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IEU COVID-19 Information Page




Izmir University of Economics closely monitors the developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and takes the necessary precautions quickly based on the decisions of the Ministry of Health and the Council of Higher Education. As such, the educational activities and institutional functioning of our university have been updated. This page aims to inform our students and our staff about COVID-19 regulations. New developments will also be announced on this page. You can send all your questions about COVID-19 regulations to covid19@ieu.edu.tr



As of March 23, 2020 all educational activities at IUE will be carried out online on the Blackboard system until the end of the Spring semester. The decision regarding the administration of the final exams will be announced separately. For questions and answers about transition to distance education: https://www.ieu.edu.tr/tr/announcements/type/read/id/10195

You can find announcements and detailed information on distance education under the headings below.

Synchronous and asynchronous lectures will end on 30 May 2020. Applied courses that require contact will be held between 31 May and 20 June, 2020. In accordance with the decisions and suggestions of the Ministry of Health and Council of Higher Education, our University Senate may make other changes in the 2019-2020 academic calendar. You can access the current academic calendar from the link: https://www.ieu.edu.tr/tr/akademik-takvim

All communal areas (cafeteria, dining hall, elevators, classrooms, laboratories, studios, library, etc.) and offices in our campus are regularly disinfected by our university cleaning staff with the cleaning products recommended and approved by the Ministry of Health. Also, hand sanitizers have been installed in communal areas and main passage ways at our University.

The security staff checks fever and masks at the entrances to the campus, and provides masks for students, staff and visitors who do not have one.

IUE Health Office has switched to distance operation method and delivers its services for students and employees via email and phone. As such, both private insurance and Social Security Institution (SSI) prescriptions are written upon request. You can contact our staff physician Necmi Durmaz at necmi.durmaz@ieu.edu.tr.

With the transition to distance education, all meetings and events where it is difficult to maintain social distance, have been canceled or postponed. Given the conditions, those events that are possible continue to be held online.

All international travel of our academic and administrative staff have been suspended until further notice.

As for the university activities of our students, all international travel subject to the knowledge and permission of the university, including any pre-planned activities such as educational events, academic exchange programs, social activities, cultural trips, and sports activities, competitions, etc. have been suspended until further notice.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all educational activities at IUE will be conducted via Blackboard as of March 23, 2020 until the end of the Spring Semester. Information regarding the administration of the final exams will be announced later.

Synchronous and asynchronous courses will end on May 30, 2020. Applied courses that require contact will be held between 31 May and 20 June, 2020. In accordance with the decisions and suggestions made by the Ministry of Health and the Council of Higher Education, our University Senate may make other changes in the 2019-2020 academic calendar. You can access the current academic calendar from the link: https://www.ieu.edu.tr/tr/akademik-takvim.

All the lessons at IUE will be conducted via Blackboard. Lectures may be synchronous (online) or asynchronous (prerecorded). Synchronous lessons will be held via Blackboard Collaborate. Courses also will be recorded to the Panopto system so that the students can watch them again. Synchronous lessons will be held on the day and hour they have been scheduled. For questions and answers about this topic: https://www.ieu.edu.tr/tr/announcements/type/read/id/10195

Supporting materials about distance education can be found under the headings below.

There is no compulsory attendance for the students. However, the students’ participation in synchronous sessions and their access to the videos and the other course materials uploaded in the Blackboard will be monitored by the system. The students’ responses to the assignments and projects announced on Blackboard will be considered in the course evaluation. Attendance/Participation is monitored by our Teaching & Learning Center and the statistical information is announced in this link: https://www.ieu.edu.tr/tlc/tr/statistics

Regarding 2019-2020 academic year spring semester:

All exams (mid-terms, quizzes, proficiency in English exam, make-up exams, last semester exams etc.), including the finals exams will carried out in a digital environment;
All exams will be carried out via IUE BlackBoard system;
If it is necessary to use different digital platforms in addition to BlackBoard system, exam will be recorded and archived;
Final exams will be carried out within the specified date range, on the dates and times specified in the academic calendar;
Pass/Fail applications will be carried out via OASIS Information System on the dates specified in the academic calendar following the announcement of end-of-semester grades.

Students, who cannot take the digital final exams because of technical infrastructure problems, will be able to attend exams at the University’s computer laboratories on the same scheduled date and time. Use of face masks and social distancing measures will be required in the regularly disinfected computer laboratories. Students in this situation must apply to their instructors conducting the exams by e-mail or OASIS message at least one week before the exam.

Guidelines prepared by the TLC regarding exams on Blackboard can be found here: https://www.ieu.edu.tr/tlc/tr/ogrenciler-icin. Additional information is available on the TLC Organization for Students on Blackboard page:  https://ieu.blackboard.com/ultra/organizations/_7250_1/cl/outline

In addition to existing grades, Pass and Fail grades have been added in the system as course evaluation grades during the period of distance education. This practice may be applied for students of associate, undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs.

Pass and Fail grades will be applied for students who do not wish their grades to be reflected as letter grades and included in GPA calculation.

Students who opt for Pass and Fail grades will apply through Oasis on the dates specified in the academic calendar after the announcement of the semester letter grades. Applications will be processed upon the approval of the advisor.

For detailed information:
https://www.ieu.edu.tr/tr/announcements/type/read/id/10205
https://www.ieu.edu.tr/tr/announcements/type/read/id/10209

Students may file a petition to defer their registration by May 15, 2020 with the faculty/school/vocational school/graduate school they are enrolled in.

Tuition fee paid for the spring semester by the students who defer their registration will be deducted from the tuition fee of semester they re-register. For detailed information:
https://www.ieu.edu.tr/tr/announcements/type/read/id/10202

For the students of applied courses that are unsuitable for distance education, certain weeks have been set aside in the academic calendar to complete all required practices before the final exams in order to ensure the students are ready for their final exams.

Applied lessons and their dates will be announced in the following link: https://www.ieu.edu.tr/tr/akademik-takvim

All internship applications have been suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic. With the return to normal life, it may be possible to approve internships following the Spring semester. However, the decision will be made based on the course of the epidemic as well as the guidelines issued by the Council of Higher Education.

This issue is expected to become clear in the period ahead.

In accordance with the decision of the Council of Higher Education, all academic exchange programs (Erasmus + student and staff mobility, international exchange programs) have been suspended until further notice.

Frequently Asked Questions about the procedures for our students who are already abroad as part of Erasmus and other exchange programs during the pandemic are available at https://oia.ieu.edu.tr/tr/announcements/type/read/id/10197.

The procedures followed for international exchange students studying at IUE is listed at https://oia.ieu.edu.tr/en/announcements/type/read/id/10197.

The Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) informs our students both through e-mail and through announcements via our learning management system, Blackboard. Various guidelines prepared for our students are currently available on the TLC website:
https://www.ieu.edu.tr/tlc/en/ogrenciler-icin

In addition, detailed instructions, guidelines and various resources are also available on our TLC Organization for Students community page, which is accessible to all of our students on our learning management system Blackboard at: https://ieu.blackboard.com/ultra/organizations/_7250_1/cl/outline

Distance Education Student Announcement
https://phoenix.ieu.edu.tr/betanix/uploads/cms/tlc.ieu.edu.tr/7563_1588250513.pdf

Psychological Development and Counseling Center (PDDC) provides distance psychological support for our students. Students who would like to receive psychological support can contact us via e-mail: psikolojikgelisim@ieu.edu.tr. For detailed information: https://pgdm.ieu.edu.tr/en

Students with disabilities or students who have registered in our unit can receive support by contacting our “Disability Support Unit” at engelsiz@ieu.edu.tr.
For detailed information: http://engelsiz.ieu.edu.tr/en/

For the exams of our students registered in our Disability Support Unit, the instructor of the course will contact the students, consult the Disability Support Unit, and find solutions concerning the necessary adaptations, subject to the approval of the Dean’s offices.

Our library has been closed as of March 16, 2020. Books borrowed from the library do not need to be returned until further notice with no overdue fees imposed.

All online databases (e-journals and e-books) subscribed by the library and open to trial access may be accessed off campus with the VPN application provided by the IT Department. For more information about the VPN application, visit http://itsupport.ieu.edu.tr/en/?page_id=5530.

Our library continues to serve online at https://kutuphane.ieu.edu.tr/en

For our students, academic and administrative staff, off campus access to university resources and software is made possible with VPN service and support provided by the IT Department.

 

             For information about VPN service: http://itsupport.ieu.edu.tr/tr/?page_id=5530
Available software: http://itsupport.ieu.edu.tr/tr/?page_id=1201

Our students may receive support via helpdesk@ieu.edu.tr with their university e-mail addresses.

Our laboratories and studios have been closed during this period. Our students may only come when necessary to retrieve their personal equipment and materials. The names of students who need to come to the campus will be reported by the relevant faculty/school to Vice Secretary General Esen Zeynep Ege. Students will not be allowed to enter the campus unless approved by the relevant faculty/school.

The entrance of students to campus is restricted. Students who need to enter campus are required to contact their faculty to obtain a permit, and faculties are required to report it to Administrative Affairs.

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Our dormitories remain open for students who are unable to go to their homes due to COVID-19 measures.

As such, students who left the dormitory after March 16, 2020 will be refunded their fee for the time away from the dormitory. In order to receive their refund, students are required to fill Dormitory Fee Refund Request form via OASIS.

Faculty members have been provided with training in various topics, such as distance education pedagogy, effective use of learning management system, assessment and evaluation in distance education, by EkoEğitim-TLC Teaching and Learning Center. The training programs continue to be offered on a regular basis. Announcements about training programs can be accessed from the following link:
https://www.ieu.edu.tr/tlc/tr/duyurular

Guidelines previously prepared by TLC have been varied and made available for access. These are available on both TLC web page and TLC Organization for Faculty community webpage, available for all our instructors on our learning management system Blackboard.
https://www.ieu.edu.tr/tlc/tr/akademisyenler-icin-akilli-kampus-destek
https://www.ieu.edu.tr/tlc/tr/akademisyenler
https://ieu.blackboard.com/ultra/organizations/_4881_1/cl/outline

The following points have been approved by our University Senate with regards to the exams to be administered in 2019-2020 Spring Semester and other course evaluation criteria:

  1. Midterm exams will continue via distance education system.
  2. Midterm exams may be in different formats such as take-home exam, open book exam, oral exam and multiple-choice exam.
  3. Other than the midterms, course evaluation criteria such as quiz, studio critique, presentation, presentation before the jury, project, assignment, class participation are applicable.
  4. In addition to the grades currently used in our university, Pass and Fail grades have been added to the system as part of Distance Education Course Evaluation.

 

Guidelines specified by Distance Education Assessment Committee and approved by our University and also Course Assessment and Evaluation Guidelines Handbook have been shared with the academic staff. You can access the handbook containing suggestions about potential question types and assessment techniques, available both in English and Turkish via the following links:
https://phoenix.ieu.edu.tr/betanix/uploads/cms/tlc.ieu.edu.tr/6493_1586182073.pdf
https://phoenix.ieu.edu.tr/betanix/uploads/cms/tlc.ieu.edu.tr/6493_1586182072.pdf

In determining the exam practices and other assessment and evaluation methods in distant education, our university takes into account compatibility with the learning outcomes and the total workload of the course. With regards to the assessment criteria, the fact that faculty members who teach the same course determine and agree upon them ensure reliability of the assessment.

You can find Turkish/English handbooks in the links below to find answers for questions about violation of academic integrity, one of the most common concerns about assessment and evaluation in distance education.
https://phoenix.ieu.edu.tr/betanix/uploads/cms/tlc.ieu.edu.tr/6493_1587897573.pdf
https://phoenix.ieu.edu.tr/betanix/uploads/cms/tlc.ieu.edu.tr/6493_1587897581.pdf

education pedagogy, effective use of learning management system, assessment and evaluation in distance education, by EkoEğitim-TLC Teaching and Learning Center. The training programs continue to be offered on a regular basis. Announcements about training programs can be accessed from the following link:
https://www.ieu.edu.tr/tlc/tr/duyurular

IT Department provides VPN service and support for our students, academic and administrative staff off campus access to resources and software at Izmir University of Economics.

Academic / administrative VPN service: http://itsupport.ieu.edu.tr/tr/?page_id=5534
Accessible software: http://itsupport.ieu.edu.tr/tr/?page_id=1201

You can receive support via helpdesk@ieu.edu.tr with your university e-mail address.

For more information about our IT solutions and technical support services:
https://comp.izmirekonomi.edu.tr/?q=node/194

Our library has been closed as of March 16, 2020. Books borrowed from the library do not need to be returned until further notice with no overdue fees imposed.

All online databases (e-journals and e-books) subscribed by the library and open to trial access may be accessed off campus with the VPN application provided by the IT Department. For more information about the VPN application, visit http://itsupport.ieu.edu.tr/en/?page_id=5530.

Our library continues to serve online at https://kutuphane.ieu.edu.tr/en

Our employees are allowed to enter provided that they have work to do on campus. Academic staff who want to teach on campus need to use their offices primarily, and should they need a classroom, they need to reserve it by notifying the Administrative Affairs Directorate.

Our guests are allowed on campus with the approval of the staff on duty.

Lunch service at our university continues to be provided by Sofra Group. Other cafeterias in the campus are closed temporarily for the spring semester. For daily needs, Milky Café located in the A Blok is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Courier services in our university continue with on-duty staff of the Administrative Affairs Directorate. Services available include receipt and delivery of the packages on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, due to current conditions, it is highly advisable not to use the University address for your personal shipments.

Cleaning services in the university continue, and the university is cleaned and disinfected regularly.

Security services in the university continue, and the administration particularly gives priority to the entrance and exit checks.

International travel for our academic and administrative staff is suspended until further notice.

Our university’s contracted health insurance company Groupama informs:

We pay for the expenses incurred with the diagnosis and treatment COVID-19 at pandemic hospitals for our policy holders, within the coverage and limits of the policy, excluding those cases in which the current illness goes back before the policy start date.

Furthermore, during these times when people need to stay home except for emergencies, we would like to remind our private and complementary health insurance holders about our “My 24/7 Doctor” service. As part of this service, you can get medical counseling with live support, video chat or messaging about medical examination, information about diagnosis and referral without leaving your home.

It is quite normal to feel stress and anxiety as a result of distance education, isolation at home and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following guidelines prepared by the PDCC will help you cope with this process.