The effect of coronavirus on teaching - Q&A
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Updated on 15 June at 8.30.
On this page, questions and answers concerning the COVID-19 disease will be collected especially from the perspective of teaching and teachers’ work. Students' frequently asked questions and answers are available on the Instructions for Students website. Please select your degree programme above to see if your faculty has provided further instructions.
In the first place, the University always complies with instructions provided by the authorities. You can keep yourself up to date with developments on the University website Helsinki.fi: Coronavirus situation at the University of Helsinki.
Decisions by the coronavirus management team, 14 June
- The University of Helsinki will transition from restriction level 3 to level 2 in accordance with the University’s recovery plan.
- Library, museum and sports and fitness services can be opened as of 15 June. The necessary self-study facilities can be opened through joint planning by the relevant response centre, the IT Centre and the Facilities and Properties sector to be available during regular summer opening hours. Up to date information on the opening hours and available services of the libraries can be found on the Helsinki University Library website.
- University buildings will be opened as needed for the provision of necessary teaching, cafeteria services as well as other services deemed necessary by the relevant response centre. Summer opening hours are valid until 15 August.
- The restriction on indoor gatherings of no more than 10 people and on outdoor gatherings of no more than 50 people will be lifted on 15 June. Even if the restrictions related to the number of people allowed in events and meetings are removed, the guidelines issued by the authorities on health and safety, including recommendations for social distancing and other regulations, must be observed.
- Teaching, examinations and examinations of doctoral theses during the summer will be carried out as previously planned. However, exceptions can be made at the discretion of the relevant response centre.
- The recommendation to telecommute is valid until 29 August 2021.
- Remote teaching continues until 31 July 2021. Only the relevant response centre may grant permission to provide necessary instruction as contact teaching. Teaching facilities will be opened as requested by the response centres.
- On the University premises, protective face masks must be worn, and social distancing as well as good hand hygiene must be practised. Everyone on the premises has the right to feel safe.
- Information pertaining to the beginning of the new academic year will be provided on 13 August at the latest. The goal is to resume normal University operations on the campuses by employing any measures necessary in terms of health and safety.
Observing common rules remains the top priority in preventing the spread of the coronavirus:
- Do not come to the campuses when ill or when experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus disease Assess your need for testing here: Omaolo service.
- Be sure to practise extremely careful hand and coughing hygiene.
- Leave room for others, and always keep a distance of one to two metres from others, whenever possible.
- Do not shake hands or hug people.
- Avoid unnecessary contact. In other words, meet in person only when necessary. (Meetings, development days etc. are primarily to be organised remotely.)
- Please remember to clean any equipment in joint use after using it. Overall, cleaning activities at the University have been intensified.
- The use of protective face masks is strongly recommended for members of the University community, visitors and customers (e.g., in cafeterias, museums, libraries and sports facilities) visiting public University premises. Mask use is recommended in contact teaching as well as guidance and supervision situations. In laboratory teaching, mask use is required. The University is obtaining protective face masks for students and teachers involved in contact teaching. Please check the up-to-date recommendations on face masks on the University’s website.