University College Dublin (UCD) is to remain online for the remainder of semester 1, following a decision from the University Management Team on Tuesday October 6th.
The decision was made “to provide students, faculty, and staff with some certainty” according to the president’s bulletin. The decision comes after the Government placed the entire country in a level three lockdown and that Dublin will continue in level 3 lockdown for the next 3 weeks at least.
The bulletin continued to state that “on-site provision should be minimised in order to avoid bringing large numbers of students together.” With only “essential on -site activities” remaining. These activities include Lab-based and practical tuition, limited teaching such as tutorials, and library access on a regulated entry basis.
UCD staff have also been told “where work can be done effectively from home, it should continue to be done from home.” This excludes staff who’s on-campus presence is essential to support students, or research. A formal communication has yet to reach students.
UCD’s decision comes just hours after The College Tribune reported that NUI Galway would remain online for semester 1.
Luke Murphy, Co-Editor.