Information on operation restrictions at the USB - 7. 12. 2020 - UPDATED!

December 23, 2020: New government resolutions regulating the operation of universities in the period 27. 12. 2020 - 10. 1. 2021 were issued. According to the Rector's ordinance No. R 417, on the organization of the academic year 2020/2021, there will be winter holidays at the USB from 21 December 2020 to 3 January 2021 and so we will not address the application of these resolutions in the USB conditions in the form of the usual information text now. The USB students and staff will be informed about the operation of the USB after 4. 1. in the week from 28. 12. If necessary, the text of the government resolution can be found here.

Dear colleagues and students,

on the basis of the Resolutions of the Government of the Czech Republic No. 1263 from November 31, 2020, on the adoption of a crisis measure, the current restriction of operations of higher education institutions in effect from December 7, 2020, was amended in the following manner (changes distinct from the current situation are highlighted in bold): the personal presence of students and participants of lifelong learning courses at instruction remains prohibited with the exception of exceptions outlined below, participation in exams in the context of studies is permitted up to 10 persons in attendance. The following are permitted:

  • instruction of students of first years in presence of 20 students at the most;
  • laboratory, experimental or artistic instruction (regardless of the year of study) of a bachelor’s or master’s degree programme in the presence of 20 students at the most;
  • instruction in a doctoral degree programme;
  • participation in clinical and practical instruction and practical training of students of healthcare degree programmes and students performing pedagogical practical instruction and pedagogical practical training in schools or facilities for the exercise of institutional education and secured care;
  • participation in clinical and practical instruction and practical training that take place at locations of external entities;
  • individual consultations (not only on a voluntary basis but also as a part of study obligations or individual instruction).

Visits to libraries for the purpose of receiving or returning study literature are permitted as well.

The permission of ‘laboratory, experimental or art instruction’ is applied in the conditions of the USB in such a way that this exception applies to all instruction of practical nature (seminars, practical classes) that cannot be substituted by distance learning due to the nature of the course (of course including the restriction to 20 students in a group at the most). Instruction for first years is understood as a course that is described as recommended for the first year of some degree programme in IS STAG or a course in which at least one student in their first year of studies is enrolled; the participation in in-person instruction of such a course is permitted to all students who are enrolled in the course regardless of their year of studies.

In connection with that we would like to remind you that the permission of in-person instruction does not mean that it is ordered as mandatory, i.e., in substantiated cases (in particular with regard to personnel availability and harmonising the schedules of in-person and distance learning, the possibility splitting the course into groups etc.) it is possible to continue with distance instruction even in courses in which in-person instruction is permitted. We ask that educators of courses, which the abovementioned exceptions apply to, inform students about the manner in which further instruction will take place at once. Please address potential clashes of in-person and distance learning (with respect to the transfer of students between courses of in-person and distance learning) immediately within guaranteeing departments.

Please do not forget to follow all currently valid ordinances concerning respiratory tr act protection. According to the ordinance of MH CZ from November 20, 2020, protection of the respiratory tract is understood as a respirator, surgical mask, face mask, scarf, shawl or other means that prevent the spread of droplets. In cases in which it is necessary that the student sees the mouth of the educator during instruction, it is possible for the educator to use a face shield as protective equipment for respiratory tract protection under the condition that the educator maintains a distance of at least 2 meters from students. Educational activities, the nature of which does not allow for the use of protective equipment (in particular physical education, singing, playing wind instruments), constitute an exception to ordinances for using respiratory tract protection.

Providing accommodation at dormitories to students who have a different residence in the territory of the Czech Republic remains prohibited, the only change is that the current exceptions are extended (see above). Anyone other than a student of a second and higher year of a bachelor’s or master’s degree who is not put under employment obligation and is not participating in any course taught on-site can currently be accommodated at a dormitory.

The ordinances of the D&R Director No. 18,19 and 20/2020 apply to the lowering of dormitory fees for the months of November and December to students who cannot be accommodated at dormitories due to crisis measures or who have been put under employment obligation by the Regional Authority. The manner in which the situation will be addressed will stem from further potential ordinances of the Government, their length and scope. In addition to the currently lowered dormitory fees, the option of terminating his/her accommodation prematurely as per the current Dormitory Regulations, i.e., students are obliged to announce the termination of accommodation 30 days in advance, remains an option to students.

The abovementioned is currently announced with effect until December 12, 2020. In the case that the circumstances change, along with the binding regulations that the USB must follow, we will inform you again.

prof. PhDr. Bohumil Jiroušek, Dr.

PaedDr. Petr Bauman, Ph.D.
Vice-Rector for Student Affairs