The Vice-Chancellor has made a decision that states that teaching activities in courses and study programmes can be carried out on campus from study period 2, which starts on 7 November. Importantly, teaching activities on campus must follow all recommendations from the Public Health Agency of Sweden regarding safe distances etcetera. This means that only half of the seats in each room can be used.
If you are a first-year degree programme student, and if you have examinations and compulsory activities on campus, you will be prioritized, but we hope that most of the teaching activities in our campus-based study programmes and courses will be carried out on campus by this date. The decision will apply from 7 November until January 17, 2022, when the spring semester starts.
“We have made our decision by using a weight-of-evidence approach to the pandemic situation in the region, for instance by contacting the infection control unit in the region. Based on what we know today, campus-based study programmes and courses can now start preparing for a return to campus,” says Vice-Chancellor Ylva Fältholm. “I am pleased to be able to announce this decision that I think is long awaited by teachers and students.”
Large groups of students should be taught online
In some courses, there will be many meetings on campus, but in others, most of the teaching will have to be carried out online. For example, large groups of students in a course should not meet on campus. If a teaching activity cannot be carried out safely on campus, it must be carried out online.
Written examinations can be carried out on campus, but with special precautions, meaning, for example, fewer students per room during examinations. If you are a student who belong to a risk group, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the best option for you, which may involve taking the exam in a separate room.
Student associations and the student union can arrange student activities on campus but are not allowed to arrange conferences or events with external parties, such as labor market days.
Service functions reopen on campus
The Reception, the Student Centre, IT support and the library will extend on-site service hours from the beginning of October. However, the University's entrances will continue to be open only to staff and students with a valid HiG card.
Please protect yourself and others
General recommendations to reduce the spread of infection still apply:
Protect yourself and others by
- staying at home if you are unwell, even if the symptoms are only mild
- keeping a safe distance
- washing your hands
Students from other regions can get vaccinated in Gävleborg
Students from other regions can get vaccinated in Gävle and the Gävleborg region. More information can be found in the article (in Swedish): Studenter från annan ort kan vaccinera sig i Gävleborg
Please note that new restrictions may be announced suddenly by the government, the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Gävleborg Region's county medical officer, which means that the University may need to revise its policies on a short notice. It is important that we all contribute in the efforts to limit the spread of the infection.
Text: Tommy Löfgren