Coronavirus: info and guidelines

November 30th, 2020

Nationwide Lockdown extended till December 7th.

Students must keep following restrictions already announced below.

Online Educational Activities

The Agricultural University of Athens complies with the recent National Authorities’ decisions (Joint Ministerial Decision D1 α/GP.οικ.: 76629 – FEK 5255/Β/28-11-2020, article 9).

All lectures and laboratory exercises will be offered online until December 7th.

 

November 12th, 2020

Moving to AUA restaurant during lockdown period

Public travel outside homes is limited and sending an sms is necessary to provide a reason for movement. For Individual movements, instead of sending SMS, completing a form is also possible. Further information is available at https://forma.gov.gr/en/

In order to visit our Campus restaurant, students should use NUMBER 2 reason (i.e. visit for essential supplies). It is important to remember that except sending the sms (or using a form), students must definitely carry their ID (or passport) and the AUA student card to prove that they are students of AUA.

Restaurant working hours (only for take-away meals):

Monday-Friday: from 12:00 to 16:00 (lunch), from 19:00 pm to 20:30 pm (dinner)

Saturday and Sunday:  from 12 to 16:00 pm (both lunch and dinner)

 

 

November 9th, 2020

Further measures against COVID-19 until 30th of November

In compliance to the recent Joint Ministerial Decision regarding COVID-19 measures, AUA authorities have decided that:

  • All lectures and laboratory exercises (including those of 9th semester) will be done only online.
  • Practical training with physical presence is suspended.
  • The use of the Library Technological Equipment as well the stay at the Reading Spaces are suspended
  • The gum and all sports facilities of AUA are suspended.
  • No conferences, seminars or events of any type are allowed in the University campus.

 

November 5th, 2020

Nationwide Lockdown from November 7th till November 30th

General restrictions

Some of the restrictions include the following:

– Travel between prefectures is banned.

– Hairdressers and barbers will be able to operate exceptionally on Saturday and Sunday, before going on lockdown on Monday 9th.

– Food deliveries and takeaways are acceptable.

– Most retail stores except supermarkets and such local markets will shut down. Retail store sections dealing with e-orders and deliveries will operate as usual.

 Individual movements (Type B)

Public travel outside homes and workplaces should be limited to the absolute minimum. For individual movements (type B), you have 3 Options: SMS, printed and completed movement permit form, or even handwritten movement permit. Additionally,  it is compulsory to carry with you both your ID (or passport) and your AUA Student ID.

1.SMS system

The public will use text messaging (SMSs) to provide a reason for movements outside home.

As of Saturday morning at 6:00, citizens are required to send an SMS to 13033 on their mobile phones before leaving their house, citing the specific reason for going outside, or fill out a related form by hand.

The SMS should be formatted as follows: X, name, surname and address, where X should be one of the digits 1-6 corresponding to the activities below:

1- Visit to a pharmacy or visit to a doctor if necessary
2 – Visit to a supermarket or stores for essential supplies
3 – Visit to a bank if e-banking transactions are not possible
4 – Visit to people needing assistance
5 – Attending a funeral, as per the conditions provided by the law, or visiting children in case of divorced parents
6 – Physical exercise outdoors or up to two persons taking their pet for a walk while always observing a 1.5-metre distance.

You will receive the following in response: Movement [blank] X [blank] full name and address of residence

The service is available for mobile phones with SIM cards from service providers operating in Greece (Cosmote, Vodafone GR, Wind). In order to make use of the 13033 service, individuals with a device that has a SIM card from abroad, can obtain a prepaid connection from the providers’ points of sale. It is reminded that the use of 13033 service is free of charge.

 2.Completion of Form

Alternatively, download, fill in and carry with you one of the following forms:

3. Handwritten Permit

The handwritten form must contain the following information:

  1. Full name
  2. Address of residence
  3. Reason for movement (choose 1 to 6 activities described above) and destination address
  4. Date, Time, Signature

 

Educational Activities

The Agricultural University of Athens complies with the National Authorities’ decisions and recommendations. All lectures and laboratory exercises have already been transferred to online from November 3rd.  Only laboratories and clinics of senior students may be carried out by physical presence. Students must contact their tutors in AUA for further information about the laboratory exercises. If physical presence is necessary, tutors will provide the students with an official document for their visit to AUA.

Regarding the rest of teaching period after the lockdown, none can predict the effectiveness of the measures and how the pandemic situation will be in the beginning of December or even in January. Whether lectures/laboratory exercises will continue online or will be transferred to physical presence again is a decision to be taken by the National and University authorities in due course.

 

November 3rd, 2020

New measures against COVID-19

Following after the recent National Authorities’ directions regarding COVID-19 measures, all lectures and laboratory exercises will be done only online from now on.

However, laboratory exercises offered to 9th semester students will be done by physical presence. Therefore, students should check with their tutors if the practical part of the courses they attend belongs to that case.

As soon as conditions permit, the University authorities will make every effort to carry out as many laboratory exercises as possible by physical presence again.

For any further clarification regarding the educational procedures (queries, reports, technical problems etc) students should refer to their tutors.

 

October 7th, 2020

ACTION PLAN FOR COVID -19 CASES IN AUA

Student with Suspected COVID-19

The most important clinical signs are cough, fever, difficulty in breathing, sudden onset of immunity, ageusia, dysgeusia. Less specific symptoms include headache, myalgia, chills, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea. No vaccine is currently available.

Any student with one or more clinical signs stays at home without taking part in any of educational activities that demand physical presence. The student should contact his personal doctor and EODY (Tel No: 1135 or +302105212054 or https://eody.gov.gr/en/covid-19/ ) for further guidance. Also, informs all tutors about this absence.

If the student takes the COVID-19 test and there is no need to go to hospital, the student must stay isolated at home, in a well-ventilated environment, while waiting for the results.

If the COVID-19 test is negative, the student must stay at home until all symptoms and fever resolve for at least 3 days without the need of any antipyretic.

If the COVID-19 test is positive please see the next steps below (Student with confirmed COVID-19.

Any student with one or more clinical signs during the lecture or practical exercise leaves the University campus and informs the University Doctor at baeu@aua.gr or the gatekeepers for further guidance. In this instance, all educational activities will continue online as far as possible.

 

Student with confirmed COVID-19

If the COVID-19 test is positive, the student must inform his/her tutors in AUA.

The University authorities in collaboration with the University doctor will take the next steps:

A.Persons in AUA with direct contact with the diagnosed person will remain self-isolated for 14 days and will go back to the University campus if they don’t get ill.

Direct (high risk) contact is a person:

  1. who interacted with a COVID-19 patient as roommate
  2. who had direct physical contact with a COVID-19 patient  (e.g. handshake)
  3. who had direct unprotected contact with bodily fluids contaminated with COVID-19
  4. who had face to face contact with an infected person at a distance of less than 2 meters for more than 15 minutes
  5. who spent time in a confined space (classroom, cinema, etc.) with an infected person at a distance of less than 2 meters for more than 15 minutes
  6. involved in healthcare of a COVID-19 patient, or laboratory staff who handled contaminated sample without precaution measures
  7. fellow traveler in an airplane sitting at most 2 lanes away of the COVID-19 patient

B. Isolation of the premises that were used by the COVID-19 patient. The doors and windows will remain open so that there is plenty of ventilation in the room. In case of technical ventilation, it will remain in working state and at full strength.

Particular disinfecting of all buildings/classrooms visited by the COVID-19 patient in order to put in service again within 24 hours if possible

If the direct contacts are students, then the Departments in charge will offer online educational activities both to the student confirmed with COVID-19 and to the direct contacts. If online teaching is impossible due to hospitalization, the students will contact their tutors directly.

 

After recovering

A student recovering from COVID-19 may return at least 14 days after the onset of symptoms AND three 24-hours after complete resolution of the fever (without antipyretic ingestion) and complete resolution of the symptoms, or by submitting a negative molecular test for coronavirus (PCR).

 

 

September 11th , 2020

Information about winter semester 2020-2021

The Agricultural University of Athens is ready to welcome all Erasmus students despite these difficult times. According to the National Authorities’ official decision, the number of students per classroom must be limited. Therefore, we are going to offer a blended program to all students throughout winter semester.

The mobility will combine online lectures together with laboratory exercises with physical presence. Since students’ and staff’s safety and health are everyone’s priority, we guarantee that all AUA decisions are being taken in line with the official restrictions.

 

Erasmus students should visit regularly:

in order to be up-to-date about the current situation and the entry regulations and measures established by the Greek authorities.

 

 

May 22rd, 2020

Information about exams

AUA Senate took into consideration:

  • The obligation to take precaution measures against COVID-19
  • The fact that health of all academic community members is of high priority
  • The need to undertake fair and undisputed exams procedure.

and decided that all exams will take place online (either written or oral). Therefore it was necessary to modify the academic calendar again. Please visit our website to see the updated academic calendar.

During exams procedure, each student must be able to use camera on his laptop, tablet or smartphone. Camera will not be used for video recording in no event. Only students who cannot join online exams due to health or technical problems, will sit in exams with physical presence. In this instance, all precaution measures will be taken (disposable gloves, mask, distance from one another and disinfection of classrooms)

All Erasmus students should be in contact with their instructors about the way and dates of exams.

 

 

May 3rd, 2020

Information about laboratory exercises and exams

According to the recent announcement by AUA authorities, all laboratory exercises that need students’ physical presence will take place from May 25th to June 12th.

As regards the exams, instructors will decide themselves possible ways (exams with physical presence, online etc.).  In case of physical presence, all provisioned measures will be taken (minimum 10m2/student, mask, gloves). In case of online exams, further instructions will be announced in due course.

The main intention is to maintain the initial academic calendar without further changes.

All Erasmus students should contact their instructors, inform them about their current location (Athens, abroad) and arrange with them directly the ways and dates of exams.

 

April 27th, 2020

End of Lockdown Movement Permit from May 4th

Official information on COVID-19 is uploaded continuously at https://eody.gov.gr/en/

 

April 6th, 2020

Extension of Lockdown Movement Permit till May 10th

Instructions for all Individuals at https://forma.gov.gr/en/

Official information on COVID-19 is uploaded continuously at https://eody.gov.gr/en/

 

April 1st, 2020

As regards the distance learning modules applied in AUA,  tutorial videos are available at https://bigbluebutton.org/html5/  and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKZ8l2RH-aE

 

March 23rd, 2020

Lockdown Movement Permit till April 6th

Instructions for all Individuals at https://forma.gov.gr/en/

 

March 13th, 2020

Update on COVID-19 situation

Due to the evolving situation regarding COVID-19, the Authorities of the Agricultural University of Athens decided to take the following measures:

  • Thesis and research work in the laboratories of the campus are allowed for up to 3 people per laboratory.
  • All traineeships are suspended until March 25th
  • The University community (teachers, students, staff) should fall in line with the precaution measures introduced by the Hellenic National Public Health Organization (EODY)

The future actions at the Agricultural University of Athens will be taken in accordance to the latest information released by EODY and/or the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs.

Administration services will be functioning with 50% of personnel working from home, in order to minimize dispersion of virus. The European Programmes’ Office remains fully available for further information and assistance and for the time being it will be operating by e-mail.

It is very difficult at the moment to predict if it will possible to come back to normality after March 25th. Therefore for the forthcoming period (March 26th and on), education will be offered through Distance Learning modules to all students.

Teaching material for each course will be available via AUA Open eClass platform.  Login is possible with the user name and password that you received upon registration at AUA. You will be able to raise your questions to your tutors by email.

 

March 11th, 2020

Important notice to Erasmus incoming students and staff

The Agriculture University of Athens is constantly monitoring the current health situation and follows the advice and recommendations of the national authorities about COVID-19. Hence, we have introduced several measures to prevent infection in the upcoming weeks.

AUA authorities have decided to suspend, for the time being, all in-presence teaching activities starting from March 11th until March 25th, in all the different centers in the Campus of the AUA (library, the reading room, canteen, restaurant, gym and sport facilities). Students can only visit AUA Restaurant for take-away lunch/dinner.

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at European_pr@aua.gr.  The European Programmes’ Office will be operating during this time by e-mail. Only face-to-face meetings will be cancelled.

Watch a short animation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1APwq1df6Mw&feature=youtu.be to learn more about COVID-19 and how to protect against it.

Additionally, please read detailed information below:

COVID-19 Q&A on coronaviruses

COVID-19 Advice for public

COVID-19 Advice for travelers

COVID-19 Local transmission

COVID-19 Guidelines on home isolation of suspect cases

In the case that you experience respiratory infection symptoms (i.e. fever, cough, sore throat, difficulty in breathing) you should contact immediately the Hellenic National Public Health Organization (Tel No: 1135 or +30 210 5212 054) for further guidance.