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  • Vice Rector’s Letter to Students Towards the Return to On-Campus Studies Starting Tuesday April 20th, 2021

    updated: 22.04.2021

    Dear Students,

     

    The University continues the process of returning to on-campus studies which started after the Passover break and permitted the return of first-year students.

     

    We now invite second-year students, and in some cases also third-year students, to return to campus starting Tuesday, April 20th, 2021.

     

    Your department will inform you regarding the courses that will be held on campus.

     

    We are investing many efforts and resources in meeting this challenge and making all necessary adjustments and arrangements, while following the Ministry of Health guidelines and the University’s returning to the classroom plan.

     

    Furthermore, we would like to inform you that all end of semester exams will be held on campus in class (this includes exams that were initially planned to be via zoom).

     

    Additional information regarding the time and place of the exams will be announced by the faculties in due time. Please note that special conditions will apply for international programs with students located outside of Israel.

     

    Classes on campus will only be permitted to students who have been vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid-19 according to the green pass guidelines.

     

    Practical lessons and laboratories will continue to take place without changes, according to the ‘purple Tag’ guidelines.

     

    The University is aware that multiple international students are currently not able to download the Green Pass and is working on finding suitable solutions for the issue.

     

    Reminder: campus guidelines

    The number of students who can attend class is limited and must follow the ‘Green Tag’ guidelines. Therefore, classes will be held to attending students and students via zoom simultaneously, with the option of recordings. Classes from campus will be held in classrooms with the proper equipment for an easy learning experience. University lecturers are receiving appropriate training for effective and quality teaching.

     

    Due to limited seating in classrooms, you will need to pre-register for on campus classes.

    Registration will only be open to students who have uploaded their Green Pass in the link:

    http://iapex.tau.ac.il/ords/prod/f?p=167:1  and as long as there are places available in the class. The computerized system will not allow class registration for students who don’t have a Green Pass.

    The registration for the lesson must be done on the course website in Moodle, as instructed by the lecturer, for example: "Registration for the lesson on DD / MM / YY". The registry icon looks like this:

     

     

    Mark the checkbox “I will arrive to class on campus”

     

    After registration, your selected status will appear on the registration screen.

    If the class is full, "full" will be marked next to the group name, and the registration will be blocked.

    A student wishing to cancel his / her registration should click on the "Remove my memberships from the group" button and thus make way for other students.

     

    Classroom seating order according to Green Tag guidelines:

    • Sit according to classroom instructions.

    • The rules of social distancing should be maintained, therefore, there must be one empty chair between two students.

    • Masks must be worn.

    • Do not eat during class.

    • Class occupancy will not exceed 75% of the maximum occupancy and will not exceed 300 students.

     

    During the lesson you will need to place the Green Pass approvals on the seat next to you:

    • The green label certificate issued after completion of the vaccines

    • Confirmation of the student's declaration of a Green Pass certificate - A permanent confirmation will be sent to your university email after you fill in the details once in the link below:

    http://iapex.tau.ac.il/ords/prod/f?p=167:1

     

    Certificates can be presented in hard copy or via the application.

     

    As stated below, the entry of students onto campus will be monitored (for this purpose special gates will be allocated for the entry of students who are Green Pass holders).

     

    Coronavirus security – the University will position security guards around the campus to enforce the procedures on campus and in the classrooms. They will check whether the guidelines are being followed and will also visit the classrooms to check whether the number of students in a classroom conforms with the permitted capacity.

     

    Entry to campus –

     

    Green Tag – students with the University Green Pass (which can be received on the university website at this link) will be able to enter the campus from all open gates without requiring a health declaration or having his or her temperature taken, upon presentation of a permanent University Green Pass certificate to the guard.

     

    Purple Tag – anyone who does not have a Green Pass will be able to enter the campus for a practical lesson or a laboratory class only, according to the Purple Tag instructions. Students

    belonging to this group will be able to enter campus only from Gate 14 (on the road up from the Train Station opposite the Porter School) or from Gate 7 (at Entin Square opposite Einstein Street), after having completed a daily health declaration and explaining the purpose of entry to campus on the main University website. These will be presented to the guard at the entry gate daily.

     

    Study areas (including the libraries on campus) will be marked with the appropriate passes and will facilitate self-study and online lessons. Students participating in online lessons from the study areas must use earphones and shall mute the microphone to not disturb other students. Instead of speaking into the microphone, the student should use the chat function. In exceptional cases where the use of a microphone is required, this should be done in remote areas wherever possible and speaking into the microphone should be kept to an absolute minimum.

     

    All aspects of these arrangements are intended to protect our health and allow for optimal study conditions despite the restrictions.

    The responsible bodies on campus will monitor the process of returning to campus in full compliance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health.

     

    If you have any questions or problems regarding the Green Tag guidelines, you can contact the university supervisor by email at coronasafety@tauex.tau.ac.il

     

    Exceptional cases of breach of the guidelines (such as entry into a classroom operating under the Green Tag, without a Green Pass certificate) shall be brought before a committee to discuss the initiation of disciplinary proceedings.

     

     

     

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