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    Special Work Arrangements on Novel Coronavirus (Circular 5)  1/02/2020


    Dear Colleagues,

    Taking into account the current development of the Novel Coronavirus and advice from the government, it has been decided that special work arrangements shall be enforced with immediate effect till Sunday, 9 February 2020 (inclusive). During this period, services on campus would only be limited to emergency and essential services and basic services on a reduced level. With the exception of staff carrying out the above duties, all other staff are advised to work from home and not to return to the office. Deans/Heads/Directors will consider staff arrangements to maintain necessary services as per the School/Unit’s situation and will communicate with their staff members separately.

    The University will continue to monitor and review the situation, and will keep you updated on any changes and development.

    Thank you for your support in this challenging time. Stay vigilant and always put your health on top priority.

    Regards,
    Vincent Shek
    Director of Human Resources


    OUHK announces further suspension of face-to-face classes (Circular 4)  31/01/2020

    Dear students and staff,

    In view of the latest development of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) epidemic, the University, taking the health and well-being of students and colleagues as our top priority, has decided on the following measures with immediate effect:
    1. All face-to-face classes will be further suspended until 1 March 2020. Learning will continue online and such activities will start on 3 February 2020. Face-to-face classes are expected to resume on 2 March 2020 (Monday). Please monitor OLE and keep a close watch with announcements from your respective School.
       
    2. During the period of class suspension, all students in Hong Kong are strongly advised to stay in Hong Kong and refrain from travelling. You are also advised to stay at home for online learning and not come back to campus. Mainland students who are now outside of Hong Kong are advised to stay at your location to make use of online learning and return to Hong Kong closer to the time of class resumption. An online health declaration form will be distributed for mandatory completion in due time before class resumption. If you have travelled to the Mainland, you would be required to self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus.

    The University will continue to monitor the situation closely and keep you informed of any further decisions regarding teaching and learning arrangements. During this period, you are urged to stay vigilant, step up personal hygiene and consult a medical doctor if you are not feeling well. Thank you for your kind understanding and cooperation. I am sure that together we can overcome the challenges and sail through this difficult time.


    Warmest regards,
    Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong
    President and Chairman of the Committee Against Novel Coronavirus (CANC)
     
    OUHK announces measures against the spread of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) (Circular 3)   28/01/2020

    Dear students and staff,
     
    In light of the latest development of the novel coronavirus, the University has established a Committee Against Novel Coronavirus (CANC) chaired by me, President of the OUHK, aiming to coordinate the University’s efforts to ensure the health and safety of our community. This new committee will subsume the works and members of the current Emergency Response Team with immediate effect. While recognizing the importance of learning, health and safety are considered more important and should take priority. We shall try our best to minimize disruption of studies. The following measures will be implemented with immediate effect:
     
    1. Following the announcement of the HKSAR Government, special work arrangements for University operations will be implemented after the Chinese New Year holidays in order to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus. Effective from 29 January 2020, except for staff providing emergency and essential services, all staff are advised to work at home. The measure will be in place tentatively until 2 February 2020 and normal office hours will resume on 3 February 2020. We will follow the Government’s future directives, monitor our University’s situation and follow up further as appropriate.

    2. All face-to-face teaching will be suspended during the period of 29 January to 16 February 2020. Learning shall continue online and such activities will start on 3 February 2020. Face-to-face classes are expected to resume on 17 February 2020. Please monitor OLE and keep a close watch with announcements from your respective school and professors.

    3. All local and non-local internships and placements, inbound and outbound student and staff exchange activities will be suspended until 16 February 2020. The University will continue to monitor the situation and make further announcement as necessary.

    4. Mainland students who are in Hong Kong are advised to stay in Hong Kong during the period when classes are suspended. Those who are not in Hong Kong at present should not return to Hong Kong at this point in time. Support and precautionary measures for Mainland students would be provided by the Student Affairs Office and further details would be communicated via email.

    5. All staff and students who have developed a fever or feel unwell are strongly advised to seek medical advice and take medical leave and refrain from coming to campus. Please inform your respective School/Unit accordingly. Reporting mechanism will be put in place and the details will be sent to you via email.

    6. Effective from 29 January 2020, the University will conduct campus access control. Everyone entering the campus should show their staff/student ID and wear a mask to protect themselves as well as other people on campus. Body temperature screening will be conducted at campus entrances. Anyone who is found to have developed a fever at the entrances will be advised to seek medical consultation.
     
    We understand that students may be concerned about the progress of your learning and study. Please rest assured that the University would provide all measures practicable to facilitate your continuous learning online during this period of interruption. We thank you for your support. Together, let’s stay vigilant, maintain good personal hygiene and work hand in hand to stay safe and healthy.
     
    Warmest regards,
    Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong
    President
     
    OUHK announces suspension of face-to-face classes (Circular 2)  25/01/2020

    Dear students and staff,

    As the situation of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) flu rapidly evolves with an epidemic looming, the University has decided to suspend face-to-face classes after the Chinese New Year holidays till 16 February 2020.

    In the meantime, learning shall continue online and activities will start on 3 February 2020. Please monitor OLE and keep a close watch with announcements from your respective school and professors.

    All administrative operations of the University will resume on 29 January 2020 after the CNY public holidays. If you have any questions, please contact your respective school/unit. Please be reminded to pay attention to personal hygiene and stay healthy. For easy reference, feel free to refer to the "OUHK Announcement" dated 24 January under "Events and News" of the OUHK home page.

    During this first day of the Chinese New Year, may we wish you and your family a Happy and Healthy Year of the Rat! Let’s work together for the health and safety of our community.


    Warmest regards,
    Prof. Yuk-Shan Wong
    President

    Prof. Reggie Kwan
    Provost
     
    Precautionary measures regarding the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) (Circular 1)   24/01/2020

    Dear Students and Colleagues,

    As the Chinese New Year Holiday is approaching, many of you may be travelling outside Hong Kong. The University would like to take this opportunity to advise you to always maintain good personal, food and environmental hygiene at all time in view of the evolving outbreak of novel coronavirus infection in Mainland China.

    The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) advises the public to avoid close contact with persons with fever or respiratory symptoms in countries / areas with possible transmission of the novel coronavirus infection. If it is unavoidable to come into contact with them, put on a surgical mask and continue to do so until 14 days after returning to Hong Kong.

    If you visited Hubei Province recently or had close contact with a suspicious case of novel coronavirus infection, please closely monitor your health condition. Should you develop a fever or acute respiratory symptoms:
    • Put a surgical mask on,
    • Do not come to attend classes or work,
    • Consult the doctor promptly, and
    • Notify your respective School / Unit and HRU immediately.

    To step up the precaution measures, the University has established a cross-unit Emergency Support Team to monitor the latest development and take necessary actions to prevent the outbreak of the novel coronavirus infection.
    • Set up "Health Service Stations" at A0/F & C0/F security guard posts on Main Campus and D0/F lobby on Jockey Club Campus to provide temperature measurement service, surgical masks and sterilized hand rub,
    • Increase cleaning and disinfection frequency with 1:99 diluted bleach to the facilities and common areas on the Campus and the Student Hall,
    • Conduct deep cleaning on Teaching Venue and common areas of Student Hall on weekly basis,
    • Regularly update Students and Colleagues outbreak of novel coronavirus infection progress, and precaution actions,
    • Produce video on precautionary measures including proper mask wearing, hand washing, personal hygiene etc., and broadcast in common areas after Chinese New Year holidays.

    To prevent pneumonia and respiratory infection, you are advised to:
    • Observe good personal, food and environmental hygiene,
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap or use hand sanitizer where water is not available,
    • Cover your nose and mouth with tissue when sneezing and coughing,
    • Dispose soiled tissues into a lidded rubbish bin and then wash hands thoroughly,
    • Wear a surgical mask especially going to crowded places, clinics, hospitals, etc.,
    • Avoid close contact with patients with symptoms of respiratory infections,
    • If you are exhibiting symptoms of respiratory infection, wear a surgical mask and consult a doctor promptly.

    Students and Colleagues are also advised to check their temperature before coming to the Campus every day. Those with respiratory illnesses or fever should refrain from coming to the Campus. In the event that you have been confirmed with novel coronavirus infection, you should inform your respective School / Unit and HRU immediately, and regularly update the University of the development of your case.

    For the latest updates and prevention measures from CHP, please refer to the following webpage for more information: https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/102465.html

    Thank you for your co-operation and support.

    May you have a prosperous and healthy Year of the Rat!



    Professor Chong Sze Tong
    Vice President (Administration & Development)
     
    Message from OUHK President to students, staff and alumni  17/01/2020

    Dear students, colleagues and alumni,

    Warm greetings as we begin another new term! With 2020 just started and the Lunar New Year fast approaching, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my warmest welcome to all students returning to campus, and wish you all a happy and fruitful new year.

    2019 was a challenging year for all of us. In the past half year, Hong Kong has experienced unprecedented difficulties and unrest, thus affecting the normal operation of some local institutions and organizations. Same as every Hong Kong citizen, I have been deeply distressed and earnestly hope that peace can soon be restored in our society, and our daily life can be gradually back to normal. More importantly, I heartily wish our students can continue their studies under a safe and harmonious campus environment.

    In 2019, we celebrated the University’s 30th anniversary. Despite the challenging social environment, we managed to successfully stage a series of activities to showcase significant milestones of the University and our outstanding achievements in the past decades to the public, thanks to the staunch support from our Council and Court members, donors, colleagues, students and alumni. On 5 December 2019, in our 30th Anniversary Banquet, over 1,200 students, alumni, staff, community leaders, and friends from different sectors gathered together in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre to toast to the success of the University. We also took the opportunity to thank our supporters and friends for their unfailing support over the past three decades. Once again, I would like to express my sincere thanks to your support and participation.

    Since November last year, the University cancelled our face-to-face classes owing to the volatile social situation and conducted learning and teaching activities online through our well established online Open Learning Environment (OLE) and iBookcase for the last three weeks of the semester. Leveraging on our rich experience in distance education and with the unremitting efforts of our colleagues, we were able to overcome many challenges and produced more than 1,350 lecture videos for students, conducted help sessions through our OLE, assisted students to use our laboratories when they could come back to campus, and made arrangements for them to submit assignments and take examinations online. We have also addressed the suggestions and concerns raised by students on various arrangements and solved many related problems.

    As a result of the widespread traffic disruption and safety concerns, the University reluctantly cancelled graduation ceremonies scheduled for mid-November last year. As part of the remedial measures, we extended the gown rental period and set up graduation decorations in various parts of the campus for graduates and their families to come in for photo-taking. We fully understand the importance of the graduation ceremony to our graduates and their parents, and have continuously been working on arranging make-up sessions at an appropriate time. I am happy to announce that these efforts bear fruits and the Queen Elizabeth Stadium in Wan Chai has been secured for the make-up graduation ceremonies to run in late March. Information on detailed arrangements will be sent out to graduates soon.

    As we look forward to 2020 with high hope and spirits, may I wish you all a prosperous year ahead and all the best with your studies!


    Sincerely,

    Yuk-Shan Wong
    President
     
    Pneumonia Case Precaution and Security Control  17/01/2020

    Dear Students and Colleagues,

    (1) Precautionary Measures

    In view of the spread of pneumonia cases detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, the Government launched the Preparedness and Response Plan for Novel Infectious Disease of Public Health Significance and activated the Serious Response Level on 4 January 2020.

    Precautionary measures have been taken on campus. The campus facilities are cleaned and sterilized more often, including door handles, door push plates, lift button panels, handrails on staircases and escalators, etc. The teaching & meeting venues and toilets are also cleaned with 1:99 diluted bleach. In the meantime, more locations for provision of facemasks and hand sanitizers are available on campus.

    The University will keep monitoring the latest developments of the novel infectious disease and make further arrangements whenever necessary. Students and staff are advised to remain vigilant against the disease and take precautionary measures as follows:
    • Observe good personal, food and environmental hygiene.
    • Wash your hands frequently with soap. Use hand sanitizer where water is not available.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with tissue when sneezing and coughing.
    • Dispose soiled tissues into a lidded rubbish bin and then wash hands thoroughly.
    • Wear a surgical mask especially going to crowded places, clinics, hospitals, etc.
    • Avoid close contact with patients with symptoms of respiratory infections.
    • If you are exhibiting symptoms of respiratory infection, wear a surgical mask and consult a doctor promptly.

    You are also advised to take heed of the health advice below before coming back to Hong Kong from aboard:

    Before you travel to Hong Kong
    • Check the latest situation related to the Severe Respiratory Disease associated with a Novel Infectious Agent in Hong Kong https://www.chp.gov.hk/en/features/102465.html
    • Do not travel and seek for medical advice if you have any of the followings:
      • Feeling unwell, having fever, having respiratory symptoms, diarrhoea or vomiting.
      • History of close contact with a suspected or confirmed pneumonia or respiratory tract infection patients within the past 7 days. Please postpone your travel and notify your respective School/Unit.

    After arrival at the University
    • Observe good personal, food and environmental hygiene.
    • If feeling unwell, especially with symptoms of respiratory infection:
      • Put a surgical mask on.
      • Do not come to attend classes.
      • Consult the doctor promptly.
      • Notify your respective School/Unit promptly.

    In the event that you have been confirmed with pneumonia and respiratory tract infection of whatever type, you should inform your respective School/Unit immediately. You should follow the medical advice of the Centre for Health Protection of Department of Health advice and should not come back to the University. You should regularly update the University of the development of your case.

    Your cooperation in making our OUHK environment a safe and healthy one is much appreciated.

    (2) Campus Access Control Update

    To safeguard campus security, the University will continue to operate the campus access control. All students and staff should produce proof of identity (student / staff card) to the security guards stationed at campus entrance for entering the campus from 8:00 pm every evening effective from 20 Jan 2020 (Mon). If a student/staff is unable to produce identity card for checking, the security guards on duty will require details for registration, e.g. name, student/staff ID number, purpose of entry and the destination.

    A review on the security arrangement will be conducted by the end of February (tentative). Your understanding and co-operation will be much appreciated. Please share with us if you have any views and suggestions.


    Professor Chong Sze Tong
    Vice President (Administration & Development)
     
     
     
     
     
     

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