Measures taken regarding the spread of COVID-19

  • The university traffic-light system is currently YELLOW.
  • Face masks are mandatory in all MU buildings including classrooms.
  • All in-person teaching for more than 50 people will be only in online mode.
  • Students must immediately report if they have positive test results for COVID-19 or been required to go into quarantine.
  • See also current restrictions in the Czech Republic here and details on entering the country for students and employees.

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Information for students

update to September 23, 2020

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).
  • The second test after the arrival is not required in case the first test is negative.

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

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 result of COVID test purchased through the MU Shopping Center (order here)in the Brno Teaching Hospital from September 24 to 30, 2020 will be recorded in IS MU automatically; the MU Hall of Residence authorities will be informed automatically as well.

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); this does not apply to a student who undergoes the COVID test in Brno University Hospital Bohunice between Sept. 24-30 (order here), when the results will be recorded automatically. If the test result is positive, follow the rules below. The same students also need to submit the second test after 14 days after the arrival to the Czech Republic. Until you have a second negative test, you have to observe the ban on free movement.

BAN ON FREE 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.

You must report your positive test result in MU IS https://is.muni.cz/auth/koronavirus (the result of COVID testing through the MU Shopping Center in the Brno Teaching Hospital from September 24 to 30, 2020 will be recorded in IS MU automatically) 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.

 

 

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.

Every person must wear a face mask inside Masaryk University's buildings.


How will the tuition in the autumn semester look like?

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

Are personal consultations possible?

  • yes, personal consultations are possible, but it is preferable to ask the teacher for a consultation via MS Teams, Skype, etc.
  • follow the news at the library's website on self-study resources
  • use of Bloomberg during online teaching

Study matters

Is the Student Affairs Office/International Office closed?

  • YES, the Student Affairs Office and International Office are closed, but everything depends on the individual agreement - some urgent matters, which cannot be solved electronically (e.g. receiving a diploma or other documents without electronic form) can be resolved personally, but first, please contact the Student Affairs Office at studijni@econ.muni.cz (for Czech study programmes) or International Office at jana.nesvadbova@econ.muni.cz (for programmes held in English)
  • In all other cases, contact your Student Affairs Office at studijni@econ.muni.cz or International Office at jana.nesvadbova@econ.muni.cz

Is it possible to solve various study matters via e-mail?

  • YES, most of the faculty staff work from home, they are available on e-mail

Other important information related to coronavirus

Is it necessary to wear face-covering?

From September 18, it is mandatory to wear face-covering in the interior of all buildings including classrooms.

You do not have to wear a face mask:

  • at home (however, this does not relate to shared corridors)
  • in restaurants when drinking and eating
  • in a fitness centre when exercising

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.

Faculty building, library, dormitories, canteens

Is the Faculty building open?

  • YES, the faculty building is open. However, students can only enter the building through the main entrance and with a face mask.

Is the library open?


Is the canteen open?


Are the dormitories open?

 


Information for employees

update to September 22, 2020

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.
  • Class sizes are limited to 50 people. (Rector's decision No. 8/2020)
  • 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 Bc. Sabina Gross (grossova@rect.muni.cz, ph. 54949 3983).

Faculty measurements

Home office regime:

An employee switches to work from home if he/she has manifestations of infectious disease mainly with respiratory symptoms (shortness of breath, fever, dry cough);
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

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.

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
  • 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.
  • at the moment, we expect examinations in the examination period of the Autumn semester 2020 (January and February 2021) to be taken remotely. 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.

 

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).
  • The second test after the arrival is not required in case the first test is negative.

*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/.

From September 24 to 30, you can be tested in the University Hospital Brno Bohunice during time blocks reserved for Masaryk University. You can order the test here.

All persons who have undergone the first test must also undergo the second test at their own expense after 14 days from the entry into the territory of the Czech Republic. If the first test results are negative, these persons are only restricted in their free movement (see below) for the period between the first and second tests. Contact with these people is not a risky one and these people can normally attend classes and work.

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

Is it necessary to wear face-covering?

From September 18, it is mandatory to wear face-covering in the interior of all buildings including classrooms.

You do not have to wear a face mask:

  • at home (however, this does not relate to shared corridors)
  • in restaurants when drinking and eating
  • in a fitness centre when exercising

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.