Students

27 March 2020

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19 March 2020

20 March 2020

Dear Students,

This is an update on the recent developments regarding the education activities that have been suspended until 6 April 2020 Monday due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can access all recent announcements at: https://coronavirus.boun.edu.tr/en/announcements

As of Saturday, March 21, 2020, the library will be closed on the weekends and on the weekdays, it will be open between 10:00 – 13:00 only for book check-outs and returns. Previously announced 7/24 service will not be provided until further notice.

Due to the uncertainty of the events regarding the pandemic, the University is planning to resume its Spring Term courses on 6 April 2020 Monday via distance (online) education.

The basic planning for the transition to distance education involves the following:

1-) Distance education activities at our university will essentially be carried out through Moodle, Learning Management System (LMS), which we are currently using.

2-) In order to access Moodle, all our students must use their e-mail addresses with BOUN extension. Students who have not experienced Moodle before can access the system from BUIS website using their BOUN e-mail addresses.

3-) Zoom and Panopto will also be used as modules integrated with Moodle for live streams and recorded lectures. University has the needed licenses. Neither the students nor the lecturers need to buy any software.

4-) Classes will resume on April 6th, 2020. However, online training workshops will be organized for all our instructors and research assistants during the week of 23 March 2020. During these workshops, the instructors may ask their students to be part of their courses on Moodle for practice purposes. Please follow the messages sent to you carefully and contribute to the transition process.

5-) Changes in the course schedules and in the academic calendar will be announced following the Senate meeting that will be held during the week of 23 March 2020.

6-) A new announcement will be made in due time regarding the laboratories, internships and applied courses, which cannot be carried out via distance education.

We will keep you updated regarding the future developments. We thank you all for your patience and cooperation in this difficult time and wish you all healthy days ahead.

16 March 2020

1.     The chair of the commission will be Prof. Ali İzzet Tekcan.

2.     In consideration of possible developments regarding the pandemic, preparations for implementing distance education programs will begin.

3.     The academic and administrative staff are strongly encouraged not to participate any national meetings with high attendance.

4.     Following the Council of Higher Education decisions on 16.03.2020, the Boğaziçi University students who previously received approval to go to exchange programs will not be able to leave the country. The academic units will have to cancel the decisions taken for these students. Nevertheless, the students will be able to continue with the exchange programs provided that the host university is carrying out online education programs.

5.     The Preschool on our campus will be closed from 17.03.2020 through 06.04.2020.

6.     The academic and administrative staff will be able to use their annual leaves between 16.03.2020-06.04.2020. Those with no annual leave days left will be able to request “mazeret” (excuse) leave for which they should contact the head of their academic/administrative units.

7.     The Aptullah Kuran Library working hours between 16.03.2020-06.04.2020 will be 08:30-17:00. As of Saturday, March 21, 2020, the library will be closed on the weekends and on the weekdays, it will be open between 10:00 – 13:00 only for book check-outs and returns. The deadline for book renewals has been extended to 13.04.2020.

8.     The study halls adjacent to the Aptullah Kuran Library will be open until 24:00 as of 17.03.2020.

9.     The Aptullah Kuran Library will be open only to Boğaziçi University students, faculty and staff between 17.03.2020 - 06.04.2020.

10.  Following the University Executive Board decision on 11.03. 2020 dormitory residents who will not be staying in the dormitories until 06.04.2020 will not be required to pay dormitory fees for the period of absence. Therefore, students who will leave the dormitories will have to inform the Dormitory Managers regarding this issue. Otherwise, the students will have to pay the regular dormitory fees.

11.  In the cafeterias, irrespective of the number of people present, all tables will be available for use to ensure and encourage ample distance between people.

12.  Shuttles running between the Etiler Gate – South Campus and the Hisar Campus – South Campus will not be in service between  17.03.2020 – 06.04.2020. The hourly shuttle for  individuals with disability will continue to run between the South Campus – North Kampus.

13.  Alumni access to all campuses has been restricted: they will not be allowed to campuses until 06.04.2020 unless there is an urgent need of an official documentation.

14.  Students will not be able bring guests to campuses until 06.04.2020.

15.  Individuals who are not Boğaziçi University faculty, staff, or students will not be able to enter campuses until 06.04.2020 – unless they are on official business or visiting a Boğaziçi member living in on-campus housing (lojmanlar).

Date: 16.03.2020

Issue: 2020/01

13 March 2020

Dear students,

The government announced yesterday that all universities in Turkey will be closed for three weeks starting March 16 (Monday) 2020. Bogazici University will resume its courses on April 6 (Monday) 2020.

Should you decide to return to your home country, you will need to talk to each of your course instructors to learn if they will allow you to complete your coursework from abroad. Please note that the sole person to give this permission is the instructor.

When communicating with instructors via email, please be sure to add (cc) the following people to the email so that everyone can follow what is happening.

  1. Your academic advisor
  2. Ece Günay, Director of the International Office
    (ece.gunay@boun.edu.tr)
  3. Hande Tekin, Advisor for Incoming Exchange, Erasmus, and Special students
    (erasmus-incoming@boun.edu.tr, OR exchange-incoming@boun.edu.tr)

Those of you who will stay at Bogazici University, please consider the following issues during the period March 16 (Monday) – April 5 (Sunday) 2020:

  • The dormitories will be open
  • Food halls, except for Hisar Campus will be serving food
  • The library will remain open between 8:30- 17:00 until April 6th 2020. As of Saturday, March 21, 2020, the library will be closed on the weekends and on the weekdays, it will be open between 10:00 – 13:00 only for book check-outs and returns.
  • All sports halls, except for the Uçaksavar Sports Field will be closed.
  • Medical Center (Infirmary) will remain open
  • Instructors should be contacted for ongoing laboratory work
  • The shuttle bus will be active between 16 – 20 March 2020, but not between 23 March – 3 April 2020
  • All laboratories associated with the Computer Center will be open between 8:30- 17:00
  • All places of worship will be available between 8:30-17:00

Please note that students who travel abroad during this break will not be allowed to come back into the dorms until they have quarantined themselves for 15 days in another place.

Emergency Contact Information

Familiarize yourself with local emergency numbers and emergency assistance provided by your insurer. The emergency number at Boğazici University, available 24/7, is +90-212-359 1100/ +90 (0212) 911 60 60 if you need assistance.

Please inform and update your families/guardians and significant people about your whereabouts and remain contactable. If your emergency contact information has changed since you provided it to our office at the beginning of the semester, please let us know.

The Office of International Relations will remain open during the break.

Distribution of Residence Permit Cards will continue as before. As soon as Nilüfer Kırıcı has received your card, she will contact you via email to let you know, and you can come to the office to pick it up.

Ece Günay, Office Director
Ece.gunay@boun.edu.tr;

Hande Tekin, Advisor to Incoming Exchange, Erasmus, and Special Students
exchange-incoming@boun.edu.tr;
erasmus-incoming@boun.edu.tr

Nilüfer Kırıcı, Advisor to Degree-seeking Students
Nilufer.kirici@boun.edu.tr

13 March 2020

Dear Erasmus and Exchange Students,

We would like to share with you the decisions made by the University Administration on 13.03.2020 regarding COVID-19

1.  Erasmus/Exchange students who would like to return to Turkey because of Coronavirus can complete their programs by following their lectures online if their universities are currently offering online education.

2. Exchange/Erasmus students who have not gone abroad yet and are attending their classes online in Turkey may fill out the form (which can be found in the ‘Announcements’ section on the website of the Office of International Relations) with their department advisors and send it to Dean’s Office/Schools/Graduate Enstitutes until Friday, 20th of March, in case they change their minds and decide to register at Boğaziçi University for the semester. The students must send a copy of this form to the Office of International Relations as well. These students may attend classes starting from 6th of April.

3. In case their current university is not providing online education or they decide to return to Turkey for any other reason, students may fill out the form (which can be found in the ‘Announcements’ section on the website of the Office of International Relations) with their department advisors and send it to Dean’s Office/Schools/Graduate Enstitutes until 20th of March. The students must send a copy of this form to the Office of International Relations as well. The students may attend classes starting from 6th of April after being quarantined for 14 days after their arrival. For students to explain their trip and, if necessary, for their return to the university, we might ask for a medical report and a 14-day-long recovery at home.

4. In case their current university is not providing online education and the student does not want to register to any courses in this semester at BU, he/she may ask for permisson to have a leave of absence not to be counted in their study period. 

About the grant for Erasmus+ Student Mobility Programme

The Erasmus students who receive a grant and are planning to return to Turkey should check out the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) published by Turkish National Agency and submit a petition to our Office. The petitions will be evaluated regarding the budget of the Project.

12 March 2020

Dear Students,

This is an update on the previous announcement:

It has been announced today that all universities in Turkey will be closed for 3 weeks starting March 16 (Monday) 2020. Bogazici University will resume its courses on April 6 (Monday) 2020.

During the period March 16 (Monday) – April 5 (Sunday) 2020:

  • We strongly recommend our students who stay in the dormitories that they go home. The dormitories will be open for those who are unable to leave.
  • Based on University Executive Board decisio, students who will not stay at the dorms during the interim break will not pay for the duration they do not stay .
  • Food halls, except for Hisar Campus, will be serving food.
  • The library will remain open between 8:30-17:00 until April 6th 2020. As of Saturday, March 21, 2020, the library will be closed on the weekends and on the weekdays, it will be open between 10:00 – 13:00 only for book check-outs and returns.
  • All sports halls, except for the Uçaksavar Sports Field,  will be closed.
  • Medical Centre (Infirmary) will remain open.
  • Instructors should be contacted for ongoing laboratory work.
  • Shuttle bus will be active between 16-20 March 2020, but not between 23 March-3 April 2020.
  • All laboratories associated with the Computer Centre will be open between 8:30-17:00.
  • Places of worship in Kuzey and Guney Campuses will be open between 6:00-21:00. Hours remain unchanged for the others.

 

10 March 2020

Dear Students,

Below you will find our updates following the announcements made by the Higher Education Council (YÖK) and other authorities:

  • All educational activities, exchange programs, previously planned social and sports activities, as well as sports competitions, cultural trips and travels, etc., and international travels have been cancelled until further notice (Previously announced date of 30th April 2020 as the last day of suspension of activities will be revised according to developments).

  • All undergraduate internships and applied studies, as well as graduate studies have been suspended until 6th April 2020.
  • Students (with Turkish or international citizenship) travelling abroad will not be able to continue their studies, and remain at home for 14 days after they return to Turkey.
  • Students in the scope of the Erasmus/Exchange programs who wish to return to the University and register for the 2020 Spring Term should fill out the form obtained from the Office of International Relations (OIR) web page until Friday, 20th March 2020. More detailed information will be sent by the IAO on the subject. Those who are returning to Turkey must plan their journeys so that they can stay at home during their 14-day isolation period prior to attending courses on 6th April 2020.
  • Students coming from abroad and wishing to stay in the dormitories upon their return should spend their 14-day isolation period at home and present a health certificate at the dormitory.
  • Previously planned thesis defenses can be carried out on the planned date, upon the consent of the student and the jury members.