COVID-19 Response

The Coronavirus Disease, also known as Covid-19, is a respiratory disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus[1]. It spread across the world starting from Wuhan city of Hubei, a province in China, during December 2019. The severity of this disease has caused international confinement and lockdowns, travel bans, economic crises, shortage in food supplies in some third-world countries and severe repercussions in stock markets. Countries all over the globe have implemented severe lockdowns and have urged companies, universities and schools to adopt remote working and distance teaching / learning.

With the rising number of daily new cases worldwide, the government of the United Arab Emirates has implemented strict rules to monitor first the number of cases and to limit second the spread of the disease within all the emirates.

Saint Joseph University Dubai, pursuant to the health and safety measures and precautions stipulated by the government of Dubai and the Ministry of Education, has rapidly acted in order to protect the lives of its students, staff and faculty members and has followed the hereinafter precautionary measures.

With the spread of Covid-19 in the United Arab Emirates, Saint Joseph University Dubai has followed the same procedures of its mother campus in Beirut and has implemented a full remote learning / teaching strategy. The university has been on the move to train all its faculty members on how to successfully deliver the same learning outcomes of each program through the adoption of synchronous and asynchronous distant teaching methods.

Schools at Saint Joseph University Dubai were already using an asynchronous distance learning method, Moodle. Therefore, shifting to remote teaching / learning was easy in terms of such method, but students needed guidance using the synchronous platform adopted by the university, Microsoft Teams. In one week, the academic coordinators had trained all students, faculty members and staff on how to use the aforementioned platform.

As part of its precautionary measures to fight Covid-19 and to protect its staff, Saint Joseph University Dubai, following the instructions of the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education, has adopted a safe distance working mode in order to contain the outbreak of this pandemic. The university has encouraged its staff and faculty members to work from home during the spring semester and is willing to encourage them once again this fall semester, if needed.

Upon the request of the United Arab Emirates government to shift to remote working, Saint Joseph University Dubai has abided by the national authority’s decisions and wished its staff to start immediately working from home. This new and safe working mode has been running since March and will continue to be effective if the Ministry of Education decided to maintain a high-risk or moderate-risk level. Staff capacity on campus shall be determined by the ministry. Accordingly, Saint Joseph University Dubai will follow the instructions of the ministry and will allow a number of staffs to fulfill their daily jobs from home, if necessary.

Although Saint Joseph University Dubai has been working in full remote mode since the start of the pandemic, yet it fully recommends its students, staff and faculty members returning to the country to follow the instructions of the Dubai Health Authority.

The United Arab Emirates, as of August 1st, has started issuing entry visas into the country and has advised all incoming individuals to follow the hereinafter rules and regulations:

  • To hold a negative PCR test result within a limit of 96 hours.
  • To undergo another PCR test upon arrival and to quarantine for at least 24 hours until receiving a negative result.
  • In case the PCR test results came back positive, the student and / or faculty member should follow the instructions of the DHA and quarantine for 14 days without coming in contact with any individuals.

In accordance with the requirements of the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the guidelines of the university, if the returnee was positive, he / she shall not enter the university unless after providing a double negative PCR test result.

In case you have any of the Covid-19 symptoms, you are required to stay at home and to seek support from the following numbers:

  • Ministry of Health and Prevention: 800 11111
  • Dubai Health Authority: 800 342
  • Estijaba center, Department of Health: 8001717

As part of its precautionary measures, Saint Joseph University Dubai pledges to follow the rules and regulations of the Ministry of Education and the health and safety requirements of the Ministry of Health and Prevention, to actively work on limiting the spread of the disease and ensuring the safety of its students, staff and faculty members.

During the lockdown, the administration of the university has been working on securing a safe and healthy re-opening of the university in the fall semester of the academic year 2020 – 2021. However, the final decision regarding this issue rests with the Ministry of Education.

Saint Joseph University Dubai has committed itself to produce tips, guidelines and a special guide before re-opening its doors at the start of September. However, the university advises its students, staff and faculty members to refrain from coming to university if they suffer or show any of the following Covid-19 symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Difficulty breathing and shortness of breath
  • Tiredness
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Aches and pains
  • Stomach pains
  • Losing taste and smell

The university expects any individual entering its premises to show a negative PCR test result on Al-Hosn Application. If the individual has contracted the virus or came in contact with a Covid-19 patient, he / she shall first inform the DHA for immediate testing and shall quarantine for at least 14 days. He / she cannot be admitted to university unless after providing the administration with a valid and recent medical certificate showing a double negative PCR test result.

In case you have any of the Covid-19 symptoms, you are required to stay at home and to seek support from the following numbers:

  • Ministry of Health and Prevention: 800 11111
  • Dubai Health Authority: 800 342
  • Estijaba center, Department of Health: 8001717

As part of its precautionary measures, Saint Joseph University Dubai pledges to follow the rules and regulations of the Ministry of Education and the health and safety requirements of the Ministry of Health and Prevention, to actively work on limiting the spread of the disease and ensuring the safety of its students, staff and faculty members.

Saint Joseph University Dubai, unfortunately, does not have a resident doctor on campus, but avails an emergency ambulance due to its presence in Dubai International Academic City. For any urgent cases, please call the emergency responsible on melissa.mouzannar@usj.edu.lb.   

Tips to boost your immunity:

  • Quit smoking as soon as possible
  • Follow a healthy diet high in vegetables and fruits.
  • Avoid eating junk food.
  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes per day.
  • Get enough sleeping hours.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.

Covid-19 symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Difficulty breathing and shortness of breath
  • Tiredness
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Aches and pains
  • Stomach pains
  • Losing taste and smell

In case you have any of the Covid-19 symptoms, you are required to stay at home and to seek support from the following numbers:

  • Ministry of Health and Prevention: 800 11111
  • Dubai Health Authority: 800 342

Estijaba center, Department of Health: 8001717