The new regulations outlined in ‘On the Organization of Studies for the 2021/2022 Academic Year’ detail the anti-COVID measures to be implemented in the new academic year.
Existing HSE University safety policies—including social distancing and mask mandate— will continue to apply. On-site classes will be limited to fifty students at a time.
The regulations also include provisions for ‘at-risk’ students, ie those aged 18 and older who have not had COVID in the last six months, have not been vaccinated (with a Russian or foreign vaccine), and do not have a medical exemption from vaccination.
Students in this group may only attend on-site classes in small groups (of no more than 15 people per classroom) for courses that cannot be taught remotely (such as those requiring lab equipment or licensed software). Such students will be offered remote instruction for all other classes, and are not permitted to enter HSE University buildings or venues.
Updated July 13: Students in the 'at-risk' category may attend on-site classes only after providing a negative PCR test taken within the last three days.
The university will be arranging vaccinations for first-year students arriving on campus. This means that students applying to HSE University this summer can come to Moscow and obtain all the necessary vaccination certificates on campus.
Updated July 13: First-year students in the 'at-risk' category may attend on-site classes until September 30, 2021.
Students under the age of 18 (and therefore unable to get a COVID vaccine) may attend classes as usual. One month before their 18th birthday, they will be sent a reminder about the need to get vaccinated once they are of age.
All first-year students (with or without vaccination certificates) may move into dorms and rental apartments. HSE University will be organizing a vaccination drive in September for students aged 18 and over who are unvaccinated. Younger students will be eligible for vaccination once they turn 18.