In order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic and to protect the health and safety of the university citizens, the Rector of the University of Public Service has issued a „Unified Epidemiological Measure”
1.1. Wearing Masks
– The appropriate use of masks covering the nose and mouth is mandatory in the closed areas of university campuses. The use of a medical mask or a FFP2 mask is highly recommended as means of extremely safe protection. The presenter (lecturer or in the case of an interactive course, the student presenting) may refrain from wearing a mask during the lecture if there is at least 3 meters of clearance zone from others and ventilation of the room is ensured.
– Mask wearing is also mandatory in catering establishments (canteens, cafeteria) and communal dining areas (tea rooms, communal dining rooms). The mask may be removed only during the meal or drink.
1.2. Keeping Distance
– In the interests of epidemiological prevention, it is recommended that a protective distance of at least one and a half to two meters be maintained during personal contact. Direct contact with others (e.g. shaking hands) should be avoided.
– In catering establishments (canteens, cafeteria) and communal dining areas (tea rooms, communal dining rooms), a distance of at least one and a half to two meters should be maintained.
– In order to ensure a safe distance, there will continue to be a limitation on the number of people in the elevators on the university campuses.
1.3. Hygiene Rules
– When entering the University buildings, before meals and after sneezing or coughing, thorough hand washing and the use of hand sanitiser is compulsory.
– In enclosed areas of the University, where possible, regular and thorough ventilation is mandatory.
2. Provisions Relating to Teaching and Work
Unless otherwise stated, teaching and working at the University shall take place in the form of personal attendance.
The instructor has the right to make the class with personal attendance available as an online class using MS Teams only for students who are validly absent due to sickness or other illness. If the instructor is under epidemic isolation, he/she may, with the permission of the Head of Department, deliver the class online using MS Teams.
3. Rules for Absence from Teaching and Work
Any person who has symptoms that are characteristics of COVID-19 (dry cough, fever, heavy breathing, sudden loss of sense of smell, loss of taste or disturbance of taste) and has been in close contact with a person infected with COVID-19 or has been in a place where there is a possibility of infection in the 14 days preceding the onset of symptoms must stay at home and inform their general practitioner. Any person who has other symptoms of illness and who during the 14 days preceding the onset of symptoms has been in close contact with a person infected with COVID-19 or in a place where there is a possibility of infection must also inform their general practitioner and act on the general practitioner’s opinion.
A person who has been confirmed to be infected by clinically examination (PCR test, antigen test) or suspected of being infected by his/her general practitioner is not allowed on University premises.
In the cases specified in point 3 above, the person concerned must notify the UPS Epidemiological Operations Unit using the form available on the University’s website (https://digioktatas.uni-nke.hu/).
In the case of occasional contacts, absence from teaching or work is not justified if the persons concerned have followed the appropriate safety precautions and no symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 are present.
The requirements for attendance and the extent of acceptable absences in individual classes are set out in the subject programme of the subject in question, in accordance with the provisions of the current Study and Examination Regulations (hereinafter: the „Regulations”).
4. Conditions for Ending Isolation
The criteria for ending isolation of a patient/infected person in isolation (at home) are:
– if the patient has been free of fever for at least 3 days, respiratory symptoms have resolved and at least 7 days have elapsed since the onset of symptoms, the patient should be declared cured and allowed to enter the community, prior to which a prior consultation with the general practitioner is recommended;
– if the confirmed COVID-19 infected person with mild symptoms is free of fever on day 4 of isolation and their respiratory symptoms have resolved, a rapid antigen test can be performed on day 5 of the onset of symptoms and if negative, isolation can be lifted;
– isolation of asymptomatic infected persons can be lifted on the 7th day after confirmation of infection, positive PCR or rapid antigen test, prior to which prior consultation with the general practitioner is recommended;
– an asymptomatic infected person may have a rapid antigen test on the 5th day after the date of confirmation of infection and, if negative, isolation may be lifted.
5. Exemption of Contacts
A person is considered to be a close contact in particular if, in relation to the infected person, any of the following conditions are met:
– inadequate protective distance (2 m for Omicron);
– time spent together for more than 15 minutes (twice this time may be allowed in the case of a Plexiglas wall or with continuous fresh air ventilation);
– non-wearing or inappropriate wearing of a mask by the persons concerned (in the case of Omicron, FFP 2 mask); and
– lack of adequate ventilation, surface disinfection at the contact site and failure to comply with personal hygiene requirements (hand disinfection).
The contact may be exempt if 7 days have elapsed since the last exposure and there are no symptoms. On the 5th day after the start of the epidemiological surveillance, the (contact) person concerned may have a rapid antigen test performed and if negative, the epidemiological surveillance may be lifted.
For occasional contacts, epidemiological surveillance is not required by the authority, but contacts should be reminded to self-check for symptoms of COVID-19 infection for 7 days after the last contact.
Anyone with a vaccination certificate is exempt from epidemiological surveillance.
6. Provisions on Proof of Immunity
In accordance with the legislation in force [Government Decree No. 599/2021 (X. 28.) and Government Decree No. 598/2021 (X. 28.)], the employees and staff of the University and Campus XXI. Ltd.. are obliged to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to provide proof of vaccination.
The University and Campus XXI Ltd. may only employ persons who meet the conditions of immunity laid down in the legislation in force.
7. Measures Relating to Events
Events may be organized on University premises in compliance with the legal provisions in force, therewith participants of the event must also wear a mask covering the nose and mouth. The use of a medical mask or FFP2 mask is highly recommended as means of extremely safe protection.
At events, lecturers may refrain from wearing masks during the performance only if they are at least 3 meters away from others and the room is ventilated.
The detailed security regulations related to the organization of events is available at the following link:
Competitive and recreational sports training sessions may be held on University premises without restriction in accordance with the provisions of the legislation in force, and participants are therefore exempt from the rules on wearing masks during the time of the classes and trainings.
Sports events and sports festivals may be organized in accordance with the provisions of Government Decree 484/2020 (XI. 10.). Only a person protected against the coronavirus and a person under the age of eighteen under his or her supervision may attend sports events. Athletes who are not protected against the coronavirus and who compete professionally according to the Sports Act may also compete in sports events and sports festivals.
8. Measures Concerning Doctoral Activities
In the University’s doctoral schools, doctoral activities shall be conducted in the form of personal attendance, subject to compliance with the epidemiological measures, unless otherwise stated. In justified cases, particularly with regard to the age and health of the participants, doctoral activities may be carried out online using MS Teams with the permission of the head of the doctoral school.
9. Legal Consequences
Anyone on University premises is obliged to comply with the epidemiological measures and to comply with any request to do so.
Serious or repeated violation of the epidemiological measures by the lecturers, students, staff members of the University and the employees of Campus XXI Ltd. and Ludovika SE (hereinafter referred to as „University citizen”) will result in disciplinary action by the employer.
With the exception of University citizens, any person who violates or fails to comply with the epidemiological measures after having been ordered to do so may be required to leave the University premises.
10. Entry into Force
This measure shall enter into force on 11 February 2022.
With the entry into force of the measure, the epidemiological measure issued by the Rector of the University on 03 November 2021 and 7 July 2021 will be repealed.
Budapest, 11 February 2022.
Dr. Gergely Deli