Measures against COVID-19 (Coronavirus desease)

In order to contain the spread of COVID-19 virus, the Italian University System is attaching great importance to the following priorities: Health, Service, and Attention to those Most in Need.

The University of Messina has adopted specific measures to look after students and staff health and avoid further contagions. All activities are guaranteed with the precautions defined in the Prime Minister’s decree.

Provisions:

All in-presence teaching activities are suspended. All lessons will be held electronically.

During the period of the health emergency, obligatory attendance of frontal teaching and laboratory activities will be suspended.

Teams Guidelines for Remote Learning for Students

The new dashboard for distance learning is online, where the teams created for the lessons are listed, as well as all references to guides, telephone numbers and contacts.

Until further notice, all the exams for all degree programmes will take place electronically via the Microsoft Teams platform in use at the University starting from 7 March 2020. In compliance with the principles of transparency and advertising the public form of the exam session will be guaranteed by allowing other students enrolled in the exam to access the platform.

Students with a specific learning disorder or certified disability are guaranteed the opportunity to carry out the exams remotely, with the help of the measures provided for by the regulations, after checking the necessary adaptations. Exams to be conducted in writing are not currently programmable: this type of exam will be transformed into an oral form. Students can book exams on Esse3 up to 48 hours before the exam date.

During the period of the health emergency, obligatory attendance of frontal teaching and laboratory activities will be suspended.

The exam session of May 2020, already reserved for “out of course” students, will be extended to all students of all University Degree Programmes, with the exception of the second semester courses currently being delivered for the 2019/ 2020 year.

The exam session of May 2020, already reserved for “out of course” students, will be extended to all students of all University Degree Programmes, with the exception of the second semester courses currently being delivered for the 2019/ 2020 year.

FINAL DEGREE EXAMS:

Until further notice, final degree exams will be held electronically via the Microsoft Teams online platform, according to the plan published on the University’s institutional website (View degree sessions calendar) using the usual (academic ritual) procedure with the attribution of the graduation mark.

Graduates in the extraordinary session for the academic year 2018-2019 (March 2020) can enrol in a University Degree Course for the academic year 2019-2020 without late payment fees.  If students wish to enrol in another degree course they can avoid the late payment fee and also submit their ISEE valid for study.  It must be done within 15 days of graduation.

The Department Directors will decide on the possibility of holding an additional extraordinary degree session for the 2018-19 Academic Year by June 15, 2020. Only students who have passed all the exams of their study plan within the deadline of 31/12/2019 will be eligible for the extension.

Teams Guidelines for Remote Exams for Students

Graduation exams calendar

Student face-to-face reception is suspended. The offices of the administrative departments that manage the academic careers of students, postgraduates and doctoral candidates will guarantee reception services exclusively by telematic means until further notice. Digital communication services such as University Live Chat and Conference Call with students through Teams have already been set up and implemented.

Only internships in remote mode can be activated. For new activations, the host must send the authorization request to carry out the internship remotely, together with the training project. For traineeships that will be activated or will continue remotely, the host organization must guarantee constant supervision of the activities by the tutor: Therefore, the curricular and extracurricular internship training activities abroad are also suspended, according to the Study Program Regulations.

If these activities were carried out to the extent of 60% of the total hours required, the period carried out will be equivalent – in all respects – to the completion of the entire internship provided for by the Study Programme and considered valid for the acquisition of the expected credits.

As regards the traineeships carried out on Erasmus + mobility, the payment of the scholarship will take place on the basis of compliance with the rule on the minimum duration of the period of stay abroad established by the Erasmus + Programme.

Medical and health training

The activity carried out by training specialists in the medical/health area will continue regularly. Post-graduate courses connected with health professions, specific training courses in general medicine, activities of trainees of health professions and graduate schools are excluded from suspension.

All Erasmus incoming and outgoing mobilities  as well as any other incoming mobility programme are suspended until further decisions are taken.

Incoming students who want to go back home must report their decision to the UniME Welcome Office (uopwelcomeoffice@unime.it) and are encouraged to contact  the Diplomatic and Consular Authorities of their Country of origin in Italy.  Please note that temporary restrictions to direct flight connections might have been adopted.

UniME students in international mobility (ex Erasmus mobility) who want to suspend their mobility and return to Messina should consult the web page of the Italian and consular authorities abroad – Focus Coronavirus – to gather information on flight restrictions:

COVID-19 Emergency: Information from Embassies and Consulates

All  educational trips both nationally and internationally are suspended, as well as curricular and extracurricular traineeships outside of the region.

The collective use of the study rooms and reading rooms of the libraries of all the University and Departments is suspended. Book loan service is also suspended.

All events or initiatives of any type, either open to the public or limited to the university (cultural, scientific or instructional) are suspended. This includes conventions, events, seminars, Open Day, Erasmus Day, etc.

Competitive procedures will be conducted electronically wherever possible.

University staff missions are suspendedexcept in special cases. 

All the premises of the University have been sanitized in order to protect the health of the whole community. This service was provided on March 6 and 7 with the disinfectants suggested by the Ministry of Health.

The due dates of the installments of the amount of the Annual Comprehensive Contribution  A.A. 2019-2020 for students, postgraduates and doctoral students are extended as per the schedule published on the website.

The deadline for the single payment and second payment has been postponed to 15 July, and the deadline for the third payment has been postponed to 31 August.

The Research and Intervention Center (Cerip) for the University has activated a counseling service for students, their families, and all members of the community, to provide practical psychological suggestions and activities to face and overcome the worries, fears and uncertainties connected to the Coronavirus emergency. The service, operated by the psychologists associated with the Center, will be carried out via Skype, by dialing the contact Cerip Unime.     
Further information can be found at the link Come affrontare il coronavirus (“how to face the Coronavirus”) inside of the Center website area.

The 26 April decree introduces, from the 4 May, a few new provisions for “Phase 2” of Covid-19 emergency, including for, example, the possibility of visiting one’s relatives who live in the same region and the reopening of public parks and gardens. However, these things are only possible as long as health measures are respected and people do not congregate. The use of masks in enclosed spaces accessible to the public is mandatory (including on public transport and in shops). The new decree also establishes the obligation for those with respiratory symptoms and a temperature above 37.5 degrees to stay in their own homes. From 4 May, it will continue to be possible to engage in individual physical and sports activity, but also further away from one’s home; when conducting sports activities, an interpersonal distance of 2m must be respected. Professional solo sport athletes may also resume their training. From 4 May, take out will be allowed from restaurants, cafes, and similar businesses, in addition to the delivery services which have been allowed thus far.

Further information is available at the following link:

FAQs on the Italian Governments’s Phase 2

(FAQ update, following the entry into force of Decree Law 33/2020 and Dpcm of May 17, 2020)

Rector’s message to the students:

Rector’s message for phase 2:

New Coronavirus – guidelines