Statements regarding coronavirus (COVID-19)

New FAQs on restrictions on activities in Catalonia during the COVID-19 emergency

The Ministry of Home Affairs of the Government of Catalonia, through the Operations Coordination Centre of Catalonia (CECAT), published new FAQs on the restrictions on activities during the COVID-19 emergency in Catalonia on 20 March. The new document is available here.

For updated information: coronavirus.gencat.cat


COVID-19 FAQs (14 March 2020)

The Ministry of Home Affairs of the Generalitat of Catalonia, through the Operational Coordination Center of Catalonia (CECAT), has released, on March 14, some FAQs on coronavirus that answer questions about restrictions on activities by the COVID-19 in Catalonia. The document answers questions about activity restrictions in Catalonia.



Timeline of COVID-19 emergency measures at the UPC (until 12 March 2020)

• 26 February 2020: Information web page on COVID-19 that collects all the communications published regarding the emergency and day-to-day monitoring on the UPC website homepage. Communication Service. Communication with questions and answers and links. Continuous monitoring and support for people in the community who ask for information. Occupational Health and Safety Service.

• 27 February 2020: Approval of the action protocol and the creation of the Emergency Management Committee by the Governing Council with the aim of providing information and establishing the measures that must be taken.

• 3 March 2020: New institutional communication providing further information to the community.

• 6 March 2020: The rector's communication to the directors of academic units informing them of the public health secretary's call for a meeting with the rectors of Catalan universities on Monday 9 March 2020 and of the Catalan Health Service's recommendations. The same communication was sent by the UPC's general manager to all heads of management and service units.

• 9 March 2020: Instructions from the rector after the emergency meeting of the Interuniversity Council of Catalonia (CIC) held on the same day at noon. Restrictions were placed on extracurricular activities, recommendations were made on travel to high-risk areas and measures on student mobility were established. As far as administrative and service staff were concerned, telework was encouraged, in addition to a minimum interpersonal distance, particularly in cases in which more than 10 people gather in the same place.

• 10 March 2020: Communication protocols for external companies and contractors, protocols for rapid action in the event that employees wish to telework or access their work computers remotely, and protocols to ensure the functioning of UPC facilities were prepared.

• 10 March 2020: Extraordinary meeting of the Health and Safety Committee. Regulations set a period of 72 hours.

• 11 March 2020: Suspension of events and conferences at university facilities. Suspension of the Education Exhibition. Suspension of Mathematical Kangaroo tests.

• 11 March 2020: Communication by the general manager in which a registration form for members of the university community who must travel is made available. It is thought to be important that an easily accessible register be available in urgent cases.

• 11 March 2020: Instructions from the Office of the General Manager to the heads of management and support services and heads of service and a request for plans of action for 16 March 2020 to ensure the provision of critical services on the campuses. Again, extraordinarily extending telework is encouraged.

• 12 March 2020: Meeting with school directors and deans to agree on the proposal of measures for face-to-face teaching activities. Communication to administrative and service staff informing them of the situation and providing flexible timetable changes and telework options. Procurement of extraordinary services: cleaning and disinfection; complementary services for reception. Communication to all companies and contractors.

• 12 March 2020: Institutional message from the rector of the UPC and communication from the general manager to the administrative and service staff

This page contains the main statements and updates published by the UPC on the coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency and the instructions and resources that have been made available to meet the aims of the measures related to the state of alarm.

May 19, 2020


New website about COVID-19 (19 May 2020)

The UPC website hosts the COVID-19 portal, which presents all the information about the plan and other content related to the pandemic that may be of interest to students and staff, such as answers to frequently asked questions, services and help for studying and working remotely, and research and social projects launched by the University to fight COVID-19.

Recommendations for inclusive virtual assessment (15 May 2020)

New document about recommendations for inclusive virtual assessment, with inclusions criteria and list of potential situations for students with special education needs. 

UPC’s plan for ending the lockdown approved (14 May 2020)

The UPC's Governing Council on 14 May has approved the Plan for ending the lockdown and progressively reinstating face-to-face activities on UPC campuses. The plan, which has been developed within the context of the health and social crisis caused by COVID-19, presents the criteria and guidelines for the four stages for reinstating face-to-face activities at the University and is subject to any changes that the evolution of the pandemic requires. 

Four aims in the new stage to end the lockdown at the UPC (7 May 2020)

The rector, Francesc Torres, has posted a new video statement (with English subtitles) on the UPC’s YouTube channel to the university community, and inform about the plan to end the lockdown step by step.

Video statement by vice-rector for Teaching and Students, Núria Garrido (5 May 2020)

Due to the ongoing health emergency, vice-rector for Teaching and Students, Núria Garrido, has published a new video statement (in Catalan) on the UPC’s YouTube channel to the students of the UPC.


General directives for adapting course guides  (20 April 2020)

New statement about general directives for adapting course guides as a result of the extraordinary measures stemming from the suspensions of face-to-face teaching.

Video statement by the rector (17 April 2020)

Due to the ongoing health emergency, the rector, Francesc Torres, has published a new video statement (with English subtitles) on the UPC’s YouTube channel to the university community. Read the content in this news.


Information on calls and contracts for research staff and the renewal of adjunct professor contracts (14 April 2020)

This document refers to the news regarding contracts and calls for research staff and the renewal of adjunct professor contracts.

FAQs of interest to UPC students during the health emergency (14 April 2020)

Students of the UPC can consult on this website the answers to the most frequently asked questions during the health emergency by COVID-19.

Also, mailbox for inquiries is available: info.coronavirus@upc.edu.

Commitment to academic integrity at the UPC (14 April 2020)

All of the UPC community is committed to academic integrity, which involves firm adherence to a set of values. One of the essential values of an academic community is honesty regarding one's own intellectual efforts and those of others. While teaching and research staff, administrative and service staff and students pledge to uphold and promote these values, this document refers specially to the assessment process.

Recommendations on assessment in the context of the exceptional situation of distance teaching motivated by COVID-19 (14 Abril 2020)

Until the competent administrations and, where applicable, the UPC’s governing bodies do not adopt framework regulations regarding teaching and assessment procedures in the current context of distance teaching, the University issue a few recommendations. The document also include frequently asked questions.

Rector's Statement posted (3 April 2020)

Dear members of the UPC community,

First, I wish you and your beloved ones to be in good health and spirits.

Since March 12, we have been in close contact with the deans of the diverse Schools, student’s representatives and UPC employees in coordination with the rest of the Catalan Universities and with the Generalitat of Catalonia. The goal is to provide the means to maintain all possible activities on-line and at the same time to inform you, in a clear and objective way, about the diverse changes occurring in a daily basis on the evolution of the health crisis

The recent extension of the alarm status and the data on the evolution of the epidemic in our country, suggests that the situation of confinement will be extended and that resumption of activity will be gradual.

Accordingly, the Executive Board, after consultation with the deans, has resolved to take the necessary measures to ensure a security framework for the members of our community:

1. Given the uncertainty in the academic calendar and the high probability that normal academic activity will not be resumed during the rest of the semester, suspend any face-to-face learning and teaching activity for the second semester 2019-2020, starting on March and until at the end of semester. All remaining teaching activity will be carried out on-line.

2. The Governing Council of last April 1st, through Agreement no. CG / 2020/02/05 ratified the Rector's instruction on the provision of the necessary measures to guarantee on-line teaching which, together with Rector's Resolution no. 533/2020 of March 12th, set the action framework for schools to plan all academic activities, adopting them to their own characteristics.

3. In regard to the assessment process and procedures and given the high probability that they may not be face-to-face, teaching staff in charge of the diverse subjects must prepare an assessment proposal to be carried out by the students on-line, in accordance with the guidelines and requirements established by the diverse Schools. However, there is still a possibility to have a face-to-face assessment period for second semester subjects between the end of June and if necessary, in July.

4. Work is underway to ensure that those practical activities that have been postponed by the alarm status, such as TFG / TFM, etc ..., or some kind of essential fieldwork for awarding the degree could be done during the months of October and/or November. These will be considered within the same academic year, without the need for new registration and with measures of flexibility for the continuation of the studies in the following academic year.

5. Coordination mechanisms with the other Universities and relevant administrations are maintained and intensified in regard to issues that are transversal to the university system, such as the general regulation of the academic calendar and certain aspects related to student assessment.

6. We are also aware that there are students who for different reasons may experience difficulties in pursuing their studies on-line. In order to overcome these difficulties, we are enabling mechanisms to ensure an adequate follow up for all students under these circumstances. To expedite these mechanisms, it is necessary to claim being in this situation and report to the dean of their School as soon as possible.

The main message that we want to convey to UPC students and their families as well as to the public, is a message of peace of mind. The UPC executive board and the School executive teams will continue to work together to ensure the least possible impact of present circumstances on students learning process, in order to guarantee the acquisition of the corresponding competences for a successful completion of the academic year.

Francesc Torres, Rector of the UPC

ICT security and personal data protection criteria in class and/or remote assessment (14 April 2020)

This document establishes the criteria for ICT security and personal data protection for classes and/or assessment using remote working tools, in order to guarantee the right to personal data protection in these actions and exceptional circumstances as a result of the state of alarm.

Video statement by the rector (27 March 2020)

Due to the ongoing health emergency, the rector, Francesc Torres, has published a new video statement (in Catalan) on the UPC’s YouTube channel to the university community.

Restrictions on accessing buildings (21 March 2020)

The Office of the General Manager’s instructions on accessing buildings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) health emergency set out rigorous restrictions on access to buildings to comply with the measures related to the state of alarm but also to support the intensive cleaning and disinfection of facilities.

Instructions on communicating infections or isolation due to COVID-19

The Office of the General Manager published instructions on communicating infections or isolation due to COVID-19 at the University so that the members of the university community who may have been exposed to the virus can notify the University for the purpose of evaluating the impact of the crisis.

ICT tools and services

Following the statement, a specific web page for supporting teaching staff, administrative staff and students working remotely was published: https://serveistic.upc.edu/ca/treballa-en-remot

It completes and reorganises the UPC's ICT Services for teleworking and basic support tools for distance learning available to the university community during the COVID-19 health emergency.

Frequently asked questions on the state of alarm caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (24 March 2020)

FAQs for Teaching and Research Staff and FAQs regarding the instructions for PAS staff issued by the Office of the General Manager of the UPC.

Rectors's Stateman to the students (19 March 2020)

Dear students,

First of all, I wish you and your beloved ones to be in good health and spirits.

In light of the uncertainties the coronavirus alarm has produced, I would like to thank you all for your cooperation and understanding these days. Our community is trying hard to make available for you all the tools necessary to follow the courses and to solve the challenges that surely will appear along the way.

Directions and information for dealing with this exceptional situation will be given directly from your Schools, mainly your lecturers, who all together are adapting to the novel situation in a record time. Also from the rectorate, we are available for any need you may have. We know that you are in a key step of your life and we work hard to provide you with the best possible service. We will do our best to have a fluid and constant communication with you. We are working in a coordinated fashion with the deans of the Schools to make it happen.

When we speak about the UPC as a committed university, now more than ever, we can do it thanks to the professional and human quality of our community. I am very proud that you are part of it, that you are aware of the challenges of society and that you give your best in adverse circumstances. The UPC community will be the best to be at the highest level of your expectations.

Kind regards,

Francesc Torres, Rector for the UPC

Rector's Statement Regarding the Alarm Status after the COVID-19 Pandemic (14 March 2020)

Regarding the State of Alarm decreed by the Spanish Government, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) reports the following exceptional actions for the next 15 days, extendable.

  • Stating on Monday 16/3/2020, PAS and PDI of the UPC will carry out their work activities remotely, except for those object of minimum services that will be communicated by management. Travel to any UPC campus will be avoided as far as possible.

    The academic and service directors will coordinate organization of the remote work.

Emergency committee statement (13 March 2020)

Dear members of the university community,

The UPC’s emergency committee is meeting to evaluate the effects of the declaration of the state of alarm by the Spanish government. Tomorrow, Saturday 14 March, we will evaluate and discuss appropriate measures with university and health authorities.

We thank you for your cooperation and responsibility. We will keep you updated through our communication channels of all the news affecting our university community. In these challenging and changing times, we wish to send you an optimistic message, as we are convinced that we will act correctly and that this will make our society grow stronger.

Sincerely,

Francesc Torres, Rector for the UPC

COVID-19: e-mail address for enquiries and ICT resources for telework (13 March 2020)

The UPC issues the following new communication on measures stemming from the Government of Catalonia's Resolution SLT/719/2020, of 12 March, on the prevention and control of SARS-CoV-2 infections. This communication gives information on the e-mail account set up to answer queries (info.coronavirus@upc.edu) and ICT resources for telework and for distance teaching. Details are also given to inform the university community of the measures taken so far.

Given the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 emergency, the UPC and all public universities in Catalonia are in regular contact with the health and education authorities so as to closely monitor how the situation evolves.

On 12 March 2020 we announced additional measures stemming from the Government of Catalonia's Resolution SLT/719/2020 , of 12 March, on the prevention and control of SARS-CoV-03 infections.

The UPC has made the following specific e-mail address available to answer questions on the measures taken regarding COVID-19:  info.coronavirus@upc.edu.

The following ICT services are available for telework: https://serveistic.upc.edu

The following basic tools are available for distance teaching: https://serveistic.upc.edu/ca/atenea/eines-no-presencial-atenea

The UPC suspends face-to-face teaching activities for an extendable two-week period (12 March 2020)

This measure follows the Government of Catalonia's advice within the framework of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

The UPC has suspended face-to-face teaching in the coming two weeks. This period may be extended depending on how the situation evolves and the Government of Catalonia’s advice.

Suspension of on-site teaching is accompanied by a series of extraordinary measures that aim to minimise the consequences of the situation for the current academic year. The measure affects classrooms, study rooms, computer rooms, libraries and other facilities at the University. Teaching and administrative staff will continue to work in accordance with authorities’ advice and established protocols.

In this context, the University has planned to offer alternative teaching methods and flexibility measures for teaching to be conducted outside the classroom using tools such as virtual campuses and teaching intranets. Face-to-face assessment activities have also been suspended. Schools will inform students of alternative assessment methods.

All adjustments will be reported to students.

The academic calendar is also expected to be modified. Teaching staff will be provided with support tools to minimise the impact of suspending face-to-face teaching.

The measures will be adapted to the singularities of each school. Schools and general services will provide teaching and research staff with alternatives as soon as possible.

See the video statement by the rector, Francesc Torres, on the UPC’s YouTube channel.

 

Statement (12 March 2020)

The rector, Francesc Torres, has published the UPC’s protocol of action against coronavirus (COVID-19) on 9 March. The document will be kept under permanent review based on the evolution of the outbreak.

The rector of the UPC, Francesc Torres, has published the UPC’s protocol of action against coronavirus (COVID-19) on 9 March. The document will be kept under permanent review based on the evolution of the outbreak, the latest information on the disease and health authorities’ advice.

The protocol specifies the general lines of action and those academic and extra-curricular activities that are temporarily suspended at the UPC due to the outbreak. The document provides travel advice for the university community members and describes how to act if a COVID-19 case is confirmed at the University.

The document also explains how to act in the hypothetical scenario of extraordinary measures, such as closing buildings, although this is not under consideration at the moment.

A form for teaching and administrative staff to notify of any essential travel
Within the framework of the UPC protocol of action regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) health alert, the University has published a form for its teaching and administrative staff to notify the International Relations Service of any essential travel as long as the health alert persists.

Statement: UPC’s protocol of action against coronavirus (COVID-19) (9 March 2020)

The rector of the UPC, Francesc Torres, has published the UPC’s protocol of action against coronavirus (COVID-19) on 9 March. The document will be kept under permanent review based on the evolution of the outbreak, the latest information on the disease and health authorities’ advice.

The protocol specifies the general lines of action and those academic and extra-curricular activities that are temporarily suspended at the UPC due to the outbreak. The document provides travel advice for the university community members and describes how to act if a COVID-19 case is confirmed at the University.

The document also explains how to act in the hypothetical scenario of extraordinary measures, such as closing buildings, although this is not being considered at the moment.

Statement regarding COVID-19 (3 March 2020)

Due to the number of enquiries received regarding COVID-19, the Office of the Rector of the UPC would like to reassure staff and students that the University is in constant contact with CatSalut and is watchful of any incidents that may affect our university. CatSalut epidemiology services recommend carrying on as normal. Although no exceptional measures are currently planned, it is important to increase hygiene measures and check the latest advice from CatSalut.

If you develop any of the most common symptoms, you should call 061 immediately to ask for instructions.

Information from the Ministry of Health of the Government of Catalonia can be found here: Questions and answers on COVID-19 and Coronavirus SARS-Cov-2 (both in Catalan). Information from the Spanish Service for the Internationalisation of Education can be found here: COVID-19: Specific measures in the framework of the Erasmus+ programme (in Spanish).

The Governing Council approves an action plan for emergencies affecting the university community and creates an emergency management committee (27 February 2020)

The Governing Council, at a meeting held on 27 February, approved an action plan for emergencies affecting the university community, given the spread of COVID-19 in Europe. According to the approved plan, an ad hoc emergency management committee for speeding up decision making and for effectively communicating with the university community was created. The committee is made up of the rector; the general manager; the head of the Rector’s Bureau; the head of the Legal Services and Risk Assessment Area; and the vice-rectors, school directors or members of the Office of the General Manager appointed by the rector and the general manager depending on the kind of emergency.

Statement (26 February 2020)

The UPC is closely monitoring health authorities’ advice regarding COVID-19 and will take any measures accordingly. Information from the Ministry of Health of the Government of Catalonia can be found here: Questions and answers on COVID-19 and Coronavirus SARS-Cov-2.

We will act at all times upon health authorities’ advice on all our campuses and we will continue to issue advice to the university community.

As part of the University’s commitment to transparency, it is our duty to keep our community informed.