Rules of Conduct on Campus
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What are the symptoms of a person suffering from Covid-19?
The most common symptoms include:
- fever ≥ 37.5°C and chills
- recent onset of cough
- difficulty breathing
- sudden loss of smell (anosmia) or decreased sense of smell (hyposmia), loss of taste (ageusia) or altered sense of taste (dysgeusia)
- cold or runny nose
- sore throat
- fatigue/joint pain
In severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia and severe acute respiratory syndrome.
How is the SARS-CoV-2 virus transmitted from person to person?
The novel coronavirus spreads between people:
- indirectly (through contaminated objects or surfaces)
- by close contact with infected persons through secretions from the mouth and nose (saliva, respiratory secretions or droplets).
When a person who has been infected with the virus coughs, sneezes, speaks or exhales, their secretions are released from the mouth or nose. People who are in close contact with an infected person (less than 1 meter away) can become infected if droplets enter the mouth, nose or eyes, directly or through contact with surfaces on which secretions have settled.
To avoid contact with these droplets, it is important to:
- wear a mask;
- stay at least 1 meter away from others;
- wash your hands frequently and/or sanitize them with special alcohol-based sanitizer gels;
- avoid touching your face with your hands.
Where will body temperature be measured?
Body temperature will be measured in the access areas to all the buildings on campus.
Whose body temperature must be measured?
Everyone (students, faculty, staff, visitors and suppliers).
What happens if a temperature greater than 37.5°C is detected?
Access to campus buildings will not be allowed. If a person with a body temperature greater than 37.5°C also has the typical symptoms of a Covid-19 infection (dry cough, breathing difficulties, cold), he/she will not be allowed to enter the building but a mask will be provided (if not already wearing one), and the person will be temporarily kept in isolation (e.g. an empty room, courtyard of the building), while trying to avoid moving around inside the building. If assistance is not required, he/she will be invited to contact their doctor (GP) as soon as possible, to follow any instructions and return home.
If the symptomatic person needs assistance and their doctor does not respond, the procedure for symptomatic persons on the Bocconi premises may be activated.
What measures will be taken to ensure safety?
All the measures provided for in the "INTEGRATIVE PROTOCOL FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF THE RISK OF SARS COV 2 (COVID-19) INFECTION" have been implemented by Bocconi as an application of national and regional legislation. These include measures for information and training, access control, cleaning and sanitation, body temperature measurement, use of personal protective equipment, campus space management (indoors and outdoors), organization of activities, management of health emergencies, health monitoring.
What steps will the University take if I do not comply with measures for the prevention of risks from Covid-19?
Actions adopted by Bocconi University regarding preventing risks from Covid-19 include supervision and control, both inside and outside buildings, by personnel charged with the task of preventing, reporting and providing warnings if behaviors are adopted that do not comply with the provisions in the protocols set out. If necessary, the personal details of those who adopt such behaviors will be obtained and reported. In the event of inappropriate behavior (such as incorrect use or failure to wear a mask, failure to comply with distancing or creating situations with gatherings) and repeating such behaviors, subjects will be identified by requesting their full name and student ID, which will be reported to the Disciplinary Board so the necessary measures can be taken.
What should I do if, during my on-campus activity, I suffer from any flu symptoms?
In the event that a person in the Bocconi workplace has a fever and symptoms of respiratory infection such as cough, he/she must:
- immediately leave the University premises, notify the Bocconi offices in charge, return home and contact their doctor (GP).
- never remove their mask and distance themselves from anyone who may be present;
- stay in their room/classroom with the door closed, where possible ensuring adequate natural ventilation, awaiting the arrival of healthcare personnel.
How should I carry out and organize my work in the classroom and in the other areas I visit on campus?
- Social distancing of at least 1 meter should always be ensured and complied with, a surgical mask should always be worn when another person is present and any form of gathering should be avoided.
- Hands should be sanitized with soap and water or hand sanitizer gel before and after using shared equipment.
- Hands should be sanitized with soap and water or hand sanitizer gel before and after using the restroom.
- The paper seat cover dispensers available in all restrooms should be used.
- Access to other offices/classrooms and face-to-face meetings should be limited to a minimum; communication by phone and electronically should be favored.
- When the activity is finished, office desks and tables should be cleaned and cleared as much as possible to allow adequate sanitation of the furniture and spaces.
Can I smoke in the outside areas of the campus?
On January 19, 2021, the Air Quality Regulations for the City of Milan came into force. They prohibit use of cigarettes at bus stops, in parks and at stadiums, within a radius of 10 meters from other people, providing for fines of up to €240 for offenders. This provision is an intermediate stage of a project that that will ban smoking in all public outdoor areas on 1 January 2025. Bocconi aims to contribute to this important objective of protecting the environment and consequently public health, through the application of this ban, including for electronic cigarettes, in all outside areas of the campus (Piazza Sraffa, Via Roentgen, Via Sarfatti, Via Gobbi, Via Bocconi). Several specially marked areas will be allocated for smokers, where they can smoke while always complying with interpersonal safety distancing and avoiding crowds. In fact, it should be remembered that when a smoker exhales, their smoke spreads further, increasing the risk of infection in the event of cases with people who test positive for the virus.
Can I go to the Library?
The Library can be accessed until the maximum capacity of 300 people has been reached, which includes a maximum of 236 seats. The attendance monitoring system can detect when the maximum number of people present at the same time has been reached. For opening hours and days, the intranet page dedicated to this service should be consulted periodically. It is available at the following link: https://lib.unibocconi.it/screens/OpeningHours_ita.html
What is the new Campus Doctor service?
It is a medical center located on the mezzanine floor of the Piazza Sraffa 11 building that provides a service for members of the Bocconi Community (students, faculty and staff).
The on-campus service can be requested after making a reservation by calling the number +39 02 03009152 (organizational office open from 9:00am to 5:00pm Mondays through Fridays).
When the on-campus medical center is not available, i.e. on holidays, Saturdays and Sundays, an on-call phone service will be available (tel. +39 02 8224 8222) at the following times:
- Mondays through Fridays from 6:00pm to 10:00pm
- Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 8:00am to 10:00pm
This is a first-level internal medicine service, which can carry out medical examinations with a medical report and provide medications and prescriptions (however, it will NOT be able to issue prescriptions covered by the National Health Service, as by law they can only be issued by your general practitioner/family doctor).
The medical center is not specifically an emergency service; for serious illnesses and other health emergencies, the single European emergency number 112 should be called; the Bocconi emergency number +39 02 5836.2121 can also be called, which will, if necessary, activate an ambulance service.
When should I wear a mask?
Cloth face coverings are not allowed; persons on campus are required to wear at least certified surgical masks. Masks are mandatory, as of the date these Q&A were published, for all Bocconi personnel and all other persons present on campus (students, faculty staff, suppliers and visitors):
- In all common areas of the campus, both indoors and outdoors;
- In offices, when at least one other person is present;
- In classrooms, during lessons (faculty members may use a face shield);
- During any face-to-face meetings;
- During office hours;
- During all activities carried out in the Library;
If I don't have a mask with me what can I do?
Masks are mandatory and access to buildings is allowed only by wearing one.
Can meetings be held on campus?
Meetings may be held face-to-face for small groups and only where a minimum distance of at least 1 meter between personnel is guaranteed. However, meetings held via Microsoft Teams or other digital platforms should be prioritized.
Can I use the elevator to get to the classrooms?
Elevators may be used, only one person at a time and for those with mobility issues. In other cases, the use of the stairs is preferable.
Who can be contacted in case of symptoms?
If you have a temperature higher than 37.5°C, you must stay at home and you may not leave. Contact your primary care physician or call the number 112 if you have severe symptoms or need assistance.
Only if you have symptoms attributable to Covid-19, without a fever, will you be able to leave to get a swab test at one of the drive-throughs in the City and Province of Milan.
If you have any questions, you can contact the Bocconi occupational doctors (if you are part of the Faculty or the Staff) or the doctors on campus (for Students, Faculty and Staff) at the contacts that will be communicated to you through the dedicated channels.
What does "close contact" mean?
To classify a close contact, the definitions contained in the Ministry of Health Circular from 27/02/2020, 29/05/2020 should be followed, i.e.:
- a person living in the same home as a COVID-19 case;
- a person who has had direct physical contact with a COVID-19 case (for example a handshake);
- a person who has had unprotected direct contact with secretions from a COVID-19 case (for example, touching used tissues with bare hands);
- a person who has had direct contact (face-to-face) with a COVID-19 case, at a distance of less than 2 meters and lasting more than 15 minutes;
- a person who has been in a closed environment (for example classroom, meeting room, hospital waiting room) with a COVID-19 case for at least 15 minutes, at a distance of less than 2 meters;
- a person who has traveled sitting on a train, airplane or any other means of transportation in the two adjacent seats, in any direction, of a COVID-19 case; travel companions and staff working in the section of the plane/train where the index case was sitting are also close contacts.
- a healthcare worker or another person who provides direct assistance to a Covid-19 case or lab personnel handling samples of a Covid-19 case without using the recommend PPE or through the use of unsuitable PPE
- Based on individual risk assessments, healthcare workers may deem that some people, regardless of the duration and setting in which contact occurred, have had high-risk exposure.
What's the difference between isolation and quarantine?
The Ministry of Health Circular from 12 October 2020 regarding "Covid-19: Indications for the duration and end of isolation and quarantine" clarifies that: The isolation of documented SARS-CoV-2 infection cases refers to the separation of infected individuals from the rest of the community for the duration of the contagious period, in an environment and under conditions that prevent the spread of the infection. Quarantine, however, refers to the restriction of the movement of healthy people for the duration of the incubation period, who may have been exposed to an infectious agent or a contagious disease, with the aim of monitoring the possible appearance of symptoms and quickly identify new cases.
How long does the isolation of asymptomatic positive cases last?
Asymptomatic people who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 can return to the community after an isolation period of at least 10 days from the onset of positivity, at the end of which a molecular test has been performed with a negative result (10 days + test).
How long does the isolation of symptomatic positive cases last?
Symptomatic people who have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 can return to the community after a period of isolation of at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms (not including anosmia and ageusia/dysgeusia which may have prolonged persistence over time) accompanied by a molecular test with negative result performed after at least 3 days without symptoms (10 days, of which at least 3 days without symptoms + test).
After the isolation period, what should a person who still tests positive do?
People in this condition are part of what are known as "long-term positive cases," meaning they are people who, though they no longer have symptoms, continue to test positive for the SARS-CoV-2 molecular test. In the absence of symptoms for at least one week (except for ageusia/dysgeusia and anosmia which may last for some time after recovery), long-term positive cases may terminate isolation 21 days after the onset of symptoms, unless otherwise indicated by health authorities in more serious cases.
I received a notification from the Immuni app, what should I do?
If Immuni has detected an at-risk contact, it means that in the past few days you have been in close contact for more than 15 minutes with a person who tested positive for Covid-19. You may therefore have contracted the virus, but without showing symptoms. You should contact your doctor and follow his/her instructions. If the contact occurred less than 14 days ago, quarantine should be observed until the 14th day, your doctor should be contacted and his/her instructions should be followed.
I'm a close contact of a person who tested positive, I feel fine, I have no symptoms: what should I do?
Close contacts of SARS-CoV-2 infection cases that have been confirmed and identified by health authorities, must observe:
- a 14-day quarantine period starting from the last exposure to the case; or
- a 10-day quarantine period starting from the last exposure with a negative molecular or antigen test performed on the 10th day.
If you do not have symptoms, it is strongly recommended to not have a swab test as soon as you know you have been in contact with a person who has tested positive, as you may experience symptoms later, never have them or not be infected.
A colleague of mine had close contact with a person who tested positive: Do I have to follow quarantine as well?
A quarantine or diagnostic testing are not required for close contacts of close contacts of a positive case, as there has been no direct contact with the confirmed case. The exception being if your close contact subsequently tests positive for any diagnostic tests or in the event that community screening is appropriate, based on the assessment of the health authorities.
I have been identified as a "close contact" of a confirmed Covid-19 case, and have subsequently had a swab test with negative results. Can I avoid the quarantine or finish it sooner?
No. In the event that you are identified as a "close contact" of a confirmed COVID-19 case, it is always necessary to undergo a quarantine period: the quarantine is 10 days only if you have tested negative in an antigen or swab test carried out at least 10 days from the last exposure; in all other cases the quarantine is 14 days.
What needs to be done at the end of isolation due to positive test result in order to return to Bocconi?
At the end of the mandatory isolation period, if there are no symptoms for at least 3 days, the person who tested positive can return to Campus after 10 days of isolation and a negative result from a molecular swab test for SARS-CoV-2 performed starting from the 10th day. The medical report must be sent to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. For Staff, the negative result must also be sent to email@example.com.
In the absence of a negative swab test, after 21 days have elapsed from the development of symptoms or from the collection of the biological sample that ascertained positivity, the person can return to Campus after one week of working remotely.
In which cases can I go to the Campus?
- With a body temperature below 37.5°C and an absence of symptoms of respiratory infection (cough, cold, etc.);
- If you are not under a quarantine order;
- If you have not had close contact with a person who tested positive for Covid-19 in the 14 days prior to entry;
- If you have tested positive for Covid-19 infection in the past, you may only return to Campus by submitting a prior communication to the email address firstname.lastname@example.org with a medical certification showing a "negative test" through a negative molecular swab test. In the absence of a negative swab test, after 21 days have elapsed from the development of symptoms or from the collection of the biological sample that ascertained positivity, you may return to Campus after one week of working remotely.
In which cases can I NOT go to the Campus?
I was a close contact of a positive case, but I've been vaccinated against Covid-19. Do I have to quarantine?
Even if a person has completed all vaccination rounds against Covid-19, the same measures must be taken as those adopted for unvaccinated individuals in the event that the person is identified as a “close contact” of a positive case.
Can students be seen during office hours?
Yes, students can be seen during office hours, in compliance with the precautionary health and safety measures (phased entry through appointment bookings, social distancing of at least one meter, wearing masks, ventilation of the premises, regular disinfection of surfaces and environments, etc.), prioritizing remote methods. In order to avoid gatherings, office hours must be scheduled by appointment, individually or for small groups, ensuring sufficient time between appointments for disinfection and ventilation.
Do students and faculty have to wear masks in the classroom?
Yes. As an alternative to masks, faculty may use a plexiglass face shield.
Yesterday I had a fever, I am better today, can I still come to the classroom?
No, it is not allowed. Even if you no longer have a fever, you must contact your doctor, who will provide complete instructions and can certify the possibility of returning to work.
Who should I contact in an emergency?
If you need assistance, you must call the internal emergency number +39 025836.2121, communicating:
- your full name;
- the building and floor where you are located.
An ambulance will be available daily and the infirmary is available at Via Bocconi 12 (Mondays through Fridays, from 9:00am to 5:00pm).For any questions regarding health and safety issues, you can also contact email@example.com.
How can I sanitize my hands in a "safe" way?
By carefully washing with soap and water, and/or by using a special hand sanitizer gel. Both must be used correctly, following the indications displayed on campus.
When should I use hand sanitizer gel?
Special hand sanitizer gel dispensers have been installed in various areas on campus. The hand sanitizer gel should be used, in addition to or as an alternative to washing hands with soap and water, whenever you come into contact with a potentially contaminated surface, for example:
- upon entering the campus in the morning;
- after arriving at your office;
- before and after using the restroom;
- before and after lunch;
- before and after using water dispensers or vending machines;
- before and after using the elevator;
- before and after any face-to-face meetings;
- before and after exchanging any paper documents with other people;
- before and after using shared equipment (e.g. printers);
- frequent hand sanitation is always recommended, including in addition to the above activities.
Should I personally sanitize my study place?
During this period, Bocconi has intensified the cleaning and sanitizing activities carried out by external suppliers. However, disposable paper towels and sanitizing products for surfaces are available in all offices to be used independently. Everyone should periodically sanitize their workstation with the sanitation product provided. It should be used carefully as it is a chemical product that may irritate the eyes in case of accidental contact.
Is it possible to have lunch on campus?
On campus dining services are available and have their own rules to ensure that the necessary safety measures are adopted. Seating has been reduced, however, and a lunch delivery service has therefore been activated: it is preferable to eat meals at your workstation or outdoors.
General Rules of Conduct on Campus
General rules of conduct on campus include:
- When socializing, maintain a distance from others of at least 1 meter.
- Always wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth.
- Sanitize hands at the entrance of every building using the dispensers provided.
- Avoid hugs and handshakes.
- Avoid sharing bottles and glasses.
- Limit movements on campus.
- Keep your workstation empty and organized (desk, tables, furniture, etc.) so it can be properly cleaned and disinfected periodically.
- Use the paper seat covers available in the bathrooms.
- Elevators should be used only if strictly necessary and alone (one person at a time)
Use of Supplied Masks
How to wear and remove masks:
- Before putting on the mask, wash your hands with soap and water or with an alcoholic solution.
- Cover your mouth and nose with the mask, making sure it is intact and that it adheres well to your face.
- Avoid touching the mask while you are wearing it; if you do touch it, wash your hands.
- The mask is disposable: if it becomes damp, replace it with a new mask and do not reuse it.
- Remove the mask by grabbing the elastic band and without touching the front; place it in its packaging and immediately throw it in the appropriate containers.
- Wash your hands.
In the Office
All movement within the University must be limited to the bare minimum and in compliance with the indications provided. Access to offices with multiple workstations and desks close to each other will be scheduled in shifts to limit crowding.
Personally track your daily movements:
- Where you go and for how long.
- Who you talked to.
- Where you ate.
- Any other time you deem necessary.
Face-to-face meetings should be limited. For frequent contact with colleagues, please use phone calls or virtual meetings through the Teams platform. When other action is required, participation in meetings must be minimized and interpersonal distancing and adequate cleaning/ventilation of the premises must be guaranteed. Following the possible suspension of certain activities (in-class teaching, coffee bars, cafeterias, etc.), unnecessary and unused areas will remain closed.
Body Temperature Measurement
Body temperature will be measured when entering buildings and throughout the day. If it is above 37.5°C, access to the workplace will not be allowed. If other symptoms are present (i.e. difficulty breathing, cough. etc.) in addition to a high temperature, people in this condition will be temporarily isolated, pending assessment by healthcare personnel, or asked to return home if assistance is not required.
What Should I Do If I Have Symptoms?
Anyone experiencing flulike symptoms or respiratory problems on campus should:
- immediately call the number +39 02 5836 2121 to activate the emergency procedure;
- inform their supervisor;
- never remove their mask and move away from other people who may be present;
- if they are in their office, stay in their room with the door closed ensuring, where possible, adequate natural ventilation, pending the arrival of healthcare personnel.
Single number for the Lombardy Region 800 89 45 45
Italian Ministry of Health: 1500, public interest number
Public Emergency number: 112
Continuity of care doctor: 116117 This Service is available Mondays through Fridays from 8:00pm to 8:00am, 24 hours a day on holidays and days before holidays. Calls can be made from both landlines and mobile phones.
Wash your hands often
Hand washing and disinfection are the key to preventing infection. Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 60 seconds.
Dispensers with 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer are also available.
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your hands
The virus is mainly transmitted through breathing but also through contact of the hands with the eyes, nose and mouth, so avoid touching your face when your hands have not been washed thoroughly.
Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing
If you cover your mouth with your hands you could contaminate objects or people you come into contact with. Cough into your elbow or a tissue, preferably disposable, then put on a mask and wash your hands.