New decision: primarily online teaching until August

2021-02-16 

Primarily online teaching in study period four 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. Certain campus examinations can also be conducted on campus, and in that case all regulations to ensure everyone’s safety will be followed.

The Vice-Chancellor’s decision also states that examiners can decide to change examination formats. Moreover, that examiners can decide that a course that cannot be completed within the semester will be completed after the end of the semester.

No international exchanges during the spring

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

Here is a summary of the 11 February 2021 decision:

  • All teaching should primarily be conducted online.
  • Necessary face-to-face meetings on campus can be conducted, for example if a certain type of room or equipment is required, or for quality assurance of an examination
    - If a course component needs to be carried out on campus, everyone must follow recommendations to ensure that we limit the spread of the virus
  • A limited number of written hall examinations can be carried out on campus, if current restrictions and recommendations are followed.
    - The Division of Educational Support can decide that a student belonging to a risk group, as defined by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare, requires an individual room for a written examination.

A course that cannot be completed within the semester due to COVID-19 can be completed after the end of the semester, Central coordination will be carried in order to ensure that students are eligible for study loans and grants (CSN).

Students encouraged to study at home but campus remains open

The University staff work from home to a high extent and the University management encourages students to study at home as far as possible. Campus remains open to staff and students with a HiG card. The Swedish government has directed all government employees to work from home as much as possible.

“Contact all service functions in a digital manner. But the Library remains open for physical visits still,” 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.

Be aware of ergonomics and do physical exercises

Both staff and students sit in front of our computers for very long periods of time right now. For this reason, it is important to think about how you sit and to remember to get up and do some exercises regularly. In a video clip, sports scientist Jonathan Rahmqvist explains how we can avoid discomfort due to sedentary work.
Video clip "How to avoid discomfort due to sedentary work" (in swedish)

FAQ

What are the current University opening hours?

All entrances at the University campus are locked. Staff and students use their HiG cards to enter. Regular opening hours apply.

Face mask and plastic gloves

If you have laboratory work or other practical exercises in which it is hard to keep a safe distance, be extra careful and wash your hands often. You can use plastic gloves. Be careful and remember to clean all equipment after use. You can choose to use a face mask in certain situations.

What happens if a student has symptoms or falls ill?

If a student is diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual will be given medical advice by the health care centre. If the University learns that a student who has participated in teaching or examination on campus has contracted COVID-19, the University Coordination Committee will contact students and teachers who may have been in close contact with that student via e-mail. This e-mail will provide information about what to do next.

If several students in the same group have contracted COVID-19 (a cluster), the University will contact the region medical officer at Region Gävleborg who will decide what measures that need to be taken.

Lecturers and course coordinators who are asked questions by students considering themselves to belong to a risk group can refer them the Student Centre, studentcentrum@hig.se. The Division of Educational Support will take decisions, arrange practical matters and respond to the students’ questions. We follow the National Board of Health and Welfare’s definition of “risk group.”

As always, students and staff must stay at home if they have symptoms of an infection and maintain a safe distance on campus.

Published by: Anna-Carin Skytt Page responsible: Veronica Liljeroth Updated: 2021-02-16
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