The effect of coronavirus on teaching - Q&A
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Updated on 14 September at 15.35 (instructions for collecting attendance lists added)
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 current coronavirus situation, the second stage of the University’s recovery plan continues also after 17 August 2020. See the recovery plan timetable here (pdf).
- Teaching and guidance practices will be following the fall semester guidelines set in June: remote teaching and guidance is recommended and mass events will not be organised. Contact teaching can be organised under certain circumstances when safety regulations are taken into consideration. The aim is to ensure that especially first year students have the opportunity to meet at campuses in teaching and guidance situations.
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 University of Helsinki recommends the use of protective masks in working and learning situations where safe social distancing cannot be observed. The University will provide protective masks for staff and students for working and learning situations in which their use is recommended. Working groups are preparing the centralised procurement and distribution of masks.