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Ca' Foscari for the Coronavirus emergency

Teaching and learning activities for January-February 2022  
Urgent measures regarding the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic

The memorandum issued by MUR on 5 January 2022 regarding the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic and the possibility of holding exam sessions and graduation sessions online (“Evoluzione del quadro epidemiologico - svolgimento con modalità a distanza delle prove, delle sedute di laurea e degli esami di profitto”) reads as follows:

“In consideration of the health risks related to the continued spread of COVID-19, the state of emergency initially declared by the Italian Cabinet on 31 January 2020 has been extended to 31 March 2022 (Decree-Law no. 221, 24 December 2021).  
Because of this, and because of the recent worsening of the pandemic — notwithstanding the fact that “teaching and learning activities in universities are to be held primarily in person” according to Article 1, paragraph 1 of Decree-Law no. 111/2021, subsequently converted to Law no. 133/2021 — in January and February 2022 universities can organise their teaching and learning activities online whenever in-person activities are not possible. This includes exams and graduation sessions. The organisation of such activities must also respect the needs and requirements of students with disabilities and with specific learning impairments.”

In keeping with the memorandum, we communicate the following updates regarding the way teaching activities and exams will be held in January and February 2022, unless further changes in the pandemic situation require that other modifications be made.
For further information please read the FAQs about the organisation of teaching activites.

Lessons

Starting in February 2022 and until further notice, the maximum capacity of classrooms is 50% and booking a seat is mandatory. All lessons will also be available via live streaming.

Exams

  1. In January and February 2022, written exams will be held in person, in compliance with the following safety measures:

    1. seating arrangements in classrooms must respect the social distance of at least one metre;
    2. everyone must wear an FFP2 (UNI EN 149: 2009) face mask;
    3. everyone must sanitise their hands and check their temperature upon entry, at the automatic checking stations or with assistance from university staff.

    Students belonging to specific categories who for documented reasons are unable to take one or more written exams during the current exam session (10 January - 5 February 2022) will be allowed to take exams during an exam recovery session. Please see the attached document.

  1. In January and February 2022, oral exams will be held online.
  2. In January and February 2022, professors observing quarantine or self-isolation may be substituted by a colleague for in-person exams; alternatively, an online exam format may be adopted. When professors are ill, exams may be postponed, unless a colleague is available for substitution.
  3. In January and February 2022, students who are supposed to take exams in person may take such exams online in the cases listed below. Online exams will be held in the same format as the corresponding in-person exams, insofar as it is technically possible.

    1. students subject to quarantine or isolation measures (due to their own SARS-CoV-2 positivity or to "close contact" with a positive person) for exams taking place starting from Monday 17/01, must send a request to the Campus of their study field ( campus.economico@unive.it campus.linguistico@unive.it campus.scientifico@unive.it campus.umanistico@unive.it treviso@unive.it), specifying the following information: personal data, degree programme, title and date of the exam they wish to take online, professor in charge. Requests must not be sent to  onlineexams@unive.it any longer;
    2. students who cannot travel to Venice because they reside in an area that does not allow people to travel must refer to  onlineexams@unive.it;
    3. international students, i.e. students who possess a foreign qualification and are foreign citizens, and cannot travel (for updated information regarding the possibility of travelling to Italy from abroad, please refer to the Ministry of Health website) must contact  onlineexams@unive.it;
    4. students with disabilities recognized under art. 3 c.3 Law 104/92 must send a request to  disabilita@unive.it;
    5. frail/vulnerable students suffering from serious diseases or certified immunodepression who, due to the particularly high risk of infection (regardless of the current pandemic of SARS-CoV-2), must not attend classes on site (O.M. n. 134 of 09/10/2020). The condition of frailty is assessed and certified by the General Practitioner and the local Department of Prevention through a formal document to be sent to  disabilita@unive.it.

 

Organisational measures 

Mandatory vaccination for university staff 

According to Decree-Law no. 1 of 7 January 2022, vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 will be mandatory for university staff from 1 February 2022. The same Decree-Law also makes vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 mandatory for every person over the age of 50 from 15 February 2022.

Staff with specific and certified medical conditions may be exempted from vaccination, according to Article 4, paragraphs 2 and 7 of Decree-Law no.44/2021.

All relevant information on these new measures is in the memorandum attached. 

file pdfMemorandum no. 2 of 12/01/2022
Mandatory vaccination for university staff
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International students

Vaccination and Green Pass

Italy, like other European countries, has introduced the so-called Green Pass system as a means of containing the spread of Covid-19. The Green Pass takes the form of a personalised QR code and is currently required in order to access public indoor contexts and crowded public events (including public transportation, indoor restaurant dining, gyms and pools, cultural contexts such as cinemas, theatres, concerts, discos, etc. For further information, always check the Italian Government's official webpage [ITA]).
In addition, the Italian Ministerial Decree of 5 August 2021 [ITA] requires university staff and students to have a Green Pass in order to access university spaces and buildings.
Please note that the indications outlined here could be revisited and adjusted by the relevant authorities as the epidemiological situation evolves. We will do our best to inform you about any such changes as soon as the authorities make us aware of them.

The Italian Green Pass can take one of two forms:

This gives you access to the university’s classes and local public transportation, but you have limited access to restaurants, cultural events, sports activities and public social contexts depending on the current situation of the pandemic’s management in the Italian region of reference. For Ca’ Foscari, this region is the Veneto.
More detailed information [ITA].

How to obtain it: via a rapid or PCR Covid test with a negative result. The pass lasts for 48 hours (rapid test) or 72 hours (PCR test) from the moment the test was performed (places to take a swab test in Venice [ITA]);

This gives you unlimited access to public places.

How to obtain it: there are currently four ways:

  1. you have had Covid and recovered. In this case, the Green Pass lasts for 6 months from the date of recovery;
  2. you have recovered from Covid and received a single dose of a vaccine approved by the EMA. You receive the pass after the vaccination and, as of 1 February 2022, it lasts for 6 months;
  3. you have received the first dose of one of the double-dose vaccines approved by the EMA. After the first dose, you will receive a Green Pass valid from the 15th day after the first dose until you get the second dose. If you do not complete the vaccination cycle, this Green Pass automatically expires on the expected date of the second dose;
  4. you have received the full cycle of a vaccine approved by the EMA. After the second dose, you will receive a Green Pass that, as of February 2022, is valid for 6 months.

Depending on various factors, there are eight main situations in which you might find yourself:

The QR code issued as your Green Pass by one of the above-mentioned countries is automatically recognised in Italy.

Certificates attesting full recovery from a SARS-CoV-2 infection that have been issued by the competent authorities in the above-mentioned countries are recognised as equivalent to the EU Green Pass.
Any proof of recovery must not be from earlier than 6 months ago, and the relevant Green Pass will be valid for 6 months from the date of recovery indicated.

If you already possess a vaccination certificate issued by a non-EU country, you can request that it be recognised by the Italian authorities in order to obtain a Green Pass by sending an email to  commissario.vaccini@aulss3.veneto.it.
The email must include all of the following attachments:

  • your Italian tax code
  • a PDF copy of an identity document or passport
  • the vaccination certificate issued to you by a foreign health authority, which MUST clearly state the following data:

    • your personal information (name and surname; date of birth)
    • details of the vaccination: name of the vaccine; vaccine lot; date(s) of vaccination (of single dose or of the first and second doses)
    • details regarding the authority that issued the certificate (nation; name of health authority)

Your vaccination certificate (both hard copies and soft copies are accepted) must provide all of the relevant information in Italian or English (other languages certificates must be accompanied by a certified English or Italian translation).
Important: this case refers only to those who have gotten the above-mentioned certificates in countries different from those listed in Case A (see above).

If you are not enrolled in the Italian National Health Service, you can book an appointment for vaccination by sending an email to  commissario.vaccini@aulss3.veneto.it.
The email must include all of the following attachments:

On the day of your assigned vaccination appointment, it is essential that you bring the following documents with you to the vaccination centre:

  • your Italian tax code
  • self-declaration stating your completed enrolment as a Ca’ Foscari student
  • consent form (please download the English form below and the general information attachments regarding the possible vaccines: Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson&Johnson). This form is a declaration of your personal decision to be vaccinated. The attachments provide: general information regarding the vaccines; possible side effects; warnings and precautions, including all of the medical conditions that might interfere with the vaccination.

If you already possess a certificate of recovery from a SARS-CoV-2 infection issued by a non-EU country, you can request to have it recognised in order to obtain a Green Pass by sending an email to  commissario.vaccini@aulss3.veneto.it.
The email must include all of the following attachments:

  • your Italian tax code
  • a PDF copy of an identity document or passport
  • a document providing proof of recovery issued by a foreign health authority, which must clearly state the following data:

    • your personal information (name and surname; date of birth)
    • information on your SARS-CoV-2 infection deriving from the first PCR swab test that showed positive result
    • details regarding the authority that issued the certificate (nation; name of health authority)

Any proof of recovery must not be from earlier than 6 months ago and the relevant Green Pass will be valid for 6 months from the date of recovery indicated.
Important: this case refers only to those who have obtained proof of recovery in countries different from those listed in Case B (see above). The certificate of recovery (both hard copies and soft-copies are accepted) must provide all of the relevant information in Italian OR English (certificates in other languages must be accompanied by a certified English or Italian translation).

If you have received the first dose of a vaccine approved by the Italian government after recovering from SARS-CoV-2, you can request a Green Pass, but you will have to follow the indications provided for Case C by providing both a vaccination certificate and proof of recovery.

If you completed your vaccination cycle more than 28 days but less than 180 days ago, you can obtain your Green Pass by receiving an additional single "booster" dose of an mRNA vaccine approved by the EMA.
If you have completed your vaccination cycle more than 180 days ago, you can obtain your Green Pass by receiving a new complete vaccination cycle of one of the vaccines approved by the EMA.
In both cases, to book vaccination appointments, please refer to Case D above. Please consider that in addition to the documents listed in Case D, you will have to send the vaccination certificate of the received vaccination cycle to  commissario.vaccini@aulss3.veneto.it and bring it with you on the day of the vaccination.
If you have any doubts about the suitability of the above options in your particular case, please consult your general practitioner.

Please refer to Case D. When booking the appointment, also attach the certificate(s) of the vaccine doses you received.
Once you receive the third dose, you can download a new Green Pass that will be valid for 9 months.

Please note: Ca’ Foscari strongly recommends that you always refer to a general practitioner in your home country, in order to gather all of the information regarding your particular medical history, discuss any possible medical conditions that might interfere with the vaccination and evaluate the risks involved in receiving the vaccination. Any relevant information in this regard must be reported to the doctors or health care workers of the vaccination team on the vaccination day.
If you experience difficulty in obtaining your official Green Pass (e.g., due to technical reasons) but you have an official certificate of vaccination or recovery that affords you the right to receive it, you can always access your classes and university spaces/buildings by showing one of these documents.
Given the volatility of the pandemic’s impact, we strongly encourage you to check this web page regularly in order to stay as up-to-date as possible. In case of need, please write to:  immigrationteam@unive.it

What to do if

I am an Extra-Ue student

  • If you hold a private Health Insurance, you need to contact the issuing company for further information, as every one may have different terms and conditions. Please note that private insurance contracts must cover all risks of illness for the entire period of your stay in Italy, they must specify the country of validity and the dates of issuance and expiration and they must include indications about the procedures to ask for a reimbursement.
  • If you subscribed to the National Health System in Italy and you finalized your registration at the health registry (Anagrafe Sanitaria), you should immediately get in touch with the general practitioner (by phone call or text message). He/she will give you all the needed information to proceed with a swab test, if necessary.

I am a European student and I hold the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

  • If you are an EU student, you should hold the EHIC, issued by your national health authorities (if you do not have the EHIC card, you should contact the health service in your country before your departure). This card gives access to the public health care, although it does not cover any medical treatment.
  • If you have symptoms, please get in touch with a private doctor or subscribe to the annual National Health System in Italy, in order to be assigned a general practitioner.

  • In case you tested positive for Covid-19 after taking a swab test through the National Health System, you should carefully follow the instructions that the local health registry (Anagrafe Sanitaria Locale) and the doctors will give you.
  • In case you test positive for Covid-19 after taking a swab test privately, reach the following contacts:

    • 800 938 811 toll-free number of Ulss 3 Serenissima
    • 800 462 340 toll-free number of Regione Veneto

We suggest you to get in touch with a general practitioner who will give you detailed instructions according to the measures of contagion prevention in place.
Ca’ Foscari University recommends using the app Immuni (Government’s app for Covid-19 contact tracing).

All international students can find further information about Health Insurances on the webpage Stay, insurance, transport. For further information: Counselling and Welcome Unit  immigrationteam@unive.it.

For up-to-date information from Regione Veneto: 

Telephone contacts for Covid-19:

  • 1500: Italian Health Ministry Number (Covid-19 info)
  • 800 462 340: toll-free number of Regione Veneto (in case of symptoms)
  • 800 938 811: toll-free number of ULSS Serenissima

Incoming mobility

Before arriving, incoming students will have to:

  • make sure that the Home University, the country of destination and the national and international regulations allow traveling
  • make sure to know and accept the specific teaching and class attendance modalities (on-site or online), taking into account that they could change according to the evolution of the pandemic

Contacts:

Outgoing mobility

Prior to departure, outgoing students will have to:

  • make sure that the Host University, the country of destination and the national and international regulations allow traveling
  • make sure to know and accept the specific teaching and class attendance modalities (on-site or online), taking into account that they could change according to the evolution of the pandemic
  • sign a “Declaration of responsibility” specifically designed to relieve Ca’ Foscari University of Venice of responsibility in case of any sort of difficulty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

Contacts:

Coronavirus and Ca’ Foscari

At Ca’ Foscari, the need to contain the coronavirus’s spread has necessitated the cancellation/postponement of events, the substitution of on-campus classes and exams with online equivalents, and the restriction of physical access to libraries and communal spaces at the university. Although most staff is working from home, access to services continues uninterrupted via telephone, email and online conferencing platforms.
It is easy to feel a sense of disorientation and isolation in our current circumstances, but the Ca’ Foscari community is an inclusive and resilient one. Although we are being called upon to make difficult personal and collective sacrifices, and to adapt our habits for the greater good, together, as citizens of the world, we are rising to the challenge. 

Front office services and office hours

Student desks and student services appointments must be booked online through the general contact list of student services.
Some in-person office hours are available (booking is required). Students should contact individual professors and language assistants directly and in advance for information regarding this possibility. Information concerning office hours is available on the teaching staff’s personal pages.

Laboratories and internships

Experiential activities, including internships, can be conducted in person, in compliance with the safety protocols explained in attachments 18 and 22 of the Ministerial Decree issued on 12/03/2021. 

Therefore:

  • all current curricular internships conducted in person or in a mixed format can continue in these modes, in compliance with the safety protocols explained in attachments 18 and 22 of the Ministerial Decree issued on 12/03/2021, and according to what the host organisation requires;
  • all curricular and extracurricular internships on Ca’ Foscari premises, both for Ca’ Foscari students and members of other universities, can be conducted in person, online or in a mixed format; tutors need to ensure their presence on the premises for in-person or mixed activities, and the authorisation of the Head of the Department is required;
  • new curricular internships can be activated in person, in a mixed format or entirely online, in compliance with the safety protocols explained in attachments 18 and 22 of the Ministerial Decree issued on 12/03/2021, and according to what the host organisation requires.

Internships abroad

Study rooms 

Study rooms can be booked via EasyPlanning. Here is a list of the study rooms available:

  • 208 places at CFZ - Ca' Foscari Zattere
  • from Monday 4 October 2021: 24 places in the study room of Edificio Zeta at the Scientific Campus of Via Torino (Mestre); 14 places in Aula 1A and 12 places in Aula H at Polo Didattico San Basilio
  • 15 places in Spazio 25 and 10 places in Aula Nicchie at Palazzo San Paolo
  • 30 places in Aula Accoglienza at Palazzo San Leonardo, divided as follows:

    • Monday-Wednesday (until 3 p.m.) = 5 places
    • Wednesday (from 3 p.m.)-Friday = 25 places

  • 13 places in Spazi studio Chiereghin at Palazzo San Leonardo, divided as follows:

    • Monday-Wednesday (until 3 p.m.) = 3 places
    • Wednesday (from 3 p.m.)-Friday = 10 places

Libraries and access to bibliographic resources

From 1 September, the Covid-19 Green Pass certificate is required to access library rooms and services. In any case, you will be required to book a seat or an appointment via EasyPlanning.

To loan and return books, the Green Pass is not required, as these services do not result in a prolonged stay in the library.

The website of each library is updated with the current opening hours. Please refer to BALI, BAS, BAUM, BEC, CFZ or to SBA - University Library System.

The University Library System has a vast collection of available resources, including over 2 million e-books, more than 60,000 e-journals and 84 databases, all of which can be explored by using Ca' Foscari's library portal, cerCa'. In addition, the university library system has activated access to additional resources (e-books and e-journals) that have been made available by their publishing houses during the coronavirus emergency.

Detailed instructions regarding how to access online bibliographic resources can be found on the web page dedicated to remote access procedures.

For further information or for additional help with the use of electronic resources and the cerCa’ portal, please fill in this online help form: Chiedi aiuto [ITA].

For technical problems related to remote access and credentials, please contact the Call Centre.

It is also possible, even without authenticated web access, to consult the ARCA research archive as well as the full-text documents and photographs of other digital archives [ITA].

 

Psychological helpline by ESU Venice

ESU Venezia, the regional agency for the right to study, provides some services activated by CUORI, the Guidance and Psychological Counselling Centre. Psychological counselling interventions can also be held in English.
For more information: www.esuvenezia.it ,  scop@esuvenezia.it, Palazzo Badoer, San Polo 2549, Venice

Last update: 19/01/2022