Communiqué of 9/11/2020 on Presidential Decree of 8/11/2020 in Official Gazette (BOJA) No 77

The "Hospital Real" building, the seat of the Rectorate of the UGR

Full headline: Communiqué of 9/11/2020 on Presidential Decree of 8 November 2020 published in the Official Gazette of the Regional Government of Andalusia (BOJA) No 77

Dear University Community,

I.

With regard to “Presidential Decree 9/2020 of 8 November establishing measures in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia in accordance with Royal Decree 926/2020 of 25 October, which declares a state of alarm in order to contain the spread of infections caused by SARS-CoV-2” (Official Gazette of the Regional Government of Andalusia [BOJA] No 77 of 8 November), the University wishes to inform of the following:

These measures will be applicable for a period of 14 calendar days, coming into effect the day after the publication of this Order, that is, from Tuesday 10 to Monday 23 November (both inclusive). For the purposes of organising and planning teaching activities, if the evolution of the health situation should lead to a further extension of the measures adopted, the extension of the following measures until the end of the first-semester teaching period of the current academic year will be assessed.

These measures are as follows: 

1. Face-to-face (on-campus) teaching of classes continues to be suspended for bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, titulaciones propias (UGR-specific degree programmes) and continuing education and training (formación permanente). These will be replaced, where applicable, by online classes held during the established timetable.

2. Laboratory sessions, experimental sessions, Practicums and Work Placements, fieldwork, clinical placements at centres that belong to the Andalusian Public Health System and, in general, all practical teaching, seminars and workshops considered to be irreplaceable and non-postponable shall be maintained in a face-to-face (on-site) mode.

3. Tutorials and student support shall be provided via technological means during the established timetable.

4. Face-to-face (on-site) assessment exercises which cannot be replaced by other modes of delivery or postponed, and which are scheduled for the period during which the aforementioned Order is in force, shall go ahead as planned.

5. Assessment exercises and examinations corresponding to the special examination session for students concluding their studies (November) shall be held on-campus in accordance with the calendar established by each Faculty or School. Similarly, those language accreditation certification examinations planned for this period shall be held on-campus.

6. Institutional and academic events (public defences of doctoral theses, undergraduate dissertations (TFGs) and master's dissertations (TFMs); competitions for access to university teaching positions, etc.) scheduled for the period during which the aforementioned Order is in force, may still be held on-campus.

7. University outreach and sports activities shall be held in accordance with the general specific norms applicable to this kind of activity.

8. The following university services continue to be suspended: General Library and libraries of the University's faculties and schools (with the exception of the book loan service, by appointment only), study rooms, university canteens (with the exception of the takeaway service for students holding the relevant grants).

9. Research activities shall continue to be carried out as normal, including access to libraries (by appointment only).

10. The activities carried out by the UGR's administrative and support staff (PAS) will continue in line with the provisions of the Service Guidelines 4/20 of 29 October 2020, establishing the percentage of on-site attendance of staff to be maintained at centres, services, units and areas in which it is possible to carry out procedures remotely.

11. Following the criteria and guidelines of the health authorities of the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla, the scenario in which they have been operating in recent weeks shall be maintained on both campuses, in accordance with the provisions of their respective contingency plans. However, in coordination with said health authorities, a weekly evaluation will be carried out to determine the measures to be adopted based on how the situation evolves.

II.

The University wishes to inform of the following to facilitate mobility of the university community between municipalities affected by travel restrictions, so that they may fulfil their academic and professional obligations:

1. Administrative and support staff (PAS), and teaching and research staff (PDI), may travel between their home and place of work by accrediting their status as UGR staff members, by means of the certificate that can be downloaded from the UGR e-Administration Platform, as follows:

2. Students may travel between their homes and the UGR faculties and schools where they are carrying out their academic activities. However, to do so, they must accredit their University of Granada student status by means of their official 2020/21 certificate of enrolment, which can be downloaded via the procedure established in the UGR e-Administration Platform, as follows:

3. Teaching and research staff who need to travel to the University campuses of Ceuta or Melilla in the course of their academic activity and who require additional accreditation, should submit a request to the Vice-Rectorate for Academic and Research Staff (vicepdi@ugr.es), indicating in the “Re” line: “Certificado de desplazamiento Ceuta y Melilla”.

4. Those members of staff on contracts pertaining to projects who are unable to download the corresponding certificate attesting that they belong to the University of Granada should also submit a request to the Vice-Rectorate for Academic and Research Staff (vicepdi@ugr.es), indicating in the “Re” line: “Certificado de desplazamiento de personal contratado proyectos”.

Once again, we reiterate that the University of Granada's spaces and buildings are safe places in which all the regulations established by the health authorities are strictly adhered to.

We would like to express once more our thanks for the human and material effort being made by the teams leading our faculties and schools, by our teaching and research staff, by our administrative and support staff, and by our students, in facing this new scenario with the competence and efficacy befitting a prestigious public institution such as the University of Granada.