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SNU Notice

SNU Academic Policies and Procedures against COVID-19 Infection

❒ Background
  • In response to the recent spread of COVID-19, universities must ensure the timely actions for stabilizing the academic operations with reference to Academic Operation Guidelines against COVID-19 Infection, published by Ministry of Education;
  • In accordance with the changes in academic calendar, changes in academic policies and procedures must also be immediately addressed to protect the student rights to study free of concern.
❒ Academic Policies and Procedures
  • Changes in Academic Calendar
    Changes in Academic Calendar
    Change Before After Notes
    Semester Start
    March 2, 2020 March 16, 2020  
    15 Weeks 14 Weeks Start Date: Mon, March 16
    End Date: Fri, June 19
  • Academic Policies for COVID-19-affected Students
    • -Suggested criteria is as follows:
      Suggested criteria is as follows
      Subject Confirmed Patients Suspected Patients Self-Quarantine Students and Self-Isolated Students
      Until being confirmed with full recovery Until being tested negative For the period of delay in entry to Korea and for 14 Days after entry
      ※ More details are suggested in SNU Division of Educational Affairs’s notice on guidance for preventing infections, and may change when the government put additional regulations in place.
    • - Students affected by COVID-19 must not enter the campus and attend any class for the legitimate period. Class absences of these students will be acknowledged for attendance with proof documentation*.
    • -Each institution that offers courses will be notified of the list of the affected students (confirmed and suspected patients, self-quarantine, and self-isolated cases), including their quarantine period and course registration information, by SNU Division of Educational Affairs (through SNU Health Service Center or Office of International Affairs).
    • -Any student who has suspected symptoms can also excuse their class absences with proof documentation* under the approval of the institution or instructor that offers the course.
      * Proof documentation includes medical certificates, documents that certifies on the date of entry, etc., which must be submitted to the instructor of that course.
  • Changes in Class Planning and Operations
    • -Undergraduate and graduate programs share the same academic calendar.
    • -Due to the shortening of semester (from 15 weeks to 14 weeks), classes will be held as follows:
      · 15 hours per credit workload requirement must be completed within 14 weeks.
      * In accordance with Article 74 of 「Seoul National University School Regulations」, 1 credit must carry 15 hours or more of classes. (30 hours or more of classes for courses classified as lab sessions, practices, and physical education.)
      · The new syllabus that includes the schedule changes, such as extra make-up classes, can be found on the course registration website from March 2, 2020.
    • -Course change period is from Monday, March 9 to Friday, March 20, 2020.
  • Changes in Spring 2020 Academic Calendar
    Changes in Spring 2020 Academic Calendar
    Change Before After
    1st semester commences Sun,
    March 1
    March 1
    Spring semester begins Mon,
    March 2
    March 16
    Course change period for Spring semester Mon,
    March 2
    ~ Fri,
    March 6
    March 9
    ~ Fri,
    March 20
    First quarter of Spring semester ends Wed,
    March 25
    April 7
    Second quarter of Spring semester ends;Last day for course withdrawal (drop) Tue,
    April 21
    May 4
    Spring semester reading period Thu,
    April 23
    ~ Fri,
    April 24
    May 7
    ~ Fri,
    May 8
    Third quarter of Spring semester ends Thu,
    May 19
    May 28
    Spring semester class ends Fri,
    June 12
    June 19
    Last day for faculty to submit grades for Spring semester Fri,
    June 26
    July 3
  • See Attached the following documents:
    • -Guidance for Preventing COVID-19 Infection
Guidance for Preventing COVID-19 Infection
If you have traveled to China and other infected regions and have a fever or respiratory symptoms (cough, shortening of breath, etc.), you must go to state-designated medical facilities or call the KCDC call center (1339), Dasan Seoul Call Center (Area code+120), or local community health center to follow the necessary procedures.
Confirmed Patients Those who have been confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 through the diagnostic test (regardless of whether to have symptoms or not)
· Diagnostic test: PCR
Regardless of whether they currently experience any symptoms Report to 1339 or local community health center, and report to SNU Health Service Center, too
Suspected Patients Those who have visited China in the past 14 days AND experience a fever (37.5℃) or respiratory symptoms (fever, sore throat, etc.)
Those who have been in close contact with confirmed case in the past 14 days AND experience a fever (37.5℃) or respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, etc.)
Those suspected with COVID-19 Infection by a doctor AND experience a fever (37.5℃) or respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, pneumonia, etc.) within 14 days after returning from traveling to COVID-19-infected regions
(under active surveillance)
Those who have visited Hubei province in the past 14 days (including transits; entering Korea on February 4 onwards) or those who have been in contact with confirmed case AND show no symptom;
To be in self-quarantine for 14 days under monitoring of local public health divisions.
Self-Isolated Those who have visited China, Hong Kong, and Macau in the past 14 days AND show no symptom;
To be suspended from entering the campus (excluded from class and work) and prevented from having in contact with people and going outside from the current residence
* Those who develop any suspected symptoms must call the local community health center or 1339 KCDC call center.
Report to SNU Health Service Center
Report Procedure
Report Procedure
Campus Institution Phone Number Working Hours
All KCDC Call Center
(central unit)
1339 24 hours
Dasan Seoul Call Center Area code+120
(For Seoul, 02-12)
24 hours
Gwanak Gwanak-gu Community
Health Center
24 hours
Control Center
SNU Health Service Center 02-880-5339
Daytime (9:00 – 18:00)
Nighttime, Weekend and Holidays
SNU Administrative Building (Bldg. 60) Night Duty Office 02-880-5181
Nighttime, Weekend and Holidays
Yeongeon Jongro-gu Community Health Center 02-2428-3552 24 hours
SNU Health Service Center (Yeongeon Branch) 02-740-8108 24 hours

* It is prohibited to show up at on-campus and local health/medical facilities without making any prior notice. You must call ahead to the central unit (KCDC Call Center 1339).
* All COVID-19-affected students must report their information to SNU Health Service Center through .

On-Campus Guidance for Preventing COVID-19 Infection
  • -Wear a mask if you have any respiratory symptoms, such as coughs, especially when you go outside or visit any health/medical facilities.
  • -Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 30 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • -Cover your cough or sneeze into your upper sleeves when you do not wear a mask.
  • -Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • -Inform your overseas travel history to medical staff.