[2020-03-17] Infection Prevention Measures in Response to New Coronavirus Disease

(Last updated on 17/3/2020)

Latest information from HK government

The Hong Kong Government announced that the Department of Health would issue compulsory quarantine orders for 14 days to all people entering Hong Kong from Korea, Hokkaido (Japan), Iran and Schengen Area in Europe, UK & Ireland (from 19/3), USA (from 19/3) and Egypt (from 19/3) in addition to Mainland China. The Government is expected to further expand the list in the coming few days. For details of the arrangements, please visit Government website: https://www.coronavirus.gov.hk/eng/inbound-travel.html.

Campus arrangements

In order to monitor the health of residential students efficiently and ensure hostel safety, the College implemented stricter campus access arrangements since February. All students must register their entry and exit records at Information Counter on G/F, and measure their body temperature before entering. Residents returning to hostel should fill in health declaration and self-medical surveillance forms. We would like to remind students on approaches implemented to prevent disease outbreak mentioned in previous announcements which are still valid (some highlights below). For details, please visit http://www.ws.cuhk.edu.hk/news-and-events/news/cov20·         Hostel is a densely populated living space. Students staying in the hostel may place themselves in a high-risk and passive environment. Therefore, University and College strongly recommend all students to stay home;

  • The University requires all staff, residents and residents returning to campus must fill in the online health declaration form and self-medical surveillance form provided by the University Health Services;

  • The College strongly recommends that all students to wear surgical masks in public areas, to avoid gathering or contacting public objects often, and to wash their hands frequently with liquid soap;

  • If the students are feeling unwell (especially with symptoms of fever, cough and vomiting), they must notify the any duty hostel personnel immediately and inform them travel histories. They should go to UHS clinic, in-town clinics or hospitals for medical treatment (according to health regulations, patients returning to Hong Kong from an infectious disease outbreak area must go to the A&E department of any public hospitals for medical treatment), and then inform the College of the diagnosis results for College’s follow up and implement of emergency procedures;

  • Infectious disease prevention measures have been implemented in all common areas of the hostel in accordance with the guidelines, including enhanced cleaning and disinfection;

  • There are thermometers available for students to perform self-medical surveillance. Students should prepare surgical masks for protection themselves;

  • In accordance with the University ’s emergency response plan for new infectious diseases and prevention of densely populated activities, all common rooms (including fitness room, music rooms, reading rooms, computer rooms and seminar rooms, etc.) have been closed until further notice;

  • Hostel’s visiting arrangement has been suspended, including the sale of temporary residence tickets to non-College students ;

Self-quarantine arrangements

Local students returning to Hong Kong from the listed countries requiring home quarantine are requested to perform self-quarantine at their homes. For non-local students, they must notify the College in prior to their journey back to Hong Kong (stating their itinerary, visited area and expected arrival date via email). The College will make necessary arrangements in advance for self-quarantine to be carried out on campus.

Student on overseas exchange

The Office of Academic Links has issued announcement to students who are on outgoing exchange yesterday. The University strongly recommends all students (especially those in regions with the Red Outbound Travel Alert) to return home as soon as possible under safe and feasible conditions.  There are two options for the students to reply (either coming back home or staying in the overseas institutions) by completing an online form (https://cloud.itsc.cuhk.edu.hk/webform/view.php?id=9273428) before 11:59pm on 19 Mar. For details, please read the email sent by OAL yesterday.

Strict approach of campus and health control

The College implemented strict approach of campus and health control since February. However, Wardens found several cases of College students lending their access cards to students of other Colleges and even friends outside University. We would like to remind students exchanging or lending access cards to others are strictly prohibited. Students found lending cards to others are subject to disciplinary hearing and penalties (usually demerit to be marked on transcript). The students of other Colleges who are using the cards for unauthorized access will be referred to their Dean of Students for handling. For cases involving outsiders, we will call Security Office or Police to handle.

Campus access is now restricted at main entrance on G/F. All students have to gain access at entrance for health screening (including signing log in/out registration and measuring body temperature).


(Last updated on 2/3/2020)

Limited College Office counter services are provided from today (10:00am-12:00nn & 2:00pm-4:30pm, Mon-Fri) until further notice. Students are not encouraged to come back to school as advised, however, if you really have to and would like to perform inquiries in person, please come to 1/F, WS1 during the above mentioned time. Thank you.


(Last updated on 26/2/2020)

The Hong Kong Government announced on 25 Feb 2020 that the Department of Health would issue quarantine orders for 14 days to all people entering Hong Kong from Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do in South Korea (https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202002/25/P2020022500007.htm). People who have been to Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do in South Korea preceding arrival at Hong Kong, even if they enter Hong Kong via other places, are covered. Students who return to Hong Kong from Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do in South Korea will carry out 14-days quarantine at places provided by the government. For students coming back from other provinces, strict medical surveillance will be carried out instead.

Local students returning to Hong Kong from provinces other than Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do in South Korea are requested to perform medical surveillance at their homes. Non-local students returning to Hong Kong from provinces other than Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do in South Korea must notify the College in prior to their journey to Hong Kong. The College will make necessary arrangements in advance for strict medical surveillance to be carried out on campus.

The College and University strongly urge students not to return to CUHK campus for the time being. If non-local students currently staying in South Korea have urgent needs to return to Hong Kong in the next few weeks, they must inform the College of their itinerary, visited area and expected arrival date via email before planning their trip back to Hong Kong, no matter they will be arriving from Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do, or other provinces in South Korea. After arrival, Wardens will follow up with the students of their medical surveillance arrangements. If you have any questions about the above arrangements, please contact the College via email (wscollege@cuhk.edu.hk) or call 39431504/39434703. Thank you.


(Last updated on 11/2/2020)

The Hong Kong Government announced on 8 Feb 2020 that the Department of Health would issue quarantine orders for 14 days to all people entering Hong Kong from the Mainland China. People who have been to the Mainland China in the past 14 days preceding arrival at Hong Kong, even if they enter Hong Kong via other places, are covered. Students who return to Hong Kong from Mainland China will carry out quarantine at places provided by the government if they are issued a compulsory quarantine order. Otherwise, quarantine at home will be carried out. Any person concerned who leave the places of quarantine without permission may commit a criminal offence. The maximum penalty upon conviction is imprisonment for six months and a fine of $25,000.

Colleges shall arrange floors in their hostels for home quarantine for their own students, so that students can get proper care during quarantine. After reviewing the status of each floor and discussing with the Warden and student representatives, it is agreed to utilize two floors – 10/F (for female) and 11/F (for male) in which equipped with separate pantry and farther away from common areas for quarantine purposes. We have begun to contact the residents on the two floors and assist them to move to other rooms or arrange early check-out for them.

Local students returning to Hong Kong from Mainland China have to carry out quarantine procedures at their homes. For non-local students who intend to return to Hong Kong from Mainland China, they must notify the College by e-mail in advance. The College will arrange a separate home quarantine room in advance. During the 14-day quarantine period, the card rights of the students will limited to their own floor only. They are required to stay in their rooms and use the designated toilet on their own floor only. The College will try to provide their daily necessities. During which, Warden will keep close contact with the students and check the students' compliance with the quarantine order from time to time. Please note that the quarantine order is issued by the government. If you are found leaving the quarantine place without approval will constitute a criminal offence and can be sentenced to six months' imprisonment and a fine of $25,000 upon conviction.

Students currently staying in Mainland China are not encouraged to return to CUHK and hostel. The above measures are one of the epidemic prevention measures arranged in accordance with University instructions. If students have urgent needs to come back from Mainland China, they must inform the College of their itinerary, the area visited and the estimated date of arrival by email when planning their return to Hong Kong. After arriving on campus, students still need to perform body temperature check, complete health declaration form and 14 days of self-medical surveillance procedures. Warden will accompany the students to the designated place for the 14-day quarantine procedure.

The College is very concerned about the health of students and is committed to maintaining a safe hostel. If the students are feeling unwell or have any questions about the above arrangements, please contact the on-duty tutor, Warden or College Office [email (wscollege@cuhk.edu.hk) or telephone (39431504 / 39434703)]



(Last updated on 5/2/2020)

Due to the rapid outbreak of the new coronavirus disease in the community, the University announced online teaching instead of face-to-face instruction until further notice and advised students not to return to hostel as part of measures to strengthen the protection of students' health. After careful consideration, the College implemented the following two special arrangements:

  1. Allow voluntary early move-out and refund of hostel fees in pro-rata for students;
  2. Strengthen prevention measures on campus and setting up health stations at the entrances of the two blocks.

Voluntary early move-out from hostel

  • Students can fill in the online application form from today (5/2) to Saturday (8/2) without obtaining prior approval from Wardens and one-month notice period for early move-out;
  • After approval, students can move out from Monday to Friday (9:30 am-4:30pm) within February, starting from 10/2 according to scheduled appointment date;
  • Hostel fees will be charged from beginning of term to 4/2 only. The card authority of those students will be terminated on 10/2. Please approach information counter on G/F for move-out procedures;
  • Once the move-out procedures are completed, students will not be able to reside again during the 2019/20 residential year; the hostel deposit will also be refunded;
  • As hostel application for 2020/21 has not yet been opened, students who apply for early move-out will not be allowed to store their luggage after move-out;
  • Students failed to complete move-out procedures within February will be deemed to have given up their applications and intend to continue their accommodation until the end of the residential year;
  • All early move-out requests made after the application deadline will be considered as normal withdrawal requests, which have to be approved by Wardens and one month notice apply.

Additional health stations on campus

In order to monitor the health of residential students efficiently and ensure hostel safety, the College implemented stricter campus access arrangements from now on. In addition to the previous implementation of health declaration and self-medical surveillance arrangements, the College has set up health stations at the G/F entrance of both blocks. All students must register their entry and exit records (log-in and log-out) so that the College can trace student movement when needed. Moreover, all students re-entering the hostel must measure their body temperature before entering. The College hopes the adaptation of the three measures: health declaration, registration of entry/ exit records, regular measurement of body temperature and 14-day self-health surveillance, could help protecting students’ health and hostel safety.

If the students are feeling unwell (especially with symptoms of fever, cough and vomiting), they must notify hostel tutors, Wardens or any duty hostel personnel immediately and inform them travel histories. They should go to UHS clinic or hospitals for medical treatment. In addition, the University has issued guidelines for self-medical surveillance and quarantine. In case suspected infection is found, the College will notify UHS according to the guidelines. Students with suspected infection will be sent to the hospital for further examination. Persons in close contact with the students will be observed in isolation.


(Last updated on 30/1/2020)

The College wishes you a good health in the Year of Rat. Following the outbreak of new coronavirus disease originating in Wuhan, the University has announced a series of infection prevention measures. The College also discussed on a series of prevention measures and special hostel arrangements to protect the health of students and the safety of the hostel. All students please take note of the following arrangements and special measures:

  1. Hostel is a densely populated living space. Students staying in the hostel may place themselves in a high-risk and passive environment. Therefore, University and College strongly recommend all students to stay home until 17th February;

  2. The University requires all staff, residents and residents returning to campus must fill in the health declaration form and self-medical surveillance form provided by the University Health Services (the form can be obtained from counter located in the lobby entrance. Please return the completed forms to the information counter at G/F lobby; the University will provide an electronic form later, and we will inform students for the link). They should declare the health status and the areas that they have visited outside Hong Kong within the past 14 days truthfully. Moreover, they must fill in the self-medical surveillance form for 14 consecutive days to protect the health of themselves and other residents. The College will further follow up with students or residents who returned to Hong Kong from an area or source of high risk of outbreak of infectious disease;

  3. The College strongly recommends that all returning students to wear surgical masks in public areas (including shared facilities on the hostel floors), to avoid gathering or contacting public objects often, and to wash their hands frequently with liquid soap;

  4. If the students are feeling unwell (especially with symptoms of fever, cough and vomiting), they must notify the any duty hostel personnel immediately and inform them travel histories. They should go to UHS clinic, in-town clinics or hospitals for medical treatment (according to health regulations, patients returning to Hong Kong from an infectious disease outbreak area must go to the A&E department of any public hospitals for medical treatment), and then inform the College of the diagnosis results for College’s follow up and implement of emergency procedures;

  5. Infectious disease prevention measures have been implemented in all common areas of the hostel in accordance with the guidelines, including enhanced cleaning and disinfection. Specifically, press buttons in elevators and handrails of commonly used staircases are disinfected more frequently. In case suspected infection occurs, the College will announce it as soon as possible and will thoroughly disinfect the room, floor and washroom accordingly;

  6. There are thermometers available for students to perform self-medical surveillance. Surgical masks are to be replenished by suppliers before they can be distributed to students in need due to the lack of supplies in the market. Students should prepare surgical masks for protection themselves;

  7. In accordance with the University ’s emergency response plan for new infectious diseases and prevention of densely populated activities, all common rooms (including fitness room, music rooms, reading rooms, computer rooms and seminar rooms, etc.) have been closed until 17th February or further notice made;

  8. Hostel’s visiting arrangement has been suspended, including the sale of temporary residence tickets to non-College students. Students are not recommended to stay for temporary residence accommodation. If there is an urgent need to do so, they must fill in health declaration forms and self-medical surveillance forms ;

  9. All College events to be held in February (except those under credit-bearing system to be announced separately), will be postponed to March or later. Students who have registered for those events will receive notification shortly.
The College will continuously update the information on prevention measures and special arrangements. Students may browse WoosApp, or read the latest information from the board located next to Information Counter on G/F lobby. If you have any questions, please email us, call 39431504 or contact any counter staff.

The spread of the new coronavirus in Wuhan is quite rapid and extensive. The College will do its best to take precautionary measures. We expect students to be cautious and pay attention to personal hygiene, protect themselves and people around them from infection, and shoulder the responsibility to make the community a healthy one. We hope every student stay healthy and CUHK’s disease fighting and prevention plan a successful one.