UCD’s University Management Team have decided to maintain “current levels of restriction on academic activities” for the remainder of the trimester, The University Observer has learned.
In a bulletin sent to all staff, President Deeks explained that this was in response to the Taoiseach’s announcement last night that Dublin will remain under enhanced Level 3 restrictions, and that the rest of the country will move to Level 3 restrictions for the next three weeks.
This comes after UCD initially moved all “learning activities” to stage 4 on September 18th, when Dublin was first placed into an enhanced stage three lockdown. It was initially announced that this would last the duration of Dublin’s stricter lockdown. The announcement that this will now last for the entire trimester comes “To provide students, faculty and staff with some certainty in what to expect”.
The email also clarified that while “In so far as possible, on-site provision should be minimised to avoid bringing large numbers of students together”, all research activities, lab based and practical tuition, small tutorials which are necessary on campus, and library access on a regulated basis will continue in their current form.