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Welcome to the MIC Covid-19 Student Hub. Here, you will find COVID-19 related frequently asked questions, useful information and the MIC COVID-19 Student Charter.

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MIC has a variety of safety protocols in place around its campuses

Communication to Students from Professor Niamh Hourigan, Vice President of Academic Affairs - 17 November 2021

Dear Student,

As we move towards the latter part of the semester, I am writing to update you on plans for the Spring semester.

As you will know, we had hoped that a full return to on-campus delivery would be possible for the latter part of this academic year. However, given the upward trajectory of COVID-19 cases and the most recent Government health and safety advice, we have taken the considered decision to continue with the current hybrid-model of academic delivery with large classes taking place online and small classes, with less than 80 students per session, taking place face-to-face, on-campus. These face-to-face lectures, tutorials and labs will not exceed one hour per session and all the safety measures currently in place will continue to be operated; that is mandatory wearing of face-masks, well-ventilated teaching and meeting rooms, good hand hygiene etc. All of our Student Services and Supports and facilities will continue to fully operate as they have done this semester. However, all services will remain responsive to the prevailing public health environment so if disruptions to services do arise we ask you to be patient in bearing with such conditions.

Semester 2 will commence on Monday 24 January 2022 for all students and will end on Monday 16 May 2022. The semester will consist of 12 weeks of teaching, followed by a study week and two weeks of assignments/exams. Work is currently underway on the development of the timetable for Semester 2 and these timetables will be published, in conjunction with UL, the week of 17 January 2022.

Obviously, all our plans continue to contingent upon further guidance from the Department of Further and Higher Education and the Public Health authorities but we will continue to monitor the situation over the next few weeks and plan accordingly. We will keep you informed if, and when any changes are called for. In the interim. I would like to remind you of our dedicated COVID Hub which continues to be updated with additional MIC measures as they become available. 

Wishing you all the best for the remainder of the current semester.

Niamh Hourigan, VPAA

Academic Delivery FAQ

Autumn Semester: For 2nd, 3rd & 4th year students and Postgraduate students the Autumn Semester (Semester 1) will commence on Monday 6 September and end on 18 December 2021. The semester will consist of 12 weeks of teaching, followed by a study week and two weeks of assignments/exams.

First year students will commence on 27 September, to allow for rescheduled Leaving Certificate results and subsequent CAO offers, and will undertake a 12 week semester.

Spring Semester: Semester 2 will commence on Monday 24 January 2022 for all students and will end on Monday 16 May 2022. The semester will consist of 12 weeks of teaching, followed by a study week and two weeks of assignments/exams.

    MIC has engaged with the Department of Further & Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science and with public health officials in preparation for the return of students to on-campus lectures and activities. At all times the safety of students and staff will be to the fore of academic planning. As the COVID-19 situation remains unpredictable, plans may change throughout the semester depending on the latest advice from Government.

    That being said MIC remains committed to a significant increase in the level of activity on campus this academic year, with most of the academic content being delivered on-campus and in-person. To that end, we will operate a hybrid model of academic provision with large classes taking place online and small classes, with less than 80 students per session, taking place face-to-face, on-campus.

    Face-to-face lectures, tutorials and labs will not exceed one hour per session and will be held within naturally ventilated or air extraction enhanced rooms, with ventilation between sessions.

    Additional study and lecture log-on facilities will be made available to students using study pods and the Res Block rooms. These are bookable in advance via the library and a thorough cleaning programme will be in place between sessions.

    Detergent wipes and other cleaning equipment can be found at designated stations throughout the campus to enable self-cleaning before and after any equipment used by students.

    The library will reopen on Monday 6 September with normal opening hours but will operate under certain restrictions around overall numbers permitted inside at one time. More details on the exact operation of the Limerick & Thurles libraries will be circulated shortly.

    As always, please check your student email regularly for further guidance.

    Autumn semester timetable is available to view on the MIC website here

    In order to facilitate the transition between classes, additional study spaces have been provided. There are 125 bookable study spaces available on campus – 60 spaces in the Library and 65 spaces in the Res Block and these are available to book here.

    Please note:

    • All the seats are for individual study only.
    • Seats can be booked for a minimum of 15 minutes and a maximum of 4 hour per day.
    • 3 simultaneous bookings (of up to 4 hours each) per week can be made.
    • At the scheduled booking time, students will have 15 minutes to check in at their seat after which the booking will be cancelled and the seat will be made available for others to book.
    • Term & Conditions apply.
    • Further study space will be provided on campus if required. 

    Further details, and the terms and conditions are available here.

    MIC Library’s online services continue to be available 24 hours per day to students and staff, and these are accessible via the Library Website. For more information on all Library services this year please visit our Library Services Guide.

    How to Contact Us and Get Help

    Library staff will be available to answer online queries from 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday. All user queries should be emailed to library@mic.ul.ie or sent through the Ask A Question link on the Library Website. Information on all MIC Library Services is also available on our A-Z of Services page on the Library Website.

    Top 10 tips for students studying at home:

    1. Get up early as if it was a normal College day.
    2. Establish a structure to your day. Block out times for lectures, study, meals, exercise etc.
    3. There are a number of online tools such as Skype or Zoom that you can download for free and enable you to coordinate video chats with groups of people. Use these programs to set up study groups with course mates so you can spend some time discussing ideas, analysing texts together and swapping study tips.
    4. Engage with your learning. Put your phone down while studying or listening to an online lecture as if you were in the library or in an actual lecture. Be prepared, do the readings and take notes as in a normal lecture.
    5. Organise a designated space for study.
    6. It is normal to feel lonely at the moment. Stay in touch with your peers and friends using social media.
    7. Take regular breaks. Get out for a walk/run/cycle every day but practice physical distancing. Alternatively, get 30 minutes of exercise at home. There are a number of workouts on Youtube to choose from; www.fitnessblender.com is another good source.
    8. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals and healthy snacks.
    9. Anxiety is a normal human emotion. It is likely that the uncertainty we are facing at the moment can increase feelings of anxiety. Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/mental-health/minding-your-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak.html
    10. Activities like yoga and meditation can help with feelings of stress and anxiety. There are lots of Youtube videos to choose from.

    Compiled by MIC Health Promotion

    Read the MIC Academic Learning Centre Study Skills Handbook.

    Staff research information and postgraduate forms, guidelines, documents and a wide range of other information can be accessed on the RGS Intranet with your MIC Email/Computer login username and password here.

    For Staff & Research Postgraduate Students please enter your username as MIC\Firstname.Surname

    For Taught Postgraduate students please enter your username as MICstudent\ID Number

    If you are having difficulties logging in with your correct details please check that you have updated your MIC Email password. This needs to be changed every 90 days.

    Who can I speak to in the Research & Graduate School?

    Please make initial queries via email and we can follow up by phone if necessary

    VP ResearchVPResearch@mic.ul.ie

    Amy Healy: Amy.Healy@mic.ul.ie

    Rebecca BreenRebecca.breen@mic.ul.ie

    Mary CollinsMary.Collins@mic.ul.ie

    Communication to Students from Professor Niamh Hourigan, Vice President of Academic Affairs - 23 August 2021

    Dear Student, 

    I hope you all had an enjoyable summer and are looking forward to returning to campus for the coming academic year. In advance of its commencement I wanted to take this opportunity to set out some aspects of the coming semester.

    Academic Provision:

    As per earlier communications, MIC remains committed to a significant increase in the level of activity on campus this academic year, with most of the academic content being delivered on-campus and in-person. To that end, we will operate a hybrid model of academic provision with large classes taking place online and small classes, with less than 80 students per session, taking place face-to-face, on-campus.  We are currently working towards having the finalised timetable available early next week.

    Please note if you have an underlying medical condition, which may inhibit your capacity to return to campus, there will be an opportunity to contact the College to discuss once the timetable has been issued. Otherwise, there is an expectation that students will be on campus for their scheduled face-to-face classes.

    Orientation:

    We are acutely aware that many students may not been on campus since March 2020, and indeed some students have yet to come on campus. As such, we will host a series of re-orientation/welcome sessions including a number of virtual orientation events. Further details will be communicated to each year group directly in the coming weeks but the schedules available at this time can be viewed here.

    Student Services & Supports:

    Student services and supports are central to the MIC college experience and so we would encourage you to re-familiarise yourself with the great  many supports available to you throughout the academic year. We would also ask that you link in with your relevant Faculty Office and Mary I Students’ Union (MISU) who will be happy to update you on campus amenities and facilities. The COVID-19 Hub is another great resource to stay abreast of developments as it continues to be updated on a regular basis.

    Campus Safety:

    As safety is our utmost priority we have put in place a range of additional measures to protect student health as we all return to campus and these can be reviewed in our updated MIC Student Campus Safety Protocol . The protocol is an important reference point and will be updated as needed so please continue to refer to it on a regular basis.

    This year, more so than ever, all of us have a vital part to play in preventing the spread of infection as the safety of our community relies on a responsible partnership between MIC students and the College. Our COVID-19 Student Charter outlines the commitment expected by all students throughout the academic year 2021-2022.

    Given that COVID 19 is still with us, we envisage that there may be a certain amount of change and disruption on campus this semester in the event of a serious concentration of cases. We ask that you continue to bear with us while we deal with these challenges should they arise. 

    The last academic year was very challenging for both staff and students. However, we remain optimistic that this academic year will allow more face-to-face engagement and an improved on-campus experience for us all. 

    We will continue to issue updates directly to you via your student account and we will also post updated information across all our platforms, including our dedicated COVID-19 Hub, as it becomes available.

    We look forward to working with you throughout the academic year to create a safe learning environment for all the MIC community.

    Until then enjoy the wonderful sunshine.

    Best wishes,

    Professor Niamh Hourigan

    Vice President of Academic Affairs.

    Prof. Niamh Hourigan, Vice President Academic Affairs to students on 16 June 2021

    Dear Student,

    As promised, I am writing to update you on academic delivery plans for the Academic Year 2021/22 and am happy to inform you that planning for next semester has been well underway for the past few months.  Here at MIC we continue to liaise with our colleagues across the Higher Education sector in order to establish the best possible model for academic delivery while continuing to ensure that the health and safety of our students and staff remains a priority consideration.

    Yesterday saw the publication of A Safe Return to Campus framework document, developed by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS) in consultation with various stakeholders including Mary Immaculate College, with the primary objective of ensuring that HE, FE and research are recognised as essential services. This framework gives institutions the autonomy to develop their own plans for re-opening their campuses accordingly, but always within the context of the most up to date public health guidelines.

    I would like to assure you that MIC is committed to a significant increase in the level of activity on campus next semester with most of the academic content being delivered on campus and in person and we remain hopeful that the vaccine roll out will facilitate an almost complete return to full on-campus activities before the year is out.

    We are planning a safe return to campus for all, including those who have yet to be vaccinated or have a health vulnerability.  As always your safety and the safety of our entire community remains our priority.

    At a minimum we are committed to providing the following activities and resources on campus as of September providing that public health advice does not change: 

    • Small to medium sized lectures (larger lectures will be delivered online initially)
    • Classroom based teaching and learning
    • Tutorials
    • Workshops
    • Laboratory teaching and learning
    • Research
    • Access to the library
    • Access to quiet spaces to join online lectures remotely*
    • Canteen service on both campuses*
    • An Siopa*
    • Sports Facilities*
    • Accommodation*
    • Clubs & Societies*

    *Operational in accordance with public health advice

    Semester Dates:

    Autumn Semester: For 2nd, 3rd & 4th year students and Postgraduate students the Autumn Semester (Semester 1) will commence on Monday 6 September and end on 18 December 2021.  The semester will consist of 12 weeks of teaching, followed by a study week and two weeks of assignments/exams.

    First year students will commence on September 27, to allow for rescheduled Leaving Certificate results and ​subsequent CAO offers, and will undertake a 12 week semester.

    Spring Semester (Semester 2) will commence on Monday 24 January 2022 for all students and will end on Monday 16 May 2022. The semester will consist of 12 weeks of teaching, followed by a study week and two weeks of assignments/exams.

    Orientation:

    Cognisant of the fact that most of you have not been on campus since March 2020, and indeed some of you have yet to come on campus, we will host Re-Orientation/Welcome sessions for Years 2, 3 & 4 and Postgraduate students. Further details will be available towards the end of the summer.

    Timetable:

    As always the timetable will be available on the MIC website and student portal the week before the start of the semester (week beginning 30 August 2021).

    Ongoing Planning:

    The successful implementation of a full return to campus can only take place within public health guidelines and will rely heavily on an effective vaccine rollout programme over the summer months, coupled with everyone continuing to adhere to public health guidelines. We will continue to monitor the situation over the next few weeks and plan accordingly recognising that public health advice is subject to change and that some uncertainty will always exist.

    In the interim we would ask you to check into your MIC student account from mid-August onwards should we need to communicate further with you. We will post updated information across all our platforms, including our dedicated COVID-19 Hub, as it becomes available.

    In conclusion I would like to thank you all for your incredible commitment, endurance and resilience over the past 18 months. It has been an incredibly tough year but thankfully a better year awaits us all.

    I look forward to welcoming you back on campus next semester.

    Until then have a safe and happy summer.

    Prof. Niamh Hourigan

    Campus Facilities Information

    All of our Student Services and Supports and facilities will continue to fully operate across both campuses. However, all services will remain responsive to the prevailing public health environment so if disruptions to services do arise we ask you to be patient in bearing with such conditions.

    MIC has adopted a one-way traffic system on some corridors in the Limerick campus due to the traffic flow. Yellow directional floor signs have been installed in every building and you are encouraged to adhere to these directions. As a general rule of thumb, keep to the left side of the corridor. However, in some areas MIC has installed a one-way system, which will be clearly signposted. 

    Some other services such as the dining areas and An Siopa have been altered due to safety protocols so please follow signage and the direction of staff when visiting these areas.

    You can find more details on specific services and facilities below:

    Borrowing Services

    Where an ebook alternative is not available, MIC Libraries continue to provide access to the print book collections on our Limerick and Thurles campuses to staff and students. Limerick will be continuing to offer a Click & Collect service in September while Thurles will be returning to a full browsing service; full details are available here, along with video guides on how to request and borrow books.

    Study Space

    In addition to Click & Collect, MIC Libraries will be providing access to study space on both campuses. Thurles Library study space will operate on a first-come first-serve basis, while Limerick will be operating bookable study space. For more information about how to book a study space, as well as the terms and conditions please visit this page. 

    Book Returns

    MIC Libraries have Book Return Boxes outside the Libraries on the Limerick and Thurles campuses. There will be a fines amnesty for the month of September to allow students to return their long-overdue books. There may be a charge if you have lost a book, so please contact a member of staff for more information.

    Microfilm Reader

    Our Microfilm Readers will be accessible this year to all staff and students. Please email your request to use the readers, together with the reels you would like to view, to library@mic.ul.ie. Reels can be collected from the Service Desk in the Library. 

    Online Resources

    MIC Libraries online resources continue to be available 24 hours per day for staff and students and these are accessible via the Library Website.

    To log on to the electronic resources from home, please log in with your MIC email address and network password, as you would with Moodle and Microsoft Outlook.

    To find books, ebooks, and journal articles, please use the Search All search box on the main webpage. Gary LaCumber, Assistant Librarian Information & User Services, has created a series of videos to help with searching for and finding resources and these are available on the How to Search Library Resources guide. If you need any further assistance with this, please contact Gary at gary.lacumber@mic.ul.ie. E-journal titles can be found on our Journals page. A full list of our Databases is also available and you can filter the list alphabetically, by subject, and by database type.

    Contact MIC Library and Get Help

    If you know who you would like to contact, please do so by email.

    For more general queries, please email library@mic.ul.ie where library staff will be available to answer questions between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and 2pm to 6pm on Saturday. It is also possible to post a question through the Ask A Question link on the Library Website.

    To keep up dated with news on library services, please follow the library via social media on Twitter and Instagram – links to all our social media sites are also available on our webpage

    The canteen on both the MIC Limerick and MIC Thurles will be open and operating on a restricted basis with social distancing measures being adhered to.

    The Restaurant at MIC Limerick will reopen on 6 September with the following options:

    • Hot Breakfast: 8.30-11.45am
    • Hot Carvery: 11.45am-3pm (2pm on Friday)
    • Chicken Kitchen: 11.45am-3pm (2pm on Friday)
    • Grab & Go: 8.30am-3pm (2pm on Friday)

    Please note that you will be required to show your vaccination cert. for indoor dining but there is a take-away option. 

    For those without vaccination certificates, lunches and breaks can be taken using the outdoor benches available around the campus.

    An Siopa opening hours from Monday 29 November will be:

    Monday-Thursday: 8.30am-2pm and Friday: 8.30am-12pm.

    From time to time it may be necessary to review opening hours and any changes will be advertised through MISU social media.

    The health, safety and wellbeing of staff and customers is the key priority and An Siopa has implemented several safety measures to ensure a comfortable and safe shopping experience.

    • A max of 25 customers will be allowed in An Siopa at any given time and a queueing system for entry is in operation
    • A one-way system is in place. Customers must enter through the main shop entrance in the forum and exit through the shop’s external door.
    • A traffic flow system is in operation and customers should be mindful of the directional signage displayed
    • Hand sanitising stations are available at all major touch points for your convenience

    An Siopa will also offer Click & Collect (Limerick Campus) options for stationery, technology and MIC branded clothing through our online store, shop.misu.ie.

    All car parks will be open as normal.

    Outdoor sports to resume.

    Indoor sports: Restrictions around numbers within rooms to be in place. Further information will be available from the Sports Office

    MIC COVID-19 Student Charter

    At all times, students will be expected to adhere to MIC's COVID-19 Student Charter to help keep the College community safe.

    The Charter can be found below or you can download it.

    MIC COVID-19 Student Charter

    The safety of our community relies on a responsible partnership between MIC students and the College. Our COVID-19 Student Charter outlines the commitment expected by all students throughout the academic year 2021-2022 and our MIC Student Campus Safety Protocol details the measures the College has implemented to protect our community throughout the academic year 2021 – 2022.

    As a student of MIC:

    · I will follow MIC’s Guidelines and advice as outlined in https://www.mic.ul.ie/covid-19 and Public Health Guidelines related to reducing the spread of COVID-19. I understand that this is likely to change regularly so I will take personal responsibility for ensuring I am up to date with the latest information which is available here.

    · I understand that in addition to adhering to public health measures, downloading and maintaining the free COVID19 Tracker app will help us to protect each other and slow the spread of Coronavirus in Ireland

    · I will endeavour to take all necessary health and safety precautions to protect myself and others

    · I will adhere to the mandatory and proper wearing of a face covering/mask indoors on all MIC campus environments. If I am unable to wear a face covering/mask I will provide medical verification to the MIC Medical Centre

    · I will adhere to all hygiene precautions including proper hand hygiene (washing and sanitising), respiratory hygiene and relevant social distancing measures as detailed here.

    · I will inform MIC Medical Centre if I have an underlying medical condition and/or if I am in a high risk or very high risk category. Please see here for further information

    · I will adhere to all environmental safety measures throughout my time on campus

    · I will strictly adhere to the National Guidelines outlined here with respect the protocols which are to be followed before, during and after any travel to and from Ireland

    · I will not attend any learning environment if I have been diagnosed with COVID-19

    · I will not attend any learning environment if I experience COVID-19 symptoms and/or considered a close contact to a positive case. I will follow guidance to self-isolate and get a test. In this event I will report my COVID-19 health status to Medical.Centre@mic.ul.ie

    · If I become unwell at college with COVID-19 like symptoms I will leave the campus immediately, returning safely to my accommodation and without compromising others. I will follow guidance to self-isolate and get a test. I will report these symptoms to Medical.Centre@mic.ul.ie

    · As a member of the MIC community I will behave appropriately, consider others, follow national and local advice and the public health guidelines, act responsibly and uphold the core values and policies of our College

    · I know that this is an ever-developing situation – one which requires everyone’s ongoing vigilance and personal responsibility

    Student Campus Safety Protocol

    Updated: 14 September 2021

    As safety is our utmost priority MIC has put in place a range of additional measures to protect student health as we all return to campus and these can be reviewed in our updated MIC Student Campus Safety Protocol. The protocol is an important reference point and will be updated as needed so please continue to refer to it on a regular basis. You can view it below or download it here.

    Students are advised not to come on campus if they are feeling unwell or displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Further information on symptoms of COVID-19 can be found here HSE: Symptoms of COVID-19.

    What do I do if I, or someone in my vicinity, develops symptoms on campus?

    For information on what to do in the case of suspected COVID-19 case(s) on campus, see here.

    What do I do if faced with a staff member or student who is not wearing a mask in a shared space?

    All students and staff are required to wear masks in public and shared spaces. Trained Covid Officers will be on patrol throughout the campus to mitigate against non-compliance.

    Where it appears that a student is not wearing a face mask, in the first instance, all students should be directed to put on and wear face masks while in any lecture and shared space. If the issue persists, please contact MIC Security and a dedicated Covid Officer can be dispatched to the location to manage the issue. Please be mindful some staff or students may have a certified medical reason which may preclude them from wearing a mask.

    Return to College Induction and Advice

    Information slide with details of MIC's Return to College
    Return to College Induction and Advice
    Watch MIC's Health and Safety Manager, Caroline Duffy give this COVID-19 Return to College induction

    FAQs

    A small number of formal sit down examinations have been timetabled to take place between the 6 and 16 December, 2021.

    Examinations for these particular modules are deemed essential to ensure that the necessary learning outcomes have been achieved.

    Students are expected to take their formal sit down examination(s) as scheduled unless they fall into the following categories. 

    • Medically vulnerable
    • Covid positive
    • Close contact

    If you fall under one of these categories please  email ReturnToCampus@mic.ul.ie immediately.  An alternative formal sit-down examination will be rescheduled in 2022 at a time yet to be confirmed by the relevant Department.  

    If you are identified as a close contact or test positive to Covid-19 in the coming weeks, please email ReturnToCampus@mic.ul.ie immediately.

    If you are unable to take the formal sit down examination(s) as scheduled on the examination timetable and you are not in a position to take the rescheduled formal sit down examination in 2022, the option of applying for an I-grade is also available to you.  Approved I-grades will be cleared in August, 2022.

    Please be assured that we have been working closely with our Buildings and Estates division in order to ensure the safety of our students and our staff during exams. We will be using some teaching spaces together with a number of larger venues for exams. In addition, examination desks are socially distanced approximately 1m apart. Finally, as you would expect, all students and staff must wear a face covering at all times when in the exam venues.  All students will be asked to sanitise hands prior to entering the exam venue.

    The College has developed a Student Day Pass App that allows a COVID-19 declaration to be quickly displayed on mobiles devices. Students are asked to complete the COVID-19 Student Day Pass App daily before entering either Limerick or Thurles campuses. Please be advised that you may be requested to show your pass on entry to the campus or to teaching spaces. The Day pass is available here.

    Note: Any data transferred to the College through use of the Day Pass app and the Contact Tracing app will be managed and retained in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Irish Data Protection Act and the MIC Data Protection Policy.

    Sign-in sheets will not be used.

    A QR contact tracing system is now established in all lecture rooms, canteen, weights room, library, student spaces in the Res block and staff lounge area.

    The student can scan the QR on a QR app which can be downloaded on all smart phones.

    The scanning of QR Codes at these entry points will be for contact tracing purposes only.

    Medical Centre

    • Location: T307
    • Opening Hours: 9am-1pm (to make an appointment with the doctor)
    • Contact: +353 61 204343 or Medical.Centre@mic.ul.ie
    • College Nurses: Annemaree Coady & Helen O’Dea
    • COVID-19 Nurse: Bernie Sheehan Contact Nurse Bernie: +353 86 0664917

    Operation of Medical Centre:

    1. Students will be required to telephone the Medical Centre. There will no longer be a queuing system in operation in the morning.

    2. Nurses will triage calls. Non-COVID complaints can be seen by nurse or appointment booked with doctor. All respiratory complaints (possibility of COVID) will be managed initially by telephone with nurse advice or appointment can be booked for doctor to consult by telephone in the afternoon, with subsequent appointment if necessary.

    3. Doctors’ appointments will include telephone consults and face-to-face consultations.

    Doctors’ Hours (by appointment): Monday to Friday, 2-4pm

    Fees: MIC Medical Centre visits cost €10. Free for Medical Card holders. EU Students: You will need to bring your European Health Insurance Card when attending the Medical Centre.

    COVID-19

    • Any student who is unwell with respiratory symptoms (cough, fever or shortness of breath) should not come to College. Stay at home.
    • Any student who has been a close contact of a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 must stay at home.
    • Contact your own GP or MIC Medical Centre or Ashdown Medical Centre for advice. Advice is also available on the HPSC website.
    • Students must telephone the Medical Centre for an appointment. Do not present to the medical centre without an appointment; you will not be seen.

    The HSE is the definitive source of general medical advice for COVID-19; please refer to www.hse.ie.

    Weekend & After Hours

    Out of Hours Doctor on call

    Shannon Doc: +353 818 123500

    Limerick Doc: +353 87 7551570 (after 6pm)

    Urgent attention/emergencies

    Students who need urgent medical treatment should proceed to the A&E Dept. at University Hospital Limerick, Tel: +353 61 301111 (24hr cover) or to St John’s Hospital, Tel: +353 61 415822 (8am-6pm Monday to Friday).

    In an emergency, dial 999 or 112.

    EU Students: You will need to bring your European Health Insurance Card when attending the doctor/hospital.

    Students can also contact their own GP by phone or the following services:

    MIC Limerick

    If students are in need of medical attention, please telephone the Ashdown Medical Centre at +353 61 301200. There is a €10 charge for an appointment for an MIC student.

    GP listings for Limerick

    If out-of-hours, please telephone ShannonDoc at +353 818 123500.

    MIC Thurles

    A GP Service is available for MIC Thurles students with Dr Liam Collins at The Surgery, Fianna Road, Thurles by contacting +353 504 21155. There is a €10 charge for an appointment for an MIC student.

    GP listings for Tipperary

    If out-of-hours, please telephone ShannonDoc at +353 818 123500.

    If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the student should follow the HSE advice and inform public health authorities of persons they have been in close contact with. It is subsequently a matter for public health authorities to notify students and staff that they are a close contact and to provide appropriate advice. The College will only advise staff or students that they should restrict their movements, following consultation with and advice from public health authorities.

    The student should also notify the relevant faculty/school office, which in turn will inform the Medical Centre.

    The College advises everyone to download the HSE COVID Tracker App, as it will inform them if they have been a close contact.

    Please Note: The definition of what constitutes ‘a close contact’ is changing regularly. Please see the HSE website for updates.

    MIC recognises that some students may have their in-person attendance interrupted by requirements to self-isolate. In line with our commitment under the Plan for a Safe Return to "make appropriate provisions for vulnerable…students and learners", module leaders are asked to ensure that their Moodle site includes the basic online support materials for their module – e.g. a module outline, a lecture schedule, reading lists and materials, lecture notes, PPT slide decks or recorded lectures. The student should not be penalised for non-physical attendance.

    Effective immediately (Wednesday 17 November) all fully vaccinated households who are close contacts and asymptomatic must now restrict their movements until they have had three negative antigen test results within five days. Government has also advised that people take regular antigen tests, even if they are asymptomatic, if they have visited riskier environments such as crowded, indoor spaces where social distancing is difficult.

    No. However, the College recommends that all students are vaccinated to protect against the coronavirus. Follow this link for more information about the vaccination programme in Ireland.

    Please note: If you have an underlying medical condition, which may inhibit your capacity to return to campus, please contact returntocampus@mic.ul.ie once the timetable has been issued. Otherwise, there is an expectation that students will be on campus for their scheduled face-to-face classes.

    MIC is implementing a range of measures to ensure that students can be safely taught in person, where government guidance and local health and safety circumstances allows. If you have any concerns, you should speak to your GP and/or hospital specialist in the first instance. If, after seeking medical advice, you decide to proceed with making a request to studying remotely, please email returntocampus@mic.ul.ie and attach any relevant supporting certification from an appropriate  consultant or specialist service. It may also be helpful to speak with the COVID Nurse who will provide reassurance that any additional health measures that MIC can take are in place.

    In determining if studying online is a suitable alternative for you, your faculty or department will be contacted so consideration can be given to all aspects of your course, such as practical elements, group work, placements and professional requirements. For some students, it may not be possible to study online. In these cases, students can discuss alternatives with SAA such as taking leave of absence or deferring.

    Students who are required to attend lectures, tutorials, workshops or seminars and who live with very high risk individuals should follow the HSE guidelines to protect themselves and to COVID-19 Guidance to minimise risk of transmission. The implementation of the COVID-19 Student Protocol is intended to minimize the risk of transmission on campus. There is no special arrangement in place providing for students who live with someone in the high risk category to study from home. 

    It may also be helpful to speak with the MIC COVID Nurse who will provide reassurance and guidance about any additional health measures that both the College and an individual student can take. The MIC COVID Nurse, in tandom with the College’s Health and Safety Office and Director of Estates will ensure these additional measures are in place.

    For information on what to do in the case of suspected COVID-19 case(s) on campus see here.

    While on campus, you'll be expected to wear a face mask at all times while indoors, except when you are alone in a single occupancy office or you are medically exempted from wearing a mask. Please note that the College will not be providing face masks. As such, you are asked to bring your own reusable face mask to College.

    Regular automatic hand sanitising stations have been installed at regular intervals in every College building which you are encouraged to make full use of. 

    Perspex screens are fitted in certain offices and desks with student/public facing roles and interaction. They are not fitted in teaching spaces as there is adequate space for lecturers to stand back 2m in the delivery of their lectures.

    Face masks are required to be worn in all classrooms on campus. Face masks are also required to be worn in public offices and spaces in academic buildings throughout campus. This includes areas like hallways, elevators, stairwells, toilets, college and department offices, and study areas. Please bring and carry a Face Mask with you throughout the day. Carry spare face masks.

    The wearing of face masks by all students and staff, when in shared spaces, remains the default position and is in the best interests of all. Please see next FAQ for further detail.

    If you cannot wear a face covering due to an underlying medical condition, and can provide medical certification of same, then you are exempt from wearing a face mask. We would request that students make contact with the COVID Nurse, wear a visor instead of a face mask and also remind students to maintain social distancing. Please note that wearing a visor is deemed a lower efficacy device in the transmission of the virus.

    Visors will be at service users cost as MIC requires all to wear masks at this time, as directed by HSE and NPHET at present.

    How do I safely put on and take off a mask?

    The HSE has produced guidance on how to wear a face mask safely which can be found here.

    How do I keep my mask clean?

    The HSE has produced guidance on keeping face masks clean which you can find here.

    A QR contact tracing system is now established in all lecture rooms, canteen, weights room, library, student spaces in the Res block and staff lounge area.

    The QR code signage will be visible on all doors in the above locations. The student can scan the QR on a QR app which can be downloaded on all smart phones.

    Please use a mobile phone or other device to scan the code. This takes you to an online form where you can enter your details: Name, ID Number, Email Address and Phone number.

    The scanning of QR Codes at these entry points will be for contact tracing purposes only. The information will be stored for 28 days only. In the event of a Covid outbreak the data can assist the HSE for contact tracing purposes.

    Suitable material cleaning materials will be on hand to allow users to clean down equipment before and after use. 

    No specific distance is specified within teaching spaces but people should behave with personal responsibility. Lecturing staff should remain 2m away from others when speaking without a face mask.

    Double teaching sessions should take a break at the mid-point, 50 minutes, for a 10 min break in order to allow further ventilation of a room.

    Staff and students should practice social distancing during breaks. Trained COVID Officers will be on patrol throughout the campus to mitigate against non-compliance.

    All of our Student Services and Supports and facilities will continue to fully operate across both campuses. However, all services will remain responsive to the prevailing public health environment so if disruptions to services do arise we ask you to be patient in bearing with such conditions.

    See here for further information on facilities.

    Please remember you are expected to act responsibly and to encourage others to do so in order to reduce risks associated with virus transmission. Social distancing must be adhered to at all times. We all have a role to play to ensure that we safeguard our community from the virus and every one of us must take responsibility for our own safety and the safety of those around us. To assist staff we have developed a Staff Campus Safety Protocol with a view to reduce the risk of transmitting or catching the virus. This Protocol is available to download here.

    Only those who can produce proof that they are fully vaccinated are permitted to dine indoors. A take away service is also available.

    In order to facilitate the transition between classes, additional study spaces have been provided. There are 125 bookable study spaces available on campus – 60 spaces in the Library and 65 spaces in the Res Block and these are available to book here.

    Please note:

    • All the seats are for individual study only.
    • Seats can be booked for a minimum of 15 minutes and a maximum of 4 hour per day.
    • 3 simultaneous bookings (of up to 4 hours each) per week can be made
    • At the scheduled booking time, students will have 15 minutes to check in at their seat after which the booking will be cancelled and the seat will be made available for others to book.
    • Term & Conditions apply.
    • Further study space will be provided on campus if required. 

    Further details, and the terms and conditions are available here.

    For students who have secured MIC Accommodation please note Courtbrack Accommodation, MIC Limerick will be open from the 1 September for second and third years and from Monday 20 September for first years.

    MIC Thurles On-Campus Accommodation, which is reserved for first-years only, will be open from 26 September after 12 noon by appointment.

    Further information see here or contact  Courtbrack@mic.ul.ie

    All of our Student Services and Supports will continue to fully operate across both campuses. However, all services will remain responsive to the prevailing public health environment so if disruptions to services do arise we ask you to be patient in bearing with such conditions.

    For further information on Student Supports click here.

    Each Office/Line Manager will be responsible for managing this as appropriate to the services offered by their Office. Students are being advised to pre-book appointments and/or contact staff via MS Teams as drop-in’s cannot be facilitated during this time.

    If you have not found an answer for your query here you can contact the relevant office/support service through the email addresses given below.

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