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Page updated on March 29 at 07:45.
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 latest coronavirus information session (22.3.) included a review of the current coronavirus situation and the related measures taken at the University, as well as a discussion on wellbeing and coping.
Due to the increasing severity of the coronavirus situation and the prevailing exceptional circumstances, the following decisions will remain in effect until 30 April 2021.
- University premises will remain closed until 30 April 2021
- The University’s libraries and museums as well as UniSport will comply with the recommendations of the coronavirus coordination group of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. Read more on the section University facilities and services.
- Remote teaching continues until 30 April 2021. Only necessary instruction can be conducted as contact teaching.
- Public examinations of doctoral theses will be arranged remotely until 30 April, and it is recommended that plans will be made to arrange public examinations primarily remotely until 30 June 2021.
- Examinarium examinations can be arranged according to this spring’s teaching programme, taking group sizes into consideration. The porter will open the door when necessary.
- Recovery plan for University operations can be found on helsinki.fi.
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.