University Senate decision on COVID-19 measures


In line with the COVID-19 pandemic safety measures, Bilkent University Senate decided on September 16, 2020, to adopt and enforce the following rules that apply to all indoor and outdoor spaces on campus:

1. Wearing a face mask completely covering mouth and nose is mandatory in all indoor and outdoor spaces. The mask can be removed temporarily while eating and drinking, provided that a minimum of 1.5 meter social distance is observed.
2. Wearing a face mask is mandatory in university shuttle buses and in private cars with at least one passenger (in addition to the driver).
3. It is mandatory to adhere to quarantine and isolation restrictions imposed by the Ministry of Health or the Bilkent University Health Center for COVID-19 patients, persons who show COVID-19 symptoms, or persons who have been in contact with a COVID-19 patient.
4. Compliance to time restrictions imposed by Bilkent University on entry and exit to the campus is mandatory.
5. Considering that the act of smoking leads to neglect of social distancing and that blowing out tobacco smoke causes droplets to disperse further, and thus increase the risk of infection, effective 1 October 2020 the use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes and other tobacco products is forbidden in all indoor and outdoor spaces on campus other than in specially designated smoking areas. In designated smoking areas, a minimum of 2.5 meter social distance must be kept between smokers.
6. All employees and students of Bilkent University must obtain a HES code from the “Life Fits into Home” platform of the Ministry of Health and share it with the University Administration. (Detailed information will be provided in the upcoming days)
7. It is mandatory to comply with any additional measures taken by Bilkent University against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Violation of any of the rules listed above is subject to reporting to university authorities for initiation of disciplinary action and penalties as specified in applicable regulations.