NTHU Epidemic Prevention Guidelines (October 13, 2022)
1. Self-health monitoring:
(1) Measure your body temperature and report immediately if the temperature is higher than 37.5 degrees.
(2) Keep your hands clean: Sanitize your hands.
(3) Wear a mask: Replace the mask immediately after sneezing or contamination.
(4) Do not go to class while you’re sick and go to a doctor as soon as possible.
(5) Do not talk while you’re eating: Keep a social distance of 1m outdoors and 1.5m indoors.
2. The students and staff who are test positive with rapid tests, or confirmed cases, close contacts, or contacts, or for arrivals should follow the appropriate guidelines (attachment).
3. All access control within the school has been returned to normal.
4. Campus access control:
The university campus is open to the general public from 7 am to 11 pm daily and those who enter must measure their temperature and wear their masks at all times.
(1) Main campus:
North Gate, West Gate and South Gate: Non-campus personnel must measure their temperature.
(2) Nanda campus:
(a) Main entrance: Non-campus personnel must measure their temperature.
(b) Comprehensive Teaching Building and Extension Education Building (7 am to 11 pm): Non-campus personnel must measure their temperature.
5. Campus restaurants:
(1) Dining in is allowed but order-to-go meals are encouraged. (Online ordering system: http://ddfm.site.nthu.edu.tw/p/405-1494-204334,c82.php?Lang=zh-tw)
(2) Those who have a fever or other respiratory symptoms are prohibited from entering, except for eating and drinking, masks should be worn.
(3) Please sanitize and measure your temperature at the entrances.
(4) Take body temperature at the entrance, spray alcohol, provide hand sanitizer or hand washing equipment.
(5) You can take off the mask temporarily while eating, but masks must be put back on immediately afterwards.
6. Facility rental services:
All activities and meetings in the rented facilities must follow the epidemic prevention measures declared by the Ministry of Education and the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control.
(1) Please encourage event participants and staff who meet the vaccination age to complete the COVID-19 vaccine booster (third dose) and download the "Taiwan Social Distancing" APP. Group activities should keep on using On-Campus Real-Name Registration System QR-Code and body temperature check. Wear a mask at all time, keep your hands clean and sanitized. (The outdoor BBQ area is temporarily closed.)
(2) Please avoid eating and drinking during the event. If dining cannot be avoided, suitable dining areas should be arranged, cleaned up and disinfected. Please perform a risk assessment before the event.
7. Guest house 1 and Guest house Ching 10F：
(1) Online booking is open for both venues.
(2) The dining area of Guest House 1 is open for breakfast.
8. Passengers taking the bus must wear a mask.
9. Laboratory access control: Together with the policies on self-monitoring, entrances of each facilities should be controlled. Lab managers should appropriately manage the labs.
10. All management teams of campus buildings should continue to clean and disinfect the building and maintain well ventilation in classrooms and other studying areas.
11. Disinfection alcohol at the entrance of the building and trichloroisocyanuric acid tablets for sanitizing the sewage storage tank (septic tank) can be collected from the Environments and Safety and Health Center.
12. Student Dormitories:
(1) Visitors will need to register online. (Registration Regulation for Dormitory Visitor: https://sthousing.site.nthu.edu.tw/p/406-1254-210209.php?Lang=en)
(2) Sanitize shared areas daily.
(3) Cover the buttons or switches of water dispensers and lift buttons with protective films.
(4) Place hand sanitizers at the entrance of each dormitory. Install additional automatic thermal scanner at the administration office. Prepare individual thermometers for students.
(5) Place soaps on public wash basins for cleansing.
(6) Janitors should complete hygiene education training and conduct daily self-health management.
(7) Post the following matters on the bulletin of each dormitory or the e-bulletin:
- Put on face masks before leaving the dormitory rooms.
- Wash hands frequently.
(8) Students who have a fever (axillary temperature ≥37.5℃), respiratory symptoms, and other symptoms should seek medical attention immediately, return home, and report to Division of Health Service (03-574300, Monday to Friday 8:00-17:00) and Division of Student Assistance (03 -5711814, 24 hours) for follow-up care and tracking.
(1) General regulations:
(a) Students do not need to wear a mask when engaging in sports during physical education classes, but they still need to bring a mask with them. If they have symptoms or can’t keep a social distance with an unspecified person, they should still wear a mask.
(b) Masks are not required in sports competitions, but reserve players still need to wear a mask.
(c) Wear a mask while entering and leaving the sports facilities, keep social distance (1 m outdoor and 1.5 m indoor). Indoor facilities should have only one entrance and temperature must be measured there.
(d) Follow official instructions. Officers will examine if users follow the instructions. If users do not follow instructions, they will be asked to leave or the facilities could be closed.
(e) Opening hours for the facilities can be found at http://nthupeo.site.nthu.edu.tw/p/412-1265-14409.php
(2) Swimming pool:
(a) Wear a mask at all times, except while swimming. Wear a mask immediately after leaving the water and leave the pool as soon as possible.
(b) Keep a social distance of 1.5m.
(c) Single entrance and temperature measurements are enforced.
(d) Seal your mask in a zipper bag and store it in the storage area before entering the pool.
(e) The children's pool and the second floor remain closed.
(3) Opening hours for the facilities in the Nanda campus can be found at http://nthupeo.site.nthu.edu.tw/p/412-1265-14409.php
(1) Temperature measurements are required and masks must be worn in the library.
(2) Library workshops will switch to online mode when needed.
(3) Please contact the library if you need to extend the due date, cancel items on hold, or eliminate the counting of overdue fine due to the pandemic.
(4) Library conducts environmental disinfection continually.
(5) Epidemic prevention measures adjustments are available on the library website according to the nationwide epidemic alert. (https://www.lib.nthu.edu.tw/news/2019nCov.html)
(1) In general, all courses will be on-site (Flexible adjustments may be made based on the pandemic situation):
(a) Teachers should wear masks when teaching. Transparent masks could be worn if teachers have special teaching needs. Students should wear masks throughout the class and sanitize their hands. Eating and drinking in class is forbidden. Avoid close contact in the classroom.
(b) In principle, physical exam should be implemented. The details for grading should be clearly stated in the syllabus. If teachers need to change the syllabus during the term, please explain the situation and your rationales to the class to obtain mutual agreement with the students. If distance teaching is implemented and physical exams are impracticable, various online assessments can be implemented according to the nature of the course in addition to the physical examination, which can be scheduled when allowed. http://ctld.nthu.edu.tw/news/index.php?mode=data&id=3450
(c) Physical Education Classes:
i. Teachers and students should wear masks during the class. Masks can be removed while exercising if teachers and students have no symptoms of respiratory tract infection.
ii. Teachers and students should carry masks. Masks must be worn after exercising.
iii. Sharing sports equipment shall be avoided. If there is a need for sharing equipment, disinfection shall be carried out before sharing.
(d) Experimental and practical classes should be separated into groups and equipment must be disinfected.
(e) Performing arts courses:
i. Except for the courses like singing, dancing, and playing wind instruments, masks must be worn throughout the course. Adjust the practicing time to avoid discomforts caused by wearing the mask for a long time. (Note: If one has cardiovascular disease or respiratory allergies, please avoid attending the course)
ii. Students may take off the mask temporarily while singing, dancing and playing the above instruments; otherwise, masks must be worn.
iii. Personal equipment (e.g. musical instruments, costumes) is required in general. Exclusive musical instrument (e.g. mouthpiece) is a necessary part which should be followed when playing the wind instruments. Sharing is not allowed. Microphones used in drama classes should be dedicated in this principle.
(2) The NTHU Study at Ease Project for COVID-19 Prevention has been posted on “Epidemic Prevention Zone” on the homepage of NTHU （http://academic.site.nthu.edu.tw/） and Office of Academic Affairs.
(a) Students who are in quarantine or conducting self-health management and have registered in “NTHU Division of Health Service Survey on Epidemics” apply to these options:
i. Course Implementation Methods：the Division of Curriculum will mark the students' status "pandemic leave and self-health management" on the roll according to the list of the "Health Service Survey on Epidemics". Teachers are requested to provide remote learning—synchronous or non-synchronous (with the consent of the teacher, the teaching assistant will upload the video file to the University's digital learning platform within one week after the class, which is provided only for students to watch the course online), or arrange a teaching assistant to assist in a make-up class or supplementary study; students are also requested to take the initiative to communicate with the teacher and discuss issues such as course content and self-learning methods. If the quarantine and independent health management period coincides with the Add-or-Drop and Course Withdrawal period, please refer to “NTHU Study at Ease Project for COVID-19 Prevention”.
ii. Leave： Please request a leave by emailing the instructor. The Division of Curriculum will notify the instructor not to count the student’s absence and the absence will not cause the deduction of final score.
iii. Examination ：Instructors can make flexible adjustments for students who are unable to attend classes or take exams due to the corona virus prevention such as make-up exam. The results of the make-up exam will be regarded as the formal exam result.
(b) The attendance list should not be shared with unauthorized people to protect personal information.
(3) Classroom precaution measures:
(a) Classroom ventilation: When turning on air-conditions in the classroom, the classroom should leave one window open for at least 15cm. Additional fans can also be added.
(b) Classroom sanitization: Items that teachers and students often touch (e.g. door handles, desktops, light switches, etc.) should always be cleaned and sanitized at least once a day.
(c) Every department and division can place diluted alcohol in the classroom for instructors and students to sanitize.
(4) CTLD’s website for online teaching info and online teaching equipment rental ( https://reurl.cc/l98jbv )
16. Student Club Activities：
Students may hold face-to-face activities based on the CDC's preventative measures for COVID-19. For more information, please visit the Division of Student Activities website http://dsa.site.nthu.edu.tw/p/406-1266-173496,r6887.php?Lang=zh-tw。
17. Administrative Methods and Attendance Management:
(1) Each unit shall grasp the health situation of its employees and arrange the substitutes, and distinguish the assignments as "urgent", "non-urgent but still need to do business" and "non-urgent temporary business" and other business. (For the relevant disk list, please go to the Personnel Office website/epidemic prevention area for download.) https://person.site.nthu.edu.tw/p/405-1066-228186,c18254.php?Lang=zh-tw)
(2) If a history of contact with the confirmed patient exists, or have suspected COVID-19 symptoms or flu-like symptoms such as fever, respiratory symptoms, olfactory abnormalities, or unexplained diarrhea, please go to the doctor or screen as soon as possible, and do not go to the office. Ask colleagues to support and have appropriate leaves; apply for work from home depending on the nature of the business, the status of information equipment, and the allocation of manpower.
(3) If there is 1 person in the same unit or the same office space confirmed positive, it should be handled in the following way according to the actual situation of the epidemic: Participate in the provisions for leave of absence for the staff and workers of the university during the epidemic prevention period in response to serious special infectious pneumonia.
1. Mandatory quarantine, inspection (confirmed): take public to leave. (The first 7 days of public leave, the last 7 days of independent health management can apply for work from home or special leave, overtime compensation, and other leave.)
2. Home isolation (first 3 days of 3+4 or 7 days on 0+7): Please take quarantine leave. 5/17 people who have not completed 3 doses of vaccine can apply for quarantine leave in the first 3 days (supporting information such as Health Insurance Express APP vaccination record, and separation notice need to be attached).
3. Independent epidemic prevention (the last 4 days of 3+4): If you do not go to the school office, you can apply for work from home, and you can also ask for special leave, overtime, and other leave.
4. Independent health management: those with symptoms who do not go to the school office can apply for home office, and can also apply for special leave, overtime compensation, and other leave.
5. Self-response to high-risk persons/self-health monitoring: Within the first 3 days, the principle is not going to school or office, colleagues can apply for work from home during this period, and can also apply for special leave, overtime compensation, and other leave. If there is a fever, smell/taste abnormality, diarrhea, or respiratory symptoms after the first 3 days, you should take your own leave or apply for an extension of work from home. However, if one does not have the above symptoms, he should return to school and work.
(4) For work from home application, please fill in the "Application Form for Implementing Work From Home at National Tsing Hua University in Response to the Epidemic Situation", and after being approved by the supervisor of the first-level unit, send it to the personnel office for future reference. (Application form can be found at https://person.site.nthu.edu.tw/p/405-1066-206857,c18254.php?Lang=zh-tw)
(5) If there is a need to take care of their children, they can still apply for epidemic prevention and care leave (without pay).
(6) Subsequent administrative methods and attendance management will be revised in conjunction with the guidelines of the Epidemic Command Center.
18. Faculty and staff business trip: In cases of faculty and staff have to go abroad, alternative methods should be considered. In necessary or urgent cases, please ask the supervisors to carefully evaluate.
19. All students are required to complete an exit declaration form on the NTHU academic information systems when they leave the country. Students shall have the form signed and sealed by an advising professor, and the department head before submitting the original copy to the department. The department shall file the documents for reference and duplicate counseling unit (local student-Division of student assistant; International student - (the Division of Global Students Recruitment and Service or the Division of General Student Affairs) and Health service center.
For more information: https://student.site.nthu.edu.tw/p/406-1509-232514,r9101.php?Lang=en