Return to campus in the autumn but with exceptions

2020-06-05 

The University of Gävle plans to return to campus-based teaching in the autumn semester with certain exceptions. This means that there will be teaching on campus as well as online in certain cases.

Coronavirus

Return to campus in the autumn but with exceptions


The University of Gävle plans to return to campus-based teaching in the autumn semester with certain exceptions. This means that there will be teaching on campus as well as online in certain cases.

On Friday 5 June, the Vice-Chancellor took the decision that the University intends to conduct primarily campus-based teaching in Gävle in campus-based programmes.

Now, when a majority of all teaching will be conducted on campus, it will remain very important to follow advice and recommendation on how to reduce the spread of the virus.

Count on campus-based teaching

In short, the Vice-Chancellor’s decision means that you can assume the following:

If you have been admitted to a campus-based programme in Swedish which starts in the fall, teaching will be on campus. However, particularly in the beginning, certain course components may be taught online in certain cases. The University’s main priority is to give new students a good introduction on campus when the autumn semester starts.

If you have been admitted to a summer course, teaching will be online as previously stated. There will be no changes made; all summer courses will be taught remotely.

If you have been admitted to a distance education programme, remote teaching is the rule of course. Many distance education courses contain components that normally are taught on campus, and this decision means that they will now be campus-based. However, if we need to adapt our teaching to limit the spread of the virus, these course components may be taught online.

Internationalisation and student exchanges

There will be no international student exchanges in the coming autumn. The University of Gävle pauses all such exchanges: no students will go abroad, and no international students will come to Sweden. Alternative solutions will be discussed with all students concerned.

A previous decision stated that all programmes offered to international students will be taught remotely during the autumn semester and that decision still applies. A decision regarding a return to campus-based teaching in the spring semester may be taken in September.

Programme directors together with the teachings staff who plan all details of courses and programmes will inform each student regarding the start of the autumn semester.

Look for your welcome letter!

If you are admitted to a course or a programme you will receive a welcome letter; look for it in our e-mail inbox.

On 26 August, there will be an introduction in Swedish for all new students at the University of Gävle. This introduction will be online: it will be a live introduction programme, which will later be made available on our website. An international English version will be published on the University website a few days later.

Just like before, it remains very important that we follow recommendations and decisions taken by the authorities concerned and that we do everything we can to reduce the spread of the virus. You as a student have a great responsibility here.

The University follows new directives

The University management monitors the development and new decisions and directives can be taken before the start of the autumn semester. This means that it is very important to stay updated.

“I am pleased that we can start planning for a return to more campus-based teaching for all those students who have applied for such a programme now,” says Vice-Chancellor Ylva Fältholm. “But we need to follow recommendations issued by the Public Health Agency of Sweden and other authorities. If we cannot follow recommendations in all cases, certain course components may have to remain net-based.”

“I would like to welcome all new and old students back to the University of Gävle, both those of you who will take summer courses and those of you who will come here when it is time for our autumn semester. You will come to one of the most popular university colleges in the country, with the highest number of applicants per place, so it is actually quite an achievement to secure a place here. As we say in our vision for our future: we would like to be the first choice for all who want to make a difference. Together, we can contribute to social development, locally and globally.

Guidelines for retake weeks

Apart from decisions for teaching and examination in the autumn, a decision regarding examinations during weeks 33 and 34 in August, the so-called “retake weeks” have been taken:

Written examinations and other assessments that could not be carried out or have been replaced with alternative assessment in the spring semester of 2020 as a result of the transition to distance education, will be offered on campus in week 33 and week 34.

Currently, plans with the aim to offer retakes that are usually offered in week 33 and week 34 as written examinations are made.

Recommendations for students are the same as for everyone else: stay at home if you have symptoms of an illness. We must all take our responsibility to avoid contributing to the spread of the virus.

Do you have questions?

Students can turn to studentcentrum@hig.se or pose questions in the chat at hig.se

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More questions and answers

What has been decided regarding teaching and examination in the summer?

In all summer courses, teaching will be online until week 34. There will be no changes made; all summer courses will be taught remotely.

Written examinations and other assessments that could not be carried out or have been replaced with alternative assessment in the spring semester of 2020 as a result of the transition to distance education, will be offered on campus in week 33 and week 34.

Regarding retakes that are usually offered in week 33 and week 34 as written examinations, we plan to offer them as written examinations, if possible.

You will find more information on studentcentrum or contact your lecturer.

I am going to start studying at the University of Gävle in the autumn – what has been decided?

The University of Gävle plans to return to more campus-based teaching when the autumn semester starts.

If you have applied to a campus-based programme, our plan is that teaching will be on campus. If you have applied to a distance education programme, remote teaching is the rule, but certain course components may be taught on campus.

However, we need to adapt our teaching to limit the spread of the virus. This means that certain course components may be taught online, even though they are normally campus-based.

Your lecturer will provide specific information.

How distance education works

The University follows all recommendations regarding COVID-19 issued by the Government and public authorities. All summer courses will thus be taught remotely, but when the autumn semester starts the University of Gävle intends to return to more campus-based teaching. However, certain course components may be taught online, even though they are normally campus-based.

Contact studentcentrum if you have any questions.

What about international student exchanges in the coming autumn?

The University of Gävle pauses all international student exchanges because of current international travel restrictions. Alternative solutions, like exchanges another semester, will be discussed in each specific case.

What about programmes offered to international students?

Programmes offered to international students will be taught remotely during the autumn semester of 2020. A new decision regarding a gradual return to campus-based teaching in the spring semester may be taken later, perhaps in September.

I can’t get in through University campus entrances with my card; what should I do?

All summer, the entrances will be locked, and only members of staff and student have access. A valid entrance card is needed. Contact the reception for help.

Opening hours for the reception:

Monday – Friday: 9 am – 3 pm

Telephone:026 -64 88 88

Support and questions: vaxel@hig.se

I need to visit the Library. Is that possible?

The Library is open for individual service via e-mail (biblioteket@hig.se) and telephone (026-64 85 48) between 9 am – 3 pm on Mondays – Fridays, and it is open for visitors between 10 am – 2 pm on Mondays – Fridays.

If you feel ill

Should you develop flu like-symptoms like a temperature, a dry cough, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties, contact the Healthcare Guide 1177 services by calling 1177 for advice and assessment.

Stay at home if you feel ill. More information about what happens if you as a student fall ill can be found at Försäkringskassan’s website.

I need to contact Student Health Care, what do I do?

You can still have counselling, as the Student Health and Welfare are still available for you as a student, but because of the coronavirus (COVID-19), counsellors Marie-Louise and Lena now only offer contact via telephone between 9 am and 12.

More information can be found here: Student Health and Welfare

I wonder what happens to my student grants and loans if I am absent?

The University is not in charge of student finance matters. You can find more information via www.csn.se

I have a child and I am a student in a campus-based course or programme, how does that work?

As a student, you have right to a quiet and peaceful study environment and here you can read more about our responsibilities for your working environment.

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Right now, I am in placement period. Should I complete my placement?

As long as your employer does not say otherwise, you should complete your placement. If it needs to be interrupted, please contact studentcentrum@hig.se

I have an examination/retake; how will this be carried out?

Information about the specifics regarding your examination/retake will be provided via your learning platform or from your lecturer.

Remember hand hygiene

Remember hand hygiene: wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as the viruses easily spread for example when you shake hands and touch surfaces. Do not touch your nose/mouth/eyes with your hands. Cough and sneeze into the crook of your arm. Limit your social contacts.

Always wash your hands when you come home or when you arrive at or return to campus after having been out. Also wash your hands before meals, when handling food and after having been to the restroom. Hand sanitizer is an alternative if there is no place to wash your hands.

How should I as a student know if the situation has changed or if teaching or activities at the University have been changed?

The University management will continuously provide information. You as a student are given general information on our website hig.se, on social media and via digital notice boards on campus. More specific information about your course will be provided via the learning platform Blackboard or Canvas and from your lecturers/supervisors/course coordinators.

Published by: Veronica Liljeroth Page responsible: Veronica Liljeroth Updated: 2020-06-09
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