The effect of coronavirus on teaching - Q&A
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Updated on 29 March at 7.35: Teaching in autumn 2021.
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.
Due to the increasing severity of the coronavirus situation and the prevailing exceptional circumstances, the following decisions will remain in effect until 30 April 2021.
- University premises will remain closed until 30 April 2021.
- As far as libraries, museums and UniSport are concerned, the University will observe the recommendations of the coronavirus coordination group of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area.
- Campus Libraries in Meilahti and Kumpula as well as the Learning Centres Aleksandria and Minerva will remain closed at least until April 30, 2021. For the time being, books can be borrowed and picked up from the reservation shelf in the Main Library at Kaisa House and at the Viikki Pop-up Library.
- The recommendation to telecommute is valid until 30 June 2021. A stricter policy for telecommuting as much as is possible continues until 30 April 2021.
- Remote teaching continues until 30 April 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.
- Public examinations of doctoral theses will be arranged remotely until 30 April 2021, and it is recommended that plans will be made to arrange public examinations primarily remotely until 30 June 2021. On-site public examinations of theses may only be arranged at special permission by the relevant response centre.
- Wearing a protective face mask is required on University premises, unless there are no other people present.
- The University’s recovery plan can be found on the helsinki.fi website.
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.