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Messages from the Rector and the Managing Director to Students, Faculty and Staff

18 June 2020, 6:30pm

Phase 3 Begins in September 2020

Dear Students,

Starting in September, Bocconi will enter Phase 3. We are already preparing to welcome you back with maximum safety while guaranteeing equal opportunity for everyone as we start afresh with life and teaching on campus. We bear in mind the complexities we have all overcome in recent months, and we feel stronger for the experience, ready to reaffirm the importance of meeting in person to work and study together.

As you already know, we were able to reopen the offices immediately on 4 May thanks to the positive course of Phase 2 and the consequent government and regional decrees. Then from 18 May our Library also reopened for individual study activities, with the necessary limitations related to distancing. In light of the recent ministerial decree, from 26 June we will also undertake the first professional training courses at SDA Bocconi, and in doing so we will officially resume in-person teaching activities.

We are therefore pleased to announce that with the start of the 2020-2021 academic year, University teaching will also be able to resume in person, enhanced by digital experiences.

Traditional teaching, carried out in smaller groups that respect social distancing needs but also offer a higher quality of interactions, will be combined with redesigned distance lessons. In this way we will not only experience the next academic year together in an innovative way, but we will contribute to defining the Bocconi of the future. That is, a University able to take advantage of the potential of digital teaching and give greater value to classroom interactions between professors and students and among students, so as to further improve the entire learning cycle.

The goal, as we said, is to guarantee safety without limiting opportunity. For this reason,  we assure those of you who are unable to reach us in Milan in September – whether due to temporary visa restrictions, limited international mobility, health conditions or legal impediments – that you will be able to continue your studies remotely for as long as necessary. This will also ensure full continuity of lessons for all students in the event of new health restrictions imposed by the authorities.
In the coming weeks you will receive specific practical indications about the resumption of campus activities (prep courses, welcomes days, etc.). 

In concrete terms, we are preparing for Phase 3 by redesigning the syllabi of our courses and preparing all the protection and safety measures necessary to guarantee our health in compliance with regulations. All sanitization operations for both external and internal environments are already being performed every day, and will be done more often when necessary (in the case of classrooms, at every lesson change). Furthermore, all communication, signage, prevention and scheduling tools have been set up to comply with the ban on crowding and to guarantee distancing, safe access and temperature measurement.

Bocconi is ready and above all eager to welcome you in September, confident that together we will settle into a new normal on campus, in residences, in classrooms and remotely: because Bocconi is all of us, together.

See you soon!

Gianmario Verona Rector, Riccardo Taranto Managing Director

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24 March -  Message from the Rector and the Managing Director

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

We are writing to give you another update in light of the recent evolution of the Covid-19 emergency.

As you have been able to see in the media, the governmental restrictions on the movement of people are now more important than ever. This is why we are called upon by the Region and the national Government to make a further sacrifice in order to get maximum effectiveness from the measures put in place so far.

We must therefore ask you not only to continue the suspension of physical lessons, but faculty members are asked to not to go to work until further notice. If it is strictly necessary to collect material from any of our buildings in order to record lessons from home or for research, we ask you to do so after requesting a permit by tomorrow, Wednesday 25 March. After this date, campus buildings will be closed, as the current ordinance does not allow for broader interpretation.

Student residence halls, however, will continue to receive services for the students who have remained as guests and to whom we extend all our sympathy and moral support.

In light of the extraordinary effort that we have implemented thus far to ensure course sessions for the degree programs, and considering that the completion of sessions is expected for most courses in the first week of May, we can confirm that all teaching activities will continue remotely until the end of the semester.

The next exam sessions scheduled for April-July will also be held remotely. Their operating procedures are being defined for both written and oral remote exams. You will receive more details as soon as possible.

Remote teaching and exams will still be guaranteed, even if the hoped-for positive change in the emergency occurs and the provisions of the proper authorities allow activities on campus to be resumed.

Again, we would like to thank students for the commitment and responsibility with which they are facing this difficult moment, as well as all the staff and faculty for their great organizational effort regarding the development of tools and methods for remote teaching and exams.

As disclosed by the Deans yesterday, the graduation session on 15, 16 and 17 April will also be held remotely. However, we assure you that a collective event will be planned for the graduates of this session as soon as possible, allowing us to properly celebrate this milestone and, we hope, the conclusion of the emergency.

A final note concerns a request made by the student representatives that we have followed up on and would like to communicate to you. In accordance with the decision of the Conference of Rectors upon invitation from the Minister of University and Research, we have decided to postpone the deadline of the third installment for degree program tuition and fees only. We are unable to reissue bank documents for payment with a new formal deadline, but the third installment can be paid, without incurring suspensions, payment reminders or administrative measures, until 30 June 2020.

With this extension, similarly to what the Government has done for tax deadlines, we ask anyone who has not suffered financial impact from this emergency to meet the deadlines and pay the installment regularly by 29 April. This will allow Bocconi to continue to maintain all its obligations and deadlines in turn.

Our community has once again shown that a spirit of collaboration and cohesion resides deep in our DNA. This is a source of great pride for us and allows us to look to the future, beyond this moment of emergency, with positivity and optimism.

We wish you all success in your work and studies!

Gianmario Verona Rector, Riccardo Taranto Managing Director

12 March - Message from the Rector and the Managing Director

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Today we are experiencing the fourteenth day of suspension of lessons, seminars and events on our Campus, which – as you know – will certainly continue until 3 April.

The new situation we are facing has undoubtedly deeply affected all our lives, but it has also demonstrated our community’s capacity for resilience and innovation. Right from the first week of suspension we managed to guarantee distance learning for most of the courses of the five Schools. Then, starting from the second week, we proceeded to activate the service at full capacity for all degree programs and courses, except for a few rare exceptions (some Specialized Masters had just started, so we preferred to opt for the temporary suspension of the program; SDABocconi custom courses for corporations have been postponed until the end of the emergency).

More precisely, a total close to 2 million teaching minutes have been produced and delivered. Almost 9,000 students have watched videos on demand, with an average of 12 videos viewed per student, in addition to live streamed videos. The total number of students who have participated in at least one live streaming session (over 800 sessions in all), exceeds 6,000.

As you can imagine – during the current serious emergency – these are extraordinary results, due to the efforts of students, faculty and staff who are committed to the #bocconineverstops cause. Thank you all!

However, the global health emergency still spreads, and to our dismay we have learned that the leading US universities (from Harvard on the East Coast to Stanford on the West Coast) are also asking students not to return to campus after their Spring Break on 23 March, guaranteeing distance lessons until the end of the semester. To attempt an objective analysis, this is truly an extraordinary crisis at an international level, during which we were among the first forced to experience the unexpected emergency and to react subsequently with these new ways of working.

At this time, however, when the situation requires further responsible actions from everyone at an individual and collective level, we ask you for an additional effort to limit mobility. This comes in light of the new restrictive measures issued by the Italian Government last night through the DPCM of 11 March 2020 "Further provisions of the DL of 23 February 2020, n. 6 containing urgent measures regarding containment and management of the epidemiological emergency from COVID-19, applicable to the entire national territory", which provides for even stricter measures to contain the contagion of Covid-19. We therefore ask that you come to Campus only in the following cases:

  • To record lectures, upon request of authorization, to allow the regular provision of distance teaching activities (in compliance with health and safety regulations);
  • To utilize research equipment available only on campus, with authorization;
  • If you need to carry out administrative support services to the above and / or necessary to guarantee essential services.

The procedures for requesting and authorizing access to Campus will be communicated separately.

All administrative services will also be provided remotely, to ensure the regular continuation of the semester’s activities.

The recommendation for everyone is to strictly comply with the rules and indications to counter the spread of Covid-19, leaving your home and traveling as little as possible. The collaboration and responsibility of each of us will be decisive for a faster return to normal University life.

As we have said, Bocconi never stops. We wish you well as you continue to work and learn from a safe distance!

Gianmario Verona Rector, Riccardo Taranto Managing Director

8 March - Message from the Rector and the Managing Director

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

During this challenging situation, we will always stay by your side. We now wish to provide you with some further indications, in light of the DPCM of 8 March 2020 "Further provisions of the DL of 23 February 2020, n. 6 containing urgent measures regarding containment and management of the epidemiological emergency from COVID-19”, signed last night by the Prime Minister. These indications provide for the expansion of the so-called "red zone" to the whole of Lombardy and to 14 other provinces, with rigorous measures to contain the spread and contagion of Covid-19.

All the decisions that we have previously communicated are confirmed until 3 April. In addition to those indications, in-person meetings are prohibited: for meetings and gatherings we urge you to use the available technological tools.

During this emergency period, the continuation of all study programs as per the academic calendar will be guaranteed through the provision of distance teaching activities. In this regard, we thank the faculty and staff for the flexibility they have shown, and commend the students for having welcomed with enthusiasm this important innovation that allows you to continue learning despite the restrictions. Faculty who need to come to the University to video record further lessons may do so. Technical assistance will be provided, and we remind everyone to be careful to maintain a safe distance between people when working together.

In the coming days, we will also update faculty, students and staff regarding the graduation process. We will try to enhance, in all possible ways, this very important moment of your university career, for you and your loved ones.

All of us are called upon to face this moment of extreme delicacy with a sense of responsibility, and we are certain that even at such a time we can count on the values and cohesion of our community.

Gianmario Verona Rector, Riccardo Taranto Managing Director

4 March - Message from the Rector and the Managing Director

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
We would like to bring you up to date in light of the news arriving from the Council of Ministers today.

The ongoing health emergency makes it impossible to resume classroom teaching and requires us to continue promoting reduced mobility of faculty and staff to reduce the risk of contagion.

Based on indications from the proper Authorities, classroom teaching activities are therefore suspended also for the week of 9 to 15 March.

Furthermore, it cannot be excluded that this suspension will be further extended for a subsequent period, as the situation remains fluid. Because the academic calendar during the week of 16 to 22 March includes partial exams, we have decided together with the Deans and the student representatives to cancel all partial exams for this semester. We will take advantage of that week to allow all courses to realign themselves with the academic calendar.

As you can imagine, the decision to cancel these exams is also linked to a question of fairness, given that many of our students have left Milan and may be unable to return in the week of March 16 unless the situation improves. We are therefore also considering the possibility of allowing distance learning to continue after the Authorities lift the suspension of live teaching. The school Deans will update students and faculty on how the continuation of courses will proceed in terms of teaching and exams for the semester.

For the Master Division of SDA Bocconi, which has no partial exams scheduled in the week of March 16, teaching activities will continue to be delivered remotely.

In light of the provision of the Council of Ministers, we take this opportunity to reiterate to faculty and staff to limit travel and reduce the organization of physical meetings, making the most of possible use multimedia technology; a more detailed communication for faculty and staff is forthcoming. Considering the emergency and the decisions of the Authorities, all scheduled events will be canceled until 5 April, to be rescheduled in the coming months as possible.

In addition, all travel for work by faculty and staff members is suspended until further notice.

In conclusion, Bocconi is neither stopping nor closing, but we must adapt to the circumstances imposed by the national situation.

We thank you for your understanding and for the professionalism and commitment that you have shown in these difficult days.

Gianmario Verona Rector, Riccardo Taranto Managing Director

3 March - Message from the Rector and the Managing Director

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

During the suspension - in these two weeks - of on-campus teaching activities, we can proudly say that Bocconi has continued to work at full capacity using smart working and virtual remote meetings, and has accomplished the delivery of scheduled courses.
In particular, thanks to the enthusiasm, the creative initiative and the constant contribution of our faculty, supported by BUILT and by the staff, distance teaching is now active at full strength, with lessons in streaming, videotaped courses, augmented syllabi and a general redefinition of study methods for each class.
Evident once again, and we want to thank each member of the Bocconi community, are the synergy of intent and team spirit of the three pillars that make our Campus alive and unique: students, faculty and staff.

In line with the containment measures applied by national and local Authorities due to the ongoing health emergency, we remind you to continue to follow a few procedures aimed at protecting the health of our community.
In particular, we urge you to reduce travel as much as possible, avoiding long trips by public transport to reach the University. Avoid holding meetings with large numbers of people by using online collaborative tools and maintain, as much as possible, the recommended anti-infection safety distance from other people (at least one meter).
These measures come in addition to voluntary quarantine recommendations already communicated in case of recent contact with people tested positive for Covid-19 or residing in the zones at risk (check risk areas in the provisions communicated by health Authorities). Previous indications to maintain proper personal hygiene and avoid contact with people presenting flu or cold symptoms also remain in place.
If you develop cold or flu symptoms yourself, promptly call the toll-free number 800 89 4545 (Lombardy Region) or 1500 (Health Ministry).
We also take this opportunity to inform you that business trips for faculty and staff remain suspended as a precautionary measure until further notice.

We are certain that we will soon be able to return and experience our wonderful and growing Campus in a normal situation, and we know you will continue to study hard and fruitfully in the meantime.

Gianmario Verona Rector, Riccardo Taranto Managing Director

28 February - Additional update on the current health emergency

As announced on Thursday 27 February, we are providing an additional update on the current health emergency.

In line with the attached indications from the Conference of Rectors of Universities in Lombardy, we will continue with distance learning activities until Saturday 7 March, thus maintaining the suspension of the main on-campus activities, including events and seminars.

As you can imagine, this requires significant organizational effort involving all University faculty and staff and which will guarantee the quality and timing of the courses planned during the academic calendar. It will also allow many students from various locations to organize their return to campus.

We are certain that this decision will allow everyone to smoothly resume activities when the state of emergency is over. We guarantee that the situation will be continuously monitored and that its evolution will be updated in a timely manner through our institutional channels.

We would also like to reiterate to anyone who has been in risk areas, in Italy or abroad, or has had contact with people residing in those areas, to remain in quarantine for 14 days from the last contact with people from those places, as requested by public health authorities.

28 February - Statement from the Conference of Rectors of Universities in Lombardy

The Universities in Lombardy have deemed that the precautionary reasons leading to the suspension of teaching activities in the week of Monday 24 February 2020 are still ongoing.

Therefore, for the smooth functioning of the institutional activities of all Lombardy universities, in-person educational activities are suspended until Saturday 7 March.

In order to limit the negative effects of this emergency, in the meantime all Universities in Lombardy have taken steps to offer students forms of distance learning, according to methods specific to each University. Detailed information is available on the individual University websites and will be communicated and updated in detail to all academic communities.

Each University in Lombardy is working on an analysis of the various possible scenarios and the identification of appropriate solutions to be adopted both in the short- and medium/long-term, in particular on the organization of teaching activities.

The outlook is that all activities will be able to resume on Monday 9 March.

Our monitoring is constantly evolving and will continue in close contact with national and local civil and public health authorities.

We will continue to keep students, staff and citizens informed in a timely manner regarding any important updates.

27 February - Message from the Rector and the Managing Director

Dear Colleagues and Students,

As part of the constant updates we have been providing, we send this message with our thanks, first of all, and with a consideration that makes us particularly proud. In this moment of health emergency, when all of us have been called to pull out our best efforts to ensure that our University offers academic and operational continuity on all levels, the response of the Bocconi community has been immediate, efficient and effective beyond all expectations.

We are grateful to you colleagues, faculty and students for the commitment, creativity and dedication you are showing, in addition to the usual sense of belonging that makes us a truly cohesive and strong community in all ways.

As you know, we have set out a protocol on Tuesday to start distance teaching, methods that will serve us well in the future to improve the overall learning experience. We will preserve this new teaching model until the resumption of classroom lessons.
SDA Bocconi and the PhD School, thanks to the nature of their programs, have already become active in all courses since Wednesday. The Undergraduate, Graduate and Law Schools, with the crucial support of BUILT, are also fully engaged in developing the suggested methods of enhanced syllabus, lessons via video and live streaming, and will be active starting from tomorrow in most courses.

Although teaching activities have been suspended, the University has always remained open thanks to the many Staff members who came to Campus and to the many others who worked from home, broadening their experience with smart working.
Furthermore, we have had the pleasure of seeing many expert faculty members express their opinions on the current situation through videos that are disseminated online and are highly appreciated.

We are certain that we will soon return to enjoy our beautiful Campus in a normal situation, and we promise to promptly update you on any decision made regarding the suspension or resumption of on-campus teaching activities. In the meantime, we know you will study hard and keep learning!

Gianmario Verona Rector, Riccardo Taranto Managing Director

25 February - Indications regarding lessons, exams and graduation sessions

Following to previous communications from the Rector and the Managing Director, we want to give you some indications on how teaching activities will be managed during the suspension of classes ordered in compliance with the directives issued by the proper Authorities.

The goal is to respect the current academic calendar, maintaining the deadlines of the scheduled activities. Here are some specific notes with reference to lessons, exams and theses.

For the current week - and limited to the weeks that may see similar suspension of classroom teaching - distance learning activities will be introduced, such as videos, synchronous distance activities, notes and supplementary readings and any other tools deemed suitable by the Course Director.

Course Directors will coordinate the activities of all the faculty members involved and to adapt the syllabus, indicating for each lesson the new methods adopted and the related support materials, so that students can clearly identify the activities that replace those held in class.

Faculty members will be available to interact with the students remotely (via email, BBoard chat, Skype, etc.), in order to limit the inconvenience related to the lack of face-to-face office hours.

For all courses, given the suspension of classroom teaching, notation of attendance is also suspended.

For the partial exam session (and exams for the Integrated Master of Arts in Law) scheduled in March, no changes are currently planned. Depending on the decisions made by the Authorities, further communications will follow.

Graduation sessions
The April graduation session includes the deadline for delivery of MSc and Law program theses on March 3 and the final works for BSc programs on March 5, 2020.

To remedy any inconvenience to students due to the suspension of classroom activities during the current week, the deadline for submitting BSc final works and MSc and Law theses has been postponed to March 12, 2020. We urge all faculty involved in the supervision of final works/theses to provide maximum availability to interact with graduating students in alternative modes to in-person meetings.

In the next few hours, in-depth analyzes will be conducted to assess whether it is possible to allow the graduating students of the April session, in exceptional circumstances, to use the databases that are not accessible remotely.

The Deans and Program Directors will remain in constant contact with student representatives in the University bodies in order to monitor any changes in the situation.

We are counting on everyone's collaboration to ensure that all teaching activities can continue effectively during this exceptional period.

24 February - Update for the Bocconi community

Following to the messages we have sent previously, we wish to inform you that in light of the current emergency, we are working on the reprogramming of the teaching activities and work of the entire Bocconi community, in compliance with the directives issued by the proper national and local health authorities regarding the prevention and containment of contagion from Coronavirus (Covid-19), in line with the decision made by the Conference of Rectors of Universities in Lombardy on 22 February 2020 and with the recommendations of the Ministry of Health / Lombardy Region of 23 February 2020.

In the next few hours, specific communications will be sent to Students, Faculty and Staff, aimed at providing all the information necessary to better manage activities relating to lessons and exams, as well as administrative activities.

We would like to remind you that, in compliance with the indications provided by health Authorities, voluntary quarantine is required for all those who have come into contact with people from towns at risk (the "red zone" of Lombardy and other regions) and for their family members. During the quarantine, which must have a duration of 14 days, temperature measurement is required several times a day and, if higher than 37.3 / 37.4 °C, requires calling 112 so that medical personnel can perform a swab directly in an ambulance or at home.

We will continue to provide timely information on the evolution of the situation through our institutional channels, and we will provide updated communications about any changes in the directives provided by the Authorities.

We trust in your collaboration and understanding, in this moment of complex emergency management.

23 February - Suspension of educational activities and research dissemination 24-29 February

Following the decision taken as a precaution by the Conference of Rectors of Universities in Lombardy on 22 February 2020, Bocconi University has suspended the educational activities and research dissemination initiatives scheduled for the week of 24 to 29 February.

Events, seminars and meetings scheduled during this week are therefore canceled and will be rescheduled when possible.

We apologize for any inconvenience, but such an urgent situation requires all of us to behave in accordance with the indications provided by civil and health authorities.

We will be sure to promptly inform you through our institutional channels as the situation evolves.

22 February - Suspension of teaching activities 24-29 February

Our University is monitoring the situation relating to the new Coronavirus (Covid-19) with the utmost attention and follows the indications of the proper local and national authorities.

For this reason, on the basis of the provisions issued by CRUI Lombardia on Saturday 22 February, teaching activities (lessons, graduation exams and meetings with teachers) will be suspended on the Bocconi Campus, along with all conferences and events scheduled starting from Monday 24 February until Saturday 29 February.

For precautionary reasons, the library and study rooms will also be closed.

The operations of the University offices will continue as usual and administrative services that do not involve public contact will be provided, until further notice.

Every decision has been and will always be taken in agreement with civil and health authorities.

We also ask all those who have been in the towns at risk or have had contact with people residing in those areas, to remain in quarantine for 14 days from the last contact with people from those areas.

We will take care to constantly follow the evolution of the situation and provide our community with all the necessary updates and information.

22 February - Statement from the Conference of Rectors of Universities in Lombardy

The evolution of the situation relating to the spread of Coronavirus requires the adoption of precautionary measures to protect public health and the peaceful functioning of the institutional activities of all universities in Lombardy, given the natural mobility of the many students, both Lombard and non, within the regional territory.

To this end,  from Monday 24 February to Saturday 29 February, educational activities will be suspended (lessons, exams and degrees).

We believe that, in the absence of further indications from the Authorities, all activities will be able to resume on Monday 2 March. Graduation sessions and exams will be postponed according to calendars that will be prepared by the individual universities.

Our action has been taken, and will continue, in close contact with the civil and health authorities.

We will inform students, staff and citizens about any useful updates immediately.


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