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Page updated October 21 at 7.40: New guidelines for fall teaching, general guidelines for spring 2021 teaching.
This page is updated with current information related to the COVID-19 coronavirus situation at the University of Helsinki, especially regarding studies.
Regarding the coronavirus, the University always follows the instructions given by the authorities. Up-to-date information can be followed on the University website: Coronavirus situation at the University of Helsinki.
The University’s website has a list of faculty- and unit-specific instructions on coronavirus. You can find up-to-date information about your faculties coronavirus measures from there.
- Faculties and degree programmes are urged to transition all teaching online, with the exception of any necessary contact instruction (laboratory and practical subjects, as well as examinations at the discretion of response centres).
- The majority of guidance and support services will be conducted remotely during the autumn semester. However, some of the Student Service points are open with limited opening hours, taking safety precautions into consideration. More information about the opening hours can be found on the Student Services page.
- Reading and study spaces in Kaisa House and in the Meilahti Campus Library are open with appropriate safety arrangements. Learning centres Aleksandria and Minerva are also open, aside from night use. Please check the opening hours and services of the University libraries on the library's website.
Observing common rules remains the top priority in preventing the spread of the coronavirus
- Do not come to the campuses when ill or when experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus disease Assess your need for testing here: Omaolo service.
- Be sure to practise extremely careful hand and coughing hygiene.
- Leave room for others, and always keep a distance of one to two metres from others, whenever possible.
- Do not shake hands or hug people.
- Avoid unnecessary contact. In other words, meet in person only when necessary.
- Mask use is recommended in all teaching situations, independent study as well as guidance and supervision situations. The use of protective face masks is strongly recommended for everyone visiting public University premises. In laboratory teaching, mask use is required. Read the latest information on masks on the University's website.
- Please remember to clean any equipment in joint use after using it. Overall, cleaning activities at the University have been intensified.
- Remember to register especially for contact teaching courses on time, because in the case of a coronavirus exposure, the tracing of students will be done mainly based on the registration lists in WebOodi.
- The University of Helsinki also recommends using the Koronavilkku contact tracing app, so that possible exposures to the virus are easier to trace and the virus can be prevented from spreading
- Finnish institute for health and welfare (THL) has comprised a bulletin where they instruct students how to participate in student life safely during the coronavirus situation. THL e.g. recommends that events are organised remotely, meetings will be conducted outside instead of indoors and gatherings will be kept small.