Please find below the most frequently asked questions regarding the situation at Palacký University during the covid-19 pandemic. We will be updating them continuously and as soon as possible regarding the development of the situation in the Czech Republic during the autumn of 2020. If you haven’t found your question here, do not hesitate to contact us at faq@upol.cz.


Semester, courses, academic calendar

What measures will affect classes in the Winter 2020 semester?

(Updated on 14 October, 6:00 PM)

UP is in regular communication with experts, epidemiologists and other specialists, and is also governed by the recommendations and edicts of the Czech Ministry of Health. Therefore UP continuously changes and updates its regime and measures based on the development of the situation.

As of 10 September, wearing face masks inside UP premises is mandatory. As of 14 October, in conjunction with the new Czech government measures reacting to developments in the Covid-19 pandemic, the ban on physical teaching remains at UP. Exceptions to the ban on physical teaching are clinical and practical teaching and internships for students studying in the educational fields 35 – General Medicine and Dentistry, 36 – Health Sciences, 8 – Pharmacy, and also education students who are doing internships at nursery schools, grammar schools, and high schools. Some UP students will be assigned to work duty, too. All the details.


Will the Winter 2020 Semester take place on-line?

(Updated on 14 October, 6:05 PM)

Depends on the development of actual covid-19 situation. As of 14 October, in conjunction with the new Czech government measures reacting to developments in the Covid-19 pandemic, the ban on physical teaching remains at UP until 1 November. Exceptions to the ban on physical teaching are clinical and practical teaching and internships for students studying in the educational fields 35 – General Medicine and Dentistry, 36 – Health Sciences, 8 – Pharmacy, and also education students who are doing internships at nursery schools, grammar schools, and high schools. Details.


What is my deadline for fulfilling the 2019/2020 academic year study requirements?

(Updated on 9 September, 8:54 PM)

The deadline for fulfilling study requirements for the academic year 2019/2020 was extended until 15 September 2020, because of the spring wave of the pandemic.


Will the Covid-19 pandemic affect study fees?

(Updated on 18 May, 11:07 AM)

Palacký University Olomouc suspended making a decision on fees from 10 March to 17 May 2020 for students who are exceeding their normal study period. Decisions to charge fees for exceeding the normal study period were resumed on 18 May 2020, and apply only to those students who satisfied their study requirements before the state of emergency was declared and for whom such a decision was not made previously. Decisions regarding other students, for whom such penalties would have applied between 1 March and 31 August 2020, will be issued after 31 August 2020.

According to the special Law No. 188/2020, Czech Law Coll., the period from 1 March to 31 August 2020 has been removed from the standard study period. Each student who is nearing the time when required fees for exceeding the standard study period come into effect can consider this period as “credit”. In practise, this means that if for example a student would normally have had to pay fees for exceeding the standard period of study as of 1 September 2020, thanks to the law above, the requirement to pay fees would not start earlier than 1 March 2021.

Exams, final examinations, thesis, graduation ceremonies

Will graduation ceremonies take place or will they be cancelled?

(Updated on 21 October, 5:08 PM).

With respect to the current Czech government measures in place and the current epidemic situation, the UP faculties decided not to organize graduation ceremonies throughout the Autumn. This stands for golden and diamond graduation ceremonies, too. Diplomas could be collected at study departments. Follow the web pages of your faculties for detailed information or contact your study official.

Dormitories, dinning halls

Do the dorms somehow limit their regime?

(Updated on 14 October, 6:06 PM)

In conjunction with the new Czech government measures reacting to developments in the Covid-19 pandemic, starting 14 October the following persons can remain in the dormitories:

  • students who have been assigned to duty by the government (see below),
  • students who are taking part in clinical or practical teaching and internships (see below),
  • students for whom the university dormitory is their legal residence according to Article 80, paragraph 1, of Law No. 89/2012 Czech Law Coll., for which the student must substantiate that fact by providing a formal declaration given to their dormitory representative,
  • students who are working at UP (for example, PhD. students),
  • international students,
  • students who are currently in mandatory quarantine or isolation.

Regarding the current epidemiological situation all study rooms, rooms with pianos, gyms, TV rooms, prayer rooms and common rooms are closed till cancelled. Additionally, all visits are forbidden and it is not possible to offer visitors an extra bed.


Are there any measures to stop COVID-19 from spreading at the dormitories?

(Updated on 9 September, 9:00 PM)

The dormitories have special, separated rooms for preventive quarantines and isolation (for those who have tested positive) in the Envelopa and Neředín campuses. International students from risk (“red”) countries will be housed in these rooms until they receive negative test results.

Foreign students, foreign stays

I am an international student. Are there any restrictions which apply to me upon arrival in the Czech Republic?

(Updated on 8 September, 4:56 PM)

Entry to international students is restricted according to the measures in place declared by the Czech Ministry of the Interior. It depends on whether you are coming from a “green” (non-risk) country or a “red” (risk) country. If you are coming from a “green” country, you can travel to the Czech Republic basically without restrictions. If you are coming from a “red” country, you will be required to take a Covid-19 test and/or be put into quarantine. Details can be found here.


Does the university have doctors to treat international students?

(Updated on 21 September, 11:15 AM)

The university has made an agreement with the emergency room of the Olomouc Military Hospital (Vojenská nemocnice Olomouc) to provide medical services to new exchange and new English degree international students. Contact the doctors Monday–Friday, preferably from 9–11 am via telephone at +420 973 407 040 or e-mail kaiprovad@vnol.cz.


Library, lifelong learning courses, events, sport

Is it still possible to use the UP Library services?

(Updated on 26 October, 1:53 PM)

With respect to the current Czech Government measures in effect, the UP Library Zbrojnice (Armoury) main branch and all other faculty branches are closed as of 22 October. But lending books has not stopped. In order for UP students and employees to be able to continue to borrow books, library employees have agreed to re-open the “Loans Window” which was in operation in the spring. Details.


Will holders of UP Academic Sport Centre (UP ASC) passes be somehow compensated?

(Updated on 8 September, 5:00 PM)

Yes, there are two options: 1) the possibility of refunding money for unused lessons; 2) transferring unused lessons to a chosen sports programme in the next semester, which would automatically reduce the price of the prepaid sports pass in the next semester. More details are available (in Czech) on the UP ASC website.

Others

What are actual preventive measures in Czechia?

(Updated on 26 October, 9:20 AM)

As of Thursday, 22 October, further, stricter preventive measures against the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 came into force on the territory of the Czech Republic. Retail and services, working hours of authorities and the free movement of residents are all severely restricted. Details.


Why do the universities have different measures in force? For example, why does UP differ in its approach from Charles University in Prague and Masaryk University in Brno?

(Updated on 8 September, 5:04 PM)

Universities must completely conform to actual government guidelines, and only differ in constituent aspects which may lead to different measures with respect to the specifics of the given university or regional situation. The current measures in force at UP have been established after discussions with experts, epidemiologists and specialists. Understandably, the measures in place may change over the course of the autumn and depend upon the developing situation.


If the presence of the COVID-19 infection is confirmed in a UP student/employee, will the entire university be closed?

(Updated on 8 September, 5:05 PM)

In this regard UP is in close communication with the regional health authorities, with whom we are regularly in contact. In cooperation with them, UP will consider quarantine and other measures in the case of those students and/or employees who test positive for Covid-19. Closing the entire university is unlikely, though.


Should I contact UP when I am tested possitive for covid-19 or placed into quarantine?

(Updated on 7 October, 11:02 AM)

Yes, in order to provide the best possible management of the epidemiological situation at UP and the possibility to foresee and adjust the potential teaching regime at the university, we are hereby asking for your responsibility and cooperation in this regard. If you have a positive test for Covid-19 or if your region’s public health authorities have placed you into preventative quarantine, inform your faculty or unit coordinator about it. All the information received will be handled with the utmost discretion.

List of coordinators can be found here.


Can I work from home in case of ordered quarantine or isolation?

(Updated on 16 October 11:02 AM)

Yes, it is possible. All the details about working from home option can be found here.


Why are there no precise rules for all this coming from the Rector’s Office?

Universities are not centrally managed units, and every faculty has its own specifics. This is why it is not possible to impose a 100% regime upon all from above, and some steps must be left up to the decisions of management at individual faculties.