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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

  • Do I have to come on campus this semester?

    All LIT campuses are open in order to ensure that supports are in place for our staff and students.  The determination of the necessity of being on campus will be made in conjunction with your relevant line manager in the context of your specific duties.  Programme Boards have been asked to determine which activities are not capable of being delivered through alternative means and are time-critical for students and learners during this period.  These are the only academic activities that may be carried out on-campus. 

    New timetabling arrangements have been made and are available at https://lit.ie/oncampus.  

    Substantial changes in campus life are operating to keep everyone safe. This includes flow systems, arrangements for social distancing in teaching and communal spaces, hand sanitation stations and hand-washing stations in public spaces, the provision of PPE via over 300 PPE stations in teaching and office environments, and measures including the proper wearing of face coverings at all times in all campus environments.

    LIT’s procedures and protocols adhere to current NPHET guidelines and specific guidance issued by the government for all HEIs which is available here.

  • 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. 

  • If I want to record a stream or lecture, how and where do I do this?

    All teaching spaces have been equipped with streaming facilities for Microsoft Teams (including webcam and microphone), and these facilities are available for staff for this purpose.

    Further facilities are available to book via the “Lecture Capture” button on the homepage of the Staff Portal.
     

  • Where can I get up to date travel advice?

    Up to date travel advice is available on the gov.ie website.

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

    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. Staff or 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 or 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.

  • 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 disposable 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.

  • Do I have to come on campus this semester?

    All LIT campuses are open, and delivery this semester is through a blended model.  For staff, what this means is being on campus where this is necessary to carry out your work, and working remotely where appropriate.  The determination of the necessity of being on campus will be made in conjunction with your relevant line manager in the context of your specific duties.

    There are steps that you must take prior to returning to campus. These includes completing your return to work declaration and the LIT COVID-19 induction. All activities and areas have been assessed by each department, and all staff must adhere to the control measures implemented in each of their areas. Contact your department for relevant risk assessments and information specific to your work area.

    New timetabling arrangements have been made so that lectures will predominantly be delivered remotely, and tutorials and practical teaching predominantly face to face. Timetables are available at https://lit.ie/oncampus.  

    Staff have been working on campus through the summer, and substantial changes in campus life are operating to keep everyone safe. This includes new flow systems, new arrangements for social distancing in teaching and communal spaces, new hand sanitation stations and hand-washing stations in public spaces, the provision of PPE via 300 PPE stations in teaching and office environments, and measures including the wearing of face coverings at all times in all campus environments by staff, students and visitors. 

    LIT’s return to work protocols, adhere to current NPHET guidelines and specific guidance issued by the government for all HEIs which is available here.

  • Will I be obliged to come on campus even with an underlying condition?

    We adhere to all advice from the CMO, NPHET, the HSE, the Department of Education and Skills and the HSA.  The environment in LIT is as safe as possible for staff and students, and this includes putting certain supports in place for those who are immune-compromised or otherwise at risk.  There are procedures in place in this regard, and staff in these circumstances should contact their line manager or HR.  For students, they should inform nurses@lit.ie if they have an underlying medical condition which requires further support to attend campus. Further information is available at https://lit.ie/student-health.  Every endeavour will be made by departments to provide reasonable accommodations for students where possible.

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

    Yes. LIT is assisting the HSE in contact tracing by requiring all staff to register their presence online with a very simple online form. The form is here and is mobile phone compatible.

  • If I want to record or stream a lecture, how and where do I do this?

    All teaching spaces have been equipped with streaming facilities for Microsoft Teams (including webcam and microphone), and these facilities are available for staff for this purpose.

    There are 17 recording stations available for the next academic year across all campuses for lecture capture. These are available to book via the “Lecture Capture” button on the homepage of the Staff Portal.

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

    Staff are expected to wear a face covering at all times on campus, and this can be changed to a visor while conducting in-person teaching.  The use of a visor facilitates the conveying of expressions and enhances visual communication. All teaching spaces incorporate sanitisation stations with single-use gloves, roll, food-grade detergent plus hand sanitiser.

    Students are to adhere with the LIT Covid-19 Student Charter, which includes the mandatory and proper wearing of face coverings in all campus environments. If a student is unable to wear a face covering/mask, medical verification to be provided to academic department. The Charter and accompanying guidelines are available here.

    It is expected that all staff, students and visitors also exercise personal responsibility.

  • Will PPE be made available to staff?

    We adhere to all advice from the CMO, NPHET, the HSE, the Department of Education and Skills and the HSA, including on face coverings and PPE. All teaching spaces incorporate sanitisation stations with single-use gloves, surface cleaner and 2-ply surface cleaning roll, plus hand sanitiser.

    Where additional PPE is required for staff to carry out their work, this will be supplied in line with arrangements made through your department or line manager. It is expected that all staff, students and visitors also exercise personal responsibility. 

  • My office on-campus facilitates a number of people. How do we implement social distancing?

    The number of staff on campus is reduced due to LIT’s new timetabling approach, which facilitates social distancing.  All staff offices will have ready access to sanitisation stations with single-use gloves, surface cleaner and 2-ply surface cleaning roll, plus hand sanitiser.  Staff in each office may organise a rota based on the requirements and capacity of each individual office.  Such rotas to be arranged in conjunction with your line manager.

  • What arrangements are in place for staff who need computers and/or IT equipment to teach/undertake their work remotely?

    During this period where remote delivery is necessitated, staff may use their staff PC remotely.  All teaching spaces have been equipped with streaming facilities for Microsoft Teams (including webcam and microphone), and these facilities are available for staff for this purpose.

    There are 17 lecture capture devices available to staff on a mobile basis. This equipment is available to book via the “Lecture Capture” button on the homepage of the Staff Portal.

  • How will the State Covid-19 allocation to LIT be distributed?

    LIT has received funding from the state to help defray the additional costs associated with keeping staff and students safe while delivering our education.  This is provided to LIT and other HEIs for the purposes of modifying campuses to facilitate social distancing and other measures, providing PPE, and measures including additional student services and ICT infrastructure (hardware and software).

  • 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 https://lit.ie/financial-assistance

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

  • Will art supplies be made available for students, where these were shared in the past?

    Individual departments are endeavouring to arrange the supply of such materials in a safe way to students.  Arrangements will vary by programme and discipline.

  • Are student services (Counselling, Access, Disability, Learning Support, Medical, Chaplaincy/Pastoral Care) available?

    Yes. All student services have been available throughout the period of the pandemic without any break in service.  This remains the case, and arrangements will be made for students who need access to the range of services offered by student services. Please note there is no drop-in service. Staff and Students are asked to phone or email for an appointment.  More information is available at https://lit.ie/student-support

  • What about information for work placement students?

    The Careers and Employability Service hold relationships with employers and students, and can provide the most up to date guidance.  More information is available at https://lit.ie/careers-employability

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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. The Health & Safety Officer can be contacted for any urgent queries or concerns at 061 293304 or email Darragh.carey@lit.ie. There is also useful COVID-19 related information available here. There will also be Lead Worker Representatives (LWR’s) in place across all campuses in the coming weeks to take any queries and concerns, and pass them on to the relevant parties. Your LWR will be communicated to you once nominated.

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