FAQs on coming back to Università Cattolica
Update of 31 July
How will access to campus be organised?
Access to the various University buildings will be checked with automatic devices. Thermoscanners will be used for detecting body temperature and cameras will be used to count people in and out in real time. In this way the number of those present in each building can be monitored. Only if there is a resurgence of the epidemic will other more restrictive measures set out in the protocol be applied.
During the first phase (at least until the end of October) students will be divided into homogeneous groups which will be assigned days when they can access the buildings of their home campus, in line with a calendar of dates which guarantees even distribution of access over the period.
The group calendars will be communicated every Thursday for the lessons scheduled for the following week. The rotation will be daily, from Monday to Friday, e.g. in the case of subdivision into 3 groups: day 1 group 1, day 2 group 2, day 3 group 3, day 4 group 1, etc..
In the subsequent phase, students will submit bookings for each individual course on the basis of their study plan, up to a limit of places for the particular lecture room.
During the first semester, students will be able to indicate whether or not they wish to attend lessons in person, either for the entire period or on individual dates (this may be altered during the semester); in this way, the places not taken up by any students of one particular group will be made available to students belonging to other groups.
What can those who access the campus do?
If you access the campus you will be able to physically attend programmed classes and be able to access services (Libraries, Student Services, study rooms, offices open to the public) after booking though the iCatt.
After finishing activities, including private study, students are asked to leave the building in such a way as to avoid groups forming at entrances/exits.
Will classes be delivered online or on campus?
From September and for the whole 2020-2021 academic year, lessons will be held in all university campuses in a mixed form – partly on campus with students in physical attendance and partly online, on the basis of what is decided for each programme by the Faculties. This is on the relevant section on the site.
Timetables for classes, in calendar mode and for each class, is available on ICatt and on the related app. Rooms numbers will be shown, or ‘online lesson’ will appear if the professor/instructor will be live-streamed via Blackboard or if it will be substituted by an video recording of the class.
Will course exams be held online or on campus?
The exams in the autumn session (August/October) will all be held remotely except for certain exams which the faculty decides can be held in mixed mode. For these exams students will be able to indicate at exam registration whether they wish to take their exam on campus or remotely. Those choosing to take their exam on campus will be authorised for access to the campus.
Will final exams be held online or on campus?
The campuses of Milan and Brescia are preparing for the resumption of final exams with students being physically present, with the application of the relevant safety measures, taking into account the type of building and the large number of degree exams to be carried out simultaneously in the two locations. For physical attendance, access restrictions will be imposed in order to guarantee maximum safety both in the university rooms and in the external spaces of the university.
Logistical considerations and the number of students expected to graduate at the campuses in Piacenza and Rome mean that some final exams with students physically present can be held, subject to compliance with current legislation, social distancing and health and safety rules. Participation at the final exam will be restricted to a limited number of people so that the campuses can organise events in the best way possible. Candidates can choose whether to take their final exam on campus or remotely. For on campus exams, students will be given a specific number of passes for friends and family to use. These rules are applied with the aim of putting the university in a position to be able to hold final exams in complete safety and in full compliance with current government provisions.
How will attendance recorded for those activities which require compulsory attendance or attendance of a minimum number of hours?
Professors/instructors will take a register at the beginning of each lesson to record attendance of those on campus and those connected online.
How will course book lists be communicated? Where will it be possible to purchase them?
Books to be purchased will be communicated on professors’/instructors’ personal pages. Bibliographies will also carry links to the Vita e Pensiero bookshop on campus in Largo Gemelli. Books can be purchased online via the link and either pick up the books from the bookshop or have them sent by post. Instructions are available online at https://librerie.unicatt.it. You can also book an appointment at the bookshop for advice and to order any materials not immediately available.
How will professors’/instructors’ office hours work?
In the meantime, as we await further developments regarding the situation, instructors/academic staff will continue to hold office hours remotely via TEAMS, as they have over the past months.
Will live-streamed classes be recorded?
All live-streamed classes (with the professor/instructor physically present in the lecture room or remotely) will be recorded and made available on the Blackboard platform.
How will the classes by recorded?
All the lecture rooms have been equipped with multimedia equipment (video cameras, management systems, adequate audio systems) that will allow students connected online to hear professors/instructors and/or see material projected in class.
How can students interact with professors/instructors during an online lesson e.g. asking for clarification, make comments etc?
Each professor/instructor, or someone on their behalf, will monitor the chat where students connected online can ask questions or make comments.
Will recordings of classes be available if there is difficulty in connecting to a live-streamed class?
All classes will be recorded and saved on the Blackboard platform.
Will students present on campus be able to follow live-streamed lessons remotely?
Students authorised to access campuses (those who are authorised to physically attend classes or have booked an appointment to access services) will be allowed to use the spaces available in lecture rooms with no classes, so long as they social distance. This way, students will also be able to follow live-streamed classes held by professors/instructors not physically present in class.
Activities on campus with physical attendance
What are the rules for attending classes on campus?
Timetables should be adhered to (it is important that all students are in their places when classes start) and routes indicated by signs on campus should be followed. In class, places that can be used will be carry indications. Students are advised to use the hand sanitisers positioned inside the more spacious rooms and outside smaller rooms.
Do I have to wear a face mask when attending classes on campus?
Students can only access university buildings they are equipped with a suitable single-use medical-surgical mask (also labelled as face mask for medical use) or other filtering face mask offering a similar or greater level of protection to the respiratory tract, authorized for trade and with certified effectiveness in line with regulations in force. Other types of masks are not acceptable e.g. home-made masks, masks not carrying certification.
Do I have to social distance when with other students?
Yes. Students have to social distance in line with rules in force and shown in the various areas e.g. lecture rooms, study areas, cafeterias.
University life and services
Can students use communal spaces such as cloisters, study rooms, libraries, coffee bars? What limitations are in force?
The use of common spaces is recommended only if the places for students are clearly indicated and spaced. Each room should have the right spacing and will carry specific indications.
Other spaces, e.g. cloisters, corridors and walkways, can only be used for the purpose of moving within the building.
How can you access the library?
As of 1 September, all library services of the various campuses will be functioning, in a way which is consistent with the University's Covid19 emergency protocol and suitable for protecting the health conditions of users and staff.
All updated information - including the hours of the study rooms and the related access procedures - will be available as always in the Library sections in the unicatt.it portal.
If I am off campus does it make sense to take rented accommodation near the campus for the academic year?
Each individual student will have to make their own assessment based on of the delivery mode of the didactic activities for the programme. Please be reminded that all classes held physically on campus will be live-streamed and recorded, and that being physically present in class does not offer formal advantages over remote access.
Are tax deductions or financial support available if only online teaching is activated?
It should be noted that the health emergency has led Università Cattolica to rethink the educational offer by developing innovative digitally augmented teaching (DAD) which as of September will mean that the university can guarantee delivery of both on-campus classes with students physically attending (within the limits of the health regulations then in force) and live-streamed classes. Students in serious economic difficulty should contact the relevant offices: Commission for Student Fees and Educatt.