UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science Autumn Trimester Guidance for Students
I am writing to update you further on the implications of the Government announcement concerning the imposition of Level 5 COVID-19 restrictions nationally, from midnight 21st October for a period of six weeks (when it will be reviewed again) and its impact on your coming to campus. The Level 5 measures announced on Monday 19th October designate higher education as essential insofar as onsite presence is required and such education activities cannot be held remotely.
To provide you with certainty in what to expect and facilitate your planning, I am advising you that the current level of restriction on academic activities are to be retained until the end of the current trimester.
This means that
- Activities that are taking place currently on campus can continue:
- Practical and laboratory classes
- Clinical teaching and associated activities
- Studio classes
- Practice based teaching
- Outdoor fieldwork
- Activities that are being taught online currently will remain online.
- Online teaching will continue as per timetables.
- Where there is any change to this position, your School/Module Coordinator will inform you of changes to the delivery for each affected module.
The campus will remain open so that
- Libraries and study areas can be available.
- Details on these spaces are available here.
- On-campus catering can continue, for collection only.
- Campus-based research can continue.
The UCD Student Health Service can provide necessary onsite support to meet your mental health and welfare needs.
Residences will remain open to students and staff but with no visitors permitted.
In line with Level 5, from midnight, Wednesday 21st October, students are asked to exercise within 5 kilometres of their accommodation and not visit other apartments on campus.
You will be required to wear a face covering for all on campus teaching and learning events, in all the libraries and internal public spaces of the campus apart from:
- When actively eating and drinking in designated seating or social areas.
- When an underlying medical condition prevents their wearing.
Further details of all the facilities and services available both on campus and virtually can be found here.
Read carefully the specific requirements for attendance on campus outlined in the Short Guide for Students Returning toCampus.
If you have been on campus and subsequently receive a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, please contact the Duty Manager at 01-7167999 as soon as possible. A team is available to guide you through our internal contact tracing process which takes place in parallel and in collaboration with the HSE contact tracing process. It is important that you continue to observe the public health guidelines wherever you are and keep safe and well.
Please ensure you carry your student ID as you may be required to demonstrate that you are travelling to UCD for educational purposes.
I want to assure you that the campus is a safe and welcoming environment and our faculty and staff are ready to provide you with the best educational experience we can offer, at distance or on campus.
Prof Mark Rogers
Registrar and Deputy President