Information for UP employees and students in the aftermath of the Declaration of a State of Emergency in the Czech Republic

thursday 12. march 2020, 17:54

Student life and the closing of university premises, libraries, and FreshUP bistros

Throughout all of Palacký University there remains in effect a strict suspension of all forms of physical classes, from now until further notice.

As of Friday, March 13th, there will be a strict ban on students entering university premises – with the exceptions of dormitory and dining complexes, including those situated in individual faculties. As of Friday, March 13th, all FreshUP bistros will be closed.

As of 8 am on Friday, March 13th, all university libraries will be closed. UP will do all it can to substitute selected UP Library services by alternate means, which will be established as soon as possible.

Until further notice, students may not travel on foreign study stays, nor will foreign students be accepted on study stays at UP. At the same time, we call upon students to minimise any type of travel – including within the Czech Republic.

Dormitories and dining halls will remain open; you should monitor the UP Accommodation and Dining webpages (skm.upol.cz) regularly for actual developments.

We would like to assure you that university and individual faculty management will continue to monitor the development of the actual situation intensively and will not cease to arrange and find measures which will least affect the life and operations of the UP academic community. Special attention is being dedicated to the situation of students who were expecting to take final state exams and/or defending their theses. We ask you for your patience and trust, as at this time we are making maximum efforts in taking necessary and practicable steps.

New rules for employees

In the case of UP employees, all prior measures relating to the suspension of physical classes remain in effect (see above). UP management asks for your complete cooperation in carrying out these measures. Failure to follow these rules will result in serious legal and employment repercussions.

Work trips and foreign visits at UP

With respect to the actual development of the situation and the Declaration of a State of Emergency in the Czech Republic by the government, UP management has made changes to the regime of work trips by UP employees and foreign visits to UP:

  • Until further notice, no employees are to be sent on any domestic or foreign work trips.
  • Already approved work trips abroad must be cancelled.
  • UP employees who are at present on foreign trips should be assisted in cancelling their foreign stay as quickly as possible, and their earliest return to the Czech Republic should be made possible.
  • There is a ban in effect on accepting foreign guests to UP until further notice.

We are aware of the difficulty of the ongoing situation and the complications it has forced upon you. We do believe, however, that together we can manage these difficult times. Thank you for your helpfulness and patience.

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