The effect of coronavirus on teaching - Q&A
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Updated on 14 January at 10:19.
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.
The next coronavirus information session is expected to be held on Monday, 24 January 2022 at 10.00–11.00.
Decisions by the crisis management team, 11 January 2022
- In the third teaching period, teaching will primarily be organised over remote connections. Decisions on necessary contact instruction, such as laboratory and skills courses, are made by faculty-specific response centres. Contact instruction can be organised for groups of no more than 25 people.
- If the crisis management team finds in February that the pandemic situation has eased, supervision, teaching and contact meetings can be organised for small groups (no more than 25 people) at the discretion of degree programmes or supervisors.
- Sufficient and spacious self-access facilities will be ensured for students on all campuses.
- Examinations can be held on site or online as planned. In on-site examinations, sufficient spaciousness of examination facilities must be ensured and the number of participants restricted, when necessary, to 50 people in the same facility.
- The guidelines for teaching may have to be amended according to future decisions by the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Finnish government or the Regional State Administrative Agency.
- Face masks must be worn in teaching and learning situations. Protective face masks are to be worn on all premises when not alone.
- All public examinations of doctoral theses must be planned as remote access events until January 31, 2022.
- Research that requires on-site presence can be conducted on the premises. When working in laboratories, special attention must be paid to health and safety. The crisis management team recommends reintroducing a booking system for laboratory facilities.
- A recommendation to work remotely applies for the time being to all positions and duties where work can be performed remotely.
- Self-access facilities will be kept open while observing health and safety guidelines and ensuring safe distances. Independent study facilities are closed for the time being. Exceptions are listed in Instructions for students.
- The hygiene-related requirements based on the Communicable Diseases Act will remain in force in facilities open to the public (not work facilities).
- We urge members of the University community to get vaccinated against coronavirus, since extensive general vaccination coverage in the population enables in-person encounters and normal University operations. Information about vaccinations is considered personal health information, which supervisors or teachers cannot require employees or students to share. Neither can such information be collected. Naturally, voluntary discussion about vaccinations is permitted.
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 avoid close contact with other people, whenever possible.
- Do not shake hands or hug people.
- Meet in person only when necessary.
- Please remember to clean any equipment in joint use after using it. Overall, cleaning activities at the University have been intensified.
- Face masks must be worn in teaching and learning situations. Protective face masks are to be worn on all premises when not alone. The University is obtaining protective face masks for students and teachers involved in contact teaching.