This page will answer your questions about AUR's Covid-19 responses as well as give some information. about Italian regulations and protocols around the health pandemic.

 

SECTION 1: VACCINES & THE GREEN PASS
Please note: these regulations may change at any time, dependent on the Italian authorities' actions in response to the Covid-19 health situation. AUR is bound to follow the official directives and regulations issued by the Italian authorities. Should any changes occur, we will inform our community at the earliest opportunity.

If you test positive before leaving the US, you can attend orientation and classes online until you are able to travel to Rome. You must immediately inform AUR of your situation by emailing studentlife@aur.edu

The Italian ‘Green Pass’ is a digital and/or paper certificate that is issued to individuals in Italy who have:

  • Completed the full Covid-19 vaccination cycle and booster, or where at least 14 days have passed from the date of the first vaccination, or
  • Received a negative PCR or rapid swab test, taken within the last 48 hours, or
  • Recovered from Covid-19 in the last 6 months and have certificated validation of this.

Please check that your Green Pass will cover the full semester. Green Passes usually last 6 months.

The new Super Green Pass is a "reinforced" version of the "basic" Green Pass and only applies to those who have been vaccinated or recovered from covid-19.
The Super Green Pass cannot be obtained via a negative covid test result, resulting in significant repercussions for people who are unvaccinated.

From 10 January the Super Green Pass is required on all forms of public transport - local, regional and national - including planes, trains, ships, buses, trams, and subways.

Commuters are obliged to wear the more protective FFP2 masks, amid reports that 1,000 police officers will be deployed in Rome to ensure the new rules are being followed.

The Super Green Pass is also now required for dining in restaurants, both indoors and outdoors, as well as in hotels, ski lifts, museums, archaeological sites, gyms, and swimming pools, along with a range of other activities ranging from wedding receptions and bingo halls to festivals and theme parks.

Acceptable equivalent documentation must be issued by a valid authority (doctor, State, nation, etc.) and must address the vaccination or recovery status of the individual.

FOR VACCINATED INDIVIDUALS:
Acceptable equivalent documentation proving vaccination must show the following details:

  • The identification data of the holder (name, surname, date of birth)
  • The vaccine data (name and lot number)
  • The date(s) of vaccination
  • The identification data of who issued the certificate (State, Health Authority, etc.)

In paper and/or digital format, the certification must be written in at least one of the following languages: Italian, English, French, or Spanish. If the certificate is not issued in one of the four languages indicated, a certified translation must accompany it.

Importantly, the certification must be for one of the vaccines currently accepted in Italy and authorized by the EMA (European Medicines Agency). These are:

  • Pfizer BioNtech
  • Moderna
  • AstraZeneca
  • Johnson & Johnson

IMPORTANT: If you have been vaccinated with a vaccine that is not on that list, your certification will not be accepted as a viable equivalent, and you will have to be re-vaccinated (with one of the above) or have a negative Covid-19 test within the previous 48-hours.

FOR RECOVERED INDIVIDUALS:
If you have recovered from Covid-19 infection within the last six months, your certification for this must contain:

  • identification data of the holder (first name, last name, date of birth)
  • information about the holder's previous SARS-CoV-2 infection following a positive test (date of the first positive swab)
  • Identifying data of the certificate issuer (State, Health Authority, etc.)

All certifications, in paper and/or digital format, that are not in Italian, English, French, or Spanish must be accompanied by a certified translation

You can find the Italian decree (in Italian) detailing all of the above here (it might be worth printing a copy and keeping it with you in the unlikely case that anyone questions the validity of the CDC card)

Yes. Your CDC vaccination card will be accepted. Please ensure you carry the original document.

You can find the Italian decree (in Italian) detailing acceptance of the CDC card here (it might be worth printing a copy and keeping it with you in the unlikely case that anyone questions the validity of the CDC card)

AUR will assist students in accessing additional vaccination, as prescribed by the Italian government.

For arrivals from the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK (all listed under letter “D” in the Italian general rules on entry restrictions), as well as for arrivals from all EU Member States (all listed under letter “C”), travelers will be admitted to Italy upon presenting (when boarding and undergoing the usual arrival controls):

  • The Passenger Locator Form, either in digital or paper format (link here); AND
  • A molecular test (with a negative result) taken in the 72 hours prior to entry into Italy (for the UK, this is reduced to 48 hours) or, a negative antigenic test taken in the 24 hours prior to entry into Italy (to entry, not to boarding); AND
  • A Covid-19 green certification, that can be replaced by the equivalent certification issued by the competent home health agency.

As far as the US is concerned, the so-called “White Card with CDC logo” has been fully reconfirmed as valid certification; again, this can be either in digital or paper format.

As usual, as an alternative to a vaccination certificate, a passenger can show certification of full recovery from Covid.

Travelers who do not show any Green Pass or equivalent documentation will be obliged to respect a 5-day quarantine-isolation, followed by a Covid-19 test.

If you are traveling from countries other than the US, Canada, UK, and the EU Member States, you should complete the Italian Health Ministry questionnaire at https://infocovid.viaggiaresicuri.it/index_en.html. This will provide you with information (quarantine requirement, travel documents, etc) based on your personal status and travel history.

Finally, but equally important, please make sure you have filled in AUR's Travel & Covid declaration form. This is separate from the European Passenger Locator form, but the information requested is essential for the smooth operation of the university. If you have not completed the AUR Travel and Covid declaration form, you will not be permitted to enter the campus.

You'll find the AUR Travel & Covid declaration form on MyAUR under the 'Back to Campus' tab - you will need to be logged in to access this.

You can download your Green Pass via the website https://www.dgc.gov.it/spa/public/home. You will need to enter the code (AUTHCODE) sent to you via SMS or email together with the document number issued when you took the swab or when the doctor certified your recovery from Covid-19.

If you did not receive an AUTHCODE you can retrieve yours via the service online at https://www.dgc.gov.it/spa/public/reqauth

The rules on entry into Italy are based upon the country you are entering from, your travel destinations in the previous 14 days, your vaccination status, and various other criteria. Rules for entry are updated regularly and subject to change. For the latest official information, you should complete the Italian Health Ministry questionnaire at https://infocovid.viaggiaresicuri.it/index_en.html. This will provide you with information based on your personal status and travel history.

The Super Green Pass will be required for entry into most public venues. Please see Q3.

Yes, although it’s not something we recommend.

Currently, you could take a swab test every 48-hours (at your own expense and responsibility). However, keep in mind you will not have access to indoor restaurants, cultural venues, or public transportation. You will only be able to access the campus for learning.

Please note: the university recommends vaccination as the best way to comply with the current regulations and to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community.

Vaccine medical exemptions must be released by a licensed Italian doctor and must include the following information:

  • Name, surname, date of birth of the subject
  • The phrase “soggetto esente alla vaccinazione anti SARS-CoV-2. Certificazione valida per consentire l’accesso ai servizi e attivita’ di cui al comma 1, art. 3 del decreto legge 23 luglio 2021, n. 105”
  • The expiry date of the certification
  • The name of the vaccination service or Regional Health Service of the Doctor
  • The doctor’s stamp and signature
  • The doctor’s fiscal code

You will need to be examined by an Italian doctor in order to receive this exemption. Please ensure you have copies of your original health records.

Note: individuals with a medical exemption will be required to swab test for each 48-hour period on campus, as per the Green Pass regulations.

Currently, your only option would be to undergo 48-hour Covid-19 testing.

The university can accept no legal or moral responsibility for any medical or psychological consequences suffered by any individual. The university is bound by the Italian government’s legal regulations.

Yes. These regulations apply to our entire community. The Italian government has mandated vaccination for all university faculty & staff.

These same regulations apply to visitors to campus. If they cannot show the required documentation, they will not be permitted on campus.

SECTION 2: ON-CAMPUS AND IN CLASS
While the university and the local region have handled the ongoing health emergency with resolve and professionalism, we are not yet back to normal. Covid-19 and its variants are still a threat, and as such, we have to continue to do our best to protect the health and wellbeing of our community – while delivering the very best academic and cultural experience possible.

To some extent, yes. But, overall, no.

  • All community members must still be temperature checked upon entry to campus (while showing your Green Pass).
  • An approved mask must be worn in all indoor spaces on campus.
  • All community members are encouraged to observe dedicated personal hygiene (sanitize your hands regularly).
  • Desks will still be socially distanced at a minimum of 1 meter.
  • Windows (and classroom doors, where possible) will remain open to allow for maximum ventilation.
  • Cleaning detergents and towels will be available in all classrooms - students and professors are requested to clean their areas before and after use.
  • Finally, it is essential that anyone experiencing Covid-19 symptoms (even if vaccinated) report these to the AUR doctor and to Student Life. Contact details can be found on MyAUR.

Although we are planning to be in-person in the classroom for the entire school year, alternative models of delivery and contingency plans remain in place to respond to future government directives and health emergencies. All scenarios offer a pivot to full online delivery should there be a health emergency.

No, this is not an option. Online and/or hybrid classes are not being offered for the spring of 2022 (except students are forced to miss class through Covid-19 illness or quarantine). Through the application of the Green Pass regulations and Lazio’s great handling of the Covid-19 crisis, we know that we can hold in-person classes and offer the unique AUR experience in-person.

Yes. While we have encouraged all students required to quarantine to arrive in Rome early, we understand that this will not be possible for some. Therefore, we have arranged to deliver classes both in-person and online synchronously for the first week of the semester.

We continue to use a Covid-19 emergency opt-out system for symptomatic and exposed students. In such situations, students are reminded to stay home and complete the online “Covid-19 Opt-Out” form (on MyAUR). This option requires that the student contact our Medinaction doctor (or a base doctor) for health guidance and first recommendations on how long to stay home.

This system will remain in use for this semester

Upon submission, the form automatically alerts the student’s professors, Office of Student Life, and the Dean’s Office. Student Life follows up with the student, and the AUR doctor updates us on outcomes and actions.

This policy allows symptomatic and exposed students to participate in courses remotely for 3 days. The doctor’s report will include recommendations regarding the length of remote lessons after the 3-day initial period. Only once the doctor has given the student the all-clear, they will be able to return to the classroom.

Students may only use the Covid-19 emergency opt-out for real Covid-related illnesses or after direct contact with a confirmed positive case. Students cannot use it for any other reason. Students already have a prescribed number of absences; these should be used for absences that are non-Covid related.)

SECTION 3: Italian regulations in case of Covid-19 infection and/or contact with positive cases.
The details below are correct as of the Italian decrees of 30th December 2021. Please note: these regulations are subject to change.

Unvaccinated people, or those who have not completed the primary vaccination cycle (i.e. have received only one dose of the vaccine), or who have completed it less than 14 days prior to contact with a positive person:

  • An obligatory 10 days quarantine. At the end of the quarantine period a molecular or antigenic test with a negative result must be completed.

People who have completed the primary vaccination cycle more than 4 months ago (120 days) prior to contact with a positive person, and who have a valid green pass:

  • Asymptomatic people - 5 days quarantine and a negative molecular or antigenic test following quarantine.
  • Quarantine is no longer necessary for asymptomatic people who:
    a) have received the booster dose or
    b) have completed the primary vaccination cycle within the previous 4 months (120 days) or
    c) have recovered from SARS-CoV-2 infection within the previous 4 months (120 days)
    In this case, an FFP2 mask must be worn for at least 10 days from the time of exposure to the positive case. A 5-day period of self-surveillance is necessary. A rapid antigenic or molecular test is necessary should any symptoms appear.
    If symptoms continue, the test must be repeated on the 5th day following contact with the positive case.
  • If a surgical or FFP2 mask has always been worn, then no quarantine is necessary, but precautionary measures must be maintained.
  • If a surgical or FFP2 mask has not been worn, passive monitoring applies.

Low-risk contact, as per CDC guidelines, is defined as a person who has had one or more of the following types of exposure:

  • direct (face-to-face) contact with a COVID-19 case, at a distance of less than 2 meters and for less than 15 minutes;
  • a person who was in an enclosed environment (e.g., classroom, meeting room, hospital waiting room) or who traveled with a COVID-19 case for less than 15 minutes;
  • all passengers and crew on a flight where a COVID-19 case was present, except passengers seated within two seats in any direction from the COVID-19 case; fellow passengers and personnel assigned to the section of the aircraft/train where the case was seated (these are classified as high-risk contacts);
  • laboratory personnel handling specimens from a COVID-19 case, provided they wore recommended PPE.

Infected people who have received the booster dose, or who have completed the vaccine cycle less than 4 months (120 days) ago:

  • The isolation period is reduced from 10 to 7 days, provided that
    a) they have always been asymptomatic or
    b) they have been asymptomatic for at least 3 days and at the end of this period a molecular or antigenic test has been performed with a negative result.

For all other cases, the quarantine period is 10 days followed by a negative molecular or antigenic test.

 

If there are questions you have that are unanswered here, please drop an email to AUR's Associate Dean of Academic Administration and Chair of the Covid-19 Planning and Task Force, Dru Burtz, at d.burtz@aur.edu. You'll get a direct response and, if this looks like a query that will help others, we'll add it to this page.


Providing false information about vaccination status is a violation of the University Code and of our COVID-19 community standards. Violations may result in disciplinary action up to suspension from the university