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.

COVID UPDATE: 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.

 

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.

Should students be mandated to quarantine upon arrival, they will have to remain in their residence (personal off-campus apartment or on-campus apartment) for 14 days. Those in quarantine are not allowed to leave their apartment for these 14 days for any reason unless they receive specific instructions from the medico di base, the ASL, or the JCU On Call Doctor to exit their residence.

ALL JCU students entering Italy, who must quarantine for 14 days, can begin their classes via a remote learning platform until they have been cleared by the JCU Doctor On Call to attend classes in-person. Individual student transition to remote learning must be approved by both the JCU On Call Doctor and JCU Academic Dean/Registrar. All remote and on-site learning follows rules and regulations mandated by the Italian government.

JCU will provide additional logistical support for students in quarantine who are living in the JCU Residences in the following ways:

  • JCU will provide private transportation from the airport to the residence during official arrival and check-in days
  • On-site residence life staff will check-in with students daily to monitor their wellbeing.
  • The JCU On Call Doctor will monitor students in quarantine and will intervene for any urgent medical needs.
  • JCU will outfit all apartments with a limited provisionary supply of food staples (to last 2 or 3 days) and a thermometer. All students are encouraged to bring their own thermometer.
  • JCU will help with the delivery of food and supplies to quarantined students' apartments.
  • Students will receive 24/7 health care assistance should they need it, including help navigating public health resources, if necessary.
  • If the JCU On Call Doctor or Italian Public Health Authorities (ASL) recommend that a student self-isolate in an emergency apartment due to an onset of symptoms, we will comply. 

Key Dates:
See the complete Academic Calendar for important semester dates and deadlines.

General Health And Safety Protocols

  • We have already established specific protocols such as: before entering any university premises, all students, faculty, or staff must have their temperature taken; masks are mandatory for use inside JCU premises; there are clearly delineated transit areas; social distancing rules will be respected; alcohol-based sanitizers will be readily available on all premises, etc.
  • All persons entering JCU must scan-in/scan-out using their JCU ID.
  • JCU interfaces with various medical authorities, including the Italian Public Health Authorities (ASL), the JCU On Call Doctor, and the JCU Nurse, all of whom advise the University on health-related matters and consult with students as needed.
  • We have partnered with International SOS—a specialist medical and travel security services firm—which is providing additional recommendations to our policies and procedures.
  • Symptomatic students, whether living in a JCU residence or independently on their own, will be followed by the JCU On Call Doctor, JCU Nurse, and the JCU Dean of Students office to ensure their access to resources.

JCU Housing Protocols

We will monitor any student entering and exiting any housing premises. A doorman and/or security guard will be stationed at the entrance of each building. They will be responsible for enforcing established protocols such as:

  • Measuring body temperature of anyone entering and exiting the buildings
  • Verifying that only residents are allowed to enter the premises
  • Ensuring that all entering persons scan-in and scan-out with their JCU ID
  • Requiring that all students entering the building are wearing appropriate mouth covering
  • Referring any protocol violations to the Office of the Dean of Students
  • Reporting students who are found in violation of safety and security protocols. They may be dismissed from the building and may face consequences according to the Italian legal system.

Additional Measures

  • We will place only one student per bedroom or a maximum of two students in larger bedrooms formerly used as triple or quadruple bedrooms in order to provide additional social distancing measures. 
  • All apartments will be supplied with appropriate cleaning products at the start of the semester. Students are responsible for supplying any subsequent products they may need. Students will be instructed on best practices regarding the sanitation of the apartment's common areas. Additionally, JCU will provide weekly cleaning services of said spaces.
  • Residences' common areas have been adapted in order to comply with social distancing mandates and are undergoing daily cleaning.
  • Refunds: JCU housing and tuition refund policies can be found here: https://www.johncabot.edu/admissions/tuition-and-fees/refund-policy.aspx

 

  • Classroom capacity has been adapted in order to follow social distancing protocols between students and the professor teaching, as mandated by the Italian Government.
  • Entrances and exits to all buildings have been outfitted to mitigate cross traffic.
  • All persons entering JCU must scan-in and scan-out using their JCU ID.
  • Students must provide their own masks, which are required to be worn inside any JCU building.
  • All courses have been created in order to allow flexibility to transition to remote learning at any point during the semester. Students who exhibit any symptoms as assessed by JCU's medical staff will be able to continue their studies remotely from their place of residence.
  • All courses follow a hybrid-model to reduce on-site capacity and rotate on-site student presence in classroom spaces.
  • To transition to full-time remote learning, you must submit a Petition for Academic Exemption: https://johncabot.libguides.com/AcademicsGuide/petition-remote-learning
  • All remote teaching is done synchronously. Any questions or concerns about remote teaching schedules can be referred to the Dean of Academics, Mary Merva ([email protected]).

 

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 appand 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.
  • Library updates are posted here: GENERAL INFO - LIBRARY SERVICES - SPRING 2021 - Library Guides at John Cabot University 

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].  


December 21 Updates: New Italian Government Decree and Re-entry Policies for Spring 2021 

On December 18, Italian Prime Minister Conte presented the new decree that adds to the current protocols and restrictions on travel, testing, and other COVID- related regulations over the holiday season and until January 15, 2021.  

Read the entire December 18 decree in Italian.

MOVEMENT WITHIN ITALY

  • Lockdown measures will be in place from December 24 to January 6: stricter "Red Zone" measures will be in place from December 24 to 27, December 30 to January 3, and January 5 and 6. Slightly less "Orange Zone" restrictions will apply on December 28, 29 and 30 as well as on January 4. Between December 21 and 23, Lazio will remain a Yellow Zone as it has been for the past month.
  • A new concession from the Italian Government will allow up to two adults to spend time in one other household once a day, provided that the persons live in the same region and the visit takes place between 5am and 10pm. Children under 14 are not included in the "head count", neither are the disabled or persons who are not self-sufficient.
  • Moving around within your comune or between regions on Red and Orange days requires that you fill-out and carry the Self-Certification

Please see complete details in the latest message from the Dean of Students: COVID Updates - Government Decree Issued December 18, 2020

SPRING 2021 ARRIVAL INFORMATION

Please be sure to consult with your airline prior to your travel to ensure you are in compliance with any and all safety and security obligations for international travel and entry into Italy.

Here's a full list of Italian rules regarding travel within and entering Italy.

At this time, all international entry to Italy mandates a 14-day quarantine period. The only persons exempt from this quarantine are 1) those with express and written permission from the Italian Government for essential work purposes, and 2) those on a COVID-tested flight. Current regulations concerning international travel will be re-evaluated by the Italian Government on January 15.

Please see complete details in the message from the Dean of Students: Spring 2021 Arrival Information.


December 4 Update: DPCM Issued December 3, 2020

On December 3, Italian Prime Minister Conte issued a new decree (DPCM) that will regulate travel and other COVID-related regulations over the holiday season and until January 15, 2021. Please find the entire decree in Italian here.

The decree reaffirms that in-person lessons are only available for first-year university students, that is to say, only students who are in their first year of study at the university undergraduate level may attend classes in person. The only exception is for students enrolled in lab courses, in which case, all students can attend those classes. This provision is to be respected during final exams as well.
In addition, the decree reinforces that the following policies will continue:  

  • Current mandates on social distancing, using masks, and frequent hand sanitizing remain in place. The closure of various businesses (such as gyms, gambling establishments, ski resorts, museums, and cinemas) remains in place. 
  • The daily curfew from 10 pm to 5 am remains in place. ***on December 31st and January 1st, the curfew will be 10 pm to 7 am ***  
  • Restaurants and food establishments can operate between 5 am and 6 pm for sit-down dine-in service only with a maximum of 4 persons per table. After 6 pm, only take-away and delivery services is possible. 
  • It is not permitted to eat or drink in public spaces after 6 pm 

From December 22 to January 6, movement between regions and international entry into Italy is prohibited EXCEPT FOR: 

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

On December 25, 26, and January 1, it is not permitted to leave your municipality.

Please note that the Tiber Cafe will be closed for dinner service on Monday, December 7. Only the Tiber Cafe Bar will remain operational until 6:30 pm.

Please see complete details in the latest message from the Dean of Students: COVID Updates - DPCM Issued 3 December 2020


December 2 Update: COVID-TESTED Flight Arrival Information

You may have seen information regarding COVID-TESTED flights, going from the U.S. to Italy, that exempt travelers from the mandatory 14-day quarantine period upon arrival in Rome. COVID-TESTED flight routes are scheduled from JFK New York, Newark New York, and Atlanta Georgia, via Delta and Alitalia, direct to Rome Fiumicino FCO airport. The flight requires passengers to:

1. Have a PCR negative test done no more than 72 hours before departure
2. Undergo a rapid test at the departure airport and receive a negative result
3. Undergo a rapid test at the Rome airport upon arrival and receive a negative result

If all three of these testing requirements are met, the traveler should be exempted from the 14-day quarantine mandate in Italy following their arrival in Rome. It is important to note that COVID-TESTED flight regulations and requirements are at the discretion of the servicing airline and both the U.S. and Italian governments. Rules regarding these flights may change closer to Spring 2021 arrival dates.

Please see complete details in the latest message from the Dean of Students: COVID-TESTED Flight Arrival Information.


November 23 Update: COVID Regional Updates

There have been some changes in the risk classifications of the various Italian Regions. Please see complete details in the latest message from the Dean of Students: COVID Regional Updates.


 November 12 Update: COVID and Flu-shot Information

  • In September, JCU ordered flu-shots for the University population based on the requests from students, staff, and faculty. As of this time, the Italian authorities are prioritizing immunization for front-line healthcare workers and the most vulnerable demographics and therefore have not made flu shots available to private institutions. JCU is continuing to inquire with our distributor. If and when JCU is issued a supply of flu-shots, we will proceed with appointments for inoculation as soon as possible.
  • JCU is monitoring for any updates to government mandates, both national and regional directives, that may further impact movement around the region and throughout the country. We will inform the community if and when new information is published.
  • The current risk levels of the Italian regions are as follows:
    Yellow Zone:Campania, Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lazio, Marche, Molise, Provincia autonoma di Trento, Sardegna, Veneto.
    Orange Zone: Abruzzo, Basilicata, Liguria, Puglia, Sicilia, Toscana, Umbria.
    Red Zone: Calabria, Lombardia, Piemonte, Valle d'Aosta, Provincia autonoma di Bolzano.
  • Although travel is permitted between yellow zones, the status of regions may change quickly, so we strongly advise that all personal travel be limited to the region of Lazio (unless of course you have an urgent health or work need or are permanently returning home to your region/country of residency). 
  • As a reminder, for those living in JCU housing, if you choose to travel outside Lazio during the semester, and IF upon re-entry to Rome you are obligated to produce a negative COVID swab test or quarantine for 14 days, you cannot return to JCU housing until you have complied with these testing and quarantine requirements. Students cannot quarantine in JCU housing for personal travel reasons during the Fall 2020 semester. 

Please see complete details in the latest message from the Dean of Students: COVID and Flu-shot Updates.


November 5 Update: Academic and Travel Clarifications

Today, Thursday, November 5, the Italian government clarified expectations for travel in Italy and between regions in accordance with the Italian Decree (DPCM) issued yesterday November 4. Additionally, we now know that this DPCM goes into effect starting Friday, November 6.

Academic Updates

Here are some clarifications regarding on-campus university attendance:

  • First-year in-person classroom attendance refers to undergraduates who have completed less than one year of undergraduate university studies; it does not include students in their first year at JCU (i.e. transfer students, Masters-level students, or Continuing Education students, all of whom must now do their course work remotely).
  • Any international students planning to leave Italy and continue their studies remotely must first contact JCU Immigration Services ([email protected]) before finalizing plans so that they can understand any legal immigration consequences of their departure.
  • Any first-year undergraduate student who desires to attend classes remotely for the rest of the semester must contact Dean Mary Merva ([email protected]) to obtain approval.
  • Any student who wants to withdraw from courses must contact the Registrar ([email protected]).
  • Any currently registered student is able to come to campus to use the on-site resources such as the library, labs, Tiber Café, and common spaces.

The regions of Italy have been divided and classified into three different risk levels, according to the Ministry of Health, and will be monitored and periodically updated. Please see information on regional risk levels and travel updates in the latest message from the Dean of Students: COVID Updates: 5 November 2020 - Academic and Travel Clarifications


November 4 Update: New Government Decree - Extended Curfew and In-person Classes for First-Year Students Only

Today, Wednesday, November 4, a new Italian Decree (DPCM) was signed into law, implementing additional restrictions here in Rome. The new decree will go into effect starting Thursday, November 5. 

Important updates include:

  • The national daily curfew now starts at 10 pm and ends at 5 am. No one is to be out in public during this time unless they have an urgent health or work need. Persons who must go out during the curfew must have a completed Self-Declaration on them at all times. The self-declaration can be seen in the previous decree from October 24
  • For now, in-presence and on-site lessons are only permissible for first-year university students. At JCU, this means that only first-year university students (students who are in their first year of study at JCU, including ENLUS students) are allowed to come to campus for in-person classes. Professors have been provided a list of first-year students still eligible to attend in-person classes. The campuses are still accessible to all students for use of the Library, Tiber Cafe, rapid-test screening, and common areas like the courtyards and terraces. Students who are in their second or more year of study may only follow their classes remotely. Given this remote-learning mandate for second-year and older university students, JCU Immigration Services will communicate additional instructions to international students regarding visa and permesso compliance. Please wait to make official travel plans until JCU has clarity from Italian immigration officials. We expect to have an update tomorrow or by the end of the week.
  • Restaurants and bars will close all sit-down services at 6 pm but establishments can continue delivery service until 10 pm. ***At JCU, this means that JCU Tiber Café bar-service will close at 6 pm. Sit-down dinner service will continue until 7:30 pm, with final closure at 8 pm. Please stay tuned for future updates about JCU Tiber Cafè dinner service***
  • The Library will now close at 8:45 pm.
  • All JCU academic campuses will close at 9 pm.
  • Gyms are closed ***At JCU, this means our gym at the Gianicolo residence will continue to be closed until further notice. Please continue to check the JCU website for updates on upcoming outdoor activities, hosted by the JCU Athletics department, which will continue as originally scheduled and until the Lazio government updates requirements that might suspend those off-campus events***
  • All cinemas, concert halls, museums, and art galleries are now closed.
  • Roman public transportation will operate at 50% capacity
  • At this time, the regional governments have not clarified expectations and rules for travel between regions. JCU strongly recommends that all students limit any tourism to the Lazio region until further clarity about transportation and transit are made public (most likely tomorrow). Local municipal authorities will have different expectations for movement within and between regions; some regions will limit travel only for urgent needs and based on residency.

Please complete details in the latest message from the Dean of Students: New Italian Government Decree, 4 November 2020.


October 26 Update: New Government Decree - Restaurant and Bar Closures

On, Monday, October 26, a new Italian Decree (DPCM) was signed into law, implementing additional restrictions here in Rome. Important updates include:

  • Restaurants and bars will close all sit-down services at 6 pm but establishments can continue delivery service until 12midnight. At JCU, the JCU Tiber Café, the bar will close at 6 pm. Sit-down dinner service will continue until 7:30 pm. As an extension of residential services, the Tiber Café can remain operational, at this time, for dinner service until 7:30 pm. The Tiber Café officially closes at 8 pm. Please stay tuned for updates about the JCU Tiber Cafè dinner service.
  • Gyms are closed. At JCU, this means our gym at the Gianicolo campus will be closed until further notice. Please continue to check the JCU website for updates on upcoming outdoor activities, hosted by the JCU Athletics department, which will continue as originally scheduled and until the Lazio government updates requirements that might suspend those off-campus events.

As a reminder, the 12midnight-5am curfew remains in place for all the Lazio region. No one is to be out in public during this time unless they have an urgent health or work need. Persons who must go out during the curfew must have a completed Self-Declaration on them at all times. Please complete details in the latest message from the Dean of Students: COVID Updates - New Italian Government Decree, 26 October 2020.


October 22 Update: New Government Decree - Mandatory Curfew

The Region of Lazio has issued a new ordinance this morning and JCU is in full compliance with these regulations. However, we would like to inform you that this new decree implements a mandatory curfew of 12 midnight to 5 am. Starting tonight, and for the next 30 days (until November 21), you must be at your personal place of residence between 12 midnight and 5 am daily. JCU expects all students living in a JCU residence to be scanned into their residence by 12midnight from now on. Any exception to this rule must first be cleared by the Dean of Students' office. 

Exiting your residence between 12 midnight and 5 am is permissible only for urgent work or medical reasons. If you must leave your residence for an essential work or medical need, you must fill-out and carry with you an auto-certificazione (Self-Declaration) form at all times, which you can find in the original decree. Municipal officials may ask to see the form if you are out past curfew. Breaking this curfew rule may result in legal penalties, including monetary fines. Please see the original decree.

Please see complete details in the latest message from the Dean of Students on the New Government Decree: Mandatory Curfew.


October 15 COVID Case Update: Campus to Remain Open as Normal  

JCU was made aware yesterday, October 14, that two additional JCU students resulted COVID-positive under a PCR diagnostic test. JCU has already done its contact tracing due diligence as requested by the Italian health authorities so as to determine the relevant impact on the JCU community. As of end of day yesterday, all close contact individuals had been contacted and are now isolating. It is to be noted that the two students in question have not been on campus for the past 9 days. They are currently under the supervision of their local doctor and ASL. Given our internal protocols and the high level of safety and security enforced in all JCU campuses we are authorized to continue operating as planned. Please read complete details in the latest message from the Dean of Students, COVID Case Update October 15.


October 13 Update: Randomized Testing, Guidelines, and Regulations  

We will be conducting randomized testing on a sample of the JCU Community at regular intervals. On October 13, the Italian Government published a new decree, which reaffirms the use of masks at all times (including when outside) and current social distancing measures. On October 12, the Italian Ministry of Health published new guidelines regarding isolation and quarantine. Please read complete details in the latest message from the Dean of Students regarding Randomized Testing, Guidelines, and Regulations.


October 9 COVID Case Update: In-person classes will resume on Monday, October 12

As you were made aware earlier this week, we had one PCR diagnostic test positive student on campus. JCU has now confirmed two additional COVID-positive students. JCU has engaged with contact tracing with the ASL – 1 (Local Italian Public Health Authority for the neighborhood of John Cabot) to review these cases, including any and all possible risks to the greater JCU community. The ASL has made the following conclusions:

  • Only those individuals who have been identified as having close contact with the three COVID positive students will be informed about their exposure. As of now, all close contact individuals have been contacted, are isolating, and are under the supervision of their local doctor, following instructions on testing and isolation from the ASL.
  • The ASL determined that the high level of safety and security enforced on all JCU campuses (mandatory mask-wearing, social distancing, temperature taking, and sanitation) means that JCU is authorized to recommence normal operating hours, services, and procedures starting tomorrow Saturday, October 10, this includes Guarini campus over the weekend. All students, staff, and faculty who are not under instruction from the ASL to isolate may come to campus and attend classes as normal.
  • All persons at JCU must continue to commit to following stipulated policies and protocols regarding ubiquitous mask-wearing, hand washing/use of sanitizer, social distancing, and temperature taking.

Please see the message from the Dean of Students regarding COVID Case Update: Campus Reopening


October 7 Update: All Classes Moved Online For Thursday and Friday, October 8 and 9

We have a student who has tested positive for COVID. As we are initiating contact tracing with the Italian Public Health Authorities (ASL) we will hold all classes remotely on Thursday and Friday, October 8 and 9, so that we may follow up with the protocols. No students should come to any JCU academic campus (Critelli, Guarini, Tiber, Garibaldi, and Largo Fiorentini). The Tiber Cafe and JCU Gym will be closed as well.

We shall communicate directly with those individuals who have been identified as close contacts by ASL. A general communication regarding the resumption of classes on campus will follow. Thank you for your patience as we work to implement the required protocols. Any additional questions can be directed to [email protected] 


October 2 Update: Lazio Government Ordinance - Masks Must Be Worn When Outside

Today, Lazio Municipal Authorities issued a decree that all persons outside must wear a mask at all times. The mask ordinance is not applicable 1) for children under the age of six, and 2) when engaging in physical exercise as long as social distancing can be maintained. Lack of compliance with the mask ordinance could result in a €400 fine or other penalties issued by the Italian State. Please see the message from the Dean of Students regarding the Lazio Government Ordinance Regarding Masks.


September 24 Update: JCU Travel Message from the Dean of Students

As a policy for this semester, JCU discourages travel outside of Italy during this period and strongly recommends that all students who travel outside of Rome take great care to understand the terms and conditions of their transportation and itinerary. Please see the message from the Dean of Students regarding travel during the Fall 2020 semester.


September 19 Update: Welcome Back Reminders from the Dean of Students  

Our community members' safety is our priority, so we've made some changes to our normal operating procedures. Below you will find information on health and safety policies, events and activities sign-up, testing opportunities, and general expectations for behavior this Fall 2020. All of these new protocols have been implemented to ensure you can continue safely in your studies and extra-curricular activities. Everyone will have their part to play in keeping one another safe, so please familiarize yourself with the changes and follow all JCU guidelines as stipulated in the JCU Student Handbook and on signs around the JCU campuses. 

Personal Responsibility: Individual action impacts community wellbeing. The JCU Code of Conduct is a shared set of principles that reflect our commitment to mutual respect and the creation of a safe and healthy educational and living environment. To that end, all members of the JCU community must commit to following the guidelines of behavior articulated in the Student Handbook, published in informational signs around campus, as directed by JCU staff and faculty, and as mandated by public health experts and state agencies. The JCU Code of Conduct makes clear our responsibility to enforce these rules and regulations so as to safeguard community wellbeing.   

Finish Online Orientation Before the Start of Classes: All students are obliged to complete their online student orientation as published on the JCU Online Orientation Portal. Students who do not complete and submit their self-certification on-time will not be permitted entry to the JCU campus until they do. Please be aware that it takes one to two days processing time to register the completion of your orientation.  

Reporting Health Concerns: Students that exhibit flu-like symptoms (temperature over 37.5 Celsius, coughing, body aches, loss of smell, sore throat) must immediately call the JCU Emergency Number to report their health concerns to the Dean of Students (+39 331 656 1907). Any student who feels ill for reasons not related to COVID can email [email protected]. For emergencies, you can always call the JCU Emergency Number.  

COVID-19 Testing: testing is currently taking place on the JCU campuses up until September 23. Students can sign up for testing appointments here

This rapid test screening will provide results in 30 minutes. The test is offered by JCU, free of charge, to all students. Through this testing, we will be able to obtain updated information about the state of our community’s health, substantially increasing our ability to identify infected individuals at the outset of the semester. Students with concerns or questions about testing should contact the Dean of Students for more information. Please know that all the results are kept confidential.  

Masks: Students must wear masks at all times when in the JCU building, including the JCU residence. Masks can be surgical or cloth (double layer). Masks must fully cover the mouth and nose of the wearer at all times when being used. JCU will be distributing four masks to all students upon their first re-entry to campus.  

Acceptable masks are: 

  • Surgical masks (single use) 
  • Surgical masks (multiple use/washable). JCU is distributing these masks to students on the first days of class. These masks can be washed up to 5 times if needed. They can be sterilized many more times, without washing, by ironing them.  
  • FFP2 
  • K95 
  • N99 
  • Any masks that have 3 layers of silk or 3 layers of 100 percent cotton.   

Not acceptable masks:    

  • Masks that have a valve. These masks protect the person who wears them but may expose others to droplets.  
  • Single-layer cotton or cloth masks.    

Social Distancing: Students must maintain a 1.5-meter distance at all times when in JCU buildings. Campus spaces have been marked accordingly to identify appropriate places to sit, stand, and walk. Students must enter and exit buildings and classrooms as directed by JCU staff.  

Thermoscanning: All persons who enter any JCU building will have their temperature taken by a thermoscanning machine (at smaller JCU buildings by a JCU staff with a hand-held thermoscanner) at entry and exit. Those with a temperature higher than 37.5 Celsius will not be permitted entry and will be immediately referred to the Dean of Students to receive guidance and support.  

Hand Sanitizing: Students must commit to washing their hands regularly and/or using hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer stations are at every JCU building entrance, outside every classroom, and at many other locations for easy accessibility.  

Campus and Classroom Cleaning: Campus spaces will be sanitized on a regular schedule. Classrooms will be cleaned and sterilized after every class. Students must enter and exit class in a single file and leave the room precisely when the lesson ends so that cleaning staff can enter and conduct the necessary cleaning in a timely fashion. 

Virtual Meetings with Staff/In-Person Meetings By Appointment Only: Face to face meetings with all JCU staff are now by appointment only. The Student Services offices have switched to Virtual Online Meeting using Microsoft Teams. You can schedule an online appointment with a Student Services office during business working days. If you need to make an in-person appointment with any JCU office, you must write that office and schedule an appointment date and time.  

EasyDesk App Booking System: To access the Gym, Tiber Cafe, and Library, you need to book in advance your slot through the EasyDesk app. EasyDesk is an internet booking platform that will allow you to enter certain spaces inside the University. To use the platform go to https://easydeskweb.com and then select ‘students’ on the menu. Check your email for more information on EasyDesk as the DOS sent out a detailed communication on September 18.

JCU ID Card Replacement By Appointment Only: JCU ID cards can be replaced by scheduling an appointment with the JCU Front Office ([email protected]). This semester, there is no facilitated entry on JCU academic campuses. You must always have your ID with you to scan in and out of JCU buildings every time you enter and exit. If you lose your JCU ID you must schedule an appointment with the Front Office to replace your ID as soon as possible. Students who come to campus without an ID and without an appointment to get a new one may be denied entry to the campus.  

Gym: The Gym will re-open on September 28. To use the gym facilities, you need to book your slot in advance through the Easydesk App. A valid Physical note is still a requirement for all gym-users. Write to [email protected] for more information.  

Student Events: Many of our student extra-curricular events will take place online! We will be using different platforms to connect with you. We encourage you to join all our social media channels, as well as to check the Student Life Virtual Page to find out what is happening weekly. Sign-ups for online and in-person events will be posted on the JCU Student Activities website.


Mandatory COVID-19 Testing: September 8 Update

In order to ensure the maximum public health safety and protection for our community as the new academic year begins, and in addition to all other established rigorous health precautions, John Cabot University has arranged for mandatory COVID-19 rapid testing for all staff, faculty, and students. 

Staff and faculty testing shall take place before the start of the Fall semester, while student testing will be concluded by the first week of classes. The rapid test will provide results in 30 minutes and will be free of charge. Through this universal testing, we will be able to obtain updated information about the state of our community’s health with regard to COVID-19, substantially increasing our ability to identify infected individuals right at the outset of the new semester.  

Testing is expected to begin the week of September 14. The procedure for online scheduling of appointments will be communicated as soon as possible.


Traveling to JCU: August 26 Update

JCU is aware that the news of an E.U. "ban" for those traveling to Italy, coming from outside the Schengen area, has created some concern for our students and their families. However, please know that JCU continues to collaborate with immigration and medical authorities to ascertain clear direction on how JCU students will be affected, both now and later this Fall. Based on our conversations with experts, and our understanding of previous government directives, most JCU students will be allowed to enter Italy for their studies after meeting certain criteria depending on the country of origin. However, there may be some cases where students are unable to return. Please see below for further details on immigration and travel requirements for entering Italy at this time, as well as clarification on how JCU has adapted policies and protocols to support current and incoming students.

New & Returning Students Starting Fall 2020: Update August 26  

***It is important to remain updated about travel and immigration decrees issued by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Please refer to the Ministry website for regular updates.***

New American-Citizen Students Coming from the U.S. (Paesi E)

  • American-citizen students traveling to Italy from the United States are required to fill out a self-certificationstating that they are coming to Italy to study.
  • Students who are entering without a student visa must show their JCU acceptance letter and letter they received from JCU immigration. American-citizen students may stay in Italy for up to 90 days without a visa. For questions, contact [email protected]or [email protected].
  • If the student plans to stay in Italy (or another Schengen country) longer than 90 days, the student must, prior to their arrival in Italy, obtain an entry visa from an Italian consulate located near their U.S. residence.
  • All students coming from the U.S. will be required to spend 14 days in quarantine upon arrival in Italy.
  • Returning American-citizen studentscoming from the U.S. must travel with and present their permesso di soggiorno (permit of stay) when requested by immigration authorities. Any students traveling with permesso renewal receipts must show their original permesso, renewal receipts, and letter from JCU immigration. For questions, please contact [email protected]

Students Who Are Citizens of Schengen Countries and are Coming From Inside the Schengen Area and the E.U. (Paesi B)

  • Students who are citizens of EU COUNTRIES, SCHENGEN, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Andorra, and Principality of Monaco: students may freely enter into Italy, without the need of justification. All those entering must fill in a self-declaration upon arrival unless they are arriving from Croatia, Greece, Malta, Spain, Romania and Bulgaria
  • Students coming from Croatia, Greece, Malta, Spainmust:
    a. present a statement that they have undergone a molecular or antigenic test carried out by means of a swab and a negative result within 72 hours before entering Italy or alternatively,
     undergo a molecular or antigenic test; to be swabbed upon arrival at the airport, port, or border location (where possible) or within 48 hours of entering the national territory at the reference local health unit. COVID testing under these circumstances is free of charge in Italy. The student must isolate until a negative test result is achieved.
  • Students coming from Bulgaria and Romania:upon entry to Italy, students must fill in a self-declaration, and immediately quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Transportation from the airport to their intended destination can only be done by private vehicle.

Students Who Are Citizens of Non-Schengen Countries and Are Coming From Outside the Schengen Area (Paesi D)

  • Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay: students coming from these countries are allowed provided that they meet standard expectations for immigration requirements. However, upon return to Italy, it is necessary to undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance, meaning they must fill-out a self-declaration upon entry into Italy and immediately quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Transportation from the airport to their intended destination can only be done by private vehicle.

New and Returning Students Coming From Countries on the Banned List (Paesi F)

  • For Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Kuwait, North Macedonia, Moldova, Oman, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic:new and returning students coming from these countries cannot enter Italy UNLESS they have both EU citizenship (including Italian citizens) and they have been resident in Italy since before 9 July 2020. Those students who meet this criteria must still undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance meaning they must fill-out a self-declaration upon entry into Italy and immediately quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Transportation from the airport to their intended destination can only be done by private vehicle. Being in possession of a permesso di soggiorno does not meet the necessary criteria for entry into Italy if traveling from these countries.
  • For Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia: new and returning students from these countries cannot enter Italy UNLESS they also have E.U. citizenship (including Italian citizens) and have been resident in Italy since before 16 July 2020.Those students who meet this criteria must still undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance meaning they must fill-out a self-declaration upon entry into Italy and immediately quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Transportation from the airport to their intended destination can only be done by private vehicle. Being in possession of a permesso di soggiorno does not meet the necessary criteria for entry into Italy if traveling from these countries.
  • For Colombia: new and returning students coming from this country cannot enter Italy UNLESS they have E.U. citizenship (including Italian citizens) and have been a resident in Italy before 13 August 2020. The same restrictions apply as for the countries of the two previous paragraphs. Those students who meet this criteria must still undergo fiduciary isolation and health surveillance meaning they must fill-out a self-declaration upon entry into Italy and immediately quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Transportation from the airport to their intended destination can only be done by private vehicle. Being in possession of a permesso di soggiorno does not meet the necessary criteria for entry into Italy if traveling from these countries.
  • Students should not transit through the above countries (Paesi F) when on route to Italy. A layover in one of the above countries could disqualify the student from entry to Italy unless they also have EU citizenship and Italian residency.

Rest of the world (Paesi E): students coming from these countries:

  • Are required to fill out a self-certification stating that they are coming to Italy to study.
  • New students must show their JCU acceptance letter and letter from immigration. For questions, contact [email protected]
  • Returning students must show their valid permesso di soggiorno. If students have an expired permesso, they must show the renewal receipts and immigration letter they received earlier this summer explaining the renewal process. For questions, contact [email protected]
  • Will be required to spend a period of 14 days in quarantine if they have not been residing in a Schengen country (excluding Malta, Croatia, Greece, Spain, and E.U. countries Bulgaria and Romania) for at least the past 14 days.
  • Depending on the country of citizenship, these students might be required to have a valid student visa or a permit of stay regardless of time spent in Italy. Students from visa waiver countries residing in Italy for fewer than 90 days do not need a visa.
  • Transportation from the airport to their intended destination can only be done by private vehicle.

For Returning JCU Degree Seeking Students

  • The Italian Government has extended the validity of all study permits expiring between January 31st and April 15th, 2020, until August 31st, 2020 (Legislative Decree n. 18 of 17 March 2020). This validity is applicable only to Italy.
  • Students renewing their permit of stay have the right to remain in Italy until they can complete their fingerprinting appointment and obtain their new card.
  • Pending Covid-related travel restrictions, you have the right to come back to Italy with direct flights from a non-Schengen country (e.g. US, Morocco, Turkey, Russia,etc.) with your expired Permit and the renewal receipt from the Post Office. 
    ***ONLY ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS CAN BE USED TO TRAVEL. COPIES OF YOUR PERMIT OR RECEIPT ARE NOT VALID TRAVEL DOCUMENTS ***
  • If you need to travel to any country other than Italy, you MUST contact the nearest Embassy/Consulate of that country first. Each country is currently applying different rules, so the JCU Immigration Office is unable to provide you with specific information.
  • The Questura CANNOT move your finger-printing appointment to an earlier date. Their offices are operating with reduced staff and have restrictions on how many people can access their premises, so they can only consider exceptions for very few urgent cases, mainly involving family deaths or serious illnesses.
  • Students who are unable to return to JCU for the Fall 2020 semester may need to reapply for a study visa for Spring 2021 if their permesso is expired. The JCU immigration office will clarify expectations when the Italian authorities have made a decision about lapsed permesso renewals during 2020. This decision is expected later this year.

FOR ANY FURTHER INFORMATION OR CLARIFICATION ON ENTERING ITALY PLEASE CONTACT THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE

 

An Update from JCU: March 2021