
    • Study Room "A" ( TO-MIR01-XPTE-E082) : 14 seats
    • Study Room "E" (TO-MIR01-XPTE-A025) : 12 seats
  • Lingotto:
    • Study Rooms located on floors 1,2,3 (TO-LIN-01 XP01-006; TO-LIN-01 XP02-000, TO-LIN-01 XP03-000): 20 seats for each area
  • Valentino
    • Study Room 5V : 26 seats
  • Main campus:
    • Study Room 1 (TO-CEN03-XP01-Q001): 66 seats
    • Study Room 2 (TO-CEN03-XP01-Q017): 64 seats

Libraries

The Central Libraries are open and accessible for CONSULTATION and BOOK LOAN/RETURN. Reservation is required. More information on how to use other library services will be available at
www.biblio.polito.it on 15th March.

 

Student Services

As of 1st March, the Office of the University Registrar and the Offices of Student Services will offer more in-person services. On top of issuing certificates, delivering degree parchments, professional license diplomas and Smart cards, these offices will resume their student advisory services which also continue to be delivered online through the Virtual Desk.

The following offices will also resume their activities in person: Orientation Office, Career Services Office, Doctoral School and Specializing Master’s Programmes School.
The webinars organized by our Student Offices are always available at https://didattica.polito.it/webinar/it/home as a support tool to the student community.

Opening days and hours as well as time slots to book a place in the Study Rooms or Libraries and to book meetings at our office desks are available in the Booking Tool which students must also use to book a place for in-person classes.

I remind you that you should always follow the measures for the containment of the spread of COVID-19, available at www.coronavirus.polito.it, and I wish you a good start of your second semester courses.

 

 
Best regards,
Guido Saracco

Dear colleagues,

 

Several months after global health emergency was declared, several months after we all suddenly had to change our habits of life and work, even though with great motivation and spirit of cooperation, we now feel more exhausted but eager to come back to experience a  different social and professional dimension. This is a feeling that can be shared by all of us and, there’s no doubt, it is more than undeniable.

However, it is precisely because we are going through a though time that it is essential to remember all the wonderful and important things we were able to create as an academic community - thanks to the efforts and self-denial of everyone. Prompt and relevant investments in technological support, the commitment of all University units and the collaboration of all of you, have ensured, in these months, that the video lectures can be held even in the event of heavy loads or unavailability of the internal infrastructure.

However, with the start of the winter exam session, an unprecedented number of exam bookings led to some difficulties in the first few days of the session, which in some cases prevented students from taking their exams

This is why we decided to proceed in two directions, once again relying on your commitment and sense of belonging.

On the one hand, our technicians are now working to further increase IT platforms’ performance and solidity, so that they are able to cope with the emerging peaks; such peaks will also be better controlled by staggering the start of the exams. On the other hand, we decided to extend the current exam session. Therefore, in addition to the “catch-up/recovery sessions” already included the Linee Guida per il sostenimento di esami on line - Guidelines for online examinations, two more weeks are added to schedule an additional exam date for all those students who, enrolled in a specific exam, were not able to take it because of a malfunctioning in our University's infrastructure. The session has therefore been extended until 13/03/2021; the additional exam date will be scheduled in the weeks from 1/03/2021 to 13/03/2021. In particular, as for the Bachelor’s first year exams, the additional exam date will be scheduled in the week from 01/03/2021 to 6/03/2021, to facilitate, if students manage to pass the corresponding exams, the updating of their Annual Personal Study Plan (carico didattico) by inserting their second semester’s courses.

Guidelines on additional exam dates are included in the Rectoral Decree no. 99 of 29.01.2021, attached to this message.

I am sure that this additional possibility that we will offer to our students, motivated by the wish to constantly guarantee the best possible service and support, even in such a difficult time, like the one we are experiencing, will be welcomed with the usual spirit of collaboration of all of you as a real opportunity to ensure a great accomplishment of all efforts in this exam session.

 

Kind regards

The Rector

Guido Saracco

 

DR_99_29_gennaio 2021 application/pdf (177.38 kB)

Dear students,

 

Several months after global health emergency was declared, several months after we all suddenly had to change our habits of life and work, even though with great motivation and spirit of cooperation, we now feel more exhausted but eager to come back to experience a  different social and professional dimension. This is a feeling that can be shared by all of us and, there’s no doubt, it is more than undeniable. I think this is particularly true for you. We are well aware of all sacrifices you have been making for almost a year now.

However, it is precisely because we are going through a though time that it is essential to remember all the wonderful and important things we were able to create as an academic community - thanks to the efforts and self-denial of everyone. Prompt and relevant investments in technological support, the commitment of all University units and the collaboration of all of you, have ensured, in these months, that the video lectures can be held even in the event of heavy loads or unavailability of the internal infrastructure.

However, with the start of the winter exam session, an unprecedented number of exam bookings led to some difficulties in the first few days of the session, which in some cases prevented students from taking their exams

This is why we decided to proceed in two directions, once again relying on the commitment and sense of belonging of our Politecnico’s technicians and teaching staff.

On the one hand, our technicians are now working to further increase IT platforms’ performance and solidity, so that they are able to cope with the emerging peaks; such peaks will also be better controlled by staggering the start of the exams. On the other hand, we decided to extend the current exam session. Therefore, in addition to the “catch-up/recovery sessions” already included the Linee Guida per il sostenimento di esami on line - Guidelines for online examinations, two more weeks are added to schedule an additional exam date for all those students who, enrolled in a specific exam, were not able to take it because of a malfunctioning in our University's infrastructure. The session has therefore been extended until 13/03/2021; the additional exam date will be scheduled in the weeks from 1/03/2021 to 13/03/2021. In particular, as for the Bachelor’s first year exams, the additional exam date will be scheduled in the week from 01/03/2021 to 6/03/2021, to facilitate, if you pass the corresponding exams, the updating of your Annual Personal Study Plan (carico didattico) by inserting your second semester’s courses.

Guidelines on additional exam dates are included in the Rectoral Decree no. 99 of 29.01.2021, attached to this message.

I am sure that this additional possibility, motivated by the wish to constantly guarantee the best possible service and support, even in such a difficult time, like the one we are experiencing, will be welcomed with the usual spirit of collaboration as a real opportunity to ensure a great accomplishment of all efforts in this exam session.

 

Kind regards

The Rector

Guido Saracco

 

DR_99_29_gennaio 2021 application/pdf (177.38 kB)

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

Dear colleagues,

The summer exam session has just begun.

While the platforms have been functioning substantially correctly, in line with what has been planned over the last few weeks, a small percentage of problems have occurred.

Actually, even though students are strongly encouraged to test platforms in advance before the exam - and many of them have already proved to do it regularly - unexpected malfunctioning can always happen. For this reason, in line with the regulations for remote examinations approved by our Academic Senate, it is possible for students to have a further chance to take the exam within 4 working days after completing a self-declaration (dichiarazione sostitutiva di atto di notorietà ). Through this declaration they will provide details of the problems encountered, which may be subject to verification. This self-declaration web-based form can be found in the "Remote Examinations" section of the Student Homepage of the Portale della Didattica: each of you will receive it as an electronically signed e-mail message.

As it sometimes happens when you are deal with computer tools, we have unfortunately also recorded attempts of unauthorized access through online procedures. Even considering any legal and disciplinary action that we will take after the necessary investigations, we have first of all proceeded to strengthen the security of our procedures and systems, and in this regard I would like to ask once again for everyone's cooperation:

    - with the current system in use, like those used in other particularly sensitive contexts, a series of alerts via email/sms are provided every time someone logs  on the Exam platform: therefore, I kindly ask you to pay the utmost attention and immediately report any anomalies to the IT Area services;

   - passwords to access the services must be kept carefully and changed frequently; in this regard, I would like to point out the importance of completing the course on privacy and data security and protection, available on Mypoli - Training Portal (https://exercise.polito.it/course/view.php?id=343 ). The course provides useful information to defend against the increasingly frequent phishing attacks (i.e. theft of credentials and identity) to which anyone who has an email address is subject daily.

     - it is an individual responsibility not to share your access credentials with anyone else.

Finally, I would like to inform you that shortly a new procedure to access the Exam platform will available, with higher levels of security; the procedure will be similar to the one used for the signature on the exam reports: in addition to the password and the digital certificate you will be required to enter a temporary code sent by SMS.

Kind Regards

Guido Saracco, Rector

Dear colleagues,

the most critical phase if the pandemic is behind us.

The methods of access and mitigation of contagion risks within the Politecnico are well established and based on a solid protocol that has become a reference for many, even outside our University.

It is time to return to work at the Politecnico in presence, more than today (300 accesses allowed for research activities in addition to the 50 operators of essential services that have always been at work).

For this reason, from tomorrow onwards, 100 experimental theses students and 100 other members of our teaching, technical, administrative and librarian staff will be admitted, with the right to access, albeit with single occupancy, in their offices.

I am determined to increase these numbers progressively.

I feel the strong need to do it so as to increase, in this state of rarefaction of interpersonal relationships, the sense of belonging and community that characterizes each university,  but at the same time the effectiveness of our work, in every sphere of action of our personnel.

Even where smart working has shown to give excellent results, which may inspire future organizations of our work, still a few days a week are often useful to be spent in the university. In this overflow of videoconferencing and virtual classrooms, I perceive more and more people share the same desire to return "to be there", to meet also occasionally to exchange opinions, to leave home walls that are perceived as increasingly narrow.

I make you a heartfelt appeal to return to work in your offices, within the limits that will gradually be agreed and expanded. We will tend to prescribe that occupations of offices are individual, that you take care of the appropriate sanitization if you receive guests, that you change the air frequently. But in individual offices you can, for example, remove your mask (in this case 1 per day will be enough) and live a full working dimension again.

Admissions to offices and laboratories for research staff and for doctoral or experimental theses students will be organized on a weekly basis by the directors of the department, while it will always be possible, with personal means of protection, to occasionally access the Politecnico.

For this last purpose, I herewith inform you that a digital form is active for the occasional access request here:

https://www.swas.polito.it/intra/dotnet/Request_authorization_access/Requests/Default.aspx where you can also find a short manual of use. Nothing changes with respect to the authorization flow foreseen by the shared Protocol "Measures to combat and contain the spread of COVID 19 in the post lockdown" signed on April 30 with a visa given, this time via computer, by the director / manager of reference and by the Rector.

Hoping to meet you in person at the “Poli” in increasing numbers, I thank you all for your attention and I send you my

Best wishes,

 

Guido Saracco

Dear students,

I invite those of you who have not yet done so to complete the survey on your intentions to attend in person or only online for the next academic year here:

https://didattica.polito.it/pls/portal30/sviluppo.didattica21.form_stu

Let me remind you that your answers are very important for planning the start of the new year, but they will not be binding on you.

We will close the survey on Monday 8, publishing the results.

The more than 10500 responses received so far indicate that a large majority of you plans to return to the Politecnico di Torino already at the beginning of the next academic year to take advantage of that part of the teaching (see my previous communications) that we can provide in presence in compliance with the safety rules associated with the COVID-19 emergency.

For this reason, I obtained full support from the members of our Senate and Board of Governors yesterday in maximizing the use of the 86 classrooms that we will equip to provide teaching simultaneously in the presence and remotely, as well as in planning the teaching in attendance also on Saturdays.

These members also fully supported my intention to ask the local authorities with determination for the granting for the first semester of the next academic year of further, large spaces available for teaching in presence with interpersonal distance in order to provide a service that is as extensive as possible.

That said, I want to assure all those who will choose to take advantage of our online teaching only, that our precise commitment and objective will be to give you a completely equivalent experience in terms of training compared to that of those who will follow in attendance.

Finally, I remind you that from Monday 8th on a first daily contingent of 100 students performing experimental theses will be admitted to our laboratories. The scheduling of their entrances will take place at the departmental level through their respective thesis supervisors, who will inform the heads of their departments with the aim of setting up an overall entrances scheduling accordingly.

We have been working to make available, an online course on safety management associated with the COVID-19 emergency for the students who will return to our laboratories for their experimental theses starting form Saturday 6th, on the basis of each Department’s scheduling. It is mandatory to attend this course before entering the Politecnico. As soon as the course is activated, prompt communication will be given to you all.

 

Best wishes,

Guido Saracco

Rector

Dear students and dear students,

 

As you know, the Politecnico di Torino has decided to provide in the next Academic Year face-to-face teaching (seminars, exercises with discussion among students and teachers, design classes, ateliers, student teams, problem solving classes, challenges, experimental laboratories, experimental theses, internships and, in a subordinate position, frontal lessons), as far as allowed by interpersonal distancing measures for COVID-19 transmission prevention.

 

We know well that online teaching, which we will still guarantee with quality, cannot replace the richness of that in the presence as well as the relationships that are woven in our academic community, 

a community that goes far beyond our spaces but pervades the entire city (colleges, sports centers, cultural activities, events, etc.). However, it will allow us to serve in the best of ways who will not be able to move towards us, and who, even for economic reasons, may be in difficulty in reaching us.

 

Since we are deeply convinced that face-to-face teaching is the heart of the University, its raison d'etre, the transformative experience that all of you rightly aspire to, we want to hear your voice directly to understand what your aspirations and your plans for the next Academic Year are, with the hope that many will physically come to live the academic community of the Politecnico and our territory.

 

I therefore invite each of you to answer the following simple questionnaire within one week:

 

https://didattica.polito.it/pls/portal30/sviluppo.didattica21.form_stu

 

We are ready, if the number of students that will decide to come to us will be, as we hope, significant, to further expand our daily and weekly opening hours of our seats to increase as much as possible the teaching offered in attendance, so that as many of you can return to populate our University right from the start, to then welcome you all again as soon as possible.

 

I thank you for your attention and look forward to hearing from you soon!

 

Best wishes,

Guido Saracco

Dear students, dear colleagues,

From September on, over eighty of our classrooms redesigned and equipped on purpose and numerous educational workshops will host once again students, recreating, even within the limits imposed by interpersonal distancing, that university community that we all miss very much indeed.

After a couple of weeks, in which I personally promoted and lead a discussion with my team, the coordinators of the Collegi dei Corsi di Studio, numerous students and the governing bodies of our university, our Senato Accademico unanimously approved today a series of proposals of great importance for the next Academic Year which integrate and to some extent expands what I communicated to you on Monday the 24th of May.

In particular, the following resolutions have been taken:

 

ON-LINE EXAMINATIONS

The attached "Online Exam Guidelines" have been approved.

 

DECADENCE AND ADMISSION TO THE MASTER'S DEGREE

The following measures have been approved:

1. for the academic year 2020/2021, applicants who have obtained a Bachelor's degree at other universities and want to access the Master's degree programs in Management Engineering / Engineering and Management, will be required to possess a weighted average credit equal to or greater than 24/30, instead of 25/30 (former decision);

2. to consider the academic year 2019/2020 as valued zero for the counting of the number of years after which students are forced to leave the university (decadenza) for the academic year 2020/2021 and later;

3 to consider the academic year 2019/2020 as valued zero for the definition of the duration of the students' career for the purpose of admission to the Master's degree for the academic year 20/21 and later. The Academic Senate reports that the academic year 2019/2020 will be counted as zero exclusively for the purposes of the admission to the Master's Degree and the number of years after which students are forced to leave the university (decadenza). This condition will not be applied, by way of example, in the context of student contributions, in the assignment of economic benefits, in the definition of merit rankings, etc.

 

STUDENT MOBILITY IN THE FIRST SEMESTER OF THE A.Y. 2020-2021

The "Guidelines for international student mobility in the first teaching period A.Y. 2020/2021" hereafter attached, concerning to the theses abroad and the international mobility to and from the Politecnico di Torino. These guidelines may vary in relation to the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

EXPERIMENTAL THESIS

The Senate agreed with my decision to allow students who have undertaken an experimental thesis, starting from the week of June 8, to access the laboratories of the Politecnico again. The same access rules that are active today for doctoral students, postdocs and all staff members of the Politecnico will be followed for them. In the next few days, I will establish in particular a maximum daily allowable student quota on the basis of which the departments, in consultation with the students' tutors, will organize reservations and shifts.

 

In addition to what I specified on Monday 24/5, let me finally underline that:

-) CURRICULAR TRAINEES are in fact resumed, on the sole condition that the protocols for the prevention and containment of contagion risks followed by companies and hosting institutions are considered valid by me, for the sake of protecting the health of our students.

-) for the education programmes of the A.Y. 2020-2021, the Corsi di Studio, in the context of the classrooms and the timetables that will be assigned to them, subordinate to the teaching activities in the recommended presence (classroom exercises in which the dialogue and discussion between student and student or between student and teacher; design classes or ateliers in which groups of students face problem solving or the conception of new products / processes; didactic laboratory exercises; challenges and student teams), can also program TRADITIONAL LESSONS if deemed appropriate.

Finally let me point out that, starting from next June 8, I intend to increase the number of our staff members by 100 units who will be able to access the Politecnico daily, thus bringing it to 400. This measure will have to favor those who carrying out reasearch mainly in the office and other service ares, so he/she will be able to return to attend them. I invite the departments to keep this into account in the next personnel entrance planning.

Best wishes and thanks for your attention,

 

Guido Saracco

Rector

 

Guidelines for taking online exams application/pdf (218.18 kB)

Guidelines for international student mobility in the 1st semester of the academic year 2020/21 application/pdf (125.46 kB)

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Dear students, dear colleagues,

These have been very complex months, of strong worries and as much determination.

My thoughts go above all to those who have gone through the COVID-19 disease and to those who, unfortunately, have lost loved ones.

Like the entire Italian University, we have shown a great sense of responsibility by focusing on the safety of our colleagues and students above all, temporarily quitting face-to-face teaching and sociability among people with different backgrounds and competences who are and always will be, once overcome this emergency, the foundation of our community.

In a clear state of emergency, we did simply unthinkable things first to teach our students remotely. In many areas we have been a reference for our entire Country, in the management of safety within the just started Phase 2, in the research for the development and certification of anti-contagion or curative devices, in the same remote teaching, entirely based on our hardware and software. We continue to carry out these missions of ours as best we can, trying to continuously improve ourselves and to be that university of social impact that our strategic plan identifies as its primary objective. You can monitor the amount and worldwide distribution of students served and the perceived quality of the service offered here:

 

https://didattica.polito.it/pls/portal30/sviluppo.bbb_stats.main

Let me thank all my colleagues for the efforts made so far as well as our students, sincerely grateful for their self-sacrifice and aware of the difficulties that this remote teaching entails for lessons, exercises and exams. I want to reassure all of them about my willingness to constantly put myself on their side in ensuring that not only the best possible service, but also our full understanding in case something goes wrong, so that second opportunities and less stringent constraints will be granted.

Every week a joint commission among students’ and the government/central administration representatives will analyse the progress of our teaching and learning processes and will lead me and the government bodies to prepare punctual and urgent remedial actions in the event of problems.

It is now time to look to the future, and to the next academic year, to stop working simply "in emergency" but plan to act with the professionalism and attention to quality that distinguish us.

Any evidence (our country has not reached the so-called condition of herd immunity, yet; absence of a vaccine or effective cures the worst complications of COVID 19, etc.) leads in the direction that after the summer (Phase 3) we must maintain the same measures of inter-personal distancing and use of anti-contagion devices in force today.

These simple conditions, implies the need to reduce classroom attendance to only 25% of current capacities. A simple principle of fairness led us to decide, already a few weeks ago, that in the entire Academic Year 2020-2021, everyone would still be guaranteed to be able to take advantage of remote teaching, as now and even better.

We are a university that attracts students from all over Italy, from all over the world. These students in particular must be able to plan their life in time (their residence, their sports activities, the other elements of their relationship life), and this typically occurs on the basis of an entire academic year, not a single semester.

On the other hand, the Minister of University and Research, Prof. Gaetano Manfredi, in a note of May 4, 2020, issued indications that in Phase 3 some activities may be opportunely started in the presence, without prejudice to the protection of the health of students and staff involved.

Just to better define which activities could be resumed in attendance, for how many students and within what logistical-financial limits a detailed discussion was undertaken in the governing bodies and in the college of coordinators of the Collegi di Corsi di Studio that led last Friday , also considering the results of a webinar conference and a discussion forum, very much attended the first less the second, to make some important decisions in time for the OPEN DAYS for students’ orientation that start today, Monday 25 May.

In particular, the following was decided.

 

FACE-TO-FACE TEACHING

-) according to a project that each course of study and the coordination of the courses of the first year of engineering will decline in detail, taking care that the safety of students and teachers is guaranteed as well as an excellent remote reverberation of the teaching contents also to those who will follow remotely in compliance with a cardinal principle of equity and equal opportunity, the following activity components could be provided in presence:

                   1 Classroom exercises in which dialogue and discussion among students or students and teacher is rewarding

                   2 Design classes or ateliers in which groups of students face problem solving or the conception of new products / processes

                   3 Didactic laboratory esperiences

                   4 Challenges classrooms and student teams

                   5 Curricular internships in companies

                   6 Experimental theses

-) the design of these activities will be able to take advantage of the results of an orientation survey, which will be immediately started, on the will of the students and potential freshmen to follow them in attendance.

-) With the exception of exams, traineeships and experimental theses that will see separate accounting, the daily number of admitted students will be around 2500 and for this reason investments will immediately be made in the preparation of a number of 60 large classrooms to be able to provide both remote and in-presence teaching simultaneously (blended teaching), with an excellent net-connection capable of ensuring interactivity even for those who follow remotely.

-) a possible increase in this provision of classrooms and seats may also be arranged in consideration of the results of the aforementioned survey. For all these structural classroom investments 850 k€ have been allocated.

-) in the event of a possible excess of bookings with respect to the seats available for one of the activities in attendance, shifts will be implemented in order to guarantee everyone to enjoy them, while always giving priority to disabled students or DSAs.

-) possibilities to take exams in attendance, either for profit or for degree, are being conceived, while always guaranteeing the principle of equity and equal opportunity for those who will follow remotely.

-) In any case we will not permit face-to-face:

   - lessons;

   - exercises in which the teacher simply solves exercises on the blackboard;

   - teacher-student consultancies, without prejudice to those for disabled and DSA students for which appropriate spaces will be identified for in attendance talks.

-) indicatively, it is expected that each student will have access to teaching in the presence for the above 1-3 cases at least one day a week, in addition to the time possibly spent in activities 4-6.

-) to guarantee the safety of students and staff, the following conditions will be guaranteed (ca. 500 k€):

   - Daily supply of 2 masks per student, to be worn by the students and changed every 4 hours

   - Presence in the classroom of sanitizing gel for a number of 6 daily uses per student

   - Distance of at least one meter between student and student

   - Sanitizing of the classrooms and its access routes and exodus at the end of the day

   - Association of every single classroom, every day, of a specific group of students, identified among classmates of thr same academic year and predetermined through booking, in order to:

limit the promiscuous use of the workstations

limit the opportunities for interpersonal contact, being able to track them precisely

effectively organize a staggering of the entrances (equipped with a thermo-scanner and supervised by outsiders) to avoid gatherings

adequate catering services for students possibly with a lunch box (possibility currently under study).

 

REMOTE TEACHING

In the same way, we will invest in improving the teaching offered remotely through the following actions, aware that a high quality of this form of teaching is the first necessary condition to serve with fairness and comparable efficacy those who want and can access teaching in the presence and those who will follow exclusively remote teaching. For this we will invest in the following directions in 2020:

-) hardware (600 k€, on top of the 270 k€ already spent in the first semester):

   - Equipment for servers and data centers, virtual laib, storage for the performance improvement of the hardware of the online teaching delivery system (300 k€);

   - Equipment for individual IT equipment to enhance the effectiveness of smart-working and for the provision of distance learning (300 k€).

-) software and services (230 k€):

   - cloud, IT assistance, licenses (110 k€)

   - 6 units of programmer staff for the implementation of new functions in the BBB software, identified following a process of fact-finding investigation of the good practices and opportunities suggested by students and teachers (120 k€).

-) training:

   - As part of the Teaching Lab's own activities and the budget limits established for it, teachers' training courses will be identified towards the teaching offered remotely, also possibly favouring for those who want the approach to innovative teaching forms (flipped classrooms)

   - The technical staff who wish to do so will be trained to carry out shooting of laboratory exercises and other experimental activities in presence for the benefit of the students who will follow remotely;

   - To standardize the quality of the online lessons, the virtual classroom BBB program for the provision of the University teaching will normally be used by all the teachers, who will be invited, in the absence of a fast connection to their home, to go to the University to use one of the prepared positions;

   - In the same way, information systems will be set up that offer students not only to test the methods of receiving the training content but also the individual methods of conducting the written exams.

 

MOBILITY

With the aim of ensuring safety conditions, for which the University feels moral responsibility as well as having material responsibility, for the first semester 2020-2021 no physical outgoing mobility will take place for students at all levels. Therefore, outgoing mobility will only be possible in a virtual mode. Depending on the decisions of each partner university (cancelled mobility, virtual mobility offered, possibility of postponed mobility), students will be able to choose whether to perform virtual mobility or, where possible, whether to opt for the postponement of their mobility to the second semester.

Furthermore, in line with the indications provided by the Minister of University and Research, Prof. Gaetano Manfredi, in the aforementioned note of 4th May 2020, incoming mobility for students at all levels will be offered exclusively in a virtual mode.

Student mobility to and from abroad will likely be resumed in a physical mode for the second semester of 2020-2021, after assessing the existence of health conditions together with the partner universities in the first semester.

For the mobility associated with the research of PhD students and fellows, as for teaching and research staff, the authorization procedures will take into account the pandemic situation of the regions or Countries concerned and their respective regulatory regimes.

For the coverage of the related expenses, to be formally approved by the board of governors on May 27, reference will be made to the over 2000 k€ expected by the State from the Politecnico following appropriations contained specifically in the relaunch decree and previous decrees, to a co-financing defined in a manner agreed with the departments for the equipment that will remain available to them and to their teachers (e.g. graphic tables) and on the budget already set for 2020.

As for the number of persons of the teaching staff, researchers, doctoral students, research fellows and contractors allowed to enter the Politecnico for research reasons, it has been decided that these will gradually increase to approximately double during phase 2 between now and September. In ensuring this, particular attention will be paid to guaranteeing, albeit in a limited way, access to one’s offices and libraries, starting from those who see the joint attendance of these two working places as an essential element for their research.

It goes without saying that the above measures and protocols can be reviewed in the event that the pandemic should resolve more quickly than expected, or if we should return to lockdown conditions.

In thanking you all once again for your commitment and for having read me so far, I wish you all the best and I remain at your disposal for clarifications.

 

Your sincerely,

Guido Saracco

The Rector

Dear Colleagues,

as per our previous communication sent on May 1 concerning the start of Phase 2 through which we shared with all of you the protocol "Measures to combat and contain the spread of COVID 19 in the post lockdown phase", I would like to remind you that, before accessing Politecnico to re-start the experimental research activities, it is necessary to check the document attached including the relevant updated instructions for accessing the e-learning platform, for visiting remotely the specific on-line section of the portale della didattica, as well as entering and reading  thoroughly the contents of the so called “Informativa- Information notice” section.

This Informativa section consists of a series of short videos focused on the salient points of the shared Protocol: in order to move on to the next video you must have completed the previous one. At the end of the last video you can access the "Conclusions" section to formally close the Informativa procedure and to receive a feedback via e-mail afterwards.

All contents included in the Informativa section have been produced quickly and the shared Protocol is still to be approved: the contents will be further refined in the next few days when an English version will also be available.

The Informativa section is included in a specific platform which has been adapted to host this contents and make them easily accessible to all members of our University community: if you have any comments or if you need to inform us about technical problems, you can ask for support by writing to the following email address: prep.formazione@polito.it

Best Regards

 

The Rector, Guido Saracco

 

Instructions for accessing the e-learning platform application/pdf (422.07 kB)

Dear Colleagues,

Politecnico is about to enter Phase 2 of the COVID-19 emergency, by resuming some of its activities through the experimental research.

Over the next few days, starting from May 6, a maximum of 300 research workers (faculties, researchers, technicians, technologists, PhD candidates, research fellows, etc.) will be allowed to access our University every day. These workers will have to be well identified, as well as the laboratories they will access, according to a schedule that is being defined in agreement with the departments and the interdepartmental research centres.

Among the first Italian universities, yesterday evening Politecnico di Torino endorsed the document "Measures to combat and contain the spread of COVID 19 in the post lockdown phase”, which was shared and signed by us, the trade unions, our university delegation for trade unions relations, the representatives for the workers’safety and the representatives of the CUG (University Equality Committee), which we are sending you together with its annexes.

The document defines the operational procedures for the prevention and containment of the spread of COVID-19 at our workplace premises, to be strictly observed during the gradual resumption of activities at our University.

Before accessing Politecnico to re-start the experimental research activities, it will be necessary for all staff members involved to receive adequate training about the contents included in the document above mentioned, by entering a specific on-line section of the portale della didattica (attached instructions), available from Tuesday, May 5.

In the meantime, adequate provision of necessary protective equipment and appropriate training arrangements on managing the contagion risk will be provided in laboratories and in the close areas so as to be ready for the first research workers to enter on May 6.

We would like to thank the university delegation for trade unions relations, the trade unions, our RSPP- Head of Protection and Prevention Service, our Medical Doctor and all the involved administrative offices for having compiled, finalized and shared this text with care, caution and foresight.

This document, which as a reference point will accompany us in the coming months, will assure that all the activities carried out at Politecnico will be both safe for the workers’ health, as well as effective in pursuing our University's institutional missions.

We would like to express our sincere thanks also to those colleagues who have been working and striving in recent months to guarantee the essential services of our University in the most acute phase of the emergency, that we really hope can be behind us.

Finally, we would like to wish you all a Happy First of May, being convinced that never as this year it will be necessary to get back on rack and rethink work as a founding value of our University and of our society.

 

The Rector, Guido Saracco

The Director-General, Ilaria Adamo

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Dear Colleagues,

Dear Students,

after weeks of intense activity to cope with the emergency caused by the expansion of COVID 19, we will finally enjoy some days of rest to spend with our families or at least with ourselves. We are well aware of how much these five weeks have deeply changed the way we work and deal with activities, as well as our relationships with colleagues and external partners. Our Community has responded exceptionally well to such changes.

Thanks to the extraordinary standing of the teaching staff, our University got ready to guarantee and provide a proper distance learning service right from the start, which, despite some difficulties especially at the beginning, now reaches high levels of satisfaction among both teachers and students. Neither the oral exams nor the graduation sessions have failed, making our education system experience an epochal transition where we hope to be able to guarantee that the next academic year will fully get back on track, whatever the economic background of the current epidemic will be.

In this regard,  a special thought is for all Politecnico students who, from their homes, often hundreds and thousands of kilometres away, are keeping on attending the remote lectures, studying and taking exams with passion and by spending all their energies in it. Thank you for your commitment and patience for the inadvertent imperfections of such a rapid and unprecedented process of adaptation that our offices are undertaking. We will try to fix any anomaly in the shortest possible time.

Remote online sessions to recover exams have just been scheduled and soon the specific modalities of each exam’s written tests will be defined, giving everyone the possibility, before the official test, to take part in a familiarization test with the procedure.

At the same time, we are equally aware of some ongoing problems, such as the difficulties that some students still face with Internet connections and the anomalous status of those who have been admitted “under-condition” in the second year even though they have not cumulated the expected credits due to the exceptional conditions we are experiencing. We will try to address these issues effectively but above all with common sense and proactivity towards you as students. On Tuesday, we will discuss these issues in the governing bodies’ next meetings and we will take shared actions accordingly.

As far as research is concerned, the laboratories supporting the "task force" actions promoted by the Piedmont Region to deal with the Coronavirus emergency by certifying the compliance of personal protective equipment (masks and gowns) with UNI standards produced by local companies have been active for two weeks now. Politecnico di Torino is the lead partner of this initiative, which involves, among others, the University of Turin, the University of Eastern Piedmont, the University of Bologna, the CNR of Biella and some companies. We are confident that we will soon be able to make other laboratories operational as well, in the near future all labs we hope, as long as this can be done in complete safety for the employees and in full compliance with the regulations in force. In this regard, Politecnico plays a leading role in the project: "Open Companies, Protected Workers" where our Region’s public and private actors interact to define and propose to public decision-makers the necessary actions to restart businesses in the area within the shortest possible time, balancing the containment of the risk associated with contagion. 

We must acknowledge the value of our technical, administrative and librarian staff, who are promptly managing all the activities that allow our University to be fully operational with their usual competence and professionalism, mostly through their flexible remote work. In this case too, the shift in the organizational paradigm proved to be as fast as it has been more than positive in its results.

We would like to thank you once again for your attention and cooperation and to express our the most sincere wishes for a Happy Easter to spend in serenity with your loved ones.

Guido Saracco, Rector

Ilaria Adamo, Director General

Si informano tutti i dipendenti che abbiano comprovata necessità di recarsi al Politecnico per motivi di lavoro che è disponibile nella sezione di MyPoli dedicata all’Emergenza Coronavirus un nuovo modulo per l’autocertificazione, aggiornato alla luce del Decreto del Presidente del Consiglio dei Ministri dell'1 aprile 2020 e del Decreto del Presidente della Regione n. 36 del 3 aprile 2020, da esibire in caso di controllo da parte delle forze dell’ordine.

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Dear Colleagues,

Dear Students,

 

As you might have learned from the media, a new DPCM was signed by our Prime Minister yesterday. It extends until 13 April all  the prescriptions and measures, already included in previous decrees,.to hamper the spread of the COVID-19 infection within the national territory.

As for our University, the provisions previously communicated and reported on this web page are therefore confirmed and will remain valid until the aforementioned date of 13 April.

In any case, we have been already developing specific measures so that some activities can gradually re-start after 13 April and in line with further governmental provisions that may be adopted and with the aim of assuring that Politecnico’s premises can be accessed in total safety for our community. This will be pursued in full compliance with the prevention measures aimed at the containment of the contagion.

We will therefore provide soon you with accurate information on this matter.

We would like to thank you once again for your attention and cooperation, renewing our recommendation to respect with great care and accurately all health measures prescribed by the competent authorities and strictly adopted in Politecnico in the perspective that our activities can get back on track in the near future.

Best Regards

 

The Rector, Guido Saracco

The Director General, Ilaria Adamo

Video

Si informano tutti i dipendenti che abbiano comprovata necessità di recarsi al Politecnico per motivi di lavoro che è disponibile nella sezione di MyPoli dedicata all’Emergenza Coronavirus un nuovo modulo aggiornato per l’autocertificazione da esibire in caso di controllo da parte delle forze dell’ordine.

Dear Colleagues, 

As you might have learned, yesterday a new RegionalDecree (No. 34 of March 21st 2020) was issued and today a new DPCM signed by our Prime Minister has just been issued. 

Both decrees strengthen the prescriptions to hamper thespread of the COVID-19 infection in our Region and the entire Country, as far as industrial production and people mobility are concerned

As for Universities, however, the previous decrees’ provisions remain unchanged, i.e. the suspension of teaching/learning activities at our University’s premises, until 3 April, which will be replaced by remote online lectures.

As a consequence, all measures already adopted by Politecnico in the previous days are already conforming to the new provisions; it is therefore confirmed that the following premises will be open and accessible: the main campus through the Portineria located in C.so Duca degliAbruzzi 24, the LAIBs for those who wish to hold their lectures remotely, the university canteen (through the take-away lunch box service).

At the Corso Duca Campus the minimum services necessary will be assured for any physical access to the offices of the central administration and to the LAIBs to allow their operability, to assure cleaning and sanitation, the management of maintenance and emergencies, logistics, and the functionality of systems and IT infrastructures.

Since the Regional Decree mentioned above states that "it is recommended to provide for the systematic detection of body temperature [... OMISSIS ...] for all employees, if the premises where the working activity takes place are openand accessible", all those who will access the C.so Duca  Campus will be subject to the temperature measurement at the Portineria by the staff of our infirmary in the coming days.

In addition, the above mentioned decree establishes also that" any movements in and out of the areas referred to in this article, as well as within the same areas, are prohibited, except for those motivated by proven work needs, situations of necessity or health reasons. It is forbidden to move to houses other than the main one, including second homes used for holidays".

In this regard, today, another Decree was also issued by the Minister of Health in agreement with the Minister of the Interior which states that "In order to counteract and hamperthe spread of the COVID-19 virus, it is forbidden for all natural persons to move or move by public or private means of transport in a different city other than the one in which they are located, except for proven work needs, situations of absolute urgency or for health reasons".

Due to the above, tomorrow all the members of the technical-administrative staff who will have to travel to the main campus for work needs from cities other than Turin, will be provided a special declaration to further certify, in addition to the requested self-certification, the need to move for such needs. 

The faculty members coming from different municipalities who wish to go to the main campus to benefit from theLAIBs equipment may instead request such authorization by writing to segreteria.rettore@polito.it

Finally, tomorrow a new initiative called "“Innova per l’Italia: la tecnologia, la ricerca e l’innovazione in campo control’emergenza Covid- Innova per l'Italia: technology, research and innovation on deck against the Covid emergency" will be promoted by the Ministry for Technological Innovation and Digitization: all companies, universities, public and private research institutions and centres, associations, cooperatives, consortia, foundations and institutes will have the opportunity to join the initiative by filling the specific form in which will be published on the Ministry’s website.

"Innova per l'Italia" invites all the subjects listed above tocontribute concretely through their own technologies to the field of devices for prevention, diagnostics and monitoring for the containment and contrast of the spread of Coronavirus throughout the country. The project is the result of a joint initiative of the Minister of Technological Innovation and Digitization, the Minister of Economic Development and the Minister of University and Research together with Invitalia and in support of the Extraordinary Commissioner for Coronavirus Emergency.

The information currently available can be found here.

We warmly invite you to join the initiative and send your project proposal to segreteria.rettore@polito.it, in order to provide an actual contribution to this emergency by making our skills and knowledge concretely available.

We would like to thank you once again for your attention and cooperation, renewing our recommendation to respect with great care and accurately all health measures prescribed by the competent authorities and strictly adopted in Politecnico.

Best Regards

 

The Rector

Guido Saracco

 

The Director General

Ilaria Adamo

Dear colleagues,

lectures stations made available to professors for remote online teaching have been significantly used at Corso Duca campus, while very limited attendance has been observed at the Castello del Valentino, where no more than one meal per day was served.

This is a clear sign of the fact that all staff now work effectively at home, thanks to the equipment made available by our University and to the support of a limited number of colleagues who are still working in Polito’s premises,  to whom we are all very grateful.

This circumstance leads me to consider it unnecessary to maintain any surveillance service and technical assistance to the LAIB at Castello del Valentino. From Monday, March 23rd it will be possible to access the Castello from Monday to Friday only by appointment for exceptional reasons related to the capability to work at home (e.g. recovery of essential material from its offices) or for emergencies (e.g. PC reboot or server off due to changes in the network and necessary to work remotely). Mr. Antonio Costa (antonio.costa@polito.it ; 011 090 5027) will be available between 23-27 March to organize such accesses from one day to another.

The heating of the Castle will be completely suspended, while the electricity supply will obviously be kept active.

Professors who are used to attend the LAIB of the Castello are requested from next Monday on to attend the LAIBs located in Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, where the lunch-box service at the university canteen will be provided between 12.00 and 13.30.

Finally, I would like to point out that, while experimental research activities are in general suspended, the activities for third parties functional to production activities or the research and development activities related to the current emergency are possible, only if necessary surveillance and security service is guaranteed. This aspect will be evaluated case by case.

In this regard, a governmental call for cooperation between industry and universities for the development of national production lines of health care facilities (masks, gowns, etc.) should be imminently issued. To this end, I asked Prof. Paolo Tronville, DENERG's filtration expert, and Prof. Ada Ferri, DISAT's technical fabrics expert, to coordinate possible actions of Politecnico di Torino.

Best Regards

 

The Rector

Guido Saracco

Si informano tutti i dipendenti che abbiano comprovata necessità di recarsi al Politecnico per motivi di lavoro che è disponibile nella sezione di MyPoli dedicata all’Emergenza Coronavirus il modulo aggiornato per l’autocertificazione da esibire in caso di controllo da parte delle forze dell’ordine.

Dear colleagues,

Dear students,

I would like to share with you pieces of information, recommendations and some ideas on the future development of our remote-teaching system.

As you all know, we decided to build at our premises on our servers the entire virtual classroom system. Accordingly, our servers have been progressively strengthened. This has been an ambitious decision which I believe was the correct one.

Most companies are nowadays maximising remote working, and most schools and universities worldwide are starting remote teaching through external providers and this is putting a tremendous pressure on the servers of such providers, at least in a transition period.

Nevertheless, our ICT branch, which I gratefully acknowledge, after solving start-up problems on Monday the 9th and an unlucky failure event on Thursday the 12th of march, is now working hard to implement in the coming days further measures to increase the resilience of our system:

  • create a twin remote-teaching system running on cloud servers, to be operated in case our own servers go down for whatever reason;
  • make available to professors and students, in the unlikely but possible event of default of both systems, the opportunity to create a virtual classroom through easy procedures via an external provider.

These hierarchical options, alongside with the possibility of pre-recording the lessons, should provide us with enough reliability in fulfilling our primary mission: education.

In this perspective, while thanking all professors for their tremendous efforts to adapt to remote teaching, I recommend them once more to record all their lessons while they are in the virtual classroom. This is very important since not all the students, now bound to their houses by the governmental restrictions (force majeure), can attend the lessons with a sufficiently fast connection system or a convenient time zone. These students should have a second chance to attend remotely the lessons. We will organise this second remote visions in the near future.

Besides, I warmly invite our professors to decide to share their post-processed lessons with their students (we are working for a faster and faster post processing). I remind you that the copyright law doesn’t allow public use of these materials therefore I recommend students to use these video-lessons for educational and personal purposes only.  We will rigorously monitor that this happens.

Please follow carefully the lessons schedule in order to avoid overlapping, as well.

A last recommendation to professors: please render your home connection as fast as possible. Direct purchase of WiFi-routers and internet data cards are possible in this emergency period provided you previously notify your needs to acquisti.emergenza@polito.it.

All this considered, we are working hard to expand the pedagogical features of our virtual classroom system with our vice-rector for education, Prof. Foti (sebastiano.foti@polito.it), our rector’s advisor for the Teaching Lab and the related board, Prof.ssa Rossignolo (cristiana.rossignolo@polito.it), with the fundamental help of some colleagues and the entire administration sectors IT and GESD. In particular:

  • we are working to let classes of up to 100 students remotely operate the software installed in the Laboratori Informatici di Ateneo (LAIBs), a key factor to enable them to accomplish the exercises of several courses;
  • we are setting up (instructions will be distributed in a few days) the possibility to hold design courses with a number of groups of students in parallel rooms, each one hosting a number of students interconnected so as to allow collegial work (e.g. atelier). The professors or their assistants will be enabled to enter each room to discuss with the students and provide them with consultancy.
  • with the help of our multimedia service (SELM), we are defining a format for video-documented experimental runs carried out by professors or their assistants to the benefit of their students. We could also consider to rent licenses of software for the simulation of experimental labs, if recommended by the professors.
  • we are gathering and carefully considering specific experiences and tutorials by some of our professors in order to share best practices with all our colleagues.

I warmly invite the Collegi coordinators, their advisors as well as any single professor to consider all the above possibilities for the rest of their courses. Professors Foti and Rossignolo are at your complete disposal to discuss and tailor options for your courses.

I think it is likely - and, at least, conservative - that remote teaching will last over the entire semester. For these reasons, we need to do our best to make this a fruitful and meaningful experience for our students. To these merits please let them promptly get not only the recorded lesson on their teaching portal but also any useful documentation.

Finally, we will do our best to improve further the quality and interactivity of our platform for our users (professors and students). For instance, students can now express their evaluation on the platform and provide suggestions at the end of each lesson. Many thanks for your precious contributions.

I thank you all for what you are doing: we are a lively and strong community.

Best regards,

 

Guido Saracco

The Rector

Care Colleghe e cari Colleghi,

ad integrazione di quanto già comunicato con la nota dello scorso 10 marzo, in coerenza con le disposizioni del DPCM 11 marzo 2020, l'Ateneo ha posto in essere tutte le azioni logistiche e di organizzazione del lavoro a partire dal 16 marzo.

A questo proposito informiamo che, per facilitare le attività dei colleghi che opereranno nelle sedi che rimarranno attive, sebbene con accesso controllato (Sede Centrale con registrazione presso la portineria e Castello del Valentino con accesso dietro chiamata nella relativa portineria allo 011 0906655), l'Ateneo ha messo a disposizione un servizio di pasto completo da asporto a 7 euro (lunch box). I colleghi che opereranno in corso Duca potranno comporre il loro pasto presso i locali della mensa. Per i colleghi che opereranno al Castello del Valentino potranno invece richiedere il lunch box entro le ore 11.30 di ciascun giorno lasciando il proprio tesserino/contanti presso la portineria di quella sede. Il lunch box sarà consegnato presso la stessa portineria all'orario concordato. A richiesta sarà disponibile un menù vegetariano.

Vi informiamo infine che è disponibile online un Vademecum aggiornato con tutte le indicazioni utili per lo svolgimento delle attività  in questo periodo eccezionale.

Siamo certi che la particolare attenzione che tutti dobbiamo porre e poniamo al rispetto di tutte le indicazioni di prevenzione e sanitarie sarà presto ripagata.

 
Il Rettore

Guido Saracco

 

La Direttrice Generale

Ilaria Adamo

 

Video

Care Colleghe, cari Colleghi,

vi prego di attenervi alle seguenti indicazioni, nel caso vi trovaste nella necessità di tenere le vostre lezioni usufruendo di postazioni nelle due sedi aperte del Politecnico.

Rinnovo ancora una volta il mio più sentito grazie e un caro saluto.

Guido Saracco

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Sede Centrale

  • passare dalla portineria, dove verrà registrata la vostra presenza in Sede.
  • recarsi presso il LAIB 1 mezzora prima dell’inizio della lezione
  • il personale tecnico del LAIB vi indirizzerà a una postazione di lavoro (utile portarsi proprie cuffie e microfono)
  • se in possesso di un laptop potrete essere alloggiati anche in uffici con connessione WiFi veloce o con connessione LAN (con istruzioni per la configurazione) messi a disposizione dal Dipartimento DISMA e dal Rettorato
  • alla fine lezione ogni postazione/ufficio sarà sanitizzato prima di un nuovo utilizzo
  • finita la lezione comunicare l’uscita a chi ha registrato la vostra presenza

 Castello del Valentino

  • chiamare il numero 011-0906655 per farsi aprire il cancello, l’addetto alla guardiania registrerà la vostra presenza al Castello
  • recarsi presso il LAIB 1 del Castello mezzora prima dell’inizio della lezione, dove verrà registrata la vostra presenza al Castello.
  • il personale tecnico del LAIB vi indirizzerà a una postazione (utile portarsi proprie cuffie e microfono)
  • a fine lezione ogni postazione sarà sanitizzata prima di un nuovo utilizzo
  • finita la lezione comunicare l’uscita a chi ha registrato la vostra presenza

Care Colleghe e cari Colleghi,

facendo seguito al nuovo DPCM 11 marzo 2020, che ha ulteriormente ampliato le misure per il contenimento del diffondersi del virus COVID-19 già previste dai precedenti decreti, forniamo nel seguito indicazioni aggiornate circa il funzionamento del Politecnico, valide dal 16 al 25 marzo 2020.

APERTURA DELLE SEDI

Sedi di Torino aperte

Da lunedì 16 marzo saranno accessibili mediante badge con tracciamento degli ingressi unicamente la sede Centrale ed il Castello del Valentino attraverso gli accessi:

  • Sede Centrale - Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24 – orario 8:00 – 19:00
  • Valentino – Viale Mattioli 39 -  orario 8:00 – 18:00

In queste sedi, saranno serviti e riscaldati solo i fabbricati:

  • Sede Centrale: fabbricati del corpo centrale (TOCEN03).
  • Valentino: solo una quota parte fabbricati corpo centrale (LAIB e aule per didattica da remoto)

Sedi di Torino chiuse

  • Cittadella/via Boggio: chiusa da lunedì 16/3
  • Via Morgari e C.so Massimo D’Azeglio: chiuse
  • Corso Trento: chiusa
  • Mirafiori: chiusa
  • Energy Center: chiusa da lunedì 16 marzo
  • Lingotto: sede chiusa, ad eccezione degli spazi fruiti da ART, per i quali è garantito il servizio di portineria.

Altre sedi

  • Mondovì: aperta con solo presidio
  • Alessandria: aperta con solo presidio.
  • Verres: chiusa da venerdì 13/3
  • Biella: chiusa

Nelle giornate di sabato 14/3 e 21/3 tutte le sedi saranno chiuse.

PARCHEGGI

Tutti i parcheggi saranno chiusi. Sarà possibile parcheggiare l’auto presso la sede di C.so Duca 26 e presso la sede del Valentino viale Mattioli 39. Per accedere al parcheggio occorre registrarsi presso la portineria di riferimento.

CANTIERI

Da lunedì 16 marzo tutti cantieri di lavori sugli spazi del Politecnico saranno sospesi; saranno attivi solo i servizi di manutenzione.

RICEVIMENTO FORNITURE

Si segnala alle singole strutture l'opportunità di contattare i fornitori, almeno per attrezzature di ricerca di rilevante impatto che non possono essere consegnate in portineria, in modo da posticipare la consegna fino al termine delle misure emergenziali in corso.

ATTIVITÀ LAVORATIVE

Ricordiamo che, a meno dei servizi indifferibili in presenza (si veda il prossimo paragrafo), l’accesso alle sedi del Politecnico è prioritariamente da evitare, privilegiando modalità di lavoro a distanza.

Per i docenti che necessitano di svolgere le attività di didattica in remoto usufruendo delle dotazioni fisse del Politecnico, sono disponibili postazioni attrezzate nei LAIB 1 della Sede Centrale e LAIB 1 del Valentino.

1) SERVIZI INDIFFERIBILI DA RENDERE IN PRESENZA

Saranno resi in presenza secondo i calendari/turni concordati per i singoli servizi:

  • Segreteria di Rettorato e della Direzione Generale;
  • Servizio di Prevenzione e Protezione;
  • Ufficio Posta: aperto, con ricevimento posta a cancello chiuso;
  • Protocollo: sempre attivo e gestito da remoto per le comunicazioni elettroniche; aperto martedì e venerdì dalle 9 alle 12 in presenza per accettare corrispondenza “tradizionale”;
  • alcuni servizi dell'Area IT di coordinamento e supporto alla didattica on line e al lavoro agile: connettività e infrastrutture, servizi e sistemi applicativi, supporto postazioni di lavoro nei LAIB,  logistica (secondo i calendari di presenza):
    • specialisti di rete, telefonia, e datacenter e sistemisti sui diversi sistemi operativi
    • specialisti sviluppo software (per la didattica da remoto)
    • specialisti postazioni di lavoro e laboratori informatici (per le postazioni di ateneo della didattica da remoto e lavoro agile)
    • addetti alla logistica, merci, magazzini;
  • alcuni servizi dell'Area Edilog:
    • portierato e servizi base per l’apertura delle sedi previste
    • due squadre di 5 persone che presidiano impianti e logistica
    • supporto team audio video per servizio videoconferenza
  • Mensa: aperta dalle 12 alle 13:30 (con lunchbox da asporto a prezzo fisso di 7€).
  • Distributori automatici in funzione. I bar saranno chiusi
  • Infermeria
  • Dipartimenti:
    • da lunedì 16 marzo i dipartimenti sono chiusi: sino a martedì 17/3 compreso sarà consentito l’accesso, in via eccezionale, per recuperare materiale o documenti (ma non per fermarsi e lavorare)
    • per il supporto relativo a infrastrutture o sistemi informativi siti nei locali dipartimentali, è possibile prevedere un presidio, a cura dei Dipartimenti, presso spazi messi a disposizione dall’Area IT.

Misure di prevenzione e turnazione

Ribadiamo che nello svolgimento delle eventuali attività in presenza dovranno essere rispettate le disposizioni di legge, in particolare relative alle distanze di sicurezza e alle misure igieniche minime di prevenzione. Tutto il personale è, pertanto, responsabilizzato nel rispetto di tali norme comportamentali anche con riferimento alle relazioni interpersonali.

Per i servizi essenziali che richiedono lo svolgimento in presenza con il coinvolgimento di più persone, le attività dovranno essere organizzate con opportune turnazioni in squadre che si alterneranno nello svolgimento della prestazione.

Autodichiarazione per la mobilità da e per il luogo di lavoro

Come previsto dal DPCM dell’8 marzo scorso, per il personale tutto che debba recarsi presso la sede di lavoro, gli spostamenti sono consentiti per esigenze lavorative. A tal fine, per comprovare la necessità di spostamento, si invita il personale a muoversi munito del tesserino di riconoscimento unitamente ad apposita autodichiarazione da compilare, stampare e sottoscrivere, disponibile su Mypoli, nella cartella "Emergenza coronavirus".

2) SERVIZI ATTIVI DA REMOTO ACCESSIBILI TRAMITE CONSUETI CANALI TELEMATICI (portale, indirizzi mail e telefono)

  • Amministrazione del Personale
  • Contabilità, tesoreria, fiscalità
  • Stipendi
  • Servizio acquisti
  • Supporto amministrativo, legale, alla ricerca e trasferimento tecnologico, sia per i dipartimenti, sia per l’amministrazione
  • Help desk 5050 e altri servizi IT
  • Gestione didattica e Internazionalizzazione (Segreterie studenti: i servizi al pubblico in presenza sono sospesi)

Gli organi collegiali dei Dipartimenti e dei Collegi dei Corsi di studio si svolgono – laddove necessari – con le modalità descritte nel D. R. 240/2020. Gli organi di governo si riuniscono per le sole delibere indifferibili con le medesime modalità.

Modalità di espletamento attività da remoto

A meno dei servizi indifferibili da rendere in presenza, come richiamato dal DPCM 11 marzo 2020, lo svolgimento della prestazione lavorativa avviene in via ordinaria mediante il ricorso alla modalità di lavoro agile ed in tal senso si rimanda alle precedenti comunicazioni in cui l’Amministrazione ha illustrato come accedervi per tutto il personale tecnico amministrativo. Naturalmente, previo accordo con i propri responsabili, il personale può anche fruire delle ferie o utilizzare la banca ore.

Ribadiamo che qualora il personale docente e ricercatore non disponesse di strumentazione informatica sufficiente per lo svolgimento delle proprie attività, potrà concordare il temporaneo spostamento della propria postazione informatica presso il luogo in cui svolgerà l’attività da remoto con il Direttore di Dipartimento, che ne terrà traccia. Saranno fornite istruzioni per consentire, in via eccezionale, l’acquisto diretto di dotazioni informatiche di modico importo per l’efficace svolgimento delle attività di didattica da remoto.

Analoghe esigenze del personale tecnico amministrativo potranno essere segnalate, per il tramite del responsabile di struttura, all’Amministrazione.

3) RICERCA SPERIMENTALE E ATTIVITA’ DI LABORATORIO

La ricerca sperimentale è sospesa.

4) RIUNIONI, EVENTI, CONCORSI E MISSIONI

Le riunioni in presenza devono essere evitate e sono da privilegiare gli strumenti telematici all’uopo disponibili.

Qualora assolutamente necessarie, le riunioni in presenza dovranno avere durata contenuta e rispettare le misure minime di prevenzione, fra cui la distanza di sicurezza interpersonale prevista dal DPCM dell’8 marzo di almeno un metro. 

Tutti gli eventi pubblici sono sospesi.

Le missioni sono sospese e, solo se riconducibili ad attività improrogabili, possono essere autorizzate su specifica richiesta dal Rettore.

Sono sospese le procedure concorsuali ad esclusione dei casi in cui la valutazione dei candidati può essere effettuata esclusivamente su base curriculare ovvero in modalità telematica. Le domande di partecipazione ai concorsi potranno solo essere presentate in modalità PEC, FAX, raccomandata A.R. (non è prevista la consegna a mano).

 

Certi della piena comprensione e collaborazione di tutti per far fronte a questa situazione eccezionale, rinnoviamo la raccomandazione all’osservanza puntuale e scrupolosa delle misure sanitarie disposte dalle Autorità e inviamo i più cari saluti.

Il Rettore
Guido Saracco

 

La Direttrice Generale
Ilaria Adamo

 

Video

Care Colleghe e cari Colleghi,

facendo seguito al messaggio di ieri circa il nuovo Decreto del Presidente del Consiglio dei Ministri, emanato in data 9 marzo 2020, che ha esteso le più rigide misure per il contenimento del diffondersi del virus COVID-19 all'intero territorio nazionale, secondo le norme già previste per le zone identificate all’art. 1 del DPCM dell’8 marzo, forniamo nel seguito indicazioni di maggiore dettaglio per il periodo dal 10 marzo al 3 aprile prossimo.

 

FUNZIONAMENTO DELLE SEDI

L’apertura delle sedi dell’Ateneo sarà così articolata:

  • Sede Centrale: apertura regolare
  • Via Boggio: apertura regolare
  • Valentino: apertura regolare
  • Energy Center: apertura regolare
  • Lingotto: apertura regolare
  • Mirafiori: chiusura
  • Via Morgari: chiusura

Presso le sedi aperte rimarranno attivi i servizi minimi necessari per l’eventuale accesso fisico agli uffici e ai laboratori, per consentire l’operatività, per le pulizie e la sanificazione, per la gestione delle manutenzioni e delle emergenze, per la logistica, per la funzionalità degli impianti e delle infrastrutture informatiche, anche per lo svolgimento della didattica on line.

Gli utenti esterni dovranno privilegiare l’uso di strumenti telematici o, se previsti, telefonici. In caso di urgenza, il loro accesso è consentito esclusivamente previo appuntamento e nel rispetto delle misure igienico-sanitarie disposte dalle Autorità competenti.

 

ATTIVITÀ LAVORATIVE

Attività da remoto

È da privilegiare, ove possibile, lo svolgimento delle attività in remoto, oltre che per l’erogazione delle attività didattiche, per le quali l’Ateneo come noto si è già prontamente attivato, sia per le attività di ricerca che per quelle tecnico-amministrative, fatta salva la garanzia del mantenimento dei servizi essenziali o la risoluzione di eventuali problematiche puntuali.

A tal fine, qualora il personale docente e ricercatore, non disponesse di strumentazione informatica sufficiente per lo svolgimento delle proprie attività, potrà concordare il temporaneo spostamento della propria postazione informatica presso il luogo in cui svolgerà l’attività da remoto con il Direttore di Dipartimento, che ne terrà traccia.

Analoghe esigenze del personale tecnico amministrativo potranno essere segnalate, per il tramite del responsabile di struttura, all’Amministrazione.

Accesso al Lavoro Agile per il personale tecnico amministrativo

Lo svolgimento dell’attività lavorativa in modalità agile – ove tale modalità non sia già attivata- per il periodo in esame, è autorizzata dal responsabile di struttura su richiesta del singolo in ottemperanza al DPCM dell’8 marzo.

L’attivazione delle singole giornate in modalità agile sarà gestita, come di consueto, tramite autorizzazione in Infopoint dai responsabili diretti, in accordo con i responsabili di struttura.  

Distanza di sicurezza, turnazione

Nello svolgimento delle eventuali attività in presenza dovranno essere rispettate le disposizioni di legge, in particolare relative alle distanze di sicurezza e alle misure igieniche minime di prevenzione. Tutto il personale è, pertanto, responsabilizzato nel rispetto di tali norme comportamentali anche con riferimento alle relazioni interpersonali.

Per i servizi essenziali che richiedono lo svolgimento in presenza con il coinvolgimento di più persone, le attività dovranno essere organizzate con opportune turnazioni in squadre che si alterneranno nello svolgimento della prestazione.

Attestazione per la mobilità da e per il luogo di lavoro

Come previsto dal DPCM dell’8 marzo scorso, per il personale tutto che debba recarsi presso la sede di lavoro, gli spostamenti sono consentiti per esigenze lavorative. A tal fine, per comprovare la necessità di spostamento, si invita il personale a muoversi munito del tesserino di riconoscimento unitamente ad apposita autodichiarazione da compilare, stampare e sottoscrivere, disponibile su Mypoli, nella cartella "Emergenza coronavirus".

 

RICERCA SPERIMENTALE E ATTIVITÀ DI LABORATORIO

La ricerca sperimentale è di norma sospesa.

Sono fatti salvi i casi di inderogabile necessità, da comunicare in forma scritta al proprio Responsabile scientifico/Responsabile di laboratorio, e comunque acquisito il parere del Dirigente ai fini della sicurezza della Struttura di afferenza (es. Direttore di Dipartimento, Rettore per i Centri Interdipartimentali) e del Responsabile del Servizio prevenzione e protezione. Questo sia per garantire le condizioni di adeguata sorveglianza delle attività lavorative, delle apparecchiature, dei locali, sia ai fini dell’attivazione delle previste procedure di emergenza.

 

RIUNIONI, EVENTI, CONCORSI E MISSIONI

Sono privilegiate le riunioni in modalità remota. Le riunioni in presenza devono, per quanto possibile, essere evitate e, comunque, qualora necessarie, dovranno, preferibilmente avere durata contenuta e rispettare le misure minime di prevenzione, fra cui la distanza di sicurezza interpersonale prevista dal DCPM dell’8 marzo di almeno un metro.   

Tutti gli eventi pubblici sono sospesi.

Le missioni sono sospese e, solo se riconducibili ad attività improrogabili, possono essere autorizzate su specifica richiesta dal Rettore.

Sono sospese le procedure concorsuali ad esclusione dei casi in cui la valutazione dei candidati può essere effettuata esclusivamente in modalità telematica.

 

Nel ringraziarvi ancora una volta per l’attenzione e la collaborazione, rinnovando la raccomandazione all’osservanza puntuale e scrupolosa delle misure sanitarie disposte dalle Autorità, inviamo i più cari saluti.

 

Il Rettore  
Guido Saracco

 

La Direttrice Generale
Ilaria Adamo

Care Colleghe e cari Colleghi,

questa sera è stato emanato un nuovo Decreto del Presidente del Consiglio dei Ministri che estende le più rigide misure per il contenimento del diffondersi del virus COVID-19 all'intero territorio nazionale, che da domani dovrà osservare le norme prima previste per le zone identificate all'art. 1 del DPCM dell’8 marzo e che estende la sospensione delle attività didattiche in presenza fino alla data del 3 aprile prossimo.

Nell'immediato confermiamo le indicazioni già fornite e in particolare l’apertura delle sedi del Politecnico, secondo quanto previsto nella nota del 6 marzo scorso, l’impegno dell’Ateneo a fornire le attività didattiche in modalità remota, nonché i servizi essenziali.

A tal fine, sottolineiamo che per il personale tecnico amministrativo, i professori e ricercatori, i collaboratori, gli assegnisti, ecc. che debbano recarsi presso le sedi dell’Ateneo, gli spostamenti sono consentiti per esigenze lavorative e ora, al fine di comprovare la necessità di spostamento, si invita a muoversi muniti del tesserino di riconoscimento universitario e eventualmente rilasciare coerente autocertificazione anche verbale. 

Nel ricordare che l’Ateneo ha messo in atto tutte le possibili azioni per facilitare e agevolare lo svolgimento delle attività lavorative di tutta la sua comunità in modalità agile, da remoto, si rende comunque necessario garantire i servizi essenziali sopra descritti e, pertanto, per quanto riguarda il personale tecnico amministrativo, invitiamo a seguire le indicazioni dei rispettivi responsabili. 

Nel ringraziarvi nuovamente per l’attenzione e la collaborazione, rinnovando la raccomandazione all'osservanza puntuale e scrupolosa delle misure sanitarie disposte dalle Autorità, inviamo i più cari saluti.

 

Il Rettore
Guido Saracco

 

La Direttrice Generale
Ilaria Adamo

Dear colleagues, dear students,

The first day of massive remote teaching at the Politecnico di Torino was characterised by both highs and lows. First of all, I wish to thank you all for your patience and perseverance.

We are all working hard to reach, in the shortest time possible, an acceptable level of performance, but please do not feel disappointed or over-stressed.

We all know that this is a massive endeavor to be established in such a short period of time.

We all know we are facing an emergency, and we must keep our calm. Very soon, all students will receive their online teaching.

Today, the remote teaching started with a reasonable performance for up to 7000 students connected, for about 75 courses in parallel.

At about 10 am, an error generated in one of the servers caused a system default. Once the system was rebooted, only 1000 students could be effectively be served at around lunch time. In the early afternoon, the connected student number was back to about 5000 connected for about 91 courses in parallel, but some students still could not be served properly.

Each day, we will learn more about how to tackle the server instability problems. However, FROM TOMORROW UNTIL THE END OF THE PRESENT WEEK we kindly ask to follow the below instructions:

  1. for the courses hosting more than 150 students:
    1. The use of the available prerecorded lectures is highly recommended. They should be uploaded in the Teachers Portal (Portale della Didattica). Please ask at phone number 5050 or by mail (5050@polito.it) for that. The students should follow these lectures on their own. One of the slots in the agenda of the normal course schedule should then be used by the lecturer to reply to the questions asked by the students via his/her email. The professor will obviously lump these questions into a few main subjects in his/her reply.
    2. Pre-recording of lectures via software like Power-point, OBS, Noteability, etc. (see the new instructions in the on-line teaching site ) is recommended as an alternative. These recorded lessons should be uploaded in the Teaching Portal (professors can upload the lessons as documents in the Teachers portal or ask for assistance at phone number 5050 or mail 5050@polito.it) and then a Q&A session with students must be planned as for point 1 above.
  2. For the courses with less than 150 students:
    1. You may keep on using BBB, helping us to further improve the system. In this case, please minimise the use of your camera to the amount strictly required and clear from time to time the chat.
    2. In case you are proficient with one of these tools, you may also select a different software that does not overload our servers: e.g. Zoom, Skype, etc.
  3. Some lecturers forgot to switch on their microphones (PLEASE PROFESSORS ASK BY CHAT THE STUDENTS IF THEY HEAR YOUR VOICE AT THE BEGINNING, AND SWITCH ON THE MIKE IF IT IS NOT ON).
  4. Some lecturers could not read the chat, as it was hidden by their slides (PLEASE ALWAYS READ THE CHAT).
  5. Most students connected via the teaching portal, even if this was not recommended, since it may lead to server overload (PLEASE STUDENTS ACCESS THE VIRTUAL CLASSROOM VIA THE LINK YOU GET BY EMAIL THROUGH THE HTTPS://MAIL.STUDENTI.POLITO.IT SERVER AND NOT VIA THE PORTAL)
  6. Some students had their microphone or camera on, in spite of the recommendation to keep them off (PLEASE STUDENTS USE YOUR MICROPHONE AND CAMERA ONLY IF ASKED BY THE PROFESSOR, AND KEEP THEM OFF AS A STANDARD RULE).

 

Thank you once more for your collective efforts. All of them are essential to achieve an acceptable teaching and learning experience soon. In any case, all students will have all the teaching service they expect in due time.

Best regards

 

The Rector
Guido Saracco

 

Video

Care Colleghe e cari Colleghi,

come avete certamente già appreso, in data odierna è stato emanato un nuovo Decreto del Presidente del Consiglio dei Ministri che prevede ulteriori misure per il contenimento sull'intero territorio nazionale del diffondersi del virus COVID-19 e prescrive, all’art. 1, misure specifiche anche all’interno della nostra Regione, con riferimento alle Province di Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola e Vercelli, oltre nella Regione Lombardia e nelle province di Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio nell'Emilia, Rimini, Pesaro e Urbino, Padova, Treviso e Venezia.

Per quanto riguarda le misure per il contrasto e il contenimento del virus sull’intero territorio nazionale, ad esclusione delle suindicate zone, il DCPM ribadisce in gran parte le prescrizioni indicate nel precedente decreto del 4 marzo scorso confermando per le attività formative delle Scuole di ogni ordine e grado, comprese le Università e le Istituzioni di Alta formazione artistica musicale e coreutica, la sospensione fino al 15 marzo 2020, mantenendo ferma la possibilità di erogare tali attività da remoto.

Per quanto concerne invece le zone sopra elencate, contraddistinte da situazioni di particolare criticità, fra le quali sono comprese le suddette Province del Piemonte, il nuovo DPCM prevede misure più restrittive fra le quali quella di “evitare ogni spostamento delle persone fisiche in entrata e in uscita” da tali territori “nonché all’interno dei medesimi territori, salvo che per gli spostamenti motivati da comprovate esigenze lavorative o situazioni di necessità ovvero spostamenti per motivi di salute. È consentito il rientro presso il proprio domicilio, abitazione o residenza”.

All’interno delle suddette zone, indicate all’art. 1 del DPCM, è stata altresì prevista dal nuovo decreto la sospensione delle attività didattiche fino al 3 aprile 2020, restando ferma comunque, anche in questo caso, la possibilità di svolgimento delle attività formative e distanza.

Pertanto, si ribadisce che il personale tutto residente o domiciliato nelle Province di Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola e Vercelli, nella Regione Lombardia o nelle altre Province indicate all’art. 1 del DPCM, dovrà attenersi alle disposizioni dello stesso decreto e in particolare non potrà recarsi presso le sedi dell’Ateneo, ad eccezione di quanto di seguito indicato.

Per quanto riguarda il personale tecnico amministrativo sottoposto a tali limitazioni - ossia che risiede nelle Province e nella Regione indicate dall’art. 1 del DPCM - ma che ha sede lavorativa in una sede dell’Ateneo al di fuori dei territori di cui allo stesso art. 1 del DPCM (es. Torino, Biella o Mondovì), si è stabilito, con DDG n. 410/2020 emanato in data odierna, di attivare in via automatica per tutti lo svolgimento delle prestazioni lavorative in modalità agile. Gli stessi potranno fare riferimento ai rispettivi responsabili per l’organizzazione delle proprie attività lavorative.

Il personale tecnico amministrativo sottoposto a tali limitazioni e operante presso la sede di Alessandria, tenuto conto della necessità di garantire i servizi strumentali della sede nonché di quelli che possano eventualmente assicurare il funzionamento delle attività di didattica a distanza, potrà  per lo svolgimento di tali esigenze lavorative recarsi presso la sede alessandrina, con le modalità di seguito illustrate, fatta salva la possibilità di svolgere le proprie attività in modalità agile. Anche in questi casi gli stessi potranno fare riferimento, concordando tali modalità, ai propri responsabili.

Si invitano inoltre il personale docente e ricercatore, i collaboratori e gli assegnisti di ricerca sottoposti a tali limitazioni a svolgere, per quanto possibile, le proprie attività da remoto. In questo contesto, quanto sopra potrà applicarsi ai dottorandi previo assenso dei rispettivi tutori.

Si precisa altresì che il personale tutto, sottoposto a tali limitazioni potrà, come previsto dal Decreto Rettorale n. 241/2020 emanato in data odierna, recarsi presso la sede di Alessandria, per comprovate esigenze lavorative, tra le quali in particolare quelle connesse alle necessità legate all’erogazione a distanza delle attività didattiche o al regolare mantenimento dei servizi strumentali alla sede stessa.

In tale evenienza, al fine di comprovare la necessità di spostamento per esigenze lavorative, su richiesta degli interessati verrà fornita idonea documentazione attestante le comprovate esigenze e, conseguentemente, sarà opportuno effettuare gli spostamenti anche muniti del tesserino di riconoscimento dell’Ateneo.

In relazione alla strategicità per l’Ateneo di mantenere l’erogazione delle attività didattiche, pur in modalità da remoto, il personale sottoposto alle limitazioni sopra indicate, che, nonostante la possibilità di recarsi presso la sede alessandrina, avesse necessità di particolari strumentazioni che possano consentire l’adeguata offerta delle attività formative, potrà evidenziare tali necessità cui l’Ateneo farà fronte individuando le modalità più idonee e tempestive.

Si ritiene infine opportuno fornire le seguenti ulteriori indicazioni:

  1. continueranno ad essere svolte, presso le altre sedi dell’Ateneo, le attività di ricerca e le altre attività, comprese quelle di natura tecnica e amministrativa, anche attraverso modalità di lavoro flessibile;
  2. saranno garantiti i servizi strumentali all’assolvimento delle principali attività di Ateneo nonché quelli che assicurano il funzionamento delle attività di didattica a distanza secondo le modalità già comunicate (lezioni, esami di profitto e di laurea);
  3. tutte le strutture di Ateneo restano aperte e, per quanto riguarda gli utenti, si raccomanda di privilegiare l’uso di strumenti telematici o, se previsti, telefonici o, per specifiche necessità, di concordare un appuntamento, nel rispetto delle misure igienico-sanitarie disposte dalle Autorità competenti, con la finalità di limitare a esigenze inderogabili la fruizione dei servizi da parte del pubblico;
  4. le riunioni degli organi collegiali e altre tipologie di riunioni saranno svolte, ove possibile per via telematica;
  5. tutti gli eventi aperti al pubblico rimangono sospesi;
  6. le sale studio e le biblioteche saranno chiuse al pubblico;
  7. il servizio mensa ai dipendenti sarà erogato da domani con attenzione alle misure che limitano l’assembramento di persone nel rispetto delle previsioni normative;
  8. in tutte le sedi aperte dell’Ateneo rimangono assicurati i normali servizi quali attività di portierato, pulizia e sanificazione, controllo accessi e lotta antincendio avanzata (quest’ultima attiva per la sola sede di Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, Torino).

Con successive comunicazioni potranno essere forniti aggiornamenti o maggiori dettagli operativi.

Nel ringraziare per l’attenzione e la collaborazione, rinnovando la raccomandazione all’osservanza puntuale e scrupolosa delle misure disposte dalle Autorità, inviamo i più cari saluti.

 

Il Rettore
Guido Saracco

 

La Direttrice Generale
Ilaria Adamo

 

Care Colleghe e cari Colleghi,

come avete già appreso dalle precedenti comunicazioni, l’Ateneo si è prontamente attivato rendendo operativi molti strumenti di supporto al contenimento del contagio.

Tra questi è stata prevista, come noto, la sospensione delle attività didattiche ed il contemporaneo avvio delle stesse attività con procedure “da remoto”. Nell’ambito di questo riassetto delle attività e del conseguente mutato affollamento degli spazi, si è reso necessario agire anche sulla organizzazione logistica dell’Ateneo. In tale contesto, le aperture delle sedi nella settimana dal 9 al 15 marzo saranno così articolate:

  • Sede Centrale: apertura regolare
  • via Boggio: apertura della sola portineria
  • Valentino: apertura regolare
  • Energy Center: apertura regolare
  • Lingotto: apertura regolare
  • Mirafiori: chiusura
  • Via Morgari: chiusura

Il personale delle sedi che resteranno momentaneamente chiuse potrà svolgere le attività presso le altre sedi dell’Ateneo o in modalità di lavoro agile.

A tal fine, in considerazione del perdurare della straordinaria situazione di emergenza epidemiologica da COVID -19, vi informiamo, inoltre, che con D.D.G. n. 408 del  6 marzo 2020, l’efficacia delle misure straordinarie e temporanee, adottate con D.D.G. n. 359 del 26/2/2020, per l’accesso e la fruizione alle modalità di svolgimento della prestazione lavorativa in modalità “Agile” e in “Telelavoro” da parte di tutto il personale tecnico, amministrativo e bibliotecario è stata prorogata fino al 15 marzo 2020.

Fino a tale data sarà quindi possibile estendere la fruizione del Lavoro Agile e del Telelavoro per le posizioni già attive e attivarne nuove di Lavoro Agile, in deroga a quanto previsto dal Regolamento vigente in materia, secondo le modalità descritte nella nota operativa allegata alla comunicazione della Direttrice Generale del 26/2.

Per quanto riguarda gli aspetti più prettamente legati all’emergenza sanitaria, ricordiamo altresì che l’Ateneo lavora costantemente ed in stretta collaborazione con le strutture preposte, le cui indicazioni sono correlate a procedure e protocolli di salute pubblica. Pertanto la struttura sanitaria, territorialmente competente, e solo essa, provvede ad individuare, con un criterio cautelativo e ampiamente inclusivo, i possibili contatti significativi in caso di presunzione di contagio. Tali contatti  sono quindi destinatari di una comunicazione e di una convocazione personale e per essi vengono attivati  i controlli preventivi, con le modalità previste per tale situazione, secondo le linee guida emesse dal Ministero della Sanità.

I controlli preventivi e l’eventuale successivo follow-up interessano dunque, come sempre in questi casi, solo le persone suddette.

Per qualsiasi ulteriore aggiornamento, anche al fine di limitare la trasmissione di informazioni non veritiere, vi invitiamo a fare riferimento esclusivamente a quanto pubblicato alla pagina dell’Ateneo:

http://www.politocomunica.polito.it/press_room/emergenza_coronavirus

nonché ai siti di informazione ufficiale:

Infine, grazie alla costante e puntuale collaborazione di tutta la comunità accademica e al lavoro straordinario dell’amministrazione, informiamo con soddisfazione che lunedì saranno avviate le attività didattiche con procedure da remoto per tutti gli insegnamenti previsti nel secondo periodo didattico.

Nel ringraziare per l’attenzione, i più cari saluti.

 

Il Rettore
Guido Saracco

 

La Direttrice Generale
Ilaria Adamo

 

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Care Colleghe, Cari Colleghi,

come sapete è in fase di emanazione, in data odierna, un DPCM contenente nuove disposizioni riguardanti la gestione dell'emergenza Coronavirus.

Alcune notizie diffuse al riguardo hanno evidenziato che le nuove misure avrebbero disposto la chiusura delle Scuole e delle Università sino alla data del 15 marzo 2020.  

Desidero tuttavia precisarvi, avendo avuto modo di visionare la bozza finale del decreto, che è stata disposta, fino al 15 marzo 2020, la sospensione di tutte le attività formative in presenza delle scuole di ogni ordine e grado comprese le Università e le Istituzioni di Alta Formazione Artistica Musicale e Coreutica prevedendo, per gli Atenei, la possibilità di svolgere le attività didattiche con modalità a distanza.  

Confermo quindi che il nostro Politecnico rimarrà aperto, con il regolare svolgimento di tutte le attività ad eccezione di quelle didattiche in presenza che saranno offerte comunque con procedure da remoto che, come sapete e grazie alla collaborazione di tutti, abbiamo prontamente attivato.

Approfitto, ancora una volta, per invitarvi, in coerenza con le disposizioni nazionali e regionali relative all'emergenza in corso, a rispettare tutte le procedure di cautela fin qui condivise. 

Ringraziandovi per la collaborazione, vi invio i miei più cordiali saluti.

 

Il Rettore
Guido Saracco

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Dear Colleagues,

the "Struttura Complessa di Igiene e Sanità Pubblica di Torino" (Turin Hygiene and Public Health structure) requested our collaboration on three cases of Covid 19 infection among staff and students enrolled at the Politecnico. All of them are in good health and are now isolated in quarantine in accordance with the regulations in force.

I would like to inform you that Politecnico expressed its total availability  to collaborate with the health structures and to provide all the information useful to correctly circumscribe the ongoing epidemiological investigation.

Should specific instructions be received, any measure proposed by the above mentioned structure will be immediately adopted and due information will be given.

I would like to take this opportunity to invite you once again, in accordance with the national and regional provisions related to the current emergency, to comply with all the precautionary procedures agreed so far to allow the containment of the contagion.

 

The Rector
Guido Saracco

Dear colleagues,

Dear students,

as expected, the first graduation and exam sessions have been held through a remote web-based procedure.

I am really very grateful for all your efforts in adapting and conforming to this emergency online-procedure due to the current situation.

Further to yesterday's positive experience with the remote online graduation sessions held for Architecture and Territorial and Landscape Planning degree programmes, firstly, I would like to confirm to you that the Engineering graduation session will start on March 10: the sessions which were already scheduled will be held through the remote procedure, unless explicitly communicated otherwise. In any case, the achievement of the degree will be fixed on the date of the thesis defence, the same that was scheduled in the current graduation sessions’ planning.

As long as these conditions apply, the public graduation ceremonies at Politecnico’s premises will be postponed to a date to be defined.

Thanks to the work carried out by our administrative offices and the availability of many colleagues, yesterday the first online exam sessions were held, as well. In this regard, I would like to remind that written exams will have to be converted into remote oral exams in all cases when the exam outcomes/grades affect the possibility for a student to access the graduation exam or to participate in a mobility programme abroad.

Those students who have not achieved yet the 28 credits necessary for the transition to the second year will access to the second year under provisional condition, until they make-up all their first year exams in the recovery exams that will be fixed within the current extended session.

Finally, if a certificate of English language proficiency - which cannot be obtained in due time owing to the current restrictions - is required for the continuation of students’ studies, an extension will be granted for this purpose until June 13 2020.

As for lectures, we cautiously anticipate that it is very likely that, except for an unexpectedly rapid improvement in the spread of the COVID2019 virus, for the week 9-13 March the second semester classes will be exclusively held in remote teaching with no presence of students in the classrooms.

This is not only for health caution and prevention but also to avoid an additional burden of problems derived from the presence of students in the classroom will sum up to the expected troubleshooting of on line courses.

Remote lectures will be held by professors in their own offices or in any case by using a fixed network connection. In the meanwhile, at Politecnico’s premises, classrooms equipped with up to 100 lecture stations will be assembled where our technical staff will be available at all times for any assistance required.

In a short time, it is likely that our University will opt for a mixed learning/teaching mode within a transitional period: through this procedure, some students can attend lectures in classrooms and in the same time all those students who will not manage to reach Politecnico’s premises can be benefit from remote teaching/distance learning both by accessing lectures’ video-recordings and by using streaming connection to the remote lectures. In case this option will be appropriate in the future, it will be communicated in due advance.

As a rule, excluding exceptional cases that will be dealt with specifically, it will be necessary to use the Big-Blue-Button software made available on the portale della didattica of each professor and student for remote teaching.

All remote lectures will be held according to the academic calendar and timetables already scheduled so that all students can have the possibility to take part in all (remote) classes; lectures will be video-recorded and made available for all students, as well.

As far as courses for which video-recordings and/or other any teaching material useful for student academic performance are already available (to be uploaded on the students’ portal in advance), the lesson hours already scheduled can be used as support sessions delivered in streaming video and/or via chat by using the same tool. These sessions will be reported in the electronic lecture register.

The Big-Blue-Button tool can be accessed directly from the course webpage on the portale della didattica. The relevant technical instructions can be found in a section of our website, accessible at the following address in bilingual version: http://www.coronavirus.polito.it/en/online_teaching_and_learning/documentation_guidelines

In this section more and more advanced and updated instructions, recommendations and answers to your FAQ will be posted day after day.

For those who do not use power-point presentations (ppt or pdfs well supported by BBB software) but are used to teach by writing on the blackboard, tablets and/or graphic charts connected to their pc will be made available.

However, our University is currently working on an emergency procedure to co-finance any small purchases of accessories that may be necessary to improve the quality of the teaching provided. Within today, the Heads of the Departments will carry out a timely survey on these accessories, which have to be available to professors who are supposed to give lectures in the second semester. Afterwards, such details will be communicated promptly to administrative offices in charge for a fast purchase.

Do not hesitate to ask for support through your academic advisors, coordinators of your collegi or our contact persons (technicians and administrative staff). Managing this complex emergency is a priority for me, as well as for my governance team, the Director-General and the administration managing team. We are all at your disposal.

Thanking you once again for your patience and collaboration shown in this difficult situation,

Best regards

The Rector

Guido Saracco

Dear colleagues,

Dear students,

A new DPCM (Prime Minister Decree of 1/3/2020 (following) on the measures to contain the effects of the Coronavirus disease (SARS-COV2-2019/2020), which is currently underway in Italy, has just been published.

In accordance with this decree, after consulting the Minister of University and Research, the President of Piedmont and all Rectors of the Piedmontese Universities, all the measures adopted concerning the suspension of all teaching activities in our University have been confirmed for the week 2-8 March. In particular, during this week, all exam and graduation sessions will be held through a remote web-based procedure, pursuant to what it is specified in the Rectoral Decree of 28/2/2020 and in the following communications.

We would like also to confirm that second semester classes will start on March 9 2020: they are very likely to be held, as far as possible, in remote teaching, even if the possibility of reschedule frontal lessons in classroom can confirmed in a short time. This is due to at least three circumstances:

 

  • today about 1200 students enrolled in our University are resident in the regions or provinces or municipalities listed in Annexes 1, 2 and 3 of the DCPM of 1/3/2020;

 

  • many foreign students, at the outbreak of the epidemic, came back to their home countries also further to the recommendations of their Embassies and in some cases they cannot, not even willingly, return to our Country due to flight restrictions;

 

  • many of our Italian students came back to their regions of origin and the Minister of University and Research has recommended to all the Rectors of the Universities whose teaching activities have been suspended to adapt progressively such measure within a transitional period before rescheduling all teaching activities in the University’s premises and classrooms; this has been recommended in order to avoid mass movements of students in our Country.

 

We would like also to inform you that through the D.D.G. (Decree of the Director -General) n. 375 of 1/3/2020 the effectiveness of the extraordinary and temporary measures, adopted through the D.D.G. n. 359 of 26/2/2020 regarding the opportunity of technical, administrative and librarian staff to apply and benefit from flexible work options has been extended until Saturday, March 7, 2020. These measures can be actually applied in accordance with Art. 4 paragraph 1 point a) of the above mentioned DPCM. Until March 7 those people who were already benefitting from the flexible work options can extend their flexible working period and in the meanwhile staff who wish to benefit from flexible work can apply for it, as well, notwithstanding the provisions included in the Regulations in force, according to the procedures described in the communication of the Director- General of 26/2/2020. In this regard, please refer to the Technical and Administrative Staff Office (ruo.selezionita@polito.it), who will be available for any further information and details.

 

Thank you so much again for your attention and cooperation,

 

The Rector                                       The Director-General

Guido Saracco                                 Ilaria Adamo

 

Dear students,
further to the Rectoral Decree no. 217 of 28/2/2020 and considering that, owing to the current uncertain situation, the rescheduling of all teaching activities cannot be guaranteed in a short time, please find below all measures adopted in this regard:

 
1. written and computer lab examinations which were rescheduled from 2/3/2020 to 7/3/2020 have been cancelled. The tests will be rescheduled on a date to be defined within a specific make-up exam session. However, professors are encouraged to adopt as far as possible for a web-based remote oral test and give this opportunity to those students who wish to take their exams during next week and, if necessary, in the following ones. If the student does not agree with the just mentioned exam option, he or she will be able to take the exam through the standard procedure within the make-up exam session above;

 
2. the exams which were supposed to be exclusively oral will be rescheduled from 2/3/2020 to 7/3/2020 and they must be held through a web-based remote procedure as regulated in the Rectoral Decree mentioned above. Professors will inform all students enrolled in the oral exams on the new schedule and on the specific procedure through which the tests will be held; professors are encouraged to do their best to accommodate such schedule to the actual students’ availability so as to take the exam within the mentioned week or exceptionally in the week after;

 
3. graduands of the Engineering Area (who will be registered “under condition” for the March-April 2020 graduation session within the deadline of 3/3/2020) will be guaranteed the possibility to take all the exams through the remote web-based procedure. Students have to inform their professors on the fact that they are graduand in order to schedule the exams accordingly;

 
4. students taking part in international mobility projects (incoming and outgoing students) will be guaranteed the possibility to take all the exams through the web-based remote procedure;

 
5. students belonging to the Collegi of the Architecture, Design and Planning degree programmes, registered for the February 2020 graduation session, will be contacted directly by the Collegi for the graduation sessions’ planning;

 
Finally, I would like to remind you that second semester classes will start on March 9 2020.
 
The Rector
Guido Saracco

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Dear colleagues,

Dear students,

due to the current emergency situation we are experiencing, please find following the Rectoral Decree that I issued this morning with the aim of regulating the organisation of all distance online exam and graduation sessions starting from next week.

Today, following a meeting scheduled this afternoon between the Prefect of the City of Turin and all the Rectors of the Region’s universities, I will chair a meeting at 6 p.m. with the Head of Departments, the Coordinators of the Collegi of the various degree programmes, the Director of our Specializing Master’s Programmes and Lifelong Learning School, the Director of our Doctoral School and all the student representatives of the Board of Governors, in order to define as precisely as possible the recovery mode of all exam sessions originally scheduled for days February 24-28 2020, as well as defining the beginning of the courses starting from March 9 2020.

In this regard, I would like to focus your attention on the fact that, at least as for the beginning, the possibility to benefit from and attend distance online lectures will be definitely guaranteed. With this aim, Politecnico will make available to everyone adequate IT tools and specific technical assistance.

This is due to the fact that, even though through a new ordinance the Piedmont Region and the Ministry of Health decided to allow students to access Politecnico’s premises for all teaching activities, such measure would have to be progressively adapted within a transitional period, in accordance with the specific guidelines of the Ministry of University and Research on this matter, with the aim of avoiding mass movements of students to our campuses coming back from other regions.

As it is well known, owing to the current state of emergency, some of our students may not be able to leave their home or place of residence due to precise provisions by the competent local bodies.

I would like to thank you all for your attention and collaboration.

In particular the extraordinary efforts and support of all the staff working in our University are gratefully acknowledged.

 

The Rector
Guido Saracco

Dear colleagues,

we wish to provide you with some updates on the measures that Politecnico di Torino adopted in order to face the state of current emergency related to the spread of Coronavirus – COVID 19.

The key figures involved in the management of the emergency in our University have promptly started to work in synergy and in close connection with our local, regional and national Authorities, and in particular in cooperation with our Minister Manfredi, with the other Universities of Piedmont Region and with the President of CRUI (Conference of Italian University Rectors).

Many actions have been undertaken in order to safeguard the health of our Politecnico community and of all those people who operate within our University, while continuing our research, technical and administrative activities with the usual commitment and professionalism.

A crisis management unit has immediately been set up, which managed the most urgent needs connected with the suspension of the teaching activities and started further initiatives in cooperation with the different mostly involved parties of our University.

The outcomes of these undertakings – that include increasing flexible work options for technical, administrative and librarian staff agreed with RSU and OO.SS. trade unions as well as enhancing distance learning opportunities. This has been pursued in close synergy with the university governance representatives who are managing all issues related to teaching activities, as well as with student representatives – are summarized here.

While thanking you for your cooperation, we do encourage you to pay attention to the prevention measures recommended by the competent authorities that we will keep publicizing on the institutional website.

With best regards

  

The Rector                             The Director- General

Guido Saracco                        Ilaria Adamo

In agreement with the President of the Piedmont Region, the Minister of Health has issued the ordinance "Urgent measures for the containment and management of the COVID-2019 outbreak".
The ordinance decrees the “closure of schools at all levels and the suspension of vocational courses (including work placements), masters, university courses at all levels and senior citizens’ university, with the exception of specialization courses in medicine and surgery, and e-learning courses”.
Therefore, all lessons, exams, graduation sessions and all teaching activities are suspended at all Politecnico sites from Monday 24 February to Sunday 1 March, both included, unless otherwise specified.
All exams and activities will be rescheduled. Students’ academic records will not be affected in any way by the present suspension.
The following information and instructions are valid from Monday 24 February to Sunday 1 March, subject to possible subsequent updates:

 
1. Access to Politecnico
Politecnico will remain accessible, and all research, administrative and technical units and libraries will be open.
All situations that may involve the presence of considerable numbers of people will be limited as much as possible. Therefore, all public and private events will be suspended and access will not be allowed to classrooms, study rooms and consultation rooms including those in libraries, and student canteens.

 
2. Office of Student Services and Office of the University Registrar
In consideration of the suspension of teaching activities and in order to limit mobility towards Politecnico and access to potentially crowded places,the ticketing system should be used for any issues regarding the effects of the suspension and for all administrative processes. Students are therefore requested to limit physical access to the offices to situations of genuine urgency.

 
3. Student advisory services
On-site student advisory services are suspended and can take place online (e.g. via email, Skype, etc.)

 
4. Field trips
All national and international field trips are suspended.

 
5. PhD students, research grant recipients, research fellows, extracurricular interns
Learning activities are suspended. Research at departments, as well as extracurricular internships, can take place normally.

 
6. Curricular trainees and part-time collaborators
Curricular placements and part-time collaborations being conducted at Politecnico di Torino sites are suspended. For those being carried out at other institutions and offices, please refer to the decisions taken by them and to the instructions provided by the Authorities.

 
7. Public job selection procedures
All procedures already scheduled are suspended.

 
8. Libraries
Only the lending service will be active.

 
9. Events, conferences, seminars, workshops, etc.
All events of any kind, in public or private places, both indoors and outdoors, of cultural, scientific and training nature are suspended.

 
10. Staff canteen and bar
The staff canteen and the Victoria bar at the main site in corso Duca degli Abruzzi and the bars at the Architettura and Mirafiori sites will be open as normal.

 
11. Policino nursery
Kindergarten activities are suspended.

Dear colleagues,

As you have probably heard, some cases of Coronavirus infection also emerged in Piemonte. The dynamics of this virus’transmission requires responsibility, great attention and appropriate measures. For these reasons,by conforming to the defined measures of maximum precaution and caution and further to the recent consultations with the regional and city authorities, as well as with the Rectors of the Piedmontese universities, Politecnico di Torino has decided to suspend all the teaching activities including lessons and exam/graduation sessions in all Politecnico’s campuses from Monday 24 February until Sunday 1 March, unless otherwise specified. The exam recovery mode, as well as any other related details, will be communicated on the Polito web page www.polito.it, but I do guarantee from now on that every measure will be taken to minimize any inconvenience caused by the deferment of exam and graduation sessions, laboratory exercises and any other teaching activities and that everyone will be guaranteed the possibility to recover with adequate time and modalities.

 
In general, I do recommend to follow with great care the provisions that the regional crisis unit (https://www.regione.piemonte.it/web/temi/sanita/coronavirus-2019-ncov-gestione-della-situazione) has issued and will issue on the basis of the spread of the contagion.

For all information on the measures to be taken, please refer to the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health (http://www.salute.gov.it/nuovocoronavirus).
Our University is in close contact with the crisis unit and the Ministries in charge and will update the measures currently in force on the basis of the evolution of the situation.

 
The Rector
Prof. Guido Saracco