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2020-03-17 

As of Wednesday 18 March, only distance education courses and programmes will be offered. The University campus stays open as a workplace and is open for individual studying.

Today, the University crisis management team has taken the decision to offer only distance education courses and programmes.

Intensive preparations for the switch to distance education have begun. The University management realizes that this transition is a great challenge and urges everyone to be patient. We ask for your understanding, as it might take some time before the transition is fully completed.

Useful pages have been published

To support the teaching staff, course coordinators and students, webpages with useful information have been published on the intranet; they contain technical information as well as practical advice regarding effective distance education.

As a result of today’s decisions, the following applies to all members of staff and students at the University of Gävle.

  • As of Wednesday 18 March, only distance education courses and programmes will be offered.
  • We strongly advice everyone with symptoms of infection to stay at home.
  • No travelling on behalf of the University abroad and no international student exchanges are allowed.
  • Members of staff and students are urged to stay updated via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Public Health Agency of Sweden and to follow all of their recommendations.

The University campus stays open as a workplace, but, as before, it is essential that everyone acts responsibly. Stays at home if you feel unwell and remember hand hygiene.

If you have more questions:

Students can contact the Student Centre studentcentrum@hig.se or pose questions in the chat at www.hig.se

 

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

Information for teaching staff

The students are doing group study work. What should I do?

Students who are feeling well should participate in group study work by using digital tools like Zoom and Teams. Arranging such digital groups could require extra work for course coordinators and teaching staff during a limited period of time. Discuss this situation with your immediate manager.

How should I as an employee or as a student know if the situation changes and if this change affects teaching at the University or our other activities?

The University management will continuously publish new updates. Employees can find information on the intranet and your managers will also give you new information. Students can find general information on our website (hig.se), social media and via digital information boards on campus. More specific information will be provided by your lecturer/supervisor/course coordinator.

What about the Library and borrowed books?

The Library is now open between 10 am – 2 pm, Mondays – Fridays. If you cannot return borrowed books in time because of the coronavirus, you will not be affected by delay fees. They will be removed when you return the book. You cannot renew loans for books that are on hold. If your books cannot be returned by someone else, or sent via mail, contact the Library.

E-mail: bibioteket@hig.se
Phone: 026‑64 85 48
Address: Högskolan i Gävle, Biblioteket, 801 76 Gävle

If you are waiting for a reserved book, please note that it may take longer than expected before you get your reserved book, because borrowers may be unable to return their borrowed books on time.

Student information

Will it be safe/possible for me to come to Sweden in August?

Swedish authorities are closely following the spread of the coronavirus and are working continuously to keep Sweden and its residents safe. The best way to follow developments regarding the Coronavirus is to refer to the WHO website and the ECDC website. There are currently travel restrictions in place for foreign nationals travelling to Sweden. Please stay updated by checking emergency information from Swedish authorities.

Visit Guidance for international students outside EU/EES due to the ongoing situation with the Covid-19 pandemic

https://www.government.se/government-policy/education-and-research/guidance-for-international-students-outside-euees-due-to-the-ongoing-situation-with-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Can I get a full refund if I am not able to come to University of Gävle due to the risks/ consequences related to the Coronavirus?

Yes, students beginning their studies at University of Gävle autumn semester 2020 will be eligible to receive a full refund if the reason is due to the effects of the coronavirus.

Tuition fees


What happens to my student finance from CSN if I am absent?

The University is not responsible for decisions regarding student finance. For this reason, we ask you to look for information on the CSN website www.csn.se

Remember to notify Försäkringskassan (the Swedish Social Insurance Agency) immediately if you fall ill.

I need to contact the Student Health Counsellors

If you as a student feel worried about your study situation, the Student Health Counsellors are available for telephone counselling and support. Starting March 23, they offer extended phone hours. You can contact the Student Health Counsellors Marie-Louise and Lena on weekdays between 09.00 and 12.00.

Read more about the Student Health and Welfare

How should I as a student know if the situation changes and if this change affects teaching at the University or our other activities?

The University management will continuously publish new updates. Students can find general information on our website (hig.se), social media and via digital information boards on campus. More specific information will be provided by your lecturer/supervisor/course coordinator.

I have planned to participate in a student exchange programme. What do I do?

Send an e-mail to studentcentrum@hig.se

What will happen about my placement? Should I complete my placement?

As long as your employer does not say differently, you should continue with your placement. If you need to interrupt your placement, contact studentcentrum@hig.se

I have an exam. How will this work?

From 18 March onwards there will no written exams on campus until further notice. More specific information about how and when exams will be held will be provided later.

I have ongoing group study work in my course. How do we solve that?

You can participate in group study work by using digital tools like Zoom and Teams. If there are technical problems, contact IT support. Discuss other issues with your course coordinator.

I need support regarding distance education. Where do I turn for help?
Published by: Camilla Haglund Page responsible: Veronica Liljeroth Updated: 2020-07-07
Högskolan i Gävle
www.hig.se
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