IIT - Coronavirus Response

As nations globally wrestle with the uncertainty of COVID-19 and this outbreak continues to evolve at a fast-pace, Informatics Institute of Technology has taken a number of measures to safeguard the well-being of all staff and current students. IIT is monitoring the situation in the country very closely and receiving guidance from health and government authorities for the continuity of the above.

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Guidelines provided by RGU

To ease the process for students who are self-isolating we have created a new form to allow a student to self-certify for a deferral or coursework extension. I have attached this for you as well (Self-Certification). If a student fills this in it will mean that they get a blanket 2-week extension to all of their modules.

 

Guidelines given by UoW

Our University is currently open, yet this could change at any point so we are putting measures in place ourselves and we shall pass on any information that is relevant to our partners. This leads on to the e-mail below in regards to MC’s. Our university will be accepting MC’s without the need for any documentary evidence. If any of your students unfortunately catch this virus, we would apply the same measures in regards to any MC claim.

Key Highlights

Lecturing & Student Movements

IIT has moved to online teaching for foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. This decision has been taken to allow students to continue their studies remotely from home. All course materials for teaching and assessments are being delivered to students via, the institute’s virtual learning environment (Blackboard/Campus Moodle/Zoom). Course specific guidance, times, dates and how to join your lectures as well as assessment schedules  will be communicated via email or the institute’s virtual learning environment.

 

Changes are necessary to replace assessments when large numbers of students cannot gather on campus.  The institute will ensure that alternative assessments are provided in collaboration with partner universities that recognises or accredits your course of study.

Final year undergraduate and postgraduate dissertation/thesis

All online facilities including online journals etc are still available. You can engage with your supervisor using online means, they will continue to answer emails, review drafts, prototypes etc.

Academic and Non-academic Staff

The staff community is urged to follow the latest government advice. Precautionary measures are being taken for the minimal staff required to be present at IIT. Updates are circulated through emails.

Events

Events organized by students and IIT are currently suspended till further notice.

At present, all the graduation ceremonies are expected to go ahead as planned. If this position changes at any stage in the future, students will be notified and information will be posted on social media and will be communicated via email.

Developments

Our plans and actions will be updated as appropriate, following government and Public Health guidance.

General Guidance.

What do we know about the virus?

COVID-19 is the illness seen in people infected with a new strain of coronavirus not previously seen in humans. The majority of people with COVID-19 have recovered without the need for any specific treatment, as is the case for the common cold or seasonal flu. Meanwhile, some coronaviruses cause the common cold; others cause diseases which are much more severe such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), both of which often lead to pneumonia.

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The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after possible exposure to COVID-19 infection:

  • – cough
  • – difficulty in breathing
  • – Fever

Current guidance advises that the best ways to protect yourself and others are:

 

  • – Regularly and thoroughly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
  • – Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • – Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • – Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue into a bin that has a lid, and wash your hands.

How is IIT managing its response to Coronavirus?

The health and wellbeing of our students, colleagues and visitors is the top priority for IIT. Necessary steps have been taken by IIT to safeguard all the stakeholders to minimize the contraction of Covid-19. 

 

The institution is actively seeking advice and updates from the Sri Lankan government in order to tackle the virus from further spreading.

What can the students do to help?

Students are kindly requested to adhere and abide by the requests made by Sri Lankan health authorities and the government. As a cure has not been discovered yet, the virus can be tackled only by sticking to rigorous self-hygienic practices. Failure to understand the given guidelines will put you, your family and the entire society at risk since the virus is highly contagious and can cause extreme health complications which can be morbid.

COVID-19 Information and Resource

Seven steps to prevent the spread of the virus

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