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COVID-19 safety procedures at Faculty of Biology

Procedures for when an Employee, a PhD Student or a Student…

  • Who to inform if you are:
    • an employee – your head of the department/institute and the dean Krzysztof Spalik (dziekan@biol.uw.edu.pl);
    • a PhD student – your advisor and the head of Doctoral Studies Dr hab. Ewa Borsuk (borsuk@biol.uw.edu.pl) or the head of Doctor School of Exact and Natural Sciences;
    • a student – your tutor and the vice-dean for student affairs Dr hab. Magdalena Markowska (studencki@biol.uw.edu.pl).
  • a person, who had contact with someone infected with Sars-CoV-2 or is quarantined informs his/her superior/advisor/tutor and the dean of the Faculty of Biology
  • works from home until the end of quarantine or until receiving a negative diagnostic test
  • Contact with a person who is quarantined and shows the symptoms of an infection should be treated like the contact with someone tested positive. Therefore, you should inform your superior and work from home.
  • Contact with a quarantined person who does not show symptoms of an infection does not require a self-isolation. You can come to work yet you should avoid contacting others and you should check whether the your quarantined contact developed symptoms of COVID-19.

Working during the pandemics

  • Your work should adhere to a timetable established by the head of your department or the director of you rinstitute.
  • It is recommended that in one room, there can be one person at a time.
  • Minimise contact with others. Do not enter the rooms occupied by other people – choose phone or email contact instead of contacting in person. While delivering required documents, please leave them in a designated place and leave.
  • Avoid stationary work if possible. People at a high risk of COVID-19 due to age or chronic illnesses are advised to work from home, especially when stationary work requires commuting by public transport. This does not apply to those who do not contact any person at work and commute by personal transport, by bike or on foot.
  • Remember to present your magnetic card at the door – this will help with tracking in case of a need to establish people who contacted the infected person.
  • Please contact administration director Magdalena Sobolewska-Bereza at admin@biol.uw.edu.pl to inform her about the night hours schedule if specific work is needed.
  • Depending on the actual situation, administration offices may work remotely with stationary shifts.
  • There is a selected zone for Faculty employees in the canteen (entrance on -1 level, next to restrooms).
  • Business trips have to be approved by the dean. For international business trips, please check current restrictions.

How we teach during the pandemic

  • Unless further notice, classes/laboratories will be conducted as usual while lectures will be conducted online.
  • Laboratory work for your diploma project can be conducted respecting the rules of social distancing and the timetable of work.

Sanitary guidelines

  • For sanitary guidelines at the University of Warsaw, check https://www.uw.edu.pl/wytyczne-sanitarne-dotyczace-funkcjonowania-obiektow-uw/
  • It is not allowed to be present at the Faculty if one has even one symptom of infection. In case of doubt, self-isolation is suggested.
  • Do cover your mouth and nose. Rooms for individual work or those with protecting screens with UV lights turned on are an exception.
  • Keep a 2-metre distance and wash your hands.
  • Minimise the time spent with others, especially in closed areas.


  • Dean’s Representative responsible for hygienic and sanitary requirements Romuald Stęborowski, phone: 22 55 42 318 or via concierge or via email: rost@biol.uw.edu.pl
  • Other important issues or safety issues contact Administration Director Dr. Magdalena Sobolewska-Bereza,  phone: 608 401 993, or the Dean Professor Krzysztof Spalik phone: 604 922 750.


  • Mutual safety does not depend on commands and prohibitions but also on our goodwill and kindness. Please respect the fears and worries of others. Some people are more sensitive to the situation and more vulnerable due to their health or taking care of significant others who may be at risk due to COVID-19 infection.

Dean of the Faculty of Biology: Krzysztof Spalik