Measures taken regarding the spread of COVID-19

  • The current color of the university traffic light system is RED.
  • All buildings are closed to the public, employees and students. 
  • All classes are held remotely.
  • From April 5th, 2021, new rules for entry to Czechia apply.

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Information for students

update to March 21, 2021

Arrival to the Czech Republic

Please, follow the precise information at the university webpages here.

  • Masaryk University has created a helpful tool for students and staff to better understand entry restrictions due to Covid-19. Access the following page to understand the steps to take after your arrival under “Incoming students – conditions for the entry” at https://czs.muni.cz/en/coronavirus. Please keep in mind that while we update this app regularly, the most up-to-date regulations can only be found on the website of the Ministry of Interior: https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/coronavirus-information-of-moi.aspx.
  • As of 30 January, 2021 travelling to the Czech Republic for other than essential reasons is banned. This ban does not apply to students. This means that students may enter the territory of the Czech Republic.
  • The free movement on the territory is limited for 10 days after arrival (see the ban of free movement below).

ACCOMMODATION:

Regarding the new conditions for entry to the Czech Republic territory, MU has introduced new measures concerning the accommodation of students arriving from abroad. Please, read the document here to find out what steps you need to take.


SHARING COVID TEST RESULT WITH MU

You have an obligation to provide the COVID test results to the University within 7 days after your arrival by uploading your test result (negative) or information about test result (positive) to https://is.muni.cz/auth/koronavirus. A negative COVID test result is required to enter all MU premises except for the MU halls of residence.

The list of testing centres is here: https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/seznam-odberovych-center/.

Testing place at Václav Havel Airport in Prague:

https://www.prg.aero/en/testing-covid-19

Testing place near the centre of Brno (they speak English):

  • Name of the laboratory: SPADIA
  • Address: Veveří 64, 60200 Brno, 1st floor 
  • Test price :
    • 1 700 CZK (test without confirmation of infectivity) 
    • 900 CZK (test + confirmation of infectivity) 
  • Results: by e-mail within 48 hours of collection, including the weekend
  • Reservation: online only at https://www.spadia.cz/en/verejnost/vysetreni/objednavka-vysetreni/
  • It is necessary to bring a printed request form, which the self-payer will receive by e-mail after registration for testing.
  • Contact : +420 704 969 882 www.spadia.cz   

All students may check into their original halls of residence that they made the reservation for and were approved for. All students checking into the MU halls of residence must submit a negative test result within 72 hours after arrival to the Czech Republic at https://is.muni.cz/auth/koronavirus if required to do so (see the link https://czs.muni.cz/en/coronavirus). If the test result is positive, follow the rules below.

BAN ON FREE MOVEMENT:

Only if your test is negative, you can go to the university for study-related activities. Until your result is negative, you must observe a ban on free movement. This means that you can only go to get groceries and other necessities, go to the bank, post office and petrol station if needed, the doctor’s and pharmacies, deal with inevitable administrative tasks (like the foreign police/ OAMP registration) and travel to your place of stay. You can go to university for study-related activities. During the 10 day period of the ban of free movement, you must wear a face mask even outdoors.

POSITIVE RESULTS OF COVID-19 TEST:

If your test result is positive, the local hygienic station will contact you with further information. They will share with you further details about the isolation/quarantine. If you have been ordered into quarantine/isolation, you must stay at home and not go out anywhere (even to go shopping or to the doctor’s). In the case of health problems, it is necessary to contact your doctor or the relevant public health station or call 112, though you must state that you are in ordered quarantine. If you have the opportunity, use delivery services for shopping, if you do not have such an opportunity, it is possible to leave your home for the necessary time.

You must report your positive test result in MU IS https://is.muni.cz/auth/koronavirus and also inform your MU coordinator directly.

You may be placed to a different MU hall of residence for the quarantine. Adhere to the MU Accommodation services instructions.

See further details about the quarantine in the Czech Republic at https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/en/what-should-i-do-if-i-am-in-quarantine

Recommendations and tips for freshmen

Dear first-year students, in order to make it easier for you to enter the faculty, when all your teaching will take place online in the autumn semester, we have prepared several tips for you to follow.

Or you can visit our newly created webpages to find the complete info there.

 

Tuition

Traffic-light system:

Masaryk University has introduced a  “traffic-light” system to regulate university activities.

There are four risk levels, each with a corresponding colour: white, green, yellow, and red. White means zero or negligible risk; green, the occurrence of cases without community spread; yellow, beginning community spread; and red, growing or constant community spread. You can learn detail information on the regulation here.


How will the tuition in the spring semester look like?
  • teaching will follow the university traffic light-system and the Dean's measure 5/2020
  • and the Dean's instruction 10/2020
  • the published schedule of full-time study remains valid, teaching will be in an online form
  • individual consultations are allowed only for 2 persons (1 student, 1 teacher)
  • during classroom and online teaching, students are obliged to follow their teachers’ instructions, fulfil the assigned tasks and other study obligations, making sure they meet the deadlines set by individual teachers

The examination period

  • the exams can be held in an online or presence form (maximum of 10 people in the room)

MS Teams?

  • If you want to sign in to Teams, this link will redirect you to the Office 365 web interface. Enter učo@muni.cz. You will be redirected to the single sign-on page, where you enter učo and primary password
  • If you want to master the platform, please go here

Study Online Application (SOL)
If you want to sign in to SOL, go to this link: https://online.econ.muni.cz/
You find the SOL application on every page of the English web page for Students.
You need to know your UCO and faculty password (you received faculty password together with the UCO and primary password). If you do not have it, contact cikt@econ.muni.cz


Are personal consultations possible?

  • Yes. However, only 2 persons can meet face to face (1 teacher, 1 student) - Confirmation of a visit is available in the IS.
  • follow the news at the library's website on self-study resources
  • use of Bloomberg during online teaching

Final state examination and submission of diploma thesis

  • Students who pass the state final exam in the semester autumn 2020 submit their diploma thesis only in electronic form. Paper copies will not be required.
  • The final state examination will be held in person in compliance with all hygiene and safety rules. The distance form of the examination will be possible only in exceptional and serious cases, which must be approved by the Vice-Dean.

Spring semester 2021

  • Courses in the spring semester 2021 will be held mostly online. Exceptions will be granted for fields of study and practical courses permitted by the government.
  • The spring semester begins on 1 March and ends on 30 May. The exam period will last from 31 May to 11 July 2021
  • The beginning of the 2021/2022 autumn semester will not be postponed and will begin in mid-September as usual.

Other important information related to coronavirus

The summary of current restrictions is processed at MUNI webpages.

Information on current measures is also regularly updated on the webpages of the Ministry of Health.


What to do in case of symptoms, high-risk contacts or testing?

Are you currently a MU international student in Brno and you need help with any COVID-19 related issue? Follow the university webpages to be guided through them.


What face-covering do I have to use?

Respirators must be worn at places were are at least 2 persons. The Health Ministry recommends respirators of the KN95 and FFP2 categories. At MUNI, it is mandatory to wear FFP2, KN95 respirators or standard-compliant surgical drapes in the building.

Homemade textile masks are no longer considered significant protection!! 


Who can help me if the whole situation is "too much" and I need help?

We know that the current situation may be very stressful, and mental health is as important as physical one. We, therefore, reached out to the Department of Psychology, asking if some of the teachers/psychologists would be able to provide help to international students if needed, and they agreed. If someone feels like they need to talk to a psychologist, write an email to jana.nesvadbova@econ.muni.cz and she will put you in touch. Consultations are available in English, German, Spanish, and Czech/Slovak.

On this link, you can find some psychological recommendations which we received from the Faculty of Medicine:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1vLYMmgMCvmGueP8wIcZUqHfoQhH5D2r2


Hygiene rules:

  • Use respiratory protection - respirator, face mask, scarf, etc.
  • Consistently pay attention to hand hygiene – wash your hands after arriving at the building, before meals, after using the toilet or after contact with surfaces in shared areas (elevators, etc.).
  • Keep a sufficient distance from other people (a distance of 2 meters is recommended, at a distance smaller, it is recommended to use mouth and nose protection).
  • If any need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a disposable handkerchief and then discard to waste or cover your mouth with your arms. In case of sneezing into the palm of your hand, wash your hands immediately.
  • Avoid accumulation of persons in one place, especially in the interiors of buildings and avoid physical contact (e.g. handshake).
  • In case of infectious disease, especially with respiratory symptoms (dyspnoea/feeling difficulty breathing, fever, and dry cough) contact your GP and responsibly consider your presence at school.

Faculty building, library, dormitories, canteens

Is the Faculty building open?

  • NO, all MUNI buildings are closed to students and the public. 

Is the library open?


Is the canteen open?


Are the dormitories open?

Summary of MU Halls of residence COVID fighting measures:

Meetings in general

Ban on parties and other social gatherings in the halls, incl. students‘ rooms

All room meetings

Accommodation services do not recommend even to visit fellow student’s rooms. People can gather in groups of a maximum of two people, incl. in rooms, all shared spaces like kitchen and outdoor places around halls of residence.

Facemasks

Facemasks must be worn in all common areas in the halls

Night peace time

It is mandatory to observe the night time between 22:00 and 06:00 o’clock.

 

Violation of the above rules in MU dorms will lead to the immediate termination of the accommodation contract, you may be also reported to the police and we also inform your home university about the accident.

 


Information for employees

update to March 15, 2021

From March 17, 2021, personal presence at the workplace without a negative result for the SARS-CoV-2 virus test is prohibited. The test must not be older than seven days.

More information on testing at MUNI can be found here.

University Traffic-light system

  • From September 2, the operation of MU is based on the university traffic-light system colour of which is derived from the epidemiological situation in the Brno district.
  • The new decision of the Rector orders students to immediately announce a positive test for COVID-19 or quarantine via the Information System.
    Persons with symptoms of a viral infectious disease are prohibited from entering MU buildings (shortness of breath, fever, dry cough, sudden loss of taste and smell).
    Check the current status of the MU traffic light here.
  • Every employee with a positive COVID-19 test result must report the result to a direct supervisor who will immediately inform the MU crisis manager.

Faculty measurements

Presence at work

  • The operation of the faculty has been governed since 12 October 2020 by the Dean's measure No. 6/2020, which regulates procedures for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 at the ESF MU.

  • From March 17, 2021, personal presence at the workplace without a negative result for the SARS-CoV-2 virus test is prohibited. The test must not be older than seven days. More information on testing at MUNI can be found here.

  • At MUNI, it is mandatory to wear FFP2, KN95 respirators or standard-compliant surgical drapes in the building.

    Homemade textile masks are no longer considered significant protection!! 

  • Compliance with the instructions of the traffic light system for individual areas of activity is obligatory. For activities that are not specified in the traffic light system, the instructions declared for the activity that is inherently closest in nature shall apply.

  • The work scheme of academic staff is based on instructions according to the current level of emergency and instructions of the Heads of departments

  • The heads of the Dean's Offices decide on the work scheme of their departments depending on the current level of risk following the methodological guidelines. In the event of the third stage of an emergency, they should define employees necessary to ensure the operation of the faculty. Other employees work from home.

Home office regime:

It is recommended to work in home office regime. If this is not possible, it must be ensured that a maximum of 1 person is present in one room.
The recommended measures are elaborated in the methodological sheet and its appendix and applied in full at the faculty.

An employee also switches to work from home if:

  • having manifestations of infectious disease mainly with respiratory symptoms (dyspnoea/difficulty breathing, fever, dry cough);
  • he/she got infected;
  • someone in the employee's immediate area is quarantined;
  • there was a risk contact (the definition of a risk contact can be found in the methodological sheet).
    Information obligation of the employee/manager.

Information obligation of the employee/manager:

  • If an employee has encountered a risky contact, he must report this fact to his supervisor without delay.
    The supervisor informs the head of the Personnel Department about the home office of individual employees via e-mail.
  • According to the new decision of the Rector, each employee is obliged to report his / her own positive test or contact with an infected or risky person in the internal application of Prevention COVID-19. More information can be found here.

Foreign business trips:

It is forbidden to travel on foreign or domestic business trips. Please follow the restrictions according to the university traffic light.

Library operation:

You can find information about the opening hours etc. here.

Online tuition

How will the tuition in the autumn semester look like?
  • teaching will follow the university traffic light-system and the Dean's measure 5/2020
  • and the Dean's instruction 10/2020
  • and Guidelines issued by the Office for Studies of the Masaryk University Rector’s Office
  • the current timetable remains in force, i.e. all planned classes must take place in defined time slots using available technology
  • course guarantors are responsible for ensuring that enrolled students will be notified of all necessary changes in teaching, course organization, course completion conditions, etc. without undue delay by mass e-mail using the Information System (hereinafter "IS"; or another information channel common for a given course) and, at the same time, the information will be entered in the course study materials in the IS ("Organizational instructions", "Interactive syllabus", etc.). Changes and instructions determined and announced this way have a higher validity in the Autumn semester 2020 than the information given in the Course Syllabi in the IS.
  • the examination period of the Autumn semester 2020 (January and February 2021) can be taken in person or remotely. In-person examinations can be held only for a maximum of 10 people at a time.  Final state examinations in January 2021 will take place in the same way as in June 2020, i.e. primarily in person and, in justified cases, by videoconference.


Teachers are obliged to:

  • keep students informed about the organization of self-study, to assign tasks and check how they are fulfilled, and to continuously evaluate students’ performance if required by the nature of the course
  • broadcast online all lectures scheduled in the "P" lecture halls, where the SOL video conferencing equipment is installed and, at the same time, make their off-line recordings which will be made available to students. The course guarantor may decide that the online transmission of lectures will be replaced by making their off-line recordings available, and, at the same time, may determine another form of online communication with students in the MS Teams environment, or on another platform applicable in the course.
  • to consult with students regarding the content of individual courses, interim and final theses. In order to provide information and pass on instructions and study materials, they will use IS tools, SOL and MS Teams, or other platforms applicable in the course.

The possibilities of online teaching are clearly summarized here.

To ensure different educational activities, tools integrated into IS MU are also available:

- Interactive syllabus for organizing teaching and activities

- Sharing of electronic study materials,

- Electronic tests for practice,

- Homework Vaults for the collection of finished tasks,

- Communication tools: discussion forums, email, notebooks

- Peer evaluation of students etc.

If you have never worked with e-learning tools in IS, you can use the e-learning guide to get started with some of the above-mentioned activities quickly:

All electronic tools are available here: https://is.muni.cz/auth/napoveda/elearning/#elearning

Technical support is available remotely at etech@fi.muni.cz or you may also ask Jiří Bartoš(109590@mail.muni.cz), for help with regard to IS MU e-learning support at our faculty. The e-technician can help you, for example, copy and edit study materials, convert study materials tree to the current semester,  prepare and modify interactive syllabi, prepare online tests and much more.


MS Teams and IS MUNI connection

The connection between MS Teams and IS MUNI was put into operation. It is possible to create teams in the IS directly in the Teacher's course notebook.

If help needed, learn more here.

For detailed information you can contact Mrs Jitka Daňková or Mr Filip Daněk

Spring semester 2021

  • Courses in the spring semester 2021 will be held mostly online. Exceptions will be granted for fields of study and practical courses permitted by the government.
  • The spring semester begins on 1 March and ends on 30 May. The exam period will last from 31 May to 11 July 2021
  • The beginning of the 2021/2022 autumn semester will not be postponed and will begin in mid-September as usual.

Arrival to the Czech Republic

Please, follow the precise information at the university webpages here.

  • Masaryk University has created a helpful tool for students and staff to better understand entry restrictions due to Covid-19. Access the following page to understand the steps to take after your arrival under “Incoming students – conditions for the entry” at https://czs.muni.cz/en/coronavirus. Please keep in mind that while we update this app regularly, the most up-to-date regulations can only be found on the website of the Ministry of Interior: https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/coronavirus-information-of-moi.aspx.
  • All persons travelling from countries that are not on the list of the countries with a low risk of contagion* are required to fill out the electronic arrival form. The electronic form is available here: Public Health Passenger Locator Form. The electronic/printed version of the form must be presented at the border/in-country control when arriving in the Czech Republic/after arrival. Arriving persons are obliged to undergo a PCR test in the Czech Republic within 5 days* from the arrival and need to submit the PCR test result to the respective hygienic station within 7 days from the arrival at pendleri@khsbrno.cz.
  • The free movement on the territory is limited for 10 days after arrival (see the ban of free movement below).

*Specific conditions apply to EU citizens from France, Croatia, Malta, Luxemburg and Romania and for third country permanent residents in EU countries.

HOW TO REPORT A TEST RESULT TO MUNI:

Employees report the test result by notifying the HR department at the workplace.

TESTING CENTRES:

The list of testing centres is here: https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/seznam-odberovych-center/.

RESTRICTIONS OF MOVEMENT:

Only if your test is negative, you can go to the university for study-related activities. Even with a negative test, until the 10th day (included) after your arrival to the Czech Republic, you must observe a ban of free movement. This means that you can only go to get groceries and other necessities, go to the bank, post office and petrol station if needed, the doctor’s and pharmacies, inevitable, deal with inevitable administrative tasks (like the foreign police/ OAMP registration) and travel to your place of stay. You can go to university for study-related activities. During the 10 day period of the ban of free movement, you must wear a face mask even outdoors.

POSITIVE RESULTS OF COVID-19 TEST:

If your test is positive, the local hygienic station will contact you with further information. They will share with you further details about the isolation/quarantine. If you have been ordered into quarantine/isolation, you must stay at home and not go out anywhere (even to go shopping or to the doctor’s). In the case of health problems, it is necessary to contact your doctor or the relevant public health station or call 112, though you must state that you are in ordered quarantine. If you have the opportunity, use delivery services for shopping, if you do not have such an opportunity, it is possible to leave your home for the necessary time.

Other important information related to coronavirus

The summary of current restrictions is processed at MUNI webpages.

Information on current measures is also regularly updated on the webpages of the Ministry of Health.


If you are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus Disease.

If you experience symptoms of emerging respiratory disease (fever above 38°C, cough, breathing problems), stay at home, limit contact with others, contact a doctor via phone or email or other established helplines and follow their instructions. If you do not have a doctor in the Czech Republic, do see the list of English-speaking doctors in Brno here. 

Helplines: 

  • +420 724 810 106, +420 725 191 367 or +420 725 191 370: nonstop helpline of the National Institute of Public Health 
  • +420 777 44 86 86: Centre for International Cooperation, Masaryk University 

If you have trouble that operators of Czech helplines do not speak English, please contact the helpline of Centre of International Cooperation at Masaryk University.


Is it necessary to wear face-covering?

Yes, it is mandatory to wear face-covering in the interior of all buildings and the exterior in places where the distance of two meters cannot is ensured.

Facemasks must be worn at all public transport stops, on platforms, under shelters and in waiting rooms.

You do not have to wear a face mask at home (however, this does not relate to shared corridors).


Who can help me if the whole situation is "too much" and I need help?

We know that the current situation may be very stressful, and mental health is as important as the physical one. We, therefore, reached out to the Department of Psychology, asking if some of the teachers/psychologists would be able to provide help to international students if needed, and they agreed. If someone feels like they need to talk to a psychologist, write an email to jana.nesvadbova@econ.muni.cz and she will put you in touch. Consultations are available in English, German, Spanish, and Czech/Slovak.

On this link, you can find some psychological recommendations which we received from the Faculty of Medicine:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1vLYMmgMCvmGueP8wIcZUqHfoQhH5D2r2


Hygiene rules:

  • Use respiratory protection - respirator, face mask, scarf, etc.
  • Consistently pay attention to hand hygiene – wash your hands after arriving at the building, before meals, after using the toilet or after contact with surfaces in shared areas (elevators, etc.).
  • Keep a sufficient distance from other people (a distance of 2 meters is recommended, at a distance smaller, it is recommended to use mouth and nose protection).
  • If any need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a disposable handkerchief and then discard to waste or cover your mouth with your arms. In case of sneezing into the palm of your hand, wash your hands immediately.
  • Avoid accumulation of persons in one place, especially in the interiors of buildings and avoid physical contact (e.g. handshake).
  • In case of infectious disease especially with respiratory symptoms (dyspnoea/feeling difficulty breathing, fever, and dry cough) contact your GP and responsibly consider your presence at school.

Project-related information

In case of any questions, please contact the head of the Office for Strategy and Project Management, Mgr. Bc. David Póč, david.poc@econ.muni.cz, phone +420 737 574 415.

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