Updated on September 24, 2021.

Will the fall 2021 semester at Koç University be on campus or online?

We expect to have face-to-face lessons in keeping with social distancing measures. Students can continue to add and drop courses. Where necessary, in line with the recommendations of the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health, Higher Education Board and Koç University’s Health Board, changes may be made to teaching methods. All stakeholders will be duly notified.

What are the rules regarding the use of masks on campus?

Everyone is required to wear face masks at indoor campus spaces including all classrooms, offices, laboratories, public areas, common areas such as the Library and the Student Center regardless of vaccination status. Exceptions are allowed for individuals who are alone in a private office or room/laboratory or while actively eating or drinking.

All instructors and students are obliged to wear masks during classes in their classrooms. Whenever possible, classroom doors and/or windows should be kept open, providing fresh air in closed spaces.

Recreational Facilities such as the Sports Center and Indoor Pool are to be open to fully vaccinated participants in the Fall. It is not mandatory to wear masks while working out; however, masks should be worn in locker rooms and before or after the exercise.

We strongly encourage wearing masks outdoors on campus as well; especially in occasions where the mandatory 2-meter physical distancing cannot be maintained.

What are Koç University's rules regarding vaccination for its students, faculty and staff?

Koç University asks all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated, all individuals must have had 2 doses of Covid-19 vaccine, with the second dose at least 14 days prior to their return back to offices on September 13th for Faculty and staff, and on September 27th for all students. Students who are to reside in the dormitories must have had their second dose 14 days prior to the date that they are to check into their dorm rooms during the week of September 20th.

Faculty, staff and students who are not vaccinated are required to report to the Health Center a negative PCR test result, not older than 72 hours from the date the sample was collected. This is required upon each entry to campus. Information on the notification method of PCR test results will be announced in the coming days.

Those who have had Covid-19 and have not yet been vaccinated as of September 13 and 27, can come to the campus without the need for a PCR test but are required to have at least one dose of vaccination 6 months after having had Covid-19. Please contact covid19asitakibi@ku.edu.tr to follow this process.

I obtained my vaccination abroad. Where should I upload my vaccination card as I can’t add it to my HES application?

You should upload your vaccination card obtained abroad using the following link:

Your vaccination card should show clearly your name, the name of the vaccine you received and the dates when you received the 2 doses. If the card is written in languages other than English or Turkish and the vaccine name and date are not clear you should also provide a translation. The translation does not need to be notarized.

If you do not upload your vaccination certificates (or disease certificates) to this form before Monday 27 September, you will not be allowed to enter the campus and you will need to take your courses online until this process is completed.

Please note that you will be able to see if you are allowed to enter campus by going to KU Portal and the Self Checker app. If it is green it means your vaccination certificate has been approved. This approval process may take up to 48 hours due to the large volume of approvals currently in process.

In case of other questions please email covid19asitakibi@ku.edu.tr

What measures are in place on campus to keep students safe?

  • Chemical disinfectants will be used across the campus for cleaning purposes at increased frequencies.
  • Frequently touched surfaces such as banisters and elevator buttons will be sanitised more often.
  • Appropriate disinfectants will be used to sanitise frequently touched areas such as door handles etc.
  • Hand sanitisers are located at the entrance of all buildings.
  • All restrooms will be cleaned at frequent intervals using agents containing sodium hypochlorite as per the Ministry of Health.
  • All restrooms are equipped with warning signs.
  • The KU Health Board has given interactive Covid-19 trainings to all sub-contractor employees.
  • All buildings are equipped with bins for the disposal of masks.
  • All elevators are equipped with warnings and signage to ensure that the maximum number of persons allowed per square metre as per the Ministry of Health is not exceeded.
  • All common areas across the campus are equipped with social distancing signage.
  • Wall-hung hand sanitizers are available in building halls.
  • All classrooms are marked with seating signage in accordance with social distancing measures.
  • Filter replacements and maintenance for HVAC (Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning) devices will be carried out more often.
  • All mixed-air air conditioning units will be adjusted to operate using 100% fresh air.
  • Fan coil units and VRS systems that circulate indoor air will be deactivated.
  • Ventilation devices will be switched on 1 hour before lessons/working hours and switched off 1 hour later. The exhaust system will operate 24/7. This will prevent air transmission between different spaces.
  • Irrespective of mechanical ventilation, areas with windows will be ventilated with fresh air at regular intervals.
  • All areas where no ventilation is available (by means of a window or fresh air control unit) will be inaccessible for use.

I have a chronic disease. Can I take my courses online?

An assessment will be made for online attendance upon submission of a medical report to the Healthcare Centre and a written request made to University Executive Council. The relevant faculty member will need to design an alternative plan before the add-drop period ends for course attendance which, by definition, should be in person. In the event that an alternative plan cannot be devised, we recommend that you take the course in the following semester(s).

If courses continue to be online, how will applied courses be taught?

In line with the evaluation of the relevant faculty members, applied courses will be taught face-to-face adhering to social distancing measures.

Are there hand sanitisers on campus in various locations?

Yes. Hand sanitisers will be available in common areas.

Can I gather with my friends in indoor spaces on the campus?

Yes, provided that you keep a social distance of 2 metres and wear masks.

Food areas will be marked with signage to ensure a social distance of 2 metres.

How many students will there be in each classroom during face-to-face learning?

The classroom capacities will be determined in line with the social distance criteria set by the Ministry of Health.

What should I do if I find out that I have contracted the virus after starting school?

If a person gets diagnosed with Covid-19, s/he may return to school after being treated and the self-isolation period set by the authorised healthcare centres is over.

The medical report from the authorised healthcare institution must be submitted to Healthcare Centre upon return to school.

What if I contract the virus after I start going to school? How will I be able to attend my courses? How long will I have to stay away from campus?

If a student is diagnosed with Covid-19 and has started receiving treatment, s/he must stay away from campus for the duration of the treatment. In such cases, students can attend their courses online. The duration that the student will stay away from campus depends on the individual treatment. If a person is suspected to have come into contact with an individual diagnosed with Covid-19, s/he must self-isolate for at least 14 days. Students can attend their courses online during this period.

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The information in this guideline has been provided in line with the recommendations of the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health, Higher Education Board (YÖK) and Koç University Health Board and is subject to change in light of new regulations.