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Incoming students 2021/2022: in-presence activities

In-presence incoming mobility will start under the resolution adopted by the Academic Senate and the Board of Directors on 28 June 2021. "In-presence" lectures will include the possibility of enrolled students’ attendance shifts to comply with the social distancing rules in the most attended courses.

A sign-up system will be provided to allow students the "in-presence" attendance of single courses of their study plan, up to a maximum of 60 CFU (please note that an annual course counts for half of its total CFU). This limit will prevent students from signing up for an overestimate CFU number, thus making the system ineffective.

To this aim, an App will be implemented for students to notify, every two weeks, the lectures they schedule to attend "in presence" in the following 14 days. In the event that, for a given lecture, enrolments exceed the maximum number of available places in the classroom, the App will divide students into two groups, allowing the "in-presence" lecture attendance in the first and second week respectively. In any case, we will ensure to each student as much scheduled "in-presence" attendance as possible, as well as the online availability of each lecture carried out "in-presence" until the Covid-19 pandemic emergency persists.

University Exams

Starting from 1 September 2021, University exams will be taken "in-presence", subject to the availability of adequate venues.

Office hours for students

Starting from 1 September 2021, “in-presence” office hours are allowed only by prior scheduled request through a booking system decided by the Professor. Upon request, students will be allowed to carry out the online meeting anyway.

 

Admission to italy from abroad in relation to Covid-19

Constantly updated mandatory restrictions and requirements are set for people coming from foreign countries, according to their country of origin and travel motivation. At present time, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, several groups of countries have to undergo specific restrictions (Focus: Italian nationals returning to Italy and foreigners in Italy).

As the restriction measures may utterly change, before travelling please remember to check the website infocovid.viaggiaresicuri.it as well as the websites of the Local Health Agency (Azienda USL Toscana nord ovest) and of the Regione Toscana.

In particular, for students coming from several foreign countries it is mandatory to undergo a 14-day period of fiduciary isolation/health survaillance and to notify their entry into the Italian national borders to the Prevention Department of the Local Health Agency - Azienda Sanitaria USL Toscana nord ovest (Dipartimento di Prevenzione dell’Azienda Sanitaria USL Toscana nord ovest), filling in the form available at:

Italian: Segnalazione ingresso in Italia 
English: Reporting your entry into Italy 

Domicile address and phone number shall be provided, along with all information needed for contact tracing.

Please note that the student is personally liable for this and the University of Pisa has no obligation.

Upon arrival in Pisa, the student will be allowed to isolate in a flat with other persons after having informed the flat owner and the other persons living in the same flat.

Fiduciary isolation period requires to stay home and avoid going out if not strictly necessary (i.e. ask for medical assistance):

  • go out only for medical assistance;
  • do not use public transport (bus, metro or taxi);
  • do not allow visiting people in your flat;
  • ask friends or relatives that are not in isolation/lockdown to help you with foodstuff or other necessities.
  • If going out for medical assistance, always wear a face mask.
  • If you live with other persons, always respect social distancing, especially from people with high risk for complications (in Tuscany the suggested social distancing is 1.8 mt), hand sanitazion and respiratory measures (use of face mask in shared spaces), use of dedicated toilet utilities or alternatively use chlorine-based products to sanitize after use, avoid sharing spaces or objects/devices (towels, mobile phones, laptops, Pc ect.).
  • Make yourself available for contacts by the Public Hygiene operators for active health survaillance.

If isolation is not possible at the domicile declared upon arrival in Italy or at any other domicile given to the Local Health Prevention Department, some residences are available for this purpose.

In this case, students will be allowed to the premises of the University only after filling a self-certification to the person in charge of the premises attesting the concluded isolation/health survaillance period or any other restrictive or preventive measures (nasopharyngeal swab) required by the health authorities.

It is highly recommended to students to sign up to National Health Service upon arrival in Pisa to get the public health insurance and a general practitioner.

English information:
Welcome and Support / Insurance 

Italian information:
Info e servizi di accoglienza / Ingresso e soggiorno in Italia 

In the event the incoming student is a fragile subject with specific pathologies, the University Office of the Occupational Health Physician should be informed by email (Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo.) in order to take all possible measures to let the student attend in presence activities.

The welcome offices will have to take measures for in presence activities for all incoming international students as for all the other students.

In the event of symptoms similar to Covid-19 (i.e. fever over 37.5 °C, cough, cold, sorethroat, dyarrea, smell or/and taste loss) during fiduciary isolation, the student should contact the General Practitioner (if having been assigned ) or the Local Health Prevention Department or the number 118 for 24-hour medical assistance. If positively tested, the University Occupational Health Physician should be informed by email (Questo indirizzo email è protetto dagli spambots. È necessario abilitare JavaScript per vederlo.), as University Covid Officer.

The Unipi Office of the Occupational Health Physician shall cooperate with the Public Health Authorities of the Prevention Department of the Local Health Agency for all contact tracing activities.

What if a student tests positive for Covid-19?

Any student (enrolled in any degree programme of the University of Pisa, including curricular traineeships and Erasmus+ foreign students, or being involved at the University of Pisa in the framework of other projects or agreements) tested positive for Sars-CoV-2 after a molecular nasopharyngeal swab (or after an antigen swab test to be confirmed by a molecular one) and having accessed the University premises (such as classrooms, training  and study rooms, libraries, laboratories) during the 48 hours before symptoms onset or the performing of a swab test (in the event of asymptomatic cases) shall promptly inform, by phone or email, the Degree Programme Director and/or the responsible teacher/researcher of the educational activity attended (i.e. lectures, practical and laboratory activities), and/or the tutor in the event of curricular traineeship. The student shall provide all phone contact details needed for contact tracing. Once informed, the aforementioned University members shall immediately notify the Unit responsible person involved (Department, Centre, School, University System).

What if a University staff member tests positive for Covid-19?

Any professor/researcher (including external professors and anyone performing educational or research activities at the University of Pisa), technical/administrative staff member or contractor (including non-curricular traineeships and any collaborator  of the University of Pisa) tested positive for Sars-CoV-2 after a molecular nasopharyngeal swab (or after an antigen swab test to be confirmed by a molecular one) and having accessed the University premises (such as classrooms, offices, trainingooms, laboratories) during the 48 hours before symptoms onset or the performing of a swab test (in the event of asymptomatic cases) shall promptly inform, by phone or email, the Unit Responsible Person/Manager of the activity performed (Office, Department, Centre, School, University System). The University staff member shall provide all phone contact details needed for the contact tracing.

 

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