HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov has signed an order stipulating that HSE University will transition to online learning beginning November 16.
An exception has been made for classes in which students must use specific technological equipment for their coursework. However, students will spend no more than two days a week in face-to-face classes. During classes, students must observe hygiene standards and social distancing requirements.
Despite the remote learning format, students will have the opportunity to communicate with their teachers outside of class. All teachers will be required to allocate at least four hours per week for remote office hours. Information about teachers’ office hours and how to sign up will be available on teachers’ personal webpages on the HSE website.
No, the restrictions only apply to classes. The work of HSE staff will not change significantly.
Since the beginning of the academic year, university employees aged 65 and older (with the exception of those whose physical presence on campus is necessary for the continued operation of their department, as deemed by their department head), as well as those who have chronic medical conditions, have been permitted to work remotely.
All HSE buildings will remain open, and libraries and coworking spaces will continue to operate. Students will be able to visit campus buildings as before, so long as they wear a mask.
Students may decide for themselves whether they would prefer to remain in their dormitory or return home.
For students who decide to stay, dormitories will be equipped with additional areas for classes and distance learning.
Note that Russia’s Operational Headquarters for the Fight Against COVID-19 has exempted students who decide to return home due to the pandemic from paying dormitory fees until the end of 2020.
Final exam formats (remote, hybrid, or in-person) for courses that are exempt from the online instruction will be determined individually by the teachers of those courses. Should a teacher decide upon a non-remote format, they must also provide an alternative, remote format option for students who, for valid reasons, are unable to come to campus for an exam.
All other exams will be held remotely.