Green pass for in-person activities at the university

Green pass for in-person activities at the university




16th August2021



Decree-Law No 111 of 6 August 2021 introduces new anti-contagion measures and a green pass requirement for schools and universities.

As a result, from 1 September 2021 to 31 December 2021 (when the state of emergency is expected to end), to ensure adequate safety and health protection conditions for teaching activities and university services, all university staff (lecturers, including contract lecturers, technical-administrative staff, PhD students, research fellows, scholarship holders and contract workers) and all university students are required to have and display the COVID-19 green pass.


For the staff of external service providers, specific provisions will be indicated with the next update of the university anti-contagion protocol or based on forthcoming legislation.


The decree establishes that failure to comply with the provisions is considered as an unjustified absence. Consequently, as from the fifth day of absence, the working relationship is suspended and no salary or other remuneration is due.


The provisions on green pass do not apply to those who are exempt from the vaccination campaign on the basis of appropriate medical certificates issued in accordance with the criteria defined in the guidelines of the Ministry of Health.


The note from the Minister of University and Research of 7 August confirms the requirements for both the adoption of safety measures and the possession of the green pass for all university staff and students.


It also confirms the sanctions in the case of non-compliance with the provisions. The verification of the possession of the green passes will be the subject of specific indications through a dedicated Ministerial Decree and will be organised by the individual universities, respecting the autonomy of each university and privacy. Checks on university students may be carried out on a random basis.


All the provisions of the university anti-contagion protocol regarding safety and behaviour in the university premises remain valid, in particular as far as distancing and the use of masks are concerned.


In addition, all the measures still applicable under previous provisions remain in force, in particular those of the Ministerial Decree of 2 March 2021, as well as the possibility of adopting plans for teaching and curricular activities that guarantee specific educational needs, such as those of students with disabilities or SLD.


Measures to maintain learning continuity also remain in place for students who are unable to participate in teaching or curricular activities in the classroom, providing them with distance learning or alternative options.

The same provisions also apply to the activities of other higher education institutions linked to the universities.


As per the Decree-Law 52/2021, the green pass is required to access to the university library by external staff and for public competitions.