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Covid-19 Emergency

Information, on-campus activities, initiatives

The health emergency we are facing has undoubtedly deeply affected all our lives, but it has also demonstrated the Bocconi community's capacity for resilience and innovation. Further responsible actions are required from everyone at an individual and collective level.

Bocconi University manages on-campus services and activities in compliance with the regulations and indications of local and national authorities.

The University aims to stay in touch with the entire community, including students, faculty and staff, with regular communications and updates.

 

Update


20 August 2021 - Academic Year 2021/22 1st semester Health & Safety protocol

Dear Students,

With the first semester of Academic Year 2021-2022 approaching, as already stated in a previous message from the Rector and the Managing Director, the University will mostly resume in-person learning and teaching activities, implementing also a recent set of rules and procedures designed to protect the health of the entire University community in Italy.

In recent months, we have continued the hard work of making our Campus safe and secure and we are doing everything possible to ensure maximum peace of mind for you and your families. Thanks to this hard work, Bocconi University last year was also awarded the Biosafety Trust Certification that is the first certification system created to provide a set of benchmark best practices to minimize the risk of spreading epidemics in public and private meeting places.

Naturally, depending on the national and regional epidemiological situation, the general framework of the rules and procedures could change. There is in fact a system of increasing restrictions and limitations by which color designations are assigned to individual regions by the Italian government.  It starts from "white", which is the lowest level of pandemic danger, to "yellow", "orange", and "red", the highest level of alert. We will promptly inform you about any changes in this respect.

As far as the start of university activities is concerned, the health protocol adopted by Bocconi provides for the following rules, many of which have already been in force since last year, while other ones are the result of experience gained and the most recent indications coming from the national health authorities:

 

1) COMPULSORY GREEN PASS TO ACCESS THE UNIVERSITY

Following the latest government provisions (law decree of 6 August 2021), the 'Green Pass' (EU Green Pass - EU digital COVID certificate) is expected to become mandatory for students, teachers and university employees, starting from 1 September 2021. Without the exhibition of the Green Pass, the access to the campus facilities will not be allowed and random checks will be made to secure the respect of this norm.

We remind you that the Green Pass is a certificate that officially confirms one of the following situations: 

  • You have received a COVID-19 vaccine, even just the first dose. Only vaccines approved by EMA are accepted and recognized.
  • You took a rapid antigen or PCR swab test within the past 48 hours, and it came back negative. The test must be performed by an authorised center. 
  • You have recovered from COVID-19 in the past six months and have the relevant medical documentation. 

 

2) FLOWS AND ACCESSES TO CAMPUS

No gatherings are allowed. This rule remains a staple of the Covid prevention campaign. While on Campus, at every movement it will be necessary to maintain interpersonal safety distance (one meter, at least). Accordingly, this means that all classrooms have limited capacity to 50% of all available seats. Specific signs and the security staff will help you identify safe routes and inform you of potentially risky situations. As for the study spaces, since distancing inevitably reduces their capacity, they must be reserved exclusively online in order to avoid queues and gatherings.

 

3) PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

Another fundamental rule: within the Campus (indoor areas) it will be mandatory to wear a face mask and use all the prevention devices made available by the University (e.g. disinfectant gel dispensers for cleaning hands).

 

4) TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT

Thermo-scanners are positioned at the entrance of every building of the University, with single or multiple scans depending on the access flows, for the detection of body temperature upon entry. Those whose temperature exceeds 37.5 °C degrees will not be let in and a procedure to verify the health of the person in question will be initiated as required by the measures of the Anti-Covid Protocol adopted by the University.

 

5) SANIFICATION / VENTILATION

We have planned regular sanification interventions in all buildings. In addition, during teaching activities we will proceed to sanitize the classrooms at each change of class. For study spaces, for which there is a daily sanitation, we invite you to sanitize yourself them at the end of each use by using materials from the multipurpose totems specially made available for this purpose.

With regard to the use of air ventilation systems in the premises, the systems are always kept on (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) without any recirculation of air flows, precisely with the aim of removing any suspended particles and prevent their deposit on surfaces. The use of these systems reduces the level of risk, precisely because it dilutes any concentration of particles within the premises. In addition, ventilation is guaranteed in all indoor spaces inhabited by people and can be natural (with the opening of windows) or through mechanical ventilation (when large volumes of air are required).

 

6) PREVENTION CAMPAIGN THROUGH RAPID ANTIGENIC TESTING

With the aim of preventing Covid outbreaks within our community, from September 1st we will start a free screening campaign by offering quick antigenic swabs for all those who wish to have one.

The goal is to trace and then isolate as quickly as possible both symptomatic and, above all, asymptomatic cases and related close contacts.

  • The campaign will last two/ three weeks and we have a testing capacity of about 300 tests per day, until all available slots are exhausted;
  • Participation in the campaign is on a voluntary basis and only one swab per person will be allowed; any subsequent test can be carried out for a fee at the affiliated facilities;
  • The campaign is open to students, faculty & staff who regularly attend the campus;
  • In case of a positive result to a rapid swab test, PCR molecular testing will be carried out immediately afterwards and we will proceed to communicate results to competent territorial health bodies while simultaneously starting the tracing of close contacts.

A specific communication will follow in the next days with all the information to make a reservation for a rapid antigenic test and view the related documentation.

 

7) EMERGENCY NUMBER AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

If you experience flu symptoms during your stay on the Campus, you should immediately call the phone number +39 025836.2121, which can also be activated through S.O.S. tower positioned in specific outdoor areas on Campus; this way, the tracing and possible isolation procedure can be initiated, in case of confirmed positive result.

For requesting any clarification or notify the University of your state of health, which is above all useful for tracing activities, please write to hse@unibocconi.it

An ambulance will be permanently present on Campus from Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, while an infirmary is active in via Bocconi 12.

On the yoU@B Agenda, at the Health and Safety widget you can find the procedure for handling suspect and confirmed cases and all other relevant information.

 

8) ON CAMPUS MEDICAL OFFICE

There is also a permanent medical office on Campus, an outpatient clinic located on the mezzanine floor of the building in Piazza Sraffa 11, open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The medical office has the purpose of mainly addressing the needs of students who are not resident in Milan and/or have difficulty accessing the services of a general practitioner. It should be clarified that this is not an emergency room, but a medical doctor's service that can be used preferably upon reservation, by calling the phone number +39 0203009152 (Organizational office open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm from Monday to Friday). When the on-campus medical facility is not active, i.e. on holidays, Saturdays and Sundays, an on-call service (tel +39 0282248222) will always be available for the following time slots: from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm on weekdays (Mon-Fri), Saturday from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Sunday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, and from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm on holidays.

 

9) NO SMOKING POLICY

In all areas outside the campus (piazza Sraffa, via Roentgen, via Sarfatti, via Gobbi, via Bocconi) the smoking ban is enforced, although in few marked areas it is possible to smoke outside always respecting the interpersonal safety distance and avoiding gatherings. In fact, it should be remembered that the smokers' exhalations increase the risk of contagion in the event that somebody is positive to the virus.

 

10) BARS AND RESTAURANTS

With the aim of guaranteeing the continuity of the catering service for food and beverages, our restaurant suppliers have modulated their activity in compliance with social distancing and safeguarding of health by adopting all the prevention measures established by the relevant protocols, such as: sanitation of environments and tables after each use, management of separate flows for entry and exit, redefinition of spaces to allow consumption of meals in compliance with safe distancing. The Green pass is mandatory to access all indoor areas.

 

For any further information, please consult the FAQ page on our yoU@B Diary (Health & Safety section).

We are confident that, despite these constraints and the small sacrifices required to protect your health, we will be able to offer you the best possible experience on our beautiful Campus and welcome you in the best possible way.

We are counting on your attentive collaboration. Any behavior that does not respect the rules hereby indicated will be sanctioned.

Your safety matters!


6 August 2021 - Green Pass

Based on the last DPCM of 5 August 2021, the EU Digital COVID Certificate (Covid-19 Green Certificate) is expected to become mandatory also for university students, faculty and staff members starting from 1 September 2021. At the moment, we are awaiting the necessary implementing rules, which will regulate the application of this directive within the university context.

We have received several questions on the subject and we would like to reassure all students and in particular the residents of our Bocconi Residence Halls, that by the end of the month we will do our best to share all useful information/rules for the best possible management of the matter, so as to be prepared for the 1 September deadline in the best possible way.

We are confident that you understand and certain that you appreciate and share the value and importance of vaccination to allow the University to reopen its doors to the entire community. We encourage you to learn more about the EU Digital COVID Certificate (Covid-19 Green Certificate) and, in case you have not received vaccination yet, about the possibility of getting vaccinated.

With reference to EU students, we remind you that the EU Digital COVID Certificate (Covid-19 Green Certificate) issued by individual states is also valid in Italy, while non-EU students are recommended to bring to Italy the documentation in their possession and to undergo any swab tests and quarantines as required by international and Italian measures.

21 June 2021

Dear Students,

At the end of the second semester of an academic year made particularly complicated and challenging by the prolonged health emergency, we would like first of all to thank you for your commitment throughout the year. You overcame its many difficulties and our Bocconi community has emerged more cohesive than ever.

Thanks to the progress of the vaccination campaign and the improving pandemic indicators, we are planning to start up again in September with the vast majority of educational activities taking place on campus. We aim to make the university experience truly complete once more, allowing you to fully engage and interact with your professors and fellow students.

Naturally, we will continue to implement preventive measures in all places and situations on campus to ensure maximum protection of your health and safety.

Classroom attendance the during the first semester of the next academic year will therefore be strongly recommended; in the event of changes in the scenario, further communications will follow.

However, given the high probability of social distancing restrictions within the classrooms, lessons will also remain available online in synchronous mode as already occurred during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Classroom lessons will also be video recorded and made available online until midnight of the day following the lesson. Instructors will be able to introduce incentives for participation in synchronous mode, as well as mechanisms, also online, for monitoring attendance.

The August-September exam session will take place remotely, and details will be communicated for procedures of the subsequent exam sessions in the first semester (with possible differences between attending and non-attending students).

If over the coming months the public health scenario continues to normalize, as we hope, then in the second semester of the coming academic year, teaching will return to being generally on campus and in person. Lessons will no longer be recorded or remotely accessible except in cases where the specific teaching model calls for it.

We are certain that our shared experience during the long emergency was valuable, and will also be useful in the future to further strengthen and improve methods of teaching and exchange of knowledge. But we also believe that the full experience of life on our campus, with shared courses, social activities, and free time can result in even more effective learning.

Best wishes to you and your loved ones, and we look forward to see you soon on campus!

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Gianmario Verona Rector, Riccardo Taranto Managing Director


Last modified 25/08/2021 - 12:09:41