New Academic Year at SUSU Began in a Usual Mode in Compliance with Epidemiological Norms

The academic year at South Ural State University began on September 1st in an in-class studies format in accordance with the recommendations by Rozpotrebnadzor (Russian Agency for Health and Consumer Rights) and Ministry of Education and Science, as well as with the measures and restrictions in effect in our region due to the epidemiological situation.

The temperature is measured at all university buildings’ entrances, social distancing is maintained, regular ventilation and disinfection of the premises is organized, and preventive talks are held. In order to reduce the risk of the spread of infectious diseases, the wearing of face masks is mandatory at the university.

As planned earlier, most of the disciplines will be taught in classes at the university. However, lectures on some of the subjects, which are delivered for many groups of students simultaneously and are held in classrooms intended for more than 100 people, will be transferred to the online mode where possible. Meanwhile, one day a week will be scheduled for all the groups to study in a distance mode. This way the daily attendance of the university will be reduced by approximately 20%. If it is more reasonable to read lectures on certain subjects in an in-class mode and for several groups of students with the total number of 100-200 people, then students will be divided into groups of 100 people and during the lectures they will be sitting in a classroom at a distance from each other. The classes for Master's degree students will be conducted both at the university and will be broadcast via the Electronic SUSU system on the Internet.

Russian-speaking international students, who had stayed in Chelyabinsk, began their studies on September 1st as usual, along with other students. Those international students, who stayed in Chelyabinsk and are obtaining their education in the programmes being taught in English, as before, can learn both in classes and in distance format – at their wish.

Students, who left Russia for their home countries and cannot come back to Chelyabinsk to resume their studies yet, will be studying online.

In compliance with the Resolution of Rospotrebnadzor (Russian Agency for Health and Consumer Rights), those international students, who will manage to come to study at SUSU after the borders are open, will have to self-isolate for fourteen days. For that purpose, SUSU has currently organized an observation facility, which is capable to accommodate 128 people and which provides access to the Internet, what will allow international students to begin their academic year in a remote mode.

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