Use of teaching facilities during the coronavirus situation

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This page provides instructions pertaining to the teaching facilities of the University during the exceptional circumstances. These instructions will be updated, when necessary, on the basis of any new guidelines announced by the authorities or the University. Last updated on 12 January 2022.

Descriptions of the facilities are available on the facility booking website. More information on e.g. use, booking and equipment of the facilities can be found on page Teaching facilities.

Instructions pertaining to other University facilities are available on the University's coronavirus information page.

Faculty and unit-specific instructions during the exceptional circumstances.

Exceptional arrangements in teaching facilities

Face masks must be worn in teaching and learning situations. Protective face masks are to be worn on all premises when not alone.

The hygiene-related requirements based on the Communicable Diseases Act will remain in force until the end of the year in facilities open to the public: hand hygiene must be observed, taking care that participants are able to avoid close contact with each other and entering the campuses when ill is prohibited.

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.

Opening hours

Signage, hand sanitiser and cleansing wipes

  • Hand sanitiser is available at building entrances, in addition to which signage is employed to remind people of social distancing and good hygiene.
  • Teaching facilities are equipped with hand sanitiser and, for cleaning keyboards, cleansing wipes.
  • If a faculty has teaching facilities of its own for which a monthly fee is charged, they are responsible for any signage, hand sanitiser and cleansing wipes needed.
  • Facility cleaning has been intensified.

Booking facilities

  • In the booking of facilities, teaching organised by the University will be given priority.
  • External parties can book University premises. External renters must ensure compliance with official regulations.
  • Bookings are made according to normal procedure.
    • The planning officers responsible for timetabling will make facility bookings related to teaching in conjunction with planning timetables. If the timetable or facility needs for a course you are teaching change, please contact the relevant timetable team.
    • Instructions for bookings by doctoral candidates defending their doctoral thesis can be found in the Instructions for students.
    • If teaching facilities are needed for activities other than teaching or public examinations of doctoral theses, please book the facility using Optime. If you need to change your booking, please contact the facility booking services (tilavaraus@helsinki.fi).
    • For external parties, please contact facility booking services (tilavaraus@helsinki.fi, phone service Mon-Fri at 12-13, tel. 02941 24500)

Teaching facility users’ responsibilities

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Teachers/event organisers must

  • Comply with the relevant safety and security guidelines
  • Remind participants about the guidelines pertaining to using the facilities, for example, by displaying relevant instructions as a background image on the wall
  • See to it that the positioning of the furniture is not changed
  • Clean any equipment in shared use after using them (e.g., keyboards)
  • 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. Please put used disposable masks in the classroom bin or in the bins reserved for masks, located near building entrances.
  • Collect and store a list of participants for contact tracing, if necessary, according to the following principles:
    • In the case of teaching, a list of students registered for the course from Sisu suffices.
    • contact details of people attending public examinations of doctoral theses held on site will no longer be collected. In the case of public examinations, instructions are available in Instructions for students
    • In the case of other activities (e.g. meetings and other gatherings), information on the recipients of the related calendar invitation suffices.

Students/participants must

  • Comply with the relevant safety and security guidelines
  • Clean any equipment in shared use after using them (e.g., keyboards)
  • 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. Please put used disposable masks in the classroom bin or in the bins reserved for masks, located near building entrances.
  • Teaching-related instructions for students are available on the Instructions for Students website.

Facility bookers must

  • Keep the booking up to date and, if the event is cancelled, cancel the booking as soon as possible
  • Notify the involved parties of any changes made to the booking
  • Keep themselves up to date and comply with valid regulations and guidelines

Further information