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Information to the University’s students about the Coronavirus

The University is constantly monitoring the situation because of the outbreak of the coronavirus, and follows recommendation from the Public Health Agency of Sweden and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The information on MAP and Student Portal is updated regularly. Students and staff are encouraged to keep up to date via the responsible authorities’ websites.


FAQ about distance education and examination

FAQ about the coronavirus

Information below is updated on April 29.

Continued distance education during spring and summer

There will be distance education for the remainder of this semester for the University’s students. Summer courses will also be given as distance education. This was announced by the Vice-Chancellor, Lars Niklasson on April 29. Read more here.

Do you have a valid access card?

The University’s teaching is switched to distance based education and a large part of the staff work from home. Therefore, it may soon become relevant to lock more doors to the University’s various premises. You who are staff or student will come in with your access card, just as usual. If you do not have a working access card, remember to get a new one.
Access card distrubution can be found in House G, opposite the reception.
Opening hours Monday- Friday, from 9-to 9.30 and 12.30-13.30.
Here is how to order and retrieve your access card

Limited opening hours on campus and library

From March 19 the facilities on Campus have limited opening hours: Monday-Friday 7 am to 5 pm. Saturday-Sunday closed. Staff and students with access card still have access the University facilities as normal.

University library

From March 19 the library has limited opening hours: Monday-Friday 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday-Sunday closed. A box for returning books is available outside the library.

Booked appointments for search guidance and introductory meetings for access to recorded literature will be held online via Zoom. The Study Support Centre doesn’t have any specific opening hours, but guidance can be booked and held online.

Information from the Vice-Chancellor March 17

The University of Skövde complies with the Government’s recommendation and the Vice-Chancellor Lars Niklasson has today, on March 17, made the decision to switch to distance education. The decision is valid from March 18.

The University is now working on solving practical questions. We urge all students to stay updated on the Student Portal. Which will be updated on an ongoing basis. The situation can change quickly, so it is important that you stay up to date.

As for exams, a gradual change will take place from March 20. In cases where exams have to be held on campus, a number of arrangements will be taken, such as a sparse placement and previous entrance to avoid queuing. Academic Affairs and Student Support Office will work on instructions to Course Coordinators and students about the exams and the upcoming exam week. More information tomorrow on March 18.

SweSAT cancelled

The Swedish University Council, UHR, has decided to cancel the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test, SweSAT, (Högskoleprovet in Swedish) on April 4th.

Decision about travels

Since March 14th the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against unnecessary travel to all countries. In countries or areas where the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has previously advised against travel, these decisions apply. The decision on the recommendation was made on March 14th, 2020. The recommendation is valid until April 14, after which a new assessment will be made. The University recommends that staff and students follow the Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against unnecessary travel to all countries.

The Vice-chancellor made a new decision on travel both in service and private. The decision applies from March 13, 2020 and until further notice. The FAQ on this page is updated.

The University's crisis group

The University's crisis group meet regularly and has reconciliations about the situation. The group also has contact with the municipality of Skövde, other universities and with medical officer at the hospital.

The University has many international collaborations that involve visits and trips to and from different countries. In order to be able to secure a safe workplace and study place, the University may include more areas that the Public Health Agency states that one should pay extra attention to, even if they are not included in the Foreign Ministry’s advice. The crisis group continuously updates the information on MAP and the Student Portal.

The situation can quickly change, so stay updated.

Whether it is employees or students who have been in areas with ongoing outbreak of the new coronavirus, have been in contact with someone who is infected or is at risk of being infected, the University recommends that those people work or study from home during two weeks, until it is found that the person is symptom-free. Risk areas currently include China, South Korea, Iran, Italy and Tyrol in Austria.

The following applies

For employees - a dialogue should take place with the closest manager, via telephone or email. The manager should inform the HR-specialist about current issues.

For students - contact should be made directly with the Course Coordinator via telephone or email.

The University recommends that staff and students do not travel to risk areas. We continue to follow the Ministry of Foreign Affairs travel recommendations. As the situation changes rapidly, the countries that the University recommends not to travel to, may change.

Information for students staying home on the University's recommendation

The University recommends that students who have been in risk areas for the coronavirus, or who suspect that one can be infected, but yet not are ill, study from home for two weeks after returning to Sweden. This also applies to those who met a person who became ill with coronavirus. Contact your Course Coordinator by phone or email. The student needs to be given the opportunity to complete the studies within the framework of what each syllabus allows.

Updated: 3/13/2020 12:01:27 PM
Published: 3/11/2020