Recommendation of the Rector of BUT due to the spread of coronavirus
Updated on 2nd April 2020
Information for the students from abroad
In the current difficult situation related to the coronavirus epidemic, we are intensively addressing the course of study of all our students and the possibility of its continuation or proper termination. We also do not forget about the situation of BUT students residing abroad. The vast majority of these students went home, and at this moment it is not clear when and under what conditions they will be able to return to the Czech Republic and continue their studies at BUT.
Although the future development in this matter is unclear and difficult to predict, we want to assure all our foreign students that we do not forget them and are looking for solutions for their study. If there is a ban on free travel between the Czech Republic and other countries, then you may not be able to study and complete the courses on the same dates as your schoolmates who are in the Czech Republic. First of all, we want to assure you – the students from abroad – that in any case your studies will not be terminated at the end of the 2019/2020 academic year for the failure to meet the study program conditions if the reason for this failure is the fact, that you are unable to attend the classes or examinations due to the international situation even after the resumption of operation of Czech universities. If travel restrictions between the Czech Republic and other countries persist, we will take this situation into account and prepare a solution that – we believe – is acceptable and will allow you to continue your studies at BUT. The situation of foreign students studying at universities in the Czech Republic is also dealt with by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic, so it can be assumed that the studies of these students will also be solved at this central level.
We are glad that many talented students from abroad have chosen BUT for their university studies. We greatly appreciate this and we will do everything possible to enable these students to continue their studying and to complete it properly in the current crisis. At the same time, we cannot guarantee that your studies will be conducted under the same conditions that apply to students residing in the Czech Republic, or for the students who stayed in the Czech Republic. The only reason that could initiate this situation could be the impossibility of your arrival in Brno due to the regulation of the movement of persons between the Czech Republic and other countries.
However, we can guarantee that the management of BUT and faculties will do everything possible to minimize any complications associated with your return to the Czech Republic and your start to study; we will try to be forthcoming. We firmly believe that we will all be able to overcome this difficult situation together. I wish you all a lot of optimism and especially good health.
Updated on 25th March 2020
Important information on the study agenda
- We are examining the possibilities of non-presence possibilities of examinations, but at present, we do not assume that it is possible to take exams in a distance form.
- In the view of the above, BUT will allow each student, including foreign students, in relation to external conditions (which we are not currently able to predict in terms of time or scope) to be able to complete all exam dates when it is possible to come to the exam without any problems.
- We also expect the whole exam period to be shifted by a few weeks, or to the period of summer holidays, at worst until the beginning of the fall semester - the specific implementation at BUT depends on the date when the restriction of the free movement of persons will end.
- Study fees must continue to be assessed for students who meet the statutory fee requirements. This is due to the fact that the extension of the standard length of study increased by one year happened before the current epidemiological situation.
- However, each student has the possibility to request a reduction or remission of the assessed fee within 30 days of receiving the decision on the fee obligation. If a particular fee obligation is affected by the current epidemiological situation, this will be taken into account and the specific fee will be reduced or waived entirely. When assessing any such application, the student's current social situation may also be taken into account if the student applies for it and proves his/her situation.
- According to current information on the website of MEYS, the Ministry of Education is preparing legislative changes and modifications in the student matrix so that the current state of emergency does not lead to prolonged studies. We welcome this initiative of MEYS, and if the appropriate changes are made to the law, we will apply them immediately in the BUT environment.
Updated on 18th March 2020
Important information about the accommodation at the BUT Halls of residence
- Students who have not checked out of BUT Halls of residence and continue to use them are governed by the concluded accommodation agreement and the halls of residence code. Nothing changes on their situation (at least as far as halls of residence are concerned). We ask only for cooperation if the current crisis situation requires non-standard solutions and procedures.
- For the students who do not use the halls of residence and who are not yet checked out of the halls of residence for whatever reason, the Halls of Residence and Dining Services of BUT will prepare a technical option of checking out. These students will be informed by March 20, 2020 at the latest (more information can be found here).
- Students who have checked out since March 12, 2020 and students who will be checked out according to the previous point will not be obliged to pay the residence fee, even if they have done the check-out electronically and cannot physically clear their belongings from the rooms for objective reasons. In this case, BUT will not apply Article 5 (2) of the accommodation agreement for the duration of the crisis situation (from the day following on, the accommodation provider is entitled to move the items placed in the accommodation rooms to the designated places. After the expiration of one month from the date of termination of the agreement according to Article I of this agreement, these things shall be considered abandoned and the accommodation provider shall proceed according to the provisions of §1051 et seq. of the Civil Code), unless it is necessary to deal with an emergency - for example, the need to vacate accommodation capacity in the public interest.
- In the case the emergency ends and the studies is resumed in the current semester, the students who checked out from the halls of residence after March 12, 2020 will have the right of priority re-enrolment to the halls of residence, and the Halls of Residence and Dining Services will guarantee their bed according to their accommodation agreement.
- Checking out from the hall of residence in this emergency situation will not affect the possibility of making a reservation request for the next academic year. For the purposes of next year's accommodation booking, students who have already or will check out from the halls of residence since March 12, 2020 will be considered as "students living in halls of residence at the time of application" within the meaning of Guideline 46/2017 (Rules for accommodation of BUT students and staff in the BUT halls of residence).
- The BUT management assures students that BUT will apply a friendly approach in all cases justified by the emergency situation in which we have found ourselves and that BUT's current priority is to ensure primarily the safety and health of all those affected.
We encourage our students and employees to return from abroad. On March 13, 2020, on the basis of the issued Decision No. 1/2020, it was recommended to students and employees, who are currently abroad, to return from their stays abroad to the Czech Republic. In the case of Erasmus+ mobility, the Centre for International Cooperation (CIC) is ready to solve the situation with reimbursement of costs incurred due to the return to the Czech Republic. Universities will receive instructions from CIC on how to proceed in practice as soon as possible. It is recommended that students and staff keep the documents related to travel expenses or other extraordinary costs related to mobility. This recommendation does not only concern mobility within the Erasmus+ program, but also all trips abroad.
New foreign trips of students, academic and non-academic staff and other employees in education, financed from the programmes administered by CIC, will no longer be started. Students and academic staff returning from the risk areas are required to observe quarantine. The list of risk areas is available here. We recommend that all students and staff follow the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health and the main BUT website for coronavirus.BUT canteen operation is now limited! Due to the current government regulation on the closure of public catering, we are forced to limit the operation of canteens at BUT. From Monday, March 16, 2020, only the Caffe Bar Piccolo will be open from 11 am to 2 pm, using a dispensing window. All kinds of pizza and Chinese noodles will be on offer, all take away.
Updated on 13th March 2020
Decision no. 1/2020 in Relation to the Development of the Crisis Situation in the Spread of Coronavirus
Updated on 12th March 2020
Updated on 10th March 2020
Brno University of Technology in response to the emergency measures of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic has cancelled daytime teaching from March 11, 2020 until further notice. Teaching at the University of the Third Age and the BUT Junior Technical University is also cancelled. Likewise, according to the announcement of the State Security Council, the announced social events, such as faculty balls, will not take place. Further to the Deans' decision, the study will be replaced by a distance form (e.g. webinars, internet presentations, on-line lectures, individual on-line consultations, etc.). There will also be no lessons in smaller teams, i.e. in studios or laboratories.
Also the university libraries will be closed and there will be no sports activities at the school's sports grounds. However, the university buildings will not be closed because employees will continue going to work. They will also be provided with the catering possibilities. Furthermore, the Rector recommends not approving (or canceling) travel orders of employees who should travel to risk areas.
"Our priority is to enable students graduating this year to complete their studies properly and on time. The way of organization of the final exams will be decided well in advance," the Rector of BUT Petr Štěpánek said. We continue to monitor the situation, and the measures may change over time. Please follow the school's website and social networks.
The BUT Crisis Staff appointed RNDr. Mgr. Daniela Dvorská as the contact person for the spread of coronavirus, who you can contact in case of any questions (email@example.com or 778 790 510).Updated on 2nd March 2020
The Rector of Brno University of Technology recommends the university staff and students arriving from the risk areas affected by the coronavirus epidemic that causes COVID-19, or in case they get into direct contact with infected people, to avoid going out and attending classes or working at the university for the necessary two weeks, even if they do not manifest any disease symptoms. In this context, he recommends all Deans of the faculties and Heads of Departments and Heads of other parts of the University within the necessary period to:
Prof. RNDr. Ing. Petr Štěpánek, CSc., dr. h. c.
In Brno, March 2, 2020
Responsibility: Mgr. Marta Vaňková