From 12 April 2021, the following exceptions on ban of the in person teaching and exams still apply:
Given the end of the ban on movement between districts, travel for the purpose of participating in education outside the district will no longer require a solemn declaration or a written proof of the reason for the trip.
The newly issued Government Resolution No. 315 extends the effectiveness of the original Resolution No. 200 until 11 April 2021. The following exceptions on ban of the in person teaching and exams therefore continue to apply:
In view of current developments, the Rector’s Board decided on March 15, 2021 to cancel all graduation ceremonies until the end of May 2021. Graduates who originally planned to participate in the cancelled graduation ceremonies in October and December 2020, and now April 2021, will be notified about new graduation dates as soon as the circumstances allow to set a new date. Graduates may still, by prior arrangement, pick up a diploma at the Student Affairs Office / PhD and Academic Qualifications Office. (Graduates from the April term will be informed via e-mail regarding this matter.) If the graduates decide to pick up the diploma, they will still have the opportunity to participate in the alternative graduation ceremony term.
Information on the possibilities of in-person visits to the Faculty of Arts, CU in order to participate in education, including internships and exams.
According to Government Resolution No. 200 of 26 February 2021, the following exceptions to the ban on the in-person presence of students at classes and examinations continue to apply from 27 February to 21 March 2021:
In connection with the ban on leaving the territory of the district in whose territory the person has a permanent residence or domicile (see Government Resolution No. 216), an exception applies to students traveling in order to participate in education, including internships and examinations. Students must prove the validity of this trip by a written document or affidavit stating a specific reason. The Rectorate is working to ensure that a written document – a certificate of participation in an examination or internship – can be generated from the SIS.
The Student Affairs Office, the International Relations Office, the PhD and Academic Qualifications Office and the Student Admissions Office remain open for students during office hours (Tue 9–12, Thu 14–16). However, we ask that prior to your visit, you always consider whether your matter could be resolved by telephone or email.
Information on State PhD exams and dissertation defences (state exams)
As part of extraordinary measures, from 1 March 2021, it is possible to hold state exams and dissertations defences in both distance and hybrid form. Due to the current epidemic situation, we strongly recommend using a full-distance form.
As of Monday, 1 March, 2021:
Based on the Government Resolution No. 129 on the operation of school between February 15 and February 28, 2021, the following still apply:
As already announced, teaching in the summer semester will begin remotely and will continue in this form until further notice.
Information before the beginning of the summer semester
Teaching in the summer semester will begin remotely, any transition to in-person teaching will depend on the development of the epidemic situation.
Recommendations before the beginning of the semester:
• Update syllabi and information in the SIS with regard to remote teaching
• Keep in mind a reasonable study load for the remote form of teaching
• Do not emphasise attendance as a condition for passing the class. Offer alternatives.
• Implement remote teaching in the time scheduled for in-person teaching as there is the possibility of a later transition to in-person form.
• It is necessary to include forms of direct contact with students through one of the online platforms. Remote consultations must be offered as well.
• For practical subjects (professional practice), consider other possible ways of fulfilment, especially for regulated professions. Should there be difficulties and possible impact on the profile of the graduate contact the study vice-dean. • Support can be found at elearning.ff.cuni.cz
According to Government Resolution No. 56 of 22 January 2021, the following still applies:
State final exams in the bachelor’s and master’s degree will take place in the hybrid form, as planned.
With regard to current developments, the Rector’s Board decided on 18 January 2021 to cancel all graduation ceremonies until the end of March 2021. Graduates who were supposed to attend the March graduation ceremony (ie those whose original date of graduation was cancelled already in October or December 2020) will be informed of the alternative date as soon as circumstances permit and the date can be set. Graduates can also pick up a diploma at the study department. If they decide to pick up a diploma, they still have the opportunity to attend an alternate graduation ceremony.
Based on the government resolution from 7 January 2021, individual consultations (ie one student and one academic staff member) may take place from Monday 11 January, after prior agreement with the teacher.
Even after the tightening of some of the rules formulated by the Government Resolution from December 23, 2020 and the subsequent transition to the 5th level of the Anti-epidemic system (PES), it still applies that exams in the winter examination period can take place in two ways:
The choice of the form of exam is up to the guarantor of each course.
State doctoral examinations and dissertation defences can still be held only in remote (distance) forms. The information in the update from 25 October remains valid.
Despite the current relaxation of some measures formulated by the government resolution on 30 November 2020, all teaching at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University will continue in a remote format until the end of the semester.
According to the current rules, examinations in the winter period can take place in two ways:
The choice of the form of examination is up to the guarantor of each subject.
All teaching at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University continues in the remote format. Because of the nature of teaching, exceptions defined by the last government regulation do not apply to the Faculty of Arts.
According to the new regulation from the Czech government, the exemption from the prohibition of in-person participation in teaching only applies to medical faculties. Therefore, from Monday 12 October, until 25 October 2020 all teaching must take place remotely.
Teachers of classes exempted based on the previous regulation must inform students how the teaching will be organised during this period of tighter measures.
Additional information on the implementation of remote learning based on the suggestions of the departments
Updated guidelines for the organization of studies in winter semester 2020/2021 according to the regulation of the Hygienic Station of the City of Prague No. 12/2020, which prohibits the in-person participation of students in university teaching with effect from 21 September, 2020.
Courses planned for the winter semester must be prepared for distance learning.
According to the above regulation, the prohibition of physical presence does not apply to laboratory, experimental or artistic work when a maximum of 15 persons is present and clinical and practical teaching and practice (for more, see the information from 18 September).
Courses that cannot be transferred to distance learning and at the same time are not exempted from the regulation on the prohibition of in-person teaching, will be discussed individually with the heads of the departments.
Organizational rules of study from 1 October, 2020
Faculty of Arts, Charles University will start teaching in the academic year 2020/2021 in a hybrid form. Primarily, standard in-person teaching will take place. In justified cases, which are described below, it will be possible to start teaching remotely, or changing formats during the semester.
Instructions for the implementation of full-time teaching
Students and teachers are required to comply with all hygiene measures in accordance with government regulations. The information is continuously updated at https://koronavirus.ff.cuni.cz/.
In the case of quarantine of the teacher and/or a significant number of students, it is possible to repeatedly change the format of teaching from in-person to distance and vice versa during the semester. Students must be informed about these changes in a timely and proper manner by e-mail or other pre-arranged form.
The teacher will allow students who have found themselves in quarantine, or for other relevant reasons cannot attend classes (eg foreign students), to continue study with the use of alternative forms, eg connection to classes via one of the electronic platforms. Teachers and students are obliged to stay in touch with each other. According to the instructions of the teacher, students may complete alternative assignments.
Neither teachers nor students have to present a medical certificate after the quarantine/illness has ended. They will follow the instructions of the hygiene station and the general practitioner. We appeal to the personal responsibility of all members of the academic community to stay at home in the event of symptoms of respiratory disease and thus prevent the possible spread of the disease.
We recommend carrying out any internships and excursions planned according to the study plan as soon as possible. Furthermore, it is necessary to consider
1) their possible shift during the academic year, or holidays, if the epidemic situation would prevent their implementation according to plan,
2) the possibility of alternatives, where possible.
Especially for subjects intended for first-year students, we recommend, with regard to their adaptation to the new environment, the start of in-person teaching. Alternatively, it is possible to organize at least a one-time introductory meeting within the department.
Recommendations for the preparation of syllabi
All syllabi of subjects taught in WS 2020/2021 should take into account the possibility of transition to distance learning. The aim is to be prepared for a possible transition to complete distance learning during the semester. The modification of the syllabus must be completed and posted before SIS (information system) is opened for registrationof subjects.
The syllabus must clearly formulate the requirements for meeting the completion of the course in the case of in-person and distance learning. Both forms of teaching and completion must have similar study load and workload for students.
For this semester, we do not recommend requiring attendance as a condition of course completion. Excused absences, with some exceptions, cannot be based on a medical certificate.
Initiation and implementation of distance learning
In justified cases, teaching in WS 2020/2021 can be launched and implemented in a completely remote format. After approval by the head of the department (základní součásti ZS) in cooperation with the guarantor of the study program, the Dean may be asked to convert the subject into a distance format. The request should be submitted to the Dean by the Head of the department through the Vice-Dean for Studies by 23 September 2020 (detailed information will be received by the head of the ZS.)
It is possible to request distance learning especially in the following cases:
1. “Large subjects” – A subject with large capacity of students, where, due to the spatial possibilities of the faculty, it is not possible to provide a classroom guaranteeing compliance with hygienic rules and at the same time it is not possible to divide students into parallel groups for capacity reasons.
2. “Health risks” – A subject taught by a teacher who belongs to one of the high-risk groups and for operational/professional or other reasons it is not possible to ensure his/her replacement by another colleague.
3. “Foreign students” – A subject in which the participation of a significant number of students who will not be able to attend full-time teaching can reasonably be expected. The assessment of a significant number of students is in the competence of the head of the department in cooperation with the program guarantor.
In case the subject must be taught in several parallel blocks, it is possible to request a fully remote format for one of them and conduct the other one in person.
The schedule of applications is set so that before the opening of the studying system (SIS) for the registration of subjects, it is clear to the students in what format of the subject they enrol.
Distance learning must include elements of direct contact with students through one of the electronic platforms. It is not possible to implement teaching only by sending materials for self-study. If possible, the teaching times indicated in the full-time teaching schedule should be followed.
As of now, Charles University will start teaching in person, unless otherwise stated. However, we are aware of the deteriorating epidemic situation and, in justified cases, we would like to enable the possibility of distance teaching from the start. This option will apply to the following situations: