JCU Responds to Covid-19

Covid Updates and Alerts for the JCU Community

This webpage provides information for the John Cabot community, parents, and university partners on JCU's evolving response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The University is working hard to ensure the health and wellbeing of students, faculty, and staff in accordance with directives from the Italian government. The information from the Dean of Students presented below is based on our current knowledge of Italian regulations. Should any changes be mandated by the Italian government, we will update this webpage accordingly, so please check it frequently.


GREEN PASS OR EQUIVALENT DOCUMENTATION Required TO ENTER JCU AS OF SEPTEMBER 1       

As of September 1, 2021, all students, faculty, and staff will require a Green Pass or equivalent documentation to enter John Cabot University premises, as per the new decree by the Italian Government.

All JCU students must submit proof of their Green Pass or foreign-issued equivalent COVID documentation (if they have not already done so) to [email protected] by August 13. Submission of this documentation is essential for the continuation of services and for safeguarding the health of our community. JCU prioritizes compliance with government guidelines and remains available to answer questions at any time at [email protected].edu.   

WHAT IS THE GREEN PASS AND EQUIVALENT COVID DOCUMENTATION?
The Green Pass or equivalent documentation certifies:  

  • COVID vaccination (full vaccination or receipt of first dose) in the past 9 months with an EU approved vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen); OR  
  • Recovery from COVID in the past 6 months; OR  
  • A negative COVID test result in the past 48-hours.  

Please read additional details about the official Green Pass and equivalent documentation below at August 3 Update: E.U. Green Pass and Vaccination and August 4 Update: E.U. Green Pass Equivalents.  

HOW DOES THE GREEN PASS APPLY TO JCU HOUSING?
Students living in JCU housing must submit one of the Green Pass/equivalent documentation options (vaccination, recovery, test result) to comply with government regulations, since University housing is considered an academic-related service. 

For those JCU housing students who have NOT been vaccinated and/or do NOT have proof of recovery, it will be necessary to submit a negative COVID test result every 48 hours to continue to access assigned JCU housing. Testing is at the student’s expense. Non-compliance with this government regulation may result in the student’s inability to access their JCU housing. Given that the testing process will be quite laborious and costly, JCU strongly advises against students choosing this option.  

**Please see JCU housing policies regarding refund policies prior to move-in at Tuition Refund Policy for John Cabot University Students** 

48-hour Green Passes for negative COVID test results will also be accepted for entry to JCU academic buildings in lieu of vaccination or recovery certificates. However, continually acquiring the 48-hour green pass for a negative test result should be seen as a temporary solution. Eventually, it can be expected that the Italian Government will require students to be vaccinated or have proof of recovery to attend on-site academic instruction in Italy.

WHAT DO I DO IF I DON’T HAVE DOCUMENTATION OF E.U.-APPROVED VACCINATION AND/OR RECOVERY (i.e. Green Pass or foreign equivalent)?
If you have not been vaccinated with an E.U.-approved vaccine in the past 9 months AND/OR are not COVID recovered in the past 6 months, you have 3 options to attend classes onsite at JCU this Fall 2021 semester:  

1. Get vaccinated as soon as you can, wherever you are, prior to coming to JCU. Seek out vaccination as soon as possible wherever is easiest for you. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine may be the ideal option for last-minute vaccination as it is a single shot and is accepted in the E.U.   

2. E.U. citizens can get vaccinated upon arrival at the Rome Airport with Vax & Go. E.U. citizens arriving at Rome Fiumicino airport can get vaccinated with the single-dose Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine at Terminal 3. No appointment is required. You must present your travel documents (boarding pass) AND your E.U. health card to receive the vaccination. The service is free to all E.U. citizen arriving and departing passengers.

3. 48-hour swab testing: Students can present a temporary 48-hour Green Pass, issued for negative rapid/PCR test results, to access academic buildings (and/or their assigned JCU housing). Students must show this 48-hour Green Pass every time they enter any JCU academic building. Students using temporary 48-hour Green Passes will continue to have their JCU IDs blocked but will be allowed entry upon presentation of the 48-hour Green Pass to the security guard. Testing can be done at:  

JCU will continue to facilitate Remote Learning to accommodate students with exceptional needs during the Fall 2021 semester. While our expectation is that students attend classes in person, extraordinary circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis to approve Remote Learning. Students can read more about petitioning for Remote Learning on the JCU website.       

The Italian Ministry of Health has provided additional clarification regarding Italy’s acceptance of foreign-state-issued COVID vaccination certifications and recovery certificates (that is vaccination/recovery certifications issued by countries outside Italy which would be accepted as equivalent to the Italian-issued E.U. Green Pass) for the purpose of accessing certain local indoor services, such as indoor dining, museum visits, entrance to gyms, private events, etc.

FOR FOREIGN-ISSUED COVID VACCINATION CERTIFICATES
In order for a foreign-issued COVID vaccination certification, such as a CDC-issued vaccine card, to be considered equivalent to the E.U. Green Pass issued by the Italian Government, the vaccination certification must include the following information for the vaccinated individual:

- Last name and first name;
- Date of birth;
- Name of vaccine;
- Date(s) of vaccination dose (when the vaccine was administered);
- Identification of the issuing health authority certifying the vaccination.

All COVID vaccination certifications must be issued in paper and/or digital format and must be written in Italian, English, French, or Spanish (otherwise they must be accompanied by an official sworn translation into one of these languages).

The administered vaccine indicated on the COVID vaccination certification must be one of the official E.U. recognized vaccines:

- Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNtech);
- Spikevax (Moderna);
- Vaxzevria (AstraZeneca);
- Janssen (Johnson & Johnson).

If the foreign-state-issued COVID vaccination certificate meets all the above criteria, it will be considered equivalent to the EU Green Pass issued by the Italian Ministry of Health. Vaccinations are considered valid in Italy 14 days (two weeks) after the final dose is given up to 270 days (9-months) after the final dose is given.

FOR COVID RECOVERY CERTIFICATION
For a foreign-issued COVID recovery certification to be considered equivalent to the E.U. Green Pass, the recovery certification must include the following information for the recovered individual:

- Last name and first name;
- Date of birth;
- Date of first COVID positive test;
- Identification of the issuing health authority certifying the recovery.

All COVID recovery certifications must be issued in paper and/or digital format and must be written in Italian, English, French, or Spanish (otherwise they must be accompanied by an official sworn translation into one of these languages).

If the foreign-state-issued COVID recovery certificate meets all the above criteria, it will be considered equivalent to the EU Green Pass issued by the Italian Ministry of Health. Certificates of recovery are considered valid in Italy up to 6-months (180 days) after the first positive COVID test result.

Only July 29, the Italian Government issued a new Decree with new rules on the Green Pass and the related restrictions for those who are not yet vaccinated. These rules go into effect August 6, 2021. (For additional information please follow this link https://www.gazzettaufficiale.it/eli/id/2021/07/23/21G00117/sg)

The Green Pass is an official document, issued by EU public health authorities, that documents one of the following:

  • that you completed the full vaccination cycle, administered in the E.U., at least 14-days ago, OR
  • that you have been issued a negative test result in the E.U. in the past 48 hours, OR
  • you have recovered from a COVID infection no more than 180 days ago and were cleared by an E.U. doctor.

According to this decree, persons need the Green Pass to access the following services in Italy:

  • dining at restaurants indoors
  • participating in some public/private events
  • visiting museums
  • Accessing indoor swimming pools & gyms
  • Attending in-person conferences, fairs, and indoor cultural centers and events.

Persons who have been vaccinated outside of the E.U., with an E.U. approved vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca) and have equivalent vaccination certification (such as the U.S. White Card with the CDC logo) CAN show that documentation for purposes of international entry to Italy, BUT, cannot  present that documentation to receive an official E.U. Green Card for the purpose of accessing the above local services. This may change in the coming weeks and we will keep the JCU community informed as soon as there are updates. Any vaccination certification is still very valuable documentation and all persons should bring official proof of their vaccination when traveling. 

Vaccination In Italy
Given this new decree, and based on the suggestion of national and international medical authorities, we encourage all our students to get vaccinated before the start of the Fall 2021 Semester.

Should you not have access to the vaccination in your home country please note that you may be able to get vaccinated in Italy by booking an appointment here. The number of appointments is limited, so we encourage you to check regularly to see if any slots are available. Should vaccinations be privatized, and therefore be more accessible to non-residents, we will inform the JCU community as soon as possible.

For any students coming to the JCU campuses for the Fall 2021 semester, please remember to send your COVID documentation to [email protected] by August 9 to show you have been vaccinated in the past 9 months/270 days since your final vaccine dose was administered OR have recovered from COVID in the past 6 months/180 days since your initial positive test result. 

On June 18, the Italian Government issued a new decree updating entry requirements for the following countries (see below). These policies go into effect June 21 and are valid until July 30, at which time, the government will review these international travel guidelines and make a decision about the continuation or revision of these rules. Please refer to the Italian Ministry of Health website for additional details.

C-List Countries (E.U. countries)

Those who have stayed or transited in a C-List country up to 14 days prior to entering Italy must present information equal to the “E.U. COVID-19 Green Pass” immediately upon arrival to Italy. The E.U. COVID-19 Green Pass documents ONE of the following: 

1. Certificate of Vaccination – The traveler has been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days prior to departure and has an official vaccination certificate to prove it. The vaccination must be with one of the E.U.’s approved vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson), OR

2. A negative Antigen, PCR, or Molecular COVID-19 test result from a test taken within 48 hours of arrival in Italy. Please note that most if not all airlines require a negative test result to board the plane, OR

3. Certificate of Recovery from COVID-19. The recovery must be dated no more than 6 months (180 days) before arrival in Italy.

Any and all certifying information (vaccination card, negative test result, certificate of recovery) must be issued in Italian, English, French, or Spanish language.

Anyone entering Italy from a C-List country who does not meet one of the above qualifications (vaccination, negative test, certificate of recovery) will not be allowed entry to Italy.

In addition, all travelers into Italy must also fill-out the Passenger Locator Form prior to their arrival.

Japan, Canada, and the United States (special D-List countries)

Those who have stayed in or transited through Japan, Canada, and the U.S. up to 14 days prior to entering Italy may be exempt from the travel quarantine if they present information equal to the “E.U. COVID-19 Green Pass” immediately upon arrival in Italy. This information needs to provide evidence of one of the following:

1. Certificate of Vaccination – The traveler has been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days prior to departure and has an official vaccination certificate to prove it. The vaccination must be with one of the E.U.’s approved vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson; those vaccinated in the U.S. should be prepared to show their CDC-issued vaccination card), OR

2. A negative Antigen, PCR, or Molecular COVID-19 test result from a test taken within 48 hours of arrival in Italy. Please note that most if not all airlines require a negative test result to board the plane, OR

3. Certificate of Recovery from COVID-19. The recovery must be dated no more than 6 months (180 days) before arrival in Italy.

Any and all certifying information (vaccination card, negative test result, certificate of recovery) must be issued in Italian, English, French, or Spanish language.

Anyone entering Italy from Japan, Canada, and the U.S. who does not meet one of the above qualifications (vaccination, negative test, certificate of recovery) will not be allowed entry to Italy.

In addition, all travelers into Italy must also fill-out the Passenger Locator Form prior to their arrival.

Other D-List countries (Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand)

Persons coming from D-List countries must:

1. Travel with a negative test result done no earlier than 72-hours prior to arrival in Italy.

2. Fill out a self-declaration upon arrival in Italy.

3. Travel for tourism is allowed. There is no requirement to justify your motive for entry to Italy.

4. A 10-day quarantine is required upon entry to Italy followed by a subsequent COVID test on the 10th day of quarantine UNLESS YOU ARE ON AN OFFICIAL COVID TESTED FLIGHT*It should be noted that, while you must start your quarantine as soon as you arrive in Italy, you must start counting quarantine days from the day after your arrival, i.e., your first full day in Italy*.

  • A “COVID-Tested Flight” is a specially designated flight, approved by the Italian government, that allows travelers to exempt from quarantine provided they follow these guidelines:

- Undergo a PCR test no more than 48-hours prior to departure

- Undergo a rapid test immediately upon arrival at the Italian Airport

  • Make sure you understand the terms and conditions of traveling on "COVID-Tested Flights." Call your airline to verify that in fact you are scheduled on an official "COVID-Tested Flight" that will exempt you from quarantine upon arrival in Italy.

5. Persons not on a “COVID-Tested Flight” must take private (taxi, hired car, personal vehicle) transportation to their destination (hotel, apartment, house). Do not take public (train, bus, tram) transportation.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (including Gibraltar, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, and British bases on the island of Cyprus) 

Those who have stayed or transited in the UK or Northern Ireland in the 14 days prior to entering Italy are required to:

1. Submit the “E.U. COVID-19 Green Pass” proving that you have undergone a PCR or Rapid test (with a negative result) done no earlier than 48 hours prior to entering Italy. Children under the age of 6 are exempted from taking the pre-departure swab.

2. Fill-out the Passenger Locator Form prior to their arrival.

3. Undergo immediate fiduciary isolation and health surveillance for 5 days upon arrival in Italy.

4. Undergo a PCR or rapid test at the end of the 5-day isolation. A negative test result concludes the isolation.

Entry from E-List countries  

Rules for entry to Italy from these countries remains the same (requirement to prove work/health/study/residency/urgent reason to travel to Italy, enter with a negative test result, undergo 10-days of isolation upon entry to Italy, and submit to a PCR/rapid test result on the 10th day of quarantine) 

1. Submit the “E.U. COVID-19 Green Pass” proving that you have undergone a PCR or Rapid test (with a negative result) done no earlier than 48 hours prior to entering Italy. Children under the age of 6 are exempted from taking the pre-departure swab.

2. Fill-out the Passenger Locator Form prior to their arrival. 

3. Undergo immediate fiduciary isolation and health surveillance for 5 days upon arrival in Italy.

4. Undergo a PCR or rapid test at the end of the 5-day isolation. A negative test result concludes the isolation

 India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka

Entry to Italy remains prohibited for people coming from India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka or who have stayed in the countries in the preceding fourteen days, with the exception of:

  • Italian citizens registered as residents in Italy since before April 29, 2021 and who do not display any symptoms of COVID-19, OR
  • Italian citizens registered on the Registry of Italians Resident Abroad (AIRE).

People may also enter/re-enter Italy from these countries subject to express authorization from the Ministry of Health and in compliance with a specific procedure for humanitarian or health reasons that cannot be deferred.

Brazil 

Entry to Italy remains prohibited for people coming from Brazil or to those who have stayed or transited through Brazil in the preceding fourteen days, with the exception of: 

  • those who have been registered as official residents in Italy since before 13 February 2021; 
  • those who must reach the domicile, home, or residence of their minor childrenspouse, or party to a civil partnership. 

People may also enter/re-enter Italy from these countries subject to express authorization from the Ministry of Health and in compliance with a specific procedure for humanitarian or health reasons that cannot be deferred. 

Testing for Travel: End of Summer Session I

In anticipation of the end of Summer Session I, this message is to remind all those planning to leave Italy to carefully review COVID policies and expectations for re-entry to their home country. Please contact your airline or travel provider to inform yourself about testing and mandatory document submission.

To leave Italy, all travelers must submit a recently done negative test result to airline/airport officials to board their flight. Please consult with your airline for details about the testing type and testing timeframe requirements (usually test results must be issued 48-72 hours prior to departure and either a rapid or PCR test is acceptable. Again, VERIFY TERMS AND CONDITIONS WITH YOUR AIRLINE PRIOR TO CHECK-IN.

For those returning to the U.S., travelers can refer to the CDC website on pre-arrival testing and entry requirements. Of particular note is:

1) A
t this time all air passengers traveling to the US, regardless of vaccination or antibody status, are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery.

2) At this time, 
all air passengers arriving in the US from a foreign country must get tested no more than 3 days (72-hours) before their flight departs and present the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. 

3) The 
CDC recommends that travelers get tested 3-5 days after travel AND stay home or otherwise self-quarantine for 7 days after travel. However, travelers must always follow state and local recommendations or requirements related to travel. Go to this website to review terms and conditions based on your intended destination in the U.S.: http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-planner/index.html 

AGAIN, VERIFY TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR TESTING AND DOCUMENT SUBMISSION WITH YOUR AIRLINE PRIOR TO DEPARTURE

JCU does not conduct or sponsor testing for travel purposes. Here below is a list of testing resources in Rome for students to consider in preparation for their departure: 

RAPID ANTIGEN & RT-PCR TESTING 

MedInAction  

To book a call-out visit for testing in your apartment or residence, send a message to (+39) 375 572 4686 with the following information:  

  • Type of test required (rapid antigen or RT-PCR)
  • Date of departure
  • Home address/JCU residence and apartment number where you would like to be tested

Book the test 24-48 hours before you need to take it: availability may be limited towards the end of the semester. 

Costs and Timings 

Rapid antigen test: €70.00 (approximately 2 hours to receive results via e-mail). 

RT-PCR test: €120.00 (up to 48 hours to receive results via e-mail). 

Payment in cash directly to the nurse who performs the swab. No prescription is required. 

Salvator Mundi International Hospital 

Book an appointment via the hospital’s online calendar: https://salvatormundi.com/covid-19-diagnostic-tests/ 

Costs and Timings 

Rapid antigen test: €22.00 (approximately 2 hours to receive results via e-mail). 

RT-PCR test: €60.00 (48-72 hours to receive results via e-mail). 

Payment in advance by credit card or bank transfer (preferably 48 hours prior to the test), or at the time of the appointment with credit card. 

Artemisia Lab 

Book an appointment via the laboratory’s online calendar: 

https://artemisialab.it/molecular-swabs-rt-pcr-with-qr-code-saliva-tests-antigenic-rapid-tests-serological-tests/ 

Costs and Timings 

Rapid antigen test: €22.00 (approximately 2 hours to receive results via e-mail). 

RT-PCR test with QR code: €60.00 (up to 48 hours to receive results via e-mail). 

Payment by credit card. 

RAPID ANTIGEN TESTING ONLY 

Authorized Pharmacies  

Pharmacies with a white tent positioned outside offer rapid testing for the standard fee of €22.00. 

Depending on the pharmacy, you may not have to book in advance.  

codice fiscale may be required.  

The following pharmacy, however, located at a 5 to 10-minute walk from campus, can perform rapid antigen testing for students without a codice fiscale: 

Farmacia Rellecati
Piazza di Santa Maria in Trastevere, 7 
00153 Roma (RM) 

To undergo the test, complete the relevant form and privacy policy available on the pharmacy’s website: https://www.farmaciarellecati.it/covid19/ 

Send a request for the test, together with your completed forms, to [email protected] 

Consult the following link for a comprehensive list of pharmacies in the Lazio region authorized to perform rapid antigen testing:  https://www.salutelazio.it/elenco-farmacie-che-eseguono-tamponi-antigenici-rapidi-o-test-sierologici 

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS 

Private Facilities 

Consult the following link for a comprehensive list of medical facilities in the Lazio region authorized to perform rapid antigen testing:
 

https://www.salutelazio.it/strutture-private-autorizzate-test-antigenici-rapidi:   

Public Hospitals 

Some public hospitals offer rapid antigen testing to the public. Consult the webpage of the hospital in question for more details. 

Availability is usually limited in comparison with private testing. Services may not be available in English. 

Drive-Through Testing 

Doctor’s prescription and codice fiscale required. 

Consult the following link for a comprehensive list of drive-through test sites in the Lazio region authorized to perform rapid antigen/RT-PCR testing: Elenco tamponi Drive IN - Salute Lazio 

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact [email protected] 


June 28 Update: No More Masks When Outdoors

On June 22, the Italian Government issued a new decree (Gazzetta Ufficiale) updating mask requirements for outdoor spaces in Italy.

This policy goes into effect on June 28 and is valid until July 30, at which time, the government will review guidelines and make a decision about the continuation or revision of these rules.

In white-zone (zone bianche) regions, face masks may be removed when outside and when social distancing (1.5 meters) can successfully and consistently be maintained. At present, all Italian regions are classified as white-zone: covidzone | Zone Covid Italia. Masks are still obligatory when inside buildings, when social distancing is not possible, and when knowingly in the presence of those at high risk of COVID (persons with compromised immune systems or underlying health conditions).

Please know that masks are still obligatory anywhere INSIDE on the JCU campus. People may remove masks in courtyards and terraces PROVIDED THAT SOCIAL DISTANCING IS MAINTAINED. 

As a reminder, any student currently studying at JCU who chooses to travel outside of Italy during their summer session must notify the Dean of Students Office prior to their departure. JCU strongly discourages any unnecessary travel at this time. Students traveling internationally must follow State guidelines for quarantine (if necessary) and University guidelines to 1) submit a negative test and 2) submit the JCU self-certification to access the campus after international travel.

Any student currently studying at JCU who is experiencing flu-like symptoms, has tested COVID-positive, or has been in close contact with a COVID-positive person should immediately notify the JCU Doctor On Call, Dr. Guerriero, at +39 320 406 5709. Students should also reach out to the JCU Dean of Students via the Emergency Phone (+39 331 656 1907) for additional logistical support and direction, especially students living in JCU housing.


July 22 Update: Request for Information

To ensure a safe and efficient transition to campus for the Fall 2021 semester, students need to comply with the following request for information by the non-extendable deadline of Monday, August 9:

All students must log on and complete MyOrientation http://myor.johncabot.edu/ and complete the following:

    • TRAVEL ITINERARY (only for returning students who will be living in JCU housing)
      Via the MyOrientation online portal, provide details of your travel itinerary, including:
  • Point of departure;
  • Arrival date;
  • Arrival time;

SUBMIT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING COVID DOCUMENTS TO [email protected]

    • VACCINATION STATUS
      Students who are fully vaccinated must send their official vaccination documentation (CDC vaccine card, European Covid-19 certificate/Green Pass etc.) to [email protected] as soon as possible and before August 9.
      Your documents will be viewed by authorized personnel only. This information is essential to the effective implementation of measures and protocols on campus for the continued safety of the JCU community, in line with our doctors' advice and the guidelines issued by the Italian government.

What if I will receive my second vaccine dose after the deadline of August 9 but before my move-in date/the start of the semester?

In this case, please send us a brief e-mail with details of when you will be fully vaccinated. Once you have been issued with the official documentation, you should then send it to [email protected]

    • Proof of Recovery from Covid 19  This should be a certificate signed by a medical professional which states that you have recovered from Covid 19 within the past 180 days (6months). Please note that this document should be valid through September.
    • If none of the above apply, you must submit a PCR or Antigen (rapid test) Covid test done not more than 72 hours to your first access to any building on campus.

Should you have questions or concerns, it is important that you contact the appropriate JCU office before the stipulated deadline. If you do not complete the online Orientation process by August 9, or are not in compliance with the regulations of your airline and/or the Italian government, you may be prevented from beginning the semester on time.


June 14 - No More Curfew In White Zone Regions (including Lazio)

As previously established by the government decree issued on May 18, 2021, n. 65 as of June 14, there is no longer a national curfew in the region of Lazio: G00078/sg. This means that all persons in a White Zone (see below) may be outside of their residence at any time with no expectation to return home by a certain hour.

Please be advised that according to the Ordinance of the Ministry of Health of June 12, n.139 the Italian regions have been categorized as following:

Yellow Zones: Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Marche, Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano, Sicilia, Toscana, Valle d’Aosta; 
White Zones:  Abruzzo, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Emilia Romagna, Lazio, Liguria, Lombardia, Molise, Piemonte, Provincia Autonoma di Trento, Puglia, Sardegna, Umbria, Veneto.
For additional information please see the Ministry of Health website, COVID-19 Situation in Italy

As Rome (Lazio) is now classified as a White Zone, while there is no longer a daily curfew, the following regulations are still applicable everywhere in Italy:

Masks are still mandatory, both indoors and outdoors.
Personal distancing of at least one meter must be maintained at all times.
Be reminded that all persons on JCU campuses are expected to wear a mask and remain socially distanced at all times. Persons may remove their mask on campus ONLY IF 1) they are eating in a designated area, and 2) they remain socially distanced.

Any student choosing to travel outside the Lazio region must notify the Dean of Students Office prior to their departure. JCU strongly discourages any unnecessary international travel at this time. Students traveling internationally must follow State guidelines for quarantine (if necessary) and University guidelines to 1) submit a negative test and 2) submit the JCU self-certification to access the campus after international travel.

Any student who is experiencing flu-like symptoms, has tested COVID-positive, or has been in close contact with a COVID-positive person should immediately notify the JCU Doctor On Call, Dr. Guerriero, at +39 320 406 5709. Students should also reach out to the JCU Dean of Students via the Emergency Phone (+39 331 656 1907) for additional logistical support and direction, especially students living in JCU housing.

 


June 7: Italian National COVID Curfew Update and JCU Summer Operating Hours

As of June 7, the National Curfew has been changed and will now start at midnight (12 am) and conclude at 5 am. This means that from 12 am to 5 am everyone needs to be inside their place of residence. People are permitted to be out for proven work reasons or medical emergencies. Please be reminded that the mask-wearing mandate is still in place, therefore you must wear your mask properly at all times when outside your house/apartment. 

Additionally, we would like to inform you that from June 7 and until further notice it will not be necessary to check into the Tiber Cafè with the Easy Desk App. Please remember that it will still be necessary to use Easy Desk to book spots in the Library and in computer labs. 

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you of some of the operation hours and campus closures coming in the following months.

  • On June 29, July 4, and August 15 all campuses will be closed in observance of Italian / US National Holidays.
  • On Sunday, June 27 and August 8 all campuses will be closed.
  • During Summer Session II, the Guarini Campus will be closed on the following Saturdays: July 3 / July 10 / July 17 / July 24 / July 31 / August 7 
  • Starting on July 5, Tiber and Critelli Front Office hours will be 9 am – 6 pm
  • In between the Summer Sessions, students must book an appointment and be in compliance with Covid policies to enter campus.

    As a reminder, any student choosing to travel outside the Lazio region must notify the Dean of Students office prior to their departure. JCU strongly discourages any unnecessary travel at this time. Students traveling internationally must follow State guidelines for quarantine (if necessary) and University guidelines to 1) submit a negative test and 2) submit the JCU self-certification to access the campus after international travel.

Any student who is experiencing flu-like symptoms, has tested COVID-positive, or has been in close contact with a COVID-positive person should immediately notify the JCU Doctor On Call, Dr. Guerriero, at +39 320 406 5709. Students should also reach out to the JCU Dean of Students via the Emergency Phone (+39 331 656 1907) for additional logistical support and direction, especially students living in JCU housing. 


JCU Travel Message - May 26, 2021

As a policy for this summer, JCU discourages travel outside of Italy during this period and strongly recommends that all students who travel outside of Rome take care to understand terms and conditions of their transportation and itinerary. Be aware that travel and immigration regulations are influenced by public health recommendations and policies may change suddenly. Different countries around the world are assessing their travel policies on a weekly and sometimes daily basis. It is essential that you make yourself aware of all rules and requirements for travel, including any mandatory testing and quarantine expectations for transit, arrival, and return purposes.

FOR ALL JCU STUDENTS

We strongly encourage all students to remain in the Lazio region or travel between classified “
Yellow Zone” risk level regions in Italy. At present, all regions in Italy are classified as Yellow Zone. This means that persons can travel between all Italian regions, except Sicily, freely without any need to present a COVID-test, vaccination certification, or quarantine. For Sicily, traveling to and from the region requires proof of a negative COVID test result 48-hours prior to departure. Please be sure you investigate with your travel provider (plane, ferry, train, bus) before your trip.
 

All JCU students in Italy should refer to the Italian Ministry of Health for Travel updates and guidelines.  

Any non-Schengen students should always consult with the JCU Immigration Office to ensure any international travel is compliant with in country immigration policies and the terms and conditions of their Italian student visa or Italian permit of stay. Questions can be directed to [email protected].

For students studying on-site at JCU, you must contact the [email protected] if any necessary or voluntary travel will prohibit you from attending in-person classes, accessing campus, or living in JCU housing during the summer.  Again, refer to the Italian Ministry of Health for specific travel policies and do remember to keep checking as they change rapidly.  

FOR ALL STUDENTS IN JCU HOUSING

For JCU students living in housing, please understand that any personal travel that would necessitate quarantine upon return to Rome during the summer sessions will require you to quarantine outside of JCU residences (excluding your initial arrival at the start of the session) and refrain from coming to any JCU campus. This prohibition from coming to campus due to personal travel that mandates quarantine upon re-entry to Rome applies to all students. In other words, if you choose to travel to a location whereupon the Italian government mandates that your re-entry to Rome requires an immediate quarantine (such as entry from the U.S. via non COVID-tested/quarantine free flights) then you cannot quarantine in JCU housing or attend class on-site until you are compliant with any testing and quarantine mandates dictated by the Italian Government. 

We kindly request that all students living in JCU housing please submit their travel plans every time they leave Rome, by completing this form. This information helps us to keep a clear record of students' whereabouts so we can interface or assist them for an urgent need. Please know that this is for internal use only and unless there is an emergency will not be shared with anyone.


TRAVEL RESOURES AND EMERGENCY CONTACTS 

JCU is limited in its capacity to intervene in travel-related concerns outside of Rome. However, all JCU students can call the JCU Emergency Number (+39 331 656 1907) for assistance in emergency situations. Any JCU students who are symptomatic with flu-like symptoms should also immediately call the JCU Emergency Number. Please keep in mind that the onset of symptoms will disqualify you from travel of any kind. 

All JCU students can download the International SOS app onto their phone ( iPhone; Android ). 
JCU contracts with International SOS for the purpose of supplemental security information and assistance abroad. As a student studying at JCU, you can consult with International SOS via their app or by calling their call center (Paris Headquarters: +33 155 633 155) to receive informational support regarding safety issues when traveling outside Rome. To utilize International SOS services, download the app and input the JCU membership number (302SCA834985). When calling an International SOS call center, state that you are a student of John Cabot University and/or provide the JCU membership number (302SCA834985). 

It is strongly recommended that U.S. citizens enroll in the STEP program with the U.S. Department of State to register any travel while abroad and receive pertinent security updates and warnings related to their location: https://step.state.gov/.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Dean of Students. We want you to have a successful and safe Summer 2021 in Rome.

 


Italian Government Ordinance, May 14, 2021: Update to International Entry Quarantine Requirements and COVID-Tested Flights

On Friday 14 May 2021, the Italian Government issued a new ordinance that updates COVID policies and regulations related to international entry quarantine requirements. These new policies went into effect on Sunday, May 16, 2021. Please see the Italian Ministry of Health Website for full details of these updates.

The most important travel updates are highlighted below in yellow.

Entry for C-List Countries (E.U. member states). Persons entering from C-List countries must:

  • Travel with a negative test result done no earlier than 48-hours prior to arrival in Italy.
  • Fill out a self-declaration upon arrival to Italy.
  • Travel for tourism is allowed. There is no requirement to justify your motive for entry to Italy.
  • No travel quarantine is required as long as the traveler has not been in a D, E, or prohibited-entry country in the past 14-days.

Entry for D-List countries (Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Rwanda, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Canada, and USA). Persons coming from D-List countries must:

  • Travel with a negative test result done no earlier than 72-hours prior to arrival in Italy.
  • Fill out a self-declaration upon arrival to Italy.
  • Travel for tourism is allowed. There is no requirement to justify your motive for entry to Italy.
  • A 10-day quarantine is required upon entry to Italy followed by a subsequent COVID test on the 10th day of quarantine UNLESS YOU ARE ON AN OFFICIAL COVID TESTED FLIGHT. *It should be noted that, while you must start your quarantine as soon as you arrive in Italy, you must start counting quarantine days from the day after your arrival, a.k.a. your first full day in Italy*.
  • Persons not on a COVID-tested flight must take private (taxi, hired car, personal vehicle) transportation to their destination (hotel, apartment, house). Do not take public (train, bus, tram) transportation.
  • International COVID-tested flights into Italy (arriving at both Fiumicino Rome airport and Milano Malpensa airport) now depart from Canada, Japan, the UAE, and the following U.S. airports: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York JFK, Newark, Philadelphia, Dulles Washington D.C. Persons arriving on a COVID-tested flight will undergo a rapid-test at Malpensa/Fiumicino at arrival. Make sure you understand the terms and conditions of traveling on COVID-tested flights. Call your airline to verify that in fact you are scheduled on an official COVID-tested flight that will exempt you from quarantine upon arrival to Italy.

E-List countries (all other countries not listed in C and D). Persons coming from E-List countries must:

  • Travel with a negative test result done no more than 48-hours prior to arrival in Italy.
  • Persons from E-List countries may travel to Italy only for verified work, study, documented emergency needs, or official residency in Italy.
  • A 10-day quarantine is required upon entry to Italy followed by a subsequent COVID test on the 10th day of quarantine. No COVID-tested flights from these countries are offered. *It should be noted that, while you must start your quarantine as soon as you arrive in Italy, you must start counting quarantine days from the day after your arrival, a.k.a. your first full day in Italy*.
  • Persons must take private (taxi, hired car, personal vehicle) transportation to their destination (hotel, apartment, house). Do not take public (train, bus, tram) transportation.

Prohibited CountriesEntry to Italy from the following countries remains prohibited for any reason: Brazil, Sri Lanka, and India.

The above regulations are scheduled to remain in effect until July 30, 2021. At that time, the Italian government will review policies.

Any student choosing to travel outside the Lazio region must notify the Dean of Students Office prior to their departure. JCU strongly discourages any unnecessary international travel at this time. Students traveling internationally must follow government guidelines for quarantine (if necessary) and University guidelines to 1) submit a negative test and 2) submit the JCU self-certification to access the campus after international travel.

Any student who is experiencing flu-like symptoms, has tested COVID-positive, or has been in close contact with a COVID-positive person should immediately notify the JCU Doctor On Call, Dr. Guerriero, at +39 320 406 5709. Students should also reach out to the JCU Dean of Students via the Emergency Phone (+39 331 656 1907) for additional logistical support and direction, especially students living in JCU housing.


Italian Government Decreto April 22, 2021: Update to Regional Risk Levels and Announcement of Italian Green Pass

On Thursday 22 April 2021, the Italian Government issued a new decree that updates COVID policies and regulations according to each regional risk level: Please see the following link for full details: https://www.gazzettaufficiale.it/eli/id/2021/04/22/21G00064/sg   

Zona Gialla (Yellow Zone): Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Veneto, Abruzzo, Campania, Emilia Romagna, Lombardia, Marche, Piemonte, Toscana, Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano, Provincia autonoma di Trento, Umbria, Molise

Zona Arancione (Orange Zone): Basilicata, Calabria, Puglia, Sicilia e Valle d'Aosta

Zona Rossa (Red Zone): Sardegna

As of now, the Italian Government dictates that movement between regions will operate as follows from April 26 until July 31:

  • Movement between Yellow Zone regions (zona gialla) is always allowed for any reason, including tourism.
  • Movements to or from Red Zone and Orange Zone regions (zone arancione/rossa) is allowed for:
    • For work, health, other urgent necessity or to return to one’s personal residence/domicile. Persons traveling between regions for these reasons must continue to carry the Autocertificazione with them 
    • For those persons who have the Italian Green Pass

The Italian Green Pass

The Italian Government has now issued an Italian Green Pass, which is a certification issued by health facilities and Italian medical professionals (public and private clinics, the ASL, hospitals, pharmacies, and family doctors). The pass is issued as either a paper document with a QR code or a digital QR code to be scanned from the holder’s phone. The Green Pass can be used by holders to travel to and from Red and Orange risk-level regions for tourism or visiting family members. This Green Pass is issued for the following reasons:

  • To certify that the holder has been vaccinated or has fully recovered from a COVID-19 infection. This Green Pass is valid for 6-months. The regional ASL may only issue a Green Pass valid for 6-months and will only do so for those who have been vaccinated in Italy.
    • To certify that the holder has been issued a negative PCR or rapid test. This Green Pass is valid for 48-hours. The testing authority (pharmacy, clinic, hospital, etc.) may issue this Green Pass valid for 48-hours.

**JCU is not authorized to issue a Green Pass for the randomized COVID testing conducted on campus.**

In the future, the Italian Green Pass may be used to access certain special events, like music concerts or art exhibitions in Italy. The Italian government is still considering if and how a European Green Pass may be valued and used in Italy. At this time, Italian authorities are only authenticating the Italian-issued Green Pass as a valid certification of COVID vaccination in Italy or COVID testing by Italian authorities which can be used to travel to/from Red and Orange risk-level regions for tourism and family visiting purposes.

Yellow Zone (zona gialla) risk-level terms and conditions from April 26 until May 31:

  • The curfew remains in effect from 10 pm to 5 am daily. Movement during the curfew is allowed for urgent needs only and persons must have the autocertificazione with them.
  • Private parties remain prohibited.
  • Movement between private residences is permitted once per day with a maximum of four people who do not live in the same house. As a reminder, students living in JCU housing are not permitted to host guests, including other JCU students not assigned to live in their apartment unit.
  • Museums and galleries are open Monday to Friday. Advanced booking only on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Bars and restaurants are open for table dining services at lunch and dinner but only outdoors. Maximum 4 people per table.
  • Food delivery is at all hours (does not need to follow the curfew). Takeaway is available until 10 pm.
  • Outdoor sports are permitted.
  • Cinemas and theaters are now open (advanced booking only).
  • Starting May 15, outdoor pools and beach clubs will be open.

Yellow Zone (zona gialla) risk-level terms and conditions from June 1 until July 31:

In addition to the previous guidelines, the Italian government is planning to amend COVID guidelines as follows from June 1 to July 31:

  • Bars and restaurants will be open for sit-down dining services at lunch and dinner, both outdoors and indoors.
  • Gyms will be open.
  • Sports events will be allowed at limited capacity.

As a reminder, any student choosing to travel outside the Lazio region must notify the Dean of Students Office prior to their departure. JCU strongly discourages any unnecessary travel at this time. Students traveling internationally must follow Italian government guidelines for quarantine (if necessary) and University guidelines to 1) submit a negative test and 2) submit the JCU self-certification to access the campus after international travel.

Any student who is experiencing flu-like symptoms, has tested COVID-positive, or has been in close contact with a COVID-positive person should immediately notify the JCU Doctor On Call, Dr. Guerriero, at +39 320 406 5709. Students should also reach out to the JCU Dean of Students via the Emergency Phone (+39 331 656 1907) for additional logistical support and direction, especially students living in JCU housing.

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New Testing and Quarantine Procedures for D and E-List Countries Entering Italy

On April 16, the Italian Ministry of Health issued a new decree updating policies on COVID testing and quarantine timelines for international entry into Italy. As of this time, international entry requirements mandate that: 

  • Any and all international entry into Italy requires a negative COVID test (PRC or rapid) done no more than 48 hours prior to arrival. This means all persons entering into Italy from abroad must have a negative COVID test in their possession during transit.
  • The mandatory travel quarantine for persons entering from D and E-list countries is now reduced to 10 days (COVID-tested flight passengers are exempt). However, at the end of this 10-day period, a subsequent PCR or rapid test is required to exit isolation. If such a subsequent test is not possible, the person must continue the isolation for the original 14-day period.
  • The “autocertificazione” international travelers fill-out and submit when entering Italy is set to be replaced by a digital form, which will be issued by the Italian Ministry of Health and distributed by travel and immigration authorities during transit. 

Terms and conditions for COVID-tested flights coming from the US remain unchanged.

Travel quarantine and testing for persons entering Italy from C-List countries (EU countries remains unchanged, meaning, persons entering from C-list countries must:

  • Enter Italy with a negative test result (PCR or rapid) done no more than 48-hours prior to arrival
  • Undergo 5 days of quarantine isolation
  • Undergo another COVID test (PCR or rapid) at the end of those 5 days. If this secondary COVID test is not done, the quarantining individual must continue to isolate for a full 14 days in total. 

As a reminder, any student choosing to travel internationally during the semester must notify the Dean of Students Office prior to their departure. JCU strongly discourages any unnecessary travel at this time. Students traveling internationally are responsible for understanding and following State guidelines for quarantine (if necessary) and University guidelines to 1) re-submit a negative test and 2) resubmit the JCU self-certification. Both these documents are essential to a student's reauthorization to access the JCU campus. The JCU Doctor On Call, Dr. Andrea Guerriero, will review all testing documentation. The University must be in compliance with any and all national and regional government health and safety guidelines.

As always, any student who is experiencing flu-like symptoms, has tested COVID-positive, or has been in close contact with a COVID-positive person should immediately notify the JCU Doctor On Call, Dr. Guerriero, at +39 320 406 5709. Students should also reach out to the JCU DOS via the Emergency Phone (+39 331 656 1907) for additional logistical support and direction, especially students living in JCU housing.


New Quarantine Procedures for Those Entering Italy From C-List Countries

On April 2, the Italian Ministry of Health issued a new ordinance that applies additional restrictions to all those who in the last 14 days have stayed or transited in one or more of the countries and territories listed in List C of Annex 20 prior to their arrival in Italy (Trova Norme & Concorsi - Normativa Sanitaria/salute.gov.it).

This national ordinance, in place until April 30, 2021, requires that persons entering into Italy from List-C countries (mostly EU states) must:

  • undergo a swab (rapid or PCR) 48 hours before entering Italy and achieve a negative result;
  • undergo a 5-day quarantine period and isolate in their residence/domicile in Italy. This 5-day quarantine is mandatory regardless of the result of the rapid/PCR test referred to above;
  • undergo an additional rapid/PCR test at the end of the five-day quarantine period.

Please review the ordinance to understand any possible terms and conditions for any personal upcoming travel.

Any student choosing to travel internationally during the semester must notify the Dean of Students Office prior to their departure. JCU strongly discourages any unnecessary travel at this time. Students traveling internationally are responsible for understanding and following State guidelines for quarantine (if necessary) and University guidelines to 1) resubmit a negative test and 2) resubmit the JCU self-certification. Both these documents are essential to a student's reauthorization to access the JCU campus. The JCU Doctor On Call, Dr. Andrea Guerriero, will review all testing documentation. The University must be in compliance with any and all national and regional government health and safety guidelines.

As always, any student who is experiencing flu-like symptoms, has tested COVID-positive, or has been in close contact with a COVID-positive person should immediately contact the JCU Doctor On Call, Dr. Guerriero, at +39 320 406 5709. Students should also reach out to the JCU DOS via the Emergency Phone (+39 331 656 1907) for additional logistical support and direction, especially students living in JCU housing.

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JCU Fully Reopening Wednesday, April 7

Due to a recent provision issued by the Lazio regional government, universities may now recommence on-site academic instruction starting Wednesday, April 7.  This means that Tuesday, April 6, JCU will partially reopen to offer limited services (all classes are remote) and then fully reopen (classes in presence) on Wednesday. Randomized rapid testing will continue as planned on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 6 and 7.

Please see below for the full list of services and operating hours. 

SATURDAY, SUNDAY, AND MONDAY APRIL 3-5: CAMPUS CLOSED

  • All JCU academic buildings (Critelli, Guarini, Tiber, Fiorentini) will be fully closed over the Easter Holiday from Saturday, April 3 – Monday, April 5. The Gianicolo residence will continue to operate as normal. 

TUESDAY APRIL 6: PARTIAL REOPENING

  • Classes only conducted via remote learning
  • Guarini Campus remains open (8 am-8 pm) by appointment (EasyDesk App) to use the Library and Computer Lab (all other academic buildings closed).
  • Randomized Rapid Testing conducted at Guarini Campus. Those persons randomly selected must sign-up via the link sent by email.
  • Tiber Cafe is closed for dine-in service. Online ordering for pick-up or delivery to Gianicolo is available. Menu will be published on Monday, April 5. 

WEDNESDAY APRIL 7: FULL REOPENING

  • In presence learning recommences on campus
  • 100% remote learning remains available to those students who petition/have petitioned to transition to full-time remote learning.
  • Use of the Library and Labs remains available by appointment only using the EasyDesk app.
  • Randomized Rapid Testing conducted at Guarini Campus. Those persons randomly selected must sign-up via the link sent by email.
  • The JCU Tiber Cafe will reopen for dine-in service. Entry requires booking with EasyDesk app. Online ordering will continue but for pick-up only (delivery only for those in quarantine at Gianicolo residence)
  • Operating Hours At JCU Campuses starting Wednesday, April 7
    • Guarini: Mon - Fri 8 am -8:45p m / Sat & Sun 12 pm - 8:45 pm
    • Critelli: Mon - Thu 8 am - 7pm / Fri 8 am – 6 pm / Sat & Sun closed
    • Tiber: Mon - Thu 8 am - 8:45 pm / Fri 8 am – 6 pm /Sat & Sun closed

Note re. JCU Random Testing: Exemption from testing is permissible only if 1) the individual provides an independently and recently done COVID test, or 2) the individual is out of Rome and absolutely cannot travel back for testing (all requests for testing exemption will be reviewed by the JCU Doctor On Call). Randomized testing at JCU is an essential part of safeguarding community wellbeing and we thank you for your commitment to this shared testing initiative.

As a reminder, on Friday March 26, the Italian Government reclassified risk zones throughout Italy which went into effect on Tuesday March 30. From March 30 - April 2 and then again starting April 6, Lazio is classified as an ORANGE ZONE. From April 3 - 5, Lazio is classified as a RED ZONE. For details, please see the previous COVID Updates: Lazio in Orange Zone Starting Tuesday, March 30, 2021 below.

As always, any student who is experiencing flu-like symptoms, has tested COVID-positive, or has been in close contact with a COVID-positive person should immediately call the JCU Doctor On Call, Dr. Guerriero, at +39 320 406 5709. Students should also reach out to the JCU Dean of Students via the Emergency Phone (+39 331 656 1907) for additional logistical support and direction, especially students living in JCU housing.

COVID Updates - New Government Guidelines: March 12, 2021  

On Friday, March 12, the Italian government issued new COVID policies and procedures throughout the region, changing various regional risk levels between yellow, orange, and red. According to these new guidelines, Lazio is now classified as a Red Zone (Zona Rossa) starting from March 15 through April 6. At that time, the local and national governments will reevaluate. Until then, the following restrictions apply: 

 

In Lazio

  • Persons may only move around outside for urgent needs or necessity  such as going to work, buying essential items from still-open businesses/stores, going to the doctor, or, for JCU students, going to study at the JCU Library/use the computer lab (you must use the EasyDesk booking app to book your spot in advance)
  • Any movement outside the home requires using the autodichiarazione (self-certification). Extra copies will be left at the Gianicolo, Tiber, and Guarini Front Desk areas.
  • Travel between regions is permitted only for essential reasons and travelers must always carry the autocertificazione with them.
  • The daily 10 pm to 5 am curfew remains in effect. If this changes we will notify you.
  • Masks must continue to be worn at all times when outside the home.
  • Restaurants are closed for dine-in services.Only at-home delivery is possible until 10 pm daily. Bars are open for takeaway only until 6 pm.
  • Only essential stores (bookstores, tabacchi, pharmacies, laundry services, and flower vendors/greenhouses) will remain open.
  • Museums and cultural centers are closed.
  • Libraries are open by appointment only.
  • Visits to other people’s homes are not allowed except for situations of absolute necessity.
  • All persons are always permitted to return to their residence, domicile, or personal address.
  • All sporting events and activity centers are closed, including outdoor sporting centers.
  • Personal physical activity and sports are permitted outside as long as they take place near the person’s home and social distancing is always maintained. Masks must be worn at all times.
  • All in-person educational instruction for all schools (elementary to university) is suspended. Classes are moved to remote learning and virtual platforms.

Italian Regional Risk Classifications Starting March 15, 2021, and until April 6 (red is maximum risk level, orange is high, yellow is medium)

Italian Regional Risk Classifications

At JCU

  • All classes have now transitioned to remote learning. Students will not have access to classrooms or common areas for class participation.
  • Students may book an appointment with the Front Office at Guarini to schedule a pick-up time for a delivered package.
  • Students may still access the Guarini Campus and Tiber Campuses during normal business hours only to use the Library or Computer Lab. Students must reserve their spot in the lab/library using the EasyDesk app and must come to campus with a booking confirmation.

    The operating hours of the Library and Computer lab are as follows:

    • Guarini Campus: Monday to Thursday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm; Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm.
    • Tiber Campus: Monday to Friday 8:00 am - 6:00 pm.
    • All JCU campuses are closed Saturdays and Sundays.
  • The Fiorentini Building is also open for students to use the labs, Monday to Friday. However, access is by appointment only through the EasyDesk app.
  • The JCU Tiber Cafe is closed for dine-in services. However, students may order food from the Tiber Cafe, using their Meal Plan, by way of the Tiber Cafe food ordering system located on the MyJCU intranet portal (click "Order food" at the top of the landing page to place your order).Orders may be placed between 11 am and 9:30 pm for pick-up/delivery scheduled for the following day. This means the Tiber Cafe does not offer same-day ordering and delivery.Food pick-up and delivery are possible only Monday-Friday.
      • Non-JCU-Housing students may place an order ONLY FOR pick-up at the Tiber Campus at 1 pm, Monday to Friday.
      • JCU-Housing students may place an order ONLY FOR delivery to the Gianicolo campus. There will be one delivery time, which could happen between 11 am and 1 pm, Monday to Friday. RDs will send a general email to all JCU housing students to notify them of the delivery. You must collect your food from the Housing Front Desk area by 3 pm or your order will be discarded.
      • Lunch and dinner options are all available to purchase.
  • The JCU On-Campus Doctor will continue to come to campus on Wednesdays, 2:30 pm to 6:30:pm, by appointment only. To book an appointment, write to [email protected]. Virtual appointments with the Doctor continue as normal.
  • Any on-campus meeting with a JCU staff member is permitted for urgent needs and by appointment only. All other meetings must take place virtually.

Please remember that any student experiencing flu-like symptoms, has tested COVID-positive, or has been in close contact with a COVID-positive person should immediately notify the JCU Doctor On Call, Dr. Guerriero, at +39 320 406 5709. Students should also reach out to the JCU Dean of Students via the Emergency Phone (+39 331 656 1907) for additional logistical support and direction, especially students living in JCU housing.


COVID Updates: New DPCM (Government Decree) issued March 2, 2021

On Tuesday 2 March 2021 the Italian Government issued a DPCM regarding COVID policies and regulations, both nationally and according to each regional risk level. 

Movement between regions, already in effect from February 27 until March 27:

  • Movement between regions is limited to work, health, and other urgent necessity. Persons may also travel between regions to return to their residence/domicile. Persons traveling between regions must continue to carry the Autocertificazione with them.

Regional risk-level terms and conditions, in effect starting March 6 until April 6.

  • Zona Bianca (Sardegna): there is no curfew
  • Zona Gialla (Calabria, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Puglia, Sicilia, Valle d’Aosta, Veneto):
    • the curfew remains in effect from 10 pm to 5 am daily. Movement during the curfew is allowed for urgent needs only and persons must have the autocertificazione with them.
    • movement between private residences is permitted once per day with a maximum of two people who do not live in the same house. As a reminder, students living in JCU housing are not permitted to host guests, including other JCU students not assigned to live in their apartment unit.
    • parks are open but social distancing and mask-wearing must be observed at all times. Social gatherings are prohibited
    • museums and galleries are open Monday to Friday only
    • individuals engaging in outdoor sports must maintain a safe distance of 2-meters from other people
    • bars and restaurants are open to the public for sit-down dining services from 5 am to 6 pm
    • food delivery is allowed until 10 pm
    • after 6 pm eating and drinking in public spaces is prohibited
    • cafeterias are still open
  • Zona Arancione (Abruzzo, Campania, Emilia Romagna, Lombardia, Marche, Piemonte, Toscana, Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano, Provincia autonoma di Trento, Umbria):
    • you can only move from your municipality for reasons of work, study, health, or reaching one's place of residence
    • museums and galleries are closed
    • take away is available until 6 pm
    • bars and restaurants are closed for sit-down dining
    • Delivery is available till 10 pm
  • Zona Rossa (Basilicata, Molise):
    • All schools must do remote learning only
    • You can leave the region only for reasons of work or health necessity
    • physical activity can be done in proximity to one’s residence and you must wear a mask at all times
    • take away is available until 6 pm
    • Delivery is available until 10 pm

As a reminder, any student choosing to travel internationally over Spring Break must notify the Dean of Students Office prior to their departure. JCU strongly discourages any unnecessary travel at this time. Students traveling internationally must follow State guidelines for quarantine (if necessary) and University guidelines to 1) resubmit a negative test and 2) resubmit the JCU self-certification. Both these documents are essential to a student's reauthorization to access the JCU campus. **Persons traveling within the E.U. can, at this time, be exempt from quarantine upon re-entry to Italy only if they travel with a negative COVID test result done no earlier than 48-hours prior to their return to Italy. Please check the Ministry of Health website for additional details.***


February 26, 2021 Update: JCU Spring Break (March 8-14, 2021)  

JCU will continue to conduct randomized testing the Thursday prior to Spring Break (March 4) and Thursday during Spring Break (March 11). We have also added a day of testing on Monday, March 15.

Campuses will observe the following schedule during Spring Break:

  • Guarini Campus: Monday and Tuesday from 8:00 am - 8:15 pm / Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm / Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 6:30 pm.
  • Critelli Campus (accessible by appointment only): Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm / Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Tiber Campus (accessible by appointment only): Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm / Friday from 8:00 am to 6.00 pm.
  • The JCU Tiber Café will be closed.

At this time, according to Italian regional and national law, travel between Italian regions for tourism purposes is not allowed. JCU strongly encourages all students to refrain from unnecessary travel outside of Lazio. During Spring break, we must all do our part to ensure our own personal safety and the safety of our friends and family. This also includes our commitment to keeping the JCU community healthy. Please refrain from participating in close gatherings with large groups of people. Ideally, social situations should be socially distanced, with masks, in limited numbers, and, when possible, outdoors.

JCU highly recommends that all students who must travel to a different Italian region during spring break consider obtaining a rapid test prior to their return to Rome. This way, you will have greater peace of mind regarding your personal wellbeing. JCU does not require that you submit this voluntarily done negative test result to the JCU Doctor On Call, Dr. Guerriero. Please remember that travel between regions requires that you fill-out and carry a self-certification

The Dean of Students Office does require that all students planning to travel outside of Italy during Spring Break notify [email protected] prior to their departure. These JCU students will need to complete a new self-certification to document their international travel and submit a new COVID test result to JCU Doctor On Call, Dr. Guerriero ([email protected], +39 320 406 5709).

If you travel internationally over the break, you cannot return to the JCU campus until you have confirmation from Dr. Guerriero or the Dean of Students office that you are cleared to return. JCU must enforce all government guidelines regarding travel. Please do your part to ensure we are all in compliance with government regulations and are safeguarding public wellness.

As a reminder, all persons who travel internationally must adhere to government guidelines regarding re-entry to Italy, which at this time, are as follows (Covid-19, travelers (salute.gov.it):

  • Persons travelling to Italy from the E.U.** must have a negative COVID test done no earlier than 48-hour prior to entry to Italy. Otherwise, the traveler must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival. JCU requires all international travelers to submit a negative test result before entering the JCU campus. Students in this position (who travel within the EU during spring break) must send their pre-departure test results to Dr. Guerriero ([email protected]) for review. If you must quarantine upon arrival, please undergo a test after your quarantine and submit that test result to Dr. Guerriero before returning to campus. **Travelers entering Italy from Austria must undergo exceptional testing and quarantine measures specific to the COVID variant**
  • Persons traveling to Italy from outside the E.U.*** must quarantine for 14-days upon re-entry to Italy. Students in this position must send either a pre-departure test result (done no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure) or a post-quarantine test result to Dr. Guerriero ([email protected]) for review before coming to campus. *** Travellers entering Italy from the U.K. (Great Britain and Northern Ireland) must undergo exceptional testing and quarantine measures specific to the COVID variant***
  • All entry to Italy from Brazil is currently banned until March 5, 2021. This policy will be reviewed by the Italian government and either extended or modified. JCU will communicate any travel amendments to the community as necessary. See Italian government travel guidelines
  • Students living in JCU housing are not permitted to quarantine for travel reasons in the JCU residence. Any personal travel done during the semester that requires quarantine upon re-entry will require that students obtain temporary housing outside JCU to complete their 14 days of isolation. Please submit your relevant COVID test to Dr. Guerriero before attempting to re-enter JCU housing.

 


February 23, 2021 Update: New Government Guidelines Issued 22 February 2021 

On February 22, 2021, the Italian Government issued updates to the national and regional COVID policies related to regional risk levels and travel between regions. See the full communication here: Comunicato stampa del Consiglio dei Ministri n. 2 | www.governo.it

JCU students can expect an update about Spring Break (March 8-14) to be sent out by the Dean of Students' office on Thursday, February 25.

International Travel
Travel into Italy from abroad must continue to follow the guidelines stipulated here: Covid-19, travelers (salute.gov.it)
 

Extra-Regional Travel 
From now until March 27, movement between regions in Italy is prohibited EXCEPT FOR: 

  • work needs 
  • urgent health needs 
  • returning to your residence/domicile 

Regional Risk Levels
As of February 22, the Italian regions have been classified at the following risk levels:

  • Yellow Zone: Calabria, Basilicata, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Lombardia, Marche, Piemonte, Puglia, Sardegna, Sicilia, Valle d’Aosta, Veneto
  • Orange Zone: Abruzzo, Campania, Emilia Romagna, Liguria, Molise, Toscana, Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano, Provincia autonoma di Trento, Umbria
  • Red Zone: no Regions 

As Lazio remains a Yellow-Zone region, all current regulations remain in place, including:

  • Mandatory curfew between 10 pm and 5 am daily
  • Wearing a mask at all times when outside in public spaces 

Please reference the full list of Yellow-Zone rules in:


January 21 Update: Tiber Cafe and Library COVID Policies

All community members must adhere to the following policies and guidelines when on campus. Please know that these are mandatory policies to which all students must adhere. We must all commit to behaviors that ensure mutual respect and community wellbeing. Behavior that puts one person at risk puts us all at risk. By presenting a unified front, we support each other and safeguard our own health.

Non-compliant behavior with JCU Health and Safety policies will be referred immediately to the Dean of Students Office for review. Students who ignore JCU COVID policies will be asked to leave campus immediately and may be denied re-entry, pending a full review of the situation. 

At the JCU Tiber Cafe 

  • All persons must follow the social distancing, mask-wearing, and sanitation guidelines as indicated throughout the cafeteria and bar areas at all times. The dining area is limited to two people per table. Masks must be worn at all times unless a person is actively eating.
  • Do not congregate around tables or socialize without respecting the social distancing (1.5 meters) and mask mandate. Please use the provided hand sanitizer regularly when entering and leaving the cafeteria. 
  • All persons must use the EasyDesk app scan-in when entering and exiting the Tiber Café. There are no exceptions. There is a space capacity limit of 80 persons at a time. All persons who want to access the Tiber Café are responsible for checking space availability before accessing the Tiber Cafe. You can download the app on Apple or Google Play.  
  • Students cannot bring food from home to eat at the Tiber Cafe. All food eaten in the Tiber Cafe must be sold on the premises. 
  • The Tiber Cafe space is available for use exclusively for dining purposes from 11 am to 3 pm. Students can use alternative spaces, like TG1, for study and independent eating needs. Check at the Front Office for more information.  
  • During lunch, people cannot exit the Tiber Cafe temporarily to smoke. If you leave the Tiber Cafe to smoke during the lunch period, you must collect all your belongings and sign-out. This policy is to extend dining services to as many students as possible during lunchtime and allow for quick sanitation of tables for repeated use.
  • We must remain vigilant to adhere to these policies. Everyone at JCU is obliged to reinforce correct operating procedures so that we are in compliance with Italian government expectations for community wellbeing as dictated by local and national legislation. Failure to do so will risk the continued operation of the Tiber Cafe.  

At the JCU Library 

  • All persons must follow the social distancing, mask-wearing, and sanitation guidelines as indicated throughout the library at all times. Spaces are clearly marked for use according to social distancing guidelines. Masks must be worn at all times. Social distancing (1.5 meters) and mask use guidelines must be followed at all times. Please use the provided hand sanitizer regularly when entering and leaving the Library. 
  • All persons must reserve their spot in the Library using the EasyDesk app. There are no exceptions. Space capacity in the Library is limited to ensure that social distancing guidelines are met.  
  • Use the appropriate Library entry and exit points. The entrance is via the stairs next to the Aula Magna; the exit is through the courtyard.
  • Students can communicate with Library personnel via these contacts:
    Circulation: [email protected]
    Interlibrary loans: [email protected];
    Reference and instruction services: [email protected] 
  • Books cannot be removed freely from the shelves; persons must request Library staff to retrieve materials for them.

Other JCU Common Areas 

  • Computer labs: students must use the EasyDesk app to reserve use of the computer lab. Social distancing (1.5 meters) guidelines and mask use must be followed at all times. You cannot eat at the computer lab. You can download the app on Apple or Google Play.  
  • Classroom TG1: students can access this space freely for eating and studying purposes. Social distancing (1.5 meters) guidelines and mask use must be followed at all times. Windows must always be open. 
  • Lounges: Lounge areas at Critelli, Tiber, and Guarini can be accessed freely. You cannot eat in a lounge area. Social distancing (1.5 meters) guidelines and mask use must be followed at all times. 
  • Courtyards: students can access JCU courtyards freely for eating and studying purposes. Social distancing guidelines and mask use must be followed at all times. Masks may only be removed when eating and social distancing (1.5 meters) guidelines must be followed strictly.  
  • Ask the Front Office for more information about available classroom space for free use.  

General JCU On-Campus COVID Compliance – All persons entering a JCU campus must:   

  • Wear a mask at all times (those eating at the Tiber Cafe may remove their mask to eat or drink provided they follow cafeteria instructions for social distancing and sanitation)  
  • Scan their JCU ID card (JCU community members who do not have their JCU ID will not be permitted access to campus. Individuals may request an immediate reprinting of their ID for an initial cost of €10 and subsequent reprinting fees of €25)  
  • Sanitize their hands regularly using the provided on-campus hand sanitizer  
  • Undergo a temperature screening upon entry and exit to the building.  
  • Remain socially distanced at a space of 1.5 meters. All on-campus spaces have been adapted to ensure social distancing expectations are clear. Please follow social distancing guidelines in the Tiber Cafe. 
  • Guests are not allowed on the JCU campus or residence unless they have an urgent and necessary purpose. Access to campus for any non-JCU community member must be pre-approved by the Dean of Students Office or the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Operations with ample notification given to any JCU Front Office.  
  • Students living in JCU housing may not enter any other JCU apartment besides their own assigned unit. Masks must be worn at all times in the residence except when in the resident’s personal apartment.  
  • Any evidence of COVID symptoms or close contact must be immediately reported to the Dean of Students Office via the JCU Emergency Phone (+39 331 656 1907)  
  • Everyone must use the EasyDesk app to reserve use of the library and Tiber Cafe. You can download the app on Apple or Google Play.  
  • Symptomatic students or those who have been in close-contact with a COVID positive person should stay home and immediately call the Dean of Students office via the JCU Emergency Phone (+39 331 616 1907). Students who test COVID positive should immediately call the JCU Doctor On Call, Dr. Andrea Guerriero, at +39 320 406 5709. All COVID test results should be referred to Dr. Guerriero for his review ([email protected]) to authorize re-entry to JCU campus. The DOS office remains available to all students for urgent need or logistical support.
  • Everyone must use the EasyDesk app to reserve use of the library and Tiber Cafe. You can download the app on Apple or Google Play.                                                                 

 


February 1, 2021 Update: Lazio Regional Risk Level Now Yellow 

On January 31, the Lazio government updated its regional risk level to Yellow.

Here is what that means for daily life here in Rome:

  • Regional Travel – Persons may only travel between regions for urgent work or health purposes or other necessities, like academic study, until February 15. At such time, the Italian Government will review guidelines. Individuals may return to their place of residence or domicile. JCU strongly discourages any unnecessary or non-urgent travel between regions. At this time, there is no mandated travel quarantine for travel between regions. You must have a self-certification when traveling between regions. 
  • There is still a mandatory curfew between 10 pm and 5 am. Movement outside during the curfew is allowed only for an urgent need and you must have a self-certification. 
  • All bars and restaurants are now open to accommodate socially distanced seating between 10 am and 6 pm. Between 6 pm and 10 pm, only take-away or delivery is allowed.
  • Shopping centers will remain closed on weekends, public holidays, and pre-holidays, except for pharmacies, food shops, tabaccherie, and newsstands. 
  • You do not need a self-certification to travel within the region outside of the curfew hours. 
  • Masks must be worn at all times when outside or when in shared spaces outside the home.
  • All gyms and sporting centers remain closed, including the JCU gym and all on-site and in-person JCU athletic activity.
  • Museums and cultural institutions are now open Monday through Friday. Cinemas and theaters remain closed at this time.    

January 18 Update - New Italian Government Ordinance

On January 16, the Italian Government issued a new ordinance extending Italy’s State of Emergency until April 30, 2021. 

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL UPDATES 

The major amendments for international travel are as follows: 

  • Between January 16 and March 5, all persons coming into Italy from C-list countries (E.U. countries, see full list here) may be exempt from the 14-day quarantine period upon arrival IF they provide a pre-departure negative COVID test result, done no earlier than 48-hours before departure. Persons coming from E.U. countries without a pre-departure negative COVID test result are mandated to quarantine for 14 days upon entry to Italy and cannot undergo subsequent testing to leave isolation sooner.  
  • Entry into Italy from Brazil is now suspended for all persons until at least January 31. There are no exceptions for entry at this time.  
  • Those persons who have entered from Brazil in the last 14 days must undergo additional testing and monitoring by the Italian Public Health Authorities (ASL). This means that those who have arrived recently in Italy, coming from Brazil, must call their local ASL to notify them of their situation and must call the JCU Emergency Number (+39 331 656 1907) to notify JCU administrators. Students can contact the JCU Doctor On Call, Dr. Guerriero (+39 320 406 5709) for assistance or refer questions to the Lazio Covid Information Phone Number: 800 118 800 for more information 
  • Anyone who has stayed or transited in the United Kingdom in the previous 14 days prior to entry into Italy is only allowed to enter if they have been registered as a resident in Italy since before December 23, 2020, or if they have a reason of absolute necessity. See additional pre-departure, arrival, and quarantine mandates

REGIONAL TRAVEL UPDATES 

On January 16, regional governments in Italy updated regional risk levels.  

  • Yellow Zone: Basilicata, Campania, Molise, Provincia autonoma di Trento, Sardegna, Toscana; 
  • Orange Zone: Abruzzo, Calabria, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Liguria, Marche, Piemonte, Puglia, Umbria, Valle d’Aosta, Veneto; 
  • Red Zone: Lombardia, Provincia Autonoma di Bolzano, Sicilia 

Regional Travel – Persons may only travel between regions for urgent work or health purposes or other necessities, like academic study, until February 15. At such time, the Italian Government will review guidelines. Individuals may return to their place of residence or domicile. JCU strongly discourages any unnecessary or non-urgent travel between regions. At this time, there is no mandated travel quarantine for travel between regions. You must have a self-certification when traveling between regions.  

Lazio is now classified as ORANGE. This means that: 

  • There is a mandatory curfew between 10 pm and 5 am. Movement outside during the curfew is allowed only for an urgent need and the person must have a self-certification with them. 
  • All bars and restaurants will be closed except for take-away between 6 am and 10 pm. 
  • Shopping centers will be closed on weekends, public holidays, and pre-holidays, except for pharmacies, food shops, tabaccherie, and newsstands. 
  • You do not need a self-certification to travel within the region outside of the curfew hours.  
  • Masks must be worn at all times when outside or when in shared spaces outside the home. 
  • All gyms, sporting centers, and museums remain closed. This means that JCU has suspended all University athletic activity until further notice. 

See full details of regional risk levels.

AT JCU 

Remote Classes / Split Classes / Class Schedules

Spring 2021 courses will continue to be hybrid and synchronous. Please reference the JCU Library Guide Information page for more details, including the Petition for Remote Learning for those students who want to follow all classes virtually.

As of right now, the following classes will be held entirely remotely. Please know that an on-campus classroom will be dedicated for each remote class so that students can come to campus and follow along onsite if they wish, while the course is held virtually. The dedicated classroom is open only to those students registered for that particular class: CW/ITS 358 – 1, EN 110  12, EN 205i – 1, EN/HS 315 – A – 1, BUS 330-1, BUS 498, EN 110-7, EN 200ii, IT 301, MGT/CS 337, PS 221, PS 254.

Professors will inform students via email and via Moodle if a class is moved remotely. Please continue to check your JCU email and Moodle regularly for daily updates.

Split
 classes are communicated directly to the student by their professor. Split class scheduling will be finalized after the drop/add period ends on Monday, January 25. Students will also be able to identify split classes on their schedule on the Registration Management page once drop/add is over.

JCU On-Campus COVID Compliance – All persons entering a JCU campus must: 

  • Wear a mask at all times (those eating at the Tiber Café may remove their mask to eat or drink provided they follow cafeteria instructions for social distancing and sanitation) 
  • Scan their JCU ID card (JCU community members who do not have their JCU ID will not be permitted access to campus. Individuals may request an immediate reprinting of their ID for an initial cost of €10 and subsequent reprinting fees of €25) 
  • Sanitize their hands regularly using the provided on-campus hand sanitizer 
  • Undergo a temperature screening upon entry and exit to the building. 
  • Remain socially distanced at a space of 1.5 meters. All on-campus spaces have been adapted to ensure social distancing expectations are clear. Please follow social distancing guidelines in the Tiber Cafe.
  • Guests are not allowed on the JCU campus or residence unless they have an urgent and necessary purpose. Access to campus for any non-JCU community member must be pre-approved by the Dean of Students' Office or the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Operations with ample notification given to any JCU Front Office. 
  • Students living in JCU housing may not enter any other JCU apartment besides their own assigned unit. Masks must be worn at all times in the residence except when in the resident’s personal apartment. 
  • Students experiencing flu-like symptoms or have been in close-contact with a positive person should immediately call the Dean of Students Office via the JCU Emergency Phone (+39 331 656 1907). Confirmed COVID positivity and any COVID test results should be immediately referred to the JCU On Call Doctor, Dr. Guerriero, at [email protected].
  • Persons must use the EasyDesk app to reserve use of the library and Tiber Cafe. You can download the app on Apple or Google Play. 

All persons must immediately call the JCU Emergency Number (+39 331 656 1907) if they develop symptoms or come into close contact with a COVID positive person 

Please reference the previous January 16 Update from the Dean of Students Office for more COVID compliance expectations on the JCU campus.   

Other JCU Resources

JCU Student Handbook 

JCU Housing Policies 

JCU Online Orientation  

JCU App (enter the passphrase tiber21 and download the app) 


January 16 Update - New Government Decree: January 15, 2021

On January 15, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte signed into law a new decree that articulates operating procedures in Italy as they relate to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. These rules and regulations are in place until February 14, 2021, at which time the government will review policies and make decisions about the continuance or amendment of national and regional mandates. See the full decree here.

The Lazio regional government is expected to issue regional guidelines next week. However, until we have confirmation of local regulations, JCU will follow the language in the national decree. JCU will adapt operations, as necessary to comply with any future regional or national mandates. This may change on-campus policies quickly and JCU will provide community updates as soon as information is available.

Based on the articles stipulated in the January 15 national decree, JCU can confirm the following:

University Operations and Academic Instruction

Onsite Classes & Remote Learning - The decree explains that universities in Italy are allowed to proceed with offering on-site, hybrid, and remote instruction for all students. On-site lectures must operate at a reduced capacity of no more than 50%. JCU will move forward to re-open the campus on January 18 to all students and offer on-site lectures to everyone (all undergraduate and graduate-level students as well as ENLUS students). To ensure that we meet expectations for 50% on-site capacity, JCU will continue to conduct class instruction using hybrid and split scheduling. This means that students will alternate between onsite and remote learning. Please see the previous January 13 Update from the Dean of Students for additional details about hybrid/split classes.

Students who intend to follow their courses 100% remotely must submit a Petition for Academic Exemption to Dean Mary Merva.

Testing - As a reminder, all JCU students must submit a negative COVID (PCR or Rapid) test result to the Dean of Students before they may access campus. JCU is offering a final day of on-site rapid testing on January 19 (sign-up here). Students cannot access classrooms, the library, or other campus spaces until they have submitted a negative test. The test must have been conducted no earlier than January 12**. Students who are in quarantine should NOT leave isolation to undergo testing.

**Students who are quarantining after international entry to Italy may submit a negative test result done no earlier than 72 hours prior to their departure. Provided these quarantining students do not experience symptoms during their isolation, JCU will not ask for an additional post-quarantine negative test result. At this time, all students entering Italy must undergo an immediate 14-day quarantine.  Please see the previous January 11 Update from the Dean of Students for additional details about international travel quarantine for students.

JCU On-Campus COVID Compliance – All persons entering a JCU campus must:

  • Wear a mask at all times (those eating at the Tiber Café may remove their mask to eat or drink provided they follow cafeteria instructions for social distancing and sanitation)
  • Scan their JCU ID card (JCU community members who do not have their JCU ID will not be permitted access to campus. Individuals may request an immediate reprinting of their ID for an initial cost of €10 and subsequent reprinting fees of €25)
  • Sanitize their hands regularly using the provided on-campus hand sanitizer
  • Undergo a temperature screening upon entry and exit to the building.
  • Remain socially distanced at a space of 1.5 meters. All on-campus spaces have been adapted to ensure social distancing expectations are clear.
  • Guests are not allowed on the JCU campus or residence unless they have an urgent and necessary purpose. Access to campus for any non-JCU community member must be pre-approved by the Dean of Students' Office or the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Operations with ample notification given to any JCU Front Office.
  • Students living in JCU housing may not enter any other JCU apartment besides their own assigned unit. Masks must be worn at all times in the residence except when in the resident’s personal apartment.
  • Any evidence of COVID symptoms or close contact must be immediately reported to the Dean of Students Office via the JCU Emergency Phone (+39 331 656 1907)
  • Persons must use the EasyDesk app to reserve use of the library and Tiber Café. You can download the app on Apple or Google Play.

JCU will continue to sanitize on-campus spaces regularly in accordance with best practices issued by the Italian government and our health and safety consulting experts.

Your JCU ID will remain blocked until you have completed the following:

  • Pre-arrival testing
  • Online JCU orientation (including submitting your Self-Certification)
  • Travel quarantine for internationally-arriving students

International and Regional Travel in Italy

Lazio – Currently there is a mandatory curfew for all persons in Italy between 10 pm and 5 am daily. This means you must be in your domicile/residence during this period unless you have a documented urgent work or medical need.

Starting from Monday, January 18, Lazio is expected to be classified as an Orange Risk Level region. This means:

  • All bars and restaurants will be closed except for take-away between 10 am and 10 pm.
  • Shopping centers will be closed on weekends, public holidays, and pre-holidays, except for pharmacies, food shops, tabaccherie, and newsstands.
  • You do not need a self-certification to travel within the region. 
  • Masks must be worn at all times when outside or when in shared spaces outside the home.
  • All gyms, sporting centers, and museums remain closed. This means that JCU has suspended all University athletic activity until further notice.

Regional Travel – Persons may only travel between regions for urgent work or health purposes or other necessities, like academic study. Individuals may return to their place of residence or domicile. JCU strongly discourages any unnecessary travel between regions. At this time, there is no mandated travel quarantine for travel between regions. You must have a self-certification when traveling between regions.

International Travel and Quarantine – All students entering Italy from any country, including E.U. countries, are required to immediately quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Only certain persons entering from the E.U. for urgent work or health needs, or students who cross the Italian border on a weekly basis for academic instruction, may be exempt from the international travel quarantine.

Risk Levels by Region – Italy now has a four-tier risk classification: White, Yellow, Orange, and Red. Updated guidelines for these regions will be issued next week, at which time, JCU will send a message to the community.

Other JCU Resources

JCU Student Handbook 

JCU Housing Policies 

JCU Online Orientation  

JCU App (enter the passphrase tiber21 and download the app)    


January 13 Update: On-Site Academic Instruction and Remote Leaning - Government Decree Expected on January 15

Many students have been asking what academic instruction will look like for the Spring 2021 semester. Presently, we are waiting for the Italian government to publish a new COVID-related decree that will clarify expectations for university operations, including onsite and remote learning. This updated government mandate is expected to be issued on January 15, 2021. At that time, JCU will articulate our policies and procedures for university operations and academic instruction. 

Based on the advice of our health, safety, and legal consultants, JCU is tentatively prepared to reopen and commence on-site instruction at 50% normal classroom capacity, which is in line with current government guidelines for social distancing and population management inside university buildings. This means we would offer, to all students, a hybrid model that combines onsite and synchronous remote learning. Some classes will be split, meaning students will alternate between onsite and online attendance on a weekly basis. Students can also choose to follow the entirety of their classes virtually or transition from remote learning to onsite instruction later onAll classes will be assigned a classroom, even for those courses where the instructor is teaching remotely. This means that even if the instructor is teaching virtually, students will have access to an allocated space on the JCU campus to follow the lecture. 

  • For the following listed classes, the professor will NOT be on campus, but, students will still have an assigned classroom if they want to follow the lectures on site: BUS 330-1, BUS 498, EN 110-7, EN 200ii, IT 301, MGT/CS 337, PS 221, PS 254.
  • Regarding "split" classes, JCU will confirm which classes will be split as soon as we finish registering all students.  If in doubt, students can come to campus and, if there is an available chair in the room after all the other students enter, you can join (your professor will take your name). For now, the following classes will surely be split:  all CS 110, all CS 130, all EC 201, all HS 210.  You will be able to see on your schedule which day you are assigned to be on campus (the purpose of this is to ensure social distancing in the classroom).

If you are going to be completely remote (never come to campus), then you need to submit an Academic Petition.

Again, the terms and conditions of academic instruction at JCU are contingent upon the pending Italian Government decree scheduled for January 15. Most likely, the Italian government will amend guidelines over the course of the Spring, dependent on the developing public health situation in Italy and abroad. JCU will keep the community informed as more information becomes available. 

Students who are still considering their options to return or follow classes remotely can start the semester virtually and then transition to on-site learning. Students need to advise their professors of their decision and keep faculty updated as necessary. Any student committed to remote learning for the whole of the semester should fill-out and submit a Petition for Academic Exception and submit it to Dean Merva. Again, all remote classes will be held synchronously. Any concerns about virtual learning, including class schedules, can be referred to Dean Merva or Dean Harris. JCU is confident in its academic and support infrastructure and our capacity to adapt to current and future circumstances. 

In addition to our hybrid instruction model, JCU is committed to a robust schedule of community testing. Presently, JCU is offering testing to all faculty, students, and staff this week in preparation for the start of the semester on January 18. All students must undergo testing, either at JCU or independently before they can access on-campus services. JCU will also continue periodic random testing. These regular screenings will help us identify asymptomatic persons and minimize community risk. All social distancing, mask-wearing, and sanitation protocols initiated last semester will continue into this year. If and when we need to adapt our health and safety policies, we will do so. JCU operates at the discretion of the Italian government and in full compliance with public health mandates. 

*All students must submit a negative COVID test before entry to JCU. Details about start-of-the-semester testing expectations can be found below.* 

As a reminder, any and all students who exhibit flu-like symptoms (temperature over 37.5 Celsius, coughing, body aches, loss of smell, sore throat), test positive, and/or have been in close contact with a COVID-positive person must immediately call the JCU Emergency Number to report their health concerns to the Dean of Students (+39 331 656 1907). JCU has a strict protocol to identify, isolate, and support ill and at-risk students. The Dean of Students' office collaborates with local medical experts. All staff and faculty are instructed to isolate and immediately call their doctor if they experience symptoms, test positive, or have been in close contact with a COVID-positive person. 

Thank you for your patience as we wait for the national and regional Italian governments to publish updates on COVID regulations. All updates will be sent out to students via our Net Community messaging system and published on the JCU website and social media platforms.


January 12 Update: Additional On-Campus Testing Availability at JCU, January 13-15

JCU has added some additional testing appointments for on-campus rapid testing on January 13, 14, and 15. If you want to undergo rapid testing at JCU, please sign-up via this link.

Remember to print and bring with you the Italian-version of the testing consent form (also print the privacy form if this is your first testing experience at JCU). Testing documents were sent to all student emails last week.

An update for pre-arrival testing: students undergoing a 14-day quarantine after arriving into Italy from abroad do NOT have to undergo additional testing following the end of their isolation period as long as:

  • the student arrived in Italy with a negative COVID test done no earlier than 72-hours prior to departure. Please send this negative test result to [email protected].
  • the student does not experience any symptoms during their quarantine. If you do experience flu-like symptoms, please call the JCU emergency phone (+39 331 656 1907) immediately.
  • the student completes quarantine in tandem with any roommates. This means that people living in the same apartment/house cannot have alternative quarantine timelines.

Those students not undergoing a travel-mandated quarantine must either 1) undergo testing at JCU, or 2) submit an independently done negative test result done no earlier than January 12*. Test results must be sent to [email protected].

*After January 22, for students not doing travel quarantine, any negative test results submitted to access campus must have been done no earlier than 72 hours prior to arrival to JCU. 

Your JCU ID will remain blocked and your access to campus restricted until you have complied with this preliminary COVID testing
 

Please note: DO NOT break any mandatory quarantine or isolation period to attend testing at JCU between January 12 and 15. Remember, if you entered into Italy with a negative test result done no earlier than 72-hours prior to arrival, you can submit this result to the DOS office and do not need to undergo additional testing in order to enter campus following the end of your quarantine. 


January 11 Update: Arrival Testing and Quarantine Reminders - Spring 2021

In anticipation of the start of the Spring 2021 semester, please be reminded of important arrival and check-in policies. Please check the JCU website for full details about housing/non-housing arrival and check-in policiesAny questions can be directed to [email protected].

1) Please complete your JCU Online Orientation prior to arrival. All new and returning students who have not already done so must upload their arrival information (self-declaration) onto the online orientation platform as soon as possible.

2) At this time, all international entry into Italy for study purposes mandates an immediate 14-day quarantine period for travelers, even for those entering from E.U. countries. Upon entry, you will need to fill out a self-certification at border control. This policy for students was reconfirmed to JCU administrators today by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Italian Ministry of Health, and an Italian immigration lawyer. Persons entering into Italy from other E.U. countries, for urgent work or health needs may qualify for exemption to quarantine policies provided they meet certain testing mandates. However, students entering into Italy are subject to the quarantine unless:

  • they are on an approved COVID-tested flight, or
  • they cross the Italian border on a weekly basis to attend classes (i.e. students who live on the Italian border and cross on a daily or weekly basis to attend classes in a country where they don’t live. This proviso does not apply to JCU students.)

All travelers entering Italy from the UK/Northern Ireland are required to undergo PCR or rapid testing no more than 72 hours before departure and then undergo an additional rapid test upon arrival in Italy at the airport, followed by the 14-day quarantine.

Updated regulations concerning international travel will be re-evaluated by the Italian Government on January 15.

3) All students must undergo submit a negative COVID test before entry into a JCU building.

  • Students living in JCU housing must present their own negative test result upon arrival to JCU housing or undergo rapid testing during check-in at the JCU Residence.
  • From Tuesday, January 12 until Friday, January 15, JCU will conduct COVID-19 screening testing for the Spring 2021 semester students, staff, and faculty members. Please sign up hereCheck your email for additional details.
  • In lieu of on-campus testing at JCU, students can opt to submit their own recent negative COVID test results (PCR or rapid, done no earlier than Tuesday January 12) done externally to JCU. These negative results should be sent to [email protected].

Your JCU ID will remain blocked and your access to campus restricted until you have complied with this preliminary COVID testing. 

Please note: for all students observing a 14-day quarantine period (those traveling from outside Italy, and those not arriving on a designated Covid-free flight), please DO NOT break any mandatory quarantine or isolation period to attend testing at JCU between Jan. 12 and 15. Breaking quarantine puts yourself and other members of the community at risk. Non-compliance with Italian government quarantine mandates is a violation of State/regional law as well as the JCU Code of Conduct.

4) If you need a new ID because 1) you are a new student; 2) your ID has expired, or 3) you have a change in status (for example Enlus to DS, or housing to Non-housing) please make sure to make an appointment with the Tiber Front Office by writing to [email protected]  

5) To access any JCU building or campus you must have your JCU ID with you at all times so that you can scan in. If you try to access campus without your ID, you either need to return later with your ID in hand OR you need to have a new one printed. A first-time re-print costs 10 euros. Subsequent printing costs 25 euros.

6) Remember to download the JCU Rome App to stay updated regarding important announcements, activities, and events during the semester. Go to https://guidebook.com/g/jcusp21/, enter the passphrase tiber21, and download the app.


January 8 Update: On-Campus COVID Testing for January 12-15

From Tuesday, January 12 until Friday, January 15, JCU will conduct COVID-19 screening testing for the Spring 2021 semester students, staff, and faculty members. Testing will take place at the Guarini Campus. Our goal is to test as many members of the community as possible prior to the start of the semester on Monday, January 18. This on-site testing is offered to JCU community members free of charge.

This testing is for non-JCU-Housing students only. Those students who ARE living in JCU housing must present their own negative test result upon arrival to JCU housing or undergo rapid testing at the moment of check-in at the JCU Residence. 

TO BOOK A TEST, sign up for a testing timeslot here. The earlier you book, the better your chance of securing your preferred date and time. Please check your email for the relevant privacy information and consent forms (both in English and Italian). Please print the Italian versions of these forms and bring them with you to the testing. **If you have already undergone screening testing at JCU and have previously signed the SALUS privacy policy, you do not have to print, sign, and submit that form again, you only need to print, sign, and submit the consent form.** 

Please note: for all students observing a 14-day quarantine period (those traveling from outside Italy, and those not arriving on a designated COVID-free flight), please DO NOT break any mandatory quarantine or isolation period to attend testing on the dates indicated above. We will be sending out details of alternative testing resources later on. Breaking quarantine puts yourself and other members of the community at risk. Non-compliance with Italian government quarantine mandates is a violation of State/regional law as well as the JCU Code of Conduct.

In lieu of on-campus testing at JCU, students can opt to submit their own recent negative COVID test results (PCR or rapid, done no earlier than Tuesday, January 12) done externally to JCU. These negative results should be sent to [email protected].

Your JCU ID will remain blocked and you will not have access to any JCU campus until you have complied with this preliminary COVID testing.


January 5 Updates: Last-Minute Pre-Arrival Testing Information and Guidebook Reminder, Spring 2021

We look forward to welcoming you on campus shortly for the start of the Spring 2021 semester. As the date of your arrival approaches we would like to remind you of the following: 

  • All JCU students are strongly recommended to have a COVID test (rapid or PCR) 72-hours before traveling to Italy.
  • All students living in JCU housing who cannot present a recent COVID test (rapid or PCR, done 72 hours or less) upon check-in to housing will be tested on-site at campus before they can enter their assigned apartment. This on-site arrival testing may create some delays in the check-in process. Therefore we strongly recommend students arrive with a negative test to streamline the check-in process. Students who test positive will be immediately isolated and the JCU doctor will consult on additional follow-up.
  • Download the JCU App to stay updated regarding important announcements, activities, and events during the semester. 
    - Go to https://guidebook.com/g/jcusp21/, enter the passphrase tiber21 and download the app 

Please remember that you must complete online orientation before you arrive otherwise access to campus will be suspended until you do so. Any remaining questions can be referred to [email protected].