Covid-19: Information session for families
Questions and answers

On Thursday, October 15th, the University organized a webinar for students' families in order to explain how the San Sebastian and Pamplona campuses were handling the pandemic. The Vice-President of Students, Tomás Gómez- Acebo, and the doctor in charge of the University's Covid Area, Dr. Alejandro Fernández Montero, both spoke during the webinar.

Below are the questions that were answered during the webinar. In the next few days, we will incorporate the questions that were asked via chat.

Last update: October 16, 2020 

Teaching and academic issues

At this time we are committed to an in-person classroom setting. We know what is happening and how to handle the possible outcomes. Thus far, we have invested a great deal effort in making the campus a safe place for our students and staff. Only two people have been infected in our facilities and at this time we are not considering closing the University. The only case in which it would be closed is if there is a large-scale community transmission of Covid-19. As of yet, there is no transmission of the disease within the campus.

It is not about the amount, but about how they occur. A class or school would be closed if there were a risk on campus.

The shutdown would only make sense as a way to stop communal transmission. As stated previously, in our case there is no communal transmission of the disease within the campus and for now is an unnecessary measure.

The exams will be taken in-person. Nevertheless, the weight of the exam grade is generally less in the overall computation of the subject. If a student is confined, they will be contacted personally and the way they will take the exam will depend on the subject. It is crucial that we are able to guarantee the reliability of the results and the honesty of the student when taking the exam.

In-person exemption applies to cases of force majeure. Extenuating circumstances such as the borders of a country are closed, and or there are no flights or visas are valid justifications for student absence. Remote teaching is an alternative, not a substitution.

Most departments have a substitute teacher so that classes are taught according to the scheduled timeframe.

Initially no. We will maintain the current schedule for internships. The objective of the University is for students to receive their full training. If the company cancels the internship, alternatives will be available.

Health safety on campus

PCR tests for students who have been in close contact with another that has a positive result, are covered by the University. A student with a positive test result must send their list of close contacts. The contacts are then called and receive an appointment for the next day to do a PCR test. Whatever the result is, they must remain in isolation for 10 days. At the end of the 10 days, before returning to their normal activity, another test will be done. This second test will also be covered by the University.

Epidemiological questioning will be carried out on the positive patient about the most probable situations that could have generated the infection. It is very often that they know where they could have been infected.

So far we have not had any cases of reinfection. Right now, science says that people who generate IgG antibodies do not have the ability to transmit the disease for at least three months and are not at risk of suffering a serious disease from covid. In the tests taken randomly among the population, we did not exclude those infected in order to assess this possible situation.

There is no risk if students can comply with all the safety measures: wear the mask at all times, keep interpersonal distance and frequent hand washing. If the job requires very close contact and no mask, they should not work in a group. 

There is the possibility that an infected person can go home as long as it is by private transport and the health authorities are notified. In no case should you use public transportation.

At this time, we are not considering doing mass PCR testing. The situation will be analyzed according to the incidence of cases.

The Clinic is open to all students, but it is not ideal to have students travel to Pamplona. There are no different medical services offered in each Autonomous Community. The logical thing in that case is to contact the Basque Health Service, to make the diagnosis. Students from San Sebastián can also contact the virtual office Attention Covid

In the current situation, yes. At the slightest appearance of symptoms, the student must stay at home and contact the virtual medical office  or by phone 679 358 074.

The flu vaccine is always recommended especially in case of people who need the vaccine. However, the vaccine cannot be purchased and its availability is established through each Autonomous Community. At the Clinic we have been supplied with a limited number of vaccines.