Corona: Update on the spread of the virus and on the challenges regarding the examination period.

2020-09-16 

Now, question and answers about what the University does when a student is diagnosed with COVID-19 are available. Below, we have also gathered information regarding the upcoming examination period.

The University Coordination Committe that work with issues related to the pandemic and with intelligence analysis has gathered questions and answers about what the University does when students or members of staff are diagnosed with COVID-19.

If someone is diagnosed with COVID-19, physicians and public health officials decide who the individual needs to notify. It is the individual who is responsible for informing people he or she has been in close contact with. The University will not make its own evaluations of such issues

If a student is diagnosed with COVID-19

If a student is diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual will be given specific instructions by his or her physician. If the University learns that several students in the same group have contracted COVID-19, the University will contact Region Gävleborg (the county medical officer) to receive advice concerning what measures to take. Region Gävleborg (the county medical officer) evaluates the situation and decides what measures need to be taken.

We will do everything we can to limit the spread of the virus

Our efforts to limit the spread of the virus continue. Hand sanitizers are available at entrances and other contact points like lifts, dining halls and the Student Centre.

All students and members of staff should stay at home if they have symptoms of an infection. If you suspect that you have indeed contracted COVID-19, you should contact your health care provider for testing. Contact 1177 to learn more.

Important information regarding examinations

Under the present circumstances, we face great challenges in managing the examination period, especially for written hall examinations on campus and examinations at another location. It is hard to find places where examinations can be held.

“Normally, the University has 400 places for students per session, but currently we have only 200 places for written examinations on campus,” says Maria Strand, head of the Division of Educational Support. “When it comes to digital written examinations (exams that are held on Campus but in a computer room), places are considerably fewer so that we can maintain a safe distance between students.”

Right now, we are trying to find more suitable locations in Gävle. Normally, we only need 25 invigilators, but now we need 55. For this reason, 30 new invigilators have been recruited.

Maria Strand, head of the Division of Educational Support

Maria Strand, head of the Division of Educational Support.

The teaching staff has been informed that they may need to find alternative days and times for planned examinations.

“We will have to use weekdays, Saturday and Sundays, as well as the week before and the week after the examination week,” Maria Strand says. “In this way, we will do our best to give our students an opportunity to take their exam, while we keep taking our responsibility to limit the spread of the virus and to create a safe working environment for everyone.”

As a student, you will be given information by your lecturers and in your schedule, but in general you need to be aware of the following points:

  • Examination times and dates may be changed. Updates are published in your schedule.
  • Check in advance if your exam is a written hall examination or a take-home examination.
  • Register at least ten days in advance for all exams on campus.
  • Students applications for taking your examination at another location should be submitted at least three weeks before the exam date.
  • Unregistered students will not be let into the exam hall and may not take that exam to avoid crowding.
  • Exams may be held on Sundays.

If you have any problems when you try to register for an exam, contact: studentsupport@hig.se

FAQ

What does the University do when a student is diagnosed with COVID-19?

If a student is diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual will be given specific instructions by his or her physician. This information specifies instructions regarding sick-leave, self-quarantine, contact tracing and information to others. The individual is responsible for informing people he or she has been in close contact with. The University will not, and must not, make its own evaluations of such issues.

What happens if many students in a group contract COVID-19?

If the University learns that several students in the same group have contracted COVID-19, the University will contact Region Gävleborg to receive advice concerning what measures to take. Region Gävleborg (the county medical officer) will then evaluate the situation and decide what measures need to be taken.

What should I do if I suspect that I have contracted COVID-19?

If you have symptoms of an infection, you should stay at home to protect others. If your symptoms make you suspect that you have indeed contracted COVID-19, you should contact your health care provider for testing. Testing is free of charge, and you should stay at home until you have received test results. Here is more information regarding Gävleborg (in Swedish)

Published by: Anna-Carin Skytt Page responsible: Veronica Liljeroth Updated: 2020-09-16
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