Phase 3: classrooms reopening in September, 500.000 € for students in need

Phase 3: Ca’ Foscari is reopening classrooms and libraries, while classes will go back to being face-to-face starting from September, with the beginning of the 2020/2021 academic year.

In compliance with Ministry regulations, classes in the first semester will be held both face-to-face and online, with the goal of welcoming as many students as possible in our classrooms.
The new plan approved by the Academic Senate, is based on the following principles:
- Flexibility in the definition of the number of people allowed in each class, in response to possible evolutions of the ongoing health emergency and the resulting social distancing measures;
- equal opportunities to all students in accessing face-to-face classes;
- fruition of online classes for all students who are not able to access university venues due to logistic, health or economic reasons. 

The university will set up an online platform for classroom seat reservations

For those who won’t be able to attend, classes will be streamed and recorded, making them readily available to everyone, even at a later time.
To this end, the University is investing on new devices such as whiteboards and document cameras, additional softwares and videoconferencing systems. 

The dual method will also be applied to workshops, mentoring and practice classes. 

Rector Michele Bugliesi: “Ca’ Foscari will reopen to restore full meaning to higher education, which can only happen through face-to-face teaching and communal study and by freely sharing ideas with other students, professors and all the members of the academic community”


As deliberated by the Board of Governors and in addition to pre-existing financial aid measures, the University has allocated a special budget - 500.000 euros in total - to help all those who have been severely affected by the current situation, with immediate concrete actions.
The recipients of the subsidy will be those students - or families - who have been impacted more directly by this crisis, losing a job or one or more family members, or experiencing a dramatic decrease in family or personal income. 
Alongside this special budget, the University has also launched a crowdfunding campaign aimed at all those who can and wish to help the students. All money raised will go to students in need and Ca’ Foscari will triple the total contribution, pledging up to 500.000 euros to support its students in these difficult times.


At present time, the University is preparing to deliver online exams in both summer and fall sessions. 
The complete exam schedule will be published by June 15.
In case of a positive evolution in the current situation, exams might be held in class, where possible, maintaining the original form (oral/written) and date.


The recovery plan will also establish a special protocol to regulate access to university facilities, to enforce safety and prevention measures, in compliance with state and regional regulations. 

Access to Ca’ Foscari facilities (whether they be a campus, complex or building) will be granted only to those students who have made a seat reservation for one or more classes held at said facility during the day.
Proof of reservation must be shown at the entrance of each venue, where you’ll also find thermal scans, hand sanitizer and, should you need it, disposable protective equipment. 

Buildings, as well as single classrooms, will all be equipped with signs that indicate the correct way to enter, exit and sit in class.

Students who have been granted access for the day will be allowed to move freely within the premises, always following indications and safety measures. 

The total number of students allowed in each building will guarantee a safe environment even in communal areas.
Presence in class is limited to students who have made a seat reservation. The lecturer won’t be required to verify said reservation, but they will have the power to suspend the class in case of overcrowding
All staff will be informed on behavioural, organizational and prescriptive aspects of the anti-transmission measures and trained to handle suspected cases. 


With the aim of ensuring the smoothest process in the definition of activities both by students and professors, the University is currently organizing the Academic Calendar for classes, practice classes, mentoring and graduation sessions, following new procedures with the goal of guaranteeing a regular and organized circulation of students in its facilities, minimizing relocations from one building to another and downtime, while also striving to make the calendar public as soon as possible.