CURRENT NEWS (updated on 05/08/2020)
03/08/2020:Frequently asked questions about the Contingency Plan. [+]
29/07/2020: Updated preventive information for students. [+]
23/07/2020: Contingency plan approved by the Governing Council on July 21. [+]
- 20/07/2020: Webinar on planning and development of bimodal teaching. [+]
20/07/2020: Changes in the services of the UAB Libraries. [+]
17/07/2020: New safety measures in response to the Covid-19 situation. [+]
Due to the changing situation these measures and indications can be reviewed and updated. A permanent channel of communication will be the university website (www.uab.cat/coronavirus) and the institutional electronic mail. For consultations, the relevant address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 21 July 2020, the UAB Governing Council passed the UAB contingency plan and organisation protocol (Pla de contingència i protocol d’organització de la UAB), which includes the main guidelines for the different university sectors, all based on the main principle of ensuring the health safety of all members of the university community.
The Areas of Prevention and Assistance and of People Management have created a document that collects the most frequent questions of the staff. It is highly recommended that all members of the PAS and PDI groups read it thoroughly.
You will find all operational recommendations and instructions adapted for the situation on the intranet.
The new mobile application STOP COVID 19 CAT contributes to detecting the disease, monitoring patients, monitoring symptoms and determining the evolution of the disease in Catalonia for decision-making purposes.
Personnel members currently in situation of Temporary Disability must send to the Payroll Unit (Unitat de Nomines) the corresponding documents issued by their Primary Healthare Centre (CAP). These can be requested by phone or through the app My Health. Documents must be emailed to the following address: email@example.com in any format (scanned document, photo, etc.), as long as the legibility of the content is guaranteed.
General considerations and recommendations when using online teaching tools:
- Do not forget that not everyone has the latest computer equipment or a high speed internet connection and that at moments of maximum usage the system works slower than usual: simplify the processes as much as possible and add additional time for students to download and upload documents from and to the system, if necessary. Try to avoid having students upload photos or scanned documents (this can be complicated on mobile devices).
- Whenever possible, always use “corporative tools” such as Office365 (Teams, Forms, OneDrive, etc.) and Campus Virtual-Moodle. Avoid using free software such as gmail, zoom, houseparty, etc., since the majority of these do not offer enough guarantees in terms of data protection and security. In addition, dispersing tools can create confusion for students.
- Always be explicit when alerting students that the online session will be recorded, offering the possibility of disconnecting the camera to those who wish to do so. You must alert them before commencing the recording (proof that the procedure is being followed correctly).
Focused on teaching, not on the platform: physical classroom attributes are no guarantee of effective learning. Invest time in thinking about how to use the new technologies and the time you will dedicate to each one of them. Think about the strategies to be used when changing to online learning and what new perspectives you wish to incorporate.
Make use of interactivity: each technology can help us reach new ways of learning. In addition, many students are digital natives and are used to distance learning technologies. Make use of these advantages and apply them to virtual teaching.
This is a chance to innovate: a virtual environment opens new teaching modalities which can help us take advantage of this current difficulty to experiment with new learning methods and tools.
Considerations and recommendations for assessment activities which may be useful for non-classroom (online) assessment under these exceptional circumstances:
- Adapt the assessment to an online format. Each lecturer should determine the size of the part of the programme that has been included in the non-attended period, in relation to the academic year and the degree course, and adapt the assessment for the affected period without making it stricter than the original assessment conditions. In general, the adaptation should not involve any great changes to the original assessment system planned.
- Maintain continuous assessment. As far as possible it is preferable in the current situation to maintain the continuous assessment of learning outcomes defined for each subject through tasks and activities carried out during the period which would often have been done outside attended class time.
- Opt for assessment outside class times. In the current situation it is preferable to opt for assessment activities which can be carried out under exactly the same conditions as class-based activities. These activities are carried out by students either individually or in groups within established deadlines: submission of projects, exercises, digital images, etc. Wherever possible use assessment methods that are alternative to exams.
- Follow the recommendations for real time activities, tests and exams. Real-time activities are the most difficult to adapt in situations of non-attendance because of technological limitations (internet cover, proctoring tools) and legal aspects (data protection and right to privacy; see Instruction 10/2020, on data protection in the ambits of online teaching and online assessment) which must be taken into account. You should also consider any possible incidents that your students may experience during online real-time assessment, such as internet connection problems, to avoid assessment under conditions of stress and tension (e.g. students must have sufficient time to answer the questions and check their answers before submitting them).
- The identity of the student being assessed: proctoring tools may not be used. One of the main concerns is to establish maximum security for the identity of the person doing the test. No tools using biometrics or proctoring may be used. These tools are not reliable and may easily be forged and their use is seen as excessive and disproportionate data processing under the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). It is preferable to find indirect methods of guaranteeing identity such as the submission of handwritten work, online meetings with a random sample of students under assessment once the test is finished, etc.
- Authorship: how to avoid copying. Along the same lines, the exams or tests cannot be invigilated as they would be in a classroom situation. The entire session cannot be recorded, only a few seconds at the beginning and the end to ensure identification (see Instruction 10/2020 on data protection). Any intrusion on student privacy must be avoided, such as the use of mobile phones strategically placed to obtain a 360º view, or "electronic invigilation" using webcams or Pespondus tools. In these cases indirect means should be used:
- Design of non-memory based testing. Designing tests which allow the consultation of resources and materials is a good option since it is better adapted to the current situation of information searches and can also allow a more accurate evaluation of the level of competence attained by each student.
- Adaptation of exam paper formats. There are a number of options for making different exam paper formats for each student. The Moodle questionnaires tool offer the possibility of making different formats based on a question bank. You can also opt to parameterise the papers: the Computing Service of the UAB has created a code-generation tool and exam parameters using Microsoft Forms which is available at this link: https://apps.uab.cat/generador_tokens (blog with user manual: http://blogs.uab.cat/suportcampus/ca/generacio-codis-examens/servei-de-generacio-de-codis-i-parametres-per-a-examens/).
- Oral exams. Another good option which will guarantee the identity of the person being tested and that they are not copying is the oral exam. This is the only case where you can record the whole test, although it is not strictly necessary. You must do what you would do in the case of an attended test. If you decide to record the test you must strictly follow the protocol set out in Instruction 10/2020 on data protection.
- Technological issues to take into account. In the case of live online assessment activities, and especially in the case of exams, technological limitations are very important and should be taken into account.
- System limitations due to overload. The current capacity of the Campus Virtual–Moodle gets overloaded in two situations in particular: simultaneous connection of a large number of students (e.g. all taking a test at the same time) and complicated activities (e.g. questionnaires with automatic selection of questions from the question bank, randomness, a large number of questions and long student connection times, or a large number or large size of attachments, images, etc.). Overload does not necessarily occur for a single test but the accumulation of a number of tests at the same time. All tests and exams should therefore be programmed centrally to take account of these limitations. We are working to increase the capacity of the system.
- How to avoid system overload. Given that the online classrooms have limited space, just like the physical classrooms, as far as possible we recommend that you:
- Avoid students connecting at the same time to access material or information which could be sent by email (if you need them access the material immediately use the Moodle Quickmail or the student emails). If you do not think everyone is checking their mail you can post a link on the Campus Virtual, but send a mail anyway letting them know that they do have to connect. Most students probably will not have to enter the Moodle. This is especially useful if you have planned to do the test using an external tool (Microsoft Forms or similar).
- Use the questionnaire tool with a longer reply time (a few days) for continual assessments.
- Use the Task tool (submission) as an alternative to the questionnaire and set a reasonable deadline. We suggest that you give extra time for downloading the necessary information beforehand and making the final submission.
- Allow enough time to enable staggered entry to the system especially for large groups. This will avoid the system slowing down at the beginning of the exam along with the stress this causes students.
- Assessment of final degree projects (Bachelor’s degree final project – TFG, and Master’s degree final project - TFM). All the considerations outlined in the section on oral exams affect the TFGs and TFMs, where an oral defence is required (obligatory for TFM). There are three basic options: 1) submission and defence of TFG/TFM at different sessions; 2) submission and defence of TFG/TFM at the same session; 3) submission at different and defences at the same session. Details of these three options can be found in the document on online assessment of the CPOA-CAAE working group referred to below. None of these options need to be programmed in the centralised exam reservation system, since they are done using MS Teams and do not place a load on the system. They can therefore take place at any time.
- Deferred online submission and defence of TFG/TFM. This option is especially recommended for the TFG because it allows a large volume of projects to be managed and involved relatively low technological requirements. Students create a PowerPoint (or similar) and record themselves on a separate video explaining the PPT. Member of the examination panel have access to the student’s TFG/TFM dissertation, the presentation video and the PPT. The defence does not have to be open-door and a question and answer period is established for the panel and the student.
- Live online submission and defence of TFG/TFM. We recommend this for degrees, either Bachelor’s or Master’s, that do not involve a large volume of projects. It is particularly appropriate for the defence of Master’s degree dissertations. In these cases on the assigned the date and time the examination panel coincides with the student to present and defend the TFM. The defence is open-door and the days and times of the TFG/TFM defences are published on the website. Any member of the community can see the projects to be defended, the author, the date and time of the defence and the members of the examination panel, and can request to attend.
- Deferred online presentation and live online defence of the TFG/TFM. This option is recommended for managing large volumes of submission, but it does have the drawback that it requires high level technological input. In this case, the student produces a PPT (or similar), record themselves on video explaining the PPT separately, and sends both files to the examination panel using the LMS platform of each university. The examination panel meets online with the student, asks their questions in real time and the student responds in real time.
To complement these recommendations and with a view to helping you to adapt your assessment to online assessment, we recommend the following documents and resources:
- Instruction on data protection: Instruction 10/2020, on data protection in the ambits of online teaching and online assessment sent to all PDI on 5/5/2020. Here you can find information about data protection involved in online teaching and assessment.
- Document on online assessment produced by the CPOA-CAAE working group: . The annex contains a series of different online assessment formats and guidance and recommendations according to the subject type.
- Webinar on online assessment: https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/4a4b947f-bad7-4088-83e0-11486f9cf4d9 This is a recording of the webinar which took place on 14 May from the UAB and gives a general introduction to online assessment and general assessment criteria, as series of examples of assessment activities, key instruments and advice by lecturers from the UAB with experience of online assessment, and a presentation of the most usual ICT resources available from the UAB.
If you are teaching staff, we would recommend:
- The infographic about "La universitat en línia, una oportunitat per innovar".
- The compilation of useful tools for teaching.
- If you are new to our teaching online environment, please review first steps with Moodle.
- Tips to record yourself.
- Tools for on-line evaluation.
- Always keep in mind the data protection regulation.
- Comparing and detecting similar works.
- Preventing teleworking risks.
If you are student, we would recommend :
- Tools for working remotely.
- Software for students. PENDING--.
- How to record a video and perform a presentation.
- On-line assessment tools.
- Learning on-line with a positive approach.
First of all, remember you can check Campus Virtual homepage.
If you are teacher, we suggest having a look at the following documentation:
- Infographic about the opportunity to innovate in teachiing (in Catalan): "La universitat en línia, una oportunitat per innovar".
- A set of tools to help you with teaching remotely.
- If you are new to Moodle, review the first steps in Moodle (in Catalan).
Don't forget that you also have a specific link to online help and support .
For students, there is also documentation suited for you. In particular, tools to work remotely.
In the CanalTIC blog,you'll find also a compilation fo tools to work remotely, designed to fit staff (in Catalan or Spanish) and lecturers and researchers needs. There is also a News section, where you can check periodic updates.In particular, you'll find:
- Safety tips and recommendations for working remotely: this section contains safety tips and recommendations for work from home.
- Instruction 8/2020, on the and protection of data in the field of virtual working meetings.
Here are some recommendations to make your work, safety, and accessibility to data you may need for work easier:
- Always keep in mind the recommendations regarding personal data protection.
- Avoid saving data and files on your computer hard drive or USB drive due to the risk of losing the information if the device fails or cannot be retrieved by other devices. It is recommended that you save all files to OneDrive.
- We also recommend that you move all files you regularly work with from the network drives (M:, N:, etc.) to OneDrive, so that you can readily access them when you need them from any device.
- Decide what resources you need to work away from campus that may require a special procedure (for example, using programmes installed in one specific computer or staying within the UAB network). Contact the assistance and service centre (CAS) if you think you will find yourself in one of these situations.
- If you think you will need your digital certificate for telematic processes or to sign documents, you will need to make a copy of it in order to install it into the computer you will be using. If you need to use someone else's digital certificate, you must first contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whenever possible, please contact support services (Centre d'Assistència i Suport) via e-mail at email@example.com. This will help avoid too many phone calls and optimise available resources.
From 20 July, following the new security and prevention measures decreed by the UAB Governing Council, we will open the following UAB Libraries:
Hours: 9 am to 2 pm: loan, previous request in the search engine and bibliographic consult by appointment
- Humanities Library
- Social Sciences Library
Hours: 9 am to 6 pm:loan, previous request in the search engine and bibliographic consult by appointment, and study room (keeping safe distances)
- Communication Library and General Newspaper Archives
Return of books you have on loan
The mailboxes you have at your disposal are:
- Social Sciences Library
- Humanities Library
- Communication Library
- Sabadell University Library
- School of Engineering
- A container in the offices of the Vila Universitària
To access the facilities you must wear a face mask, keep a safe distance and follow the instructions you will find in the libraries.
Remember that the online library is always open!
Libraries from home
The #UAB libraries continue to offer you the following online services.
As a novelty, the Online Video Conferencing Advice Service has been incorporated. This service allows you to offer personalized advice on finding information on a specific topic, as well as on the services, tools and resources of UAB libraries. It can be requested through the form.
In addition, they provide you with a collection of resources on Covid-19, e-books and other digital resources on free access.
If you have books on loan, don't worry, the deadline has been extended to September 15!
Annual course loans have been extended until June 2021.
We offer you a range of self-learning resources to help you work remotely during this lockdown. You will find them classified by themes and location.
First of all, we have created a section in the UAB Campus Virtual where you will find materials grouped together:
Communication and connectivity.
Prevention of risks in a teleworking environment.
Working by objectives (for teleworkers).
Management by objectives (for supervisors).
Introduction to MS Office 365. This includes One Drive, Outlook, Office, One Note and Teams.
Upon entering the virtual classroom for the first time, you will need to register at the following link.
After that, you will be able to access the platform here.
MORE MS OFFICE 365 RESOURCES
Good practices applied to the management of work groups using Teams:
- Guide on how to apply Teams to teaching.
- Guide on how to apply Teams to the PAS sector.
I. Before returning to work: prior diagnosis, people who have recovered, quarantine, who decides, stages, prior precautions, homeworking.
- Where can I find instructions and prevention information related to COVID-19?
- What should I do if I cannot return in person?
Answer: the UAB prioritises homeworking for all tasks which do not strictly require physical presence until further notice.
- If somebody who I live with is showing symptoms of COVID-19 and is self-isolating, can I go to work? How can I justify it?
Answer: Anyone living with people showing symptoms of COVID-19 have to undergo quarantine. Current rules establish that periods of isolation or contagion of workers are considered, exceptionally, as work-related accidents, exclusively for payments for temporary incapacity to work made by the Spanish Social Security system.
- Who gives the basic information? What do I have to know before joining work? Where can I find the information?
Answer: You can find the information in the Lockdown relaxation plan of the UAB. In terms of prevention you can also see in instructions 08 and 06 in the operational instructions on the intranet as well as the document What do I need to know before I return to work?
There is an e-form which you can use to return to work, the signing of which implies that you have read and accepted the information on prevention.
Your immediate or section boss can give you additional information.
- Who does not have to return to the UAB? Vulnerability.
Answer: Nobody in any of the groups defined as vulnerable should return to the UAB unless they have a positive medical report.
- Who will tell me if I have to return?
Answer: Your immediate or section boss.
- How much notice will they give me that I have to return?
Answer: One week.
- I am over 60. Do I have to return?
Answer: Yes, as long as your work requires it and you have a positive medical report.
- I am 62 years old, but I feel fine. Can I return?
Answer: Yes, as long as your work requires it and you have a positive medical report.
- How long can I continue working from home?
Answer: All activities that do not require a physical presence can be carried out from home until 1 September. From that date work without being physically present at the UAB will continue to be regulated by the Homeworking Programme. Extension of the homeworking application will be considered, since many activities can be carried out in this mode.
- What hours will I have to do?
Answer: This will vary depending on the phase of the lockdown easing. The person in charge will inform the people in their area.
- Can I do a split working day?
Answer: Priority is given to a continuous working day.
II. Work-life balance, resources.
- I have a child who has just turned 12. Do I have to return to work?
Answer: People with children under the age of 12 can apply to continue in homeworking mode until the situation is back to normal as long as they can justify it. Each case is studied individually to maximise the home-work balance.
- Can I choose the timetable which gives me the best home-work balance?
Answer: You need to agree your timetable with your boss.
- Is there a special phoneline for questions, complaints or information?
III. Getting there: permissions, transport, protection.
- Do I need to do anything before making my way from home to work?
Answer: Make sure you have not got any symptoms associated with the COVID-19 (cough, fever, general malaise, etc.).
- Do I need a transport permit? Does it have to be on paper or on my mobile phone?
Answer: No, it is not necessary.
- How can I get to the UAB?
Answer: Try to use private vehicles or other systems of individual transport. Follow the guidelines in Instruction 08.
If you come by public transport, note that the FGC and RENFE are operating special timetables: consult the respective websites or the mobility web of the UAB. Remember that there are directives on flexible timetables to avoid the use of public transport at peak times, and on the use of masks and safety distances.
If you come by car on your own, follow the guidelines for safe driving. See Instruction 08.
If you come in a private vehicle with other people, you can occupy all the places. If you live in different households, you must wear respiratory protection throughout the journey.
- Are the car parks open?
IV. On arrival: permits, access, precautions, protection, circulation.
- How do I clock in?
Answer: You should not use the fingerprint clock-in. Use your UAB card.
- How do I clock in if I used the fingerprint and I cannot find my card?
Answer: Until you find your card clock in and out using the timetable manager on MyWebTime.
- How can I get into the building?
Answer: asking for permission is not necessary.
- What should I do when I enter my building?
Answer: Go in, use the hand sanitizer you will find in the lobby, take a mask if you need it for your work (where you cannot keep the 1.5 m safety distance, equivalent to a security space of 2.5 m2 per person) and clock in using your card if required.
- Will there be queues to get in and out?
Answer: Generally this is not anticipated. Make sure you keep the 1.5 m safety distance, equivalent to a security space of 2.5 m2 per person, at the entrances and exits to the building.
- Will there be special signs?
Answer: There are poster and signing in the common and public areas.
V. Once at work, organisation, teams.
- General information:
- Do I need to ventilate the space once I arrive?
Answer: Yes. Make sure the workspace is ventilated at the beginning and during your workday for at least 5 minutes. We recommend you open the windows and doors.
- What kind of ventilation is planned for smart buildings to ensure air renewal?
Answer: The advice is to reduce air circulation to the minimum and increase the circulation of air from the outside. For more information please see Operative file 11 on the intranet.
- Use of masks, gloves, and other protection:
- Do I need to wear my mask from home?
Answer: If you have one, you can wear it, but masks with an exhalation valve will not be allowed.
- Will I be given a mask?
Answer: the university management team has decided that there will be an IIR type surgical mask available per day and you can find them at the entrance to the building or in your work area.
Remember that you only need to use a mask if you cannot keep the 1.5 m safety distance, equivalent to a security space of 2.5 m2 per person. If you are alone or you can keep the safety distance you do not need to use a mask.
Masks with valves or those that do not guarantee air filtration (hygienic) will not be admitted under any circumstances.
- Do I need to sign anything to get a mask?
- What if I come by public transport? Can I still take a mask? Who do I have to tell? Will I be able to get additional FFP2 masks?
Answer: The UAB provides this material but not FFP2 masks.
- How should I use the mask?
Answer: You can find all the information in the document What do I need to know before I return to work?
- Do I have to wear the mask all day?
Answer: No, the mask need only be worn if you cannot keep the 1.5 m safety distance, equivalent to a security space of 2.5 m2 per person.
- DO I need to wear gloves for office work? Or if I have to move around the building?
Answer: No, that will not be necessary.
- Is there hand sanitizer in the workplace?
Answer: Hand sanitizers are located preferably at the building entrance, in the reception offices (SLiPI) and in places where the public is attended. For other workspaces it will be decided where they are required.
- How often should I use it?
Answer: You must wash your hands frequently and always after touching a shared piece of equipment if you cannot avoid touching it. Preferably you should clean your hands with soap and wash as the sanitizer can affect your skin. If there is no soap and water available use the sanitizer.
- Do I need to wear gloves in the laboratory? And safety glasses?
Answer: You need to use the usual PPE in the laboratories as advised by the Risk Prevention Services (adequate glasses and gloves).
- Organising your work:
- Are there separation panels?
Answer: There are only panels in places where the public is attended or anywhere else to be decided in accordance with a prior report made by the Risk Prevention Service.
- What should I do if I have to handle shared equipment such as photocopiers, printers, telephones, or laboratory equipment?
Answer: The priority should be that only one person uses these things. If this is not possible you should wash your hands before and after use.
- Will there be hand sanitizer?
Answer: In general, yes. If there is none you will have to ask, but priority should be given to handwashing with soap and water.
- Should I leave the door of my workspace open? Or the laboratory door?
Answer: Yes, as long as your tasks allow for this.
- Attending the public. Reception:
- Will the reception offices be open?
Answer: Yes, the reception offices are open at special times.
- What should I do if I need to send a packet or an envelope by internal mail?
Answer: You should take it to the SLiPI and leave it in the internal mailbox.
- What should I do if I need to receive a packet? Should I wait some time before opening it?
Answer: No. Open the packet, dispose of the packaging, and wash your hands.
- Is there a protocol for SLiPI staff?
Answer: There is a specific infographic with the basic recommendations to ensure safety during the processes of reception and sending of packets and mail.
- If my workplace is a laboratory, do I need to wear a mask? How many people are allowed in? Is there a sign with the maximum occupancy?
Answer: You should use the normal PPE in the laboratories. Depending on the type of space you would normally have to wear a mask (laboratory activity cannot guarantee the usual, constant or easy maintenance of the 1.5 m safety distance, equivalent to a security space of 2.5 m2 per person). Those responsible for the different areas can limit occupancy but there is no maximum figure established, since nose and mouth protection is valid.
- How should I handle shared laboratory equipment?
Answer: In principle, each piece of equipment should be used by only one person. However, in the laboratory environment where sharing materials is usual and constant (scales, fume hoods, micropipettes, reagents, etc.) the routine use of gloves as a protection against chemical or biological agents, as well as the usual measures of hygiene in these spaces, mean that this is not necessary.
VI. Contact with colleagues and shared spaces.
- Can I go out to smoke? Do I have to inform someone so that I can get back in again?
Answer: You can go out to smoke and you do not have to inform anyone.
- Can I use the dining space?
Answer: Yes, as long as you follow the specific instructions that are posted in the dining spaces.
- Can I eat at my workspace?
- Can I use the shared spaces?
- Are the drinking fountains working? And the vending machines?
Answer: Yes. Follow the instructions for proper use. Prioritize the drive pedal whenever possible, use containers and wash the bottle nozzle before filling.
In relation to vending, between 40 and 45% of the machines will be activated in the places with the highest concentration of people.
VII. When you leave.
- How should I leave my workspace when I leave if I am not coming back the next day? Should I air the space?
Answer: You should contribute to keeping the table clear to facilitate the job of the cleaners, and also air the workspace.
- When I come back another day, do I need to follow the same procedure for entering the building? And should my behaviour in general be the same?
Answer: Yes. Until further notice.
- Do I need to communicate that I am going home to any telephone number or reception desk?
Answer: If all is well, then no. If you are leaving because you have symptoms phone 061 and let your boss and the Health Service know.
VIII. Presence of symptoms, general emergencies/COVID-19/other pathologies.
- Where should I go in an emergency or health emergency?
Answer: Call 2525 and the Health Service.
- Are the signs on health and other emergencies operative?
Answer: Yes. You should call 2525. The Emergency Response Programmes are operative during the period that people are returning to work in person.
- What should I do in the case of a work accident?
Answer: Notify the Health Service and the Area for Risk Prevention and Assistance.
- Is the Health Service open?
Answer: Yes, but with special opening hours.
- What should I do if I notice symptoms which could be compatible with COVID 19?
Answer: Notify your immediate boss and the health Service. If you are at work, put on a mask if you are not already wearing one, avoid all contact with other people and go home.
- I have been diagnosed with COVID 19. Who should I tell?
Answer: Call 061, the Health Service, and your immediate boss. Please see Instruction 08.
Remember that the control and mitigation of the current health crisis caused by COVID-19 is a shared responsibility.
- How should I communicate sick leave as a result of COVID-19 or any other leave?
Answer: Those in a position of temporary incapacity to work (IT) should send the corresponding communications from their local health centre to the Payroll Unit. This can be done via telephone or the La Meva Salut app. Documents should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (scanned document or photograph) ensuring the legibility of their content.
- Will the UAB carry out testing?
Answer: Currently this is not planned.
However, we are following the instruction of the health authorities to work with the public health system.
Currently, the health insurance organisations of the Spanish Social Security system are working with the Government of Catalonia.
IX. Other questions
- Will safety material be available in the case of future outbreaks or new epidemics?
Answer: Yes. Purchases have been made with this scenario in mind.
- Why talk about PPE if only surgical masks are handed out and not FFP2?
Answer: it is true that these are not personal protection equipment (PPE) and the Area of Risk Prevention does not refer to them as such.
- If I am a laboratory technician, why don’t they give me an FFP2?
Answer: Because it is not necessary.
- Will the risks of working from home be evaluated?
Answer: As established in the rules of the State of Alarm a voluntary self-assessment by all staff is considered sufficient. In any case, all risks or queries should communicated by email to the Area of Risk Prevention and General Assistance.
68. If an outside company has to do a service within my office, what steps should I follow? What specific information should this company know?
Answer: They must follow the regulations of the destination center and follow the instructions in operational file 09.
Mobility information is constantly updated in accordance with the guidelines of public authorities. The UAB's International Relations Area manages all international mobility projects and administrative procedures related to mobility.
All updated information is available on the web.
In the current context of a health crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Psychology and Speech Therapy Service (SPL) of the UAB offers the university community (students, faculty and administration and services staff) a toll-free psychological care number (900 10 15 80), coordinated by the Trauma, Crisis and Conflict Unit of Barcelona.
The aim is to provide psychological support telematically to people who have difficulty in adapting to the new health situation, or who feel an emotional imbalance with or without a previous psychological diagnosis.
They have also compiled a series of decalogues with recommendations, which you can find on their website.
We also provide you with a guide published by the COPC with recommendations for psychological management during quarantine for infectious diseases. [+]
For more detailed information please visit these websites:
- Canal Salut (Health Channel, information in English)
- Ministerio de Sanidad, Consumo y Bienestar Social (Ministry for Health, Consumption and Social Welfare, information in Spanish)
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
2. Statements and reports from university and government institutions:
- Academic measures of Catalan universities for the 2020-2021 academic year. (14/09/2020)
- Letter addressed to the vice-chancellors for R & D & I and library managers. (25/06/2020)
- Guide on the protection of personal data in the university environment in times of COVID-19. (24/04/2020)
- Statement from the CRUE for the declaration of the state of alarm as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. (14/03/2020)
- Covid-19 crisis information: Coordination with the Ministry of Universities - CRUE. (16/03/2020)
- Report on the regulatory impact of online assessment procedures: data protection and guaranteeing the rights of students. (15/04/2020)
- Report on non-face-to-face evaluation procedures. Study of the impact of its implementation in Spanish Universities and Recommendations. (16/04/2020)
- CRUE Universidades Españolas makes available to health authorities more than 200 laboratories and 300 experts in the COVID-19 detection tests. (19/03/2020)
- Agreements and recommendations of the Catalan university system for the end of the 2019-2020 academic year
- Working paper on virtual university assessment
- Working paper on external internships, final degree and master's theses, and academic calendar.
- University Sector Plan (deconfinement) (01/07/2020)
- Information on the transition from phase 0 to phase 1 in universities and research centers (CAT).
- Frequently asked questions.
- Guide to good communication practices in the moodle classroom.
- Use of masks in front of the coronavirus.
- Home management of waste in positive homes or in quarantine by the covid-19.
- The Official College of Psychology of Catalonia has published a guide with recommendations for psychological management during confinement.
4. Frequently asked questions:
- Questions about restrictions of activities due to Covid-19 in Catalonia (English)
- Questions about restrictions of activities due to Covid-19 in Catalonia -document facilitated by URV - Chinese (Uptdated 14/03/2020)
- Questions and answers about Covid-19 in the university setting (in Catalan, updated 28.02.20)
- Questions on the restriction of activities due to Covid-19 in Catalonia.
- Rector’s resolution establishing exceptional criteria for the use of electronic identification and signature systems during the period of the state of alarm decreed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Instruction 3/2020 regarding the organization of services in the event of a health emergency decreed due to covid-19.
- The SAF will not charge your membership fees for the duration of the closing and provides you with a whole range of home training and exercises through the SAF Training app.
- Royal Decree 463/2020, of March 14, declaring the state of alarm for the management of the health crisis situation caused by Covid-19