Format of the remaining classes of the first semester of a.y. 2021/2022
The remaining classes of the first semester of a.y. 2021/2022 may be delivered both in-person and online, or online only. The decision will be taken by the course lecturers in consultation with the Deans of the schools, the Department Directors and the Presidents of the study courses on the basis of the type of class and of the overall schedule of study course activities. The format of the classes will be communicated on the University website and by lecturers through the communication channels used by the individual courses.
With regard to PhD, Master's and postgraduate courses, classes may be held in-person or online; the decision shall be taken by the course director in consultation with the director of the PhD or of the Graduate School. The choice must take account of the type of activity being carried out, the number of students and the physical location of lecturers and students (in relation to travel difficulties). Both in-person and online participation in lessons will nonetheless be guaranteed, where required.
Arrangements for teaching activities in the second semester of 2021/2022 will be defined during the next meeting of the Academic Senate.
Format of the exams during the 2022 winter session
As of 10 January 2022, the winter session exams will be conducted as follows:
All oral exams will be conducted online.
Following the evaluation of the lecturer with the support of the Deans of the schools, the Department Directors and the Presidents of the study courses, written exams will be transformed into oral exams and, as such, carried out online.
Where, due to the type of exam or to the number of students registered, it isn’t possible to transform the written exam into an oral exam, it will be necessary to assess whether to hold it in-person or online. The evaluation will be based on the characteristics of the exam and on the number of students registered. If a high number of students have registered to take the exam (indicatively 50-70 or more), an online exam will be preferable.
As already defined in the December Senate meeting, computer-based classroom exams will be held online or in-person, depending on the number of students registered; if more than 50 students are registered, an online exam will be preferable.
For written exams held in-person (handwritten and typed on computers) it may be necessary, depending on the number of students registered, to organise various sessions or use multiple classrooms. If more than one session is organised, based on the number of students registered, it will be necessary to create a calendar detailing the times at which each student is required to take the exam.
Decisions regarding individual exams, valid for all the exams in the session, shall be taken by the lecturers with the support of the Deans of the schools, the Department Directors and the Presidents of the study courses, and promptly communicated to the department and to the students.
Exam exemption request
As already defined in the December meeting of the University institutions, exceptions may be made for remaining in-person exams, with the possibility of taking these exams online granted only to those who have proven COVID-related problems:
a) students who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who are currently self-quarantining;
b) students who are unable to leave home due to Covid-related restrictions;
c) students suffering from serious illness and not vaccinated for medical reasons only;
d) students who live with a vulnerable person with a serious illness who is not vaccinated for medical reasons only.
No other exceptions will be permitted.
Exemption requests may only be made using the following form: Exemption request form.
Exemption requests for the reasons set forth in points (b), (c), and (d) of the preceding list must be submitted by students 7 days before the exam.
Requests due to the reasons mentioned in point a) must be submitted
All requests received will be spot-checked and false statements will be
dealt with in accordance with the law.
Operating instructions for lecturers
Information on the format of every single exam must be available on the University website, on the lecturer's personal page and communicated through the Teams channel of the individual course, and through the communication channels present in esse3 (function for notifying students of changes).
On these channels, the lecturer must also post the link to the meeting.
Lecturers must communicate this information as promptly as possible and at the latest on the last day of registration for the exam.
Departments also communicate the exam format to the classroom and to the exams offices through the dedicated shared file in Google drive, to ensure that all the information on the various pages of the website corresponds and to free up spaces that are not being used for other activities.
Please note that the University can only grant exemption requests, if made using the form supplied, and not individual lecturers.
Operating instructions for students
Students registered for written exams are reminded that, in the event of connection or hardware problems, they may request to use the University’s laboratories or network to take their exams, subject to availability.
Those who do not have the necessary hardware or software at home may
request to take their exams at a university site via the dedicated app:
In order to facilitate the organisation of the exam sessions and related logistics, students are advised to register for exams only if they genuinely intend to take them, and to promptly cancel their registration if they decide not to take them.
Should new restrictions be issued by the competent authorities, any updates to the organisational measures adopted will be promptly communicated.