The effect of coronavirus on teaching - Q&A
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Updated on 24 September at 11:50.
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 info session on the coronavirus situation will be held on Monday, 25 October 2021 from 10.00 to 11.00.
- After subsiding to the acceleration phase of the epidemic in the summer, the Helsinki Metropolitan Area has again returned to the community transmission phase. The University of Helsinki will continue observing restriction level 2 in accordance with the University’s recovery plan.
- Teaching and examinations in the first teaching period will be implemented as planned.
- When restrictions are lifted on the national level, the amount of contact instruction will be increased, whenever possible.
- As a rule, buildings and teaching facilities will be open as usual. Self-access facilities have been opened, and others will be opened when possible.
- The number of participants in events for more than 10 people held indoors on University premises cannot exceed 50% of the seating or standing room capacity available in normal circumstances. While there are no restrictions on participant numbers outdoors, organisers of events for more than 50 people must ensure that the participants avoid physical contact. To comply with the above guidelines, customers and participants as well as groups attending events must be able to avoid close contact with each other, while ensuring safety in accordance with the guidelines published on 31 May 2021 by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare. NB! Teaching has its own attendee restrictions!
- The libraries, museums and sports and fitness services will continue operating according to the guidelines set for the summer. Up to date information on the opening hours and available services of the libraries can be found on the Helsinki University Library website.
- Public examinations of doctoral theses can be organised and planned to be held on site as of August, but there must be a plan to hold the event over remote connections if needed.
- The recommendation to telecommute will end on 30 September, 2021.
- 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.
- 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.
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. (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.