Measures and Practices for Face-to-Face Education

VACCINATION AND PCR TESTING

On the basis of the circular issued by the Ministry of Interior on August 20, 2021, all our students and staff are required to present a vaccination card or a negative PCR test result as of September 6, 2021.

The most effective way of providing a safe educational environment is to get vaccinated. For this reason, all our students and staff are expected to get vaccinated for COVID-19. We would like to remind you that completion of two-dose vaccination at least two weeks prior to the beginning of classes is of great importance. The PCR test result that will be presented by those who are unvaccinated is valid for 48 hours and at the end of this duration, the test has to be taken again.

Our students who are infected with COVID-19 or have been in contact with a COVID-19 patient need to share their HES codes with the faculty/school/vocational school secretaries.

EDUCATION

  • In accordance with the percentage distribution determined by CoHE, our University will use online education tools for the 40% (on average) of its educational programs throughout 2021-2022 Academic Year (including Fall and Spring semesters). While making plans for the entire academic year, it has been considered that the number of COVID-19 cases might surge in winter months and the weigh has thereby been given to online education during the Fall Semester.
  • While choosing the courses to be offered online, the priority has been given to those courses with a high number of students so that measures for maintaining social distance in classrooms could be taken. Moreover, some of our courses will be conducted by using a hybrid education method, which combines online tools and face-to-face education, given that the nature of the course is amenable to such a method and the professor offering the course demands it.
  • The courses that have been planned to be offered face-to-face in 2021-2022 Academic Year will be taught on our campuses in compliance with COVID-19 measures. Due to the continuous mutation of the virus and the possibility that those who are vaccinated might also carry the virus, both the students and faculty members are required to wear a mask during the classes. In addition to practicing social distance, wearing a mask is the most effective measure in protecting both our own health and the health of the other people attending the class.
  • The capacity of the classrooms, laboratories, and studios has been reduced in half and arranged in accordance with the monitoring of the pandemic. The seating arrangement in the classrooms entails a minimum of 1 meter between the seats. When one has to teach a class with small groups, the information that the professor of the class provides should be taken into consideration.
  • As required by the measures taken against the pandemic, the courses that are planned to be taught face-to-face should not be scheduled as block courses. The classrooms, laboratories, and studios should be aired in between classes and social distance should be maintained in on campuses.
  • Including the courses that will be taught via distance education tools, all the exams and assessments are planned to be held face-to-face. Academic office hours will also take place face-to-face.
  • Our preparations for an infrastructure through which our students who are infected with COVID-19 or who have been in contact with a COVID-19 patient can attend the courses that are taught face-to-face via online tools are completed. These courses will be taught in classrooms in their planned hours and the students who cannot come to class will join these classes live via Zoom.
  • In addition to our face-to-face and online courses, our campus life will resume its vibrant social and cultural life by taking the required COVID-19 measures. Our events and student clubs’ activities will take place on our campuses and our Library will be open to our students.

FUNCTIONING OF THE CAMPUS

Campus Entrance

  • While entering the campuses of our University, ‘Hayat Eve Sığar (HES)’ practice is still implemented. For the effective monitoring of the pandemic, one has to provide HES code.
  • The vaccination status and PCR test results of our students and staff will be automatically checked by reading the university card to the turnstile system while entering the campuses. For this purpose, the HES code information will be integrated to the university cards. You can integrate your HES code with your university card through https://hes.bilgi.edu.tr. For this procedure, your HES code should be indefinite and your vaccination and PCR test status properties should be activated and made visible.

Indoor Settings

  • Regardless of one’s vaccination status, wearing a mask in all indoor settings is required.
  • Arrangements for maintaining physical distance in public indoor settings have been made. The risk of transmission decreases provided that there is one meter between people when they are masked and are not talking and two meters when they are masked and talking.
  • Our campuses are regularly sanitized to provide public hygiene. The surfaces that are frequently touched in indoor settings and shared living spaces (such as door handles, handrails, and turnstiles) are regularly disinfected.
  • These are hand sanitizer dispensers in shared living spaces and at building entrances.

Dining hall, restaurant, and cafeterias

  • It is required to wear a mask in our dining halls, restaurants, and cafeterias while waiting in line and making payment. After eating-drinking is completed as quickly as possible, one has to wear the mask again.
  • In these types of indoor settings that are open to everyone where one takes off his/her mask, the rules applying to social distance should be carefully maintained. Hands should be cleaned before and after eating.
  • All the businesses operating on our campuses are only allowed to open after ensuring that they take all the required measures against COVID-19 and fulfill all their legal obligations. They are routinely controlled so that they will adhere to the prescribed rules.

Shuttles and Services

  • Wearing a mask is required in shuttles and services of our University. Air conditioners are not turned on in vehicles against the risk of infection and natural ventilation through windows is preferred. The floors, hand holders, seat corners, headrests, and backrests are regularly sanitized and disinfected.

Open Areas

  • It is important to wear a mask when a physical distance of 2 meters cannot be maintained.

For more detailed information regarding COVID-19 measures and practices in our University, you can view our COVID-19 website.

For the Council of Higher Education’s (CoHE) Guide for Implementations for Educational Processes-2021, please click.

For the Council of Higher Education’s (CoHE) Guide for Implementations for Campus Environments-2021, please click.