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FAQs

New Students - FAQs

Returning LIT Students - FAQs

  • What is the protocol if there is an outbreak? Will campuses close or will it be localised?

    LIT works with the Public Health authorities and the HSE and has been scenario-planning for these circumstances. LIT’s medical unit has developed care pathway documents for suspected student and staff Covid-19 cases on campus, and these pathways will guide LIT’s response to on-campus issues.

    Download the LIT Student Suspected Case Care Pathway Document

    Students should be reminded that they should not be on campus if they feel unwell, and that they should contact their own GP and nurses@lit.ie.

    At all times, LIT’s priority is the health and safety or the LIT community.  All students are requested to adhere to the LIT Covid-19 Charter and accompanying guidelines, which can be found on www.lit.ie/oncampus.

  • If a student arrives at a practical or other teaching event without a mask - will they be made available to them?

    Students are all expected to adhere to the LIT Covid-19 Student Charter, which includes having appropriate face coverings and the mandatory and proper wearing of a face covering in all campus environments.  If a student is unable to wear a cloth face covering or visor, medical verification must be provided to the relevant academic department. 

    A limited number of face coverings will be available from Estates for students or visitors who find themselves on campus without a face covering.  Students should be reminded that they should not be on campus if they feel unwell. It is expected that all staff, students and visitors also exercise personal responsibility.
     

  • Will numbers on campus be reduced?

    Yes. Timetabling reflects the public health advice of NPHET, the Department of Further and Higher Education and the HSE.  While all students will be timetabled to spend time on campus every week, and face to face teaching remains a unique and critical component of our approach, numbers on campus and in learning environments are reduced.
     

  • Will work placements go ahead?

    Work placements are determined by the employer and the nature of placements will be different to those in pre-Covid times. Our careers and employability team are working with employers and students to ascertain if on-site placements or online placements will be possible. More information is available at www.lit.ie/careers-employability.
     

  • Will students have to wear face coverings on campus?

    Yes. Students must at all times adhere to the COVID-19 Charter for Students, including the mandatory and proper wearing of face coverings.  Where there is a requirement for additional PPE in labs, studios and other relevant learning environments as a consequence of the pandemic, LIT will provide this additional PPE, which may include, for example, visors.
     

  • Will exams and assessments be online?

    LIT will be adhering to all relevant advice to keep our staff and students safe in all circumstances, including exams and assessments.  Where this means conducting assessments through alternative and remote means, we will do so.
     

  • How will my assessments and exams take place at LIT in 2020/21?

    We will be adhering to all relevant advice to keep our staff and students safe in all circumstances, including exams and assessments.  Where this means conducting assessments through alternative and remote means, we will do so.
     

  • Is my SUSI grant affected for the academic year 2020/21?

    The grant system is administered by SUSI, and is independent of LIT.  You can get further information at www.susi.ie.

  • Are there supports available for students experiencing financial difficulties?

    LIT runs a number of initiatives to assist students with their day to day costs of attending college. Details of those initiatives are contained on www.lit.ie/financial-assistance.

    Information for LIT students pertaining to the Government Laptop scheme is available here.

  • Is there support for students who require a laptop?

    LIT runs a number of initiatives within the institute to assist students with their day to day costs of attending college. Details of those initiatives are contained on www.lit.ie/financial-assistance.

  • What advice can you give on booking accommodation?
    LIT will be providing a blended form of teaching, with remote lectures predominantly being conducted remotely and practicals and tutorials predominantly on campus practical work.  Every student will be scheduled to spend some time on campus every week in order to optimise your college experience and your learning.

     We have endeavoured to keep all practical work for each individual cohorts in discrete blocks, and have tried to accommodate consecutive “practical days” for students that will be on campus for two days or more each week. Ensuring consecutive days has not always been possible however due to the constraints we are working under.

    Timetables will be available here, and will help you to make informed accommodation choices.
     
    LIT does not operate its own accommodation, so our students stay with private providers. For details on accommodation providers close to LIT campuses please visit www.lit.ie/accommodation-list or contact our Accommodation Office at accommodation@lit.ie.
  • What will be different about my classroom experience?

    We will be practicing social distancing at all LIT facilities, including one-way corridors, additional hand-washing and hand-sanitising facilities and other measures in place on campus.  At all times, our priority is the safety of staff and students, and we adhere to all advice from the CMO, NPHET, the HSE, the Department of Education and Skills and the HSA.

  • In relation to computer labs and other shared teaching spaces, will cleaning materials be made available to students to clean workspaces?

    Yes. All teaching spaces will include PPE stations which will allow for the distribution of wipes, gloves, sanitiser, etc.  Heightened cleaning protocols are in place across LIT for the duration of the pandemic, which include the frequent cleaning of fixtures and fittings including door handles, etc.  All students are requested to adhere to the Covid-19 Student Charter and they are expected to exercise personal responsibility. Students should be requested to clean down their working surface before use, using the equipment provided at sanitation stations.
     

  • Will I be able to do lab work/studio work/tutorials? If so, how?

    Lectures will be delivered online, with your on-campus requirements limited to necessary practical learning as defied by the academic board of your programme (The Programme Board).  At all times, the safety of staff and students is our priority, and we adhere to the advice of the CMO, NPHET, the HSE, the Department of Education and Skills and the HSA.

LIT Staff - FAQs

  • What happens in the case of a staff or student member testing positive for Covid-19?

    LIT’s medical unit has developed care pathway documents for suspected student and staff Covid-19 cases on campus, and these pathways will guide LIT’s response to on-campus issues. Neither Staff nor students should not be on campus if they feel unwell, and staff should contact their GP in this instance.  Students should be reminded that they should not be on campus if they feel unwell, and that they should contact their own GP and nurses@lit.ie.

    Download the LIT Staff Suspected Case Care Pathway Document

    All are requested to download and use the state Covid-19 App.

    At all times, LIT’s priority is the health and safety of the LIT community.  All students are requested to adhere to the LIT Covid-19 Charter and accompanying guidelines, which can be found here.

    Live updates and advice on keeping safe in LIT is here.

  • Do I have to sign in/register when I come on campus?

    No, this is no longer a requirement; however, you are encouraged to take personal responsibility for maintaining a record of your daily interactions in the event that this information will be required by the HSE contact tracing team.

  • Do I wear a face covering or visor while teaching?

    Staff are required to wear a face covering at all times on campus when in public spaces and office spaces in the company of others. Lecturers are not required to wear coverings while teaching in instances where protective screens are installed as a protective measure. When demonstrating in workshops and labs and in close proximity to students, lecturers are required to wear a face covering.

  • In relation to computer labs and other shared teaching spaces, will cleaning materials be made available to staff and students to clean workspaces?

    Yes. Teaching spaces will include PPE stations which will allow for the distribution of wipes, gloves, sanitiser, etc.  Heightened cleaning protocols are in place across LIT for the duration of the pandemic, which include the frequent cleaning of fixtures and fittings including door handles, etc. 

    All students are requested to adhere to the Covid-19 Student Charter, while all staff, students and visitors are expected to exercise personal responsibility.  Students should be requested to clean down their working surface before use, using the equipment provided at sanitation stations.

  • Who do I talk to in relation to my workplace and Covid-19?

    Any queries should in the first instance be directed to your Head of Department/Line Manager. There are also Lead Worker Representatives (LWR’s) in place across all campuses to take any queries and concerns, and pass them on to the relevant parties.

  • Should staff who are very high risk from COVID-19 return to campus?

    It is widely recognised that certain people are at higher risk to COVID-19 than others. The HSE has classified higher risk into two categories, full details of which can be viewed here.

    A number of employees previously self-declared to the Human Resources Department that they were within the High-Risk categories. The current public health advice is that most people in these categories will be protected against the virus once they are vaccinated.

    Employees who remain in the Very High-Risk category who are concerned about returning to campus should contact humanresources@lit.ie  who will organise an appointment with the Institute’s Occupational Health Provider where necessary.

    Employees are encouraged to avail of a vaccine at the earliest opportunity. Where employees are yet to be offered a vaccine, they are encouraged to talk to their GP or hospital care team who will help you to get a vaccine as soon as possible.

  • Do absences in relation to COVID-19 impact on my sick leave?

    No, special leave with pay will be granted to employees who have been either diagnosed with COVID-19, or medically recommended to self-isolate. This does not impact their normal sick leave. Further information is available from humanresources@lit.ie 

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