Ever since the first reports on the risks of the COVID-19 pandemic appeared, the College of Europe in Natolin quickly reacted so to be able to continue delivering the European Interdisciplinary Studies programme for all Natolin students and ensured the successful completion of the academic year in June 2020.
Since mid-March 2020 a permanent taskforce at Natolin continues to monitor on a regular basis the overall anti-COVID-19 strategy and its implementation in light of recommendations made by the host government, other state governments, the World Health Organisation, and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
At Natolin, ahead of the 2020/2021 academic year, we have taken a series of measures to welcome students and staff with the overarching goal to continue to provide a top-class educational experience in line with all sanitary and legal guidelines set by the public authorities.
When we started the academic year 2020/2021, we made sure that everyone on campus – both students and staff – had completed a PCR test, covered or reimbursed by Natolin. Nobody was allowed to enter the campus areas and interact with other students and staff before presenting a negative test result. This policy is consistently applied to all coming professors and permanent contractors throughout the semester.
We are supported by a professional epidemiologist who has helped us prepare all relevant rules and provides us with medical expertise on a daily basis. In cooperation with him we monitor the situation on campus and adjust our policies on testing, masks, physical distancing, and regular disinfection. We continue to keep a strict policy in place in order to maintain the campus as safe as possible.
Any student who would display any symptoms consistent with a COVID-19 infection will not be allowed to take part in classes and will be required to remain in isolation. An emergency leaflet in students’ individual rooms summarises the steps to take in case of suspected infection. The same rules apply to all staff members. We have also consulted and compiled further health and safety rules for the study trips and supplied all students and participating staff with the necessary protective equipment.
As we are all aware, the COVID-19 pandemic is a constantly evolving affair. As such, it forces us to not just take active preventive steps and precautions but also to react to events as they develop. In justified circumstances, we are prepared to provide testing to every student or staff member at any moment on the basis of a contract signed with a professional diagnostic centre already in August 2020.
Learn more about the situation at the College of Europe in Natolin by following this link. We also encourage you to watch the video featuring a message to our community by Vice-Rector Mrs Ewa Ośniecka-Tamecka, and the video in which students of the Hannah Arendt Promotion 2019/2020 share a message with the students of the Mário Soares Promotion 2020/2021.