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Covid-19 prevention: Upgrade remote learning courses

To lower the risk of Covid-19 contagion after the spring break, NTHU will increase the number of online learning courses from April 7th to April 17th. All courses with more than 40 students are recommended to use the remote learning mode (either synchronous or nonsynchronous). For those courses that cannot implement the remote learning mode, such as laboratory, operational, or sport courses, the instructors are advised to keep the classroom ventilated and seats 1.5 meters apart.

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2019 new coronavirus announcement

In view of the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), please attend to the following notices so as to maintain your health and safety on campus.
 

1. To control the epidemic of COVID-19 and protect ourselves, NTHU will start to enforce a comprehensive plan of body temperature measurement from Monday March 2, 2020. Details are described below:

(1) Date and Time: Starting from Monday, March 2, 2020; Monday-Friday 07:40-16:00 (i.e., not including night time, weekends and holidays)

(2) Locations: 15 booths on the main campus, and 4 booths on the Nanda campus (19 booths in total). Please see the attached map for the precise locations.

(3) Rules of Enforcement: University staff will take shifts to cover every location. At all time, two staff members will be present at every location to measure forehead temperature for everybody, including visitors who are not affiliated with the university. A sticker will be given to those who have normal temperature; in the case of abnormal temperature, the visitor will be prohibited from entering the campus immediately and the case will be reported to the Campus Security Office (Tel: 03-5714769). If a university member (Faculty, Staff, Students) has abnormal temperature, his/her ID will be examined and recorded. He/she will be required to wear a mask, and the Division of Health Services will follow up on the case and take certain measures (03-5743000).

(4) Access Control: Only those with a sticker are permitted to enter the buildings on campus. The color of the sticker will be different every day. For instance, if a person has normal temperature on Monday in the morning and has the sticker (with the color for Monday), he/she can enter buildings all day on that Monday (but not on other days).

(5) For further consultation, please contact Office of Secretariat (Tel: 03-5162481), Division Health Services (Tel: 03-5743000), or Campus Security Office (Tel: 03-5714769).

2. The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has raised all countries to Level 3. Consequently, based on the instruction from the Ministry of Education on March 16, NTHU has requested that all university staff and students who have traveled abroad (including the 14 days prior to March 16) should stay at home until 14 days after entry, being prohibited from entering the campus. The regulation is applicable to everyone even if they do not have any symptom. During this period of time, please measure your body temperature every morning and evening for 14 days and report to the Division of Health Service online: http://0rz.tw/kZFPt.

3. In the case of fever or flu-like symptoms (such as ear temperature ≥ 38°C, forehead temperature 37.5°, cough, running nose, sore throat, etc.):

(1) Within 14 days after returning from high-risk areas (e.g. Mainland China): Please dial 1922 for medical treatment and wear surgical masks according to the instructions. When you seek medical treatments, please inform the doctor of your travel history, contact history, and symptoms.

(2) After returning from other areas, even within Taiwan: Please wear surgical masks and seek medical treatments. Inform the doctor of your travel history, contact history, and symptoms.

4. Hotline on campus:

Division of Health Service 03-5743000 (Monday to Friday 8-17)

Division of Student Affairs 03-5711814 (24 hours).

5. Wear a surgical mask if (1) you have respiratory symptoms. (2) appropriate social distance can not be practiced (1.5 m indoor and 1.0 m outdoor).

6. Classrooms and large-scale activities should be disinfected with diluted bleach. Single exit should be maintained and everyone should take temperature upon entry. Those who have a fever should be reported immediately through campus infection report channel.

7. Suggestions for environmental disinfection:

(1) General objects: such as classroom desktops, computer keyboards, elevator panels, stair handles, furniture, kitchen utensils: disinfection using 1:100 diluted bleach (500 ppm)

(2) Surface in bathroom or toilet: disinfection with 1:10 diluted bleach (5000 ppm)

(3) Disinfect the environment at least once a day and use the bleach made that day.

(4) Keep the environment well cleansed and ventilated.

8. For more information on infectious disease prevention and environmental disinfection on campus, please visit https://www.cdc.gov.tw/En.

    CECC Measures for Following Up on Persons at Risk of Infection (latest update by CECC: 2020/03/19 )
 

9. According to the new regulations of the Ministry of Education, students from Mainland China are requested to obey the laws below:

(1) Entrance to Taiwan is suspended until further notice.

(2) Students who have returned to Taiwan before January 26 are required to undergo self-health management or centralized quarantine depending on whether they have been to the Wuhan area or not. Failing to abide by the health monitoring regulations will violate Article 48 of the "Infectious Diseases Prevention and Control Law", and can be punished with a penalty ranging from NT$60,000 to 300,000 in accordance with Article 67 of the same law. For NTHU students, please also make a report on the NTHU Website for Disease Control (http://0rz.tw/kZFPt).

10. For those students who are affected by the disease and cannot continue their study on campus in time, special arrangements will be made according to the Ministry of Education’s recommendations. Registration for the semester may be postponed up to 6 weeks. In the event that registration within 6 weeks is unfeasible and no other alternative course plan is in place, students are recommended to take a leave of the semester since one-third of the semester has passed. The leave of absence will not be counted towards the graduation regulation. More information on course selection, performance assessment, and leave of absence, please refer to the announcements on our website. Questions related to courses can be sent to the Academic Affairs Office: academic@my.nthu.edu.tw or contact us at +886 3 5719134 during office hours.

11. New Campus Epidemic Prevention Measures Effective between March, 24th to 31st, 2020

Once again, please remember to attend to your nutrition, sleep, exercise, mood, water intake, and rest in order to keep your immune system healthy. Wash your hands with soap, wear a surgical mask, avoid closed spaces and areas with inadequate ventilation. Any symptoms of fever, cough, muscle ache, and physical discomfort, please call Division of Health Service at 03-5743000 (Monday to Friday 8-17) or Division of Student Affairs at 03-5711814 (24 hours).

12. When entering the premises of the university, please scan the QR Code to check in.(109.3.26)

FAQ

(The following measures will be adjusted in response to changes in the epidemic situation and in line with government policies,Updated: 2020/5/20)
 
Q1. What are the changes to the NTHU calendar for Spring 2020?
A1: 
● Classes begin: Mar. 2.
● Add-or-drop selection: Feb. 26 – Mar. 16
● Course withdrawal: April 20 – May 18
● Graduation ceremony: Jun. 13
● Final exams: Jun. 18-24.
Please check the updated calendar (Chinese and English) at: 
 
Q2. Under what conditions should a faculty member or staff need to report to the Division of Health Service? How to report? 
A2.
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The Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has raised all countries to Level 3. Consequently, based on an instruction from the Ministry of Education on March 16, NTHU has requested that all university staff and students who have traveled abroad (including the 14 days prior to March 16) should stay at home until 14 days after entry and be prohibited from entering the campus. The regulation is applicable to everyone even if they do not have any symptom. During this period of time, please measure and report body temperature every morning and evening for 14 days to this link http://0rz.tw/kZFPt . If you enter from Europe, Egypt, Turkey, or Dubai (transit included), this regulation backtracks to March 5, 2020. In case your ear temperature is above 38°C(forehead temperature is above 37.5°C), or you have respiratory tract discomfort and other symptoms of flu, please immediately report to: Division of Health Service 03-5743000 (Office Hour Monday to Friday 8:00 AM-17:00 PM) or Student Assistance Division 03-5711814 (24 hours). The Division of Health Service or the Student Assistance Division will contact 1922 and refer you to a hospital for treatment.

Q3. Is the exchange program with Universities in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau suspended?

A3: The exchange from mainland China to NTHU is suspended. The applicants retain their rights and postpone their visit to NTHU till the Fall 2020 semester. For NTHU students who plan to exchange with universities in mainland China in the Spring semester, we strongly suggest suspending the exchange program. Currently, most of the students have decided to suspend the exchange.

  

Q4. Is the Meichu competition held as usual?

A4: After the NTHU/NCTU epidemic prevention meeting on February 4th, the Meichu Organization Committee consulted to varsity teams of both universities regarding the possibility of postponing the Meichu until May. However, due to uncertainty of the epidemic, the time conflict with other sport competitions, and the athletes’ academic work, the Committee decided to cancel this year’s Meichu. 

Q5: If the NTHU’s anniversary celebration will be canceled?

A5: The “109th founding anniversary and the 64th anniversary of its reestablishment in Taiwan” which was originally scheduled for April 26th, 2020 (Sunday) has been cancelled. NTHU will celebrate “110th founding anniversary and the 65th anniversary of its reestablishment in Taiwan” extendedly in 2021 and will also hold the “Dual anniversary” activities. 

The related activities have also been cancelled: NTHU RUN, Alumni Meichu Game, ECHO Music Festival and the Student Club Fair/Exposition. 

Q6: What kind of student activities are subject to be cancelled?

A6: From May 18, 2020 till June 24, 2020, events of more than 200 people have to be cancelled. (The rule will be adjusted in response to changes in the epidemic situation.) Events of less than 200 people could be held. The student club activities must follow relevant preventive measures.

Q7. If I am required by the Central Epidemic Situation Command Center to undergo home quarantine or self-health management for a period of 14 days, do I need to take leave? What type of leave can I apply for? Will my grades or salary be deducted?

A7:

(1) Students: For those students who are unable to attend class due to epidemic precaution, please write an email to the instructor for coronavirus-related leave.  According to the lists provided by the Division of General Student Affairs, the Division of Health Service, and the Office of Global Affairs, the Division of Curriculum will notify the instructors of the student attendance situations and explain that the leave will not be included in the absence record.

(2) Staff and faculty members:

A. For NTHU staff, according to the new announcement by the Health Authority, those travelling for non-business purposes and returning Taiwan from overseas will be asked to conduct self-management of health starting from March 13th, 2020. The absence due to self-management of health should follow the regular leave regulation.

B. According to the illness epidemic warning issued by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on March 13th, all staff members who boarded a flight after that time will be required to undergo a period of self-health management, home isolation, or home quarantine depending on the areas they returned from. Those who do not travel abroad for business should take sick leave during the period and the leave will be included in annual sick leave and performance evaluation. Those planning to travel abroad for business should consider appropriate alternative measures. The CECC has advised that all unnecessary travel abroad shall be avoided.

C. If absence is required during the epidemic prevention period, please refer to the attendance regulation at: http://person.site.nthu.edu.tw/p/406-1066-173650,r875.php?Lang=zh-tw

Q8. If a student is unable to return to NTHU in time due to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), does NTHU offer flexible study programs or online courses?

A8: If a student is unable to return to NTHU in time due to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) (i.e. required to conduct self-management or home-quarantine for 14 days), NTHU offers flexible study programs and online courses, and we ask the lecturing professors to provide make-up classes online. For more information, please check the website http://academic.site.nthu.edu.tw/var/file/7/1007/img/681818635.pdf (in Chinese)

Q9. For students who have been in the exchange program this semester and return to NTHU earlier than scheduled due to COVID-19, how to deal with the curriculum problems?

A9: 

1. Course Selection: please go to the webpage of the Division of Curriculum and download the Course Application Form for the exchange students returning to NTHU earlier than scheduled. By 3/31, please write an email to get the approval of the instructor; then, submit the form and the email to the department office offering courses. The office will assist the signing procedure and transfer to the Division of Curriculum.

2. Minimum credits: please go to the webpage of the Division of Curriculum and download the Minimum Credits Application Form for the exchange students returning to NTHU earlier than scheduled. By 3/31, please write an email to the mentor for approval; then, submit the form and the approval email to the department office. The office will assist the signing procedure and transfer to the Division of Curriculum.

3. Suspension: If a student returns to school due to the epidemic and decides to suspend, the suspension period will not be counted. Students don’t need to pay tuition, credits and miscellaneous fees during suspension semester. How to apply: Please go to the webpage of the Division of Registration and download the Application Form for Suspension. After filling out your application form, please email to the Division of Registration.

For more details, please check the following link:

http://registra.site.nthu.edu.tw/p/412-1211-1813.php?Lang=zh-tw

Q10. How to get support if the materials such as forehead thermometer, disinfectant alcohol, or masks are inadequate?

A10: The government has now controlled the relevant epidemic prevention materials. The Office of General Affairs purchases relevant epidemic prevention materials for public area disinfection and emergency official use. All the departments and offices should use their materials properly. The thermometer could be borrowed from the Division of Health Service for student camps. For other support, please call the Division of Health Service at 03-5743000.

Q11: During the anti-infection period, what are the principles of cleaning and hygiene in the residential area?

A11: Since January 29, the following cleaning and sanitation work has been done at least twice a day in the residential area:

1. Cleaning staff should wear masks and gloves during cleaning.

2. Frequently accessed locations or areas (such as elevators, door knobs, stairway handrails, conference room tables and chairs, tea rooms, saloons, etc.) should be sanitized with 1: 100 ratio bleach.

3. The toilet should be disinfected with a blend of washing powder and 1: 100 ratio bleach.

4. The cleaning staff should take body temperature and record it before going to work every day. In case of fever, the staff would be reassigned.

Q12: Where are the centralized quarantine zones (CQZs) on campus?

A12: In response to epidemic, the Division of Student Housing designated the following space (70 rooms and 120 beds) for health management, quarantine, or other potential emergency:

● Dorm Tsing 10F: 37 rooms/59 beds (Male/Female)

● Dorm Tsing 1F, Building A/B: 21 rooms/37 beds (Male)

● Dorm Hsiue 1F, Building A/C: 12 rooms/24 beds (Female)

Q13: What facilities are there in the CQZs?

A13: 

● Each quarantine zone has a dedicated laundry and drying space, water dispensers and sanitary equipment.

● In the area, each student is assigned a single room to reduce the risk of infection.

Q14: How did the location of the CQZs be decided?

A14:

1. Low floors that can be arranged to possess independent entrances and exits (to reduce the impact on other dormitory areas when students who undergo the quarantine move into the CQZ)

2. Minimization of need to relocate people

3. In principle, relocated persons are assigned a new room of the same type as before.

4. The CQZ should form a closed and independent block.

5. Enclosed areas with relatively independent drinking water, laundry and sanitary facilities are preferred (consequently, most dormitories in the main campus and Nanda campus are excluded from consideration)

Q15: What are the principles of deciding whom to receive on-campus centralized quarantine (rather than home quarantine)?

A15: 

1. Before students return to Taiwan, the university has inquired the student about his/her willingness either to undergo centralized quarantine or to quarantine at home. The current arrangement is under the consent of every student.

2. If a student chooses to return to his/her off-campus housing, contingent upon the student’s compliance to home quarantine regulations, the university does not have the authority to force the student to return to campus.

3. Meanwhile, provided that the university has adequate quarantine rooms/beds, the university will endeavor to accommodate off-campus quarantined students who desire to return to campus for centralized quarantine.

Q16. How are CQZs managed?

A16:

1. The CQZs are arranged to have independent entrances and exits. To avoid contact between the CQZs and other dormitories, the elevator to Dorm Tsing 10F was shut down after students moved in.

2. Upon students’ arrival at the airport, NTHU sent charter buses to pick them up. They were sent directly to the CQZs (without returning to their original dormitories) to receive the quarantine for 14 days.

3. Following guidelines are declared by the Ministry of Education:

4. During the quarantine period, students are prohibited from leaving the area (Including class attendance)

5. Only in special circumstances, students are allowed to go out after contacting the school staff first and getting the approval from the Division of Health Service.

6. Students who obtain the approval to go out should keep wearing a mask and leave an absence record. It is strictly forbidden to take buses, trains, MRT and going to crowded areas, such as department stores, shopping malls, banks, libraries, food markets, and Internet cafes.

Q17: How isolated are the CQZs?

A17: Division of Student Housing has notified students who undergo the quarantine to comply with CQZ tenant agreements:

1. Dorm Hsiue Buildings A/C: Except for emergency, it is strictly forbidden to open the fireproof door at the 1st floor or any unauthorized entrance into the CQZ. Otherwise, the elevators and entrances of other buildings in Dorm Hsiue can be used as usual without being affected.

2. For the 10F Guesthouse and the 1st floor of building A/B of Dorm Tsing: Opening the entrance gates (including the fireproof door) and intrusion thereby are strictly prohibited. The elevators for building A/B are temporarily shut down, and tenants should use other elevators or stairways. Other areas are not affected. For details (in Chinese), please refer to http://sthousing.site.nthu.edu.tw/p/406-1254-173660,r1538.php?Lang=zh-tw 

Q18. After the semester begins, for those students who are temporarily restricted from returning to Taiwan (such as Mainland Chinese, Hong Kong, or Macao students), how will their personal belongings be handled? How about the dormitory fee?

A18. 

1. For those students who are unable to enroll in NTHU due to COVID-19, they do not need to pay the dormitory fee of this semester now. However, if the situation of COVID-19 gets better such that the students are allowed to return to the campus, NTHU will charge the dormitory by month.

2. If the situation of COVID-19 still doesn’t get better by the end of this semester, NTHU will notify the students who are unable to enroll and handle their belongings left in the dormitory by the end of April. The belongings can be put until the end of this semester. The Division of Student Housing will notify relevant offices such as the Office of Global Affairs and the Division of General Student Affairs to assist in packaging. If the situation gets better, for the students who can return to school in the summer vacation and apply for Summer Vacation Accommodations, NTHU will approve the request to remain in the original dormitory building and the room.

3. For students living on the 1F, Buildings A and B of Dorm Tsing and 1F, Buildings A and C of Dorm Shiue: those who are affected by the home quarantine policy and have to move out of the originally assigned room will receive NTD1,000 compensation and be granted privilege to on-campus housing in the next semester. 

4. If the dormitory is expropriated in response to the epidemic, the rights of the resident students and the compensation should not exceed the housing rates of that semester. The amount of compensation will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.