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Last update: 20 March 2020

Basic info for academics due to the suspension of classes

1. Changes in organization of the academic year

Pursuant to the Ordinance no. 28/2020 of the Rector of the University of Silesia in Katowice of 12 March 2020, amending Ordinance no. 29/2020 of 13 March 2020 on combatting the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus, all classes taught at the University of Silesia have been suspended. The length of the suspension period will depend on the current epidemiological situation in Poland. If it lasts longer, there may be changes in the organization of the academic year 2019/2020, including extension of the period of classes in the summer semester and postponement of the exam session to a later period (e.g. July).  After the end of the suspension period, the schedules of classes will also be reorganised, taking into consideration which subjects were successfully completed remotely and to what extent. Therefore, it is possible that, in the case of modules which will have been conducted remotely to a large extent, it will not be necessary to make up for all or part of classes. However, in the case when it is not possible to use the distance learning methods, we will intensify the education process by increasing the number of classes per week. The details of reorganising schedules of classes and teaching process will be specified by the heads of study programmes in agreement with the relevant Dean.

When making plans for the summer months, please consider the fact that due to the present situation, your regular presence at work may be required, especially in June, July and September. This may also result in making necessary changes in the already planned holidays.

2. Remote teaching

To reduce the negative effect of epidemiological situation on the teaching process, we recommend academics to try to enable their students to acquire as much material as possible remotely during the period of suspension of classes. It is worth remembering that the key thing in education process is the achievement of learning outcomes by the students. If you manage to do it remotely, it will not be necessary to make up for specific material by additional classes after the end of the suspension period. The information about possible technical solutions to teach remotely is available in the “E-Learning” section.

In order to determine the details of teaching remote classes, please contact the head of the study programme where you teach. Please see the list of heads of study programmes.


3. Contact with students and consultations

Unless this is absolutely necessary, please do not meet your students in person during the suspension period, but run your consultations remotely - by e-mail, phone or online (e.g. Via Skype, Messenger or other similar software).

You can contact your students by e-mail using the USOSweb system (please read the instruction manual on contacting students via USOSweb). Vice-Rector for Education and Student Affairs, Prof. Ryszard Koziołek recommended the students to update their e-mail adresses in USOSweb system, as well as to contact you using your official addresses (with domain). Therefore, please keep checking your official e-mail inbox regularly. If it is necessary to meet your student(s) in person, please take due precautions.

4. Retake session in the winter semester

The winter semester will be settled on the basis of student credits entered in the USOSweb system. Therefore, the missing credits should be completed as soon as possible. Please do not enter credits in the student record books (the problem of missing credits in student record books will be resolved after the end of the period of suspension of classes).

In the case of students who were unable to come in person to obtain a credit or take an exam in the last days of the exam session due to the suspension of classes, the deadlines for obtaining a credit of passing an exam will be extended. The Dean decides about detailed solutions.

The students who did not manage to obtain all required credits or pass exams before the end of the retake session and have not requested for extension of the exam session yet will be able to do it after the end of the suspension period, and obtain the necessary passes and credits then. The Dean decides about detailed solutions.

Exams, defense of diploma theses, meetings of committees (including doctoral and habilitation committees) can only take place in accordance with the rules established by the Dean and in line with the appropriate safety measures.

5. Are there any special personal data protection rules related to remote work?

6. How to take care of your mental well-being during the epidemic threat?

WHO recommendations
World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that forced social isolation may, unfortunately, have a negative effect on our well-being, particularly when combined with increased exposure to mass media. As part of recommendations intended to protect our mental health, WHO suggests reducing exposure to information about epidemics to maximum two occasions per day, filtering unreliable sources that cause the sense of discomfort, or even taking intentional effort to spread positive information.

It will also be very important for our mental condition to maintain healthy lifestyle, including regular physical exercise, proper amount of sleep, balanced diet and enough entertainment adjusted to our individual needs.

Therefore, we should partly dedicate to ourselves the time which we save thanks to not following the media reports. However, it is maintaining bonds between people that will be of key significance for our well-being. Let’s avoid conflict situations, build support networks actively, maintain, or even increase contacts with others, even if such contacts are only remote.

Let’s take particular care of elderly people and children. Especially the latter need increased attention, sense of support, but also space for free expression of their emotions in crisis situations.

Adopting a proper perspective will definitely help us handle the inevitable stress in a better way. Such perspective can somehow be imposed on us due to unprecedented cooperation and involvement of thousands of public institutions and millions of people around the world, with the common objective to resolve the problem of pandemics and remove its effects as quickly as possible.

link to website: Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak

link to website: Ministry of Science and Higher Education (news and recommendations)

7. Where can I get information?

( 800 190 590

Helpline of the National Health Fund concerning the procedure in the case of suspected coronavirus infection.

: FAQ - National Health Fund

Answers of the National Health Fund to the most frequently asked questions on coronavirus.

( Contact data of general administration units at the University of Silesia

: Helpdesk of the University of Silesia

Platform through which you can ask questions concerning the operation of the University in the case of epidemic threat caused by the spread of coronavirus.


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Important Contact Data:

24/7 National Health Fund (NFZ) helpline on coronavirus:
Phone no. 800 190 590

24/7 Silesian Sanitary-Epidemiological Station in Katowice helpline on coronavirus:
Phone no. 660 686 917

Infectious diseases wards near you:

  • Bytom (Szpital Specjalistyczny nr 1, al. Legionów 49),
  • Chorzów (Szpital Specjalistyczny, ul. Zjednoczenia 10),
  • Tychy (Szpital Megrez, ul. Edukacji 102),
  • Cieszyn (Szpital Śląski, ul. Bielska 4).

Complete list of infectious diseases wards:

Team for Communication and Information on SARS-CoV-2:

  • Assoc. Prof. Lucyna Sadzikowska, Professor of the University of Silesia, Head of the Rector’s Office - Chairman of the Team
  • Justyna Szostek-Aksamit, MA, Head of the Student Service Centre – Team member,
  • Jacek Szymik-Kozaczko, MA, Ombudsperson of the University of Silesia – Team member,
  • Radosław Aksamit, MA, Head of the Media Centre – Team member,
  • Katarzyna Więcek-Jakubek, MA, Head of the HR and Internal Communication Department – Team member.

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