Syiah Kuala University through Circular Letter No. B / 1669 / UN11 / KP11.00 / 2020 decided to extend the period of online learning until the end of this Semester. Unsyiah Rector Prof. Dr. Ir. Samsul Rizal, M. Eng said, this decision was taken based on consideration of the current condition of the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) at the national or Aceh level. (Banda Aceh, 3/26/2020).
Rector explained that Unsyiah had previously applied online learning for two weeks, starting from March 17-30, 2020. But there were several things that were considered by Unsyiah so that the online learning period had to be extended.
Among them was the decision of the Head of BNPB No. 13A of 2020, concerning the Extension of the Status of Specific Disasters Emergency Disease Due to the Corona Virus in Indonesia. Then the Minister of Education and Culture Circular No. 3 of 2020 concerning Prevention of Covid-19 in Education Units.
"In addition, we are monitoring the condition of coronavirus spread which is increasingly worrying lately. Then Unsyiah must act quickly to break the chain of spread of this epidemic, "said the rector.
In the circular, the rector invited the Unsyiah Academic Community to maintain health and fitness by consuming nutritious food and drinking and getting enough rest. Avoiding social interaction and not being in a crowd if not important (physical distancing).
"We also urge all members of the Unsyiah Academic Community to maintain the cleanliness of their homes and surroundings. Pray that the plague of Covid-19 can be resolved soon. Then run the Covid-19 deployment prevention protocol wherever located, "said the rector.
In addition, Unsyiah also decided that during online learning to use online applications such as the Unsyiah E-learning application, video conference application, e-mail, and online social media in the course of the lecture process until the end of the Even Semester 2019/2020, including midterm exams and final exams. Then, practicum in other relevant forms online, and the process of guiding the final project/thesis / dissertation and other coaching activities.
Then all forms of student seminars/sessions can be held under the coordination of faculty/graduate, by prioritizing the use of video conferencing applications and observing the protocol to prevent the spread of Covid-19, if there must be indoor activities.
Likewise the research activities of lecturers and students in the laboratory, can be carried out with the permission of the leadership of the faculty and pay attention to the protocol to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Research activities located off-campus are not permitted.
Furthermore, Unsyiah allows students to return to their places of origin and must self-isolated for 14 days. While lecturers and education personnel are not allowed to leave the city of Banda Aceh if there is nothing important.
In the Circular, which is valid until May 29, 2020, the rector also decides that meetings or meetings are held online using video conferencing applications (for meetings over 40 minutes, UPT ICT provides licensed Zoom application services). Likewise, certain meetings can be held face-to-face with the approval of the Chancellor, Dean, or Director of Postgraduate, with a maximum of 10 participants and applies the protocol to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Other provisions in Attachment to Circular Letter No. B / 1491 / UN11 / KP11.00 / 2020 still applies, except for the matters regulated in this circular letter.
"Through this decision we hope that mutual awareness will develop. That this epidemic will soon pass if each of us cares and complies with the the protocol established in the handling of this deadly virus, "he said.