At the beginning of every academic year, the Natolin student community elects its Student Representatives. They are voted in for the entire year and take on different portfolios: academic affairs and languages, extracurricular activities, and student wellbeing. They are in constant contact with the whole student community: as such, they are also invited to regular meetings with the administration to discuss Natolin’s pandemic response – and forward any concerns or suggestions that students might have.
In addition to meetings with the Student Representatives, the administration organises open sessions which the whole student community is invited to join. Individual students are always welcome to approach the Student Affairs Officer and other contact points if they want to talk about any part of their Natolin experience, pandemic measures included.
We also organise a community meeting with our consultant epidemiologist. During this conversation, the epidemiologist explains the reasons behind some of the counter-COVID policies we adopt on campus and gives practical advice on how to keep safe. Students also have the opportunity to put forward their health-related questions.
Extracurricular events continue to take place and student societies hold meetings. The College of Europe in Natolin has prepared several common rooms and spaces for this, upgrading the ventilation and reducing maximum occupancy in order to ensure a safe community environment. Events that cannot be held fully in person are organised remotely or semi-remotely. This allows community life, including the National Days that Natolin is known for, to continue.
We acknowledge that safety is a real community effort. It is only by looking out for each other and being responsible that we can all stay safe. In addition to a constant dialogue with the student community, we also publish clear guidance on health measures on campus, and continue to update them about the epidemiological situation in Poland.