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Coronavirus – university activities and the coronavirus situation

Since March 2020, university activities have been seriously affected by the coronavirus pandemic. This article is updated as new restrictions and recommendations are issued. The latest update was on 10 January 2022.

If the Government or expert authorities issue new recommendations or information, the coronavirus management group will assess if/how this affects the university’s activities.

A compilation of items from the university’s coronavirus management group’s emails is available via this link: Mejl på engelska angående corona (in English).

Recommendations and decisions that apply to university activities

University activities, as well as employees, students and visitors, must continue to follow the current recommendations and restrictions issued by the Public Health Agency of Sweden External link, opens in new window., as well as the general guidelines on individual responsibility for reducing the spread of Covid-19.

In consultation with the coronavirus management group, the vice-chancellor has decided the following applies to university activities.

  1. The university must plan for on-campus teaching in period 1, 2022. However, circumstances have changed; because the number of places in classrooms is limited to 80%, the university can thus have fewer people on teaching premises, as recommended by the Public Health Agency. The number of places available for the first of the spring semester’s four periods will be stated in TimeEdit. This is the maximum number of students who can participate in a class in that room from 10 January 2022.
  2. If possible, first-year students and international students must be prioritised when planning on-campus teaching.
  3. Due to the considerable number of practical course components, teaching at the School of Police Studies is not included in these restrictions. Where possible, the school must plan so that groups of students are not mixed and otherwise take measures to reduce the spread of infection.
  4. Written examinations will be able to be held according to the published schedule for the autumn of 2021 and the spring of 2022. The measures that have previously been implemented to prevent the spread of infection, such as distance markings on the floor, hand disinfectant and (voluntary) face masks for students, as well as plexiglass and visors for invigilators, are still in use. Also, in January, there will be an additional of extended time for entry, and entry via two doors to UB 717, when the number of examinees exceeds 100.
  5. In cases where teaching or examination cannot be conducted in accordance with the syllabus, primarily in period 1, e.g. if a course component needs to be conducted remotely, it is still possible to register deviations from course syllabuses. A course deviation must be confirmed with the line manager and the head of school must decide that the deviation from the syllabus is justifiable on the basis of the current guidelines and circumstances at the university and, as previously, is well founded. The decision must be documented in the Kursavvikelser External link. excel file, and be sent to kursavvikelsercorona@sh.se.
  6. In accordance with the above items, the head of school, or the person to whom the head of school has delegated decision-making, makes decisions for their students. Decisions must be made after coordination with the heads of the other schools and the academic leader for Teacher Education. Subsequently, the academic schools and Teacher Education are responsible for communicating decisions and what they entail to their staff and students. General information about how the current situation and decisions influence education at the academic schools and on Teacher Education must be published in the relevant course room on SH-StudyWeb. Information to students about their course/programme should include what applies now and looking ahead as regards being on campus or remotely for lectures, seminars and exams. Clarify for students where, when and how any changes will be communicated to them.
  7. Employees who can work from home must do so. However, at the same time as limiting our presence on campus, university activities must be maintained. Naturally, if you have teaching or other tasks that must be done on campus, you must work on campus. If possible, avoid using public transport to and from the university during the rush hour.

    Tasks that require being on site, such as administrative tasks like signing documents, may be done at the university, or documents can be sent in the post where possible.

    Meetings that are not appropriate to hold digitally may be held on site. Physical distancing must be able to be maintained on these occasions. However, meetings of a more general nature are to be held digitally.

    If, for other reasons, such as a lack of space at home, ergonomics, or the psychosocial work environment, employees need to work on site, they may do so after consultation with their line manager.
  8. Vaccination is important in reducing the spread of infection. Employees can be vaccinated during working hours.
  9. Stay at home if you show symptoms and take a test for COVID-19.
  10. Stay at home if someone in your household is infected. When someone tests positive for COVID-19, employees who live in the same household must stay at home for seven days, counted from the day on which the person who tested positive took the test.
  11. If you are experiencing anxiety, counselling is available from the occupational health provider, Avonova External link. (link in Swedish).
  12. Work-related travel can continue, taking account of the recommendations issued by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Public Health Agency and the restrictions and recommendations that apply at the destination.

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Please contact the central records officer (registrator@sh.se) if you would like to access other documents related to the university’s coronavirus information.


Published: 2021-05-12
Unit: Communication and Public Relations