Kampus ITS, ITS News – The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) has increased the status of Corona Virus outbreak in Indonesia into a national non-natural disaster issued on Saturday night (14/3). Considering this, Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS) finally decided to suspend the 121st graduation activity on the second day, Sunday (15/3).
The Vice-Rector I of academic and student relation, Prof. Dr Ir Adi Soeprijanto MT deeply apologizes to all of ITS academicians, especially for the graduates and their families. He asserted, there is no intention of any of ITS to harm a particular party.
Adi also realizes if many efforts and funds have been issued by the family of graduates. “But we are more concerned about the safety of the graduates and families,” said Adi gives clarification.
Graduation Status for prospective graduates also will not change due to the delay of this graduation. They can take their diploma at the office of Directorate of Education (in Plaza Dr Angka) starting from March 16-20.
Until now, ITS Rectorate building and Graha Sepuluh Nopember ITS have been given a barrier line and not allowed anyone to go inside. The reason is that the sterilization process is done by spraying disinfectants to prevent the possibility of spreading the virus that is also known as the Covid-19. In the next two weeks, ITS will also start to discharge the entire campus building and sterilize it.
ITS has also paused all forms of academic activity for one week, starting Monday (16/3). Again, the professor of Electrical Engineering Department conveyed if this policy is published weighing the security and safety situation of Indonesian today.
Academic activities will begin again on 23rd March but are done online. Currently, the civitas academica is required to do their job online at home until March 27th. So all lecturers, education personnel (employees), and ITS students are required to conduct self-quarantine by not making contact with others in public places and crowded places.
ITS also said in case of someone having fever, cough, and shortness of breath to immediately conduct a medical check-up to the health care facility or the Crisis Center at Airlangga University Hospital (RSUA).
ITS rector Prof Dr Ir Mochamad Ashari MEng has also formed a Task Force (Satgas) acceleration handling Covid-19 with the main task of monitoring the progression of the condition and providing ITS policy recommendation on the Covid-19 pandemics.
Lastly, Adi also hopes that if it can answer the anxiety of the students who are busy on social media today. “Once again we deeply apologize,” he concluded. (SOF/Anjani/ITS Public Relation Officer)
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