FAQ for COVID (DONT DELETE)
General questions about COVID-19 by WHO
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.
COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.
People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.
WHO is assessing ongoing research on the ways COVID-19 is spread and will continue to share updated findings.
Studies to date suggest that the virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through contact with respiratory droplets rather than through the air. See previous answer on “How does COVID-19 spread?”
The main way the disease spreads is through respiratory droplets expelled by someone who is coughing. The risk of catching COVID-19 from someone with no symptoms at all is very low. However, many people with COVID-19 experience only mild symptoms. This is particularly true at the early stages of the disease. It is therefore possible to catch COVID-19 from someone who has, for example, just a mild cough and does not feel ill. WHO is assessing ongoing research on the period of transmission of COVID-19 and will continue to share updated findings.
The risk of catching COVID-19 from the feces of an infected person appears to be low. While initial investigations suggest the virus may be present in feces in some cases, spread through this route is not a main feature of the outbreak. WHO is assessing ongoing research on the ways COVID-19 is spread and will continue to share new findings. Because this is a risk, however, it is another reason to clean hands regularly, after using the bathroom and before eating.
Access to campus
A car access will be provided for luggage pick up only for 20 minutes. Please send your requests to firstname.lastname@example.org
All ID cards will be deactivated and access to Campus facilities will be restricted.
ID cards will be deactivated for the entire campus, and therefore an access to all University facilities will be restricted.
Laptops will be provided to students of socially-vulnerable categories only
Each case will be considered individually, students need to provide documented evidence. Please, stop by in DSA Office 23.069 or 24.048
Students are not expected to return until the end of the semester. If the situation changes we will let them know
The Library remains regular service hours and 24/7 through March 20.
21, 22, 23 March: the library is closed for Nauryz Holiday.
24 March – 5 April :
- service hours are as follows: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:15pm; Saturday – Sunday 11:00am – 7:45pm
- 24/7 schedule will remain for Media Room (5e216), Science room (5e237), CompLab (5e238), Relax room (5e439), and Medical Library reading room.
You can use electronic resources off-campus 24/7. Please check FAQ: https://nu-kz.libanswers.com/faq/173062
Ask-a-Librarian, Chat, Interlibrary Loan will be available according to the schedule above through the Library portal.
Libguides will help to search for information and provide essential research support.
Groups of students eligible to stay on campus
- Students having special medical treatment and students having evidenced severe family circumstances are to be considered on an individual basis
- PhD and 2-year GrM students approved in the list submitted by the Dean’s Offices are eligible to stay on campus until further notice in addition to the international students, including those recently received Kazakhstani citizenship
DSA and USM are working on off-campus accommodation options, and the students will be notified soon
Instructions for residents eligible to stay on campus
Students eligible to stay on campus will be relocated due to disinfection process and schedule. Please stay tuned for further instructions from DSA
Spouses of eligible students may stay on campus. Please mind, no other relatives or guests will be allowed on campus
Family students with children residing in faculty blocks may stay on campus. We will notify them if the term changes
According to the clarifications on travel ban from MFA http://mfa.gov.kz/en/content-view/-3580 :
- all KZ citizens are prohibited to leave the country, unless there is an urgent medical condition to do so;
- KZ citizens returning home to KZ will be able to enter the country;
- All foreign passport holders irrespective of citizenship are prohibited to entry unless they have a residence permit of KZ or confirmed family ties with KZ citizens (wife/husband, parents/children);
- Foreign passport holders will be given an opportunity to leave the country.
Home leaves are not restricted officially but strongly discouraged. Kazakhstan has introduced a state of emergency from March 16 till April 15, 2020, and restricted entry to and exit from Kazakhstan (http://mfa.gov.kz/en/content-view/-3580).
There are no restrictions on foreign citizens for leaving Kazakhstan. (http://mfa.gov.kz/en/content-view/-3580).
In President Tokayev’s Decree “On the introduction of a state of emergency in the Republic of Kazakhstan” (March 15, 2020) there are no restrictions on goods transportation.
According to the Decree “On the introduction of a state of emergency in the Republic of Kazakhstan” (March 15, 2020) – restriction is put on entry to and exit from Kazakhstan
KZ citizens are prohibited to leave the country, unless there is an urgent medical condition to do so.
all mobilities abroad are cancelled till July 2020.
Issues about completing research work on campus and work related to research mobility for 3rd year students that are regarded as mandatory part of the study program shall be addressed to the School authorities and research coordinators. However, alternative solutions are being developed in every aspect of the University’s functions, with the unequivocal emphasis on health and safety with as little compromise of the study process as possible.
all mobilities abroad are cancelled till July 2020. Experts forecast that the epidemiological situation will remain until summer and the US is in the state of Emergency right now. Strongly discouraged.
In case that an international student is a PhD student, they will be allowed to continue their experimental research, but they will divide into shifts with their supervisors to work on their projects.
Unfortunately, no. Kazakhstan has introduced a state of emergency from March 16 till April 15, 2020 and restricted entry to and exit from Kazakhstan (http://mfa.gov.kz/en/content-view/-3580).
None of the foreign citizens can enter Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan has introduced a state of emergency from March 16 till April 15, 2020, and restricted entry to and exit from Kazakhstan (http://mfa.gov.kz/en/content-view/-3580).
on-campus events gathering more than 80 people are banned starting March 14, 2020. Therefore, Room Booking service, in compliance with the official restrictions, will not confirm the booking of rooms where the 80+ participants are expected.
Additionally, those requestors who have already received booking confirmation prior to this message are required to make all the necessary arrangements in order to cancel the event if they plan to bring together more than allowed people as per the latest restrictions set by the University administration
Starting from March 14th all visits to Nazarbayev University campus, including visits for onsite consultations on admission and campus-tours, are temporarily cancelled until further notice.
However consultations on admission are still available by land line +7 7172 64-25-84, by chat boxes on NU website, social media and by email email@example.com. We also recommend applicants to follow our website and NU pages in social media for all updates.
Deadlines of Regular admission to undergraduate and graduate programs are not changed.
For updates or any changes in online registration and submitting test results, please follow our official website on Admissions-Announcements. In case of any changes, all applicants will be notified by e-mail.
Questions about exams and marks – Office of the registrar
The timeline of Spring semester remains the same – we are following the current Academic Calendar. The format of final exams will be decided by Schools
It will depend on the situation with the virus in the country. The decision on conducting graduation ceremony will be made after April 15th.
Summer term will depend on the virus situation in the country. The decision will be made after April 15th.
The decision on conducting graduation ceremony will be made after April 15th. If it is cancelled, diplomas will be mailed to all graduating students. The check out procedure is under consideration
The Office of the Registrar will be closed during Nauryz break just like all other departments. You can order a scanned version of your transcript before or after holidays.
The grading will remain the same.