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COVID-19 Coronavirus FAQs

LIT COVID-19 FAQs

  • What is LIT’s position during this time?

    LIT continues to adhere to the advice of the Irish government and the Chief Medical Officer.

    Further restrictions were introduced across Ireland by the authorities on Friday, March 27th. These restrictions involve everybody staying at home in all circumstances, except for certain defined situations, until midnight on Sunday, April 12th.  These restrictions are in addition to LIT’s current bar on face-to-face teaching, which will not end before Sunday, April 19th at the earliest. 

    LIT has been maintaining essential services for staff and students. This will not change - we are continuing to deliver teaching and learning through online and remote means during this period.    

    LIT is working closely with the HSE in a number of areas. This work requires certain staff continuing to physically be on campus in order to directly support the HSE. Such staff are authorised to leave home and to work on campus for this purpose. The only support services available on campus are those which are necessary for this work to continue. Staff attendance is not required on campus unless you have been asked by your line manager to undertake an essential service.

    The human resources and LIT facilities involved are likely to evolve further as the situation develops.

  • Are exams cancelled or postponed?

    There will be no on-campus examinations in LIT this year. We are instead bringing in alternative assessment methods.

    Assessments which would otherwise have taken place in an exam hall or another campus setting will now be done using remote means.  Our academic departments have worked hard to finalise these alternative assessment methods, and will be communicating with individual students regarding their particular arrangements. 

    LIT's strong advice to students is to continue with study as normal.

  • Is LIT helping the HSE and the national effort against Covid-19?

    Yes. LIT has been liaising regularly with the HSE in a number of areas since the outbreak of Covid-19 and will continue to do so

    LIT is working closely with the HSE on a number of specific projects, and this work requires certain staff continuing to physically be on campus in order to directly support the HSE. Such staff are authorised to leave home and to work on campus for this purpose.  The only support services available on campus are those which are necessary for this work to continue. 

    We once again ask all members of the LIT community to, at all times, adhere to the advice of the HSE, WHO, ECDC and the Chief Medical Officer.

  • How do I find out what is going on in LIT?

    The central reference point for all up to date official information from LIT is lit.ie/covid19. We will also be communicating regularly with staff and students via email. 

    All staff and students should liaise with their academic department or line manager as appropriate regarding their individual arrangements.

    Our Critical Incident Management Group is meeting daily and will continue to do so, monitoring developments and providing advice, which is updated on lit.ie/covid19. Please monitor this webpage and your email for updates.  

  • What happens if I get Covid-19, will I be penalised if I miss classes/online classes?

    LIT’s policy is to ensure that no student will be disadvantaged during this period.

    If you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19, we would ask that you ring your GP.

    Do not present at a GP surgery or a medical centre.

    The institute is making provisions for staff and students who may be unable to continue with their teaching, learning or assessment due to illness.

  • What student support services are operating?

    All student support services, including, health and counselling, continue to operate and are available to you remotely. 

    Students must now contact these support services via phone or email and cannot access them on campus. It should be noted that some services are operating at a lower service level.

  • What professional support services are operating?

    Professional support services including Estates, Finance, Communications, HR, Computer Services and Administration are all operating remotely.

  • Can I access LIT library services?

    Library online services are available 24/7 to LIT students and staff and are accessible from the library website. In order to access library resources from off campus, you will be required to use your LIT username and password.

    Library staff will be available to answer online queries from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. All user queries should be emailed to library@lit.ie or submitted through Ask the Librarian.

    Please do not attend any of our physical library facilities at this time.

  • What if I am studying remotely and do not have broadband coverage?

    Please liaise with your academic department.  LIT will make arrangements where possible to adjust for this situation, though there may be some circumstances where our ability to alleviate this are limited. 
     

  • I have to care for a vulnerable/sick/elderly family member and will not be able to attend to my teaching or learning.

    The institute is making provisions for people in personal circumstances which might curtail their ability to work or study.

    Students should make contact with their programme leaders if they find themselves in this situation. Staff should liaise with their Head of Department or line manager.

  • I can't work in my part-time job because of Covid-19. What should I do?

    Any person in employment who cannot work due to the Covid-19 outbreak should visit the Department of Social Protection's website and follow their instructions.

    This can be accessed here.

  • Will I still receive my student grant during the Covid-19 outbreak?

    Yes. Students will continue to receive their maintenance grants as normal where a PLC college or HEI institution, including LIT, has closed as a consequence of Covid-19.

    For more information, please visit the SUSI website.

General COVID-19 FAQs

  • How can I protect myself from Covid-19?

    The advice of the HSE and the Chief Medical Officer is the following:

    Do

    • Wash your hands properly and often.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze.
    • Put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Try to avoid close contact with people who are not well.
    • Avoid sick people, remove yourself from their vicinity.
    • Ensure areas you are eating at are clean.

    Don’t

    • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth

    Procedures the College have in place to Minimize Risk of Coronavirus Case

    Limerick Institute of Technology has undertaking the following measures to reduce risk of infection and prevention of a Coronavirus Case.

    • All staff and students emailed to remain off LIT Campuses facilities if unwell
    • All staff are to contact own GPs if concerns
    • All students to contact Health Unit by email or phone and not present in person to LIT campus
    • Hand washing posters in all bathrooms
    • Infection control posters regards coughing, sneezing and reducing infection
    • Posters on all main entrances asking staff and students to stay off campus if unwell
    • Hand sanitization stations
    • Guidelines in place with appropriate personnel if a suspected case arises in any LIT Campuses
    • HSE protection packs available to make relevant caregivers and suspected Coronavirus case safe for treatment
    • General cleaning standards adhered to and decontamination methods available where necessary.

    Please visit the HSE's live updates page to ensure you are following the most up-to-date advice.

  • What are the 'underlying conditions' I am hearing about?

    According to the Chief Medical Officer and the HSE, it is likely you are more at risk if you catch coronavirus and:

    • are 60 years of age and over
    • have a long-term medical condition
    • heart disease, lung disease, cystic fibrosis, asthma, high blood pressure, diabetes or cancer, those on immunosuppressed
    • pregnant women

    The HSE is strongly advising those in the above categories to rigorously follow 'cocooning' measures to keep them safe.

    More information on cocooning can be found here.

  • Are face masks effective in protecting against Covid-19?

    According to the ECDC, if you are infected, the use of surgical face masks may reduce the risk of you infecting other people, but there is no evidence that face masks will effectively prevent you from being infected with the virus. In fact, it is possible that the use of face masks may even increase the risk of infection due to a false sense of security and increased contact between hands, mouth and eyes.

  • Can I travel abroad at the moment?

    The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is advising against all non-essential travel overseas until further notice. This includes Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland. It also includes all travel by cruise ship.

    For more information, please see this explainer on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's website.

  • I want to get involved with the volunteer effort, how can I do this?

    The HSE has indicated to us that they may require the support of staff and/or students at some point.

    We have established a register of interested LIT staff and students, so that if called upon, we can respond in that eventuality. This can be accessed here.

    Over 100 LIT staff and students have already registered their interest in volunteering and we thank them for same.

  • Is there a treatment for Covid-19?

    According to the ECDC, there is no specific treatment for this disease, so healthcare providers treat the clinical symptoms (e.g. fever, difficulty breathing) of patients. Supportive care (e.g. fluid management, oxygen therapy etc.) can be highly effective for patients with symptoms.

  • What do I do if I think I may have Covid-19 Coronavirus?

    Any member of the LIT community who may have been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days and has symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever) should:

    • Isolate themselves from other people - this means going into a different, well-ventilated room, with a phone.
    • Phone the LIT medical service on 061-293106 OR phone your GP, OR HSE Live on 1850 24 1850.  If this is not possible, phone 112, or 999.  
    • In a medical emergency (if you have severe symptoms) phone 112 or 999

    Close contact means either:

    • Face-to-face contact
    • Spending more than 15 minutes within 2 metres of an infected person
  • What is the COVID-19 Coronavirus?

    The COVID-19 Coronavirus is a new respiratory illness, which has not previously been seen in humans and was first identified in Wuhan City, China. It has now spread to a number of countries across the world including Ireland.

    How is it spread?

    Because it's a new illness, we do not know exactly how the virus spreads from person to person, but similar viruses spread by cough droplets.  

    Hence, it is very likely that the coronavirus is spread in the same way that viruses are spread – through small droplets released by coughs and sneezes, by touching contaminated surfaces such as door handles etc. and through touching your mouth and eyes when the virus is on your hands.

    What are the symptoms of COVID-19 Coronovirus?

    Common signs of the coronavirus, which may take up to 14 days to appear, are:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Runny nose
    • Sore throat
    • Difficulty breathing

    Most cases of coronavirus appear to be mild, with those who have been most affected already suffering from underlying health conditions that leave them more vulnerable to respiratory conditions.

    Read more about signs and symptoms from the World Health Organisation, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the Centre for Disease Control(US)

    What is the risk in Ireland?

    For live and up to date information regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus in Ireland please visit the HSE website.

    What can I do to protect myself from contracting Coronavirus?

    Because the virus is spread in similar ways to the seasonal flu virus, we can take the same, simple, common sense precautions that we would to stop ourselves getting colds and flu.  These pre-cautions are centred on good personal hygiene and include:

    Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with either soap and water or hand sanitiser, particularly after using the bathroom and before and after handling food (the Institute has installed alcohol-based hand sanitisers at 48 locations across our 6 campuses).

    Use a paper handkerchief to cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and put it in a waste bin, then wash your hands.

    Use an alcohol-based hand gel to keep your hands clean between washing them.

    Avoid being too close to someone that is displaying cold or flu-like symptoms.

International Student FAQs

Staff FAQs

  • Do staff have to work from home?

    On foot of the latest set of restrictions announced on March 27th all staff are required to work from home except a small number of staff who are essential in providing assistance to the HSE at this time. Staff attendance is not required on campus unless you have been asked by your line manager to undertake an essential service.

    LIT is working closely with the HSE in a number of areas, and this work requires certain staff continuing to physically be on campus in order to directly support the HSE. Such staff are authorised to leave home and to work on campus for this purpose.  The only support services available on campus are those which are necessary for this work to continue.

    We are maintaining the support services necessary to allow staff to work remotely. All staff should liaise with their Head of Department or Line Manager regarding work arrangements, and these arrangements will balance personal circumstances with work responsibilities.

  • What if I am working from home and do not have access to software I need to complete tasks?

    Please contact the IT Helpdesk in relation to software and technical issues, on helpdesk@lit.ie.

  • What if I am working remotely and do not have broadband coverage?

    Please liaise with your line manager.  LIT will make arrangements where possible to adjust for this situation, though there may be some circumstances where our ability to alleviate this are limited. 

Work Placement FAQs

  • An LIT student is due to start Work Placement/Professional Practice with our organisation, however we are unsure if we can proceed as originally planned, what should we do?

    We understand that these are times of great uncertainty for a lot of organisations.

    LIT remains fully operational with student timetables and progress unaffected. It is therefore our ambition that students commence and undertake work placement as planned.

    However, we understand if this may not always be possible. Please contact us at workplacement@lit.ie and we will work with you.

  • I’m on work placement, what do I do?

    In the context of the current COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, students on work-placement in Ireland are to:

    • follow the corporate guidelines provided by the host company and those of their Public Health Authorities. 

    If you are on work placement but have personal circumstances where you feel your health or that of a member of your family may be compromised, you are to:

    • Inform your employer and follow their guidance. 
    • Inform your Academic Work Placement Supervisor/ Programme Leader and Department in LIT. 

    If you are on Work Experience and experience any symptoms of Covid-19 

    • Inform your employer 
    • Ring your GP or the LIT nurse on 061-293106
    • Do not present at a GP surgery or a medical centre

    No student will be disadvantaged academically as a result of an early non-completion of their work placement due to the impact of Covid-19 on that placement since the events are outside their control.  

  • If LIT is closed, do I still stay on work placement?

    Yes, but remain safe and follow corporate guidelines of your host company. If you are experiencing any symptoms of Covid-19 we would ask that you ring your GP or the LIT nurse.  Do not present at a GP surgery or a medical centre.

  • What happens if my work placement is cancelled/ cut short?

    If you are unable to complete your work-placement/ commence a proposed work placement due to:  

    • The withdrawal or reduction in hours of the work placement by the host company/ agency due to Covid-19 

    You should: 

    • Inform your Academic Work Placement Supervisor/ Programme Leader and Department in LIT. 

    The programme leader will liaise with you on any alternative assessment mechanism to be used to ensure that you can achieve the original learning outcomes associated with the module should this be required.   
     
    No student will be disadvantaged academically as a result of an early non-completion of their work placement due to the impact of COVID-19 on that placement since the events are outside their control.