Attending DCU 2020/21 - Students - Safe Campus

Attending DCU 2020/21: Everything Students Need To Know

Safe Campus

This is DCU

The University has extensive measures in place to ensure our campuses are safe for students.  

But we do need your cooperation and understanding as we all learn to live with the risk of COVID-19.  This requires us all to take sensible precautions in how we manage our lives both on and off campus.

Protection against COVID-19 is a mutual responsibility shared by all students, staff and users of the campus to work collectively to enjoy a safe teaching, learning and working environment.


What You Can Do

  • The first, and most important measure, is if you are feeling unwell, or if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, or if you have been advised that they should self-isolate - you cannot enter any of the University campuses.  If you have any of the symptoms you should contact your GP immediately or the DCU Student Health Centre.
  • Be aware of DCU's Student COVID Response Guidelines. They can be found in detail here
  • Maintaining a 2m social distance, where feasible - this is the most important health and safety measure we can all take.  DCU’s campuses and facilities have been set-up in so far as possible to ensure 2m social distance is maintained.
  • Also it is important that you try and maintain 2m social distance in how you socialise off campus as the risk of COVID-19 is ever present.
  • Complete a Health Declaration prior to attending campus - When you initially logon to your LOOP teaching and learning page, we will be asking you to complete a COVID-19 health declaration. In particular, we will be asking you to not attend University related activities if you are experiencing symptoms that could be associated with COVID-19 infection, if you have been in close contact with an individual known to be infected with COVID-19 or if you have travelled internationally within the previous 14 days. 
  • Maintain good personal hygiene at all times including:
    • regular hand washing / disinfection
    • respiratory etiquette by covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
    • wearing a face covering in all indoor public spaces on campus and in indoor public spaces when in shops, restaurants etc.  Please note that if you feel you cannot wear a face covering for medical or other reasons – please contact Student Support & Development for an exemption – see here for further information.
    • avoid crowded areas and keep your contacts to a minimum when out and about on or off campus
  • Know the symptoms of COVID-19:

Pre-arrival Health & Safety Training

DCU has developed education/training on public health practices, campus safety policies, and student expectations.  For students this is available through MyDCU.Training should be completed in advance of attending campus.

Students who travel to Ireland from other jurisdictions are being told to follow Government advice on restricted movement on arrival in Ireland and should seek support from the International Office.

Preparing For Attending Campus

Students should be aware of the following guidelines when preparing to attend tutorials/labs on campus;

  • Sharing personal items with others is to be avoided.
  • Bring your own filled personal water bottle.  Water dispensers will be available on campus for refill.
  • Bring your own personal supply of stationary including pens, notebooks etc.
  • Laptops should not be shared.  
  • It is recommended that each student bring antiseptic wipes with them to wipe down their workplaces. Trying to dispense wipes to every student as they arrive would make maintaining safe social distancing difficult.  
  • Face coverings will be required in all indoor spaces on campus including during teaching.  These will be available to purchase from campus shops on the Glasnevin and St. Patricks campuses.
  • Unacceptable face coverings include:
    • scarves, bandanas or snoods
    • face coverings with “direct exhaust valves”
    • face coverings that are disrespectful and inappropriate for a campus environment or contain an offensive message or image
  • Be aware that rooms may be cooler as maximising ventilation will impact temperature. Come prepared with a warm outer garment such as a fleece.
  • Keyboards will be available for use but students also have the option to bring their own keyboard for use in IT labs.  In order to avoid the need to clean and disinfect a mouse, the keyboard should have an integrated mouse.


Contact Tracing – What We Need You To Do

Public health and DCU need  to react quickly to potential cases of COVID-19.  In order to support this we are asking DCU students to do the following:

  1. HSE COVID-19 Tracker App

    We need you to download the Government’s COVID-19 Tracker App. All Irish Universities are asking their students to download the HSE COVID-19 app as a key measure to help manage the risk of COVID-19 in the large national third level student population. 

    COVID-19 poses a risk not just on campus but in every aspect of our lives. Using the HSE COVID-19 Tracker App will enable much more effective and timely contact tracing.

    HSE COVID-19 TRacker App

  2. Log Attendance On Campus

    In accordance with Government regulations we are required to log your attendance at all campus events including tutorials, laboratory/practical’s classes etc.

    Hence when attending any event on campus you will be asked to capture a QR Code by the lecturer using a QR Reader on your mobile phone. This QR code is unique to that ‘event’ and will bring you to your DCU Loop login page.

    When you log-in to Loop your attendance at that event is recorded for COVID-19 contact tracing purposes. Further information will be provided on your MyDCU Loop account before the start of term.

This is DCU
DCU St Patrick's Campus in Drumcondra

Some Of What DCU Is Doing To Keep You Safe On Campus

  • All our spaces including classrooms, laboratories have been setup to support 2m social distancing.
  • There are over 180 alcohol-based hand sanitizing units in place across all campuses.  There are units at the entrance to every building and in high trafficked areas.  Please sanitise your hands on a regular basis throughout the day.
  • We have an enhanced cleaning and disinfection programme is in place for all University facilities including regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces such as handrails, light switches, lift buttons etc.
  • Every classroom will have disinfection wipes – we are asking students as you enter the classroom to take a disinfection wipe and wipe down their desk area before each class.
  • The ventilation systems in all buildings have been modified to ensure no recirculating air is being used – all systems have been set to ‘fresh-air’ in-take only.
  • In rooms that do not have mechanical ventilation we are advising that doors and/or windows are left open to allow fresh air enter the room.  This may result in slightly cooler environments for staff, students and visitors but your health and well-being is our priority.