COVID-19: Primarily online teaching until end of August

2021-02-17 

Primarily online teaching during the rest of the spring semester and also in the summer months, the re-examination period included, up until 29 August. This is the Vice-Chancellor’s decision for the University due to the pandemic.

Online teaching will continue during the entire spring semester until 6 June. All summer courses that will be offered in the period between 7 June and 15 August will also be conducted online. Moreover, the re-examination period between 15 August and 29 August will also be carried out primarily online.

“Naturally, it is very disappointing to have to take this decision,” Vice-Chancellor Ylva Fältholm says, “but there are no other options. We need to do all we can to prevent the spread of the virus in society. I hope that there is understanding for this decision.”

“We are monitoring the development, and should public authorities issue new directives which would make it possible to return to more teaching and examinations on campus, we will discuss those possibilities,” Ylva Fältholm says.

Online activities with possible exceptions

Online teaching is thus the primary option, but just like before, some face-to face meeting on campus can be carried out, when it is necessary for special reasons, for example to ensure quality assurance in examination and teaching. Heads of faculty can also decide to make special exceptions for certain campus examinations but all regulations to ensure everyone’s safety must be followed.

The Vice-Chancellor’s decision states that examiners are allowed to decide on changed examination formats. Moreover, a course that cannot be completed within the semester can be completed after the end of the semester, but only after a special decision.

No international exchanges during the spring

As previously announced, there will be no international exchanges during the spring that involve ingoing or outgoing students or staff. Exchanges for the autumn are being planned. International students on programmes on courses participate like all other students, that is, primarily remotely.

Government directive on working from home prolonged until 31 May

As previously announced, the Government’s tightened directive stating that government employees should work from home as much as possible is prolonged until 31 May. Only employees who must be present physically on the workplace for the sake of operations should be present on the premises.

“This means that we will continue to work from home as far as possible,” says Maria Strand, head of the Division of Educational Support and chair of the special University Coordination Committe that coordinates and plans pandemic-related measures at University of Gävle.

Whether a member of staff can work from home or need to be present on campus is decided in dialogue with the immediate superior. The decision is based on the nature of the work tasks, the need for special equipment to perform work tasks, quality and environmental aspects, access to internet and on the home situation.

Campus premises

Campus remains open but only to staff and students with a HiG card. However, students are encouraged to study at home as far as possible. Contact service functions digitally or by telephone. The Library is open for physical visits, but library services are slightly limited.

Tips about physical exercises

In a video clip, sports scientist Jonathan Rahmqvist explains how we can avoid discomfort due to sedentary work. These tips could prove useful both to staff and students who now sit in front of computers for very long periods of time.

Video clip: How to avoid discomfort due to sedentary work (in Swedish)

Published by: Anna-Carin Skytt Page responsible: Veronica Liljeroth Updated: 2021-02-17
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